Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

I always have fun on engagement sessions, and it’s my goal that my couples at least have some fun… but during their engagement session a few days ago, I was beyond pleased that it seemed they were having as much fun as I was!

We started downtown where we hit a few of my favorite spots. God was really showing off that day – the fall colors were everywhere, there was a light breeze, and it was 80 degrees! At the end of October?! Yea, that’s Kentucky weather for you!

Both Ashley & Matt are from Paducah so we HAD to have this picture! Paducah has so much charm and I am so lucky that I have couples that like to highlight it!

Ashley’s eyes… oh my goodness! This is straight out of the camera too – no editing necessary!

We spent out second hour on the playground at Lone Oak Elementary School – which is where they met! They went from friends, to best friends, to boyfriend and girlfriend, and are finally engaged to be married!! Love stories like theirs make me swoon!

Anyone who went to LOES knows this big tree well!

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Paula Reynolds Spear -

You did a fabulous job capturing the absolute love my daughter and my future son, whom we already call that, have for each other! It has been a fabulous journey for them and for the ones that love them to be a part of and we can’t wait for their day in October and for you to capture it!

Brenda Whytock -

Beautiful :-)

Jennifer Reynolds Shariff-Bey -

So awesome!!!!!

It is way more fun than I ever imagined – photographing past couples for their anniversary! For her and Robert’s wedding last fall, Rachel really out did herself by making and decorating her own wedding cake and it was beyond beautiful and definitely delicious! So I wasn’t surprised a bit when she said she was going to make a small cake for their anniversary session last week! And if you know anything about me, you’d know I LOVE all things desserts and cake! Rachel has definitely kept up her skill – their anniversary cake was lovely! What did surprise me was that she also made a small layered cake just for me! Oh my goodness! I could have kissed that girl! It was amazing all around! Happy one year Rachel & Robert!!!

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They couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! Both Kelsey and Jared were smooth sailing when I arrived at the Country Plantation House – everything was coming together so well and the place was looking amazing! But as the moment grew near – the moment they would see each other for the first time – they both grew increasingly nervous. And it was adorable!

Check out this amazing venue! The Country Plantation House in Greenville KY did NOT disappoint!

Nor did Kelsey’s dress! It was so classy – just like Kelsey!

The second floor of the house is comprised of four beautifully large bedrooms, all of which the girls took over to get ready…. it was lovely to have one room for hair and makeup and one room just for Kelsey to get into her dress!

Kelsey and Jared exchanged gifts right before getting dressed… Kelsey surprised Jared with a collectors item he’d been looking for for a long time! How cool is she?!

Jared is a fire fighter and works 24 hours swifts. So to keep Kelsey company on the nights he’s working, he got her a little fire fighter friend!

The moment they’d been waiting for!

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You might recall last Monday’s post where I detailed how messed up both and Neil and I are (were?) in the reproductive side of our anatomy and physiology. We were so incredibly blessed to have one of the top IVF (in vitro fertilization) clinics only a couple hours away from us in Nashville. BLESSED. There’s another great one in St. Louis but Nashville is closer and turns out, we chose the perfect place to make our baby!

The road to pregnancy had already been longer than we had anticipated it would be, and the road to IVF would also a tad longer than expected. Five months to be exact.

March 4th – We had our first appointment – the consultation appointment – At Dr. Vasquez’s office aka the Center for Reproductive Health (CRH). Dr. V reviewed my and Neil’s medical records from our OB in Paducah from the past 12 months and verified that we were indeed prime IVF candidates. Of course, I had done so much research and knew we were before I even made the appointment. But. It was so good to hear. They drew my blood and made an appointment for April 8th for me to undergo anesthesia to test the openness of my fallopian tubes and do a endometrial biopsy.

April 8th – It was weird for me, an ex-surgical nurse, to be on that side. I showed up at Centennial hospital that morning, went though same-day-surgery, was prepped in the surgery holding area, and drugged up and taken back to the OR. I awoke in recovery long enough to answer whether or not I was experiencing discomfort (I was) but declined any pain meds. Then finally really woke up back in same-day-surgery where Neil was waiting on me. He himself had had his own “test” performed while I was in surgery. Wink wink ;)

April 15th – We returned to CRH to hear the results from my tests. The blood work revealed that I’m lacking most hormones necessary and Neil’s sperm counts were still really sad (first counts were from a year ago), BUT my tubes were nice and clear and my uterus was nice and inhabitable! Good news! They ordered a second blood test to see which drug my body would react to in order to trigger ovulation.

April 16th – I returned for them to draw my blood a second time to see which drug they will trigger me to ovulate with. The best trigger drug on the market – Lupronate acetate – worked on me! Woohoo!

June 10th – They perform IVF treatments every other month and we weren’t able to get in in time for the May cycle so we returned to CRH to do a ton of legal stuff – money was paid, papers were signed, dates were scheduled, and we left with July incredibly full of appointments! It’s was starting to get exciting!!! I had been instructed to start the birth control pills several days before the appointment and then on June 15th, I discontinued the pills in order to jump start my period.

July 2nd – The first of countless blood draws for July. They called later that afternoon to tell me to start the injections in my stomach on July 6th, along with many different oral medications to take every night for the rest of the cycle. This was only the start!

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Some people are just meant to end up together – even if they miss each other the first time, God makes a way! Kristie is a few years younger than Derwin, so when they first met 15 years ago, it wouldn’t have been appropriate for them to date. Years passed and life happened. But they found their way back to each other and have since been together for 6 plus years! With their engagement session under their belt, the next thing to look forward to is their December 2014 wedding!

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Ricky Jones -

Congrats Kristie on what God has joined together…these photos captured such happiness…

Rocia Keeling -

these are precious! Rachael Houser Photography you rock!!

Joi Sills -

Beautiful! Lucky Couple.

Destini Freeman -

Too cute

Tamara Jackson -

Congratulations I Love these beautiful photos!

Dawn Hart -

Adorable y’all look so happy together….love it

Kristie Morris -

Thanks everyone!!

Abigail Lynn Cruse -

You look so beautiful and happy! Congratulations!!!!

Charlotte Laster -

Love it congrats

Traci Thomasson -

Oh I LOVE these pics!!! I got a little teary eyed just looking at them! So happy for you Kristie!!! You deserve all the happiness in the world!!!