Costume Wedding at Red Orchard Barn | Kara and Matt

I absolutely love photographing unique weddings in the Louisville-area, and Kara and Matt’s costume wedding was definitely up my alley. Their wedding was the weekend after Halloween, a perfect excuse for everyone to don their costumes once more and party!

You may remember Kara and Matt from their Whitehall Garden engagement photo session in the spring! Their wedding was at Red Orchard Barn in Shelbyville, which was a perfect setting surrounded by gorgeous trees in full autumn color. The ceremony was officiated by their friend, Mandy Olivam; and Kara hand made her dress— meant to look like a flower— while Matt wore a bee costume! I loved photographing him “chasing” her around the park. Other details included painted hexagons hanging from the tree under which the ceremony took place, a game area with corn hole, and donuts and pizza to nosh on!

November Family Photos at Anchorage Trail | Puffer Family

We had just barely missed the height of fall foliage for these Louisville family photos! Luckily, these siblings rocked their family photo session at Anchorage Trail in November— they were seriously stylish and were amazing to work with! They posed with each other with smiles on their faces (most of the time), which is something I’m not sure my own brother and I would be able to do without cringing! Major kudos.

Downtown Toledo Wedding | Emily and Steve

As a Louisville photographer, I am pretty centrally located to travel this way and that for weddings out of town— so when I heard from Emily (who I met while studying abroad in Ireland in college) about photographing her and Steve’s wedding in Toledo, Ohio, I was excited! She and Steve technically got married the year before in a small ceremony, and decided to “do it up right” in October with a day of getting ready at the Renaissance Downtown Toledo followed by a reception at the Downtown Toledo Train Station.

I spent the morning with Emily and her close friends in her hotel room suite (which had the most GORGEOUS view and window light) where they all donned robes, drank mimosas, and had breakfast. They presented Emily with a very thoughtfully created scrapbook (I’m not crying, you’re crying), and many photos were taken of the group with the bride.

Once the group left, Emily’s mom set to work getting her hair ready while her friend did her makeup. Steve was given the go-ahead to come to the room for their first look, and we took advantage of those huge windows for photos. More couples photos were taken in the lobby of the hotel, then at Middlegrounds Metropark, and finally a few more at the train station. The venue was decorated with golden pumpkins, twinkle lights, and other autumn bits of flair. There was much dancing— but if they didn’t want to dance, guests were provided board games to play together.

I had so much fun photographing this wedding in Toledo, I’m going to have to go back for more!

Dress: Belle Amour Bridal
Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Jewelry: Harold Jaffe Jewelers
Catering: Cynthia’s Catering 
Desserts: Meirav Pierce
DJ: DJ Savanna
Stationary: Phoebe Thomas
Decorations: Mary Fox
Hair: Susan Smith
Make-Up: Lexi Staples
Photo Booth: ShutterPOP Productions

Great Fraser Fir Louisville Family Photos | Aragona Family

I have been dying to photograph Christmas family photos in Louisville on a Christmas tree farm or Christmas tree lot for ages!! I was finally able to this year with the Aragona family at Great Fraser Fir, and they had a gorgeous selection of trees that looked like a Christmas tree farm— but we didn’t have to leave Louisville! That made me a very happy Louisville family photographer.

This was my second year documenting the family, and they came equipped with their vintage red wagon, candy canes to hang on the trees, and we played with some battery-powered Christmas lights, too! By the end of the family session, they’d picked out their tree and the Great Fraser Fir guys wrapped it up for them to take home! A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Autumn Louisville Graduation Portraits | Lexina

I am so excited to share these portraits I took of Lexina for her graduation from the University of Louisville! We had a blast at UofL campus taking some portraits in her cap and gown, popping champagne (to various degrees of success), followed by some fun photos in St. Matthews to take advantage of the autumn leaves! One of the best things about being a Louisville photographer is the variety the city offers in terms of locations to photograph! When we saw the gorgeous golden yellow ginkgo tree and vibrant violet Japanese maple trees we knew we had to use them in these portraits!

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