An Engagement to Remember- Jamie and Mark

March 3, 2011


Mark and Jamie were engaged last week on the beautiful beaches of Kona, here on the Big Island of Hawai’i.¬† It seemed more than fitting when Jamie called to ask if I could meet them in Honolulu for engagement pictures- My first shoot in Hawai’i would be for an amazing couple from Central Illinois! Love it!

We had a great time scouting for locations in Waikiki and finally decided to hike up the Diamond Head Crater- one mile straight uphill for the best view in town! Needless to say, we all slept well on our flights home ūüôā

Congratulations to such a wonderful, fun and loving couple, I wish you many years of happiness and Aloha… And of course, more visits to Hawai’i!




Merry Christmas from Moweaqua and God Bless the Snow Shovelers

December 24, 2010

As my Dad finished his evening of clearing the walkways for the 1st United Methodist Church (3rd rounds today!), I passed the 1st Christian Church to see their snow crews hard at work. I did a lap around the block and as usual came running out of the truck… “Can I take your picture? It’s snowing!!!”

Moweaqua has become quite the Winter Wonderland, and I’m celebrating a bittersweet last few days in Illinois. This will be my last blog from Moweaqua for a while, but certainly not the last.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a safe walk in town. As we celebrate the holidays, I want to be sure to thank the folks who make our travels safe , who allow us to be together for the holidays, as a family, a congregation or a community. Merry Christmas everyone!

Zach and Vien- A match made in Heaven!

November 19, 2010

For once I’m cutting my words short while posting, since this wedding speaks for itself…¬†¬† “Blessed” perfectly describes Zach and Vien as a couple… Congratulations again and many years of happiness, love and fellowship. We can’t thank you enough for choosing us to be part of your wonderful ceremony!

Emily+Brandon+Me= Our one year Anniversary!

October 9, 2010

Tomorrow will be Emily and Brandon’s gorgeous fall wedding, which I have been looking forward to photographing since we first met last October!

Besides being beautiful, Emily has a fun-loving spirit and warmth that just radiates from within, and they are a really great couple. We took their engagement photos in Bloomington last fall, and I can’t wait to work with them again… Look out for some great country/fall shots from the farm!

Ben + Amy’s Funky Wedding!

September 7, 2010

Ben and Amy were married this summer at Funk’s Grove, during one of the hottest days of the summer. Despite the heat, they celebrated their day with great homemade decorations, pies, local music and lots of friends and family. I loved seeing their creativity and artistic gifts in action- they are an amazing couple for whom the word” collaboration” was invented!

My Best Friend’s Wedding

August 11, 2010

Nothing gives me that warm fuzzy photographer glow like capturing the wedding of someone I love dearly. Erica and Jessi were married this summer at the Willow Ridge Vineyard in Shelbyville, IL. I have found it in my heart to forgive Jessi for stealing the #1 ladyfriend in my life… Only because he’s amazing and a perfect match for my best friend- these two are quite the power couple! ¬†Thank you again for letting us celebrate with you and your families, love you two!

The wedding that got me to the altar

July 19, 2010


In late March I got to photograph Chris and Heather’s wedding, a small family ceremony on a Friday evening in Moweaqua. I was honored, since I remember adoring Heather when I was growing up- I thought she was the most beautiful person ever! ¬†Since then she and I have taken similar paths, moving away, establishing our careers, living in exotic places like Manhattan (ok, Brooklyn in my case)… and then coming home and finding our place in the world. I was very excited to be part of her big day and I’m not joking, the girl has GOOD taste!

However, I wasn’t prepared for how Chris and Heather’s ceremony and intimate vows¬†would affect me. After the ceremony we went to Decatur for some fun artistic shots at the Fire Station where Chris works. Everyone was so wonderful to work with, I felt like I was part of the family. Even the firefighters got involved. Everything that day fell in to place and was so beautiful.

Fast forward to the following Monday afternoon in Bloomington, after I spent the weekend in Moweaqua working. My poor unsuspecting partner ¬†of 7 years walks in ¬†after a full day of teaching and all I could say is “We need to talk”… poor guy! ¬†And talk we did… 2 hours later we decided that our time was finally here, that we were ready to make the kind of honest, loving and intentional commitment that Heather and Chris made. We finally set a date (two actually) and¬†acknowledged¬†that our commitment was already there in practice, we just wanted to celebrate our life together with those we love. And we wanted to do it in a way that was humble, fun and “us”. We spend so much time photographing weddings, meeting with couples to make their weddings go smoothly, we had never really stopped to think about what our ceremony would look like!

A lot of people ask me how I really feel about photographing weddings, being that my academic training is in the field of fine art photography. I can honestly say I love it. No two weddings are alike, and my eye is always trying new things in new situations. I’ve been privileged to end up in a field of work that I love, and every bride I’ve worked with these past 3 years in Illinois has made my job worth it. I love ¬†capturing the moments as a couple makes their commitment public. ¬†And in the case of Heather and Chris, I love the weddings that have opened my eyes to what can be possible in life with someone wonderful at your side.