Category Archives: Destination Wedding

Katie + Chris : Montana Wedding Photographer

Katie worked with me about 10 years ago. She was in college at OSU and was an intern at the mental health center where I worked. She babysat for my kids, even spending the night with them when Brad and I were out of town for several days. If I’d had a kid when I was like 13, it would have been Katie. She became like a member of our family.

We kept in touch over the years and when she got engaged she reached out to see if I would be willing to travel to Montana to take her wedding photos.

Um…Y E S

Katie, you couldn’t have picked a better husband or planned a better wedding. Seriously. Katie’s 5 brothers collectively walked her down the aisle. There was dancing and laughing and enjoying it ALL the entire weekend. Huckleberry Ice Cream sandwiches instead of a cake? Yes please. Heartfelt toasts from several siblings, although I’m pretty sure everyone there would have stood up to toast this amazing bride and groom if they’d had the chance.

I have too many “favorites” to share and at least this many other faves that I decided not to. The setting, the people…the whole thing was truly magical.

Congratulations dear sweet Katie. Chris, you struck gold! (Katie, you did pretty darn for well too. I like him a LOT! ;) )

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Kellen and Seth : Macomb Illinois Wedding Photographer

What? “Macomb Illinois Wedding Photographer”? Ha! Just this once, although I’d happily go visit the quaint little town again and see all of my new friends there! Actually, it’s really not that little, but I picture the town square when I think of it so in my head it’s little. And quaint.


I’m not a huge fan of snow unless I’m stuck inside, and I really don’t like to be cold, but I braved both elements when I traveled to Illinois to shoot Kellen and Seth’s amazing wedding. And let me just say, it was truly amazing. Kellen paid attention to every little teeny tiny detail. Seriously. There are so many wonderful details from this wedding that I’m splitting it up into 2 parts. Yep. I can do that, cause it’s my blog. Woohoo!

This time last year, there hadn’t been snow on the ground in Macomb for several weeks and gardens were already being planted. Thank goodness that the original plans for an outdoor wedding weren’t taking place because we had snow and lots of it for wedding day. We started bright and early that morning at one of the bridesmaids homes that was the perfect location for getting ready and gorgeous bridal party pictures!

These library themed programs were amazing!

I might have taken a few pictures of the Tom’s. Fair warning.

The whole wedding party getting ready at the same house could have been a problem but not with these nifty signs!

Did I mention how much I loved the Toms?

What’s sweeter than this Bible that belongs to Kellen’s mom? A footed pj little flower girl holding the Bible that belongs to Kellen’s mom of course!

Kellen and Seth exchanged letters and read them aloud prior to their first sight. I teared up when Kellen read the wonderful words that her soon-to-be husband wrote for her. But when Seth read his and got to the part about a journal that she had been keeping for her future husband…before she even knew who he was…oh my word. It’s a wonder I was able to get any shots at all after that!

As if the reading of the letters wasn’t enough to get me going! The prayers offered for Kellen and Seth were just amazing. What a wonderful group of Christian brothers and sisters they have!

“For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” I couldn’t help but think of this verse as I was there in the room that day.

My view of the first sight…

Madi’s view…

Kellen my dear, you are stunning!

These girls were such troopers! The high that day was 29 degrees and this was early in the morning so it had to have been in the low 20′s at this point. Brrrrrr!

Some of the guys huddled together for warmth. Others refused the huddle.

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Mr and Mrs Oliver : Eureka Springs Arkansas Wedding Photography

Several years ago I got to do Jenny’s senior pictures. She hasn’t been able to get rid of me ever since then. I’ve now done her brother’s senior pictures and her sweet baby Ellison’s newborn shoot as well as the first of her one-year-session. Now…it’s wedding time! I was stoked when Jenny told me she was getting married in Eureka Springs. Then, as soon as she told me I’d die when I saw their ceremony location I knew exactly where it would be. Nestled deep in the hills, Thorncrown Chapel is a site to see. Add a beautiful bride and snazzy wedding party and things just get even better. The reception and accommodations were at the Basin Park Hotel…which is rumored to be haunted. *key spooky music NOW* Although we heard some odd noises and I’m fairly certain someone was messing with the lock on our door, we felt completely safe.

Also, I should mention that you don’t need to adjust your monitors. Jenny’s dress is pink. She was just amazing in her gorgeous Vera Wang gown!

This sweet little peach was all dolled up to be the flower girl in her Aunt’s wedding!

Congratulations to your sweet little family Jenny and Cody!

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