Jesse + Isabel | Jewel Toned Garden Wedding | McCrory Gardens, Brookings, South Dakota

Truth be told, I didn’t get to spend a lot of time getting to know Jesse or Isabel because they were both so busy finishing their senior year at SDSU. Though communication was strictly kept to school breaks, I know one thing for certain about these two: they are absolutely crazy about each other.

The severe thunderstorms forecasted for Saturday held off and we were able to enjoy the day with only light sprinkles and minimal mosquito bites. Thank you, Jesse and Isabel, for including me in your wedding day. I wish you both a lifetime of love and happiness together.

Justin + Amanda | Intimate Barn Wedding | Brandon, South Dakota

Justin and Amanda were married on a day that wasn’t typical for the end of September.. it was cold, blustery, and we even saw a few flurries! But that didn’t ruin the warmth of the love surrounding these two on their wedding day. Amanda and Justin were married in Sioux Falls and celebrated surrounded by friends and family at a private barn in Brandon, South Dakota. It was a joy to be part of their wedding day! Congratulations, Justin and Amanda!

Modern 70s | Styled Wedding

The 70’s were the ultimate decade — pet rocks, The Brady Bunch, 8 track tapes, Farrah Fawcett — it was truly one of the best decades to grow up in. I’ve always been fascinated with the 1970’s and have had the idea for a modern styled shoot that paid homage to that great era with such bomb decor and fashion for quite a while. This styled shoot was a labor of love and I am so excited to show it off! I brought in some of the area’s best vendors to bring my dream into reality. So, pop open a Tab, crank up the volume on your ABBA album and enjoy! 



Photography: Kate Jones Studios

Stationery: Kate Jones Studios 

Florals: Brickhouse Flowers 

Rentals:   Prairie Lane Vintage Rentals

Event Planning: Walker Down The Aisle 

Dresses: Marie and Marie Bridal

Suits:  Halberstadt’s 

MUA:  Bombshell Beauty 


Isaac + Katie | Boho Trendy Wedding | South Dakota State University | Brookings, South Dakota

16 years in the making.. that's what this love story is all about. Isaac and Katie met at the church they were married in as kids, dated in high school, then remained friends for years before reuniting in Colorado and falling in love once again. To say it was a long time coming is a vast understatement. Their incredible love story paved the way for a gorgeous wedding day filled with love, laughter, and a whole lot of celebration as two high school sweethearts tied the knot!

Katie's personal style is so incredibly unique. She is soft but colorful, boho with the perfect amount of trend mixed in. Every bit of her wedding day was so spectacularly her, so even someone meeting her for the first time would feel as if they had known her forever. 

When I tell you that Katie and Isaac’s wedding was different than any I’d ever shot before, I truly mean it was extraordinary. Weather reports called for rain all day, but we managed to avoid any sprinkles until the sunset portraits. Even with the light rain, we went out and the images were totally worth it! 

Thank you for including me in your wedding day, Katie and Isaac. I wish you all the best as you begin your married life together!




Venue: Club71, South Dakota State University

Dress: Encore Bridal, Fort Collins, CO 

Tux: Fergen’s, Brookings, SD

HMUP: Beauty by Blow, The Factory, Sioux Falls, SD

Stationery/Signage: Laurie Stiegelmeier and Cleanslate + Design

Florist: Flandreau Flower Shoppe

Catering: Aramark

Jared + Kayli | Modern Glam Wedding | Tyndall, South Dakota

Kayli and Jared are the type of people you know you’re going to love the minute you meet them. Both coming from a small town in South Central South Dakota, these two have handled long distance with ease, supporting each other in realizing their dreams. 

Their wedding day was mere days after flash flooding washed out most of the very few roads that lead to Tyndall, SD. Getting to them was a bit of a challenge for me (read: lots of guesses on gravel roads and meeting dead ends), but I made it and the day couldn’t have been more perfect in spite of the flooding. 

Kayli chose blush and champagne for her color palatte and when I saw her details and vision come to life, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Kayli’s soft beauty was evident in every aspect of the day and I can’t wait to share! Congratulations, Jared and Kayli! I am excited to see where your new life together takes you.


Catering:  Merkel Catering

Florals: Floral Impressions, Wagner, SD

Rentals: Anna Lynne Claire Event Design and Rentals, Yankton, SD

Ceremony Venue: St. Leo’s Catholic Church, Tyndall, SD

Reception Venue: Tyndall Community Center

Dress: The French Door

Suit Rental:  Sandra Rose, Tyndall, SD

Hair: Hair by Krystal

Ethan + Erin | Midwest Rustic Chic Wedding | Harrisburg, South Dakota

You may remember Ethan and Erin from their awesome fall engagement session last year.. and as promised, here is their beautiful wedding! They got married on a beautiful September day and they were an absolute blast. Erin has a heart of gold (also, she is a preschool teacher so she is basically an angel on earth) and Ethan is a strong military man with unsurmountable love for his country and his family. I can't wait to see what's in store for these two!

Erin's style sparkled in the details as she skillfully blended a rustic feel with a shine of glam.

Ethan, Erin, and I made sure to make enough time in their custom timeline to ensure we were able to stop at a unique location to photograph them as newlyweds after the ceremony. Taking this time is SO WORTH IT.

Thank you, Ethan and Erin, for the opportunity to document your wedding day. It was a pleasure working with you over the last year! 

Chris + Erin | Modern Farmhouse Elegant Wedding | Brandon, South Dakota

Chris and Erin were married on aa beautiful October day after several weeks of consistent rain. Their wedding was one of the most beautiful modern farmhouse styled weddings I have ever seen.. Erin knocked it out of the park! She put her heart and soul into their day and it was so clear in every single detail.

Chris and Erin held both their wedding ceremony and reception at the home of a family friend.. and it couldn't have been more perfect. Their little farm outside of Brandon, SD was the perfect size for their intimate wedding day. 

Chris and Erin's love for one another is evident in the way they react to one another and quite simply melt into one another. They made my job so easy! They ended the evening with some fireworks for an extra bang! It was a truly spectacular day. 

Michael + Holly | Fresh Glam Barn Wedding | Blue Haven Barn | Sioux Falls, South Dakota

When getting married in South Dakota, there are not really any months that are safe in terms of weather, so November is truly a risk of major snowstorms or plenty of bitter cold and wind. Michael and Holly, however, totally lucked out! Michael and Holly were married on an unseasonably warm November day at one of the most coveted wedding venues in Sioux Falls, Blue Haven Barn and Gardens in Sioux Falls. Their fresh glam wedding was highlighted by the warm fall sun and we were able to spend quite a bit of time outside for their portraits. 

Holly's light and airy style came out in the design of her wedding with blush pinks, plum purples, and grays of her florals and wedding party attire. Her gorgeous style came out in all of her details! If you're ever in the market for some bomb wedding shoes that will photograph beautifully at a reasonable price point, there is nothing better than a pair of Badgley Mischka sandals. 

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Blue Haven Barn has some amazing bridal suites to get ready in. The light is perfect for those getting ready images that are so important, but great for your HMUP to do their job! 

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When I say the day was perfect, I truly mean it. From the weather to the decor, this wedding was flawless. Even the sunset couldn't have been better! Thank you for sharing your day with me, Michael and Holly! I wish you decades of love and happiness!

Gary + Katie | Formal Rustic Glam Downtown Wedding | Old Courthouse Museum and Hilton Garden Inn | Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Katie and Gary's wedding was held in the most amazing downtown Sioux Falls location, the Old Courthouse Museum. It features gorgeous high ceilings, unbelievable staircases, and radiates an old world formality that is hard to find anywhere. 

Their beautifully formal wedding was planned and styled by the one and only Loghin Welch with Serendipitous Events. With fabulous florals and the perfect mix of rustic and glam, their ceremony to their reception was perfect. 

Congratulations, Katie and Gary! I can't wait to see where life takes the both of you together!

Ethan + Erin | Fall Engagement Session | Big Sioux Recreation Area | Sioux Falls, SD

Ethan and Erin had the most amazing fall engagement session last year I just have to share! They are the most perfect couple and had the greatest ideas for their session. We decided on Big Sioux Recreation Area just outside of Sioux Falls because of the park's miles of trails, vibrantly colored trees, and expansive views.. it did NOT disappoint. 

As a military man, Ethan brought his A game with his uniform and his bride didn't fall short either. They rocked their session.. and stay tuned for their wedding that brings in their love of military and the United States of America!

Baby Boy Hamanaka | Wall Lake Maternity Session | Wall Lake South Dakota

You may remember Kenji and Jackie's gorgeous Sylvan Lake wedding on a sunny 4th of July weekend.. well, they're back and they brought something with them -- some very precious cargo! These two are expecting a baby boy in August and I couldn't be more thrilled for them.

As you may remember from their wedding, Kenji LOVES to fish, so naturally, we would opt to have their maternity session at Wall Lake just outside Sioux Falls and is a popular fishing destination for locals. Most of the session was on dry land, but on a whim, Jackie decided to get into the water and it made for some gorgeous maternity images!

I love watching my brides and grooms as they grow their families and become parents. These two are sure to be some of the best!

Lillian Colleen | 12 Days Old | Downtown Chicago, IL Newborn Session

One of my all time favorite maternity sessions was this little beauty's momma! I photographed her momma and her beautiful baby bump in the heart of Chicago, in the parks and on the shores of that amazing city. Lillian made her way into the world a little earlier than planned, but she is absolutely perfect. At just 12 days old, I made the trip back to the windy city and photographed this girl in her home. I couldn't have asked for better light, nor a better baby!

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I have been so blessed to photograph this sweet girl as she starts her journey. I can't wait to see her grow!

Kenji + Jackie | Sylvan Lake Wedding | Custer State Park | Custer, South Dakota

Kenji and Jackie got married on a gorgeous July day at Sylvan Lake in Custer, South Dakota. This lake is an amazing location in Western South Dakota, surrounded by the Black Hills. There are so many things I could say to describe Sylvan Lake, but the fact that it is known as the "Crown Jewel" of Custer State Park definitely speaks for itself! This wedding was absolutely stunning and the details were above and beyond. With perfect weather and a perfect location, how could it not be stunning?

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The Birth of Nixon | Sioux Falls South Dakota Birth Stories | Sanford Health

You may remember Momma Megan from her stunning late spring maternity session at Beaver Creek. She welcomed Mr. Nixon John into the world on June 15 and her natural water birth was simply miraculous.

It was so early in the morning when I got the call that Momma Megan was in labor. Knowing she was already dilated and had her membranes swept that day, I was ready to go, ready to capture her bringing her boy into the world.

This little boy was so anticipated, prayed and wished for, that the mood in the room was palpable. Megan and Harley had longed for another child to welcome into their family for some time following Harley's cancer diagnosis and subsequent remission. I'm honored to be able to share their birth story.

Megan had opted for a natural water birth at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. Her midwife was absolutely amazing, talking Megan through each contraction, reminding her that her body was made to bring life into the world. Megan is honestly one of the strongest women I know.

After a short but intense labor, Nixon was born at 2:55am. Welcome to the world, sweet boy.

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Hospital: Sanford Health

Baby Samolczyk | Windy City Maternity | Downtown Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, IL is and always has been one of my favorite cities. I love the lake, I love the city, I love the people.. and in May I went to Chicago to photograph one of my dear friends and her husband as they eagerly awaited the arrival of their first child! They live in an amazing high rise in downtown Chicago and they showed us around to some of the spots that are special to them! It was so fun to shoot both in the city and around the parks they go to daily. Milton Lee Olive Park is very special to David and Julia! They walk their Chihuahua, Coco, to this park every day and Julia, a landscape photographer, has taken some of her most amazing images from this very spot.

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On our walk around downtown, we walked through Jane Addams Memorial Park. It had the most amazing structures! Julia looked like a goddess and we only got in the way of a few bikers and pedestrians along the way.

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When in downtown Chicago, it is a must to stop to see the luxury boats out on the water. When you're there for any weekend in the summer, you'll see several yachts together throwing massive parties. Maybe I'll get an invite someday..

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Spring in the city is GORGEOUS. The flowers were still in bloom during my trip and the gardens at Maggie Daley Park were no exception. Julia was absolutely glowing!

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Not only did I get to photograph my friend during this amazing time in her life, but I got to spend my 30th birthday in one of my favorite cities! (Yes, I know I look young, but I really am 30!) It was a phenomenal trip and just wait until you see the images I got when Julia and David welcomed Miss Lillian Colleen into the world just a couple short weeks later..

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