Monthly Archives: August 2011

Annie + Josh. Bellevue, NE Wedding.

I have been so excited to share this wedding with all of you! In addition to an amazing bride and groom we had beautiful weather, a fun bridal party, and lots of happy tears! Josh was the best man at Steve + Rachel’s wedding last November and called me as soon as he and Annie got engaged. Of course I was excited to fly out to Nebraska and shoot their wedding. How could I not be? Annie is one of the most gorgeous people I know! She’s so effortlessly beautiful, I couldn’t stop aiming my camera her way! And Josh is so kind and caring. They truly are wonderful people and are so perfect for each other! I flew in Thursday afternoon to photograph the rehearsal and dinner and when I met Josh and Annie’s families, I knew where they got their great personalities from. They immediately took me in as one of the family and made me feel so at home :)

The wedding was so personal and beautiful. Fontenelle Forest was a great location and even the ‘getting ready’ rooms were full of windows and natural light! I loved the bridesmaids and groomsmen’s mismatched outfits and the bouquets were to die for!

The details . . .

Venue : Fontenelle Forest

Florist : HyVee

Catering/Cake : HyVee

DJ : DJ ShiftD

A few of the bride’s details . . .

I love these couple images of Annie’s mom. It’s always nice to have a happy and relaxed mom of the bride!

See what I mean about Annie? Such a gorgeous girl!

I love this moment between sisters while Annie was getting laced up. Both families were so happy about this marriage!

Looove this bouquet. It smelled wonderful too!

I love the reaction of all the girls when they saw the flowergirl and ringbearer all dressed up.

While the girls hung out next door, I met up with the guys getting ready in the library. . .

A little help for the groom . . .

So handsome!

Both Annie and Josh had a time of prayer right before the ceremony. It was such an intimate and special moment for everyone.

I love these details that Annie set up! The wooden signs were painted by Annie’s brother and the flowers were from a family member’s garden . . .

Everybody lit up when Annie started down the aisle. . .

No one else could hear but I’m sure Annie will never forget what her dad said here. . .

Josh and Annie waited until the altar to share their first kiss. It was such a great moment with all the guests clapping, yelling, and whistling!

Planking. Wedding style.

I’m so glad we had a few minutes to step outside before the sun went down.

Yeah, they’re in love :)

Is anyone else in love with Annie’s red hair? Gorgeous!

Once the dance floor opened up, it wasn’t empty for the rest of the night! These guests were awesome!

A quick break to sign the marriage license. . .

. . . and back to dancing!

Annie and Josh, I hope you enjoy your wedding images! I had so much fun with you both and am excited for you to start your life together as a married couple! You will do great things together :)

Elizabeth + Travis. Durham, NC Wedding.

I’m finally back and catching up from a whirlwind trip to Omaha, Nebraska and Asheville, North Carolina. Two weddings, 1500 miles apart, and three hours of sleep all in about 32 hours. Yes, that was hard. But I had two amazing couples with wonderful families and that made the whole trip worth it. Those two weddings will be coming up soon but before then, I want to share Elizabeth + Travis’ wedding in Durham at the end of July. . .

As usual in a North Carolina summer, we were worried about those afternoon thunderstorms. It didn’t rain until after Elizabeth and Travis made their grand exit, but it was blazing hot outside! Thank goodness the church was full of windows and beautiful natural light!

The details . . .

Venue : Church of the Good Shepherd. Durham, NC.

Bride’s dress : purchased at Bridal Gallery – MacGregor Village

Florist : Woodcroft Flowers

Catering : Hog Heaven BBQ

DJ : Unlimited Sounds

Cake : Bluebird Cupcakes

I love a happy mother-of-the-bride!

Liz’s dad came in for a second to see his daughter all dressed up. Look how happy he is!

Kisses all around . . .

A few frames of our gorgeous bride alone . . .

These two photos crack me up . . .

Yes, I was totally loving these hallways.

All of Travis and Elizabeth’s guests mingled in the foyer before the ceremony. I love all these smiles!

There was a slight mix-up in the rings during the ceremony. He put his ring on her, and she tried her ring on his finger! They couldn’t stop laughing, it was so funny!


Bluebird cupcakes did an amazing job on the dessert! (Believe me, I tried one!) And Elizabeth collected these antique mismatched plates for the cupcake table. Such a cute idea!

We ducked out of the reception for a few minutes of portraits . . .

Clouds were rolling in at this point and left us with some great soft light!

Congratulations Liz + Travis! I hope you had tons of fun on your honeymoon :)

Nikki. Senior Session

Today has been an encouraging day, after a less than stellar week. Something about the break from the summer heat. The overcast day and cool breeze are lifting my spirits. Isn’t that strange? Overcast skies are famous for making everyone melancholy. Even sad. And yeah, I wouldn’t mind curling up in a blanket and watching a movie now (preferably one set in Autumn so I could pretend that the 98 degree weather isn’t coming back anytime soon), but I would be happy. Not weepy. Part of my mood is due to my Jonathan coming back from a three day conference in Alabama. Part of it is because my coffee was extra good this morning. And part of it is because I know that no matter what happens, I am taken care of. God is always watching out for me. Paying attention to me. And cares about me and my family. If you follow me on Twitter or are my friend on facebook, you may have seen that my brother was in a bad motorcycle wreck two Fridays ago. It was scary. Terrifying, even. John was in the hospital for a few days with internal bleeding but has recovered quickly. He’s still in pain but he’s home now under the care of family and his beautiful fiance. I’m so thankful that he’s still here. Thankful that everything works together for good. So, yeah. I’m happy. Thanks for allowing me to post something more personal today. I guess this weather also makes me write more!

Now, on to the photos of Nikki! I’ve known this gorgeous girl for years. Our families used to go to church together and I have always loved seeing Nikki. She’s so beautiful, but unassuming. She may seem shy at first but I know her better than that! Whenever Nikki and I are together we are constantly cracking up! You’ll see some laughing photos later in this post :)

Don’t you love her long, dark hair? I do!

Serious cuteness going on here. . .

Hello, gorgeous!

We goofed off just a little bit with this frame I brought . . .

We found a few new locations to shoot. . . this one was very tempting. I wanted those doors!!


We finished the session by dressing down and hanging out on the parking deck with Nikki’s longboard.

LOVE this. You all know by now I’m a sucker for shoe shots!

I wish I could do stuff like this without hurting myself!

We’ll end with my fave from the session. . .

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