Nathan + Evelyn

The Sunflower Wedding | Fredericksburg Wedding Photographer
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You should

know by now that I love shooting friend’s weddings. I really do. Is it hard to work and still have time to say hi to people? Yes… but it’s so worth it. I get to be a part of one of the biggest days in my friend’s life and that’s an HONOR! Evelyn has been a part of my life since college….well… not really. Technically she has been apart of my life since MIDDLE SCHOOL. Let me explain. When Michael and I were in Middle School, he was like the older brother I never had and we picked on each other constantly. Our families were really close, we did EVERYTHING together and so we really felt like we were siblings. Our moms decided that during our middle school years, we should be a part of this traveling show choir

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called “Maranatha”.  Let’s just say this… Michael and I were not THRILLED about this choir but since we both liked music and loved to sing… we gave it a shot. We drove up to Fredericksburg EVERY monday night for rehearsal and met a bunch of new people. We did this for two years and it was fun while it lasted and we made some good friends…but once high school started, we were done.   (I promise this story has a point! It’s coming!)

 

Now fast forward to college. Michael was a freshman, living on a hall with some CRAZY kids…. and what I mean by “CRAZY” is, these guys were being handed alcohol violations left and right. He just didn’t fit in there and even though all of those guys loved him… he knew they weren’t going to be his college friends that he kept in touch with for a lifetime.  There was more out there and it wasn’t until this crazy, funny girl walked up to him on campus and said “um, don’t I know you from somewhere?!”. It was Evelyn… and that “somewhere” was MARANATHA!! See, it’s all coming together.  Michael, Evelyn and I had all been in Maranatha together and even though we didn’t know each other very well back in the day….the Lord knew what He was doing when He brought Ev back into Michael’s life in college. She introduced him to her friends and they started hanging out…. ALL. THE. TIME. Bev, Paul, Drew, Nate, Amy, etc…. they were inseparable!  This group of friends became Michael’s family and it wasn’t long until I had visited CNU enough times to realize that these guys and girls were going to be a part of our life for a LONG time… a REALLY long time.  God is faithful….and through Evelyn and Young Life and the amazing community at CNU, Michael had an amazing freshman year of college…. and amazing 4YEARS really!!  These friends feel like our family and every time we come together at weddings, it’s amazing!! Nathan and Evelyn’s wedding was no different.

 

It was a PERFECT October day for an outdoor ceremony.  Their venue was amazing and the light in mid October will make any photographer happy!! As the girls got ready, we headed to the first look and I couldn’t help but be so thankful that I got to be a part of this day. Jessie was the main photographer for Ev and Nathan’s wedding but she was also a bridesmaid! So I filled in where I was needed and it was nice to not be in charge the WHOLE day! I loved being there and capturing Ev and Nathan’s joy and the celebration of their love. I could go on and on about these two and write paragraphs about how much I adore Evelyn. Her smile, her humor, her love for her friends, her deep love for the Lord… she’s just wonderful. She’s one of those people that you meet and secretly hope that you can be friends forever. Michael and her are basically the same person when it comes to humor and sarcasm… so when I visited CNU for the first time and saw them interact, I was so thankful. I was so thankful that Michael found a friend that he LOVED spending time with and who could make him laugh CONSTANTLY. So…Evelyn, my sweet friend,…. you have been a such a gift in our lives.   You’ll really never understand how much you’re loved by so many people. You’ll never understand how wonderful you are because there just aren’t words to describe how much you mean to us. I PRAY that this new season of life is filled with so much JOY and EXCITEMENT for you and Nathan. You deserve it! Enjoy your new home, your new life and your new husband that God has placed in your life. You are one blessed girl and I’m honored to call you my friend! THANK YOU for allowing me to be by your side on this amazing day!!! It was wonderful!! Love you so much!! xoxo

Love this.
love:)
umm! MONEY SHOT! Why can’t I have a model face like that?! I even practice and everything!!
Her handsome husband…

yessssssssssss.
Ev, you looked amazing. 
Some “random” guests showing up for the ceremony:)
Probably the SWEETEST “Daddy giving his girl away” shot I’ve ever taken:)
married!!!!
Married woman!!!
YUM!!!!!
Such a cool guestbook idea! They can bring this signed pumpkin out every fall and be reminded of their beautiful fall wedding!!

Comments (22)

Comments

  1. Michael: ( )

    AMAZING!!! so so so GOOD! The money shot is perfect! Evelyn I am so glad I was able to share in this day with you and Nathan! Know that Katelyn and I are here for you and Nathan “24/7″ (maranatha joke)

  2. Sara: ( )

    Emily W. texted me and said “Katelyn’s blog. Now. :)” and I was like, what in the world…? But I got it as soon as I got on…THE SUNFLOWERS!!! I AM IN LOVE!!! I am so crazy about every detail of this wedding, and what a GORGEOUS bride. Seriously. Almost makes me wish I was getting married in the fall instead of the summer, but that’s what I get for being a teacher! Can’t wait to get to see Jessie’s pictures too!! Amazing job, Katelyn :)

  3. Deborah Zoe: ( )

    Katelyn, these are beautiful!!:) The “she’s married” image is stunning!:)

  4. Kimber Wassenberg: ( )

    I love Fall weddings! The pictures of Mrs. Evelyn are amazing! Great job!

  5. Jill Powers: ( )

    AHH! I love them all! Great job Katelyn! AND EVELYN- You are STUNNING! Seriously! You and Nathan are adorable and it was seriously such a perfect day! Praise Jesus!!!

  6. Julianna: ( )

    Oh. em. gee. I wish I knew this couple so I could have gone to this wedding… looooooooved the beautiful fall decorations, the sunflowers, the venue. And what a good looking couple!! She has a beauuutiful smile! And lets talk about that Daddy Give Away picture… makes me want to cry. What a gorgeous wedding and congratulations to the beautiful couple!

  7. Melissa Arlena: ( )

    Evelyn you were gorgeous!!! Congrats to you and Nathan, may you have a long happy married life!!

  8. sarah danaher: ( )

    OH MY GOSH!!!!! I can’t even begin to express how gorgeous Nathan & Evelyn look!!! they’re sweet, dear friends of mine, and have been for YEARS. So very sad to have missed their wedding, but SO HAPPY that you captured it all so well!!

  9. Emy: ( )

    Holy Cow! I love the one under “married woman!” your eyes are captivating! Also, the bridal party outside of the rustic house… love it. And don’t get me started on that money shot, you are staring deep into the soul of that camera!! Gorgeous. Oh and the b&w one during the first look where Nathan is smiling so big you can’t see his eyes anymore. haha love it. Basically to sum up, I love them all!! What a beautiful day with a gorgeous couple!! Evelyn, I miss you and hope to see you soon!! Congrats on your happy day!

  10. Beverly Waller: ( )

    oh. my gosh. get out of town!! these pictures are beautiful!! Evelyn, you are glowing in all of them!! just stunning!! i cant get over them!! My favorite ones are of you in the house!!

  11. Lilian: ( )

    love Love LOVE these!!!! Katelyn, you always do an amazing job, but you had it easy with this flawless bride :) Evelyn, you were the most beautiful bride and I couldn’t be happier for you and Nathan!!! I love you!

  12. Ashley: ( )

    Beautiful!

  13. Anna Burke: ( )

    LOVE SO MUCH about this one!!!! GORGEOUS :)

  14. Brenda (KK's mom!): ( )

    Oh Evelyn! What a beautiful wedding. And you look stunning! I love the outdoor setting and the Fall colors. You did a great job pulling it all together. But most of all, you and Nathan look relaxed and happy . . . really enjoying your special day. I must say, my favorite pic is the “money shot”! Wow! Congratulations to you both.

  15. katie yuen: ( )

    beautiful!!! I really love how the light just emits this wonderful “fall” feeling… that goes perfectly with the sunflowers and the happy MARRIED couple!!!

  16. Susan Evans: ( )

    Beautiful photography, Katelyn! And Evelyn is a very beautiful woman…one of the best model faces ever!

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  18. Jessica Beale: ( )

    As always these pictures are amazing!!!! The details are so perfect and I can’t seem to pick a favorite picture! Evelyn, you are stinkin’ gorgeous!!!!! Congrats to you and Nathan!

  19. M.A.: ( )

    I love the photo of Evelyn looking up with her flowers. Such beautiful blue yes! I love the leaves on the men and ring bearer pillow, love the bride’s hair, the Toms, the earrings… love it all! Beautiful day. Oh, and love Daddy. So sweet!

  20. chrissy duke: ( )

    Oh My gosh!! Evelyn you look stunning! And katelyn you always know how to get the shots- i love getting updates from your photos :)

  21. robyn L: ( )

    I was in Maranatha! From maybe 9th through 11th grades. My best friends were in it with me and we LOVED it! :) Of course, we were *from* Fredericksburg, so we only had a short ride to practice as opposed to coming from another town. :)

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