Lake Elsinore Wedding Photos | Lake Elsinore, CA Photographer | Dan & Rachel

This intimate Lake Elsinore sunset wedding was such an honor to be a small part of!

Dan and Rachel met in a high school study hall class and while playing a game with mutual friends, Dan accidentally broke Rachel’s hand! Ever since then, these two have been best friends.

Surrounded by immediate family and a handful of close friends, Dan and Rachel said their own personal vows to each other lake side in the yard of one of the most beautiful houses I’ve ever seen. Dan’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time will forever be one of my favorite reactions to date. The genuine happiness that spread across his face and the stream of tears that fell immediately upon seeing his best friend walking towards him was priceless. Not a single eye was dry at this ceremony and you can bet I’m tearing up again as I write this just thinking about how beautiful it was!

The beautiful custom flower crown Rachel wore and the simplistic bouquets and floral arrangements adorning the tables were all created by the beautiful bride herself the morning of the wedding. With romantic twinkling lights hung all over the yard by Dan, his brothers and the fathers, these two danced the night away under the stars to some of their best friends singing a romantic duet and playing guitar together.

Dan and Rachel – wherever God takes you on this wild ride of life, I hope that it is as full of so much love and joy! Congratulations, you two! Love you guys!

(To see all my favorite images from Dan and Rachel’s beautiful sunrise Joshua Tree engagement session, click here!)

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Lake Elsinore Wedding Photos | Lake Elsinore, CA Photographer | Dan & Rachel

Holiday Acres Resort Wedding Photos | Rhinelander Wisconsin | Destination Wedding Photographer | Paige & Garrett

This wedding day is one of my favorites to date!

Paige and Garrett met online just about 2 years ago and after their first date at AppleBee’s, they knew their fairytale had begun! These two have been inseparable ever since the day they met and their love is so true and beautiful.

Garrett proposed to Paige in such a romantic and creative way – he got her off work and sent her on a special scavenger hunt using letters listing all the things he loves about her! At the final location, he was waiting for her with roses, a handmade ring box and a custom made, one of a kind ring specially designed just for her! *swoon* I was even so lucky to be in on the secret and helped Garrett plan a surprise engagement photo session for these two at the Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve shortly after their engagement! Now if that proposal doesn’t sound amazing enough, wait till you see a peak at their wedding! Their wedding day was absolutely PERFECT!!

Paige and Garrett got married at the beautiful Holiday Acres Resort in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. The day was spent surrounded by amazing friends and family! One of my absolute favorite things about this wedding is all the attention to detail that these two incorporated into their day. All of the photos displayed from the entirety of they relationship, their baby bonnets as each others handkerchiefs and the romantic album Paige made for Garrett were all AMAZING but my very favorite detail? All of the petals the flower girls tossed were saved and pressed from every bouquet of flowers Garrett gave to Paige since day one!! HOW ROMANTIC IS THAT?!?!

Paige and Garrett – it has been such an honor to be a part of your love story and I am so incredibly blessed to have such amazing clients and friends like you guys! I wish you guys all the best in your life together and cannot wait to see what God has in store for you next! Congratulations, lovebirds!!

(And a special thank you to my good friend and fellow photographer, Christina, for tagging along to assist and photograph with me!)

 

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Holiday Acres Resort Wedding Photos | Rhinelander Wisconsin | Destination Wedding Photographer | Paige & Garrett

Waterfall Glen Family Photos | Lemont, IL Photographer | The Probst Family

Oh my goodness I literally cannot explain how much I LOVE working with this family!!

I’ve had the incredible opportunity to photograph the Probst family a couple of times now and every time I get to see them, I spend the entire session smiling and laughing!! Eli is so much fun to play with during his photos!! We had a great time throwing leaves in the air, playing tag through the trees and swinging around with mom and dad! His energy and smile is so contagious!! Can’t wait for next time, guys!!

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Waterfall Glen Family Photos | Lemont, IL Photographer | The Probst Family

Brant & Esther | Sunset Elopement | Santa Monica Beach, CA Photographer

Brant and Esther are MARRIED!!!

Brant and Esther met online back in 2014 (how cool is this – Esther grew up in the Netherlands!) and after a while of chatting, they became best friends. It wasn’t long before they realized they were perfect for each other and dove into a long distance relationship across the world!

Brant proposed to Esther at the top of the St. Vitus Cathedral while traveling in Prague (how romantic is that?!) and after months of wedding planning and a handful of complications, they decided to say their vows at sunset on the beach in Santa Monica, CA – officiated and surrounded by friends! It was such a beautiful evening and the happiness exuded from the bride and groom! Following the intimate ceremony in the sand, we headed to P.F. Changs and continued celebrating the newlyweds with dinner, drinks and dessert!

Brant and Esther – I am so beyond excited for you guys and cannot thank you enough for allowing me to be a part of your special day!! I cannot wait to see what comes next for you both in this next chapter of life together!!

 

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Brant & Esther | Sunset Elopement | Santa Monica Beach, CA Photographer