Rachel and Aaron kicked off my wedding season this year! I have known Rachel since I was just in middle school, so to reconnect with her and be a part of photographing her and Aaron’s wedding day was so special!

This day was exactly how every wedding should be, focused less the stress of planning, and more on the love and people involved in the day. Rachel was so welcoming the second I arrived, handing me a gift (WHAT?!?!) and repeatedly expressing how happy she was to have someone she knew photographing a day so special for her and Aaron. The wedding day goes by so fast, so to see these two enjoying every minute of it was so refreshing.

Rachel and Aaron got in front of a camera and instantly connected. These two were completely themselves, showing affection and sweet looks the way they would have if I was not even there taking photos. That is a photographers dream … to capture REAL moments. There is no doubt that these two share a relationship grounded on their love for Christ, and what an incredible foundation for starting a marriage!

Enjoy their wedding day highlights and check out their wedding video here!

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Ceremony: Baker Memorial Church | Reception: Danada House | Videography: Plan-A Productions | Florist: Tree House Weddings | Cake: Courageous Bakery | DJ: Dan Hays Orchestra | Bridal Gown: Crystal bride 

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“It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”

Simplicity — this has become my favorite word lately. Life can be busy and chaotic sometimes, and something I have discovered is how therapeutic it can be to take the time to enjoy the simplicity of life.

That one word, simplicity, has inspired me to push myself to carry my camera around more. When I first started out in photorgraphy, you could not pry a camera out of my hands with the jaws of life, but when this all became a business, it was like a switch went off … suddenly taking photos for my own personal collection stopped crossing my mind. So often I take walks or go for a run, and I see the way lights hits an object or nature, and all I want is to have my camera with me to document what inspires me — the simple things.

See here’s to growing and challenging ourselves to see and appreciate God’s many blessings through the simple things that make our hearts smile.

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Meet my best friend, Whitney! It is so funny that I went to high school with this girl, yet it was not until years after graduating that we became friends. Since the beginning of starting my business, this sweet friend of mine has been by my side. She assisted my first season when I photographed without a second photographer, she pushed my creativity, and gave me the best pep talks a friend could as for:)

Whitney moved down to Chicago almost two years ago, so I now always have an excuse to spend time in my favorite area, Lincoln park! I am so happy to have been able to photograph my beautiful friend, enjoying the beauty of the city and the gorgeous light that afternoon.

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Meet Joanna and Will! These two are a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day:)

“I do not care what the weather is like, I just want to capture the love!” — that is a direct quote from Joanna the day of their session, which is exactly why I knew spending time with them was going to be a blast! Despite the cold, windy day, we took a risk and ventured out anyway. I am so glad we did because it allowed for up to really capture that intimate and close connection they share, something I never grow tired of documenting.

 I love the joy these two bring out in one another, and the smiles they share between precious moments. I am grinning already just thinking about the happiness they will share with the ones they love on there wedding day! Cannot wait to capture them together again:)

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