Aaron and Christle Engagement

Well, this is a bit of an emotional post for me…I’m sure you all know Aaron and Christle by now. They’re my first place contest winners for free wedding photography. But as with so many of my clients, after they let me photograph their life and experience their amazing relationship first hand, I have come to consider them friends. Imagining them apart right now while Aaron is overseas defending our precious freedoms makes me tear up.

Well, about a month ago, Christle called me. She said that Aaron had not yet left US soil, but would soon, and he had one weekend of leave before that happened. He had asked her to fly out there and marry him and she wanted to know if I would still photograph their “BIG” wedding next year if they were already married? Um, OF COURSE! That’s so romantic of him! Who would penalize a couple for such a thing? So I’m happy to say that Aaron and Christle are now Mr. and Mrs.! When I look at these pictures now, they seem happier somehow. Maybe it’s just me being so happy for them.

For their session, we started out at an old restored theater. It was GORGEOUS and so much fun…

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Aaron and Christle both love 80’s music…so we busted out some old albums and some bubble gum and some rockin’ 80’s outfits!

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Aaron is very tall and Christle is…not. I love this shot…:)

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We were in a theater…so a little theatrical Titanic-inspired moment was only appropriate.

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Their babies…BIG babies!

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Aaron and Christle have a place they go when they need to drown their hard feelings and makeup…it’s beautiful and peaceful and made a wonderful spot for some photos.

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I think one of the things Christle does best with Aaron is LAUGH. He makes her giggle like a school girl and it’s awesome. 🙂

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This picture may have a bright little future! Army wives everywhere are finding it to be inspirational while they wait for their hubbies to come home. Christle in particular! 🙂

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The fun I can have with just a little patch of light and a really adorable couple…it’s pretty crazy!

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My absolute FAV of Aaron…look at him! Such a cute little boyish grin. 🙂

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Christle took me on a quick tour of their home and when I saw this unique arched window in the attic, I asked her to sit in it for a picture! I really didn’t realize how symbolic it would become for me, but now whenever I look at it, I think of Christle waiting for Aaron to come home.

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Really looking forward to celebrating with these guys next year. It’s going to be a really REALLY happy reunion!

Brian and Kristen Engagement

When Brian and Kristen first met with me, I was just amazed at how relaxed they were! Relaxed with each other, relaxed about the wedding, relaxed about…well, EVERYTHING! It was as if life was just perfect and they were along for the ride. I LOVED that about them…it was wonderfully contagious! They mentioned an idea for a photo session that I had an immediate artistic vision for, so we decided to run with it. I think I may have snowballed the idea a little, but I simply couldn’t be happier with the results. More on that in a bit. We started at our location, the Elkhart Depot, with some more “normal” pictures, saving the best for last…

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When I told Brian to lick her, neither Kristen or I really thought he’d DO it! But I love the resulting picture so much!!!

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Ok, time for our blast to the past…Kristen makes a PERFECT 50’s girl, don’t you think? And Brian looks so dapper in his suspenders! It was like a scene from a movie…they were so expressive and perfect, I really think the photos are self-explanatory!

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Anthony and Michelle’s Wedding

The eternal optimist that I am, I have to say, this whole being behind on my blogging thing is really kinda cool because now enough time has past to give me that “re-living” feeling when I go through the pictures! Every wedding event is such a personal experience for me. Photography is not a job to me, it’s a way of expressing what I feel about what I see. I get to know each and every one of my clients and by the time we get to their wedding, I’m as (…ok, more…) excited than the little flower girls! We just celebrate in our own unique ways…they throw petals, I snap pictures!

Anthony and Michelle got married in June and their wedding was really fun because it was my first Serbian Orthodox wedding! Michelle tried to prepare me for all the partying that takes place in a Serb wedding, but there was nothing she could have said. lol! It was one GREAT. BIG. PARTY. from dawn to dusk. And beyond. I don’t think I stopped smiling all day!

Michelle prepared at home and behind their house is this gorgeous old oak tree and a big open field. She loves this tree and I love that she loves it! It made a really great place for some pictures before the ceremony.

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My favorite picture of Michelle EVER. She’s just amazingly gorgeous and glowed on her wedding day!

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Anthony is one of the most down to earth, real guys I’ve met. When you meet him, you just feel comfortable and at home. But I love how he pulls off a good mobster look too…the cigar was really fun to play with!

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All the little cousins wore matching dresses! And I love how the painting behind them depicts all the children on Jesus’ lap. How perfect!

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Michelle’s dad doesn’t look too upset about giving her away, huh? Who would when she’s marrying a guy as awesome as Anthony!

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When asked if he was promised to any other woman, Anthony paused to think…resulting in this great reaction from everyone! LOL!

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Michelle’s daughter, the flower girl, watching her Mom get married…I love this moment!

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Anthony grins boyishly at Michelle…it’s adorable! 🙂

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I think Anthony was amused by the crowns. As a side note, my son saw this picture and his jaw dropped, “Are they the REAL king and queen???” It took everything in me not to say, “YES, honey, mommy shot the king and queen’s wedding last weekend!” lol.

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This is most amusing…the ceremony was looooonnnnnngggggg! lol And everyone stood the whole time. Well, almost everyone.

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Finally! The kiss!

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When Anthony and Michelle exited the church, everyone greeted them with shots and chucked quarters at them! Seemed kind of dangerous to me, but I guess Serbs are pretty resilient!

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The kids swarmed the quarters…presumably to chuck them at the bride and groom again.

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Then the accordian music began and the dancing ensued. I absolutely love the storytelling of this picture!

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Michelle’s daughter was the flower girl and Anthony’s son was the ring bearer. Both were really fun to goof off with…

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A nice new family picture…

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Even Serbian kids know how to party!

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There are no words…

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One of my favorite dancing pictures of all time!

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Bride’s mom…probably my 2nd favorite dancing picture ever! It makes me smile EVERY TIME!

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Anthony and Michelle, congratulations! What a fun day!!! I was honored to be a part of it. Bog Vas Blagoslovio!