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I’m so excited to share this final 2020 Wedding with you all!! It’s a special one! We photographed this beautiful wedding day on our own 10 year anniversary! Ten years ago on this day, we were celebrating in my parent’s backyard under a massive white tent too! This was my brother-in-law’s baby sister’s wedding day and celebrating with the Malizia family was such a treat! They are a family MADE for weddings!

Their energy, their joy, their strong family bonds, their dancing skills…. it made for the most amazing wedding day! Evan and Samantha have been together since High School. One of the six Malizia siblings shared during the reception that Evan probably spent more time with her parents during high school than she did!! He was always around, always a part of life in the Malizia household and he has been a part of the family for years and years. This sounds so much like our dynamic throughout high school. Michael and I dated since I was 15 and he was always around and a part of our life. Watching Evan and Samantha start their life together and celebrate in the family’s backyard was such a sweet reminder of our wedding day a decade ago. I’m thankful for our story and how God allowed our relationship to start so early in our lives. It’s a rare kind of love story and it’s beautiful.

Evan and Samantha’s love for one another is so apparent. We have always loved them together as a couple but on their wedding day, it had never been more clear that they were made for this. Who they are, their personalities, their passions, their kindness, their smiles…. they are such a beautiful couple. It’s an honor to be their photographers but also to be their friends. We have loved getting to know them over the past several years and we’re thankful that, because of Joe being a part of our family, we have been able to be a part of his.

I hope you love this beautiful day.  I felt like this wedding was such a beautiful way to end of our 2020 wedding season. I’m so proud of their portraits and that this was my final wedding shooting while pregnant! I’ve spent four years capturing wedding days while growing babies and while some pregnancies/seasons of shooting have been more challenging than others, I’m so thankful that this final wedding was an easy one. I wasn’t in pain, I had energy and I was able to be creative and push myself to capture as many portraits as possible!! Evan and Samantha were so gracious to allow us to film their wedding to use as a teaching opportunity in KJ All Access and I can’t wait for their episode to air in the future!

  After the Daddy/Daughter first look, Samantha read a letter to her parents and everyone was in tears. It was so special, so thoughtful and one of my favorite parts of the day! This was another favorite part of the day! Micah and Harper (my nephew and niece!) were ADORABLE!

Harper is quite a little ham…. She loved kissing Mother Mary! Sam (Samantha’s dad) bought this car for Mauvette (Samantha’s mom) as an engagement gift! Seems only fitting that he would drive her to the church in it! Micah stopped for a picture at the end of the aisle…. Aunt KK has trained him so well! Couldn’t love these two more…. if only every couple was this animated during their ceremony! Finally married!     By the end of the night… Harper wasn’t feeling it anymore. ha! I caught this during the toasts!

Congrats you two! We love you both!!!!

Ceremony | Our Lady of Victory Church

Reception | The Malizia House

Dress Store | One White Lane Bridal Gallery

Dress Designer | Stella York

Florist | Avant Garden (Allen)

Planner | Cori Kalupson & Megan Harding

Hair & Make Up | Designer’s Denn Salon & Spa

Entertainment | Klock Entertainment

Videographer | Keen Imagery

Catering | Cater With Style (Danny Rallis)

Bridesmaids Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations | Megan Harding + Groom

Transportation | Fullington Trailways

View their Engagement Session HERE!

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

Student Spotlight April 2021

It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.


This is Rhett’s third month blog post and I’m actually impressed that it’s only 9 days late!! I’m sure I’ll fall behind this year but as of right now, I’m doing ok and I’m actually thankful for the monthly-post commitment to keep me on top of editing our family pics each month!! While people say “the days are long but the years are short”…. I would say EVERYTHING feels short right now!


Rhett’s Third Month


Simple Off-Camera Flash Setup One OCF Setup for Wedding Photography

If you’re a photographer that despises Off-Camera-Flash (OCF), this blog post is for you! Ugh. I feel you. I used to hate it too… and it honestly still isn’t my favorite but it’s necessary in order to rise in your professionalism on wedding days after dark!! Off camera flash seems intimidating when you’re trying it for the first time.

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Family Album Spread Design Tips Being Creative with Spread Design!

This is such a fun post for me to share because it’s what I consider my “hobby”! Sure, it’s still photo-related so maybe it’s not a true hobby for me since my career is consumed in the photography world… but it is most definitely what I love to do for fun!


This is the biggest complaint we’re hearing about the R6!! Photographers who are moving from the CANON MARK III camera body and switching to the new Canon R6 camera body are lost when it comes to perfecting their edits to the style they are used to.


Solving MarkIII to R6 Editing Problems Simple fix, once you know the issue!


A 2020 Recap A Weird and Wonderful Year

There has never been a year quite like 2020. It started off so normal, so simple and so carefree. Then, March/April hit and it felt like everything was turned upside down!




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