Frances & Joe’s Lexington Horse Farm Engagement Session

As a Louisville and Lexington wedding photographer I love every opportunity I get to go photograph on private horse farms. The horse country surrounding Lexington is gorgeous with so many winding roads lined with old rock walls going over an endless number of hills. The tree-lined streets and seemingly unending stables make it such a joy to be a wedding photographer in Lexington, KY. Then add my favorite season of the year and it’s no wonder, that although this is my busiest couple months of shooting, I love every minute of it. In the midst of autumn, I am out shooting almost daily. Frances and Joe manage to get their Lexington Engagement Session with the fall colors at their peak vibrance and it made the session that much better. They chose to start their KY Engagement Session at Keenland race track and then finish up at the beautiful horse farm Frances manages. The massive property with 145 horses on the rolling hills with paddock upon paddock was a wonderful setting and the comfortable weather and late afternoon sunlight added to our enjoyable time.  Of course the best part was getting to photograph a couple that is truly in love. Joe and Frances are a fun pair. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and learning more about the Horse racing industry. It was also fun getting to hear about all of their wedding plans. They will be getting married in the village Adare in Limerick, Ireland in just a few weeks. Best of luck to both of you and early congratulations!

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Larry Schneider

Great photos

Mike Schneider

Joe is getting a little “frisky” there in home stretch!!

Tony & Jamie’s Seelbach Wedding

Tony & Jamie’s Wedding at the Seelbach Hilton in downtown Louisville was an elegant occasion. Every detail had been thought through to ensure this fun couples wedding was celebrated in style. First of all they chose an excellent venue. As a Louisville and Lexington wedding photographer I often get to photograph at the historic Seelbach Hotel and I never get tired of it. It helps give every image a good bit of sophistication even before you add a gorgeous woman in an elegant dress. That being said, Jamie was a truly beautiful bride and her jewelry, dress and accessories only helped to make that more evident. One of my favorite images from the day is the one of her looking over her shoulder back into the mirror right after she stepped into her wedding gown. There is such excitement in her eyes. Of course, Tony also played the part of a handsome groom quite well.  All the festivities took place in the Grand Ballroom up on the 10th floor with a beautiful view of the city and the late afternoon sunlight. The elegant room has marble wall accents, palladium windows, massive crystal chandeliers and a welcoming fireplace. It’s no surprise that it was featured in The Great Gatsby as the setting for a wedding. After the ceremony everyone headed out into the foyer for a cocktail hour while the room was transformed into on opulent reception with beautiful center pieces and an excellent meal that would rival that of many good steak houses. They invited a lively bunch and the dance floor was moving nonstop from the first moment it opened. Everyone was having hey great time. Another one of my favorite images was of guests toasting the bride and groom. I was able to capture the toast from a unique angle that allowed me to look up through the glasses. I love how it turned out. Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.

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Frankie Sue Bach Dunn

Love all the pictures! Looks like it was a very lovely wedding… Congratulations ….

Michael and Kirby’s Louisville Engagement Session

As a Louisville and Lexington KY wedding photographer one of the busiest times of the year for me is the fall. With the trees changing color and the comfortable weather many couples choose to have their wedding or engagement session in the midst of my favorite season. I have been out photographing several days each week for over a month and have so many beautiful photos to post. Michael and Kirby’s Louisville Engagement Session is a perfect example. It was so much fun and shows why I love our city so much. We were able to get rustic images out in the country as well as urban images in the city’s center. There is so much variety both in and around Louisville that it is realistic to create such distinctly different images all in one afternoon. The great locations were just the beginning. We had a beautiful autumn day to work with and the leaves were just starting to change. I loved the comfy blanket she brought to cuddle up together in as well as their adorable ice cream devouring dog with his custom sign. One other aspect that helped push this session over-the-top was they’re stylish good taste. I loved every outfit they chose. They looked fabulous! Above everything else what made this session truly romantic was Kirby and Michael’s love for one another. It is so evident how much they enjoy just being together.  They were so comfortable in front of the lens and easily moved from one pose to another. I had such a great time documenting their affection towards one another.

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Joe Coleman

Awesome! Can’t wait to see you guys!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Jamie Tardiff

WOW Kirby Barber & Michael Riley!!!!!!!!! THESE LOOK SO AMAZING!!! I love every single one.

Jamie Tardiff

WOW Kirby Barber & Michael Riley!!!!!!!!! THESE LOOK SO AMAZING!!! I love every single one.

Marilyn Monaghan Fleener

These are amazing and you both look so in love. The pictures are breathtaking.

Robin Mitchell Arroyave

Great photographer with beautiful subjects. They’re all amazing! Glad I’m not the one who has to pick out favorites.

Chris and Nicole’s Louisville Wedding

As a Louisville and Lexington wedding photographer I get to shoot in many beautiful locations from the urban center to secluded Horse farms. Some wedding celebrations are all contained within one venue while others make use of several. For Chris and Nicole’s Louisville Wedding they chose some of the city’s most elegant settings. We started with the ladies getting ready at the historic Seelbach Hilton in the heart of downtown then we made our way to St. Louis Bertrand for the ceremony and lastly to the Henry Clay for the lavish reception. As a photographic story teller I thoroughly enjoy so many different aspects of each wedding because together they form the visual narrative of the day. One point in the day that I have to be a bit more creative about is the experience of each guest as they come into the elegantly decorated reception hall. When my clients are looking through their wedding album in the years to come I want them to remember their room prepared for the grand celebration. So much planning, attention to detail and effort had gone into the look of the room so I certainly wanted to show what everyone saw as they entered the room. Nicole chose to have a variety of centerpieces incorporating flowers, candles and a bit of bling. Everything looked fabulous and we even snuck Nicole and Chris in just moments before there guess entered the room so they could take in the ambience. I was glad they were kind enough to let me get the above image before the party got started. Of course there’re so much more to their day, but rather than riding on and on I think it would be best for you to just see the story. Congratulations Nicole and Chris!

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Zach and Brittany’s Engagement Session

Here are just a few of Zach and Brittany’s Engagement photos in Madison Indiana that we did this Autumn. As a Southern Indiana wedding photographer an important part of my job is getting to know each of my couples and spending an afternoon together taking engagement photos is the perfect way for me to do so. For this Madison Indiana Engagement Session we were on the search for colorful fall foliage both on trees and on the ground. We were not disappointed. Our options seemed almost endless. I also loved Brittany’s hand made sign with their wedding date on it that she wants to use for her save-the-date. After we had enough images in the park it was time to go out to a vineyard to take some more romantic pictures.  I believe having an engagement session makes a momentous difference in capturing people being themselves on their wedding day. I call it an engagement session, but it is actually a kind of pre-wedding portrait session. It is a significant part of my work, and I include it with every wedding package I offer. Each of my couples are encouraged strongly to take advantage of the session because, it provides more romantic images of the couple, but it also benefits the wedding day tremendously. I tell all of my clients that it is for me, as much as it is for them, because I get to see how they interact with each other and with the camera. I get to know them and what to expect from them on the wedding day. For the couple it builds confidence and allows them to have a more stress free wedding knowing that they are in good hands. The engagement session functions as a very low-key, warm-up to the big day which translates to better wedding photos. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Zach and Brittany and I am looking forward to their wedding even more so now that we are better acquainted. We ended the evening by making our way down to waterfront across from the downtown Louisville where we enjoyed a meal together and took some images with the city lights as a backdrop.

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Alexis and Matthew’s Louisville Wedding

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Alexis and Matthew’s Louisville Wedding at the Hurstbourne Country Club was beautiful. There are lots of excellent venues for weddings in Louisville KY and one of my favorites as a Kentucky wedding photographer is at what they call The Ruins, found between the greens on the Hurstbourne golf course. The Ruins is a rock structure that resembles the facade of a old church building. The surrounding scenery for the ceremony was lush green trees and open fairways. As the guests made their way to the ceremony they first had to cruise in through the long beautiful drive winding through a tunnel of tall trees, then along a small stream and over an old stone bridge. In addition to this gorgeous setting, the clubhouse offers an elegant choice for Louisville wedding receptions. The old mansion has intricate ceilings and woodworking along the walls as well as an incredible staircase. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with this couple. Matthew and Alexis are carefree and fun loving, but I already knew that after doing their Red River Gorge Engagement Session. He had asked her to marry him on a cliff with a scenic view in the gorge so they chose to do their session there as well. You should check it out! After the wedding ceremony we hopped in some golf carts and made our way around the property for a bit taking some portraits before we made our way to the reception. After a nice dinner the couple spent some time greeting their guests and then snuck away to practice their first dance. Alexis head agreed to marry Matthew under the sole condition that he was willing to take ballroom dancing classes before the big day. He certainly had put some work in and they did a fine job, complete with a big dip to finish and much applause. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to document their nuptials. Congratulations Matthew and Alexis!
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Alexis Blecha

Love these pictures!

Alexis Blecha

Love these pictures!

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