Ashley + Dustin | Industrial Wedding in Burlington Iowa

Ashley + Dustin | Industrial Wedding in Burlington Iowa

Spring in Iowa could be a day or a week but either way, when it’s here you know it and you love it. When I think of our brief spring of 2018, I think of Ashley + Dustin’s wedding day. Seriously, these two kicked off my local Iowa season with a bang. They wed on the perfect May day in the heart of Burlington and Ashley took all my DIY dreams to a whole other level. You know those kind of people who are like “Yeah…I can make that” about EVERYTHING? Ashley is one of them! These hand-crafted details are what can make a wedding so unique and special….

Alyssa + Brock | Elegant Barn Wedding in Adel, Iowa

Alyssa + Brock | Elegant Barn Wedding in Adel, Iowa

There were so many highlights of this day, including an emotionally charged ceremony where Brock saw his bride for the first time as she walked down the aisle and the parents of the couple stood up and prayed for them. Another was when Brock danced with his mom later on in the night--the song was from Tarzan and yes, I was a hot mess of emotions. Who gave them permission to use Phil Collin's You'll be in my Heart in that beautiful way?? Another memorable moment was when we attempted the "Dirty Dancing" lift…

Christine + JT | Northern California Ranch Wedding

Christine + JT | Northern California Ranch Wedding

I knew Christine from high school and it was such a privilege to be contacted by her to shoot her wedding. She and JT have one of the most open, deep connections I've ever witnessed in a couple. They're not afraid to be goofy, be sad, be mushy. They are just as happy climbing fences together as they are dancing or having a migraine or hike hills with their crazy photographer at sunset. I just love people like that.

Maria + Lance | Laguna Beach Elopement

Maria + Lance | Laguna Beach Elopement

This wedding was so special to me for so many reasons and I’m just gonna list a few because you know, pics. I don’t know if I’ve met nicer, more gracious people than Maria and Lance. They and their family treated me like a lifelong friend all day long and yeah, while it’s nice to shoot a gorgeous couple in a gorgeous place on a gorgeous, 70 degree day, you know what’s even better?

Dan + Kate | Riverside Festival Wedding

Dan + Kate | Riverside Festival Wedding

So creative and kind, we gelled from the first moment we met for their engagement and looking back on their wedding fills me with all of the warm and fuzzies. The pair are passionate conservationists. They met on a river clean up crew on a few years ago and each fell hard for the other. Since then, their love for each other, music and this...

Jill + Mark | A Storybook Wedding at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

Jill + Mark | A Storybook Wedding at Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago

I know, I know, this wedding may seem like forever ago but it's all still so fresh in my mind and full of lovely things I can't help but share!

Jill contacted me interested in a documentary photographer for her wedding--that's music to my ears. As much as posed portraits are cool, my priority is always to capture the moment we're all living in, unscripted, and I always get really excited when my couples are looking for the exact same thing...