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    Welcome to our blog!  This is where we will be posting sneak peaks from spending time with our clients, little goodies we come across to help with planning your wedding or shoot and personal tidbits about our life.

    Life is joyful, messy, hilarious, awkward, big and everything in between...and that's what we love. We love to tell the story of your life as it is, because that's what will matter at your 50th wedding anniversary. Weddings aren't about dresses, bow ties, and mason jars...they're about you and your best friend since 4th grade; they're about your dad walking his baby down the isle; they're about grooms crying in public for the first time since elementary school. They're about life...a big life...and that's the good stuff.

    Drop by often, sit back with a good cup o' Joe and enjoy!

There are many, many things that we love about weddings…and eating a yummy dinner every Saturday night while working our buns off is one of them.  We sometimes only get a minute to throw down a dinner roll and some butter, but it’s just enough time to know that Attitude of Food is delicious.  You know how sometimes “mass produced banquet food” is just…ok, at best?  We are SO lucky that we have amazing catering options in Omaha like Attitude on Food.  We have said, probably weekly, that we wish Attitude on Food could just cook us dinner at our homes.  Every catered meal we’ve had from them tastes like it came out of a fancy in-home kitchen, sprinkled with love.  They are creative in their dishes and presentation, and are such kind, fun people to work with.  Their macaroni and cheese bar is literally the best macaroni and cheese we’ve ever had.  This summer, for Erin and Gerry’s wedding, they had a SUPER fun menu representing Erin and Gerry’s lives.  They had a seafood boil station representing Erin’s childhood in New Jersey; an amazing pulled pork sandwich station representing Gerry’s childhood in Iowa; and finally, a beef tip/mashed potato/corn station representing their meeting and life together in Nebraska.  How Attitude on Food can be creative with even food is amazing.  We highly, highly recommend them…and if you have them as a caterer, we will BEG to shoot your wedding.

Attitude on Food
2405 N Street
Omaha, NE 68107
Phone: 402-341-3663

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Basically, babies are amazing.  Birth is amazing.  And every time I shoot one, I think “it’s completely bazaar that women can do this”.  I was asked again today, “Why on earth do you love shooting births?!”  Where to start?  First of all, I LOVE weddings.  I love the emotions of a wedding day and all the relationships that are brought onto the table.  I love documenting a commitment and preserving how you feel in your images.  And let’s be honest, I’m a girl…and I love pretty dresses, pretty flowers, and romantic slow dances just as much as the next.  BUT, I LOVE love, in general.  And the birth of a child, is a whole different kind of love.  Births are amazing, because usually, they’re unplanned.  And even if they are planned, there’s always an “unknown” of whats going to happen.  And I love that.  I love being able to document something without any expectations what-so-ever…the only thing I know that will happen, is love.  And that, in itself, is beautiful.  I love documenting births because there’s little planning involved, and whatever is planned, kinda gets tossed out the window.  There is no fuss over makeup…no fuss over dresses and tuxedo rentals…no limos…just you and the one you love, bringing love into the world.  And it’s insane.  It is completely insane that I get to do this for people.  It is such a privilege and honor that I take so seriously.  It requires SO MUCH trust from my clients to allow me to make such images…and I’m forever grateful.  I was also asked today, “but…isn’t it gross?” and I just laughed.  Here’s the deal…when I’m shooting, I literally think I’m invisible.  You know how in Big Daddy with Adam Sandler, he tells the little boy that if he wears his sunglasses he’s invisible to the world?  That’s me and my camera.  I literally think I’m invisible.  It’s ridiculous.  But it’s true.  And honestly, that’s not the exciting part for me.  Have I seen gross stuff?  Sure.  But I didn’t realize I saw it until I was editing.;)

ANYWAYS…meet Ivy.  Ivy was born on a chilly night in November right before Thanksgiving.  Her parents and big sister are awesome.  I told Janine when I was done for the night that “We had a lovely time…” like we were just hanging out.  Jessica is made for delivering babies.  She might not think that, but she is.  :)  What was SO special about their birth story, is that Ivy’s big sister, Piper, got to the hospital right before she was born.  Seeing Piper become a big sister was nothing short of awesome.

So Miss Ivy came…swiftly, believe it or not, after a day of walking around without much progression, and everything was perfect.

McKenzie

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OHHHHH Natalie and Daniel.  How I adore this pair, their families and friends.  They are silly, hilarious, sweet, genuine, and maybe the happiest duo I’ve ever seen.  There were so many great moments from this day.  I LOVED editing their wedding, because I got to look at Natalie’s HUGE smile the entire time.  It’s infectious.  On numerous accounts, I found myself grinning from ear to ear whilst toning.  That made life easy for me.

Natalie and Daniel met and live in Oklahoma, but her family is western Nebraska, so they chose to get married in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Their ceremony was at the beautiful St. Paul United Methodist Church and I think Natalie could have sprinted down the isle to see Daniel.  The highlight of my day, and seemingly everyone else’s, is when Natalie’s grandpa showed up.  Everything stopped, and the world revolved around him, and it was fantastic.

After their ceremony they were whisked away in a horse-drawn carriage and off to their reception they went.  Their reception was nuts.  There was so much dancing, so much laughing, so much air guitar and air drumming.  Not gonna lie…I didn’t want to leave.  I wanted to dance and hang with this group all night.  They even did a good ol’ Midwestern small town tradition – auctioning off the garter.

Natalie and Daniel…congratulations!  I’m sad you don’t live here, because you’re a RIOT to be around.  Have a big, happy life!

Also – A HUGE shout-out to their family and family friends that were on decorating duty.  You did it all yourselves, and it was STUNNING.  I know what hard work that is, and you did it flawlessly.

McKenzie

Ceremony: St. Paul United Methodist – Lincoln, Nebraska
Reception: Embassy Suites Lincoln – Lincoln, Nebraska
Flowers: iBloom
Catering: Embassy Suites Lincoln – Lincoln Nebraska
Photo Booth: Snap Omaha – THE GREATEST PHOTO BOOTH IN ALL THE LAND!
Cake: Tasteful Indulgence “Cake to die for…”- Guys…she brings cake in a POWDER BLUE HURSE.  A. POWDER. BLUE. HURSE.
Hair & Makeup: Lindsay Shank
Live Band: Pink Kadillac
Carriage: Gross’ Belgians
Dress: The Bridal Boutique Oklahoma
Bridesmaid Dresses: The Bridal Boutique Oklahoma
Menswear: Men’s Warehouse

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When you’re in the wedding industry, you tend to work with a lot of the same people week after week, and we thought it would be fun to highlight some of those people and what they do!

This is Jeff and Adam from Dundee Digital Wedding Films (located on 50th & Dodge).  We adore them and their work and secretly think they’re the male version of the two of us.  Any time we get to work on the same wedding together, we spend the day laughing, cracking jokes, and working off of each others creative energy.  We kind of feel like if there was a wedding photographer/cinematographer version of Captain Planet, we would be that super hero team.  Jeff, Adam, and the rest of their team create BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL “Cinematic Love Stories”, as they call them.  We admittedly lust over them, and you should too.

A few weddings we’ve worked on together…
The epic Bellino Wedding: Watch their video here >> https://vimeo.com/106852521
The epic Heit Wedding: Watch their video here >>https://vimeo.com/113753329

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Hanna and Wes got married on a cold, snowy day in November at the Jocelyn Art Museum.  Being from Minnesota and North Dakota originally, the weather was just another day for them.  The day was filled with close friends and family, candles, ring warming, a FANTASTIC ceremony, and live music left and right.  Hanna and Wes are so easy to work with and you can see the love and genuinity (you know…and Urban Dictionary word) in their eyes when they look and speak to each other.  They are just plain excited to be married to each other, and I love that.

You may remember my funny story about a man in bike shorts thinking I had been assaulted at their engagement session

McKenzie

Venue: Joclyn Art Museum
Catering: Hap Abraham
Dress (hello gorgeous dress belt): Rhylan Lang
Band: Finest Hour
Videographer: Dundee Digital Wedding Films
Officiant: Chaplain Royal (SO good.)

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