Friday, August 28, 2009

{Ashley & Derek}

So, few words make my heart flutter like "on a farm." I dream about weddings like one. A big barn, a tent, a gorgeous bride, some horses, some hay bales, an antique John Deere and the most fun wedding party I could possibly imagine. We had an amazing day playing with all the farm had to offer... It was a little warm (ok, it was sweltering), but Ashley, Derek and their wedding party were so cool about it... and they seemed to be having just as good of a time as I was.
The details of this wedding were so great! I'm normally not much of a detail gal, but I just couldn't help myself!!!

just. glorious.

Ashley and Derek had the sweetest families... and i loved this of Ashley and her grandmother...

...and this one too looking through her parents shoulders during the ceremony...

So, I had to put this one in... How much do I love a bunch of groomsmen saying "I don't know what to do with my hands?" I always break out a little Ricky Bobby and I think this is the first group that ALL got my joke... well, all but the guy on the right. ha, ha.

Who doesn't love a tractor?

Or a big blue sky?

So during the first dance... I realized the sun was going down on the other side of the tent and I got these pictures with some seriously delicious light... Love it!

Ashley and Derek are gonna have some gorgeous kiddos one day for me to take pictures of...

Ok, ok... I realize that this picture is in one of the collages above... but you've gotta see it big so you can see the faces of these crazy boys... best. jumping. picture. ever!!!! I do believe the guy on the far right thinks he is auditioning for the Russian Ballet... and Oh, how great he would be.

I loved every minute of it Ashley and Derek!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

E-session Extraordinaire!!!

I've always loved a good e-session, but this one was really something special. Rarely do I set aside enough time to blog just an e-session, but I just can't help myself. Chris and Emily are getting hitched this November, so we set off on a little urban adventure. Chris warned me going in that he can be a little "stiff." HA, HA!!! They were both totally amazing and about the most relaxed couple I've had all year... which made for some really fun photos. I'm so psyched about shooting the wedding in a few months.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Something in the water.

I love a good challenge... and believe me, this was as good as it gets. One family, two pregnant girls... they are sister-in-laws and are due within two weeks of one another. Wow! I'm not drinking out of their faucets anytime soon. :) They wanted pics not only individually, but also with each of their husbands, the two girls together and all four of them combined. We had a awesome time trying to make it all work, but I loved the results, so I'm just posting a quick little preview.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Katie, Eric and a very special Monkey

Dear Katie and Eric...
Thank you so, so much for trusting me to be your photographer. I am so happy that we not only got to work together, but also that we were able to get to know each other a bit better (ok, maybe a whole lot better). You guys have to get on down here for a visit ASAP!!
Much Love,

**Katie is one of my husband's cousins and she and Eric were married in Michigan on August 1. We had an absolute blast! Of course, Jason was roped into assisting and that is always, always an adventure... though I will say he was rather well behaved. I also think I may have to start marketing myself up north, because the weather was PERFECT!!! We were lucky to miss the rain that came and went, but who can complain about 75 and breezy. It was definitely a welcome change from good ole 90 degrees with 110% humidity.
Plus, Katie is amazingly beautiful and Eric was so easy to work with and so much fun to be around.

so, basically.... Sweetest. Picture. Ever. I always love the "seeing each other for the first time" pics, but this one... aaaahhhhh.

Katie only looked at me like I was slightly crazy when I told her to jump up into the rotting tree stump. But I'm so psyched she did it!

I'm just throwing this pic in because I thought it was such a great idea. Their centerpieces were individual cakes with handmade (by Katie) table numbers. There were 6 different flavors for 18 tables, so everyone got up and mingled trying samples. Awesome (and delicious) idea!!!!

They had the world's cutest flower girls and ringbearer... look at those hands in his pockets and the girls' ringlets.

Katie and Eric had a very special guest at their wedding... one that not even they knew was there... until now. Most of you won't get this, but what matters is that the important parties will. :) He'll turn up a few more times K and E. Keep an eye out.

Katie got a little emotional seeing her dad for the first time... just as she was getting ready to walk down the aisle. So sweet.

I love this one taken during the ceremony over the shoulders of both of her brothers... who are obviously crazy about her.

Ok, so these last two... I couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I thought I'd let you decide. At the wedding, there was an old wedding picture of Katie's grandparents that I decided I wanted to "copy" ... well, copy in my own crazy way. I looked and looked for a location to take it, but nothing screamed at me... until I decided I had to use the bathroom. LOVED the purple wall, and knew it was perfect for what I wanted to do... Ha. Only I would drag a poor bride and groom into a tiny bathroom for the perfect shot. :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Susan & Andy

Maple Grove Inn... July 18.
I am so very excited to share a few (well, more than a few) from their wedding in July. I shot a bridal session with Susan a couple weeks before the wedding and I've gotta say, it almost killed me not being able to publish them immediately. She is stunning and I loved the location. So... I'm starting out with a few from that session and following it up with an abnormally large amount of wedding day photos.

This was one of my favorite shots of that session... its amazing where great photos can be made... this was just a boring old empty hallway...

Now, for the main event...

Maple Grove has some pretty cool places to shoot... this terrace, the old iron gates like in the picture above, and the moss covered steps a couple pictures down...

I love this of Andy's sisters helping him get ready...

seeing each other for the first time...

Andy is a self-proclaimed "photographer hater." I love his face in this shot...

Susan's mom was so stinkin' cute...

Their ringbearer with one of his most beloved possessions... Tow-Mater.

I don't think the lighting or the sky could have been any more perfect for the ceremony...

Stealing a minute to admire the new "bling" before heading to the reception. :)

These folks knew how to give a toast... this is Susan listening to her father's...

Loved this one by one of the groomsmen... I think this is the point at which he started to recite Journey lyrics (stone-serious I might add). Awesome!!!

Love the way Andy is looking at her here...

And you gotta love a bride who knows her music.

Congrats guys and thank you so much for letting me share it!