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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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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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September 1, 2019
Greg + Alycia

Alycia has one of the sweetest souls I have ever met and Greg compliments her in every way. It is obvious that they are best friends, raising the most perfect little twins, and equally excited to finally be MARRIED!

The weather was perfect and Alycia’s radiant smile remained on her face the entire day. Greg’s reaction to seeing Alycia the first time was priceless. His huge smiled told everything. 

Their timeline stayed AHEAD of time and everything went incredibly smooth. Their friends were thrilled for them and both of their maid of honors and best mans had the sweetest words and greatest memories to share about them. 

It was a true honor to be a part of their day and capture all of these moments for them. Oh, and did I mention how adorable and perfect their twins are?! 

Mr and Mrs Ellis, congratulations. We are so incredibly happy for you both. 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Pines Pavilion | DeMotte, Indiana

Cake and other Desserts: Tammys Tempting Cakes

DJ/Band: Precision Sound DJ

Hair: Christen Fette (brides hair), Melissa Brown & Brittany Miller

Make up: Krissy Vanderwoude

Catering: Sandy Pines

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff dresses from Elegance

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Jewelry/Rings: Rings -Alberts / Earrings & Bracelet – Seraphine Creations

Men’s Attire: Mens Wearhouse

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

Officiant: Lloyd Foster

Favors/Gifts: Coozies from Totally Promotional

Photobooth: Precision Sound.

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August 31, 2019
Brandon + Khersten

The number one way we get bookings is from word of mouth! And this is exactly how we were able to be a part of Khersten and Brandon’s day! Thanks to a past bride and groom, these two chose to book with us. And there is nothing that means more than when past clients recommend us to new clients! 

We first met these two for their engagement session last fall and had such a great time with them. And we were sure the wedding would be the same way. They had perfect weather for their day and everything ran so smoothly. 

There were such sweet touches they added in their day like part of Khersten’s late grandmothers’ nightgown sewn in her dress, a first look with her dad, a sand ceremony where they included Brandon’s daughter, and so much more! 

We loved being a part of their day and are so happy for them! 

Mr and Mrs Shaffer, congratulations again.

We hope you enjoy all these sneaks!!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Sandy Creek Country Club | Chesterton, Indiana

Florist: Schererville Florist

Cake and other Desserts: Wedding Cake – Creative Cakes / Desserts – Nothing Bundt Cakes & Ferrara Bakery

DJ/Band: Sound Sonic Entertainment

Hair: Alicia Hemm

Make up: Krissy Vanderwoude

Catering: Sand Creek Country Club

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Jewelry/Rings: Alberts

Men’s Attire: Dunhill Tuxedo

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

Videography: Peace Love Films

Officiant: Bruce Miller

Favors/Gifts: Etsy

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Chris + Ashley | Married | NWI Wedding Photographer | Kayla Knies Photography

August 24, 2019
Chris + Ashley

I first met Ashley and Chris at a consultation at a Starbucks. But I got to really know them during their engagement session! They were so easy to talk to and so fun to photograph. We had been looking forward to their big day and I became even more excited when they booked me for fair minis a few weeks before their big day! Which meant we got to photograph and hang out with them again! 

When we arrived, everything and everyone seemed so calm and Ashley, of course, looked amazing. Chris, you looked great too – don’t worry. By the time we arrived, everyone was either already dressed or ready to get dressed! Ashley and Chris were looking forward to getting the day started by finally seeing one another. 

Like every wedding, the day went by so quickly, but their smiles lasted throughout the entire night. After 8 years, these two were finally able to call one another husband and wife!! 

Mr and Mrs Reed, congratulations again. We are so glad we were able to be a part of your big day. 

Enjoy all these sneaks!!

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Croatian Center | Merrillville, Indiana

Florist: Flowers with Jazz and Jane Male

Cake and other Desserts: Beck’s Crown Bakery

DJ/Band: Dance Rhythm Entertainment

Hair: Donna Cary/ Lashunn LaCarter

Make up: True beauty by Dana

Catering: Dimitri’s

Gown: Something Blue Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal

Shoes: David’s Bridal

Jewelry/Rings: Etsy / Roger and Hollands

Men’s Attire: Loui’s Tux Shop

Save the Dates, Invitations, and/or Programs: Minted / Loui’s Tux Shop

Favors/Gifts: Albanese Candy Factory

Other: Photobooth: MB Events

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August 17, 2019
Wes + Kelli

One of the most humbling and best feelings in the world is when a bride inquires stating that she hasn’t booked her venue date yet and plans to book off of the dates we have available. And that is exactly how the conversation with Kelli went! I was so honored when I received that email and I was truly ecstatic to capture her day. 

I finally was able to meet Kelli and Wes (and their sweet pup, Mackey) during their engagement session. I met them at their farm (which has been in Wes’ family for more years to count) and it truly did not disappoint. It was absolutely stunning and definitely the first session that included COWS! It made for some of my greatest and most unique images, ever. I left their session feeling so excited for their big day and I am seriously so glad Kelli found me and booked me. 

We actually were able to do their wedding portraits at the location of their FIRST DATE! How sweet is that?! She nonchalantly mentioned this bridge and goodness, I am so happy she did! Some of my favorite weddings photos to date! 

It was obvious how excited Kelli and Wes were to be married and gosh, they were so easy to work with. Their day was nothing but perfect and it was a true honor to be a part of it. 

Mr and Mrs Taylor, congratulations again. We hope you enjoy all these sneaks! 

With love, 

Kayla and Kris

Stone Creek Lodge | Crawfordsville, IN

Florist: Attica Floral Company

Cake and other Desserts: White Barn Bakery & Mary Lou Donuts

DJ/Band: 90’s Daughter

Hair: Halle Carpenter & Andrea Gomez

Make up: Lauren LaGrange

Catering: Custom Select Catering

Gown: Marie Gabriel Couture Bridal

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Kennedy Blue

Jewelry/Rings: Olive + Piper, Roger & Holland’s

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse

Transportation/Limo: Loaded Transportation Company

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

Other: Photo booth: JNP Photo booth

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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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