Jennifer & Tyler // Iceland Adventure Engagement Session // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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How do you narrow down two days of photos from a road trip across the southern coast of Iceland with a gorgeous, adventurous couple? By taking lots & lots of time and being forever conflicted about your choices... at least that's how you do it if you're me. It took me six weeks to finish this blog post, but I'm so excited to finally share the magic with you all!

Jennifer explained things best: "For a good while after we started dating, Tyler was living in Germany and I was in Kentucky. This meant meeting up 'in the middle' sometimes, and one of those times was Iceland. So when we had the chance to return and take our engagement photos there we jumped at the opportunity. These past three years have been an incredible adventure and I'm excited for many more."

Iceland was one of the most magical places I have ever been. I can't wait to get back and hopefully photograph an elopement or intimate wedding in that otherworldly landscape. Now that I've spent some time exploring on my own, I've got a few lesser known places lined up for the most magical background for your adventure... just let me know if you're interested and we can make some magic happen together!

I'll soon be posting some personal travel images from our visit, so keep an eye out on the blog in the next few weeks. You can also check out past couple's sessions here as well as past travel posts here.

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Janice & Quentin // Jewel-Toned Summer Wedding with Chinese Tea Ceremony at Warrenwood Manor // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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It's been a couple years since I had the chance to photograph a wedding at Warrenwood Manor, so I was thrilled when Janice & Quentin told me that's where they were getting married! It's not often a venue has a gorgeous space to get ready, multiple location options for having the ceremony, as well as an ideal reception space. As a photographer, I can't tell you how much stress is alleviated from a wedding day when you don't have to drive from location to location. It makes it so everyone can have some downtime and really be present, plus it gives us the ability to take couple's photos casually throughout the day instead of in one bigger block of time. Before this turns into an advertisement for Warrenwood, let's talk about this amazing couple.

Janice & Quentin are full of joy & laughter. They are remarkably kind to each other and everyone around them, so it didn't surprise me when they made every member of their vendor team feel like family. It was humbling to get to photograph their wedding and I am so happy to now call them friends! 

I could go on and on, but I really should just let the images speak for themselves. I’ve shared a few more details throughout the post that I couldn’t resist including.

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During the Chinese tea ceremony, Quentin & Janice served tea to their parents and grandparents as a way to show respect and say thank you for helping them become the people they are now. Each of those family members said a little something after they had been served tea. I LOVE this tradition— it brought a new layer of intention, thoughtfulness, and intimacy to the day that really stuck with me and set the tone for the remainder of the day. 

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In their words, "having dinner family style is not only a great tie into Chinese culture, but also helps us make the evening more intimate and bring together people from all different parts of our lives." I couldn't agree more— getting to sit and chat with guests during dinner was wonderful and I enjoyed watching so many important people from their lives all talking and getting to know one another. 

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If you're crushing on their florals, State & Arrow Design Co. also did the florals for Kate & Rob's woodsy wedding. If you're wanting to see more intimate weddings in historic homes then Lauren & Dean's wedding won't disappoint. 


Wedding Coordinator: Kaelyn Query with LexEffect // DJ: Mike Faulkner with BMF Sound Design // Florals: Jamie with State and Arrow // Caterer: Ashley with Minton’s // Wedding Gown: Martina Liana // Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All // Make-Up: Something Blu // Pie Bar: Missy’s // Venue: Warrenwood Manor

Abby & Schyler // Anniversary Couple's Session // Blue Hour Swim in Deam Lake

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I've been in the mood to shoot during blue hour lately. There is just something about that time right after sunset that allows for play in so many ways— switching up shutter speeds and accessing a whole different color palette. For this session, we got the most gorgeous golden hour complete with a light rainstorm, a small rainbow, and a stunning sunset— as well as an interesting blue hour as well. 

Abby and Schyler have been together as long as I can remember. I first photographed them dancing at my senior prom. Over the years, I've loved watching their big milestones online— including seven years of marriage and two sweet children. They've had so many amazing big moments together and have supported each other through some really hard times too. Despite all the years, as they played together and goofed off during our session they were giving off some serious newlywed vibes. It's obvious that they are just as in love now as they were ten years ago. 

Abby made me cry, when the morning after the session she wrote me, "Thanks again so much for last night. For us, it was more than just a photo session. It was nice to be a little more carefree and focus on each other. We got to reconnect in a way and play around like we were young again thanks to you. You are so amazing at what you do and you made us feel super comfortable all while having fun. Thank you so much."

I love anniversary sessions so much, in case you do too check out Chris & Cassie's Chicago conservatory session or Alex & Collin's in-home session.

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Amanda + Gil // Whitehall Garden Wedding // Louisville, Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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For Amanda & Gil's blog post I wanted to try something a little different. Their garden wedding had so many gorgeous greens and Whitehall has lots of lovely colorful wallpaper as well...but every time I went through the images the black & white versions were what stood out to me. I've always wanted to share a wedding in just black & white, so today I'm taking the leap! Please keep in mind I delivered both color & black and white images to them, you can see some of the color versions on Instagram, but I'm excited to share the monochrome versions with you all here!

Amanda & Gil had been in a long distance relationship for a couple of years while Amanda worked in Iowa and Gil worked in Louisville. Now they are happily settled in Texas. Their wedding was a celebration of their new marriage of course, but it also felt like a celebration of finally getting to live together. I really enjoyed documenting each of them interacting with their parents and their side of the wedding party before the ceremony— you could tell how much everyone in their lives cares for them. Giving them the space to have some time together alone in the gardens after the ceremony allowed for some really sweet and intimate images as well. They used Amanda's grandmother's cake stand and the knife her parents used at their own wedding. I really loved getting to stay all the way until the end of the night when they left Whitehall in their getaway car with all their friends and family waving on the front porch. I feel like the images really speak for themselves, so that's all I'll share! 

If you're looking for more gorgeous, historic weddings Annmarie & Ethan's Warrenwood wedding and Lauren & Dean's Paducah wedding would be wonderful to check out! 

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Wedding DJ: HayDJ // Florist: J. Elizabeth Designs // Caterer: Masterson's Catering // Wedding Gown: Lillian West through The Couture Closet // Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal // Cake: Stir Crazy Cakes // Harpist: Rozanna Thompson // Venue: Whitehall Gardens

Lauren & Dean // Intimate & Historic Paducah Wedding // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

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Lauren and Dean's intimate, historic wedding in Paducah, Kentucky is literally what wedding photographers dream about. Not only was it filled with gorgeous details and dreamy light, but they have such a big love for each other and everyone around them, and it really came through in their images. I feel so lucky to have been a part of their wedding day.

Driving down to Paducah from Louisville was a wonderful way to start the day. It's easy to get used to how stunning Kentucky is, but as I drove through the rolling hills in Western Kentucky I was in awe. I always get "warmed up" on a wedding day with detail shots— Lauren's dress was so perfectly her. I couldn't even imagine how she found one to fit her style and personality so seamlessly, but soon I learned that her mother Amy made it by hand and it all made sense. In eleven years of photographing weddings, I don't think I've seen a handmade dress - let alone one sewed by the bride's mother! All of their details felt that personal and I absolutely loved it. Dean said, "Lauren being a graphic designer by trade really helped keep the aesthetic timeless and classic. She has a great eye!" and I couldn't agree more. 

For their ceremony, "we wanted to incorporate both our religious upbringings in the service. It was important for me to include some Filipino traditions, the coins, cord, and veil, in the service to honor my heritage and our commitment to each other. We skipped the candle lighting and some other traditions (sand, ribbon, etc) and trimmed down some of the Christian traditions to just what we wanted and felt was right."

My favorite moment of the day ended up being their favorite moment as well, which makes me incredibly happy. After the dance floor had been going for a little while, the sun was getting pretty low, so I snagged them and we snuck out to the fire escape to watch the sunset. I always try to give me couples a breather to reflect on the day and really take it all in at some point and I'm so glad they enjoy it as much as I do. 

I'll leave you with some words of wisdom from the couple, "I got this advice from a bunch of people for our wedding day, but I'll pass it along: The day goes by so quickly so it's important to stop worrying about everything and slow down and notice all the details and the little moments. Also to make sure to take time to be alone together and enjoy some moments alone together as newlyweds."

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 Lauren & Dean sit on the fire escape to take a breather from dancing at their Paducah, Kentucky wedding.  
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Venue: The Grand Lodge // Florals: Flower and Furbish // Wedding Gown: Made by Lauren's Mom, Amy Smith // Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way // Groomsmen's suits: Indochino // Caterer: Tomi Blom with The Grand Lodge // DJ: Sound Services DJ Entertainment // Cake: Artisan Kitchen // Make-up: F.A.C.E. Makeup Artistry // Hair: Megan Bandera // Bow Tie: Tie Bar // Cufflinks: BHLDN //