New Year, New Ortiz!

What a party this wedding was!! Maggie and Nick got married on New Years Eve, so naturally the reception had to morph into a NYE party at some point. I started shooting at 1:00 PM and finished at 1:30 AM, and absolutely loved it.

You saw Maggie and Nick’s engagement photos earlier this year (here it is, in case you slept through it glorianna.org/projects/teamforlife). Somehow they’ve gotten even cuter and more in love since then. So brace yourself for the preview of their stunning winter wedding

Are you ready? Here we go.

All of the vendors at this wedding were lovely to work with! I would recommend every one of them again.

Wonderland Venue: Historic Rosemont Manor
Fantastic DJ: DJ Rick Rohn
Gorgeous Hair and Makeup: Michelle’s Beautique
Delicious Food-Providers: Celebrations Catering

Married on a Horse Ranch

When considering the best locations for an outdoor wedding, definitely put a horse ranch on the list. ESPECIALLY if the bride is a jockey and the groom works with horses for a living.

This wedding in Wesley Chapel, Florida was absolutely lovely. And with half of the bridal party being Puerto Rican, it's no surprise that the dancing was amazing. 

Congratulations again, Kat and Jose!

Bruce and Hannah's Wedding

Photographing weddings is always fun, but doing so for one of my dearest friends last year was such a privilege. Everything about this wedding was beautiful and perfectly illustrative of Hannah and Bruce. From the warmth of fall colors, elegantly unique decor, and divine food that one can only expect from Hannah, to the Massai blankets and banana leaf animals from Bruce's Kenyan upbringing, this wedding was exquisite.

And yet it was so much more than the details that made it a glorious day. Hannah and Bruce's wedding was full of the joy of the Lord. And a love so founded in Jesus Christ goes far deeper than feelings and circumstances. It's been an honor to see Bruce and Hannah's relationship progress and to watch how the Lord is working in and through them. I cannot wait to see what plans He has in store for these two. Mark my words, they won't be small. 

 
 

Kettell Wedding

I have two weddings coming up this weekend, so brides and grooms are on my mind. Which brings us back to the wedding of Paige, one of the most precious young ladies I know, and Spencer, her fun and loving groom. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

The difference between girls getting ready...

And boys getting ready...

McMahon McWedding

I can't begin to express how much I enjoyed photographing this wedding. It was so much fun and so lovely. The day was gorgeous, the venue was beautiful, there were horses grazing in a nearby field. I mean, really. I woke up sore from all the laughing and dancing that went right alongside the photographing. I also had the privilege of seeing the brilliant Cullen Studio in action (shoutout to the talented Zach Cullen and Gabrielle Frawley!)

I could go on forever about how much I love Maggie and Curtis, but I want you to look at the photos, so I'll keep it short. It was a blessing to be part of the day that they became one in God's eyes. The two of them overflow with that sacrificial love that makes it a little easier to understand Christ's incomparable love for us. 

I hope these pictures let you feel part of the joy of these two irreplaceable friends of mine. 

Ashley & Tyler

I had the privilege of photographing the beautiful wedding of Ashley and Tyler. What a joyful day! Ashley positively glowed and the way these two look at each other leaves no doubt about how in love they are. I know I sound like a Halmark card, but hey, it's true!
They're almost too sweet to handle.

Here's a big thank you for giving me the chance to be part of your day, and I'd like to say a special thank you to Tyler and the other members of our armed forces for the sacrifices you make in defense of our freedom. 

Matt & Becca (Second Shooting with Kaitlyn Phipps Photography)

I had the immense privilege of being the second shooter for the brilliantly talented Kaitlyn Phipps in a wedding this summer. Congratulations to Matt and Becca Reppert! In addition to being fun, sweet and almost too attractive to be allowed, Matt and Becca have a love centered around their Lord and Savior that is amazing to see. Their first act as a married couple was to wash each other's feet. It was incredible to watch them start their married life together with such a humbling act of service. It was also charming to see how much Becca loves Matt's (and now Becca's too!) precious daughter, Caroline.

It was a joy and a blessing to shoot alongside Kaitlyn Phipps. Posing and editing credit goes to her! See some of her stunning work at www.kaitlynphippsphotography.com. (And a big shoutout to Brooke, you angel, who managed the camera gear and everything else except the silverware.)

 

Man and Wife: Matthew and Ana Cook

Forgive the giant gap in this blog. I took pictures before the wedding and after it, but during the wedding I was slightly preoccupied being the maid of honor. My incredible mother photographed the actual ceremony, but I didn't post them here, so you'll have to settle for photos from before and after. Photos of the Reception will be coming later.

This wedding was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. From the stunning wedding dress and tiara that Mamae Evelin made for Ana, to the unhindered joy on everyone's faces, it was incredible. Ana looked breathtakingly beautiful and Matthew looked pretty spiffy himself. But the thing that made them absolutely glow was the love for Jesus and the love for each other that poured out of them every second of that day. 

Congratulations, you two!

[giant gap while I was being the maid of honor]