Mallory & Alan ~ Carriage Manor Estate & Milestone Event Center Wedding ~ Peru Indiana Wedding Photographer

My goodness, what can I say. This wedding was just FULL of charm. Mallory’s gorgeous champagne wedding dress combined with her bridesmaids french lilac gowns made for a stunning combination. Set at Peru, Indiana’s infamous Carriage Manor Estate or “Wallick Mansion” as it’s know by the locals, we were able to roam the property for some of the most gorgeous bride and groom portraits. 

With the wedding ceremony held at the Milestone Event Center at Grissom Air Force Base, the ceremony had a lovely green backdrop with plenty of seating for family and friends. Alan’s reaction after the first kiss was priceless and left many of the guests in laughing fits.

My favorite part of the wedding? During the toasts, Mallory’s bridesmaid ended her speech, toasting to the Bride & Groom, and surprising Mallory with a “first dance” of their own. Their dance ended with an emotional joy filled circle of bridesmaids all dancing together. It was a Joy FULL day for sure and I’m so honored that I was able to be there for you Mallory and Alan! Congrats!

Thank you sooooo much to Jamie Nicole Scott of Jamie Nicole Scott Photography for 2nd shooting with me! 

Baby Emryn ~ A Lafayette Indiana Birth Story ~ Kokomo Birth Photographer

I’ve always known that birth photography was for me. Always. 

The process of birth has been one of my favorite subjects for years. From studying pregnancy and preparing for my own births, to watching my friends prepare for theirs, it’s a heart warming yet equally terrifying subject. There’s literally nothing in the world like it. There is nothing like the anticipation of that 40th week.

I could sit with others for hours rehashing their birth stories. Hearing moms and dads describe the moments prior to becoming a parent. The excitement. The fear. The joy. So imagine my excitement when birth photography started trending as a subject and becoming a “thing”. 

I first met Shai and Zac via a slightly panicked phone conversation. Shai had gone into labor two weeks early, and her original birth photographer was out of town. Luckily her photographer had a backup plan in cases like this, and had asked me if I could fill in. Shai was already 5cm when I got the call, so I grabbed my bags(no makeup today!) and headed out to IU Arnett in Lafayette Indiana.

A little side note: Shai attributes her early labor to her friends surprise “pop party” that was thrown for her just hours prior to the onset of labor. So if you’re hoping to go into labor sooner rather than later, celebrate with a pop party!

See their beautiful birth story below, as they welcome sweet Emryn.

***this is a BIRTH story. Images of birth are present in this blog post. If birth photography isn’t for you, it’s best to skip this one ๐Ÿ˜‰ *** 

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Anniversary Session Surprise ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

 

Bethany and Graham’s faces have long decorated my website and blog. Their candid chemistry and obvious feelings for one another has always left me with a full heart. And their daughter(who just turned one this past year)has the BIGGEST smiles and it’s always rewarding when I receive a visit from them.

Bethany contacted me a few months back, wanting to plan an anniversary session in celebration of their 2nd year together. But with an added surprise. They were expecting baby #2! She wanted to preserve the memories of telling the news to Graham, by sharing it with him during our session together, with a pregnancy reveal.

Towards the end of their session, the sun was setting just over the cliffs of France Park in Logansport Indiana. And I asked them to turn around and think for a moment about what their favorite memory of 2017 and their 2nd year of marriage had been so far. Bethany had her answer ๐Ÿ™‚ And the rest is preserved in history. Enjoy these sweet memories friends.  

The Thieke Family

Ah Fall.

There’s not much better. The colors, the cool crisp air, little pink noses, and warm coffee in cold hands. 

The Thieke family hit a huge milestone this Fall, and their big girl turned ONE! And they wanted to remember her first year’s memories by celebrating with a family session. Check out our fall session together below.

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Baby Myah ~ Kokomo Indiana Newborn Photographer

Sweet Myah’s mama chose some of my favorite colors for her session and I just have to share them. I love how bright and fun they are, combined with her gray nursery with the pops of color. See my favorites below!

 

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The Manis Family ~ Kokomo, Indiana Photographer

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This has probably been said a hundred times already but I’m going to say it again. The bugs this year are awful!!! I think every outdoor session I’ve done this year has ended with bug bite after bug bite. And that’s with bug spray. 

These guys were troopers. The met me on a buggy buggy day at Jackson Morrow Park(where I think all the bugs of Kokomo must live) and we played in the woods, on the trails, and by the creek. Their session was lovely, and if you need any styling tips, this is a great session to take a look at for inspiration. Their outfit choices were simple but attractive, and they easily coordinated with one another, despite completely different materials and fabrics. 

Check out some of my favorites from their session below. Thanks for hanging out with me Courtney, Ty, and Hayden!

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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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Watermelon Mini Photography Sessions – Kokomo, Indiana

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This is my favorite mini session setup yet! Typically I only open up mini sessions in the Fall, but once I thought of this, I knew I had to do it. Come on out and enjoy some watermelon with your family! These short sessions are the perfect size for little ones, and are a great way to represent your summer memories.

There are both morning and evening slots available for July 1st and 2nd. You can contact me at jessicabnewton@gmail.com to reserve your mini session slot. A signed contract and session fee is due in order to reserve your date. If you have any questions at all, feel free to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mischief managed. Hope to see you there!