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Eric + Megan | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

June 15, 2019
Eric + Megan

The Pavilion at Sandy Pines | Demotte, Indiana

Oh, Megan and Eric! I have so many wonderful things to say about these two. We officially met them at their engagement session and we had such a fun time getting to know them. We realized a few things that day. 1) Eric can easily make Megan laugh. 2) The running joke between them was that this was Eric’s :big white wedding”, because Megan would have been fine with something much smaller lol! and 3) That Eric was probably going to cry a lot on the wedding day. (And view the images below to see that this is true.)

Megan is originally from Maryland and moved to Valparaiso to go to VU to get her nursing degree. And this was where their story began. Through a mutual friend, Eric (who is also a nurse) met Megan. 

These two are surrounded by some of the best people who made an already enjoyable wedding, even more enjoyable. 

Eric and Megan are so easy to photograph and it is so evident that they just love being with one another. We are beyond happy for these two, but it is bittersweet that their wedding day has come and gone. We loved being a part of this season in their lives. 

Mr and Mrs Shanahan, 

Congratulations again. And thank you so much for booking us. We absolutely loved your day. 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Florist: Another Season Florist

Cake and other Desserts: Marilyn’s Bakery

DJ/Band: REEB Entertainment

Hair: Under the Veil

Make up: Makeup by Krissy V

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Transportation/Limo: Jarrette Shuttle Service

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Zazzle

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August 10, 2019
Kevin + Danielle

I had been looking forward to this wedding since Danielle inquired about booking me. I was so excited for her engagement and was honored to capture their big day! 

I transferred to Portage my freshman year and was so nervous to be in the huge school not really knowing anyone. I honestly don’t remember how or why, but Danielle actually befriended me the very first day of school. Even though we both ended up making different friends and our paths went different directions throughout high school, but I will never forget Danielle making my first few weeks in a new school, so much easier. And this really just goes to show what Danielle’s personality is like. 

Danielle and Kevin are truly such a great match. And Kevin’s face was so sweet as he finally saw Danielle in her dress on their day. 

Their day ran so smoothly and they were incredibly laid back the entire time. (Which is exactly what I always hope for our couples) 

We hope your honeymoon was amazing. <3

Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Gibson. We loved being a part of this season in your life and your best day yet <3

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Duneland Falls Banquet Center | Chesterton, Indiana

Florist: Unveiled Weddings & Events

Cake and other Desserts: Desserts by Juilette

DJ/Band: Amplified Events

Hair: Vanis Salon and Day Spa Valparaiso, Bride style – Colleen Kaper

Make up: Sta-glam

Catering: Duneland Falls Banquet Center

Gown: Brilliant Bridal – Las Vegas

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Shoes: Kohl’s

Jewelry/Rings: Bunch Jewelers

Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates – Shutterfly. Invitations – CutCardStock and Etsy templates

Officiant: Mike Kane – Amplified Events

Favors/Gifts: Favors – Oriental Trading

Other: Photobooth – Laughbooth

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August 9, 2019
Nick + Karisa

I will never understand how I happen to have a job where I get to meet the best people. Honestly, that really is one of my favorite things about what I do. Every week I get to celebrate the best day ever with the best people, who truly become friends, and their families. 

Last Friday we celebrate Karisa and Nick. And it was truly a perfect day. The best weather at our favorite venue with an extremely photogenic couple. GOALSSSS! (Oh and they had some of our favorite NWI vendors which made for a perfect, smooth-sailing day.)

Karisa has the best smile, which made it easy to get Nick to smile back at her. These two had the best smiles on their faces their entire day so it was only obvious that they were so thrilled to finally become Mr and Mrs. 

They were surrounded by amazing family and friends who said some of the sweetest words during their speeches to them. And I don’t think anyone left the dance floor ALL.NIGHT. 

Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Mirabella. It was a true honor to capture your perfect day. 

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Florist: Unveiled Weddings and Events

DJ/Band: 27 Entertainment

Hair: Maddie Raspe

Make up: Hannah Nottingham

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: The Black Tux

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Acme Print Copy Design

Videography: 27 Entertainment

Officiant: Chrys Mirabella

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August 2, 2019
Jimmy + Christy

You may remember Christy and Jimmy from their Tree Farm engagement session last winter. (Which we had so much fun at) But now is the time to talk all about their WEDDING!

These two had to make some major last minute changes to their day (like finding a new venue and even switching their wedding day) because their wedding was originally booking at The Allure on the Lake which was heartbreakingly devastated a few months ago. 

I was so impressed with how these two remained focused on what was most important – marrying their best friend. 

Their wedding weather was perfect and their day was absolutely beautiful. It was evident that these two were so excited to just finally be married! (And they both were excited for all the wedding pictures of them…DREAM!)

We had so much fun with them and loved being able to celebrate them being one. 

Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Cianci. We are so glad we were a part of your big day!

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sand Creek Country Club | Chesterton, Indiana

Florist: Kristina Lynn Floral

DJ/Band: Sensational Sounds (Jim Rainbolt)

Hair: Angelina Rowen

Make up: Katie Riordan (Sta-Glam)

Gown: Allure Bridals (Here Comes the Dress)

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Louie’s Tux Shop

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates: Minted Invites: Vistaprint

Videography: Dillon Elliot

Officiant: Pastor Nathan Kramer

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Nick + Chelsea | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

July 27, 2019
Nick + Chelsea

Nick and Chelsea married July 27th at our favorite venue on a beautiful day! Their entire day was easy-going, filled with so much happiness, and so many smiles.

These two, along with their sweet pup, Asha, currently live in Texas. So their engagement session had to happen when they were home for the holidays last November. That was the first time we got to meet these two and the day was definitely on the chilly side. So it was only fair that they had beautiful weather for their wedding day!

These two are some of the sweetest people we have ever met and it was a true honor to capture their day. It was evident how absolutely thrilled they were to finally become husband and wife.

Their favorite thing to do together (other than hang out with Asha) is to travel! And they tied their love for travel into their wedding day so perfectly.

Chelsea and Nick, we are so thankful you chose us to capture your perfect day. We wish you the absolute best with so many more vacations <3

With love,

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Florist: Le Petite Fleuriste

Cake and other Desserts: Sundae bar- Sandy Pines

DJ/Band: Reeb Entertainment

Hair: Atheena Brown

Make up: Atheena Brown

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Weekend Wedding Dress

Men’s Attire: Groom’s Attire- Men’s Warehouse

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Canva

Videography: Kris Knies


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July 26, 2019
Ian + Jordan

We loved being a part of this season of Jordan and Ians lives. Jordan reached out to me before she even booked her venue to make sure she chose a date I was available for. You have no idea how much it means to me when our couples pick a date based off OUR schedule! 

We have known Ian and Jordan for several years, so photographing them came easy since there wasnt those beginning moments of trying to get to know one another. I had a blast with them at their engagement session and it only made me more excited for their big day. 

Their day couldn’t have been more perfect. The weather was beautiful and the venue they chose was stunning. I LOVED Jordan’s dress and how the guys were dressed without jackets! 

These two will be celebrating their 10 years this winter, so this wedding didn’t come as a shock to anyone. During their ceremony, the officiant said that their friends and family will say that there is no Jordan with Ian, and there is no Ian with Jordan. They are two that go together and have for the last 10 years. So it is only obvious that their friends and family were so happy for them to finally become Mr and Mrs. And we are too. 

Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Burke. We are so glad we were a part of your big day!

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

The Hidden Vineyard | Berrien Springs, Michigan

Florist: Lemler Valley Farm

Cake and other Desserts: West End Bakery

DJ/Band: South Bend Premier Wedding and Event DJ

Hair: Kathy James & Vesper Hair Studio

Make up: Flawless Beauty by Debra

Catering: CK Catering

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JJ’s House

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July 12, 2019
Bruce + Krystle

Working in the wedding industry, we are often asked if we ever work with crazy brides. And I am honestly not sure how we have gotten so lucky, because we have the BEST couples. I honestly could cry thinking about the many amazing people we have met. Krystle and Bruce absolutely, 100%, fall into that ‘amazing people’ category. We loved getting to know them during the engagement session and knew their wedding day was going to be such a great day. 

Krystle had the biggest, cheesiest, smile on her face right before they were announced as husband and wife and I that is pretty much the same smile she had on her face the entire day. Bruce just kept wanting to kiss and hug Krystle once he finally saw her for the first time and it was seriously the sweetest thing. 

Their day was perfect and they did a wonderful job with the beach theme that they went for. 

Congratulations again, Mr and Mrs Prisby. And thank you so much for allowing us to capture your biggest day, yet. 

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Florist: Flowers with Jazz

Cake and other Desserts: Calumet Bakery

DJ/Band: Trans-Audio

Hair: The Color Room / Styles on Point

Make up: Krissy Vanderwoude

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Elegance Wedding and Evening Wear

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Elegance Wedding and Evening Wear

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Jewelry/Rings: Alberts Jewelry

Men’s Attire: Elegance Wedding and Evening Wear / Dunhill

Transportation/Limo: Jarrette Enterprise Shuttle

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates- Picaboo / Invitations- Shutterfly

Videography: SureShots Productions

Planner: Julee Kistler

Officiant: Stephen Sullivan

Favors/Gifts: S’mores, Snack Bar- all around

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Jon + Ella | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

Jon + Ella
July 5, 2019

Ella and Jon are two of the sweetest humans, ever. And it was so evident how excited they were to finally become husband and wife. Jon, a simple Texan, and Ella, a born and raised Indiana girl, crossed paths and their lives haven’t been the same since. They realized they had many similar interests, one of the being their passion for working out. And this is actually how they started their first date! 

I loved meeting them during their engagement session and seeing how sweetly they interact with one another. I had been looking forward to their wedding day ever since and it truly was amazing! From the moment we arrived, everyone constantly had smiles on their faces with such anticipation for their best day ever. 

Congratulations again Mr and Mrs Dutton. We wish you the very best and are so thankful you chose us to capture your day. 

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Florist: Strack and Van Til

Cake and other Desserts: Strack and Van Til

DJ/Band: Trans Audio

Hair: Cheri Folliard

Make up: Dana Shields

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Catherine’s Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: LuLus Fashion Lounge

Shoes: Mens Warehouse

Jewelry/Rings: Rings: Jared and Etsy

Men’s Attire: Mens Warehouse

Transportation/Limo: Jarrett Enterprise / Quick Res

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Shutterfly

Favors/Gifts: Sunflower Seeds off Etsy

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Kevin + Shana | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

Kevin + Shana
June 29, 2019

Shana and Kevin truly had a fairytale wedding. Everything was so beautiful about it. And it was obvious how excited they both were to get married. Shana had been planning the wedding of her dreams (which she definitely achieved) but even more importantly, she married the man of her dreams. Their family and friends were so excited for them and it was so obvious the entire night as they celebrated and smiled the night away. 

I knew Shana was going to be great from the moment she booked me because we both expressed our excitement in gifs. (Gifs are the best btw) I finally met her and Kevin at their engagement session and we did most of their session in front of their adorable home with their sweet pups! 

Since their engagement session, I had been anticipating their wedding and it was seriously such an honor to be a part of it. We loved celebrating with them and watching these two say their “I do’s”. 

Congrats Mr and Mrs Peterson! We wish you nothing but the very best!! Enjoy all these sneaks while you wait for the full gallery!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Aberdeen Manor | Valparaiso, Indiana

Florist: Jazz and Jane Male

Cake and other Desserts: Beck’s Crown Bakery, Munster Donuts

DJ/Band: Trans Audio

Hair: Kelli Cornett

Make up: Beth Ingram

Catering: Aberdeen Manorhttp://www.aberdeenmanor.com/

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Jewelry/Rings: Zales

Men’s Attire: Aberdeen Manor

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Aberdeen, Save the Dates Kayla Knies

Planner: Lisa Allyn

Officiant: Bob Szoke

Favors/Gifts: Key Bottle Openers

Other: Candy Bar: Albanese Candy Factory

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Alec + Kaley | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

June 28, 2019
Alec + Kaley
Pavilion at Sandy Pines | Demotte, Indiana

We met Kaley and Alec at their engagement session last year. And what we quickly learned is how much Alec hates pictures, yet Kaley loves them. But the running joke is that Alec may hate them, but he is so great at them! (And it’s only obvious that Kaley is, too) One of the most photogenic couples, ever! And even though photos aren’t Alec’s favorite thing, he is definitely a trooper through them all. So since meeting them, we had been greatly anticipating their big day. And it did NOT disappoint. 

We always expect our July weddings to be hot, which it was, but honestly, we were just thankful that it wasn’t showing rain! We arrived at our favorite venue (Sandy Pines) to a relaxed group of ladies preparing for their best friends wedding. And it didn’t take long for us to realize that these two are surrounded by the greatest family and friends, who have some of the best personalities. Their entire group made it easy to capture the greatest photos. 

The speeches from the maid of honor and the best man helped us to get to know Alec and Kaley even more as they shared sweet words and their favorite memories. But our favorite was the sweetest speech from the father of the bride. His speech consisted of talking about his little girl, honoring his late son, and welcoming Alec into the family which didn’t leave a dry eye. 

We get the privilege of sharing pretty much one entire day with our brides and grooms and it just so happens to the best day of their lives. We play such a small (yet significant) part in their day, but it allows us to get to know the couple so well. And because of this, we often feel like we’re close friends by the end of the day! Which is one of the reasons we love our job so much.

Mr and Mrs Kostelnik, your day was absolutely perfect. Congratulations again and thank you for allowing us the honor of capturing your special day! We are so happy for you two!!! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Cake and other Desserts: Suzie’s Cafe

DJ/Band: Arrested Sounds

Hair: Victoria Mathis

Make up: Lexi Hamstra

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Shoes: Lulu’s

Jewelry/Rings: Earrings: Baublebar Ring: Zale’s

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Ann’s Bridal Bargains

Favors/Gifts: Thorgren Tool and Molding

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Bring on the Lavender | Marriage Monday | Kayla Knies Photography

Bring on the lavender

Have you ever noticed one of the most common causes of minor and major health issues listed time and time again? You doctor and dentist have both probably told you to try  not to do this so much. And your therapist is probably the only one to understand it just isn’t that easy. 

Stress. 

Go ahead and look up 20 different health issues. I bet if you look in the “possible causes” section, you find that over half of them will say “stress” as one of the many possible causes. And you’d think since stress can cause so many health issues, that no one would stress…right? 

If only it were that easy. 

I really envy the YOLO type. I wish I could make an impulsive decision without thinking of every consequence or benefit first. I wish I was more of a risk-taker. 

(Actually, thinking of me being that type of person really stresses me out…)

So maybe I don’t wish I was like that? But, I do wish that when I laid my head down at night, that my mind didn’t race. Or when someone texts me something as simple as, “Hey, are you up”, that mind wouldn’t think the worst. And I really wish that I didn’t care what others thought of me. I constantly over analyze, overthink, and rarely will I actually verbalize the anxiety going on inside. 

So, what is it like to be married to someone like this? Well, I’m not sure. But I know what it is like to be married to someone pretty opposite of this. And it is so refreshing.

Kris is the first to calm my nerves. He knows exactly what to say to talk me down. Before Kris, I spent so much of my life being crippled with fear. So much that it affected me physically, causing me to have terrible stomach pains for majority of my childhood. 

But, as refreshing as it can usually be, being with someone who is completely opposite of this can sometimes worsen my anxiety, too. 

Kris loves people. And he loves meeting new people. It is hard for him to understand that placing myself in a new environment with a group of people I have never met sounds exhausting and terrifying. To him, he doesn’t understand what the big deal is. And when I try to explain why I feel anxious, it doesn’t actually sound like something I should feel anxious about. Except anxiety doesn’t care whether or not it “sounds” like something you should get worked up over. 

When dealing with my anxieties or something that is deeply on my mind – I either want to constantly talk about it with Kris, or I don’t even want to mention it. 

Typically, I keep to myself about what is going on inside. Not because Kris wouldn’t be there for me, but because I feel like talking about it will make it more true somehow. And because my mind is often racing, I keep to myself about many things I feel anxious about or am internally struggling with. But if I do verbalize it, I bring it up over and over and over again. Trying to talk through it, analyze it, overthink it, and repeat. Which is probably pretty annoying. But I can’t help myself. 

But what happens when I keep things to myself that are causing me anxiety?

I get incredibly irritable. I almost expect that Kris should know something is going on, even though nothing is ever verbalized. And 9 times out of 10, when I finally verbalize what is going on my thoughts, Kris talks me through it and I realize that it isn’t something I had to get worked up over. 

Dealing with a mind that doesn’t stop running also creates a really bad habit for scrolling through social medias. It is an easy way to keep my mind preoccupied, but it is a huge annoyance for Kris. Understandably. And it is something I am still working through. 

I am not going to even begin to act like I have it the worst. Because compared to those who suffer from a true anxiety disorder that is intertwined with depression that cripples them from even getting up in the morning, mine is so minor. 

There are things I have taught myself to avoid going into anxiety attacks, but being married to someone who doesn’t struggle with anxiety has probably been the biggest blessing. And while many times he doesn’t understand why I am overthinking a situation, or working myself up for something so small, he has been my dose of reality. Showing me that things are much different than they are in my mind. 

So if you’re married to someone who tends to be more on the anxious side, be patient with them. Always calm their nerves by saying how the reality is so much better than our minds make it out to be, and try to be understanding even when you can’t understand. 

And for the anxious person who is married to someone calm… appreciate their lack of overthinking. It can really be a breath of fresh air and a great reminder that life is often not as bad as the scenarios our mind can form. 

With love, 

Kayla

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