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Gaby + Hannah
November 21, 2018

2018 has been so wonderful to us. We have had incredible couples and have had the privilege of meeting their incredible family and friends. So it was only right to have our last 2018 wedding in sunny Punta Cana! Guys, this wedding was a dream. 

It was by pure luck that I even met Hannah. Hannah is also a photographer and we are in a few of the same facebook groups. When Hannah posted she was looking for someone to capture her destination wedding, I threw my name in there never actually thinking she would choose us! We then met up with them in Chicago and I so badly hoped they would book – not just because it was a wedding in the Dominican, but because they were so chill, friendly, and sweet. I wanted to photograph their best day ever! 

After booking, Hannah and I corresponded about details, excitement, planning, and other things. So much excitement was leading up to this week.

The time had finally come and we were all in paradise! The Burgos/Holtz family and friends quickly included us in everything and we felt like part of the group the entire time, not just the hired ones! We so enjoyed getting to know Hannah, Gaby, and their sweet family/friends. By the time the wedding day was finally there, we literally felt like family. 

It was so obvious how loved Hannah and Gaby are and how much they love one another. Gaby’s reaction to seeing his bride for the first time was so priceless. They are so crazy about one another and I am so happy they are finally married! 

There are so many things I could say about them, but Ill keep it short as I know they are waiting to see these! 

Congratulations, Mr and MRS Burgos. Thank you for choosing us to photograph your day! 

With love, 

Kayla + Kris

 La Barcaza |Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 
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Shelby + Daniel
November 17, 2018

We had yet to shoot a wedding at the County Line Orchard, so our exciting was definitely building up as the day grew closer. It definitely met all of our expectations and more! Shelby and Daniel did not get the outdoor ceremony they were hoping for due to rain and low temps, but the Orchard still made their ceremony picture perfect.

Shelby and Daniel are both so incredibly sweet. Their day was filled with so many details but their main excitement was finally getting to see one another for the first time. They sweetly read their vows to just one another and shed several tears as they talked about the day they met, their precious little girl, and that the day had finally come.

It was such an honor getting to know these two and celebrating their big day. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Sullivan!

 

With love,

Kayla and Kris

County Line Orchard | Hobart, IN

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Sandy + Martin | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

Martin and Sandy
November 3, 2018

Sandy and Martin’s big day was filled with so many loved ones that were so incredibly excited for them. It was obvious with how loved they are.

Both Sandy and Martin are so sweet and their excitement for their big day showed the entire morning and well throughout the night! We had so much fun getting to know them and celebrating with them. They married at the Chicago Theological Seminary and it was so beautiful! They actually married on their one year anniversary of dating – so it was a must to head down to the SAME garden where Martin proposed for their wedding portraits!

 

Sandy and Martin, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day. We hope you enjoy all these sneaks!

With love,

Kayla and Kris

Chicago Theological Center | Chicago, IL

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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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