Catlin & Rachel | Spring Wedding

Catlin & Rachel were married on the most beautiful April 22, ever! The weather was beautiful, the flower trees were in bloom, & love was in the air. An emotional wedding with family & friends this couple said their vows at the Prince Of Peace Church in Kearney. 

Catlin showered his bride with notes & gifts before the first look. Rachel shared a first look with her father & her groom. The kids were cute & the band was awesome. Take a look at my first wedding of the season. 

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WHAT IS THE WEDDING DAY KIT & WHY YOU NEED ONE

What belongs in the emergency wedding kit? What is an emergency wedding kit? Well, it is an essential part of any wedding day. The bridal kit is a little magic bag of goodies, filled with random things you don't know you need, until you need them. So! What do I recommend to my brides? Here is a list of what I think goes into the perfect bridal kit. 

EMERGENCY WEDDING DAY KIT

BOBBI PINS : For any hair out of place, to pin the veil in, or to secure the veil latter in the day for pictures if it's windy. 

SAFETY PINS: For any clothing quick fix.

SMALL BOTTLE OF HAIR SPRAY & CLEAR MASCARA:  To fix fly aways if you have particularly frizzy hair. In the summer it get's hot in those dresses & the frizz can break your hair spray hold. A little clear mascara can help with that. 

MAKEUP: Your lipstick to reapply, concealer to touch up under the eyes or cover blemishes. Powder if your oily & blotching paper. 

MAKEUP WIPES: If your mascara or eye liner runs, a quick swipe under the eyes can clean that up. 

DEODORANT: For obvious reasons :)

SMALL SEWING KIT: A small sewing kit with thread that matches your dress, your bridesmaid's dresses, & the color of your men's wear.  **I have seen a flower fall off the flower girl's dress, bridesmaid's loose a strap, & a bride being sewn into her dress due to a zipper mishap. My point, sewing kits are pretty essential. 

TIDE STICK: To fight those random stains.

MIDAL & TYLENOL: To fight any headaches or cramps that come up. 

TUMS OR ANTACID: Incase you get heart burn from that champagne. 

HYGIENE PRODUCTS: You know, incase aunt flow comes to town for anyone in the bridal party.

A LITTLE EXTRA TIP


You should also carry a little purse or clutch, separate from the "kit" itself on your wedding day. Not all day or anything, just one that can go on the limo with you, or go with you when you go somewhere away from your venues to do the wedding photography. In your clutch bring with you money, i.d, your lipstick, a couple of bobbi pins, concealer, a couple makeup wipes(you can find travel size perfect for a purse or put a couple wipes in a ziplock bag). 

Share this with your maid of honor or someone else who can help you put this together! Weddings are a group project & this emergency wedding kit could benefit everyone. 

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4 UNIQUE OPTIONS TO REPLACE THE UNITY CANDLE

The unity candle has been an important part of ceremonies for decades. It represents two lives merged. Plus, you get a decoration piece to use in your home that came directly from the ceremony. However, I think we can all agree the unity candle is a little dated &....over done. 

YOUR UNITY PIECE SHOULD DO 2 THINGS:

1. Your unity portion of the ceremony should represent both of you as a couple. Don't do a religious cross if your not religious. Don't do what is expected, do what matters to you!

2. Choose a unity piece/symbol that you could see yourself using in your home decor. Don't pick something you will want to hide. Choose something you like and can go with your style at home as well.

GET INSPIRED! HERE ARE 4 UNIQUE WAYS TO REPLACE THE UNITY CANDLES.

 

THE HANDFASTING STEMS FROM THE OLD PEGAN RELIGIONS. THE TYING OF THE HANDS SHOWS HOW COMMITTED THE COUPLE IS TOGETHER.

THE HANDFASTING STEMS FROM THE OLD PEGAN RELIGIONS. THE TYING OF THE HANDS SHOWS HOW COMMITTED THE COUPLE IS TOGETHER.

SEALED LOVE LETTER TIME CAPSULE. SODER THE METAL TOGETHER AFTER THE WEDDING. 

SEALED LOVE LETTER TIME CAPSULE. SODER THE METAL TOGETHER AFTER THE WEDDING. 

A CROSS BUILT OUT OF ROPE. THE COUPLE BRAIDED THE ROPE TO SHOW HOW THEY ARE ENTWINED NOW. THE THREE STRANDS ARE A STRAND FOR EACH PERSON, THEN A STRAND THAT REPRESENTS GOD. 

A CROSS BUILT OUT OF ROPE. THE COUPLE BRAIDED THE ROPE TO SHOW HOW THEY ARE ENTWINED NOW. THE THREE STRANDS ARE A STRAND FOR EACH PERSON, THEN A STRAND THAT REPRESENTS GOD. 

MERGE WINES TO CREATE A CUSTOM WINE. YOU SHARE YOUR NEW WINE ON YOUR 1ST ANNIVERSARY. 

MERGE WINES TO CREATE A CUSTOM WINE. YOU SHARE YOUR NEW WINE ON YOUR 1ST ANNIVERSARY. 

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Estes Park Engagements | Colorado Wedding Photographer

ESTES PARK WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

 

 I was meeting my couple in Estes, I had to get there early to scout. At that point I was 7 hours of driving in, and going on two coffees and a stale snowman cookie. The awesomeness of the mountains pushed me on though. I felt so alive! I love these mountains and the fact that I get to photograph my couple there only made it better.

 Art in the mountains = my happy place. 

 I met Ethan and Victoria at their hotel, I was instantly at ease with them. We had put a lot of planning into the session and that helped me feel like I knew them already. We moved right into it. It all worked in our favor. The love they share, their naturalness of being together, the beauty of the mountains, and the freaking light! It was MAGIC. 

 I stayed the night in Estes, exploring the town and asking myself if I could live there. I think I could:)