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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!

These two get it.  Let’s step back a few years ago when I had the privilege to document their wedding.  They were awesome then too!  They had a great day that celebrated the commitment they were making. Well, here we are three years later.  They are enjoying life together as friends and yes. . . they are still madly in love!  The wanted to celebrate with photos where they are right now in life.  They know that in a few years their lives may look dramatically different.  They want to preserve the memories of now because everyday is important.  These moments that are real and normal and full of how their life is.  They understand you don’t need kids to do a family shoot.  They get it.  Love you two- thanks for trusting me with these precious memories!




Ooooooooooh my, how I love these guys!  Way back in the high school days, Mandy and I went to rival schools, so when she contacted me about photographing her wedding, I was happy to know that those rivalries had officially worn off. ;)

John and Mandy got married on a great, warm day in August.  It was SO fun being surrounded by Mandy’s friends while getting ready.  I felt like I was surrounded by my own friends.  They laughed, and talked, and cuddled together…all like grown women should on an awesome wedding day!  Their ceremony was so personal and sweet and truthfully spoke of them as a couple and their faith.

These two are completely smitten with each other, and they compliment each other in the most amazing ways.  I have had so much fun getting to know them as a couple, and as friends, in general.  Best of wishes to you both!


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In lieu of the first weekend of College Football…we have a pretty awesome blog post for you today.

Let’s get this out in the open…Janine is a Nebraska Husker fan.  McKenzie is an Iowa Hawkeye fan.  BUT, we love our clients SO much, that we’ll even become an Iowa State fan for the weekend, just to gain the trust and adoration of our clients.  Call us fair-weather fans…call us wishy-washy…we can take it.  But…we love what we do.:)

You may remember Abby and Big Guy’s (a.k.a. Brandon) Iowa State tailgating engagement session from last fall.  We seriously had a blast doing this, because we got to do what we LOVE to do.  Document real life.

We hit the road in our Iowa State gear and headed to Estes Park, Colorado to shoot Abby and Big Guy’s wedding at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau.

There is nothing more beautiful and exciting than a destination wedding, but what we loved the most, is how special it was for them as a family, and as friends.  Truthfully, they probably could have gotten married in the most horrifying of locations, and it still would have been amazing, because they love each other so much…their family loves them so much…and their friends love them so much.

The day started out with the risk of rain, and Abby hates loathes rain.  And what’s funny about it, is it actually HAILED at their rehearsal the night before.  Hailed.  But everyone was so positive, and so excited about them sharing the day together, that the little risk of rain was peanuts to their excitement.  When Abby and Big Guy saw each other for the first time, the skies cleared up after some light sprinkles, and they ended up with the most beautiful day.  We felt it was a pretty good sign.

Some of our favorite moments of the day:
* The reaction of Abby’s friends and family when she turned around after getting her wedding dress on.  There were cheers and claps.  There should always be cheers and claps!

* Cruising through the Rocky Mountains in the most awesome RV in all the land.  It seriously is.  We feel like this camper holds so many memories for this family already, that now there has been a wedding party gallivanting the Rockies in it.  There were honks…there were laughs…there were beers…there were “wiener wellingtons”…it was so much fun!

* Abby and Big Guy’s family and friends giving the sweetest toasts.  The spoke of loving hard and passionately.  Everyone should be so lucky to get this kind of love in their life.

There is so much love between these two.  And even more love as a group.  We couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of this day. We are so incredibly grateful that we get to travel to beautiful places like this do document such an important day.  The trust that they put into us is something we will never take for granted, and we feel so special that they chose us to do it.  Abby and Big Guy…please have lots and lots of babies immediately.  Yes.  We’re just throwing it out there.  We’d also like for you to have them, in the RV, during an Iowa State game. . . just sayin’.



Culling through the weekends weddings and stumbled across these HILARIOUS pictures of us shooting.  These days we don’t get to shoot much together because we’re both booked with weddings…but when we do, it almost becomes a competition of who can get in the weirdest spot to get the best moment.  We love what we do, and we love pushing the limits (respectively, of course) to get the best stuff for you guys!  And because we love to laugh…and get laughed at, I suppose…

Cheers to wedding season folks!

J & M


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I love Iowa.  This isn’t a secret.  I got to shoot Jen and Brian’s engagement photos at his farm house in rural Iowa, and I was 100% in my element.  It doesn’t get more Iowa than this.  We did some family photos…we did some kiddo photos…we did some engagement photos.  I’m smitten with all of them.  We played with the new farm puppy…we played with the farm kitties…and we fed a bottle calf.  I LOVE these photos because they’re so reflective of their day to day life, and that’s the good stuff.




  • August 29, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Katrina - Simply gorgeous.