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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!

I cannot even begin to express how much I have enjoyed getting to know Jessica and Chris.  They’re the kind of people that you meet and feel like you’ve known your entire life.  We had such a blast during their engagement session at the church they would be married in, and on the University of Lincoln campus.

Their wedding day could not have been more perfect.  What I love the most about these two is that they are fierce in their commitment to God, their family, and each other.  All three were evident by being a forefront of everything they did.  They didn’t “just plan a wedding”…they planned a commitment and a celebration for that commitment, and it was divine in every way possible.

Fun Fact: The POPE HIMSELF blessed their marriage.  Like…he REALLY blessed their marriage…with a plaque and everything.  If that tells you anything about how incredible these two are together…

Some favorite moments of the day:
- I can still hear Jessica’s dad gasp when he saw her for the first time.  She literally took his breath away.  It was the most precious thing.
- Watching how proud both Chris and Jessica’s parents were of them.  I loved catching glances of them staring at their children, all grown up, choosing to love each other and love each other well.  As I get older and my own son grows up from the mere age of 8, I appreciate those little moments so much more than I ever could have known.  And it’s all from watching families and couples like these.
- Chris’ groomsmen being an INCREDIBLE support system.  They weren’t just a bunch of dudes being ridiculous in a tux on a Saturday.  They were brothers and rocks for him.
- Jessica being surrounded in prayer.  Talk about powerful.
- Chris and Jessica praying together before the ceremony without seeing each other.  It was emotional and gave me goosebumps.  I love that they chose to share that special moment together.
- Jessica’s dads dance moves are incredible and brought the entire guest list to the dance floor…thanks to the MOST AMAZING DJ Joe Cruz.  (Hire him.)

Jessica and Chris – Thank you so much for having me be a part of your day.  I cannot even tell you how full my heart is.  I can’t wait to see how your life grows together and what fun things you’re up to next!  XOXOXO

McKenzie

Church: Newman Center | St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church – Lincoln, Nebraska
Reception: Lincoln Station Great Hall
DJ: DJ Joe Cruz - Again, soooo good!
Flowers: iBloom - Stunning as always!
Videographer: Amory Films – We LOVED, LOVED, LOVED working with these guys!

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Megan and Brandon have seen their extremes of weather in our time together.  First, their engagement session just outside of Sioux City was almost derailed from an unexpected 12-inch deep spring snow storm that miraculously melted…and on their wedding day, the sweltering heat had a few people knocked out from heat stroke.  Through both extremes, they powered through and enjoyed their time together as a couple and family.  Dare I say “they can weather anything”?  (I’m full of puns today.)

They had a STUNNING outdoor ceremony at the Dakota Dunes Country Club just North of Sioux City, Iowa in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota.  Their dearest friends and family shuffled around on golf carts together and completely enjoyed the day.

A few favorite moments of the day:
- Megan and her sister jamming to Shaggy on the way to the ceremony.
- How excited everyone was when Megan and Brandon’s son came running out to see them for the first time.
- Brandon and their son wrestling around and being besties all day.
- Megan’s sister Kelsey awarding a family friends son with a print for being the break dancer.
- Watching the kids poke at all the cupcakes and sweets during dinner.  Also – these were probably the best cupcakes I’ve ever had.

Megan and Brandon – thank you so much for having me be a part of your special day!  I’m excited to see where life takes you!

McKenzie

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When I met Bob and Carmen, I knew with my whole heart that they would have a day I would love.  Not just a day, but that they would also have amazing people surrounding them.  They really knew what this day…this moment in time…was about.  They couldn’t wait to celebrate their love and marriage with all of their dearest friends and family…the people that truly meant the most to them, and they succeeded 10-fold.  I have never seen such a rally of people not only loving Bob and Carmen, but each other.  You know you’re in the presence of good people when everyone you encounter raves on about how wonderful and caring Bob and Carmen are.

I have SO many favorite moments from their wedding day.  Carmen’s dogs helping her get ready…Bob’s tears of joy when his son and daughter arrived…Bob’s tears as Carmen came down the aisle…basically, Bob’s tears all day.  :)  I loved how present Carmen was and how her faith encompassed her.  I can still feel and hear her emotional exhale as she heard Oceans play in the church as their loving guests filled the pews.  They had a beautiful ceremony on the Boystown Campus followed by a mini cocktail hour at Pitch Pizzeria in West Omaha.

Bob, Carmen, and their guests DANCED the night away at the always gorgeous Indian Creek.  Carmen’s dad sang to them before they danced, Bob had the best garter removal I’ve ever seen, and everyone loved on each other in the greatest way.

Bob and Carmen, THANK YOU so much for having me be a part of your amazing day.  Witnessing the incredible love you have for each other and those around you warmed my heart in a million ways.  You are an incredible team together and I can only imagine the adventures you’ll go on from here!

McKenzie

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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.

McKenzie

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