This wedding was a delight! There’s something about casual weddings that I love so much. Whether it’s the intentional focus on people and relationships, each little planned detail having significant meaning, or the fact that the couple doesn’t subscribe to all the obligatory wedding fare. I have a place in my heart for weddings that look like the bride and groom.

This is Carly and Dan’s day…complete with blue hair, board games, leaf fights, and life-size Jenga:)

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Every so often in my work I connect with people who share my deep appreciation for authenticity, vulnerability, and truth, and who embrace their unique stories. I recently met and spent some time with Lauren…a soul that I think is very similar to my own….creative, artful, and looking for an experience a little different from a typical senior photo session. She wanted to be herself, and wanted to include little details significant to her…like the buttons on her purse (especially the one of her grandfather). I’m so glad Lauren and I had the opportunity to create together.

After viewing her gallery for the first time, she messaged me and said, “I am so grateful to you and for how these turned out. I think they just capture exactly who I am and how I hope people view me.”

So meet Lauren…a strong, self-aware young woman who’s going to rock her senior year.

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Wedding stories are sacred. They’re history in the making. They’re the start of something special and the end result of one very significant and life-changing decision between two people. They’re filled with laughter, love, silliness, surprises, well-planned details, and in this case…great dancing. I love photographing wedding stories.

Here’s Cailin and RJ’s…the start of a marriage between two kind, generous people who love each other and the people around them with much energy, humility, and joy.

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I’m not a good enough writer to adequately express all the admiration and awe I have for how gracefully this young family has welcomed their daughter, Nora, into their lives while honoring their twin son, Declan, who passed away shortly after his birth. He is very much a part of their home, their love for Nora, and their community of family and friends. I am humbled by the opportunity to be welcomed into their home, to witness their love for Nora and Declan alike, and to create images with them that hopefully show the beauty of new life…all wrapped up in a stunning baby girl.

I encourage anyone reading this story to leave a note of encouragement and love for Anne and Zachary. I know they would appreciate it.

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  • Bob Vander Ven - As a parent, and Grandfather, these photos are breath taking. Thank you for your professional time and patience. I just simply love each and every one of them. The photo of the urn with Declan and Nora by his side is precious. You even got the dog, Remy in them. I know Annie and Zac appreciate everything you have done. I just want to say thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Tracy Jade - Bob, your kind encouragement has made my day and reminded me once again why I love what I do. Thank you so very much for taking the time to leave this note. I send my love and prayers to your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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