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Spanish Summer Wedding: Paloma + Jack

July 19

 

Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday!

Oh man, what an exciting post. If you’ve kept up with me at all in the past couple of months, you probably know I shot a wedding in Spain. This was a bucket list item for me to shoot an international wedding. What I wasn’t expecting was just how rewarding it would all be for a handful of different reasons that I’ll explain as we go. First let me catch you up to speed.

A few years ago I shot a wedding in Chicago with my sweet friend Amanda. It was Catherine and Tommy’s wedding. To this day, their wedding was one of my most favorite to photograph. I’m not sure I’ve ever felt more welcomed on a wedding day than I did at Catherine and Tommy’s wedding. They just…went above and beyond. Their families were so warm and inviting. I felt like one of their own. At the time that Catherine booked me, I had written in my “About” section on my website that one of my favorite movies is You’ve Got Mail. This still holds true. Don’t you just love NYC in the fall? Makes me want to buy school supplies. She told me early on You’ve Got Mail was one of her favorites too. So a connection was made. Isn’t it crazy that putting that totally random piece of information out there in the cyber world started this thread in my life that has literally woven the coolest tapestry? I have a feeling it’s not done weaving either.

Paloma and Jack were both members of Catherine and Tommy’s wedding party. They met as a result of Catherine and Tommy’s wedding. They even WALKED DOWN THE AISLE together. I mean, as a wedding photographer, I’m not sure it gets any cooler than that? When Paloma messaged me that they were engaged and was wondering if I’d ever be interested in shooting their wedding in Madrid, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. Paloma (one of 12 – yes, 12 – hang tight for more on this) is from Madrid and wanted to marry her best friend there. So to Spain we go! I studied in Florence junior year of college and I never made it to Spain but always wanted to. This was a no brainer for me.

I had a few blips on my radar getting over to Spain. For one my flights were postponed a day due to weather and in addition my luggage didn’t make it. Well, it actually DID make it to Spain with two days left in my trip. At which point I figured hey, it’s worth it to interrupt plans to go back to my airbnb to wait for the airline representative to deliver it, but they never showed after 2 hours of standing outside of my airbnb. With the help of Paloma’s very kind brother (did I mention the customer service number they gave me was all in Spanish with no apparent button, despite my best efforts lol, to press for English) I had the luggage sent home. At that point I had already bought enough clothes and underwear to get by and was emotionally prepared for not having my things.  What’s hilarious is the luggage actually beat me home. This all honestly made me so much stronger. I traveled to Spain on my own with all of my gear, shot a wedding on my own, and I will say I’m proud of this gallery. I know I’ll always look back with a full heart on these moments.

Paloma and Jack – What a chance of a lifetime to come out to Spain and photograph your wedding! I am eternally grateful to you and your incredible families for all all that you did for me during my time in Spain. I’m so thankful I was able to play a small part in your big day. I am always sending my best to you and look forward to grabbing a drink next time I’m in Chicago!

Paloma and Jack married at San Jeronimo el Real. This is where royalty gets married in Spain. I had several family members tell me over in Spain that Paloma just knows how to get things done. She made some connections and somehow, this church that is near impossible from what I understand to use as your ceremony venue, well…she booked it. I wish you could have seen my face walking up to it for the first time. Isn’t it stunning?

Oh Madrid…you are a magical place for sure.

Okay, I know I mentioned Paloma is one of  12 earlier in this post, but did I mention Jack is one of 7? Including Jack and Paloma, there are NINETEEN siblings between these families. I laugh when I think I thought I came from a big family. How incredibly handsome did Jack look on his wedding day?

Paloma’s father passed away year ago and her brother stepped in his place to walk her down the aisle.

Couldn’t have loved Jack’s mother and family more. This trip was Jack’s parents’ first trip out of the country. I spoke with them quite a bit at the rehearsal dinner and they said they could get used to it. 🙂

Guys, Paloma just IS joy and light. Everywhere she goes.

Okayyyy.. now let’s talk about this church. Jaw drops.

During their ceremony, I found myself imagine the construction of this church and all of the ornate details. I mean, can you imagine? That shrine to Mary and that podium. Who made those?! What was their story? How long did it take them? It just blows my mind.

Not only do I love Paloma’s face of adoration in this photos, I love all of her family in the background. Which you can’t even see in entirety! I’m pretty sure Paloma has 27 nieces and nephews (forgive me guys if that number isn’t spot on!) but holy huge family!!! So freaking awesome!

That painting too!! I mean…WHO MADE THAT? Did I mention this church was built in the 1500’s. I can’t even wrap my brain around it. This job is so amazing.

Absolutely stunning.

NEVER have I loved taking reader photos more. I mean, come on.

MARRIEDDD!

This was one of those moments on film I couldn’t wait to see come back in my scans. It did not disappoint.  Did I mention Paloma’s little sister made her flowers? Love when the families get involved! Also, I’m forgetting the man’s name shooting with a film camera on the left, but he was so nice and we connected at their reception over photography and shooting film. We talked about our love of Ektar film.

Speechless.

Hey guys, 10 years ago I sat in college classes not not knowing what the heck to do with my life. I knew I was interested in photography and took some risks and they all lead me to this moment. I’m not the best photographer in the world but I’m proud of my story and for taking some huge risks. I keep showing up for my business and while it’s been a roller coaster of emotions it almost never lets me down. I am beyond grateful for the lessons and opportunities.

Hey Tommy!!! That’s Tommy on the left looking fly shooting some photos. Also, that tailcoat. SO SHARP.

One of my favorite parts of the day is to grab formal photos outside in beautiful light. That’s Paloma’s mother on the left and Jack’s on the right. Aren’t they beautiful? This was a special request of Paloma who was standing by me as I took this photo….

…and seconds later, Paloma – onlooking this merging of families, threw her arms around Jack and looked at him like this. I quickly turned a took this photo and I think it may be my favorite moment from their entire day. When it all sunk in their families just doubled in size and love.

Okay, have you ever met a family with 6 boys? This is what it looks like! And they have a super awesome sister, Liz, too! I just, look at all of those siblings. I’m even missing one.

Okay wait. Now this photo. When I found out Paloma was one of 12, my immediate thought was, “Oh, surely there are some multiples in there!” Nope, 12 separate pregnancies. And with that, I bow down to Paloma’s mother. Suddenly I feel like the ultimate underachiever. Lol. Look at all of these beautiful humans. Man, what a LEGACY. This is all of them in birth order.

Okay, I lied. This may be my favorite photo of the day. Jack, Paloma, Catherine + Tommy. I literally wouldn’t have had this opportunity without these four beautiful people. You have no idea how happy I am to know them and call them friends. Thank you! ALL of you!

I had to just throw this in here too because, I mean, how lucky is Paloma to join this crew?! There’s Liz in the blue too 🙂 I know it’s an in between moment, but those are oftentimes my favorite ones.

This is Catherine’s sister, Anne. Leading up to the wedding, I spent some time with Catherine’s whole family who all flew out to help celebrate this amazing celebration. We all went to the oldest restaurant in the world called Botin where Ernest Hemingway would frequent. How awesome!? I ate white asparagus and drank red wine and again felt like I was part of this family of friends. I just had to share a sweet sentiment regarding their family because I’m so lucky I got to spend some time with them.

Remember that time I shot a wedding in Europe?

It was pretty incredible.

One of my favorite captures from my time in Spain.

Now let’s party! I am not kidding any of you, this was the craziest and best reception I’ve ever photographed. Paloma warned me there would be dancing until 4 am. Thanks to the time change, I still wasn’t fully adjusted and had no problems staying until the dancing ended. It was a blast!

The middle on the left is Paloma’s younger sister. The one who made the flowers. 🙂

Another shoutout to this awesome duo who can seriously throw down on the dance floor. Catherine and Tommy – you guys are the best!

I’m not sure the relation is to the man in the bottom left with the yellow shirt and blue hat – but I assure you, he was one of my favorite to photograph on the dance floor that night!

We’ll end on this because look at the mega watt smile. What a dream.

SUCH A FULL HEART. Have a good night, friends.

Alex + Ellie

June 1

Happy Thursday!!

Feels a little bit like Christmas over here because the NBA finals start tonight. Yes, I’m that girl that still watches as many of the playoffs games as I can even when my team loses in the first round. It’s okay, Pacers. I’ll always love you!

More than the game, I’m so excited to share these images with you. How beautiful is this couple? Ellie and I go back to our childhood days. I remember swimming with her at the Rivi – the local swimming pool – and to think, fast forward twenty years, and I get to photograph her as bride? Well, that’s just awesome!

From the second they arrived looking THIS sharp, I knew my job would be easy. Honestly if this is any indication of how amazing they will look for their wedding, I know I’m in for a treat. These guys are perfect for each other and I’m so happy to see a childhood friend glow this much. Enjoy a few of my favorites from our time together at their engagement session 🙂

I’m a lucky girl to photograph such beautiful people! And let’s talk about Ellie’s hair. On point!

Film just gets it. THOSE HEELS!

Does this groom win most incredible teeth!? Lol, if that were a thing, he’d be up there. Holy beautiful smile!

Can’t wait for September, you two!

Washington D.C. Wedding – Kali + Ryan

November 2

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Hey friends! Happy Wednesday and game 7 of the world series! Who else is super into this series?  I’m a huge fan of sports in general but baseball admittedly has always been lower on my list. This series though, I’m loving it and honestly who can’t get down to watch a good game 7? I can’t imagine how electric Chicago is feeling today. Cleveland too! I’m not mad at you! But you already took the NBA championship this year so maybe let’s not get greedy? It’s fun to bring up Chicago today because that charming city plays an important part in Kali & Ryan’s love story.

Kali and Ryan met at a chance meeting at a bar in Wrigleyville. Kali was living in Chicago at the time and Ryan was in town visiting for a couple days. The short version is that Ryan and his friends helped Kali avoid stepping in someone’s vomit at the bar. If that isn’t romance, I don’t know what is. I share this openly here because well, they do with anyone they meet (and their bridal party shared this story at their wedding, equally awesome!) and that’s one of the things I love most about these two. Down to earth, go with the flow, always a great time, don’t take themselves too seriously.  They parted ways after that meeting and the rest took care of itself. Did I mention they would text each other Dumb and Dumber quotes in the beginning days of getting to know each other long distance? They are a blast. And my kind of people for sure.

Their ceremony took place at the Spanish steps in DC and I always say I love to shoot outdoor ceremonies, but this spot took that feeling to another level. It was a dream! Afterwards they threw a serious party at Long View Art Gallery. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen that amount of people up and dancing the entire night. I suppose an enormous live band will help with that! A highlight of the night was watching Ryan and the bridal party do the dance to “Uptown Funk” together – a surprise to Ryan because he thought only his family knew the dance but little did he know the bridal party was in on the secret and learned the dance too. Fun fact, did you know there’s a Youtube video that teaches that dance? Brb while I go learn that.

If you follow the blog, you may remember Kali as my friend I studied abroad with in Italy. It meant a lot to photograph her as a bride and I’m so happy I was there to capture the day as it unfolded. Enjoy just a few of my favorites from their incredible wedding.

Kali and Ryan – Wishing you nothing but the best in your life together. You make a crazy awesome team and I can’t wait to see what’s in store. Thank you for the honor of photographing your wedding. I honestly won’t ever forget this day! 🙂

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So timeless and beautiful.

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BHLDN knocks it out of the park again! Seriously, do they design anything less than jaw dropping dresses?

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Details…

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Kali is a crazy talented designer who designed her wedding invites and they are among some of the most beautiful I’ve EVER seen! Such a fun touch to their wedding. When I found out she designed the invites, I knew I wanted to photograph their rings on her design. Done and done! 🙂

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Special thank you to Stem and Sprigs for your gorgeous flowers and artistry that day!

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Ahh Spanish Steps + Kali as an ethereal bride walking down to see her groom for the first time – basically a DREAM. What a freaking cool venue and a fun change of pace to photograph!!! This moment literally took my breath away. Kali has always loved Alexi Murdoch and walked down to meet her groom and have their “first look” in front of all of their guests to his song “Love You More”. To this day, Alexi Murdoch’s music always reminds me of Kali. This moment gave me chills everywhere and made me cry. I don’t like to choose favorites from a wedding day, but if I had to, this would be high on the list.

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Among the guests in this photo was a surprise overweight cat with a red collar that lingered the entire ceremony. One of the many fun details from this day! 🙂

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That LOOK on Ryan’s face! Taken for sure.

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You did it!!!! You’re married!

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But seriously, some major swagger at this wedding. Such great style all around.

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Such a great day with these beautiful people!

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Another special thanks to Alexa and Victoria with Long Aisle Events  for you perfect execution of this day. I know you had tons of help from a very talented bride with a great eye, but we couldn’t have done it without you and you two are awesome!!!

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Kali and Ryan arranged to have a tequilla shot ready for each of their guests to partake in- definitely a decision I can get behind.

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Their entrance into the party…

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…and that Uptown Funk dance I told you about. This honestly was one of my favorite reception moments ever.

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Not to be outdone by CROWDSURFING AT YOUR OWN WEDDING. We’ll end on this for obvious reasons.

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The Dausmans: Jeff, Tigon, Bella, Lilah & Hudson

October 11

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They’re back! Dausman family! Yesssssss!

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve been lucky enough to photograph this family. Let’s just say I’ve been with them since Hudson was 6 months old and my business was, much like Hud, a baby at the time. Tigon saw something in my vision and has stuck with my over the years. I’ve grown a crazy since then and I know I’ll sound like a broken record here but I really do look forward to our time together every fall. I ran into Tigon at Target the other day before heading out of town and we caught up like old friends, after just taking their photos weeks prior. Everyone I’ve ever met through Tigon is just like her – warm and inviting. Which is why when anyone emails me saying, “Tigon gave me your name!”…I’m extra excited to respond. She’s good people. Her family is good people. I’m a lucky girl to know them!

Enjoy a few of my favorites from our 2016 fall family session. It was a fun challenge shooting in full sun but as always, this family looked amazing. Honestly at this point, are any of us surprised?

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I LOVE this portrait of Hudson so much!

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I’m not a parent, but I image this moment might make you melt. Such awesome kids!

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Tigon actually helps style her friends family shoots before they come to me. Can you blame them? She has incredible style. Definitely asked her where her shirt is from that she wore during this shoot. In case anyone wondered, it’s Jcrew. You can find it here – and it’s even on sale! 🙂

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Sweet Lilah. Always such a doll.

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Not gonna lie – I am really proud of this image. Some of the best images come when you go off script. I asked Jeff to hold Hudson and let him interpret the direction for himself and this is what happened. Don’t mind if I do! This moment is awesome!

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I actually sent Tigon the image on the right saying how much Bella looks like a senior in high school. Slow down time!

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What Hudson asks for, Hudson receives. Well if that means DABing, at least…

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Downtown Indianapolis Wedding: Katie + Chris

October 10

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Hey friends! So good to be back!

It’s been a little bit but for good reason. I literally have shot so much in the past month and between all of those photos and shoots and traveling, and a move too, it’s been crazy over here. I’ve been pouring over all of these images and film scans and wish I could just share them all at once for the world to see. Instead I will practice patience and know that tons of goodness will be shared over the next few months here.

Starting with Chris and Katie. As some of you might remember, I know Chris from high school. When I initially got the email from his fiancee, Katie, I was excited to get together to hear more. We immediately hit it off and it honestly felt like Katie and I had known each other for years. With each detail of their wedding plans they shared, I knew we were a perfect fit. From Empty Vase‘s florals to Chris’ navy tux to Katie’s show stopper Anne Barge dress – I was literally in heaven. There’s way too much to share from this wedding, so for now these will do.

To the newlyweds – I can’t thank you enough for this honor. I hope you love these moments as much as I do and share them with your loved ones for years to come. Wishing you guys all the best and can’t wait to keep in touch! 🙂

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Heaven. I was in heaven.

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Probably my favorite bridesmaid photos to date. So these were taken under a bridge next to the Mavris, where the reception was, and I always have to warn people that I like the location not so much for the setting but for the light. You can’t beat that natural light with the dark background! And the colors are insane! So gorgeous!

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Every photo in this post is film  – shot with Kodak 200 on a Canon 1v.

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The weather was touch and go for a bit on Katie and Chris’ wedding – in the end they made the call to keep their ceremony outside as they had planned and the skies cleared and the sun was shining. The recessional is always one of my favorite moments to photograph.

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My god a navy tux will never go out of style in my opinion. So handsome!

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Katie looked absolutely flawless and got way too many compliments on her dress to count and for obvious reason. With that light breeze? Incredible!

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So timeless.

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I’ll end on this because they even have the dip down.

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PUBLISHED: Wedding Day Magazine, Winter 2015

April 20

LOVED every minute of Kaitlin & Joe’s fall wedding and so thrilled to see their story shared in the current issue of Wedding Day magazine. Happy happy!

HAPPY Monday!

February 3

Can’t get enough of this song! Guys —  the birds are chirping in the morning and spring is coming! Hang in there, chin up. We shall survive all of this snow! IN THE MEANTIME, this. A song about being happy with people dancing all over the place? YES PLEASE. My favorite cameo? Jimmy Kimmel. Also all of that yellow in this video? On brand.  🙂

PS Hey brides and friends of brides getting married soon  🙂 just so you beautiful people know, book by 2/28 and receive an extra 30 minutes of coverage on the big day. Spread the word!!

PUBLISHED: Wedding Day Style Issue

December 19

Revisit Lesley + Colin’s gorgeous wedding here. Thank you so much for the feature, Wedding Day!

 

Worth It

March 4

HI. : ) You should know you’re worth it. All of those wild and crazy dreams you have? You deserve to give em a shot. Because life is short. Get out there, work really hard, give more than you receive, be kind to everyone. Amazing things will happen.

Published: Wedding Day Magazine

February 16

Happy Thursday! So thrilled to be published in the most recent issue of Wedding Day Magazine. Congrats to the wonderful Danielle & George on their GORGEOUS feature! So happy for you guys!

I am off for the weekend to spend some time with my sister who lives in Georgia with her boyfriend Marcus and their adorable pup, Scooter. I plan on photographing the 3 of them and I can’t wait. Family time fills my soul right up! Will see y’all on Tuesday when I get back!

Happy weekend. Mwah,

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