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Elegant Forest Green Wedding

Lorraine & Paul

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Wisconsin Backyard Wedding 

edna and  jeremy

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I’ve heard it described as the last birthday you really look forward to. I’ve decided that’s not for me. With getting married at 18 and having my first baby at 19, my life has been an adventure and I’m not about to change that up just because I’ve hit the supposed golden age. This past […]

I’m 21! My Birthday Thoughts and Goals

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She had always been my “little sister.” As the oldest of four girls, Doris and I were only 16 months apart and it had been very natural to divide into two unofficial parties, the big girls and the little girls. It went on like this for many years, through the stages of crushes, clothes, and […]

My Sister’s Growing Up

Portraits

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I’ve been waiting to share our 2nd anniversary/family session for weeks! We rescheduled at least twice and at the last minute I was scrambling to get everything together. Sarah Jess, my go to hairstylist was unable to do my hair and so I called on my sister. Doris, to help me out. While I was […]

Our Anniversary Family Session Photos Are Here!

AnniveraFamily Session Outfits | Karen Elise Photographysary Session Outfits | Karen Elise Photography

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I’m keeping it personal today and sharing my new favorite summer drink; raspberry mint iced tea. I love making this as a special addition to an afternoon chat with friends or an at home date night. The recipe was inspired by Virginia, a friend of mine, on Instagram. I took the original recipe and tweaked […]

My New Favorite Summer Drink

Raspberry Mint Iced Tea | Karen Elise Photography

Personal

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Before they ever really knew each other, he made her realize what kind of guy she wanted to marry. Lisa was part of a youth group leadership team, along with Lester’s parents. This meant they saw each other quite a bit but they never really talked. Then, one day after a weekend youth event, Lisa […]

Lisa & Lester’s Indiana Sunset Engagement Session

Indiana Engagement Photography | Karen Elise Photography

Engagements

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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

For Brides

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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

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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