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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!

We love it when weddings are planned around meaning instead of just pretty things.  Creighton is a BEAUTIFUL church, BUT Claire and Andrew planned their Creighton University wedding because it was their alma mater, where they met, played sports and now where they will start their newest adventure: marriage!  They went to Brix to hangout with their wedding party after the ceremony because they had gotten engaged there.  These guys get it!

One of my favorite moments to photograph is the time Dad’s and daughters have before they walk down the aisle.  Everyone is always filled with nervousness and excitement- but I feel for those poor Dads! Claire’s Dad began to get a little overwhelmed with emotion, Claire turned to him and told him to “get it together”! They clearly have a lot of love for each other and their families.  They had so many great memorable moments together.  Their families even surprised them with larger than life cutouts of the bride and groom’s faces.  Every time I’d turn around on the dancefloor I’d get creeped out with a huge head behind me.  It was hilarious, and so much fun.  The party was such a celebration of a great day.  Congratulations!

Bridal Gown: Nolte Bridal

Cake: Cupcake Omaha

Flowers: Flowers for Special Occasions

Band: KC Allstars

Trolley: Ollie the Trolley

Videographer: Iwen Exposures

Salon: Refinery

Ceremony: Creighton University

Reception: Embassy Suites Downtown

 

 

 

 

 

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So…we might be 3 peas in a pod.  I love these guys.  We hit it off immediately when we met for the first time, and have had this hilarious relationship ever since.  I knew we’d be a perfect “fearless” fit the moment they mentioned their idea for their engagement session.  I’d spill the beans, but it’s our own little secret.  These two are hilarious, sweet, silly, and just down to Earth and “get it”.  I’m a fan of anyone that sends me a “We’re stalking you” email attached with a hilarious photo…unless you’re a legit stalker, because then I’m not a fan.  I digress…I know I will have an insane amount to write about and show after their Halloween wedding, so I’ll just cut to the chase on this one.  Without further adieu, Eric and Ann.

McKenzie

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There’s just so much to say about Josh, Sarah, their family, friends, and their wedding day.  I’ll never be able to do it justice with my words.  Josh and Sarah have such a light about them.  They’re creative, genuine, and completely smitten with each other.  I love that they took a step back from the standard wedding and completely customized the day to what was important and special to them.  This group of people is close and the kind of people that you can tell love hard and passionately.  I was thinking back about the moments from the day that were significant, and the words Sarah’s brother said at their reception stuck with me.  He mentioned how BIG of a deal it was to have someone join your family.  And honestly, I’m not sure I’ve really thought too deep into that until he said it.  I often just think about how big of a deal it is to find the one your heart belongs to…and how big your family loves you…and all the little moments that happen throughout the day.  But Chris was so, so right.  Letting someone into your family is huge and an honor.  I LOVE and cherish that this was recognized and spoken of…and you could tell all day that even though the day was special for Josh and Sarah, it was special in the terms of families growing with open arms.  I’ve never felt the love of two people by a group ever.

Sarah and Josh were married in the back yard of her parents house surrounded by their very closest family and friends.  The ceremony was incredible. Loved ones each played a part by standing to speak love and truth to them.  There was a ring warming ceremony to offer prayers and hopes upon their wedding bands.  There’s never been warmer rings…as they had to repeat a song 3 times in order to get the rings back.  That’s a lot of love put upon those rings, if you ask me.  I have to say, one of my favorite things to observe all day, was the way Sarah and Josh’s parents looked at their kids getting married.  They looked so happy…over the moon…proud.

After the ceremony, we snuck away in Sarah’s dad’s 1940′s Ford for some “alone” time.  Sarah and Josh shared a picnic together, chatted about their day, snuggled a bit, and let us capture some amazing portraits of the two.  When we got back to the house they had an AMAZING dinner, delicious cake, and the best damn band around…The Prairie Gators.  A cajun band.  I will repeat that…a cajun band.  I can’t even tell you how fun this was.  It was SO different, unique, quirky, and fantastic in every way possible.  There was a tent to lounge in, a fire to roast treats, beers to drink, and an accordion to jam to.  I left the evening sweaty…and so sad the night was over.

Josh and Sara…congratulations!  You guys really have the best people on the planet beside you and surrounding you.  You have the sweetest families and most endearing friends.  Your celebration is one I will talk of for many years for so many reasons far beyond it being beautiful, delicious, and fun.  I wish you a life of adventure, experiences, and beaming love!

McKenzie

Hotel: Hotel Deco XV
Ceremony: Her parents house
Reception: Her parents house
Catering: Dante’s Pizza (Who even knew this was an option?!  Are you kidding me?  So good.)
Flowers/Decor: Events in Bloom
Dress: Ready or Knot (This dress…this dress.)
Cakes: Cupcake Island
Hair: Dani Cooper
Makeup: Blush Makeup Artistry
Band: Prairie Gators
Invitations: Chris Fettin and Sarah Fettin (BEAUTIFUL)
Videographer: Wedding Memories of Omaha (We had a blast working together!)
My lovely assistant for the day all the way from MN: Krissy Hunter McCabe
Minimoon: Bonaroo!

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  • June 17, 2015 - 12:13 pm

    Mike Hennings - These are some GORGEOUS images. That last one really takes the cake, though. Have you thought about submitting it to a wedding blog?

    M

  • June 18, 2015 - 5:49 pm

    Nancy Hildreth - Wow…this is just as special as I imagined! Good work…so beautiful and unique!

When I met Shawn and Brittany for the first time, I knew I would like them as they had just done the Market to Market relay together.  Runners, of any kind, are friends of mine!  They are a calm, go-with-the-flow couple and had their closest friends and family celebrate with them in Hastings, Nebraska.  I loved watching them be calm, cool, and collected through the ceremony…and then CUT LOOSE and enjoy their party and celebration with each other.  They had delicious food, delicious cake, and lots of laughs all day!

Brittany and Shawn, congratulations!

McKenzie

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