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.
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!
Nikki & Philip’s wedding was the first wedding of the season for Tonya Lynn Studios. I was so honored to be asked to photograph this special day.
The wedding was at Okaloosa Island next to Destin, Florida. We also went to Eden’s State Park for the first look. It was truly a dream location.
The first moment that Phillip got to see his bride will forever be memorable to them.
Congrats you two!! I am so happy you have found each other.