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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!

Cait and Adam had a gorgeous ceremony at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs, Iowa followed by a fun ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Downtown Omaha.

This was such a lovely day centered primarily around their faith, family, and friends.  A few of my favorite moments was when Adam saw Cait for the first time…he was so emotional and taken a-back…it was wonderful.  Cait’s family and girlfriends having a separate prayer time with her…and most of all, when their wedding guest came out of nowhere and cut up the dance floor.  It was awesome.  It was as if their dancing shoes had been itching in their feet all day.

Cait, Adam, and families…thank you for having us on this special day!  We love the way you lead each other to grow spiritually and lovingly.  We wish you big, happy lives!

McKenzie

Church: First Christian Council Bluffs
Reception: Hilton Downtown
Wedding Planner: Carrie Dayton Events
Flowers: The always wonderful Loess Hills Floral
Catering: Hilton Downtown
DJ: Complete Music
Dress: Rhylan Lang
Videography: Iwen Exposures
Transportation: Emerald Limo
Hair & Makeup: Creative Hair Design
Cake: Coldstone Creamery

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I have had 3 phone conversations with clients this season that have started with “Well…we have some news!”…and I never quite know what that’ll mean any more…which has turned into some really fun news!  For Amanda and Ben, it meant that they hopped a plane and eloped in Vegas about a month before their set date in Iowa.  You know what we love?  People who are so in love, and so excited to get married, that they just can’t wait any more.  Truly.  Love is exciting…and sometimes you wing it…say to hell with it…and just go get married.

Amanda and Ben had their Iowa celebration on a Sunday afternoon at the beautiful Barnes’ Place just outside of Des Moines, Iowa in Adel.  This place is GORGEOUS.  The grounds…the barn…the pond…the “Reserved for Photographer” parking spot.  You read that right.  We had a reserved parking spot.  I digress…

Their closest family and friends surrounded them as they had a lovely blessing ceremony overlooking a pond.  Ben is an avid fisherman, so the two of them walked down to the pond near the end of their blessing, and threw out their “first cast” together as a couple.  It was a great moment that meant a lot to them.  After the blessing there was a nice lunch, tearful toasts, and so much surprise swing dancing.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love country swing dancing?  It’s so fun to watch, and I wish I could do it myself.

Amanda and Ben…congratulations on your marriage!  I hope life continues to bring you fun impulses, adventures a-plenty, and lots of laughs!

McKenzie

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Trent and Lydia were married on the most humid day of the year. They had a lovely ceremony at a church in Sioux City, Iowa where Lydia’s father walked her down the isle and then married them. There’s something so special about seeing a bride’s dad being able to guide her down as a father and marry them as a spiritual leader.

Lydia and Trent are about as calm and cool as it comes. Trent and his groomsmen spent the afternoon watching old Office reruns…in particular, the wedding episode, all while Lydia and her ladies watched Bridesmaids.  Two excellent “passing the time” shows, in my opinion.

Following their ceremony we hopped a trolly over to Bev’s overlooking the river where Trent’s close friend sang their first dance song, Lydia cut her train off, and kids danced on shoulders.

It was such a sweet and relaxed day, and we were so happy to have been a part of it.  Lydia and Trebt, congratulations! It’s going to be so fun to watch you grow!

McKenzie

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Duchesne has been one of our favorite schools to photograph for a long time!  These girls just have. it. together! Love them and Casey is no exception.

Name: Casey Reefe
Nickname: Case/Dote
School: Duchesne Academy
Activities: Tennis
Favorite Band/song: Arctic Monkeys/Cold War Kids
Dream Job: Still figuring it out!
Favorite Movie: The Wizard of Oz
Why you loved JM Studios: I loved how we did a casual shoot where I was just myself and didn’t do anything too cheesy!

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