Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Merle + Jodi {Springfield, IL, wedding photographer}

There are those couples that are just naturals in front of the camera...the couples that you love taking pictures of. Not because they're natural posers, because they totally forget that you, the photographer, are there....and they just enjoy being with each other...and it shows up in the images.

That's how it is with Jodi and Merle.

Our first meeting had a few hiccups...we miscommunicated and showed up at different Paneras...in different towns, even. But when we finally did meet, we barely talked about the wedding. We discussed their passions in life, traveling the world, and how they met each other. Jodi told me afterwards that she happy-danced the whole way home after that initial meeting. I did too, and that's how Jodi, Merle, and I were a perfect match in wedding photography heaven.

Jodi and Merle, I adore your go-with-the-flow spirits, your natural affection that shows up in your images, and your zest for life. I look forward to watching your relationship and family grow over the years. And, as always, I (and Nick!) were honored to be with you on your wedding day!

Best wishes and blessings,


Merle and Jodi's wedding was on a beautiful Saturday morning. It was an early call time, but the light was beautiful...soft, warm, and golden....my favorite type of light.

Yep, yummy golden light.

This is how I will always think of Jodi...laughing and smiling.

Merle and Jodi's first look.

Ring picture #1.

Ring picture #2.

Ring picture #3....yeah, I couldn't decide on a favorite...so you get to see all the bling!

Three generations...including Jodi's new niece Zoey.

Sibling love...Merle and his sister!

This is the awesome-ness that is Jodi. She had some sassy heels, but decided after 5 minutes of wearing them that they weren't her and that she wanted to be in her favorite, most comfortable boots for the biggest day of her life! Love that!!

Merle, you're looking pretty darn handsome, Handsome!

I love this image of Jodi listening intently as Merle told their guests thank you for being there with them on that day.

Merle, the image of poise...a natural in front of the crowd.

The tears....

...and the laughter of the toasts.

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