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An Talon Falls Barn Wedding | Paducah, Kentucky

This wedding was a whirlwind! Cassie contacted me back in August saying YAY she was engaged! And the wedding is in October…. of this year! As in two months! She had a lot to get planned but if anyone could do it, it was Cassie! And pull it off, she did! On their wedding day, the Events Barn looked spectacular inside and out, the vendors were top notch, and the weather did exactly what we needed it to do, when we needed it to do it!

My husband Neil is a runner so when he has a race I give him a day off (hah!) and work with one of my favorite second shooters that I’ve worked with before Neil started shooting with me on the regular. Megan and I arrived at the Event Barn a tad early to scope out the area. I like to arrive early to weddings to find the bride and her girls and the groom and his guys and to say hello in an un-rushed manner before starting my day. But if I’ve yet to shoot at a particular venue, I definitely want to take my time to walk around and get a feel of the area – this is typically when I choose portrait locations for throughout the day.

This location scouting definitely came in handy because we jumped from first look, to bride & groom portraits, to wedding party portraits, to ceremony, to family portraits, and then back to more bride & groom portraits, all within an hour and a half!


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A Two Part Fall Engagement Session | Paducah, Kentucky

We’re sitting on our 5th snow day in a row here in Western Kentucky and I’m alllll caught up on editing AND on preparing for baby (well, what I can do right now anyway) so let’s turn this frigid winter day into a warm (ish) fall afternoon with Holly & David’s two part engagement session!

Two parts because we did not have the best weather or light on the original day and editing can only do so much to fake great lighting – which I attempted to do for their first location – and guys, our second location (and this amazing couple!) really deserved to good light! So less than a week later we were able to schedule a short second part to their session and meet up at their second location, David’s mom’s home, and I’m so thrilled that we were able to make it work out! Check out that light in the latter images….. I died! And now I cannot wait for their June wedding!!


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A Country Plantation House Wedding | Greenville, Kentucky

It wasn’t my first time shooting a wedding at The Country Plantation House but it felt so new! I could probably shoot there 100 times and still feel like there are places and things there that I didn’t notice the times before. Shooting with Elizabeth & Nathan was much the same – no matter what pose I tried on them, they looked amazing in it and so I was more going off the cuff with their bride & groom portraits than I usually do. No need to reference their engagement images to see which poses suited them best!

But let me back up to when we arrived at The Country Plantation House at the beginning of Elizabeth & Nathan’s big day…

The hustle of ceremony and reception prep was happening on the first floor of the mansion. The girls were on the second floor bustling about – finishing hair and makeup and preparing to get into their gowns. The guys were hanging out in the basement, awaiting for further instructions or running errands around the property as needed. We greeted everyone and then got into the swing of our timeline – ceremony details, bridal details – like we do with most weddings. There was no shortage on bridal details so, as always, I was thankful to have Neil there with me as my second shooter. Since he was taking care of the girls’ getting ready and hanging out, I was able to focus on alllll the prettiest that Elizabeth took so much time, energy, and money on. And being able to photograph her details in such a stunning room as the pink bedroom at the plantation made it all the more lovely!

When it was time to get Elizabeth in her wedding gown, Neil headed downstairs to photograph the guys getting ready and hanging out. One of the first things Neil and I do after saying our Hellos is to scout out the location and decide where we’re doing what. Neil loved the feel of the third floor game room area and it only made sense to take the guys upstairs for a while.

Locations are pretty endless at the plantation and it’s definitely one of my favorite things about that venue, however not even the venue took the main stage when it came to Elizabeth & Nathan’s day. A few of my favorite things: How calm and collected both Elizabeth & Nathan were leading up to the ceremony – not sure I’ve hung out with a more laid back couple preparing for the biggest day of their lives thus far! How tender and patient Elizabeth was with the children they’d included in their wedding – she spent so much time making sure everyone was comfortable and having a great time. How packed and energized the dance floor was during the reception even though it grew a tad chilly outside. And last but definitely not least: How Nathan looked at Elizabeth from the first moment he saw her walking down the aisle toward him. Almost as if he still could not believe that she was with him, that she’d said YES to being his wife, and that she would be his forever and ever! I’m sure, even months later now, that he still looks at her that same adoring way!


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An Early Fall Engagement Session | Paducah, Kentucky

More often than not I don’t KNOW my couples before meeting their face to face during their engagement session. So before Shelby & Corey’s, I had no idea how sad I would be that I wouldn’t be available for their destination wedding this coming spring! We met in Downtown Paducah for their more formal outfit before heading to a location that I needed to find the perfect match for from a couple Pinterest images Shelby had shared with me… and I think we nailed it!


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A Lifestyle Studio Newborn Session | Paducah, Kentucky

I’ve only known Jessica since before high school when we found out we were actually second (or third?) cousins! We were in color guard together and when she came to Murray State for college my sophomore, her freshmen year, I got to see her a few times (busy busy lives!) and even watch her precious son Ben. That was years ago though and NOW she’s welcome her and Brad’s second child into the world – Baby Amelia!

They live in Lexington but came down to me for their maternity and Amelia’s newborn portraits – that’s loyalty! And I was beyond honored! This sweet girl spent the first part of her session wanting snuggles and the second part asleep. Just the way I like lifestyle newborn portraits!


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