jenny + nate | geneva wedding.

To be quite honest, I was a little nervous about this wedding. Not because I didn’t think the couple would be amazing or that I wasn’t uber excited to shoot with my favorite photog buddy, Brittany Bekas Photography, but because of what I had just gone through ten hours prior.

The day before Jenny and Nate’s wedding, I photographed Jesse + Ben’s Chicago Wedding. Don’t get me wrong… I LOVE what I do. Wedding photography is EXACTLY where I not only want to be, but NEED to be. The adrenaline rush of photographing a wedding day is indescribable and incomparable to anything else. And trust me, I have a lot to compare it to. Jumping out of a plane, scuba diving in Key West, chasing a sting ray in Mexico, ziplining through mountains in Colorado, white water rafting in the Arkansas Valley… I’ve done it. But there’s something about photographing a wedding that is exciting in its own way.

I need to capture the tiny details, the candid emotions, the sobbing flower girl that won’t walk down the aisle, or the single tear of joy that rolled down the groom’s cheek when he first saw his blushing bride. And while I love every single minute of it, at the end of the day it. is. exhausting. But somehow I never really realize how tired I am until I’m packing up my camera bag to go home after the reception. Which brings me to the night before Jenny + Nate….

After finishing up a 12 hour wedding day, I packed everything into my car and headed home. It was about 10:30pm at night so I figured I’d be home around 11pm… giving me plenty of time to sleep before the next day’s events. That was until I got onto 290 and realized it was gonna be a while.

Twooooooooooo longggggggggg hourssssssss later, I finally walked into my apartment absolutely defeated. 290 had been shut down for a car crash investigation which left anyone heading outbound to either be stuck like sitting ducks or if you were lucky, get directed to local roads. I was not a lucky one, and was stuck for over two hours that I filled with frustrated tears (the last thing I wanted to do was sit in traffic for two hours after a 12 hour wedding day), numerous phone calls to anyone that I thought would want to chat (no success), obnoxious singing to whatever was on the radio, and I think I even put the car in park and took a 2 minute nap. Eventually I made it home, and let’s leave it at I woke up the next morning with my cell phone in-hand, open to the screen to set my alarm… which I never got to (luckily I woke up naturally with plenty of time before Jenny + Nate’s wedding).

Like clockwork, I got ready for wedding #2, picked up my Tall Non-fat Dirty Chai Tea Latte (yes, I’m that girl) at Starbuck’s on the way, and made my voyage to the Eagle brook Country Club in Geneva. The whole car ride there I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the day. But once I got there, something amazing happened. Adrenaline. Adrenaline carried me through the detail shots, through meeting Jenny and her bridesmaids, through photographing Nate and his groomsmen, through the ceremony at First Baptist Church of Geneva, through the wedding party and bride/groom portraits, and through the reception (which thankfully Brittany was nice enough to let me go home early given my excursion the night before).

You see, no matter how tired, upset, exhausted, or hungry I am… wedding photography pulls me through it. In all honesty I probably could’ve pulled an all nighter before this wedding and been ok with the amazing views, super fun wedding party, and breathtaking bride/groom. I think the photos speak for themselves….



Special thanks to Brittany Bekas Photography for hiring me on to shoot this wedding with you. Just like we figured it would be, it was so much fun to work together and I can’t wait to see how our businesses grow TOGETHER over the next few years 🙂 And to Jenny and Nate, congratulations on your new life together. Not only did I appreciate your love and respect for each other, but I especially admire your relationship with God and the important role he plays in your lives. God bless and here’s to a happy life!