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Kathy and Alex were married at the Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection and had their reception at The Market (formerly Strongbow Inn–a Valparaiso, Indiana landmark!). I love shooting weddings at the VU Chapel because there is something about this beautiful church that really just resonates with me…the stain glass windows…the long long long aisle…it’s truly a beautiful place to say “I Do.” What’s even more special is that this was where Alex’s parents were married 28 years ago! How cool is that?! Thank you so much for letting me be part of your special day, Kathy and Alex! I wish you many years of happiness and wedded bliss.

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V E N D O R S

Flowers – House of Fabian

Bridal Gown – Le Salon

Rings – Martin Binder

Tuxes – Men’s Warehouse

Bridesmaid Dresses – Online, Donna Morgan collection

Cake – Suzie’s Bakery/Cafe (Valparaiso, IN)

DJ – 27 Entertainment (Valparaiso, IN)

Hair and Makeup – Le Roc

Reception – The Market (Valparaiso, IN)

Ceremony – Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection

There are SO MANY THINGS to love about this engagement session 🙂 From Ashley’s gorgeous green dress, to the baseball theme, and the cute puppy….what more could you even ask for?! Ashley and Cameron are getting married in March of 2017 and I am so excited to be there. If their wedding is even half as sweet as these engagement photos, I know it will be a really special day! View More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagementsView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/ashleyandcameronengagements

 

Wouldn’t it be amazing to take your engagement pictures in the clouds? This pretty engagement session at Taltree Arboretum gave us a feel for what it would look like! In a word? Magical. Sometimes summer evenings are just like that! It’s almost like the universe creates a perfect setting for you. The evening of Olivia and Jeff’s engagement pictures was definitely one of those days!

Olivia and Jeff are such a sweet couple. You can see it in the tender ways they touch one another…..a kiss to the forehead…sweet hand holding…. I’m so excited to be photographing their 2017 wedding!

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Cory and Hannah were married at Saint Mary’s College–a GORGEOUS venue with so many picturesque spots. It really was a photographer’s dream! Tulip and Rose were my second photographers for this wedding day. When I’m taking pictures of a wedding day, I love thinking back to hearing about how the couple met–imagining their story as it led them to this day. In the words of the bride and groom, here is how Cory and Hannah met and fell in love…

We met on November 2, 2010 at an Entrepreneurship conference in Chicago. (We were both presidents of our school’s chapter of CEO Club – Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization) We started talking about travel, owning businesses, etc and the rest is history!” …

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Hannah told her roommate the next day that she knew it was crazy but she felt like she was going to marry Cory! It was only a few months later that they had truly fallen in love and knew it was meant to be!”

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Cory suggested that they go out to a nice dinner at an Italian restaurant while living in Minneapolis. After a delicious meal with wine & dessert, he suggested that they go see if their favorite waterfall was lit up at night (it was!). After walking around the park for a few minutes, Cory got down on one knee and proposed! It was a perfect & complete surprise! He had champagne & glasses hidden in the car for a romantic toast!”

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Thank you for letting me be part of your special day!

V E N D O R S

Flowers – Country Florist, South Bend, IN

Bridal Gown – N/A

Bridesmaid Dresses – Le Salon, Valparaiso, IN

Tuxes – Jos. A. Bank

Desserts – C’est La Vie, South Bend, IN

DJ – 27 Entertainment, Valparaiso, IN

 

Family pictures offer such a sweet break for me. I love weddings and engagements, but family pictures really change it up! It’s like watching the happily ever after in action 🙂 The Simms family is so great to work with. I love that I’ve gotten to take their pictures a few times because they are just truly great people. They laugh, they smile, their little one is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS (c’mon, guys, just LOOK at that little jacket/tie combo!!)….yep. It’s sessions just like this one that make me realize how much I really love this job that I get to do!

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“Family isn’t an important thing. It’s everything.”

I love this family. They’re just so much fun! I was there for their wedding…took pictures when they were expecting the little cutie in this post….and now I get to be there to take photographs when there’s another one on the way! I feel so very blessed to be able to watch families grow and change. It’s such a special experience for me. To even be a small part of people’s lives as they build their families, is a blessing.

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There is something special about holding prints in your hands….

The weight of them….

The beautiful paper….

The images that are so precious….

They’re moments. Captured in time. Given to someone as a piece of their history that they can hold on to.

I thought that the prints should have something beautiful to hold them and keep them safe, so I went on the hunt for the perfect box. The perfect way to deliver these sweet photographs to their owners. These boxes by Autumn Wood Work were just the ticket.

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I cannot wait to send these beautiful little boxes out to our Brides.

 

Katelyn and Daniel were married and had their ceremony at Upland Community Church. Sometimes people fall in love instantly. Love at first sight. For others it happens slowly and over time….a slow burn. Both types of love stories are so sweet because eventually each person in the couple has that “A HA! I’M IN LOVE!” moment and then the happily every after-ing can begin! Whether it happens right away or after a while, all you can see on so many wedding days is that the love seems to have been there since the beginning. 

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In the words of the bride and groom, this is when they “knew”….

“We don’t really believe in “the one” as it’s normally described. Katelyn had a crush on Daniel since junior high. For Katelyn, she had always admired the way Daniel loved God and others, was kind despite his circumstances, and loved to laugh and learn. Learning to love Daniel was just as easy as falling off a log.”

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“For Daniel, he “saw the light” when he left to go to Iowa City. Daniel enjoyed spending time with Katelyn and wanted to see if their friendship could develop into something more. We long distance dated for a year and a half exchanging (snail mail letters every week.) Daniel loves the generosity Katelyn shows to others and they way she loves God and the Bible.”

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“Daniel proposed on a warm December day (60 degrees!) in Peoria IL. Peoria was halfway between where Katelyn was living (Lafayette, IN) and where Daniel lives (Iowa City, IA). He prepared a brunch under the same pavilion in their favorite park where they started dating a year and a half ago.”

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Thank you for sharing your sweet love story. I wish you nothing but years of happiness. Thank you for letting me be there on your wedding day.

Vendors

Flowers: Oberer’s Florists Carmel, IN

Bridal Gown: David’s Bridal

Tuxes: Menguin

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

Cake: Daniel’s Sister (Ellie Rodman) Costco for the wedding party

Juan and Griselda were married at County Line Orchard last year and I can’t believe I’m just now getting the chance to post this beautiful wedding day. What makes this particular orchard wedding different was how much love and dedication was shown to the culture of the bride and groom. There was music and dancing and happiness all around and that made this wedding day so memorable. I love walking into a wedding where I am immediately drawn into the happiness and excitement of the day. It’s almost as though there’s something in the air! Juan and Griselda, you two are so lovely. Thank you for letting me be part of your day.

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Coffee, Star Wars, and Puppy Dogs–can you imagine a more fun engagement session?! I can’t!! Carrie and Shawn are getting married later this year and what I love most about these two is how they let their personalities shine through the photographs! I love it when couples bring a little something special to the table. It makes each session feel unique!

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When I asked how these two lovebirds met, I loved hearing the story and thought I’d share it with you….something about a man noticing his future wife as soon as he sees her walk into the room for the first time makes me feel like I could just melt. In the words of the bride and groom……

“We met June 2014 at Ruby Tuesday in Warsaw, IN. Shawn was working as a line cook and training to be a manager. Carrie had to quit her office job to accommodate her graduate school schedule and decided on a whim to try being a waitress. We met on Carrie’s first night at work. Shawn claims that he remembers the moment Carrie walked into the kitchen for the first time. He wooed her by throwing french fries at her when she wasn’t looking. Carrie eventually gave in and found out how charming he is!”

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See?? Love stories, though all unique, have that same beautiful thing in common–two people who are meant to find one another. I can’t wait to photograph Shawn and Carrie’s wedding this December!!

 

Leslie and Scott were married just a few short weeks ago in a beautifully rustic ceremony at County Line Orchard. All of these weddings have led me to start thinking “How do you know if this person is ‘the one'”?? Is it a feeling….a moment….a memory that you replay over and over? I love asking brides and grooms when they knew their wife or husband to-be was “the one” because even though the answers are always so different, at their heart, they are the same: “I just knew.” Scott and Leslie have such a sweet story and I feel so lucky that they shared some of it with me….in the words of the bride, this is how Leslie knew Scott was the one.

“From the first date, everything just seemed so natural with Scott and I just had a gut feeling. He was always going above and beyond to make me happy, and it was so easy to feel his love, happiness, and ease of the relationship. It was mutual for him as well. I had dated guys in the past, but had never considered myself to be in love. This intense feeling just came over me about how much he meant to me and I cared for him, and I was like, “hmm I think this is what falling in love is.” View More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-album13View More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-album4View More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-albumView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-and-scott-wedding-album

We started dating in mid October, and for Christmas that year one of my gifts was to go to The Rockets/ Christmas spectacular on Christmas Eve. It was my first year working as a nurse, I worked nights, and I was working Christmas as my holiday so I was bummed not to get to spend it with family for the first time ever. He knew that. We opened gifts with each other Christmas Eve morning, and then we got to go to the show that afternoon before I had to go into work. After the show, we were sitting back at my apartment and I wanted to say “I love you”. Coincidentally, he ended up saying it, and I said it back. That was when I thought “I am almost positive he is ‘the one’ and I really hopes he feels the same”.

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My feelings were validated by how well he treated me, and how easy our relationship was. He was my best friend and family in the city, he loved my family/ friends and got along with him and vice versa. It was just easy, wonderful, and I was the happiest I had ever been!”

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Thank you for sharing your sweet story, Leslie and Scott! I’m so happy that I got to be a small part of your happily ever after.

V E N D O R S

Venue: County Line Orchard (Hobart, IN)

Florist: Monarch (Schererville, IN)

Gown and Accessories: Gown from Bella Sposa (Tinley Park, IL)/Designer-Essence of Australia

Rings: Jared

Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse-Vera Wang line

Bridesmaid Attire: Leesburg Bridal and Tuxedo/Designer: Alexia (Leesburg, VA)

Cake: Cakes by Karen (Highland, IN)

Dj: Precision Sound/ DJ- Boris (Schererville, IN)

Videographer: Emily Sze (Chicago, IL)

Bridal Makeup: Krissy Vander Woude (Northwest Indiana)

Hair: Under the Veil (Hebron, IN)

 

Engagement sessions are so special. They’re EXTRA special when a couple is so much fun! Amy and Nathan were such a good time to work with–you can see it in their huge smiles, they way they look at one another, and the way their bodies seem to find one another again and again. When a couple is nervous or unsure in front of the camera for an engagement session, you can see it in the pictures…CLEARLY this was not an issue for this couple!! I love how comfortable they were and how easily they were able to just be themselves while I was snapping pictures. I cannot wait for their wedding this December!

“Grow old along with me…the best is yet to be.”

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There is something so romantic and beautiful about rustic weddings. The flowy dresses…the raw materials…the gorgeous flowers…all of these things when put together make for a setting so beautiful that pictures DEMAND to be taken. On Carrie and Ryan’s wedding day, I couldn’t help myself. Their wedding was held at a private family farm and the whole day from start to finish felt perfectly intimate. I couldn’t get over the details!! There were so lovely things to take pictures of that I may have gone just a little bit picture crazy. The blue and white invitations…the FLOWERS…the sweet little two-seater bike…the family portraits at the reception… This many pretty details is a photographer’s dream!

But even better, was the kindness of the bride and groom as well as their family. They were all so welcoming to me and that is what really makes a wedding day so wonderful to be part of. Happy days, Carrie and Ryan! I wish you all the best!

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Wedding Venue: Private Farm Residence

Florist: Schultz Floral

Bridal Gown and Accessories: David’s Bridal 

Rings: Dearborn Jewelers

Cake and Desserts: Designer Desserts

Hair and Makeup: Salon Diva

 

Alyssa and Steven are engaged! We got to head up to the city to take their engagement pictures at Lincoln Park Zoo. I love how many varied areas there are to take pictures! What’s even crazier to me is that when you’re in the middle of Lincoln Park Zoo, you almost forget the fact that you’re also in the middle of a huge city! So many pretty places, so little time….

I love hearing how couples met, and Steven and Alyssa’s story is so sweet. In the words of the bride-to-be, she and Steven met on a blind double date (with Alyssa’s friend and husband) to a comedy improv club, followed by dinner at a Mexican restaurant and a board game. The next day, as soon as Steven friended Alyssa on Facebook, she asked him out to go salsa dancing. Alyssa was charmed by his intelligence, his great sense of humor and his wicked dance moves! And the rest is history!”

I can’t wait to take their wedding pictures this coming fall!

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Wedding days are fast paced. There’s a lot of excitement and a lot of running—it’s a blast! Sometimes, though, you have a calm wedding day–different, but equally as wonderful. Everyone is steady…happy…and the little worries that can sometimes fill a wedding day (the cake, the ribbons, the timeline) have just floated away somewhere that can’t be seen. On these days, the bride and groom are just present. Living in this moment. Ready to get married. Surrounded by the loving support of their families, that’s exactly how Rose and Emmanuel’s day was. These two lovebirds were married just a few short weeks ago at their family home. If there were any wedding day jitters, I certainly didn’t see them! I only saw a beautiful couple filled with love, emotion, and the unshakable knowledge that they will be together forever. Rose and Emmanuel, thank you for letting me be a teeny tiny part of your forever. 

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Bride’s Gown and Accessories: Paris House of Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Paris House of Bridal

Flowers: Elizabeth’s Garden

Cake: Fingerhut Bakery

DJ: 27 Entertainment

Bridal Hair: Brooke Estok at Studio 35 Salon

 

How do I even describe how special Katrina and her family are to me? They were one of the first families we met when we moved here…our babies grew up together…

Katrina is my wedding day partner in crime and can always make me laugh. She never fails to impress me and her friendship is something I will always hold dear to my heart. 

I guess the best way to describe how special Katrina and her family are to me would be to just simply say, I love them. Truly I do. 

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Oh it’s one of those days…well, let’s be honest, most days are one of those days….one of those days where I am just in love with love! These two lovebirds are the perfect example of sweet young love. Their engagement session was so much fun! It was a crisp, fall day and we were out tromping through the weeds to get a pretty picture (hmmm that sounds like a familiar scenario! ha!), but Jordan and her husband-to-be were just wonderful–so easy and sweet to work with. When a couple is relaxed during a photo session, you can just feel it looking at the pictures, and that’s exactly how they were! Relaxed and having a good time 🙂 I wish them all the best as they start their new journey together! 

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These two are having a baby!  I cannot even imagine what this little one is going to be like!  I know for sure that she will never wonder if she is loved because these two are not just beautiful on the outside but beautiful way down deep in their souls.  Stephanie was not only an amazing teacher to one of my littles but a photography partner in crime and an amazing friend.  I knew Dino was a keeper the first time I met him he offered to carry all my gear!  I know that each person that comes into your life is there for a reason and I love having them be a part of it.  I know this is  the start of their little family and they are going to knock it out of the park.  I can’t wait to meet this little bundle!  Each and every time I photograph them from their engagement proposal to now their maternity I find such joy that I am a tiny small part of their memories!  I love these maternity pictures because these two can literally not take a bad picture!

Here is to more memories and more photographs!

(FYI Stephanie is what I thought I would look like pregnant in my dreams!)
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“You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream…”

These dreamy engagement photos were so much fun to take. A walking, talking fairy tale. The sunlight setting through the trees (not to mention this happy, beautiful couple!) made for a perfect afternoon. When I look at these pictures, all I can see is joy. It’s that sweet and special joy you see in the eyes of a couple in love. Kristin and Blair will be married in April of 2017 and I am so excited to be there to capture every sweet moment. Their love and excitement for the future flows out of every picture—it’s in their smiles…their laughter…their effervescent happiness. Truly a dream to photograph.

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WOW! Can we talk about how beautiful this couple is?! Kathy and Alex had their engagement pictures taken at Sunset Hill Farms in Valparaiso, Indiana. Their wedding is coming up in just a few weeks and OH. MY. GOODNESS. I have no doubt in my mind that they will make a gorgeous bride and groom!

Kathy and Alex have such a light and sweet relationship. They laugh and joke and even after working with them for just a short time, I can tell that they just truly enjoy spending time together. It’s in the little things…the way he looks at her…the way she smiles at him…the way they both seem to gravitate towards each other. I cannot wait to photograph their wedding! 

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Oh this sweet couple! Leslie and Scott had their engagement photographs taken at Taltree Arboretum in Valparaiso, Indiana. Their wedding is coming up in just a few short days and I couldn’t be more excited to be there to capture it all…

There’s so much EXCITEMENT leading up to the big day! The planning, the little details coming to life, the coordinating that has to take place. Sometimes it’s so nice to just slow down…breathe…relax and take it all in. This is it. These are the moments before the big moment. I really feel that Scott and Leslie are a perfect example of what it looks like to just love being in love. They’re relaxed, open, and seem so ready to take this step together. I can’t wait for their wedding day! View More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-giveView More: http://foreveroctoberphotography.pass.us/leslie-murphy-to-give

The sun was not shining.  It was one of those days where the weather could not decide whether it was going to be rain or sun.  The smiles on these two made up all the difference!  I have never met two happier people! I was drawn into them immediately.  I wanted to get to know them, I can admit it I want to hang out with them.  Not in a stalker sort of way but to be around their genuiness…Needless to say I loved the session and there will be a picture overload I cannot help it!  They were the winners of the giveaway at Unveiled Weddings!  Makeup by Sta-Glam!  Hair by Under the Veil!

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“Love is sweet when it’s new, it’s even sweeter when it’s true.”

And what a SWEET couple they are! Kristy and Andrew were married at The Uptown Center in Michigan City and had their reception at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. The two of them have such a perfect connection—easy, light, full of laughter and full of hope…all of the ingredients for a perfect wedding day. Because, if you think about it, even if everything about the wedding day is “perfect” (and more importantly, even if it’s not), what matters the most…what stays with you after the wedding day is over…is how you feel about your new spouse. Your relationship will not change with a wedding day, but if you’re as lucky as these two, it’s perfect just the way it is!

This was such a fun day and this couple was wonderful to work with. I feel so lucky to have been able to photograph their wedding day. 

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Happy.

If there was one word to describe this day, it would be the word “happy”. 

Jennifer and Paul were married at St. Paul Catholic Church in Valparaiso, Indiana and had their reception at Sand Creek Country Club in Chesterton. Even through the rain, Jennifer and Paul had a beautiful wedding day. The bride and groom were so excited….so alive with anticipation….which, as you can see, makes for some REALLY gorgeous pictures. I know for these two, this day was only the start of their happily ever after. 

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This sweet couple was married last August and had their reception at the Youche Country Club in Crown Point. Joel and Carli beamed from ear to ear the whole day. SO excited to become husband and wife…so excited to take this step. 

They had a beautiful wedding filled with personal touches. The art that adorned the walls of the reception hall was painted by the bride! How cool is that?! 

What made this wedding so special, though, was the amazing support of their family and friends. Everyone happy, smiling, and so glad to share in Joel and Carli’s special day…it’s what every wedding should be like! 

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Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL is such a fun place for engagement photos! There are so many different locations to choose from and each one is so different. Venturing out into the city makes it even more exciting…

This sweet couple was great to work with! Tiffany and Mark were so much fun—I hope you enjoy looking at their beautiful pictures as much as I enjoyed taking them! 

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Brad and Katie were married in the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University and had their Reception at Strongbow in in Valparaiso, Indiana (which is now under a new name: The Market). It was a perfect fall day…crisp weather, but not too cold. So very different from their beautiful winter engagement photos, but lovely just the same. We could feel the leaves crunching under our feet as we walked to our photo locations. It was a perfect day for a wedding and this couple was so sweet. 

Happy.

Nervous.

Excited.

All of the things couples should feel as they’re about to stand together and make this commitment. 

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“I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart).”

Jessica and Mark were married and had their reception at The Lighthouse in Cedar Lake, Indiana. Watching the excitement and anticipation of this day made the chilly weather just a little warmer. The way Jessica’s eyes lit up when she talked about Mark was something truly special and I felt so lucky to be around a love like theirs. That being said, I really feel like the pictures say it better than I ever could!

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You are the sun in my day, the wind in my sky, the waves in my ocean, and the beat in my heart.

This post is way overdue, but I had to share with you the beauty of this wedding day. Stephanie & Pedro were married and had their reception at The Allure in LaPorte, Indiana. It was a day filled with so much love and so much happiness. You could tell just by standing next to them that Stephanie and Pedro had waited for this day for a long time. The joy they felt was absolutely contagious. There was so much care and effort put into the tiniest details throughout the day. It really made this wedding special. I was honored to be there.

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So I love this venue! The Red Barn Experience is so much fun and unique! I was so excited for this wedding because not only did I fall in love with Dan and Elizabeth at their engagement shoot but one of my former brides styled this gorgeous wedding. Lindsay Weik you did an amazing job on all the details! My favorites were the lights and branches hanging from the ceiling! I am going to be short on words because I want to get this sneak peek up and running for the bride and groom to see! You don’t need a lot of words when you see all the gorgeous! Thank you Stephanie for being an amazing second photographer and making me laugh through it all!

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I was so excited to be a part of this wedding!  Two reasons…I really enjoy this family a lot and I was very excited to shoot at The Brick!

I was in love with Alyssa and Matthew’s engagement photos so I could not wait to get my camera on them for the wedding!

I loved every single detail of this wedding…the colors, the dresses, the flowers, and the centerpieces.

I really could have just died!

This will probably be picture overload…

I can’t help myself…

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I meet a lot of people…told so many names….I can’t keep it all in my brain…I embarrass myself all the time.  I know I have met people, looked at their faces…probably even photographed them…I am not supposed to remember everything….right?  I have four kids…I will admit mixing up when soccer practice is over and forgotten to pick up the dry cleaning a couple of times.  My kids are used to it..my husband has even started to find it endearing…I love to be with people so I schedule diner or lunch and realize that I scheduled maybe three things already at the same time.  I have used the calendar on my phone…I bought a fancy planner hoping that it would help.  The problem is I have to actually look at it to stay on task…Big sigh….My fellow partner in crime Stephanie has offered to take on more responsibility so that I can do what I love to do…take photographs of people and the ones they love.  I want to take things off my plate so that the people I meet I never forget because we have had a true genuine connection.  I might not remember their name but I will never forget how I felt with them or them with me.

The one thing I remember for sure about Brittany is that I met with her and her sister at Black Bird Cafe in valparaiso, at a little table in the back and when I left I told my husband..who came with me…I could be friends with the two of them..real friends…I laughed so much, and it made me truly excited to be able to be a part of their day..I told Katrina that second shot this beautiful wedding….You are going to love them! Katrina is an amazing second photographer…thank you for always doing such a wonderful job.  I was not disappointed…the wedding day was full of love, connections and beautiful ladies and gentlemen!

Their wedding was at Signature Banquets in Lowell, Indiana.  Then we went to the perfect spot to take pictures of the bridal party and the beautiful bride and groom.  Brittany and Brendan your pictures are on their way..I hope you enjoy this little preview of your day!  Thank you again!

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So I wanted to post this Chicago engagement session with Brian and Alex but I can’t help share a little bit of this past weekend with my family.  We ventured down to Brown County and went on a three hour adventure zipline tour!  We stayed in a AIRBNB and explored some of the towns in the area! It was just what I needed after a busy season!  The weather was perfect and our time was so relaxing!

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Now to show these two’s gorgeous engagement photos!  I could not be any luckier than to be able to shoot their wedding next fall!  I know it will be perfect!

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Being a wedding photographer is this crazy roller coaster of a ride.  Some days it is so amazing and everything runs smoothly and everyone loves me..Then there are other days where I doubt my abilities and being a people pleaser desperately hope that I haven’t stressed anyone out and they love their photographs.  I don’t think there is a profession that you don’t have your really good days and really bad ones.

Well today is a wonderful day.  Today I feel like the brides and grooms that are on my calendar for 2016 are amazing.  I do a little happy dance when someone books me and I get the chance to document their day.

I love Adele’s new song..

I bought some new boots.

My little family and I are going on a little vacation to Brown County to do some zip lining…

These two are on the blog and I love their fall photos.  I mean my business name is Forever October Photography so needless to say I love October and all the colors and pumpkins that come with it.

Their wedding is next August at County Line Orchard and I don’t even care if it might be a little hot…that is how excited I am!

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The day was perfect except for the wind..I take that back….the day was perfect, even the wind made magic happen.

I might have a slight crush on both of these two.  I couldn’t have asked for two more in love and perfect in front of the camera.

The fall light was golden and the changing breathe in the air made you want to sit and stay and lay on a blanket under the changing leaves.

I love going to Chicago.  The change of rythmn for me is inspiring.

Needless to say I love these!  I cannot wait to shoot this wedding!

Thank you for choosing me to be there and the chance to do this all over again…just with a magical dress!

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I really do think the girls get a little more mature and gorgeous every year!  Victoria is no exception.  She has such a confidence that I never had at her age, I was still worried about who I sat by at lunch and if I was going to ever go out on a date…before I turned 90.  I loved her outfits and her eyes were spectacular.  I just love everything about this day….Look at her hair!  Amazing!

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This is how I see love….

Hold my hand and make a promise….

a promise to keep me warm and safe…

a promise to know you could ruin me but would never want to…

a promise that my life means as much to you as your own…

a promise that we will take each others hand and walk into the future…

full of excitement of what there is to come and joy that we have each other to share it with.

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Every wedding should be like this one….

Full of such love and emotion…

and hope…

Hope for the perfect life filled with friends and family…

Hope for the future…

Of long days together that run into years…

Full of babies and adventures yet to come…

Every day should be like this one….

where you wake up with such excitement that your eyes shine and your cheeks hurt from the smiles….

and now and forever you know that even when hard times come you will hold each others hands and stand together…

Every moment should be like this one…

breathe and enjoy

because….

if you can remember it…

The way you feel, the way you make each other feel can last forever.

Stephanie and Dino are some of my favorite friends.  Stephanie was my little one’s second grade teacher and even though she was intimidating with her gorgeousness…we became easy friends when we realized we shared the love of photography…and now a couple of years later she is one of my second photographers and someone I have grown to love.  So I was super excited that I got to be a part of her wedding day but also very stressed because I wanted everything to turn out perfect!  Katrina was my second photographer and my cute husband assisted me this day.  It was a whirl wind kind of day but just like I said before I wish for everyone that their weddings were filled with so much love, and laughter and joy!  I am posting a lot of pictures and I could have put so much more but I had to stop somewhere..

Thank you…for letting me be there and share this day with you both.

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One of my favorite places to photograph a wedding is County Line Orchard!  I have had the privilege of photographing many weddings here and I love how every bride makes the barn look like their own.  County Line Orchard wedding photos are really beautiful! I love taking pictures in the actual orchard in the rows of trees.  On this wedding day it rained…and it rained a lot.  There would be no portraits taken among the apples.  Luckily the weather would break here and there and I got plenty of time with the bride and groom at Ogden Gardens.  The Gardens have gotten prettier every year.  I couldn’t ask for a better place to do a first look and bride and groom portraits.  The rain did not distract at all from this beautiful wedding day.   I stepped into the brides family home and knew it was going to be a good day!  So much attention to detail with robes and gifts and bridesmaid dresses to die for!  Not to say anything about the wedding gown…I was in love.  Stephanie and Katrina were with me on this wedding and I couldn’t be more excited with the people that I get to work with, these images are all of us.  Both very talented photographers so I never doubt that they will make sure to capture the wedding day perfectly!

For the first time since I have been a photographing weddings I cried when the bride walked out in her wedding dress.  I have cried during ceremonies, or toasts or special moments between the couple or their families…But Tara walked out of the bathroom after her mom helped her into her dress and I was overcome with emotion.  Tara was beautiful…something that I don’t really have words to describe.  It just caught me off guard, I had to apologize cause I just wanted to stay in that moment and stare!

I probably won’t have to explain it when you see her getting ready and in her wedding dress and all the pretty flowers and details.  I also loved Tara’s mom style.  The way she decorated her home was what I have always dreamed of…she is a photographer so she had beautiful portraits of her children all around her home!  I loved it!

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29thomas wedding album_65130thomas wedding album_67820thomas wedding album_67725thomas wedding album_40628thomas wedding album_40019thomas wedding album_2318thomas wedding album_67917thomas wedding album_683Off to the ceremony.  It was beautiful and simple and full of love and laughter..  I have shot at this church several times and I love the light that comes in through this window and I try to never miss an opportunity to go there and take a couple portraits of the bride.  The ring bearer and the flower girl slay me!  They are so cute and the most patient picture takers at that age that I have ever had the privilege of photographing.  Just them walking down the aisle melts you!

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thomas wedding album_725thomas wedding album_733thomas wedding album_21335thomas wedding album_226Then in for the reception!  The orchard was decorated perfectly.  I loved the sign above the bride and grooms head!  I have mentioned the bridal bouquet but all the flowers on the tables and bridesmaid bouquets were absolutely stunning.  I am obsessed with the florist Intertwine.  I think she does absolutely breathtaking work! This is definitely one of my favorite wedding days.  The wedding planner kept everything running so perfectly smooth and there was enough time for relaxation and just enjoyment of the moment they were in.  I always feel so honored to just be a small part of it!

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    I have to blog about 13 weddings…there are so many beautiful bride and grooms out there that  I am dying to share!  I am going to start here with becky and Jake because their wedding was a complete dream to photograph. There was just excitement in the air from beginning to end and so much love to go around!  The ceremony and reception was held at the Pavilion at Sandy Pines Golf Course.  I am in love with this place.  They recently built a house for the bride and groom to get ready in and when I say that it is amazing that is an understatement.  I have never really had a venue put so much effort into making the wedding party feel relaxed and comfortable and right at home!  I love it.

The details can be so important, it gives the day a feeling…and when I want a bride and groom to remember their day exactly how it was capturing the details is so very important because it will help them remember the day exactly how it was and what it felt like.  Becky…what can I say one of the most beautiful brides I have ever seen.  Her smile really is fantastic and the love that was felt between her and her mother was truly moving.  So the day started out pretty similar to any other wedding day, with hair and makeup, and getting dressed and portraits.  I love all these images…they just make me smile.

13Lilovich wedding album_7671210Lilovich wedding album_35498Lilovich wedding album_786616Lilovich wedding album_760574Lilovich wedding album_82315321Lilovich wedding album_5629Lilovich wedding album_382614Then off to the first look.  If they aren’t the most in love and cute couple I don’t know who is.  He kept his eyes closed but you can see that he was just grinning from ear to ear the whole time and he was completely wowed when he turned around and saw her.

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Lilovich wedding album_28563Lilovich wedding album_30061Lilovich wedding album_47560Lilovich wedding album_49653Lilovich wedding album_15552Lilovich wedding album_48658Lilovich wedding album_50159The details at the reception were perfect too.  So much love and attention was put into everything.  I am in total love with the cake and the cake topper…and the deserts from Wildflour were absolutely amazing.  They were so beautiful you almost did not want to eat them.  I loved the dancing and the toasting and fun!  These types of weddings I wish that I could photograph every weekend.  It would make me one happy photographer.

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This sneak peek is long overdue!  I hate that it takes me forever in my busy season to get beautiful weddings up on the blog.  Especially this one at County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana.  I kept thinking it was going to rain!  The rain held off and the day was absolutely beautiful.  Josh and Lisa were so relaxed and just seemed to soak in their day and the people around them.  It was filled with love and laughter!  We started the day off getting ready in the orchard and the couple decided to have a first look so they could spend a few minutes with each other.  I love this part of the day…especially for the bride and groom because it is like once all the pictures are done and they have seen each other all the stress melts away.  The ceremony was beautiful and full of tears!  The reception was amazing..all the little details were perfect!  I loved it all every minute of it!  As always my team was there..Katrina and Stephanie I always love shooting weddings with you!

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I can’t believe the day finally arrived for Megan and Craig’s wedding!  I was so excited because I had met Megan and her mother in law and they were so much fun!  Their wedding day was at Briar Ridge Country Club and it was perfect weather!

I think one of my favorite parts of the day was of course Megan and Craig…but Megan’s dad was the sweetest ever.  He was so emotional and you could just feel the love between these two.

The wedding day went off without a hitch and I had Katrina and Stephanie with me again to capture everything during the day.  On Monday two days after the wedding I got this email from Megan and I don’t think anything could have made my week more than this sweet thank you I received from her.  Words like this mean the world to me and my team because we truly love what we do.

Jessica,

I Just want to take a minute to say thank you! You and your two photographers did a beautiful job and we both felt so free and relaxed in front of you. That was a beautiful day and couldn’t expect more for the nice weather. I was so so touched by one of your photographers that she cried when she saw my dad cry before walking down the aisle. This is not only your job but I can see that you guys are truly passionate about it and enjoy every moment to help couples create their best memories years down the road. This is not an easy job but this is a blessing too. I am so glad that we got to work together and that we even forgot we hired you because you guys were like good old
friends of ours for a long time. I have tears in my eyes right now because I am overwhelmed by the joy from the Lord and so thankful that he provided you for us. We made the right decision. Thanks again for all the hard work you’ve done for us. Can’t wait to see the pictures and really, really hoping to work/see you soon. Last, please forward our best wishes to the rest of you, tell the other photographers that we love them and they did a great job.

Love,
Craig & Megan Dohman

This is just a little sneak peek for the couple.  Everything is just beautiful!

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From this day forward,
You shall not walk alone.
My heart will be your shelter,
And my arms will be your home.

~Marianne Williamson~

This picture that I posted first represents the whole day for me.  Take away the centerpieces and decorations…the dress, the shoes, the jewelry…even the beautiful Patrick Haley Mansion….and what you have is two people promising forever.  To start a marriage with prayer…to be alone with each other as you promise that the day will never come that either of you will be alone.  I was taken a back…I almost hated to take a photo…to disturb their communication with each other and God.  I thought these two are beautiful souls.  Their love is unique…and I am so honored to have been able to be the one to help them remember this day.  I hope that I did it justice..

Patrick Haley Mansion prayerThe day began as it always does getting ready…I have to admit this one of my favorite parts of the day is a bride getting ready…you will be able to tell that by the amount of pictures I post of it.  Olivia had such a soft beauty.  She chose two wedding dresses.  One to be able to see him before the wedding to get the pictures out of the way and one to surprise him as he walked down the aisle.  Adam and Olivia were married at the Patrick Haley Mansion.  This venue is stunning.  The light streaming in through the windows has to be my favorite part of it all!  I had Katrina Sebastian and Stephanie Rudakas with me to capture the day and I really do love this little team of mine.  I call it a team because we work side by side and we all know by now what the other is thinking! These images are pieces of all three of us.  I love it!  I am so grateful to the both of them…

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I love when spring is here…

I love when wedding season begins…

because each year my amazement for the power of love is renewed.

I get to watch from the very beginning the start of a family and a glimpse of what they will become.

I love to see how a groom will take as many pictures as the bride wants because he knows how important it is to her.

I watch as he places his hand on her back to guide her as they walk, or carries her dress to keep it from getting ruined.

I also watch as the bride looks to him with all the confidence in the world that he is there for her and when she looks up at him she knows everything will be just fine.

I love when the father and the mother cry….

because I know one day I will be there watching my children get married to the people that fill their hearts….

They have created something special…

their child is grown and starting adventures and a family of their own and it is so very tender.

Erik and Rachel got married this April and have now officially begun their life together..

Their wedding receptions was held at Maggiano’s restaurant in Oakbrook, Illinois.

I don’t think the food could have been any more delicious!  Rachel is the sister of one of my brides from two years ago so I felt right at home knowing how much I already loved being around this family.

These are just a few of my favorite images from the day!  I loved everything about it!  Rachel was stunning and Erik was dignified!

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I don’t know why it has taken me so long to post these pictures.  I love them!  I love this adorable couple!  I cannot wait for their wedding in June!

Diana and Anthony are getting married at Aberdeen Manor in Valparaiso, Indiana.  I love weddings at Aberdeen…I might be biased because it is around the corner from where I live!  That really helps!  I also love weddings in the garden.  It is just a great location!

These two on their engagement picture day were just perfect!  Her makeup was perfect by the way…I can’t get enough of it. I loved the motorcycle and the little bit of edge it brought out to Hamstra gardens where we took their engagements.  Of course I love it there.  With the backdrop of the gardens and the easy feel these two had between them…made my afternoon a piece of cake!

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Adam and Olivia are getting married in a little under two months.  I have to say I cannot wait!  They have picked a perfect location in the Patrick Haley Mansion for a spring wedding.  I had the privilege of shooting their engagement photos back in the summer and these two needless to say are perfect for one another.  I like when a couple is comfortable in each others arms, like it is where they belong. You will see why I can’t wait to photograph their wedding!

Thank you the two of you for being so amazing to work with.  We loved every single minute of it.  Thank you for choosing me to be your wedding photographer,  I cannot wait!

So these two beautiful people got married in January!  On one of those days where to even go outside you thought your fingers were going to fall off!  Needless to say that we did not take any outside photographs!  I was starting to edit their photos and I realized that I have never shared their engagement photos of when it was really warm outside!  So I am sharing them now and a couple of wedding photos that I have come across while editing!

We started off by taking a few of them with their little boy!  He was about the cutest thing ever!

 

I love when it comes full circle!  Anna and Jonathan have been my favorites to photograph.  I love their style and friendliness!  I took their engagements and wedding and now their maternity and when their little on came home.  I have loved every minute of it and hope to capture their family memories for a lot of years to come! I absolutely adore their home and Jonathan is an auctioneer so they always have unique finds!

 

Here is the little one just a couple of days old and he is absolutely perfect!

I love getting ready pictures and all the details.  I cannot get enough…. I spend some time making sure that everything is documented…a bride will have her pictures in 20 or 30 years but she won’t have her shoes, and her jewelry or her flowers.  So in this blog post I have on purpose put in a lot of the detail pictures and the bride getting ready and her portraits.  Kayla gave me a lot of time to capture this part of the day.  I absolutely love all the bridal portraits…but without scheduling this time during the day it can feel rushed…so with all my potential brides I make sure to help them schedule this time in their day and let them know that in their getting ready location one source of natural light can really make all the difference!

So Kayla and Jim got married at White Hawk West Country Club.  For a wedding in October I was so surprised how cold and windy it was.  It made outdoor picture taking almost impossible.  Of course they were willing to go outside but my main focus of the day is that you don’t feel miserable!

Kayla was such a beautiful bride that it was hard for me to stop taking her bridal portraits…

 

My second shooter Chris Zibutis from Christopher Z Photography did an amazing job on the boys getting ready pictures and did so many great dramatic pictures using lights.  Couldn’t have asked for anything better!

We then were off for the first look….which I love doing by the way!  It really just gives the bride and groom just a few moments to take it all in!

Some more portraits and some group shots!  Their bridal party was a hoot!

These next two shots were taking by Chris being so amazing when we couldn’t go outside!Again Chris!Then off to a beautiful ceremony and an amazing reception!

Kyle and Sarah were married last October at Sand Creek Country Club and everything was beautiful.  Everywhere smiles were from ear to ear and just an excitement for the big day was finally here.  What a beautiful gathering of family and friends.  Of course it was cold….but everyone was willing to go outside for a bit and brave the weather and even ride around on the golf cart with the wind whipping in their faces.  I think this time I complained the most which is a first.  I didn’t like the wind on the golf cart so I might have screamed a little!  The bride and groom never made a peep!  The day went off without a hitch and the most relaxed wedding day ever!  I loved the colors that Sarah picked!  On a cold day they just made me smile!  Katrina and Stephanie were there to make it even a little bit more fun for me and as always Katrina takes beautiful pictures as my second shooter especially the first dance pictures…just beautiful!

 

We ventured outside for their first look and I think one of my favorites so far this year!