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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!!

 

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