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They grew up only blocks from each other and though they now live in Colorado, it only seemed fitting to marry in their hometown at the Davenport Country Club.

He says he knew she was the one long before they dated. “I should have asked her out long before I finally did.” They love to laugh together and their love for each other is so evident in the way they interact. They love watching sports together and drinking coffee in the mornings. They love traveling together and Jen says they try to do all the things locals do “although Matt always tries to talk in fake accents and that really annoys me.” It makes me laugh because I also try to talk in fake accents (particularly British) and my husband rolls his eyes at me.

They got engaged in December of last year and Matt pulled off a huge surprise in how he proposed. At the time, they were living in separate states, dating long distance. “I told Jen that I was going to a Bears game in Cleveland so she wouldn’t suspect that I would be trying to surprise her. I then had her sister make fake dinner plans with her.” Upon landing in Denver, he had a pre-arranged limo take him to Jen’s home. “When Jen answered the door thinking it was her sister picking her up for dinner, it was actually me. I got down on one knee and proposed on the spot with our dog jumping on me at the same time.” Jen adds, “We had a fantastic night riding around in the huge limo and going out for dinner & drinks and then met up with a friend and my sister to celebrate!”

Jen & Matt, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding celebration. Enjoy reminiscing as you scroll on through!

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Their first look was so beautiful!
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Then we took off in some golf carts to roam the course. It’s under construction right now, but we still found lots of green space.
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The bridal party joined us and I just adore the maids’ dresses! Aren’t they a beautiful group of friends?!
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I absolutely adore this shot of them! The new Mr. and Mrs.!!
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The inside of the country club was stunningly laid out for the reception.
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It had been overcast all day long and I had nearly given up on a chance at sunset photos when, boom, out came the sun just 30 minutes before it dipped over the horizon. We quickly went outside for a few minutes to capture some of the last golden rays.
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Photography: Emily Crall Photography
Venue: Davenport Country Club
Makeup & Hair: Salon Luce
Bridal Gown: Monique Lhuillier
Bridesmaid Gowns: Lazaro
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Florals: Clazzy Designs
Cake Artist: Le Cake of Davenport
Band: Galaxy Band
Paper Suite: Bella Figura
 
  
  • Karen Petersen - OMG! Love this bride and groom! It was an absolutely joyful weekend!
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Jessica & Dave got married a few months ago on a gorgeous weekend! I’ll never forget the golden sunset that evening that we were able to photograph!
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.
(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.)
  

At 8 weeks of pregnancy, Kevin & I decided to tell our families. Even though it had been only 2 weeks since we had found out, it seemed like it had been forever and that, coupled with how extremely sick I was, made it hard to keep a secret. After telling our parents, I FaceTimed my oldest sister, Carla. It took forever for her to answer, but finally she picked up. We chit-chatted for a bit, then I tried talking with Finley, my niece. She wasn’t very interested in chatting and was all over the place playing, but I finally got her attention and said, “Finley, guess what? You’re going to have a new cousin!”

Carla turned the iPhone camera back to her practically shouting, “Nuh-uh! I knew it!! I knew it!!” I asked, “How did you know?” Her response was not what I expected at all: “Well, I’m pregnant too!” To which both of us commenced with lots of screeching and excitement.

When I had to my mom earlier that day, she had said that she wouldn’t (read: couldn’t keep a secret) talk to either of my sisters until I told them. As I was trying to FaceTime Carla and she wouldn’t pick up, she had been trying to FaceTime Mom (to announce her own pregnancy, still completely unaware of mine) who also wouldn’t pick up because she was waiting to hear from me that I had told Carla. Finally, when Carla realized Mom wasn’t going to answer, she took my call. It remains one of the funniest and memorable evenings as we were both announcing our pregnancies. (Imagine my mom’s shock when Carla finally did get ahold of her!)

When Carla first found out she was pregnant, she thought, “Wouldn’t that be crazy if Emily and I were both pregnant at the same time?” And without talking about it previously and certainly without planning it, we are both due within 3 weeks of each other…AND both are having boys! Sharing the experience with her has been so much fun and she has certainly given me lots of advice already as well as much commiseration as we’ve both dealt with sickness. (Also, talking me off the ledge when I flip out over the tiniest things in my pregnancy-induced crazy.)

Mothering boys together will be great as we are both entering uncharted territory and are certain to have lots of stories (both funny and non) and tips-from-the-trenches. I’m hoping our little boys will be fast friends throughout life, even through distance, just like their moms are. We’ve had many Sisterhood adventures together already, but I think this journey is going to be one of our best ones yet.

Carla (15 weeks) & I (18 weeks) when she was in Iowa in June

  
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OUR BOY

On July 7th, we had my 20-week ultrasound where we found out, most importantly, that our child is healthy and on track with his growth and development. I had nightmares beforehand that we would go in and they would tell me that I was only 14 weeks along or some other ridiculousness as that. Aside from the baby’s health, I don’t know if there’s anything much worse for a pregnant woman than to go backwards in maternity time. Thankfully, the due date stays the same.

We also found out that Tiny is a boy! It was a surprise since neither of us really had an idea one way or another. Due to my extreme sickness throughout this entire pregnancy and the always-fast baby’s heart rate, everyone’s guess was a girl. Kevin & I both agreed that health was a priority; gender didn’t matter. Now that we know he’s a boy, however, it seems incredibly strange to think that he could ever have been a girl.

CHEETOS WHITE CHEDDAR PUFFS

Given my affinity for cheese, I’m surprised I didn’t know about these earlier. I was introduced to these white cheddar puffs a couple of weeks ago when one of my wedding couples gifted me an entire bag of goodies. Now every time we eat them (because obviously we had to go buy more), we blame you, Skylar & James.

SUMMER NIGHTS

I’m loving this milder summer weather the Midwest is currently having. Days of low-80s and nights of high-50s. Yes and please. People are out and about and the air conditioning is getting a little break. Not to mention, it’s a relief as we head into what is typically the hottest month of the year: August. The evenings smell like fall and I wish it would stay this way all year around.

PHYSICAL FUSION UV DEFENSE SUNSCREEN

When I worked in dermatology, I became very careful and observant to the laws of the sun. Every day all year around, you will catch me putting sunscreen on my face. This is by far my favorite sunscreen ever. First of all, it meets all of the dermatologist requirements for the percentages of active ingredients (you wouldn’t believe how many sunscreens do not) and I truly feel protected when outside. It is not oily at all so it layers perfectly under makeup, making it a perfect part of my daily routine. And, bonus, it is slightly tinted so that it doesn’t leave that white coating you often see after using regular sunscreen.

Unless you’re rolling in cash, it’s not an ideal sunscreen to use for full body as it’s pricey, but it does last a long time (6-12 months of daily use!) when using on just face, neck, and backs of hands. And, for the love of Pete, don’t rely on the sunscreen in your makeup. When choosing a sunscreen, look for the following active ingredients: zinc oxide or titanium dioxide or 3% avobenzone. I love Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch for all-over body sunscreen. Consider this your PSA.

  

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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