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Elizabeth & Travis’s Diamond Oaks Wedding

Elizabeth and Travis first met 15 years ago when they both attended entrepreneurial camp during high school. A little something sparked and they kept in touch after for a little bit, and then eventually life took them separate ways.  Fast forward to 2017, during a visit to Minnesota, Travis’s friends encouraged him to see who he could meet through Bumble and invite to come hang out, and low and behold, there was a familiar face: Elizabeth.  Even though it didn’t work out for them to go on a date, they kept in touch this time.  And eventually, that little something

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Gift Ideas for Your Groom

Sometimes in the thick of planning a wedding and all of the details, it’s easy to forget about some of the smaller, more intimate, parts of your wedding day. One of the things that isn’t a necessity, but can be a really sweet gesture, is to find a gift for your future husband. Some couples choose to have a photographer present for the moment when they open their gift and some don’t. But after witnessing some of the moments where a groom opens his gift, it is so sweet to see the reaction on their faces! We can tell you

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Haley & Josh’s Spring Glen Oaks Wedding

There are a couple things that are absolutely incredible about Haley and Josh. The first being the way that they met, the second is that one of Josh’s stipulations for dating was that Haley had to learn to be a dog person, and the third is the one of the most joyful first looks that we’ve ever had! Haley and Josh met at the library when they were both at Coe College. Josh worked there while in school, and Haley was in there all the time to study! They became friends and started hanging out in groups of people, before

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Sienna’s Tamory Hall Bridal Portraits

When Sienna and her mom asked me if I could photograph bridal portraits at Tamory Hall about a month before her wedding, I jumped at the chance! (And this means I’ve had to keep these secret from everyone and have been DYING to share these beautiful portraits!) ⁠ ⁠ Bridal portraits are a bit of a southern tradition, but I love love LOVE when my brides do them! It’s a great opportunity to photograph the bride in her dress before the wedding day, but without all the stress or added pressure of a schedule. And that means I can get

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Sienna & Caleb’s Des Moines Engagement Session

Get ready for an overload of perfection – these two are my new favorite people!  You could not ask for a more photogenic couple, but also just genuinely, they are the BEST people!  Caleb and Sienna are high school sweethearts, and photographing their engagement session in Des Moines literally made my heart burst with excitement!  Number one, the weather and lighting was absolute perfect.  Truly – not much wind, a glow-y soft sunset, and a late evening to enjoy a number of favorite locations around Des Moines.  But more importantly, are they just not the cutest couple ever!?!  Enjoy a TON

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The Importance of Your Bridal Party & Bridal Party Gift Ideas

It goes without saying, but your wedding day is one of the most joyful days of your entire lives. Not only do you get to marry your best friend and commit to forever with your person, but it’s also a day to enjoy being supported by your closest friends in your bridal party. You spend the majority of the day with them as you get ready and walk through the day alongside them. You will feel supported, cared for, loved, and encouraged by the people that you choose to stand next to you as you enter into the next chapter

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Jordan & Jacob’s Des Moines Engagement Session

This beautiful Des Moines engagement session was photographed earlier this summer by our associate photographer, Beth.  We can’t wait to meet back up with Jordan & Jacob for their wedding later this fall at Rapid Creek Cidery! One of my favorite unique spots… Photographing engagement sessions around the capitol in Des Moines is one of our favorite things! Love these! Bump into each other, and you get some nice smiles!  

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Tips for Planning & Photographing a Catholic Wedding

Catholic wedding ceremonies require a few special considerations to take note of. The most important one is that if you are celebrating Mass, your ceremony will be both longer and earlier. The most commonly requested scenario is a one-hour ceremony beginning around 1:00 PM or 2:00 PM. Most parishes cannot start any later due to

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Kate & Miles Chicago Engagement Session

One of my favorite things I was able to do this spring was meet up with Kate & Miles in Chicago for their engagement photos!  I drove out for the weekend (we camped with our kids overnight and made a weekend trip out of it) and spent half of a day exploring downtown Chicago, visiting

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Elizabeth & Travis’s Diamond Oaks Wedding

Elizabeth and Travis first met 15 years ago when they both attended entrepreneurial camp during high school. A little something sparked and they kept in touch after for a little bit, and then eventually life took them separate ways.  Fast forward to 2017, during a visit to Minnesota, Travis’s friends encouraged him to see who

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