Massachusetts || Kyle & Joelinda

In Seminary, I made two friends early on: Kyle and Joelinda.
Kyle and I bonded over a love of Church History and musical theater. Joelinda and I bonded over being women who loved Theology and oxford shirts. These two have become two of my dearest friends. Our first two years of Seminary were pretty low-key and they were pretty platonic until something shifted. In fact, they hosted a whole dang seminar on singleness–together. It was called “Are the chaste a waste?” This is not a joke.

Last winter, I got a text from Kyle: they were official.
Not gonna lie, I immediately called him and shouted, “I’m sorry, what?!”

It was maybe one of the best surprises of our lives.
Theirs is a love that grew slowly. Two friends who became best friends and then one day looked at each other and said, “Let’s try this out.”
It has been an honor to watch them continue to grow closer to Jesus and one another. To see them fall in love. The Chattanooga boy and the Georgia peach bring southern love and comfort into everything that they do. I have no doubt that their marriage will be just as sweet.
I loved having the excuse to run around Boston and the North Shore of Massachusetts with these two, telling stories and carrying on about everything from life dreams to how hard ministry can be and how excited/nervous we are over what’s next.
These friends are kind, includers, truth-tellers and I thank God we met. We’ve walked through all kinds of library exhaust, late-night snacks, epic blizzards, car accidents, break-ups, firsts and our first year of post-seminary life together and I know that these two are a force to be reckoned with.

Kyle will one day be a doctor; he’s starting his Ph.D. in the Fall.
Joelinda loves students and pastoral care more than most people I know.
And when they say, “I do” on a warm night in Savannah, Georgia this summer, it’ll be the start of a whole new adventure that I cannot wait to third-wheel through.

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Manchester By-The-Sea, MA :: Ryan & Kate

I met Ryan my very first day at seminary and he became a part of my group of friends in Massachusetts. When Kate came to study our final year, the two of them immediately hit it off. I loved getting to watch how two thoughtful, kind, sort-of quiet people fell in love. It’s always been so very simple for them to care for others and I love the way that they care for one another. Kate has become a dear friend and I could not be happier that these two are tying the knot.

I had the chance to spend a weekend up in the Bay State this autumn and we took full advantage of the foliage and the sea, snapping photos while we caught up and told stories of where the last three months had taken us. I was reminded of not only the deep beauty of New England and its never-ending picturesque places, but of the deep joys of friendship. These are two souls that I laugh with, cry with and we get to carry one another on this journey of being young and new to ministry.

Here’s to Ryan & Kate: may your love and grace be as deep and wide as the Atlantic.

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Whately, MA :: Hunter & Grace

Hunter and Grace are one of those couples that just make sense. He’s a Texan gentleman and she’s a sassy New Englander and the minute they started dating I knew it was over. They were just meant to be.
Their day was sweet and simple in all the best ways. My friend Josiah hopped on as second shooter and we had an awesome time capturing the Big Day. Hunter and Grace gathered together their dearest friends and their families and were married in the middle of an apple orchard in western Massachusetts. From the personal touches–like her late father’s handkerchief–to the crazy-fun dance floor, this day was one for the record books. During the vows, Grace spotted a bee on Hunter’s face so she actually slapped him during the ceremony, but that’s just the way things go sometimes and if anyone is up for the unexpected–it’s these two.

Many Mazels to the Gossetts! Your day was a perfect combination of southern hospitality, the start of autumn in New England, love and joy.

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Magnolia, MA :: Hunter & Grace [Get Engaged]

Grace is easily one of the most beautiful women alive. And Hunter’s not the worst looking guy on the face of the planet. We met this year in Massachusetts where they fell in love and he asked her to marry him.

I got a call literally 3 hours before the proposal because the ring had come in the mail and Hunter was just dying to put it on her finger. It was one of those magical nights where the leaves hadn’t come back from a cold, hard winter and we still needed light jackets. I was hiding behind some rocks (as per usual in these situations) and I watched him get down on one knee. The hands on her hips reveal so much about her surprise.

   These two are full of JOY. They laugh hard and she hits him a lot and you can sense just from the way that she points her finger at him that she is so delighted by his sneaky, surprising ways. We got to  run around before I moved to Texas out in the Essex Marshes for a minute and it was more of the same. More laughter. More Joy. More Love.

My favorite thing about these two is the way that they walk through pain and beauty together with a no-nonsense, honest attitude. They love God and they love one another and they serve each other so powerfully. When I see them together I just breathe a little deeper in the best way. I’m so thankful for their friendship and how they show me the Kingdom and love of God.
I cannot WAIT for them to tie the knot–you bet I’ll be there snapping away on the Big Day next week.
Here’s to 9 days left of a short engagement! DSC_5607DSC_5617 DSC_5609-2 DSC_5637-2 DSC_5786 DSC_5748 DSC_5741 DSC_5775 DSC_5710-2 DSC_5694 DSC_5905 DSC_5667-2 DSC_6767-3 DSC_6814 DSC_6833 DSC_6789 DSC_6802 DSC_6895 DSC_6870 DSC_6863 DSC_6898


Batavia, IL :: The Fuehring Clan

I met these gems 4 years ago and they have always welcomed me into their home. Dave, Geri and their awesome girls are an experience of a family.  This summer, one of their girls got hitched (photos and film to come!) and we had the chance to take some family photos. This crew has always had a love for Europe and Dave & Geri are heading overseas soon so this was the last chance they had to take photos at the house the girls have called home since childhood.
I love the way that this family laughs and yells and jokes and gives one another sass; it’s a gift to witness their relationships. From hanging out in the backyard to prepping for Carly’s wedding day to connecting around the dinner table in the places they always sit, this afternoon of photos before the crazy wedding weekend was a joy to capture.
Here’s to new adventures, new marriages, new homes and the love that pulls it all together. I love y’all to Czech Republic and back.

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Chicago, IL :: The Lorenson Family

If I could relocate all my photoshoots to the Chicago Botanical Garden, I would be set for life. Well, maybe not in the wintertime.

I digress.

Koral and I met in college and got to know each other more after school when we were in a wedding of a dear friend last year. She’s a sassy spark of a person with a keen eye for style and passion for business. Her college sweetheart hubby, Jake is just as fun and the two have some ADORABLE boys. I cannot handle them.

We had the chance to go snap a few before summer got insanely hot and I just adored this fully-silly, affectionate, wild, love-hard, work-hard, play-hard gang. Here’s to flowers, sunshine, dusk and summer!

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Atascadero, CA :: Thomas & Maddy



Something magical happens when two people fall in love. And it’s a JOY to get to photograph the day they say, “I do.” But it’s another kind of magical when that person is your brother. Thomas and Maddy met a few years ago and from their first elaborate date, they were together as much as possible. Thomas is a hopeless romantic and Maddy is a dreaming artist and their soon-to-be-born daughter, Myra is probably going to win about 100 Grammy awards or go to NYU to study the arts.
It was a beautiful, warm day in March when they gathered friends and family at the church we grew up in and we could not have asked for a better sister to join our family. Our awesome niece was the flower girl and she managed to keep it all together even though the ceremony started right at nap time (which in and of itself is miraculous.) Our brother officiated the ceremony and the women at the church put decorations together so wonderfully. The bridal party all were friends since young ages and it led to some of my favorite every ‘getting ready’ photos as the joy and goofiness lasted well into the night.
Here’s to Thomas, Maddy, Myra and a crazy little thing called, ‘Love.’

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Ispwich, MA :: Jimmy & Emily

There is snow lightly falling as we brace for the winter. With the last few weeks of Autumn came a bunch of lovely little shoots, one of which was at Appleton Farms with Emily and her man, Jimmy. These two hail from the Lone Star State and bring some southern charm up to this New England cold.
We had a great time walking, talking and joking as we stood in fields and crossed train tracks and sat under the last leaves of fall. I’m so thankful for the way that they look at one another, laugh at one another and love one another. These two are too much.

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Seattle, WA :: The Jones Wedding [Films]


Julie sang the national anthem at her eighth grade graduation and I was impressed and I’ve been gaining more and more respect for her ever since. She is possibly the most honest soul I know and it has been a joy to have nearly a decade of friendship under our belt. She is a lover of Christ, community, rainy days, bike rides, hikes and the west coast in general in a way that isn’t trite.
She is brave. She took the great risk of leaving our little hometown for Seattle to attend undergrad and it was there that she met a shy boy named Michael, who was interested in her basically immediately. Their love story is all-together sweet, kind, trusting and truthful and I loved getting to fly to the West Coast to film their Big Day.
The scenery was ideal: the cabins in the woods of Kitsap Memorial State Park, the last bits of summer, the Sound, the big rustic reception hall complete with lightbulbs wrapped around wood beams, and just about every little detail in between. I’ve been daydreaming about how perfect it was and remarked to her at one point, “I think I’ll just go to the courthouse if I ever get married, because you just threw the perfect wedding.”
Here’s to Seattle, music, dancing, Blue Moon, Beyonce, white dresses, flowers, pipe tobacco and–always–love.



Manchester-By-The-Sea, MA :: Katie & Nick

Katie might just be the sweetest ray of California sunshine that the salty shore of New England every did see. She and her hubby Nick moved back to the golden state after a few years of education out here on the North Shore, but before they left they wanted to capture some moments in the beauty that is summertime in Massachusetts. From running around in the woods to bravely hopping into a little skiff, they were nothing but a delight. Here’s to new chapters, warmer days and–of course–love.

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