Oct
09
2014

{LOVE} AT EL CAPITAN STATE BEACH…

“Seeing each other on campus in high school they had no idea the future that awaited them. Ellie’s beautiful eyes met Spenser’s ridiculous hair but it was another 6 years before the connection was realized. Through friends, destiny and the miracle of online social media Ellie was invited to a basketball game by Spenser under the false pretense of a friendly hang out. He had a feeling she was something special and used any trick he could for just a chance to sit next to her. Through their interactions his artwork and her photography had become a topic of mutual respect. A deal was hatched, Spenser agreed to draw a picture of Ellie in return for a photo lesson. Merely another opportunity to spend time with the girl he was becoming more infatuated with everyday. The drawing was done and delivered and doing so marked the start of their adventure. Since that day they have spent nearly every moment challenging, admiring and inspiring each other. From SF to Portland, coffee to cooking and miles of bike rides together the duo developed a relationship founded in God, grounded in humility and a love abundant in both. One year to that day that first hatched encounter, Spenser presented a book of their adventures so far, recounting the 365 days leading to that moment. With a shaky voice and a bent knee Spenser asked for Ellie’s hand in the future story he promised to make just as memorable.” – Ellie + Spenser 

a special flashback with this “just because” session from

MEGAN SAUL 

who i got the chance to meet at Photo Field Trip, captured Ellie & Spenser  on the last day there at El Capitan State Beach.

spectacular, i’d say.  head on over HERE to check out more of Megan’s super talented work.  always leaves me in awe.

Oct
08
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT CHICAGO’S ZED451…

There was no wedding party. There was no cake to cut. No bouquet to toss. No shoe game or dollar dance. There was only love. And there was tons of it.

It’s not a secret that silly traditions often get in the way of what really matters on a wedding day. What should be a day of celebrating love and a new life together can be restrained and dulled by posed pictures and relentless traditions. Zachary and Jelitsa didn’t want to focus on any of those things — just each other. And they totally did.

Jelitsa started her morning at the stunning Waldorf Astoria Hotel in downtown Chicago. It was full of big open windows, white everything, and bright, natural light (a natural light photographer’s DREAM). Sitting on the 29th floor, her room provided a stellar view of the city below as well. Every bride should take the time to scout for a perfect getting ready location and I’m so glad that Jelitsa did. It made the most beautiful backdrop for her morning photos.

Zachary got ready at their apartment in Wicker Park (one of Chicago’s most art-filled neighborhoods). He spent the morning with his father, brother, and best friends, telling stories, sipping whiskey, and making toasts.

Their first look was held on a rooftop in Chicago’s West Loop, providing a breathtaking view of the skyline. Their couples photos took place in Wicker Park and Lincoln Park before they headed to their ceremony and reception location at the beautifully modern and rustic Zed451. Once they stepped through the doors, they were surrounded by the overwhelming love of their family and friends. There was no hiding the bride from guests. There was no painstaking, lonely waiting for the ceremony to begin. There was only sheer bliss and happiness shared by everyone in attendance. The intimate ceremony was led by Zachary’s brother who perfectly described the warmth and love that the pair had for each other and everyone whom they met. After it ended, all of the guests were invited to enjoy cocktails on the rooftop of the restaurant before enjoying dinner and dancing together. The perfect ending to the PERFECT wedding.”

it’s you wedding day.  do it your way.  and that’s what i absolutely love about this wedding.

colossal thanks to

RACHEL GULOTTA 

for sending this one over to share.  so in awe of her brilliant work.  you’ll want to check out what i mean for yourself.  so head on over to HER BLOG for more of her latest work.  get lost there for awhile.  you won’t mind it one bit.

Oct
07
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA…

another southern engagement session for you all.  this time from Savannah, Georgia.

and featuring the talented duo,

HIGH FIVE FOR LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY

more from this session over HERE.  and this couple just got hitched so check out their wedding too.

but you’ll also want to stick around HIGH FIVE FOR LOVE’S BLOG to check out their latest work too.  their work is so stellar.  you really ought to see for yourself.

Oct
06
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN DALLAS, TEXAS…

“Chase and Hillary, a well known couple throughout Missouri and Texas for both their adorable personalities and amazing careers, are saying I DO this summer in beautiful Kansas city Missouri and I couldn’t be more excited to photograph their day! For their engagements, we met in Chase’s home state of Texas, at the Dallas Arboretum for what we thought would be one sunny and warm session outside of the colder days Missouri had been seeing. As best laid plans have it, the day started cold and rainy. But with a quick stop at the store for some adorable umbrellas to get us through the gardens, we managed to create breathtaking engagement images! This session was such a breath of fresh air from the amazing locations to the sweet couple in front of the lens.”

so thrilled to feature the work of the ever wonderfully talented

CATHERINE RHODES

with this engagement session from Dallas, Texas.  that Dallas Arboretum and those delicious Emporium Pies though.

you all must head on over HERE to check out more of Catherine’s gorgeous work.

Oct
03
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 59…

it’s a confetti throw friday video time.

what better way to start the weekend with a proposal that leaves you all smiles.

Tim & Robyn’s Proposal from Watertown Films on Vimeo.

massive amount of thanks to

WATERTOWN FILMS

for sending this one over to share.

i met Craig and Nicole, gosh, almost three years ago now probably via a work shop by good friends at Shade Tree Films, and I’ve quietly been following their story.  truly in awe of the strength of this couple and i am so very thankful to be able to share their talent and their beautiful work.

you’ll want to check out more videos over HERE.

Oct
02
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE IN NEW ORLEANS…PART TWO

SCOTTY PERRY

is the epitome of good wedding day storytelling.

i’ve been fortunate enough to follow his work for about four years now.  and his work has ALWAYS stood out for his ability to capture the most important moments between the bride and groom, but most importantly the candids and emotions that people don’t usually think  to capture.  his work is utterly and truly always amazing to look at.  never ceases to amaze me at what about brilliance he has up his sleeves.

more from this stunner of a wedding can be found HERE and then stick around SCOTTY’S BLOG to see more of his talent.  truly won’t be disappointed at all.

Oct
02
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE IN NEW ORLEANS…PART ONE

guys, this is a real good one.  and this is just the day before celebrations.

MAJOR thanks to

SCOTTY PERRY

for this fantasmic New Orleans wedding.  part two coming right up so stay tuned.