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Jay + Brittney
October 27, 2018

Jay and Brittney have some of the greatest people surrounding and supporting them. Which came as no shock to us because both Jay and Brittney are two of the most down to earth and wonderful people we have ever met. So obviously, we had such a great day celebrating their day with them!

We had the privilege of getting to know them pretty well during the engagement session and we have randomly ran in to them at different places at least 4 times leading up to their wedding day lol!

Their day was calm, sweet, and filled with so much joy. My favorite part of the entire day (other than when Jay saw Brittney for the first time) were the sweet words Jay’s children spoke about their new stepmom and dad at the reception. It was so obvious how much they not only love their dad, but Brittney as well! They were so excited to add Brittney officially to their family. <3

So, Brittney and Jay, it is clear that we adore you guys! Thank you for letting us be a part of your special day. Enjoy all these sneaks!

With love,

Kayla and Kris

Coffee Creek and The Avalon | Chesterton and Merrillville, IN

 

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Nick + Autumn
October 20, 2018

Sand Creek Country Club | Chesterton, IN

We originally met Nick and Autumn through my grandparents who work with Nick and was able to get to know them a little bit better when Kris began working there as well. But it wasn’t until wedding planning when we got to know Autumn and Nick even better! (Well, at least for Autumn and I – I’m sure the guys probably got to know one another better through working) But it was such a joy getting to know them and ultimately becoming friends!!

We had been anticipating their wedding day since they asked us to photograph it. And while it may have been super windy and on the frigid side, it was so incredibly beautiful! AND the rain completely held off for all of their portrait time!

From the moment we arrived letting them know we were there and until we said our goodbyes, they were smiling from ear to ear. Especially when it came down to finally seeing one another on their big day and exchanging presents!

Their day was so incredible. And it was an honor to be a part of it.

Congratulations Mr and MRS Stack!! We hope you enjoy all of these sneaks while you wait for your entire gallery to be finished!!

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris

 

Officiant: Marc Willie
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Ryan + Angela
October 13, 2018

I met Angela and Ryan for a consultation some time last year and enjoyed hearing all about them and their wedding dreams. I then shot their engagement session months later and fast forward to today – they are now married and on their two week honeymoon!! Their entire wedding day was so perfect and it was such a joy meeting their family and friends.

Angela and Ryan took the time thinking of so many amazing details like: fun fill in the blanks at the reception, tic tac toe on the back of their programs, an adorable charm they bought their niece for her nieces future wedding, cuff links for Ryan of the location where he proposed and then the location of the wedding, and even personalized YETI mugs for their wedding party!!

There was so much excitement all day as everyone had clearly been anticipating this joyous occasion and we were so honored to have played a part in it. (Also, I have to give mad props to their family as many helped wrangle all the people for the groups shots and ALL of the people were there and accounted for every single time!)

Ryan and Angela, we are so happy for you two. Thank you for letting us share in your special day.

Congratulations, Mr and Mrs Kondrat. Hope Punta Cana is treating you well!!

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris

 

Sand Creek Country Club | Chesterton, IN

 

 

Table Runners, Ceiling Drapery- How Sweet it is Events
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Seth + Alyssa
October 12, 2018

We enjoyed getting to know Alyssa and Seth during their extremely cold engagement session earlier this year. While their wedding weather was definitely on the chilly side, we were thankful it wasnt nearly as frigid as their E session!

Ever since Alyssa booked us and showed us Blumen Gardens, we were greatly anticipating photographing their day at this gorgeous venue. As we were preparing for her day at a cute little hope they rent, I was checking temperatures and secretively hoping Alyssa would make the decision to still have her outdoor ceremony despite the cold. And she did. And it was awesome!

Their day was extremely calm and everything went perfect! They, along with their wedding party, family, and guests, braved the cold so this couple could have exactly what they hoped and planned for! And it couldnt have been more perfect.

 

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Arnoff!

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris

Blumen Gardens | Sycamore, IL

 

Make up :I Do Two Bridal Bar (Victoria Anderson and Katie Schneider)
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Alex + Bianca
October 5, 2018

We met Bianca and Alex at their engagement session and loved getting to know them through out it! They were so sweet and didn’t think I was too crazy when I asked them to run down a dunes hill toward me. We were already anticipating their wedding day and even more so when Bianca wrote in the questionnaire that we were more than welcome to stay and enjoy the party after we were done with our scheduled time there! (Which we most certainly did)

Throughout the wedding planning process, we tend to ask several questions to get to know our couples. But, one of the things I love about wedding days, is getting to know the couple from their loved ones’ perspective! I was told that Bianca was often dressed in the fluffiest dresses growing up so those that really knew her were truly looking forward to seeing her all dressed up on her wedding day. (And she really did make such a beautiful bride!) I also learned that all children cling to Bianca. Which really did not surprise me because of her tender, caring voice and thoughtfulness of others. Both Bianca and Alex’s siblings, as well as Alex’s best friend and parents, had the most beautiful things to say about the both of them. They spoke about how caring and loving they both are and how obvious it was that these two were made for one another.

My favorite part of the entire evening was when Alex said his toast thanking everyone for coming. But, he chose to follow it up with the sweetest words to Bianca – thanking her for the past T E N years and for the beautiful person she is.

Bianca and Alex had such a beautiful wedding day and it was an honor to be a part of it.

So, Mr and MRS Passo, thank you. And congratulations!!!

We hope you all enjoy these many previews!

With love,

Kayla and Kris

The Allure on the Lake | Chesterton, IN

 

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Brianna + Eric
September 29, 2018

I didnt get to meet Brianna and Eric until their wedding day, but it didnt take long for them to feel like friends! These two were so sweet to everyone the entire day. We loved be a part of such a big milestone for them!

They married upstairs in the old courtroom and then celebrated on the main level in the Maki Ballroom. It was a beautiful day for a gorgeous wedding! We loved their classic touches.

Thank you both for allowing us to play a part in your big day!!

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris.

Old Courthouse/Maki Hall | Crown Point, IN

 

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Fran + Mark
September 22, 2018

Fran and Mark quickly felt like friends of ours after their sweet, but quite cold, engagement session last year. We had been anticipating their wedding since then and their big day definitely did not disappoint!

These two married at Taltree (Gabis) in Valparaiso and then celebrated in their absolutely incredible backyard. Their entire day was extremely calm and filled with so much love and adoration. Fran, who quickly chose to ditch her flats and walk barefoot all day, had the biggest smile probably from the time she woke up until she went to bed. And honestly, she probably woke up the next morning still just as happy. There literally wasnt anything that was going to dampen her day!

Mark and Fran were surrounded by some of the sweetest friends and family that we enjoyed getting to know throughout their day. Oh and they are dog-parents to one of the best pups, everrrrr. 

Limiting this blog was difficult because the amount of favorites I have from their day is practically all of them. So, enjoy the following 200+ sneaks of their best day ever.

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris

Taltree/Gabis Arboretum and Garden

 

 

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Blossom Shoppe NWI Florist | Kayla Knies Photography

Toni reached out to me about this idea of photographing her in her element, so to say. And I am SO happy she did for so many reasons!!

Hanging out with Toni and getting to knew her throughout this session was so much fun! I learned so much about her and was shocked to hear the many creative arts she has own a business in such as photography and hair stylist to name a few. She recently has taken over Blossom Shoppe and I have no doubt that she is going to thrive in this!

Her personality is spunky and sweet – it was evident how passionate of a person she is and it really shows in every bouquet and center piece she creates.

Toni, I cant wait to work with you in future weddings as I know each and every bouquet it breathtaking!!! (Brides, I highly recommend Blossom Shoppe if youre still searching for a florist!)

 

You can find her contact information here :

https://www.blossomshoppe.net/

Email: theblossomshoppe@yahoo.com

Her pup definitely keeps her company throughout the day!

I think the picture below to the left represents her more than any other image I took!

Toni also grows some of her own flowers and will add them into some of her creations!

She didn’t let me leave empty handed – she put together a few flowers from her garden to send me home with and I was ecstatic because fresh flowers in my kitchen are one of my favorite things!

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Danielle + Dane
September 8, 2018

Dane and Dani’s wedding day could not have went any smoother. From the moment we arrived to the time it was for us to depart, everything was smooth rolling and so much fun. Dani planned every small detail perfectly! It was an absolutely beautiful wedding with an incredible group of people!

It was evident that many people had been anticipating this day and truly so happy for these two!

We went to high school with Dani, but our paths never crossed much. So it has been wonderful getting to know her throughout this past year and meeting Dane! Their engagement session could not have been any colder or windier – so we all already knew going into their wedding day that the weather was definitely going to (at the very least) be better than their engagement session day! And I knew that if they could look great in high mile per hour winds and possible frostbite, that their wedding day would be a piece of cake. (And it was)

Thank you so much Mr and MRS Humphrey for allowing us to capture your biggest milestone yet!

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris

 

Oh ps check out the pearl necklace she wore – – Every year for her birthday, her mother has gotten her one pearl a year and then had it made as her wedding necklace. SO SWEET, RIGHT?!

Swan Lake Resort | Plymouth, Indiana

 

 

Catering: Swan Lake Resort
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Cody + Julijana
September 1, 2018

I know I wont be able to accurately describe how incredible these two are and how beautiful their entire day was. Their day was filled with so much emotion from the very moment we arrived and until it was time for us to depart. These two should truly be so proud of who they are and their entire story. With being teenage parents at 16 – the odds were truly against them. But they really overcame it all. Cody has a wonderful career, Julie has her degree, they have a home, two precious babes, and now finally – they are married!

Cody and Julie decided to read their vows to one another on their own before their ceremony (but still without seeing each other). And they were hands down, the most incredible vows we have ever had the privilege of hearing. (I cried the entire time they were reading them)

It has been the greatest pleasure getting to know these two. They really are two of the best people we have ever met.

Congratulations Mr and MRS Wellman! We hope Hawaii has been good to you two!

 

 

The Allure | Laporte, Indiana

 

 

 

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So glad you stopped by my blog! I am a wedding photographer based in Northwest Indiana. Take your time viewing my blog where you will find past weddings, engagements, and even some educational blogs and tips! I have a degree in psychology, but I couldn't get past my passion for wedding photography. I hope by viewing my blogs that my passion is evident. My favorites are Jesus, my husband, my pup, weddings, coffee, Christmas, and sunsets! And I am positive you will be able to find blogs that mention those. Grab some coffee, take your time, and stay as long as you want while you view my blog! 

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