Mack+Jasmine | Somerset Engagement

If engagement shoots make your heart flutter then when you see this one with their sweet daughter Bailey who tagged along for a few shots you will be sure to have all the HEART EYES about this one! Jasmine and Mack are so incredibly sweet and I enjoyed seeing them play with Bailey and almost using the engagement shoot as a fun family night out! If one thing is for certain.. it's the chemistry these two have.. The first picture you see here on the blog.. that was the very first picture I took of their session! THE FIRST!! These two had no problem hugging up and cuddling on or off the camera! We can't wait for their Fall wedding this year at Cave Hill Vineyard.. it's sure to be one you won't want to miss!

Drew + Meagan | Lexington Engagement

    I have been so excited to share this shoot! Meagan and Drew are two of a kind! I could not get enough of the way she looked at him all night and the way that all Drew had to do is smile or whisper something so simple and it would make Meagan laugh and fall more in love with him each time! Can you imagine how their wedding day will go?!?! YES!! We are already daydreaming about these two... They are going to rock this whole marriage thing!! We explored some places in Lexington I had not photographed before which made the big city of Lexington seem far away! We got to shoot at Grimes Mill which was absolutely beautiful!!! The other location was very special to Drew and Meagan, Henry Clay Estate.. Can you guess why?! This is where Drew Proposed! Sadly, the garden was not open during the time of their shoot but we did get to spend some time exploring around the gardens (these two can make anywhere fun!) So, I thought it may be neat to let the readers hear a little about their proposal. Snuggle up, keep reading, and fall in love with Drew and Meagan just like we have!

     "It was a cold day and I had just got off work and Drew said that he wanted to go for a walk around the neighborhood and I agreed. Nothing was out of the ordinary because we have bundled up and walked numerous times in the neighborhood...
I knew marriage was in our future but never thought I would be engaged that day!
I put my toboggan and mittens on and he put his coat on and we left his apartment on our walk. We headed up Richmond road like normal and talked about life and what not. Drew can spark a conversation about anything so there wasn't a silent moment the whole way which played the surprise off well... I told drew that I wanted to walk up by the Henry Clay estate and he easily agreed. As we got closer I was excited because the garden gate was unlocked and I know it's not much but we were actually able to go in! We went through the gate and there are signs posted all over the lawn claiming "Not to walk on it" and I began walking around the perimeter like I should. I turn around and drew is walking on the lawn like we AREN'T supposed to do!! and I do not break the rules so I immediately ask "What are you doing?!"
With a look in his eyes he says "Come over here" and me being "me" was like no we can't do that!
He comes over and gently grabs my hand and leads me onto the garden lawn. And I keep asking "What are you doing?? What are you doing?" And then it hit me what he was doing!!! And with not ONE soul around but him and I he gets down on one knee and reaches in his coat pocket and pulls out this beautiful diamond ring that he picked out completely by himself! No help from me at all! And with his shaking nervous voice he asks me to marry him! Of course I said YES!! But what I loved about our proposal is that it was just between him and I and no one else around and that was what we both wanted. It was simple but so special to me." -Meagan

Cody+Trista | The Proposal

As most of you know by now... these two got engaged a little over a week ago!! I can tell by the incredible sweet comments these two were getting on their post that this has been a long time coming.. it seemed as though all of Kentucky was rooting for them! 
      Cody had an incredible idea and I'm so thankful it all went smoothly and the exact way we imagined! Thank you to all of the friends who helped get them to the houseboat, celebrated, and planned an awesome engagement after party!
      Hiding on the neighbor houseboat, crouching behind the bar and killing a total of 7 spiders while waiting.. was COMPLETELY WORTH IT!!! Just look at how excited she is!
     As you can tell, I can go on and on about their sweet proposal but why not take it from Trista!! Here is her favorite parts of the day!

Trista: "My first thought was, speechless!! Except for the squealing "is this really happening!?!??" Lol. We had talked about getting married obviously and I knew it was coming but I had NO idea it was coming that day or anytime in the next few months. The fact that he had you there to document it and had our best friends there to share in it was even more special. I couldn't imagine a more perfect way if I had planned it all myself I was (and still am) SO excited. Cody has been the biggest blessing in my life , by far, and showed up unexpectedly right when I needed him the most and I'm so excited to start this journey with him! And then, after I realized how much planning went into it behind the scenes from him and my friends, I was completely blown away! They had all been working on this for weeks, and to top it off by coming home to a surprise engagement party was just the best way to round it out that I could ever dream of it was truly the perfect day with the perfect fiancé!"

There you have it folks!!! Check out all of the excitement below!! Congratulations Cody and Trista!!!

Jed+Alex | Kentucky Engagement

     Alex and Jed... Where to begin! These two have had our hearts for a while now! When they are around each other they are so incredibly in love and completely in tune with one another that you almost can't help but smile when your around them! When starting to plan out their engagement session they wanted to incorporate places that were not only beautiful but that also held a deeper meaning to them. Starting their session off in Alex's family barn that her father designed and even had a whole section of the loft built so that she could have her own place to paint, play and just have fun when she was younger (you can find Jed and Alex dancing in this special place below) Then it was off to Jed's neck of the woods.. Literally.. haha we adventured around the woods behind his house and then down to his grandparents house which was built in the Civil War.. How cool is that?! Along with the obviously awesome locations.. Jed and Alex were such a treat to watch them interact and just have so much fun during the session! We are so excited for their wedding this summer! Until then, you can find us daydreaming about what AMAZING wedding portraits we will get of these two then.
                                                                                                                     -TALARA JO + K.BETH

Allison + Ross | Lexington Engagement

      Lexington Engagements are always so much fun! There is literally something neat to photograph around every corner. It's extremely easy to be overwhelmed by the possibilities, So, I met with Allison before the session to talk about outfits and locations. We decided on a select few locations that was going to showcase some unique and special places they hold close to their heart and a few locations to show off a little Lexington flare in the session. Allison and I rode together to the first location where Ross was.. On the drive over she told me all about how he proposed and about the AWESOME engagement party he had waiting for her afterwards. (insert 100 heart eye emoji here) We arrive to the first location... Their adorable new apartment where they will reside after they say "I do" Along with the awesome scenes that Henry Clay Estate and Gratz park had to offer we spent a short time at The Morris Book Shop where they had their second date!!! (C'mon, these two are the sweetest) As most of you may even be experiencing right now... this weather is taking toll on everyone's allergies. Ross was no exception! Sniffling his way through the session.. he never once quit making each moment cuddling with his girl unforgettable and kept Allison laughing throughout the entire evening. These two are so sweet and we can't wait for their Lexington Wedding later this Spring! Congratulations you two!! You killed this session and made us very happy photographers!! (P.S. check out her ring.. we're still star struck!!)
                                                                                                      -TALARA JO + K.BETH

Josh+Allison | Downtown Somerset Engagement

When your planning a rooftop engagement session in the winter.. you wish/pray for a rain free, above freezing and hopefully a non-windy day.. And we got just that.. minus a few windy moments. Even a few flurries at times!! Which of course made me a super happy photog! Allison, Josh and I explored our little downtown in search of some of the best spots for pictures.. Josh even took us to a few I didn't know about.. I may just have to have him tag along for all of my downtown shoots. HAHA! As were shooting and walking around I seen one thing that was relevant throughout the entire day.. Josh is completely head over heels in LOVE with Allison! It was so much fun watching them smile, nuzzle and giggle no matter what pose, or how cold it was, or even when I put them on the ledge of a rooftop. (Sorry Josh!) They killed it every time!! I have to say, probably my favorite part of the day was hearing "DANG! We look AWESOME!" Every time I showed them the back of my camera! I can't wait until their July wedding.

Here is a sneak peek into our winter downtown engagement session

                                                                                      -TALARA JO + K. BETH

Chad + Sarah | Shaker Village Engagement

These two traveled all the way from Nebraska to their hometown for their engagement session last weekend! They also brought a couple furry friends to tag along for the photoshoot fun!
(One of them is INSTAGRAM FAMOUS!!) @Bill_thecorgi << Follow him!
 We ventured up, down, and all around Shaker Village! We couldn't have chosen a more perfect location or a more perfect day (just wait until you see the sunset). The part of the night that stands out so highly in my mind is Chad's enthusiasm! Every pose, every whisper, every snuggle was completely genuine.. and it seemed as if he couldn't be happier doing anything else other than cuddling up to his beautiful soon to be wife. They were a complete joy to be around and how could you not love those puppies!!!

Happy Engagement you two!!!

Joshua+Lauren | The Barn at Red Gate

Photographing weddings this year has been incredible. I can't tell you how many times we smiled from ear to ear and wiped away tears when we see the look in the mother's eyes when she buttons the last button on her daughters gown, when the groom turns around with a huge smile and says "You look BEAUTIFUL", when a dad walks his daughter down the aisle and he leans in to give her one last kiss on the cheek before she says "I do", when the speeches have not a dry eye in the house, and when you have first dances that will melt your heart. We see moments during the day that are unforgettable and it's such a privilege to be able to capture every part of the wedding day! Lauren and Joshua were our last wedding of the year and trust us... We saved one of the best for last!! These two made us smile and cry from ALL OF THE ABOVE!! There was one thing about them that I heard talked about over and over that day.. THEIR CONNECTION!!! I'm not kidding when I say.. Joshua lights up when Lauren is around, it's like not a soul is in the room its just him and her. Their wedding day was beautiful, from the weather, the colors, the cake, the beautiful vows, the choreographed dance, and their beautiful sparkler exit! I think it's safe to say... we ended this wedding season on a good note!!! haha Congratulations Joshua and Lauren!

-K.BETH + TALARA JO                   

  • Hair

          Kelli Larkin

  • Makeup

    Kelli Larkin

  • Florist

    Raye's Flowers (Leitchfield, KY) and Simply the Best (Somerset, KY)

  • Planner/Coordinator

    Hailey White

  • DJ/Band

    Hank Hubler

  • Caterer

    Jeff and Kathleen Gegler; Several various friends and family of the bride and groom;

  • Gown Designer/Retailer

    Oleg Cassini/David's Bridal (Lexington, KY)

  • Jewelry

    Bracelet - Pearl bracelet that the bride's best friend since preschool (Brandi) wore in her wedding last year;

  • Invitations/Paper Products

    Save the Dates - Tara Ray; Invitations - JZ Logo and Design (John Zurowski); Printing - Commercial Printing (Somerset, KY)

  • Videographer

    Equilateral Productions (Lexington, KY)

  • Cake or Dessert

    Doodlebug Cakes, Meghan Smith (Berea, Kentucky)

  • Other notable vendors and/or DIY details

    Harry and Miriam Hubler - Well Wishes Videographers; Chrystal York - Soloist; Big thank you to all of our family and friends who put so much effort into set up and helping throughout the whole event

Kyler+Hailey | The Barn at Red Gate

Some things that start in high school, last a life time! These two finally tied the knot and it was everything you would want out of a high school sweetheart wedding. Their day was complete with; their closest friends and family by their sides, her dream bouquet, touches of Kentucky décor, handwritten notes and vows, a beautiful ceremony and a reception that would make you want to kick your shoes off and dance the night away! Oh, I believe there is one more detail about their sweet day that is sure to make your heart smile, they decided to do their first look at their high school. Yes, we know.. it's almost too sweet to handle! Watching them walk around and laugh with each other around the courtyard was so surreal! How many countless times did Kyler walk her to her classes or did they sit on the senior steps and talk about their day, and now, they're back in those same places, on their wedding day.. just hours from saying "I Do". It had to be one of the most precious sights we have seen.

Kyler and Hailey, you grew up together and now you will grow old together. May you always remember the laughter and happiness you shared on this day! We loved being apart of every minute of it!

                                                        -K.BETH + TALARA JO                     

 

  • Hair

         Jen Beaty

  • Makeup

    Kelsey Martin

  • Florist

    Simply the Best

  • DJ/Band

    Dustin Fenison

  • Caterer

    Treasure Bites

  • Gown Designer/Retailer

    Twirl

  • Jewelry

    Premier

  • Cake or Dessert

    Bit of Whimsy

Brannen+Annie | Cave Hill Vineyards

Brannen + Annie, 

Where do we even begin? The colors, the flowers, the dress, the suit/bow tie, but most importantly the connection and sweet love you two share was/is absolute PERFECTION. We had looked forward to your big day all wedding season and though we didn't think it was possible, the day was even better than we imagined. BLEW US AWAY. It was so evident all day not only to us, but to everyone present how special the two of you are to so many people (and rightly so). Thank you for choosing this crazy wedding duo to document the first day of the rest of your lives; it was such an honor.

                                                                                  - K.BETH + TALARA JO

  • Hair

          Jacinda Eldridge-2010 Hair Salon (Bride's, Maid of Honor's & Mother of the Brides Hair); Kristen Burton-Halo Salon (Bridesmaids Hair)

  • Makeup

    Kelsey Davis

  • Florist

    Teresea (Schaffer's Catering http://www.schafercatering.com/)

  • DJ/Band

    Gary King

  • Caterer

    Schafer's Catering (http://www.schafercatering.com/)

  • Gown Designer/Retailer

    Justin Alexander/Steel Magnolia

  • Jewelry

    My grandma's & great grandmas :)

  • Invitations/Paper Products

    RSVP's & Direction Cards-Commercial Printing; Save the Date's & Invitations-TaLara Jo Weddings

  • Cake or Dessert

    Misty Tingle

Nathan+Chelsea | The Barn at Red Gate

Ladies and Gentlemen... it might have rained on their day but it most definitely did NOT "rain on their parade". Chelsea, Nathan and their amazing wedding team stuck it out through the almost constant rain fall and never let their joyous spirits drop.  Have you ever had a rainy day where all you wanted to do was snuggle up next to everyone you love and grab a big cup of hot coffee and just enjoy a day inside? This is exactly what they did! They danced, played games, sung, ate pie with a big cup of Baxter's Coffee, (of course) and just enjoyed being with everyone they love on their wedding day.

Looking back on Nathan and Chelsea's wedding day... it was absolutely beautiful and so much fun! But I have to say the most memorable part of their day had to be the first look! Chelsea and Nathan decided to do their first look somewhere that was meaningful to them. So, they chose the public library downtown where they shared their first kiss. Adorable, right?! We know.. Our hearts MELTED!! You will see how precious these moments turned out in the images below.. but what you won't see is us getting hushed by the librarians because.. first off, how can you be quiet when images turn out this cute but second, let's just be honest here, if you know us.. were not the most quiet pair of photographers out there, HaHa!

Chelsea and Nathan, we wish you a life full of love and laughter and an abundance of happiness in your marriage! Thank you for letting us be apart of your beautiful day!

  • Hair

          Kristin Fisher (Main), Jessica Ward, and Kristen Burton from Halo Salon

  • Makeup

    Melody New (Main), and David Wilson (Main) from the Estee Lauder counter at Belk

  • Florist

    Simply The Best

  • Planner/Coordinator

    Bride herself - Day-of coordinators: Hailley White and Christine Dodson

  • DJ/Band

    Jon Berlew (DJ)

  • Caterer

    Honeybaked Ham

  • Gown Designer/Retailer

    Allure/Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Baltimore, MD

  • Jewelry

    "Something borrowed" from my Aunt

  • Invitations/Paper Products

    Vistaprint

  • Videographer

    Jay Tee Hardin

  • Cake or Dessert

    Cake: Jennifer Salmons; Pies: Nicole Cress & Donna Estes

  • Other notable vendors and/or DIY details

    Ceremony Musicians: Sable and Kyle Snyder; Reception performance: Hailley White; Coffee Bar: Baxter's Coffee; Photobooth Photographer: Bridgett Miracle Photography; Officiant: Alan Fisher

Rhett+Charity | The Barn at Red Gate

   A first in our books and hopefully not a last. Up until this point we had never had a bride plan a wedding based on Disney princesses but I feel confident that after a quick glance through a few of our favorites you will find yourself thinking the same three thoughts that we have been thinking all week long....

PERFECTION.PERFECTION.PERFECTION.

   From start to finish the Ramsey wedding was a dream. Every detail was planned and executed beautifully and we could not have asked for a wedding party that was more fun than this group. We firmly believe that we have the BEST COUPLES around and Rhett and Charity were no exception. The love and friendship that these two share is so apparent to everyone and we wish the two of them lots of love and a big "Happily Ever After".

                                                      - KBETH + TALARA JO

 

* We also want to note that we about melted to the ground when they broke out that secret handshake before sharing their first kiss as a married couple. (BEST EVER)

 

Taylor+Brittany

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. As you would expect, each wedding we get the honor of photographing we always feel a sense of love -- BUT every once in a while there is a day we get to capture that just oozes a little extra dose; and the Cundiff Wedding happened to be one of those special kind of days. From the smallest to largest detail, it was evident to everyone in attendance that not only did this couple love each other like crazy but their families loved them like crazy too! The ceremony was held on the bride's family farm on family reunion weekend and we loved the down to earth fun and friendly atmosphere that this brought to the day. 

Thank you so much to Taylor and Brittany for having us as your photography team. We wish you both the best and hope you enjoy this small peek into your big day!

- KBETH +TALARA

Chelsea+Nathan

A few months ago you may have seen these two pop up on our blog with an adorable campus and coffee shop engagement! Well, what you may not have known is that the session wasn't quite finished! The rain got the best of the day so we decided we would reschedule again to photograph another side of their beautiful relationship.. not only are they coffee loving EKU students but they also adventure and nature lovers as well! We traveled to the creek where Nathan first asked Chelsea to be his girlfriend. We also decided to create a little picnic scene at the local apple orchard because the apples are gorgeous right now, so why not?!

Chelsea and Nathan, We can't wait for your September Wedding! Keep adventuring!!

Hunter+Samantha | Cave Hill Vineyards

Samantha and Hunter... These two couldn't be more perfect for each other!! Not only have they worked so hard to have such amazing and fulfilling careers but also maintaining this beautiful, fun-loving relationship that sparked years ago! We just couldn't seem to get enough of Hunter's excitement over the day whether it was talking about the awesome honeymoon he planned just for them, dancing the night away with his beautiful new bride all night long, or just gazing into her eyes and doing a silly face just to see Samantha smile and look at him with her big blue eyes! Their day was beautiful, though rain came and went on and off even up to just minutes before the ceremony, they both remained in high spirits because at the end of the day they would be married...a moment that had been long awaited by both of them and their families!

    Hunter and Samantha, we feel honored to not only witness but to capture these sweet memories for you all! Enjoy this peek into your wedding day! CHEERS!

                                                                                                                      -TALARA + K.BETH

Jacob+Kaytlin | Farm on the Lake

   Jacob and Kaytlin; Where do we even start? This day had been in the making since high school and let me tell you, it could not have been more perfect. Is there anything more touching than when two "kids" decide at a young age to make such an important commitment to each other ? Nah, we don't think so either. In a world that screams to wait, finish school, land a dream job, buy a house, (and the list goes on), it is refreshing to see young committed love founded in Christ. Every part of this day was so genuine and so sweet and we hope you enjoy just a small glimpse into their day.

Jacob and Kaytlin we were beyond honored to play such an intricate role on the very first day of the rest of your lives. We wish you both the very best and look forward to seeing where life with your best friend takes you. CHEERS! 

                                                                                                                               - KBETH + TALARA