Katie + Allen || Syracuse, IN Wedding

 

Katie and Allen tied the knot this past April at the Blue Barn Berry Farm in Syracuse, IN... try saying that venue 3x fast! Their day was packed full of sweet moments and gorgeous details - from their intimate first look to her stunningly whimsical bouquet.

Towards the end of the night, Katie danced with her father and then Katie and Allen shared their first dance as husband and wife,  and the sun was just beaming in. Made for the perfect ending to an amazing day. 


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Logan Square Family Session || Chicago, IL Family Photographer

 

Just a few months ago, this sweet family welcomed Judah into their world. I had the joy of capturing some adorable moments for them in their home. Quickly I learned that Judah enjoys putting his hands in his mouth, playing with his cute little feet, and flying through the air (with some support from his parents, of course!). Hope you enjoy some favorites from this session! 


 

Sweet Melissa Desserts || Chicago Editorial Shoot

 

Shoots with Sweet Melissa Desserts are too good. She seriously makes the most incredible desserts and I just love the way she incorporates inspiration from her grandmother throughout her business. For instance, the bundt cake [pictured below] was her grandmother's recipe and she still even has her grandmother's cake server to go with it! 

For this shoot, Melissa and I worked on capturing all her new branding materials and some new treats to her shop... I'll let you in on a little secret - her snickerdoodle cookies are the best I've ever tasted. Seriously. You need to give them a try. 

SPOILER ALERT - there's a little surprise towards the end of this blog post. 



So my husband, Brandon Mattingly, decided to tag along on this shoot and film some behind the scenes. Here's a little video to see what the shoot look liked. Enjoy! 


 

Geneva + Tyler || Highland Park, IL Proposal Photos

 

I have known Geneva for a little over a year now and I cannot express how thankful I am for our friendship.

About a year ago she messaged me on Instagram and shortly after we had our first of many sushi dinner nights. Through our many conversations, I knew that she and Tyler (Geneva's boyfriend, now fiancĂ©!) had been talking a lot about marriage, and Geneva was patiently waiting for Tyler to propose. So last week when Tyler contacted me to capture their proposal, you can only imagine how excited I was! 

This was my first time capturing a proposal and it was truly such a joy to witness. Tyler wrote out his proposal to his future bride and read it to her on the beach in Rosewood Park. Before Tyler could even stand Geneva embraced him and said "yes" to forever with him. Knowing that they have been praying and patiently waiting for this day to come made watching this moment unfold all the more sweeter. 


 

Kaylee + Stuart || Valparaiso, IN Engagement Session

 

Kaylee and Stuart are engaged, and I am so excited for them! For their engagement session, we went to the woods behind Kaylee's childhood home. Despite the cold temps, the sun was shining throughout the whole session and we had so much fun climbing over all the fallen trees. Cannot wait to capture these two again on their wedding day! 


 

Rachel + Keith || Rockton, IL Wedding

 

Rachel and Keith tied the knot back in September on a beautiful apple orchard in Rockton, IL. The excitement these two shared to marry one another was so clear - their first look got me real good. And, all their details were simply gorgeous. Her dress looked like it came straight from a fairytale. Their grandmothers were their flower girls (I love this idea!). AND, they even had a COTTON CANDY bar for guests when they took a break from the incredible dance party. 

Rachel and Keith's wedding was just so good and I'm so thankful that Erika of Mayden Photography brought me along to second shoot this incredible day. 


 
 
 

Geneva || Chicago, IL Mini Portrait Session

 

Earlier this month I met up with Geneva of Kite & Spring Photography. Geneva has been such a sweet friend of mine this past year - sushi dates are our norm. For our most recent meetup, we decided to do some photos together to try out some new techniques at her apartment. It was so fun to think outside the box a little bit and get creative in new ways. Will definitely be incorporating some of these things in upcoming shoots. Enjoy!