KIRK AND KRISTA

THIS WAS THE HAPPIEST AND MOST COLORFUL WEDDING DAY THERE EVER WAY. CALL THAT HYPERBOLE, BUT KIRK AND KRISTA'S DAY WAS PRETTY FANTASTIC. KRISTA, ASIDE FROM BEING A BRIDE, IS AN INCREDIBLE ARTIST. SHE HANDMADE MOST EVERY DETAIL OF THIS DAY (INCLUDING AN ARCH, AN ADORABLE CANDY BAR, COUNTLESS HAND-PAINTED SIGNS, AND SO MUCH MORE) AND SHE CAN CREATE BEAUTIFUL CANVAS PIECES FOR YOUR HOME OR WEDDING OR PARTY AS WELL (SAY "HELLO" HERE!). THIS WHOLE DAY WAS A LABOR OF LOVE FOR THESE TWO. AND DON'T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THEIR FIRST DANCE. YOU'LL HAVE TO WAIT UNITL I BLOG THE SECOND HALF OF THIS INCREDIBLE EVENT TO SEE THOSE PHOTOS. THIS WEDDING IS TOO MUCH FOR JUST ONE POST...

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JOSH AND MAGGIE

JOSH AND MAGGIE ARE DREAM CLIENTS. I KNEW THAT THE SECOND I MET THEM FOR AT DONKEY TAQUERIA FOR SOME MARGS AND A SUMMER WALK AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD (AND THEIR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS I GUEEEEEESS). THEY ARE UNBELIEVABLY COOL AND AT EASE AROUND EACH OTHER. THEIR WEDDING DAY ALSO LEFT ME WANTING FOR NOTHING. THESE TWO GOT MARRIED IN DOWNTOWN INDIANAPOLIS AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB IN FRONT OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL STAINED GLASS WALL IMAGINABLE. I COULD GO ON FOR A WHILE ABOUT THIS DAY AND THIS PAIR AND ALL OF THE INCREDIBLE DETAILS MAGGIE AND HER MOTHER THREW INTO THIS DAY. I'LL LET THE PHOTOS DO THE TALKING, PER USUAL. JOSH AND MAGGIE, EVERYONE!

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DAMIEN AND KENSY

I CAN STILL REMEMBER EXACTLY WHERE I WAS WHEN I RECEIVED KENSY'S EMAIL, ASKING ME TO PHOTOGRAPH HER AND DAMIEN'S CALIFORNIA MOUNTAIN WEDDING DAY. I WAS SITTING IN MY CAR JUST HAVING WRAPPED UP PHOTOGRAPHING A WINTER WEDDING IN WISCONSIN. BEING IN CALIFORNIA SOUNDED PRETTY GOOD AT THAT EXACT MOMENT. THIS WEDDING WAS PART OF A TWO WEEK WORK TRIP TO DENVER, PALM SPRINGS, LOS ANGELES, SACRAMENTO, AND CANCUN AND WAS ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF MY TWENTY FIFTEEN. 

I THINK MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS DAY WAS SEEING DAMIEN AND KENSY INTERACT WITH ONE ANOTHER. KENSY WAS NERVOUS. THEN SHE SAW HER HUSBAND TO BE AND ALL OF THOSE NERVES DISAPPEARED. THESE TWO WERE MEANT TO BE. ASIDE FROM ALL OF THOSE GOOD EMOTIONS, IT DIDN'T HURT THAT THEIR DAY WAS IMPECCABLY DESIGNED AND NESTLED IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA. IT WASN'T TOO HARD ON THE EYES. SEE FOR YOURSELF...

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MATT AND ALEXA

I COULD GET USED TO PHOTOGRAPHING THIS SORT OF CELEBRATION MORE OFTEN. MATT AND ALEXA, ALONG WITH A VERY INTIMATE GROUP OF FAMILY, WERE MARRIED AT MANGIAMO (ONE OF MY FAVORITE GRAND RAPIDS VENUES) ONE FALL AFTERNOON. THE COLORS OF THE LEAVES WERE AT THEIR PEAK, THERE WAS A SLIGHT CHILL TO THE AIR, AND IT WAS STUNNINGLY APPARENT THAT MATT AND ALEXA WERE MORE THAN READY FOR THIS DAY. BEFORE I SHOW YOU THEIR PHOTOS, I DO HAVE ONE SIDE NOTE. THIS BRIDE MADE HER OWN WEDDING CAKE AND SHE DOES SO FOR OTHER WEDDINGS AND EVENTS AS WELL UNDER THE NAME DOLCI! LET ME TELL YOU, THIS CAKE WAS FANTASTIC. SEE MORE OF ALEXA'S WORK HERE!

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REED AND ANGIE

REED AND ANGIE WERE A DREAM. WE STARTED PHOTOGRAPHING IN THEIR BUSHWICK APARTMENT AND THEN THEY CUDDLED AND LAUGHED THEIR WAY THROUGH AN HOUR OF SUPER CHILLY RED HOOK PORTRAITS. I'M IN LOVE WITH THE RESULT. I AM BEYOND EXCITED FOR THEIR WEDDING NEXT FALL AT THE FOXFIRE MOUNTAIN HOUSE, LOCATED IN THE CATSKILLS OF NEW YORK. LOOK AT THIS PLACE, PEOPLE - IT'S FANTASTIC. BEST VENUE I'VE SEEN, NO CONTEST. REED AND ANGIE, EVERYONE!

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SAMANTHA SLEEPER BRIDAL

WELL SAMANTHA SLEEPER CERTAINLY HAS TALENT. THAT'S FOR SURE. ON TOP OF THAT TALENT IS AN INCREDIBLY REAL AND EASY PERSONA. SHE'S GREAT. I TRAVELED TO NEW YORK CITY THIS PAST FALL TO PHOTOGRAPH A HANDFUL OF SESSIONS AND WHILE THERE, I GOT IN TOUCH WITH SAMANTHA ABOUT WORKING WITH HER BEAUTIFUL GOWNS. THEY'RE STUNNING AND ETHEREAL AND EVERYTHING A BRIDE COULD WANT IN A GOWN. I'LL EVEN BE STOCKING HER GOWNS AT LAMB BRIDE SOMEDAY SOON! WITH FLOWERS THROWN TOGETHER THE EARLY MORNING FROM THE NEW YORK FLORAL DISTRICT AND SAMANTHA'S GOWNS, I GOT TO SPEND THE AFTERNOON IN MY HAPPIEST PLACE. TO BOOT, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO WORK WITH ERIKA AS MY MODEL. THOSE EYES! AND THAT SMILE! GIRL, GIRL, GIRL. 

I CAN'T SAY IT ENOUGH. BRIDES - LOOK INTO SAMANTHA'S WORK (SHE EVEN DOES CUSTOM)! I CAN'T WAIT FOR YOU TO BE ABLE TO TRY ON HER GOWNS IN PERSON IN OUR SALON SHORTLY.

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BEN AND AMY

WHILE IN NEW YORK CITY THIS PAST JANUARY FOR A COUPLE OF ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS, I WAS ABLE TO MEET UP WITH BEN AND AMY (A COUPLE WHO I'VE PHOTOGRAPHED PREVIOUSLY) FOR A FEW MORNING PORTRAITS. WE WALKED AROUND THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD AND AROUND CENTRAL PARK ON THE SPRINGIEST OF MORNINGS. ALSO, SPOILER ALERT, I'LL BE PARTNERING WITH AMY IN THE NEXT YEAR ON A SUPER CUSTOM, DETAILED LAMB BRIDE PRODUCT. STAY TUNED...

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JEAN BAPTISTE AND CLAIRE

I'M REMEMBERING HOW MUCH FUN THIS DAY WAY. TWO FAMILIES, ONE GERMAN AND ONE AMERICAN, CELEBRATING INSIDE A TINY GOLDEN THEATRE WITH BARBECUE AND MAC AND CHEESE AND FILMS MADE BY FAMILY. ALSO, THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PORTRAIT HOUR. JEAN BAPTISTE AND CLAIRE ARE ALSO THE MOST SUPREMELY GRATEFUL AND KIND PEOPLE. THEY BELONG WITH EACH OTHER, OF THAT MUCH I'M SURE. THIS DAY WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FANTASTIC VLD EVENTS. HIRE THEM PEOPLE, YOU WON'T REGRET IT.

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LEVI AND JENNA

THE BEST THING IN THE WORLD IS COUPLES THAT BECOME FRIENDS. LEVI AND JENNA ARE JUST THAT SORT OF COUPLE. THEY'RE EASY, SO IN LOVE, AND HAD ME LAUGHING (AND WHO ARE WE KIDDING, TEARING UP) ALL DAY LONG. LOOK BELOW AND YOU'LL SEE WHY. ALSO, MODERN DAY FLORAL & EVENTS DID THE MOST INCREDIBLE JOB PUTTING THIS DAY TOGETHER. FROM JENNA'S STUNNER OF A BOUQUET, FARM TABLES, AND AN UNREAL CANOPY OF GREENS OVER THE DANCE FLOOR, I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING QUITE LIKE IT.

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#VDAYSQUAD

WE HAD A BLAST THIS AFTERNOON CELEBRATING VALENTINE'S DAY A BIT EARLY. WE HUNG OUT AT HUNT & GATHER'S SHOP, SIPPED ON BUBBLY, SHOPPED, MADE SOME FLORAL CROWNS, HAD OUR BROWS DONE, DANCED, AND ATE SOME DELICIOUS SNACKS. TAKE A PEEK BELOW AT ALL OF THE FAB VENDORS THAT WERE PART OF THE EVENT!

DAMSEL FLORAL CO.

HUNT & GATHER

ADRIAN BUTLER

THE CAKABAKERY

BELOW IS A SMALL SELECTION OF PHOTOS! TO SEE AND DOWNLOAD THE REST (PHOTOBOOTH PHOTOS), CLICK HERE. FEEL FREE TO POST AND SHARE THESE PHOTOS, I JUST ASK THAT YOU CREDIT ME (ALYSSA MCELHENY PHOTOGRAPHY ON FACEBOOK OR @ALYSSAMCELHENY ON INSTAGRAM)!

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RICO AND STEPHANIE

I FEEL SO LUCKY TO HAVE MET RICO AND STEPHANIE. THESE TWO ARE MADLY IN LOVE, ADVENTUROUS BEYOND ALL GET OUT, AND BEAUTIFUL IN MOST EVERY WAY I CAN COME UP WITH. I GOT TO DRIVE WITH THEM FROM SACRAMENTO ALL THE WAY TO LAKE TAHOE ONE FALL MORNING. THIS WAS HANDS DOWN THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOCALE I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO PHOTOGRAPH IN AND THIS WHOLE STORY GETS EVEN BETTER. YOU'LL GET TO SEE THESE TWO ON MY BLOG ONCE MORE; I'LL BE PHOTOGRAPHING THEIR MAY WEDDING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA! KNOWING STEPHANIE AND HER TALENT, IT'S BOUND TO BE AN INSANE BASH. TAKE A PEEK AND BE SURE TO CHECK BACK IN MAY FOR MORE OF THIS PAIR...

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