Married October 19, 2019
There were so many highlights on Maddy and Brad’s day, it’s hard to think of just one that sums it all up. I think of a 1969 Camaro, puppy love, unexpected rain, and a cake made to look like, get this, a RZR dune buggy.
Let’s start at the beginning. Maddy had booked us way back in January and we did their engagement shoot this past summer. I already knew them as really nice, laid-back people who love to travel and love the outdoors (seriously: their dream date would be moose hunting in Alaska). Maddy is in human resources/logistics and Brad is a warehouse manager. They met on campus at the University of the Cumberlands and, three and a half years later, they were ready to tie the knot.
The ceremony was at a pretty church in Williamsburg. Brad didn’t want to see Maddy before the wedding, so, instead of a First Look, they each stood against one corner of a brick wall, held hands and gave each other gifts. Maddy gave Brad an engraved watch, and Brad gave Maddy a picture frame with a dog collar wrapped around it. The picture was of an adorable grey lab puppy, which he had bought for her as a surprise. So sweet! She immediately started crying (who wouldn’t?). They will pick up their new pup after they get home from their honeymoon.
Maddy, who is originally from Indiana, has two dads, and she did a First Look with both of them, which was emotional, especially for her stepdad. Then, her biological dad walked her down the aisle, and her stepdad officiated the wedding! So sweet.
After the I dos, Maddy and Brad sped off in a white 1969 Camaro — it had belonged to Brad’s late uncle and Brad and his dad have fixed it up — and headed to Brad’s family farm to take pictures. By then, rain was sprinkling a little bit, but we made do, and the wedding party was really good-natured about it. We ended up getting such good shots that really captured the atmosphere of the day.
The ceremony took place in The Corbin Center, which is a community center. Normally, the space isn’t too exciting, but they did such an amazing job decorating everything to really make the room special. They incorporated antiques everywhere (the cake was on an antique vanity) and they even had a separate section displaying the take-home gifts. The gifts were individually-wrapped dog biscuits “given” to guests by Maddy and Brad’s lab, Luke. I love that idea! My Lucy and Bokeh were sure happy with me when I got home. Ha!
The ceremony was a really big party. There was dancing, a great meal with pulled pork and mac and cheese, and, yep, a bit of bourbon. Ha! The groom’s cake was made to look like a RZR because one of their favorite things to do is go riding, especially on Black Mountain in Harlan. Their other fave thing is to travel and so off they went to Hawaii after their wedding. So jealous!
Ceremony | Shiner Church of Christ – Williamsburg, KY
Venue | The Corbin Center
Flowers | Family
Dress | Bride-Essence of Australia. House of White, Newburgh, IN
Caterer | Jon Evan Jacks
Cake | Rachel Kirby, London Ky. Grooms Cake- 27street sweets
Hair + Makeup | Tera Oller or Sarah Harbin. Makeup- Sarah Towe
Associate Photographers | Becca Graham
Music | Violinist- Brooke Way. DJ-Travis Sparkman
Invitation | Minuteman Press, London, Ky
Officiant | Jeremy Oller
Honeymoon | Oahu, Hawaii at Turtle Bay Beach Resort
Videographer | Young Videography
October 12th, 2019
Allison and Jared’s wedding was so emotional and sweet, I literally cried about five different times capturing their day. Part of it was because I’ve known Allison since she was young. She was a lifeguard at our subdivision pool, and her mom was a teacher to my kiddos at Science Hill. She’s sweet and quiet and really laid-back.
She and Jared met at Western Kentucky University, even though they both grew up in Somerset. They are both still students, with Jared working toward becoming an estimator and Allison planning on attending grad school to become a behavioral analyst for children on the autism spectrum.
Jared first asked Allison out on an ice cream date, which ended up lasting five hours. Wow! After that, they were joined at the hip and got engaged when Jared kneeled down by a waterfall at a botanical garden and proposed. So romantic! A year and a half later, here we were upstairs and in back rooms of Oak Hill Baptist Church taking pictures of everyone getting ready.
Jared didn’t want to see Allison before the wedding, but they were still together before the ceremony. They each stood with their backs against either side of a pillar and held hands and prayed together. Jared looked handsome in his tux and Allison’s dress was simple and perfect. Her flower crown was so gorgeous!
Allison did do First Looks with her dad, her bridesmaids and her grandparents. Talk about tears! Her dad was crying, calling her “my baby” while he hugged her, and Allison nearly bawled in her grandparents’ arms. So very sweet. Everyone just kept saying, “Happy thoughts, happy emotions,” after someone would tear up. Ha!
When it came time for the ceremony, Jared was the one who teared up when he saw Allison. They seem crazy about each other.
The reception took place in Russell Springs at The Barn at Goose Creek, which was lit up beautifully with golden lights. The evening was also really clear, so we got some great shots of just Allison and Jared together outside. There was dancing — Allison loves to dance, though it’s not really Jared’s thing — and the night ended with a send-off with sparklers.
I am so thankful I got to be part of this special day. Allison and Jared, I wish you so much happiness in the future!
Ceremony | Oak Hill Baptist Church
Venue | The Barn at Goosecreek – Russell Springs
Flowers | The Treasure Chest
Dress | Chantilly – Russell Springs
Caterer | The Barn at Gooseneck
Wedding Planner | Kimm Merrick
Cake |The Sweet Spot
Hair + Makeup | Brittan Buchanan +Larry Buchanan + Chesney Walker
Associate Photographers | Autumn Robinson
Music |Loonie Tunez
Groom attire | Michael Kors – Macy’s
Invitation | Withjoy.com
Officiant | Alan Fisher
Honeymoon | Cruise to Bahamas
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
Megan & Ben’s love story starts at church, when they met through a mutual friend. Anyone who knows Megan knows about her love for all things Disney. When Ben decided to propose, he surprised Megan at her favorite place, Disney World, with the most magical ring! It truly was a fairytale come true!
During Megan & Ben’s engagement session we decided to do a little something different and go for a boat ride. As we had the kindest help getting the boat in the creek, Tonya was perfecting the floral arrangements when the boat moved from the dock and she started doing the splits! Luckily she didn’t end up swimming with the fish! Now it was Ben & Megans turn to go for a boat ride. Once safely steady in the boat the adventure began. Ben & Megan went floating down the creek, while we played “Kiss the Girl.” Megan was truly living her best Ariel dream! It was enchanting!!
We then ventured around the land of a family friend, and soaked up all the beauty of this farm. It was a photographers heaven! After learning about the history of the farm and capturing every angle, we headed downtown to a hidden gem, a PINK wall! We ended the night at sunset after such an exciting, magical evening. We continue to get to know Ben & Megan, we love them and can’t wait for their special day!
Cheyenne and Gavin’s engagement shoot was perfect! When we met Cheyenne and Gavin we instantly knew we would be perfect to photograph them! Not only is Cheyenne stunningly gorgeous, but she has this southern charm about her and Gavin is such a handsome, kind, gentle fiance. When you put these two together there is a connection like no other. Their love shows in every touch and the way they stare into each others eyes!
We had such a great evening during their photo shoot and we can’t wait for their June wedding day, which can’t get here fast enough!
I know I have said this before but, every bride and groom that books Tonya Lynn Studios is not only our customer, but our friends! We look forward to capturing many memories with these two in the future!
Mackenzie + Seth’s dreamy wedding day!
My great photographer friend, Creative Images by Jennifer, referred me; Tonya Lynn Weddings to Mackenzie. I had not met Mackenzie until the day of the wedding, I fell in love with her and her family!
The venue was perfect! Jessica was wonderful to work with at The Springer House in Centerville, TN. This Venue was near and dear to Mackenzie’s heart as this land is her families 7 generation property and has stayed within the family. It meant so much to all!
Every moment of the day was breathtaking, every single detail had been thought out. I am so happy for Mackenzie and Seth and hope for a very long marriage of so much happiness. Thank you both for allowing Jeremy and myself to be a small part of your special day.
We adore you and we loved every minute of our day spent with you and your family.
XOXO, Tonya & Jeremy
Jeremy and I have been looking forward to capturing Kalli and Kevin’s wedding day ever since meeting them at their engagement shoot! Apparently God had different plans for us that day. Jeremy (my husband and second shooter started having severe abdominal pain) Needless to say he ended up at the ER on Friday with a kidney stone. Which he had never had before in his life. I had to go and photograph the wedding solo without my sidekick. Which was a challenge, but I think I did pretty good!
When I think about this wedding, fairy tale comes to mind, it was exactly that. Kalli and Kevin met while working at Disney World. How much more magical can that be? Their wedding was perfect! It sprinkled just a tiny bit, but the sun shined the majority of the day! It was such a joy working with this beautiful couple. Thank you Kalli and Kevin for allowing me to be your wedding photographer. I look forward to seeing your love grow and blossom.
Enjoy my favorites from their day!
Venue | Alms Park Cincinnati, OH
Ceremony | Alt Park Cincinnati, OH
Dress | Wendy’s Bridal
Florist | Eve Floral Co.
Groomsmen Attire | GenTux
Groom Attire | J. crew
Caterers | Village Pantry Catering
Venue/Table/Chair Rentals | Premier Park Events
Farha & Victor have been waiting for this day for a very long time. It was an extremely hot day but perfect in every way. Thank you so much Victor and Farha for choosing us! We love you all!!
Venue – The Barn at Mckinley Farms (Monticello, KY)
After Party – Jarfly (Somerset, KY)
Flowers – The Treasure Chest
Dress – The Steel Magnolias
Kalli + Kevin
This past weekend we met Kalli & Kevin in Cincinnati, OH at their wedding venue. This location is truly a dream, I can’t wait for their special day!!
These two met while working at Disney World, Orlando. How cool is that? The cutest love story ever!!
Can you believe that it was 90% rain at this moment? I have to admit I was skeptical about driving three hours with such a bad forecast. We got to the location and the sun came out. It was a gorgeous evening, what a blessing.
We may or may not have gotten kicked out of a wedding reception, haha!! Lets not mention what my husband did for a ring shot!! We will keep that between us, right Kalli & Kevin? It really was a fun evening!!
Kalli & Kevin, It is such an honor to be able to photograph one of the most important days of your life!! We are very grateful for you all!! See you all in September!!
Remember all you brides, book your 2019 wedding by July 1, 2018 to secure 2018 pricing!!
Mariah won my free engagement shoot at the local Wedding Expo at The Center for Rural Development. We had so much fun during their photo shoot, it was perfect. I loved getting to know them. Mariah and Kenny, I wish you both so much happiness!! There is only two more weeks until wedding season begins for me! I will be traveling to Destin, Fl, Nashville, Cincinnati, & some weddings local. I am super excited for the year!!