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Mike and Jill


It’s hard not to think of these two and not think “fun.” From running around in the bitter cold in the winter for engagement pictures, to partying hard in a photo booth at their own wedding. One thing I really admire is they are a couple that is genuinely who they are around everyone. Changing for no one is such a rarity these days. A specific moment that I think I’ll remember for a long long time was when they were coming out of the photo booth at their reception and the attendant asked “Do you want me to hide some of your pictures from being online so other’s won’t see them?” Jill, the bride’s response was perfect: “No, post everything we’ve got nothing to hide.” I don’t know why that struck me so, but really as cheesy as that sounds (especially the fact that such a lesson is coming from a photo booth) it’s really powerful. Here it’s their wedding their first official day of being together and they’re already setting the standard of being real. I really think this will help their marriage flourish. I can’t wait to see what the future hold for these two.

 
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A Walk In the Park…

After all the storms we’ve had recently we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Maybe a little bright but really, can’t complain; the day was a walk in the park. All puns aside, this couple is bubbly, fun, and has a lot of laughter. We’ll actually be re-visiting this park’s gorgeousness come winter and come their wedding! It’s gonna be great! 

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A Back Yard After My Own Heart…


It’s kind of funny to take a step back and realize where I live. Here I am a wedding photographer that often times shoots in the chaos of the city, that lives in Pleasant-ville suburbia, that has a College Camping degree hanging on her wall. Those three locations and the daily lifestyle that they bring are so incredibly different. There’s a part of me, (a big part of me) that would love to walk out my back door, see the woods, the lake, and pier awaiting for me. Though that’s not my reality (unfortunately!), it is for todays future bride Leslie. Her yard should be classified as a state park, it’s incredible! What’s even more incredible? The fact that she’s having her wedding there next spring! Hurray! I LOVE garden weddings. (: 

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Soccer Players For Life…


The first day I might the future bride was at soccer training camp back when we played in college. We got off to a well….interesting start but really when it comes down to it I finally had found someone as competitive as I was! Really though, there’s few people in my life that’s has had that experience that we had and it’s been a bond ever since. From girl talks over a burrito at Chipotle to trying to re-live our glory days via a co-ed indoor team Melissa (yes, we even share a name) ( :  is a dear friend. I’m so glad that she’s finally found the one for her and I consider it a privilege to be a part of their big day.

 
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They Get It…

I often tell my couples little tid-bits of wedding day advice. I after all  have only been to a couple hundred. (: One of the things I find myself saying the most often is whatever the emotion is…go with it. I’ve seen too many times where the bride and groom try and “hold it together” that their whole effort is going toward that rather than soaking it all in. Sure you may be embarrassed for a minute that you cried in front of more people than you ever have before but really in the grand scheme of it all what will you remember? The one moment of shyness or the time that you go to wipe a tear from your soon to be husbands face? This couple got it. The rode the ride of the wedding day and it was beautiful. I absolutely loved how there were two things that could get the groom to instantly cry. The Lord…And his bride. I think that’s a picture (no pun intended) of how there lives will be. That the two things that completely overwhelm them with gratitude and joy is our Lord and each other. For that, and many other reasons, I loved spending one day in time with these two. 

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