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{ Miranda + Cristian | 12.9.17 } Wedding

{ Miranda + Cristian | 12.9.17 } Wedding

What an amazing and beautiful snowy winter day for these two to celebrate their new beginning together!

We first met Miranda & Cristian while doing their engagement photos and soon realized how amazing and talented people they are!  While getting to know them, we learned that they both share a passion for all things music.  We figured that music would probably factor into their wedding ceremony, but wow, we were blown away with how it all turned out!

Check out the hand made bouquets made out of sheets of music and the records that were used for guest signing, so amazingly cool!

 We had such fun with the bridesmaids capturing this winter wonderland picture!  The fresh snow made for a great winter themed shot.

We had such fun with the bridesmaids capturing this winter wonderland picture!  The fresh snow made for a great winter themed shot.

 What a great group of groomsmen!

What a great group of groomsmen!

The first look was just so meaningful and fun!  I always love getting to witness this special moment when a groom gets to see his bride for the first time!

What a gorgeous ceremony, the colors and the amazing singing by the bride and groom, just perfect!

Watching a father give away his daughter always gets me choked up.  Looking at this father, it's easy to tell just how special his daughter is to him!

FATHER GIVING AWAY DAUGHTER IN MARRIAGE
BRIDE AND GROOM MOMENT TOGETHER

Such a beautiful wedding cake and cupcake arrangement!

 Wonderful moment - first dance together as Mr. & Mrs.!

Wonderful moment - first dance together as Mr. & Mrs.!

Showing off some amazing dancing skills!  The reception and dancing was a blast!

Congrats!

{ Baby Gabe | 12.3.17 } Newborn Pics

{ Baby Gabe | 12.3.17 } Newborn Pics

I always look forward to newborn shoots and this was no different!  It's always so beautiful to see little newborns in their first few days of life and have the opportunity to capture this special time for Mom and Dad.

Gabe decided he wanted to stay awake for the entire shoot, except for this 30 seconds when I was able to catch him taking a quick nap.  Such beautiful innocence!

A few more of this sweet little baby boy!

Adorable little hat on this guy!  Gabe did so well through the outfit changes and studio flashes!  What a trooper.

Baby Boy Swaddled in Blue

{ Miller Family | 11.25.17 } Toddler Photos

{ Miller Family | 11.25.17 } Toddler Photos

Seriously...how unbelievably cute is this toddler!  Here we captured Jayden with his arm around his furry teddy bear friend!

Of course, no toddler photo session would be complete without a few shots in an adorable little basket.  Look at the expressions this little monkey has...priceless!

Mom and Dad had a great idea to get out the Christmas lights and let Jayden explore.  It's so much fun watching toddlers play and explore their environments, they are so full of wonderment and learning!

And while we have the Christmas lights out, why not light up the Christmas tree and bring out an even bigger teddy bear to play with!

"Look at me Mom and Dad, I'm your little snowman!"  We spent almost 2 hours working with Jayden in the studio and he never cried one time!  He's such a happy and content little guy.

So happy to be able to capture memories of this most special time in this this families life!

{ Katie + John | 10.14.17 } Wedding

{ Katie + John | 10.14.17 } Wedding

Congrats to Katie & John on their amazing wedding day!  The setting for the wedding was so elegant and beautiful at the Oliver Mansion in South Bend.

It was so much fun being able to watch the connections and emotion as Katie's Mom helped her getting ready.  What a special memory for them!  Katie's dress was so beautiful and flowing, it was amazing!

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This wedding dress detail was gorgeous - full of beautiful floral patters and stunning on the bride!

It was great to see John and his Dad sharing time together getting into their tuxedos and preparing for the wedding!  Both of these families were so much fun to work with!

I was blown away by the choice of colors for the wedding.  The pallet of oranges and purples made for such a stunning boquet. 

The weather wasn't willing to cooperate with threatening rain most of the day, but we were able to make it work!  John and Katie got to see each other for the first time during the first look session.  The love between these two was so much fun to witness.  

A beautiful ceremony outside on the grounds of Oliver Mansion.  It was an honor to witness and capture this wonderful celebration of the start to their lives together in marriage.  The rain held off through most of the ceremony but started raining near the end - nothing was going to stop these two from getting tying the knot!

 We were able to shoot inside the Copshaholm Oliver Mansion and I couldn't resist setting up this bride and groom portrait.  The lighting, furniture and scene were amazing to highlight the connection between this couple!

We were able to shoot inside the Copshaholm Oliver Mansion and I couldn't resist setting up this bride and groom portrait.  The lighting, furniture and scene were amazing to highlight the connection between this couple!

 Another photo taken inside the Oliver Mansion.  Bride and groom in an elegant setting.  What a fairy tale setting for a wedding!

Another photo taken inside the Oliver Mansion.  Bride and groom in an elegant setting.  What a fairy tale setting for a wedding!

The wedding reception at the Elks in Mishawaka was decorated so elegantly!  The colors - amazing!  Friends and family made great memories dancing and congratulating the newlyweds.

This wedding cake - stunning!  Decorated so well, I really hated to see them cut into it!  But it was sure fun to see them smash a bit of cake into each other!

Katie's Dad wasn't holding back - he surprised the crowd by getting behind the drum set and managing to knock it out of the park by drumming a few songs with the band.  What an amazing drummer!

Blueberry Festival & Parade 2017 - Plymouth, Indiana

Blueberry Festival & Parade 2017 - Plymouth, Indiana

Today was the parade at the Marshall County Blueberry Festival in Plymouth, Indiana and I was there to take a few photos!  My daughter was marching as part of the Jimtown Marching Band, so I definitely couldn't miss this event!

The morning of the parade kicked off with a series of running races of various lengths.  South Bend firefighters were in the race, in full gear, and they actually finished near the front of the pack!

Many of the area fire departments were represented today including Plymouth, Bremen and Polk Township along with others.  All of these brave firemen had a warm welcome from the streets lined with people.

The children were in awe of this fireman who was there to make friends.  Between throwing candy and giving high-fives, I think at least a couple of these children may grow up to be on the fire department for sure!

The 2017 "Miss Blueberry" was on the parade route along with the Culver Academy exhibiting beautiful marching horses.

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It's a dirty job but someone's got to clean up the mess!

The various veteran organizations were well represented as well including the Disabled American Veterans and POW/MIA - a special thanks to all those who've served this great country!

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Ronald McDonald!

What parade would be complete without the world famous Ronald McDonald showing up!

Baseball teams, pageant queens, Shriners and antique tractors!

The Purdue baton twirler was very skilled and was a huge hit with the crowd!

The Jimtown Marching Band was by far the best (of course I'm a bit biased since my daughter is a sousaphone player!

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Blueberry Ice Cream!

 

Everything is blueberry at the Blueberry Festival!  Ice cream, donuts, shakes, pies, you name it!

Of course we had to take a walk through the festival in Centennial Park as well.  Lots of rides, great food, shopping and fun entertainment!  Overall it was a great day full of beautiful weather and celebrations in Plymouth!

{ Miranda + Cristian | 07.02.17 }

{ Miranda + Cristian | 07.02.17 }

I have to tell you, this was some of the most fun that I've had with a couple during engagement photography!  Miranda & Cristian are clearly made for each other!  They both love all things music and the connections don't seem to stop there!  We were able to meet up at one of my new favorite spots in Elkhart - Cobus Creek County Park for this session.  The gorgeous flowers and wide open spaces were perfect for showing off the love between these two!

I'm so excited to see them get married in December!  I'm sure the wedding will be gorgeous and so heartfelft for these two!

CONGRATS Miranda & Cristian!