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MASON + ANDREA // HOT SPRINGS ENGAGEMENT // L O V E

And so we headed out west again...

MOST of my engagement sessions are at best, a couple of hours. 

However, this time I spent the entire weekend with Mason & Andrea in the small but lovely town of Hot Springs, South Dakota. One of those towns with tons of character (and characters) as you walk the streets and wonder what life was like in the early 1900's.

Hot Springs hold sentimental meaning to Andrea and was a consideration for her wedding, however, that changed. Nevertheless we had some gorgeous weather and a wonderful time together.

I hope you enjoy these photos as I did enjoy capturing them. 

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BRANDON + MARIAH // McCRORY GARDENS WEDDING // L O V E

"These are the garden rules, that's what you always said
Oh
, you'll never know, how much I love you so..."


When it came to planning Brandon & Mariah's wedding, Mariah wanted to have the ceremony at McCrory Gardens but also wanted the reception there too! It was the first time the gardens held both a wedding and reception together in the same spot. 
Brandon & Mariah are two very kind & sweet people, with an amazing kind of love. Together with their family & friends, they threw an amazing party. As you'll see it was an all day celebration, with some bittersweet moments and surprises in there too. 
I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did documenting them.

 

Ceremony/Reception: McCrory Gardens | DJ: Jared Bridgeman | Cake: Hy-Vee | Dress: The French Door | Floral: Flowers on Main | Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas  | Suits: Men's Warehouse | Videography: Wholly Cowen | Second shooting: Brittany Elizabeth Images

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TINO + MICHELLE // RED ROCK CANYON WEDDING // L O V E

"There is no limit to your endless love,
Just when I doubt it, there is so much more
A rushing waterfall that overflows
It's filling canyons in my soul"

-Corey Voss "Canyons"

In the middle of November I traveled to Nevada to document Michelle & Tino's wedding at Red Rock Canyon. It's a treasure of a spot, about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas strip. A little background, Michelle's mom Candace used to photograph weddings in Las Vegas for about 25 years, so this was a sort of homecoming for the family. 
Tino's family & friends flew in from Germany, and together, they had a small, intimate wedding with some incredible views (and weather)  followed by having some awesome burgers & fries at Five Guy's Burgers & Fries, and then topping it off with some Krispy Kreme donuts. 
I'm extremely grateful to have documented this amazing day, enjoy.

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HAVIER + MADISON // JOSHUA TREE ENGAGEMENT // L O V E

"Desert sky
Dream beneath a desert sky
The rivers run but soon run dry
We need new dreams tonight"

-U2, "In God's Country"


In the last few weeks of November, I visited California after being in Las Vegas. Among one of the spots that I wanted to see was Joshua Tree National Park, having a huge admiration for the beauty of outdoors and our national parks, but also being a very avid U2 fan (which their 1987 album is named after)
While Joshua Tree is indeed a hot bed for photographers to photograph on, there are plenty of places to roam and see. As you'll see, with Havier & Madison, we spent some time exploring, and I documented their engagement session. I'm already looking forward to coming back to California VERY soon. Enjoy!

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HELEN + ROB // MADISON WISCONSIN WEDDING // L O V E

GETTING TO SHOOT AN AWESOME WEDDING ON YOUR BIRTHDAY? YES PLEASE.

I returned back to Madison, WI in August to photograph Helen + Rob's wedding. If the engagement session was any indication of how the wedding was going to be, I knew I was in for a real treat. It just so happens that on this same weekend was also the Crossfit games and a massive farmer's market, so things were a little populated. 

Two families from two different parts of the world came together and became one on this day. Accompanied by some awesome friends who made up their bridal party, the day was this combination of just one big gathering, it's as if we all just hung out, and oh yeah two people got married too.

The day was full of 'The Office' references/jokes, dogs and some really great speeches. Also, how incredible is this space for a ceremony? The Madison Public Library was a dream to shoot in!
 

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did documenting them. 

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Madison Central Library | Hair & Make Up: Midwest Beauty House (Rental space provided by Revel Madison) | Flowers: Daffodil Parker | Cake of Cheese: Fromagination | Cupcakes: Bloom Bakeshop | Decor: A La Crate Rentals | DJ: Celebrations Entertainment | Dress: White Dress MKE | Bridesmaid dresses: Vow to be Chic | Accessories: BHLDN | Suits: Men's Warehouse | Second shooting: Cranberries And Tea Photography

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LANA + BRENDAN // LAKE MADISON WEDDING // L O V E

IT WAS A WARM, YET RELAXING DAY ON THE LAKE...

The perfect backdrop for an amazing summer wedding in Madison, SD.

Lana & Brendan's wedding was an incredible day filled with love, celebrated with family & friends.

Ceremony & reception: Madison, SD | Flowers: House of Green | DJ & Entertainment: SieffStyle
Planning & Decoration: Hitch Studio | Cupcakes: Oh My Cupcakes!
Videography: AJ Production Company | Second shooter: Brittany Elizabeth Images

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PAXTEN + LUKE // ENGAGEMENT // L O V E

I'LL BE THE FIRST TO ADMIT I'M NOT A MORNING PERSON... EVER.

I'll admit, I struggle with getting up in the morning, and it takes a good amount of coffee to bring me to 'normal levels' of functionality. Also, throw in that I hadn't met Paxten & Luke until the morning of their engagement session. 

They're both in the armed services, Luke had just arrived from being stationed overseas in Germany. Paxten has family about two hours away, so the meeting point was Sioux Falls. We spent the morning at Coffea, then walked around downtown and took them to a few historic spots. 

It's always interesting meeting someone for the first time in person and see how they'll react to photos, they ended up being a LOT of fun, tons of Family Guys references, movie quotes and laughter -- without realizing it, we might have spent 3 hours together.

Looking forward to their wedding in Des Moines, IA next year. Enjoy!

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KEN + SAM // ENGAGEMENT // BLUE MOUND STATE PARK // L O V E

Samantha & Ken's wedding is less than a month away...

When a couple asks if they can do an engagement session before the wedding, generally it's a few months, if not almost a year.
Sometimes you get a couple who wants to get a session done with less than a month until their wedding.
I was happy to oblige as it gives me a chance to let them know how the process of posing and interaction will be on their wedding day.

We started out at Blue Mound State Park, and took a few family photos featuring their son Colton, who seriously loved taking pictures and smiled all the time.  Though the session was laid back and casual, they still dressed up (bonus points!) Enjoy!

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HELEN + ROB // MADISON WI ENGAGEMENT // LOVE

In the later part of March, I traveled to Wisconsin to meet Helen & Rob to photograph their engagement and also see their wedding venue (at the Madison Central Library) -- you'll see it in some of the photos here, it's a pretty amazing spot.

While it rained a good portion of the weekend, the rain did let up at times. Helen hails from London, so the rainy weather was channeling home vibes for her. After exploring Madison, we made a stop at Lucille, which serves Detroit style pizza, and it was INCREDIBLE! (I hope this becomes a thing where EVERY engagement session ends with pizza)

We had a ton of fun with this session, I cannot wait for their wedding in August (which happens to be on my birthday too!)

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[LOVE] MARLEE + ISAAC // ENGAGEMENT // SOUTH DAKOTA

Marlee & Isaac's wedding is kind of coming together at the last minute, like, in 3 months... BUT they still wanted an engagement session, who am I say to say no?

I drove to Harrold, SD where we photographed on Isaac's family farm (it's a bit of a drive but totally worth it, as you'll see) along the farm is the Missouri River. We were fortunate to get some decently warm weather, but we never really paid much attention to the weather. As you'll scroll down, you'll see the chemistry between these two is magical, and time FLEW by. Looking forward to their wedding in June!

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