Justin & Kara Wedding Day

April 10, 2016  •  1 Comment

Justin & Kara


The day begins with this gorgeous couple in Toluca, Illinois.

I have known Kara for a good while so it was so easy to pass the drive with excited ideas about what the day would hold.

 We knew we had a beautiful bride and a handsome groom to set the tone for a wonderful day.

 We knew they are as kind as they are beautiful.

We knew that what had promised to be a dark and stormy day was looking blue skies lovely.

We thanked God and asked His blessing over the day, their marriage

and our creative eye plus our equipment (always that) & set out on our way.

And then we met them, the Shidesmaids.

The best group of lovelies a girl could surround herself with on such an extraordinary day.

Meet the Shumsmen.

Clever with the name as are the gentlemen who fall under it's title.


The Dressing.


The Gift.

The True Gift.


Your bus, my dear . . . 

(who needs a chariot)

Willy, be sill my heart.


Peace, love and obviously, joy.

May the LORD bless you and keep you.

May the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.

May the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.



A toast to Jake

September 04, 2013  •  1 Comment

one of Metamora's finest

It was around the third or fourth image peering back at me through my view finder and after learning that Jake 

is one of the coolest, well-grounded, Lord loving, charming people I have had the pleasure of working with . . . 

yes it was at this time, I may have mentioned having an equally charming daughter.

He has a girlfriend ladies.


Thank you Jake.

It was a true pleasure.


A toast to Tracey & Simon

August 26, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Tracey & Simon~

Simply one of those couples that you know you would want to hang out with on the weekends if they didn't live elsewhere.

Preparing for one's wedding day is such an intimate affair.

It is a treat to peek in and bear witness~


















Tracey & Kim


Rachel & Alyssa











The Gentlemen of the hour~






























Demitri & Simon




























May beauty surround you both on the journey ahead

and through all the years.












May happiness be your companion always.

Go now to your dwelling place
to enter into the days of your life together,
And may your days be good and long upon the earth.

Apache Wedding Blessing

Thank you & much love.





At Toast to Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Jackson

June 20, 2013  •  2 Comments

Andrew & Jessica

These two have built a life together & they marked a milestone this past May.  It didn't involve any horses which Jessica would have loved beyond measure.  It did involve a group of amazing friends and family coming together to witness the joining of these 2 lovely people and celebrate the happiest of occasions, their wedding day~

The hours leading up to the wedding are so much fun and this group of girls made it entertaining to say the least.







You can take the girls out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the girls! You can take the girls out of the country . . . 

well, you know.


Rain or shine, it just didn't matter.

She looked beautiful and he was waiting.

They would be the first to admit that hell must be empty because all the devils are right here.

The rainfalls of the midwest proceeded as did the wedding~

They did.


Seriously.  It was fun.  No honestly, it was really exciting.

I mean it, even Kylie was happy.

Dramatic . . . and happy.

Candy was eaten.  Dancing was done by all.  And the whole night rocked!

Grandma did indeed approve of the ring and all was well.


We, of course, love you both and wish you years of love, joy and peace.



(ok, maybe just one)

love you!



A Toast to Haley

June 03, 2013  •  2 Comments


Haley is a self proclaimed theater geek.  She is more comfortable behind the scenes but 

we would challenge you to find anyone more charming on the stage.

Everyone has their token good luck charm for opening night.

Shoes.  Oh my gosh, shoes.

Bye Bye Birdie. 

You Can't Take it With You.

The Wizard of Oz.

just to name a few on your resume~

Lovely. Dramatic.

“You have plenty of courage, I am sure," answered Oz. "All you need is confidence in yourself. There is no living thing that is not afraid when it faces danger. The true courage is in facing danger when you are afraid, and that kind of courage you have in plenty.” 

L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


Peace, love & blessings to you Haley.

You are a gem.