Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

Brittany & Chris’ day started off perfectly smooth. I arrived at the Summers Riverview Mansion Bed And Breakfast and, after meeting Chris at the front door, I headed upstairs to Brittany. Chris, however, returned to nervously pacing in the downstairs parlor. It was really, very adorable. I spent some time photographing details while Brittany’s mom finished up Brittany’s hair and make up and then joined Chris in the room next door where he told me such a beautiful secret: Brittany is pregnant! It was such a lovely surprise, and it made the rest of the day that more special. Not that the day needed any help feeling special – the wedding was just Chris and his parents, and Brittany and her parents. And me and the owners of the bed and breakfast of course! Even though my time with the Brittany and Chris was short (too short!) I am so honored that I was chosen to photograph their intimate day.

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Brittany’s flowers? Absolutely gorgeous!

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Brittany’s shoes for the wedding look remarkably similar to her every day shoes… only much newer ;)

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I LOVE this photo of Chris and Brittany’s dad. It just says so much!

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The moment when a bride realizes, Oh my goodness, I’m getting married!

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The Father/Daughter First Look! One of my new favorites!

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When I took this photo, I was focusing on placement of the ring on the ring finger. When I was editing this photo was the first time I saw the little heart tattoo on the side of her thumb. Cutest tattoo ever, amiright?!?

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Married!!! Have you ever seen a bride look at their new husband with such adoration??? Pure love, y’all.

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This was my very first bridal expo and to say the entire experience was overwhelming would be an understatement.

Planning. Designing. Building. Ordering. Purchasing. Implementing.

And finally, it all came together on January 26, 2013 at the Carroll Convention Center in Paducah Kentucky. My parents and husband helped me set most of it up the night before and my trusty assistant Amy (aka my sister in law!) helped with the final touches that morning, before all 300+ brides stormed the ball room.

Because I’d not taken part in an expo or show before, I had VERY little expectations. My goal? To at least LOOK busy. To have a steady flow of people in my booth. Little did I know, I would leave the expo at the end of the 6 hours with 6 weddings booked. Later that night? 3 more. Since then? 4 more just from the expo.

The Bristol Bridal Expo was a huge step for me and I am SO glad I took it. It, among other things, has given me a big boost of confidence. Just the right amount for me to take my business full time. I am so incredibly excited about this journey I’m on and I hope you’ll join me!

If you, or someone you know, are planning a wedding. Please contact me. I’d LOVE to chat with you about what I can do for you and your wedding :)

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Gallery wraps, prints, and studio albums – WHCC
Business cards and price cards – Moo
White leather stools, green velvet bench, and frames – T.J.Maxx
Custom cookies – Cass & Company
Pink napkins – Walmart!

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Tomorrow is my first wedding of 2013.

Wait, let me step back.

Tomorrow is my first wedding of 2013!!!!

There. That’s better.

I can’t tell you how exciting this year is going to be. How busy it’s going to be and how life changing it’s hopefully going to be. There is so much in store and it is all starting tomorrow with Sunni & Cody’s Kentucky Dam Village wedding.

Congrats Sunni & Cody! I can’t wait to share in this special day with you!

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It’s Christmas!

Well, it WAS Christmas a while ago. Due to my unexpected hiatus from the blogging world, I’m just now getting around to blogging pictures from my mom’s family’s Christmas get together at my parents’ house on Christmas Eve. Now, normally, I would have just let it go since it’s so close to Easter but I love Christmas so darn much! Looking at these pictures just makes me happy :)

The real tree my mom decorated herself. She was pretty proud of it and was so excited to try a purple theme this year.
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Above the fireplace were my mom’s Santa’s From Around the World. She collects them.
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My little second cousin. Isn’t he a cutie?
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For the first Christmas…ever… my family opted to have BBQ instead of the traditional ham or turkey. No fear, the desserts were nothing but Christmas!
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My immediate family with my mom’s mom in the middle <3
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