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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.

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Downtown Omaha Winter Wedding

Omaha Wedding Photographers

What a DAY this was!  First of all, it was the coldest day ever, clocking in at a whoppin’ 8 degrees with a -11 windchill.  The kind of cold where you can’t feel your limbs and your breath gets knocked out of you when you step outside.  And second, this was an unfortunately historic day in Omaha with the explosion of our beloved M’s Pub.  So it was a wild day, especially since we planned to take photos in the heart of downtown that evening.  Needless to say, we found a pretty incredible “Plan B” since our ideal corner was in flames.

Becky and Jay were a blast to photograph on their wedding day.  They braved the cold weather and location detours like champs.  Serious champs.  We took them to a downtown ROOFTOP in a -11 windchill…it was insane…we were all numb afterwards, but it was SO worth it.

We LOVED Becky’s huge joyful laugh throughout the day… we loved when Becky and Jay viewed their reception hall for the first time and Jay said it looked like Hogwarts.  The room was GORGEOUS.  It was as romantic as it can get.  One of our favorite moments was when they shared their very own first dance, alone, in the room before anyone else entered.  It was such a sweet and intimate moment and I’m so glad that they took 3 and a half minutes JUST for them during such a busy evening.  We loved the bromance that unfolded throughout the evening with Jay and his best friends…we loved the bond and excitement of sorority sisters…we loved rowdy dads on the dance floor…and we loved late night donuts from one of our FAVORITE bakeries of all time.

Becky and Jay, you guys are fantastic.  Your laughs are so genuine and infectious and we adored being a part of your day.  Thank you for making US feel like family!

Janine (and Mac)

Ceremony: First Presbyterian Church of Omaha
Reception and Catering: Hilton Downtown Omaha
DJ: Complete Music
Videography: Complete Music
Hair: Dani Cooper
Dress: Ready or Knot
Flowers: Mulhalls
Cake: Mad Ox Bakery (You guys…go here.)
Donuts: Mad Ox Bakery (The best donuts in town.  Seriously.)
Wedding Planner: Our main squeeze Vernetta with The Wedding Planner Omaha

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My GOODNESS this was a good day.  Jenny and Mark are so fun to be around…they are genuine, hilarious, and completely smitten with each other.  They had a lovely wedding at the Durham Museum and braved the cold chill and the crowd of NCAA Volleyball Championship fans.  Jenny even ran through a tunnel of Texas fans that were at the hotel getting ready to be completely defeated by Nebraska’s amazing volleyball team.  Jenny and Mark are Jayhawk fans, so her running through this Texas tunnel made it that much funnier.

It was SO fun watching their guests arrive.  Everything took a sweet pause when Mark’s grandpa arrived.  Everyone shouted, “Papa!”…it was the sweetest.  Jenny twirled and twirled with her little flower girl, and everyone couldn’t wait to sneak in a hug with them all before they walked down the isle.

Jenny and Mark wrote their own vows and they were perfect, funny, and the best of promises to each other.  After their ceremony they went right into their beautiful reception with heavy appetizers, drinks, and dancing.  What we absolutely adore and LOVE about these guys is how they laugh with each other.  Their faces are completely lit up in their photos…just lit up with joy…and that warms our hearts.

Jenny and Mark…congratulations!  We had so much fun with you prancing around downtown.  You guys are going to have such a fun life together!

Ceremony and Reception: Durham Museum
DJ: Complete Music, Tyson
Cake: Lorraine Arthur
Flowers: Ted Wzorek
Dress: David’s Bridal
Caterer: Catered Affair
Day of Coordinator: Jen Mrsny
Videographer: Trevor Wiltgen
Ofiiciant: I Tie the Knots


  • January 15, 2016 - 8:29 am

    krissy - Great, great images!

  • January 15, 2016 - 12:18 pm

    Sandy Fischer - Great pictures Mark and Jennie! Congratulations❤️

  • February 2, 2016 - 8:40 pm

    Carol Lynne - I Tie The Knots - Sensational photographs of an amazing Winter Wedding at The Durham. Between your talent and great subjects, these are some of the most amazing wedding photographs I’ve ever seen. Bravo!

  • February 3, 2016 - 11:28 am

    admin - Wow! Such nice words Carol! Thank you so much! We loved this day so much!

Daniel and Shaye had a LOVELY winter wedding on an unheard of 52 degree December day in Omaha!  Their family and friends surrounded them with love the entire afternoon…from getting ready to classic rock music, watching the NFL, signing the most beautiful ketubah, and dancing the night away together.

Daniel and Shaye are a true delight to be around.  They’re completely smitten with each other, and listening to them gush over each other during their first look, was darling.  It was a light joke throughout the day that they scored the highest on a compatibility test that their rabbi had ever seen…and it couldn’t be more true!  One of my favorite parts of the day was hearing the beautiful words on their ketubah.  It repeated, “There will be no story like ours”…such incredible words.  We had so much fun seeing their entire family celebrate greatly together.  It’s evident that they’ve got a strong bond of love and leadership with them to carry on in their lives together.

Daniel and Shaye, I’m so excited to see how your life grows from here and to see how your story writes itself!  Congratulations!


Ceremony + Reception: LaVista Embassy Suites
Flowers: HyVee 132nd & Dodge
Cake: Miss Mollie’s Sweet Treats
Groom’s Cake: HyVee 132nd & Dodge
Catering: LaVista Embassy Suites
Music: Complete Music
Hair: Garbo’s


Nikki and Mike planned a wedding they knew they would enjoy.  They broke the “standard timeline” mold and spent the afternoon enjoying their friends, family, and each other.  After a relaxing morning getting dolled up at Kontempo Salon (one of our personal favorites) and drinking mimosas, Nikki and her family made their way to the Omar Building in preparation for Nikki and Mike’s first look.  Nikki looked stunning.  A classic beauty.  Mike was SO excited to see his bride…and equally nervous.  “I see her every day…I can’t believe I’m this nervous”.  It was adorable.  After many loving words, smiles, and tears of joy, Nikki, Mike, and their families went downtown to Omaha’s local brewery, the Brickway, for drinks and celebration of the days upcoming events.  After some time together, we made our way back to the Omar Building for a pre-ceremony guest happy hour, followed by their beautiful candlelit ceremony.  There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  A family style Italian meal was served following the ceremony where their closest friends and family broke bread together, told stories, and laughed, just like they would at home.  They cut a beautiful cake, shared sweets, and danced the night away.

Nikki and Mike, you had the perfect day.  We LOVED your “out of the box” planning and LOVED capturing such a beautiful, personal day for you.  We wish you the best in this next wild stage of your lives together!


Ceremony and Reception: Omar Arts and Events
DJ- DJ Shif-D
Florist- Blooms and Bouquets
Catering- Catering Creations
Dress- Flutter Boutique
Cake- Cake Specialist
Cupcakes- Nothing Bundt Cakes
Hair and Makeup- Kontempo

I was lucky enough to know Sara through Team in Training- a wonderful organization that raises money for blood cancers.  She was one of my spunky little marathon mentees and I had so much fun getting to know her.  Fast forward a few years and I got to photograph her boyfriend’s sisters wedding and fell in love with the Kinsella’s.  AND then THIS year- it finally happened.  I got to photograph these two crazy kids tie the knot.  They were surrounded by awesome friends, crazy families and so much joy.  Over 300 weddings and this was the first that did zombie faces pre-ceremony! Tom will really never have another dull day in his life.  Even during the getting ready, the girls managed to set off the fire alarms and shut down a building due to a fire alarm. . . . I thought the firemen were there for a whole other reason, but they stayed clothed and professional.:)

Sara had dreamed of a sparkly winter wedding and they had the most perfect day.  I hope we do again next year:)

Ceremony: St. Johns

Reception: Lauritzen Gardens

Dress: Bridal Traditions

Flowers: Debbie Pitt

Cake: Chris Janecek

DJ: Conrad Image Entertainment


  • December 23, 2015 - 8:42 am

    krissy - Fantastic as always!!

  • December 24, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Momma Kath - Thank you Janene for capturing the love in your photographs. They are beautiful and tell a story of love. What a wonderful day it was!