My heart is filled with so much joy when I think about how Brad and Elise were brought together, how wonderfully they complement one another, and how well they were celebrated at their wedding. If you want a primer of their beautiful relationship and natural ease together, go check out their engagement session first! ;) They were wed on the loveliest October day in Norfolk, Nebraska.
Here’s our stunning bride with her gorgeous momma, and you can tell where she gets her amazingly warm smile. I feel like they both smile with their hearts. Bridesmaid squad. What a lovely crew! I really appreciated Brad’s vibe the whole day. He’s patient, gracious and kind, and he was so obviously full of thankfulness to be marrying Elise. How could anyone not catch the contagious joy that day!? I’ve had the privilege of witnessing many grooms’ reactions to their brides on their wedding days, and none has compared to this. It was the most beautiful moment, so full of goodness. We cruised through these photos in an effort to stay on schedule, and the entire wedding party was so fantastic! (And gorgeous!)Special groomsmen request! :D And then it was time to get married! Elise was surrounded by so many incredible women who prayed for her and Brad and their marriage. This is just one image in hundreds from the day, but the significance of this moment was great. Elise’s dad was able to walk her down the aisle against the odds after surviving a grim cancer battle years ago. Their relationship is beautiful, deeply rooted in faith, and I’m getting emotional just writing about it! Love this look between them. Married!!! And leaves! This is one of my very favorites from the whole day. Everyone should be this happy on their wedding day. The reception had such an intimate feel, but the party got started with Brad’s dance with his mom. They pulled out the cowboy hats and whirled around the dance floor to Cotton-Eyed Joe, and invited everyone to join and kick off the dance party. They had such a blast!
This was the most wonderful day – thank you SO SO VERY MUCH, Brad and Elise for inviting me to be a part of it. I love your relationship so much and was so happy to celebrate your marriage with you. Here’s to an incredible first year and beyond as Mr. & Mrs. Henke!
In order to have a beautiful wedding, you must start with beautiful people. Loved people. Kind-hearted, genuine, others-focused, “I-believe-in-love” people. Friends, this was a beautiful wedding. Max and Kelsey are solid gold. They are rich in friends and laughter, family and generations, and they complement one another as only they were designed to do. I still don’t have words for how deeply grateful I am to have been involved in the day they became Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler.
Here’s our gorgeous bride, with her mom and sister working on those buttons. Remember Mikaela? Of course you do. :) I photographed her wedding last year, and she got ready in this exact same room! This dress! I cannot get over its details or the perfect flow of that tulle skirt. It’s straight out of a dream and 100% perfect on her. Isn’t she just stunning?!!! I could photograph this redheaded, freckled, dimpled beauty for days.
Hey, Max!!!! You’re about to see your almost-wife! In case you guys are wondering, he actually always looks this dapper. Proof: their engagement session.
This moment was just so dang perfect. These two have been together since high school, and they still look at each other like this. I mean, it’s like two walking heart-eye emojis. All the time! I think you guys made an amazing decision to get married. ;) One of my favorites from the entire day. Veil movement: A+! Meet the fabulous wedding party! This crew…They did not let up all day.
I mean, c’mon. They’re so dang fun! And the groomsman on the right? Spoiler: he doubled as the officiant. AWESOME.This is Max’s twin sister and their older brother. I don’t have to know them all that well to know that this photo says a lot about them.
Ladies! Both of Kelsey’s parents walked her down the aisle, and I have never seen such sweet moments between a mother and daughter. Chris, you have raised such lovely ladies!
Their ceremony was filled with amazing personal touches. Max is a woodworker and built (yeah, BUILT) that arbor (!) and handmade this box. They dropped letters into it along with notes from their guests and sealed it as a time capsule to open on their tenth anniversary. They are MARRIED! And then it was party time! Max’s brother and Kelsey’s sister amped up the toasts with a video they made of tons of their loved ones describing them, their relationship, offering advice, sharing stories, and it was the highlight of the reception. Everyone was laughing so hard - it was incredible. We snuck outside before the dance got underway to grab a few last photos as the sun faded away.
A thousand congratulations to you, Max and Kelsey! I’m so pumped to see what adventures married life takes you on. I know you will enjoy this brand new season to the fullest!
Sometimes you get to witness weddings that are just different – right from the beginning – and this was one of those. I mean that in the best way possible. I walked in to the bed and breakfast where everyone was getting ready, and there was just a calmness and a pure joy shared between every person in the house. I was so honored to be there, photographing all the wonderful moments that unfolded from the hair and makeup to the ceremony to the dancing. Zach and Becca, you are such beautiful people, inside and out, and I’m pretty dang excited you got married!
Oh hey there, gorgeous girl. They had such a sweet first look. She looks at him with such deep respect and focus. It’s such a subtle thing, but so honoring. My favorite thing about photographing these two is they do exactly what I want them to before I even ask. Time, after time, after time! Cuties. You look happy to be getting married. :) My favorite of the day. I love you guys!!! The groomsmen mugshot is a close runner-up for my favorite. I love it!
The requested tribute to Anchor Man. So beautifully executed, I might add! After a relaxed, laughter-filled afternoon, it was time for the best part of any wedding. Married! Becca and her mom planned the most exquisite details for this reception. Everything was so sweet and perfectly reflected Becca and Zach. Each time I see these photos, I just have the same happiness I did that day. Thanks for sharing your joy with me, Mr. & Mrs. Marcus! Cheers to your new married life together!
Hair: Danielle Brandt, Illusions Hair Studio
Music: Carly and Dylan McDermott
Ahhhh, this wedding! I had no doubt when I met Megan that this day would be beautifully planned and chock full of high-class glam. It did not disappoint in the least! Megan and Andrew got married in a flurry of excitement on a very hot August day with a ridiculous amount of love and charm. What a joy to witness days like these. :)
So, Megan’s dress kind of deserves its own introduction. Wow! It’s one of my favorite dresses I’ve ever seen. The beautiful bride. Megan, you are stunning, and I hope you felt every bit as gorgeous as you looked that day. These girls were the definition of glamorous. What a bunch of beauties! I walked in to meet Andrew and the first question I get is “Do you know how to tie a bowtie?” Ha! Noooot really, but I can sure follow a YouTube video. ;) Add that to my list of wedding skills. The brothers did some fine-tuning, making this quite the group effort. Lookin’ good, Andrew! That’s the look of a happy groom right there, and I have no doubt as to why.
Time to get married!! Parking garage for the win! Gosh, I love fun wedding parties. They make the day so amazing! Megan and Andrew are surrounded by fantastic friends and family, and they made sure to bring the party. I told them when I took this it was going to be one of my favorite images of the day. Yep. :) We headed to the reception, which was held on Megan and Andrew’s property south of town in a building they BUILT THEMSELVES. Talk about setting the bar high with a custom reception venue! They ended up tight on time to get it finished but you hardly noticed. It looked amazing. Ok, this dance got insane right away. I’m not talking about the dance floor being invaded by crazy groomsmen who’ve had a few drinks. No, it was a mass of preteen girls having the time of their lives and the DJ totally catered to them. It was the next best thing to a Taylor Swift concert…I think… :) See what I mean? Congratulations, Megan and Andrew. It was such an honor to be part of this incredible day and I wish you guys nothing but the best.
Cake: Nidia Morales, formerly The Jerusalem Bakery
Band: Aaron Stroessner (guitar), Mitch Benson (bass), Taylor Cobb (trumpet)
A few weeks ago, on a gorgeous day in June, Andrew & Mikaela became Mr. & Mrs.! These two individuals are so genuinely warm, kind, relaxed, and true-to-themselves, and it showed throughout their day. Their wedding was classic, elegant, and warm-hearted – a perfect reflection of their personalities and relationship. I loved every second, especially seeing these two smothered in celebration by their amazing friends and family.
I love Mothers-of-the-Bride whose smiles bubble over throughout what can be a busy, whirlwind of a day. Chris was like that – just so happy for Mikaela, and taking it all in. Beautiful! When I first met Mikaela, she told me she wanted a photographer who could make things feel natural, because in her words, “We’re not models.” Well, Mikaela…I beg to differ!!! Mikaela, you are what makes that dress so stunning. You’re gorgeous! Pure joy during their first look. This is one of my favorites from the day. She adores him, and he makes her laugh. :) That’s one good-lookin’ wedding party! Not to mention, they were FUN, and most of them proved they could handle a golf-cart. ;) This girl wins at the whole cute flower girl thing. She was perfect! Their ceremony was outside, surrounded by beautiful trees, and proved the weatherman wrong with sunny skies! Finally husband and wife, and looking pretty happy about it. These are the best moments of a wedding day, right after it becomes official. This is pretty much the way to go with wedding cake. An entire table of Nothing Bundt Cakes. Sooooo good!
Aaaand, the dance. Every single person on this floor knew how to bust a move. Including Mikaela’s grandparents! Keep your eyes peeled a few images down… Congratulations, Andrew & Mikaela! I loved being a part of your day so much, and am so grateful you shared it with me. Cheers to the next chapter of your lives together!!!
Ceremony and reception location: Hillcrest Country Club