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I was thrilled to see Maggie and Mike’s wedding featured in Tops Weddings Magazine. As a Louisville and Lexington wedding photographer it’s exciting to make it into this Lexington wedding publication that features nuptials from across the region. It’s an honor anytime my work is published in a magazine, but this was over-the-top as the magazine chose to devote six pages of the issue to Maggie and Mike’s gorgeous celebration. I couldn’t be happier for them. Beyond offering wedding photography for Lexington Kentucky I get the distinct privilege of traveling to document couples exchanging their wedding vows across Kentucky and Southern Indiana. I absolutely loved Maggie and Mike’s wedding and it was certainly worth making the trek to the private property in the hills of Southern Indiana.

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Everything about it was beautiful and there were unique details everywhere, like the bale of hay by the road leading to the farmhouse that had their initials on it. The setting was absolutely amazing. They exchanged their vows out on the family farm, with rolling green hills, horses, ponds, and lush dark green forest in the distance. Stringed instruments played music chosen by the couple, including some songs to nod at Maggie’s Irish heritage. The couple opted to have a unity tree, which they will plant at their new home. The aisles were sprinkled with flower petals. Simple glass vases filled with flowers provided the aisle décor. The reception was held in a tent on site, draped with fabric and illuminated with paper lanterns, candles and rustic string lights. A mixed array of glass vases bore a variety of flowers in pink, green, white and coral. Each table was marked with photos Maggie took on the farm. The charming celebration combined the rustic and comfortable setting of a farm out of the countryside with elegance and sophistication. The food was excellent and after dinner the party kicked into high gear as the talented live band from Nashville kept everyone dancing long into the night.

The details of the wedding were arranged to showcase the couple’s love of the country and their warm spirits. Rather than picking a simple color scheme, Maggie preferred a mix of corals, pinks, reds and greens in ombré, contrasted against burlap and hay for a rustic touch. The bridesmaids wore dresses in varying styles and shades of coral. They donned boots for photos before stepping into wedges for the ceremony. The groom, groomsmen and ushers wore grey suits with vests, which were swapped for suspenders at the reception. Maggie’s gown was a custom LuLaKate dress with a lace belt. She accessorized it with a gold antique bracelet that bore an “M” initial; it was an heirloom passed from Maggie’s great grandmother to her grandmother, Maggie’s namesake.

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WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | David Blair    BAND | Nashville’s Blue Tones    STRINGS | The Highland Camber Players    HAIR & MAKEUP | Samantha Bariet Harvey    BRIDAL GOWN | LulaKate    BRIDESMAID DRESSES | J.Crew    GROOMSMEN ATTIRE | Jos. A. Bank    CAKE | Elivin’s Pasteries & Catering, Corydon IN    CATERING | Mastersons, Louisville KY

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Madison and Justin’s Engagement Session

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I thoroughly enjoyed Madison and Justin’s Kentucky Engagement Session. As a Louisville wedding photographer I love to get out of the city to go create engagement photos out in the countryside. We started the session where their wedding ceremony is scheduled to take place. The property is perfectly Kentucky with horse fencing and a stable in the distance, woods with leaves in fall color as well as rolling green hills, a pond and a beautiful house. It was also a beautiful brisk autumn morning. We had a great time wondering around the property taking pictures and talking about their plans for the big day. As much as I enjoyed the setting, most of all I enjoyed the time getting to know Justin and Madison. They are sweet people and their affection for one another is a joy to observe and to photograph. We also made our way to a variety of other rustic settings on the outskirts of Louisville and even made time for them to lay down on a blanket. I am even more excited about their wedding having spent the time with them.

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Amanda and Andrew’s Wedding at the Brown Hotel

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Amanda & Andrew’s Wedding at the Brown Hotel was absolutely fabulous. As a Louisville wedding photographer I love Brown Hotel Weddings and this was no exception. Every detail of this black-tie celebration was gorgeous. Most notably, of course, the bride looked simply stunning in her lace dress. So many brides choose to put their hair up, but Amanda’s hair looked exquisite down. Jewish weddings start with the signing of the the Ketubah, the Jewish marriage contract.  This beautiful contract is written in both Hebrew and English and is quite literally a piece of artwork meant to be displayed in the couple’s home for years to come. Family as well as the wedding party gathered to watch with the rabbi as the witnesses signed. After some champagne it was time to head to the formal ceremony which took place in the Crystal ballroom. The room itself is exquisite, but the chairs and impressive Chuppah, a Jewish marriage canopy symbolizing the new home that the couple will build together, made it that much more beautiful. After they exchange their vows to one another, Andrew happily smashed a glass with his foot, kissed his bride and then lead his new wife down the aisle.
Then everyone made their way downstairs to a cocktail hour, complete with first class hors d’oeuvres. Meanwhile the Brown staff along with Ellen Fox of ShaFox Events transformed the Crystal ballroom preparing it for the elegant dinner reception. Andrew and Amanda took a sneak peek at the room and even made time for a couple pictures before the guest made their way to their seats. After the scrumptious multi-course dinner there were toasts, the cutting of the cake and the first dance. Then with all the formalities out-of-the-way the live band got the party started with what is personally my favorite part of Jewish marriage ceremonies my, the Hora. It is a lively dance that involves circling around the couple and then eventually hoisting them above the crowd on chairs. It always makes for great images and is so much fun to be apart of! To my surprise the dance floor was filled with a similar level of intensity for almost the entirety of the night. This crew would not stop dancing for anything it seemed! The whole day was a joy to photograph and I was honored to be apart.

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Wedding Planners: Ellen Fox DJ: Jay Campbell Florist: In Bloom Again Cake: Mert’s Cakes Ceremony Music: Commonwealth Musicians Band: A-Town A-List

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UK Falls Behind UofL – Louisville vs Kentucky Football

As a Kentucky photographer it is an honor to photograph the state rivalry between Louisville and Kentucky. Although the majority of my work is weddings I also enjoy shooting sports. Today I braved the stormy weather and photographed the Louisville vs Kentucky Governor’s Cup football game. UK started off strong and was leaving at the half 24-7, but in the second half the Wildcats fell behind the Cardinals who were ultimately victorious 38-24.

November 28, 2015: Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Forrest (45) falls behind Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Kentucky ultimately fell behind Louisville who defeated them 38-24. (Photo by David Blair)

November 28, 2015: Kentucky Wildcats linebacker Josh Forrest (45) falls behind Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Kentucky ultimately fell behind Louisville who defeated them 38-24. (Photo by David Blair)

November 28, 2015: Louisville Cardinal watches his team during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair)

November 28, 2015: Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) hands the ball off to running back Brandon Radcliff (23) during the 1st half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) hands the ball off to running back Brandon Radcliff (23) during the 1st half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.

November 28, 2015: Kentucky Wildcats running back Jojo Kemp (3) breaks through the line during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Kentucky Wildcats running back Jojo Kemp (3) breaks through the line during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.

November 28, 2015: Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball under pressure from Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Denzil Ware (35) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) passes the ball under pressure from Kentucky Wildcats defensive end Denzil Ware (35) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.

November 28, 2015: Kentucky Wildcats cornerback J.D. Harmon (11) runs the ball during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Kentucky Wildcats cornerback J.D. Harmon (11) runs the ball during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.

November 28, 2015: Kentucky Wildcats running back Mikel Horton (4) tries to escape Louisville Cardinals defensive end Sheldon Rankins (98) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Kentucky Wildcats running back Mikel Horton (4) tries to escape Louisville Cardinals defensive end Sheldon Rankins (98) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.

November 28, 2015: Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs the ball in for a touchdown during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

November 28, 2015: Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Ryan Timmons (1) is taken down by Louisville Cardinals safety Jermaine Reve (27) and linebacker James Burgess (13) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

Kentucky Wildcats wide receiver Ryan Timmons (1) is taken down by Louisville Cardinals safety Jermaine Reve (27) and linebacker James Burgess (13) during the 2nd half of the NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats.

November 28, 2015: Louisville Cardinals tight end Cole Hikutini (18) and offensive tackle Aaron Epps (78) and cornerback Joe Bradford (49) hold up the Governor

November 28, 2015: Louisville Cardinals tight end Cole Hikutini (18) and offensive tackle Aaron Epps (78) and cornerback Joe Bradford (49) hold up the Governor’s Cup after defeating Kentucky in the state rivalry NCAA football game between the Louisville Cardinals and the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY. Louisville defeated Kentucky 38-24. (Photo by David Blair)

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Rachel and Justin’s Louisville Engagement Session

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Here are some from Rachel and Justin’s Louisville Engagement Session at the Seelbach. As a Louisville wedding photographer I enjoy the variety of locations to shoot at available in our city. We made use the cityscape from across the river as well as trees, grass, bridges, waterfalls and then finally one of Louisville’s historic hotels, the Seelbach Hilton. Justin and Rachel were a breeze to photograph as they have a natural sense of style, playful personalities and most of all a clear love for one another. We were able to enjoy the last bits of fall colors as we made our way throughout the city for some comfortable portraits. Then it was time to get dressed up for engagement photos at the Seelbach Hotel. They clearly love the sophistication of Louisville’s oldest and most beautiful hotels, but they had trouble making up their minds so in the end they decided to hold their rehearsal dinner at the Seelbach and then have there wedding at the Brown Hotel. Wedding photographers in Louisville are honored anytime we get to shoot at either of these gorgeous hotels, but rarely do we get the opportunity to shoot at both for one wedding celebration. I thoroughly look forward to it. Justin and Rachel even enjoyed a bottle of champagne in anticipation of the wedding celebration to come.
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Cathie Jacobs

Beautiful couple! Beautiful pictures!

Aleatha Hoff

Stunning! You look so happy Rachel Lynne. Congratulations!

Linda Horvath

Georgeous pictures, they are really a “picture perfect” couple!

Linda Horvath

Lovely, stunning, georgous handsome and beautiful all wrapped up in one. Every picture is beautiful!

Meagan Marie Guerreri

So beautiful! Congratulations cousin!

Meghan & James’ Garden Wedding at Whitehall

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Meghan & James’ garden wedding was absolutely beautiful.  Weddings at the Whitehall House & Gardens are always a joy to photograph because both the historic house and manicured garden provide an excellent outdoor setting for an elegant garden wedding in Louisville, but even more so in this case, as wedding planner Carol Grisanti helped push this wedding over-the-top. The air-conditioned tent where the reception was held looked fabulous with chandeliers and fabric hanging above and beautiful linens, crystal and centerpieces on each table. In addition, one to the tent housed a lounge complete with couches and a full bar separated from the dinner area with a decorative wall constructed of white bark trees and hanging candles. Of course more than the setting what made this wedding so fun to photograph was Meghan & James’ obvious love and affection for one another. They were so happy to be getting married and likewise to be celebrating with so many friends and family. As guests arrive they entered the mansion and were treated to drinks and hors d’oeuvres before they made their way to the garden where the ceremony took place. After they made their vows we took sometime to create some comfortable portraits in the garden and then made our way to the reception tent. During their first dance the music abruptly changed and the bridesmaids and bridesmen made their way onto the floor to be back up dancers complete with choreographed moves. Next the everyone enjoyed an incredible meal and then a live band took the stage and got the dance party officially started. It was a playful and wild party that seemed to get almost everyone on the dance floor at some point. Thanks again for letting me document your day. Congratulations Meghan & James!
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