Sarah & Cody Preston - Van Buren Youth Camp Wedding

A few years ago I got to photograph Katie & Ian's wedding where I was able to meet Katie's cousin, Sarah. She was a blast at the wedding and a handful of years later when she decided to get married she told me they didn't even bother looking because she knew I was the one they wanted to photograph it... Yes, I almost teared up when they said that, lol.

Being able to stay with a family as they all grow and allowing me to capture their precious moments is an amazing feeling and I greatly appreciate them all, not only as clients but as friends. As well as being very kind hearted and warm they're also just all some pretty amazing people.

Sarah & Cody's wedding took place at the Van Buren Youth Camp in Van Buren MI. Most of their family and friend attended this camp throughout the years and this was also where Cody first met Sarah, while working in the kitchen. Many great memories were had at this youth camp and it was just perfect for them to have their wedding celebration there as well.

Brooke & Bryan - Booneyville Mill Park - Pre Wedding Session

Having the chance to capture a few loving moments for Brooke & Bryan meant a lot to me because these two were just SO adorable.

We met at the Booneyville Mill Park in Bristol Indiana. At the start of the engagement session, it began to lightly sprinkle down a bit of a rain. Luckily we had the mill to walk under and take a few photos. 

After a few minutes of photos under the cover of the mill, the skies began to clear. With this Brooke & Bryan were able to bust out their picnic basket for a quick snack, some smooches, and smiles.

Check out the photos for the story of their fun picnic.

Justine & Cody - Saint Joseph Michigan - Engagement Session

St Joseph Michigan is such a beautiful space for engagement photos! The sun didn't decide to poke out for the evening but no matter, adventure time.

Had such a great time hanging out with Justine & Cody. We just walked around the area and went on a hike around St Joe for the evening and it was quite nice to just chat and hang out for a few hours. 

I cannot thank Justine & Cody enough for hanging out with me for the day and entrusting me with their wedding. It truly means a lot to me.

This is part 1 of their engagement session.


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Megan and Race’s Enchanted Greenhouse Wedding

Congratulations, Megan and Race!

On February 18th, 2017, beauty Megan and her beast, Race, tied the knot at the gorgeous Potawatomi Greenhouse and Conservatory in South Bend, Indiana. Complete with tropical plants, waterfall and quaint garden, the warmth and inviting nature of this idyllic location was perfect for their truly enchanted wedding ceremony.

Starting off the day at Kalon Hair Lab getting her hair styled by Kimmie as well as her beautiful makeup from Makeup by Keria. Megan was rockin’ her new-blue-do and a pair of bright yellow converse shoes, Megan looked awe-some as she walked down an adorable Beauty and the Beast themed aisle runner in her stunning strapless corset style A-line wedding dress by Bonnie Bridal. Totally loving the mix of heavy bead detailing, tulle and lace!

Equally as dapper was her beast-to-be, decked out in a Heather Grey three piece suit, navy blue vest and tie, courtesy of Louie’s Tux Shop, plus a pair of stylish brown dress shoes. Megan also made sure her ladies were comfortable in theme-complementing red converses and beautiful navy blue dresses.

Megan and Race exchanged their vows with a lush green backdrop and plenty of natural light pouring through the conservatory greenhouse, certainly making for one heck of a fairy-tale wedding! Once the I Dos were sealed, the celebration continued on at the Hedwig Memorial Center, where Beauty and the Beast’s enchanted rose in a glass dome centerpiece display awaited the newlywed couple.

Known for its Polish food, the center catered a delicious Polish style family served reception dinner. Sweet-toothed wedding guests also delighted in vanilla cupcakes with the choice of either blueberry or strawberry filling as well as peanut butter jelly filled cupcakes and cheesecake bites… while the newlyweds enjoyed a vanilla cake to themselves. Yum!

Perhaps the most “mystical” detail of the night, however, came in the form of a dancing T-Rex dinosaur? Hah, loving it!

Wishing the newlyweds much love and happiness!


#BrideTip: Remember the day is about you and your husband, not everyone else!


Olivia & Joe - Michiana Wedding Photographer

I write this post now on the one year anniversary of Olivia & Joseph.. These two are absolutely amazing people with kind hearts and always full of laughter.

I am honored that they believed in my skills as a wedding photographer and entrusted me with capturing these precious memories so that they may last them for years to come. I know without a doubt that these two will make it for the long haul and can't wait to photograph the next big event in their life. 


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Leah & Bill - South Bend Indiana - Engagement Photography

On a cool fall morning Leah & Bill met me at Leeper Park in South Bend Indiana for their engagement session. I am so glad these two didn't mind that morning chill because I really enjoyed how the images came out.

Thank you SO much Leah & Bill for entrusting me as your wedding photographer. This set came out wonderfully and I cannot wait to capture your wedding day for you!


If you're in need of an engagement photographer or wedding photographer in the South Bend, Notre Dame, Chicago, Michiana or Fort Wayne area, send me a message and let's connect! 

Sara & Ethan - Notre Dame - Engagement Photography

Notre Dame University is an amazing place for wedding and engagement photography. The colors, the environment and fun-fact, no power lines!

Sara and Ethan arrived at Notre Dame campus around 10am for a very quick engagement session. Ethan was leaving for Ohio about an hour later so as their engagement photographer, I had to make sure we got some quality photos for them before he departed. 

If you're in need of a wedding or engagement photographer, please be sure to send me a message and let's connect! 


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Kate & Turk - South Bend - Izaak Walton League Wedding

 

Meeting these two, Kate & Turk, was just an amazing experience. The energy, kindness and positivity just flows from these two so naturally. From the moment we started to first converse with each other I knew that our relationship as couple and photographer was going to be perfect.

These two were made for each other. From their love of science fiction with titles such as Star Wars and Doctor Who. To the choices of music including the band that brought them together, Coheed & Cambria. The cosmos long destined these two together and as much as Kate studies astronomy, she probably saw it coming.

Pre-Ceremony

Kate started her morning early with getting her hair styled at Cilantro Hair Spa in Mishawaka. From there she met with Makeup by Keria at the Waterford Estate Lodges in South Bend, Indiana. Once the makeup was applied it was time to get the dress prepped and ready for it's big debut.

Packed up and finished taking bridal photos I left for the next destination. Turk and the groomsmen were ready at the Izaak Walton League inside the camper taking in the intoxicating scent of fresh BBQ being prepared just feet away. Arriving at the lodge we grabbed some detail shots and prepared for the first look.

Thank you again to Kate & Turk for allowing me to photograph your wedding day, it truly means a lot to me to have been your wedding photographer.


Also special thanks to my second shooter, Michelle for helping me capture all these moments. 


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