Destination Mexico: Annette and Ryan

December 14, 2010

This blog post has been LONG overdue, but how was I ever supposed to choose which images to include?

After spending a week in Puerto Vallarta with Annette and Ryan, we came home with an ARCHIVE of images, each one as lovely, lively and fun as the couple themselves.

So to Annette, Ryan, their families and friends, we THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for letting us capture your celebration, and even letting us join in… Our first destination wedding was a success because of you!


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.

Such a tease!

June 24, 2010

I’m overwhelmed (and backlogged) with amazing work from this Spring… but I thought Annette and Ryan deserved a little teaser of our adventures in Mexico!