50th Anniversary {Event + Family}

Marriage is hard. So when I see couple who have been married for many years is an inspiration to me! Say hello to this lovely couple who have weather through the good and the bad for 50 years!
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Brew in the Lou {Event}

Giving children a quality education is what Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) is all about, and their second annual Brew in the Lou event is helping do just that! After helping make some of the decisions for their first event, I knew that I wanted to invest in their second, and so we became the Official Event Photographer.
This event was full of wine, brews, food and people! I am so excited that this years event quadrupled their inaugural event. So without further ado here is the Second Annual Brew in the Lou!
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To learn more about LESA and all of their incredible work check out their website and get involved!

Ascension Baby Shower {Event}

It’s beautiful to see a church rally around a mother-to-be! And in this case, a mother-to-be that is origionally from Brazil and does not have her own family close. The shower was full of laughter and even sweeter than that – tears. The organizers of the shower had her family send over videos and letters sharing their hopes and wishes for the mom-to-be and baby. I’m not sure there was a dry eye in the house.

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Baby – you will be so loved! Great job ladies of Ascension!

Ascension Easter Egg Hunt {Event}

Brightly Colored Eggs . Cutely Dressed Kids . Easter Bunny

With a combination of above you can’t go wrong. I love to see a group make an event go splendidly. And this group of Ascension “peeps” worked joyfully along side of one another. It was a true honor to see the church body work so hard to share the gospel with  100+ children.

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Now isn’t that a fine looking group (and that is just a portion of them!)

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Ready, set, go!

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And even the big kids liked the Easter Bunny.

Sweet Sarah Marie Photography wish you and your family the most joyful Easter!

Brew in the Lou – and Fine Wine Too {Event}

It is always exciting to start the planning elements for an event and finally see the end result. It is even more exciting when it is a brand new event.

The Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) planned the 1st Annual Brew in the Lou- and Fine Wine Too, and  I might be a bit biased but it went smashingly!

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The day boasted of over 300 tickets pre-sold, some incredible vendors and a few celebrity appearances!

It was great to see Cindy Collins (K-LOU FM) and Jeff Bernthal (FOX 2) at the event!

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The fall weather was perfect for great brews and incredible food. The event had a wide array of vendors who set the tone for the beautiful day.

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A huge thank you goes out to the wonderful volunteers and the great venue of Concordia Seminary!

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Make sure you watch out for this event next year, because you don’t want to miss a little Omm-Pah-Pah from bands as wonderful as The Waterloo German Band!

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Pastor Spomer Retirement {event}

I had the joy to sit under the teaching of Pastor Spomer. He is full of wisdom and always desired to speak truth and love to his church.  So, when I was asked to photograph his retirement party I was more than honored.

Here are a few of the details:

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People kept pouring in to celebrate Pastor Spomer. It was obvious the love and appreciation that each person had for pastor.

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The luncheon and presentations began, but through the entire day joy and laughter was evident.

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The presentation ended with the everyone singing with hand motions!

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Did I mention that not only did friends and church members attended, but also family. And Pastor Spomer has a TON of family!

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Event {Farber Wedding} Red Carpet Wall

I love trying new things! Anything from white water rafting to painting pottery, you ask, I will most likely say yes (with in reason). So when Abbey and Ryan asked if I was up for the challenge to be a paparazzi for their wedding, how could I say no? You see, Ryan is in the printing business and whipped up this really cool step and repeat wall complete with his own logo for their big day. DSC_0013 DSC_0012

Obviously, any person who has seen a red carpet event on TV has a deep craving to be the center of attention for those brief moments and Ryan and Abbey allowed each guest that.

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The wedding had some very lovely guests! I have to admit, I was so nervous when the wedding party came in. I couldn’t wait to see their reaction to the wall and I was not disappointed!

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Can’t forget a couple group shots!

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Last but not least, Abbey and Ryan! Thank you so much for letting me join in on your beautiful day!


Design + Event {50th Wedding Anniversary}

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About three months ago I was asked to be part of a top secret mission. My mom asked me to create a letter to go out to all of my grandparents friends and family. This letter asked them to send their favorite memories and well wishes to my mom so that they could be compiled at given to them for their 50th wedding anniversary. I jumped at this honor and this is the final product.

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But it didn’t stop there. When the time came we packed up the suburban and headed to Michigan to unveil the big surprise and to see family. I was so excited to see their reactions and after reading most of the items that were sent I was in awe of how much they are loved and respected.

You must know that my grandmother is a crier- no worse than that- a weeper. But we love her sensitive heart, and I couldn’t have captured the two of them in a better way.

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Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!

{Event} Baby Frank Shower

Baby Animals . Bows . Beautiful Mothers

Love can be seen in many ways. One of the most beautiful is watching people come around a person or couple and share in their excitement.

This was the case for the Frank family as they are about to welcome a baby into their family. The Frank’s family planned a beautiful baby shower for them. No one could resist these adorable jungle animals!

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