Welcome to the photo abbreviation of one of my most FUN weddings to date. How could it not be? The people involved in this day were enjoying the heck out of it, which made it impossible not to have a blast right along with them. The bride was at the heart of all that joie de vivre, which is no surprise if you know her. Lacey is the kind of girl everyone wants as a best friend. She looked so stunning, Nate was the sweetest groom, and their wedding was worthy of “Best Day Ever” status. I can’t tell you how much I love to photograph mothers helping their daughters get ready for the day. As a mom of two girls, it’s just such a beautiful, intimate scene and incredibly special to me. These are the types of wedding day photos that matter for life. Also, these, of course. First look love, happiness and elation! Dang, you two. Probably my favorite. They are so natural together, so in love, so classic, I can hardly stand it. They lucked out with a gorgeous Nebraska fall day, in a streak of cold, rainy ones. Pure sunshine. :) I looooooved their ring bearer and flower girl!!! And then it was time. In the next two photos, you can see how adoringly Lacey looks at Nate. It’s the cutest. The ceremony and reception, held in the Jasmine Room at the Grand Manse were both jaw-dropping. Glittery, dramatic and glamorous. The brand new Mr. & Mrs.! We slipped away for photos with their hilarious and laid-back wedding party during the cocktail hour. Seriously, such a fun group to photograph. Note to photographers: don’t ask the boys to hold the bouquets unless you expect to take this photo. ;) I always do, and it’s usually their favorite. :D :D Time to party! (And eat bacon, duh). Can it be a new rule that wedding receptions serve breakfast food? So, so good. One of my favorite moments of the day was the choreographed dance Nate & Lacey learned. It was so much fun, and they nailed it. Lacey’s dad was kind of the star of the dance. :) We snuck outside for a few photos at sunset. Lacey, seeing said sunset, immediately broke into the Circle of Life intro. Like I have said, she’s THE BEST. Congratulations, Nate & Lacey. You guys are gold, and I am so honored to have been a part of your wedding day. I’m even more excited for your future as husband and wife. Blessings and cheers to you!
These photos represent a day of extraordinary love, deep commitment and a big ol’ party to celebrate it all. You know when the bride says the thing she’s most looking forward to is cutting loose on the dance floor, you’re in for a goooooood good day. Alison and Andy, what a pleasure to be a part of your wedding day.
You’ll notice it, so there’s really no need to point it out, but Alison’s smile is the best one in the entire world. The very prettiest. It shows all her joy, all the time. She’s gorgeous! Daaang! You two and your good looks. These next two are undeniably my favorites. (This first one reminds me a bit of this one from their engagement session… )
This wedding party. Ohhh, how I loved them! Keep scrolling and you’ll see they’re all basically models. ;) Models with a lot of spunk. Our fearless ring bearer, getting a little coaching from dad before the ceremony. Married! I love their nephew’s face watching them kiss. :D :D Did I mention there was a party? I honestly can’t get over how Andy looks at his bride. Alison, you’ve got such a winner. He absolutely treasures you. My favorite moment of the dance was when Alison’s dad hit the dance floor and JAMMED to Old Time Rock and Roll. (At least I’m 99.9% sure that was the song. I can almost hear it!)
Congratulations to the new Mr. & Mrs.! Your day was a dream, and your love well worth celebrating. Cheers to you and all your adventures together!
You would never know it, but this beautiful wedding day began with rainclouds covering the sky. They gave way and surely brought good luck – this was one perfect July wedding! Jenna took my breath away. She had the most wonderful, Hollywood glam vibe going on. So much pretty drama going on on the left, and the man of the hour on the right, ready to see his almost-wife.
Finally. :) Their faces speak volumes. I love this moment!
Probably the prettiest tea-length dress I’ve ever laid eyes on. It was so right for her. Oh hey, models. These ladies were amazing! Such a sweet group of friends. And of course, the dudes were fun, too. Time to get married! Props to my husband David who assisted and second-shot this wedding with me. This image is all him, and is one of my favorites of the day. :)
Love. They’re married!!! Jenna and her mom are opening a wedding consignment shop next month, and I love their eye for details. The entire, beautiful Country Pines venue was sprinkled with antique arrangements and sweet vintage touches. They will have some items for rent in their shop, and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer. I have no doubt it will be a fantastic collection! Info for their shop can be found at the bottom of this post. The toasts at their reception got me so teared up this time. Jenna’s dad especially had wonderful things to say about his baby girl, and it was so sweet to watch. This is Jenna’s mom, capturing one daughter toasting another…
…and Cord’s mom listening to his dad’s toast.
And then, we partied! I was so honored to be a part of this day, and witness so much love, so much joy, and so much fun. :) Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Williamson! Here’s to a fantastic first year of marriage and beyond!
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!
Reflecting on the last year is always mind-blowing (even when it’s done in February – whoops!). Did all this really happen in the same year?! As I looked through nearly every photo I took in 2015, I found myself smiling – a lot – and even laughing out loud at my desk, remembering the amazing moments these wonderful people shared with me. There’s just nothing more humbling than being let into your closest relationships, your intimate moments, your happiness. So, to my clients in 2015, THANK YOU a million times over. I adore you and am so honored to have made these images with and for you.
Choosing was hard, obviously. These are just a handful of my favorites from 2015, and they make me so eager for the next year!!! Cheers to all you beautiful souls.
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!