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matt & kadie ~ the siblings

043 bride with siblingsKadie’s sisters were part of her group of beautiful bridesmaids. I love the shot above of just the three of them. Then we had to include their brother Foster. {He’s always a good model for me, as demonstrated in his senior pix. :)}044 bride with siblingsI also loved this pic of Matt and his sisters. So sweet.022 groom with sistersNext up, a few pix of the cutie nephews… :)

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matt & kadie’s wedding ~ the girls

029 bride portraits lace dressKadie was a stunning bride. In her lace dress, with her dark, loose curls covered by her lace-trimmed veil, she was the perfect picture of relaxed elegance. Honestly, I could have taken photos of her and her beautiful bridesmaids all day!

I very much appreciated the chill vibes in the girls getting ready room. It’s always fun seeing the whole process of a bridal party getting dolled up. I’m an avid fan of beauty anything {fashion mags, YouTube makeup tutorials, Pinterest hair inspiration, all of that}, so being in on this behind-the-scenes part of the wedding day is pretty cool.001 candid getting ready wedding photosKadie was a low maintenance bride who did her own hair and makeup quite beautifully. She has perfected that glamorous loose curl hair, hasn’t she?002 candid getting ready wedding photos003 candid getting ready wedding photos005 candid getting ready wedding photos006 candid getting ready wedding photos007 candid getting ready wedding photos008 candid getting ready wedding photos009 candid getting ready wedding photos010 candid getting ready wedding photos011 candid getting ready wedding photosIt was such a cute moment when Kadie, surrounded by her girls, opened her present from Matt.012 candid getting ready wedding photos013 candid getting ready wedding photos014 candid getting ready wedding photos016 candid getting ready wedding photos017 candid getting ready wedding photos018 candid getting ready wedding photos015 candid getting ready wedding photos019 candid getting ready wedding photosOnce everything and everyone was looking perfect, we headed outside for portraits. The sky had gotten moody, which gave us some lovely diffused lighting for these pretty ladies.020 bride portraits lace dressKadie casually slayed for her portraits alone.021 bride portraits lace dress022 bride portraits lace dress023 bride portraits lace dress027 bride portraits lace dress026 bride portraits lace dress025 bride portraits lace dress028 bride portraits lace dress024 bride portraits lace dress030 bride portraits lace dress031 bride portraits lace dress032 bride portraits lace dress033 bride portraits lace dress034 bride portraits lace dressThese girls know how to werk it.035 bridesmaids portraits metallic dresses036 bridesmaids portraits metallic dresses037 bridesmaids portraits metallic dresses038 bridesmaids portraits metallic dresses039 bridesmaids portraits metallic dresses040 bridesmaids portraits metallic dressesAll the shimmery dresses, all the shiny smiles. :)041 bridesmaids portraits metallic dresses042 bridesmaids portraits metallic dressesAfter we headed back inside, the girls took a quiet moment to pray before the ceremony.045 pre wedding prayer046 pre wedding prayer047 pre wedding prayerSuch a special moment during a gorgeous day. More to come this week…

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matt & kadie’s wedding ~ the guys

014 groom outdoor portraitsI first met Matt when he came to be an intern for our youth program at my church. We hit it off immediately, as we bonded over having both been homeschool kids. :) Matt is quick to laugh and loves making others laugh as well {especially his bride, Kadie}. It was fun hanging with him and his guys on his wedding day. The groomsmen always provide lots of funny, lighthearted moments for me!

I loved this sign Kadie’s sister painted for the groom’s getting ready room.010 guys getting ready wedding004 guys getting ready wedding005 guys getting ready wedding002 guys getting ready wedding001 guys getting ready wedding006 guys getting ready weddingThe perfect gift from the bride!007 guys getting ready wedding008 guys getting ready wedding003 guys getting ready wedding009 guys getting ready wedding011 guys getting ready weddingThe guys really dug their groomsmen gifts. I’m telling you, they were excited!012 guys getting ready wedding013 groom outdoor portraits015 groom outdoor portraits016 groom outdoor portraits017 groom outdoor portraits018 groom outdoor portraitsI am a huge fan of grey suits on guys for wedding days. Don’t they look sharp?019 groomsmen outdoor portraits020 groomsmen outdoor portraits021 groomsmen outdoor portraitsNext up, in this ongoing saga: the lovely ladies! Stay tuned…

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matt & kadie’s wedding ~ the details

001 church wedding detailsI’m back, with more from Matt & Kadie’s awesome wedding day. Here are some of my favorite detail shots. Kadie wore a beautiful lace gown and very cool neutral suede heels that looked to be quite comfortable while also stylish. Kadie’s mom, Kathy, whipped up her all-white-roses bridal bouquet, as well as doing the lovely table arrangements and all the other flower stuff too. Pretty impressive, Kathy. :)002 church wedding details003 church wedding detailsI patted myself on the back for the cheeky use of this church sign. ;)004 church wedding detailsTowers of cupcakes arranged on an antique furniture piece? oh yeahhh.012 church wedding details014 church wedding details013 church wedding details011 church wedding details009 church wedding detailsEach table had a unique centerpiece made up of a few blooms and some antique pieces.016 church wedding details008 church wedding details015 church wedding detailsKadie’s sister, Mackenzie, does amazing hand-lettering work. She did all the signs for the wedding. So lovely!006 church wedding details005 church wedding details007 church wedding details010 church wedding detailsI’ve got several more posts to do from this wedding. I’m breaking it down into categories so there’s not one hundred fifty-plus photos in on post. ha.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday celebrating America and the freedom we enjoy. This country isn’t perfect. No country is. Because countries are made up of humans and humans are not perfect. We are all desperately in need of a deep and personal relationship with God. And America gives us such freedom to pursue God with all of our hearts. If we do that, daily, I believe we will see radical changes for the better, here and around the world. God can provide peace and justice. He loves and forgives and shows mercy and gives grace. We should do the same. I’m so thankful to have been born into a nation where the message of Christ Jesus is freely shared! I am oh so grateful to have the opportunity to live without fear, to live with power and love and self-discipline {2 Timothy 1:7}. I will strive my whole life to better my community and my country instead of tearing it down.

~abi~

 

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matt & kadie’s wedding ~ the pretty, pretty couple

002 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsLast month, I photographed Matt & Kadie‘s amazingly fun wedding. And I’ve got about one hundred and sixty-three favorite photos to share from it. But first I want to chat about some of my thoughts on blogging and weddings and Instagram and, and, and…

In the past, there’s been times when I’ve shared weddings in multiple posts, like I am going to do with this one. But then it seemed like that must not be a good idea for some reason, because no one else {other photographers who blog} ever does it. Several years ago, I backed way off on the number of weddings I shoot a year. I still love shooting weddings. In fact, I love it even more now that I shoot about five a year. But I’m kinda bad about sharing them. One reason is, I already spend a lot of hours editing a wedding. So adding hours {and hours} to cull and edit images for a blog post can lose its appeal. But I don’t usually share my photography work on Instagram {other than, say, a screenshot from my blog to show that I have a new post up}. And I know most photographers share a ton of their work via Instagram, and that’s awesome and I love seeing their pretty photos. But I like blogging {really, I do}. I like being able to easily go back and find images {without scrolling through an ig feed forever}. I like being able to pin images. And I really like having my Instagram just be something for me, not necessarily my business. I know most people would say you and your business are one and the same, and I totally agree with that. I do. But I like Instagram to be instant, fun, no-pressure images of my life. And while I love my client-friends, I want to be sharing more snippets about me than official photos of them. Make sense? I did share a few initial faves from Matt & Kadie’s wedding on my Instagram because I was super excited about them. But overall, I think I’ll stick with sharing iPhone pix over there and my photography photos on here. But on top of all that stuff I was thinking about, I was also thinking how the really cool pix people share on Instagram {and I’m referring to photographers who share their work that way} kind of seem to make more of an impact because there’s usually only one {or a few} shared at a time. So I was thinking I should break up my blog posts some and share them in smaller, more bite-sized pieces. And this works out well, because I also realllllly, truly want to be posting on here more often. It’s obvious I’m not good at narrowing down favorites to share, and I also suck at not chatting a lot in my posts. So smaller posts might help with posting more regularly.

Whew. Enough of all the over-explaining. Let’s talk about Matt & Kadie. They’re hot, obviously. And they’re cool. And their wedding was so fun! I have much more to share, but I thought it made sense to start off with photos of the lovely couple themselves. They chose not to see each other before their ceremony; and while they were saying their vows indoors, the rain was pouring down outside. But wouldn’t you know it, the rain stopped and the golden light shone on us for their portraits together after the ceremony. {Let me just insert a little #protip to brides & grooms here: We photographers loooove it when couples see each other before their ceremonies, sure. But look, the photos can be just as great even if you choose not to see each other before. It’s okay. It’s your wedding! Do things the way you want to!}003 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits004 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsWho knew parking lot stripes could look so rad?? We did.005 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits001 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsKadie had the most perfect wavy, shiny, pretty bridal hair, didn’t she?006 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsOh man. Melt my heart.007 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsStahhhp it. Models.008 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits009 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits010 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits011 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsDuring their engagement session, we talked about how Kadie hates PDA. Good thing there was no one around except for me and my camera for these portraits. ;) {Side note: I don’t think Matt minds PDA one little bit.}012 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsWell look at this happy little accident. :)013 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsPros at soft smiles. #nbd014 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits“Whoa, look how hot my new spouse is!” <– I’m good at reading minds sometimes.015 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits016 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits017 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraits018 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsKadie, why are you so pretty? Matt, why is your hair so cool? :)019 the prettiest bride and groom golden hour portraitsGoodness, you two. I just love you and your love. Photographing your wedding was truly a joy. Congrats!

~abi~

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Kelly BeaneJuly 1, 2016 - 8:31 pm

Steamy!! You can feel the heat from these two ;) Gorgeous wedding portraits, Abi!

brendan LamberthJuly 2, 2016 - 1:35 am

Great job.

Rachel J.July 6, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Loving these pics! Random question, what camera lens do you use? I’m just an amateur, nowhere near a pro like you, but would love to upgrade my basic lens with something better :-)

Abi RuthJuly 6, 2016 - 7:02 pm

i used an 85mm 1.8, a 50mm 1.4, and a 28mm 1.8 – all canon :) {i’d suggest renting lenses and seeing what you love using before you take the plunge of buying. :)}

Abi RuthJuly 6, 2016 - 7:03 pm

thank you!

Abi RuthJuly 6, 2016 - 7:03 pm

#fire ! haha. thanks, friend!

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Rachel J.July 7, 2016 - 6:09 pm

Thank you!!!

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