JM Studios » Omaha Wedding Photographers blogging love and moments.

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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!

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:Piccolo’s

Catering: Hy-Vee

Dress-Rhylan Lang

Photo Booth- Snap Omaha

Madison and Cam had an easy-going day on one of the hottest days of the summer.  All of their family being from out of town, Omaha was a great “meet in the middle” spot for them…so technically, they had a hot destination wedding…just minus the swim up bar and beach  :)

Madison and Cam had a lovely ceremony at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church and then braved some really quick portrait time in the heat.  They were troopers (literally) and didn’t complain once about the hellish wedding conditions.  We stopped for some cold beverages at a local favorite, the Crescent Moon, and eventually made our way to Field Club of Omaha for their reception.  Their guests enjoyed delicious food, The Cake Gallery made an INCREDIBLE State Trooper badge grooms cake, kids stuck fingers in a chocolate fountain, and sorority sisters danced the night away.

Congratulations Madison and Cam!

McKenzie and Janine

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I met up with Eric and Julie last week during sunset, in the heat, and captured some STUNNING engagement photos for them!  Chalco Hills is a special place for them…they take strolls here…and got engaged here, so naturally, this was the most beautiful place on Earth.  Looking forward to October, friends!

McKenzie

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Amber has THE. BEST. STYLE.  She is a graphic designer and all the details of her wedding were so beautifully planned and executed.  She should design weddings for a living- she’d be at the top of the game.  Her Haley Paige dress from Rhylan Lang was beyond gorgeous on her.  Creating Atmosphere helped pull of the wonderful design of the day that Amber had come up with.  They kept their ceremony intimate with their family pastor officiating and having the darling Daryl be the ring bearer.  The midwest heat didn’t stop their guests from enjoying yard games while they were serenaded by Gooch during the cocktail hour. Catering Creations cooked up a tasty family style dinner that filled up everyone’s bellies. Their live band, Something Blu, kept things hopping and entertained the crowd for hours while SNAP Omaha Photobooth sent them home with a photo keepsake. While not a detail was skipped- none of it overshadowed these two and their fun loving relationship.  Thank you so much for having us document your gorgeous day.