Emily has been an incredible friend of our family for years, not to mention one of our fab second shooters. When she told me she was going on a first date with a guy named Isaac and I saw the look in her eyes, I knew he had to be pretty special. And boy was I right. They are such a perfect match. They are kind, generous, patient, and most of all…. incredibly loving to everyone around them. They will marry one another next month and if being in love was a competition, they’d be winning.We completely crashed a vintage carnival and not a soul was there….Super cool + super playful all wrapped into one…..I’m not exaggerating one bit when I tell you that her insides are just as beautiful…Isaac is an INCREDIBLY talented musician and I know they will be spending many an evening like this as they grow old together….We made our way to the river where Emily was recently baptized and it was a magical spot.Oh man…. this girl and this light…..You two, thank you for such a special evening that I will never forget. Your commitment to each other and zest for life is infectious and I can’t wait to watch your journey together through life.MWAH, Kortnee Kate….
I had been watching the weather like a hawk because I knew Brittany and Roddy had planned a gorgeous Kentucky wedding by the river and I was SO excited! They got everything they had been dreaming of and more! Their venue was unbelievable, their weather was perfection and the love from their family and friends was palpable.
This was the very first thing I saw when I arrived. I mean, honestly. It’s the stuff of dreams…Brittany was a total cool cucumber while being pampered and hanging with her maids…I had my eye on the MOB… I knew she was going down when her beautiful daughter slipped on her dress.Little did I know, at the same time Roddy’s mama was doing the exact same thing…These two are SO playful and fun! Their first look was so them!Brittany, you were one gorgeous bride! The lace veil was a perfect touch!It was time to line up to get married and I quickly realized that Brittany wasn’t the only one a little nervous!Oh, a teary eyed groom…. It’s on every bride’s bucket list.Married!!Hahaha! Workin’ their new bling!This WP was ready to party!Can we take a minute to talk about this location?? GORGEOUS!
Since I am not a Southern girl (unfortunately), I decided to let the bride tell you what this next tradition is all about!
“Kentucky Bourbon played a large part in our day – 30 months to the day before our wedding we were allowed to bury a bottle of bourbon upside down at the ceremony site. Southern tradition says that this will bring nothing but perfect weather for your perfect day – and it worked! After the ceremony, the bride and the groom are to dig up the bourbon and share it with guests who traveled near and far! Needless to say, the bottle didn’t last very long!”
How great is this? Their wedding party was the best!Brittany’s Dad decided to start a new family tradition years ago and began having wooden bears carved of their whole family. Since Roddy had been considered part of their family for so long everyone would always ask, “When does Roddy get his bear!?” During Dad’s toast, he presented Roddy with the long awaited bear that declared him as party of the family! LOVE IT!
Brittany and Roddy did a “moonshine toast” instead of a tradition champagne toast! Now wonder the dance party was rockin! ha!
GET IT RODDY!The venue was just as beautiful in the dark….
Thank you Brittany + Roddy for allowing us to be part of your seriously fabulous day! MWAH!
A big thank you to all the vendors (listed below) who pulled together every last gorgeous detail!
Ceremony Site: Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast
Reception Site: Riverside Inn Bed & Breakfast
Flowers: Weddings by Kurt (The Innkeeper at the B&B is also a florist)
Makeup: Tara Jackson of One Sweet Salon
Shoes: Jack Rogers
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Jos A. Banks
Invitations: Just A Little Somethin’ by Debbie Krumrei
Cake: Cake – Fantasy in Frosting
Cakepops – Sweet Lucy’s Cakery
When they asked if I wanted to photograph their engagement session in Smoky Mountains National Park, I began counting down the days! There is nothing I love more than photographing two people in love in one of the prettiest locations in the USA. Jake grew up here so it was also like being on a guided tour of the park! Not only that, but it is the only session I have ever been on that I saw a BEAR. It.was.awesome!
Jake and Kat are literally two of the kindest people I have ever met and the definition of southern hospitality.
They are just as sweet as they can be with each other….I was SO excited that we had such a gorgeous day to take photos! They day before AND the day after the session were rainy and wet! This day, the sun was shining and it was warm… Perfect!Kat has such a light and happy spirit with Jake…. she laughed or smiled the entire session!What a gorgeous couple!When I saw this 19th century chapel I was memorized. I came the day before the session and spent a significant amount of time there. It’s just an incredibly peaceful place and this photo says it all about how you feel when you’re in it. Jake and Kat, let’s come and do a vow renewal here one day, ok??I was in love with the w i d e open fields backed up to the mountains! I couldn’t help but want to sing songs from the sound of music. That’s probably why Kat is looking at me like that!All the historic buildings! They are lucky there was a sun down or we would have been shooting all day!LOVE!
On our way home, we had to drive through the park at dusk. Traffic was running pretty slow and Jake told me that usually means there’s a bear near. So, of course, he was nice enough to pull over while Kat and I booked it out into the woods where everyone was collecting! I will NEVER forget Kat trying to navigate through the woods with her white dress and heals so I could see a bear. I told you, they are the best! I didn’t see it that time but a few miles down the road I saw one running through the woods! Definitely a bucket list item for me!
I am so excited to photograph their big day this December. I know it will be a day packed full of love. Both of these guys are supported by lots of family and friends and I’m honored to be one of them in attendance.