Midwest Wedding Photographer Capturing Authentic and Genuine Celebrations



Hello, friends! It's me, Nora and I'm so glad you're here. I am many things, but I'll sum it up with: Wedding Photographer. Old Soul. Midwestern Gal. Yorkie Enthusiast. 

This is the online journal of my adventures and of the wonderful events I've had the opportunity to photograph! I hope you enjoy all of these images as much as I loved creating them. Cheers! 

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Madie & Brennan • Rustic and Intimate November Wedding at Haue Valley

22 January 2020

January 22, 2020

So this is another one of those times where I’m super grateful for the internet — that’s a change for me, as it’s usually at the top of the list of things that make me cranky (as well as those damn kids that won’t stay off my lawn; yes, I’m aware I’m an angry little old person in a 30 year old body). I was scrolling through the Facebook, as one does, and came upon a post in one of the photog groups I’ve joined, where a fellow member was a bridesmaid in a wedding that was going to be happening in the next several days, and the photographer, who was from out of town, was looking for a second shooter. Happily, I had the day off and was wanting to play around with my new Contax anways, so I responded to the post and, long story short, got to second shoot Madie and Brennan’s wedding. Major major thanks to the incredible Lindsey Jane, who was the lead shooter and let me keep my shots (not all leads let you do that!!) and the wonderful Madison Nicole, the bridesmaid/photographer who hooked us up with each other (okay now I actually sound like an old person, I always hated when my mom used “hooked up” to mean put in touch but here we are).

Anyways, second shooting is awesome. It’s a lot like being an aunt, you get to do all the fun stuff and have very little actual responsibility or accountability when it comes to delivery of the gallery and client management. Jokes aside, I am so grateful for the opportunity to help out, and to witness this special day. Poor Brennan got punked by his best man during their first look, which was hilarious and made for a great start to the day. But once we got going, it was clear that Madie and Brennan are two of the most geniune, fun-loving and kind humans that I’ve met in a long time, and I am so excited for them and for the future they are building together. Brennan told me a little bit about their story when he was getting ready (I never get to shoot grooms getting ready! This was totally awesome!!) and honestly, the love he has in his heart for Madie is so moving. When I finally met her later in the day, it was obvious after about 0.023 seconds that she shares that for him, which is a magical thing to get to see.

Their day had tons of incredible details, and their late fall color scheme went perfectly with the venue. I’m having a moment with burnt orange, let me tell you – I am a FAN. They had weather that Missourians only dream of and we had plenty of time to do all kinds of fun golden hour portraits and, bonus, blue hour silhouette shots, which was badass. Oh also, they are terribly photogenic, so there’s that too. OH AND THERE WAS PIE. Lindsey and I may or may not have almost had to fight a small child for a slice of pecan. I mean, we totally didn’t. I let the child have the slice of pie. But I was torn, really.

Take a look at all the fun stuff below, and for those tracking my bucket list (okay, let’s be real, even I’m not actually doing that), we’re checking off “First Hybrid Wedding” with this one!



Vendors to LOVE:

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Haue Valley

Wedding Gown: Mia Grace Bridal

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

Florist: Lawrence Florist

DJ- DJ Erny

Cake: Jill Garcia (Friend of the Groom)

Catering: Two Mike’s Catering

Officiant: John Ryan, Mathias Lot Church

Hairstylist: Jenson Wilson (Friend of the Bride)

Lead Photographer: Lindsey Jane Photography

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