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September 29, 2019
Brennan + Shelby

This wedding was a special one. Other than the fact that getting to this wedding meant I survived September, but this wedding was the wedding of someone I have considered a little sister for the past 15+ years. My lifelong childhood best friend’s sister got married! 

It was such an honor to capture such an important day for these two. And if you scroll down, you’ll see how easy it was since Shelby is absolutely breathtaking! Shelby and Brennan married at Four Corners and had a taco truck for dinner! They did so great with so many sweet details. 

I loved many parts of their day – like them walking back from the ceremony and Brennan and all his guys cheering the same way, their little guy finally smiling so big for pictures at the very end of portrait time after begging him all day for a smile, and how excited Shelby was when she finally got her tacos. But, my absolute favorite was when the first look with her dad. I mean, we all knew Mike was going to cry – that was an obvious – but it was sweet than any of us pictured. And there wasn’t a dry eye watching! 

Mr and Mrs Cosgrove, we are so happy for you! Congratulations again <3 

We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Four Corners Winery | Valparaiso, Indiana

Hair: Alex Mathis

Make up: Sta-glam

Catering: Chunky’s Tacos food truck

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Louis Tux Shop

Officiant: Roy Hall

Favors/Gifts: Chicagoland popcorn favors

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September 28, 2019
Mike + Hillary

I didn’t get to meet Mike and Hillary until their engagement session last year, but shortly into the session, it had felt like we had already been friends. I left their engagement session knowing two things 1) I just took some of my favorite photos, ever and 2) I could not wait to hang out with them again and capture them on their wedding day!

Hillary got pampered for her wedding day at her beautiful parents’ home with her best girls. They were dressed in the cutest getting ready outfits with the best slippers I have ever seen. Hillary planned her day so perfectly from her bridal details to her stunning reception details, she didn’t miss a thing! 

Guys, it is sometimes unbelievable to me that I get paid to hang out with some of the best people on their best days and end up making true friendships! The list goes on and on of people that have become so special to us just because they hired us to photograph their wedding day! And Hillary and Mike are definitely on that list. 

One of my favorite moments from their wedding day was when I was having Hillary continuously throw confetti in the air, living her best life, and she says, “I could stay here all day. This is so fun!” Truly one of the happiest brides, ever. 

During the sweet speeches, Mike’s best man mentioned how lucky of a guy Mike has always been for various reasons. And apparently the saying goes, “Wouldn’t it be nice to be Mike Lipton.” He ended it with talking about how the saying still remains because how lucky of a guy he is to have found his perfect match, Hillary. And I couldn’t agree more. Mike is one of the nicest guys I have ever met and it is so evident how much he loves Hillary. 

Mr and Mrs Lipton, congratulations again. I have already told you so much times, but thank you for hiring us to capture your day. It was a true honor. 

We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Halls of St. George | Schererville, Indiana

Florist: Sugarfield Flowers

Cake and other Desserts: Donna Morris

DJ/Band: 27 Entertainment

Hair: Under The Veil

Make up: True Beauty by Dana

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Elegance Wedding & Evening Wear

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Jewelry/Rings: Jewelry: Something Blue Bridal/ Engagement Ring & Wedding Bands: Moriarty’s Gem Art

Men’s Attire: Dunhill Tuxedo

Transportation/Limo: All Around Limousine Service

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Save the Dates: KKP, Invitations: Etsy, Program Sign: Etsy

Videography: 27 Entertainment


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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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Michael + Hailey| Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

November 9, 2019
Michael + Hailey

Hailey and Michael had the most picture perfect wedding day. From the very moment we arrived on her wedding day until it was time for us to leave, Hailey and Michael remained smiling the entire time. It was evident that they were just so happy to finally be married!! 

I first met Hailey (and her sweet family) at her brothers wedding last year and was thrilled when she reached out about her day just a few months later! I had the privilege of getting to know Hailey and Michael a little better during their engagement session. Hailey joked with Michael about how much he hated pictures, but you could never tell! Not only is he a trooper and never complained a single time, he also does great when it comes to pictures! So thank you, Michael, for being a champ through the agony of all the pictures you have had to take this past year. LOL!

As I mentioned above, I had already met Hailey’s sweet family, but Michael’s family was no different! The Shipmans were just as sweet and for that, I am so glad! Sweet family and friends always make weddings days go SO much smoother. 

One of my favorite things about their wedding was that Hailey and Michael married in the same church her parents married in years ago. I mean, how special is that!? She as able to put her dress on in the same room her mom did, her dad walked her down the same aisle, and the shared their precious “I do’s” at the same altar. SO. Sweet. Oh, and the church is absolutely beautiful, by the way. 

Mr and Mrs Shipman, congratulations again. It has been an honor to be at another family event of yours and we have loved getting to know you guys throughout this special season of your lives. We hope St Lucia was everything you hoped for and more!!!

We hope you enjoy these sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Horizon Convention Center | Muncie, Indiana

Florist: Dandelion’s Flowers + Gifts

Cake and other Desserts: Bittersweet Custom Cakes – Julie Bunch

DJ/Band: Bright Night Entertainment – Rob Meadows

Hair: Brittany Case

Make up: Miranda Hummel

Catering: Horizon Convention Center

Gown: Hayley Paige

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Nouvelle Amsale

Shoes: Macy’s

Jewelry/Rings: Kay Jewelers

Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Transportation/Limo: Derek Black

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Magnet Street

Videography: Tommy Vardaman

Planner: Connie Humphrey

Officiant: Rev. Dr. Pat Smith

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Joe + Stephanie| Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

October 19, 2019
Joe + Stephanie

When Stephanie first contacted me about her Disney themed wedding, I was thrilled to see how she would make this dream of hers come true. And let me tell you guys, she did NOT disappoint. She was so specific with her details and it is obvious that she spent many nights working on her wedding decor! Stephanie thought of everything! From tiny details such as ring boxes to bigger details such as wearing her mothers wedding dress (re designed), her wedding day was well thought through and planned out. 

Joe’s reaction to seeing his bride was perfect. Sweetest reaction with even some tears. His second best reaction was opening up his gift, a new PS4. LOL! But it was evident that seeing Stephanie for the first time was even better. 

They were so happy their entire wedding day and we couldn’t have been happier for them! While Stephanie vowed this day to become a wife, she also made an additional vow – to becoming a step mom! And she made sure to include her new daughter in many parts of the wedding. But the best part was taking time to say a few sweet words to her right after finishing her vows to Joe. 

Stephanie told me that Joe has had a countdown to wedding day (down to the second) for some time now, and would periodically let her know the exact amount of time left. And I am SO sure that he is thrilled since his next countdown (Disney) is finally happening this week! 

Mr and Mrs Furco, congratulations again. We are so glad that we were a part of your day!

We hope you enjoy these sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Meyers Castle | Dyer, Indiana

Florist: Lisa Elder

Cake and other Desserts: Cakes By Karen

DJ/Band: John Mangano

Hair: Salon 22 (Autumn)

Make up: Salon 22 (Clarissa)

Catering: Meyers Castle

Gown: Mother’s dress and handmaid top by Debbie

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azazie

Shoes: Shoe Carnival

Jewelry/Rings: Zales

Men’s Attire: Dunhill

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Handmade save the dates; Etsy for wedding invites

Planner: Kate Madrigal

Favors/Gifts: Handmade glass slipper favors

Photobooth : My Bounce House

Caricature Artist : Nathan Biancardi

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October 12, 2019
Ron + Mary

Mary and Ron! I have been looking forward to this wedding every since I met Mary (which I think was two years ago now??). She has the sweetest soul and I couldn’t wait to meet Ron. Ron and Mary truly couldn’t be a better fit for one another. And it is so obvious that they are best friends who just so happen to now be husband and wife. 

These two are surrounded with some amazing people and so many talented peeps! A few of their friends and family played their first dance song which made it even more special. 

The Kooima wedding day consisted of perfect fall weather, genuine smiles, great people, and it couldn’t have been any more perfect. 

Mr and Mrs Kooima, congratulations again. It was such an honor being part of your best day yet. 

We hope you enjoy these sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Cake and other Desserts: Tammy’s Tempting Cakes

DJ/Band: Amplified Events DJ Company

Make up: Stephanie Brown

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JJ’s House of Brides

Shoes: Vans

Men’s Attire: Louie’s Tux Shop

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October 11, 2019
Elio + Jordan

Oh Jordan and Elio – There are so many wonderful things I want to say about you two. Truly two of the sweetest humans ever. Majority of their engagement session, as well as their wedding day, was spent laughing. They are such happy people and I’m not sure if a smile ever leaves their faces.

Jordan didn’t get the weather she had probably hoped for, but let me tell you – not a single time did she complain about it. She remained so optimistic and stayed focused remembering what the day was all about. And they even braved the cold to get some amazing outside images. But honestly, I am loving her indoor images just as much. Glad we have variety of both!

Jordan is actually one out of three Dernulc siblings who are getting married in a 7 month span. Her sweet sister, Amanda, got married three weeks before her and her brother is getting married in March. We have the honor of photographing all three of these amazing events so it is safe to say we are getting to know the fam pretty well! And we are loving the Dernulc fam! 

Elio is far from shy and was loving the spot light on his wedding day. I wish I could better describe their impromptu first dance – but let’s just say it was amazing and we would expect nothing less from him. 

Guys, thank you for trusting us with such a special day. We just love you guys and are seriously so happy for you!

Mr and Mrs Zomparelli, congratulations again <3 We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

The Odyssey | Tinley Park, Illinois

Florist: Kathy’s Florist

Cake and other Desserts: Creative Cakes

DJ/Band: Precision Sounds DJ

Hair: Tori Mathis (bride’s hair) / Cindy Cloutier (bridemaids)

Make up : Krissy Vanderwoude

Gown: Essence of Australia

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Lulu’s

Men’s Attire: Grooms suit custom by Zeglio / Groomsmen- Men’s Warehouse

Transportation/Limo: Epic Limo

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September 21, 2019
Eric + Nicole

So many wonderful things to say about these two. Nicole and Eric married on their 8th anniversary of dating. (So sweet) And their personalities were made for one another. I am not sure if anyone can make Nicole smile the way Eric does. And it is so evident how much Eric adores Nicole. 

These two went to high school together but didn’t get to know one another too well. It wasn’t until 4 years after high school that they got to know one another and the day before Nicole moved to another state was when Eric told her how he felt about her. (Great timing, Eric!) 

But hey, after all it ended up working out and they couldn’t be a more perfect fit for one another! 

Their wedding day was absolutely perfect. The rain held off when we needed it to and everything went exactly as planned! They were so amazing to work with and were surrounded by some of the greatest people. 

Mr and Mrs Ruiz, congratulations again. We are so happy you chose us to capture your beautiful day. 

We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Marquette Park Pavilion | Gary, Indiana

Florist: Moody Blooms LLC

Cake and other Desserts: Calumet Bakery / Chicagoland Popcorn

DJ/Band: Party People Entertainment

Hair: Connie’s Classy Cuts

Make up: Sta-Glam

Catering: Fuze Catering

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Dunhill Tuxedo

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September 20, 2019
Zach + Amanda

Amanda and Zach married last weekend and did such a wonderful job at choosing colors, themes, and decor for their wedding. The bridesmaids dresses may be some of the best dresses I have ever seen and I loved how unique they were! Amanda’s dress was absolutely breathtaking (as is she) and Zach’s tie perfectly matched the bridesmaids dresses. 

Their day was a bit hotter than you would anticipate for a September wedding, but nonetheless, it still remained such a perfect day as Zach and Amanda were surrounded by their closest people celebrating their biggest milestone, yet! 

Mr and Mrs Benedict, congratulations again. We wish you all the best!! 

We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Florist: Kathy’s Florist

DJ/Band: White Glove Entertainment

Hair: Victoria Mathis-Bride / Natasha Boyd -bridal party

Make up: Krissy Vanderwoude

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Jewelry/Rings: L&M Jewelers

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Magnetstreet.com

Officiant: Stephen Sullivan

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September 13, 2019
Tristan + Sarah

Sandy Pines Pavilion |DeMotte, Indiana

We are so glad we were a part of Tristan and Sarah’s wedding. These two are so incredibly sweet and truly made for one another. It is so obvious how happy they make one another and no one can make Sarah smile the way Tristan can! 

Their day went so smooth and seriously so perfect. Sarah DIY’d many parts of the wedding, including her bouquet and the bridesmaids unique flower hoops!

These two were surrounded by some of the sweetest people, it is no secret that they know how to choose great friends! 

Mr and Mrs Swider, congratulations again. We are so happy for you two and wish you the very best in your life together! 

We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Florist: DIY

Cake and other Desserts: Marilyn’s Bakery

DJ/Band: Reeb Entertainment

Hair: Jessica Handley

Make up: Morgan Hecht

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: David’s Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Jewelry/Rings: Bunch Jewelers

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

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

Officiant: Adam MacArthur

Photobooth – Memories in Minutes

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September 7, 2019
Jordan + Becky

Becky and Jordan are two of the most genuine people we have ever met. They are equally sweet and truly such joyful people. I know I don’t get to know my couples the way their friends and family do, but I do get to know them pretty well during this season of wedding planning and then throughout the wedding day. True colors typically show on a wedding day since it is full of emotions and sometimes stressful situations. But spending the day with these two was easy. 

Jordan lit up as he saw his bride for the first time on their wedding day. Becky did look stunning and is such a beautiful person, that it was only expected for him to have the biggest smile on his face. One of my favorite parts about their day was how Jordan just kept glancing over at Becky during their ceremony with the cheesiest smile on his face.

Their day was perfect. Beautiful weather and surrounded by the sweetest friends and family. 

Mr and Mrs Rizo, congratulations. We are so incredibly happy for you both and wish you nothing by the very best. 

We hope you enjoy these many sneaks!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

White Hawk Country Club | Crown Point, Indiana

Florist: Kristina Lynn Floral

Cake and other Desserts: Almira’s Bakery

DJ/Band: Precision Sound

Hair: Madeline Raspe, Mad About Hair

Make up: Brittany Hennings

Catering: White Hawk Country Club

Gown: Here Comes the Dress

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Here Comes the Dress – Bill Levkoff

Jewelry/Rings: Albert’s

Men’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse

Transportation/Limo: Elite Chicago Limo

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

Videography: Unscripted Visuals Wedding Videography

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