Allison & Aaron are at long last together:) They maintained a long distance (halfway across the country) for over a year. The distance only brought them closer together and made them stronger. Best of friends yet tender and endearing to each other. Allison found me through Aaron’s mom that lives in Texas! She was helping the couple out by searching for a photographer. The wedding was just outside of Berea so we drove down to Berea College for photographs on the baumy July day. We made it through bridals, their first look and the couples photos. As soon as we were ready to step outside for the bridal party photos the air began rumbling. Tiny drops quickly turned into a downpour! Umbrellas and large sidewalks (where we may or may not have driven cars) to the rescue! Back at the church, the ceremony took place with a dry bridal party. The reception was held at EKU’s Keene Johnson ballroom. What a wonderful family to work with. Thanks a million for a grand day:)
Cake by the Twisted Sifter in Danville.
Brittany & Derek have a most unique set of engagement photographs. It’s because Derek decided to propose in such a unique way- at the Newport Aquarium! We drove up to Newport for their engagement session, after the aquarium had closed. I could tell from the beginning of our time together Derek was just smitten with Brittany. They are perfect together. I had Brittany write a few words on how the proposal unfolded:
“Derek and I met in college through mutual friends. After a few years together, I began to get anxious, as most girls do, for a proposal. I had known Derek was the one for a very long time and began wondering what was standing in the way. How much more perfect could this all get? Derek is a very calculative, planning type of person who is never in a rush and wants to make sure everything will be a 100% success, in business and in life. This is one of the many things I love about him because it makes him intelligent, sound and secure. I knew (well, at least I thought I knew) that Derek was not ready for the next big step; that was okay, I could wait on someone so amazing. However, Derek had been manipulating me! But, in a good way!
On June 4th, 2011 Derek and I planned a trip outside of Cincinnati to visit with his Nana. Derek also wanted to go to the Newport Aquarium during the visit. I protested, as I would have rather gone to the Cincinnati Zoo, but I never questioned the fact that Derek completely dismissed my idea. So, the aquarium it was. As soon as we arrived at the aquarium, Derek wanted to see the “Shark Show”. So quickly? We hadn’t even looked around! During the show, I began to take pictures. Derek said he wasn’t sure if I was allowed to use flash and casually walked to the front to ask an attendant. Little did I know, he was verifying our arrival for a very important reason! After the show was over, a photographer working for the aquarium asked if she could take our picture in front of the tank. AWESOME! I thought. We are going to be featured in a brochure. The aquarium worker then directed my attention to the tank by acting astonished by a stingray. When I turned around, a diver was holding a sign “Brittany, will you marry me?” The first thing I thought? Oh cool, who is Brittany?
When I turned around, Derek was on one knee with the most perfect ring in the world! I was in shock! This wasn’t supposed to happen! He wasn’t ready to propose! Derek had been preparing for months, asking my family, telling his family and picking out a ring that I couldn’t have done a better job selecting myself. My proposal was a total surprise, and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I am so blessed to be marrying my best friend!”
Most people grimace at the thought of getting up at sunrise. They’ve seen it in photographs and heard about but never have experienced it themselves. The best part of my day happens at the very beginning. Every morning I wake up before the sun and venture outdoors for a walk in the cool, crisp dim light of morning. I gather my thoughts and talk to the Lord as I watch the sun slowly creep over the horizon. It’s like another world, the morning. So much to see and experience. It’s worth the sacrifice of sleeping in…every time:)
Oh no. My nephew Parker is crawling. He’s only 7 months! Weren’t we all supposed to have a few more months before thinking about socket covers, latching cupboards and sweeping floors daily? But good gray he’s a cutie! If he wants to crawl, we’ll go ahead and let him. Just Parker, please still want to cuddle when you’re tired and don’t wipe our kisses from your chubby little cheeks…for a little while anyway:)
107. I wish I could say that was the address number. It was 107 degrees on that sweltering Saturday. A rooftop wedding is a grand idea in in the city of Louisville. On top of the Frazier Museum, overlooking the river at sunset was the scene for Lauren and Brian’s wedding. They knew it’d be warm but o one imagined it’d be a furnace out there. Rather than scrap the idea and move inside, Lauren and Brian’s quick thinking moved them to shorten the ceremony. This was much to everyone’s delight. I mean the actual rooftop was so hot I couldn’t set my knee on it as I squatted between processional shots. (Enter quad workout.)
The reception couldn’t have been more beautiful! With a few ideas from Lauren and the experts at Fleur De Lis it was just stunning. Lauren and Brian both are two of the most genuine people. They will certainly enjoy many more years together!
Crying: it’s not something I do at weddings. It’s not my job to cry. It’s my job to be professional, to smile, to always have it together, to be strong. It’s my job to be happy when it’s 100 degrees out, we’ve just begun formals and guests are already yelling at me to hurry up because they’re hungry. It’s my job to be reassuring when we need to get all the photographs taken before the 6:30 ceremony, it’s 5 ’til 6 and the bride doesn’t even have her dress on. There’s just no room for crying.
Then something happens. The world stops for a minute. There’s an earthquake in my soul and a daze in my vision. One moment dropped my guard and a tear rolled down my cheek. To see a man cry is the most tender thing in the world. A real, lasting love…when a father has his last embrace with his little girl. Yes, those are the times that break me. Yes…those times.
Chastity & Patrick got married in June. By all means you wouldn’t have thought we’d hoping for a cooling streak to bring the temperature down to 90. Not in Kentucky anyway. It was so hot outside the hotel was having trouble keeping it cool inside. The heat aside, it was a lovely wedding indeed.