Meagan and Scott Hardwicke – Married – Springfield MO

Oh….What a pleasure it was to spend all day with the Hardwickes!!! They had a darling wedding and reception at Touch restaurant in Springfield, MO. Get ready for some happy laughing. Also this post breaks the record for most “thumbs up” ever in a blog post.

Thomas - July 21, 2012 - 2:49 pm

KATIE! These are great. Thanks for all your hard work. You and Jared are magical together. Love ya pal!

Matt & Becky – Married! City Cottage, St. Louis, MO

I absolutely adored this couple. Matt is easily the most romantic groom who ever lived. A photographer’s dream!!!! Becky was stunning and laid back and they have. the. best. family. and friends. I don’t know how many times someone asked me and Jared, “How are you guys? Do you need a water or anything? Have you eaten?” We kept whispering “Everyone’s REALLY nice to us!!!” thank you Matt and Becky for a FABULOUS effortless day!!!

5 years of marriage today!

Five years ago (also on a Friday!), Jared and I tied the ole knot.

Today he is 2000 miles away in Haiti: painting houses, hugging orphans, pouring concrete, and growing in his walk with the Big Guy.

There is literally no where else I’d prefer him to be on our anniversary.

I will spare you a sappy novel about how I love my husband, but I’m reflecting today on the past five years and everything we’ve gone through as partners and it makes me a tad weepy. (I get it. I’m pregnant. And my hubs is in a third-world, cholera-infested country.)

The truth is marriage is a blast at times. And other times it’s a helluvah allotta work. Jared and I are the world’s WORST fighters. He gets stubborn. I get selfish and emotional. Neither of us are wrong (obviously). We tend to have a pattern of going through a four-month stretch of blissful fight-free-marriage, then stumble upon a rough week of knock-down drag-out fights. My point being, it’s not perfect. But there are perfect days. Months even. Days where he makes me laugh so hard, you’d think the literal devil himself was coming out of my mouth. Days where we end up having an elaborate dance party in the kitchen complete with choreography.

Marriage is work. But marriage can be beautiful. One of my favorite books on the subject is called, “Sacred Marriage: What if God created Marriage to Make us Holy More than to Make us Happy?” It totally blew my mind because I think we are conditioned to enter into marriage with the mindset that ‘all of our dreams have come true’ and now we can truly be happy. But what if it’s WAY bigger than that? What if entering into marriage forces us to live in a confined spaces with another adult who has differing opinions, so that we can learn to live beyond ourselves and our selfish desires. So that we can become better communicators, servants, better PEOPLE! I know if I lived alone my whole life, I could do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted to. But with Jared around, life becomes a partnership. It’s not about me anymore. I can grow as a person and the happy times are a BONUS!

Anyway, speaking of happy times. I’ve decided to post two videos we took from our honeymoon FIVE YEARS AGO! We look like babies (if babies had weird haircuts and smoking hot bodies.) Things you need to know about this first one. We accidentally found all of our sibling’s names while on our honeymoon. Jared is not drunk, he really is this hilarious sober. Stay tuned til the very end and you will hear the original song Jared wrote for his sister Logan. “It’s goes Loooo-gan. Loooo-gan. Logan, Master on the High Seas…” (Again, I assure you, he is sober.) In fact, if you get bored, just fast forward to minute 6:30. It’s worth it, I promise.

 

Bonus footage: Jared gives a tour of our “luxurious” state room on our cruiseship. Once again, I assure you he is completely sober. I have never heard that voice come out him before and doubt I ever will again. My favorite quotes:

“This is a television. You push this button and pictures and sounds come out of it. It’s very entertaining.”

“You swipe it again…and it takes it…like a whore…”

 

Juli Hadfield - June 15, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Who is Logan??? ;o)

kdp - June 15, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Logan is jared’s little sister.

sarah williams - June 15, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Honestly–you two crack me up–this was my laugh for today–and katie are you absolutely sure that Jared had not been drinking–maybe just a little bit–he looked so out of it–but as usual you were laughing–you always see the humor in everything and I love it.

Logan - June 17, 2012 - 1:05 am

Hey! I’m Logan! Yes, I was the lucky one with the amazing song….from the RARE musical stylings of Jared Day..

Katelyn & Miles – Married at Fresh Air Farm , Kansas City, MO

Gasp. I can’t even begin to tell you how I adored this wedding. Here are things that make this wedding photographer swoon. 1. When a couple is like really, REALLY in love. 2. When a couple has a mutual, passionate faith. 3. When the wedding has fun, thoughtful, crafty little details. 4. When a venue has GREAT light. 5. When a reception has a massive dance party (and they don’t mind me joining in.) Keep in mind that any one of those things make me super happy upon arrival, but…wait for it…this wedding had ALL FIVE. I love every. single. thing. about. this. wedding. Enjoy.
(I apologize for the ‘stank face’ I make later on when I’m dancing. You can take the girl outta Raytown, but you can’t take the Raytown outta the girl…)

Let’s take a brief moment and talk about hair. Is this not the coolest wedding hair you’ve ever seen. I stood with my jaw dropped saying “Your hair is a…miracle!!!” Come to find out the miracle is Katie Welch of Love You Bobby Pins. Book her. Nuff said.


 

Special thanks to Morgan Warner, soulmate and second shooter for this wedding. She did a freaking amazing job. Also thanks to Andrea Larson for teaching me how to body roll. Priceless gift.

Alec Vanderboom - June 6, 2012 - 11:40 am

I like all of this.

kdp - June 6, 2012 - 12:08 pm

holy vanderboom! thank you!!

Jenny (and Joe) Fitzpatrick - June 6, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Ahhh, what an AWESOME wedding! So many pretty details! Makes me want to get married all over again. FAF is such a beautiful wedding venue.

Amanda Herrington - June 6, 2012 - 5:17 pm

Katie – I love absolutely everything about this wedding. Your photography is beautiful. I’m pretty sure that the bride and I might be telepathically connected or something, at least where wedding planning is concerned. I feel like this wedding was ripped out of my head! Do you, by chance, know if the ice cream featured came from Silas and Maddys? I’m planning on using them for my own ice cream buffet, and the flavors and waffle cones look oh so familiar.

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Karen Ingram - June 28, 2012 - 2:54 pm

Katie,
I found these pictures yesterday and had to write to you. You are extremely talented and these are some of the best wedding pictures I’ve ever seen! I love Fresh Air Farm and found them through their link( more on that later), so I had to look. I love your honest, candid photos. They are so real and so fresh. I kept looking at the people in the photos and some looked so familiar. I found out that my step-daughter went to high school with Katelyn and Miles, then I found out that the bride is the niece of one of my sister’s best friends from high school!! No wonder they looked familiar..just older. I love how you captured the whole feeling of the wedding!

We are linked with Fresh Air Farm because we did the outside lighting and have done electrical work, etc. there. I was going to share your link on our Facebook page and was wondering if we could put a few of your pictures on our page and website as well. I’m going to like you on facebook :) and will mention your website, etc. We are in the KC area and have family in Springfield and Nixa, so lots of people in both areas would see your work.

Thanks for sharing your gift!! I love how the Lord brings people together!!

Sincerely,
Karen Ingram
Ingram Electric, Heating & Cooling
913-991-6851

Kris - September 18, 2012 - 1:10 am

I love all the chalkboard signs!!! Did thebl bride do them herself? Where are they from? I’d love to know for my upcoming wedding! This special day is so beautiful!

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