Jill’s Bridals

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started in Vegas at WPPI. We had met Ali at the beginning of the week and we were able to spend a lot of time together. This trip was a crazy one for Jill because it was hard for her to focus on business stuff when she was in the middle of planning a WEDDING!  We were talking about her plans and her dress and their farm (you’ll hear about that on Thursday!) and we casually mentioned that we should do a bridal session…. just for fun! And then we were like “No, really…. lets do this!” And we put it on the calendar that moment. The crazy thing is that it HAPPENED! I drove up to the farm, Ali met us there

and we shot Jill’s bridals a few weeks ago at Grey Gables! It was beautiful!!! Absolutely beautiful! Jill looked stunning and the light was PERFECT. However, poor little Ali was constantly fighting away the farm dogs that wanted desperately to get near Jill’s perfect gown. Um, I don’t think so!  Jill looked amazing and as much and I’m dying to show you these bridal portraits… I’m even more excited to show you their WEDDING from last weekend! Seriously, one of my favorites…. ever. And after shooting over 50+ weddings, that’s a huge compliment! So get excited to see those on Thursday!!! You don’t want to miss them!


Just to make sure everyone knows, Jill is one of my dear dear friends. I love this girl. She’s funny, she’s beautiful, she has the most amazing personality and she’s probably one of my favorite people to spend time with.  This past weekend I was with her from the Thursday before her wedding until we waved them off to their honeymoon Saturday night! It was such an honor to be a part of this special time in their lives. I’ll never forget the people that helped me and surrounded me as I got ready for my wedding day. Those moments are priceless! ….ok Katelyn….focus on the bridal session. See! I just gradually start talking about the wedding because I loved it so so much! If I could post it today I would but I’m afraid I took well over 5,000 shots and I’m still culling through them today! So I’ll just leave you with this beautiful bridal session and it will have to hold you over until Thursday!


Jilly, You’re gorgeous. I loved our time together during this shoot…. running from dogs and hiding from Buddy. I’ll never forget it.  And ALI…. I owe you something HUGE for taking care of those crazy animals!!! You are the BEST!!!!!

Ok, we had to style it up a little! Just for fun!:)

Guys! I made that bouquet…. and I’m still proud of it! I have no idea what makes a good bouquet but I thought this was a good little one… especially since the flowers are from MARTINS!

Grey Gables! You’ll hear more about this beautiful place on thursday!

Jill I just love you!

Seriously?! Jill has a GREAT model face…. I’m a little jealous of it actually.

How amazing is this LIGHT?! Ah!

Love this farm!!! How beautiful is that?!

These are definitely favorites!

Yessss!!!! Love the flowers and the light and Jill’s dress…. so perfect.

aww chicky chicky!

All time fav! Right here:

I was probably squealing when I took these… more than likely.

Jill you are gorgeous!

Oh yea… she laid down in her DRESS… before the WEDDING. Jill is a photographer too and she understands that it’s worth it to take risks and have awesome pictures! Her dress was TOTALLY fine!

We call these the “Pride and Prejudice” shots….

Hope you enjoyed them!!! Get ready for Buddy and Jill’s Wedding! It’s coming on Thursday and it’s BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Thanks for reading!

— Katelyn

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