When I met Amanda and her mom, I knew she would be a great bride to shoot for. An April wedding, with a reception at Buffalo Trace Distillery? What great taste! I asked Amanda for a few words on how she and Benjamin met. This is what she sent me:
“Benjamin and I actually met through a friend of mine. She and Benjamin met online, and the first time they talked she spent the whole time telling him how great he would be for me. After they got off the phone she called me and told me that she had “met the man of your dreams.” She described him in detail and told me that she had set up a meeting for the next day. I was so excited to meet this dream man in person. We met in person the next day for lunch, and we hit it off immediately. We talked on the phone every night and saw each other at least twice a week from then on. It was so wonderful, and I thank God everyday for sending Benjamin to me. ”
Amanda and her fiance Benjamin brought their two dogs for photographs: Daisy and Oscar! They were excellent models, as you can see.
Eden Park in Cincinnati; a quaint place I found by accident. Last year I went to the art museum with a friend. It just happened to be a nice day and there was a park next to the museum. It feels like it’s on top of Cincinnati as it sits on top of a hill. Several openings in the tree line reveal the Ohio River and the bridges that cross to Kentucky. It was truly beautiful.
This fall was no exception to the park’s beauty. The colors were a giant sea or oranges, reds and yellows! PERFECT for photographs. I figured this would be the best place to take Sarah and Wade, who will be getting married in December in Cincinnati. It’s got some trademark Cinci with the river and some great natural scapes too.
Three years ago I started working at the Asbury College Challenge Course. It’s gorgeous, all outside and I get to help people learn about themselves, leadership and team dynamics through adventure challenge. The course is part of Asbury College’s Adventure programs. The college is in the perfect area for everything outdoors: the river, the forest, the palisades.
Each October Asbury Outdoors hosts an Adventure Race. The race covers 9 miles through mountain biking, trail running, canoeing, completing a section of the high ropes course and completing a problem-solving low ropes initiative. This year it was on October 31. The morning was wet and cold but it seem to dampen the spirits of the contestants. There had been so much rain, a raging waterfall had formed over the top of the palisade trail. Runners had to pass through the waterfall for a section of the trail run. Never a dull moment when adventure is involved.
To see a complete image gallery, go to my website and type in “adventure” in the “client proof” section. If you were a participant in the race please contact Trent Ellsworth at 859-858-3511, ext. 2491, for a complementary disc of images.
After a beautiful ceremony, the newly minted couple and the bridal party went outside for some photographs. I and many others had been praying for a break in the sprinkles. We all wanted an opportunity to catch some colorful fall foliage.
Didn’t Laura pick the PERFECT fall colors? Gorgeous!
Then we went back inside for a few more photos.
Kyle, the hired second shooter, shot some great images too. Like this one below.
Fall photographs at Shaker Town. That was our destination. I was particularly excited about taking photographs forAlicia and Brady because I knew they were both outdoorsy.This to me meant they would be more than willing to go off the beaten path. That's EXACTLY what I had planned! We had a blast, playing in the leaves and even trekking into the weeds. I was praying out loud that God would keep me safe from all spiders as I walked into the weeds that towered at least a foot over my head. Brady reassured me that he, too, was afraid of spiders. It's a good thing I didn't have to be the brave photographer. We didn't see any snakes or spiders but we did come out covered with nettles. But I'd say the images were worth it. I can't wait to photograph their wedding next May! I asked Alicia to write a few words about how they met. She wrote not only that but their engagement story too! "Brady and I met at Indiana Wesleyan University. We became friends the year Brady transfered to IWU through Brady's sister Danielle. Our friendship grew over 2 years when we began to date. When we first started dating I made him wait a month to kiss me. When the day came he came to my house and blind folded me and took me one of our favorite places next to a lake. He had candles set up and he took the blindfold off and we had our first kiss. It was perfect :)"Brady was living in Maine at the time and had made the decision to move to Kentucky in the folllowing weeks. I was convinced that he would propose sometime after he moved. I had talked to him frequently that week and he never let me know what he was planning. It was July 3rd and I had planned to eat lunch with Danielle (Brady's sister) at Pazzos. After lunch I asked Danielle what she wanted to do that day. She responded by saying "why don't we go geo caching." For those who don't know, geo caching is a GPS scavenger hunt. Brady and I went geo caching together and enjoyed the adventure of finding the end prize. In order to geo cache you go to the geo cache website and type in your location and you find GPS coordinates of a "cahe" you follow the GPS until you find the prize. I told Danielle that I would love to go geo caching but I no longer have the GPS, Brady has it in Maine. Then Danielle pulls out the GPS from her bag and hands me an envelope and tells me good luck. I open the envelope and see that its a letter from Brady. The letter was titled "Love" he had written some scripture, a note, a riddle to the first clue, and the GPS coordinates. I followed the GPS to the Indiana Wesleyan Building in Lexington. This was the name of the college in where we had met. I found my next clue (with the help of Danielle). The second clue was entitled "God" it was about our spirtual relationship and had scripture versus, a note, a riddle, and the GPS coordinates. The second clue led me to the our Pastors house where our church started. The third clue was entitled "Home" It continued with scripture, a personal note, riddle, and GPS coordiantes. It led me to my apartment. At this point I was so exicted and I was hoping that he would there! I walked into my apartment and it was covered with candles, rose petals, and he had printed pictures of us all over the walls. He was standing in my room and told me to sit down. He read me a poem and started to tear up. He got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. I said YES YES YES!! The proposal was way beyond my expectations and the joy of that moment will last forever!
The early October day started out spitting rain and chilly. It didn’t seem to put a damper on Laura’s spirits as she and her attendants, mom and flower girl had their hair and make-up done at Alure Salon. She would be meeting her groom, Andy, at the alter within a few short hours. I watched as Casey meticulously styled Laura’s up-do. Hair spray and bobby pins flying, I couldn’t help but be happy I was the one holding the camera.:)
Laura then headed over to Ashley for some beautiful make-up.
Once finished at Alure, we headed over to Estes Chapel at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore. It’s such a beautiful little chapel with gobs and natural light streaming in from large side windows.
Laura climbed into her dress with no less than a few helping hands. Her mom carefully helped her apply her sparkling necklace to make her bridal attire complete.
It’s a day everyone could use a little extra help getting ready.
To be continued…