Payton & Lucas went to rivalry high schools and met through some mutual friends who happened to be dating at the time. They started out as “prom dates only” but quickly realized that it was going to turn into more than just friends. Four and a half years later, Lucas proposed to Payton on the steps of Broadway United Methodist Church – the church she has always dreamed she’d be married in! And come December, Payton will marry Lucas in that church with their families and friends, and I’m honored to be the one to capture it!
I’ve been keeping a secret from the online world. I wanted to wait until some progress had been made so from the beginning of February till now I’ve had to hold my guts in (as opposed to “spilling my guts”, get it???)…And no, we’re not pregnant!
We bought a 116 year old home in the historic Fountain Avenue neighborhood of Paducah!
Before we bought our current house, Neil and I were looking for something to renovate. We never found one that fit or that we could renovate to fit so we stopped looking altogether, and then our current house fell into our laps. And even though it didn’t need renovating, we updated it because we were both itching to do something. And while we love our home, the yard, the neighborhood, and the location (oh the location!) we couldn’t pass up this opportunity.
We weren’t planning to move for several years so we weren’t looking, but when my realtor friend posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to see the list of foreclosures in the area, I thought, Why not? The list wasn’t long but as soon as I saw it I wanted it. Neil and I made an appointment to see it and at that point I think he was just humoring me, but then we toured the house and we both fell in love. It has so much potential! It was at a great price but we sat on it for a couple weeks trying to figure out the logistics of taking on such a huge project. In order for it to make sense financially, we needed to do a lot of the work ourselves. Skill isn’t the problem, time and energy though… We both work full time jobs and then have a one year old to care for. When would we find the time to renovate this big old house?!? We did a lot of praying and sough support from our families, but that didn’t seem like enough. We continued to wait.
Then our realtor called one morning in late January with the news that sealed the deal: the bank lowered the asking price by a significant amount. We knew of at least two others who were just as interested in the house as we were so we knew we had to move fast. We made an offer for asking price and then waited. Our realtor had told us that it might take a week or more before we hear back due to it being a bank owned property so it was a pleasant surprise when we received a verbal acceptance only 48 hours later! We closed 9 days later and with keys in hand, the house was officially ours. Whoa. What have we gotten ourselves into?
He was her Tad Hamilton except she likes her ending much better! Morgan explains that dating Cameron has always been like dating a celebrity: excitement, butterflies, and pride! They started dating in high school and now flash forward ten years: “I still feel like I’m on a dream date with my celebrity.”
And for their engagement session last week, they definitely looked the part! The weather was amazing, the light was yummy, and Morgan & Cameron (although nervous) fooled me into thinking they do this sort of thing every week! They were naturals in front of my camera, which only makes me more excited for their big day coming in July!
Delaney & Paul are a young couple, less than a year from their wedding. They are high school sweethearts, adore each other, and excited about their wedding and spending the rest of their lives together. I was not one bit surprised when Delaney purchased an additional portrait session to take place before their engagement session – a Save The Date session!
When we shot this session last week the light was so yummy, the trees where still in bloom, and these two were simply rocking it! We got so many great shots in the one hour, it was hard to narrow it down! Enjoy some of my favorites from their pre-engagement session!
Why on earth would I start a blog post off with a picture of a dog – that’s not even mine? Because this here dog was an expert photo-bomber all day long and a great way to highlight the feel of Shayla & Heath’s wedding – laid back, family farm wedding. I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding to start my season off!
In addition to the family dogs running around the farm and property amongst Shayla’s little cousins: the giant pond in the front of Shayla’s cousins’ property where I WISH we could have take more portraits but the sun was oh-so shining all day long. Not complaining of great weather, of course! The gravel road that runs alongside the property provided a simple background with yummy mid day light streaming through the trees! But let’s talk about Shayla & Heath’s family! Everyone was so welcoming! We felt like we were part of the family from the minute we walked in the door to Shayla’s cousin’s beautiful home! And they continued to accommodate us while I rearranged furniture in the room Shayla was getting ready, all the way to me stealing a few minutes from their reception at sunset for a final portrait!
Shayla & Heath’s day was a breath of fresh air and I look forward to photographing their family for years to come!