Welcome!

Chances are, you're here because your engaged! Ahh! How unbelievably exciting is that?! If that isn't why your here then you must just love seeing beautiful images of couples madly in love and that is perfectly normal! Either way, you are in the right place are we are so happy you're here!

My wedding experience has been 5 years in the making and many people would think that this "job" would have gotten boring and mundane over time. Wow, they are so wrong. iI've truly seen my fair share of wedding days and I feel myself falling more in love with this industry more and more every day! I feel so honored that couples across the midwest {and beyond} have trusted me to capture the memories of their special day! 

Our prayer is that you and your future spouse become more than just clients but dear friends that allow us to invest in your marriage and future. We pray that you see the joy in our work and that joy spills over into your everyday life as you see your wedding day come back to life through your photos. 

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You're engaged! You've come to the right place. Make yourself at home

WELCOME

hear from the pros
(past AK Brides)

MEET AK BRIDES

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THE PORTFOLIO

sweet brides on their experience

LOVE NOTES

ready to be an AK Bride? here's how it works!

THE PROCESS

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portfolio 

alaina kristine

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We chose this venue because it was not only breathtaking everywhere you looked but also because it reminded Tim and I of home. We were both raised in the country and had farms nearby. We said from the beginning that we wanted somewhere that was beautiful and classic country. With Ladders and Lace we got that and so much more! We loved the fact that they had cows on their land and that the rolling hills gave away so much natural beauty!   We couldn’t have imagined getting married anywhere else!

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venue

CONNIE

LADDERS
AND LACE

I tried on SOOO many dresses that day. They were all pretty but I had a hard time feeling like any were perfect for the big day. Just when I was getting discouraged I found “the dress”. I felt like a bride and wanted to walk out of the store with it on! My entourage immediately knew it was the one also. The dress also happened to be in my size and on sale! 

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designer

TAYLOR

DAVID TUTERA

In planning a winter wedding we knew we wanted a pop of color that fit with the season but also added depth to our wedding day.  We got exactly that by pairing maroon and navy. The combo was gorgeous and we loved how we were able to use those colors throughout our day to pull everything together! My dress was off white so the rich tones complimented it beautifully!

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color scheme

BRITTANY

NAVY AND MAROON

15

weddings each year

40

all-time ak couples

600+

images delivered

60+

inquires per year

Where to even begin?! Alaina is absolutely amazing! When I got engaged my fiancé and I were living over 2000 miles apart. We were going to do a quick courthouse wedding before my parents insisted on giving their only daughter a perfect wedding. I wanted a photographer who was different. I got Alaina’s number from a family friend and what a first impression. She was incredibly personal and kind. My fiancé and I were nervous about this part of the wedding planning because sometimes we can look very uncomfortable in front of a camera. I’ll never forget our engagement session. I’ve have friends who said their sessions lasted hours and was completely over the top. Ours was a cold winter day and when I say cold, I mean cold. Alaina was such a trooper this day. Our wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. Alaina captured all of our specials moments from before the ceremony to during the reception. She was able to edit and give us photos within a few short hours after the wedding!  

Jansen and Blake

A Fair Barn Wedding

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Alaina made our entire wedding process perfect! Loved every second of working with her. She made it easy and enjoyable. Plus our pictures turned out better than we could have ever imagined!!!!

Lauren & Alec

A Southern Illinois Fall Wedding

AMAZING! Alaina was very prepared and efficient on the wedding day! She was very sweet and multiple family members and guests complimented her on her professionalism and attitude! Definitely recommend if you want a worry-free photographer!

ASHLEY AND MATT

A MEMPHIS COUNTRY CLUB WEDDING

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Alaina made our entire wedding process perfect! Loved every second of working with her. She made it easy and enjoyable. Plus our pictures turned out better than we could have ever imagined!!!!

Lauren & Alec

Where to even begin?! Alaina is absolutely amazing! When I got engaged my fiancé and I were living over 2000 miles apart. We were going to do a quick courthouse wedding before my parents insisted on giving their only daughter a perfect wedding. I wanted a photographer who was different. I got Alaina’s number from a family friend and what a first impression. She was incredibly personal and kind. My fiancé and I were nervous about this part of the wedding planning because sometimes we can look very uncomfortable in front of a camera. I’ll never forget our engagement session. I’ve have friends who said their sessions lasted hours and was completely over the top. Ours was a cold winter day and when I say cold, I mean cold. Alaina was such a trooper this day. Our wedding day couldn’t have been more perfect. Alaina captured all of our specials moments from before the ceremony to during the reception. She was able to edit and give us photos within a few short hours after the wedding!  

JANSEN AND BLAKE

AMAZING! Alaina was very prepared and efficient on the wedding day! She was very sweet and multiple family members and guests complimented her on her professionalism and attitude! Definitely recommend if you want a worry-free photographer!

ASHLEY AND MATT

love notes

WOW! You're engaged!  CONGRATS! Not only that, but you are here looking for a photographer! *at least I assume* What an honor!!!  This season of life is by far the most fun! You get to dream and plan and create! All things I'm so passionate about! 

I love to get to know potential couples so be sure you use the contact form to reach out and we will send you over a little email to help us connect! 

the process

let's chat

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your date

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Once you've decided that we are the perfect fit for your wedding day, its time to make it official! We love how easy technology makes things! The contract and deposit process is all done online from the comforts of your living room, your office, or even the car! 

Now that you have officially joined the family, we get to share some super fun treats, add you to our exclusive #akbrides Facebook group and can start planning your engagement session! YAY! 

the process

save the date

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engagements

We love providing out couples with a complimentary engagement session! It helps us as photographers and you as a couple to be able to interact with each other, connect on a personal level and, essentially, have a small "practice" round before the big day! 

Our amazing bridal guide provided for you at time of booking is PACKED FULL of useful information to help you and your honey prep for your engagement session. From outfit inspiration and tips and tricks, you will be super prepared for a session full of gorgeous images! 

the process

engagement session

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Timeline

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After 6 years in the wedding industry I have seen my fair share of how failing to prepare a solid timeline throws your whole day out of whack! Soon after the engagement session we will be sending you a detailed questionairre that includes discussion about your ideal wedding day timeline. This is somwthing that we can hash out together to make sure that our time is used the most efficiently to capture the moments of the day you care about the most! 

*NOTE* The presence or absence of "The First Look" will play a MAJOR role in how your timeline will look!  

the process

talk timeline

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your day

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ITS HERE! How is that even possible? All the dreaming and planning, and lets be honest, tears are finally about to pay off! Our goal for today is to create beautiful photos but also to ensure that your day runs smoothly. 

Out biggest piece of advice (coming from a past bride), slow down and take in every second. Remember the feeling of seeing your groom for the first time, the smell of his cologne and your perfume mixing together, the way your flowers feel in your hands, how beautiful your dress is and how well the grooms attire compliments your bridal style. Remember the faces that came to celebrate with you. All those things are fleeting, but the memories last a lifetime!  

the process

your weddinG day

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design

After the dust of the best day of your life settles, we will still be hard at work editing, blogging, and delivering your wedding day gallery. Just like your engagement photos. these will be delivered via CloudSpot, our amazing online gallery host. 

We also offer our couples the option to add an heirloom album to their wedding collection. This timeless piece will be a staple in your home for years to come. It is so important to print your photos and we think this option is the most beautiful way to do that. 

*NOTE* Please be sure to mention your interest in the
heirloom album to view samples

the process

gallery & album design

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