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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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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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