Spotlight: Real Life Bride, True Life Friend & Bright Spot to Every Other Life She Touches

My unmistakable friend, Kimmi, on her wedding day! (photos courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

This past weekend, the Mister and I had the distinct privilege of witnessing one of my favorite people in the whole world say “I do” to the man of her dreams, and if it’s alright with all of you, I’d like to share their fairytale now… 

I first met my dear friend, Kimberly Marie Kessel (now Mrs. Witchger!), freshman year of college during our four year stint at the greatest place on earth… IU Bloomington (siiiiighhhh).  And after nearly nine years of friendship, I can honestly say, she was and still is one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever been granted on my journey. 

An endearingly quirky and sincerely loyal friend to the core, Kimmi has been my greatest teacher in the meaning of unconditional friendship.  She has an innate way of making everyone around her feel appreciated and needed without the lull of motive or expectation.  Her giving nature knows no limits, and her selfless demeanor and unbound caring, have provided some of my life’s truest blessings. 

There wasn’t a single other person on the planet that I would’ve rather spent my “No Class Fridays” with – be it on a hung-over trip to the Wendy’s drive thru, an inevitably regretful trip to the tanning bed or a simple trip to our living room couches to watch Lifetime Movies (yeah, I said it) and anxiously await the return of our other roommates from class.

Kimmi’s the kind of girl everyone could use in their life, which is why I couldn’t have been happier when I first met her match, Billiam (pronounced Bill-lum because Kimmi already had a William and Liam in her life – haha!).  It was two Halloweens ago, and if seeing them paired as Harry and Lloyd from Dumb & Dumber didn’t scream “meant to be,” I don’t know what could!  **That would be them on the outside, surrounding Kim’s sister, brother-in-law and nephew.  (story cont’d below)

hahahaha!

Now, my dear Kimmi has always been a creature of habit and doesn’t necessarily stray far from her comfort zone or unorthodox guidelines created, written and followed by hers truly.  While some may regard the reckless abandonment of proper etiquette and rules as discomforting, I should make it perfectly clear, Kimmi and her infectious personality are the ideal exceptions that prove this very rule… she’s simply too lovable to be considered anything less.  So, you can imagine all our surprise – after Billiam had been sent half way across the world to start a branch of his company in the South of China – that Kimmi was still willing to give it a go. 

We all knew after Billiam popped the Q, that there was a possibility for her to move; so, as time neared their December 18th wedding, the writing became clearer and clearer and was even spotlighted during the traditional Father of the Bride speech.  Mike Kessel – the ahhhmazing papa of Kimmi – laid claim to the fact that his family of four – he, his wife, Sandi and their two daughters, Dani and Kimmi – were pioneers. 

While they had family all across the US, they were the first four to venture into Indiana, which transitioned beautifully into the news that Kimmi and Billiam would be using the same pioneering skills for their move to South China… China… I just keep saying it, but it still seems unreal that our little Kimmi will be 7,200 miles away!! 

I mean, heck, this is the girl who would never let us say “goodbye,” because she didn’t like the permanent tone of it.  Instead, we had to replace all of our goodbyes with “just one second please’s;” as to soften the blow of the time we’d spend apart.  And now that our darling girl has married her Prince Charming, we’ll be provided with our lengthiest “just one second please” ever!  But funnily enough, I’m not worried in the least, because after seeing the two of them grow in love, there’s not a shadow of doubt in my mind that Kimmi and Billiam would be the best, most lovesick pioneers for journeying so far away!

Their day was marked by epic moments of firework displays, confetti explosions, influential nods to their Asian Sensation future, regally assembled peacock accents and an insanely popular photo booth (propped by me!), and if it’s any premise to their future, we can all look forward to a truly beautiful love story!  See what I mean… how freakin’ cute are those killer kimono bridesmaid gifts?? (story cont’d below)

All the pretty ladies getting ready! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Getting ready for their official entrance as Mr. & Mrs.! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Caught in the act heading up the elevator! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Such a happy couple - makes me smile! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Confetti explosion during the First Dance - GARG! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Warmed up with love! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Ha! Cutest! (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Photo booths are genius :) (photo courtesy of photosbyjennifer.com)

Good luck to the wonderful Witchgers!  May your journey be filled with more smiles, few tears and all the love and happiness you can handle!  Billiam, I know there’s no man who could possibly love our Kimmi better than you, and as Dani – Kimmi’s sister and Maid of Honor – said when she ended her toast:

As you sit side by side through the roller coaster of life, remember to scream at the peaks, hold hands through the dips, laugh through the loops and enjoy every twist and turn…  We love you, and cheers to many, MANY years of happiness :)

Give Your Reception a Touch of Nostalgia with Family Heirloom Photo Displays

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So much of who we are is because of where we come from.  Our past and all the people in it not only mold us into the people we are today but will continue to shape us into the people we hope to be in the future.  Being a girl who comes from an extremely LARGE, extremely loving family, I can’t help but think of the old African proverb: It takes a village to raise a child.  But perhaps this is because there are enough members in my family to be a village.  Don’t believe me?  Check out this beast from the Mister and me’s wedding last year…

And that’s strictly just my dad’s side!!  Haha!  Gotta love it :)

Anyhoot, if you’re a bride that’s anything like myself, you more than likely want to have a wedding day celebration that’s just as wonderful for you, as it is for all the important people in your life.  Because without your village to support you, your life just wouldn’t be the same!!  Haha!

One way to do this is by displaying flashback family wedding pictures for all to see!  Heirloom wedding photos at the reception is not a new trend by any means, but all the ways brides are displaying them display is!  Whether brides choose to just set up pics from the days their parents said “I do” or go all out and include grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, you name it… is strictly up to you!

The Mister and I chose to use pics of our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding days, which were set up by the entrance to ensure that every one coming in could get their blast from the past early :)   I’ve also seen where other brides will actually use the cake cutting photos from their family photos to decorate their cake table or toasting photos at the head table.  Really it’s up to!

Just be sure to have fun with it…. because I can gosh darn guarantee you everyone else will have fun seeing them!

Even though You Got a Place to Go: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!

photo courtesy of koleksifoto.com

They say that rain on your wedding day is good luck.  It’s said to be a sign of cleansing, growth and prosperity for the bride and groom; so, I figure that SNOW – which is waaaay cooler and stays much longer - has to be doubly as good, right?  I knew it :)

Well, even if it’s not, one thing is for sure… it makes for some in-cred-i-ble wedding pictures!  And in lieu of the holiday spirit (and the fact that it was the first day for snow in Indiana – whoop whoop!), not only am I dreaming of a White Christmas, but I can’t help but to also dream of sugar plum weddings as well!

Wedding pictures in the snow – for the brides bold enough to bear the cold – really do capture a sense of magic.  I mean, who remembers Phoebe Buffay’s wedding to good ‘ole Mike Hannigan on Friends???  Snooowww romantic!!!  (Pun intended, haha!)  Many pictures look like the pages of a fairy tale, and it’s no wonder… surrounded by crisp white and twinkling ice, any girl would look all kinds of ahhhhmazing!

Just look at these bad boys (and girls, duh!)! 

photo courtesy of rebekahwestover.blogspot.com

photo courtesy of robinroemer.com

photo courtesy of grazierphotography.com

photo courtesy of kerrymorgan.com

Haha! (photo courtesy of blog.photoskill.biz)

photo courtesy of manolobrides.com

photo courtesy of english-wedding.com

Mr. DeMille Wants to Know: Are You Ready for Your Wedding Close-Up?

photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com

While weddings take months to plan, it feels like the actual day itself can go by in an instant.  Making the following analogy ideal… Planning a wedding is to the actual day as Michael Phelps’ training is to the Olympics. 

Phelps trained day in and day out for years in order to jump in the pool, swim less than a minute and take home the gold… 8 times.  It’s madness, I tell you!  Complete madness!

And while your wedding day might not garner you the same fame as eight Olympic gold medals did Sir Phelps, it’s still one you’ll hopefully want to remember forever.  But how do you remember something forever when it’s done in a flash?

In pictures, of course!

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a schmillion times… Your wedding photos are hands down some of the most important – if not the most important – keepsake you’ll have from your day.  So, it’s important to make them count!

Recently, theknot.com put out a list of the 50 (New!) Must Have Wedding Photos for Your Album, and I’m dying to know what you think (or what you would add!)!  While I consider several of the items to be a bit of “Pete and Repeat” and slightly unorganized, I do think it’s crucial to get as many ideas as possible; hence why i even put a few more of my personal suggestions at the end as well!  Whoop, whoop!  So, without further adieu, here they are (with a couple examples from our big day courtesy of the ahhhhmazing Jessika and Jimmy Feltz!!):

1.  A Really Good Kissing Shot

2.  The Guys Getting Ready (see also #21, #41, #43 and #50)

Ohhh to be a dude on the wedding day. (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

3.  Your Bouquet (see also #10, #14 and #49)

4.  The Reception Tables

5.  Your Shoes (see also #25)

Granted, this is merely the heel of my shoes... but I love this shot! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

6.  You — In Action

7.  Your Favors

8.  Your Wedding Party Kids – Junior Brides, Ring Bearers, Flower Girls, etc.

Haha! Yessss! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

9.  The Wedding Cake

10.  Bridesmaid’s Bouquets (see also #3, #14 and #49)

11.  The Ceremony — Pulled Back

Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

12.  Your Dress

13.  Your Hairstyle

14.  His Boutonniere (see also #3, #10 and #49)

15.  Candid Shots of Your Bridesmaids

Love love love these ladies! (photos courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

16.  The Ceremony — From a New Angle

17.  Your Wedding Party –Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Ushers, Miniature Attendents, etc.

18.  Your Guests

Might I suggest doing a Photo Booth? The pics WILL be epic. (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

19.  The Scene (see also #32)

20.  The Reception — Pulled Back

21.  Getting Ready with Your Mom (see also #2, #41, #43 and #50)

22. A “New Angle” Photo (see also #46)

23.  The Ceremony Details

Part of the Four String Quartet (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

24.  Your Jewelry

25.  His Shoes (see also #5)

26.  A Sign of the Times Shot — Twitter, iPad, Facebook, etc.

27.  Your First Dance

28.  A Posed & Composed Couple’s Shot

From our editorial / aeroplane shoot :) (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

29.  The Escort Cards

30.  A First Look Photo

31.  A Silhouette Shot

Feel free to include the groom too, hehe! (photos courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

32.  A Scene Setter (see also #19)

33.  A “Magic Hour” Photo — reference term of photographers for right before sunset or right after sunrise when the light is best

34.  The Wedding Dog

35.  The Little Odds & Ends

One of our reception decorations standing proud. (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

36.  The Getaway Car

37.  A Dramatic Couple’s Shot

Again, from our editorial / aeroplane shoot! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

38.  A Funky Backdrop Couple’s Shot

39.  A Movie-esque Old Hollywood Shot — Black & White

40.  The Lighting

From inside one one of the trees :) (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

41.  Your Bridesmaids Before the Ceremony (see also #2, #21, #43 and #50)

Grouped together outside the church! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

42.  You and Your Dad

43.  Getting Ready Photo of You (see also #2, #21, #41 and #50)

44.  A Before the Ceremony Toast

45.  Your Glamour Shot

46.  An Artistic Angled Shot (see also #22)

47.  A Stolen Moment Away

Just the two of us! (photos courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

48.  Your Fashion Shot

Hiiiiiiiiit it! (photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com)

49.  The Boutonnieres (see also #1, #10 and #14)

50.  A Before the Ceremony Shot (see also any # that becomes before the ceremony, hehe!)

I would also like to offer few more shots you could benefit from… ’cause goodness KNOWS I did!

  • Cake Cutting
  • Other “Special” Dances (ie. father/daughter, mother/son etc.)
  • Speeches & Toasts
  • Bouquet Toss
  • Garter Toss
  • The FOOD!  (Dead sere, these were some of my faves!)
  • Bridal Exit from Church
  • Wedding Party Entrance to Reception
  • Grandparents
  • Guest Book

Let Their Mistakes Be Your Lessons Learned: brought to you by AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

Thanks, mom and dad, for all your continued, loyal support!... wait. what? (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Like any good blog stalker, this pretty little lady has her FAVES saved for go-to good reads.  It truly is one of my life’s truest joys to not only read what people are writing about but also, to see how and even why they’re writing about them.  While I have a tendency to lean (almost too) generously towards wedding blogs the world over, I can’t help but stray from time to time when a true gem rears its fabulous face onto my screen.

One such gem, you may wonder??  Well, that would be AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com

While it’s generally one of my most golden rules not to bully (aka. put others down to bring myself up), I can’t help but point out the majority of treats being posted on this site (and now BLASTED on ours) have been and continue to be submitted by the “stars” themselves.  So, they really only have themselves – and the photographic genius behind the lens – to blame.

So, without further adieu, may I present to you SEVERAL rules you should consider, and photographic evidence of why it’s so important :)

Rule #1.  Firstly, make sure you pick a wedding photographer who’s got the goods – shout out to Jessika & Jimmy Feltz who have the BEST goods ever! – otherwise, you run the risk of what this bride calls her uncle’s (yes uncle!) lack of “professionalism.”  Poor, potty mouth bride!

Just what every bride wants... a pic with a Port-O-John! (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Rule #2.  Don’t give me no lies, and (tell them to!) keep their hands to themselves!  Nothing ruins a good photo quite like uncomfortable groping from the peanut gallery.  I mean, photo op #1 is awkward enough with the painful parent poking, but photo op #2??  Somebody needs to tell sister friend in the corner to ease off… he’s taken for sobbin’ out loud! 

Mom, PLEASE! (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Some bridesmaids simply have no boundaries (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Rule #3.  If you doubt it, don’t show it.  And if you show it, perhaps it’s best to not do it.  It appears that no one, and I truly mean NO ONE, is comfortable with these marriages becoming offish… brides, grooms, family members, even officiants.  Mayhaps, things should’ve been thought through more thoroughly before the big plunge.

Can't you tell everyone agrees that it's a "nice day for a... white wedding!" (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Wow. You know it's a good ceremony when even the priest objects. (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Rule #4.  BEWARE OF BEWILDERING BACKGROUNDS.  Some of these I honestly have no other words for other than… whhhhyyyy?

You've heard of "Four Weddings & a Funeral" but what about having YOUR wedding and a funeral? (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

The sentiment is there - sure - but we can't get passed the poor guy gettin' butt grabbed from a distance. (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

I blame the bride mostly for her bridesmaids blending into the decor. For the record, there is such a thing as TOO matchy / matchy. (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Rule #5.  Finally, don’t fall victim to vicious photo editing!  As stanted in Rule #1, choose your photographers wisely or you may end up with these tripped out treats.  Granted, the photos are dated several years, but the rule remains as modern day as ever…

Why's the groom snarling at me? Better yet, why are they both floating above the entire ceremony? Wizard wedding? (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

'Cause you were always on my miiiiiiiiiind! This trippy photo is CREEPED to the max! (photo courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com)

Why Fit-in, when You were Born to Stand Out!: Decorating the Getaway Car

photo courtesy of cheap-wedding-planning.blogspot.com

The wedding send-off is becoming an increasingly personalized trend with epic photographic appeal.  No longer are couples settling for the typical getaway anymore – oh no!  With trendy weddings flying all over the 2010 Doppler radar, it’s paramount for the send-off to stand out; so, for all you Maids of Honor and Best Men out there, this decor and more post is for you!

Here are a few of the hottest getaway trends heating up nuptial exits everywhere.  Feel free to be inspired:

Riding Flirty (and yes, I took it there, hehe!) – The actual send-off vehicle itself has really taken off as a wedding statement.  The typical limousine just isn’t unique enough anymore.  Newlyweds these days are opting for all kinds of getaway cars, from classy to quirky.  Here are a few of the faves:

  • Volkswagon Vanagon.  This retro rewind is fun, whimsical and charmingly nostalgic.  Max up the charm with the brightest paint job you can find and send them back to the future or simply to their honeymoon suite in one of these peace sign pleasers.
  • Vintage Rolls Royce.  A wedding car that is quickly becoming a classic, these vehicles scream of an era full of opulence and glamour… which is totally why the Mister and I did it…. Thanks, Papa!

photo courtesy of Geoff White Photographers

  • Party Limo or Bus.  Extravagant?  Yes.  Fun for the entire bridal party?  Of course!  These party vans are a little more playful than your standard limousine, as they invite quite a crowd to their showy interiors…and more room to decorate and let’s be real, get down!

photo courtesy of miamilimousine.us

  • 1960’s Mustang. Meant for a couple who likes to let their hair down, these little speedsters are vintage sports car perfection. The redder, the better.

Trendy Transportation –  After you’ve chosen the perfect getaway car, it’s time to decide how to make it even more magical.  Traditional embellishments include “Just Married” written in soap or lipstick and attached tin can strings hanging from the back bumper.  Trendier adornments, however, suggest more personality and flair… and who couldn’t get behind these?:

  • Window Clings.  The ultimate touch of personalization, custom clings display the couple’s newly minted name together, their special date, and any other details you would want to include.  And beyond being a unique and thoughtful gift to the newlyweds, these decals will also serve as a memorable keepsake for years to come.

photos courtesy of marilynskeepsakes.com

  • Streamers.  The beauty of the wedding theme shouldn’t stop at the reception.  Garnish the getaway with streamers, rich in the wedding palette colors.  This creates some more wedding eye candy, and a feeling of continuity.
  • Pom Pom Strands.  Another great way to incorporate color, these DIY pomanders pay homage to the romance of real flowers without the added fuss or cost.
  • Flag Garland.  Due to their effortless assembly and charming aesthetic, “Just Married” pendant garlands and banners are one of the more popular farewell flourishes.
  • Balloons.  A classic and quieter alternative to the tin cans, these bright blow-ups will float off the back of any bumper flawlessly. Customize with the bride and groom’s names for a personal touch.

photos courtesy of ruffledblog.com

Ultimately, the couple’s aisle style is what will determine the exit embellishments. Just keep in mind that many car rental companies have strict decoration policies, so you make sure to call ahead to see how much creative freedom is allowed.  Everyone is sure to appreciate the trimmings, but aid the brand new twosome in enjoying the interior – with a bottle of bubbly on ice.

Boudoir Sessions Bring the Bow-Chicka-Wow-Wow to Pre-Wedding Countdowns

photo courtesy of jessikafeltz.com

I believe Right Said Fred put it best when he grunted, “I’m too sexy for my shirt.  Too sexy for my shirt.  So sexy it hurts.”  And if something hurts from too much sexy, brides everywhere are learning to simply take it off. 

With the vast of amounts of wedding trends overtaking traditions, there have been several bridal developments that have seemingly risen above the rest.  One of the biggest wedding trends to raise eyebrows and heartbeats is the little bit naughty / lot bit nice nature of Boudoir Photography Sessions.

“Boudoir” – deriving from the French word bouder, meaning to pout – is defined as a woman’s dressing or private sitting room.  By definition alone, “boudoir” is rather a straightforward term, but it’s not the definition that gets most men hot under the collar.  It’s the connotation surrounding the word that has a much more attractive, revealing appeal. 

While boudoir photography wasn’t always viewed in the most positive light (especially by the more prudish), it has now become a big selling point between wedding photographers and their potential clients.  By presenting these scantily clad sessions in with their packages, wedding photographers offer future brides the ability to give their soon-to-be husbands a gift that is inclusively sexy, suggestive, fun and flirtatious.

They can be everything from provocative and over-the-top to simply sweet and sassy.  The designs, layouts and clothing (or lack thereof) are really up to the comfort level of the bride and her photographer, and while the end results may look different from person to person, they are all surrounded with the same notion of legendary sex appeal. 

The romantically sensual sessions are then packaged up neatly and given to the future husbands as gifts before the wedding day, and no man under the sun could deny that level of hotness.  It’s an art form that brings the inner pin up girl, saloon bar maid or Moulin Rouge rebel out of even the most demure of girls and the biggest man to his knees.  Ooh la la!

Of course I would love to give you examples of some of my favorite shots, but this is a family site, people!  Haha!  For the braver cohorts reading this who are interested, simply Google “boudoir photography,” and you’ll see what I mean :)

Impress Your Guests with a Star Studded Exit

All Aboard! It's Trolley Time! (Photo Courtesy of Erin Chris Photography)

A Poem for the Getaway Girl in all of us…

It’s time for stretch limos and fancy cars to take a rest.

Because brides and grooms want to “WOW!” their guests!

And there’s no better way to leave a lasting impression,

Than an exit devised by pure imaginative obsession…

For real though, it’s all about avant-garde getaways these days.  Not only are they a super fun way to tie in your personalities to your big day, but they also create incredible photo ops and leave the guests cheering for more. 

I mean think about it, we’re a world obsessed with grand finales and happy endings; so, what better way to “exit stage right,” than with something that has “Mr. and Mrs. (Insert Your Name Here)” written all over it?  Whether you choose a customized mode of transportation or simply just try something fun… I can guarantee your guests will love sending you off with love when you leave them in style! 

Here are some of my favorites…

Tandem bike for two? Whoop-it-tee-do! (Photo Courtesy of Grazier Photography)

Newlywed nerves? No way! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

Fairy tales DO come true with carriage rides! (Photo Courtesy of An Urban Affair)

ReV up the love! (Photo Courtesy of Kurt Photography)

This is just plain hilarious! (Photo Courtesy of Google Images)

Saddle up your partner and ride into the sunset! (Photo Courtesy of Emily Porter Photography)

Be a motorboatin' maniac! (Photo Courtesy of Claudia Akers Photography)

Jet settin’ has never looked this good! (Photo Courtesy of Richelle Dante Photography – love her!)

    

Wedding Photo Booth (& Day) Success… YES!

I’m baaaaack!  I know you all missed me – it’s inevitable when you reach my level of fabulosity.  Haha!  For cereal, though, I’m super excited to announce that this is my first official post as THEE Mrs. Dietz, and in a word, I’m pumped!  The Mister and me’s wedding day went off without a hitch (okay, there were “hitches” but who cares???), and it has easily over taken all previous days and captured the ultra elusive spot as my most favorite day ever!!  I’m head over heels with gratitude for all the ahhh to the mazing work everyone did in order to make it happen!  So, thank you!  Thank you!  THANK YOU for all your over the top support and effort!  It truly means the world!

Now, let’s get down to all the juicy deets, shall we?  One of the best parts of our wedding was the photo booth we set at our reception.  We successfully (and by “we” I mean the Fabulous Jessika Feltz Photography Team!) launched the most ultimate photo arena this side of the Miss’ippi, and I suspect that many others will want to follow suit.  Photo booths, honestly, are one of the best and easiest ways to get your guests involved, as well as capture wedding day memories (and advice) that would’ve otherwise been lost!

While the Mister and I toyed with the idea of renting a photo booth for the big day, we couldn’t be happier that we altered the plans slightly and had a “prom posing” picture taking area set up instead.  Fit with a white backdrop, perfect lighting, ridiculous props and a white board for special messages, this über unique section of the reception produced some seriously incredible (and outrageous) results.  Here are some that I dug the most!

My Sister-in-Law with her SILs and the infamous bedazzled jean jacket!

Three of my little cousins - showing off their inner rockstars!

One of my bridesmaids with her hubby, brother and mom - what a fam!

Haha! My Mister with my co-workers! Classic!

My new In-Laws, sporting their ultimate saying, "Yes, my love!"

Yep, just me, some friends and one killer mousstachio - sheer perfection!

A group of friends showing off their Sunday Best - haha!

The Mister & Me with our fabulous photogs - Jessika & Jimmy Feltz! (Oh! And Arnold - long story)

My uncle sporting the gag gift Tan Man got him for Christmas one year - increds!

Me with my two brothers - wow, what a trio!

Beautiful Wedding Photography: Is There Anything Better?

(Takes a minute to compose herself before writing…. <breath>… and ready!)

You’ll have to excuse the extra seconds I’ll be taking throughout this week to compose myself, but with less than a week to go before I’ll be Mrs. Tanner Dietz (aaaah!), I have found myself in a state of perpetual exhilaration!  And if you think I’m exaggerating – which I tend to do from time to time, hehe – you’d be seriously mistaken.  This has been the BEST time of my life.  It’s an uncanny combination of eager anticipation, calmed readiness and sheer enthusiasm that has my heart beating through my throat and out of my chest.  It’s like I want to laugh and cry all at the same time, and sometimes, depending on what part of the day I’m in, you just might catch me doing both.

To know that I’m officially making the best part of my day (aka Tanner) part of my every day is an incredible feeling, and to know that it’s merely days away from happening is even more exciting!  The joy surrounding the past months has been absolutely undeniable, and I just don’t think my heart could quite possibly be filled with any more love, thankfulness or hope than it is right now.

Actually, you want to know what it’s like?  It’s like I’m the Grinch at the end of the movie… you know the part where he still hears all the Hoos down in Hooville still celebrating Christmas even after he’d stolen all their stuff ?  As he listens, he can’t help but tear up, as his heart grows bigger and bigger and fills with more and more of the Christmas spirit.  For cereal, that’s my heart, and even though medically an enlarged heart doesn’t bode well for those who have it, I’m quite certain I could be the first medical miracle it who works it out.

I’m fully ready to do the work, because I know how much fun there is in store.  And over the course of the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure to come across other people in love who have also decided to tie the knot… and if you ask me, there’s nothing more amazing than to capture that love on film.  Below are some of my favorite wedding photos I’ve come across through out my planning.  Please enjoy!

Image Courtesy of Austin & Dara Photography

Photo Courtesy of Angelica Glass Photography

Photo Courtesy of Clayton Austin Photography

Photo Courtesy of James Christianson Photography

Photo Courtesy of Brooke Photography

Photo Courtesy of Jessika Feltz Photography

Photo Courtesy of Kelly Moore Photography

Photo Courtesy of Michael Norwood Photography

Photo Courtesy of Andrew Collings Photography