When Rachel contacted me about their engagement session she wanted to incorporate one thing... SUNFLOWERS! The only problem was is that we were about a week or two late to the sunflower party and the only sunflower field we found was gated with no access... Yeah you can imagine how bummed we were. Why keep such beauty locked away from random strangers?!?! haha So we improvised we chose to add in a small bouquet of her favorite florals and ran with it!! Turns out, it was the perfect touch to add to their already intimate morning engagement in Lexington! (Those sunflower ring shots though... HEART EYES everywhere) Getting up early and taking advantage of all the beautiful places LEX has to offer before the busy crowds take over was definitely the right idea! Rachel and Logan, you all were so incredibly adorable and we can't wait for your big day next year!
When we talked about where to do their engagement session, they mentioned doing it at Zach's Family farm. I had no idea it was going to be this beautiful. Even though we were a little nervous about the weather, it turned out to be a gorgeous day. I pulled up to a family farm with a fields of corn, tall grass, soy beans, barns, creeks and a lovely house with a GORGEOUS view. (Can we ask for anything more? I think not.) Zach grew up playing all over this land and helped his dad and his grandfather farm it. (check out the tractors in some of the shots below! They belong to Zach's father and grandfather) We explored the most beautiful spots together, driving around on their side by side, and I fell in love with the meaning of this place. I also fell in love with this couple! I adored the way that Zach and Giuls simply were together. It’s hard to put it into words. They seemed so comfortable with one another – They were at ease, natural, comfortable, fun, full of joy, and fully themselves. It’s this old kind of love that makes me confident that their marriage will be so sweet and rooted in real love
The only thing more beautiful than Josh and Allison's day was the love that they so obviously share for one another. From The first curl fashioned in Allison's hair until the last sparkler was snuffed out, there was nothing but love, laughter, and lots of dancing (these people can move!) Some of the simplest and smallest details of this day have to be some of our favorites. We loved seeing Allison hanging with her mom and all of her best girls in the hotel room singing, dancing and just in awe of Allison's wedding day glow! We ADORED Josh's wedding band which just so happens to be Allison's great grandfathers. We teared up when Allison cried watching from afar as Josh got into position for their first look. (How Sweet is that?!) We love that Josh's socks match his last name...(Clever thinking on his part). And Lastly, At the end of the night, everyone is dancing and having a great time at the reception and you look in the middle of the dance floor and you see Josh and Allison alone in their own world talking to one another.. who knows what was said, maybe how beautiful she looks, maybe how much fun their having, maybe how incredibly sweet Josh was all day... We may never know, but what we do know is that this day was unforgettable and #WEDDINGDAYGOALS for sure!
Thank you so much Allison and Josh for having this crazy duo along for one of the biggest most important days of your lives; it was such an honor. We wish you the sweetest love for the rest of your days
Clay and Chantella, You two have to be the cutest, craziest, most fun loving couple out there. The moment you asked us to accompany you on your elopement to the U.S. Virgin Islands had us BEYOND excited, but we had no idea the amount of fun and adventure that we had waiting on us. To be honest, our plan was to show up and blend in... (this was YOUR time and we didn't want to intrude) but you met us at the ferry with something totally different planned. From the beginning of our trip until we departed, you two showered us with so many neat experiences and we feel as if we left not only with awesome photographs but also with a sweet new friendship. As the saying goes, " a picture is worth a thousand words..." but these might be record breakers; it would take an endless amount of words to tell all the stories and express all the gratitude. We wish you the happiest years of wedded bliss.
Florals done by Karrie Beth. We drove around the island in a golf cart and picked the freshest and the most beautiful flowers on the island to be apart of the bouquet.
Fun fact about Chantella and Clay's first look.. it lasted a good 30 seconds (if that...) We were crunched for time as we had to get the officiant back to the ferry right after the ceremony.. so this was taken no joke 5 minutes before the ceremony began!
I think it's safe to say it was 30 seconds worth spending!! UHH I love this driveway with the petals!
That "WE JUST GOT MARRIED" look right after the kiss!
An ode to the little golf cart that took us to so many beautiful places on the island, took us to go swim many times, may or may not had broke down in the middle of the island while searching for florals and could barely make it up a hill!
Every corner you turn on Water Island you can find one of these guys! So, it's only fitting...
Alex and Jed, Where do we even begin? From start to finish your wedding day was a dream. We are convinced that the only thing that was sweeter than your venue choice (under a pergola you all built together in your childhood backyard) is the love itself that you two so obviously share for one another. The hard work and love that was poured out by so many in preparation for your big day was evident in every little detail. We had the best time following you around all day and documenting even the smallest of details for you to look back at for years to come. We love you , wish you best, and look forward to seeing what the future holds for the new Mr. And Mrs. Jedediah Mounce.
Fun fact- Jed found this shell on a family vacation with Alex's family the summer before he proposed. It is known as a "ring box shell" guess what he proposed with...
They decided to share their first look under the pergola that Jed and Alex built themselves just for the wedding.
Alex added a personal touch to her bouquet from her childhood, a piece of her favorite blanket as a little girl
Alex has dreamed of walking out of these barn doors on her wedding day ever since she was a little girl
Moments after they were announced husband and wife!
Alex's grandparents sung a very special song for Jed and Alex at the reception! HOW SWEET!!
When I met with Jason and Tori for their engagement session, we hopped in the car, made a few stops along the way and headed to our own little corner of the world. While this Creek is no secret to Somerset's natives, it was everything we could ask for on this sunny July afternoon. The secluded waterfront, and these amazing flat rocks made it the perfect setting for Tori and Jason to adore and cherish each other in front of my camera. And after spending even just this short time with them, I can tell you that this couple is beautiful inside and out. Their love for adventure, fun and the way they so naturally and seamlessly mesh together in these photos is just a small part of why their engagement session is so lovely. Jason and Tori, I wish you nothing but the best as you continue to plan and prepare for your wedding day next summer! I pray that you continue to enjoy this time of preparation – it’s truly such a precious time in your lives!
At Micael and Aleshia's engagement session there was no shortage of sweet moments! They brought along Micael's daughter Gracii along for a few family shots. Watching Gracii interact with Micael and Aleshia was so incredibly precious. From picking flowers for Aleshia, wrestling with her dad, or just enjoying a family day with her two favorite people... A smile from ear to ear didn't leave Gracii's face.
Micael and Gracii surprised Aleshia on a family vacation last summer where they asked her to be theirs forever! As you can already tell we are so excited for this wedding and all of the romantic and sweet moments ahead!
-TALARA JO + K. BETH
As most of you may know, we love shooting engagement sessions! This is the time where we really get to know our couples. We get to find out how they got engaged, what their favorite things to do are, and just get to simply get to know them and hang out with them!
When it came time for Jessica and Justin's engagement session I knew it was going to be something so special! Not only did they personally give me a tour of their wedding venue (our location for these awesome portraits) but I also just got to hang out with them, ride around on a golf cart and just explore and talk! (It is definitely true that I made Justin promise to not take me to jail for my golf cart driving skills! I'm terrible haha!)
These two have a chemistry like no other! I believe my favorite part of the session was just asking them to dance or whisper to one another because they just made it completely their own. All Jessica had to do was whisper a single word and it would make Justin crack up, or when they danced in the middle of the road.. AH I could have posted every single dance shot.. They were not only romantic but it was like a breath of fresh air seeing these two just being themselves and enjoying spending an evening together!
Justin and Jessica, we are so excited for you wedding this fall!
Thank you for just being your perfectly amazing selves!!
- TALARA JO + K. BETH
I read a quote the other day that said
"We were together; I don't remember the rest."
When High school sweethearts wed, it results in some of the sweetest big days. Zach and Whitnie have been together for what seems like forever; and the exciting part is that they are just getting started (officially)! From start to finish their day was a dream. The hard work that both of their precious families put in paid off BIG time and resulted in a gorgeous ceremony/reception. As if the day wasn't already sweet enough, seeing Whitnie and her twin sister Jaysie share some of the most heartfelt moments throughout the day had us in constant awe of their bond. (Twin sisters truly are the perfect Best Friend).
The love between this bride and groom is undeniable and when we found out that the altar they married on was the same one Zach asked Whitnie to be his forever on, we just about melted to the floor. Marriage isn't easy and we never even pretend it is when chatting with our couples BUT we know that these two are the real deal and we can't wait to see what the future has in store for them! Thanks for choosing this crazy duo to document such a special day; it was perfect.
- KBETH +TALARA
We’re celebrating all things PARIS today with a gorgeous elopement—kind of an homage to the City of Light. Aside from being completely smitten with Zach and Lauren's intimate wedding day in the most romantic city in the world, we can’t stop obsessing over the couple’s beyond-chic style choices; Zach's blue suit, Lauren's beautiful blush and gold wedding dress with embroidered florals, and a handpicked bouquet by the bride and groom themselves.
Looking back at Lauren and Zach's Elopement in Paris, I can't help but smile from ear to ear. Many of you know that we have been waiting for weeks to release these heart-filled images to the public. We have been waiting for the new Mr. and Mrs. to come home and celebrate with their friends and family! They wanted to share the images with friends and family first so they can get the full experience of their journey to bride and groom.
(So, stay tuned for some awesome reception photos coming soon)
These two really have my whole heart. Our time in Paris was unlike any of my other travel/work experiences. It was just the five of us in the City of Lights for three days. Apart from massive amounts of adventuring (to many parts I had never even heard of), we laughed until we cried, ate enough croissants and macaroons to feed a small village and fully celebrated their love
And putting aside the obvious beauty and romance that IS Paris, the greatest thing I can take away from this day was just how incredibly connected Lauren and Zach were all day. They truly made it all about celebrating the love they shared and being IN the moment.
Lauren and Zach decided to get ready for their big day together which made for some super romantic getting ready shots. They even handpicked the flowers for her bouquet at one of the flower shops off the street!
(HOW SWEET IS THAT?!)
Although, friends and family were not present for their nuptials they invited one of their dear friends who was currently living in Germany to come to Paris and be their officiant. It was so neat to not only see one of their best friends marry them, but to also hear the outstanding words of wisdom and kindness he shared with them during the ceremony. Zach and Lauren made their promises to one another in such a beautiful and romantic place as the Parc Monceau. It was pure magic, and so very intimate.
We had brunch on their wedding day at the infamous Laduree and later that evening they celebrated the end of their wedding day on the lawn of the Eiffel tower with some champagne and the world's finest macaroons money can buy! What a perfect way to end a beyond perfect day!
They were also so ridiculously good to me and did everything they could to help me capture their day as beautifully as possible– dream clients in every sense of the word! This day was such a gift, and I was sure to not let the huge honor escape me for one minute. This elopement produced some of my all-time favorite photos and was without a doubt, a trip I’ll always cherish. I’m so grateful for Zach and Lauren, and I look so forward to more amazing travels documenting love all around the world.
Enough of our thoughts, let's hear some thoughts from the Bride and Groom themselves!
From the Groom:
Paris elopement was such an unique experience because we only had to worry about each other on our wedding day so that just made it that much more romantic. And being able to have one of our best friends there and him being so involved. My favorite thing was being able to explore the cities for the first time at our own pace and see what we wanted to see. We couldn't have asked for anything to have been more perfect.
From the Bride:
When I went to Paris in high school I absolutely fell in love with the city...the romanticism, the flowers, the food. Everything. Zach and I both really love to take trips and travel so we always had a International honeymoon in mind... and I loved the idea of sharing the city I loved with Zachary. When it finally came time to start planning a wedding, neither of us really loved the idea of something traditional. With Jarred (our best friend and officiant) already in Germany it seemed perfect to just combine the two into one trip for a more intimate day. I really loved experiencing European culture on our own with pretty much no expectations or schedule. We took every day by day and learned the city by walking. sitting on the lawn at the Eiffel Tower at night was absolutely breathe taking and only reminded me how lucky we were to get to do what we did and have the best photographers with us!!!
Senior photos, prom sessions, couple's shoots, etc; over the years we have had the honor of working with Mackenzie and Zack many times and it felt SO right when they asked us to document the single most important day in their relationship. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to their big day (like 10 years haha) and when it finally arrived, it did NOT disappoint! Every detail was meticulously planned out and the result was stunning. The day started strong with some of the most beautiful details and ended just as strong with a fun dance party and a delicious AMON'S Donut bar!! Zack and Mackenzie, we wish you the best on this new adventure you have just embarked on and look forward to seeing where life takes you both.
- KBETH + TALARA
Julia Taylor & Laura Lee Tucker
same as above
MaryBeth Jones (Mother of the Bride)
Soundwave Moblie Disc Jockey
John Arnold, Corporate Chef at Performance Food Group
- Gown Designer/Retailer
Justin Alexander, The Steel Magnolia
- Invitations/Paper Products
Wedding Paper Divas & Vistaprint
- Cake or Dessert
Amon's Sugar Shack
April Showers bring May flowers...
Ever heard that before? Well, this wedding brought rain showers and INCREDIBLE flowers both of which we were excited about. YES! You read that correctly, we (the photographers)were EXCITED even though the day was a little wet. You See, when you have a laid back, crazy in love couple, a helpful wedding party, and two fabulous families, nothing stands in the way of a perfect wedding day.
Allison and Ross got married at the Signature Club of Lansdowne in Lexington KY; and from start to finish, it was a dream. Everything was perfect; from the beautiful bride/handsome groom, the spring florals, the heartfelt ceremony, all the way down to the reception full of guests who know how to C E L E B R A T E; this day encompassed what wedding dreams are made of!
Our favorite part of the day is hard to choose so we will share a few of our favorites with you.
FIRST, we loved watching Allison and Ross interact with eachother. They were so relaxed and so carefree. It was obvious throughout the entire day how confident they were in making the decision to spend forever together!
SECONDLY, the ceremony. You guys, it was so special. We enjoyed listening to stories from Ross and Allison's childhood and experiencing one of the most beautiful ring ceremonies EVER as each and every attendant in the wedding party took a few moments to pray over the rings as they made their way up to the minister.
THIRD, the speeches; (we rarely ever choose this BUT...) we have to say that the girls stole the show (sorry boys) and gave us something to remember. Just as they were wrapping up their sweet words Allison's maid(s) of honor entertained us with a Buskey-remix to the rap song "GRILLZ" (one the bride herself proudly raps every word to) --- Hey by the way Mackenzie and Sara, When can we expect to see the single on ITUNES?
The Buskey wedding is one we will never forget and even though valet parking isn't all it's cracked up to be (HA! inside joke), the love these two share most definitely is. Allison + Ross, we wish you nothing but the best on this beautiful ride called marriage!