Katie and Nate | Maternity

There isn’t a time in a woman’s life that is as wonderful or scary as when she’s about to become a mother for the very first time.  That’s why maternity sessions are such special occasions, and why I’m so glad that Katie’s husband was able to convince her to document this special time in her life…swollen ankles and all!  ;)  She is one of the most beautiful Mommas-to-be I’ve seen and she and Nate (and their amazing dog Gus) will be the cutest little family!!  I can’t wait to meet their little bundle of joy!  Here are some of my favs from the session…enjoy!!!

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We had some great lighting to work with!!!

We had some great lighting to work with!!!

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Love this one!!!  How beautiful is she?!?!?

Love this one!!! How beautiful is she?!?!?

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Love!!!!!

Love!!!!!

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Cutest family ever!

Cutest family ever!

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OMG they’re just the cutest parents in the world already!!

Jena and Andrew | Wedding

It’s easy to fall into a mid season slump when you’ve had a crazy busy wedding season like I have…to to become only mildly obsessive about weddings rather than my previous self as a full fledged David Tutera groupie! ;) But this August, just as I felt myself starting to phase into auto-pilot I was jolted by Jena and Andrew’s wedding!!  I knew after shooting their engagement session, meeting with them and Jena’s adorable mom Lil (and her fabulous wedding binder) that they would have an amazing wedding.  But the sheer abundance of laughter, love, attention to detail, family and Fireball made it truly an epic event!!  I had a tough time narrowing down the images I loved from this wedding (shot my both myself and my second shooter Sara Stark) but I managed!  Well kinda…there’s a lot!  Here are some of my favs from Jena and Andrew’s beautiful day…enjoy!

Make Up: All Dolled Up

Bridal Attire: Perry Bridal

Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Ceremony: St Ambrose

Reception: HyVee Conference Center

DJ: A Special Event

Videographer: Studio Rewind

Flowers and Cake: Hyvee

Rentals: Bella Flora

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Guys getting ready photos by Sara Stark

Guys getting ready photos by Sara Stark

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Check out these AMAZING wedding shoes!!!  Blue bottoms and hearts...perfection!!

Check out these AMAZING wedding shoes!!! Blue bottoms and hearts…perfection!!

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Image on right by Sara Stark

Image on right by Sara Stark

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This was the first time Jena saw her dad on wedding day!  So sweet!!

This was the first time Jena saw her dad on wedding day! So sweet!!

St Ambrose is such a gorgeous church for a wedding!  Image of parents by Sara Stark.

St Ambrose is such a gorgeous church for a wedding! Image of parents by Sara Stark.

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They’re so cute and romantic!!!

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This bridal party had sooooo much fun!  Solo image of groom by Sara Stark.

This bridal party had sooooo much fun! Solo image of groom by Sara Stark.

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LOVE THIS ONE!!!

LOVE THIS ONE!!!

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Beautiful ladies!!

Beautiful ladies!!

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Their details were just amazing...and SO MANY SPARKLES!!!! Love!!!  Head table images by Sara Stark.

Their details were just amazing…and SO MANY SPARKLES!!!! Love!!! Head table images by Sara Stark.

I have a weakness for sure tall wedding cakes!!!  Love this one!

I have a weakness for super tall wedding cakes!!! Love this one!

Her dad gave the most amazing and heartfelt toast!  Not a dry eye in the house! Image on left by Sara Stark.

Her dad gave the most amazing and heartfelt toast! Not a dry eye in the house! Image on left by Sara Stark.

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Apparently Italian tradition dictates for candy and money to be tossed at the bride and groom during their first dance!  Top center image by Sara Stark.

Apparently Italian tradition dictates for candy and money to be tossed at the bride and groom during their first dance! Top center image by Sara Stark.

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Italian tradition also encourages all the guests to participate in the Italian March. IT WAS AWESOME! Center image by Sara Stark.

Italian tradition also encourages all the guests to participate in the Italian March. IT WAS AWESOME! Center image by Sara Stark.

I love this image Sara captured of Grandpa getting a group hug as he left!

I love this image Sara captured of Grandpa getting a group hug as he left!

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Image on left by Sara Stark.

Center image by Sara Stark.

Center image by Sara Stark.

I adore a packed dance floor!

I adore a packed dance floor!

Did I mention my love of all things sparkly?

Did I mention my love of all things sparkly?

 

 

 

Jessica and Mark | Wedding

Some brides want it all.  They want to recreate every DIY detail they’ve seen on Pinterest, they want to be photographed in every place they’ve ever been, they want a zillion bridesmaids and 19 flower girls, they want every wedding item they’ve ever seen.  Jessica told me when we first met that she only wanted two things: a beautiful sunset on her wedding day and pictures with sparklers. Easy enough I thought.  Then on the morning of their wedding the skies were 100% overcast.  Now normally this cloudy weather would have me elated, jumping for joy on a wedding day, because it’s the ideal weather to shoot in!  But, Jessica wanted a sunset and so I went against everything I tend to believe in and hoped and wished all day that the sun would come out…and it did…and it was GORGEOUS!!!! I was so happy that Jessica got the sunset she wanted…but now I’m back to praying for overcast days! ;)  Here are some of my favs from Jessica and Mark’s romantic wedding and rocking reception…enjoy!!!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Toad Valley

DJ: A Special Event

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The flower girl just kept being adorable, so I had to keep documenting her cuteness!!!

The flower girl just kept being adorable, so I had to keep documenting her cuteness!!!

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They read love notes from each other before their first look!!

They read love notes from each other before their first look!!

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Love this!!

Love this!!

Bright orange Jordan socks FTW!!

Bright orange Jordan socks FTW!!

Amazing ceremony site!!

Amazing ceremony site!!

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Loooove these two!!!

Loooove these two!!!

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Epic sunset....check!!!

Epic sunset….check!!!

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The dancing at this reception was out of this world!!!

The dancing at this reception was out of this world!!!

She got her sunset and sparklers!!!  Love when it all comes together!!

She got her sunset and sparklers!!! Love when it all comes together!!

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Susan and Shane | Wedding

Susan and Shane had the seemingly insurmountable task of planning a wedding in a city that neither of them lived in…but they did so with perfection!  Theirs was a wedding that absolutely embodied their uniqueness and personalities! From Susan’s vintage inspired attire to the ceremony among the Cyprus trees to the burlap pouch wedding favors, it was a wedding that was perfect for them!  Here are some of my favs from their beautiful day…enjoy!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Reiman Gardens

Catering: ISU Catering

Videography: Harding Videography

 

Looooved her choice of shoes and dress!  They were so perfect for her!

Looooved her choice of shoes and dress! They were so perfect for her!

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First look!

First look!

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Perfect setting for a romantic ceremony!

Perfect setting for a romantic ceremony!

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First dance!!

First dance!!

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Nora and Family | Portrait Session

I present to you darling , two-week-old Nora!!!  She is the newest addition to one of the sweetest families I know!  I can’t wait to watch this little gal grow up and see how much fun she will have with her adorable big brother Finn!  Here are some of my favs from her very first photo session…enjoy!

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Is there anything cuter than a sleeping baby?

Is there anything cuter than a sleeping baby?

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Love all her adorable expressions!

Love all her adorable expressions!

A tiny model in the making!

A tiny model in the making!

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ADORABLE!!!

ADORABLE!!!

We were even able to get Grandma in a couple!

We were even able to get Grandma in a couple!

Finn is almost two and so we had to snap a couple of just him!  This is him "fixing" his tractor! :)

Finn is almost two and so we had to snap a couple of just him! This is him “fixing” his tractor! :)

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