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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!

Annie and Ansel are just downright cool. And talented.  And awesome.  Their wedding day at First Central Congregational reflected all of this.  Ansel looked as sharp as James Bond in his custom made tux.   He also worked up all the ceremony music with his very talented friends.  Together they planned an elegant and memorably fun reception at the Paxton for their many out of town guests.  Ansel had planned to perform Toto’s Africa at the reception and one of my favorite moments was when he asked his table of friends if any of them knew how to sing it- one of the exclaimed,” pretty sure we all do!” She then hopped up on stage and belted it out while Ansel played the piano and the entire reception had the night of their life.  Annie clearly learned how to pick an awesome man by her Dad’s example.  He also jumped up on stage and rocked out with the band.  Thank you so much for letting us in on all the fun!!

Flowers- Flowers for Special Occasion

Wedding Planner- Tracey Fricke

Jennifer and Phil had the most PERFECT day for their outdoor wedding at Harbor Lights in North Platte, Nebraska.  I must say, I had a BLAST being a North Platte, Nebraska wedding photographer for the day!  I think it’s such a beautiful and unique town and getting to shoot in new environments is always something that I enjoy!

Going into the day, I knew that it would be an emotional one for Jennifer.  Family is SO important to her and having them there was essential.  Sadly, her grandfather passed a few months prior and left a huge void in everyone’s hearts.  While he didn’t physically get to be present, his spirit was certainly with them.  Jennifer’s Grandma made a BEAUTIFUL garter set out of Grandpa’s old ties and pins and it could not have been more perfectly made.  It was the perfect detail to add such a personal touch.  Jennifer’s Grandma also let her borrow her mothers necklace that she remembers going shopping for with her dad many years ago.  Phil had his Grandpa’s pocket watch and a re-soled pair of vintage shoes.  While these are such beautiful and memorable details for the day, I love how they created special memories and conversations between them all as a family, for a new generation.

Jennifer and Phil were married outside of Harbor Lights where they were serenaded by Jennifer’s cousin from Montana, the sweetest kids ever paraded down the aisle, and their best friends and family witnessed their nuptials.  They had such a lovely day and no detail was left untouched.  I am SO excited to see their lives grow and to see what adventures they have in store for them!

McKenzie

Venue:  Harbor Lights – North Platte, NE
Dress: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hirschfelds
Makeup: Esther Flores
Hair: JCPenny

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Assistant Sara and I LOOOOVE Buffalo Bill!

What do we love just as much as photographing a wedding?  Photographing each other, photographing a wedding.  Honestly, we have so much fun shooting together that we are OVER THE MOON when we actually get to!  And what’s that mean?  An overabundant amount of photos of us.

For this wedding, we shot in a courtroom and in our clients home.  Standing on the judges platform made us feel powerful…and like we needed a gavel in the studio.  We might not look glamorous…ever…but hey, we work our butts off and have a blast doing it!  We love to look back at our photos of each other not only to see how well we’re aging (HA!) but to reminisce over the variety of hair colors we’ve had.  ;)

This was such a hard wedding to blog because I want to blog ALL of the images from Jessica and Josh’s wedding day!

Josh and Jessica hosted an incredible celebration at their home.  When I asked them questions about why they wanted to have their wedding at home, it was easy to understand that their place was A. Incredible.  B. Important to them, and C. They wanted a place their family and friends could enjoy since they have never really had a “house warming” party, and this was the perfect opportunity.  These two are fantastic together and I hit it off with them right away.  They are hilarious, love each other fiercely, care deeply about their friends and family, and would do ANYTHING for them.  On their wedding day, Janine and I could quickly see that their friends and family are just as hilarious, fiercely loving, caring, and would do anything for Jess and Josh too.

There is SO MUCH WORK that goes into an at-home wedding, and they went above and beyond to create a personal and fun environment for their guests.  They have been raising wedding geese (yep!) for months that waddled around the grounds all day…we could probably post another blog of just them…it’s laughable how many photos we took of them, but they were just so cute, hilarious, and a first for us!  They had booze in tractor scoops, yard games, a HUGE army truck for the bridal party to be presented in, suped up golf carts that Josh and Jess cruise around in, delicious BBQ, a drone, and a couple huge pair of underwear that Josh sneakily pulled out of his sleeve instead of the garter.  A crowd favorite.  ;)

Josh and Jessica – Thank you so much for trusting Janine and I with your INCREDIBLE wedding day.  We had so much fun and have so many memories of our own from this day.  If anyone knows how to love and love hard, it’s you guys.  You, your friends and family are so lucky to have each other.  You all have such generous and genuine hearts and we’re lucky to have been a part of it.  We can’t wait to watch what’s next for you guys!

McKenzie

Catering: Dickey’s BBQ – This was AMAZING.  A huge variety of food, CRUSHED getting people food fast, and delicious.  Totally recommend!
Desserts:  Garden Cafe Rockbrook
Flowers + Landscaping:  S&N Landscaping
Music: Chad Anderson
Rentals: Honeyman Rentals
Makeup: Amanda Lee Artistry  – We love Amanda!

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  • June 19, 2016 - 8:56 pm

    Vickie jenkins - Omg. I felt so special thank you

There is nothing more that we love than a wedding celebration centered around each other and what is important to them.  What looks like “just a courthouse” ceremony to you, is actually EXTREMELY important to them!  John and Allison were married in his uncle’s courtroom, which is also in the courthouse where John works.  Everything around them had meaning and it only made sense for them to be married there.  Surrounded by their dearest family and friends, they were married…everyone laughed, there were tears, there were high fives and selfies.  It was perfect in every way.  We also took turns sitting in the judges chair.  We couldn’t resist.  Bucket list: check.  One of our most favorite moments of the day was when John realized he left his car keys (well, all his keys, really) in his office, inside the courthouse, after it closed…for the weekend.  Whoopsie daisies.  We’re still laughing about it.

Following the ceremony, their friends and family made their way to Marks in Historic Dundee where everyone enjoyed cocktails, charcuterie, and a delicious meal.

The next afternoon, John and Allison hosted an open house as opposed to a wedding reception.  They had Dante’s Pizza make pies in their driveway, Allison’s mom made a million cupcakes and treats, they had yard games, and simply enjoyed everyone’s company at their leisure.  It was honestly the perfect way to celebrate the weekend.

John and Allison, THANK YOU so much for letting us be a part of your weekend.  We can’t even tell you how much fun we had and how much pizza we ate.  We LOVE watching you travel and enjoy the ride of life together!  Here’s to hoping all your now-favorite restaurants stay open forever.  ;)

Janine + McKenzie




  • June 16, 2016 - 1:57 pm

    Krissy - I love everything about this wedding. Everything.