A few words come to mind for this precious day, and one of those is "sweet". Everything about Tia and Cody's wedding was sweet. From Tia's smile in the morning getting ready (and she wore it all day long) to their first dance. These two have the sweetest love. Cody was smitten with his bride, and could not take his eyes off of her the entire day. The air was chilly, the fire was cozy and these sweethearts were more in love than ever before.
Don't be fooled y'all! This hike gave me some real side cramps. Katie and Vinnie take their hiking seriously, and apparently I don't. HA!
We had a great time hiking around Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park! We had fun driving the windy roads together in between locations in the park. These guys made me laugh a lot and I can't say enough good things about them!
Sometimes it's really hard to come up with an incredible story to share for each and every post I write on here.
Mary and Kevin lost a family member this fall. It hurts to even type it out. Mary's sister in-law, Abby, had passed away in an accident. She was young--a mother of two, and a wife to an incredible man. Mary is wearing her sister Abby's red flannel shirt.
Mary and Kevin are kind, compassionate and beautiful people. See their love. Witness with me, the beautiful landscape God had created.
"It was a plan that had been set in motion a few weeks in advance. We would be in Colorado with my sister-in-law who just so happens to be a wedding photographer, what are the odds right? So we went out on a morning hike on Friday to the Flatirons in Boulder, Colorado. After taking Clay and Rachel's pictures as a cover up, Rach asked if Em and I wanted some pictures together. My response was, 'Yeah!' but Em's was, 'Maybe later.' She hadn't been feeling well that morning so after anxiously walking barely five minutes, Rach offers again and Em begrudgingly accepts.
So at the foot of the mountain I got down on one knee as Rachel captured every sweet moment. Emily truly did not see it coming. Her first words when I went to one knee were, 'What are you doing?' But once she figured it out both of our eyes welled up with tears. I told her how much she meant to me and how I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. After asking for her hand in marriage she, without hesitation, said 'Yes!'. I've never seen so much joy in a person's eyes as I slid the ring onto her finger and the only day that will top it is the day we can finally say 'I Do'.
these two cuties invited me and my little family out to their lake home in eustis, nebraska on a late september weekend. needless to say we (Clay, I and the kids) traveled out to wide open country, so I could take their engagements. we loved seeing the rolling hills of rural nebraska. I just have to say thank you to weston and julia and your families for hosting us! YOU'RE THE BEST!
nothing is better than love and making relationships that last. honestly, that's all this "job" is about.
You may have seen a lot of these two lately. Incase you didn't know they took me on a weekend trip to Arizona. We shot FOUR shoots. Basically, I documented who they are, wherever they were! By the time we did a little lifestyle lovin' I think we were all super comfortable with one another. It was pure bliss from a photographer's standpoint. Can't get enough of JXJ? See their Horseshoe Bend shoot or their morning hike in Sedona.
You can't beat the views of horseshoe as well as the deep connection Jamie and Joe have for one another.
This day was truly blessed by God you guys. It was insane.
Joe helped his bride down different steep parts of the rock formations. He carried her through tall grass. He complimented her, loved her and showed her his deepest affections.
Jamie is fully committed to her guy. She trusts and respects him. You can tell she is madly and deeply in love with this man.
Together, these guys are something else. They model a beautiful marriage.
"The weeks leading up to the wedding were filled with many deep emotions. I’m normally not very emotional, so experiencing that was a change for me. I had longed to marry my high school sweetheart for five years and I almost couldn’t believe that it was finally happening. Being so close to the day that I would commit my life to Leah brought such intense anticipation! I don’t normally cry, in sadness or in joy, but multiple times I found myself tearing up as I thought about how lucky I was to marry the woman of my dreams. One of the moments that I’ll never forget was taking communion together after we had said our vows to one another. The connection that I felt to Leah as we held one another and spent time in prayer through tears is indescribable. The graciousness of God to bring us together as husband and wife and to allow us to mirror what He has done for us will always be one of the greatest sources of joy for me as I look back on that day and as we continue our lives together. Most of the rest of the day was a blur, but it was moments like those that made all the stress of planning and all the years of waiting worth it. I always trusted that my wedding day would be one of the greatest days of my life and without question; it was!" -Reis
waking up at five in the morning to fresh air and a dark sky. we drove up a steep street that winded around the natural landscape.
after parking and rubbing our eyes to wake up a bit, we started our little morning adventure with red rock underfoot.
the sun rose over the enormous red rock formations. the cool morning air filled our lungs with life. this was our morning in sedona, arizona.
Okay, can I just take a moment and talk about how F U N these two are?! Garrett is hilarious, goofy and most definitely silly. Jess lights up and you can tell that he is her world.
Together they strolled the green pastures, high mountains and backroads of Breckenridge, Colorado.
We decided to shoot in Breckenridge, as both Garrett and Jess would go to this small mountain town for family vacations as children. Something about this place brings both of them peace and happiness.
I hope y'all enjoy this session as much as I do.
these two can be summed up in two words, passionate and playful.
as mel and blake walked the grassy rolling hills in the evening, they strolled hand in hand. dreaming of the life they're starting together.
what a journey. what an adventure it is to become a new family.
mel x blake, I cannot wait to document your commitment.
LOCATION: Private Estate in Neb.