Daren & Amanda {married}

Daren and Amanda have a relationship that makes you step back and think ‘they just fit’ – truly, a perfect linking of two hearts uniquely molded together. Their wedding day was stunningly perfect – late fall sunshine poured through every window as Amanda joyfully prepared at their town house. Surrounded by her parents, bridesmaids and several handsome feline friends. Amanda’s attention to detail saturated their wedding day; the moment I stepped through her front door her love of vintage and perfectly coordinating decor made me realize how carefully she’d woven in the things she loves to her wedding day. Every little touch pointed back to the gentle, lovely woman who chose them.clary4 clary1 clary2 clary3 clary5As soon as both parties had arrived at Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, Daren was set for the couple’s first look. Amanda approached him slowly and it was one of the most peaceful and sincere first looks we’ve ever witnessed. So many emotions led up to this moment and their reactions were priceless.
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The couple enjoyed a few quiet moments together before their bridal party joined them. We had so much fun with this group. The sunshine and warm breeze made it feel like summer!
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Daren and Amanda were surrounded by their family and friends on Whitetails back patio as they became husband and wife, in a heartfelt ceremony. Shortly after the ceremony, the couple snuck out to catch a few photos with the most gorgeous sunset. The views at Whitetail were breathtaking.
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Such a happy day surrounded by so much admiration and love for each other. We loved being a small part of it. We are so happy for you two and wish you all the best. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you two!

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David & Jenny {married}

David & Jenny are an incredible couple – the story of how they came to be, and the road that lead to it are equally so. Through many twists, turns and the ever unexpected loop life brings David one day found himself sitting down to a table during a lunch break at a youth pastor’s conference. Across from him was beautiful brunette with sparkling eyes. Before he could think of a way to start conversation another person sat down and began to talk. As lunch drew to a close David scrambled to think of a way he could try to connect with the lovely lady across the table from him without (in his words) “being creepy.” Little did he know Jenny was hoping they would talk as well. They managed a few words to each other around their talkative table mate but that was about it. As they all stood up at the end of lunch David turned and asked what she thought of the conference AND for her email address since they didn’t have time to talk about it further. As he drove home he mentally berated himself for not thinking of something better, but a few days later he gathered his courage and shot her an email. A week or two later Jenny came home from their first date to tell call a friend saying “I just met the man I’m going to marry!” A few months, many dates and phone calls late into the night, David asked Jenny if she would be up for helping a photographer friend of his (me!) fill up her last winter mini-session. Jenny obligingly agreed and the wheels were set in motion for a perfect proposal. (You can see that here) Their wedding day was the opposite of that cold, February chill, but their love for each other had only grown and taken on dimension.j1Jenny dressed for the day amid laughter and quiet strains of worship music as her mom, sister and bridesmaids bustled around in anticipation. Exclamations over her grandmothers pearls, a quick text from David and funny little inside jokes filled the air. j2So much love and joy ran smack into each other the first moments they saw each other as Jenny’s father escorted her down the aisle.  t1It’s been said we can’t truly understand the full height of joy without experiencing the depth of pain in life’s valleys. I’ve never watched a more perfect picture of that saying unfold as this moment. t2Jenny & David were married in the church where David works as a youth minister. Several talented young musicians whose lives David has impacted provided incredible music, after which David had a surprise for Jenny – instead of proceeding with vows he walked over and played this. Other mentors, family and friends participated in the ceremony and their love for David & Jenny tinged every word spoken, read and sung.t3.8 t3.5After the ceremony we traveled to the nearby Harris Forest Preserve where their wedding party filled the next half hour with even more laughter – and snacks. It was the first time we’ve ever been offered scotch-a-roos while taking pictures! t7 t3.9 t9 t6 t7.5 t16 t5 t4 t3 t8Seriously, if Jenny sat across from you, you’d want to talk to her too. Not just because kindness bubbles out of her friendly smile and the easy way she initiates conversation, but those eyes are amazing. David, you’re a blessed man! t9.5 t12 t15.5 t10 t14.5 t12.5 t10.5 t15 t16.5 t13 t11 t14 t15.6 t17The new Mr. & Mrs. Thanepohn arrived at the Kendall County Fairgrounds and danced their way into a warm summer night. We stepped out for a few final photos as the sun begin to set and it was the perfect summation of their wedding day. Laughter. Joy. Contentment. Gratitude. We pray God continues to fill your lives increasingly with each of those attributes. We’re unbelievably happy for you! Congratulations!!! t18

Chris & Caitlyn {married}

High school sweethearts, best friends, husband & wife. Chris & Caitlyn have been a part of our family’s lives for the past 7 years. I’ve watched them grow, change and adapt as their relationship has endured each new challenge. Such an honor to have the chance to photograph this next step as they become a Mr. & Mrs.!1 2 As her mom, mother-in-law, sisters and friends bustled around her on the morning of her wedding, Caitlyn exuded joy in every excited glance and happy laugh. 3 4 5 6 7 8.5 8Chris & Caitlyn were joined by their hilarious wedding party and the celebrating that began with the excitement of getting ready in the morning, saying “I do” in the afternoon, and joking through photographs then stretched into hours of laughter and dancing the night away. 9 10 11 13 14.5 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31Chris & Caitlyn’s families did an awesome job decorating the Kendall County Fairgrounds and after a great meal, some handcrafted treats and signature drinks, the Ethan Bell Band provided plenty of music and fun. Caitlyn’s grandmother made their cake and stocked the dessert table in lavish fashion.chriscaitkendallco cake32 33 34Chris & Caitlyn, we are beyond happy for you, may God bless you with many happy years and so many more adventures together.

Cody & Kelly {engaged}

Cody & Kelly have smiles that immediately light up a room – they are genuine and funny and LOVE their puppy, Harleigh. When Kelly called me and asked if it was ok for them to start their session in Cubs jerseys (Harleigh included) I knew we were going to have a great time. 5834 5863 5854Cody & Kelly have been friends since high-school, but it wasn’t until much later that they started dating. Kelly smilingly said it was the most well-thought out decision of her life! Thoughtfulness seems to an underlying theme in their relationship – this February Cody created a treasure hunt for a date night with Kelly – each new clue a part getting ready for and eventually going on a memorable date. The very last letter she found asked her to marry him! I loved this story, but thought it was even sweeter after becoming friends on Facebook and seeing another one of Cody’s thoughtful date lists posted: (this isn’t my photo, but the man deserves applause for creativity!)codya588558755989a5918When asked what they most appreciate about each other it was increasingly apparent how much they truly ‘get’ each other. From Cody two simple, direct sentences wrapped up the awesome heart Kelly has: “I appreciate her hard work and dedication towards anything she puts her mind to. She’s loving.” Kelly was equally direct, saying “I appreciate his support. He has always been there, for the good and the bad, and gives me his opinion. It may not be what I want to hear, but it will always make me feel better in the end!” Hard work, love and honesty – what better way could you embark on marriage?  Sometimes you don’t need thousands of words, a few heart-felt ones say volumes. 5924 a5928 a5957 a5971 a5984 a5995 15997 6007 16002Cody & Kelly, your wedding day will be such an incredible celebration of the fantastic relationship you already have. We are unbelievably excited to have the chance to be there when you say the vows you already are living out!

Josh & Jodi {married}

Laughter poured out of the bridal suite as the sun broke through the clouds on Josh and Jodi’s wedding day. Jodi was getting ready with her bridesmaids and mom on hand and every moment was bursting with readiness. Just down the hall Josh prepared for the day – both waiting eagerly for the moment they would finally see each other.lang6 lang7lang28 lang29 lang30 lang5 lang4When every detail was in place Jodi left to meet her groom at Whitetail Country Club – his reaction was a little teary and their mutual joy at the days events to come was all that was on their minds. Their wedding party joined them and the day only got better.lang8 lang20 lang11 lang3 lang2 lang1 lang24 lang22 lang25lang26 lang9lang19 lang10 lang12After a heart-felt ceremony, the couple stole out to the bridge for a few more photos together before returning to their guests and dancing the night away. lang13 lang15 lang16 lang17 lang18Josh & Jodi, thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your day! It was truly an honor and absolutely perfect. {for more on Josh & Jodi’s love story, click on over here}lang31

Vendors: Bridal Suite – The Hampton Inn, Yorkville IL

Wedding/Reception – Whitetail Ridge Golf Club, Yorkville IL

Cake – The Cakery, North Aurora IL

Photography – Pulse Photography & Design

Gabe & Megan {married}

From our very first meeting with Gabe & Megan we were struck by their warmth and genuine way they interact with people. Together they have an incredibly close and truly meaningful relationship that each values intensely. It was no surprise on their wedding day to feel just as surrounded by their equally welcoming families and friends. Our day began with the bride and groom enjoying relaxed mornings, eagerly preparing to see each other.tie groom brideshoes shoes earrings bridal deetsAlthough it was windy, chilly and overcast, nothing could dim their joy and anticipation at seeing each other! They had a beautiful first look at Whitetail Ridge Country Club and Gabe could not have been more delighted with his radiant bride. Their wedding party joined them and braved the wind. The colors Megan chose were the perfect pop against the autumn leaves.first_look first look snuggles bp3 maids gmen2 BP2 maids2 gmen bp maids flowersbridalflowers bandg2 flowergirl even more kissesWith their wedding party heading indoors to warm up, Gabe & Megan enjoyed a few more moments together. Although cold, it was apparent their focus was each other and not the chill.noses megan beauty fence bride tall groom4 bride gorge groom3  classic briderings groom2 gazing more kissing  kiss copy bandg bandg3 bandg2 walkingAs the first strains of delicate harp music played and guests were seated, Gabe’s gaze didn’t waver from where his bride and her father would soon appear. After a beautiful ceremony conducted by the groom’s uncle, everyone hurried to the warmth of the reception waiting inside for them!ceremony_details aisle vows ceremony kiss reception_details dining room reception deetsMr. & Mrs. Antonio were welcomed to their reception by a rousing Mariachi band and many, many cheers! The tide of happy wishes carried them through heart-felt toasts and sweet first dances. reception cake dance first dance Gabe & Megan it was such an honor to be a part of your wedding day. It’s easy to see how well you compliment each other, and we’re confident you will have many incredible years together. All of the very, very best to you!!

Derek + Brianna {engaged}

About 5 years ago, Derek went out to dinner with his mother, little did he know, he was going to meet his future wife there. As fate would have it, Brianna was their waitress. One thing led to another and their love story began in that restaurant.
Every year, Derek and Brianna attend the Montgomery Fire Department parade and gathering for all the family members of the fire department. Santa comes for all the little kids and calls their name for them to come up and open a gift. Every year it was a running joke that Derek was going to put Brianna’s name on a gift for Santa to give to her. Last year, her name was called and she was very hesitant to go get the gift, but she went up not realizing Derek was walking behind her. It was then that he got down on one knee and proposed.
Just by spending a little time with the two of them, you can tell that they love to spend time with one another and always seem to have fun together no matter what they’re doing. They also spend a lot of time joking and laughing together.
We started their engagement session with some fireman photos then moved on to some more casual photos as well. Hoover Forest Preserve was beautiful, as the leaves had just started to change – and the lighting was incredible. Some of the most beautiful light I’ve ever photographed in! We are really excited for their wedding on October 3 next year- can’t wait to see what hints of the fire department they will incorporate into it!

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