Bohemian Shoot - Little Rock, Arkansas

It's been a long time coming, but this shoot finally happened. We went for an upscale boho theme, and I think we did just that. After some awful weather, we had to relocate the shoot the morning of. Even with a last minute venue change, everyone did their part and made this shoot happen. I love the results and I hope you do too. Enjoy! <3 data-preserve-html-node="true"

Florals: Alison Hobson, AIFD, MF, CFD and Scott Brents, CFD 

Dress and Tuxes: Formal Affairs, Russellville  

Hair and Makeup: Styled by Shae

Cake: The Cake Occasion 

Decor: Fairytale Florals  

Arkansas cutout and USA cutout: Lovely Retro Renos

Bowtie: Two Guys' Bowtie 

Venue: The Good Earth Garden Center

Models: 

Alana Lambert 

Raigan Purtel

Jordan Eastin

Zane Washington 

Kasey, UAFS Senior - Dickson St. Bookstore Fayetteville, AR Senior Session

Kasey and her mom met me on Dickson Street outside of the Dickson Street Bookstore last week to take her graduation announcement pictures. She loves reading and books, so it felt like a very suiting place to start. That place is like a maze and there are nooks and crannies worth photographing everywhere. That was our one break from the heat with this awful Arkansas weather. Kasey toughed it through and we got some really great shots. My favorites are the ones at the end with her barefooted in her blue tea length dress. Thanks for letting me take such important images. I have a great time with you two. :)

Here is Kasey Smith, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith 2016 graduate

Kendra and Chuong - Fayetteville, Arkansas Bohemian Wedding Shoot

After so much craziness, this shoot finally happened! It's been in the works for a while now and I am so happy with the results! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I enjoyed shooting it.

Vendor Credit:

Photography: Kimberly Paige Photography Website/Facebook/Instagram

Floral Design: Jules Designs Website/Facebook/Instagram

Dress: Violet's Boutique & Formals Website/Facebook/Instagram

Hair: Mayapple Salon and Boutique Website/Facebook/Instagram

Makeup: Kendra Adams Facebook/Instagram

Model: Kendra Adams

Huge shout out to Nilufar Zaifi who helped plan all of this and who also photographed the shoot. We couldn't have done this without you! Go check her out on Instagram or view her website here!

Jeff and Stacy - Sassafras Springs Vineyard Rustic Chic Springdale, AR Wedding

Jeff and Stacy were married on October 24, 2015 at Sassafrass Springs Vineyard.

You can tell Jeff is handy because he helped do several DIY items for the wedding. During the toast, Stacy’s dad talked about his huge toolbox and how handy he is around the house. “Jeff is amazing. We got some old palettes for free from my mom's friend and Jeff built flower boxes out of them which will be our centerpieces. We also built corn toss boards (mostly him, but I painted them)! They have the initial C for Coble and Est. 10-24-15. They are super cute. We also made a giant jenga game. I made lots of chalk board signs from old picture frames and chalk paint.”

During the ceremony, one thing that I thought was really sweet was that she has on of her family members named Ashley to ask all of the little ones what their definition of love was. Most of the answers were hugs and kisses. There were some really adorable and sweet answers that made everyone laugh. You can really tell how much Jeff and Stacy love the Lord of the Rings. They watch the trilogy every year together and Jeff even surprised Stacy with a vinyl decal on their getaway car that says “You are my precious.”

One reason I really love shooting at Sassafras is that they have two doorways/openings at the front of the chapel where I can stand on either side of the bride and groom. This helps me to be able to get close to the couple without being too invasive during the ceremony. Their vanue is gorgeous and very unique to the Northwest Arkansas area!

Without further adieu, here are the lovely images from Jeff and Stacy’s wedding!

 

 

Florals: Janell Bailey

Venue: Sassafras Springs Vineyard

Cake: Rick's Bakery

Caterer: Dinks BBQ

DJ: Brock entertainment

Rentals/decor: Eventures

Invitations: Shindig Paperie

Hair stylist: Paige Lorence 

Stacy & Jeff Fayetteville, AR Engagement Session

Stacy and Jeff were married on Saturday. They had a gorgeous wedding! Before I can show you all of the gorgeous shots we got, I'd like to share their engagements with you!

Here's the story of how he popped the question:

"We were just hanging out and he said that he wanted to hike Tanyard Creek the next morning and to text him when I woke up. I kind of forgot and I didn't text him until like 10 and just asked if he still wanted to go. Literally one minute later there was a knock on my door and it was him. He was all prepared for our hike and had even made a picnic lunch for us. I immediately knew something was up. We got to Tanyard and started hiking and I kept giving him looks like "what's going on..." And we would both just laugh...because we both knew. Anyways, on our hike he told me all these sweet things and about how important I am to him etc etc. Then we got to this rock overlooking the waterfall and he laid down that pink blanket that we had at the photo shoot. We ate our picnic and people kept coming near us and playing in the water and I could tell he was impatiently waiting for everyone to leave. They finally did and he said I need you to stand up and I just laughed and I was freaking out. Anyways, and then he got on one knee and proposed and it was adorable and perfect. And now we like to hike and go back to our little spot which is so cool because we will always have that!!"

Victoria and Justin - Montgomery/Houston, TX barn and chapel country wedding

Victoria and Justin Hoffman were married in September in Montgomery, TX (not too far from Houston, Texas) and had a beautiful wedding at a small chapel. Her love of fall colors is very evident the all of the gorgeous details at her reception. It was a small, intimate wedding and you could feel the love in the small church. She got ready in a quaint cabin a short walk from both the chapel and the reception barn. I love how much emphasis Victoria and Justin put into couples portraits when they planned their timeline. Couples portraits are my absolutely favorite part of the day. I love photographing people in love. We had plenty of time to get some gorgeous shots of them around the property. The timeline had plenty of space in it to make sure that we never felt rushed and that we had enough time to get all of it done.

Venue: Ranch House Chapel
Wedding Planner: Plan our Day Houston
Catering: Mel's Country Cafe
Videographer: AGB Productions
Florals: HEB Blooms
Wedding Cake: Dream Cakes
Hair Stylist: Shay Hessong
Make-up Artist: Danielle and Emily
DJ: Martin Guardiola
Bride's Dress: Allure
Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Banks
Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Kevkoff

Maude Clothing Photoshoot - Photographer Meetup - Fayetteville, AR

This past weekend, I had the tremendous joy of meeting several photographers from the area. It was an awesome collaboration and I can't wait to meet up again.

I have photographed more weddings this year than any other year. After such a busy season, I'm so glad I was able to photograph something only for me. I loved how these turned out. I also fell in love with this house. I would love to buy it if I had the opportunity. Unfortunately, it is not currently on the market.

These girls are gorgeous and total sweethearts too. All of them were so easy to work with and an absolute joy. All of these beautiful clothes came from Maude as well. I hope you enjoy these images. :)

Rachelle and Stephen - Houston, TX City Skyline Engagement Session

This past weekend, I traveled to Houston, TX to photograph a classic rustic Texas wedding. While I was there, I wanted to make sure that I was able to photograph an awesome couple too. I stayed with another photographer named Becki and she found Rachelle and Stephen for us to photograph.

Rachelle is also a wedding photographer from Houston. They were oh so sweet. Stephen had a blast goofing off in front of the camera. Rachelle said that all guys hate getting their photo taken, but not her Stephen. He loves being able to be a comedian and made us laugh constantly. According to Rachelle, Stephen would be a sea horse if he were any sea animal. She said she can totally just see him floating around the ocean just showing off as a magestic sea horse. Stephen said that she would be a shark. They both had a good laugh after that one. I'm pretty sure he was referring to her awesome drive and shark like ambition in conquering wedding photography.... :)

Without further adieu, here are some beautiful shots of Rachelle and Stephen. It will be filled with lots of laughs and some lovely moments shared between them.

Abbie & Ben

“Faith makes all things possible. Love makes all things easy.” Dwight Moody

Abbie and Ben said I do and me too on Saturday June 20, 2015, at an elegant event in Cone Chapel on Harding University's campus. Abbie's ballgown with a beaded bodice fit her perfectly and truly made her look like a princess! Ben's tux was adorned with a purple striped bowtie. The bride's family and maids helped her prepare for her special day, as the groom's men helped him. Emotions were high for everyone throughout the day, especially Ben. He teared up during their beautiful first look, and again as his gorgeous bride, Abbie, walked down the aisle to him. Abbie remained all smiles her pure joy shining through. This is a perfect example of emotions remaining strong between the couple even when they choose to include a first look in their day! Personal vows, prepared by the bride and groom were lovingly exchanged. The faithful couple took communion together during their ceremony, in place of a unity candle or the like, as their adoring friends and family looked on. Her six ladies and his six right hand men were all so sweet and helpful! The reception took place at Harding as well. Per religious convictions there was no dancing or alcohol. However, the guests still experienced a fun time of getting to know each other and celebrating the newlyweds over food! Abbie and Ben did a traditional cake cutting, from the beautiful four tier cake adorned with fresh flowers, and lovingly fed it to each other. Rather than having a groom's cake the pair opted for a milkshake which was a very cute personal touch! The glass for the milkshake matched the decor with the purple on the rim and the dainty purple striped straw placed in it.

Whitney and David - Harding University June 13, 2015

Whitney and David were married at a church in Searcy, AR on June 13, 2015. I had the pleasure of working with Cassie on this wedding. This sweet couple endured a very rainy wedding day! The ladies got ready at a local beauty salon in Searcy, while the men got ready at a hotel a few miles away. When it was time for the first look, it began pouring buckets. Luckily, we were able to go inside and finished all of their portraits. The reception was held at Robins Sanford Hall in Searcy, AR.

"Rain also is symbolic of a new start. The water can cleanse the earth and help wash away past debris. A marriage is a new start for a couple. If it rains on your wedding day, consider yourself blessed with a clean slate."

Tiffany and Logan - Destin, FL Beach Proposal Engagement Session

This session is very near and dear to my heart. I went to Florida this past weekend to photograph a destination beach wedding. My best friend, Tiffany, and her now fiancé were starting their vacation the day after the wedding. Tiffany and I had lunch a few weeks back and we were talking about the idea of her getting engaged. I told her that it'd be super awesome if Logan could let me know when he was going to propose so that I could photograph it. She texted Logan telling him that, but she didn't think he would actually listen. As soon as I got into the parking lot after lunch, I got a text from Logan saying "I'm going to share a little secret with you..." and told me his idea of proposing in Florida. Tiffany and I had already talked about having dinner and meeting up the Sunday that the got into town since it was the only day that we both would be in Destin so it wasn't going to be weird if suddenly we were going to hang out while we were all there. Logan said that he thought about doing a couples session and then proposing during the middle of it. He thought that he could easily get her to agree to a couples session but I knew that if he asked her, she would get suspicious. So instead, I asked her if she wanted to do the shoot so that I could shoot an "engagement" session on the beach too while I was there. Of course, she agreed. We knew that Tiffany gets suspicious about everything... so we came up with the idea to tell her that he wanted to take her to a nice restaurant one of the nights while they were in Destin so that's the night that she was looking forward to. We went dress shopping to find something that would work for the shoot and we found a shirt that coordinated for Logan as well.

Logan and I came up with a cue of "That's a wrap!" to signal that it was the right moment. I got plenty of portraits of them before he proposed since I knew that I wanted to give them some time afterwards, just the two of them, before we headed to dinner. We finished the session and I gave my cue. Logan said "Oh wait, can we do one more?" and then pulled out the ring and got down on one knee. The look on Tiffany's face was priceless and full of surprise and happiness. Of course, she said yes. She had no idea that it was coming, which was exactly what Logan wanted. She started crying tears of joy, and I was trying to fight ones of my own so that I could still see what I was shooting. It was gorgeous and absolutely perfect. Afterwards, I led them to a spot that Sammy was able to set up for them while we were shooting. We set up a cute little blanket and some champagne from France for them to have some moments alone to celebrate.

I've only known Tiffany for less than a year but I feel like I've known her all of my life. She's been my support system throughout this year and I've loved hanging out with her all of the time. We've bonded over crushing the patriarchy, feminism, psychology, and all of the crazy stuff we come up with. I'm so thankful to call her my best friend and I cannot wait to be a bridesmaid at their wedding.

Kristin and Ahdom- August 1, 2015 Destin, Florida Destination Beach Wedding

Kristin and Ahdom call Oklahoma home, but had a destination wedding on the beach in Destin, Florida on August 1, 2015. The beautiful ceremony took place on Princess Beach, which is military owned beach so it's all very well maintained. It is not as well known, so it was not nearly as busy as all of the other beaches in Destin. They got ready at a cute little beach rental called "Cotton Candy" and it was actually pink, so needless to say...it was adorable. Their dog Zeus even got to make the trip down to Destin. The bride and groom were accompanied down the aisle by their children. Ahdom's little man was the ringbearer, and Kristin's twin girls were the flower girls. The two opted for an intimate ceremony attended by only their closest friends and family. A cute little crab even attended the ceremony as well! Vows were exchanged by the barefoot duo standing in front of the ocean in the sand. There are now two less fish in the sea! Following the ceremony, we took all of their couples portraits by the ocean. Their reception followed at a local restaurant. The bride's lace dress was breathtaking, and it paired perfectly with her soft curls. The groom wore a vest, with a short sleeve shirt, and bowtie. The flower girls wore matching dresses, and the ringbearer wore a bow tie and shorts to tie in with his father. Photographing a beach destination wedding has been on my bucket list for quite some time and I am very happy that I was able to be a part of their big day. I would love to photograph more ceremonies with no shoes on and my feet in the sand.

"The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul."

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Rachael and David - July 18th, 2015 - Stuttgart, AR Wedding

Rachael and David got married on July 18th, 2015. All of the festivities started out at a cabin out by Stuttgart, AR. Everyone was getting ready together, but still staying separate until the first look. Even though we had to suffer through the insane humidity and heat, we made it work. Everyone was very cooperative to make sure that we could get everything done quickly. Rachael's parents were married in the same church years earlier and so it was really awesome to be able to recreate a portrait that her parents had at their wedding. Rachael's sisters were oooing and awwing all day over how gorgeous she looked!

Rachael is a planner and very structured while David is very relaxed and laid back. The two of them together make a perfect fit. Rachael is in medical school right now, so she loves how he's able to calm her down when she gets stressed out. The thing they were looking forward to most about the big day was the first look and I can definitely understand why. David was filled with emotion and started to cry. It was the most adorable thing. You could really sense just how much he cares for her and how much they care for each other. I am so thankful that they both allowed me to be a part of their big day. It was a gorgeous wedding!

Meghan - Forest and Fin Bicycle Wrap Skirt

I have worked with Laura for a few different shoots now, and I can definitely say that this one way my favorite. I received the wrap skirt back in May and was so excited. I was all ready for the big shoot and then the worst thing happened...rain. We got rained out three times! I've never had that happen before. Finally, we were able to shoot and everything worked out beautifully. Meghan did such an awesome job suffering through this crazy humid and hot Arkansas weather, and she did it flawlessly.

These bicycle wrap skirts by Forest and Fin are pretty phenomenal. I've never seen a design that allows you to wear a skirt while riding a bike as well as one that looks so cute. Laura has been working on these awesome skirts for quite some time now to perfect them and they are finally ready to go into production this summer. They're on preorder right now and are scheduled to ship in the fall. She has put a ton of thought and effort into them to make sure that they're just right. My personal favorite is the canvas one that's been dipped in blue. It's absolutely gorgeous. You can even get this cute little hip pouch to carry all of your stuff in. If you don't want to wear one of those, it still has deep pockets in it. 

I worked with Ashley Gregory for this shoot. Ashley is an amazing makeup artist. I always recommend her to my clients. As usual, she did a really great job. She always takes my vision and makes it come to life. I also worked with Alison Hobson on creating florals to coordinate with the shoot. Alison did the same by creating an incredibly beautiful and wonderful flower arrangement to go into the bike's basket. She knows how much I love girly arrangements and made the perfect one. If I ever get a bike with a basket, I think I'm going to permanently fill it up with flowers just because it looks amazing!

I really hope you enjoy these images as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Vendor Credit:

Clothing: Forest and Fin

Florals: Alison Hobson, CFD, AMF

Makeup: Ashley Gregory

Forest & Fin - Hand Crafted & Earth Friendly Designs

I am so excited to be sitting down and blogging about Forest and Fin this morning. It was such a privilige to be able to shoot for Forest and Fin and show off their stunning t-shirt designs. Created by the fabulous owner of Forest and Fin, all her t-shirts are hand printed using earth-friendly products, which is something that makes these shirts so unique.

There are 20 designs avaialble to shop from on the Forest and Fin website, and I got to showcase quite a few of them with my awesome models who, might I add, wore and accessorized them so beautifully.

They also have just come out with their new bicycle wrap skirt, which is another project I have been so excited to be working on with Forest and Fin. These bicycle friendly skirts are designed to keep ladies stylish and comfortable when riding their bikes, or doing any other outdoor activity. My photos for their new skirt will be launched on their website along with the release of the product that will be available for purhcase very soon!

Taking these photos out by the sunkissed waters and earthy nooks and crannies of my homestate in Arkansas made these t-shirts really come to life, and I am so excited to share the photos and this wonderful design company with you. So, head on over and check out all that Forest and Fin has to offer!

Riley & Amelia - A Springdale, Arkansas Love Story

I am so excited to be sharing Amelia and Riley's special day on the blog this morning. Amelia and Riley began their happily ever after on June 20th in Springdale, Arkansas. These two are so sweet and filled with love, and that's exactly what their wedding day embodied. From the first look to their first dance, Amelia and Riley began their lives as husband and wife in the most beautiful way.

These two carry the Lord close to their hearts and for that reason I know they will be blessed unconditionally throughout their lives together. Congratulations, Amelia and Riley!! May your days together be filled with joy, humor, and endless laughter!

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Reception held at: The Metroplex - Springdale, Arkansas

Ceremony held at: Presbyterian Church - Springdale, Arkansas

Natalee & Grant - Willow Springs Ranch Wedding

On a beautiful Sunady in May, Natalee and Grant said hello to forever at Willow Springs Ranch and I am still cooing over their gorgeous details, adorable golden doodle, and the smiles that spread across their faces from start to finish.

These two lovebirds met at Kanakuk Camp three years ago during their time as summer counselors. They passed their time at camp playing a game of, "Who Would You Marry?". Surrounded by the beach and a circle in which Grant drew for Natalee, Grant asked Natalee, "If the world blew up and Kanakuk Camp was the only place left standing, who would you marry?" Stubbornly, Natalee told him he would marry him. As summer went on, Natalee and Grant went their separate ways.

2 years later, their flame rekindled and the rest was history. The following November, Grant surprised Natalee with a proposal on that same beach at Kanakuk Camp in a rose covered circle. Natalee said yes, and their forever began.

I am so thankful to have been a part of a day so magical and full of love and laughter, and I am beyond excited to share their love story with you all today. From the first look to the sparkler exit, Natalee and Grant's wedding was one for the books.

Amelia - A Fayetteville, Arkansas Bridal Session

Amelia and I had a lovely time during her bridal session. She is so laid back and her mom is super amazing too. They both were super cheerful as we made our way around to various spots. They didn't bat an eye when we had to crawl through a fence to get to a field… or when the field has some insanely tall grass. I love how my clients trust me and know that they'll turn out to be worth it!! 

Amelia wanted to surprise Riley with some photos in a St. Louis Cardinal's shirt. I think they turned out great! She also wanted to be sure to incorporate her grandfathers who passed away. It was such a sweet moment.

Amelia and Riley got married this past Saturday and their ceremony was absolutely stunning. Everything went off without a hitch! Stay turned for the blog post about their gorgeous wedding!!