Brent + Emily | married

You know what's CRAZY...? I have thousands of wedding photos that deserve to be shared, but I have struggled a lot with blogging over the last few years because I have so many thoughts about these weddings and more importantly, the people that make them so memorable and incredible. But many times, I am too overwhelmed to find the words or it's really difficult to put my thoughts together in a way that makes sense for every wedding, because as you know... all wedding days are so unique! 

After toying around with a few ideas and having quite a few conversations with my incredible and patient and thoughtful friend, Emily, I have finally landed on an idea that feels right for me. And because Emily and I have been building a friendship since the day she first emailed me about photographing her wedding almost two years ago, it just made sense to share this new blog format with photos from HER amazing wedding day! When I blog wedding images, I'm going to include answers to the same four questions about each wedding day. Here we go!

1) Favorite moment?
This answer is going to be tough for every wedding because there are always so many moments that I never want to forget, but hands down my MOST favorite moment from Brent and Emily's day was when their puppy, Ripken, showed up for some photos. We were able to incorporate him into some of their engagement photos when he was still just a little roly poly pup and it's been really fun watching him grow up and also bonding with Brent and Emily over our love for our furry kids. A close second? Emily's brother, Josh, performed a song for the father-daughter dance. It was so, so special. 

2) Favorite detail? 
Okay, so this is especially difficult because Emily is just one of those people who cherishes the smallest details in life and she took the same care in putting together every detail of her wedding day. It was beautiful and so special to see the vision she had been sharing with me during the planning process finally come to life! If I have to choose only one, it would be the beautiful red leather couch. Not because red happens to be my favorite color or because it was such a unique feature for photos, but because it holds a special memory in Brent and Emily's love story - it happens to be the couch that they sat on the night they first met. HOW COOL.

3) When did you cry? 
Like... a million times, as per usual on every wedding day. But the moment that I couldn't hold back the tears? When Emily and her father had a "first look" together, something I highly recommend doing because it always ends up being one of the moments that brides cherish most as they look back on their day. I cry every time I look at this set of photos, even almost a year later. 

4) M.V.P of the day? 
*** Originally, I was going to keep the questions to only the three above, but I had to add this one. In the years that I have been photographing weddings, I have observed a LOT of M.V.P.'s on wedding days: putting the bride and groom first and doing whatever necessary to make the day the very best it can be. Sometimes it's another vendor, a guest, or even the bride or groom going the extra mile without a second thought. This sort of thing is worth noting when you see the love that people have for the bride and groom in action... and more often than not, there are so many people on a wedding day that step up in big ways, it will always be hard to choose just one. Such is the case for Brent and Emily's day, which is no surprise because their family and friends are some of the most encouraging and supportive people in their lives. So, I'm going to say that everyone in the wedding party and family gets an M.V.P. award, but especially Emily's dear friend (and business partner!), Virgina. She put together all of the florals and when we arrived, she was sitting at the kitchen table with a big smile on her face and finishing the final touches of Emily's bouquet so it was absolutely perfect. 

Darren + Jacque | engaged

Oh my, friends... it's been awhile since Brent and I have visited the beach together and I can't tell you how thankful I am that Darren + Jacque suggested we photograph their engagement session at one of their favorite places - the beach! There is something really refreshing about digging your toes into the sand and this time there was the added bonus of frolicking through the waves with two people who love each other so very much AND capturing that love with my best friend by my side. 

There is a lot about our time together that was really special to me, but one of my favorite parts was standing at the place where they first said, "I love you," and listening to them reminisce on that moment of their relationship. 

I LOVE these photos and I just think the joy is tangible, so I hope they add a little extra joy to your Monday! 

Brad + Addie | engaged

Brad and Addie (affectionately called "Braddie" by their loved ones) seriously stole my heart the first time we met! They kindly invited me into their home for coffee and we chatted for quite awhile about their story and life hopes for their wedding day - and inevitably, bonded over our shared love of dogs. I remember leaving with such a big smile on my face and hoping that I would be able to share in the joy of their wedding celebration... and also snuggle with the puppy they were planning to welcome into their family in the next few months! 

They chose to do their engagement session on Addie's family's farm, which made it extra special for me because it already holds so many memories from years past, and then I had the honor of making more with them during our time together! Her grandmother sat on the porch while we wandered the property and I snuggled their pup, Daryl, between every shot, and we soaked up every last bit of the gorgeous sunset we had that day. 

It's probably a little early for this but I'm officially counting down the days to their "I do's" this coming May! 

Justin + Kate | married

One of my tasks for this week is going through images from 2017 and choosing some of my favorites so I can update my website. This has been really difficult and I'm considering that an incredible blessing because last year holds so many memories I cherish and will be favorites for many more years to come. Anyway... 

As I was looking through Justin + Kate's wedding day, it occurred to me that in just a few weeks they will be celebrating six months of marriage so it seemed appropriate to share some of my favorites from their day. This was, by far, one of the most emotional weddings of the year for me. From Kate's first look with her father (reliving this moment today brought me to tears), to the insanely sweet and loving way that Justin looked at his bride the entire day, to the beautiful time of worship during the ceremony, and the tears that filled everyone's eyes when Justin and his mom shared a dance together. The radiating love of Jesus throughout the day was powerful and moving. OH, and I cannot forget the most hilarious and fun crowd of dancers that filled the barn with palpable joy and laughter! And that dreamy sparkler exit! 

Enjoy! 

Andy + Lauren | engaged

As the year draws to a close, I've been reflecting on all that I've experienced in 2017 and while there are so many things to be thankful for - I am most grateful for all of the people in my life. For my family and their unconditional and gracious love, for the friends who have walked beside me through thick and thin, for clients who have trusted me with some of their most precious moments and who have become friends I can hardly imagine my life without, for every person who has challenged me and encouraged me in pursuing this passion.

Lauren is one of those people and I treasure her so very much. From our first emails together, to chatting about life over coffee and texting about wedding details, to this AMAZING and fun engagement session, to just getting to know one another... I am so thankful for her joyful and encouraging presence. And I'm chuckling to myself thinking about all of the years that we ran in the same circles and shared mutual friends, I'd never known her personally but had observed her beautiful spirit interacting with others and loved the way she openly shared her heart on social media - it makes me so grateful to call her my friend and to be sharing in this exciting time in her and Andy's life. 

Andy + Lauren, I love watching you both build a life together - from the way you've created a warm and welcoming space in your home, to the way you bring out the best qualities in one another, to the way you love each other with humility and selflessness. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it!