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review of photographer gretchen Bell

“Gretchen was the photographer for my daughter’s wedding. I met Gretchen at a wedding I was at years earlier. I saw her in action, and knew she would be perfect for my daughter. Their personalities just matched. The 3 of us met at a coffee shop and we knew right away Gretchen would be perfect. […]

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micro wedding at the Kentucky castle

A micro wedding, simply stated, is an intimate affair, typically with no more than 50 guests. They still feature time-honored traditions that make a wedding but on a much smaller scale.

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Sunny California Wedding

Can I just tell you, California sunshine is hard to compete with. It can truly be a photographer’s dream. I was so inspired by the stark landscape and the epic venue showing off the strength of its color story in such a casually effortless way. Something this Kentucky girl learned on this trip was that […]

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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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If I had to sum yesterday up in a word it would be this: Whimsical. I had the honor of photographing one of the most stunning, emotional days I have witnessed in a long, long time. It was truly a feast for the eyes, and for the heart. The bride, Mandy, left no stone unturned […]

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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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“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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Originally a cover from a song released by the Postal Service, this version was used in the 2004 film Garden State (which music lovers far and wide adored). While I have heard this one used occasionally at weddings, it is still a rare and touching choice. It’s intimate lyrics talk about togetherness through it all, […]

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Hi friends. We have all seen the “front porch sessions” or “free content” or “free headshots” making the rounds on social media lately. I personally have been tagged, texted, or sent dozens of sweet messages about people encouraging me to partake in something like this movement. I believe it is all with the best of […]

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