HAVEN | CLASS OF 2018

Oh my goodness. This session. So it's fairly obvious that I don't shoot seniors, but on the rare occasion I take on the few requests I get. Making the individual and the session even more special to me. This session blew my mind. It was a breath of fresh air and awakened something deep in my soul. I am ever so grateful that Haven and her mom approached me after church a few weeks back about taking these pictures. 

If you have ever met Haven, you know two things. She is funny and she is gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful inside and out. Haven has this spirit about her that just makes you like her instantly. She witty and smart - and if there is anything I like more about funny people, it's smart funny people. My little family has had the privilege of knowing Haven and her family for a few years now. They started coming to our small-town church and we have loved having them ever since. Haven (and her brother) fits in perfectly with our youth. And as you can only imagine, all the little boys, mine leading the pack, are all heart eyes over her. 

Make sure to look through all the images, there is a little surprise at the end for you. 

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As many of you know my sister, Caitlin, has been working with me for a while. You may remember the new logo I launched this year, she designed it! This year was the first that our schedules aligned and allowed us to work side by side on many projects, weddings, and the occasional senior. While I've hired her to be my assistant photographer, she usually ends up with quite a bit of video coverage and I can't say that I mind. It's fun to watch her find her passions and develop those into a career path. Currently Caitlin is working with WKDZ in Cadiz. Where she gets the opportunity to cover stories throughout the WKDZ area, while also documenting them through video and photography.

"I enjoy the radio because it is full circle coverage of people's lives. I'm passionate about capturing peoples stories, their lives. It's a neat process." says Caitlin. 

While Caitlin plans to create her own brand once she has graduated from Murray this Spring and start shooting video professionally, I'm excited to announce that we will be offering her services as an add-on to all wedding packages and portrait sessions in the meantime. We're both so excited to have the chance to work along side on another. And I cannot wait to see where this takes my sister. 

JONATHAN AND BREANNA | KENTUCKY WEDDING

I'm not sure that I can describe Jonathan and Breanna's wedding day, without crying all over again. If you follow me on Instagram, you've had a few peeks into their day and some mentions of how emotional this day was for me. Which came as a huge surprise to me, because Father Daughter dances are typically the only thing that gets me. But I just love this couple and their sweet family. Even my boys love Breanna and Susannah (Breanna's mother).

The day begin with lots of laughter, and the sweetest ladies surrounding the Bride. Every single one catering to Breanna in a different way. Bringing food, water, telling her the time, or just making jokes to lighten the mood. Breanna had approached me the week before the wedding asking to have a moment of prayer with Jonathan, since they were not planning to have a First Look they felt that this would make for a moment to connect before walking down the aisle. As you can imagine, all our eyes were misty listening to the two of them talk with each other during this part of the day. And then Jonathan prayed over their marriage, over the ceremony, over everyone who was a part of their day - and that's when I lost it. I've mentioned parts of this before but I have to recap their ceremony for you. This ceremony was one of the most moving ceremonies I have ever witnessed. As a whole, the entire wedding party and all the guests would sing one of Jonathan and Breanna's favorite hymns. Then instead of your traditional unity candle, they had a Unity Cross. The outer section of the cross represented the Groom, while the center represented the Bride and the three pegs holding the cross together would represent the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. To compete the ceremony the two would partake in communion together as Husband and Wife. Their reception was held at Oakwood Hall, a gorgeous barn venue in Russellville, KY. It provides a great atmosphere surrounded by farm land. We took advantage of the property by grabbing some photos of just the two of them and then snuck out of the reception during sunset. It was clear that this entire day was centered around Christ! I am so thankful that Jonathan and Breanna allowed me to witness such a beautiful day. Every little detail was absolutely touching and you could feel Christ's love through every moment! 

Hair: Hairitage Salon (Brooke Johnson, Nikisha Cole) | Makeup: Bri Johnson | Wedding Dress: Morilee by Madeline Gardner | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Tuxedos: The Black Tux | Florist: Oak n' Ivy (Hayley Jayne) | Ceremony Venue: Southern Heights Baptist Church | Reception Venue: Oakwood Hall | Cake: It's a Southern Thing Catering (Susan Appling) | Catering: Sister to Sister Catering | Photographer: Ashton Oakes Photography