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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]

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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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Karlsruhe, Germany :: Sabrina & Ruben

The pretzel. The beer. The wedding. The dancing. The castles.
I do a lot of traveling for this wonderful job of mine, but what may have been the best location this summer was Germany. You may remember Sabrina & Ruben from last year when we did an engagement session here in Massachusetts while they were studying abroad. I’ve never known a couple so full of JOY and laughter and it was such an amazing weekend hanging out with these two lovebirds. One look at their families and I could see just where they get their zeal for life.
This wedding was the church wedding (in Germany you have two: State and Church) and the afterparty was not to be missed. We heard speeches, saw skits, heard songs and watched home movies until the dancing started around midnight. I called it a night (thanks to jetlag) around 3a.m. but the dance floor was still going strong.
At one point, someone asked me, “Is this what American weddings are like?”
“Not exactly. We’d all go home around nine or ten.”
“In the morning??”
“No…at night.”
“The next night?”
“No…the same one.”
I’ll forever be grateful for the hospitality, liveliness, patience and amazing ability that all Germans have to know more lyrics to Backstreet Boys than I do. DSC_1185 DSC_1186 DSC_1191 DSC_1200 DSC_1209 DSC_1213 DSC_1232 DSC_1234 DSC_1235 DSC_1254 DSC_1258 DSC_1270 DSC_1286 DSC_1291 DSC_1300 DSC_1358 DSC_1415 DSC_1480 DSC_1526 DSC_1573 DSC_1615 DSC_1744 DSC_1766 DSC_1770 DSC_1819 DSC_1876 DSC_1899 DSC_1918 DSC_1946 DSC_1961 DSC_1987 DSC_2028 DSC_2048 DSC_2084 DSC_2132 DSC_2158 DSC_2183 DSC_2220 DSC_2239 DSC_2303 DSC_2343 DSC_2375 DSC_2380 DSC_2418 DSC_2435 DSC_2447 DSC_2532 DSC_2549 DSC_2603 DSC_2617 DSC_2771 DSC_2804 DSC_2847 DSC_2946 DSC_2976 DSC_3000 DSC_3020 DSC_3030 DSC_3042 DSC_3052 DSC_3118 DSC_3149 DSC_3169 DSC_3212 DSC_3290 DSC_3319 DSC_3330 DSC_3334 DSC_3352 DSC_3403 DSC_3435 DSC_3493 DSC_3505 DSC_3512 DSC_3525 DSC_3561 DSC_3649 DSC_3754 DSC_3765 DSC_3775 DSC_3792 DSC_3893 DSC_3942 DSC_3946 DSC_3976 DSC_3998 DSC_4062 DSC_4129 DSC_4143 DSC_4165 DSC_4189 DSC_4225 DSC_4269 DSC_4278 DSC_4314

Reedly, CA :: The Foddrill Family

There is something so sacred about a family’s first week together. My sister was Due on October 19th, so I flew to California to be there for the birth of my second niece 6 days early. Of course, this little babe couldn’t wait to meet us, so 30 minutes before my plane landed at LAX, she was born. I heard her crying over the phone while we waited for an open gate and I started to weep on the plane like a big dumb idiot, but I didn’t care because Miss Constance Grace was only a few hours of travel away from my arms.
We spent the rest of the week recovering and it was something tiring but sweet. My first niece, Emma Jaine, JUST turned three and she was ALL ABOUT being a big sister. I loved how eager she was to hold that little sister of hers and she was so proud as she announced every day that we were going to teach Constance to walk.
There was some explaining on our part that Constance wasn’t all about walking her first week. But when she’s big enough, Emma will be ready and willing to show her the ins and outs of it all.
My sister is one of the bravest women I know and she took labor like a champ and, though exhausted and sore for days after, made it a point to still pull Emma up on to her lap and sing her to sleep at night. My brother-in-law Rick still would chase Emma around and make meals and I’m so thankful for the father he is to these (two!) little gems.
Here are a few of my favorites from six days of cuddly, exciting, exhausting family time with four of my favorites.
Welcome to the world, Constance Grace. It’s a crazy place but we’re here to party.
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Ipswich, MA :: Sam & McCall

There is joy in the hearts of these two lovebirds.
Sam & McCall have an international love story and now a few years into marriage, they have moved to the North Shore to study and to rest. We ventured out to Appleton Farms to capture some of the fall colors and it was just about as fun as it looks. They can often be spotted taking long walks at dusk, so this shoot was in their element as we wandered through woods and fields.  I’m so grateful for two people who love so fully, flirt so unabashedly and laugh so whole-heartedly. Here’s to fall, farms and friendship.

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