CONGRATULATIONS to all of the couples who got engaged over the holiday season! Planning a wedding is such an exciting experience! Venues, floral designers, photographers, cake tastings, bridal showers- OH MY! Try not to get overwhelmed! There will be lots of choices to make in the coming months, so we encourage couples to make informed decisions, especially when choosing your vendors.
If you have not already chosen your photographer, please visit the “Info for Couples” section of the Kentucky Studio website to read about what sets us apart, helpful tips for choosing a photographer, as well as the kind words from some of our previous couples. Also, make sure to check out all of our photo galleries from previous weddings, engagement sessions, and bridal shoots!
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to spotlight some of the AMAZING wedding vendors in Central Kentucky, so check back here often to get up close and personal with the people who can make your dream wedding become a reality. Also, make plans to meet some of these FABULOUS vendors at the Winter Bridal Bliss Classic Bridal Show this Sunday, January 6 11am-4pm at the Hilton Lexington Downtown! Sponsoring vendors include GENO’s Formal Affair, Scott Hayes Weddings, Wedding Wonderland, and yours truly…Kentucky Studio! We can’t wait to see you Sunday!
Happy New Year! We are gearing up for an exciting year full of new opportunities, challenges, friends, and growth of the Kentucky Studio Family! We have been so blessed to work with such amazing couples and vendor friends over the past year! As we continued our snow day photo sessions, we were joined by Ashley and Russ, one of our AMAZING couples, and Melissa, one of our WONDERFUL friends and owner of Style 360 and Weddings 360. We could not have asked for some better people to play in the snow with us!
~ Ashley and Russ ~
~ Melissa ~
Images courtesy of Amber and Rick
Jami and Kevin’s Spindletop Hall wedding was, by far, one of the most beautiful weddings we have ever shot! The bride was absolutely stunning, and the groom looked like edgy rock star. It had all the touches of a truly memorable wedding- a gorgeous venue, a moving ceremony filled with emotion, a fun-loving couple, details that convey the couple’s personalities, and an exciting reception!
My favorite family formal shot EVER! LOVE it! I want a shot with my boys, just like this when they get married… such a true example of the mother son relationship!
It is always such an honor to work with our AMAZING vendor friends. The florals were truly stunning, thanks to Tom at My Favorite Things! Martine at Martine’s Pastries created a genuine masterpiece in the breath-taking cake, completely covered in sugar flowers. Scott Hayes Video joined us as we followed the couple throughout the day, and he created some fantastic cinematic art with his footage!
The groom is PLAYING his cake. It was a replica of his own guitar. He is a fantastic musician and producer and it was truly special to see that cake on the table!
Every couple deserves to have the wedding of their dreams- to look fabulous, be surrounded by people who love them, have fun together, and to be absolutely happy! Kayla and Patrick’s Lexington wedding included just that, and this bride and groom both beamed with happiness all day long! Kayla was stunning in her gown from Ruth’s Bridal & Black Tie, Patrick was dashing in his tux, and their ceremony at Centenary United Methodist Church was absolutely gorgeous.
Kayla and Patrick included lots of personal touches throughout their wedding. Kayla wore her mother’s veil, and included buttons on the back of her gown that were originally from her mother’s wedding dress. She also carried two lockets, attached to her bouquet, in memory of four loved ones who were present in spirit. The ring bearer’s pillow and the cake cutters were heirlooms that were used in multiple weddings in the groom’s family.
Kayla and Patrick’s reception at the Downtown Lexington Hilton was beautifully decorated by Doug Smith Designs. The guests had a blast with the music provided by Agency Entertainment, candy buffet by Something Sweet, and the delicious cakes by The Sugar Forest.
Schmidt Studio & Gallery is excited to announce that we are partnering with Scott Hayes to provide our couples with an amazing opportunity to capture the memories of your special day! Scott is an amazingly talented cinematographer, and we are thrilled to offer this opportunity to our couples! When you book both Schmidt Studio & Gallery and Scott Hayes Cinematography you will receive $250 off each package! Gorgeous photos, a beautiful cinematic video, and a $500 savings!
So many times Brides spend a ton of time (and lots of MONEY) on decorating their receptions. We then get to the ceremony (arguably what the entire day was created for!) and there is little to no decor. A well place flower arrangement at the front, some programs at the back and call it a day. You know, I think your ceremony should be just as magical as the rest of the day… it is, after all, what the ENTIRE wedding is about! MARRYING the man of your dreams!
I understand not wanting to spend an arm and a leg on decorating your aisle (wherever that might be) but a bit of well placed decor and a few pops of color can go a long way!
Take Ryan and Rachel, for example. They were married at Talon Winery, here in Lexington. Talon is a BEAUTIFUL location, yes, but they chose to use a few pops of color in the form of dangling flowers under the gazeebo and a few tucked into the shrubs. They also hung old glass jars with bunches of daisies from shepherd’s hooks and lined the aisle with them along with piles of yellow and white flower petals.
But their wedding was outside… Mine is in a church! No problem… you CAN be creative with pews! I promise One of our brides from last year, Kelsey, decorated her aisle with bunches of Kentucky wildflowers in baskets that hung from the pews. It was soft, subtle, homey and made a big impact!
Or you can do something that requires NO florals at ALL. Here are some simple ideas I found on Pinterest:
From : atwestend.com but could easily be hand crafted for very little money!
Or instead of expensive chair scarves and covers, order large rolls of ribbon in a single or multi colors and use them to spruce up the chairs at the ceremony / reception.
Idea from: United with love
Or maybe a cute vintage sign denoting the spots for the parents to sit at the wedding like these we found on Etsy:
However you choose to do it, DO put some thought into the aisle you will walk down toward your new life. It will be the last things you see as a “single” lady and those moments should be just as beautiful as the rest of the wedding day!
We really enjoyed getting to see some GREAT ideas at the Art of Entertaining this year. One of our FAVORITES was this rustic barn table from Events with Design.
Now… the coolest thing about this table is that Shannon (one of the owners) hand made these tables!!! Is he fabulous or WHAT?!
The tables are 5 ft squares and will seat 8 people. They rent for $35 per table plus $100 setup fee. BUT… you don’t even need LINENS! These tables are beautifully constructed and would definitely make a statement at your reception or event.
For more information on renting these tables (or any of their other fabulous rental choices), call Carrie at 859.260.1456.
IMAGE COURTESY: Honey Heart Photography, Lexington
We also love that Events with Design has VINTAGE China available for rent. Vintage is HOT for weddings this year. I LOVE this particular pattern:
For more information on the other items they offer for rental visit their website: http://www.eventswithdesign.com/rentals/
So maybe the hot pink Hummer limo isn’t your style but I cannot imagine ANY occasion in which this BEAUTIFUL 1962 Vintage Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II wouldn’t be perfect! Just imagine… you just said your vows, had that long awaited and kiss and you run from the church through a cloud of bubbles into this gorgeous antique automobile! I can see the photos now! GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This particular vintage car was just recently added to the fleet at Thoroughbred Limousine. Having worked with Thoroughbred MANY times throughout the years I highly recommend them for ALL your wedding transportation needs. If a Rolls Royce isn’t quite your style or you need more room for your large wedding party they have PLENTY of Limos in various styles to suit your big day! No matter what your style from Chrysler 300′s to Chargers to Hummer Limos they have it! They even have the amazing Party Bus!!!!! Let me tell you… I have BEEN inside this and it is pretty AWESOME!
For more information visit their website at: http://www.thoroughbredlimo.com/
or call (859) 273-3690 for more details! Be sure to tell them at Schmidt Studio sent you!!
Yes… so we’re pretty proud to be featured, for the second year in a row, as one of Kentucky’s TOP Weddings in the TopsinLex. This is such a fabulous publication and we are always proud to be a part of it! Check out our work… Kristen and Alan were the featured wedding for their “Book” Themed reception! It was VERY beautiful and totally personal! I loved it. Definitely one of the more uniquely beautiful weddings I have ever seen!
Location was the gorgeous Talon Winery.
The florals were amazing by Suzi Hjorth of Magnolia Floral Design.
Cake by the awesome Martine of Martine’s Pastries.
Wedding Planning by Jackie Lee of Every Last Detail.
View the COMPLETE ISSUE HERE
Not to mention our amazing ad with another of our fabulous couples, Maureen and Chad (wedding pics to come!)
So yes, I am a self-proclaimed, guru of weddings. I love weddings of all shapes, sizes and creeds but to hear that there will be a ROYAL wedding is something that truly peaks my interest. Seeing as how I am 6 months younger (almost exactly!) than Prince William, I was not alive for the marriage of Princess Diana and Prince Charles, but I have always been fascinated. Being a wedding photographer, and having a daughter of my own I thought it would be a nice memory for her if we celebrated. But where? Surely the great city of Lexington will be celebrating this historic occasion?!
ENTER: Simply Love Studio
“A Formal Affair” Royal Wedding Brunch
to celebrate the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Katherine Middleton
Friday, April 29 · 10:00am – 1:00pm
128 N. Broadway Lexington, KY. 40507
Invitation courtesy: www.privilegedclub.com
This is where Kyleigh and I will be celebrating the Royal Wedding and we would like to invite each of you to come along. Even if you cannot stay, feel free to stop by and say hello!
We have been speculating and anticipating the pageantry of the day and I am sure the the Royal Family, William and Cate will not disappoint! Do you know I actually had a dream last night that I was PHOTOGRAPHING the Royal Wedding and that Troy was in the PERFECT spot but that there were 15 other photographers who were trying to edge me out of mine! I guess it would be an appropriate dream for a wedding photographer eh? Alas, I will NOT be photographing this wedding but I will be happy to celebrate the wedding of more than 25 Princess Brides this year!! To all my brides: may each of your wedding days be as magical and memorable as tomorrow will be for Will and Cate!
See you tomorrow at Simply Love!