Nathan and I are long-time friends, having met our freshmen year of high school, way back when Nathan used to wear orange shoes :). Our friendship has spanned over a decade now, and we've enjoyed many fantastic memories together, from celebrating our senior prom to celebrating my wedding a few years ago, where he was an usher. Getting to see the man that he has become since dating Jennifer, though, has been one of my favorite things about our friendship over all these years. Jenn and I have actually known each other for a long time as well, as she was in my band section back in high school (yay flutes!). It is wonderful to see the amazing woman she has become! Watching these two lovebirds interact is a special thing--they have such an intense, adorable love, and they bring out each others' smiles and laughter with ease. I am so excited to celebrate their wedding with them in a few months and to see all their future has in store!
Batiesha and I have been great friends for many years now, having first met back in band in high school and participating in many of the same extra curriculars. She has been involved in theater since I first met her, which is how she met her now fiance Adam. The two have a special nerdy spark in their love--one could say that the force draws them together ;).
During Tiesha and Adam's engagement session, we met out at Silver Lake Park in Highland, where we took some traditional photos out in nature, as well as some fun photos involving light sabers and books. One photo sequence involved the battle of fandoms between Star Wars and Harry Potter, with Adam channeling the light side and Tiesha casting spells Adam's way.
We then traveled to the Highland square, where Tiesha and Adam changed into more nerdy attire, and took some photos in the Lory Theater. The Lory is where Tiesha and Adam's love blossomed, as the two worked there together. We took more light saber photos and some photos involving sonic screwdrivers and then took some photos around the square.
After many years of dating, the day finally came for Kari and Jeff to tie the knot! I met with Kari and her bridesmaids at Attitudes Salon in Carlyle to capture them all getting their hair done before traveling over to Jeff's parents house to get some quick photos of the guys. We all then traveled to St. Mary's Catholic Church for the girls to finish getting ready and to await the start of the ceremony. Rain started falling outside as we were gathered in the church, but the cozy anticipation inside made everything seem warm and inviting!
Jeff's face lit up with pride as he saw his beautiful bride traveling down the aisle with her father. A beautiful ceremony found the two exchanging vows and rings, as well as participating in a sand unity ceremony, before sharing their first kiss and exiting the church as man and wife. The sky threatened to rain while we took family photos after the ceremony, but luckily let up as Kari and Jeff left the church to their wedding party blowing bubbles.
After taking many photos of the fabulous wedding party out at Jeff's parent's house, the same place we took engagement photos a few months prior, we headed to the American Legion Hall in Breese to party the night away. The reception included a wonderful photo montage put together by the couple's parents, including photos from their entire relationship and baby photos of Kari and Jeff.
Congratulations to you both, and may you have a lifetime of happiness and love!