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Mississippi River Wedding at Crane and Pelican, Le Claire, Iowa

We are back from 8 days of pure pardise-induced bliss. I have so much to share about our time in beatuiful Hawaii, but couldn’t wait another minute to share Kelsey and Joe’s wedding preview with you all.

One thing I love about this job is how it continues to connect me with people from my past. Kelsey and I were freshman year roommates and I couldn’t have been more thrilled to be able to capture this day for her and Joe, and to see where this amazing life has taken the two of them.

These two live in beautiful Colorado, but decided to have an intimate Iowa wedding (where they are both from) surrounded by just family and a few friends, before their big celebration in their new home state later this year. And the day was perfect. A sunny spring day, a ceremony and brunch at a beautiful old Captain’s manor along the Mississippi, and two people who love each other – surrounded by the people who have supported and encouraged them along the way – the most perfect example of a genuine celebration of love and family.

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These two amazing people deserve some love. Leave them some, with a comment below.

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Kent Park Engagement Session, Iowa City, IA

Every time I cross the I-80 bridge into Iowa a giant wave of nostalgia washes over me. The countless road trips back to Iowa City throughout my 4 (er… 4.5) years there were always filled with conversations with my fellow passengers, breezes coming in through the windows, and singing along to the radio blasting some form of Miley Cyrus, Ke$ha, or Katy Perry. This weekend I did the drive by myself, for the first time in a while and I couldn’t help but think of all of the wonderful things that have happened in my life since I called Iowa City home. When I first pulled into town I took a “trip down memory lane” and drove past all of the places of significance during my time there; the dorm I lived in freshman year, the first apartment I ever lived in (and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th, places I lived in after that…. ya, I moved a lot.), the house where I met Cody and his different dwelling places. These spots all played a role in both of our lives and hold so many memories – I find myself wanting to make sure I don’t forget any of it.

Part of what was so wonderful about those college years were all of the people I got to spend time with. I had the girls on my floor freshman year who made a huge school feel like home, my sophomore  year roommates who were quirky, smart, and artistic, my junior year roommates where boy problems and what to wear out were the main topics of conversation, and my senior year roommates and each and every day that brought new dance parties, bravo TV marathons, and tailgating adventures with them. I was lucky enough to also be included into Cody’s circle of rather tall friends (I’m not kidding, they grow them freakishly tall in Iowa) – one of those, being the handsome man you see here.

I had known James for a little bit when Bre came into the picture – and I remember thinking I had never been more envious of someone’s fashion sense, clothes, and hair. Years later this is all still true, but I have also had the privileged to get to know the girl behind the beautiful hair and amazing clothes – a thoughtful and kind person (who is also going to be one STUNNING bride!).

I am always excited for opportunities to shoot outside of the city. I love Chicago, but sometimes clean air, open fields, and rolling hills do the heart good – this was certainly true on Sunday. Mother Nature blessed us with a 67 degree sun filled day (with a side of insane wind), which made Kent Park (just outside of Iowa City), all the more beautiful. We started the session at the spot where James proposed, and then made our way around the park before heading into town for a few photos near Bre’s salon, and every moment was perfect.

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Alice Millar Chapel Wedding, Evanston

It’s hard for me to decide where I should start when writing about this day and more specifically, this couple.

From the moment I met these two it was obvious that there was something special about them. The story of how they came to be a couple is one of that touches the heart’s of everyone they meet, but beyond that these two have a certain characteristic about them that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. During their ceremony I was able to figure it out; their selflessness is unlike anything I have ever encountered.

The day was a celebration of their love, their becoming a new family, and their faith, but they also used it as a way to serve others. Something that you don’t often see at weddings.

I don’t usually cry during the ceremony. Most of the time I am focusing on making sure I am where I need to be at the right time, and this doesn’t allow for too much emotion to sneak in (though catch me during a first look or a father/daughter dance and I’m probably in tears). This ceremony was different. Christen and Joe’s focus of their wedding day was truly on the marriage itself, and thanking God for the way he has worked in their lives to get them to this point. The whole chapel was filled with love and every single person who was there was supporting these two was doing so in prayer, song, and joyful applause. As the first song of worship began and the voices of all in attendance filled the chapel I felt tears come to my eyes.

The rest of the story I will leave to the photos – the face of little Audrey as she looks up at her beautiful new Mom, the look in Joe’s eyes as he sees is daughter walk down the aisle in her beautiful dress followed by his Bride, the bridal party, the parents, the guests – their faces all tell the story of the joy and love that fully surrounded this couple on that day. So take time now and enjoy – I am sure that these images will brighten your day.

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  • Alison Roth - This wedding is truly a testimony of God’s goodness. I am so blessed my daughter Jenn sent me these pictures. I pray that God bless this family in a very special way because they are all so special to Him.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Waterbury Allen - A beautiful story of pictures capturing a gorgeous
    Love story . ReplyCancel

  • Mia Roe - Stunning photos!
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  • Dawn Douglas - Just beautiful!!!
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  • Cookie Kernan Hofmann - Gorgeous pictures. Couldn’t be happier for you!!!
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  • Dawn Kramer Heinz - How beautiful!
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  • Sharon Mccormick Murray - Beautiful example of God’s love! Beautiful women (and men) of God!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Birkhead Swanson - The joy and love radiate from the photos! What a wonderful day and life ahead for all of you! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Love those church archways so much! And her ring is SOOOO pretty!ReplyCancel

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