I wanted to wait until one week after to post this wedding blog, so that Colin and Aaliyah have been married one week and I am 33 years and one week old!
Just kidding, that’s not true! I just got swamped this week and couldn’t make my own deadline...but that was a great opener, right?
I had so much fun celebrating Colin and Alis’s wedding on my birthday last Friday! They gave me all the hugs, popcorn and Reese’s Pieces that a girl could ever want!
It’s almost the weekend but if you need something pretty to hold you over until you punch out, the blog link is in my bio!
My bestie @kschwellenbach got engaged last weekend!!⠀
I drove back to Eau Claire last night && it was so fun celebrating and talking all things wedding. ⠀
I can’t wait for you to experience planning and putting into reality all that you dreamed up as a little girl. ⠀
I love you to pieces Kels & I just know you are going to be one stunning bride.👰🏼⠀
AHHHHH I AM SO PUMPED!!⠀
If you are recently a new bride and live in the WI/MN area who was your wedding photographer!? Let’s find Kels one of the very best!!
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GAH! We have had so many amazing sessions the last two weeks and I just want to share them all!! 😭 Don’t worry, we will. 😉 I was freaking OBSESSED with the Jensen’s session from yesterday! Their outfits were perfect and cozy for fall! I can’t wait for y’all to see what their babies looked like! But for now, check out these hotties!! 😍
1 1743 minutes ago
These rings are EVERYTHING. To say I’m obsessed is an understatement.
So in the Instagram world, Friday’s usually follow one of two things, follow Friday, or Friday introductions. SO, I might as well introduce these two faces!
We are Jordan and Sean Williams. Husband and wife since ‘15, Mommy and Daddy since ‘10, and serious nerds. We find way to much joy in picking on each other, being over the top silly and at times making a few too many inappropriate jokes at the others expense. When we aren’t being over the top busy owning both of own businesses, raising babies, and surviving marriage, we love a good Netflix Binge, Star Wars / Harry Potter marathon, dance parties in the car, and road trips (usually with food as the end goal!) We also love to make it a point to make memories, and will never turn down a Disney World, Universal Studios, or Bahamian vacation! While I am the founder and creative director of Ever After, we would not be standing without this guy right here. While he is throwing his cheese-ball sarcastic smile here, he truly is one of the most important pieces of every wedding day. He is an out of the box thinker, can solve almost any problem, run any errand, and do all of the heavy lifting. He also isn’t afraid to fold napkins, iron table linens, and perfectly (yes, perfectly) align your placecards. (We both have a tadddd bit of OCD so he never minds organizing a good escort table!) He puts up with my business taking over our home on wedding weekends, never complains at a 5:30 AM alarm on wedding days, and effortlessly sticks around until all of the boxes are packed up at the end of the night. He jumped right in to this business adventure with me, and I am endlessly grateful to be able to do life with him 💕
Arquimides and Justin’s Semple Mansion elopement in Minneapolis was perfectly “short and sweet.” Only by their parents, Leslie of Ceremonies by @positively_charmed , and myself were in attendance. When you remove all the must haves, to do lists, blogs, magazines and external expectations and pressures, what’s left is the good stuff: each other, and a marriage in the making.
Pretty special, right!?
This is me, totally immersed in my element and feeling so incredibly happy. When I was editing this photo, I couldn’t get over all of my laugh lines. At first, I wanted to feel bad about them and smooth them out a bit 😉, but then I realized that each one tells a story, and I’m okay with that. This photo was taken by my Husband after hiking and exploring all day together, taking one million photos of the most breathtaking views, meeting some awesome people along the way, and yes, deepening those laugh lines. This is my happy place. 💛🌄
Who said you can’t have your (cup)cake and eat it too?!
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When I was younger, there was a short period of time when I wanted to grow up and be a hair stylist. And another period of time when I wanted to work at the Clinique counter, because even though the closest I personally got to makeup at that time was clear mascara, it fascinated me as I flipped through the pages of YM and Seventeen. I also loved writing short stories and thought I wanted to be a novelist, or a columnist for a newspaper. And I took pictures of our farm cats placed on my parents’ piano and “artsy” shots of icicles, and then I thought I wanted to be a photographer. And then I drew a version of that photo of my cat and entered it in the 4-H fair, and thought maybe I wanted to be an artist. And then I also realized I wanted to work with people, so I thought I wanted to be a therapist, or a physical trainer, or maybe something in communications, or maybe a teacher. And I had no idea where I would end up, but sometimes I look back on all of these things and think that maybe there are little pieces of each of them rolled up into “what I do” now, and it feels like I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Today starts four straight days of sessions and weddings for me, and I feel pretty fortunate to still be this pumped about it. 📷: @karenshoufler#weddingphotography#brookealaina@oceanandthesea
Some Bride’s don’t think they need the getting into the dress shots. Like, what am I ever going to do with that?? Let me tell you!
As a Mama to four little girls I know that my role on each of their wedding days is going to be very behind the scenes. I’ll be the glue that holds the wedding together but as far as special moments go- it’s all her dad! He gets to walk her down to aisle, he gets to have a first dance, he gets to make a speech about how his little girl is all grown up and how he loved her first.
But do you know what I will get as a mom? I will get to help my beautiful grown girl into her wedding gown. I get to cry with her and give her the best piece of wedding advice I can muster. I get to button up her dress remembering all those moments in their childhood when I would fight their squirmy little bodies just trying to get them into their clothes- and all while knowing this is probably the very last time I will help her get dressed.
Yes, your wedding day is about you and your soon-to-be husband. But this moment? Share it with your mom. Give her that little piece of time to reminisce and hold her hand, look her in the eyes, tell her how much she means to you and how much you love her.
It’s easy to rush through a wedding day jumping from line item to line item on your schedule. And sometimes people think that we do these things just for the pretty pictures. But do you know why I really want my Bride’s to schedule these moments into their wedding day? Because these are the people that have molded you into who you are, and they want to share in your joy with you. And collecting all these beautiful moments throughout your wedding day is just going to make it THAT. MUCH. MORE. MEANINGFUL. I promise you. ❤️😘 #iowawedding#midwestwedding#fieldstonephotography#quadcitiesweddingphotographer#detailshots#gettingready#iowacityweddingphotographer#illinoiswedding#illinoisweddingphotographer#summerwedding#iowaweddingphotographer
The weather is getting colder and soon the ground will be covered with snow but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a wedding!
We offer ceremonies year round! Outside (if you are brave) or inside our cozy chapel!
Our favorite package for the winter months is the intimate elopement package where you and 12 guests can celebrate your special day! Check out our website for more information!
Photo by: @christinaelizabethphoto
Floral by: @easternfloralmi
Dress and tux: @csbridals
Hair & makeup: @brenda.christians
Your engagement marks the beginning of the rest of your life!! 💍 The wedding planning and marriage itself are an exciting adventure. Let us be a part of that adventure to help you along the way! DM us for more info. 💖 #IndyGigz#IndyWeddingDesigner#IndyWeddingPlanner
Finishing up this girl’s seniors today! Happy Friday everyone!! 😍🌺🥀🌹🌷🌸💐
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It’s so encouraging when couples take my suggestions and run with them. First, these two NAILED the outfits, am I right? And despite their skepticism when I asked them to slow dance for the camera, these two NAILED it again with a cherry on top 🍒!
The honest to goodness truth is, this year has been remarkably different in my business than any other. Last year I photographed 15 weddings and was a little (okay, a lot) too stressed for my own good. This year, I have 25 and I feel a deep sense of peace. I have a handle on my work. I have routines and systems in place. And it feels like my prayers have been answered…to have a business that feels good on the inside.
I don’t say all of that to brag. We don’t need more highlight reels and “humble” brags on social media, right? .
And at the end of the day, its because of God’s grace and not my own striving that this business of mine is where it is. I have nothing to brag about. .
I say that because I want you to know that you CAN have a photography business that feels good. You don’t have to be stressed, overworked, and unsettled. Peace is absolutely possible.
This is getting long (y’all know I can ramble for ages) but I wanted to share three super quick tips for making strides towards a life giving business. 01. Create daily routines and stick to them! 02. Give your business to God, realize that He has given you these talents and desires for a reason. 03. Stop the constant social media scroll and focus on living the life right in front of you. .
Happy Friday, friends! Its my last busy weekend of the year and I’m equal parts excited for a slower season and missing the excitement of busy season! #desmoinesweddingphotographer#iowaweddingphotographer#midwestweddingphotographer#midwestfineartweddingphotographer#midwestwedding#fuji400h#thefindlab#contax645#desmoinessmallbusiness#bridesmaidinspiration#weddingflowers#midwestweddingplanner#midwestcreative
Major summer camp vibes at @katecunn and @jared_hay ‘s wedding 😍 today I’m heading down to Brown County to shoot another #summercampvibes wedding and giiirrrrlll you already know I stocked up on all the cold weather gear 😅 gloves, hats, scarves, hand warmers, snow shoes (?!), you name it, I’ve got it!
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Who said you need flowers? A bouquet of greenery works too! I love non traditional bouquets, go with what feels uniquely you! This bride is wearing a white jumpsuit from @bhldn which is also just 👌🏼👌🏼
2 485 hours ago
While assigned seating at a wedding certainly isn't mandatory, at any kind of sit-down dinner, assigned seats tend to make things simpler. To begin with, it ensures each table will be filled to max capacity.
Try to make everyone feel comfortable by offering a mix of familiar and new faces at each table. Having some sort of wedding seating plan, even if it's just table assignments, will make your reception flow much more smoothly.
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Just sent off this Chicago wedding gallery!!! 😏😏😏
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Another from Kaitlyn x Isaac’s wedding day. Head to my blog ➞ to see more, you won’t want to miss this one! 💫
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Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me for support in my time of ~clumsiness~ you people are awesome and I will continue R.I.C.E-ing my bum ankle for the next week 😂😂 (and I’m so glad all of you can laugh with me and at me !!) despite being glued to my couch a majority of the day, today was so awesome! I got to go wedding dress shopping with my cousin AND met with the sweetest potential couple! ❤️ so thankful!!