Time goes so fast and most days, I wish it would slow down for a bit. Last February, my husband and I had the honor of shooting Chris and Carolee's wedding in Hawaii and it was nothing short of amazing. Seeing two people so absolutely in love and crazy about each other is one of my favorite things, and getting to capture it is even better. This year, seeing their beautiful family grow is equally as beautiful as getting to capture their wedding. I'm so grateful that they have allowed us to capture some of the most sacred and beautiful spaces in their lives. I absolutely adore this family and I know Aurora Mae will be one of the most loved little girls the world has ever seen.
When I first met Alexa, I could see complete joy spilling out of her-she is so in love with Dakota and it's so evident. Dakota is so nice and so completely in love with his future bride. I am so beyond thankful for my couples this year and I get teary eyed thinking about what a sweet + beautiful future they all have.
Hanging out with Brieanne and Ben last fall and getting to take their photos was awesome. They are both so sweet and genuinely interested in getting to know people and I loved that about them. This shoot has been one of my favorite engagement shoots for a while-I just can't stop posting photos of these two. When two people are crazy about each other, you can tell.
I've been so behind blogging our 2016 weddings, so this is a start. The Hedge wedding was absolutely beautiful-from Chloe's dress, the incredible flowers, her bridesmaids, and beautiful decor, the list could go on. I loved shooting this wedding for so many reasons. Chloe's mother, Kerri Kanning was one of the first people to notice my blog and the fact that I loved to take photos and tell stories. Kerri went to be with the Lord before Chloe and Jake got married but I have no doubt that she was looking down-all smiles that day. Chloe carries so much of her mother with her and it was an honor to capture her wedding last summer.
Reception Venue: Hilands Golf Club
Floral: Mac's Floral
Dress Ti Adore from: Belle en Blanc
Styled head table: Hutch Event Rentals
Photography: Kristin Jean, Photographer
Videography: Britney Paige Cinematographers
Cake: Dancing Oven Bakery
Tents, Chairs, Linens from Party Time Plus
Event design: Better To Gather Events
DJ: Travis Kemp
Ceremony Venue: Rocky Mountain College
Experiencing loss of any kind is never easy. As humans, we experience loss daily-jobs, loved ones, and relationships to name a few.
This summer we lost an incredible man who taught us so much about life and what it meant to live well. At the end of September we returned to Lake Michigan, a place infused with childhood memories to celebrate the life of Dr. Lyall Louis Frank.
As stories of the past were retold tears of sadness and joy slowly rolled down family faces. Memories were rekindled and looking back at old photo albums one thing was clear, with an arm full of tiny humans and a glitter in his eye, he truly cherished the time he spent with us. My grandpa loved babies-he even remembered the names of all of the babies he delivered and that was A LOT of babies. Although we miss him terribly, we are thankful for the time we had with him and that he is no longer in pain.
Earlier this year, our sister Amy and her husband Jason experienced a loss of their own. They miscarried their first child and the pain was felt throughout our family. None of us had words for the pain she and her husband experienced. The fact that they would never get to hold their first baby took my breath away.
When Amy got off the plane in Michigan, we could all tell something was a little different but no one really wanted to say anything……until we were huddled in the bathroom at the lake house that evening having our sister time. I looked at Amy and in my abrupt 'middle child' way, I demanded that she told us if she was pregnant or not. She broke. Tears streamed down her cheeks and she said that she was. The four of us girls all cried together, kissed her tummy, and celebrated the new little life inside her. The next day, she surprised everyone else and I will let the images tell that story. They tell the story of the beautiful and perplexing contrast between life and death. While memories of one life were being retold, new stories are in the making.
Seth and Krystin were nothing but smiles on their wedding day. It didn't matter if something went wrong, they were marrying each other and that's what mattered to them. Their first look was one for the books and so was their wedding day. I'm so thankful for these two and that they trusted me to capture their wedding day.
Floral: Seth's Aunt (Lena Ritter)
Cake & Sweets: Log Cabin Bakery/Jennuinely Sweet
DJ: Magic City Productions, Dave Austin
Styled table top rentals: Hutch Event Rentals
Styled Décor: Cassie LaGreca with Better to Gather
Dress: Essence of Australia D1875 from Steppin Out
Grooms Suit: Prohibition
Groomsmen: Generation Tux
Food: Cajun Phattys
Makeup/Hair: Lynde Reay Johnson
Veil and Bridal Sash: Joy Richey
Officiant: Matt Blasklee
Dance Lessons for First Dance: Dance Fever Inc
When our friends said, "We want to elope and we want you to photograph it." I think I jumped up and down (on the inside) a little bit. Jer and Rhianna have been our friends for a couple years now, and I knew that whatever they chose to do for their wedding, it would be deep and meaningful-every part of it. Jerimiah flew in two of Rhianna's closest friends (as a surprise) so they could stand next to her on her wedding day. This wedding and this couple are so close to my heart.
Also, the officiant was smokin' hot ;)
When Kate asked me to shoot her wedding, I got so excited. Kate is one of those people everyone loves to be around and her husband Adam is the same-these two fit together so perfectly. I can't quite put words to this day, but to me it was perfection. These are the days that continue to remind me why I do what I do. Love you, Adam and Kate!