Moving, Editing, & The Big Fake Wedding

BFW_promo1Wow, so we finally have an apartment… well, almost. We are waiting for a one-bedroom to be finished with upgrades before we can move. Then we will only be living there for a couple of months, and then moving into a two bedroom in the same building. We are almost there! I am so excited. The past few months have been rough, but we are almost to the point of setting up a home again. I am trying to go minimalist for the sake of space, and I really think I would be much happier to have less stuff. Only having things we use or truly love is a great goal for us, and I think moving into a two bedroom apartment is going to help get us closer to that lifestyle. More on that journey in future post…

The past two weeks I have been editing my heart out. With 8 weddings in 6 weeks, I had plenty to edit. I can see the end of the editing process for these weddings. Just in time, too! I have two engagement sessions and two weddings in the next few weeks, not to mention second shooting for another!!

I have been pretty quiet about The Big Fake Wedding. It was amazing! I definitely want to participate if they come to Kentucky again. I LOVE the photos I created and can’t wait to share them with you! Alas, I have to wait. The Ruffled Blog gets exclusive rights to be the first to display photos from The Big Fake Wedding. So once they post, I will share!!!

My next blog post will be about my albums! I love my albums so much and think that every couple deserves them! Stay tuned!

-Kristen D.



Getting My House in Order

My family has taken a very hard hit this year. Many friends and family have passed away. This past weekend was particularly rough. I won’t go into details for the sake of privacy, but it has affected me greatly.

The Bible talks about death, and what we are supposed to do before it claims us if we are able. Three verses that have been in my mind as of late are the following:

Psalm 90:12- “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

Proverbs 13:22- “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children…”

II Kings 20:1- “…Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live.”

So, today I want to write about preparing for the inevitable. The first verse speaks about numbering our days. We only have a certain number, and we can spend those days being foolish or gaining wisdom. Hindering or helping. Hating or loving. I, more than ever, am looking at life differently.

The second verse is something that is very close to my heart right now. My husband and I are supposed to leave an inheritance that will last generations for our family. We have made bad financial decisions in the past. Each time we do so, we are stealing from our son and what we can leave for him. We are currently getting out of debt using the Dave Ramsey books we bought and will hopefully begin to start building wealth soon afterwards.

The third verse says, “Set thine house in order…” which was a command given to a king when he was sick and about to die. We often hear, “Get your affairs in order.” We shouldn’t wait until we can see the end to prepare. By then, it will be too late to really take care of some things. God extended the king’s life. We need to take every day as a gift and use it to it’s full potential.

I am getting my house in order. I can’t afford to wait, because there are so many unknowns.

-Kristen D.


Okay, so this summer has been amazing! Every Saturday was booked and some weekends I’ve worked two weddings. God provides! I am so thankful. So here is an update on what I have been doing other than weddings…

Teaching myself Spanish. I remember loving Spanish in high school, but I took it my senior year and didn’t get a chance to really dig into the language. College waved my language requirement because music majors have a TON of classes and practicing on their plates. So now I am teaching myself. Here is how…

  1. I have an amazing app called Learn Spanish Words Free (I know, so fancy) that has 10,000 words and phrases. It teaches you 14 common Spanish words at a time. To test you, it will say the english word and you have to choose from multiple choice or spell it in Spanish. It will also say the Spanish word and you have to select the english translation. This is helping me with my vocabulary.
  2. I am watching movies made in Latin America and listening to radio stations in Spanish. I watch the movies with Spanish subtitles. This is helping me with grammar, understanding pronunciation, and slang.
  3. I research and write a lot. I have a list of 100 most common verbs written in my notebook that I am currently memorizing. Then I need to memorize the conjugations. I pretty cool language hack is saying Voy a…. for I’m going. The infinitive form of Spanish verbs translates “to verb“. Example: comer- to eat. I can simply say “Voy a comer.” for “I’m going to eat.” No conjugations needed!

My next step is to start reading some books written in Spanish. So, hopefully I will be able to carry on a conversation soon. We will see!

Coming up this week: The Big Fake Wedding Bridal Show! Tune in tomorrow for some details!!!

-Kristen D.




Rachel & Christian – Wedding Photography in Versailles, KY

I met Rachel through my best friend. Rachel opened her own flower shop a few years back, and she is amazing. So of course her bouquet had to be the best, and it was! I can tell Christian truly cherishes her. They love to laugh. The wedding was so much fun. They added their own special touches. Lego cufflinks, a beautiful (confetti) wedding cake, and Christian’s wedding ring is awesome!


Congratulations Rachel & Christian!!

-Kristen D.


Candice & Lucas- Wedding Photography in Lexington, KY

Candice and Lucas love to laugh… and dance! They were so much fun to be around. I loved photographing the ladies prior to their first look. Candice was amazingly calm and joyful. The Mansion at Griffon Gate was perfection for their blue and violet toned reception. Here are a few of my faves!


Let me know which are your favorites! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Kayla & Shane- Wedding Photography in Lexington, KY

Kayla has an air of grace about her. She can light up a room with her smile. Even though I’ve known her for a short while, I can tell Kayla loves people with her whole heart. I noticed throughout the night that Shane would just smile when he looked at her. He knows he found the love of his life. Their special connection was very easy to capture…


Show some love for the newlyweds in the comments below! Congratulations to Kayla & Shane!

-Kristen D.


I am currently sitting in Triangle Park, waiting to meet a model to help build my portfolio for my portrait business. The roar of the water is calming. I’ve always liked this fountain. It’s a cloudy day, and the wind is blowing and the trees are swaying.

I remember when this park was being renovated. My sister called me and said, “They took away my trees!” Ashley tends to get attached to the parks around Lex. Looking around now, you probably wouldn’t be able to tell it was renovated only a few years ago. You may think “This is a pretty park,” while relaxing under one of the shade of a tree.

Change. It’s inevitable. Something is going to change eventually. Sometimes it will happen slowly. Such as becoming an adult. The change we notice most, however, happens quickly.

In the Bible, God shows Jeremiah a potter and the clay. When a potter is working with the clay he may find rocks or sticks that must be removed. It leaves holes or dents in the clay. Then the potter will fix and mold his creation.

Sometimes change can hurt and we don’t understand that hurt. Later down the road, however, people will look at you and say, “What a beautiful person.” Maybe even, “What a wise person.” If only they knew the change that came about a few years prior that molded you.

Jeremiah 18

-Kristen D.


Maura & Matthew- Wedding Photography in Taylorsville, KY

I have known Maura since college. She is for real the kindest person I know. She asked about wedding photography about a year ago and I was so excited when she hired me. When I photographed their engagement session, I could tell they were going to be very happy in their marriage.

Maura and Matthew were married in their church surrounded by family and friends. Let me tell you, I laughed the entire day. This is such a fun family!


Congratulations Maura & Matthew! Thank you for letting me be part of your awesome day! Show some love for the newlyweds by commenting on your favorite sneak peek photo below! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Whitney & Joshua- Wedding Photography in Eastern Kentucky

Set in Pine Mountain, Whitney and Joshua’s wedding was a dream. The chapel was built in the 1800’s, giving this whole day a classic + rustic vibe. Her dress was stunning, and her ribbon and floral hair accessory is a fave of mine now. Joshua was joyful the whole day. The proof of his love is definitely in his smile when he is with Whitney…


I enjoyed this wedding so much! Let me know your favorites in the comments below! Congrats to Whitney and Joshua!

-Kristen D.


Francesca & Kerns- Wedding Photography in Eastern, KY

Francesca and Kerns’ wedding was placed in the mountains of eastern Kentucky in a beautiful cabin. Her pink dress was amazing and made a statement. Oh, and those shoes! ❤


This broach was Francesca’s grandmother’s. Beautifully classic.


They were willing to climb on top of the rock! I love adventurous couples!


My favorite of the day. All of us girls still like to twirl in our dresses.


Let me know which is your fave! Congrats Francesca & Kerns!

-Kristen D.



A very exciting moment happened last week! The billboard that I helped create was placed on I-75!


Here is Megan (the model) taking a selfie in front of our creation!


I couldn’t have done this without these awesome ladies. Megan was an awesome model, and Lacy is a woman with vision.


To see more of Megan modeling Lacy’s gowns, click here! To check out The Steel Magnolia bridal shop, click here! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


I Need Change

Okay, so I have to change the way I eat and live. I am starting to feel the negative affects, and I’m only 26. The last two days I have had headaches and been feeling sick to my stomach. Which, if I am sick, it would help to be healthier and boost my immune system, or my diet is just that bad. It’s probably both at this moment.

So I invite you to come on my journey with me to a healthy lifestyle. It’s going to be hard, but so worth it.

Here are a few perks to living healthy that I need to keep in mind:

  • It honors God, because I will be taking care of the body He gave me.
  • I will be a better wife and mother. If I change how I eat and exercise, my husband has no choice but to join me, hehe. Also, this will have a positive influence on my son.
  • I will be a better photographer. It’s not easy to be on your feet for up to ten hours, carrying between 5-30 pounds of equipment at any time. I also am getting down on the ground, up in trees, squatting, lunging, anything to get the shot. If I’m healthier, I will be able to get through a wedding day with much more ease.

So come with me on this journey. I will be posting every two weeks on my progress. Let’s get healthy.

-Kristen D.