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After being a wedding photographer for several years and constantly being “immersed in weddings,” it’s easy to take for granted the things that are a normal part of what I do. When my friend, Grace, was planning her wedding I was reminded that the average girl most likely has never thought about how to choose […]

What It’s Like to Work With Me

Karen Elise Photography Experience

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The sound of the Lake Michigan waves crashing on the shore reached my ears long before I saw the water. They said the hike was “scenic,” but I think that might just have been good marketing because for all I could see, it was just longer, aaand hillier. But when I reached the top of […]

Jaden’s 1st Trip to Lake Michigan Beach

Lake Michigan Beach Photography

Personal

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He was tall, dark, and handsome… but he wasn’t her type. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding and hit it off right away. Edna was a server and since Jeremy came late, she was sure he was hungry so she offered him ice cream, (four times,) to which he repeatedly replied “no thanks.” Although […]

Edna & Jeremy’s Wisconsin Spring Backyard Wedding

Modest Lace Wedding Dress |Karen Photography

Weddings

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The last weekend in May, my best friend, Grace, married my uncle Jesse, (we’re only 6 years apart so it’s not weird, haha!) Aaron, Jaden, and I, along with two of my sisters flew out a week beforehand. Being long distance we didn’t get to be a part of their relationship and wedding planning as […]

Our Libby Montana Travels for Grace & Jesse’s Wedding

modest lace bridesmaid dress

Personal

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The date was set. The venue was scheduled and the wedding dress was ready. We were only several weeks out from the wedding when I called Becca to check in on their wedding plans. News of a virus had been circulating but it hadn’t seemed like a big deal. But all of a sudden, businesses […]

Becca & Mervin’s Blush Pink Indiana Wedding

Weddings

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I still remember the way I felt when I first took that pregnancy test and saw that I tested positive. My heart sank and leaped all at the same time. I was completely blown away by the fact that there was a little person growing inside of me that was half me and half of […]

Happy Birthday Son

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We’re all searching and wondering, some of us might be feeling more ill-equipped than others but I know we all feel the pressure of the unknown. I’ve run the course of researching, speculation, and keeping up with all the latest news. There’s a lot of information and opinions out there, along with plenty of problems […]

The Covid-19 Lessons I’m Learning

Covid-19 Lessons | Karen Elise Photography

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Curled behind a large, uprooted log, we held our breath. Our hearts were beating in our chests and every muscle was ready for action. The afternoon sun shone brightly after a morning shower of snow flurries. It was mid April but the late cold front brought a chilly wind with it. Lacey green leaves frilled […]

Lisa & Lester’s Surprise Proposal in the Woods

Surprise Forest Proposal | Karen Ellise Photography

Proposals

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Most brides forget or simply don’t know how to choose the perfect getting ready room for their wedding. While your ceremony and reception definitely play the biggest roles on your wedding day, a great getting ready room is really important as well. There’s so much excitement and joy buzzing during those hours before you walk […]

How to Choose the Perfect Getting Ready Room

Beaded blush wedding dress

For Brides

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Whenever a bride asks for wedding invitation recommendations, Minted Weddings is always at the top of my list. I used their invitations for my own wedding and have used them for every styled shoot since. Minted has a stunning variety of suites ranging from elegant and classic to modern and hip. I found Minted through […]

The Best Wedding Invitations

Mauve Wedding Invitation Suite

For Brides