Kendra + Ross
married Sept. 14, 2019
A wedding by the water is always so special, and Kendra and Ross’s big day was no exception. This sweet couple said their I Dos on property Kendra’s family owns that overlooks Lake Cumberland. There were about 75 people there, with a shimmering view of Conley Bottom Marina in the distance. Talk about making my work easy!
Kendra and Ross come from super-close families, and, earlier in the day, we did a First Look with Kendra’s mom and dad. When she walked out in her dress, they turned around and immediately started crying. It was a really sweet moment.
The actual ceremony was also heartfelt and beautiful. In AUGUST, I did Kendra and Ross’s engagement shoot, and they told me then that their beloved golden retriever Remi was going to be part of the ceremony. After Kendra appeared at the end of the aisle on her dad’s arm, Remi approached them and took the ring box from her dad and carried it to the alter. What a neat touch and what a smart dog! Everyone loved that part.
The reception was at Kendra’s parents’ farmhouse — which had an upstairs balcony that ringed above the whole living area below — and everything had been decorated by their families. They set up the dance floor in the garage, which was done up with lanterns and drapery and looked amazing. That dance floor stayed busy — the bridal party kept dancing until literally the D.J. left. Ha! They were a fun group.
Outside, they had a bonfire, complete with s’mores, and they also served a popcorn bar (fun!) and good, down home barbecue from Sonny’s.
We incorporated a new feature in this shoot that ended up being a big hit. At Kendra’s request, every picture I took showed up on a big screen that we moved around as the wedding progressed. My camera has WIFI so I was able to link to my iPad, which we linked to the screen. So when I took pictures, they would flash up on the screen and everyone could see them. Kendra said it was so neat to look back at her pictures after everyone had gone home.
The night ended with everyone holding sparklers as Kendra and Ross made their exit. It was the perfect end to a perfect, sweet day. Thanks, Kendra and Ross, for letting me be part of it.
Kendra + Ross’s wedding sources
Ceremony + Venue | Bestview Estates
Flowers | The Treasure Chest ~ Bridesmaid gifts: Kendra Scott ~
Dress | The Steel Magnolia
Caterer | Sonny’s Barbeque
Jewerly | Kendra Scott
Cake | Cake Me Away
Hair + Makeup | Emily Sneed (Be Beautiful you) & Megan Castle
Music | Dynamic Entertainment
Groom attire | Men’s Wharehouse
Over Labor Day weekend, we got to shoot one of the most emotional weddings we’ve ever been to. From the ceremony to the toasts, I was trying not to tear up over all the sweetness that I saw.
I met Ben Purcell and Megan Massey last fall. I did a photoshoot with them one snowy day in the winter and then their full engagement shoot this past summer.
Ben and Megan are such a nice couple. They are both very involved in the youth programs at First Baptist Church here in Somerset — they actually met through church — and are very spiritual people. You could actually feel that through the entirety of their wedding, which made everything feel really special.
They were married at The Barn at Goose Creek in Russell Springs, which is a gorgeous venue with an upscale-country feel. Megan in particular loves Disney World (which is where she and Ben got engaged), and she incorporated little Disney touches into their day. They played songs from Disney, and they received a ceramic Mickey and Minnie bride and groom as a gift.
Ben loves golf, so the groom’s cake was themed after the sport, and the groomsmen wore golf socks, which was funny.
Actually, everyone in the wedding party was just really fun. You could tell they had good relationships — two of Megan’s bridesmaids were actually her sisters. Little Pike McClung was the ring bearer and, to keep him on track, one of the other boys kept feeding him Smarties, which was hilarious. He did great.
One of my favorite touches of their day was they served breakfast food for their dinner reception meal. I actually got to try chocolate gravy for the first time, which was really neat (and delicious).
Because of Hurricane Dorian, Megan had to rearrange their honeymoon cruise the day before the wedding — ugh, stressful! But she managed to rebook everything, and they are now in Jamaica. I hope they’re having a wonderful time. Thanks, Ben and Megan, for sharing your day with us. It’s one I won’t forget!
Imagine a sunset out on the lake, with pinks and oranges splashed across the sky. Add a gorgeous rose-gold dress, a bottle of champagne, handfuls of confetti. Ross and Kendra, one of the cutest couples I’ve met.
All of it makes for the most amazing engagement photoshoot.
I first met Kendra, who is from nearby Nancy, a few years ago when she was a lifeguard at a local pool. My son Finn was too little to go down the slide, but she made a sweet exception for him, and we’ve followed each other on Facebook ever since. When she asked me to do her engagement and wedding photos, I immediately said yes.
Ross and Kendra are just sweet, down-to-earth people with very successful careers in Pulaski County. They live on Lake Cumberland and, we quickly learned, are big animal lovers. The first time my assistant Becca and I went to their house, we were greeted by a bunch of chickens, roosters and even a goat. We also met their adorable golden retriever Remi, who they love completely and even has a role in their wedding.
The first time we tried to do the engagement shoot, a rainstorm came out of nowhere and we all hid in the cabin of their boat, which they named “The Lucky One.” When I asked about the meaning of the name, they told me that, since they’ve known each other, Kendra has told Ross that she’s the lucky one for finding him. In turn, Ross has insisted that he’s the lucky one for having found her. So, when it came to naming their boat, they knew exactly what it should be called.
I love that story.
Anyway, last Wednesday, the weather was perfect, and we got some incredible shots. Shooting at the lake is always fun, but it was extra special since Ross and Kendra’s wedding and reception will overlook Lake Cumberland too. I can’t wait for their special day, which is in less than two weeks now. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the shots of their special engagement shoot.
We met Whitley and Darius last spring when she booked with us. We clicked right away and I knew that I would love them! Whitley wanted a session that represented their home state, so we chose areas around Lexington, Ky., for their engagement shoot. Our evening started at Gratz Park and ended at The Kentucky Castle. I have to brag on Darius because most men don’t like photoshoots but he was so cooperative, haha! During our shoot, they would admire each other and I wouldn’t have to say anything, but capture the moment through my lens.
We can’t wait to celebrate with these two on the day of their wedding the summer of 2020!
Kelsie + Tyler
When I first met Kelsie and Tyler for our bridal consultation their energy was contagious, I knew they would be the perfect couple to work with! Kelsie is finishing up pharmacy school and Tyler is an Engineer, both graduated from University of Kentucky. Kelsie and Tyler wanted their dog loves to be a part of their session, Stella & Shiloh. We met at Shaker Village, which was beautiful, it was our first time there. It was really a perfect sunset evening for these two! We can’t wait for their 2020 wedding!
Danielle and Kevin’s July wedding day was an extremely hot one, but it was stunningly beautiful! Their love story began when they met at work; to hear about it is just the cutest. They truly adore each other and you can see it by the way they look at each other.
Everything was so elegant! Danielle made this day so special by including little touches of love throughout their day. They used a grandparents bible to read from; instead of a unity candle they gave each a parent a gift during that time; and they put Danielle’s grandparents’ wedding bands in her flowers. This was the type of special touches to remember those loved ones during the day.
We wish Danielle & Kevin continued love and happiness forever!
Venue – The Barn at McCall Springs
Caterer & Cake – Sweet Lilu’s
Dress – Steel Magnolias
DJ – Kentucky Pro DJ
Wedding Coordinator – Renee Harris
Florist – Added Touch
Tonya Lynn Associates – Autumn Robinson & Rebecca Graham
Film Scans – Photovision
Allison + Jared’s engagement shoot was supposed to be a sunrise session! It was a super foggy morning and with all the Kentucky rain we knew there wouldn’t really be a sunrise, but that was ok because we had a wonderful morning minus the humidity, haha! Jared and Allison are both from Somerset and they went to Western Kentucky University for college, they had never met each other but from the same hometown. A friend introduced them, only to fall in love with each other! They are really the cutest together. We can’t wait for their wedding day in October!
Andrew & Terralynn’s wedding is in November. We are so exited for this wedding as they are like family, They are from my husbands home town Eminence, KY.
We had a great evening with lots of laughs, chasing light & clear skies from the rain. I may or may not have fell down in a creek, geez! Thank goodness I had laid my camera down prior, Great memories for sure!
Seriously, how can this not be the sweetest engagement shoot since they have a new puppy, isn’t he the cutest? Gosh, I love dogs so much, he was such a good boy!
We ended the evening at Cave Hill Winery, they are always so gracious to photographers and we are so appreciative of that. If you have never seen their venue, you should check them out for sure!
Andrew and Terralynn are both in college and plan on going to graduate school, they have such a bright future ahead of them! Not only do they work hard but they do wedding videography on their spare time.
The Tonya Lynn Team are ready for the most important day of their future!
Photos by Tonya Lynn & Associate Autumn
Brad + Maddy
We are so thrilled about these two getting married!
Brad and Maddy met at college in Williamsburg, KY. Not only are these two a beautiful couple but their connection is the sweetest! Brad took us to his family farm land, It was beyond gorgeous! We fought the rain and Brad showed us a little off roading, haha!
We are looking forward to their Fall October wedding, just around the corner!