Hey there! So happy you’re here. If you’re new here today, welcome! Thanks for dropping by. It means more than you know. I’m currently trying to figure out a) how Thanksgiving is only 2.5 weeks away and b) what really happened during Interstellar because I promise you I have no idea what that all meant but man it was a beautiful film. When anything is that complex, and particularly when it involves science which was never my strong suit growing up, I always joke that “It’s okay guys, I’ll just go make art for a living.” It’s worked out beautifully so far. My dad is a physician and my mom teaches 4th and 5th grade science lab. I’m sure there are days where my parents wonder what happened to the science gene during that transfer – that maybe it was lost on me – but I still love Star Trek and nerdy science things so at least with that I know I’m safe to stick around as a Sully for a long while.
I’ll be real honest with you guys… I am still buzzing from this wedding. Kaitlin and I went to high school together and when she reached out last fall about photographing her wedding I was beyond excited. Kaitlin’s older sister, Breanne, was in my sister’s class at Brebeuf and between catching up with her and all of the familiar faces who were classmates of mine in high school, this day was just an awesome walk down memory lane and also a beautiful reminder of how far I’ve come since those days. I say “those days” because next year will be 10 years since we graduated from Brebeuf. Crazy! Totally have gray hairs, it’s cool. Really though, I am blown away at how everything came together so perfectly for Kaitlin & Joe’s wedding. The weather was incredible, the venue was charming, the most epic dance party I’ve seen yet at a wedding but the stars of the show, Kaitlin & Joe, are really who brought this tapestry together. These guys are so loved. The kind of people you fall in love with after spending 10 minutes with them…
K&J – I’m so happy to have you guys in my life. Thank you for asking me to be your wedding photographer. I’m completely honored and will be forever grateful. I hope you are settling into married life nicely up in Chicago. Hope to see you over the holidays!
Kaitlin and Joe married at Story Inn in Story, IN – such a lovely and colorful space for a wedding.
Who am I kidding?! I adored so many people at this wedding but one lady at the top of that list is Kaitlin’s mom. I’ll run into her and her sweet group of girlfriends at Einsteins from time to time and it’s always such a treat to catch up with her and hear how Kaitlin is doing. This gives me chills.
When Kaitlin started to get teary eyed reading her note from Joe, her bridesmaids started singing Happy Birthday to her. Brilliant, actually. Helped keep the tears at bay and put a smile on Kaitlin’s face. I promise you I will start doing this with brides in the future.
As you can imagine, these two made my job very easy.
Such a fun and good looking group! And lots of familiar faces – hey Allison, Megan, Katie & Meg!
The light that day was spectacular.
Joe, you are the man. I mean it.
If you have these people in your life, you are very lucky. They truly make the world a better place to live in.
There is nothing ordinary about this job. Capturing this moment for Kaitlin is magic in my life. Kaitlin, you were such a stunning bride and I’m better off for having you as a friend.
There are many times where I’ll take a photo like the one below and not think twice about how much it might mean to the people in it. I don’t remember taking this, but after pouring over their images, I kept coming back to this image of Joe with his parents right after the ceremony. I love it so much. I love the way Joe’s mom is looking at her son and the way Joe’s looking at his dad. I love this job.
Kaitlin & Joe’s first dance was to The Head and the Heart’s “Let’s Be Still”. Listen here.
I cannot convey the depths to which this image makes me want to sob my eyeballs out in the very best way. I adored Joe’s parents.
Special thanks to Don & Jean Kingen with Dancin’ DJs for putting on the most epic dance party I’ve seen yet as a wedding photographer. If playing Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” 5 times throughout the night for your guests is wrong, I don’t want you guys to be right. The dance floor was packed the entire night. You guys were seriously awesome to work alongside!
Happy Monday, you beautiful people!