Katie & Skyler ~ Legacy Barn Kokomo Indiana Wedding Photography

My goodness what. a. wedding. Maybe I just get super lucky but my Bride and Grooms have been phenominal this year and Katie and Skyler were no exception. 

First off, Skyler is crazy in love with Katie. Secondly, Katie is crazy in love with Skyler. The end? I mean seriously, it’s so true! There really isn’t much to say, I can’t tell you guys how oodles and oodles in love these guys are!

Their first look was sooooo full of emotions, poor Skyler was crying before he even turned around. And Katie’s first look with her Dad was equally as full of emotion. So. Much. Happiness. So many tears were shed this day, tears of joy, by almost everyone. Their families were genuinely OVER-joyed by the occasion.

My favorite memory from their day? I have two. 

First one was when Katie got on the Ural motorcycle and revved the handle on accident. I was standing in front of the Ural when she did and I’m sure guests have never seen me move so fast 😂

Second was a moment during their ceremony. Katie had to touch up her makeup several times during the day, because every time she had a tear run down her cheek, her makeup would go with it. The ceremony was no exception to this, so when she started to cry, it turned into laughter! Skyler and Katie were laughing at her tear stain checks(which were BEAUTIFUL by the way) and almost couldn’t stop. It was a moment of pure joy and I’m so glad I got to witness it.

Congratulations Katie & Skyler! You guys deserve the world and I wish you all the best in this new life together!

All the wonderful vendors involved with Katie & Skyler’s wedding day:

Photography: Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: Legacy Barn in Kokomo Indiana

Wedding Planner: Crista Tharp at Blissfully Simple Events

Caterer/Food Truck: The Local BBQ 

Florist: Oberers Flowers

Baker: Joys Cakery

Dress: Beloved Brides

Tux: Louie’s Tux Shop

Bar: Wildcat Creek

DJ: Extreme Sounds

Videographer: Capture Hour

Sarah & Tyler – A Charley Creek Inn Wedding – Wabash Indiana

Sarah & Tyler are probably two of the most majestic people that I’ve ever met. Their sense of vintage style, their elegant but relaxed poise, their soft spoken words, it all makes you sigh into a sense of calm. Their loving demeanor towards their family, especially towards their nieces and nephews, will leave you feeling heart-full. Sarah’s creative side inspired much of her wedding, including her gorgeous vintage styled veil, which was made from an heirloom piece of her mother’s wedding dress.

So I’ll be sharing some of my favorites from their classic wedding, held at the charming Charley Creek Inn in Central Indiana. I think their letter swap is at the top of my favorite moments from the day. Sarah shared with me that the journal that Tyler wrote in, is a journal that they started at the beginning of their dating relationship, and they have continue writing in it to each other ever since. So it was only fitting that Tyler returned the journal to Sarah on their wedding day, with another love note before they saw each other down the aisle. Take a look below.

Sarah & Travis – An In-House Wedding – Kokomo, Indiana Photography

When I first met Sarah, I left our first greeting with a full and happy heart. Not only is she a kind hearted soul and stunningly beautiful, but she is completely head over heels in love with Travis. We met up at the Starbucks here in Kokomo, Indiana and she had told me a little bit about herself. She was currently in college at Ball State and Travis was away, training in the Navy. 

And now he’s deployed out at sea, and will be for quite some time. He came home for approximately two weeks for their wedding day, before heading out again just a few short days later. The sacrifices that our military(and their spouses and families) make on a daily basis can not be counted. It’s an unfathomable list. Small things that we take for granted on a daily basis.

During their reception, Travis’ brother Tyler gave a heartwarming speech and poem, that left most everyone in tears. He’d borrowed the poem from a friend who’s significant other had written about the hardships of being a military spouse and all of the thankless sacrifices that come with it. I was so moved by it that I had to get my hands on the poem, to share it with you guys. 

“Your boyfriend belongs to you, mine belongs to the military.

You haven’t seen him for a while, I will go months without seeing him.

You haven’t heard from him for a couple hours, I will go weeks without hearing him.

You may get mad and ignore his calls, I would give anything for just five minutes.

You may take him for granted. I do not.”

Tyler continued in encouraging Sarah to stay strong on the long and lonely nights for when our country calls. Travis and Sarah, thank you for your service. We wouldn’t be where we are, or who we are without you. 

 

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Pastel Inspired Wedding ~ Hawthorns Country Club Fishers, Indiana

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Anyone else loooooove pastels? And donuts as an optional wedding treat? YES. See more of this lovely styled wedding below.

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Thanks to all of the wonderful vendors that made this day possible!

Photography by: Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: The Hawthorns Golf and Country Club
Dress & Tux: Bridal Superstore of Indianapolis, Indiana
Makeup: Moriah Justin
Hair: Allison Linnae Hair
Macaroons: Etta’s Gooey Goodies
Decor: The Borrowed Boutique
Cake: Classic Cakes
Stationary: Blu3 Designs
Donuts: The Dancing Donut
Florals: Bokay Florist
Decor: Indiana Wedding Decorators

 

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Beauty & The Beast Inspired Wedding | Laurel Hall | Indianapolis, Indiana

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To all the wonderful vendors that made this shoot possible!

Photography:  Jessica Newton Photography

Venue: Laurel Hall  
Stationary/ Signage: Blu3 Designs  
Dress & Tux : Bridal Superstore 
Hair: Alison Linnae Hair 
Makeup: Moriah Justin 
Rentals: Nerdy Fox Rentals  
Cake: Shyann Burris 
Florals: Julie Flowers of Giest 
Planner: Kaylee Creighton 

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Devon & John — The Barn At Kennedy Farm — Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer

Devon & John, what can I say. Your day was FULL of love for each other. I left your wedding filled with joy from your families contagious smiles and attitudes and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard on the dance floor. Enjoy your first Fall together as Mr. & Mrs. and I can’t wait to watch your life grow together!

Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day.

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Devon & John, what can I say. Your day was FULL of love for each other. I left your wedding filled with joy from your families contagious smiles and attitudes and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard on the dance floor. Enjoy your first Fall together as Mr. & Mrs. and I can’t wait to watch your life grow together! Here are some of my favorites from their wedding day.

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Clay & Victoria’s One Year Anniversary Session – Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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I think this might be a new thing you guys. I WISH I had done this for my and my husband’s one year. Victoria came up with the genius idea of surprising Clay for their one year anniversary by scheduling a styled photography session. She brought along her wedding dress, an arsenal of props, and of course the top tier of their wedding cake. 

My favorite part about this was that we were able to time their session around the “golden hour”, which often times isn’t possible to do on your wedding day. So even though we were at the same park, with the same wedding dress, and the same couple, these photos have a completely different look and feel to them. Check out my favorites from their session below, and if you happen to know V&C, be sure to wish them a happy anniversary!

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4am Musings by a Photographer – A Personal Blog Post

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35 weeks as of yesterday. Shwoo this pregnancy has gone by fast. 

It’s early early early(way earlier than I would like) because pregnancy insomnia is a thing apparently. This isn’t anything new, so once again I accepted that I wasn’t going back to sleep at 3:30am this morning and decide to start today. We have a busy day ahead, with family in from out of town, and my son’s 6th birthday party tomorrow. Lots of party planning, cooking, and cleaning all lay ahead for the weekend. My mind couldn’t shut off, checking each little thing on my to-do list over and over again. So I resigned myself to the fact that I might as well get used to it(because life with a newborn won’t be any different). 

At first I thought I’d go to the grocery store, because there won’t be any crowds this early. I can get in and out in a matter of minutes, have breakfast cooked for our guests, and get a huge leap on the day. But then I decided to muse over my coffee by taking a peek at a recent session before heading out.

I open up my editing program(Lightroom for you photographers out there), and I came across the above photo. It’s not my usual style, but something about it stopped me. The memory attached to this photo left me smiling, then giggling, as I recalled what the memory was from. Maybe I’m just giggling because of sleep deprivation, but the hilarity in what I realized at the moment truly had me stuck. 

Simply put, this darling little girl wanted to pick some flowers for her portraits that day. She found this little bundle of white dainty lovelies, and slowly, delicately started to pick off each and every one, and admiring it. And in my minds eye, I remember thinking about how long it was taking her to pick the flowers. I remember thinking that we needed to move on to a new location, the sun was getting higher and brighter, and we had things to do! Didn’t she know that we had things to do? So many things to do. So many places to go. All the things. All the places. All the photos.

If this little girl were me, right now, I would have snapped off that entire strand of flowers at the base. 

I laughed because you see…lately, things have been all kinds of crazy around here. Jonathan(my husband) just started his new position as the head pastor for First Friends Meeting here in Kokomo. I’m in the throws of editing several weddings and sessions simultaneously that I’ve had this month, with still several more on the schedule for July. I’m officially a work from home, stay at home mom, since Jon now works from an office. And I’m SUPER pregnant, with an endless list of nesting to-dos on my plate before Baby arrives. 

And so I couldn’t help but laugh at this picture, and the memory that goes with it, because of how absurd and ridiculous it made me feel.

What am I doing? I have absolutely NOT been delicately picking my flowers. This season has been hectic, crazy, and absolutely overwhelming. And right now, all of the flowers that I’ve been picking have been labeled as tasks, and buddy, I’m snapping the whole twig. Heck I might even pull it up by it’s roots like any two year old would. Because I’ve been in the mind set that I don’t have time for this. In my haste of preparing for a Baby, and guests, and work, and family, and chores, and the creative mundane that is life, I’ve completely lost the joy in all the details.

And the details are my favorite. 

Details that I need to promise myself that I’ll remember. I promise to take a breath and smile at the mountain of dirty dishes on my counter, because it means there are hungry little people in our home. I promise to rest and be present in conversation with my family, instead of running through my mental check list. I promise to give in to my children as they beg me to play, instead of hurriedly pleasing them so I can move on to my next household chore. I promise to be intentional with my work, because I’m fortunate that I have work to do. And I promise to notice the little kicks and nudges present from the tiny human in my ribs, because I’m going to want to remember this. 

So forgive me for my haste friends. Every day is a gift, and it’s a gift that we are only given once. Pick flowers intentionally, and enjoy all the colors and floral goodness that come with them.

Now please excuse me, because I’m headed to the grocery store 😉