Haley+Art {married} | Louisville Wedding Photographer

When I heard the story of how Haley and Art met and their proposal, I thought to myself, “That is so Haley.”  No nonsense, cut to the chase, but completely heartfelt.  “I love you” – “I love you too.”  “You know I want to marry you” – “I want to have a family with you.”  Baddaboom, baddabing – four days later they found the perfect ring and started planning their lives together.

That is so Haley.

They come from different backgrounds – she from Kentucky, he grew up in Japan – but they met in Orlando and are the perfect match for one another.  “Support” defines them.  I may have only spent the morning getting to know Art, but his presence around Haley is loving and constant.  The way he looked at her had deeper feeling.  They were both completely in the moment, together – a great relationship turning into a great marriage.

On Derby morning, I marched down to my alma mater, the University of Louisville, the place Haley and I first met years ago, to photograph their small ceremony in front of Grawmeyer Hall.  With The Thinker – the first bronze casting of the sculpture that Rodin created sits right in front.  And with family and friends present, every person blessed their wedding rings, Haley and Art made promises to one another, and it was sealed with a hidden kiss.

Haley’s gorgeous brooch bouquet.  It took quite some time for her to gather the pieces, but it turned out so beautifully.  A wonderful keepsake from their wedding day.

Their plan was to celebrate with family and friends at the Kentucky Derby.  Haley’s cousins surprised them with tickets to a suite at Churchill Downs and some money to gamble with.  (I hope they put it on Orb!)  And her parents also gifted her a Sigma Kappa ring she had previously lost.  Her look of surprise is priceless.

The hidden kiss.  Derby hats are more useful than you thought. :)

Such a gorgeous couple.  Their smiling eyes say it all.

I was so honored to be a part of Haley and Art’s day.  Congratulations to you both – I can’t wait to hear all about your Ireland honeymoon and all the stories of your future together! xoxo

amyhasbangs - This is perfection.

katie - That’s the kind of wedding I’m talking about. And the bright colors simply made that gloomy day a whole lot less gloomy.
Great shots, B! Congrats to the couple.

Susan - What a fantastic, fun, unique wedding! I’m pinning that brooch bouquet idea, that’s fantastic!

Melanie - Love!


My heart has been so full the last few days.  With happiness and excitement.  Celebrating expecting mothers, newborn babies and friendship…

But my heart has also been pulled down, full of sympathy for strangers and acquaintances alike.  With worry of families that are missing each other… families everywhere, because tragedy strikes anywhere at any time.

I know I needed a reminder today.  I thought you guys might too.

 illustration by Katie Daisy

Christy - Beautiful. And yes.

katie - I think we could all use this today. So beautiful.

Susan - Just what I needed to see today! Big hugs and love to you, Brooke. :)

Courtney - I love this. Sometimes I feel like I am so wrapped up in being a mom and trying to get this crazy business to work down here in Miami that I am totally out of the news loop. But because of Facebook I heard of the tragedies in OK and my heart hurts. It was a mixture of relief that it happened somewhere other than home (guilty feelings immediately followed) and then I was heartbroken for those that were lost or missing, and then I felt fear. Natural disasters are everywhere and it doesn’t matter if you are good or bad, believe in a higher being or don’t, nothing stops it from happening where you live. And hurricane season starts in a matter of days. All I can do is remember the ones I love and those that love me and pray God has his plan all worked out. In the meantime I am constantly thinking of and praying for those in OK.

My Five Fave: Lip Stuff

I love me some makeup.  Funnily, I don’t wear a lot of it.  Mom always use makeup to enhance what you have, not cover it up.  (She’s a smart lady, that one.)  I’ll get more into favorite makeup later (because there’s a lot of it), but today I’m focusing on lip stuff.

I’ve never worn lipstick for long.  There was a phase in high school but I think I was honestly just trying to look older.  Or cooler.  Or something less like me.  But through college and even now, I only wear lip stick when I’m dressing up.  I don’t like how it wears off… on to your face, your coffee mug, just away in general.  And I do like lip gloss but I’ve decided that I can’t do sticky lips any more – Mac Lipglass was all the rage 10 years ago, but there is no need for my mouth to be that darn shiny these days.

But I’ve long been a fan lip balm and wear it religiously.  I never really watched Oprah but I remember when she said that people can become addicted to lip balm.  I immediately thought, “That’s me!”  Unfortunately, it is me.  I’m hard core about the selection of ChapStick one must have in case of need of moisture, feeling fruity or needing the old faithful cherry floavored.  But these are my recent favorites that I keep reaching for more often than the rest – my five fave:

FIve Fave Lip Stuff

1. Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm  2. ChapStick 100% Naturals Lip Butter  3. Maybelline Baby Lips (Peppermint)
4. Maybelline Color Whisper (Coral Ambition) 5. Lancôme Color Design Lipstick (Trendy Mauve)

Again, I opt in for drug store brands when I can because I like the ease of replacing when the time comes.  (And the price tag is easier to swallow.)  The Strawberry balm and Lancôme does require a bit more shopping to acquire… but still is not expensive.  Smith’s Strawberry Lip Balm is thick and sweet and is everything that traditional Rosebud still offers.  I love it and slather it on in the morning right after I finish my face.  The smell is just wonderful – a final touch that makes me feel prettier as I walk out the door.

ChapStick is a no brainer and believe me, I’ve tried them all.  But the 100% naturals (as well as the Moisturizer in the blue tube) is my favorite.  Stays on longer, isn’t as waxy and actually makes my lips soft.  Speaking of soft lips, I’m a Baby Lips supporter.  I thought the commercials were just awful (the name is as equally awful), but I found myself buying it anyway.  And I’m pretty sure I converted a few girlfriends as my yellow tube was passed around at a football game.  I love this stuff.  It’s light, glides on easy and who doesn’t want peppermint lips?  That’s what I thought.

Just because I usually use lip balm doesn’t mean I don’t want a little color.  I stumbled upon Color Whisper and decided to go for something a bit brighter and trendier than I normally would: coral.  But the great thing is that even though it is brighter and trendy and fun, it’s still just a hint of color so I don’t feel foolish.  Instead I just feel hip.  (And yes, I realize how ridiculous and old that makes me sound.  Shhh.)

The Lacôme lipstick came into my makeup bag a couple years ago – I can’t remember how or why (maybe a free gift at Macy’s?), but I do sport it more than other lipsticks.  The color is Trendy Mauve and it’s practically nude.  I call it my “nearly nude” lipstick which makes me giggle each time I think about it because it reminds of me Tobias on Arrested Development and his never nude issues… but that is neither here nor there or even related.  It really just gives a touch of color and fills in the lips more because it’s an actual lipstick.  I just can’t really tell when it’s wore off or where.

I have more lip stuff floating around in drawers and bags, but these are my five faves – at least for now.  I can’t guarantee that one may be pushed out in a month’s time.

The Hillmans {family} | Louisville Family Photographer

I remember when Amelia was born.

A little more than two years ago, we heard that mom and  baby were doing just fine.  And my husband was itching to drive to the hospital to wish his friend well on the arrival of his new baby girl.

Two years… it goes by in the blink of an eye.

Still quite the squirt, Amelia’s a bit quiet (around me at least) but full of so much energy!  Her small legs run like the wind and she wears a smile when she has her way.  Mandy tells me that she’s learning constantly and shows excitement with her new accomplishments.  And she loves to dance – with her pink dress on, we definitely did some twirling.  I asked Mandy how she’d describe two-year-old Amelia and she told me “sweet and spunky.”  I think of Amelia in a different way…

I see the parts of her.  Her father’s eyes.  Her mother’s smile.  Those cheeks… I can’t decide who they came from.  Soft, brown curls that frame a face that reminds me of my friends – I think Amelia got the best parts of both of them.

My favorites.  The black and whites of Amelia had a completely different feel to them.  The light and shadows sent me somewhere else and I fell in love with them.

After a few converted images, I started trying them all in black and white. ;)

Amelia was so serious… but a little swinging always brings out a smile.  Such a sweetheart.

Those curls. Those cheeks. Her lips. Gah.

Two-year-old Amelia is sweet and patient (as patient as a toddler can be) and really was joy to photograph.  She may have not smiled often… and ignored me on purpose… but she has the energy to keep me on my toes and has an eagerness about her.  I can’t wait to see how the next year unfolds for Josh, Mandy and Amelia!

Brooke Murphy Photography is a Louisville Family Photographer and works on-location in Louisville, KY and surrounding areas. To see more of Brooke’s work, visit her portfolio. You can also follow Brooke Murphy Photography on Facebook to see her latest projects, specials and sneak peeks.