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Along side my husband of over a decade, I photograph people in love with each other and in love with their lives. We're based in Paducah Kentucky but gladly will go anywhere you want to take us!
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When you live across the hall from one another, in the same apartment complex, you’re bound to bump into each other at some point. Both Justine’s and Aaron’s friends had been encouraging them to get out and meet “people” so after seeing Aaron around, one day she took it upon herself and knocked on Aaron’s front door. The rest is history!
I’d known of Justine from other brides that I’d photographed locally so I was crazy excited when she emailed me one day regarding her wedding… She and Aaron are literal dream clients and I couldn’t wait to make them an official #RHPCouple! I had no doubt from the beginning of our working relationship that Justine is an ideal #RHPBride but she’s continued to be even after the engagement session by including me in tons of venue plans! She cares what her images look like and she knows that I know of those tiny details that will make her images standout from the rest. I cannot wait to make her vision a reality and with the help of an outstanding group of vendors, it’s happening in just two months!!
This doesn’t happen at every wedding that we photograph, but I love it when the toasts end and I feel like I have a deeper understanding of who are bride and groom are. Anna 3 best friends from the different stages of her life and Tyler’s best friend from college shared beautiful and hilarious memories of the two of them that allowed me to feel like I knew them better. I learned that Anna and her best man were in a terrible car accident several years ago and that brought them even closer to walk through the healing journey together. I learned that Anna is one of the most generous people in practically every single one of the lives of the people that know her. I learned that she and Tyler met at a gym and it took her a full week from when he asked her out to when she eventually said yes. And I learned that Tyler had quite the random and fun time in school with his groomsmen! But also that he has been a dependable person in all of these mens’ lives and that they were more than happy to stand by his side as he marries his soul mate.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I scroll through other photographer’s wedding blog posts, you see pretty pictures and gorgeous couples, but you don’t really feel like you KNOW them. I’m thankful for couples who turn into friends and who allow us into their lives. We may only share one full day together but always leave feeling like we have made friends and have shared in a small but meaningful part of our client’s special day!! It truly is a dream job!
It’s sad to say but this is our last wedding for a little while – We’ll pick back up in August! And in the meantime I’ll be catching up on blogging 2018 weddings that I was unable to blog last year. I think this wedding is a great one to end on before I press pause on my 2019 wedding season…
Anna & Tyler, Congratulations!!!!!! We couldn’t be more excited for you two!!! Enjoy your wedding day from our perspective!
My mother and I are super close. We talk on the phone multiple times a day and it’s not uncommon for us to see each other multiple times a week for different reasons (mostly because she wants to see her grandchildren). But we’ve always been this close – she practically planned our entire wedding 12-13 years ago!
Unbeknownst to Madison or her mom, they each emailed me individually to inquire about me shooting Madison & Seth’s Fall 2019 wedding. In fact, it was Madison’s mom who I first heard from so when replying to Madison’s email, I had to tell her how funny and perfect I found it. I have a feeling if I were getting married in this day and age, that my mom and I would have picked the same photographer and we would have both taken it upon ourselves and done what Madison and her mom did!
When it came time to plan their engagement session, both Madison & Seth thought about the place where they both spend a lot of time with Madison’s family – the place where Seth proposed to Madison a few months prior – Madison’s dad’s family cabin in Marion KY. I followed them out to in the middle of nowhere…. almost literally because I didn’t have cell service! But it was worth it once I arrived! So much foliage. So secluded. So many different spots. So perfect and personal for Madison & Seth!
Every Bride’s bridesmaid group surely love heir bride. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have spent money on their (more often than not) expensive bridesmaid dress, traveled to the wedding location for a long weekend, or sacrificed said long weekend to do one thing – celebrate their friend’s marriage to her soulmate. But these bridesmaids were something special. While they all know each other, their connections to Jamie are different and yet they all came together so seamlessly to make Jamie & Casey’s wedding day something that everyone would remember in the best of ways!
Likewise, Casey’s groomsmen were the fun and harmless distraction that is needed on what is usually a pretty serious and structured day. Casey’s guys kept him and everyone around them laughing and genuinely enjoying the day, before and after the party started!
And then there was both Jamie & Casey’s family who were so present in the various moments of the day. You could tell that every single person – family, friend, guest – would thrilled for this couple and were honored to be invited to witness the first day of Jamie & Casey’s forever. And I was honored to be there to photograph such a wonderful day! Congrats to Jamie & Casey – yay marriage!!!
I’m quiet used to knowing my way around most churches and venues in our area due to having photographed a wedding or two there before but having the honor and pleasure of visiting the Farris’ home a second time around, for a second wedding – that is a different feeling. Abbey’s mother welcomed me as soon as I stepped into the open side door and instead of needing led to the location of where Abbey and her bridesmaids were getting ready, I knew exactly where I was going. Before heading upstairs to the bonus room, I pointed Neil toward the door that led to the basement – where Colby and his groomsmen would be getting ready later in the day. Other than those first two rooms, I wanted everything else to be completely different for Abbey’s wedding. I didn’t want to revisit anything that I’d already done for her older sister Taylor’s wedding back in the fall of 2017. I wanted the two sisters to feel the exact same way with their experience with me, while also feeling special with the images they receive. No two weddings are the same, no matter the similarities.
Abbey & Colby’s ceremony was positioned in the center of the far backyard, with the pond behind the alter area. They knew exactly what they were doing because the light was perfect for the bridal party AND the guests (a sometimes difficult thing to accomplish with outdoor ceremonies) during the entire wedding ceremony. Not one person had glaring sunlight in their eyes! And because they did a first look, Abbey & Colby had almost double the amount of bride and groom portraits – and in different lighting situations and therefore, different locations on her family’s property! I was in heaven!!!
The night continued in two large tents in the backyard that were decorated in the most gorgeous greenery and floral arrangements that I could have ever imagined gracing the tables! While the attention to detail and the beautiful decor were enough for sure, nothing overshadowed Abbey & Colby and how obviously happy they both were to be sharing this day with their friends and family! I think I teared up at least two times, once while watching Colby’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time that day. Abbey had warned me that she personally isn’t a very openly emotional person, and thought she tried to hide it, I saw her excitement during their first look as well. She couldn’t have fooled anyone in those moments.
The forecast was calling for rain. Surprise, surprise. This spring season in Kentucky has been unusually rainy, but that never deters us from being able to capture a wedding day!! Sara and I had emailed back and forth to discuss umbrellas and how we would handle the weather situation. I could tell that she was disappointed at the potential of not having bride & groom portraits outside. But even more than that, they were really looking forward to having their first look outside, in front of Ted’s mother’s art work that covers their reception site.
Because these two shared a first look, they were able to have so many portraits captured in between the rain! Every time the clouds cleared for a few minutes, we would take them outside to snap a few more! Sara and Ted couldn’t have been more easy-going. They were hopeful for their first dance to also take place outside in the courtyard behind the reception venue and since they were so open on when I thought things should take place, we pushed their first dance back a little and the clouds cleared for good… their first dance was so gorgeous with their friends and family surrounding them and the twinkle lights above!