Joe and Janette - Wedding

"Hey girls, do you like my pocket square!"
"Baaahah! Daaad!"
I didn't really get the joke, and I was busy saying my "Hello, how are you's" but from the second I walked into Janette's wedding day, I didn't want to leave.

Janette prepped at her grandmothers lovely lakehouse in Gettysburg, PA. Donned in her light J.Crew wedding dress and her mother's vintage cathedral length veil, Janette and I strolled outside where the rumble of a motorboat and the screams of an inner-tuber kept us company. The sun was shining, the grass was green and today she was the bride.

It was funny though, as elegant and stunning as Janette looked, it almost felt like she was 5-years-old playing dress-up. She still only comes about half-way up her dad and can't weigh much more than an elementary school student. She still points out butterflies, "ruins" pictures by making silly faces and skips/hops in her backyard.

I wonder how many evenings were spent in this very yard, with little child-Janette running around in her swimsuit. I wonder how many times she drank lemonade and crunched on ice cubes overlooking this very lake.

Joe entered "little Janette's" world and has gone ahead and put "the icing" cookies, candy and ice cream bars on top of her "cake." Basically, her life was pretty sweet before. Now it's almost too sweet to handle. God has placed her "boundary lines in pleasant places." And I'm sure Joe likes how it all has worked out :D

I drove Janet from Grandma's house to the church. What did we do along the way? Well, we sang "In Christ Alone" with the Getty's. And we ran into a sunny Penn State field, overgrown with joy and happy. And we talked and laughed. I would have to say, God has put my lines in pleasant places too. Goodness!

We arrived at the church to find some charming little details:

This, ladies and gentleman, is one reason why I love weddings. Pictures like these.
You can't pose that. You can't re-do that. And you certainly can miss this moment.
I love that I get to be there to freeze this memory.

Ready for everybody's favorite? His face.
He sees her. She's coming to meet him. And I'm calling it, one of these days some poor guys head is going to float off like a balloon at the fair. I love these precious faces:

But really, how can you not react so sweetly when you see this little thing smiling at you?

Joe and Janette decided to have their wedding party just be their brothers. The boys were all so fun (and man oh man - zero drama! Taking pictures with no heels is amazing! haha)

Sometimes Janette wants to be cool?

Another "wedding favorite" picture. Janette's mom came over to talk with Joe and say how happy she was for him. Janette looked so proud of her man. She really stared at him so adoringly and I loved it :D

It was very important for Joe and Janette to have pictures with their parents, so we pulled them out to the middle of a Gettysburg battle field. Doesn't get more perfect than that!

Ohhh yes, yees please.

I'm pretty sure they wanted to stay there all day. They, like, wouldn't move haha

I don't know what it is about this one I love so much, but I keep coming back to it over and over.

Pfffft. Would you stop being so perfect already?

Ah great, go pull a forehead kiss on me.
My little heart can't take this!

I really love them so much.
Isn't adorable how he loves to hold her so close?

Prob my fave of the day - because it's pretty much exactly what the day felt like :D

Let's end with one more "hold her close" picture. That sounds good to me :D

I just totally love you guys. Joe and Janette, you really are amazing! I hope marriage has been wonderful the last few days, and I hope it only gets better :D


  1. 8O 8D 8) :) Those are sooo sweet! Such a cute couple, gorgeous bride, perfect location, stunning dress, great personalities, awesome pictures. You did it again! I love your pictures. The first one is one of my favs. Did someone hold the veil for them like that? Great job!

  2. These are some of my favorites out of all of your pictures I've seen! They take my breath away! Bravo :D

  3. Anonymous25.8.09

    I dont know where to start!!! You're AMAZING new blog, or Joe & Janette's wedding!!! Both are adorable Kristen!!!

    And geeez... I seriously got butterflies looking at their pictures. Their engagement shoot was the best ever ... and just perfect, their wedding day looked 100 times more perfect. I heart Joe & Janette too. And I heart Kristen Leigh!!!

  4. I LOVE the new blog!! It fits you so perfectly and brings out a greater element in your work (which btw makes me want to giggle-skip-awww-and light sparklers).

    I adore you. Have I told you lately?

  5. WOW, these are simply stunning! I love the 17th picture! :D Ohh and I love your new blog!

  6. I've followed your blog for nearly two years, and I don't think I've ever left a comment- I've come awfully close to it many times, but so far have kept myself from doing it till now. I feel weird doing it, since you don't know me... But hey, who cares.So here's my first comment!
    Being a fellow homeschooler, and coming from a family with 6 kids, I feel a certain "kinship" with you, and have been so blessed to have happened across your blog. You're awesome.Your work is way awesome. You're seriously a huge inspiration to me. Keep shining! And keep blogging:) I look forward to each post.Cheers!
    P.S. I especially love the 6th from the last picture.

  7. I especially love this set of photos from you. I love all the real moments you captured.. And how adorable is the bride? Great work!

  8. You don't jus take pictures, Kristen, you show love stories. Wow.

  9. Awesome pictures! Some of your best work yet! Love the new blog design and colors by the way. Inspires me to go with blues and pinks :)

  10. PLEASE can i have that fence?! wow..i can see why they didnt want to get up. i knew their wedding would be fabulous just by looking at their engagement pictures but you've really outdone yourself this time kristen!

  11. The staring shot is magical

  12. oh kristen,
    these pictures? woah. too gorgeously beautiful for words.

  13. gah - loves them!

  14. You did a fabulous job on this wedding, and OH MY GOSH the new blog is SO cute and SOOOOOO you! :)

  15. hey, all the compliments you get on your photos are so true. Your work is very fresh & beautiful. & there is lots of sunlight. a+! I'm just starting up my own business, so its wonderful to see what you're doing. Keep blessing others with your creativity.

    (Sov Grace in Orlando FL! represent!)

  16. These are all beautiful :D I love the locations, lighting, and adorable couple! Excellent...

  17. great job kristen! love the light on those fence images:D stunning!

  18. so lovely kristen...the ones by the picket fence were undoubtedly my fav!

  19. holy awesome wedding photos batman! :) these are stunning!!!! :) love them!

  20. mouzhik28.8.09

    your last wedding photos are btilliant!
    I love the way you shoot against the sun wide-open!

  21. These are magical! The lighting is so juicy I might have to move to MD because we don't have that in MN. You're amazing!

  22. Your new blog is BEAUTIFUL!!!! I love the new branding!!! I remember being at Jamie's internship and she told us how amazing your new branding would be and she was totally right! Amazing!!! Your photos, colors, everything just works so well together! Love it!

  23. your photos are PERFECTION! ... wow. ill definitely be following you! keep it up :)

  24. AMAZING!!! Again!!! OMW Kristen, your photos are just FAB!!! And the new blog is so cuuuuuute. Lovely, lovely!! :D

  25. Kristen, you always take amazing pictures, but these are honestly probably the best I've EVER seen! You captured some spectacular moments here. I highly suggest you submit these somewhere. Anywhere! These must be seen! Fantabulous job.

  26. Anonymous20.10.09

    Hey Kristen, how do you get your pictures perfect? The lighting on the couple is amazing, and the background doesn't look too washed-out or bright. =)


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