Madison Regatta

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Photographing the 2016 Madison Regatta was filled with excitement. Jimmy Shane won the race in front of the hometown crowd in U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat, which is owned by the citizens of Madison. As a Madison Indiana photographer and citizen of Madison, I am part owner, so I was glad to see my boat win. The two-time defending governor’s cup champion J. Michael Kelly placed second, followed by Brian Perkins. Cal Phipps flipped his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on lap 4 of the Madison Regatta’s Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, IN. Phipps survived the crash with no visible injury. Although my specialty is wedding photography and portraiture high-speed action photography is too much fun to pass up, and because I am a Madison IN photographer it is such a pleasure having such a exciting race here my hometown. These Madison Regatta Photos are by David Blair.

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Cal Phipps, piloting the U-27 Dalton Industries boat leads as Jimmy Shane, piloting the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat and J. Michael Kelly, piloting the U-5 Graham Trucking boat trail behind during the Madison Regatta.

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Jimmy Shane waves to fans atop the hometown the Miss Madison after winning the Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane, is interviewed after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane, is interviewed after winning the Madison Regatta’s Indiana Governor’s Cup Extreme Boat Race.

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

I know they call them hydroplane but they’re not really supposed to fly like this. Phipps survived the crash with no visible injury.

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps flippes his H1 Unlimited Hydroplane on Lap 4 of the Madison Regatta

03 July 2016: Cal Phipps, receives a hug after making it ashore following his high speed crash during the Madison Regatta

Cal Phipps, receives a hug after making it ashore following his high speed crash during the 2016 Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: The U-27 Dalton Industries boat is lowered into the water by crane just before the Madison Regatta

The U-27 Dalton Industries boat is lowered into the water by crane just before the Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane, climbs into his seat aboard the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat just before the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane, climbs into his seat aboard the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison boat just before the Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane gives high-fives to fans after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane gives high-fives to fans after winning the Indiana Governor’s Cup Madison Regatta.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane, of the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison receive their trophies after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane with his trophy after winning the Madison Regatta’s Indiana Governor’s Cup in Madison, IN.

03 July 2016: Jimmy Shane and the whole crew of the U-1 HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison receive their trophies after winning the Madison Regatta

Jimmy Shane and the whole crew of the HomeStreet Bank Miss Madison receive their trophies after winning the Regatta.

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Published Wedding in TOPS Magazine

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As a Louisville and Lexington wedding photographer it is always and honor when my work is published. This month Stephanie and Jason’s Whitehall wedding is being featured in a gorgeous four page spread of the current issue of TOPS in Lex Magazine. I love providing wedding photography in Lexington and Louisville KY. Stephanie and Jason wanted an outdoor wedding. When they visited Whitehall in Louisville they immediately fell in love with the historic home and gardens. It was a peaceful, beautiful setting. With so many family members traveling from out of state, they wanted a venue that really highlighted the beauty of Kentucky and Whitehall did just that.

The bride wore an ivory lace Ellis Bridal mermaid gown with a sweeping tulle train. She added a hand-beaded satin sash to match the beading in the dress, an ivory veil, a pearl hair comb and pearl earrings. Her shoes were ivory satin with a gold glitter heel by Kate Spade New York. The bridal bouquet was designed with roses, hydrangeas and lilies wrapped in ivory satin and pearls. The groom wore a classic black and white tux with a two-button, single-breasted jacket and vest. It featured a slimmer satin notch lapel and modern pant with a beaded stripe. He wore authentic silver 1943 penny cufflinks, a gift from Stephanie, and carried his paternal grandfather’s wedding band in his pocket. The groom’s boutonniere was a white lily to match the bride’s bouquet. The mother of the bride wore a knee-length satin dress in champagne with a lace jacket. The mother of the groom wore a long blue chiffon gown with a beaded jacket. Both wore rose corsages. The father of the bride and father of the groom wore classic black tuxes with black vests that matched the groom and rose boutonnieres. The matrons of honor and bridesmaids each wore their own style of a long black chiffon gown with pearl earrings. The junior bridesmaid added a beaded sash and a pearl hair comb. Their bouquets were made of roses and hydrangeas. The best man and groomsmen wore black tuxes with champagne vests and ties and rose boutonnieres. The junior groomsman wore the same with the addition of a champagne bow tie.

Stephanie and Jason wanted their wedding reception to be classic, romantic and elegant. The wedding colors included champagne, ivory, black and blush pink. The tables were draped in champagne satin with gold chargers and trumpet vases filled with roses, hydrangeas and ivy to pull in the natural look of the gardens. Beautiful candle centerpieces included votive and floating candles. Gold chiavari chairs added a touch of elegance.

Guests were invited to a cocktail reception in the gardens immediately following the ceremony where they enjoyed h’orderves and an open bar. When the bridal party arrived, the reception began with the couple’s first dance. Jason and Stephanie worked with PartyZone Productions to create a mixed song that included their favorite artists – Michael Jackson, The Doors, Prince and Justin Timberlake. The first dance was followed by a dinner buffet with chef carved Angus prime rib, chicken picatta, angel hair pasta and an assortment of salads and vegetables. The bride danced with her father after dinner. Little did she know that dad had some dance moves up his sleeve! Family members and friends were treated to a lively dance to Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman, full of spins, twists and more. Stephanie and Jason then shared a dance with his children to kick off a special Parents Dance for all wedding guests.

Stephanie researched wedding cakes for hours looking for the perfect design. Unable to find exactly what she wanted, she decided to design her own, and Adrienne & Co. carried out her vision perfectly. The three-tier cake included two delicately decorated layers with champagne ribbons and blush colored roses atop a base layer covered with fondant petals. The cake flavors were white with hazelnut, Italian cream and red velvet with butter-cream icing.

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The vendors included Wedding Planner: Essential Details Photographer: David Blair Photography Venue : Whitehall House & Gardens Catering : Ladyfingers Flowers: Lloyd’s Florist Bridal Gown: Bridal Suite of Louisville Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jim’s Formal Wear Cake: Adrienne & Co. Bakery Café Makeup: Bethany Tiesman Hair: Twisted Salon DJ: PartyZone Productions Videography: Digital Moments Wedding Videography Transportation: Executive Transportation, Rentals: Reliable Rentals. For more wedding photography in Lexington KY, Louisville KY and many other destinations keep exploring the site.

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Chelsea & Nick’s Louisville Wedding at the Olmsted

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Chelsea & Nick’s wedding at the Olmsted was a joy to photograph. The day started with the ladies down at the Seelbach Hotel which is also where the couple spent their wedding night. Like most wedding days the room was loud and filled with activity. Once everyone was ready we took the pictures of the ladies around the hotel and then made our way to the Olmsted. As a Louisville wedding photographer I have to admit that I love weddings at the Olmsted. This historic building is so charming with it’s beautiful windows and brickwork.  The ceremony took place inside the Olmsted with a cocktail hour immediately following which gave us time to go outside. There is a gorgeous field with large dark green trees and a railroad track right out at the entry. Needless to say we had so much to work with and lots of places to create beautiful wedding photos for Nick and Chelsea. They both looked great and more clearly excited that they’ve finally tied the knot. After pictures it was time to head back inside border the reception. They had invited a fun group of people who quickly started a lively dance party that kept going long into the night. The best part of the day was watching Nick and Chelsea’s love towards one another. They could not help but be affectionate the whole day. She was just so excited she kept kissing her new husband. Congratulation Chelsea and Nick! Thanks for letting me document your day.
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Emily & Justin’s New Albany Wedding at the Grand

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Justin and Emily tied the knot at the Grand in New Albany, which is an old theater that has been converted into a wedding venue. As a Louisville and New Albany wedding photographer I was glad to go shoot another wedding at the Grand. One of the unique parts of this Southern Indiana wedding venue is that the couple gets to have their names up in lights as well as their engagement photos out front where the old movie posters used to be placed. In fact for Justin and Emily’s engagement session we actually came and shot some in front of the theater. The day of the wedding was gorgeous and it was a joy to document. Emily has an impressive peacock tattoo filling most of one arm, so it was quite appropriate that her bouquet included peacock feathers. After some images with the bride and her bridesmaids and the groom the groomsmen it was time for Emily and Justin to see each other. Next we walked around downtown creating some New Albany Indiana wedding photos that these two we’ll cherish for years to come. With most of the photos out of the way it was time for the ceremony to begin. Emily looked fabulous walking down the aisle and Justin was clearly excited to finally be marrying the love of his life. Once they have made their vows to one another it was time to party. Their guest signed a large letter G that will undoubtedly be hung up on a wall in their home. The guest enjoyed food, dancing, a photo booth and a color coordinated Candy buffet. I was honored to get to document Emily and Justin’s big day. Enjoy!
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Deb Keller

What beautiful photos, thank you for sharing.

Lindsay & Mark’s Bardstown Wedding

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Lindsay & Mark’s Wedding in Bardstown was a complete joy to document. As a Kentucky wedding photographer I love to get out of Louisville and provide Bardstown wedding photography. Lindsay & Mark are such a kind and thoughtful couple. I had the pleasure of documenting the rehearsal dinner the night before and I was reminded how much I enjoyed getting to know them during their engagement session last fall. The day started with Mark getting ready with his guys, which included a little bit of bourbon before they headed to the wedding. The beautiful old church in the rolling hills just outside of Bardstown made a beautiful setting for their marriage ceremony.  After they tied the knot, we took pictures right outside the church building and then made our way down to Makers Mark Bourbon Distillery to add a little flavor to their Bardstown KY wedding photography. It was my first time there and I thoroughly enjoyed the setting with a beautiful little creek surrounded by spring blossoms, a quaint covered bridge and other unique buildings. That it was time to head to the heart of downtown Bardstown for the wedding reception. It seemed that all the guest were in a lively mood as the dance floor was full all night. At one point severe thunderstorms moved in and tornado sirens even went off, but the storm moved on quickly and the dance party jumped back into full swing. Congratulations to Mark and Lindsey and I hope everyone enjoys these Bardstown wedding photos. Feel free to leave a comment.

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Jan Antos

Oh Lindsay you are gorgeous and so are these photos! Thank you so much for sending them. We are so happy for you both. Love and Prayers!

Barbara Young

Beautiful wedding and photography!! Thank you so much for sharing.

Kentucky Bride Features Matthew and Layne’s Wedding

I am so excited for Layne and Matthew. Kentucky Bride is featuring their wedding on KentuckyBrideMagazine.com today. Kentucky Bride magazine is not only the regions leading wedding magazine with its thick issues jam packed with page after page of Kentucky wedding inspiration, but they also provide even more content and unique wedding ideas in Louisville, KY on their website. It is an honor each time I have one of my couples wedding featured in the magazine pages or on the site and I am glad they chose to publish this gorgeous wedding. The magazine called it a beautiful classic wedding. I couldn’t agree more. It was a thoroughly elegant occasion and I certainly enjoyed my time documenting these two as they tied the knot. Kentucky Bride reached out to the bride and asked her to tell her own story which give the post a much more personal feel. The ceremony took place at St. Louis Bertrand Catholic Church and then the party headed downtown to the the Seelbach Hotel for the reception. Layne’s excellent taste was evident throughout the entire day. She looked stunning in her dress and she made my job easy. Layne & Matthew’s Wedding Planner: Ellen of Shafox Weddings and Events did a fabulous job. She insured that everything looked amazing and the whole day flowed smoothly. I hope you enjoy the images below and find lots of unique wedding ideas for your special day. The other vendors included Photographer: David Blair Photography, Videographer: SG Productions, Wedding Cake: Mert’s Cakes, Florist: In Bloom Again, and DJ: Randy Embry.

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