Mat and Yannis // Wedding // Santa Barbara, CA

Sometimes you just have that spark with a client. Something between you clicks and you see eye to eye and feel like you've been friends for a long time, when really, you just met. That's what happened with Mat, Yannis and I. I can say this about a lot of my clients. They are for real, the coolest and I don't know how I got so lucky. How are there so many genuinely nice/funny/smart/interesting people in the world and how are they finding their way to me? I don't know, but there is something about Mat and Yannis that I just can't seem to shake. Maybe it's that when I gave them the option to meet over coffee or wine it was a hard "WINE". Or maybe it was our similar taste in music and style or maybe it was just that the conversation flowed so easily. Whatever it was by the end of the wedding we had all agreed that we should hang out at a later date. I'm so happy we met and so honored to have captured their beautiful wedding day.

Getting ready & first look: Four Seasons Biltmore // Ceremony: The Mural Room at the Santa Barbara Courthouse // Reception: El Paseo // Event Planning: Wink! Weddings // Cake: Christine Dahl Pastries // DJ: DJ Zeke // Live Band: The Caverns // Floral: S.R. Hogue & Company // Hair: Ann Keheller 19Blue Salon

Abby and Miran // Wedding // Louisville, KY

When I met Abby, we were both dance majors at YPAS - the performing arts magnet of duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY. She came into the program the year after I did and I quickly noticed she was different from a lot of the other girls. She was mature beyond her age and a little weird and sarcastic and quick witted, not to mention a strong and beautiful dancer. All the things I look for in a friend. Even though we didn't stay close over the years after YPAS, I felt a kinship with her from the beginning so to get the call to photograph her wedding was SO exciting. I got to meet Miran for the first time over a Skype session and the three of us could have talked for hours. As you will see below, especially in their first dance photos, they are a perfect match for one another and I couldn't be happier for them.

Vendor credits are listed below the images.

Venue: The Seelbach Hotel // Event Designer & Coordinator: Hollis Starks // Hair and MUA: Joseph's Salon // Bride's Dress Shop: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique // Bride's Dress Designer: Watters // Bridesmaids: Amsale // Groom & Groomsmen: Moss Bros. // Band: Band 24/7 

Adam and Katelyn // Wedding // Santa Barbara, CA

Adam and Katelyn are SO fun and adorable and I want to be best friends with them and I loved every single detail of their event.

They planned a beautiful wedding on East Beach, here in Santa Barbara, with a reception at the Cabrillo Pavillion Arts Center. A color palette of pale pink, grey and white looked stunning against the coastline backdrop. Florals and decorative elements by Shannon Neels made the day feel so personal and lavish.

At the reception, Katelyn and Adam's 15-person wedding party and Rembrandt, an energetic live band from LA kept the dance floor packed all night, playing everything from Michael Jackson to Beyonce to Journey. I'll let you guess which of those three I captured in the last few dance floor images of this post.

I actually cannot stop myself from dancing when good music is playing. My body involuntarily moves to a beat, so I was doing a lot of dance photographing at this wedding. It's the latest in photographic techniques :)

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

See all the vendor details below!

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Vintage Botanic Wedding Inspiration // Featured on 100 Layer Cake

I'm doing my happy dance today. And if you've ever seen me eat a molten chocolate lava cake, you know what that looks like.

Today, my images from the fall/winter issue of Louisville Bride are featured on 100 Layer Cake and I couldn't be more proud of the dream team that made this all possible (see below). We were inspired by vintage botanical prints, greenhouses, and lush, wild bouquets. We focused on a berry, blush, and plum color palette with gold accents to enhance all the greenery Yew Dell Botanical Gardens provided as our backdrop. We even got to use the castle on Yew Dell's property to help us capture an old-world spirit. Yes, that's right, I said castle. And can we talk about the gowns, the impeccable florals, the signature cocktail and those gorgeous cakes? They still make me a little weak in the knees when I see them!

I cannot thank 100 Layer Cake enough for loving this wedding inspiration as much as I do. Now, without further ado, here are some of my favorite images.

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Art Direction: Melissa Duley

Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey

Styling: Mollie Crutcher and Jaclyn Journey

Wedding Dresses/Veil: Couture Closet and Amanda's Hyde Park Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG

Suiting: Brooks Brother's

Accessories: Dandelion and Elizabeth's Timeless Attire

Models: Heyman Talent

Hair and Makeup: Z Salon and Spa

Cakes: Stellar Sweets

Paper Goods: Bri Bowers Norman

Table and Chair Rental: Essential Details

Bikes: Parkside Bikes

Signature Cocktail: Seviche