anthony + brittany MARRIED!! south dakota wedding photography
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¬†Anthony + Brittany are such a laid-back, light-hearted, fun-loving couple – and it was such an honor for me to photograph their wedding in their hometown of Beresford, South Dakota. They’ve been dating since high school, they have the cutest little boy, and they now have had their perfect wedding day. A day full of laughter and love. :-)

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First looks are still my favorite part of the day… so much love and excitement shining!!

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Their little boy did SO WELL for photos and for *most* of the ceremony…

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Anthony + Brittany, I love you guys, but my favorite part of your ceremony was Tate clapping along to the music. :-) p.s. Hasn’t he gotten so big since your engagement photos??

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Brittany loves a cute pair of shoes, but also understands enough is enough when it comes to comfort, and walking through a wave of bubbles. :-)

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I see a lot of lovely centerpieces, but this was pretty AND fun!! Here’s a before and after showing the instruction note “Memories, advice, or best wishes… write a note to the Mr. & Mrs.” and then some sweet responses. :-)

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But who cares about centerpieces when you’ve got THIS gorgeousness happening outside!!! :-)

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First dance! Good thing I made you guys practice outside… this is perfection!! ;-)

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My favorite thing about Anthony + Brittany? They’ll go outside to take photos whenever I ask. :-)

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Anthony + Brittany – I had such a wonderful time spending the day with you on your wedding. Thank you for going outside for more (and more) photos. You are so sweet, and Brittany, I miss your giggle already!!

 

 

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laura loves… june edition
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Helloooooo, summer!!! It has been a busy month full of weddings and engagement sessions, as well as office and yard work. Fresh air makes everyone more productive, right?

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1. New grass!! – Last week, Lance and I worked on our front yard for six straight hours. We shaped the dirt and seeded grass and put down a germination blanket (the wind in our hill-top neighborhood is ridiculous, and we didn’t want to put in all that hard work to have the wind blow all our seed away…) When I came home from last weekend’s wedding, there were these little sprouts waving ‘hello!’ Only a few more weeks until the rest of the seeds take root and fill in! :-)

2. Summer drinks – When it’s hot out, I like to have my fridge stocked with cool treats. My new favorite drink? Iced chocolate chai. I brew extra-strength chai tea, store it in the fridge, and when I’m ready to cool off, I mix it with chocolate almond milk over ice. Yummmm!

3. Mini Swingline – Office work seems so much more enjoyable with my cute little stapler.

4. Dahlias – I like to think these colorful potted flowers in front of the house made up for the lack of a front lawn earlier in the month.

5. Date night!! – Lance and I went out to eat at Piesano’s (our favorite pizza place in town) and took a stroll around the Outdoor Campus West.

p.s. Several of my ‘favorite things’ make an appearance on Instagram as they happen throughout the month. If you’d like to follow along, and even see some sneak peeks from weddings and engagement sessions, come follow me – my username is studiolb!!

 

matt + kate ENGAGED!! Rapid City Engagement Photographer
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Matt + Kate have such a great sense of humor (a.k.a. we get most of each others Michael Scott quotes) – it was so much fun to walk and talk with them during their engagement session. ¬†I didn’t want them to go back home to Omaha!! Soon enough, their wedding day will be here and I’ll get to hang out with them and their closest friends + family and I absolutely can not wait! :-)

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Okay, so this is the real reason I didn’t want Matt + Kate to go back home. I could have listened to them make up songs for hours!! Which, I’ll have you know, were equally romantic and hilarious.

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Matt + Kate – I hope you had a wonderful time out in the hills and that engagement photos were right up there with cake tasting. :-) It was so good to see you again and I am SO looking forward to October!!

lucas + lindsey ENGAGED!! Rapid City Engagement Photography
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Lucas + Lindsey are big fans of animals, nature, and each other – which I think is a pretty fabulous combination! :-)

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Can you believe this southern beauty moved all the way from Mississippi to Nebraska to be with the man of her dreams? Lucas, you are one lucky guy. :-)

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Congrats to you both on your engagement! I had such a nice time getting to know you, and I am so excited for your wedding in a few months!! :-)

dave + janice MARRIED!! Sylvan Lake Custer State Park Wedding
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Dave + Janice and their families are the very definition of southern charm. I can’t tell you how many times I was called ‘darlin’ – and I loved it every time!

Not only were they incredibly sweet, they had the best taste! Dresses from BHLDN, flowers from Bent Willow Designs, and tiny pecan pies brought all the way from Texas. What more could you ask for a lakeside wedding? Not much. Although, the Texans were hoping for a few more degrees of warmth – we South Dakotans were just glad it wasn’t raining like it had been all week. ;-)

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Janice was brought down the aisle at Sylvan Lake by her two beautiful daughters.

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Their first look – don’t you love Dave’s smirk?

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A true southern gentleman, that Dave… ;-)

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Immediately after the ceremony – who doesn’t want to hug?! ;-)

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Janice with all her girls now!

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Dave + Janice – It was such a pleasure to finally meet you and your families! Y’all are so kind and welcoming, and you make me wish I was southern (so I could have the drawl and the tiny pies.) ;-)

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