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2014 is starting off with a bang! Kristin Scharkey and Mike Jensen’s wedding has been published in January’s edition of Denim + Grace Magazine! There are 10 whole pages featuring their lovely equestrian center wedding and I could not be more stoked about it! If you’d like to order a copy of the printed magazine, you can do so here. Digital versions of the magazine are also available here. Cheers to a lovely couple, a beautiful wedding, and an exciting 2014!

Award Winning Southern California Wedding Photographer, Kate Noelle Photography, Equestrian Center Wedding Photos


She looked radiant sitting on the porch with some old friends as she got her makeup done. Music from her iPhone played softly and kids could be heard chattering away inside. The morning sun poked through the birch trees and I caught her eye and smiled. Today was the day my sweet friend Laurie would marry the love of her life. Tears welled up in my eyes and I quickly moved around gathering shoes and details to photograph to keep myself from losing it so soon in the day. The rest of the wedding day, I had to keep myself busier than normal so as to not be that weird photographer girl who couldn’t stop crying happy tears. I was over the moon happy for Kurt and Laurie, and everyone else felt the exact same. The atmosphere surrounding them and their loved ones was overwhelming! And now, from the perspective of someone who loves Kurt and Laurie dearly….. here is the story of their wedding day….

A rare sight to behold for sure…. I did a little dancing that night. Camera and all…Kurt and Laurie, on this day of giving thanks, I’m thankful for you. I’m thankful for your trust in the Lord and how you’ve lived that out whether others are paying attention or not. I’m thankful for your friendship and love…. and how it shines brightly to inspire others to dig deeper in their own relationships. Kurt, thank you for loving my friend like you do. I couldn’t have prayed for a more perfect man for her.

And to all you blog readers, Happy Thanksgiving! 

  • November 28, 2013 - 7:03 pm

    Jenna Petersen - I love the silhouette shot, Kate. Beautiful and timeless.

  • December 4, 2013 - 4:48 am

    Heidi Huntley - Kate – these are beautiful! Beautiful couple… there is a warmth in these photos that communicates the depth of your friendship with Laurie. I have some funny memories of you two at high school camp years ago 🙂

It was still dark out when I knocked on Ash’s hotel room door. Bright eyed and bushy-tailed, she opened the door and greeted me with an excited hug. This was the day she would get to marry the love of her life in the middle of a Redwood grove…. her dream wedding. As she finished up getting ready for the day, the sun started through the curtains and rose quietly over a sleepy San Francisco bay. All was calm and a peace hung in the air as we left the hotel for an early morning first look with David. I watched out the window as we made our way to the location and thought how wonderfully good God is. I mean, Ash and David were two people living on opposite sides of the country and they met on a mission trip, traveled all over the world together only to discover they were the love of each other’s lives. (More of there story can be read here.) In that moment…. in the car… I had a moment of such clarity realizing the depth of His love for us and how desperately He wants us to experience it… and how David and Ash’s wedding was just one more example pointing toward this amazing truth. Thank you, Lord.

The rest of the wedding day was just the perfect celebration, of these two. And they got the perfect intimate wedding in the woods like they had hoped! You guys…. if every wedding could be like this one, I’d be the happiest wedding photographer in the world. Here are some of my favorites from the day….