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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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