Category: Engagements

Sharrah & Jarrod

Sharrah and Jarrod are two of the sweetest people!!! These two love birds are tying the knot on June 18th this year and we cannot wait to photograph their special day!

A note from the bride:
We met when I came to my first service at the Apostolic Church here in Salem.. We didn’t really talk to each other except hey here and there.. We started talking around February of 2013 and by March 11 we were dating! So many laughs and memories that I could write a book!

Now to the proposal.. He asked January 1st 2016! After two years going on three years of dating he finally popped the question! His sister was moving away to work at Tupelo children’s mansion in Mississippi and it was her last weekend here so they all wanted to do something. We decided to go ice skating. Little did I know that after my third lap around I would skate up to Jarrod asking the magic 4 word sentence, “Will you marry me?” He even planned for my parents and grandparents to be there! I didn’t even see them until after I said yes! It was an awesome surprise!

My favorite part about planning the wedding so far was going and getting my dress. It was so special to have my mom, grandma, his mom, my aunt and cousin there. I also like going through all of this with my mom and sharing the experience with her. We look forward to the many years ahead of us. He will forever be my always!

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Amy & Jamie


This couple’s love story is most definitely one of my absolute favorites! Amy Helpingstine is from the small town of Salem, IL (Yay – my hometown!) and Jamie Probin is from England! As fate would have it they travel across the globe to find their selves teaching at the same college in Charleston, South Carolina. Both are math professors at Charleston Southern University. After working with each other, sharing mutual friends, and spending lots of time together – they said that their relationship inadvertently turned into more than just friends. It’s amazing to me that these two are from two totally different areas of the world and just fell into the same place at the right time.

Garren and I had the pleasure of traveling to the charming city of Charleston to photograph their engagement photos! What an incredible place! So much character and gorgeous locations for photos – but even more important.. it’s where our lovely clients met and fell in love!


Her RING… oh my stars it’s so gorgeous! We were lucky enough to find some flowering trees with the exact color scheme of their wedding, too! I love the soft petals matched with the sparkle of her ring.

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The TREES in Charleston, SC are incredible – the Angel Oak trees are so stunning and the Spanish Moss… what a romantic and dreamy place for photos!

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Nick & Chelsea


Nick Wernsman and Chelsea Bradley are tying the knot next September and we had the honor of shooting their engagement session this Fall in prep for the big day! These two are so incredibly sweet and are SO photogenic! During their session we shot in Nick’s parents’ backyard (gorgeous!) at their home in Centralia, IL, visited Schwartz Orchard, and our final stop was Nick’s workplace, Riechmann Brothers for some fun tractor photos at sunset. Each location brought new colors, lighting, and ideas into play (which was probably why Chelsea and Nick had such a hard time narrowing down their favorites)! We always allow our clients to bring along a couple outfit options, too, and these two had such great taste in wardrobe! My favorite was Chelsea’s dress & boots… who doesn’t love boots and scarfs in the Fall?

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The best part about shooting an engagement session is that we get to know our couples during this time. Chelsea and Nick both became so comfortable with the camera and we were able to capture genuine smiles and personality. These two are so much fun and I’m so thankful they chose us to photograph these special moments in their lives!

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