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Before I begin, I have to share that as I edited this wedding I probably did my happy dance about 3 times, squealed like a little school girl approximately 10 times, and I smiled so often my face began to cramp up. Soooo embarrassing, but it’s all true… just ask Hugo Flash, who was abruptly woken up from naps to witness all of this. Everything about this wedding was wonderful, and I feel so fortunate to have been asked to document it all!

It all started earlier this year when I announced I would be traveling to Germany to photograph Ralf and Anne’s wedding. Pretty much the same day, I got the sweetest email from Alexandra explaining that she would be getting married two weeks after Ralf and Anne and would do anything to have me as her wedding photographer. I mean…. how can you say no to that? She explained that her and her fiancé Matthias had their private civil marriage ceremony the year prior in the United States, but they were in the midst of planning their church wedding in which all their friends and family would be invited. You can imagine it took me all of a milli-second to say YESIWILLSHOOTYOURWEDDING! So we made plans, and on day of, I had the privilege of documenting their love AND making two new friends at the same time. Here are just a few of my favorites… I have so many!

How stunning is Alexandra?!! Jaw dropping gorgeous…. all these getting ready shots of her took about 20 min. tops, but you’d never tell with how calm she appears….

And a special shout out goes to Christopher for ROCKING the 2nd shooting that day!One of the things both Matthias and Alexandra were excited about most was the vintage 1960 Cadillac Coup DeVille they rode around in. The driver, who spoke very little english, knew enough to tell me that Marilyn Monroe had ridden in this particular car when she was alive and that’s why he bought it from America and had it shipped to Germany. Pretty cool huh?We made sure to make the most of the day with this incredible car….That night, a killer Rockabilly band took the stage for the live entertainment portion of the night. These German rockabillies knew their stuff and it was so surreal hearing them tear it up singing so many American classics. I’ve never enjoyed listening to Elvis’ music more than that night!
This was one for the record books and I still have to pinch myself to make sure this happened in real life and not just in my dreams. I’m so honored and blessed to photograph international weddings… and to now call these two friends. Matthias and Alexandra, all the best to you in your new life together. May God be seen starkly in your marriage and I pray the laughter and smiles I witnessed on your wedding day never fade.

  • October 31, 2013 - 4:51 am

    Jennifer Disney - Beautiful work! Amaze-balls!

  • October 31, 2013 - 5:17 am

    Miriam Gantert - These pictures are sooo beautiful. You´ve done a great job Kate!! :-*

  • October 31, 2013 - 5:56 am

    Jack Ratana - Great job buddy, keep up the awesome work.

  • October 31, 2013 - 6:19 am

    Asher Gardner - Kate, how do you do it? HOW are you so incredibly talented!

  • October 31, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Svenski Bro - Wohoooooooooooooooo!!!! Hammer!!! 🙂

  • October 31, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Rainer Kleinrensing - great photos!

  • November 2, 2013 - 11:27 pm

    Stephanie Ford - Made me cry! It was an honor to have yo here in Florida and be a part of your special oneness! LOL! These are the most amazing pics I have ever seen. You both will always have a special place in my heart forever. Love you both XOOXOXOO

I finally have gotten around to blogging this wedding and boy has it been burning a hole in my pocket! Meeting Mike and Kristin was a dream come true. In Kristin’s preliminary email to me, she wrote, “Sami has been my best friend since we were in middle school! She has showed me your work for years and I’ve always thought how awesome it would be to have you shoot my wedding when the day came. Well, I recently got engaged and would love to see if you’re available!” Needless to say, I was over the moon thrilled, and as I got to know Kristin and Mike over the course of their engagement, I fell head over heels in love with the two of them. It wasn’t the fact that she had followed my work that got me…. it was their love for each other, and people that stole my heart. They’re the kind of people who invite you into their circle to laugh and chat, and feel included….. even on their wedding day. Their love for each other was intoxicating and I found myself brought to tears (more than the usual amount) with such joy that Mike and Kristin had found one another!

Their story is SOOOO romantic…. like chick flick romantic. By the grace of God, Mike and Kristin both chose to take athletic scholarships to Northwestern University and found themselves neighbors in their freshman dorm. He played football and she was a softball star. A few years down the college road, they went on their first date and have been smitten since then! Their love has taken them through the ups and downs of college athlete life, mission trips, long distance, and the wear and tear of intense majors. But through it all, they tied the knot this summer at the GORGEOUS Brookside Equestrian Center with all their family and friends there to celebrate with them. The details from this wedding were ADORABLE and were styled so great by Sami Cromelin and some of the Brookside staff! Here’s a recap of the day….Mike and Kristin, thank you from my bottom of my heart. Thanks for being so wonderful and for choosing me to document the most romantic day of your lives. Your photos tell the tale of two people madly in love with one another and deeply set on chasing after the heart of God. You were such a blessing to me this year, such an encouragement, and I can’t thank you enough!

And special thanks to all the vendors who made this event happen! Venue: Brookside Equestrian Center, Coordinator/Event Designer: Rose Wade Events, Cake/Desserts: Beverly’s Best Bakery, DJ: Creative DJ’s, Videographer: Josh Dixon, 2nd shooter: Jeremy Chou, and my lovely Intern/Assistant: Megan Friese.