Emily and Jeremy | Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia Wedding

You guys, I cannot tell you how excited I am to share these photos from Emily and Jeremy's wedding!!  These two are so sweet and in love with each other, and we had so many perfectly beautiful moments during their day.  I am so excited to share this one with all of you!!

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Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography

Jeremy and Emily didn't want to do a first look, they really wanted the first moment they saw each other to be at the ceremony.  I love when brides and grooms know what is most important to them on their wedding day and make that a priority.  They did still want to hear from each other and to calm their nerves, so they exchanged notes around a corner and were able to chat for a few minutes.  It was a perfect moment, and I'm so glad that they were able to share it.  

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Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography

Fun fact... right before I took this photo of the bridal party, Emily let everyone know that this is her favorite shot that I take at weddings.  I'll let you in on a little secret, Emily, It's one of my favorite shots I take at weddings, too :-).  And I think that yours turned out phenomenally! 

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Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
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Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography

The reception was wonderful, great speeches, and that dance floor was hoppin' all night!!  The groomsmen even took a moment outside to enjoy some whisky and cigars, so you know I was right there with them setting up my external lights to capture it ;-).

Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography
Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography

Emily and Jeremy, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your day... from the first time we met, I was so excited for the two of you, and have only grown to adore you guys more and more every time I see you!  I hope you are having an AMAZING honeymoon in Maui!!  Aloha!!!

Kiva Club Trilogy at Vistancia wedding photography

Holly & Mark | Married | Chicago, IL |

There are some people who you meet and because they are so fun, you know that their friends must be so fun, and their family must be so fun, and every single person involved in their wedding must be so fun.  And then you go and photograph their wedding and every single thing you thought is 100% CORRECT.  Holly and Mark are these kind of people!!  Hold on to your hats, this one is gonna blow your socks off...Is that mixing metaphors, and do I sound like an old-timey radio announcer?  Don't care, it's all true!!

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

Holly's hotel room was beautiful and had this lovely light coming in through the huge windows!  Want my advice?  Always think about getting ready in a room with lots of beautiful natural light.  Then your bridesmaids can be beautifully backlit as you show them your beautiful eyelashes ;-). 

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

Oh Alison, how I love you!  Holly's mom had been contacting me from North Carolina where she was planning the wedding with Holly long distance.  She was always so sweet in her e-mails and when I got there I felt like one more of her daughters, she was just so welcoming.  Also, how amazing does Holly look in this one?!?!

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Especially if you aren't going to see each other before your ceremony, I think a note to each other is the very best idea... you will treasure it forever and get to connect for a moment before everything else starts up.  

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

When Phil comes to shoot with me, he stays in the back of the church or ceremony location with the bride while I head in and get aisle shots.  I am always jealous of him, especially when he walks up to me later says... "I don't want to brag or any thing, but..." and then shows me THIS MOMENT between Holly and her father on the back of his camera.  I love it, I love it, I love it so much!!  How special is it to have that moment right before they head down the aisle captured for all time.  I hope that you both love it as much as I do :-).  Also, Holly, you are gorgeous.  

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Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

When we were planning out the timeline of their day, Holly told me that there were a few requests she and Mark had for how they would like to spend their time.  One was that they get a photo at Wrigley Field, one was that we have a fun relaxing time with their wedding party and families on the trolly, and one was that we stop by their favorite bar for a drink before the reception.  As you know, here at Erin Evangeline Photography we always aim to please, so...  It was game day at Wrigley (which the Cubs won 4-1 six innings later!), they had the most awesome atmosphere on a wedding trolly I have ever seen, and their favorite bar had decorated the back room specifically for them when we stopped by.  It was a successful wedding day all around!!  WISHES GRANTED!!  

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

Next stop, the Four Moon Tavern for a drink with their favorite bartenders, in their favorite haunt!  SO FUN!!

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

As I said, everyone in Holly and Mark's wedding party was super fun.  We enjoyed spending the day with all of them, and I know that a few of you are getting married in the next year or two, so call me!!  Also, shut up, how gorgeous is this shot of the most beautiful bridesmaids ever?

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

Those bouquets are some of my favorite of the year... how gorgeous is all that color with the navy blue and gray of the outfits?!?  You guys, I love a good pop of color on a wedding day!

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

And now excuse me as I drool over how stunning these two are in every single photo we took of them... every single one :-).  

Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field
Chicago Wedding Photographer Wrigley Field

Holly and Mark, thank you so much for trusting us to capture your wedding day.  It was a wonderful time, and we are so glad we were able to share it with you.  Since my Royals and Phil's Tigers aren't looking like they are going to be making it into the playoffs, I guess we both can say... GO CUBS!!

XOXO

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Molly & Joe | Married | Boone Hall Plantation | Charleston, SC | Sneak Peek

One of my earliest memories of my cousin Molly was when she, her sister Meaghan, and I were choreographing a dance to the song "Big Girls Don't Cry" in their family room...  I don't remember anything in particular about it except that Molly ended it on the floor whipping her hair around fake crying.  I think she was about four at the time and Meaghan and I thought it was the most hilarious thing we had ever seen.  Molly has always had a zest for life, and I was so happy last year when I met her Joe, who is her perfect match.  They love good food, fun times, and good travel, so it made total sense when they decided to have a destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina.  Their wedding at Boone Hall Plantation was one of the most beautiful I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing, and they and their friends knew how to throw an awesome party.  Obviously Molly has not grown out of her dancing days, because she actually blew out her knee on the dance floor at her wedding.  I guess some things never change ;-).  Enjoy this sneak peek, it is one for the books!!

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Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation

What happens when your bride spots an absolutely adorable puppy?!?  You throw him into a few portraits, of course!!

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Boone Hall Plantation was absolutely stunning... absolutely in every way.  It is no wonder why Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively chose to be married at this location as well, everything was beautiful and absolutely perfect. That spanish moss... unreal. (Did you catch that name drop in there?!? Oh yeah, so fancy!!)

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Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Destination Wedding Photographer Boon Hall Plantation
Charleston Wedding Photography Boon Hall Plantation

Britt & Ben | MARRIED | Wichita, Kansas

As I said in the blog post for Britt and Ben's engagement shoot, Britt and I met in college when we lived in the same hall.  I moved off campus quickly, but I always remembered her for her calm and joyful presence that an 18 year old spaz like me needed in her life ;-).  Fast forward 15 years, and I was so honored and excited to be able to be by her side documenting her wedding day to Ben.  These two are such a team, and have had such a longtime love for each other that  witnessing their wedding was a complete treat.  I am so in love with these classic, beautiful photos for my classic and beautiful friend.  

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Every once and awhile I really like to pull out some harsh light and my macro lense and see what happens, I think these turned out really fun!

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While I was with Britt, Phil was over at the church with the guys capturing Ben and his groomsmen.  

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Oh mothers of brides, don't worry, that look you have, beaming at the beautiful woman you somehow raised getting ready for her wedding day is one of my favorite things to capture.  Pure joy, pride, love, and maybe even a little tear here and there.  I DIG IT!!

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Story time: Sometimes while you are waiting for the ceremony to start, you go downstairs to the bathroom in a 100 year old church, and there is BEAUTIFUL light pouring through a window and you HAVE to take some bridal portraits, because Britt looks like a classic literary heroine from a Jane Austen novel, and it just ends up being the BEST THING EVER.  And then Phil shows you the back of his camera and you are all mad at him, because his is even better than yours (and yours is one of your favorite bridal portraits EVER)...but not really mad at him, because he works for you, so it's win-win ;-). Also, Britt...you. are. stunning. 

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This moment, this moment of holding hands as they were blessed by the officiant who is very dear to them.  I wanted everything else to fall away so that you saw that little thing that means so much.  Their love for each other is breathtaking.  

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Directly after the ceremony, we headed into a side chapel so that the rest of the church could empty out.  It was so wonderful for Britt and Ben to have that time alone together for their first few minutes as husband and wife.  I highly suggest getting a few alone moments after the hubbub of the ceremony if you can.  It's lovely!  And also I LOVE ALL THE STAINED GLASS ALL THE TIME!!!

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Then it was time for some PHOTOS!!  How beautiful was riverside park at sunset?  

The girls.

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The guys

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The entire super fun crew!

Kansas City Wedding Photography

Britt and Ben road from their ceremony to their reception in a bright blue vintage VW Bug.  It was adorable, and even more special because it was Britt's car in high-school!  Her dad and brother had restored it when she was younger, so she got to drive it in her teen years.  I LOVED this, and we got some great shots in the car.  

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This one is my fave.  Definitely my fave.

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Britt and Ben, thank you so much for alowing Phil and I to be part of your day, it was such a wonderful wedding and party, and I hope that you are enjoying your honeymoon in the Pacific Northwest right now!  I'm sure it is GORGEOUS there!!

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Danielle & Mike | MARRIED | Red Mountain Ranch Country Club | Phoenix, AZ

Danielle and Mike found me through one of his groomsmen who happens to be the very talented Carl of Carl S Miller Wedding Films.  I was so excited for their day, because we had a great time together at their engagement session a few months ago.  I knew beforehand that with Danielle's amazing green eyes, and their easy way of being with each other (that's what nine years of dating will get you, right?) this was going to be SUCH a great wedding.  I didn't know that both of their families would be so much fun, that we were going to be in for an epic sunset during and after their ceremony, and that the night would end with Sparky, ASU's mascot even making an appearance!  You guys, this was such a wonderful night, and Phil and I were so honored and lucky to be there!!

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That bling... Danielle's ring is so beautiful!

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We met up at the hotel where the wedding party was staying and were able to catch a few fun shots of both the girls getting ready and the guys getting ready.  I always love it when brides and grooms are in the same hotel, because Phil can be with me while I shoot details, and I can do epic things like hang a wedding dress from the ceiling.  (see next photo) ;-).  

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Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ
Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ

Their ceremony was right on hole 18 of the golf course, and it was stunningly beautiful.  The sun was already giving off some beautiful colors across the sky, and Phil Korth got this beautiful silloette shot as I was focused more in on the bride and groom's faces.  

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Nope, we didn't bring our drone... Phil is just a magician-ninja.  Definitely my favorite shot of the evening!!  Husband and Wife!!!

Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ
Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ
Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ

SOOOOO SWEET these two.  Loving and soft, and just plain yummy!!

Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ

Okay, I change my mind... this might be my favorite shot ;-).  

Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ
Red mountain Ranch Country Club Wedding Photography Phoenix AZ

Danielle's parents had set up a huge surprise and I think Phil and I were number 4 and 5 of people on the planet to know about it.  Sparky, the mascot for ASU, where Danielle and Mike both graduated and met surprised them after the toasts and danced the night away with them. Danielle's face when he walked in the door says it all... she was STOKED!  What an amazingly fun wedding surprise!

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Danielle and Mike, we had such a great time on your weddin day.  Thank you so much for trusting me to capture the memories for you, and I can't wait to see where life takes you in the future!  

XOXO

Erin

Susanna & Graham | MARRIED | Neon Boneyard | Downtown Grand Hotel | Las Vegas, NV

The first time I met Susanna, I heard her before I saw her.  It was my senior year of high school, and this tiny little freshman got up to audition for the musical...her voice was already SO AMAZING, and her belt carried throughout the theatre.  Luckily we were in the musical and choir together, and I grew to adore the girl as much as I adored her singing voice!  She moved to New York to pursue her acting career, and I ended up in LA and Phoenix, building my photography business.  Through the magic of facebook I got to watch her meet Graham, and build their lives together.  I was BEYOND THRILLED when she called me to see if I could photograph their destination wedding in Las Vegas. 

Graham & Susanna are opposites on the surface, he is reserved, she is more outgoing, but inside they are goofs who love a good drink, love some good food (Graham is a chef at a nationally known restaurant), and had one of the most fun weddings I have ever had the pleasure to be a part of.  Buckle Up, people, this is going to knock the wind out of you!!

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I was hanging out with the girls at their suite at The Cosmopolitan on the strip.  We had a perfect view of the fountains at the Bellagio and the view was simply awesome!!  

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Susanna made all the proper preparations for her wedding day, shaved legs and champagne ;-).

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Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Wedding Photography

Before Susanna got into ther dress, it was of course time for a DANCE PARTY!!  Each of the girls took their turn shakin' it.  It was one of the most fun getting ready moments I have ever witnessed.  

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Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Wedding Photography

As I was on the main strip with the girls, Phil was with Graham and his groomsmen hanging out at the Downtown Grand in their very RED suite.  I think they had a few good laughs together, and a few good whiskies ;-).  

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Las Vegas Downtown Grand Wedding Photography
Las Vegas Downtown Grand Wedding Photography

It's never too late to complete those vows!

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Then it was time for their first look on the balcony of their hotel room.  Susanna had given Graham a secret message to read before he turned around, but she was super ready for him!!

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I think hte look on his face when he saw her says it all... soooooo much love there.  It's really beautiful.  

Las Vegas Cosmopolitan Wedding Photography

Time for the entire wedding party to get in on the action!  We had a few fun spots in Vegas scoped out for portraits, and I am going to go ahead and say this wedding party NAILED IT.  Susanna's bridesmaid Shana styled all the bridesmaids in dresses from her brand, In God We Trust, NYC.  They looked AMAZING together, and I especially loved when they tied it all together with the blue suede shoes!  We were in Vegas, after all!!  

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Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Downtown Grand Wedding Photography

Susanna had found a photo from another wedding of a bride and groom at this pink motel. She sent it to me saying "We HAVE to find this place".  Well, here at Erin Evangeline Photography we love nothing more than to make dreams come true, so I found the motel, and we made a few amazing, sun-drenched photos.  Thank god for sunglasses in the desert, and adorable brides and grooms who are willing to play along with crazy ideas!

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We headed back to the Downtown Grand Hotel, for some fun, quirky photos on the pool deck.  Susanna and Graham love Wes Anderson, and we were going for a colorful, 70's vibe.  We decided to be very immersive in the environment, shoot with people in the background, and just enjoy the fun of being all dressed up on a pool deck in Las Vegas.  I LOVE these photos.  I love when a couple has so much vision and are so willing to play on their wedding day. TOTALLY worth it!

Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Downtown Grand Wedding Photography
Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Downtown Grand Wedding Photography
Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Downtown Grand Wedding Photography

It was WEDDING TIME!!  Graham and Susanna were legally married last year in a ceremony that her mother was able to witness before she passed away.  Susanna's dad, who is a preacher, married them at that small ceremony.  Susanna had always dreamed for her dad to walk her down the aisle at her wedding, so when they were planning this ceremony for family and friends in Vegas, her brother stepped in as officiant and her dad was able to walk his only girl down the aisle to her love.  She wore a veil that her sister in law made in the fashion of her mother's veil.  I'm not sure there was a dry eye in the house at that moment.  Both Graham's parents were able to attend the ceremony in Vegas, and you could feel all the love in the space coming from all the family and friends finally celebrating these two together.  It was beautiful.

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Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Downtown Grand Wedding Photography

Wide shot by Phil Korth... 

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So happy!

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Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Downtown Grand Wedding Photography

Mr and Mrs!!!  That sun was intense, but I think Susanna's smile just might be outshining it!

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With that, it was time to play in the Neon Boneyard for a bit.  The first request of our bride and groom was for a photo with the sign to remind them to their home!  NY NY!!

Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Wedding Photography
Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Wedding Photography
Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Wedding Photography

DREAM... I think this is my favorite of the day... WHAT A DREAM!! Can we please also talk about Graham's amazing velvet suit.  ON POINT FRIEND! 

Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Wedding Photography

Fun fact, the Downtown Grand Hotel used to be the Lady Luck.  Since Graham and Susanna's wedding reception was there, I made sure we got a Wes Anderson inspired photo of them with the Lady Luck sign.  

Las Vegas Neon Museum Boneyard Wedding Photography

Congratulations, Graham and Susanna.  I am so honored and lucky to have been a part of your wedding day.  Your love for each other is so evident in everything that you do, and I can't wait to see where the future takes you!  Have a great time in Zion on your mini-honeymoon and let's meet up next time Phil and I are in New York!!

XOXO

Erin

Britt & Ben | ENGAGED | Wichita, KS

Oh what can I say about Britt?  I met her in college (Rock Chalk, KU!) when we both lived in the same honor's dorm, Douthart.  I remember that even then, she had a strong sense of who she was and was always so positive.  Need to clean the kitchen as your assigned job for the week?  Britt would definitely keep you company!! Laughing with friends in the TV room?  Britt was in to smile right along with you!  I left the hall after my sophomore year, but luckily through the world of facebook, we were able to follow each other's goings-on and we both actually ended up going to the same photography workshop!  We reconnected when I asked her to second shoot one of my very first weddings with Erin Evangeline Photography many years ago, and she supported me through a very hot Kansas day and captured images that the bride and groom LOVED.  

I was SO EXCITED when she contacted me after getting engaged last year.  When she couldn't find a photographer that she loved in Wichita for her engagement session, I had to head out to Kansas on my only open weekend this spring to meet Ben, her fiance, and capture their connection.  On a very cloudy day, we headed to downtown Wichita to finally put Britt in front of the camera instead of behind it.  

Ben and Britt have been together for nine years, and their ease together and the love between them was evident in every second of the session.  Ben is full of jokes, and I think the only times that the laughter stopped were when they were talking about how much they love each other and how excited they are to be married.  I cannot wait for May, you guys!!  Enjoy these sneak peeks!

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Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline
Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline

When you have two Wichita Natives, you HAVE to get a photo with the flag!!

Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline
Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline

Can you believe that this park is right in the center of Wichita?!?!  I was worried we wouldn't have any color because spring hadn't exactly sprung in Kansas, but there were so many beautiful locations and we found some spring anyway.  I can't wait to go back in May for wedding photos, it's going to be gorgeous!!

Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline

That RING!!!  Seriously might be my favorite engagement ring (except for mine of course) EVER!  Emerald cut three diamond BRILLIANCE!!

Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline
Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline
Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline

Oh I just love your love.  Britt, thanks so much for working out timelines so that we could make this session work, and Ben, thanks so much for showing up for your love and playing along with my silly games.  It was 100% worth it.  

Wichita Downtown Engagement Photography with Erin Evangeline

XOXO

Erin

Janine & Jared | Phoenix South Mountain Engagement Photos

You know when you meet someone, and she is wearing beautiful Kendra Scott jewelry, and she has a huge beautiful smile and you ask her why she is excited to meet her fiance and she quotes the TV show Friends to you 'He's my lobster!' and you are like 'I adore this girl, and want to be her friend forever!!'???  Yes, this happens, and yes, it happened to me when I met Janine at the Phoenix Bridal show at the Phoenician Resort last month!  Her energy and excitement rubbed off on me, and I was so excited to meet her "lobster" and photograph them together.

They met in Oklahoma, fell in love in Texas, and are now getting married and making their home in Arizona.  When we were talking about locations we knew we wanted some dessert, to show off their new home, and also a bit of ranch as a nod to their history together.   Scorpion Gulch at South Mountain was the perfect spot, and I am in love with the warm, sunset glow that we were able to find before the end of the evening.

It was obvious throughout the entire session how much these two adore each other.  They were super sweet, and I enjoyed every minute!!  Enjoy your photos, guys!!

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I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love these outfits!!  I LOVE when my brides and grooms get dressed up in nature, I think that the formal with the natural is such a great combo, and I am IN LOVE with this navy blue/gray combo!  Well done, guys!

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Sometimes the little in-between moments are the best!! And can you beat this old building?!?!  Let me answer that for you... no you can not!

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Phoenix Scorpion Gulch South Mountain Engagement Photos

Janine is obviously gorgeous no matter what, but she did have a professional hair and makeup artist get her ready for our shoot.  I want to put in a quick plug for working with a professional for your engagement photos.  It was WINDY this day, you will see in a few photos coming up that her hair was whipping all over everywhere when we were out in the desert.  Because she had a professional style it, I was always able to comb it back into place with my fingers, and her curls held throughout the entire session.  If her stylist hadn't done such a great job then we might not have been able to get these beautiful formal shots where her hair is perfectly placed!!  I cannot tell you how valuable it is to have a good style when that wind picks up in the desert.

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The warm, sunset light was so strong this evening, and I loved every second of it.  Jared and Janine changed into a bit of a more casual look, and the desert gave us some magic light to finish out the evening! This next one is one of my favorites, I can just feel their love for each other!! How much will they treasure this photo in 30 years?!?

Phoenix Scorpion Gulch South Mountain Engagement Photos
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Janine's ring is one of my favorite engagement rings I have ever seen!  So intricate and detailed, and beautiful!  Seriously, good job, Jared!!

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Thanks so much for spending the afternoon with me, guys!  I love your engagement photos!!

Leigh & Josh | Phoenix Desert Engagement Photos

If you follow my work at all on this blog, you probably know that Phil and I started off this year doing a few bridal shows in Phoenix.  We met all sorts of awesome future brides and grooms, and had a great time at each show!  We met Leigh and Josh when they came together to the Phoenix Bridal Show at the Phoenician Resort in February.  I knew immediately when I met both of them that I wanted to photograph them, and I'm so glad that I got the chance to spend the afternoon hanging out in the desert, sharing restaurant suggestions (you KNOW I'm full of them), and capturing some of their easy laughter and devotion to each other.  

Josh is in dental school right now, which brought him and Leigh out here to Arizona all the way from Virginia!!  Moving almost completely across the country is such a huge step, but when you do it with the right partner, it can be an amazing adventure!!  I had so much fun falling right back into my southern Missouri accent because Josh and Leigh's southern charms were workin' on me :-).  

Josh and Leigh, you guys had the most easy laughter between you of any two people I know.  I ADORED spending the afternoon laughing with the two of you!!  I hope these photos always remind you guys of this exciting time in your lives, and the beautiful desert that you get to share it in!!  Get ready, people, these are GORGEOUS!!

Phoenix Arizona Desert Engagment Photos
Arizona Desert Engagement Photos

Okay, how lucky am I getting with all my brides having ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS EYES... Leigh, seriously, I did nothing to enhance the color on these... they are that fierce in real life!  I can't wait to see how they look on your wedding day!! WOW!!

Arizona Desert Engagement Photos
Arizona Desert Engagement Photos

I love canoodling and dancing in the desert... You really can't beat it!

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Now Arizona is just trying to show off to all your Virginia friends ;-).  DANG it was a beautiful evening!!

Arizona Desert Engagement Photos
Arizona Desert Engagement Photos
Arizona Desert Engagement Photos

I made a note to ask Leigh about this nail color beacuse it is perfection!!  That ring is pretty nice too, Josh ;-).  

Arizona Desert Engagement Photos

This laughter!!  If the food of love is laughter, than these two are going to have a LOT LOT LOT of it ;-).  

Arizona Desert Engagement Photos Scottsdale
Arizona Desert Engagement Photos

Seriously, how much do you guys love these photos?  Me... 100 percent!!  I hope you love them just as much as I do, Leigh and Josh!!  Can't wait to hang out with you two again soon!

Emily & Jeremy | Scottsdale Arizona Engagement Photos

I met Emily at the Arizona Bridal Show in Phoenix last January and immediately knew that I adored her!  We were able to meet up for coffee, and I was so excited when she and Jeremy asked me to photograph their wedding!  Both these two are athletes (Jeremy does the high jump) who were up for anything during our desert engagement photo shoot.  It's so fun to watch two people who are in love connect and fall into that familiar comfort together as the session goes on.  There is such a strong connection between these two, and it was so fun to witness it for an evening.  I hope you guys found some great sushi after your session, and that you love these blog photos as much as I loved taking them!!

Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos

I love Emily's feet up on her tippy toes for this kiss!  As the wife of a much taller man, I can completely relate ;-).  CUTE!!

Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos

I LOVE real smiles!  These two laugh together so easily!!

Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos

I'm just warning you... these sunset golden light photos that you are about to see are BEAUTIFUL and you are going to be so wowed... just a warning ;-).

Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos

I think this one is my favorite.  Jeremy's little smile and Emily's ease with him are so apparent and I think tell volumes about these two and their easy love.  

Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos
Scottsdale Desert Engagement Photos

Was I right???  So great, right??  I loved photographing you guys so much, and I can't wait for your wedding later this year!!  Thanks for spending the evening with me and my camera!!

  

Catherine & Tim | ENGAGED | Phoenix, AZ

Oh I love Catherine and Tim so much!  From the moment I met Catherine, I adored her and we had so much fun talking about our mutual love of music and Columbia fleece jackets ;-).  I met Tim a bit later, and obviously he was awesome as well.  I was so excited when they asked me to be their wedding photographer!

When we were talking about where to take engagement photos, we had tons of ideas.  Once Tim and Catherine get married they are moving to Hawaii for his job, so we wanted to capture their life in Arizona in some images that would help them remember their time in the Valley of the Sun.  We landed on the idea to take some lifestyle casual photos at home and then a few beautiful sunset photos in the park where they walk every weekend and got engaged. Can I just say how I LOVED THIS IDEA SO MUCH!!  I mean, just see for yourself and imagine having photos of you with your love in the home that you share.  It's pretty great, not gonna lie.  Also we started off making chocolate chip cookies, which is the single best activity that people can do together ever.  

Lifestyle Engagement Photos
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Can you even believe how beautiful the light was in their house?  Light, and airy, and pure perfection! 

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They had set up a few activities that they like to do together at home so that they could really capture the feeling of their everyday love, and it was sheer perfection in every way.  Here they are actually putting together wedding invitations... how fun is it that Tim and Catherine will have this memory forever?!?!  I can't even take credit for the idea, it was thiers, and it was a GREAT one!

Lifestyle Engagement Photos

And of course most importantly... snuggling on the couch solving a crossword puzzle together... Does anyone know Stephen King's first novel?  That was the one that actually stumped all of us (even Phil, but don't tell him I told you ;-).  Uuugh... I hope your grand kids see this photo in fifty years and love it as much as I do!!

Lifestyle Engagement Photos

Time to snazz-up and head out to the park for some golden yummy sunsetting light.  AHHH!!!!

Phoenix Engagement Photos
Phoenix Engagement Photos

They busted a few dance moves at the spot where Tim had proposed.  You guys will have to share this one with your dance instructor!!

Phoenix Engagement Photos
Phoenix Engagement Photos

sunset turned to dusk, and we were still making such beautiful art that Phil busted out some off camera lighting and I was able to capture a few more as darkenss descended... It was simply magical.  Tim and Catherine, I loved every second of this shoot, and cannot wait for your wedding in May!!

Tempe Engagement Photographs

Rachelle & Steffen | Sneak Peek | McDowell Mountains Engagement Photos

Rachelle and Steffen were a dream to photograph.  Whenever I photograph couples, I always say that their connection to each other is the most important piece, and these two were so sweet with each other, you could feel their connection and I loved it.  I also got to have so much FUN with them.  Rachelle read through my style guide and rented her dresses from my favorite place, Rent the Runway.  She looked stunning, and the two of them together were pure dynamite!  Like Explosions of happy photographer everywhere ;-).   I usually keep my blog posts to ten or even fifteen photos, but get ready for overload, because I couldn't hold it back on this one!!

McDowell Mountain Scottsdale Engagement Session
Phoenix Engagement Photos McDowell Gateway Trail Loop

We met at one of my favorite desert spaces for engagement photos, the Gateway Loop Trail in McDowell Sonoran Preserve.  I had never seen it as green as that afternoon.  I would like to thank all the unseasonable rain we have been getting here in The Valley... Because wowza, it was gorgeous out there!! 

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This is definitely one of my favorites... so sweet and intimate.  

Phoenix Engagement Photographer Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photos McDowell Mountain

After our first set of images in the more casual outfits, we turned it up to ELEVEN (Spinal Tap Style).  Rachelle changed into this extraordinarily beautiful red Halston Heritage gown and Steffen threw on a snazzy blue suit.  I can't even describe how amazing they looked, but luckily I have photographic evidence for you ;-).

Phoenix Engagement Photos Desert Erin Evangeline

Rachelle's ring is perfect... a simple oval solitaire.  I am in love with it...classic and sheer perfection.  Well done, Steffen!  Plus, how sweet is an almost kiss in the background?  I looooove!

Phoenix Chicago Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline Photography

When Rachelle sent me examples of dresses she was considering I wanted to call her up and scream " THE RED ONE, THE RED ONE!!! IT WILL LOOK AMAZING IN THE DESERT!!" But I totally kept my cool and let her know that she should choose whatever she liked best.  So I was ecstatic when she picked this bold color... I really think it paid off and contrasted the natural landscape perfectly.  Don't you agree?!?!

Scottsdale Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline Photography
Phoenix Engagement Photos McDowell Mountian

I kept making the joke to "just dance together in the desert in your evening wear, like you do every Tuesday!"  There are extraordinary things that I ask my couples to do, wayyyyy out of the everyday ordinary, but it is totally worth it for timeless images like these!

Arizona Desert Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Photography
Scottsdale Engagement Photos

Calling Vanity Fair... I have some new models for you!  I love joy and laughter, but I also love some editorial edge thrown in for good measure.  I totally dig these!

Erin Evangeline Phoenix Scottsdale Engagement Wedding Photography

And we end on my very favorite.  Rachelle's red dress, the desert, and the wind... SOOOO GOOD!!

Phoenix Desert Engagement Photography

Rachelle and Steffen, thank you so much for sharing such a great evening with me.  Your love is beautiful and I'm so glad that I got to capture some of it for you guys!  Hopefully these photos will always remind you of the Scottsdale desert and this special time in your life!!

XOXO

Erin

Gabriella & Callum | Sneak Peek | Phoenix Engagement Photos

Are you kidding me with these two?!?  Gabrielle and Callum are beyond adorable together!  They make each other laugh like nobody's business, they are sweet to each other, and you can see the joyful love just all around them every second when they are together!  I had SO MUCH FUN with these two earlier this week!  Like so much fun I couldn't believe that it was my job to hang out with them to capture their love... it was magical, it was special, and I am honored that I got to be the one to make these photos.  AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!  They make me so happy!

Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photography Erin Evangeline

Lexie & Jon | Sneak Peek | Phoenix Engagement Photos | Papago Park

Lexie and Jon are so adorable together, I can barely stand it!  I met them at the Arizona Bridal Show earlier this month, and I knew right off that I HAD to photograph them.  Little did I know how much fun they have with each other, and how easy my job would be on a cloudy, beautiful evening in Papago park.  I love so many of these!!

Phoenix Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline
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Phoenix Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline
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Phoenix Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline
Phoenix Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline

Thanks so much for trusting me to capture this special time in your lives, guys!  It was an honor!

Chase & Ashley | El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding | Phoenix, AZ

You guys, wow, wow, wow.  Ashley and Chase's wedding was one for the books!  One of the most beautiful wedding venues (in my humble opinion) in Phoenix just opened a brand new wedding space, The Herb Garden at El Chorro, and Ashley and Chase were the very first couple to be married there with a view of Camelback mountain and the beautiful green trees surrounding them.  The love between these two was palpable the entire day, and they were up for anything I suggested, so we were able to capture an insane amount of beautiful portraits...as well as so many heartfelt moments between them and their families.  And not for nothin' but these two can TEAR UP a dance floor!  Prepare to be delighted!!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Ashley and Chase got ready in the same house but on different sides, and they successfully never saw each other the whole morning!  I was super impressed, and it was sooo wonderful as a photographer because I could bop back and forth between the two of them!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

This wedding space is breath-taking...El Chorro has done such a great job.  The walls and greenery make it feel intimate, but you still have a view of Camelback mountain and the beautiful sky.  These gates which the bride walked through to Clair de Lune were simply stunning, and the live music that Chase and Ashley chose made for just the perfect ambiance for a wedding.  I loved every second!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Short story time!  This wedding party was FUNNNNN!!  They were cracking me up, and once the dance party started they were all ON THE FLOOR rocking out!  I was following the wedding planner to photograph the cake cutting when one of Chase's best men grabbed me and started dancing with me on the dance floor...Just so that I could join in on the festivities!  It was my kind of party, so full of laughter and FUN!!!  Plus, how adorable are all these people!  I want to be all of your friends!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Ashley loved all the green around the venue, so we made me most of it. This beautiful gate came from halfway across the world to witness all the weddings that will take place here.  

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Not so humble brag... I saw that the light in the parking lot was simply divine, and Ashley and Chase trusted me enough to head out with me... to THE PARKING LOT... for these shots.  Between sunset, the back of Ashley's dress and the visible love between these two I think they will still cherish these parking lot photos 30 years from now!  I know I will!!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline
El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Dat sunset, tho!  Wowza!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Annnnd, saved my fave for last... I mean, this is my kind of love... Joyful, full, and wholehearted bliss.  Plus Ashley's dimple is my new favorite thing ever...Ahhhh!!!

El Chorro Herb Garden Wedding Phoenix Photographer Erin Evangeline

Oh, what a day!  I want to send some thanks to Jennifer Hubbell who came out to second shoot with me since Phil is still in Michigan preparing the Bicentennial Falcon for departure!  I had a great day with you!  And special thanks to Ashley's friend and fellow photographer Lindy Wadell for connecting us and celebrating the bride with some beautiful photos of her own!

XOXO

EE-K

\\Planner: Outstanding Occasions  \\ Florals: Flowers by Jodi \\ Hair and Make-Up: Chrissy at Bombshell 7 \\ Venue: The Herb Garden at El Chorro \\ Band: Mr. Mal  \\ Second Shooter: Jennifer Hubblle

Caitlin & Ashmer | Sneak Peek | Chicago Cultural Center Wedding

We had the best of times last weekend with Caitlin and Ashmer!!  They started planning this wedding only two months ago, when they booked a spot for a civil ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center! As you brides and grooms know, that is not much time to plan, but they pulled it off, and it was one of the most joyful, fun, personal weddings I have ever had the pleasure of photographing!!!  I cannot wait to go through all of the photos, but I was able to pull a few portraits that caught my eye for a quick sneak peek!  ENJOY!

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

These two were up for anything!  We didn't even know which room they were getting married in, or what it would look like, but it turned out to be BEAUTIFUL!  

Chicago Cultural Center Civil Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

My favorite portrait... The building is simply stunning! 

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

When your friends bring bubble guns for your exit from the building!!  CLASSIC!  P.S. Can we please talk about this amazing gown and Ash's super fly suit!  These two had style like nobody's business, and I LOVED it!

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

This group was so supportive and fun for the couple, traveling from the center to the reception and stopping at multiple places for photos on the way!

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

Cheers!

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

The ladies...

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

And the men!

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

Caitlin and Ash, you guys were simply the best, and I enjoyed spending your day with you so much!  I can't wait to edit all the rest of your photos, and to hear how married life is treating you!

Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography
Chicago Cultural Center Wedding Erin Evangeline Photography

Molly + Joe | Engaged | Lincoln Park, Chicago IL

My oh my oh my, you are in for a treat with these!  You see, Molly is my adorable cousin who lives in Chicago and got engaged to the equally adorable Joe last June.  Since I have been shooting weddings every single weekend of September in Chicago I knew that I needed to capture some engagement shots of the two of them while I was in town, and since Molly and Joe live literally across Lincoln Park from each other, we knew that we needed to include their adorable neighborhood and the park in their session!  

I am in LOVE with all of these, I just can't even tell you how much I loved watching my little cousin sharing so much love and joy with her man...but I'll shut up now so that you can see them! We started in the cutest courtyard entrance to an apartment building EVER!

Chicago Wedding Photographer Lincoln Park Engagement Photo Ideas
Chicago Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline Lincoln Park Engagement Photo Ideas

Then we headed over to Lincoln Park and I found the low sunlight peaking through buildings and trees  OH WOW OH WOW it was beautiful!!

Chicago Lincoln Park Engagement Photo Ideas Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer

I love me a Classic, Beautiful smiling engagement shot.  Mom and Dad want to frame it (You're welcome Aunt Karon and Uncle Clem) and you will treasure it now and thirty years from now!  Always an important piece of my engagement sessions, and this is one of my favorites EVER!!

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Lincoln Park Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer Classic Backlight
Lincoln Park Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer
Lincoln Park Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer

I think you can see love come alive when you watch two people who are in love laugh together... and Molly and Joe have it in spades!!  I can't even tell you how happy it makes me to see them so happy in this next photo!

Lincoln Park Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer

Chicago... Chicago... Oh how I love you!!

Lincoln Park Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer

And to end the night, a quick dance under the pavilion!

Lincoln Park Engagement Photos Erin Evangeline Wedding Photographer

Thanks for spending a fun evening with me, guys!  And for the Chicago cousin dinner that you set up afterward!  It was great to see everyone, and great to finally meet you, Joe!  I CAN'T wait for the wedding next year!!

XOXO

Erin

Stephanie & Chad | Married | Sneak Peek| Spring Lake Events, Georgia

I have known Stephanie since she was 15 years old.  My brother fell in love with her sister and for the past eleven years, they have been married.  We share two nephews, and one niece, an amazing sister, and a fabulous sense of humor!  I first heard about Chad a few years ago, and seeing these lovebirds together on their wedding day it was completely obvious that they are made for each other!  I was so happy to be able to travel to Spring Lake Events in Georgia for their rustic, personal, perfectly "them" wedding last weekend.  Hopefully they get to see this before they leave port for their Caribbean cruise this week! Enjoy your sneak peek guys!  

Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline

Are you kidding me with the beauty of these two sisters?!?!  And proud Papa's beaming smile makes me so happy!!

Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline

Stephanie was such a gorgeous bride!  That headpiece had me like woah!!!  

Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline
Rockmart Spring Lake Events Wedding Photographer Erin Evangeline

Thank you so much for trusting me to capture your special day.  It was simply awesome, and I am so glad that I was there to spend it with you!!!  Enjoy the Caribbean!!!

 

XOXO

Erin