Celebrating Life and Womanhood: Kristyn and Megan

Kristyn and Megan met each other during their undergrad years at Valparaiso University.  They say they didn’t know it then, but Life intended to knit them together in ways they couldn’t even imagine.  As Kristyn finishes up her second year of medical school and Megan graduates with a master’s degree, these two friends find themselves closer than ever.  These women say they have seen each other through a lot over the years—through broken hearts, broken relationships, depression, an eating disorder, body image issues, dark seasons in their spiritual walks, and many other trials and storms. 

As mid-twenties single Christian women, they admit it is sometimes difficult to feel beautiful without that special someone there to remind them of that fact.  I was commissioned to take these photographs in order to help them celebrate who they are each made to be as individuals.  I also wanted to capture the joy they felt in knowing that they have been sustained through some very difficult seasons of life, and the lightness of Being that they experience now from gaining victory over Life’s valleys.  Lastly, they sought a fun and creative way of reminding themselves of the Freedom they can never lose—freedom from self-hatred and self-doubt, freedom from the lies of this world, freedom to choose Joy, Love, and Hope over any single life circumstance.

And what prop would you use for such a celebration? Balloons, of course!  These best friends say you’re never too old to kick off your shoes, jump through the grass (with or without a handful of balloons), and be vulnerable to admit God’s love for each of us alone is the root of every good thing.

For permission to view the full proof gallery from this Portrait Session on ShadowlandsPhotography.biz, please contact Kristyn and Megan for the passcode. You can also see more pictures from this session (as well as other clients’ sessions) on Facebook.com/ShadowlandsPhotography and ShadowlandsPhotography.com


Orchard Ridge Wedding: Brandon + Madison

Brandon and Madison first met at Ball State University…just ONE week before she graduated (he had a full year left).  They made the difference work and when Brandon graduated, they moved to Missouri so he could attend Chiropractic School at Logan College.  They bought a house in Missouri and on the day they moved in — he proposed in their back yard at sunset!  Madison said it was really cute – Brandon even treated her to the fabulous fondue restaurant The Melting Pot that night (her favorite restaurant back in Indiana where she is from).

Brandon and Madison are pretty much the classic “city girl falls for the country boy” love story…oh, come on…who doesn’t love a cowboy?  With their tough, rugged individualist exterior and ability to heroicly rescue maidens and foil bandits?  Well..anyway…Brandon is the modern version for Madison…he drove a big truck, loved country music, and was a HUGE mamas boy.  What’s not to love about that?  🙂  All that aside, in the end they are both meant for each other and compliment each other in adorably paradoxical ways.  He is a little high strung, she goes with the flow…it just works..and that’s why they love each other!  They are best friends and can’t wait to experience all life has to offer..together!

I have to point out that Madison was the epitomy of cool and collected as her gorgeous bridesmaids, mother and I admired her getting all dolled up at 5 Elements Salon.  Her grace and calm were the total opposite of a bridezilla.  Her amazing updo was created by Sarah and her flawless makeup was the artistry of Esthetician Tonya.

The dreamy weather and setting at Orchard Ridge Country Club was ideal…what a lush green backdrop!

Now, Brandon is Scottish, so he and Madison decided to include “The Oathing Stone” into their wedding ceremony. The stone is an old Celtic tradition where the Bride and Groom place their hands upon a stone while saying their wedding vows. It was such an meaningful way to express their solemn promise in physical form!

Madison and Brandon…thank you for choosing me as your wedding photographer! May God bless your future together!

Wow!  I loved Madison’s ivory Italian Satin one-shoulder wedding gown with court train by Jasmine Bridal at Brides A La Mode.  That wedding gown was complperfect for Madison!

And, I couldn’t even dream up better floral arrangements.  Mad props to Trista Rose and her creative team at Rose’s Bouquets who are never short of breathtaking!!!!  They have such a GREAT eye for color combinations and an inherant knowledge of what bride’s want!

The joyous and dance-filled reception celebration was ushered into the moonlight by DJ Izzy Rodriguez from Quattro Systems.  And the elegant and super yummy wedding cake was hand-crafted by none other than Carolyn Pruden from Elegant Cakes.

Now, it just happened to be that the BIGGEST full moon of the year arrived on the night of their wedding (that’s gotta be some kind of a divine blessing, right?) so of COURSE I had to take them out on the golf course to take advantage of “Supermoon Saturday”.  : )

And since nothing about their wedding day details were short of amazing, they also had a spectacular sparkler exit!

For permission to view the full proof gallery from this Wedding on ShadowlandsPhotography.biz, please contact Brandon or Madison for the passcode. You can also see more pictures from this session (as well as other clients’ sessions) on Facebook.com/ShadowlandsPhotography and ShadowlandsPhotography.com.

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Engagement Pictures at Indiana University Bloomington

Ben fell in love with Krista at first sight on Bloomington’s Indiana University campus.  Krista’s roommate had a feeling Krista and Ben were meant for each other, so she began secretly scheming for the two to meet.  Ironically, Krista introduced herself to Ben first after seeing him on campus so many times.  Soon after they met, Ben asked Krista out to a romantic dinner, and the two have grown deeper in love ever since!

Krista and Ben are planning their wedding in Fort Wayne, Indiana this May. I am so excited to be photographing their big day!

We met down on IU’s campus this past weekend.  Here are a few sneak peeks of my favorite pictures from their engagement portrait session on Saturday…

For permission to view the full proof gallery from this Engagement Portrait Session on ShadowlandsPhotography.biz, please contact Krista or Ben for the passcode. You can also see more pictures from this session (as well as other clients’ sessions) on Facebook.com/ShadowlandsPhotography and ShadowlandsPhotography.com.