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Megan + Ben, Labor Day wedding

September 5, 2019

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!

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Kendra + Ross, engagement session

September 3, 2019

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.

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Mackenzie + Seth

October 17, 2018

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

Venue | The Springer House

Videographer | Brian Qualls, BK Qualls Creations

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Kalli + Kevin

June 1, 2018

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!!

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Ben + Jordan

May 24, 2018

Ben & Jordan!!  It was so great getting to know these two.  I realized quickly during the day how Ben and Jordan’s personalities compliment each other. He has a sense of humor that makes her smile. She brings calmness, sweetness & beauty to his life, It is obvious he is crazy about her.  They are more then perfect for each other. Thank you both for allowing us to be a very small part of your special and forever day. We truly wish you all so much happiness!!

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