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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!

Lucy is the cutest.  She actually is a student in Minnesota, but her sister and brother-in-law live in the small town I grew up in, so she decided to have her senior photos done their on their GORGEOUS farm.  I am obsessed with their farm and I LOVE photographing their family there, so it was a blast buzzing around the grounds with Lucy on the golf cart chasing beautiful light.  Lucy is also the sister to one of our past brides…so let’s just say this isn’t my first rodeo with this crew.

Lucy is not only darling, but smart as a whip and hopes to be headed to Creighton University here in Omaha next year.  Thanks for hanging out Lucy!

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Heidi and Eric have been friends of mine for a really long time…Eric, since we were in Kindergarten.  I call him my brother…I’m his annoying “little sister”…I call his parents my own…and we can always pick up where we left off.  I LOVE photographing their family.  Previously they lived in the city of Minnesota, but packed it all up a few short years ago to grow on an AMAZING farm in Southwest Iowa close to Eric’s family.  I think Heidi is the Iowa version of The Pioneer Woman (ladies, you know who I’m talkin’ about…) and has made a beautiful home for their family, and together, they raise the most hilarious children.  I love photographing their life, and always feel honored to do so.

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What a joy it is to be around such loving, fun people.  Sarah and Nelson’s love for each other just bubbled out of them. It isn’t always easy to plan a wedding when you are out of town.  But Nelson and Sarah had no problem creating the day of their dreams all the way from New York.  They blended their two cultures together and everyone invited couldn’t help but have a great time on their packed dance floor.  Even though the midwest summer heat greeted their out of town guests with a swift punch, everyone embraced the day and partied through it.  Sarah looked gorgeous in her gown from New York! Thank you so much for having me come along for the hot and crazy ride!

Videographer: Amory Films

Ceremony: St. Vincent de Paul

Reception: Founders One Nine

Transportation: Ollie the Trolly

DJ: Elliott Harris

 

 

Guys…the POPE approves.  ;)

Danny and Kenzie are SO happy-go-lucky.  I met them last year after photographing their friends Lydia and Trent’s wedding and I’m SO happy I got to hang with this crew again.   They have the absolute SWEETEST families and most devout friends that it’s hard to not feel like you’ve known them all forever.

I’ve decided that the hottest days of the year, are all of my weddings in Sioux City.  Without question.  Danny and Kenzie’s day was no exception.  They braved the heat and had the best time celebrating with everyone.  They had a beautiful ceremony at Sunnybrook Community Church officiated by their friend Lydia’s dad.  He always does such a great job, and I genuinely enjoy listening to him deliver the Word during a wedding.

Some of my favorite moments of the day:
- Kenzie’s mom couldn’t decide which shoes to wear with her dress…so she brought ALL the shoes.  It was so funny!  She just kept pulling black shoes out of her bag like she was doing a magic trick.

- Everything coming to a halt when the grandparents arrived, and everyone loving on them, and the grandparents loving on each other.

- Kenzie and her dad sharing an emotional moment just before they walked down the aisle.

- The party bus…all the bottles.  ALLLL the bottles.  And the ‘chant’ for the photographer.  Always a photographers favorite moment of the day.  ;)

- Danny’s sweet dance moves during the first dance.  That fish hook tho!

They were DANCING MACHINES at Bev’s on the River…kicking the night off off by “choreographing” their first dance in their living room a few nights prior.  There was not an open spot on the floor and it was a blast to watch everyone break it down all night long.

Kenzie and Danny…I had SO MUCH FUN at your wedding.  You guys beam happiness and you’ve got a pretty amazing support system in your friends and family.  You are lucky, amazing people, and I’m so honored to have been a part of your day.  I wish you a big and adventurous life!

McKenzie

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It turns out, that I am getting old.  I photographed not only Emilio’s senior photos, but his brother’s as well!  I fall in love with my families when I photograph them, and being asked to shoot this wedding was an honor.  Their family had lost their mother recently and I was so thankful that I had gotten to know her.  Throughout the day, it was so obvious to me that she was present and I could easily pick up on the moments when she was wrapping them all up.
Also- it rained.  All day. Hard.  This could’ve put a huge damper in their rediculously fun outdoor wedding.  Not these guys! When I showed up, there wasn’t even a mention that is was raining.  They summed it up perfectly in their toast that it didn’t matter to them if it was sunny or raining- they just wanted all their loved ones together to have a great time.
If that was the goal, then they had a perfect wedding.  There was so much love. . . and so much fun.
They danced in the mud, got soaking wet, destroyed their shoes and clothes, . . . and then Elvis showed up as a surprise from the bride to the groom.  If you can’t have fun on your wedding day- when can you?! Their eclectic wedding theme of Star Wars, Harry Potter and Shark Week was a riot and will leave their guests with so many great memories.

Emilio and Maggie- your wedding made my heart swell up with love.  Thanks for having me along for the ride!

-Janine

Ceremony: Saint Mary Magdalene

Reception: her PATIENT parent’s backyard

Florist: Mulhalls

Catering: Hy-Vee

Dress-Rhylan Lang

Photo Booth- Snap Omaha