Sweet Rachel and Wes were married earlier this year at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, Ky. I adored that she chose to get ready in her family’s funeral home. Before you get skeptical about that, just check out these images. Shannon’s has been in their family for 150 years and the front of the home is just a beautiful, old house. So sweet to make portraits in a place where there family has so faithfully served our community and it was gorgeous, to boot.
I really enjoyed the joy of their day. The sweet event of marrying off the first of your daughters, rejoicing amongst friends and being married by someone close to the family. I also quite enjoyed getting to know Wes and Rachel’s friends more throughout the day. She’s been a dear friend to me for a few years, but I missed out on her dating days – so seeing Wes’s encouraging ease with Rachel and her people was refreshing. He was always near to lend a hand, got a bit quiet and nervous before their first look and shed a few tears when he saw his bride. Loved that.
As for Rachel, she was ever the picture of poise. Always greeting folks with a smile and an interested word about each person, as is her family’s way. She looked amazing and so classic in her gown. This was definitely a wedding where I needed my tissues to keep photographing after her walk down the aisle and had to trust my skills to make images when I was too teary to see clearly.
Their reception at Gallrein Farm’s really transformed the space and made it into an elegant, yet comfortable gathering for all their family and friendly. Was certainly a great transformation for the pavillion to get all dolled up. I also just adore the farm’s options for making portraits. So many great spaces and that glowly, early spring light. Worth checking out, future brides!
Josh and Haley are sweet friends to us. You may recognize Haley from these portraits back in the day. She’s what I like to call, Leila’s other mother. Really! She’s spent many an hour hanging in my office and homes and so graciously caring for my Leila-dog while I was away at various times. And on one of those evenings in the office there may have been a little meandering through twitter when she found Josh’s twitter account. At the time, he was on a study abroad in Australia, but he seemed to fit Haley’s husband wishlist and he lived just a few miles across the county. So we can go ahead and give the Lizzie Loo office a little credit for this one. Haha!
After watching our friends be married for a year that included a move to Florida for Josh to attend physical therapy school it’s been a joy to look back on these images. Their wedding day was perfect and just what Haley wished for. A small family ceremony back amongst the trees and a celebration under the big, Bagdad sky on Josh’s family farm. So sweet to see their grandparents and parents witness their nuptials and even sweeter to watch Haley’s grandfather marry them. So fun for us to witness their marriage on their marriage license and generally be around to make images and be a help: my favorite!
Josh and Haley, we really love y’all and are so proud of the brave things you’ve already done in your married days. You’re such an encouragement to us, have been fun friends to just enjoy life alongside and we are SO looking forward to you living in KY again. You’ve even been very tolerant of my competitive, board game-playing, pregnant days. Ha! Even Truman is pumped, because he quite likes hanging with his Auntie Hay-Hay and Uncle Josh. Love y’all. Enjoy!
Running through some blog re-organization and realized I’ve got a few posts that somehow stayed in drafts, so will be posting some past work in this season of catching up from vacation for me. Love these images of sweet Cruz that we shot at Red Orchard Park. Funny to look back on how little and sweet he was now that he’s a big, walking guy. Enjoy these images from his mini!
That little Gertrude, “Gertie” for short was a bright busybody for our early morning Keeneland session. She started things off with her spunk and quiet corgi attitude – which had us all laughing a bit- thank goodness! Because flirting and pictures at 7:30 on a weekday are a lot to ask of people. But Josh and Ivy really rocked it.
As a wee child, Ivy and I grew up riding the same sort of horses, so it was fun to make these images for she and Josh at another classic Kentucky equine highlight. Lots of connections and familiarly. You really can’t beat the classic look this racecourse has to offer and I really enjoyed their outfit choices that worked well with the overall iconic green scheme of the track.
Also super excited for this wedding this winter, which comes with a promise of more green. Hopefully just as much personality, at their nuptials, as Josh’s corgi cufflink’s and Ivy’s engagement ring that includes an heirloom family diamond. Love that. Loved, too, how easy these two are together. Josh is a quiet encourager who puts Ivy at ease and brings out her laughter and compliments her gentle, yet spunky nature.
Also extremely flattered that they thought of me for this occasion as Ivy is currently doing really neat things while she’s earning a fine arts degree in Michigan. Such a blessing to get to create with other creatives who also appreciate beautiful work…a quality I can recognize because Ivy is a fellow Wes Anderson fan. Flattered all the more. Enjoy!
Loved getting to walk around wonderful Western Kentucky University with two folks who share my appreciation for this sweet place. Like Luke and I, Kelsi and Andy met during their college days on the hill. We need to coin a nickname for couples whose relationships got started under that red towel.
What makes these images so much more fun for me, is before there was any mention of Andy or WKU or college at all, I was friends with Kelsi. Many evenings of having her kick my butt as we ran around (literally) town. Fun times in my office and hanging with other friends in the loft. This, however, was my first time actually meeting Andy for myself and not just through the sweet stories Kelsi’s shared with me. And let me tell ya – it was so fun to hang out with them on a balmy, Kentucky summer evening.
Andy is a sweet encouragement for Kelsi. He’s a little saucy, so as to keep up with her spunk, very kind and talented in her same arena of music. He jokes right along with her while slowing her down a bit. So good for this busy little lady. Loved how much they had one another – myself included – laughing. Getting super excited for their wedding next summer. It’s always joy, doubled, for me to get to make images for friends as they find their love and take a walk down the aisle. Fun, too, to wander around my alma mater and remember life there, while hearing about their life on campus together. Sweet times that hopefully translated in these joy-filled images. Enjoy!
Guys. This was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. Really. You don’t even need to read this post to feel the sincerity in these images we made on the Langley’s Kentucky farm.
Bruce and Karol are just so easy to be with. She’s constantly coaxing a laugh out of Bruce or just being a sweet encouragement to him. Their pup, Chief, just runs about, soliciting laughs as he goes neck deep in the creek or waits for a stick to be thrown. As for Bruce – it all just seems easy going, like he’s at home with Karol. And he’s so in love. I don’t usually have much to say on this….but really, Bruce is smitten with his lady and it’s so apparent time and time again in these images.
The first night we met up to shoot, the sun never peeked out of the clouds, so I mentioned trying for a better day? No problem. Creek had been flooded and was a bit washed out? No problem. Sunflowers weren’t all blooming yet? No problem. Everything’s just easy going and sweet with these two. Hope these images communicate the authenticity of the sweet and simple life they’ve got going.
This sweet lady is dear to me, as she made the cakes for my wedding, from my family’s recipes. Though she’d never say so, she’s got that baking craft down to a refined art. Walks barefoot down the street, doesn’t flinch when the dog comes close to shake and checked on her garden when we walked by. She’s also made of the same sentimental-loving pieces that I am. Which I love. She longs for a fall wedding with zinnias and sunflowers from the farm, an outdoor wedding with a celebration held in a family barn. When we threw around ideas for this session, one of the first things she mentioned was how she and Bruce go play in the creek – so we headed on a walk down the road while she talked Bruce into wading in his bare feet. She could probably talk Bruce into doing just about anything with a smile. As for Chief, he talked us all into wading a little deeper.
Karol’s said she always knew that she’d marry a farmer, and after a couple evenings wandering the farm and wading through tobacco fields with she and Bruce – she couldn’t have picked a better one.
A few years ago – sixth grade, in fact – was where Andi and Christian’s love story begins, that makes a stop – here, at Northeast Christian Church and the Gheen Foundation Lodge for their wedding. It wasn’t until later in high school, that the spark of a relationship took off, but their wedding sure had the fullness that so many long-lived relationships, dp.
So many guests who greeted one another and couldn’t get enough chatting in when it was time to retire to the reception. Their families mesh together so well, as did their friends. They were quick to party, busy and social, family very invested in lots of family portraits. So fun to see folks who have such high regard for their people.
Loved the sunny flowers, the Qboda burrito cake Andi planned for Christian and her commitment to simplicity. Good people, great joy and much recognition of the good God who brought them together. Enjoy this sweet little batch of images – they were so easy to make and so fun to celebrate with!
Spending this Friday morning working in a coffee shop, while my boys are out chasing trains. Just mining for beautiful images amongst Bruce and Karol’s Kentucky farm engagement photos. Y’all. They’re so wonderful. Also. So pumped to have two engagement sessions on my calendar for next week. Because really, the joyful, playfullness and general ease that engagement sessions are – well they’re really such a delight to my creative heart. Enjoy!
This year Kennedy hit the ripe old age of three, so we met up at Lake Shelby and had snacks on a picnic table together. I had the joy of meeting this babe when she was still living in her Momma’s tummy, so seeing year three with her is extra fun. Her sweet little personality keeps bubbling to the top and she’s so interested in twirling in her pretty dresses, snacking on some Pez and hanging out with Daddy. So fun to get to watch the ponytails grow and curl while the conversations become more easy and hilarious. Enjoy!
Sweet Cruz has grown up into a chubby, handsome one-year-old and we had such a sweet time at the park, one early morning. He’s a bit chatty, but more focused on walking. Interested in rocks and looks so much like my own boy that I called him Truman at least 3 times. Sweet, joyful and busy little beauty.
Sweet Lula Ruth is the cuddly, little daughter of one of my longest, bestest friends and I got to spend some time at home with them in Huntsville, Alabama, making family pictures. So fun to be with them at home for a couple days, while Lula’s still little and checking out the world. So fun to also see your bestie become a Mom and walk through this crazy deal at right about the same time. Also. Truman certainly has an excellent wife cantidate in Lula; not that I have any opinions on that at all…
Matthew and Merritt were wed nearly one week ago before their family and close friends at the historic Emmet Logan House in Anchorage, Kentucky.
The wedding fit them so perfectly. Full of family and friends and a joyful ease of celebration, which is a nod to Matthew’s personality. Lots of pink and gold, with bold and bright, southern touches; all of Merritt’s likes on display. All of the children in their families were included, the younger girls even had a choreographed song made up about their ‘Mimi’.
Thankfully this isn’t my first (nor last!) experience with Merritt’s family. If there’s anything I have to say about the Swishers it’s that they love people well and everyone is family. The bonds amongst them were palpable in this day. It can certainly get a bit boisterous and wild at times, but they’re the most enjoyable folks to work with.
Ellie, Merritt’s cousin and maid of honor gifted a book full of hand-written letters from each of the Swisher women. We had a little first look for the young Swisher girls, which didn’t seem to curb the tears they shed during the ceremony. At two separate times, I took a peek at the bridal party during the ceremony and two of her junior bridesmaids were sobbing. So sweet. Merritt’s brother, Marky, was the best man to Matthew and had the most lovely thing to say about marrying his sister off to his best friend. So much joy and history amongst their people.
At a few points throughout the day, we were reminded that this southern wedding was over 7 years in the works. These two high-school sweethearts were a joy to celebrate with, despite the hot and steamy July temps.
Matthew and Merritt, hope ya’ll have had the best honeymoon and that I’ll get to be an honorary Swisher, if only by photographic abilities for many years to come. Will be such a joy to watch your family grow.
Photography: Lizzie Loo Photography
Rentals: Events, LLC
Videography: Daniel Bradshaw
Catering: Upper Crust
Ice Cream Cart: Comfy Cow
Trolley Service: Louisville Trolley Rentals
Typical Wednesday: mining picture-treasures out of the weekend’s mess of moments and beauty. So fun.
Their guests got to dance underneath the stars, taste a variety of southern-themed food, enjoy a bit of small-town city life and soak in the warmth of their Old Kentucky home. Ernest and Elizabeth, both Kentucky natives and University of Louisville grads, met at an Alumni event in New York City where they both live. Their big-city life made Copper & Kings the perfect urban environment for celebrating their wedding.
Elizabeth’s gown and attire choices were fit for a fun, yet classic wedding at Louisville’s Calvary Episcopal Church. So much history and sanctuary-beauty in that church which made her gorgeous veil, fit with a blusher, shine. Her bridesmaids wore various shades of blush, each in their own style – one of my most favorite ideas. And the flower girls were to-die-for in their sequined and gold coordinating dresses.
This wedding was so full of family and friends, from Ernest’s 103-year-old grandmother to the Louisville Cardinal bird making a surprise visit, the event had a deep mark from many facets of their personalities and interests. Love that. Also love that they chose an easy afternoon of getting ready at the Seelbach Hilton followed by a quick trolley ride to the church with all their friends. Made the day so easy for their bridal party and so fun for them to be amongst friends. Enjoy!
Wrapping up a whole lotta beauty over here, today. A peek at Ernest and Elizabeth’s wedding from this past weekend.
When Erin contacted me about photographing her family that included little, Miss Norah – just outside in the tall grass of a friend’s farm – I was pumped. I love the whistful, free ways of a pre-preschooler. They’re so flippant and busy, yet so sure in loving their people well and wildly.
So much can be learned from the joy of a little lady and her wrinkled nose that indicates, very simply – a deep experience of sniffing some flowers. The flailing of her little limbs as she bounces around – chasing chickens fearlessly to practicing her balance beam skills. So fun.
Krista and Jeff’s wedding was such a refreshment for me to start the wedding season off on. You may remember their sweet selves from their engagement photos here. Their wedding fell right after Kentuckiana’s last, big snowfall of the year. Perhaps it wasn’t the warm, sunny wedding they planned for, but it was certainly the perfectly timed , wonderfully ordained occasion. Since these images were made, Jeff’s mother has passed away after losing her own battle with cancer. While I don’t wish for this to be the focus of the images and their story, it is essential. I do think it is worth mentioning the grace and joy with which Krista (and Jeff!) made the choice to move their wedding up, with. Today would have been the day they were wed before their friends and family, but it was their wish to quickly bump up the occasion so Jeff’s mother could enjoy their union and the balance of their family could enjoy the celebration with her included. Such an encouragement to see a bride joyfully and selflessly give up her plans for the joy of her family-to-be.
The morning started off with the girls preparing at her parent’s home. Loved her sparkly shoes and the joy of being around her people. The fellahs got dressed together. Jeff’s grown boys served as his best men – you may notice a portrait of him in front of snow? That’s an ampersand – a theme in their wedding – that he made in the backyard for Krista to see and be encouraged by, during the busy final week of wedding craziness. Love how much their family was involved and the ease with which everyone celebrated together and were really just on their team of celebrating well.
Aside from glad images of Jeff’s mother, I am so glad we were rewarded with beautiful light for portraits after the ceremony. We were a bit limited due to the sheer amount of snow piles, when it came to making portraits as planned. These light soaked images quickly became my favorites from the day. I think they communicate the love and joy between Jeff and Krista, leaving you with the same warmth they leave those around them with. Enjoy!
Hannah and Joseph had such a fun, family-filled wedding day in Hannah’s hometown. Their first look, though toasty outside, was full of quiet, sweet moments. I loved that their bridal party was filled with their siblings and that they wed in the same chapel Hannah’s parents were married in, on the same day that Joseph’s parents were married.
Hannah also decorated with family mason jars and family baling twine from a family farm. Loved that. And of course, her gown, was so perfect and paired with the perfect veil! Enjoy!
So glad to be able to share these tradition-soaked images with you. Been holding these beautiful images captive while we waited for the summer issue of Kentucky Bride to release on newsstands with their images inside. Just in time to celebrate their one year anniversary.
Leanne and Justin’s wedding – though very warm outside – was such a refreshment. The love they share and the joy their family and friends brought to the celebration was so fun. The ladies spent a relaxing morning laughing together, dancing a bit and getting ready at such a relaxed pace. So important to remember to build in that time to just enjoy your people on your wedding day. The gentlemen spent a bit of their own time resting and enjoying one another’s company in the sweet basement of Spindletop Hall. Such a neat, neat building, as you’ll see.
I so enjoyed Leanne’s parents and the ways in which they sought to delight her throughout the day that they would hand over her care to Justin. Her mother planned much of the event while Leanne was living away from home pursuing her pharmacy career and everything was such a testament to her likes and preferences. A classic gown with timeless accessories, beautiful arrangements and decor with a band that spoke to the fun, love they share. While I’m sure you can tell from these images how sweet Leanne’s father is, I can affirm for you his sweet joy in seeing his daughter in her gown, sharing a first dance with her and generally making possible her wishes and joy in this day.
Their beautiful ceremony on the lawn was flanked by pink rose petals, a perfect arbor and the most gorgeous porch. Their wedding party and flower girl, ring bearer just added such a fitting, timeless elegance to their outdoor ceremony.
Want to share with you a quick bit from the magazine feature that sums up their wishes for the day, perfectly. From Leanne: “From a young age, I had a special vision for my wedding day. Justin and I both have a love of tradition and southern charm and we knew we wanted out wedding to epitomize both. We envisioned southern colors, an elegant outdoor ceremony, and a reception that our guests would never want to depart. Most importantly, we desired a space and locations that would allow us to bring out closest friends and family together for the special day. Given all of these wishes, Spindletop Hall in Lexington was the perfect place to tie the knot.”
Photographer: Lizzie Loo Photography
Bridesmaid Dresses: Lynn Lugo, Twirl Boutique
Cake: Martine’s Pastries
Bride’s Dress: Maggie Sottero
Favors: Old Kentucky Chocolates
Flowers: Stephen Hein Florist
Hair: Amanda Reed
Makeup: Tamara Berry, 8 Village Square
String Quartet: Volare String Quartet
Tuxedos: Jos A Bank
Venue: The Club at Spindletop Hall
Got to go spend a morning with Lillian Reese and her family as they adjust to life as three – in their new home, with their new girl. Such a fun time of joy and relief and just peace at the end of so much expectation. Love how much they love her and you know I LOVE those gold dots in her nursey!
Sweet Amelia is already 6 months, so the Hatchers and I met a the park this time for a change of pace from their usual photos at home. We started with some family photos, worked through tired babies and made some sweet images of this season. Enjoy!
Laura and her husband, Ben, are photographers and we’d been in touch about photographing one another’s families for a bit. So when Luke and I planned a trip to Asheville I was SO pumped at the possibility of photographing them in their home. And a new home to them, at that!
Homes add such a comfort to little ones and such a depth and thickness to the meaning of images. Messed up houses, perfect houses, boring houses – whatever – they’re the homes where your babes remember learning they are loved, that their parents delight in them – so many of our childhood homes evoke sweet joy in us. Such a gift to give our children tactile memories in those places that they can one day look back at.
Little Kai was a bit sleepy, as you’ll see and the sun only peeked out for a few moments, but I love the little treasures of their home in the mountains. Such sweet little moments and I love that we came at a time where they were starting a bunch of house and studio projects so these can, hopefully, be reminders of progress, too. Enjoy, y’all. It was a great joy to make these.
Ohhhhh, sweet Rose and her dear folks. It’s such an honor and a joy to follow clients, now friends through their engagements, marriages and into life with children. Emily has been growing into a sweet friend since we first met, a bit before we both got married and I am SO GLAD that I get to see sweet Rose with her folks on a regular basis for images. I just love her piercing little eyes and her inquisitive expressions.
A sweet Mother’s Day mini of a few of the Swisher siblings. You may remember Ellie from her gorgeous senior photos – she tagged along for photos of her two younger brothers. So sweet and fun and buckets of personality to boot.
Krista contacted me last fall and proposed a bit more documentary live-in-type lifestyle session for her family. So glad and honored that she did! We went to photojournalism school together and she was craving images like those that we made of other folks. I headed over for dinner, bathtime and bedtime routines and got to return the following morning to shoot a normal Saturday morning. So fun to just make ordinary photos that help us remember ordinary life. Surely the hub-bub of daily life with a little will erase our memories of the little bits and pieces of it all, but I LOVE that the Halls will have these to look back on of this time with little Levi.
Some fun, warm and fuzzy images of the Van Dams with their cuddly son, Rhett. He’s just turning the corner on exploring facial expressions and his little eyebrows were so busy watching me. Such a sweet time to document, as you start to make your way out of the crazyyyyy sleeplessness and baby starts being responsive and interactive. Enjoy!
At rehearsal dinner Ian told a story about how Bryan would often pay for little things from time to time – a coke here, a lunch there, even a month’s rent – and at Ian’s thanks, Bryan would of course say no problem and at Ian’s promise of hoping to pay him back, Bryan would reply with ‘it’ll all come out in the wash.’ Bryan is an accommodating, joyfully hospitable Italian family bottled up into one person. I’d argue that what God did when he brought Karissa to him, when He gifted us all with the beauty of their wedding day and the joy of being amongst their family and our friends – it was a small bit of repayment for his putting much into ‘the wash’. Such an immense joy for us to experience a day of joy, as Bryan says often – where the veil between heaven and Earth is so, so very thin.
Bryan has been a dear, dear friend to Luke and I. He and I have shared many meals at your weddings while he second shot for me and we counseled one another. He’s the guy I call when we need a friend. And what a joy, to now call Karissa, friend. She’s the perfect, fierce and joyful compliment to Bryan. She has so easily fit into our friendships, been a friend all of her own and is such a compliment to Bryan. I know I already said that – but REALLY! She’s a babe.
We’re thankful for your friendship, to get to know your familes and to join you in witnessing Christ’s love for his church as we all grow into old people.
Thanks to Charlotte and Ryan for hosting brunch and getting ready. Such a beautiful, meaningful place to get the party started.Now Bryan. He gave the gift of all gifts. Just a bit of explanation for you. Inside that sweet box Karissa is opening, is a camera with film and a bundle of notes. A quick set of directions instructed her on how to use the camera and the notes marked milestones in their life. The wedding day note instructed her to keep this camera near and document their lives with it. To open the various notes at their instructed times (1st anniversary, 5th, First Home, Trip to South America, First Child Goes to School, If you Die before I do (that’s right..)) and make photos to remember. We were essentially all a giant puddle of tears with Karissa as she opened the sweet treasure.