learn me something!

So I was worried that my brain would be at boiling point on Saturday because of the forecasted 98 degree heat and the lack of AC in the adorable country church that Chelsea and Taylor’s wedding was set. But thankfully the weather gods were a tiny bit kind and it was only 90 and I managed to learn a few things during this fabulous day. Like if want to a wedding party to get into close poses in the sun on a hot day, do it early and don’t ask questions. If you want to be a gracious couple for all your guests that come out for the ceremony, have cold bottled water on hand. If you want to see the sky darken over suddenly, just tell the groom’s party they can shed their dark grey suit coats for the next picture, they’ll come flying off in all directions. If you want to have a wealth of marital expertise, hit the jackpot of great genes and have all 8 of your grandparents in attendance for your wedding. If you want to feel the love x700 on your big day, have as many awesome friends as Chelsea and Taylor and their clearly well loved families. And if you want to wear out your photographer’s trigger finger early in the reception, have an epic dance coordinated with your dad. And if you want to love your job more and more each week, find a group of friends like this couples,  and demand to be their exclusive photographer for all major life events of course. Congratulations you two crazy kids, I hope you enjoy the sampling. Just know there’s lots more creeping to come, you’ll never be rid of me:)


There’s always one

When you get a large group of friends together, like a wedding party, there’s a few guarentees. There will always at least one bridesmaid who can’t hold a straight face when you want a sassy bridesmaid picture, and there’s always at least one groomsman who can’t hold “it” when you just want one more big group shot, but he’s run off for a call of nature. There’s almost always someone who’s the “mom” of the group, who brings extra socks in case someone forgot. Or there’s someone who’s laugh gets everyone else going, or that one who’s overly comfortable with group hugs… I love them all! Getting to laugh and goof with the wedding party is one of the best parts of a photographer’s job. Not to mention a groom who is a good sport when you tell him too many times to do certain things with his hands, or for a bride who knows it could be awesome for their friends to all play a game of basketball while waiting for the ceremony to start. Savana and Shad knew exactly who to have in their wedding party to keep them the most comfortable and who would help them to have the best time. This Saturday definitely confirms that being the 23rd wheel in a group of friends is still a great gig:) Enjoy the preview!


They say it’s contagious

It so exciting when your wedding day arrives. Having family and strangers catering to your every need, like keeping you warm in the drizzling rain or telling you how great you look in the wedding clothes you’ve had picked out for months, and your loved ones making sure you are exactly where you need to be when you need to be there, then seeing all the important people in your life gathered together for this major event. I’m certain Gonzo, the dog of honor from this weekend’s wedding would agree that it was all worth the wait and careful planning and he was thrilled when his day was finally here. His front and center view of the beautiful ceremony at the Sunken gardens was prime, and his dog mom and dad looked pretty stellar too.  Gonzo kept a pretty impassive face the whole time, while Lauren and Kyle and Co. had a hard time keeping their funny faces in check.  But it’s soooo hard not to be wearing a huge grin or an animated expression when you are running for cash during the reception, or you spot Lego He man hiding in the groom’s boutonnière. Or when you are around Lauren for more than 7 seconds.  I hope Gonzo and his crew can enjoy looking at the pictures from his special day as much as I do, because editing these faces is more entertaining than Netflix bingeing. Enjoy!



Only Fools Rush In

Your first dance at your wedding is a special moment, one you’re not likely to forget. And I’m certain I’ll remember Jeff and Aimee’s for a long time. Because they got to do their first dance three times… the first two being to very strange versions and then the third time the band nailed it. But nothing could bother these two lovebirds, not the drizzle or chilly weather, nor a missing hotel reservation the night before, or even a quick run back to the house for the grooms ring. They smiled, squeezed each other, and giggled the whole way through their special day. Their first look was darling, their vows and toasts were heartfelt, and it all took place at a castle soooo the atmosphere was obviously unbeatable as well. Keep dancing and laughing you two, it clearly suits you!  Enjoy the sampling:)


Family Tradition

Laura and her family have a few traditions that run deep. They all leave their beautiful LA scenery and sunshine to attend college in the bipolar weather of Omaha at Creighton. They dance like champs at family weddings. And a couple of them marry NE natives that don’t cheer for Creighton, but for its louder half brother NU. They also traditionally catch the bouquet and garter at their siblings weddings:) Laura’s husband Sean brings a few great tendencies to the table as well. He can woo a crowd with karaoke, he surrounds himself with some high octane buddies so he looks like the calm collected one. He also doesn’t back down when he’s outnumbered by Creighton alumni, and is deceptively willing to listen to a bossy photographer that his new bride invited along for the ride. A strong match for an awesome wedding, as you can see. The UNO card games were filled with trash talk, the ceremony was filled with advice on how to raise 10 children, the trolley ride was loud with laughter, the dinner was devoured, and the dancing didn’t slow down. I’d like to propose a new tradition, that Royce get to be the family photographer no matter the event.. a wedding in LA, a 4th of July party at the lake, or the newborn photos of any of the 10 promised children that will be the product of this stellar couple. Cheers to new and old traditions!


Getting personal

I love how personal weddings can be. I love how I get know brides and grooms, and then see their personality and unique taste come out in the details. Jenn and Matt, two masters of quiet observation, did a bang up job of keeping the focus on what really mattered: celebrating their new marriage, family ties, and great food. Some of my favorite moments from this amazing day were: watching Matt fist bump himself as soon as they were pronounced man and wife, seeing Jenn struggle with having to use her fingers to feed Matt cake, while Matt handled feeding his bride like a champ, and hearing the best man speech from Travis about what marrying into a Scandinavian family is really like. Weddings are the best and spending this day with these two is another big reason why I have the coolest and most entertaining job! Enjoy the sampling you two:)


Just add family

Amber and Joe clearly know a thing or two about weddings. For instance here’s how I feel they would respond to a happy wedding questionnaire:

Q. How do you make sure there’s tons of love in your wedding party?

A. Have every one of them be married to someone else in the wedding party.

Q. How do have the most dapper wedding dog ever?

A. Get him a doggie tuxedo and walk him around downtown.

Q. How can you make 12 nieces and nephews feel extra special on your big day?

A. Make them all ring bearers and flower girls and singers.

Q. How do you make your photographer’s day?

A. Agree to jump on the hotel bed after you are both all dressed up!

Q. How do ensure that coveted wedding day glow?

A. Marry your best friend, in front of the rest of your best friends. Oh, and make sure a crazy guest dances his heart out to “What does the Fox say?”

I hope you two enjoy your preview as much as I enjoyed watching you to get hitched and dance the night away!


Only 10 years in the making…

Great things come to those who wait. Surely, both Shaila and James know that. She’s powered through nursing school and James has just wrapped up Pharmacy school. Oh, and they’ve waited 10 years since they started dating for this wedding to happen.. Not only does that kind of timetable warrant some pretty fun comments, but it also gives your families plenty of time to get know and love each other. It also means that you share the same huge group of friends, and that you have an incredible ease with your spouse that can only come from making it through the awkward high school years together. In case you were wondering, that kind of history could not have lead to a better wedding! It was a party all day long, grandparents included! Shaila and James, it was so obvious that this wedding marks the beginning of a new chapter in already beautiful relationship, So here’s to making it together through the awkward fiesty grandparent days too:)


Shut up and Dance with Steve!

Do you ever try to guess what peoples’ inner monologue would sound like? I love doing this! At the grocery store, during church, and at weddings. On Saturday, when Steve got his first glimpse of Cheri, his only word for a bit was “whoa.” I finished his inner monologue with “whoa, my bride looks smokin’, Go Steve!” Of course this could work in reverse if people read my mind. They might have heard me saying inside my head “whoa, we are the only people at Elmwood park right now, that never happens” or “whoa, I hope I shoot at the Pella at the Blackstone again real soon” or “Thank goodness the bride’s buddy had a blanket or we might have ruined her dress”. Some fun thoughts that floated up during the day.. “I wonder how long I could talk like a chipmunk if I used the helium from one of those massive balloons in the centerpieces?” “How has the weather held out to be this awesome all day? Did Steve and Cheri make a sacrifice to the weather gods?” “Cheri doesn’t seem to like hugs at all, unless they are from that Steve guy” and “The speeches couldn’t have been better, future best men take notes”

And few thoughts that were said out loud because some things should be shared… “We have to do a double chin photo!”, “What I like about you best of all, is how happy you make my best friend” and “wait, you all know on cue to change the lyrics to ‘shut up and dance with Steve?’, I’m sticking around for this!” These two couldn’t have been more fun to boss around, work with, and to watch sing and dance together all night long! Enjoy the preview you two!


Closer the better!

I was lucky enough to do a third Schernikau wedding this weekend. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, that’s fine because it means a ton to me. It means that Mark, the dad of the bride, knows to yell “the closer the better!” when we are posing for family pictures. It means that I know the names of the adorable nieces and nephews at the wedding, and it means that I’m like that weird cousin that you only see at weddings but is also totally rooting for a glorious marriage and lots of babies from these two:) I knew the event would be lovely, but there were even a few surprises for this weird cousin… like breakfast for dinner! Or the best man totally playing up the super cheesy pick up line Alan used to get Kinsley’s attention, the flash mobs all night long, bridesmaids who bring their own genuine Gap props, a wedding dress that I want to go out and buy and wear everyday, and Garth. That’s the couples adorable fur baby who was invited to the first look. Both Alan and Kinsley were just as excited to see him as they were each other. He’s pretty great… If only there was another Schernikau wedding I could look forward to. Maybe I could find a fellow weird cousin to let me do their wedding. Enjoy the preview, you two!


Read all about it!

Sometimes I think it would be fun to shoot for a newspaper and be on the edge of breaking news, or even writing for one. However, I’d have a hard time narrowing down headlines for my articles. Here’s my finalized list for what the headlines I could use for a write-up on Jake and Emily’s amazing wedding this weekend..

-The Ringbearer was hitting on the Bride

-Turns out you can be a world class usher on crutches

-Let’s just finish the sand ceremony later

-Wedding party did everything I said, and then a bit more

-Tiny bridesmaid carried into the reception unceremoniously

-Serious struggle to cut the cake is rescued by doughnut ball exchange

-Bride never stopped smiling and laughing

-Mariachi Band rocks wedding jams

-Photo props were all over the dance floor

-The Macarena never had it so good!

-Photographer divulges a desire to never leave reception due to the amazing company, and doughnuts for days


Yeah, see, I’d be a terrible writer, but maybe I’ll keep chasing that dream of photojournalism. Thanks for giving me some glorious fresh content you lovebirds! Enjoy your sampling!