May 21st, 2012
Rachel emailed me long ago in February 2011 asking about availability. She sounded so sweet and kind and that first impression was solidified when I met her in person. Then she told me all about her fiancé Jake, what kind of guy he was, how he was into dirt bikes and that he was her best friend. Just very casually and matter of fact. When I met them for their engagement session I witnessed exactly what she was talking about, a true connection.
I had the honor and pleasure of documenting their beautiful purple themed wedding this April. They are two of the kindest, most down to earth, genuine people I’ve encountered. My favorite part of the day was when about 20 mins before the ceremony when everyone was rushing here and there tying up all the loose ends. Rachel was in the bridal room patiently and calmly waiting to marry her best friend. Jake stopped by and leaned in the doorway. I found them face to face quietly chatting with each other. Not a soul around them were calm and quiet. Bridesmaids were doing their final primping, the children of the bridal party were running through the doorway but Jake and Rachel just stood there nuzzling faces and quietly talking and laughing. Anyone could see it, they just calmed one another. I thought about how most often I like to sit back and search for true connections unfolding and here it was right in front of my eyes. I told them how much they inspired me and how this was my favorite part of my job, to witness this true love in a best friend.
I love this shot of Jake’s Dad as he thinks about what he wants to leave as his inscription in their guestbook.
Rachel’s bouquet had some very special ladies’ pictures attached. I love how she shared this moment with Jake.
Their wedding reception at the Omaha DoubleTree Hotel was absolutely beautiful! The staff had gone the extra mile in creating such a stunning party for everyone to enjoy. I loved all the personalized touches that Rachel worked on and incorporated throughout the room.
Rachel and Jake, I am so happy to have gotten to know you and I’m honored to be called your friend. I think so highly of you both. You are wise beyond your years and you value what is most important in life. . . each other.
All my best to you!
May 9th, 2012
Jenna and Keith’s April 21st wedding was an amazing way to kick off the 2012 wedding season. The weather was calm and full of warm sunshine. You couldn’t have asked for a nicer day just like I couldn’t have asked for a nicer couple to work with. These two impressed me with their laid-back nature and kind compassion for others. I can already see how Jenna enjoys taking care of Keith and also how much Keith cares for her in return.
My favorite image of the day isn’t a dramatic posed portrait. It’s this spontaneous image right here taken when we stopped for a quick drink. Their whole-hearted kiss and strong embrace shows it all. And as they chatted with their friends I looked down and saw their hands locked together this way. I can already picture them in 50 years walking down the sidewalk together holding hands exactly the same way.
The day started out at Jenna’s parents house while the girls finished up their makeup and donned their beautiful dresses. I was told after I took these images that the wooden chest Jenna’s shoes were resting on was her Grandparents. I’m so glad to have included a piece of her heritage in the images.
The first moment they saw each other . . .
Their reception was held at The Ridge in Elkhorn and the entire evening was flawless because they had the best DJ in Omaha, TeeRoy from Unique Pros.
A big hug and even bigger “thank you” to you both, Jenna and Keith. You have been so much fun to get to know this past year. I’ve loved hearing your stories and learning about your relationship. I feel honored to have gotten the chance to document this exciting day for you.
May 3rd, 2012
Let me introduce you to Bridget and TJ and share with you their engagement session from last fall. We spent our time together both in the city and in the country showing this adorable couple’s style. Do you see their contagious smiles? That’s how they were the entire evening which made my job very easy.
I was pleased when they mentioned they wanted to share the spotlight with their two dogs. The pups were well behaved and full of energy just as I expected. And I couldn’t leave without a quick shot of TJ’s truck with the dog kennel in the back. In the words of Kip Moore’s song, “There’s just something ’bout a truck” . . .
Bridget and TJ’s May 26th wedding is quickly approaching and I’m looking forward to spending the day celebrating with them! See you both soon!