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“I know this is supposed to be a Christmas show, but I feel like there’s one other song that kind of fits the evening” she announced… as the band slowly picked up the tune, my 11-year old self secretly prayed for Mariah’s early 90’s anthem Hero to be the one. And after a drawn out crowd-teasing 30 seconds, she finally started into the lyrics I was dying to here… “And then a hero comes along… ” and the audience at New York City’s Beacon Theatre went wild! Halfway through the performance, her microphone pack slipped off her gown and she decided to take it from the top! The band didn’t know what to make of it but the crowd ate it up! A double dose of her iconic hit! It was like Christmas morning, circa 6th grade, I woke up with the flu but in full spirits as I opened my first CD player boom box with Mariah’s Hero Album to go with it… I probably played that album a million times on my new stereo. I never imagined seeing her perform it live on stage… and in New York City no less! Monday night’s double date to Mariah’s Manhattan Christmas show made my holiday season for sure!

I joined Dave and his brother for a double date in the city Monday night to grab dinner out and the show. I wandered through Bryant Park, past my very first office when I started working in the city (the one with the Christmas tree in the lobby above), up 6th Avenue to Del Frisco’s for dinner. The crisp cool air and the holiday lights make this city one of the most special places to spend the Christmas season… and a great excuse for date nights!

 
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Mariah is performing all week at the Beacon… I highly recommend the show! No one can hit those high notes quite like she can!

Winter Wedding, Glittery Neutrals, Sparkly Wedding

A sea of twinkling lights and sparkling details capped my 2014 wedding season this weekend with a bang! Lindahl and Eric’s stunning winter wedding at The Brick in South Bend, Indiana glittered from start to finish! Warning: this is a long one! I couldn’t help myself… with so many intricate details and personal touches…. I couldn’t leave anything out! Thank you guys so much for including me in your special day! I had so much fun celebrating with you guys and was so honored to be there! Enjoy!!
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Lindahl’s lace fit and flare gown by Allure Bridals Romance collection definitely made my top list for the year!

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Poppies by Polly created the perfect winter bouquets for Lindahl’s ladies to carry down the aisle. I loved all of her creations for this event!

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Lindahl, you made SUCH a gorgeous bride!!

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After the Catholic Ceremony, we headed to the reception venue, The Brick , an industrial space perfect for creating unique, detailed receptions and events along the riverfront for the bride and groom portraits. Luckily, we arrived just in time for the perfect end of day glowy light… I love these shots!

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My favorite!!

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The ladies all picked their own neutral and metallic bridesmaids dresses… I love how the look came together so cohesively! Polly’s flowers were the perfect touch!

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Lindahl spent hours on Friday setting up the reception space with the help of friends and family. I’m surprised she hasn’t taken up wedding design herself… it came together flawlessly! I’m so glad we had enough time to capture all of the amazing detail shots before the cocktail hour kicked off!

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Long farm tables are my favorite!!

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Let the party begin!!

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Chandeliers are always a good decision!

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These two entertained the crowd all day! Cutest couple on the dance floor!!

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Church: St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Brick | Invitations: Meredith Santucci Designs | Cake: 13 Sweets | Dress Designer: Allure Romance | Dress Shop: Blushing Bride | Hair: Bangs Salon & Spa | Makeup: Jamie Plack, Vein Institute & Medi Spa | Food: Allie’s Cafe & Catering | DJ & Lighting: ProShow | Flowers: Poppies by Polly | Transportation: Royal Excursion | Rehearsal Dinner: Bucktown Tap | Rentals (Farm Tables, linens, dinnerware, stemware): Burns | Photography: Jessica Haley Photography

  • Lindahl Wiegand - Jessica: Eric and I cannot thank you enough for capturing our day. These are just breathtaking. You are not only truly talented, but were a joy to have with us all day. Our friends and family had so many words of praise for you. Your attention to detail is so amazing – and greatly appreciated, coming from someone who worked so hard to put all those details together! The day was such a blur, but we will have these photos forever. Thank you, thank you, thank you. We love you!ReplyCancel

    • Lori Price - Wow, amazing photography. The day was beautiful memorable and you captured it perfectly. Of course this beautiful bride and groom didn’t hurt either. I would definitely recommend you to others.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Triest - I am in tears.. this was such a beautiful day and you captured it. Absolutely gorgeous pictures, Jessica! Wow… Just. Wow. Thank you for helping to make one of my dearest friend’s wedding day so memorable with these amazing images.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Wiegand - Thank you for all your wonderful pictures. I enjoyed having you help make this a memorable day. Can hardly wait to see all the pictures.ReplyCancel

  • Anneliese Woolford - Echoing Lindahl’s sentiment, your attention to detail is impeccable, especially as we watched you set up the “behind the scenes” shots. You and Haley were a perfect addition to the day, there but not there, professional but fun, and absolutely had the vision to capture all aspects in a way that you knew would matter to L&E.ReplyCancel

  • Carly Squadroni - I knew everything that day looked spectacular, but if it’s possible, all the details look even more breathtaking through your lens, Jessica! It’s obvious that you really “got” these two as a couple. Thank you for capturing these moments for them!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Holmes - Absolutely stunning. Amazing planning by the couple and amazing photography. Beautiful attention to detail.ReplyCancel

  • Debra Chase - Jessica, Professional, detailed, organized, and personable. You and Haley are the most amazing photographers I have ever observed. You were patient to shot the perfect shot. You knew what you wanted, got it and moved quickly. You were ever present to get the action shots, yet your presence went unnoticed!
    Lindahl and Eric’s special day was beautifully captured. Can’t wait to see more!!
    Thanks you!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline Kronk - Is it weird to say how proud I am of you Jess? Having you at Lindahl and Eric’s wedding was such a wonderful collision of my two worlds. You are exceptionally talented and are using your talents to brighten lives. These pictures are sure to be cherished for years to come!ReplyCancel

  • Adam - Awesome job capturing an amazing wedding. The best part is that I hardly ever noticed you yet you were in all the right places apparently. Great job and amazing shots.ReplyCancel

  • Kellee Skaggs - What beautiful photography! These pictures make me want to see more! Beautiful couple, perfect day, great photography!!ReplyCancel

  • Lauren - What memories! These pictures are beautiful! Great job in capturing the romantic details of the reception venue and the happiness in the new married couple. Wonderful pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Anastasia Stevens - Wonderful day, amazing wedding, and beautiful couple… All captured in stunning photos!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - AMAZING! it was such a lovely event to attend and these images capture the spirit of the wedding perfectly. Congratulation Lindahl & Eric!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin Swank - Jessica it has been over ten years since I was married and man how wedding photography has changed. You and Haley are amazing at creating these special memories for the bride and groom but also everyone at the event. Anyone that would be shopping around for a photographer would be lucky to have the two of you as their photographer.ReplyCancel

Peach Wedding Inspiration, Rustic DIY Wedding

Ever since the series began, I’ve been a not-so-secret fan of the Bachelor/Bachelorette series… the girls in my dorm used to gather in my room for the weekly dose of dating drama way back when the show began. So what is a bachelorette in the bridal industry to do after winning her Prince Charming? Start a wedding blog of course! Bachelorette Desiree Hartsock’s wedding inspiration blog is one of my favorite new additions to the wedding publication landscape and I’m thrilled and honored to have Jordan & Katelynn’s Eagle Crest resort wedding gracing her pages this morning!

Click here to see the full feature and here for a look back at their full wedding at the Eagle Crest Resort in Redmond!

Thanks Des!!

Cottages on Charleston Wedding, Carol Hannah Bridal

I’m swooning over the next styled shoot I have to share with you from the second half of the Bliss and Bokeh Retreat in September. If you missed Part I, a fall wedding inspiration shoot from the William Aiken House in historic downtown Charleston, you can catch up here! This low country waterfront photoshoot at the Cottages on Charleston Harbor took the style factor to a whole new level. From the second I laid eyes on the stunning Carol Hannah gown and the overflowing wildflower bouquet by Gathering Events, I was smitten. If you’ve ever peeked at my Pinterest Wedding Dress inspiration collection, you know I love a gown with a sense of fashion flair and this dramatic number fit the bill! Enjoy this gorgeous shoot!!

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The feathers… the satin and silk organza… obsessed!

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It was still chilly in Charleston! I must have brought the cold front down south with me…

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My favorite shot of the day… this dreamy black and white number…

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Venue: The Cottages on Charleston Harbor | Gown: Carol Hannah | Florals: Gathering Events | Groom’s Attire: Louis Purple | Hair & Makeup : Charlotte of Wedding Hair by Charlotte | Photography : Jessica Haley Photography

Fall on the Eastern Shore

Over the river and through the woods, to the Eastern Shore we drove… Dave and I hit the road yesterday with Cam to spend the holiday on the Eastern Shore of Maryland with Dave’s family. After the forecast predicted a snowstorm on Wednesday night, we delayed our road trip until Thanksgiving Day which I think spared us quite a few traffic jams. Four hours strapped into a car seat had Cameron running circles around the yard when we finally arrived! I managed to grab a few good pictures of Cam running wild as the sun set over the water… I hope everyone had a delicious Thanksgiving! It’s definitely my favorite meal of the year… I may or may not have made my mom cook her traditional holiday meal 3 weeks ago when we were in Arizona… I’d never miss the chance for a double holiday!

I know today is Black Friday, but I’m celebrating the holidays all week – if you missed my newsletter savings…  click here to see my biggest booking special to date and a print and product sale to boot. Use code THANKSGIVING to save 15% off all prints and products in your gallery!

And of course… enjoy those leftovers!!

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Cheers!

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