Jake + Candice | engaged

TALK ABOUT ALL SMILES.

Just looking through these images has me grinning ear to ear all over again! Jake and Candice met and became friends while they were in nursing school, and eventually Jake asked Candice on their first date. I’m chuckling right now because as Candice tells it, she didn’t actually realize it was a date at first! Needless to say, that first date went reallllly well and here they are! Doing life together ever since, adventuring to different places as travel nurses and exploring WITH THEIR CAT, Berlioz. He is pictured below and he is awesome and hilarious.

Something that’s really stood out to me as I’ve gotten to know these two is how they’ve built such a strong, romantic, sweet friendship through the years, especially while traveling together to new places where they don’t know anyone else except each other. To me, this is the kind of situation that can make or break people - when you’re constantly moving and you’re both the closest and best friend that the other has, that can be a lot of pressure. But Jake and Candice have embraced everything about it and it’s undoubtedly helped them to grow closer AND treasure the love (and life) they share.

Obviously… I cannot wait to be there to capture and celebrate their commitment. November can’t come soon enough!

Paul + Kari

2016 was the year that I started photographing weddings on my own. If you had told me then that I would be where I am today, I probably would have laughed and I most definitely wouldn’t have believed you. But, time and again, God has shown up with bigger and better plans than I ever could have imagined for my life. As I’ve said before and I will FOR SURE say again… one of the BEST things about this business is the people it has brought into my life (and as you’ll see below, how they all enrich my life in more ways than just being clients!), but I want to share a little about one of them - my friend and trusted/amazing/fun-loving/selfless second shooter, Kari.

In November of 2016, I was photographing a wedding (shoutout to Jordan + Jenna Harbin!) and the couple sat me across from Kari. We ended up talking throughout dinner, about life and school (We both attended the same high school and university, and her dad was my chemistry teacher in tenth grade! Small world…) and other random things, including photography. Eventually we connected on Instagram, found that we shared a bunch of mutual friends, and two of them happened to be a bride and groom (shoutout to Jazmin + Austin Whitlock!) who mentioned in passing that Kari was considering pursuing photography again. So… I reached out to Kari to see if she would be interested in coming along to sessions and/or photographing weddings to see what it’s like and if it would be something she’d like to pursue… she said YES!

  • She tagged along for an engagement session (shoutout to Todd + Sarah Conway!) in April 2017 and we had a blast!

  • we photographed a wedding together for the first time in October 2017 (shoutout to Ken + Laura Stieber!)…

  • in 2018 we photographed a ton of weddings together and it. was. awesome!

  • and this year, you’ll be seeing a lot more of her as we continue working together AND YOU’LL ALSO SEE HER AS A BRIDE because she and her best friend, Paul, will be getting married in May. VERY EXCITED ABOUT IT.

Anyway… Kari is a gem and she has quickly become a very treasured friend. She is also an incredibly talented, creative, SUPER FUN photographer and 100% the kind of person you want around on a wedding day. Always ready to help, always smiling or giggling or dancing (when it’s appropriate, of course!), and a reassuring presence if things get a little stressful. On this exact day last year, I got to snap some photos of Kari + Paul when the Susquehanna River froze into some icy-magical-also-very-slippery wonderland. I was dying to photograph there, dying to photograph these two, and also dying to hang out with the lovely Jordan Harper, who joined us too!

We ventured on the ice, did some dancing (Kari’s a Wobble PRO), and chased the sun. Here are some of my favs… :)

Rob + Steph | engaged

I’m almost too excited for words because TODAY IS THE DAY. Rob and Steph will commit their lives to one another in front of their friends and family and then… there will be dancing. Lots of dancing.

You may remember me mentioning this before, but I’ve known Rob since we were kids living in the same neighborhood and it is CRAZY to me that I’m about to capture his wedding day all these years later. It’s such an honor! And Steph… if you know her, you know that she is one of those people who you meet and want to be friends with instantly. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, her smile is contagious and her heart is warm and it’s not easy to see why Rob adores her the way that he does.
She adores him, too.

I am ECSTATIC and can’t wait to celebrate them today!

Jordan + Ashley

These two people. Where to begin?

A little over three years ago, Ashley moved into the apartment next to us. We would say hello’s in passing (well, as she would tell you, I would excitedly say “HELLO!” and if she couldn’t get away from me quick enough, she would say hello back. Haha!), but we didn’t have any real conversations at first. Then one day, she locked herself out of her apartment and didn’t have her phone… so she knocked on my door and asked to use mine to call someone to let her in. That’s when it all began! Eventually, she took Brent and I to dinner to to thank us for watching her cat while she was away for the weekend and we all hit it off. Through the last few years, our friendship has grown in a way I never expected. We are both so different and yet so similar at the same time, which means that we really understand one another, but we also butt heads at times and can be pretty stubborn when we’re …overly emotional. :) We’ve fought for our friendship, taken the time to learn how to communicate well with each other, and I can honestly say she knows me better than most people. I can hardly put into words how thankful I am for her. She is strong and persistent and caring and thoughtful. She is an incredible person who rises above the most difficult and heartbreaking circumstances. She is the best nurse and despite how exhausting and overwhelming her work can be, she always has room to care for the people she loves. I could go on and on… but I will just say that before Jordan, I had a hard time imagining that anyone could measure up.

But then I met Jordan. Things started off slowly, but ask anyone who knows her and they’ll tell you that no one has ever made her smile the way that he does. He is hard-working, patient, intentional, and the way he loves everything about her (and I mean everything, even the tough stuff!)… well, I have tears in my eyes just thinking about it. No surprise there. It’s been almost a year now and seeing their relationship grow to where it is today has been a joy. It’s strong, adoring, fun-loving, supportive, devoted, grounded, and really - they are FOR one another. In everything. And it’s an added bonus that Jordan felt like a friend to us from the moment we met him.

So, finally, I want to say CONGRATULATIONS to two of our dearest friends, because they are ENGAGED and we couldn’t be any more thrilled about it! I’m giggling to myself right now because we took these photos back in November and little did Ashley know that Jordan would soon be down on one knee, asking her to do life together as husband and wife. WOOHOO!

Jordan and Ashley,
Brent and I treasure your friendship and we love you both SO much.
We are proud of you and cannot wait to see what’s in store in the many years to come.

❤️

Matt + Alexis | engaged

I seriously love the memories I have from this session with Matt and Alexis and I’ll tell you why. First of all, they are so much fun to be around and it’s a testament to who they are that they were SUCH troopers on one of the first very cold days that we had in the fall. To top it off, it was also SO WINDY that day. So windy. The kind of “windy” that has you nervous as you’re driving because it feels like your car might lift off into the sky! But they showed up, embraced the weather, and we had so much fun with it! The other thing I’d like to note is that clients often go into wonky, less-than-ideal weather thinking that it will negatively impact their session and the final images - but actually, it makes everything better. I will say that the wind we had on this particular day was… a bit much. (Haha!) But even still, I LOVE wind because it creates natural movement, like making your dress a little extra flowy or elevating your newly realized model status with a gentle tuck of hair away from your face.

All of that to say, weather is sometimes wonky and life is sometimes wonky. BUT, when we embrace it and make the best of what we’re facing, the result is almost always so much better than we could have imagined!

Happy Monday!