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Michael + Jacquelyn // A Bardstown and Mellwood Art Center Engagement Session


Often when there’s a threat of rain, I’ll get a panicked call about options, scheduling and what to do. I was so thrilled these two trusted me when I said, I’d love to go for it despite the weather! The rain sprinkles and overcast sky were the perfect setting for our adventure through Louisville.

Jacquelyn and Michael met for the first time while out with a group of friends, and to hear them share about that first night is pretty hilarious! She was there to meet her cousin, and didn’t really pay much attention to Michael. After a whole night hanging out, Jacquelyn got back to the house, noticed a Facebook friend request and thought, “Who’s Michael Simon?” Haha! Good thing Michael noticed her. 😉  8 years later, here they are, sweet as ever, planing their June wedding! (Which is going to be insanely gorgeous!!)

I loved getting to explore some urban areas  with them throughout Louisville. Carmichael’s Bookstore on Bardstown road was a must, as they’re avid readers. We followed our time there with Mellwood Art Center, and I have to say, it was such a sweet evening! Thank you for trusting me, choosing me and all around being some amazing clients! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you all more, and your care and attention to each other is endearing. I’m so excited for June!


  1. Stefanie says:

    What a stunning engagement session! Those ring shots with the books are so bright and colorful. LOVE the concept! I wish I would have doing something like this for my own engagement pictures, because it’s so personal. Mellwood Art Center and Carmichael’s were perfect! Gorgeous work!

  2. Maria Newman says:

    Rainy day engagements are the best, but book store engagements are even better!  I love that your couple trusted you and that you used your creativity to work around whatever the weather offered you.  This just shows you can have an adventure anywhere (not just the mountains).  Well done!

  3. Jamie says:

    Love the authenticity of this engagement session.  And, I’m a sucker for book stores- love the first spot so much.    You really get a feel for their personalities, and love.  Great work!  

  4. Alyssa Bouma says:

    louisville kentucky looks like such a cool town! i love that these engagement photos seem personal and perfect for them. 

  5. Hilary says:

    These are some of the cutest engagement photos I’ve seen in a while! 
    I loved the books element, I’m a reader and writer so I really enjoyed that. And you’re right, that ring is gorgeous!

  6. Sarah says:

    These are just too darn adorable!! Love these engagement pictures!

  7. Sawyer says:

    These are just adorable!! Love this engagement session and all the creativity that went with it! Carmichael’s Bookstore on Bardstown Road is seriously such a fun idea. Mellwood was a great ending too. Gorgeous work!

  8. jiyeon says:

    these are so stinking cute! my favorite was the ring on the books! so so so gorgeous!

  9. Alyssa Nicole says:

    These are ADORABLE!! I especially love the detail ring shot. So cute! Such a fun and unique concept for an engagement session. You captured their love flawlessly. 

  10. Andrea says:

    The Bardstown area is such a quaint little part of Louisville- love all the texture and nooks and crannies at Carmichael’s Bookstore that you captured.  And that shot with the orange pillars- just lovely!

  11. liz Cleland says:

    This engagement session is magical! I love the idea of shooting in a bookstore ( personal book worm). The shots of her ring on the books are so captivating and elegant would never have thought to do something so unique! 

  12. minh says:

    This engagement session is just pefect!  I love all the variety of settings you shot the couple in.  So many good images to cherish!

  13. Cori says:

    These ring shots kill me!!! They are my favorite thing ever and you got such detailed shots! Love love love this last engagement session black and white image 

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