Virginia & Ben’s Engagement {Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Summer Field Engagement}

So excited to post this engagement story!!

I met Virginia and Ben long distance, as they are both in the military!  Ben is currently serving in Afghanistan, and Virginia is working as a nurse for the navy.  They started dating 6 years ago, and have such an incredible story!  They promised that no matter how long it took or how hard the distance was, they would never give up on each other.  I was so impressed by the faith they had in the Lord and how that has been their foundation and hope during their relationship.  I know their wedding at West Point will be such a sweet day next summer!

When we started planning their engagement session, Virginia told me that they both love country music, hiking, and camping. I just KNEW we had to bring s’mores into their engagement session!  And I thought of just the field to give them a country feel!

We met at one of my favorite parks, Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, where I’ve gone on numerous hikes, and even photographed some of my own branding images last summer.  The fields with the light…I just knew it would be magical:) Even though the day forecasted rain clouds, as soon as we got there, it was nothing but sunshine for them!

Every one of my couples feels awkward stepping in front of the camera for the first time, and Virginia and Ben warned me they would too.  But that is SO normal, it never worries me!  As soon as they started taking pictures, laughing, and playing with s’mores (yes, I even encouraged a little stick fight!) you could just see the sweet connection these two have.  We took tons of photographs by this flowing stream with the light shining in.  It was so peaceful there, and they loved it!

Then, they changed into a more formal outfit and we headed to the hill with tall grass.  Ben found some wildflowers and picked them for Virginia, and ironically they matched her dress perfectly!  He even found some blackberries and ate them because they were “native to this area.”  (Haha, I tried them too and they were great!)  We found this beautiful patch of violet colored flowers to photograph in, and I captured some more sweet moments between them.  Then, we decided to crest over the hill one last time to see if we could get more light – best decision ever!!  The sun was setting so beautifully over the hill, and we caught such magic light!

It was truly a joy spending time with these two – and I already can’t wait for their wedding.  I hope you enjoy their story!

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It’s ironic that I captured “love is patient” in perfect focus.  It’s so true!

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LOVE!

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Virginia, you have such a beautiful smile!

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So sweet!

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Look at that model face!!  You two got it!

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They mastered this shot!!

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This is just the essence of summer…

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This light was MAGIC!

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A Summer Backyard Concert with Caitlin Jane {Summer Concert Photography}

I met Caitlin Jane in college, and I can see now why our friendship has flourished over the years.  We are both artists who love the Lord, deeply care about social justice, and had this dream of starting a business pursuing our passion.  It’s not an easy road, so I’m grateful to have friends like her who have been a constant encouragement!  We could be crazy artists following our dreams together!

Caitlin Jane is a beautiful singer and songwriter, as well as an advocate for Compassion International.  She uses her work actively in the pro-life movement, as well as to advocate for children throughout the world who need sponsors and someone to pour into their futures.  I can see why Caitlin is an amazing sponsor, as I have been blessed by so many handwritten notes from this girl!

It’s awesome to have been a part of her journey, seeing her create her first CD 5 years ago (and even taking a photograph that is inside the CD jacket!), and then see her release a second CD, her music video “Unborn,” and now her second music video “Sing Over Us.”

This concert in Caitlin’s backyard was a celebration of the release of “Sing Over Us,” her new music video to benefit Compassion International.  It was awesome being a part of the preparation for such an amazing night.  One of my favorite things was picking flowers from her family’s garden, and arranging them in teal mason jars.  The theme colors in her music video is teal and pink, so we tied in teal and pink details everywhere.  It was so fun!

I am so proud of Caitlin for her passion, and the heart she puts into everything she does!  I know it has touched so many lives, like mine.  I hope you enjoy her concert story – it was truly a magical night!

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These lights were magical!

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I loved making those flower arrangements!!  So much fun, I think I’m going to have to start gardening…

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I can’t believe I remember when she released her first CD “Ashes to Beauty” – and now she’s written so many more beautiful songs!

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I sponsor a little girl in Brazil through Compassion.  Check out their website!

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Caitlin’s keeps up this beautiful decor outside!

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Anthony Redfield opened for Caitlin – check out his CD “Skyscrapers”!

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Caitlin’s guitarist Dave is awesome!!

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This was the most touching moment ever!  These kids sang with Caitlin, a cover to Hillsong’s song “Oceans,” all about trust and the faith it takes to sustain risk.  Just beautiful – I may have cried!

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One thing I love about Cait’s work is that it’s ultimately about so much more than her.  It isn’t about her glory, but is working for the good of these kids whose hands we may never hold, but are nonetheless real and need our help.  It’s such an inspiration to me and my work!

 

Check out Caitlin Jane’s beautiful work here:

Website

“Sing Over Us” Music Video

 

If you are interested in sponsoring a child, go here to Compassion International’s website!

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Rebekah & Anthony’s Wedding! {Garden City Kansas Destination Wedding Photography}

I am SO estatic to post this wedding today!!

As you may have seen, Bekah and Anthony’s wedding was my first destination wedding, and I was estatic!  Not only estatic about traveling, but I couldn’t wait because Rebekah is my cousin!!  She is the daughter of my dad’s cousin, who he spent so much time with as children growing up “on the farm.”  Yes, I have TONS of family in Kansas, Texas, & Oklahoma.  The last time I saw Bekah was 10 years ago for a family reunion in Colorado!!  I had seen pictures of her and Anthony and heard about how they met in school.  They seemed so happy together.  When I heard they were engaged, I was so excited for them!

They met in Cell Biology class at Cedarville University in Ohio.  Anthony was interested in Bekah, but she thought he was being annoying sitting near her in class!  As time went on, Anthony was drawn to her love for the Lord and the way she gave back to women and helped encourage them to live pure lives.  Eventually, they started dating, and the love story started!  Bekah plays the piano proficiently and Anthony also loves music, so he proposed to her after they went to an elegant concert.  They took a walk around a lake, he pretended to play with the camera and capture the scene.  Bekah took the camera and told him she could capture it better:) When she turned around, he was on one knee!

Anthony’s family also traveled the distance for their wedding – they are Italian and from New Hampshire!  (I related to them immediately – haha!)

In speaking to Bekah about her wedding, I loved her vision for bright colors (and of course the orange!!), and to tie in details about music throughout her day.  As soon as I arrived at the church in the morning, I loved the cheery flowers and was all set to photograph her details.  It was a little windy outside (Kansas wind!!) so I had to photograph most indoors.  When Bekah and the girls arrived, they were all in country plaid shirts.  So fun!  The sweetest moment for me was when Bekah’s dad saw her for the first time.  My Uncle Les teared up seeing his little girl, and she needed the tissues too!  He looks so much like my dad, that as I photographed them I pictured me with my dad one day.  Then I was a little teary!

Rebekah and Anthony had their first look at Southwind Golf Course.  This location was a true God-send!!   I literally stumbled upon it the day before as my dad and I drove down Highway 83 and noticed all the little sunflowers.  We pulled in to the golf club, I walked over a hill, and it was love at first sight!  Little did I know that the rehearsal dinner would be there later that evening!

On the day of the wedding, Anthony waited for his bride by this big tree that reminded him of home:) I don’t know who was more excited to see the other one!  Their first look between them was so sweet, and he saw how beautiful she looked!  Then, we walked into the field of sunflowers and I was in HEAVEN!!!!  They were so happy, the colors were so bright and beautiful…I could have stayed there with them all day!  But the day must go on…the bridal party came in golf carts and we took some really fun pictures:) We found out AFTER we left that there were rattlesnakes in the tall grasses!  Good thing we stayed away from them!

Then, it was off to the church for the ceremony!  It was so sweet seeing Bekah walk down the aisle with her dad.  And if that wasn’t enough, her parents blessed her with the Numbers 6 blessing: “May the Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you…”  For some reason that made me want to cry!  Bekah and Anthony had a beautiful ceremony, and read hilarious but lovely vows to each other.   Instead of a unity candle, they poured dirt into a unity tree.  They were so happy when they were finally announced husband and wife!

They then left with their whole families for the reception at the Garden City Church of the Nazarene.  Being a photographer in New York, I have never seen a setting that is completely do-it-yourself!  They created all of the centerpieces, the decorations, brought the table linens, table skirts, candles, and the sound system.  Andrea’s parents, Tom and Crystal, were MC’s for the entire afternoon!  The bride and groom re-told their vows for family members that couldn’t hear at the church, and it was just as sweet the second time.  After the toasts and the meal, Bekah and Anthony played this awesome game called “The Shoe Game.”  They sat back to back and Tom asked them questions like, “Who is nicer when they wake up in the morning?”  And they would have to raise either their shoe, or the other person’s shoe.  It’s fun to see what they agreed on and what they didn’t – and it made for lots of laughs!!  Then they cut their cake, threw the garter and bouquet, signed the marriage license, and spent lots of time mingling with guests.  We took a few shots outside, right as the rain started!  They took it as a marriage blessing!

The bridal party decorated their car, and the family waited for Bekah and Anthony outside with bubbles.  When they came out, everyone waved as they drove off to their honeymoon!!

You could see all day how much love these two have for each other!  I hope you enjoy Bekah and Anthony’s story!

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Loved this ring shot!!

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Such fun bridesmaids!!  (They all happen to by my cousins except for Chelsae – but she’s awesome too!)  Notice my cousin / intern Andrea on the right?!  It was so good to see her again!

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Such sweet moments…

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You’re beautiful Bekah!!

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You could see how much love they have for their big brother!  So sweet!!

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She’s ready to see her groom!!  Gorgeous!

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Love this!!

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I can’t believe this was real – so beautiful!!

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Aren’t they adorable?!

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Love that model face Bekah!

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Haha that shot was almost perfect!

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They loved driving the golf carts!!  (I did too!)

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This was so sweet I almost cried…

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Woo hoo!  Married!!

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This is fun!  Instead of clinking glasses to have the couple kiss, they rang the cow-bell and put money in the “kissing jar.”  Was this Kansas or what?!

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All of their memorabilia from college together

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It’s so weird seeing my dad and grandpa in the background!

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Uncle Les had to demonstrate the Kissing Jar and Cow-bell!

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There was something funny about the pastor’s prayer:)

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Such a fun game!!  I wish I saw this more in New York!

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They really went at each other with this cake!!

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So the girls “tied” catching the bouquet.  I wonder what that means…

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The girls delivered this sweet gift from Anthony.  They loved helping out and couldn’t wait to see what it was!

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Love this!!

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Mom and dad married their first daughter – check!!:)

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A special thank you to all of the vendors who helped make Bekah and Anthony’s day possible!

Church: First Southern Baptist Church, Garden City, KS

Reception Site: Garden City Church of the Nazarene

Wedding Coordinator: Laura Biebelt

Ceremony Officiant: Chuck Scraggs

Ceremony Musician: Alicia Delzeil

Florist: Wharton’s

Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal

Hair Stylist: Carly Dale

Invitations: DIY

Caterers: John Ross & Co. Signature Catering

Bakery: The Cakery Bakery

Reception Hosts: Tom & Crystal Perry

 

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Dani & Ian’s Wedding {Roundhouse at Beacon Falls Wedding Photography}

Dani and Ian had such a beautiful wedding day!!

When I first met Dani and heard her vision for her wedding, I knew it was just perfect for her!  She is a biology teacher, and Dani and Ian love nature.  Their wedding venue, The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, truly fit them so well.  It was the perfect blend of an outdoor / rustic feel with a classy, artistic vibe.  Both Dani and Ian enjoy the outdoors, and spend a lot of time together in the Cloisters (remember their Fort Tyron Park Engagement?!)  They also love art and literature, so this venue, with all of their beautiful paintings and modern furniture, was so them!

As soon as I arrived in Dani’s suite, her details were all set up, and each bridesmaid’s dress was hanging with a personalized hanger that Dani bought for them.  The blush colored dresses and Dani’s gorgeous gown looked stunning in the natural light!  Dani had beautiful details, and one of her bridesmaids was right when she said they were Pinterest-perfect:)  Her headpiece and belt were themed after a pair of earrings that belonged to Dani’s mother.  Dani’s navy shoes and the navy ribbon on her bouquets were just stunning touches.  When Dani’s dad came in to see her for the first time, they both teared up a little bit.  You could tell how close they are!  Then, we took fun photographs of the girls out on the patio, overlooking Beacon falls.  The sun was shining and it was warm with a gentle breeze, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect!

When it was time for Ian to see his bride, you could tell how excited they both were!  They wanted to do a more creative first look, so we had them hold hands on either side of a brick wall.  (Ian loved how the urban brick contrasted with their classy look!).  When Ian first saw Dani, you could tell he was blown away by how gorgeous she looked, and he shed a few tears.  Such sweet moments between them!  Then, I captured Dani and Ian in the sunlight and in front of a gorgeous building that was typical for the Beacon art district.  We set up the bridal party in the 2EM lounge to capture a more dramatic look (such a fun shot!!), and then took everyone outside into the light.

Dani and Ian’s ceremony was gorgeous.  A family friend officiated the ceremony, and even told the sweet story of how Dani and Ian first met at a Halloween party, where Dani was dressed as Paddington Bear.  They had all of their guests bless their wedding bands during the ceremony, as it was passed down from row to row.  I loved that idea!!  After they were pronounced husband and wife, all of their guests waved beautiful navy ribbons for them as congratulations!

Dani and Ian entered their reception coming down the large staircase, as all of their guests cheered for them.  They danced beautiful choreography for their first dance!  (Dance lessons were a Christmas present from Dani’s dad!)  Then, after their family members toasted to the new couple, their guests were ready to party.  The dance floor was rockin’ all night!  We also had a video photo booth set up for Dani and Ian’s guests, and it was a huge hit, with paper confetti and props!  Let’s just say this group knew how to have fun:)

You can tell what a love and friendship Dani and Ian have for each other, and it was such a joy to be a part of their day.  I hope you enjoy their story!!

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roundhouse_at_beacon_falls_hudson_valley_wedding_photography_020Dani handmade her girls those bags – how sweet is that?!

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Dani, you’re stunning!

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Love that portrait of Ian!

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roundhouse_at_beacon_falls_hudson_valley_wedding_photography_043Can you tell they were just a little excited?!

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A special thank you to all of the vendors who made Dani and Ian’s beautiful day possible!!

Venue: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

Photography: Kerri Lynne Photography

Ceremony Officiant: Michael Rowinski

DJ: 74 Events

Video Booth: Kerri Lynne Photography

Florist: La Bella Rosa

Hair Stylist: Salon 52

Makeup Artist: Salon 52

Invitation Design: Paper Orchid Stationary

Wedding Dress Boutique: Jaehee Bridal Atelier, Englewood NJ

DIY: Favors, Card Basket

 

And a huge thank you to my second photographer, Jessica Goldschmidt, and my videographer Kyle Harrigan; you are both amazing!!

 

 

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Rachel & Mark’s Engagement {Washington Square Park NYU Engagement Photography}

I had such a fun time getting to know these two!!

Rachel and Mark met in business school at NYU.  They were in a few classes together; and after they started seeing each other more, they took a class together.  But they couldn’t really talk in class…so Mark asked Rachel had their first date at an Ale House on the Upper West Side!  They talked and laughed a lot, and really hit it off!

Mark proposed by bringing Rachel back to that same Ale House, and they reminisced together about their first date.  Afterward, they walked back to Mark’s apartment and he had spelled “MARRY ME” with M&M’s with pictures of both of them on it!  (How cool is that?!)  He surrounded the M&M’s with tickets and mementos from some of their dates; and then asked Rachel to marry him.  Of course she said yes!:)

We thought it would be wonderful to photograph their engagement in the same area of the city that they had spent so much time together when they were dating.  So we went to one of their favorite places to grab a beer, got these awesome gourmet popsicles at a place they love, and then finished off our night catching a sunset at Washington Square Park.  Any of you who know the city knows that’s THE park for NYU students to hang out at!  We caught some beautiful light, and photographed some sweet moments at the fountain!

I had such a great time with Rachel and Mark, and even ate one of those delicious popsicles myself.  Sooo good!

I already can’t wait for their wedding this fall!   Enjoy their story…

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Loved this!!

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Classic New York shot!  This taxi driver was so nice to let us use his car!

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These. were. delicious!!!!!

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Love that shot on the right – so sweet!

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Apparently the NYU law school is prettier than the business school; so we had to stop here!

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You’re gorgeous Rachel!!

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LOVE!

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Love this – so New York…

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This LIGHT!

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They had to take these name tags with them into every class!  So the professors could call out their names at random during lecture.  Yikes!

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They may be more interested in each other than their business school books:)

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How cool are these personalized M&M’s?!

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