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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.


It had been raining for the last few days throughout Bavaria and as I walked to the window and wiped my eyes from sleep, the early morning light showed a clear sky. “Thank goodness,” I thought. It was wedding day for Ralf and Anne, and none of us wanted to deal with the stereotypical unpredictable summer weather in Germany that day.

So…. I a little background for you…. I originally met Ralf in Canada when Betsy and I photographed our dear friends Jon and Gabriella’s Wedding in 2010. I met Anne in 2012 when Christopher and I were in Germany photographing Jasmin and Mike’s wedding. Flash forward to this summer, I had the opportunity once more to travel to Germany to photograph Ralf and Anne’s special day! And what a day it was! The weather held off, everything went without a hitch, and Ralf and Anne got to celebrate their love with all of their friends and family.

There’s really not much I can say about these two, except that I love them with my WHOLE HEART. I had a BLAST as your photographer and I felt so special to have been asked to document your wedding day. You were a dream to photograph and your sweet love made my heart SO happy! Here is how the day went…..

Gorgeous…. Simply Gorgeous, Anne.

The lovely flowers were done by the ever so talented Melanie Müller! Aren’t they so pretty? Loved this shot of the men trying to figure out the Boutonnière situation….

While I was with Anne, Christopher snagged this shot of Ralf. I love it so much!Another great shot from Christopher…. that guy is MONEY.Aw…. former groom/bestie Mike and Christopher.The traditional Keg opening by the groom…. messy business. Good thing he had that cute apron on!

To everyone who helped to make Ralf and Anne’s Wedding so wonderful, thank you. The love and dedication to these two was so apparent and was such a great example community at its finest. And to Ralf and Anne, may your marriage shine brightly the love Christ has for His church. May you always choose to pursue one another with fire and romance….. and may we meet again real soon (might I suggest somewhere tropical with a beach?). Love you more than you know and thank you for letting Christopher and I be a part of your day.

  • October 10, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Leonie Cappello - <3

  • October 10, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Ralf Leistner - Jaaaaaaa!!!!

  • October 10, 2013 - 9:40 pm

    Rainer Kleinrensing - wonderful pictures!

  • October 10, 2013 - 9:46 pm

    Simon Reh Bär - bäm baby!

  • October 12, 2013 - 8:06 am

    An Ne - It was such a pleasure and honor to have you here that day my friend!

  • October 12, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Michael Alber - Love it.