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Then all of sudden it was a colorful, cloudy, November 4th — Maria and Kyle’s wedding day.

Light poured in through The Transept’s windows as they each prepared for the day. Soon came time for their sweet first look. Washington Park created a stunning backdrop for the radiant couple, rich in warm, autumn tones. Full of smiles, Maria and Kyle truly lit up the place.

Back at The Transept, alive in spirit and love, Maria and Kyle vowed their hearts. Their reception, filled with infectious laughter, dancing, and great conversation, followed. It was a perfect family and friend filled day for these lovebirds.

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Cheers to you, Maria + Kyle! Cheers to forever, too!

VENDORS
Venue: The Transept | Officiant: Dan O’Keefe | Coordinator: Mandy Stitt
Makeup + Hair: Brideface (Nancy, Amanda) | Florist: Hazelfield Farm | Cake: Happy Chicks Bakery
Catering: Funky’s Catering | Photobooth: Picture Perfect | Videographer: Fox and Rayne | DJ: DJ GrayC

On a perfect, fall, October day, Amanda and Patrick woke to the feeling of joy — wedding day joy. Brilliant light poured in from their hotel room windows, and their dearest surrounded them.

Incredibly close with their parents, Patrick and his mother, along with Amanda and her father, each shared a first look. They were emotional, beautiful, and treasured moments that will live in their hearts forever. Amanda and Patrick then had their own sweet, tender, and tearful reveal. Living just down the street from the mildly famous George Rogers Clark Park, and having family ties there, we ventured over for fun wedding party photos, and snuck in a few private moments with Amanda and Patrick.

Their ceremony was held at the beautiful, Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, in Covington, KY. After sharing their vows, they basked in hugs before venturing back to Hotel Covington. There, they celebrated with cake, hilarious and heartfelt toasts, and lots — lots — of dancing, including the greatest Hawaii 5-0 I’ve ever seen.

Kindhearted and genuine, Amanda and Patrick are so deeply, deservedly, loved. I believe this outward affection makes their own connection that much stronger. Their fondness, respect, and devotion for one another is truly breathtaking. When I asked them to pick one word to describe themselves as a couple, they chose tenacious. I couldn’t agree more; this certainly will hold them steadfast in life together.

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I’m still in awe of Patrick’s mother’s reaction, and Amanda’s father’s grand expression.

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That single tear.

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Cheers to endless years, lovebirds!

VENDORS

Ceremony: Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption | Officiant: Father Ryan Maher
Reception + Catering: Hotel Covington | Cake: Buttercup Cake House
Florist: A New Leaf Florist | Hair: Blended Artistry | Makeup: MakeUp by Elizabeth
DJ: Party Pleasers – Jeff Heidelberg | Transportation: My Party Bus
Stationery: Invitations – Exclusively Weddings; Programs – Wedding Paper Divas
Amanda’s Dress: Essense of Australia, Splendid Bridal | Patrick’s Suit: Tweedmaker
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie | Second Photographer: Brooke Genn of Nomadic Newlyweds

 

Michael and Zane met as graduate students, noting that,“It was truly love at first sight, and after our first date we both went home knowing we had met ‘the one’.” For their engagement session, we ventured around the historic Oregon District in downtown Dayton. Although it was a chilly, overcast day, the fall colors brightened the session. I adored that as we strolled through the neighborhood, they made each other laugh so naturally, enjoying one another, and this time they carved out to spend with each other.

Creating time to have fun and play, especially during the wedding planning months, is so important. Life is busy, and when you throw a year (give or take) of event planning in the mix, it can sometimes feel quite hectic. Weekly date nights in or out are a great way to be more present and connect with your partner — and of course, your engagement session, too! Even better, take your engagement session day off together! 

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Can’t wait to celebrate with you next June wedding at the fabulous Canyon Run Ranch!

Amna and Court are two humans madly in love, with two of the biggest and best smiles I’ve ever seen. Go ahead and scroll through my favorites — I promise you’ll be grinning from ear to ear by the end of this post, too.

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Rooftop garages have quickly become one of my favorite places to shoot.

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The golden sun beaming onto these radiant souls is perfection.

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Cheers to you, lovebirds!

Laura and Andy met in 2014, and quickly fell in love, realizing that they were better and stronger together.

“We ultimately skipped the proposal and decided we would call ourselves engaged when we were ready to set a date, and the day after we decided that, we woke up on a lazy Sunday morning, pulled out a calendar and set a date.”

Laura and Andy value equality and breaking out of the mold of the heteronormative wedding industry.
They’re also delightful, joyful, and warm. My kind of people.

We held their engagement session at the same location they’re to be married, so I got a peek at their gorgeous hidden gem of a venue. I definitely had all the heart eyes, and cannot wait to be back next October.

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Hugs, friends!