Rachael Houser Photography » Wedding Photographer based in Western Kentucky

Neil and I woke up yesterday morning and left for Paducah around 10. We needed to drop our pups off at my parents’ house and get to Cracker Barrel by 11 for my sil Amy and my fil Jimmy’s birthday lunch. Like I promised, I brought my camera along with me.

{ Terri and Jimmy, my in laws }

{ Kolton and Amy }

{ I die from the cuteness! }

After lunch I walked a few miles with my mom around their neighborhood while Neil watched football with my dad. And after that, Neil and I hung out at his parents’ house for a while until it was time for dinner. I took a few pictures of their remodeled bathroom and then took a few pictures of myself. I hadn’t taken a picture of myself in a bathroom mirror in a long time so I thought it was about time for some more :)

Around 5:30pm we all headed over to my sil Kelly and my sil Clint’s house to eat pizza and play with Kolton.

{ Boy will be boys! }

{ This is my 8 year old husband }

{ Kolton and his Granddaddy }

{ Kolton and his Na Na }

{ Kolton loves Neil’s new playstattion phone }

{ I love love love my boys! }

We ended the night watching The Smurfs Movie before heading home. It was such a nice family oriented Sunday that makes me wish we were moving home sooner rather than later. Patience. Patience.

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This is the only picture I took over Christmas. It’s a major let down for myself as a photographer but also for myself as the family documenter. It’s a picture of our Christmas tree in our apartment that I actually took AFTER Christmas, AFTER we got home from Florida.

I have no excuse for it.

Today, we’re spending the day in Paducah. It’s my sister-in-law Amy and my father-in-law Jimmy’s birthday lunch. I plan on documenting the entire day with my camera. Get ready for a picture heavy blog post tomorrow!

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My study buddy during finals week.

This is where I find my pups almost every night while I’m getting ready for bed.

Aly hanging out with me while I hang out with Megan and Maddie.

My pups think my dad’s new coat that he got for Christmas is their new bed.

Benny got a hair cut….more like a trim.

And finally, my pups on the ride home from picking them up from my parents’ Tuesday morning. I missed them so much! And can you blame me? Just look at these adorable doxies!

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Jenny -

I miss those pups!! And their owners ;)

Mel -

I’m such a sucker for Benny! :D I love love love his long hair! Dan hates long hairs and won’t let me have one, lol. He thinks they will be a pain to keep up on. (Meaning, he’s too lazy to brush them…Heh…)

Yesterday I had lunch with my favorite Erin Cecile at my favorite local lunch eatery. It was so nice to just sit and chat with her….something I haven’t done since July. How sad is that? We use to be so close, we use to see each other pretty often, we use to talk more. We’re both really busy and it doesn’t help that we live 45 ish minutes apart. I just hope we don’t let 6 months pass before we see each other again.

In other news, my last semester of nursing school starts Tuesday morning. I can’t believe that in just 5 months I’ll be a registered nurse. It doesn’t seem real and yet it’s all I’ve been working towards for the past 2 years. I expect this semester to be the hardest but I’m hoping that it won’t….I’m hoping to catch a break. I have two weddings (so far) this spring, I’m president of my school’s branch of the Kentucky Association of Nursing Students (KANS) as well as the communications director for KANS. It’s a lot to handle but I really can’t complain. There are a few of my classmates that have kids and a husband who’s over seas. There are a few of my classmates who have part time jobs and still keep up their grades in nursing school.

I just can’t wait for this semester to be over. Being done with nursing school won’t make my life easier. I won’t be any less busy than I am now but I will be done and that’s all that matters. Right now, anyway.

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My best friend Lorena and her husband celebrated their marriage with a wedding in their hometown this past weekend. I was lucky enough to be one of her bridesmaids so Neil and I drove the 14 hours down to Melbourne, Florida on the night of the 28th.

We drove through the night and checked into our amazing hotel around 4pm on Thursday. When we left Kentucky it was 31 degrees and when we got to Florida it was 65 degrees. I’ve only been to Florida between the months of March and July so this was definitely a nice change. It was like May in December and I loved it!

We unpacked and headed down the road to this little beach diner that Lorena suggested, Long Doggers.

We woke up the next morning to this gorgeous view.

We ate breakfast at the hotel where I noticed that they served all their drinks in fancy drink containers. And they serve cranberry juice.

After breakfast, we met Lorena and Chad at the mall so we could pick up a few last minute things for the wedding and also, my late Christmas present from Neil :)

For lunch we went to a little beach pizza place, once again, suggested by Lorena.

We had planned to go to the beach for the rest of the day, it was a LOVELY 75 degrees, but I needed a bathing suit first! We stopped by a little beach store (notice everything is “a little beach…”) to pick one up and then all of the sudden it was time to get ready for the wedding rehearsal.

The rehearsal was short and the dinner was fine but the dessert was better.

The next day was wedding day! I met the girls at a salon a few minutes from the hotel to get our hair done. I really wish I had remembered to take a picture of my hair do but I didn’t…all I have is a picture of what my hair looked like later that night after I took it down.

The wedding day went just about as smooth as any other wedding day goes. AKA, not smooth at all. We were rushed while getting our hair done at the salon, we were really rushed while we were doing our makeup at the hotel, and we were really REALLY rushed during the whole pre-ceremony picture time. Being a wedding photographer, I’m aware of all the time that’s needed to take portrait pictures during a wedding but most people do not. Lorena’s wedding photographers understood that so it was all good and the ceremony started right on time.

The ceremony itself was really short, just like Lorena and Chad wanted it to be, and once it was over and we had a few more sunset pictures taken the reception started. The entire wedding party decorated the reception hall and Lorena’s mom catered and it was just a wonderful wonderful night with fun had by all. Lorena looked gorgeous and they both looked extremely happy.

The next morning I took a few more pictures of the view from our hotel balcony because I still couldn’t (and still can’t) get over the fact that we were in Florida in January.

We spent the rest of the day with Lorena and Chad and few of their friends on the beach. I finally got to lay out and enjoy the beautiful Florida weather.

That night we joined a group of Lorena’s friends and family for dinner at an Irish Pub.

Our last morning in Florida it turned a tad chilly. Not by Kentucky standards, of course, but cooler than it had been the past few days before. Still. It was so beautiful.

After breakfast we hit the mall to walk around a bit before the 14 hour car ride. I drove the first half while Neil slept.

And then Neil drove the second half all the way home. We got home around midnight on Monday night/Tuesday morning. All in all it was a wonderful trip. I really wish we had been able to stay longer but since Neil had to go back to work Tuesday afternoon we stayed as long as we could.

I wanted to take more pictures than I did; I took my camera and was fully prepared to document everything but instead, I ended up enjoying the trip to its fullest. Something I really want to work on this year is being able to balance life with photography and I know this trip was just a start.

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