To be honest, we thought it was just a cliche. As much as everyone said that the wedding day would be the #BestDayEver we were still surprised ourselves with how much FUN the wedding day REALLY is! 💍 To all of you who are in the trenches of wedding planning, we promise it is SO worth it. Even when little things don’t go according to “the plan” you can’t help but choose to smile because of the overflowing joy of the day! 🙌 there is no replacement to having all of your closest friends and family - many who traveled long distances - to surround you, celebrate you, and support you in this new adventure of life. Enjoy every fleeting, happy second of it.
Who else is ready to RING in the weekend?! 🙋♀️🙋♂️ We are! Can’t wait for the snow to come as an excuse to stay in and snuggle up under cozy blankets ✨ How are you planning to spend this snowy weekend?
💍 Personalize your engagement session with an activity you both love and a location that’s meaningful to you. ✨ Being from the land of hockey, these two couldn’t imagine anything but being out on the ice in their element - AND - this is the park where the bride and I spent countless summers together as childhood friends! We loved the way this so perfectly tied in the past with the present just as they’re celebrating becoming one as husband and wife. Gives us all the feels!
❄️When I am with you there is SNOW place I’d rather be❄️ ✨ We just shared these cuties cozy engagement session on our blog this week and love reliving it all over again! ✨ These two met on a frigid winter day through mutual college friends who decided that it was too cold to go outside so might as well stay in to do a puzzle. While the others soon abandoned the puzzle, Britney and Patrick were determined to finish it. Little did they know they would each be the missing piece of the puzzle for one another (d’aww) ✨ Although can’t lie that we’re excited for their wedding day to feel a thousand degrees warmer in the late summer 🙌
We hear a LOT of wedding toasts as photographers. The good, the bad, the ugly(cry, that is). Our favorite ones are often short, sweet, avoid inside jokes and speak directly to the couple’s personalities and strengths that they will be bringing into the marriage. 👇 We’ve included some pro tips below. Tag your MOH or Best Man who could use some inspiration for their upcoming speech. 🎤 Tip #1: briefly introduce yourself + your relation to the bride/groom. However, remember the bride and groom want to be put in their BEST light on their wedding day, so... avoid sharing an intro story that (although funny in the moment) might make them feel embarrassed in front of their friends and family. 🎯 Tip #2: Stay on target. You can do this by writing the speech out in advance, tie in all stories to a central theme, keep it under 5min or less because it’s true that concise IS nice. Your speech could be the one thing keepin guests from dessert. 📖 Tip #3: Share a story about when YOU saw signs that the bride/groom was the ONE for the other OR generally how they are the perfect complement. We love when siblings share about the qualities from childhood that playfully show how their sister/brother will make a great spouse. 🤣 Tip #4: Don’t be afraid of humor but keep it clean. An example from a recent wedding joked about how the Matron of Honor met the bride when they worked together at Target and became instant friends that started planning their double date on Day 1 of work. The MOH joked that “you really CAN find everything at Target - even your best friends” 💍 Tip #5: Speak to the goals of marriage itself, your hopes and prayers for the couple, or advice on how to love and sacrifice in the for better and for worse times. We loved that a father of a bride once offered a prayer for the couple because as he said “the graces of this prayer will bless and guide the newlyweds far more than anything I could say myself.” SO SWEET. • Tell us a funny or sweet line from your own wedding or from a fave speech you’ve heard! 👇
We rarely get a true sleep in late, cuddle under cozy blankets, read and make a big breakfast together kind of weekend. Our weekends are usually filled serving others whether that’s a Saturday full of loving and capturing couples as they become husband and wife or a Sunday where Ben gives back to the Church by working at our cathedral. • I hope when I look back at these Instagram squares one day I remember this weekend was different. We had the gift spending ALL morning together for FOUR days straight. • This weekend symbolizes so much and to name a few that are on my own heart: 1. Christ made his new commandment to love and serve one another as He loved us 2. True love requires a full gift of self and sacrifice for those we love and 3. The promise of heaven is all the more real through the resurrection 4. The events of the Easter weekend are more than just historical events as we get to walk with Christ to the garden, to the cross, and to the tomb every single year. • Paired with this gift of time together, I feel overwhelmingly grateful for the invitation to (1) spend time together serving one another (2) learn how to continually put his needs above my own (3) challenge one another to be the best versions of ourselves so that we can hopefully join God in his heavenly kingdom and (4) pray together as one heart in solidarity with all the the members of Christ’s Church. • These themes of service, sacrifice, and unity are as integral to the life of faith as they are to marriage. • How has Easter strengthened your own relationships?
We believe the highest priority for choosing a wedding photographer is if you truly connect with them. The truth is that your photographer is with you more than your spouse on your wedding day. • They are by your side starting hours before the ceremony even begins. All the way back in the getting ready suite when your mom cries buttoning your dress and when your dad tells you how proud he is of the beautiful woman that his little girl grew up to be. • When you find a photographer who you’re comfortable enough around to be yourself, your wedding images fully reflect the joy you felt in every intimate moment with every important relationship by your side • One of the strengths we’ve found in our own marriage is Katzie’s upbeat energy mixed with Ben’s calming reassurance. We get so excited every wedding weekend when we get to bring our whole selves and our hearts into their day to serve them with an upbeat yet calming duo who are there to cheer you on every part of the day, relieve the stress, and keep you giggling as we capture every special moment for the decades to come. ❤️
We wish there were more hours in a day so that every bride could wear her wedding dress JUST a little longer. But until that happens, we are so honored to be photographers who capture moments like these on a wedding day when the beautiful bride GLOWS with every graceful twirl in the dress of her dreams.