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Cat Alkire | Weddings & Portraits

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Kila and Nick | Chicago Engagement Session

Okay - where do I even start with this blog post?! I have known Kila for at least 6 years now. I used to work part time with her mom at a tax office (I’m not naming names today). And we met through that! We traveled to many Vera Bradley shows in Fort Wayne and kept in touch. I got to photograph her gorgeous bestie’s wedding this past September (Shout out Ashley and Jordan!) And when Kila got engaged in November, she called me the very next day! We talked all about Nick’s proposal - talked about my available dates and venues that I loved in the Kalamazoo are since they both went to Western Michigan. Of course I said “LOFT 310!!!” and was just so excited for them and honored to get to capture their wedding day!

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Their engagement session was so much fun. We walked around a foggy, semi drizzly Chicago and it made for some seriously beautiful photos at North Avenue Beach. We talked about their day, the vendors that they have booked and it got me even more excited to photograph their wedding day. Not only because I will get to work with some amazing vendors (shoutout to my girl Leah at LB Floristry) at an amazing venue, but I get to spend the day with these two and their families, capturing the most perfect day. I am so excited to share their engagement session with you (sorry it took so long…) and can’t wait for April when they become Mr. and Mrs. Elliott!!

Bella and Jon | The Homestead New Carlisle Wedding

Bella and Jon met in June 2013 at Summer Of Service, a summer camp at Bethel College. They were young but they both instantly knew there was a strong connection. They had kept in touch after camp ended and started hanging out more and more, even though Bella wasn’t technically allowed to date at the time. There was a rule in the family that they couldn’t date until they were 18 and Bella was 16. But after her parents met him, they felt comfortable with the two of them hanging out and getting to know each other. Jon asked Bella to be his girlfriend a few weeks after they met at camp, she said YESSSS! and they have been the best of friends ever since. I mean, to me, you’d have to be completely in LOVE to willingly get up early and go hunting with your boyfriend. But that’s what she did. And they both take part in each others interests!

When Jon was ready to propose after years of dating, he got a group of friends together to go to an escape room with them. On the final step, they unlocked the box that held the key inside to exit the room - but there was NO key. Instead, a ring, and Jon asked her to be his wife and they started planning the wedding of their dreams. And the wedding of their dreams they got. It was a casual, fun, energetic and tear filled day. Surrounded by what was most important to them, God and their family and friends. They wanted to have an emphasis on their guests and made sure everyone had a great time. And with Jon being an outdoors man, the Homestead was the PERFECT choice of venues.

So excited for these two to start their married life together - can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!

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Photo: Cat Alkire Photography Florals: Bride’s Mom Venue: The Homestead 1835 DJ: 27 Entertainment Videographers: Perspective Image Co. Catering: LaSalle Grill Hair/MUA: Salon Rouge Cake: Macri’s Bakery Wedding Dress Designer: Stella York Purchased At: Greta’s Bridal Tux: Men’s Wearhouse Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie Rings: Jared