Amanda and Andrew’s Louisville Engagement Session

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Spring has begun and with it this Louisville wedding photographer is excited to start the year’s wedding season! With the cold days of caring would to my fireplace and shoveling snow behind me it is exciting to get out and take some photos. Recently I spent the afternoon with Amanda and Andrew for their Louisville Engagement Session. We had a great time getting to know one another. They flew in from Washington DC for a whirlwind 4 day weekend of wedding planning. Andrew’s parents even made the trip so they could take part in the fun. Wedding planner Ellen Fox of ShaFox Weddings & Events packed their schedule full of activities. They sampled food from the Brown Hotel’s incredible catering staff, went cake tasting and met with many other wedding vendors. To finish the weekend off we went out for their engagement session. We casually made our way throughout Louisville creating images of this fun loving couple. First we wandered throughout Cherokee Park making use of the woods, paths, steps and bridges. Next we spent some time at the scenic Hurstbourne Country Club with its gorgeous clubhouse, bridge, creek and the ruins. Finally we made our way downtown to get a more urban look and over the river to shoot with the cityscape behind us. I love how their affection and love for one another is so clearly seen in these images. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Amanda and Andrew and I’m really looking forward to their wedding this fall.
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Shooting in Paris Again

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It is official. I just got my tickets to go shoot another destination wedding in Paris, France. I love destination weddings and I absolutely love Paris! It is so romantic with all the people bustling around and music always in the air. Let me describe how amazing it was last time I was photographing in Paris. Picture this moment with me. The weather was a perfect 77 degrees and I could feel the warm sun hitting my face just before it set. As I walked along the river near Notre Dame, there was a man playing an accordion, couples drinking wine and almost everyone was carrying a French baguette. The sound of people speaking French all around seamed to mix with the music almost intentionally.  As I stood at the foot of the Eiffel Tower I thought could I really ask for a better place to be photographing a couple in love? I had so much to work with that it was almost overwhelming. The architecture is so intricate. The winding river has so many beautiful bridges. Most of all, I was documenting the love and affection of a bride and groom. I was having a phenomenal time creating wedding photos for a fun couple in the city of love, and I was struck by how blessed I am. I have such an incredible job and I love it.  It is such an honor that couples invite me to document the romance, emotions, and the overall vibe of the day that they say “I do”. So… to all my couples whether you get married in Europe or in downtown Louisville, Thank You! It is a joy to serve you.

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One more story about Paris. Last time, something that made my trip even more amazing was that on my flight over to Paris I found myself sitting next to Ellie, who by astounding coincidence was going to the same wedding.  In fact, she was dating the brother of the groom.  Although I went to France specifically to photograph someone else’s destination wedding, on my last night in Paris I was able to do an romantic session with Ellie and Edouard at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. A year later, I was given the opportunity to shoot her wedding on the West Coast. Here are just a few of my images from Paris. I’m so excited to be going again this summer!

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Featured Wedding in Kentucky Bride Magazine

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Kentucky Bride Magazine is currently featuring Travis and Ashley’s gorgeous Henry Clay wedding I photographed in the heart of the city.  As a Louisville wedding photographer I am honored to once again have my work published in this exclusive bridal publication. The magazine gave a four page spread to this stylish Louisville wedding. Bridal magazines are a really helpful and creative resource for brides-to-be as they plan their big day. Kentucky Bride is one of the industries finest and the most circulated in the region, so you can imagine how excited I am to once again have my work gracing its pages. This Henry Clay Wedding Reception was absolutely stunning from start to finish. I absolutely love photographing weddings at the Henry Clay Louisville KY and Travis and Ashley’s wedding was certainly no exception. The ceremony took place in the Beaux Arts room with the couple and Rabbi under the Chuppah, a Jewish marriage canopy symbolizing the new home that the couple will build together. The reception for this elegant wedding was held in the Henry Clay’s Grand Ballroom.  As the guests entered they were surrounded by lavish and opulent decor.  The variety of square, circle and rectangular tables covered in fine linens, crystal, candles and massive flower centerpieces pushed this reception quite clearly over the top. They enjoyed an excellent meal and then the party really got going when the live band took the stage. Congratulations Ashley and Travis!

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Wedding Reception at the Henry Clay Louisville KY
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The vendors included The Silver Spoon Catering, In Bloom Again florist, wedding photographer David Blair, Creative Video Solutions, Burning Las Vegas Band, Merts Cakes, Trolley from Free Enterprise Transportation Systems, Highland Chamber Players and Morgan of Weekend Wedding Warriors. You may also want to check out Travis and Ashley’s Rehearsal Dinner at the 21C Hotel.

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Published Wedding in TOPS in Lexington Magazine

Louisville and Lexington wedding photographers all desire to have their images on the coveted pages of TOPS in Lexington Magazine. The publication is known for highlighting the best the best, the top of the stack and thus the name TOPS. The Weddings issue just hit newsstands yesterday and I am so honored to once again have this bridal publication featuring a wedding of mine. The magazine gave a full two page spread to an image of Ashley and Nathan and then four more pages of details from their gorgeous wedding. Each of the six pages include both pictures from the big day and text as the magazine chose not just to show the wedding, but to tell the story as well. It was certainly one of my favorites of the year, because not only was it an elegant and sophisticated event at one of Kentucky’s finest hotels and not just because this bride and groom are so photogenic, but because they are two of the sweetest people I have ever met. Photographing Ashley and Nathan’s day was a complete joy. I couldn’t be more excited for the two of them to get to share their celebration with the readers of the magazine. The image that spans the first two pages of the feature was taken out on the 2nd Street Bridge just after we took portraits of the whole bridal party with the cityscape as the background. But most of the celebration took place at the historic Brown hotel. It is one of those settings that is a dream to photograph in. Everywhere you look you see opulence. Before a wedding planner or decorator goes to work the Brown Hotel already looks amazing. I love all the arches and intricate detail on the walls, ceiling, pillars and railings. The architecture adds a richness to every picture but for this special occasion much more was planned. My friends Paul and Alex from Fleur De Lis Events and Design along with Alicia of Great Expectations did an amazing job, truly making Ashley’s wedding dream become a reality.
For the ceremony Ashley chose to have a beautiful ombre of flower petals running up the aisle fading from pink to white with a custom ombre aisle runner with 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 printed on it, along with their wedding date. The couple loved “Canon in D” and “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris, and couldn’t decide between the two songs for their ceremony. A composer arranged the two seamlessly together and The Louisville Strings played it for the couple. When it came time for the big kiss, Nathan swung his bride around and dipped her down, catching her by surprise. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring a Kentucky theme. Bourbon barrel cocktail tables were adorned with burlap and mint julep centerpieces accented with horseshoes and candles. Guests signed a bourbon barrel head converted into a lazy susan and enjoyed miniature Kentucky Hot Browns, the hotel’s signature dish.
Even more was in store as the guest entered the Crystal Ballroom. Ashley and Nathan’s wedding reception was as lavish as can be. The combination of flowers, crystal, candles and up-lighting was magnificent. They chose to have a variety of centerpieces around the room. Tables were covered with ivory linens, accented with a beautiful gold overlay. The tables were set with gold chargers, pink napkins, rhinestone table numbers and votives. Beautiful, oversized centerpieces were garnished with crystals to match the ballroom’s signature chandelier. Gold containers bore a lush assortment of roses, hydrangeas, orchids and calla lilies. The head table featured five glass pillars with dramatic ombre florals. The presentation was simply spectacular.
Vendors from the day included Wedding Planner: Alicia Collins with Great Expectations Venue Coordinator: Debbie Whitelock Venue: The Brown Hotel Catering: The Brown Hotel Flowers/Decor: Fleur-de-Lis Cakes: Lady A Cakes Hair and Makeup: Haley Bolin with Simply Makeup Band: Az-Izz Cinematographer; Dan Shallenberger with Poetic Cinema Bridal Gown: Martina Liana Bridal Party Attire: Dessy Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Wedding Rings: Shelia Bayes Invitations and Programs: Emily Mistretta with Cardinal & Straw Save-The-Dates: Mellen Designs Transportation: R&R Limousine and Photographer: David Blair Photography.  To see even more images from Ashley and Nathan’s wedding click the thumbnails below. 

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Baby Jack – Newborn Portrait Session

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Just in time for Christmas baby Jack has arrived. As a Madison Indiana photographer I love doing newborn portrait sessions and this one was extra special as I had photograph baby Jack’s parents on one of the most important days of their life. Baby photography in Madison Indiana is just a small portion of what I do. Most often I am photographing brides and grooms and all of the details associated with their wedding day celebration, but every year I also spend some time doing other forms of portraiture. I photograph families and do senior portraits. I have repeatedly photographed proposals as they happen. Additionally, each year I get the opportunity to photograph the growing families of my former wedding clients. I love when couples who had me document their wedding day also invite me to document their new little ones. What an honor it is! I would love to be the family photographer for each of my clients as they step into each new stage of life. Ashley and Nathan had a beautiful wedding that was such a joy to photograph and even made the pages of a wedding magazine. Now they have been blessed with a wonderful little gift just before the holidays. As a Madison Indiana newborn photographer I was honored to create these images of five day old baby Jack. My favorite has to be this first image with Jack comfortably sleeping in his father’s arms. We also did some playful Christmas photos with Jack in a Santa suit, wrapped as a present under the tree, as a reindeer, in a sled, in a stocking and a top Santa’s bag. Baby photography in Madison Indiana is always fun and as I joyfully edited through these images I could not help but think about the birth of the little baby for which we celebrate Christmas to begin with. God Himself chose to come down and humble Himself, becoming one of us and being born as a helpless infant. Jesus Christ came and lived among us. He made himself small and then went on to live a perfect life. He never made any mistakes, He never broke any rules. He was sinless. And then after showing his great power over sickness, death and the whole universe itself, He chose to lay down His life as a substitute for many. Jesus died so that’s screw ups like you and me, sinners who have not kept God’s law, could be saved from the just punishment that we deserve. Jesus is the greatest gift that has ever been given. This Christmas season every time you see a beautiful little baby like Jack remember that God himself provided a perfect, innocence sacrifice to take our place. To find out more about why Jesus came Click Here. Congratulations Ashley and Nathan! I’m sure you’ll have a very Merry Christmas this year!

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Jack will be following his father’s footsteps soon enough. I love how this picture with his daddy’s feet shows just how small he is.
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