A Barn at Blue Sky Ranch Wedding | Ricky & Kali

A Barn at Blue Sky Ranch Wedding | Ricky & Kali

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the temperature hovered right under 70 degrees. The puddles from the rain they’d received over the past few days were withering away, and the forecast optimistically promised clear skies. And as Kali stood inside the Barn at Blue Sky Ranch, looking outside, she didn’t just see a beautiful day. She saw the best day ever… and a miraculous answer to many, many prayers.

Smiling, she turned her attention from the weather to the people surrounding her. One by one, she walked around handing out gifts to family and friends, selflessly showing them how much she loved and appreciated them on her special day. Then, heading back to the bridal quarters, she continued preparing for the day she had dreamt about for many months.

Before she knew what had happened, it was 3:30 and time for Kali to be married. Alone in the bridal suite, she took a deep, is-this-really-happening-right-now breath, then headed up the stairs she would soon descend to meet her father… and then her groom. The moment Kali appeared, there were many audible gasps and whispers regarding how beautiful she looked… and Ricky’s face as she walked toward him was completely wonderful and priceless. It was a lovely moment, a sweet ceremony, and a heartfelt beginning to a beautiful marriage.

Ricky and Kali, I can’t even begin to describe how much I’ve grown to love you two over the past several months. Your love for each other is inspiring, and your welcoming, authentic personalities are a joy to be around. Thank you for trusting Lucas and I to document your very own best day ever, and we truly hope that these photographs cause your heart to swell with joy at the precious memories they contain.

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A Iron Mountain Marina Engagement Session at DeGray Lake | Ben & Dede

A Iron Mountain Marina Engagement Session at DeGray Lake | Ben & Dede

As Dede and her friends sat around the table at a small bakery, Ben was the last person on her mind. After all, he was in Little Rock, and she was here in Fayetteville for a weekend with her sorority girls. After they had eaten, someone suggested they head to the University of Arkansas to find their names on the senior walk, and everyone readily agreed.

They parked on Old Main, and began to walk toward their names. But as Dede took a left, her friends continued straight. She was confused; they were leading her in the wrong direction. But reluctantly, she followed, and when she looked up, she saw him. Ben. Standing near the class of 1904 with a sign that simply said, “marry me?”. Dede felt a million emotions at once – shock, confusion, surprise…. but most of all, joy.
Of course.
Of course she’d marry him.

Dede and Ben, thank you for allowing me to witness a bit of the joy, silliness, and fun you to share. I had a wonderful time getting to know you both a bit more this weekend during your Iron Mountain Marina Engagement session, and I’m excited to document this season of your life! I hope you cherish these photographs and the love captured within for a lifetime.

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A Garvan Gardens Wedding in Hot Springs, AR | Andrew & Tavikka

A Garvan Gardens Wedding in Hot Springs, AR | Andrew & Tavikka

It was still dark outside as the girls began to gather. One by one, they made their way into the charming log cabin to begin preparing for the morning ahead. Soon, the sun began to come over the horizon and they were nearly ready. Their hair was in place, makeup was applied, and the only thing that remained was the short trip back to the very place where this story began. To the place where Andrew proposed, and the place where they would soon be married.

Tavikka smiled — this was it. This was the day she would finally marry her best friend; the one who made her heart come alive.

Andrew and Tavikka, it was honestly a pleasure to document you two. You’re both wonderful, kind, welcoming, and completely hilarious— your Garvan Gardens wedding truly could not have been more special. We hope you’re having an incredibly time in Hawaii, and that you enjoy a few of our favorite moments from your day!

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A Pastel Minnesota Wedding | Nathan & Christine

A Pastel Minnesota Wedding | Nathan & Christine

Hand in hand, they walked through the large double doors and into the sunshine. They smiled and quickly embraced one another, but before they had too much time to process the fact that they were now husband and wife, guests began streaming out of the ornate sanctuary, all smiles and congratulations. Christine and Nathan joyfully greeted their friends and family with hugs and laughter as they expressed their excitement to share this day of celebration with them. It was obvious they genuinely cared about each and every person there and wanted to make their wedding special for everyone involved.

Soon, Nathan, Christine, and their bridal party hopped on a bus headed toward their reception. On the way, they stopped by Blue Bricks, a cute little place downtown where they met each other on a blind date years prior. It was a special time of reminiscing and laid back celebration before arriving at the Shoreland Country Club for their beautiful reception.

Christine and Nathan, truly your pastel Minnesota wedding could not have been any more wonderful. It was an absolute pleasure to serve you and document your day, and we hope you cherish the story these photographs tell for the rest of your lives.

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A Spring Lake Park Engagement in Mankato, Minnesota | Nate & Christine

A Spring Lake Park Engagement in Mankato, Minnesota | Nate & Christine

She swore she’d never go on a blind date. Yet, here she was. Sitting across the table from a stranger at a cute little place downtown, trusting that her best friend wouldn’t steer her in the wrong direction. And she didn’t.

One simple little blind date lead to another date… and another. And while, like any good story, theirs had a couple chapters, the lessons they learned over the years only made their love stronger. Christine and Nate’s story proves that love has no limit to its endurance, and nearly a decade after their story began, Nate asked Christine to be his wife.

Since Christine and Nate live in Minnesota, Luke and I weren’t able to meet them until the day prior to their wedding. But the time we were able to spend with them was an absolute pleasure. These two are wonderfully joyful and low-key, and we had a great time exploring Spring Lake Park with them and making a few photographs together. Christine and Nate, thank you for inviting us into this season of your lives! We were honored to be there with you, and we hope you enjoy a few of these photos from our time together!

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