Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mark and Erin :: Engaged!!

Mark and Erin topped off my fabulous weekend of engagement shoots. They were the icing on the cake....you know, the pretty, fun, multi-colored polka dotted kind of icing! These two were so wrapped up in each other, and I'm not sure they actually stopped smiling the whole time!! I have the immense joy of watching all sorts of different kinds of love, and I'm always amazed at the uniqueness of each couple and their expressions of love. Sometimes it's passionate and intense, sometimes it's soft and constant, sometimes its wild and out there, but it's always personal to each set of persons. I always fall in love with every love story I hear...every couple I get to meet and share with, and Mark and Erin were absolutely no exception.

First of all, these two are so personable and friendly, and I immediately fell in love with them! As the day went on, and I cued in more and more on their personalities, I began to see the ways they connect and love each other. Mark is quite possibly the cutest guy in love I've ever seen. I ended up using the phrase "cuddle up" a lot because he would immediately scoop her up, nestle his face close to her and make her giggle. It melted my heart EVERY TIME. He is so captivated by this gorgeous lady and it's evident in the way his eyes sparkle at her, the way he holds her, and come on...he left Sunday football and fantasy football for these photos. True love, my friends! And Erin is....well, she's gorgeous. She has these eyes that pull you in, the cutest smile and infectious laughter. I loved watching her with Mark because she was just so taken with him. She looks at him all the time and has this kind of sizzling energy with him. I could have actually shot them all day!!

Okay okay on to photos. I had to edit their slideshow down from 132 photos so bear with me here....I loved them all!!

First, this one is for Mark. I've been told that he collects antique memorabilia, and he wanted a photo in front of this window because its what his basement looks like!
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We started downtown Crystal Lake.....
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Mark got so excited when he saw that Abba was coming!
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I think I had 15 shots from this particular sequence picked at first....I couldn't pick my favorite!!
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Then we headed over to Veteran's Acres...
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Yes yes yes yes yes....LOVE IT!
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Mark specifically asked for this one with some of the fall colors in it, and the reflection off the lake turned out to be gorgeous!
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Mark and Erin, I am SO excited to be working with you guys and can't wait for the wedding!! Thank you for being willing to traipse all over the place and through the brush for "the shot"! You were fabulous and I can't wait for April!

Enjoy the slideshow!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tim and Meghan :: Engaged!!

I got an email from Meghan just a few weeks ago inquiring into using me for her wedding, and I knew by the way she just about bubbled off the page at me that I wanted to work with her! We emailed back and forth a bit, and then met up last Saturday and fought off the cold for an e-session. When she told me before we even left the parking lot that she had been downtown that morning at the J. Crew bridal "show".....I fell in love :) She has a love of all things J. Crew, and has three sisters too! I'm preeeeetty sure those things add up to being my new favorite friend!

Tim and Meghan were so fantastic to work with and shoot. They were up for quite literally anything I asked of them and were patient enough to let me experiment a little bit too! I don't normally post about the "will you marry me" story, but I have to tell you this little tidbit from their story. It was really important to Meghan that Tim propose somewhere were someone could take a photo of them. So Tim planned the night out, and re-created a date night they had had...complete with a private dinner at the house, with lights and food and music and other such romantic things, and during the course of the night, he proposed! Meghan of course said yes (and I imagine there was a bit of squealing in there) and then thought to herself that there was no one to take a photo of the moment! She was disappointed until she asked about the plastic bag on the counter, and the red dot on it. Turns out?? Tim had videotaped the whole thing!!!!!! How great is that?! My toes curled when they told me....I'm so jealous!!

Okay - first of all...it was cold. This whole weekend was cold, but despite the weather, and the overcast skies, these two glowed and created their own little aura of sunshine. They were so cute!! We traipsed around the Botanical Gardens for a few hours and had a blast!

Here are a few of my absolute favs from the day....

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And my three hands-down favorites:

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Tim is....exceptional with Meghan. I always tell my couples that this isn't your normal "smile and say cheese" kind of shoot, and to move around, touch each other etc etc. Tim GOT it and just loved on this girl so tenderly all day. He looks at her so softly, and touched her like a man in love. It was so great to watch that! I caught this one towards the end of the shoot, and I just love how closely he's hanging on to her. So amazing!!

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TIm and Meghan I can't wait for the wedding! And remember...I'm good at tying bows :)

Enjoy the slideshow!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Ben and Sarah :: Engaged!!

Well. Ben and I have known each other basically our whole lives. Our moms have been besties for eons (not that I'm making ANY sort of comment on their age you understand). I remember lots of trips over to the Van Loon house with chocolate donuts for the moms, and the kids being banned to play together in a different room. My recollections of Ben are slightly fuzzy but definitely humor driven. I remember him being a strange little kid ;) Kidding!!! I'm sure he was just being a boy, which me, in my girl-ness, couldn't understand. As our lives moved on, the Van Loons moved to Wisconsin, and I don't remember much of Ben after that. But! A few weeks ago, Michelle (his beautiful momma) facebooked me to tell me that Ben was engaged, and could I take their engagement photos? Sure!! I LOVE shooting people that I'm connected to! So I met Sarah via the socially acceptable form of facebook, and we got a date scheduled.

Despite the touch-and-go weather that greeted us Friday morning, we decided to go for it anyway. That was definitely my first clue that Sarah was a low key personality. I met her and fell in love! She's spunky, smiley, and HELLO so adorable! Ben was exactly as I would have imagined him to grow up...smart, cute, and uber fabulous!

There was a small airfield near the Van Loon's house, so we headed out there, and loved what we saw! Tiny airplanes, colored pole barns, lots of green space, and turkeys! Okay okay, the turkeys weren't exactly on the list, but definitely worth mentioning because I'm pretty sure I'm scared to death of them.

I really don't even know where to start with these two. It's really unbelievably how much these two fit together. They LOVE laughing, like the same music, and share very similar interests. They just...fit. They loved to look at each other, are very playful, and are just so fond of each other. I love seeing that element added into a relationship because it adds sparkle :)

Okay. Here we go!

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yes, yes...Sarah is fabulous!
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Ben hit this with one jump...no repeat necessary!

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Sarah couldn't quite get it, so Ben gave her a little example...

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Sarah's try... :)

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So cute!

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Sarah warned me that one of their "thing"'s is to look annoyed/mad in photos, and to not be alarmed if they start doing it! We did a full out look here...

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And one for fun here...

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I know this is a little out of focus, but sometimes thats just what you need!

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One more....because they're just too fabulous :)

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Enjoy the slideshow!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Clint and Jorie :: Married!!

This is the story of a guy that met a girl and fell in love....and we all know that these are the best kind of stories. I first met Clint and Jorie when their adorable selves walked into Panera and I found myself looking at two extraordinary people. Clint, a firefighter, and Jorie, a paramedic, have found a way to make their love story work around long shifts, and what I'm sure can be stressful, draining jobs. Clint is outgoing and perfectly complements Jorie, who is quite possibly the most classic, poised women I have ever met. As we sat there talking about their wedding plans, I fell in love with the way they would look at each other as they were saying something to me. They are so aware of each other, and it was so sweet to see how they favored each other. I knew their wedding was going to be amazing, and it was!

Yesterday brought unusually cold weather, and the girls sat in the salon with their mimosa's and bagels and chatted comfortable with each other. They were the most calm and collected wedding party ever!! They spent the morning swapping stories, talking about mutual friends and laughing with each other.

We headed back to Jorie's parents home to get dressed....

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Jorie reminds me so much of old hollywood grace and glamor, and I love the feeling of this one here...

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Clint and Jorie opted for a first look, and I know I always rave about first looks, but I think they are the best thing! The intimacy of those moments together are so special. Not only does it help the day run more smoothly, but it just gives you a few minutes alone so truly enjoy each other at the start of your day!

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And really....who doesn't want to be able to have this moment? You can't do this at an alter!

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These two were utterly fantastic. People - I kid you not, it wasn't warmer than 40 degree's outside, and Jorie was out there, in her strapless gown with the biggest smile on her face for almost 2 hours. She never said one negative word! They were both so great and such troopers!

Some of my favorites from the day. The fall colors were really popping despite the overcast skies!

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Old Hollywood!!!!!!

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The ceremony was supposed to be outdoors, but it was too cold, and they had to pull it inside. Jorie was so sweet about it, and didn't have a single bridezilla moment, but just made the calls she needed to make in her elegant little way and kept smiling! I made sure to take a photo of where their ceremony would have been...

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And actually, it ended up being beautiful inside too! The ceremony was moved into a room that had glass for a large portion of the floor which allowed for some artsy shots...

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This was one of my favorites of Jorie...

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You can't go wrong with a bit o' sun flare!

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First dance...

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Clint and Jorie, your wedding was wonderful and you are a beautiful couple. You both are meant for extraordinary things, and I know you will be there for each other to uphold and love each other. I loved spending your day with you, and hope you enjoy Hawaii! (And Jorie, I hope you didn't catch a cold! :) )

Enjoy the slideshow!!




P.S. Remember Erik and Tricia? They got married last August and were at this wedding! It turns out that Clint, Erik and Tricia all served in the Army and spent a year overseas together. I absolutely LOVE running into my other couples at weddings!

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