Elizabeth Sharrett Louisville Family Photographer, is a moment loving portrait and wedding photographer based outside Louisville, Kentucky. LLP specializes in detail drive weddings, emotive families and beautiful babies. » Lifestyle family portraiture and moment rich wedding imagery shot and written about by Elizabeth Sharrett, Christ loving wife to Luke, witty mommy to Truman, chocolate addict, friend and photographer. Living in Kentucky, traveling America to tell wedding and life stories through photos.

shelby-hills-farm-summer-kentucky-wedding-navy-green-001PINTHIS!Kelsi and Andy’s wedding day started off with amazing weather for July.  This year’s July 4th weekend was all but a washout, except for a beautifully cool and bright, overcast Saturday.  Kelsi and her ladies started the day preparing at Shelby Hills Farm.  I just loved her shoes and her gown, from Twirl Boutique.

Before things got to going, we were able to make some portraits of both the ladies and the gentlemen up in the gorgeous open field Shelby Hills boasts.  After everyone was tucked away and ceremony ready, their pastor prayed for everyone via phone so all could participate without the groom seeing his bride.  The flower girls and ring bearer were ready to march down the aisle, followed by the bridal party and family – all in a quiet build for Kelsi to walk down the aisle, arm-in-arm with her father.  Andy’s ear-to-ear grin was a joy to see and how about Kelsi’s sweet glances in his direction all ceremony long?  Love it.

After the two were wed, we enjoyed a good bit of time for portraits and headed into the reception.  Guests enjoyed the meal and prepared for all the yummy flavors of cake.  If I’ve said it once, I’ll say it one zillion times: I love when brides choose to do a cutting cake and a variety of other desserts or cakes.  But you must also know my love language is probably cake and their chocolate rendition fit the bill.

Being July 4th weekend, the couple’s sparkler exit was fitting and even was highlighted by fireworks the neighboring folks were setting off.  Kelsi and Andy, can’t wait to see you grow as you love one another and give your lives in service to our children through the school systems.  You are both such special folks.  Thankful for your friendship, thankful Andy has just enough sass to compete with you, my sweet friend.  Enjoy!

 

Biggest thanks, too, to Whitney of Whitney Lee Photography who was so much more than just a help to my very pregnant self at this wedding.  Many of these great images are hers, too, and she joyfully completed all crawling, squatting and rolling around in the grass required to serve these folks well.

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family-pictures-shasta-dart-camper-old-blue-ribbon-farm-134PINTHIS!First things first: I love this session!  We got the most gorgeous weather to photograph the Evans family at Old Blue Ribbon Farm in Eminence, Ky.  This lifestyle session was a combo pack of lots and all of it wonderful.  Jill has this sweet Dodge Dart and Shasta trailer that she rents (!!) and from the minute she told me about this combo and her quilt collection that she’d be bringing along, I knew we were a perfect match.

You’ll see a bunch of family images, a handful of images that include Jill’s parents (her father manages the farm and a handful of connected properties!  BONUS: they are a gorgeous venue for weddings, so check that out, brides) and many photos of her oldest, son, who is a senior.  Aside from loving the venue, I loved all the different avenues and things to photograph.  Her son, Clay, is a fisherman so we incorporated his boat and fishing stuff near to the pond, too.  We worked in both of the gorgeous white barns and around the main house.  So much whitewash made my heart so glad!

When it came to Jill’s immediate family photos with the Shasta and Dart, I LOVED all the quilts she brought along.  You may have noticed her sewing studio, Stash, on Bardstown Road.  My most favorite quilt of all was the one she sits next to when we made portraits of her inside the renovated trailer.  Each square is a little trailer – so great!  And did I mention that she restored and decorated that gem of a camper by herself?  Love it!

Such a great use for a lifestyle session – we got so much done in a couple hours and met a bunch of needs for her.  Love these fun memories!
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farm-weddings-kentucky-640PINTHIS!Today is a dreary Thursday.  A Thursday filled with busy hustling as I work to complete the last of my work before we welcome our baby home some time this month.  My list includes a lot of normal editing tasks and one: ‘Quire 2011 photos’.  To be honest, I’ve put off the request for a few months, because it involved grabbing hard drives that are stored away and poking around on them to find images – much easier than the giant task that my brain makes it out to be.

In 2011, Rural King asked for some local farmer photos.  I didn’t have any from our area so I called up some client-friends and asked if I could chase them around a handful of fields.  They obliged and I ran around with a stuffy nose the rest of the week because I wasn’t prepared for the dust.  Nothing came of the images, mostly because the king’s budget was ‘free’ and well….they couldn’t even toss in some popcorn, so that ended that.  The images have sat on my harddrive for 5 years.  Untouched.  I had sent the farming family an image or two afterwards to thank them for the trouble.  Thought about it, well….never again.

Until last summer when I photographed Karol and Bruce’s engagement.  While we waited for Bruce to change clothes she asked about them.  Because her Daddy was ill and it was, indeed, his family that welcomed me out to their dusty fields.  A few months later, he passed away.  A few months after that Karol married her own farmer and mentioned the pictures again.  On this quiet, overcast Thursday, I pulled them back out, expecting to just send over the one I remember printing, but there were a basketful of them.

So this morning, when I’m tempted to find my job trivial, I’m reminded of all the images I passed along this year.   Some to a little boy whose father passed away suddenly, the 3 children who lost their mother to suicide who I photographed 9 years ago, too – and for free, as they were newly adopted and that’s my quiet gig.  It has always blessed me so much more than I could plan for to give images that help kiddos solidify their place in their forever family.  Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are my quiet favorites, too: because I get to hop on social media and read all the tales you post about the folks who raised you – and I get to review treasure after treasure in the images of your weddings and portraits we made together.  All sweet reminders in this tired season that there is purpose here past the showing up at the park, all the emails, the laziness that tells me pulling hard drives and being organized it too much work.

There is sweet joy in life, remembered.  May I remember that when I feel too tired to walk to the closet for my film camera to photograph my own people.  To my sweet clients of the past 11 years – thank you for letting me stand nearby when life is whirring about.  It continually blesses and forms me.  Looking forward, filled with joy, to the list of folks I get to spend time with this year and in years to come.
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kentucky-spring-wedding-red-orchard-park-blush-555PINTHIS!These two sweet people were wed one Friday evening this spring.  I LOVE so much the blush and light blue tones as well as Ellie’s fantastic hair.  Such a treat to shoot and as you know, I love the Swishers and so enjoy being around their families.  You’ll recognize Ellie’s matron of honor, from her wedding last summer and a bunch of their guests, too!

The afternoon got started when Ellie slipped on her dress in the gorgeous tobacco barn at Red Orchard Park.  Mackenzie arrived with his groomsmen, adjusting bow ties and greeting family up until he and Ellie shared their first look.  We followed that up with a slew of sweet family photos and the children got tidied for the ceremony.  I cannot say enough good things about this venue.  I love how open the field is and how wild the tall grass feels, but also how tidy the property is.  Those white tobacco barns are such simple and gorgeous spaces to use for portraits and don’t get me started on the tree lined drive.

Mackenzie and Ellie’s ceremony was so sweet and full of family.  I loved watching Ellie walk down the aisle with her Dad and little brother.  The relationship Mackenzie shares with her family and father is also such a treat.  From handing the bride off to the toasts, it’s so easy to be joyful for these two ambitious folks.  To tie up the whole family affair, their guests enjoyed an evening of desserts made mostly by Mackenzie’s mother and others.  She even made their gorgeous, dotted wedding cake.  The kiddos enjoyed the candy bar while everyone passed around water to keep cool and Ale 8’s to keep Kentucky.

 

Thanks, sweet Swisher friends, for having me tag along to another Swisher wedding.  I so enjoyed spending time with your crew and the Morris’.  Such a blessing to have not just strong family and marriages all around you to, Mackenzie and Ellie, but also a tight-nit and affirming body of friends.  Can hardly wait to see how the Lord uses your work and marriage to bring glory to himself.  Enjoy!

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Dress, Belt, Veil: Rebeccas Wedding Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Target

Flowers: Pathelen Flowers

Invitations: Basic Invite

Furniture and Props: Swisher Bros. Auction House

 

…as I whip through a lot of editing, I find that the odd ones are the photos I’m drawn to.  The off-beat, out of focus, almost-moments.  Something about the way they feel, feels like more of the real story to me.  Enjoy! red orchard park weddingPINTHIS!

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There was plenty of Woodford present on this farm where the corn is grown for our Kentucky julep staple, but that wasn’t the half of what warmed everyone’s hearts. It was even quite a bit more than this stunning bride, who is more gorgeous inside, if you can believe that. Karol’s infectious laugh as she walked towards a tearful Bruce left not too many dry eyes in the barn. You’ll quickly see that there’s a genuine, palpable joy and connection between Bruce and Karol that spills over on those around them. I have so enjoyed watching Bruce’s reactions to Karol’s affection and her sweet and encouraging spirit come alongside an honorable man. Their wedding day was just moment after moment that comes from two people loving one another and others, so well.
 
There was something, too, about being in a place where hard work has grown a family through farming. Something about being in a place that is used to produce so much for our world out of the work of men’s hands. Magical, for me, when these places are turned into grounds for celebration that has an incomparable richness. It’s no secret I have deep affections for a slower way of life, long-held tradition and a long list of heirlooms. Karol loves so many of the things that I love – baking, wheat fields, genuine friendship – that this wedding is just bubbling over beauty. These two families coming together at the Langley’s farm, just around the corner from where I was raised, was a deep delight for me.
 
Thanks friends, for choosing me to tag along on this year of your adventure. I have so enjoyed wading in creeks with you, trying to put barn doors back up, convincing Bruce that weeds are beautiful flowers just waiting for my camera to arrive and being amongst those you love most. These images and the two other batches we made together are some of my most favorite in a long while and it has much more to do with who you are together, who you surround yourselves with and the way you make others feel. Hope we can keep sharing life’s little finds with one another- from home decor to gardening and that one day we’ll make cupcakes for eachother’s littles. So glad for y’all!
 
Big thanks, too, to Whitney Woodall of Whitney Lee Photography for helping my pregnant self around that day and making so many beautiful images in this mix. Thankful for your help!
 

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Hair + Makeup: Abby Artistry
Catering: Linda Aldridge/ All the Way Shoppe

louisville-adoption-portfolio-images-093PINTHIS!Met up with this sweet, old friend from my high school days to get acquainted with her crew one misty morning.  We had a sweet time together, catching up and talking about their future plans.  For the past little while Carrie and her husband, Chris, have been renovating their sweet home together all the while pursuing a family to share their home with.  The long and short of it is after a bittersweet season of infertility and the loss of a daughter they’re eager to announce their paper pregnancy for a sweet babe through domestic adoption.  I literally could not be more excited for them nor more encouraged in the Lord from Carrie’s faithfulness throughout these seasons.  So excited to join up with them and make images they’ll be able to use in the process of sharing their life with the expectant Momma.

Many, many of you who tag along here also have big hearts for adoption and may be interested in a couple things the Shains are up to.  A gracious family member set up a GoFundMe account to help offset some of the costs the Shains will be facing and you can read a bit more about their journey here.  They’re also hosting a pretty hefty yard sale this Saturday morning, 8am-2pm on Whipp’s Mill Road, right behind the UofL Shelby campus.  It’ll be an easy find on that short bit of road.  They’ll be doing a drawing, too, for a $250 Walmart card – and at $5/chance who couldn’t give that a whirl?  And beyond that, I know they would be grateful for your prayers for a perfect placement, wisdom, peace and patience in the in-between as well as prayer for the birth mother of their baby, as she learns of the Shains and their hearts to provide a forever home to a sweet little one.  Thankful for the plans and direction the Shains are on and the opportunity to help and serve them in this season. Enjoy!
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falls-of-the-ohio-jeffersonville-louisville-engagement-photos-119PINTHIS!From the first time I sat down over coffee, I knew Emily was my kinda gal.  Hard working doesn’t begin to describe her busy life as a nurse.  She’s the best kind, too, because she’s so easy going and full of laughter.  Enter Jeff: excellent match.

This particular Friday night that we met up at the Falls of Ohio was the first time I’d met him and he’s such a jovial match for Emily.  There was constant laughter, a relaxed comfort about these two that made me so excited to join with their family and friends this October in Somerset to document and celebrate their nuptials.  Can’t wait to see more navy and rivers with y’all and over-the-top excited that we’ll be celebrating under the fall bluegrass skies.  Enjoy!

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anchorage-family-childrens-photographs-kentucky-22PINTHIS!Last fall I stopped in for a quick evening with Katherine and her family to announce the exciting news of a little sister on the way, this spring.  Loved Katherine’s little pigtails and bubbly joy.  Was so fun to make beautiful images at their new home, in the rooms they will fill with lots of family love.  Enjoy!

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I so enjoyed meeting up with Stacey and Greg to make a mini session full of images. Pretty soon a little girl will join their family! My most favorite part of these springtime images is how they document sweet ineractions between these two, the anticipation of waiting for baby and the gorgeous ease of Stacey being pregnant. Doubly rich for me, too, as this is my third time photographing Stacey & Greg – first their engagment session at the Lexington airport, second their wedding at Bowman Field and now this sweet evening. Enjoy!

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gheen-foundation-lodge-winter-wedding-plaid-lace-wooden-01PINTHIS!Oh, winter, there’s something magical about you, even without the snow.  When Maggie tossed in a heap of plaid, tree stumps and that beautiful lace gown on top of the cold, there’s something an added cuddly for this wedding.  These images are cozy to me.  Nearly as cozy, I hope, as spending the day amongst Alex and Maggie’s people.

We started out with the guys at their hotel and the ladies getting prepared at the lodge.  Family and friends abounded as they put the finishing touches on the reception space.  So many little details and projects that they gladly tied together.  Love the way family can set up that strong, sweet community at a wedding.

Before Maggie pulled on her gown the lady crew was easygoing and joyful.  After?  Those ladies were encouraging, prayerful and just a delight on a windy, winter afternoon.  Before the ceremony, we did a quick note exchange between Alex and Maggie and before you know it, she was heading down the aisle on her Daddy’s arm.  They included family, young and old, in their ceremony.  The couple assembled a cross in the spirit of the typical unity candle, received a blessing and a dip with the kiss before they headed down the aisle, arm in arm – grins warm enough to warm the whole place up.

I so enjoyed the time we had to make portraits outside.  It was certainly chilly, but those bare, winter trees fit in perfectly with their theme, accenting Maggie’s plaid coat perfectly.  The evening wrapped up with a pie-cut, dozens on mini-pies and a wonderful BBQ spread enjoyed by all.  Their crew danced and rejoiced alongside them, just as they should.  My hope is that these images are as easygoing and cozy as the wedding day, itself, was.  So excited for you, Maggie, after living similar lives in our little town – that the Lord brought you a sweet, encouraging man who desires to love and protect you as he’s commanded to.  Many years of shared pie to you both.  Enjoy!

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Any father-of-the-bride’s welcome speech that generally begins with ‘When our daughter was born I had wished for a son, and once I laid eyes on her perfect self, I was wrapped around her little finger’ and ends with a version of ‘I still often longed for a son to learn sports from and talk about man things with and 26 years later, as Ivy marries Josh, I now have my son.’  Listen.  It was good.  I could barely see to make pictures when Ivy’s father put his hand on his tearful wife’s shoulder mid-speech.  The love was palpable and the party commenced with joyful celebrating to match.

Listen.  If you’re planning a wedding where you anticipate real moments and deep love as more important than your florals, please call me.  Photographing these folks both during their engagement and at their wedding was like a sweet hug for my heart.  Back on task.  

As you’ll soon see, everything was so beautiful and so meaningfully orchestrated.  I so enjoyed that Ivy and Josh were both interested in encouraging and blessing their guests, thanking so many people constantly.  Their love for corgi-dogs was pervasive in the sweet details.  From Josh’s cuff links and socks to the hundreds of handmade doggie place card holders, corgis were all over – even in the flower girl, ring bearer lineup.  A corgi in oversized pearls paving the way for the bride is something you need to experience.  Hilarious.

And the party?  Oh the party was great!  The toasts were meaningful and rich, the bacon wrapped dates left a mark on my heart (foodie heart, ya’ll) and their guests jumped and bumped and danced til the very end.  At the end of the night, they sent their guests home with a favor.  Normal wedding fare, right?  Wrong.  Ivy, Josh and their folks do things in such a thorough and personal way that I really appreciate.  Their mothers handcrafted candies which included the. best. bourbon balls I’ve ever tasted with pecans from family farms and family-harvested honey – honey that they sent each guest home with a bottle of their own.  Just so extravagant and serving of the folks they’d invited to share an evening with.

Really hope you enjoy these images, that you can see the little details they crafted with care.  This wedding feels like a warm hug on a snowy day with a dose of very deeply connected family.  Enjoy!  We really, really did!

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  • Patcashwell - Great pictures beautiful wedding thanks for sharing.

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If you’ve ever considered a New Years Eve wedding, let me get started on persuading you to both have one and invite me along.  One of my longest-loved besties, Allie, married the love of her life, Brandon, on the last day of 2015 and it was a blast.  So many noisemakers, confetti, hats and loads of sparkle topped off with guests who were ready to ring in the new year together made for a sweet celebration.

Also a blast, because this most-loyal friend of mine had a wedding that perfectly fit her friendly, dramatic (in the theater sense), fun personality.  Her gown was stunning with a bit of sparkle and a touch of fur for outdoor portraits.  The guys were decked out in black ties, including our little Truman who served as ring bearer.  The sweetest flower girls wore sequins and tulle while her bridesmaids looked stunning in black gowns of their choosing.  She filled a photo booth full with metallic props, oversized gold “2016” balloons and a whole bunch of fun people.  If you’re borderline on adding a Photo Booth, DO IT – one of my most favorite additions for remembering our guests and seeing more of the wedding, after.

What I loved most about this sweet affair wasn’t the awesome photo booth (so good!), or the way metallics tied everything together, but it really was getting to see my bestie enjoy her first evening as wife.  Just the best to watch her first look with Brandon and the excitement on both of their faces, as well as the awe and admiration he holds for his bride.  Neat, too, to see how he perfectly compliments, calms and betters my dear friend.

All in all, a great success and so many fun memories of buckets of people, I too, have grown to love over the years of our sweet friendship.  Enjoy!

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2016-01-06_0001PINTHIS!Just a quick pull from editing, but I can tell ya one thing: photographing first looks of one of your besties since 4th grade is a different kind of joy. So many sweet, sweet moments to come.

  • Sarah Seitz - I love how it is NYE, but the grass makes it look like springtime! 🙂

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duncan-memorial-chapel-small-wedding-001PINTHIS!Erika and Pete were so fun and easy going.  I loved documenting their Friday afternoon wedding with their family at Duncan Memorial Chapel in Crestwood, Ky.  Erika was gorgeous and I loved the lace top of her gown.  You’ll see, too, that all the little glances Pete sent Erika’s way during portraits are just the best.

After the ceremony was complete, we made family photos and sent their guests on their way to start enjoying pizza at Coals.  The couple and I headed to the Anchorage Trail to make more portraits and I think it built in a sweet pocket of quiet to enjoy the first little bit as husband and wife.  Once we were done, they joined their family for dinner.

Their wedding was so laid back and enjoyable, while being incredibly personal and filled to the brim with their family.  I loved, too, that they were able to enjoy an extended honeymoon in Europe just a few days later.  Enjoy this lovely small wedding!

 

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When time photographing God’s people is quiet encouragement to my soul.  When being with a father and mother who love their children deeply, well and to the glory of God is a balm to my feeble motherhood.  That’s what this image helps me to remember.

For Jill, may it be the joy she has found in her call.  An encouragement for the days when loving and leading 5 souls well, must certainly be tiresome.  May we all learn where her joy comes from.

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On one of the first crisp fall days, Tracy and Adam were married under an old shade tree at the beautiful Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Ky.  Such a fun and gorgeous location where everyone was able to prepare in the historic home before.  There was even a beautiful white horse and cart that drove Tracy up to the end of the aisle.  So sweet.

After their personal ceremony filled to the brim with sweet friends and gracious family, we made some portraits around the farm.  The guests were busy playing corn hole, enjoying various southern hors d’oeuvres and listening to the strings play on the porch.  Once we wrapped up with a few funny images to celebrate Adam’s love of disc golf, they joined their guests for dinner in the tent.

We all enjoyed a beautiful sunset followed up by some excellent dancing entertainment.  Tracy’s dance with her father included their whole bridal party and involved a little snippet of thriller.  Quite a thrill!  Such a jot to spend a beautiful Saturday on a gorgeous farm celebrating two folks who have waited for this day with great anticipation over quite a long while.  Enjoy!

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lexington-family-photos-012PINTHIS!This fall has been good to me.  I’ve gotten to work with some of my most favorite people on earth, the Meurers included.  Ashley was a college roommate who has grown to be one of my best friends – and much of that thanks to our little people – we got to be pregnant at the same time and she and Will were of the first to meet our sweet Truman at the hospital.

Since their births, her boy has grown and grown, catching up in size with Truman and they are the funniest, same-sized playmates.  Shooting these was the funniest mess.  Truman wanted to ride G’s tractor, then he wanted to push it – they were running all over talking about the cats and cows.  Will was busy throwing leaves to keep the giggles coming, while Ashley and I were just trying to keep curious kids away from the street.

I love most about these images that they are just like hanging out with these sweet people.  Full of joyful moments, real living and just easy-being.  If you know them or have ever interacted with Will and his farm, you know what I mean.  Love that I get to tag along through the seasons and make images for friends and new friends.  So good.

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2015-11-02_0018PINTHIS!So much love for this sweet little family and double the excitement as her milestones are always just a bit behind our own son’s.  So fun to do life alongside friends who were married near us, pregnant about the same time and celebrating babies together.

Little Rose is such a sweet one.  She’s busy blowing kisses, sharing giggles and being just sassy enough.  I’m still so impressed with the pumpkin her Dad carved for her photo opp and I LOVE the chalkboard with her details on it.  So wish I had done this and so glad they’ve got all the info alongside her images.  Enjoy!

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