Drew & Anna Engaged . Ft. Wayne Engagement Photographer, Columbia City Engagement Photographer, Warsaw Engagement Photographer

Drew & Anna are such a sweet couple!  Finishing up college soon, they’ll be getting married in the spring and starting their life together!

We had such a pleasant evening together walking around downtown Ft. Wayne, and talking about their relationship.  I love to get to know my couples so that I can more accurately photograph them in their element.  I learned that they share a love for baseball (Tiger’s specifically), ice cream, & Jesus!  Anna was first attracted to Drew because of his sense of humor.  And Drew liked Anna’s giving, selfless nature.

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Wike Family . Ft. Wayne Family Photographer, Columbia City Family Photographer, Warsaw Family Photographer

Meet the Wike Family!

This family is loved by many in our community, as Jeremy is a pastor in Columbia City.  But they’ve also adopted ALL SIX of their children!  And they’ve invited their community in on the adventure!  I have loved watching their family grow over the past 4 years that I’ve known them.  This past adoption was a set of twins with albinism from China!  These babies are so lucky to be joining this awesome family!

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Myers Family . Ft. Wayne Family Photographer, Warsaw Family Photographer, Columbia City Family Photographer

Meet the Myers Family!

We shot this session at Chain O’ Lakes state park in Albion, IN.  I’ve known this family for over a decade now, and it’s so fun to spend quality time with them laughing and showcasing their love for each other!  Props to Craig & Laura for raising 4 beautiful girls!  That cannot be easy!  😉

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Sunflower fields forever! . Ft. Wayne Photographer, Sarasota Photographer

I left a portrait session the other night and drove past a gorgeous sunflower field right around sunset.  I slammed on the breaks and grabbed my camera back out of my bag and seized the moment!

 

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It’s also that time of year when the combines are running constantly!  After I passed the sunflower fields, I passed this field on the other side of the road, and it also seemed to beckon my camera.  I loved the colors in this classic Indiana scene!

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Chapple Family . Ft. Wayne Family Photographer, Sarasota Family Photographer

The Chapple’s are friends of ours from church, so I have some EXTRA sentiment toward their adorable little family.  They won a free mini session, after referring a wedding client to me!

(You can still earn that reward until the end of THIS MONTH!  If a friend of your books a session or wedding with me before the end of Oct., because of your referral, YOU win a FREE mini session!)

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Taprooted: Seth & Kate’s Vow Renewal . Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer, Sarasota FL Wedding Photographer

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Seth & Kate got married 15 years ago, but last weekend they hosted a “Vow Renewal” ceremony in their backyard with an intimate group of friends & family to publicly show their continual commitment to each other.  I’m so proud of their perseverance through tough times, and their unconditional love for each other through sickness and health (they’ve both has their fair share!), good times and bad (when you’ve been married this long, you now know what that means) 😉 .  They are such a wonderful example for us all!

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I love that their son Dominic was such a big part of their day!  It must be so good for a child’s soul to see his parents so committed and in love with each other.  What a lucky and beautiful loved boy!

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taproot

| noun | tap·root | -ˌrüt , -ˌru̇t |
A taproot is a large, central, and dominant root.  The entire root system branches off from this central taproot. A strong taproot provides protection from harsh weather and difficult conditions and through the root system connected to it, the means to grow.

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These two are such creative minds, and their carefully crafted words were another example of that.  I wanted to share a bit of what they wrote to each other….

Kate: “I choose you.  I want you.  With you I breathe and I belong.  Any heartache that I endure as a result of loving you will always be worthwhile.  I will love you fiercely with love that protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres.”

Seth: “Kathryn, I bind myself with glad and open heart to you.  At the sowing and the harvest, in winter and summer, in times of shadow and times of light, through drought and plenty, in triumph and defeat, in sickness and in health.  I walk with you.  I grow with you.  I dream with you.  I am rooted with you and I love you.”

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Kate’s Poem: “Two strays on a journey, to each other belong, traveling lightly, the wind is our song.  Seeds spill from our pockets, daisy and red clover, taproots securing the ground we walk over.  We wander pine forests, their soft needles our bed, sink deep down in rivers, through caves darkness are led.  A torch to light the night, home and sanctuary, me and you and us, forever to by merry.”

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Seth & Kate had a tree planting ceremony during their vow renewal.  Along with all of their guests, they added dirt to the planted tree and watered it at the end.  I love the symbolism of their love that the tree planting represented.  In Seth’s words:

“Like a tree; vast, silent, old.  Deep and secret, broad and lifting.  Sighing the tale of our years.  Changing, falling, dying.  Growing, rising, living…”

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Seth: “Every place we’ve lived, Kate and I have planted things. Gardens, flowers, trees. It’s a way for us to leave a quiet, but lasting influence on the places we’ve loved and the world we find wondrous in its beauty. We’ve found joy, peace and balance working in the dirt and when we look at trees we see groundedness, patience, perseverance, growth, quiet strength, and deep roots.”

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We had such beautiful fall weather this weekend!  Seth & Kate spent the rest of the evening together with their friends and family enjoying amazing food, drinks & music.  It was laid back and lovely!taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0156taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0157_1taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0157taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0158taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0159taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0160taprooted-1144taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0162taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0163taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0164taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0165taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0166taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0167taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0168taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0169taproot vow renewal bohemian wedding_0170

I love that Seth & Kate’s rings aren’t sparkly and smooth.  They’re 15 years old, and have been through a lot; just like them!

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Props to Heather, Emily & Michelle for their amazing help decorating and pulling off this spectacular and gorgeous party!  It’s such a blessing to have good friends, who also work hard and have awesome skills!  😉 Thanks for making it special, ladies!

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Kate’s Makeup: Glamour To Go Mobile Salon

Everything else: Kate & her friend’s amazing skills!  😉

Petrilla Family . Sarasota FL Family Photographer, Ft. Wayne IN Family Photographer

The Petrilla family were wedding clients of mine once upon a time!  And since then I’ve photographed Kayln’s sister’s wedding, and they’ve added a cutie pie baby boy to the family!  So I’ve had the pleasure of seeing their cute faces several times over the years, and they’re just so sweet and fun to photograph every time!

And I always love shooting in this wild rural Florida setting.  I grew up in the neighborhood where this session took place, and I just think the huge oak trees and hanging Spanish moss are so magical in the sunset light!

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Wedding Tips: Having Littles in your Bridal Party . Ft. Wayne IN Wedding Photographer, Sarasota FL Wedding Photographer, Columbia City IN Wedding Photographer

Having littles in your Bridal Party requires some preparation.  You need to prepare your littles for their expected job.  And you need to prepare yourselves…for the unexpected.

You can control a lot of things on your wedding day.  But there are a few things you can’t control.  The weather, and littles.  😉

So just know that they will most likely be an adorable addition to the day and your photographs, but don’t expect too much from them!  Add them into a few photos during portrait time, but then have a babysitter ready to take them when they’ve hit their limit.  Remember to laugh at their antics, instead of getting annoyed at their inability to cooperate like an adult.  They’re just kids, have lots of grace with them!  (and bring snacks for bribery! 😉  )

 

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If you can snag a nice pose with your littles, Awesome!  If they aren’t really into standing still, try playing together, to get those genuine smiles!

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One or two group shots with the littles is good enough!  Then they can be released while the adult Bridal Party keep shooting.

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Nick & Elizabeth’s bridal party did a great job at going with the flow, and enjoying little Gavin’s antics!

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One of my FAVORITE shots from Ben & Laura’s wedding was their two sweaty flower girls at the head table having wedding cake at the end of the night.  😉

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Kim & Kyle Engaged . Ft. Wayne IN Engagement Photographer, Columbia City, IN Engagement Photographer

Here is a session featuring several of my favorite things….

Glowy light, romance, and friends of mine!  I’m so excited for Kim & Kyle to get married this fall.  Despite the sweat, and gnats, I think they looked pretty darn adorable for their mini engagement session last week!  And what a cute accessory that had in their pup, Layla!

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