I never thought I would be…

…driving home from a wedding in a blizzard on April 4! But that is exactly what I did tonight! Crazy Iowa weather! I am praying that all the guests made it home safely.

Emily and Benj got married today and I wanted to share some of my favorite images with you!

I love this moment…right after the ceremony.



We were only able to shoot outside for a couple minutes because of the wind and cold. We did get a couple nice images like this one below.

I thought the cake was beautiful. It was made by Michelle from Piece of Cake.

The couple danced to “The Way You Look Tonight” by Frank Sinatra…

Emily and Benj-I wish you many blessings and all the joy in the world! Thanks so much for asking me to document your special day!

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Jessica (Em's sister) - April 6, 2009 - 6:16 pm

WOW!! These are absolutely beautiful! You did a fabulous job!

Meet Gentry…

…precious new addition to this very happy family!

Only 6 days old at the taking of these pictures…he is so fresh and new!

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Gentry getting a little loving from Mom…

…and getting ready to be Dad’s hunting partner!

He looks so tiny in this beautiful cradle hand made by Grandpa Dan. But he won’t look tiny for very long…and that is why I am so thankful to have been invited to capture a few fleeting and precious moments in the life of this family! A heartfelt thanks to you, Kamie and Matt!

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Jessica Kok - April 3, 2009 - 12:33 pm

I’m so in love with those fuzzy shoulders!

robin - April 5, 2009 - 7:29 pm

What a pretty baby!!! These images are just beautiful all around. I love the camo one. Really lovely.

Eric and Karissa got engaged…

…at a charming old abandoned church near Rock Rapids. Friends of the couple own the land this church sits on, and they kindly agreed to come out and turn the heat on for us as we took some engagement pictures on a chilly but bright and beautiful day a few weeks ago.

We had some gorgeous light and some really neat old wooden seating, and a couple in love. What more could I ask for? ๐Ÿ™‚

There was a little aqua/green painted room off to the side of the sanctuary area…

Karissa plugged in the organ and started playing!


Eric and Karissa: I am looking forward to your May 2 wedding…all the best to you in these final weeks of preparations!

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Spring is on it’s way…

…and I couldn’t be more excited! Robins are hopping around and after a couple of days of rain I see hints of green trying to poke through the dead grass!

I can’t imagine anything more fun and fitting to show you on the blog today than this sweet little girl that I got to photograph recently. Just six days old in these photographs…

So soft!

Daddy is in the greenhouse and landscaping business. Little Bailey fit perfectly into a hanging flower basket!

Family portrait

A little coccoon of sweet girliness…

To Justin and Angela: thanks for letting me come to your home and photograph your little miracle!

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Megan - March 25, 2009 - 9:47 pm

Vanessa!! WOW, these photos are great! I love the first one and the third, how creative!!

Anonymous - March 31, 2009 - 10:16 pm

Oh my… how lovely!!!

–an anonymous friend ๐Ÿ™‚

Ana Brito - April 2, 2009 - 4:28 pm

yes! how lovely and how creative! i love them ๐Ÿ™‚