A Cheerful Illinois Wedding at Shores of Turtle Creek

I was so honored to be able to photograph Chris and Victoria's wedding day! I went to highschool with Victoria and she was always the girl who was smiling and laughing...and not much has changed! She was the happiest bride on her wedding day along with her girls! From a beautiful father's first look to rockin moves on the dance floor, this Illinois wedding did not disappoint! 

 

Chris and Victoria, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your big day! I pray you two have nothing but the best in life :)

Thank you to all the awesome vendors who made their day beautiful!

Venue: The Shores of Turtle Creek // Dress: Davids Bridal // Florist: Trellis Weddings // DJ: Dan @ DJ Enterprises // HMUA: Jillian Nicole Hair Design // Catering: Picnic Basket // Bridesmaids Dresses: Kathryns Bridal

A Sunflower Farm Wedding at Sang Hill

Seneca + Matt

Oh where do I even begin…how about with the fact that Jake and I both love this couple and wish we could replay their wedding every weekend? But seriously, these two are going to be living life like a fairytale because their relationship is just the cutest. These two adore each other. They share sweet smiles from across the room when their eyes meet.They are a power couple. Inspiring others around them by their example of selflessness and joy. From the tender hugs of loving parents, to the endless twirls and laughter on the dance floor, Matt and Seneca had a wedding that will always stay in our hearts.

Matt and Seneca thank you! Thank you for letting us share this beautiful day with you two! We wish you nothing but the best forever and ever! 

Thank you to the wonderful vendors who made their day BEAUTIFUL!

Dress: Sorelle's // Bridesmaid Dresses: Sorelle's // Florist: Green Acres Flower Basket // Venue: Sang Hill Farm // DJ: Dusty Lambert // MUA: Madison Cunningham // Hair Stylist: Nikki Papayanopalus // Videographer: Natalie Mascaro // Cake: Olivia Moran // Catering: Goehringer's // Groomsmen Attire: Daniel's // Invitation Suite: Kenzie Wright

Elegant Blush and Champagne Wedding at Hilton Garden Inn

Are ya'll ready for beautiful details and a beautiful couple? Well this one is it! They planned out their big day with amazing colors and amazing family and friends! Every aspect of their day was unique to them and that is what I loved most. Their guests loved them oh SO much and had fun all day long! Christina was such an amazing bride to work with. She was so relaxed on her wedding day and is just a wonderfully kind person! Taylor is just awesome too. He helped out any way he could AND withstood the crazy heat and humidity for all the pictures in a suit! 

Christina and Taylor: Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful day. From the getting ready to the ceremony to the celebrations, you two were a blast to be around! I hope Mexico was so much fun!!

A High School Sweetheart Engagement Session

Cayd + Danielle

If you haven't heard the love story of Danielle and Cayd, you're missing out! From middle school crushes, their relationship has stood the test of time. We did a sunrise session in the beautiful mountains of Idaho, which means that we had to be on our way by 6:30 A.M! Yeah, this couple rocks. But the light was sooo worth it! Danielle planned their outfits out perfectly (she has been working on them for months, she is amazing) and everything just came together for their engagement session! I love this couple already am so excited for their wedding next year! 

Vibrant Summer Wedding at Slippery Rock University

Madison & Alex

This blog post has been on my mind for weeks now! I know I will not have the right words to describe Madison and Alex’s wedding day, because it was way too beautiful! 

Madison and Alex live in Pittsburgh and I got to hang out with them for their engagement session months ago. The way that they would gravitate to each other instantly became my favorite! They just fit together, better than PB&J! Alex was nothing short of sweet as he made Madison laugh throughout the whole session. And Madison kept Alex cheerful as she always had a nice thing to say! Talk about a smiley couple. LOVE IT! 

I can usually describe my couples as cheerful and devoted to love…and Madison and Alex are just that. They are going to do great things together. 

Madison and Alex, congratulations from Jake and I! We are so happy to have been a small part of your day. We wish you two the best forever and ever!

A HUGE thanks to all the vendors who made their day beautiful!

HMUA: Icon Studio // Dress: Exquisite Bride // Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo // Tux: Jos A Bank // Florals: Dan's Floral Design // Venue: Slippery Rock University

A Classic, Downtown Blush Wedding

Andrew and Madison

I have been SO excited to finally share this wedding! The anticipation has killed me! After months and months of planning and prepping, Madison and Andrew sealed the deal and everything about their downtown wedding was absolutely perfect! I was in floral heaven. After their temple session with family and friends, they were able to dance and party the night away at the gorgeous Hilton Garden Inn Hotel right on the river! The whole day was truly beautiful. The family and friend support that these two have is amazing. Congratulations again you two, I am blessed to have been able to capture your wedding day!

A HUGE thank you to all the vendors who made their day stunning! 

Dress: Circle of Love // Florals: Staker Floral // Hair: McKenzee Martinson // Makeup: Hannah Harris // DJ: Brandon Grover // Venue: Hilton Garden Inn // Videography: Moment in Time  Cake: Marlee Whitehead // Invitation Suite: Harris Publishing // Wedding Planner: Sally McKinney

A Tropical, Summer Vibe Shoot

If you are anything like me, summer is your jam. Nothing beats laying out on the soft, white sand in a tropical getaway! When I think of a summer getaway to favorite places like Playa Del Carmen, Jamaica, and Punta Cana, I instantly think of all the bright colors! I think that is what I love most about vacations. I love seeing all the vibrant colors in the different cultures. It makes each and every place so unique! 

When I was traveling to the beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah earlier this month, I knew that I needed to incorporate a shoot to get us all ready for summer! La Belle Fleurut made the most breath- taking bouquet for this session. It tied in everything and made us all feel like we should be drinking a strawberry daiquiri! Thank you Stacie and Chloe for making this shoot absolutely beautiful!! 

Florals: La Belle Fleurut // Model: Chloe Thompson // Videography: Moment in Time Video

A Memorial Weekend Wedding at Darlington Lake - Rob + Heather

Rob and Heather's wedding day was packed full of joy and excitement with their family and friends surrounding them. Jake and I could tell it was going to be a fun-filled day the moment we arrived at Darlington Lake! The bridesmaids had matching floral robes on as they danced and sang while getting ready. Heather had cute handkerchiefs embroidered with a sweet message to her mother and father and presented them just moments before she walked down the aisle. It was a quiet, tender moment for the three of them. Rob enjoyed the company of his closest friends at the hotel as they got ready for the big day. What a great group of people!!

Heather and Rob met as they were attending a baseball tournament. That sport plays a big part in their lives and I think it is so sweet that it now means even more to them! Heather, with the help of her amazing friend, made a giant flag that was made out of hand dyed baseballs for Rob. Uhm...best gift award?!? 

Heather and Rob - I cannot thank you two enough for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day! You two have such a sweet and loving relationship, your happiness just radiates! Congratulations again!! 

Thank you to all the vendors who made their day so beautiful! 

Venue: The Gathering Place at Darlington Lake // Dress: Bridal Beginnings // Bridesmaids Dresses: One Enchanted Evening // Florals: Blums N' Things // Brides Hair: Katrina Knopp // Bridemaid's Hair: Hallie Netherland // Makeup: Elizabeth Eckels // Tux: Men's Warehouse

 

Tayelor + Casey {Chicago Styled Shoot}

Chicagoland will always have a place in my heart for the 7 years we lived there. The people, the greenery, and the fun filled memories are truly missed! When I traveled back to Illinois last month for a wedding, I knew that I had to get Tayelor to model for me in a pretty dress! I mean, she is gorgeous and super sweet! She was able to talk her boyfriend, Casey, into modeling for me as well and I am still drooling over the photos we got from that evening! Thanks you two for hanging out with me for an evening and twirling and laughing for my camera endlessly :) 

A HUGE thanks to the vendors who contributed their amazing time and talent!

HMUA // Simply Perfect Bridal Artists

Dress // Kathryn's Bridal 

Models // Tayelor Neiss and Casey Jehn

Lukas + Cailyn {Wedding}

Lukas + Cailyn's wedding day is getting blogged a couple days early because I am just way to excited to wait! This wedding was one of my firsts for the year and I could not have asked for a better start to the 2017 wedding season! I went to school with Cailyn and she was the girl who went and talked to everyone, gave you a smile as you passed her in the hallway, and helped anyone with anything. She was the all around sweet girl in school! I am beyond happy that she has found Lukas. Lukas came to college here in the U.S from Germany. You read that right. GERMANY! How cool is that!? They met just a couple weeks before the he was leaving back home and well folks, it was a happily ever after in the making! Lukas treats Cailyn like a princess, he has a good word to say about everyone, and he keeps everyone laughing with his jokes! Getting to be with their family and friends on their big day was a true blessing. You don't get much better than the family they have. 

Their wedding celebrations were unlike any other I have photographed. A tender first look, meaningful details, tree planting ceremony, videos from friends in Germany, beautiful speeches, dance floor jamming, and a fun filled sparkler exit....how could you get any better than that!! 

Cailyn + Lukas: Thank you SO much for allowing me and trusting me to be a part of your special day and capture these moments for you. Enjoy the married life! :)

Thank you to all the vendors who made their wedding day beautiful!! 

Event Planning/ Venue: The Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove, IL

Complete Bridal in West Dundee, IL

Locker's Flowers in McHenry, IL

The Shores of Turtle Creek in Spring Grove, IL

DJ: Dan Harris

Makeup Artist: Megan DeMeyer

Hair Stylist: Melanie Taylor of 3 Dimensions Salon in McHenry, IL

Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal in Schaumburg, IL

Live Musician: Nate Bjorge

Officiant: Victoria Burnett

 

Taylor + Mariah {Engagement}

Taylor and Mariah are nothing short of an amazing couple. They are also AMAZING parents to this cute this guy and he just adores the both of them! Taylor keeps Mariah smiling and laughing non-stop and the way they love each other is somethin' sweet. I had so much fun spending the evening up in the mountains with them. They chose amazing locations and Mariah killed their wardrobe selection. I can't wait for their wedding next year!

Steven + Natalie Wedding {Punta Cana}

These two are high school sweethearts and that alone is beautiful. Steven and Natalie had a wonderful destination wedding in the Dominican Republic! From white sandy beaches to the aqua ocean water, you could say that they had a one of a kind wedding! These two were surrounded by amazing family and friends who supported them every step of the way! 

Congratulations guys and thank you for letting me capture your big day! :)

 

 

Alex + Madison Engagement Session {Pittsburgh}

These two. They are just something sweet! Alex just adores Madison and is constantly making her smile! Which, by the way, is contagious! These two met at Slippery Rock College and decided to go back where it all began to get married there. You could say we are so excited to be a part of their wedding day in June. Until then, check out their sweet engagement session in Pittsburgh!

Our Life in Black and White

First off you should know, I am a terrible writer. So don't expect many words in these personal blog posts! I am really excited to be able to show a little bit about me and my family and what adventures we are pursuing. I hope you enjoy some snapshots of our life!

FEBRUARY

-Lots of exciting things happened this month! My sister, Jess, was able to fly out to PA and stay with us for a week. We totally screwed up our diets by going to Sarris Chocolate and getting some goodies and enjoying nights in Pittsburgh...but it was worth it! Jake's work sent him to Seattle, WA. He loved seeing the needle and driving in a new dodge charger (he is such a boy). We have finally unpacked the last box into our home, it has only taken 2 months to get to this point! Oakley has her two bottom teeth and we can put her hair in a semi-ponytail! She also learned how to say "dada"...so you can imagine what I hear all day long :)This month has been nice and relaxing before a crazy and fun filled spring!!