Jamie and Brad were introduced to me through some close friends. Not long after, Jamie called me up and asked if I would photograph her wedding. Eeek! I was so excited! With only close family and a couple friends witnessing, these two tied the knot in the beauty of their own backyard. Then danced the night away, and for the first time in a long time, I put the camera down for that part and danced with ’em!
From the moment Kristen and Mike walked into the little coffee shop to meet with me, I knew this was going to be a good fit. Not only are they unbelievably adorable together, but they reminded me A LOT of me and my husband. She is full of spunk and easy to talk to. He is “old and grumpy” (these are Mike’s words, not mine ☺️ I would have used … quiet…? haha). As we got to know each other I learned we shared a love for Harley’s and beautiful timeless candid photography. The day was so relaxed and full of the love from a few friends and family.
Since I love telling random stories that are sometimes important (and usually not), here are a few tidbits from the day:
1. The hotel where the ceremony and reception were was not only GORGEOUS, but obviously an amazing pick because the Boston Red Sox were staying there the same day. My hubs wasn’t nearly as excited as me, but I thought it was SUPER cool.
2. The groom went above and beyond and surprised his new bride with a handmade flower sculpture made from motorcycle parts! ….no, seriously! It was amazing and I still insist he needs to start selling them on Etsy.
3. When I arrived to the parking ramp for the wedding, I was dead set that I would get lost. I am used to an Eau Claire Parking ramp where you literally just going in a circle, this one had multiple ways you could turn and different paths in all directions. So at the end of the night as Arnie and I were walking out to our vehicles and I was pretty sure it would take us an hour to find our vehicles. Well not only did we find them quickly and easily, but as we were walking up to mine Arnie says “Uh, I think that’s my truck right next to you!” Yep, arrived hours apart, went in crazy directions and circles, only to still park right next to each other. I had to take a photo to prove even in that madness, we still work great together!! ???? (also, sorry, that was a great example of my stories not being important, haha).
What’s more exciting for a photographer than a new location to shoot at? …..nothing. 🙂 Well maybe a couple things rank up there. How about an amazing group of friends that treat each other like family, or awesome weather, or how about an unbelievably gorgeous and unique wedding dress… ya know, this list could go on and on. I’ll let you take a look for yourself below. ???????? But, seriously… that dress though!
Sarah & Erik’s wedding day made my heart and soul smile! I don’t know how else to describe it. I have written, erased, written and erased, again and again… there are really no words to describe how deep the love is between these two. If you know Sarah and Erik, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Here is a little peek into the magic of the day. 🙂
With beautiful blue skies and the perfect amount of snow, Ben & Abby’s wedding day was a success! It may have started a little hectic with the snow we got the night before, but it made for some amazing pictures and luckily wasn’t enough to keep guests from witnessing the romance. Abby was a beautiful Princess Bride and Ben her Phantom! A storybook love, straight out of Broadway!
A few years ago, I started a journey that would bring me into something so magical I would have never dreamed it. The first time I photographed a wedding. It wasn’t like the abstract work that had been my previous passion where I only dealt with stationary objects. It also wasn’t even a little bit similar to the few portrait sessions I had under my belt. No, a wedding day was a whole new experience. After all, this wasn’t something you could look at the pictures later and decide you wanted a do-over. This HAD to be perfect the first time. It is a big risk hiring a photographer for your wedding day. You are trusting that not only will they show up (literally and figuratively), but also that you are going to love them still after 10+ hours, and you have to trust that their photos are going to rock, since it is the only memory you will have to remember the day.
Tarin & Dave did just that – trusted me. And what came from their complete trust was something amazing. A wedding day is a rush, from start to finish. Even when you do have the little bit of downtime, you are still thinking and moving to the next magical moment that is about to occur. Photography has always spoken to me, but photographing a wedding – that is my calling. For someone who loves love as much as I do, there is really no explanation to how a wedding day can make you feel. (…cue the Kleenex…) Luckily, I have a camera over my eyes all day… Dad wiping a tear as he hands his little girl over gets me every time.
The Diehl’s wedding day was no different from every wedding I have photographed since, but it is more special because it was my first. They are the reason I fell in love with weddings. They showed me for the first time a real life job where I could witness pure joy, raw emotion, and intense love like never seen before. Now that I am a mom, the only thing that tops a wedding day, is the birth of a child, but that’s a completely different kind of love and a completely different kind of blog post!
I’ve always been in love with the thought of being in love. I was the typical little girl who dreams Prince Charming is going to come along and carry her off into the sunset, and then, yes, live Happily Ever After. Unfortunately, this thing called “life” usually smacks us in the face and forces us to realize it isn’t quite that easy. I ended up finding my imperfectly perfect person, and we suit each other just perfectly. I am still deep inside – well let’s face it, it is right on the surface – a hopeless romantic.
However with Amanda & Brian, real life somehow has managed to not break through their barrier. They continue to surprise me with the way they love each other through crazy little goodness and large emotion. I often find myself staring in awe. From meaningful tattoos, surprise treats at work, and puke worthy adorable notes on FB, the two are simply put – perfect for each other. And it makes me (and I’m sure many other romantics out there) jealous every day!