Sarah + Andrew

Sarah and Andrews are always smiling, always laughing, completely in sync with one another. I truly look up to couples like this. It’s a special trait when two people enjoy making each other smile, shine and laugh. That’s exactly what they did on June 4th, while their amazing friends and family celebrated along with them.

Sarah displayed so much excitement and emotion as she stepped out in her wedding gown to show her father and also her brother. Their family bond along with their sweet Mama was seen throughout the day. Wedding days like these are a treat to document!

I want to say a big “Thank You” to Carrie Dayton of Carrie Dayton Events & Consulting for all her work coordinating and making sure the day went of without a hitch. She was seen running here and there checking on details. She also snagged some extra flowers that I used to photograph Sarah and Andrew’s wedding stationery below. I always rest easy when I know Carrie’s got the reins on a wedding day.

Also, “Thank You” to A View West and Blooms for hosting the celebration and creating the beautiful florals.


Check out the slideshow below to see more from Sarah and Andrew’s wedding day.


Sweet baby girl Pia Rose

I love this sweet, welcoming family. The excitement for this little girl’s arrival was visible the moment her Daddy let me in the door. Pia Rose sure doesn’t have to look far when she needs cuddles. There are four sets of arms eagerly fighting over who gets to hold her next.

I am excited to see baby girl grow up in such an amazing family. Her parents are amazing and “oh so in love”! How lucky that she has a big, protective brother and a kind, patient sister. The joy they’ll share as they all experience life’s moments growing up together will be memorable.


Mama has a *love* for old quilts. She had an amazing collection to choose from and they were all so soft and colorful.

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Daddy, so strong and protective.


Safe and snug in big sissy’s arms. Baby toots are sure to get a belly laugh!




Want to see more from this sweet little bundle’s session? Please watch the slideshow below.



Whitney + Taylor

When Whitney first contacted me about her wedding plans I’ll admit, I was pretty excited. A hometown wedding in a small town, Albion Nebraska to be exact, surrounded by family and close friends. Ideal day in my book. Yes, it was a little bit of a drive but that gives me time to envision the day and think of new ways to photograph love. And, being able to listen to the radio in the car instead of my kid’s Disney movies is a big plus too!

Whitney and Taylor have a soft spoken, kind, comfortable-ness about them. You just feel at ease when they’re in your presence. I think it’s because they’re honestly just so happy to be together.

Ceremony: St. Michael’s Catholic Church – Albion, NE

Reception: Albion Country Club

I really enjoyed this day. You will too as you scroll through their images.

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The church basement’s lighting was beautiful as Whitney got ready. Her smile is contagious!

The first look is always a fave for me. Look at Taylor’s smile!

Some quiet time, alone together before the ceremony. Every couple needs this on their wedding day. These two were fortunate to have it in such a beautiful, historic church.2016-01-07_0052016-01-07_0062016-01-07_007

It’s tradition to “take a ride” in the family Cadillac after they say their “I do’s”. Everyone was ready and waiting to see them climb in their Grandpa’s car. Whitney’s cousins filled me in on the history of the car as we waited for them to exit the church. After two quick loops around the block they were ready to join their wedding party.2016-01-07_008

Whitney and Taylor amused my request to stop at this old barn and photograph on the way to the reception. 2016-01-07_0092016-01-07_0102016-01-07_0112016-01-07_0122016-01-07_013

Thankfully the rain held off until after their very first dance as a married couple. Whitney had told me how excited she was to dance outside and I’m happy her wish was fulfilled. Ten minutes after the dance it started to downpour and everything was moved inside.2016-01-07_0142016-01-07_0152016-01-07_016

Hugs and high fives to you Whitney and Taylor! Thanks for welcoming me to your sweet hometown.

Check out the slideshow below to see more from their wedding day.



Sarah + Scott

“I love the way you love me.

Strong and wild, slow and easy, heart and soul, so completely.

I love the way you love me.”

There were so many unique touches that Sarah and Scott incorporated throughout their celebration day. They honored her sister Melissa, my best friend, who is now an angel in heaven watching over us. I adore these images of Melissa’s children looking up at “Aunt Sarah” as she prepares to see Scott for their “first look” moment.

I’ve known Sarah since she was a little girl and her smile hasn’t changed a bit. These images showcase the look she shares when she’s happy. In my eyes, these images are completely her. I can hear her laughing when I look at them and it’s all because of Scott. Together they are one . . . I wish you both all the best.

Hugs, Cara

Church: Gretna United Methodist Church

Getting ready & “First Look” location: Cabin at Mahoney State Park

Reception Venue: Bellevue Berry Farm


Want to see more from Sarah and Scott’s wedding day? Check out the slideshow below!



Jenny + Adam

A beautiful June wedding full of beauty and emotion . . . get ready to smile as you check out this Lincoln, Nebraska wedding. Jenny has a heart of gold and Adam wears his emotions on his sleeve. Such endearing qualities in my opinion. These two value the important items in life, friends and family. You can see them shine through in the images and also in Jenny’s words below. Thank you again for the honor of documenting your day Jenny and Adam!
Your wedding song? 
We danced to Open Arms by Journey.
What was the most memorable moment of your day?
The whole day was absolute perfection but walking down the isle together after we were married and hugging and kissing for the first time as a married couple still brings tears to my eyes and will be a moment I will always cherish.
Any advice for other future bride/groom?
Don’t let the stress get to you–Have FUN and take in every single moment!
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
My mother in law gave me a locket with a baby picture of Adam in it–I believe it was one of the grandma’s originally.  I immediately put it on and ran up to Adam to ask if he liked my jewlery…there are some really amazing pictures of us laughing about it.  Those pictures sum up our personalities perfectly and are some of our favorites!!  I didn’t wear it for the ceremony but I wore it at the reception and I will keep it forever!
Wedding Dress–Blush Bridal Botique Lincoln, NE–AMAZING experience working with them!
Cake–Tasteful Indulgence Seward, NE–Kitty was one of the most genuine people we worked with and her cakes are absolute heaven!
Music/Video–A Sound Impression Lincoln, NE–Cali and Curtis (our DJ) were great and worked with us to give us exactly what we wanted!
Hair–Atlantis Salon and Spa Lincon, NE–Holly has been doing my hair for 12+ years and has become a great friend!  She was wonderful to work with and gave me and my girls the most beautiful hair!
Invitations, Programs, Menus–Megan Christine Design, Lincoln, NE–Megan has been a friend of mine forever.  She has incredible taste and design eye and took all of the stress out of this project. She’s just lovely.
Flowers–Petal Creations Lincoln, NE–Stacey made my dream wedding come true! I was absolutely in love with my flowers and the entire mood she was able to set for our wedding.  Everything she did for me was absolute perfection.
Church–Saint Peter’s Lincoln, NE–A wonderful location for a romatic wedding.  The church quartet sang and provided the most magical music.  Truly a highlight of our day!  A wonderful parish to be a part of.
Photography–cb Yates Photo Gretna, NE–I could not have asked for better pictures.  The more I look at them the more I fall in love with them.  Cara has been an absolute delight to work with and has become somebody we want to work with in the future!  She was able to capture some of our most genuine moments and has given us those memories forever!
Reception Venu/Food–The Cornhusker Marriott Lincoln, NE–Julie and her team worked with us every step of the way.  Julie continued to put our mind at ease and gave exactly what they promised, a gorgeous venue with wonderful food and service.
Want to see more from Jenny and Adam’s wedding day? Check our the slideshow below!