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from my heart | importance of a bff & assistant

I didn’t even know it was possible to call someone in the middle of a laughing fit, and without even saying hello, the person on the other end would just know what is going through your mind.  (And then pick up your laughter in the same tone!)  I didn’t know it was possible to go through life attached to someone’s hip even though 1,306 miles separate us.

Where on this earth can you find someone that is aware of your EVERY flaw, most embarrassing moments, life’s mistakes, and they still refuse to judge you? Or stay up until all hours of the morning telling secrets and keeping them hidden where they were meant to stay…

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trash the dress | laura & mike

Laura and Mike had been married for almost 2 years, and as an anniversary gift to themselves, they booked a Trash the Dress session with us.  I am so glad that they did because their session left me squealing! Laura is gorgeous, she has incredible style, and the two of them made our job easy.

love,

kate & sam

Jewelry: Anthropologie

minnesota barn wedding | bekki & andrew

Bekki and Andrew hosted over 350 guests under a big red barn at Andrew’s family residence.  It was the most magical DIY country wedding that we could ever imagine. Not only was the barn incredibly breathtaking, the outdoor ceremony, yard games, and amazing couple made this one of our favorite weddings of 2010.

Bekki was an art teacher while she collected and created all of the decor for her barn wedding.  She loves all things vintage, and her style was displayed perfectly throughout the wedding day. The girls prepped for the day in Andrew’s parents’ farm house; a gorgeous home with perfect light.

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minneapolis engagement | meredith & steve

Meredith and Steve had the perfect Minnesota autumn afternoon for their engagement session. Meredith is this little spontaneous ball of gorgeousness and Steve is her handsome grounded hero. It seems to me that they are like magnets; I think people just gravitate to them and their outgoing personalities.  Sam and I fell for them the very first time we met with them.  After chatting for hours about life and love, we knew that creating their engagement photos were going to be special.

We began and ended our session in the northern suburbs, close to Meredith’s heart and their new home.

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featured | wisconsin wedding on style me pretty

Screams accompanied by high-fives and big smiles. This was the scene in our office when we found out that Style Me Pretty wanted to feature one of our weddings.  They asked to share Ross & Lindsay Knipfer’s Wisconsin wedding!  The couple planned a perfect wedding just outside of Madison, complete with an outdoor ceremony and a casually elegant wine themed reception.  Abby at Style Me Pretty especially loved how Ross used his obsession with plaid as inspiration for their wedding cake!

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madison wine themed wedding | lindsay & ross

Shooting Ross + Lindsay’s wedding reminded me why I am a photographer and why I love my job so much. Capturing this love that two people share, on the happiest day of their lives, the emotion that they are feeling, and the quirky laughter that fills the air from their bridal party.  Watching two people that deserve only the best (and that is each other) vow to live with and love each other until death, and know that they really mean the words they are saying…. I can’t think of a more beautiful thing to witness.  I can’t help but feel so blessed to make photos of those moments, to really freeze time and deliver those special images to Ross + Lindsay.

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chicago love | kelsey & meechy

This was one of the most incredible shoots we have had to date. How could it not have been? Two people in love, the beach on a summer day, guitar playing in the sand, and an indescribable bond between husband & wife.  I melted when Meechy played a song that he wrote for Kelsey with his guitar- so dreamy!

We thank The Williams’ for booking a session with us.  You two gave us goosebumps even on the hottest of summer days. You have a beautiful marriage.

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omaha, ne engagement | molly & brett

I didn’t even know this was possible, but I fell harder in love with this couple as I edited through their engagement session.  Molly + Brett were already wonderful to me, but after sifting through the images we created, I would find myself smiling and understanding how they must feel about each other.  It’s plain and simple: I adore this couple.

When Molly and Brett hired us as their wedding photographers, they explained that they HAD to have us photograph their engagement session in Omaha, Nebraska where they met and fell in love.  That made perfect sense to me, and after Sam and I made the trip to their city and hung out on the town, I realized that these images just wouldn’t be the same, had we met in any other place.

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trash the dress | chantel & brad

When Chantel and Brad contacted us to schedule a trash the dress session, we were ecstatic to meet with them. We loved photographing them!  Chantel has the best style and Brad compliments her perfectly.  After two years of marriage they were so flirty and fun; a real dream to photograph.

I should just mention, wedding dresses are not usually ruined during our trash the dress sessions.  Most couples simply enjoy spending more time being casual with us at locations they didn’t have time to visit on their wedding day.  What bride wouldn’t love a reason to wear her wedding dress again, right?

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featured | kansas city wedding on utterly engaged

We were so excited to have Zach & Beth’s wedding featured on one of our favorite wedding blogs, Utterly Engaged!  The wedding is included in their Tearjerker issue- how perfect, since I found myself crying behind my camera while watching Zach sweep Beth away during their first dance.  Check out the lovely post that Alison over at Utterly Engaged published here.

love,

kate & sam

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