Tai & John

Tai and John's wedding was a much anticipated wedding for us to photograph! John's father is Indian and Tai is Nigerian, so the wedding brought several cultures together. Their rehearsal dinner was Nigerian themed with authentic food an clothing. The wedding, held at at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Nevada, IA, was a traditional American ceremony and the reception, held at at Reiman Gardens in Ames, was a culmination of all cultures with Tai changing out of her wedding gown and into an Indian Sari, gifted to her by John's aunts (seen on the top right). When the couple was together their laughter was insatiable. Their senses of humor are second to none (a trait they seem to have picked up from their parents) which made them favorite subjects to photograph. Last, but not least, John and Tai LOVE ultimate frisbee! They met while playing on the Ultimate team at Iowa State and they still play to this day - in fact they left shortly after their wedding to compete at the Worlds in Prague. They even had custom discs printed and distributed them to guests as a party favor! Here are a few of our favorites from the day:

Instead of having an engagement session, Tai and John opted for a Trash The Dress session so we met up post-wedding and played a little frisbee. Here's a small smackeral of the results (and yes - she really dove for a disc in her wedding dress, and no - she didn't ruin it):

To go out with a bang here's a shot of the couple with their frisbee team from their wedding reception. Crazy cool bunch of people!

McClaniversary!

Two years ago Alex and I got married on a beautiful Summer evening at Snus Hill Winery and everything was perfect. It was the best Summer ever – the last Summer of freedom we’d ever have before having to conform to “adulthood.” We’d camp, grill, take leisurely bike rides, play guitar, climb trees (until we got booted from our parent’s health insurance) and lived it up! Marriage was enjoyment of life beyond anything I’d ever experienced (and continues to be). Not to be a complete sappity sappster, but that preface is necessary to lay the foundation for the following images. A few months after our wedding I decided I wanted to capture the spirit of my new bride through photographs, and after lots of coaxing (and probably lots of doing household chores without being asked, etc) Alex agreed to let me photograph her. The images are becoming more and more meaningful to me as time passes (as they should), and I want to share a few with you: