By: Shanna | January 12, 2018

Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs. John Goins

Soo, I had the honor of photographing Beth & John's wedding back in October. Beth was a friend of mine from back in high school at BCHS. We had lost contact over the years, so I was thrilled when she reached out to me about photographing her wedding! Well, Yes! Of course I will! ♥ I was even more thrilled when I found out that it was at the Jeptha Creed Distillery - how awesome is that?! Weddings are one of my favorite things to photograph and I wanted to make sure I did an awesome job for her. I asked one of my best friends, Brittany, to go along with me to Louisville as my second shooter. She was a tad nervous, but you guys - she did AMAZING. I'll let you decide if you can figure out who took which photos ;) She's seriously going to now be my second-shooter for life. ♥ lol.

 
 

We began our day by traveling to their house in Louisville to capture the groom + his groomsmen. They were running a little behind, so we captured some 'getting ready' moments with them and played with their precious pups while we waited. Once everyone was ready, we headed to a little spot in their housing complex that had this adorable little bridge in it. It was perfect for their photos! Of course, they may have added in a little sip of their favorite drinks to celebrate. ;)


P.S. Check out those awesome socks in the slideshow below, guys! 


After we got done at the guys, we hightailed it to Beth's friend's (beautiful) house where all the girls were getting ready! They had all got their hair done, and Beth was getting her makeup done by her awesome make-up artist! He did an awesome job! They all looked A-MA-ZING. While she got her make-up done, we went around and took some fun lifestyle photo of her bridesmaids + bridesmate as well as some gorgeous pictures of her dress + jewelry. (aka, one of my favorite parts!) 

 
 

Once Beth was finished with her makeup - everyone helped get her into her wedding dress since her mom had to leave to get back to the venue and finish setting everything up. [Brittany was able to capture her mom retying the back her dress after we got to the venue! SO sweet!] It was a little chaotic and we didn't get to do everything we wanted to do, but that's just part of a typical wedding day. It happens! You just have to go with the flow! You'll absolutely laugh about it later - I did! ♥

 
 

Brittany + I tried to rush back to the distillery so that we could get some venue and decor pictures in before they got there. They had planned to do a first look and then a private ceremony with her Dad officiating before the public ceremony, but due to the time crunch - we weren't able to make that happen. Whenever Beth + her group got to the venue, many guests were starting to arrive and she didn't want them to see her just yet, so we decided to do the first looks inside the bar area. We did a first look with her parents first before we opened up the huge barn door and revealed her sweet soon-to-be husband. It turned out really well and it was so precious to see the excitement and love between all of them. 

 
 

aren't these handmade center pieces gorgeous!??

 
 

Afterwards, we wanted to try to get a few wedding party portraits in before the ceremony started as we knew that we wouldn't have a lot of daylight time after the ceremony. We went in the back room and closed the huge barn door so that we could use it for a background while we waited for the ceremony to start.♥ 

 
 

The Ceremony ♥

Their ceremony was GORGEOUS. Beth had decided not to do your traditional bouquet of flowers, but something extra special. She had several "special" guests that were to be there - each had an extra special relationship to her and they were seated in specific spots along the aisle. Each of the bridesmaids/mate would present a couple of the guests with a small bouquet of flowers as they came down the aisle. Then, whenever her dad lead Beth down to meet her husband, she would stop at each guest for a beautiful moment between them and to pick up the flowers they were holding. At the end, her mother helped tie them all together to form her wedding bouquet. The whole thing was extremely moving and beautiful to watch. ♥ This was an amazing idea to honor those special people in her life. I absolutely LOVED capturing it although I kept getting lost in watching! Their officiant was a close family friend that had traveled from South Africa (correct me if I'm wrong..) to join Beth + John together as husband and wife. I know that having him there to do it meant the entire world to them and it definitely showed. He did an amazing job and I'm sure there were very few dry eyes in the crowd. ♥♥

 
 
 
 

After the ceremony, we decided to try our best to get some pictures of the bride + groom plus their families and the wedding party inside the distillery and a few outside with the sunset. I think we were a little worried about light, but they still turned out GORGEOUS. But, it isn't hard when everyone is beautiful! With the ceremony over, everyone let loose and had a great time even if pictures isn't their favorite thing to do. We even got some pictures of this gorgeous bride by herself since we weren't able to earlier that day! ♥

 
 
 
 

Once the pictures were over, it was time to eat + party the rest of the evening away! Beth + John had hired an AWESOME band that kept everyone on the dance floor all night long! We did our best to capture all the fun everyone was having! It was hard keeping the camera up and not wanting to lay it down and dance the night away with them! You could tell everyone was having the BEST time! Which is the best part as the memories are what matters most. ♥

 
 
 
 
 
 

Congratulations again + thank you both for allowing us to be a part of your beautiful day! 

Category: Wedding 

Tags: lifestyle, wedding, love, couples, fall 

By: Shanna | July 11, 2017

 
 

So... my sweet aunt got married back in May....

....and I gained a new uncle & new cousins during 

their gorgeous wedding at the awesome Gibraltar hotel in Paris, Texas. 

Mr. & Mrs. Hornaday

I was super honored to be asked to be my mom's little sister's wedding photographer for them. I was going to be traveling to Paris, Texas for their wedding (and to visit everyone as that's where I'm from) anyways, so why not photograph it as well? I'm just thankful they trusted me enough. ♥


The wedding was held on the first floor of the old Gibraltar hotel in downtown Paris. Let me tell you something about this hotel - it was built in the early 1900's and I've been fascinated with it since I was a young child. (like we're talking elementary school - serious.) It's been abandoned, locked up, and unused for decades. It was once a big part of my hometown's history, but is now showing the many signs of decay. I seriously use to dream about opening it up as a hotel again with the ugly red carpet and bellhops simply because I LOVE stuff like that. Well, obviously, I never got around to it, haha. 


 (Don't ask me why I'm fascinated with old hotels like that. I can't honestly explain it.)  


So, I'm sure you can imagine my excitement to FINALLY get to set foot in this old hotel that I had only dreamed about for many years. The owners started opening it up for various Paris events several years ago, but where I only get to visit once or twice a year since we moved to Kentucky, I've never got to go! I was SO excited about it! Now, add on some gorgeous, rustic decor that is right up my alley = and you have my dream location. I was in LOVE. 

 
The Gibraltar Hotel
 
The Old Elevator
 
Hotel Lobby
 
Looking up to the Second Floor
 
Bar / Reception Area

My aunt's friend, Lovie, has a passion for refurbishing and she brought this old hotel to life with everything I could only dream of owning. All the rustic, colorful decor was EXACTLY what I dream of having in my own house, although my husband would never allow it. I basically walked into my own dream. 

    (she's basically what I want to be when I grow up, haha. that is, on the refurbishing side of my passions.) 


If you know me, you know how much I love COLOR. It was literally perfect.  

 
 
 

Their wedding was short, sweet, and to the point. They served a delicious meal afterwords and then I got to visit with a TON of my family that I usually never have time to see. She even invited my best friend of 18 years, Kourtniee, and her husband as well. That meant a lot to me. ♥ Everyone danced and they had an AWESOME band playing. I think everyone really enjoyed themselves and I enjoyed being there! :) 

Getting Ready: 

Amazing Details: 

Ceremony & Reception: 

 
 
 

Congratulations! I love you! 

Category: Wedding 

Tags: lifestyle, wedding, love, couples 

By: Shanna | November 30, 2016

 
 
 

A big congratulations to this sweet couple! 

I had the amazing opportunity to photograph this sweet couple's wedding back in October! It was my first wedding so I was a total nervous wreck, but the faith they had in me was so reassuring! It was nice to do something for someone that once did something for me. Carma is a family friend, and six years ago she helped prepare and serve all kinds of good eats to my own wedding guests! Even though I was pretty nervous about doing this; I was also SO excited to finally have an opportunity to advance my photography skills. I had SO much fun doing it and I learned SO much. It was definitely an eye opening experience - but one that I LOVED. I can totally see more wedding photography in my future ;) if the good Lord allows it, that is! 

 
 
 

I wish you both all the happiness in the world on this new journey! :) 

Category: Wedding 

Tags: lifestyle, wedding, love, couples, fall