Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Kristi & Philip : Mount Morris, IL Wedding

Kristi and Philip were married one month ago today on a muggy afternoon in Mount Morris, IL.  They gathered with the support of their friends and family to proclaim their love to each other and vow to uphold that love forever.  Kristi and Philip were so awesome to work with!  They were super laid back, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment of their day, which was beautiful. :)

This handkerchief was very important to Kristi--it was given to her when she was a baby in the form of a bonnet, then was meant to be used on her wedding day!

I love ivy, and it looked so beautiful her her bouquet.

Seth captured this beautiful shot of Kristi walking out to meet Philip...it's one of my favorites from the day. 

Kristi and Philip chose to see each other before the wedding.  I just love being a fly on the wall during these intimate moments.  It's one of the things I love most about shooting weddings. :)

Isn't she just so cute???

The ceremony was held at Mount Morris Church of the Brethren 

The reception was at this beautiful place on the Rock River in Oregon, IL, called Maxson Riverboat and Restaurant.  I couldn't resist grabbing a few pictures out on the back deck before heading in to the reception!

Fun Fact:  Kristi and her sister MADE the bridesmaid's and jr. bridesmaid's dresses!!!  

A very sweet speech by Kristi's sister, Jenny.

Lots of fun moments at the reception!

Kristi and Philip, thank you SO MUCH for allowing Seth and I to be a part of your beautiful wedding day!  

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Lucas Weekly : Week 14 {5/23/11-5/29/11}

This week of Lucas Weekly may as well be titled LUCAS IS WALKING!!!!!  Wahoo!!!!!!  

Taken  5/27/11

And if that pictures isn't cute enough, I have it video on, too!!  He had only been taking two or three steps to Seth and I for a couple of weeks before this, then I randomly asked him to walk to me from the other end of the porch, and he just got up and did it!  This video is the second time he did it...I wasn't prepared for the first time since I really didn't think he'd do it! 

Makes me smile every time.  :)  After that, I think he realized that he could do it and he started walking without us prompting him to, and doing it more frequently than crawling.  He's so cute just toddling around!!  

Friday, June 03, 2011

Nicole & Brandon | Sneak Peek : DeKalb, IL Vow Renewal Photos

In honor of Brandon and Nicole's 1-year anniversary this weekend, I wanted to share a few pictures from their super sweet vow renewal ceremony last Saturday!!  I'll have a full post to come in the next few weeks!!!!

I love this moment!!!

Happy Anniversary, Brandon and Nicole!!!! :) :) :) :)

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Lucas Weekly : Week 13 {5/16/11-5/22/11}

I have to apologize for being so horrible about updating my Lucas Weekly pictures.  I always have the best intentions of posting once a week, but I seem to be in an epic battle with life and my own laziness.  I'm really trying to get better!!!  I guess I'm just not as cool as I thought I was. :)

The picture from this week (which was actually a couple of weeks ago) is one of Lucas with his new favorite toy:  His toothbrush.  Every morning after breakfast, I put him down on the floor and if he sees that his bedroom door his open, he immediately goes in and grabs his toothbrush and chews on it for awhile.  The ex-dental assistant in me loves it!  

Taken 5/19/11

Seth was very excited about this picture.  He worked hard to build a Lucas-sized robot out of mega blocks and it was important to him that I take a picture of Lucas next to it.  :)  (Taken 5/22/11)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Katie & Heath : DeKalb, IL Engagement Session

I like Katie and Heath.  As in, I think I might have a crush on them.  They are just sooooo cute, and are two of the most caring people I've met in a long time.  Their passion for life is infectious and most evident when they are together and with their son, Blake.  They're the kind of couple that make me love my job.  In fact, they're the kind of couple that make what I do not even feel like a job.  They've been through a lot as a couple (feel free to read their story as told by Katie here), and have come out of each trial stronger and more in love.  I'm crazy excited for their wedding next month, a fact I expressed to them so much during their session that I think I might have creeped them out.  Is it too soon to make them a mix tape?  :)

We started the session out in downtown DeKalb, outside of the apartment Heath lived in when he and Katie started dating.  They had so many precious memories there, and it was a real joy for me to be able to capture images in a place that is so dear to them.

Katie, you are beyond beautiful!!

Next we headed out to a park where Blake was able to run free and hunt for sticks. 

Aren't they such a beautiful family???

I love this one.  Blake was a little upset because he had to give up his "really big stick"... 

...the stick is back, and life is good!