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Romantic & Modern Historic Wedding at Kentucky's Ashford Acres Inn by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Left imageL The exterior of Ashford Acres inn - a historic two story white home with four large columns and black wooden shutters. Right image: a wedding dress hangs in a doorway. You can see a white column outside. The dress has a lace top and tulle in the bottom.

During Annastasia and Taylor's engagement session, a summer thunderstorm rolled through almost as soon as we started. We hid out under a pavilion for a few minutes, but once it was clear that it wasn't going to stop raining anytime soon, they spent the rest of the evening dancing and laughing together in the downpour. You can tell how adventurous, joyful, and resilient they are in those images and it resulted in some of the best photos I've ever taken. If there is one thing I've learned over the years, it's that you can tell so much about a couple by how they respond to difficult or unplanned situations and these two are clearly amazing together. Since the day, I have been counting down the days until their wedding!

Annastasia is the event planner and inn manager at Ashford Acres, so their wedding venue was especially significant to them. My jaw dropped when I first got there - I still can't believe how well the venue balances historic southern charm with modern elegance. They made wonderful use of the space as well. They got ready in the main house, had their ceremony in the corner green space, the cocktail hour was held in the yard where they provided lawn games, then guests made their way into the modern barn for the reception. There were so many thoughtful details throughout the day— including a bourbon tasting bar, a cozy sitting space on the barn veranda, and a spread of desserts that included bundt cakes, cupcakes, and bourbon balls. I especially love how they created a dramatically long head table using wooden farmhouse tables surrounded by rounds with two different colors of tablecloths in the dining area. That, combined with the handwritten place cards, made each seat feel special and unique. All in all, the day highlighted all the best parts of Kentucky in the sweetest and most thoughtful ways.

The most difficult part of the day for me was narrowing down where to take couple's photos— every corner was stunning and I could have spent half the day running around with just the two of them in that gorgeous space. However, it's really important to me that my couples spend most of their wedding day celebrating with their friends and family— not posing for endless photos. My primary goal is always to document the day as it unfolds. All those candid interactions are the memories that mean the most in the long run. I am so in love with how everything turned out and am really excited to share some of those images with you all! If you're looking for more Kentucky wedding goodness, this colorful stunner from last year and this romantic fall wedding both highlight Kentucky in the sweetest ways.

Coordinators: Hope Mullikin, Haley Carr, & Whitney Blue // DJ: Travis McGuire with Elite Events DJ // Florals: Hal's Flowers / Catering: Ashford Acres Inn & Food Truck // Venue: Ashford Acres Inn // Videography: Happy Camper Films // Dress: Twirl Boutique // Hair: Maddie Woff // Makeup: Hanna Barnett // Tux: Men's Warehouse // Cake: The Simple Kitchen // Desserts: Nothing Bundt Cakes // Furniture Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture and Oasis Productions // Ice Cream: Crank and Boom // Jumpsuit: Francesca’s // Rings: Jared’s

Maggie & Corey // Romantic Fall Wedding at The Barn at Twin Lakes // Louisville Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

Maggie and Corey are one of those couples who are just a joy to be around. They first met in English class, so for their engagement session we went to Carmichael's bookstore and then to Big Rock to hike with their doggos - you can check it out here. We had a great time talking and exploring and I knew that their wedding was going to be one for the books (or the blog, as it stands.) Each place setting had Emily Bronte’s classic line ‘whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same’ on a bookmark for guests to take home. The barn was filled with twinkle lights, beams of sunlight coming through the slats of the wood, and gorgeous moody florals - it couldn't have been more romantic and was absolutely a wedding photographer's dream. 

October 20th was one of the windiest days of the year in Kentucky, (I came home to a house with no power, but that's a story for a different time) and it caused havoc with decor and hairstyles, but it did amazing things with Maggie's dress. I absolutely loved the movement it created in the images, so overall I'm happy to take the bad with the good.

My favorite moment was when we ran (literally) outside for some sunset images and Corey initiated the Titanic-style spin without me asking. I don't think it gets better than that. If you're looking for more outdoor Kentucky ceremonies then Janice & Quentin's wedding at Warrenwood would be a great fit or if you want to see more gorgeous moody florals Micaha & Austin's Springhouse garden wedding is lovely. 

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Wedding Coordinator: Marti Holnagel with Unveiled Details // DJ: Complete Weddings and Events // Florist: State and Arro// Caterer: Lady Fingers // Videographer: Luke Woodward // Wedding Gown: Lillian West through Couture Closet // Wedding Party Attire: Rebeccas Louisville //Hair & Make-Up: Shana Montgomery with Fringe Theory

Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding and Elopement Photographer

It's always really hard for me to choose a favorite moment on wedding days, but I will never forget Suzy's face when she saw Elle for the first time at the ceremony. It's way up at the top of my list of best moments from the day (although it was full of amazing moments). If you're short on time, scroll down to the start of the ceremony photos because I really don't want you to miss those reaction shots.

When I first pulled up to the Lincliff Estate I was blown away and I have never been SO GLAD to get to a venue early. There was enough time for me to explore the gardens and once again I found myself fangirling over plants at a wedding. It ended up raining throughout the ceremony (and well into the reception), but it made it feel really intimate and fun. Their grandmothers were the flower girls and one of their best friends was the ring bearer. They had several friends and family members do readings throughout the ceremony— it felt personal, intentional, and romantic. 

I would be lying if I said I didn't get a little teary during the toasts and as Elle & Suzy danced with their families. With every interaction, you could tell how much everyone there adored them. Also, EVERYONE was tearing it up on the dance floor— I don't know if I've ever seen a dance floor so packed and full of energy. 

If you're wanting to see even more gorgeous spring florals Angela & Jon and Lauren & Joey brought their A-game to the floral department as well. Also Elle & Suzy's engagement session was so much fun— you really should check it out if you haven't seen it already. Or even if you've already seen it because it's that good. As always, I've linked to all the amazing vendors at the bottom of the post. 

Elle & Suzy’s wedding was featured over on Catalyst Wedding Co!

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Elle & Suzy // Spring Wedding at the Lincliffe Estate // LGBTQ Kentucky Wedding Photographer // Louisville Engagement Photography // Reception

 

Wedding Coordinator: Alicia Sarantis with Weekend Wedding Warrior // DJ: DJ Akib // Florist: Jamie Fairman with State & Arrow // Caterer: Farm to Fork // Videographer: White Owl Weddings

Lauren & Joey // Rainy & Romantic Wedding In Kentucky // Louisville Wedding Photographer

Lauren & Joey // Private Residence // Goshen, Kentucky // October 2017

So if you saw Lauren & Joey's in-home engagement session you already know what a badass couple they are. If you haven't already seen it, I'm going to go ahead and insist you have a peek and then come back here. I promise this post isn't going anywhere.

Alright, now that you are armed with that background knowledge, go ahead grab your tissues and check out this gorgeous wedding day. 

I arrived at Lauren's parent's house in the afternoon— there were storm clouds scattered throughout the sky. As everyone got ready, the weather alternated between rain and sunshine. It didn't dampen anyone's mood, but it did pose the question "backyard or tent ceremony?" No one could decide. After finishing makeup, the ladies climbed into bed to watch the Lily & Marshall wedding episode of How I Met Your Mother while I photographed details in the window. We all swooned over the florals...and the shoes...and the custom illustrated portraits on the invitations...but especially the "nasty woman" pin Joey got Lauren as a wedding gift. 

When it was time for the first look, we used umbrellas just in case— and sure enough, nearly as soon as they saw each other the sky opened up (as did some tear-ducts 😂 ). Soon enough the rain cleared up, but I can't say the same about Joey's eyes. So. Many. Happy. Tears. I loved it. Weather-wise, it went back and forth like that for a while and so we decided the tent would be the best option for the wedding itself. 

Almost as soon as they stood up for the ceremony it began to pour. There is something so romantic about rain during a wedding— family members snuggled close as they listened to the teary, heartfelt vows. It was magical and perfect. After dinner, guests crowded onto the dance floor and it got wild. Several members of Lauren's family are actually professional dancers and believe me it showed. A favorite (very unexpected) moment was watching Lauren and her father joyously jump around the dance-floor to "Who Let The Dogs Out?" as well as Joey's crew belting out Morrissey the way so many weddings belt out Journey at the end of the night. 

If you are looking for more outdoor weddings featuring adorable couples, nearly all my blog posts would hit the mark, but may I recommend Angela & Jon's Blackacre wedding or Michele & Cody's cave wedding as good starting places?

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Yes we did snag a few shots with their lovely officiant where the ceremony was originally going to be held. <3 

Yes we did snag a few shots with their lovely officiant where the ceremony was originally going to be held. <3 

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Featured in Kentucky Bride Print Volumne 10, Issue 1 

Venue: Private Residence // Florals: Rose and Honey // Caterer: Farm to Fork // DJ: Chris Johnson // Band: Jenni Cochran and Aaron Craker of Frederick the Younger // Hair & Make-Up: Twisted Salon // Cake: Flour de Lis Bakery // Dress: Maggie Sottero through Rebecca's Wedding Boutique //

Angela & Jon // Romantic Summer Wedding at Blackacre // Kentucky Wedding Photography

Angela & Jon // Blackacre  // Louisville, KY // July 2017

I've known Angela for over 15 years now, but we first got to really know each other in high school through our mutual passion for photography. As adults, we've taught many of the same photography classes at local non-profits and have shared some favorite historic processes. I have always loved and admired her work, so when she asked me to photograph her wedding (and to bring along some film!) I was beyond thrilled.

Blackacre was the perfect venue for Angela & Jon as their education center, community gardens, and artist residency programs all reflect important aspects of their lives. Both are teachers with JCPS and Angela is an amazing artist as well, so having those things highlighted in the venue was really wonderful. You might notice a subtle Twin Peaks theme running throughout the day— the table numbers were locations from the series and their wish you were here wall included an image of Laura Palmer. 

A few other details of note: Angela's longtime friend Brad made the cake and it was topped with Angela's grandparent's wedding topper, one of the groomsmen couldn't be physically present so they made a life-size cardboard cut-out of him, and the signature cocktails were created to reflect their passions (the stumbling jogger and the fumbling photographer respectively.) 

If you are wanting to see more from Blackacre Erin & Andrew's wedding was gorgeous. If you need more Twin Peaks in your life Lauren & Joey's in-home engagement session is the way to go. If you just want more Angela & Jon then check out their badass Portland engagement session. 

Angela & Jon’s wedding was featured in Bridal Musings.

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Venue: Blackacre Conservancy // Wedding Coordinator: Emily Gaddie // Bouquets & Flower Crowns: State & Arrow Design Co.  // Centerpieces & Boutonnieres: Inflora Collective  // Caterer: MozzaPi // DJ: HAY DJ // Hair: Chelsea Ramey with DC Studio // Make-Up: Joanne Wolf // Cake: Brad Shader // Pops: Steel City Pops // Dress: BHLDN