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Jen + Jason :: Married!

Jen & Jason met each other around the flames of a friend's bonfire roughly six years ago if I have my facts straight. It took another three year's worth of bonfires before a different kind of flame between them started to grow and eventually, they became Jen & Jason. Three years of kindling those embers led to this crazy story of God's good plan for their lives, culminating in their backyard wedding.

A huge compliment to me, to be chosen by a fellow photog, Jen's laid back manner and no-stress approach to their day put everyone around them at ease, including me. Due to the quick planning of their day, only immediate family was present and I became a fly on the wall, watching 16 people flurry about to celebrate the happy couple.

When I arrived at their new home, I started with details that Jen's sister had put together as the culinary artist-in-residence.
And some details that were not food-related:
Jen's mother passed away when Jen was just a baby, but there were touches of her everywhere. When Jen got engaged, she and her sister opened her mother's wedding dress preservation box to see if there was anything they could use. They cut a part of the sleeve off one arm to wrap around Jen's bouquet (pictured towards the end of this post) and some lace from the veil to intermingle among the flower buds. Jen also found a photo of her mother and step mother, put them into lockets and had the florist link them into the bouquet.
The florist did a slam-dunk job of it!
(Jen's birth mom is on the right, step mom on the left.)

I then moved on to the activity going on upstairs...somehow Jen & Jason managed to NOT see each other while getting ready. When she told me where Jason was, she also suggested a photo of somehow incorporating the mirror in the guest room. Jason's dad had made the mirror frame, and they wanted to showcase his beautiful carpentry.
When Jen was almost ready, I had Jason head outside and down to the arbor that they'd built earlier in the week thanks to a CraigsList find of spare tree limbs. (Talk about resourceful!) Jen calmly made her way down the deck's stairs to her groom:
About 30 minutes later after family photos, Jen walked down the stairs again, this time to be greeted by her father and given away to her groom.
Jen & Jason's backyard overlooks a huge, undeveloped field with a view for miles. It really was a serene setting and perfect for their day.
Toasts in the kitchen, followed by some cake cutting in the living room:
And some last and final details:
Jen & Jason-I was absolutely thrilled and honored to be a part of your day. Thank you so much for having me and I pray that you're pleased with the results! I wish you nothing but the best as you live out God's plan and roll with the punches in your signature, calm demeanors.
Blessings!
Carrie
PS You can view the rest of their day HERE.

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Whoopsies + Being Wrong

Jennifer's gorgeous green eyes and single cheek dimple entered my home for a Pampered Chef party. I figured she might be the kind of person that just flits through your life for a moment and maybe never see again (though I wasn't hoping for that to happen!). She and her fiance visited our church service and when I heard the magic word "fiance", I tried to "casually" slip into the conversation that I was a photographer. When Jen responded that she was too, I ate my words and gulped hard because I figured there was NO WAY a fellow photog would hire me to do her wedding. Their date was set for Sept. 22nd and I, again, figured I'd never see her nor Jason again once they walked out the door after church.

Boy, was I WRONG!

I got an email from Jen just a few weeks ago that described a story only found in God's Plan. She & Jason had just happened  to be driving through a neighborhood that just happened  to have a house with a FOR SALE sign in the yard that just happened  to be in their price range. They just happened to put in an offer for it and they just happened to have found themselves a new home 6 months before they were set to be married. WHOOPS?

Not wanting to live together before they were officially Mr. & Mrs., they naturally moved their date up, making sure that immediate family was able to attend. It just so happened that everyone was available and it just so happened that Jen and Jason appreciated my work and was hoping I was available too. I just happened to be free myself!

I've never been more glad to be wrong.

And because Jen & I have a love for photography & teaching I thought I could combine the two in this post until I finish all of their images. The weekend of their wedding, I attended my second online seminar for the year at CreativeLive.com on posing and I had some ideas up my sleeve that I wanted to try out on the happy couple. (They didn't know they were my "guinea pigs" but they do now!)

On the right, my inspiration and on the left, an inspiring bride:

Again, inspiration on the right, idea come to life on the left:
Idea:
Idea realized:
Idea: No, this wasn't a wedding party, but it showed that you don't have to have everyone just "line up". It gave a casual vibe but everyone was still in tight and looked like they were having a good time.
Idea come to life: No, this isn't exactly to the "T" of the above photo, but I was trying for something different that I'd never done before instead of having the bridal party just "line up".
Idea:
Idea realized:
Idea:
Idea realized:
This one might be my favorite realized idea: (Jen's on the right....) :)

Hopefully, this gives you an idea (as if I haven't used that word in this post enough already) of how looking at poses in any situation can be added to your "tool belt". A little inspiration goes a long way and you can always tweak it as different circumstances arise. 

I'm so excited to really dig into Jen & Jason's wedding photos more thoroughly to show you all the fun details and sweet moments of their special day! Stay tuned.

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Greg + Ann: Married

Their nuptials took place in October on a beautiful, uncannily warm fall day. For an outdoor wedding, they were taking a chance on the weather, but God was good on that score. He was good on several scores in getting this wedding plannned too. The right people came together for the right purpose and set to work to bless Greg & Ann for their special day that had been nine years coming.

I'm not able to show all the photos at this time, but here is a sneak preview of what's to come:

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Megan + Jeremy :: Married!

How can I get his attention? Megan tried and tried to think of ways to get in Jeremy's view finder while they were working overseas with Camp Adventure, a study abroad program through Univ. of Northern Iowa. Several opportunities came and went and finally, Megan had to take things into her own hands. They "bumped" into each other at a cancer fundraiser and each were smitten. Needless to say, the view they both found in the other was nothing short of perfection.

The view I found on their wedding was nothing short of perfection as well. When a gorgeous church came into my view while following my new friend, Jane, I said outloud (as if she could hear me down the street in her own car) Please turn here! I really want to photograph that church. Please let that be their church! And as if she had heard me down the street in her own car, her turn signal went on and she turned! Voila-one of the most gorgeous places for a First Look. But I get ahead of myself...

I have become so accustomed to working with Justin, that he takes the groomsmen and I take care of the bride and her ladies, this was a great opportunity for me to photograph the guys. After a few detail shots of flowers, I hustled to get a few of Megan's dress.
In the few minutes it took me to take those shots, the guys were already dressed and upstairs. Do I need to mention that the lighting in this church was fantastic with those floor to ceiling stained glass windows?
I saw this gorgeous gal following the groomsmen around and I thought she was one of Megan's personal attendants assigned to keeping the guys on time. Then, as I was taking the groomsmen shots, she gets in one of them! Now THAT'S a vivavious, confident gal. I thought. But, oh! Wait! She's a groomswoman! What fun to document something totally different that I thought only existed in movies. Lindsay, you are absolutely lovely.
We tucked the bridal party away to allow Megan & Jeremy a moment together for their first look. As Megan made her way up the stairs, she hesitated for a moment and looked through the doors' windows. Uh, can you tell them to go away? The groomsmens' faces were jokingly plastered to the door to get a glimpse of Jeremy at his tenderest: seeing his bride for the first time. (And yes, we made the bridal party go away. :) )
I realize I went a little "collage happy" on this post, but there were so many photos I wanted to show you in one post that this was the best way to go about it. Mea culpa.
Here are the columns I as talking about that made me wish and hope that this was their church. I felt like I was either at Wheaton College or somewhere in the deep South.
Megan, you're simply gorgeous. Seriously.
As a second shooter, I'm getting more and more comfortable being in a different place than my first shooter to get a different angle or shot to diversify the wedding portfolio. I love doing shots like this because it gets all the little details you know the bride thought about a lot. The bouquet, the boutineer, the groom's tie and hankie color, her dress & veil (obviously), her nails, and jewelry.
You know that 6-degrees-of-separation idea? Well, track with me on this one. I lived with a gal named Cari in college. Her brother, Mike, married Jenny. Jenny is Megan's sister. Ergo, Cari & her husband Tony, came to the wedding and I got to visit with the whole family! Were you able to follow that? :)
This wedding was a lot of firsts, first time working with Jane, first time with the groomsmen, and first time photographing a Catholic wedding. I had a great time up in the organ loft!
After the ceremony, Megan & Jeremy wanted some more relaxed photos and when they mean relaxed, they mean bust-out-the-bubbly-type photos.
Every girl wants to twirl in her big white dress right? Jeremy indulged Megan multiple times for just that.
Megan & Jeremy lovingly got each other while feeding the other cake; notice how covered Megan's fingers are and some frosting on Jeremy's coat. ;)
Megan & Jeremy-thank you so much for letting Jane and me be a part of your day. You graciously let me into your family and try a whole slew of things without blinking twice. I think our results show your love for one another in a candid, true way. What a joy you were to capture in my own view finder. Thank you and many blessings,
Carrie

Here are a few extra details of their day: (side note: the beersteins are from their many trips overseas with Camp Adventure!)
You can view the rest of their story and images over on Jane's site HERE.

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Megan + Jeremy :: Married!!

How can I get his attention? Megan tried and tried to think of ways to get in Jeremy's view finder while they were working overseas with Camp Adventure, a study abroad program through Univ. of Northern Iowa.  Several opportunities came and went and finally, Megan had to take things into her own hands. They "bumped" into each other at a cancer fundraiser and each were smitten. Needless to say, the view they both found in the other was nothing short of perfection.

The view I found on their wedding was nothing short of perfection as well. When a gorgeous church came into my view while following my new friend, Jane, I said outloud (as if she could hear me down the street in her own car) Please turn here! I really want to photograph that church. Please let that be their church! And as if she had heard me down the street in her own car, her turn signal went on and she turned! Voila-one of the most gorgeous places for a First Look. But I get ahead of myself...

I have become so accustomed to working with Justin, that he takes the groomsmen and I take care of the bride and her ladies, this was a great opportunity for me to photograph the guys. After a few detail shots of flowers, I hustled to get a few of Megan's dress.
In the few minutes it took me to take those shots, the guys were already dressed and upstairs. Do I need to mention that the lighting in this church was fantastic with those floor to ceiling stained glass windows?
I saw this gorgeous gal following the groomsmen around and I thought she was one of Megan's personal attendants assigned to keeping the guys on time. Then, as I was taking the groomsmen shots, she gets in one of them! Now THAT'S a vivavious, confident gal. I thought. But, oh! Wait! She's a groomswoman! What fun to document something totally different that I thought only existed in movies. Lindsay, you are absolutely lovely.
We tucked the bridal party away to allow Megan & Jeremy a moment together for their first look. As Megan made her way up the stairs, she hesitated for a moment and looked through the doors' windows. Uh, can you tell them to go away? The groomsmens' faces were jokingly plastered to the door to get a glimpse of Jeremy at his tenderest: seeing his bride for the first time. (And yes, we made the bridal party go away. :) )
I realize I went a little "collage happy" on this post, but there were so many photos I wanted to show you in one post that this was the best way to go about it. Mea culpa.
Here are the columns I as talking about that made me wish and hope that this was their church. I felt like I was either at Wheaton College or somewhere in the deep South.
Megan, you're simply gorgeous. Seriously.
As a second shooter, I'm getting more and more comfortable being in a different place than my first shooter to get a different angle or shot to diversify the wedding portfolio. I love doing shots like this because it gets all the little details you know the bride thought about a lot. The bouquet, the boutineer, the groom's tie and hankie color, her dress & veil (obviously), her nails, and jewelry.
You know that 6-degrees-of-separation idea? Well, track with me on this one. I lived with a gal named Cari in college. Her brother, Mike, married Jenny. Jenny is Megan's sister. Ergo, Cari & her husband Tony, came to the wedding and I got to visit with the whole family! Were you able to follow that? :)
This wedding was a lot of firsts, first time working with Jane, first time with the groomsmen, and first time photographing a Catholic wedding. I had a great time up in the organ loft!
After the ceremony, Megan & Jeremy wanted some more relaxed photos and when they mean relaxed, they mean bust-out-the-bubbly-type photos.
Every girl wants to twirl in her big white dress right? Jeremy indulged Megan multiple times for just that.
Megan & Jeremy lovingly got each other while feeding the other cake; notice how covered Megan's fingers are and some frosting on Jeremy's coat. ;)
Megan & Jeremy-thank you so much for letting Jane and me be a part of your day. You graciously let me into your family and try a whole slew of things without blinking twice. I think our results show your love for one another in a candid, true way. What a joy you were to capture in my own view finder. Thank you and many blessings,
Carrie

Here are a few extra details of their day: (side note: the beersteins are from their many trips overseas with Camp Adventure!)
You can view the rest of their story and images over on Jane's site HERE.

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