Renae & Steven

That morning, we walked into the old, creaky school and through the dimly lit halls to her classroom. Clad in silk robes and surrounded by tea and croissants made by her twin sister, Renae sat patiently and peacefully as she waited to get dressed, see her father, pray with her groom, and walk down the aisle to be greeted by him, who had the deepest, unconditional love for his bride.

I witnessed them pray together. Him blindfolded. Her teary-eyed.

I witnessed them sneak smiles at each other during their sacramental union. Both with the most perfect glimmers of love in their eyes.

I witnessed them laughing happily as they hid under her cathedral veil in the cool winter air.

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Abby & Blair

That morning, I walked behind him as he took a knee in front of the altar. Carrying his rosary we walked to the Pieta and he prayed, I prayed, and we both knew Mary was praying.

We prayed for strength that he would lead his new wife with eyes focused on Jesus as his leader and on her as His Bride.

We prayed for peace and patience throughout the wedding day that they might be focused on the sacrament and not the specifics.

We prayed that from this day forward they would be united as one, fully and unconditionally.

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Katie & Ryan

I walked into the JW Marriott hotel room filled with music, rose petals, and the prettiest ot bridesmaids silk robes rummaging around as they prepared for the big day. Katie was as calm as a cucumber and as I walked her to the secret spot behind the hotel to have a first look with her father, her excitement was contagious.

From the hummer limo and Upland Wheat beer to a beautiful, fun-loving ceremony at St Mary’s and gorgeous reception at the NCAA Hall of Champions, Katie and Ryan did their day up right.

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Erin + Mark

The morning of their wedding, I walked around the swing that Erin and Mark were excited to take sunset photos at as I scouted out locations for their first look behind the silos. Mark's father told me that the swing was the where they had their first photo taken together.

Later that day, it was at that swing that I saw parents pushing children on and wind rushing by as the kids laughed. That evening, Mark brought his bride out to the swing and pushed her back and forth as they turned to each other beaming from ear to ear. The same beaming smiles I saw at their beautiful ceremony and the moment Mark turned around to see his beautiful bride.

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Sara + Adam

If someone told me that there were going to be 11 siblings and 6 priests attending, I may have had wide eyes - but photographing Sara and Adam’s wedding chock full of priests, parents, and parishioners never had my eyes wide. More often, they were closed in prayer with them.

These two opted for a secret first look, nabbing photos at their high school lockers, and greeting guests over more photographs - and I can’t blame them one bit. What followed was the most beautiful sacramental wedding with songs from her sisters and words from her brothers.

Sara and Adam, thank you for allowing me to capture the beauty of your day. Your joy is contagious and I will always fondly, with only a few words and long prayers, look back over your wedding with that same joy.

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Kaley + Larry

The first time I saw Kaley the morning of her wedding, she had just walked into her reception hall and started crying. From the beautiful cake to the ceremony arch, her vision for the wedding day had truly become a reality - and I couldn’t help but start crying to.

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Emily + Chris

If there was any tribe of people that I would want to be hanging out with on a wedding day, it is Emily & Chris’. Their wedding day was a reunion of happiness, joy, and unconditional love that was not only shared between the couple and the One that brought them together, but between the sweetest of friends as well. Ya'll, it was perfect. Just perfect, and it was an honor to capture the silly, the serious, and the sweetness.

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Carissa + Braxton

If there was one wedding this year that felt like home, it was this one. I met Carissa in high school during our junior year French Class. Don’t ask if we remember anything…because we don’t, other than the crepes our teacher made in French Club and the people we sat by. While there were a few things in their day that could have toppled any bride and groom’s peaceful attitude, Carissa and Braxton were unfazed. They were together, and now finally, forever.

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3 Wedding Dress Shopping Tips | For The Bride Who Doesn't Feel Beautiful

The pressure of finding the perfect dress and having the perfect body is sooo stressful, and it’s sooo hard to live in the balance of knowing your identity is not in how your body fits into that dress and knowing that it’s important to focus on maintaining good physique and fitness.

If you’re trying to live in the tension of these Truths on your way to the aisle, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU. If you’re wishing you had done more sit-ups and didn’t eat yesterday’s ice cream for breakfast, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU. If you’re believing the lie that you are not beautiful enough to walk down an aisle, THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU, because one of the most beautiful symbols at a wedding is the white bridal gown, and honey, it's not about the beauty of the material, the size of the dress, or the style of the cut, it is about the soul of the woman who is wearing it.

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