Kate and Ben, Part 2

And now more for part TWO of Ben and Kate’s wedding day….

Because they had a good bit of time between the ceremony and reception, Ben and Kate wanted to surprise their wedding party  with a visit to Carl’s Drive Inn. If you’ve not been there, you should go.  For real. I’m serious.  They make their own root beer.  AND, everything smells like grease, but in a good way.

But to insure that everyone’s attire stayed grease-free, Kate had cute little monogramed aprons made for everyone.

Kate’s gift to her bride’s maids were these fabulous handmade necklaces.

The handsome groom.

Kate’s beautiful bouquet from Wildflowers.

I love this shot that Jon grabbed.

The lovely ladies.

There wasn’t a shortage of laughter.

Ok, so when I first met Kate, I was taking her work headshot for her employer’s website.  Right after she introduced herself, she warned me that she was not at all photogenic.  Kate, I think it’s fair to say, you were wrong :).

Another great shot from Jon.

While I was setting up the shot above, Jon was shooting some candids of the wedding party, do think turned out rather fabulous.

One of the great things about having your reception at Moulin is that you have access to the rooftop patio at Vin de Set. It was a bit windy up there, but ladies worked with it.

Ben and Kate, your wedding was such a fantastic way to start off 2010. Much love to you both!

Susan P - you did such a gorgeous job on this wedding!! love all the fun candids 🙂 especially of the bridesmaids in the aviators!

Lynsey T - Gorgeous photos! The bridal party shots look straight out of a magazine. So candid and beautiful!

renee - i am in love. with.every.single.shot.

Kate and Ben, part 1

I try to keep my blog posts as concise as possible so as to not overload your internet browser with large photos, but wow, I just might push myself over my limit on this one.  Kate and Ben’s wedding was so full of love, great details, and joy that I couldn’t possible contain it all in one post, so here you have part 1 of Kate and Ben’s wedding.  Stay tuned tomorrow for part 2.

Beautiful Kate getting ready to walk down the aisle.  Kate’s cousin, who is a professional make-up artist from LA, did such a great job of enhancing Kate’s beauty.

Love these details.  The antique heirloom pins below were the perfect addition to Kate’s bouquet.

If you work in the wedding industry, you know that when you see these ladies, it’s going to be a good day.

Yes, that’s right. Those lovely ladies were from the CupCakery. I’m getting hungry right now just looking at these.

All the ladies and Kate’s community group leader shared a prayer before the big moment.

Love me some Hanley Road :).  This is the church I had my heart set on getting married in myself, but alas, it wasn’t big enough for my enormous guest list :). 

Ben’s parents and sister provided the special music.
I cried.
They were awesome.

Now THIS is an EXIT!  Totally Kate and Ben.

Jon grabbed this shot from the balcony. Love it.  

So during the family formals, Jon is a huge help because he is the keeper of the list.  He gets the groups organized and ready to go, all while keeping us moving quickly and in an orderly fashion.  Kate and Ben’s list of formals was relatively short, so in addition to organizing everything, Jon shot from the side, and I LOVED the way his shots turned out.

One of my favorite details from the wedding… Kate and Ben had each person in their party write a short paragraph about how they knew the bride and/or groom.  I’m certain none of them were true :).  Hilarious, outlandish stories filled up about half of the program and I nearly lost it several times as I read through each story. 

So many favorite photos from this wedding… here’s one of the wedding party to hold you over until tomorrow when I post the rest :).

Jason, one of my all time favorite DJ’s from Millennium Music.  I always know it’s going to be a great night when he’s running the show.

The reception was held at Moulin, which features some of the best open architecture in an urban setting that I’ve seen.  And, um, their food is AH-mazing. The florals and centerpieces were provided by the ever amazing Jane from Wildflowers.

This is always one of my favorite parts of the day… when the bride and groom walk in to the reception and see everyone cheering for them.  I love that Ben and Kate took a moment to take it all in.  I’m sure they were overwhelmed with love from the people who care about them.

Kate’s dad gave such a great speech.

Gets me every time. 

Ben and his mom started their dance off all serious…

But when the Michael Jackson music started playing, they really let loose.

More from this great wedding tomorrow!

Dennis Bullock - Fantastic work as usual Lisa!

Jennifer - Well, I for one am glad you shared the details. What a beautiful job of planning (Kate) and capturing (Lisa)! Truly great to see.

Amber - I am loving those bridemaid dresses!

Kristen - LOVE Moulin and Millenium Events…they all rock! What a great location and amazing shots!!!! Loved this wedding!

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Jason Clyde - Wow, AH-mazing pics Lisa!! Ben and Kate are such an awesome couple, and so fun to be around while working with them. I wish I had gotten to see their whole day like you did, but I enjoyed my time with them at their reception. Thank you so much for your praise (and your blog link to our website!)!! I can’t wait to work with you again – hopefully very soon!

Enjoy your days!

I love me some details

Earlier this spring, I shot a wedding with tons of great details that I just can’t wait to share. Like these beautiful vintage pins that the bride incorporated into her bouquet… LOVE IT!

More to come soon from Kate and Ben’s wedding!

Sarah Marie - I absolutely love those. Super cute.

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St. Patrick’s Day Baby :: Little Lucy

Meet Lucy, the adorable little St. Patrick’s Day baby.

I’ve photographed a lot of babies, and I can say without a doubt, Lucy was absolutely the most well-behaved baby ever to pose in front of my camera. Seriously, I was with her for almost an hour and I’m pretty sure she slept the entire time. She’s an amazing baby.

And, um, how beautiful is momma Alex? I almost didn’t believe her when she said she had had a c-section just days before.

See what I mean?  Still sleeping.  And still beautiful.

This makes me happy.

It’s so obvious what a treasure this little girl is to her daddy.  When she grows up, I hope she’ll look at this photo and know how loved she is.

She’s just so precious I can barely stand it.

And there’s those beautiful eyes

Sleep well, Baby Lucy.

MERgetsMRSed - Alex is a coworker of mine, and I had the honor of meeting Lucy the day after she was born. These are amazing photos – you totally caught the love and excitement Alex and Doug have for their new baby!

Carrie and Dan :: Engaged!

One of the things I like best about my job is all the people that I get to meet. When I first met with Carrie to chat about her wedding, our meeting lasted way longer than my typical consultation.  And it wasn’t because she had a complicated wedding.  It was because I didn’t want to stop chatting with her :). We sat at Starbucks, talking about life and designer denim and boys and college and all sorts of things. It was great. I so so so hoped I would be able to shoot Carrie’s wedding because she’s just the type of girl I like to spend the day with, so I was naturally elated when she booked me :).

Then, when I got together with Carrie for the second time, I was meeting her for her engagement shoot. And of course, her fiance Dan was with her. As the three of us walked and talked and stopped here and there for photos, I quietly observed the way Carrie and Dan interacted with each other. They were happy together and comfortable and oh-so-obviously made for one another.  And I’m not just saying that.  They really are great together.  You know those couples who make the other better just by being around the other? Yeah, that’s them. I love observing things like that. It makes me smile every time.

And that got me thinking… If life could be summarized in a graph chart of highs and lows, the period of life when a couple is engaged has got to be one of the highest peaks on that chart. When you’re engaged, you’re living on the cusp of what will surely become your life’s greatest adventure. And that’s such an amazing time of life to revel in. It’s easy to be all about the wedding plans and become so future-minded that the here-and-now is not relished. But as I observed Carrie and Dan, it made my heart smile to see them living in the moment and holding each other now in anticipation of holding each other forever.

So Carrie and Dan, thank you for reminding me how amazing living on the cusp of a great adventure really is. I hope you’ll look back on these photos years from now and remember what crazy young kids in love you were … and what crazier kids in love you’ve become.

Aren’t Carrie’s eyes gorgeous??

LOVE this!

Again with the beautiful eyes… 

So fun!  Doesn’t this series make you want to be their friends?

Looking forward to seeing you both soon as your big adventure begins :).

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John Harder - These are great! And I am friends with them and they are great! I like to think that I had a little something to do with them getting together, but I won’t brag too much.