We’re out in Chicago land this weekend as wedding GUESTS! We are going to be able to eat our meal without it getting cold taken away during speeches 😂 Any pointers to remind us what’s fun to do between the ceremony and the reception? we’ve always thought being with the couple was the luckiest and best part of the day!!
If you want your wedding photos go from like to love...the secret is light. The more natural light there is with neutral backgrounds the more chic your photos will be. Simply because it helps to keep the focus on you, your details, and the emotions you’re feeling without getting distracted by what’s in the background. Brides especially are balancing so many aspects of a wedding day and are often just trying to find “anywhere” to get all the girls and guys ready. This is one area of the day you have the most control over and we always think it’s worth choosing a place that’s as distraction-free and bright as possible to highlight your beauty on the wedding day
Cheers to all the couples getting married in 2020! Isn’t it so much fun to know you’re officially in the YEAR that you become husband and wife? The year mark, 30 day mark, and 1 week mark were the milestones when it really sunk in for us that it’s happening, it’s getting closer, and the excitement builds! The long todo lists to make the wedding of your dreams a reality are going to be so worth it!
Do you choose a word of the year? With the new year just hours away it’s got us thinking about ours. I first took time to be grateful for all the ways this year blessed us, challenged us, and helped us to grow. I was recently reminded that for a flower has to go through the dirt before it can bloom. Growth is a hard, messy, beautiful journey that takes time, patience, and giving it the right environment to thrive.⠀ ⠀ When I looked ahead at 2020 I knew I wanted to grow more - in strength, in faith, in relationships, in the roles I serve as wife, mom, daughter & friend - but after more consideration I love the twist that the word “active” adds that encompasses growth within it. ⠀ ⠀ Growing is not passive. I can’t just “hope” these things happen. I have to be actively pursuing them. I can ask for Gods grace and help in it, but it isn’t “just” up to Him and it isn’t just all up to me either. He needs my hands and feet to move with His will. We are co-creators together.⠀ ⠀ Let’s not just make resolutions today. Let’s be active towards them. Let’s be fearlessly and passionately pursuing them, discerning what is good and doing it without delay.⠀ ⠀ What’s your #wordoftheyear2020?
Happy birthday, Ben! 🥳 To the man who is behind the lens with me and has a birthday that gets lost between Christmas and New Years Eve...I see you, I know you, I love you, and I like you a whole dang lot 👏 Celebrating you each and every day - but especially today - is such a joy. Really. You are so funny (and punny!) which has me roaring with laughter constantly. You love to goof around and play board games for hours, but you are not afraid to be serious about what really matters. You have so much conviction in your faith. You lead us closer to Christ and we adore the deep love you have for us as a lil family. Baby Luke looks up to you with those big blue eyes he inherited from you with the same awe that I do. He’s probably such a chill baby because you bring a calming, steady presence with you everywhere you go. You’re a blessing to this world and I’m so grateful to be the one doing life by your side, bringing one another to heaven (God willing!) I love you and I like you. ❤️
Settle a debate for us: how early is TOO early to wake up on Christmas morning to open presents?! 🎄🎁🎉
This crew puts the PARTY in wedding party 🎉 and they brought their A-GAME to make sure that Oscar & Katy had the best day.⠀ 🙌⠀ When we look at this, we not only think about how many awesome people the bride and groom know and call friends, but what it also says about the character of the couple themselves. Their kindness, their humor, their joy, their hospitality, their heart for service, their witness of faith, THEIR friendship to others... it’s magnetic and authentic. They’ve made room at the table and invited so many people to walk in community and through every aspect of life together.⠀ 🪑⠀ It’s a beautiful example for all couples to have. Marriage may take place between two people but it is for the good of others. ⏰ It’s got us wondering...What kind of spouse and friend do you want to be? The new year is just around the corner...what is one trait you want to focus on in 2020??!⠀ 🎉⠀ Let’s cheer each other on to growing in holiness and community together!
Over the years, we’ve taken all kinds of personality and leadership tests. Ben and I are complete opposites on 99% of them. ISTJ for him and ENFP for me (just one clear example). It’s one of the reasons we believe that together we can connect with so many couples - because each person resonates with one or the other and it becomes like a fun double date.⠀ ⠀ But when we took the strengths finder test, we were so surprised to see something show up the SAME on our results: adaptability is in both of our top 5 strengths.⠀ ⠀ Huh! No wonder. We started thinking about our relationship (personally and professionally) and how we approach situations..then it *clicked* for us.⠀ ⠀ As wedding photographers we have learned just how important adaptability is to serving you on your big day.⠀ ⠀ It’s why the most common thing we see in the reviews that our past couples write about their experience is how “JOYFUL and CALM Katzie and Ben are throughout the wedding day in what would could have otherwise been stressful situations” and the peace that brings the couple getting married. ⠀ ⠀ Rain or shine (or snow!) we are there to quickly adapt and reassure you that it TRULY is going to be ok. We’ve planned the best we can together with you and are going to be there to help you still get images you l-o-v-e from your wedding day no matter what unexpected surprises come your way!