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As my seasoned ears have soaked in dozens and dozen of love stories, here are my tips on how to write your own vows:

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Sarah and Nick had planned a grand affair in Vermont with their families and throngs of guests, but as many of us experienced last year, 2020 had other plans. So, with the help of my friends at Louisville-Owned Weekend Wedding Warrior, a micro wedding in Nick’s parents backyard was the perfect solution. A micro-wedding, according […]

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As a wedding photographer, it is an honor when my couples allow me to continue our relationship and photograph them through the years. I got the chance to photograph these two on a sunny spring day in Louisville to celebrate their anniversary, and I was thrilled with the result! Their carefree, loving nature made the […]

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Oh, call it by some better name, For Friendship sounds too cold, While Love is now a worldly flame, Whose shrine must be of gold: And Passion, like the sun at noon, That burns o’er all he sees, Awhile as warm will set as soon– Then call it none of these. Imagine something purer far, […]

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When my younger sister told me she was expecting her first little one (the first baby girl of this generation in my family, no less) I was so excited! I had secretly been hoping she would ask me for a session, so you can imagine my glee when she reached out to me for a […]

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    Social Distancing Chronicles week…..uuuuh, how long have we been doing this now? I haven’t picked up my camera for a client since late February, no weddings, no family sessions. There are some aspects of this new normal that I have relished: time for boredom (which breeds creativity) more cooking at home, lots of […]

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I know many of my readers are facing a huge struggle with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on their wedding plans. I’ve touched on this subject before, but now we are in deep, and everyone seems to have their lives on hold in one way or another. Now, we need to […]

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I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. -Brene Brown Yesterday started out feeling a little….well….bloopy? Did I just make up a new emotion? I know I can’t be the only parent feeling this way right now. It was […]

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“You can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.” -Outkast   Yes, yes I did just quote Outkast. You know, a plethora of unpredictable things that you didn’t plan for are in the ream of possibility—and your wedding is not exempt. While its never something a couple wants to consider, sometimes all […]

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I’ve heard it at weddings. You’ve heard it at weddings. At Last by Etta James has got to be one of the most played love songs at every ceremony in this hemisphere, and yet we never tire of it. Originally released in 1960 (but written in 1941), It has been covered by everyone from Stevie […]

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