Leah & Drew Engagement Session ~ Peru, Indiana

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Even though I’m based in Kokomo, I like to venture out to other areas often. Especially for photography purposes because shooting in new areas often provides a different kind of scenery that are other wise hard to gather if you visit the same park or street for every session.

So we did just that ­čÖé Leah & Drew attended high school together and saw each other in passing, but it wasn’t until after high school that their paths crossed. Literally. They were both out on a hiking trail at the same time and happened to walk by one another. Both immediately noticed the other, but tried to play it cool. After a few minutes they each decided to double back, just to see if the other was still around. Which is when they ended up crossing paths again. And the rest is history.

They like to go camping together with each other and their families, so they felt it fitting that we venture out to the Mississinewa Reservoir. We took some beautiful backlit photos on “their trail” and then we headed across the reservoir dam for some colorful photos on the rocky bank. Leah and Drew, thanks for choosing me as your photographer. Each and every session is special and I’m so thankful that you guys trusted me with your engagement photos. I can’t wait for your wedding day!

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Aya & Derek ~ Kokomo Engagement Photographer

What does an adorable 100 year old plantation home, 3 happy fur babies, and a bright blue mill timbered barn all have in common? Lots and lots and lots of love.

This winter I spent some quality time in Muncie, Indiana with Aya and Derek. They’ll be tying the knot this Spring at Derek’s parent’s farm and they decided to have their engagement pictures taken at their home. They’ve been working hard, refurbishing their plantation house, all the while planning a wedding together.

I loved spending the afternoon with them and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day!

Thank you Aya & Derek for sharing your little piece of heaven with me ­čÖé

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Jacob & Lauren {Barn Wedding ~ Kokomo, Indiana Wedding Photographer}

This wedding season has been spectacular.

With rain, rain, and more rain, there’s this magic that every photographer hopes for on a rainy wedding day, and It. Keeps. Happening.

Seriously, almost every wedding I’ve shot this season, it has rained or sprinkled! And despite the wishes for clear skies, we are greeting with dreary clouds. The sun may be blocked and there is no blue in sight, but a soft airy light filters down through the clouds, onto the festivities below. Which creates the perfect atmosphere for natural and beautifully lit photographs, which can be taken almost anywhere on the grounds.

We don’t have to seek out shaded areas for portraits, no one has to squint in the bright light, a cool breeze drifts over from the shady atmosphere cooling our cheeks…it’s perfection.

And that’s exactly the atmosphere that Lauren & Jacob shared on their wedding day. The grounds were filled with twinkle lights and locally sourced flowers from L and J’s mother’s gardens. The newly weds shared communion in the intimate Amish horse stable where the ceremony was held, and excitedly celebrated with their guests for the rest of the afternoon. With a little rain for luck and some wind on our necks it was a lovely evening. Congrats Lauren & Jacob!

Joni & Aaron ~ Carmel, Indiana {Woodland Country Club}

Rain-rain-go-away-come-again-another-day. I sang that really fast so I’m hoping that it works. This past month has been filled with weddings, which I am so ever thankful for. And along with Spring weddings comes Spring rain.

Though April showers do bring May flowers, it also brought Joni & Aaron’s big day. 

Joni & Aaron live in California together, though they and their families are from the Indy area. And they are also already married. They have been for quite some time. They were far away at the time and the moment seemed right. And with both of them being in the military, it would have been difficult to make it home.

Their parents offered a wedding gift to them. They gave them the choice between a sum of money, which they could spend however they liked, or a wedding.

Joni & Aaron wanted so much to spend their special day with family and friends, so they planned a post wedding celebration, including a wedding ceremony and reception.

It was rainy at the Woodland Country Club in Carmel, Indiana but mother nature granted us just enough time for portraits and the ceremony outdoors, before heading inside to the main event. Which was celebrating Joni & Aaron’s marriage. Congratulations  J & A!!!

Rachel & Daniel {Highland Park Kokomo, IN Enagement Session}

A couple weeks back, me, my husband, and our two littles ventured out of our comfort zone, and we went camping together for the first time as a family. France Park is about 30 minutes from Kokomo and it is one of the many hidden gems of Indiana.

If you’d like to come along for the trip, you can view one of my more personal blog post about it here.

So anyway, we wanted to go camping with some friends as well as our children and it turned out that the only time we could go camping was on the weekend when I was planning to shoot Rachel and Daniel’s engagement session in Kokomo. I figured that the park was only 30 minutes away so it wouldn’t be a big deal to go camping and to make the trip back for their session at Highland Park.

So Rachel and Daniel took a springy evening drive out to Kokomo and met up with me in Highland Park for their session.

In preparation for their wedding this coming fall, they decided to theme their engagement photos so that they would match their weddings theme. This is a FANTABULOUS idea.

Theming your engagement session to your wedding’s style will allow you to use your engagement session for wedding decor. Guests LOVE looking through pictures. If there will be a little bit of a layover between all the guests arriving at the reception and your arrival at the reception, they can sift through a photo album or prints clipped to strings throughout the venue.

You guys may remember some of the decor placed at Mallory & Adam’s wedding and reception, which kept guests busy as they waited for us to finish pictures.

They were able to riffle through a vintage address file display of pictures from their engagement as well as photos they had strung up from tree to tree around the venue site. And guess what else what else you can do? When your wedding day is over, you already have pictures printed of your engagement to decorate your new home together with. Whether it’s just 4×6 prints or canvas, it’s a multipurpose use for getting the most out of your engagement session. Not just for memories sake ­čÖé

Below are Rachel and Daniel’s country themed engagement photos which will be complimenting their decorations at their barn wedding at The Barn on Boundary this fall.