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I was born in Barboursville, Wv but my heart lives in Charleston, SC where the sea breeze refreshes my soul and the golden sunlight dances in the shades of the age old angel oaks. My husband and I are newlyweds with dreams of living near the ocean for YEARS! Earlier this spring, God opened a door that finally made that dream a reality!

Not only will I share weddings, engagements & tips here, I will also be sharing some of what life looks like as we transition to Charleston living!

I'm Kara

Engagement Photos with couple's new puppy in Barboursville, WV

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“My purpose, my whole life, had been to love him and be with him, to make him happy.” – A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron Dogs know how to make you laugh when you are down and when to snuggle you tighter when you are scared. They are the sweetest comforts, the best shoulders and […]

Moose, The Goldendoodle Pup

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Tayler and Nathan’s winter engagement session with their french bulldog puppies in Barboursville, Wv. Photographer: Kara Blakeman Photography

Tayler + Nathan | Barboursville, WV Engagement

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To help out with all those engagement outfit woes, I put together 10 tips that will help prepare you find your perfect outfit for your engagement pictures with Kara Blakeman Photography!

What Do We Wear To Our Engagement Session?

Snowy engagement session in front of the mill and the waterfall at Babcock State Park in West Virginia.

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Emily and Steve’s snowy engagement session at Babcock State Park, WV in January of 2020.

Emily + Steve | Winter Engagement at Babcock State Park, WV

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5 Tips to Help You Get Through Family Formals

5 Tips to Help You Get Through Family Formals

Bride and Groom snuggle before their wedding ceremony and reception at The Maylon House in Milton, WV.

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Greenville, SC Native Sean Parsons marries his college sweetheart, Ariana Perry of Huntingtown, Maryland at the Maylon House in Milton, WV.

Mr. & Mrs. Parsons | The Venetian Estate

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Janessa and Brandon Myers wedding: Ashland Train Depot in Ashland, KY. This DIY wedding was simply perfection! The bride chose colors of Wine, Mauve Blush paired with greenery.

Photographed by Kara Blakeman Photography is a WV, KY, SC & TN & destination Wedding Photographer.

Mr. + Mrs. Myers | The Ashland Train Depot

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If you know me any at all, you know that I am a very sentimental person. When I started seeing all the little details that Corey snuck in to surprise his sweet bride, I knew it was going to be a joyous yet tear-filled day! The Barn at the Olde Homestead in Ona, West Virginia […]

Mr. & Mrs. Lewis | The Barn At The Olde Homestead | Wedding

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Gratitude time ☺️As I type this, I should probably be packing..but like always, I am not. I am distracted by this feeling of gratitude, reminiscing to where all this started! Fifteen years ago, I took my first SLR given to me by step-mom to NYC. I lugged that thing everywhere and captured one of my […]

Hopes, Dreams & Future

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Kayla & Garrett’s romantic destination wedding at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia on the Lawn at the Mountain Lodge.

Kayla + Garrett | Snowshoe, WV | Wedding