• Nate + Catherine

skies were overcast…. and I was excited!! What does that mean? Well let me tell you! It means I could shoot anywhere I wanted for Nate and Catherine’s First Look! FREEDOM!!! Woohoo! I love overcast days so much! The colors are brighter, the light is awesome and it’s not as HOT! This day was starting perfectly and it continued to get better and better. I started with the girls in an adorable country cabin down the road from the venue. I knew most of these girls from CNU and so I had been looking forward to this time with them for a while! Catherine casually walked around the little cabin with her hair and makeup done, not stressed at all. She is the epitome of a simple, classy bride. Her style was so HER


and I loved that her gown wasn’t full of a pick-ups, lace and feathers… she didn’t need that. Catherine’s look was classic! Now I know what you’re thinking….. “Katelyn you’re like the QUEEN of feathers, you had a PEACOCK wedding”. Well first of all, I went a little crazy on the details at my wedding and secondly, every wedding has a different style. I love this. If ALL of my weddings had elaborate dresses and over-the-top details, no one would be interested in my work! It would all look the same! So I was thrilled at how well Catherine and Nate’s simple virginia winery wedding came together. It was so beautiful to photograph!


I think before this past year, I would probably be correct to say that I knew Nate better than Catherine.  There is a good reason for this. Michael and Nate lived together for what seemed like FOREVER! During college and post college, these two were roommates and so Nate has seen it all.  He heard our arguments over the phone, he saw us on our good days and he experienced the side of “Katelyn and Michael” that isn’t so pleasant. That just happens when you have a roommate! So I feel like I know Nate pretty well. He was a groomsmen in our wedding and has been such a steady, solid friend to Michael for so many years. Then I met Catherine. Catherine was a year behind me at CNU but in college, that age difference doesn’t really matter anymore. I thought she was such a beautiful and mature girl since the day I met her. When Nate and Catherine started dating I remember telling Michael “Wow… they’re a cute couple!!!!!”. Little did I know that I would be photographing their wedding a few years down the road!!!!


Nate and Catherine’s wedding day was wonderful. They were married by the lake and that made for a beautiful backdrop (you’ll see what I mean later on!).  A few things I LOVED about this wedding was 1. I saw a ton of CNU friends that I adore and some of them never fail to make faces at me during the ceremony while I’m shooting! 2. The weather was PERFECT and the location made my job so easy! and 3. My handsome husband was a groomsmen. I’ve never shot a wedding with Michael as the groomsmen but I’m thrilled that I get to do it twice this summer!!! So enjoy this post and know that as beautiful as these pictures may be, the best part about this wedding was that the Lord was given all the glory. Nate and Catherine I cannot WAIT to watch you two grow together in your new marriage. Michael and I are SO thrilled for you!!!!!!! Enjoy some of my favorites!

Catherine’s dress was HANDMADE by Stephanie O’Brien and it fit her like a glove!!!

And of course I have to give a shout out to my sweet friend Holly Chapple! You NEED to check out her new blog…. gorgeous!!

The light in this room made me SO happy!


First Look!

Catherine you look so good girl!!!!

FAVORITE! One of them at least:)


Michael took this one on the right…. loved it:)

That one on the left…. MONEY SHOT. Catherine you are so easy to photograph! Seriously. Nate your picture is coming a little further down, you just wait!


Nate…. love the model look!


Nate!! You’re looking good! And so is that one behind you on the left:)

Time to get married!!!!


A few portraits after family portraits! They even showed up to the reception EARLY after taking these!


I don’t normally share dancing shots but I thought these were fun!

LOVED this one.

Pies instead of a cake! Love it.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Simpson!!

Florals | Holly Heider Chapple Flowers

Dress | Handmade by Stephanie O’Brien

Venue | Tarara Winery

DJ | Digital Sound Services

Cake | PIES instead! Mom’s Apple Pie Company

Catering | Barn Door BBQ Catering Co.

Favors | Tarara Wine Glasses

33 Comments Weddings
  1. Esther Kangas reply

    What a beautiful celebration! The bride was absolutely stunning in that handmade dress and the lighting was perfect in every single shot. The lines in the bridge photo made it one of my favorites!!

  2. caroline reply

    yay yay yay!!!! I like the style of this wedding a lot! good job kk!

  3. Abby Grace Photography reply

    HEY! that’s Nathaniel Simpson! I grew up with that guy in youth group!
    I LOOOOVE their portraits- you did SUCH an amazing job. The getting ready shots of Catherine are gorgeous. Her hair is absolutely perfect for that dress- she looks so elegant! Amazing post to start a sick-at-home day with. Love these!

  4. Sarah Danaher reply

    this just might be your best wedding ever, Katelyn. SO beautiful.

  5. j gar reply

    great job as usual. glad those ceremony pictures still turned out awesome even after that dude made a better door than a window. also, nate is a stud. i guess catherine’s not too bad either. so pumped that a champ dancing picture made the blog. that needs to be a blog staple anytime he’s at a wedding you’re doing. more pumped that my little incident didn’t make it. not sure your viewers would have liked that too much. any way, they were amazing!

  6. Cati reply

    I love how simple this wedding is- it’s beautiful. Catherine is gorgeous, and so is her dress. I love the “hand-made, custom dress” idea. My mom made my wedding dress, and I just loved having something specially designed and made for ME rather than buying a normal dress of a rack. So special! :)

  7. nikki reply

    these are so romantic! love it.

  8. Jennifer reply

    I love your pictures! Everything is just beautiful. Congratulations guys!

  9. Kimber Wassenberg reply

    Absolutely beautiful!!! Mrs. Catherine is so beautiful and I love how simple yet gorgeous her dress is! :) This is one of my favorite weddings yet…the lakeside ceremony…everything! Love it! :) :)

  10. katie g reply

    love love love. i dont know catherine and nate too well, but i was honored to babysit there pup Brady while they were away! what a relaxed, simple wedding. i love love lovedddd. her dress. i love the khakis and i love the wild flowers! hahaha that photo of champ is classic!!!! i love it! great job katelyn, what an awesome job you have!

  11. Catherine SIMPSON reply

    Katelyn, we love them. you did a wonderful job. Thank you thank you! I already know a couple favorites I want printed :) Can’t wait to see the whole gallery!!!

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  13. Kristin reply

    Nothing prettier than a winery wedding…love this

  14. Kierstein reply

    Oh my gosh! This wedding is wonderful! I absolutely ADORE where they held the actual ceremony at! The colors are amazing, and your work is just fantastic!

  15. Champ reply

    Katelyn these are great! I had a blast (as you can see) and I know Nate and Catherine did too. Let me know if you ever need dancing models, I’ve got connections.

  16. stephanie boyer reply

    she is so naturally beautiful! gahhh!! loved this wedding!!!

  17. Christy reply

    I love this wedding. One of my favorites ever… it just has such an easy and natural feel.. plus those two are Adorable together! Great work! Rephrase—fantastic work!

  18. Kristina N. reply

    These are beautiful Katelyn! Catherine is BEAUTIFUL and her dress was gorgeous too! And I love this wedding because of the color scheme — I almost went for the same yellow and navy for my own before switching to lavender! :)

  19. sandra fazzino reply

    fabulous. the wedding – fabulous. the light – fabulous. the venue – fabulous. all the images – fabulous. fa.bu.lous.

  20. Heidi reply

    Katelyn, I’m late with the commenting—but I’ve been back like 10 time to look at all of these, so I figured it was time! You did great; really captured the feel! It was SO fun getting to watch you work your wedding photography magic!

  21. Cousin Molly reply

    You captured the bride and groom, and the wedding day, beautifully! Such striking photos. Looks straight out of a wedding magazine!

  22. Pirihira reply

    Every now and then i come across a photographer that totally blows my mind. I love your blog, love your work, inspired to follow my dreams. Thank Jasmine* for the intro to you. x

  23. Auriel reply

    Katelyn, LOVE the shoes & book shot :) and love the shots you got with the wine barrels! AND HER DRESS – oooo! Great job!!

  24. Celeste Magnusson reply

    Katelyn – I am SUCH a huge fan of your work and find so much inspiration from your photographs. You are truly truly talented! (from a fellow photographer from up north in Canada :)

  25. Lesley reply

    soooo glad to see that someone else likes the idea of pie instead of cake! LOVE IT! such a beautiful wedding. Great job, Katelyn!

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