letter-it’s always an honor when I see my brides & grooms show up on wedding blogs. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make it happen, but the reward is so lovely: reliving their wedding day all over again and sharing it with a larger audience than my own readers. Megan & Trent’s Gatsby wedding was no different. Today I’m reliving their stunning wedding that was featured over on WedLoft! Hop on over to see for yourself!


letter-rachael and Lucas’ wedding has remained a favorite of mine. Not only are these two so genuinely sweet and caring, but they have such calm demeanors that carried straight through their wedding day. Combine that with their sweet families and it was such a relaxed, beautiful marriage ceremony to witness.
They finalized their wedding album design last week so I thought I’d share since I believe that the album, more than any other product I offer, tells the best story of the day. Here are a few of the spreads and you can view the entire album here.

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letter-i‘ve said it so many times now, but I just love seeing an entire wedding day put together in story form, page after page telling a visual tale of the day two people begin their marriage. Designing albums is, without a doubt, my favorite part of this job because it’s like the final cherry on top, maybe that extra whipped cream with some sprinkles. If I ever doubt that what I do makes a difference, I only have to look through all of the wedding albums my clients have received over the years to remind myself that these moments, they are worth it.

Ellie & Chic finalized their wedding album design last week so I thought I’d share. Here are a few of the spreads and you can view the entire album here.

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letter-oh, I’m just so excited to share this Iowa Memorial Union wedding with you guys! I hit it off with Skylar & James the moment I met them and I was so excited for them to finally be married!

They met at a birthday party back in their early teens. Skylar readily admits she was not attracted to him at all since her first impression was him showing off to the girls by letting them drive his Trailblazer around the block. It was his steady persistence in her over the following months that finally changed her mind. James’ brother describes him as having many layers. What Skylar first saw of James was just one of those layers, but beneath, he’s a sweet, caring, devoted person who is also determined.

Sticking to each other through high school, college, and life-after-classes, they’ve become both strong individuals and a strong couple. Last April, James asked Skylar to marry him (you can read how he proposed here) and I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them ever since. They hold a special place in my heart because, truly, they are genuine and kind. They are the kind of people you want to be around because they make you laugh and love and care.

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  • Mardelle Kennay - Beautiful! Congratulations to the newlyweds!

  • Janel Elaine - Emily, if this is just a sneak peek….I cannot wait to see the rest!! You are a gifted photographer and found so many perfectly timed shots that allowed me to relive that moment one more time. Thank you so very much!ReplyCancel

  • Skylar Ferentz - MAMA CRALL- Where do I even start? You captured such amazing moments… I can’t wait to show them off to our family and friends! We LOVE you!!! Thank you so much…ReplyCancel

letter-there isn’t one moment where I just knew Zach was the one,” she says. “It was a process for me. A process of little moments that just kept telling me that I didn’t want to ever lose him.”

They met in college and when he saw her, he instantly looked at his buddy and told him he was going to get her phone number. Their first date was on the 4th of July, a month before she was leaving for a semester in Italy. Their connection was instantaneous (he says he fell in love with her on their first date) and long-distance it was as they continued to get to know each other.

On their two-year anniversary, they went to St. Louis with his family for a Cardinals game. “We got there around noon and prior to this, I has asked two of Bethany’s lifelong friends if they would meet us down by the game to take pictures of me proposing. We parked the car and walked down to the arch. As we were walking, I tried looking for her friends to see where they were in the crowd, but couldn’t find them. As we got closer, my sister and Jason both started falling behind us. Bethany and I finally got underneath the arch and I tried getting her to look up so she she would look back at me, I’d be on a knee, but she knew something was up and wouldn’t take her eyes off of me. I finally told her there was something I had been wanting to ask her for a while, got down on a knee, and proposed. Luckily, my sister got some photos because Bethany’s friends ended up following a different couple!”

I met up with Bethany & Zach last week in downtown Iowa City for their engagement session. I knew ahead of time that these two would knock my socks off, but, truly, they made me swoon! Their love is just as real in private as it is in front of a camera and I was so honored to be able to capture it for them!

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One of my new favorit-ist images.:)These two…together…they’re perfect.

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  • Penny Klise Wellington - Pictures of you BOTH paint more than 1,000 words of how LOVE should feel <3 We love you both <3 Gramps and Gram <3 ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Nebel - These two + you = PERFECTION! I love, love, love these, Em! Great job capturing their love!!ReplyCancel

letter-i‘m still hearing about Megan & Trent’s 1920′s themed wedding from total strangers. It was truly a stunning event and everyone involved, from guests to vendors, can’t stop talking about how fun and memorable it was! I, for one, can’t stop talking about how amazing it was to photograph. I adore Megan & Trent, for starters, then you add in the bridal party they had (so fun!), the details, the theme pulled off to perfection… It’s just one of those weddings I look back on and smile.

They just finalized their wedding album design last week so I thought I’d share since I believe that the album, more than any other product I offer, tells the best story of the day. Here are a few of the spreads and you can view the entire album design here.

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(For Photographers: I use InDesign CS6 to design all of my albums and use MADERA for all printing, binding, and album creations. They deliver, in my opinion, some of the most stunning, high quality albums in the industry.)