Kansas to Kentucky |Historic Bardstown Engagement Session

Flanagan- Watson Engagement Session

Flanagan- Watson Engagement Session

Include your pets in your enagement sessions

Include your pets in your enagement sessions

Bardstown, Whiskey, Bourbon, Historic

Bardstown, Whiskey, Bourbon, Historic

Engagement Rings to make a statement

Engagement Rings to make a statement

 “Our Love Is Here to Stay” Frank Sinatra

“Our Love Is Here to Stay” Frank Sinatra

All I can say is “WOW”, some couple seem to just bubble over with love. David & Michelle are one of those couples. Michelle had contacted me several months ago about shooting an elopement ceremony here in Kentucky. Michelle lives in Kansas and her Fiancée David is in the military and just recently returned from overseas. They had planned to get married in Springfield at a bed breakfast in May, but plans changed. Since Michelle had already paid for her wedding coverage we converted it to an engagement session. They took a little road trip from Kansas to Kentucky stopping along the way. They mailed out wedding invitations along their route for their wedding that would now take place in Kansas. 

We chose Bardstown, Kentucky for the location of their engagement session, specifically downtown, the historic buildings and wonderful shops provided us with some fun unique backdrops for their session. The day was perfect, weather was pleasant not to warm , just enough to let you know spring was on its way. When David & Michelle arrived we spent a few minutes getting to know them a little better. They both noticed the distinct aroma in the air on their drive in; xplaining the smell throughout the air was the smell of the local bourbon distilleries. We all agreed that the smell was awesome. It really did lend a hand to the overall atmosphere of our location choice. 

I knew from their personalities that I wanted a casual, relaxed feel to the session so figured that the best way to achieve that was to explain to them that for the most part we wanted them to forget we were there, to relax and be themselves. We provide tips and suggestions along the way but for the most part we want our couple to relax and be themselves. We spent the afternoon on a walking tour, stopping along the way capturing fun and unique photos.  One of our favorites shots from their engagement session was a window reflection in front of a small shop downtown. The reflection, we later found out was a poster of the late Frank Sinatra’s mug shot. I wasn’t aware of that at the time; I just loved the look of the reflection. It wasn’t until a week later that I discovered through a Facebook post that it was his mugshot, followed by a piece on CBS news on Sunday morning with a segment celebrating 100 years of Frank Sinatra. Funny how things happen, but couldn’t have been a more appropriate reflection…with all the love songs he has sang I felt this one was the most appropriate “It Had to Be You”.

If your recently engaged lets start planning your engagement session.

Romantic Wedding |Munfordville, Kentucky Wedding

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa | Munfordville, Ky.

David + Melissa recently wed in a intimate candlelight ceremony in Munfordville, Ky. Held in historic downtown Munfordville added to the romantic wedding . The Ceremony was held inside an old historic building that now houses River Pointe Church. With beautiful wood floors along with an exposed brick walls that created a warm intimate atmosphere for their Friday evening wedding. Surrounded by close family and friends they celebrated the love that had brought them together. When planning a romantic wedding you can’t go wrong with a candlelight ceremony along with an evening wedding, add a old historic downtown setting and it’s pure perfection.

Melissa was blessed to have a good friend and wedding planner to assist in the planning stages as well as keeping things running smoothly the day of the ceremony. Wedding planners are a great way to help take some of the stress out of the planning. They can do everything from securing and locating your vendors such as DJ, Baker for your wedding cake, your photographer just to name a few. They generally have a list of contacts of individuals they have worked with in the past to insure your getting the best for your big day. When it comes to the day of the wedding planner they work closely with you to make sure that things flow smoothly, by helping with rounding up family for those important must have shots, to making sure your other vendors arrive on time and know where they need to be.

I want to thank wedding planner Danette Skaggs for her assistance throughout the wedding day.

To Jerry McBride for being an awesome DJ who kept things moving and created a perfect atmosphere for lots of dancing for all the guests.

Thanks Melissa and David for letting me be a part of your celebration.

Selecting Wedding Vendors


Melanie Wells Photography

Melanie Wells Photography


Congratulations your getting married now its time to select your wedding vendors.

Over the holidays many people get engaged. The excitement of the moment has finally started to settle down and you’ve even started jotting down your ideas for your dream wedding. I’m sure you’ve probably already started your Pinterest board for wedding ideas. You may have even started selecting your wedding vendors.

Selecting your wedding vendors is on of the most important aspects of planning your wedding. You want to choose vendors whose work you love, and individuals that you trust as well as enjoy working with.  Obviously when it comes to your photographer that is another thing to think about. After all you’ll be spending a big portion of your day with him or her. So choosing someone you connect with is key. That doesn’t mean that selecting the caterer, the baker, and florist isn’t just as important.

The key to selecting any vendor is communication, be clear as to what your vision is and what you want to achieve with the relationship with the individual or company that you hire. In person meetings will let you get a feel for the individual and how they interact with you and your fiancee. At the very least a phone conversation that allows you to ask questions and get a feel of what to expect. Trust your instincts if your not comfortable or feel that something isn’t just right keep searching.

Hiring someone who’s new to the wedding industry? This can mean a cost savings as they are just getting started, and just because they don’t have the experience of someone who’s been in it for 10 or 20 years doesn’t mean that they can’t do a good job. Remember everyone starts somewhere. The more experienced the vendor the less likely that things will go wrong because chances are they have already went through a lot of the things that can go wrong and know what to do to work around the situation and get through it.

For instance a photographer just getting into doing weddings may not have back up equipment, chances are they can’t afford it so they may only come with one camera and a couple of lenses. Where as someone who’s been around will more then likely have more then one camera, as well as multiple lenses, flashes, and batteries etc to insure that if something stops working that they have a back up to cover with.

Working with a wedding planner has its advantages as well, since many times they can guide you towards vendors that they have worked with in the past and are familiar with their work.

Selecting wedding vendors  is probably the most confusing aspect of the whole wedding planning process. After all more then likely this is the first wedding you have ever planned so your not sure where to start. I hope this information was helpful and that your planning is as stress free as it can possibly be.

I have also linked to some really awesome wedding vendors that would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

A great way to check out or locate and speak to a bunch of vendors at the same time is attending a Bridal show in your area. They are usually held late fall or right after the first of the year. January and February are the prime months for most bridal shows.

MAM Candy -wedding favors- hand rolled and dipped chocolate bonbons that are incredible wonderful

Vaughn House of Flowers-flowers- does amazing work

Swans Landing-Catering and Floral , Decorations- full service catering right down to the decorations

Maple Hill Manor BB-Honeymoon and Wedding Venue-quaint historical old home surrounded by alpaca farm

All the Way Plumb BB-honeymoon or guest accommodations-located in Hodgenville, Ky. Owners Mike and Kay Smith are a delightful couple who you absolutely love.

Sugar Fashion Cakes-Wedding cakes and cupcakes-they are awesome

Gordon Thomas-Singer, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, and the Bluegrass Opera House, as well as many weddings, and guest singer at Churches throughout the state.




New Year New Goals

New year decoration

New Year New Goals

WOW where did 2014 get off to. Hard to believe that we are just a few days away from the new year. First off I’m so thankful for all the amazing clients that have allowed me to to capture their memories one frame at a time. I’m looking forward to 2015, I’ve got so many new goals that I have set for both myself and my business. It seems every year we look back and reflect on the past year and then try and set goals for the “New Year”.  I know that many times the biggest resolution that many set is to lose weight or get in better shape, seems to be a good one after the Holidays and all the extra goodies that we have so readily available. I know one of my goals is to just get healthier. Sometimes I think in the hustle and bustle of daily life we tend to let things go and take the easy way out. So I’m hoping this year that can be one of the things I work on.

Have you ever thought where the idea of New Years resolutions was started. New beginnings, a rebirth of sorts. The Huffingpost has a great article on the traditions of the New Years check it out here Huffington Post Article.

So what goals have you set for the New Year? Share them with family and friends. Nothing motivates you more then knowing that others are aware of your goals. Think about the motivation we can all get from our loved ones, they can encourage us when we lose track of our goals, remind us of what we want to accomplish, even help us achieve the goals we have set out for ourselves.

So as this year comes to an end I want to thank each and everyone of you have been a part of our lives, and have allowed us to be such important part of your lives. Here’s to 2015 may it bring you everything you wished for as well as everything you need.

Cheers to New Year New Goals



Congratulations you’re engaged | How to plan the perfect wedding

She said yes

She said yes


Congratulations you’re engaged…what now?

Where do you begin, what do you need to do first, hopefully this will help get your started.

So he planned out the romantic Christmas proposal, the family was all gathered for dinner. He even asked your dad’s permission, picked out the perfect ring, and now you’re getting married. You’ve probably thought about this day all your life, or maybe you thought it would never happen. So now that you have the ring where do you go from here? First things first of course, let your family and friends know personally before you blast it all over social media. After all your cousin, favorite Aunt, sister, and big brother would much rather hear the good news from you then through a social media post. Once you have shared your great news with your closest family and friends, then of course, show off that ring and announce to the world your getting married. Then, if your ring is a little too loose or to tight take it in and have it sized, and while your at it add it to your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

Now where to begin in the planning stages, if you haven’t discussed it already sit down and pick a date or at least a general idea of when you want to get married. Trust me your friends will all want to know, along with the story of how he proposed. It’s just natural because they are as excited as you are that your getting married. Once you have at least a general time frame, now is the time to sit down with all those involved with your big day and set up a budget. Without a budget, things can soon become over whelming and you may find that the must have things get pushed to the side when the funds start getting tight. Some couples find it helpful to setup a separate savings or checking account just for wedding related purchases. This makes it easier to keep track of where the money is going as well as what has been purchased already. It also works great for helping you stay on track with your budget.

A good wedding planner or organizer to helps to keep things in line; check out pinterest for some printable planners with timelines ready to be added to a three ring binder. This will let you stay organized as well as keep track of important papers and contracts.  You can get pocket folders to keep contracts, etc. all together. It’s also a great way to keep color swatches, and items clipped from bridal magazines together. Many planners have a location to keep up with your budget expenses as well. If your more into digital management there are plenty of apps available, as well as online locations to keep up with things as well.

Online Wedding Calendar

Once you have your budget and a  general date in mind, now is a great time to start looking for your perfect venue, especially if your planning on one of the more popular months for weddings. Many of your popular venues book sometimes a year in advance, so don’t get discouraged if your heart is set on a certain location check for off season availability especially if your not set on a specific date.

When searching for a venue keep in mind your guest list and the approximate number of guests attending.

Once the venue has been chosen and the date set, it’s time to start thinking about your other vendors for your big day. If your venue includes catering, then that is one more task checked off your to do list. If not, now is the time to start thinking about catering. Whether your choose to do an afternoon wedding with refreshments and finger foods or an elaborate sit down meal, it all depends on your budget as well as your style.

Research your catering options to find what fits your budget and also fits with who you are as a couple.

Some catering companies have options that include your cake, if your catering package doesn’t include the cake then plan on checking out your options for your wedding cake. There are many awesome bakers in the area who do awesome work as well as private individuals who do custom cake orders. Sugar Fashion Cakes is just one of my favorites. Their are many more out there, ask around for recommendations. Schedule a consultation for your own private taste testing to decide on your favorite. After all you want your cake to taste as good as it looks.

Since I’m a photographer it wouldn’t be right not mentioning booking your photographer. Many photographers offer complimentary engagement photos with their packages. However, you can also have just engagement photos done with a photographer as well, it’s a great way to do a trial run to see if you mess well with them and their style. After all, on your wedding day you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer. In fact, some photographers will allow you to apply what you paid for your engagement session towards your wedding package. Not all professionals do this, some consider the engagement session as complimentary. So be sure to ask upfront when you book.

Although this doesn’t cover everything that you need to do, I hope it helps you get pointed in the right direction.

Once again, Congratulations on your engagement and happy planning….

Will be posting more about planning and selecting vendors in an upcoming post.

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The Spirit of Christmas

The Spirit of Christmas

Every year the excitement of the holidays rolls around and we get excited about being with family, friends, and exchanging gifts.  For some families the holidays don’t bring joy, it can bring despair to families who may not have the means to give their children gifts from Santa. It could be that the sole bread winner in the family has recently lost a job, or maybe poor health has kept them from working. Maybe its a young single mom who’s working for minimum wage. Whatever the case maybe it’s also the time of year that many open their hearts as well as their wallets to help give back to those less fortunate.  Groups and organizations work together within the community to help those in need. We are blessed locally to have the Santa Bus, started over 47 years ago by Bobby Morrison. Bobby passed away earlier this year, but his wife Ann “Snookie” Morrison has insured that the Santa Bus lives on, with a team of volunteers the Santa bus was once again filled with toys to be handed out to the less fortunate. Today is Christmas Eve…The Santa bus is on the road this morning. Bless those volunteers and bless Ann “Snookie” Morrison for carrying on this amazing gift to those less fortunate in LaRue County.

For those of you who participated in my toy collection for pictures with Santa, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. For everyone who dropped off gently used toys and bikes, or dontated money to the volunteers to help get more toys for this years Santa bus bless you all and Merry Christmas. Operation Santa bus along with Santa and a whole line of cars just made its way past my studio on its way to the first stop. There were over 12 cars heading out towards Magnolia Fire Dept, for the first stop today. By the end of the day this bus filled with toys will have been emptied and given to children and families in need. I cried as I watched the bus pass this morning. It was so moving to see the spirit of Christmas alive and well. After all it’s a season of giving, it makes me proud to call LaRue County home.

Merry Christmas Everyone

More on the Santa Bus


During Lunch with my husband we were honored to see Ann “Snookie” Morrison and all the Santa Bus Volunteers at Lee’s taking a short break for lunch.

Santa Bus Volunteers stop to take a short break for lunch

Santa Bus Volunteers stop to take a short break for lunch


The spirit of Christmas, the season of giving, Santa Bus delivers toys to children and families who are less fortunate

The spirit of Christmas, the season of giving, Santa Bus delivers toys to children and families who are less fortunate

Creating Memories

This is the time of year that families spend time together. Whether its for a holiday meal, or just an afternoon of exchanging gifts. Its a time we come together and spend time with one another, reflecting on our blessings. Sometimes its the only time we may see some family members, and sometimes sadly it may be the last time we spend a holiday together with some of our family members. So as you gather together this holiday season don’t forget to take photos with your loved ones, even if its just your cell phone, or if you have a small point and shoot camera. Capture those special moments with one another to pass on to the next generation. But don’t stop there, get those images printed even ones off a cell phone can be printed to a decent 5×7 or 8×10 in some cases, but 4×6’s will still be cherished in the years to come when we look back at Holiday’s past.  Technology today is awesome but sometime timeless prints out weigh a crashed cell computer, or a cell phone that has become outdated. So get those precious memories printed, shared, and off those camera’s and iphones, and ipads. Prints from years and years ago are still around today, but those old rotary dialed phones are few and far between and they didn’t take photos.

I also want to remind you it only takes a moment to brighten someone’s day, the holidays are not always a happy time for everyone, some have no one to share it with, others may have memories from past holidays that bring sadness, or depression. Take a moment to offer a smile, a hug, a word of encouragement to someone who’s holiday may need to be brightened this time of year.

My parents are both gone, along with my step mom who was mom to me for as long as I can remember. I miss them all dearly especially this time of year. I especially missed my step mom yesterday as I backed cookies to share with others yesterday, she loved to bake and cook especially this time of year. So as I made my cookies yesterday I thought about her, and my dad, and reflected on how much life has changed the past few years.  I’m a memaw now with 5 amazing grand children and I hope that one day when they get older that they will look back at the memories that we have made and remember them not just as memories but with pictures that we take a long the way.

Merry Christmas to one and all. and start Creating Memories.

Melaniemy babies

Congratulations on your Marriage


Congratulations on your marriage.

What a perfect way to end this years wedding season, with a wedding on the last consecutive date that will happen for years to come. I met Rick and Laura a few short months ago. Laura is not new to the wedding industry she used to DJ weddings, but she’s also a talented artist. She hand painted her wedding signs and they were absolutely stunning. Everything from the church to the reception, to the entry way to the church was so warm and inviting, something about all those Christmas lights every where that just makes me smile. To me weddings during the holiday season are always so elegant, and lets face it Christmas lights make for some really awesome decorations as well as look great in your photos. Enough about the decorations, let me tell you more about Rick and Laura.

They met through Match.com, and let me say they got this match as perfect as it can be. Rick is battling cancer, and Laura refers to him as her superman. They have so much love for one another and it shows. Ricks wedding band even has a superman insignia on it, how sweet is that. They are definitely stronger together, in fact, just a few weeks ago around Thanksgiving they had a scare that no couple wants to go through, but especially right before they were getting married. Thankfully everything came out the way God meant it to be.

I truly wish these two years of happiness and love. Congratulations on your marriage Rick & Laura

to see more from their ceremony just click on the link below and visit their galley.

Rick & Laura


As we enter into 2015 lets all take a moment and give thanks for the ones we love.



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