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downtown peoria il pere marquette wedding
 

kayla + matt | peoria, IL

one of the things i am most grateful for are clients who trust me.  like truly truly, i take you into a run down back alley warehouse place for couples portraits and you say lets do it, kind of trust.  industrial, janky, non-traditional...thats my love language.  there are so many things people will tell you should do on your wedding day, but i say do your own thang honey! 

kayla and matt are two of the most genuine people i have ever met.  people that become instant friends.  they are infectious.  i could say a million good things about these two.  they fit each other like a glove.  every moment of their day was something special and yes i cried so you know it was good.  its always the dads. they just get me! 

 
provin trails grand rapids forest engagement
 

hunter + gabrielle | grand rapids, michigan

there is nothing like a frolicking in the forrest with two people who truly love each other.  is that corny...ok ya thats corny but just go with it.  shooting in the midwest version of forests might be on my top favorite places to shoot.  you would never know hidden in these forests was a mini sand dune we got all to ourselves.  little pockets of light shone through the trees...there is nothing better.

it doesnt get much sweeter than these two.  one of my favorite things since photographing gabrielle and hunter is following gabrielle on social media and seeing all the beautiful things she has to say about hunter.  she is so wise and I admire her walk with the lord.  I often find myself saying "YES GURL" to her posts.  so in the words of gabrielle I will leave you with this:

"Choice is powerful. Let’s not forget the influence that we have on those who we love and on those who love us. Are you being that same reminder to someone today?"

 
Best midwest engagement and wedding images of 2016
 

i heard someone say once, "to move forward we must look back at where we have been".  ok i probably never actually heard anyone say it but im sure pinterest definitely threw it out there once.  i have never done a "year in review" post because i have never really been content with my work.  i always felt like i could do better or i have fallen short in comparison to other photographers i admire.  this past year was huge for me.  lots of "aha" moments, amazing clients, and awesome opportunities.  i always feel like i could do more and be better, but this time around im taking time to be proud of myself.  proud of how far ive come, the work i have created, and the relationships i have cultivated.

comparison is the theif of joy.

dont let it steal your joy.

take time to look back and see how far you have come

2017 Wedding Photography Bucket List

iceland eleopement

ireland greenlands

big sur

bohemian forrest wedding

intimate mountain elopement

joshua tree national park wedding

industrial warehouse wedding

 
heritage prairie farm vintage bohemian wedding
 

 sarah + rick | elburn, illinois

this Heritage Prairie Farm Rustic Vintage Wedding was a special one for me.  I was sarahs studio assistant when I was living in chicago and she is an amazingly talented family photographer so the pressure was on!  one of my favorite things about sarah is she is so thoughtful.  when it came time for my birthday or christmas I always knew I was in for a treat.  not only are her gifts so incredibly meaningful, her gift wrapping is impeccable as well, and let me tell you, I am a sucker for good packaging! so I basically knew for a fact her wedding details were going to be nothing short of amazing and that they were!

sarah and rick dated for a longgg time before rick popped the question. we always joke that it took him long enough, but nothing could be more perfect on their wedding day.  from the personalized rustic invitations to the vintage china table settings, there was nothing missing from this intimate barn wedding.  

I am always so grateful clients that turn into friends, but there is something special about friends who turn into clients.

ps please all take a second and swoon over the back of sarahs dress.  I mean come onnn!!

pps if you are in the chicago area and in the market for some studio family photos, check out sarahs studio: Wildwood Photography

second shooter: the amazingggg Alexa from Alexa Ray Studio

venue: Heritage Prairie Farm