Omaha, NE
engagments & weddings

jody + kenny // married

I absolutely loved capturing Jody and Kenny’s family photos last year, and was so excited when they asked me to capture their big day! They were married down in Jamaica a few weeks ago and had an intimate celebration with friends and family here in Omaha at the Old Mattress Factory. Such a gorgeous couple, and it’s beautiful to see them come together as a family of 6 now! So many memories ahead for this sweet family, and I’m glad I was able to capture some more for them. Here’s a sneak peek at their big day!

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kelsey + matt {married}

Kelsey and Matt are two beautiful people, both inside and out. And together, they are so sweet. A wonderful balance, I’ve sensed, in the short time I’ve known them. Their whole wedding day was just lovely, despite the hot, humid weather. The colors of the day and locations of the ceremony and reception were just beautiful, and the decorating of the hall was so elegant. I’ve had a few weddings now where it was a little more emotional because of of the passing of a parent. In this instant, Kelsey’s father is no longer with them, but I know he was watching over. I love the little details like the charms placed on her shoes and flowers with a picture of him. In a sense, he “walked” her down the aisle — though, her mother gladly took on this role, and her two grandpas took over the dancing. So happy for this wonderful couple as they start this next chapter in life together!

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katy + nick {engaged}

What a sweet couple I got to spend time with recently. Katy and Nick are engaged and ready to start this next chapter in their lives together! Since Nick proposed to her on the stairs at Memorial Park, we made sure to capture a few moments there, as well as the Benson area — which I love because it has lots of cool alleys and old buildings to explore. Nick and Katy are the perfect mix of serious and goofy together, and I absolutely love how Nick looks at Katy ~ so in love that they are! I’m excited to be capturing their wedding next year!

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tiffany & justin {married}

When Tiffany came to me and asked if I’d shoot her wedding, I knew it would be one that I’d love to be a part of after giving myself some time off from having our twins. Having shot her sister’s wedding a few years back on Halloween, I knew it would a unique and fun day. When your passions become a part of your wedding, it’s definitely something to remember! Both Tiffany and Justin are instructors at a local race track and drive some pretty crazy cars and motorcycles. Their day was a perfect combination of sweet and sassy. I have to admit, it was a bit comical to see me (in my little Nissan Altima) trying to keep up with these race cars. I mean, I think I did pretty good, but, it’s probably not something I’ll ever be doing again. 😉 Both Tiffany & Justin looked absolutely amazing and together are just the sweetest couple. They were surrounded by their closest friends and family when saying “I do” and when dancing the night away. Here’s a peek at how their beautiful day unfolded!

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tiffany & justin {engaged}

Such a sweet engagement session this last weekend! Tiffany and Justin are such a beautiful couple, and their love for one another is undeniable. I barely had to tell them how to pose as they just naturally fell into place. I absolutely love their outfit choices — elegance + nature = perfection. And, who wouldn’t want a shot or two with their cute little pups? 😉 Their wedding is just a few weeks away and I can already tell it’s going to be a unique and amazing day!

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tessa & mike {engagement + family}

Gorgeous light + beautiful people = one lovely shoot. Last weekend, I met up with Tessa & Mike for their engagement session. Tessa’s daughter, Brooklynn, of course had to be a part of it all, so we made it kind of an engagement/family shoot. Brooklynn is such a cutie and loved being in front of the camera. I can also tell that she’s super excited for Tessa & Mike to get married. So glad I was able to capture the love between them on a beautiful October day. Omaha provided us, once again, with another beautiful sunset to end the evening. Congrats to Tessa & Mike!!

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gianna & justin {married} // Nebraska City

Nebraska City has been a favorite place of mine to visit in the Fall, so I was excited for Gianna and Justin to have their wedding at the Lied Lodge. It was such a beautiful day — we could not have asked for better weather — and all of the wedding details came together perfectly. Gianna and Justin both looked amazing, and I love how natural they are with one another. A very important guest was not able to be there — Gianna’s dad — but he was most likely watching from above and I’m sure very proud of his little girl. Some touching moments I thought were when Gianna’s brother walked her down the aisle, and her mom gave a speech as well as enjoyed a special first dance with her daughter. There is a lot of love in both families, and I can already tell that Gianna and Justin are going to have an amazing, blessed life together. Congrats to the beautiful bride & groom!
© Leah B Photography

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stephanie & andrew {married} omaha, ne

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of photographing Stephanie and Andrew’s beautiful wedding. They stood before their friends and family and said their vows at Mary our Queen, withstood the intense heat (96+ degrees!) to take some fun shots outside, and ended the evening dancing the night away  to an incredibly talented band (on the fritz) at one of my favorite venues — Livestock Exchange building. Stephanie and Andrew are an adorable couple and both looked amazing. Although they looked happy throughout the day, they compltely lit up as they entered their reception. I could tell that they were in their element as they were on the dance floor much of the night, and even got up on stage to do some singing of their own. 🙂 It was a great day to celebrate, love, laughter, and their happily ever after! So thankful for Amy for intoducing me to her sister. Here’s a peek at how their big day unfolded..

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gianna & justin {engaged} omaha, ne

I had a blast hanging out with this sweet couple (and their cuute puppies!) last weekend. Gianna and Justin are engaged and getting married this September! After meeting Gianna over the winter, I instantly connected with her, so I’m so happy that they are having me be a part of their big day! She and Justin are adorable together and were up for more of a country/greenery session. We could not have asked for a more beautiful evening, and after getting permission, we ended up at the location in which Junkstock takes place! Since it is basically right in my backyard, and since I’ve attended the events, I’ve always had the urge to shoot there. So glad I did with these two as we explored the kind of eerie (but awesome!) property. **I will not mention how high Gianna jumped as a rabbit flew out of the bushes…. 😉 These two are a beautiful couple, inside and out, and their love for one another is undeniable. Here’s a peek at their session!

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lindsey & tyler {married} tekamah, ne

Last weekend, I made my way up to Tekamah, NE, watching the dark skies follow me the whole way there. Although there was rain most of the morning, the afternoon ended up being a beautiful (hot!) day. Lindsey was born and raised in Tekamah, so, it was fitting for them to be back there for their big day. I loved the rolling country hills as I drove in, the sound of horses just outside the church, the small town in which everyone is friendly, and most of all, a bride and groom whom had a blast on their big day and seemed so happy. Oh, and let’s not forget about the wedding party’s ride after the ceremony — they definitely know how to roll in Tekamah — picnic tables on top of a trailer!? Props to whomever thought of that. 😉 Lindsey and Tyler are an adorable couple and I wish them all the best as they start their new adventure together in KC! Here’s a peek at how their day unfolded..

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kendall & nate {married} omaha, ne

Last weekend, Kendall and Nate were married in front of their friends and family, and what a beautiful day it was! Just like their engagement session, a little rain didn’t get in the way of their happiness. They are the sweetest couple, so of course their friends and family were equally as nice. There were many emotions throughout the day, but mainly what I saw from the two of them were smiles from ear to ear and they seemed to be just beaming with joy. From the quiet moment of prayer prior to the ceremony —  to their first kiss (which truly was :)), and from the reception in which they were giddy with excitement — to the send off by everyone there at the end of the night, I could tell that they are so happy to start this next chapter of their lives together. Kendall looked absolutely stunning, and I’m pretty sure Nate thought the same as he could not take his eyes off his bride. 😉 Together, they are a beautiful couple, and I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of their amazing day. Congrats, Kendall and Nate ~ many blessings to you!

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kendall & nate {engaged} omaha, ne

When a beautiful couple and gorgeous surroundings come together perfectly, it’s so hard to pick the best shots when they’re all so lovely! Kendall and Nate were thankfully okay with still meeting up even after it rained all night, and I’m so glad! Though there were puddles (which I love for some shots!) and wet grass, the fresh green and colorful flowers made for a beautiful Spring engagement shoot. Kendall and Nate are just the sweetest couple, and the love they have for one another is so obvious. We chose Elmwood Park as it has a lot of meaning for them both. Not only did Nate first ask Kendall out there, but, he also planned a beautiful proposal under a double/split tree full of lights — where Kendall of course said “yes!” Such a fun shoot and I’m excited to be a part of their wedding in a month!

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gwendy & wayne {married}

Halloween was very different for me this year as I got to photograph Gwendy and Wayne’s wedding! I usually think of Halloween as being more on the spooky side, but, everything about Gwendy and Wayne’s day was so sweet and their decorations were absolutely adorable and well thought out. It was more fall-themed overall and I loved the shades of purple used throughout. The spiderwebs placed all over the venue were AMAZING looking — especially when the colored lights illuminated them. The day was more on the traditional side of things, and I often forgot it was even Halloween — until I saw Zombie looking people driving down the street, and then I remembered. 🙂 The whole wedding party looked amazing, and I love how they secretly had on the coolest socks ever. Not only were they funky and fitting of the day, they kept them semi-warm as it was pretty chilly out. After the ceremony, Gwendy and Wayne transformed into Romeo and Juliet (DiCaprio style) costumes and danced the night away. Their guests were invited to also take part in the costume fun, and wow did they ever! Loved all the creativity. This was one fun group, and I was happy to be a part of Gwendy and Wayne’s SPOOKTACULAR wedding day!

hair and makeup // Parlour 1887

getting ready // Hilton downton

ceremony & reception // Bellevue Berry Farm

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lindsey & tyler {engaged}

I love doing engagement sessions. There’s something so sweet about watching how a couple reacts when you ask how they first met, or just seeing the little things that go on between the two when you’re looking through the lens. Lindsey and Tyler were so much fun to hang out with! They are one of those couples whom, upon first meeting them, feels like you’ve known forever. So nice, adorable together, and up for trying some fun poses. Since Tyler is a baseball coach down in KC for the summers, and baseball plays an important role in their relationship, we decided to incorporate it into the shoot. Taking place near a small town field, it was a perfect place for them to just be themselves and have fun. 🙂 Here’s a peek at their gorgeous fall engagement session!

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jennifer & mike {married}

Jennifer and Mike’s wedding day was full of laughter, fun and… rain!? The day started off overcast and the morning turned to wet, soggy, rain. Luckily, after the girls got their hair done, they were provided with caps to keep everything in place. It did dry up most of the day after that, and then the storms decided to roll in later that evening. It was an outdoor ceremony — at 6pm — so we all watched as the dark clouds approached with a little thunder and lightening. They had their first kiss just in time before it did start to rain again. Jennifer and Mike are so cute together and the details of the day were absolutely adorable. Everything revolved around music, since that plays such an important roll in their lives. From the symbol that was designed just for them and incorporated in the details throughout the day, including the cake — to the cufflinks and veil that had a cute little music note(s) on it; from the bride and groom tablecloth — to the awesome, energetic band that played the entire evening, everything was just perfect. Mike is a huge Vikings fan too, so purple was the main color. A lot of thought was put into the day, and if it is anything like their marriage, I can tell that they are going to be very happy together. 🙂 Congrats to Jennifer and Mike!

hair // James Harris Salon

band // Blu Simon // www.blusimon.com

ceremony & reception // Arbor Hall

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jeanna & conor {married}

Beautiful couple + beautiful location + a beautiful day = one amazing wedding. Ever since Jeanna and Conor’s engagement photos, I had been looking forward to their big day! Taking place at the Hilton in downtown Omaha, and St John’s cathedral, it was a slightly more opposite day than I’m used to, as the ceremony took place at 6:30 pm — so we did most everything beforehand picture-wise, such as riding around in a limo and driving to different locations. Jeanna and Conor are such a stunning couple — it was fun to see them all dressed up in their wedding attire. Jeanna’s dress was gorgeous and she wore it so well. Their friends and family were enjoyable to be around, and, I thank the whole wedding party once again, for being so patient in the heat. I felt somewhat guilty for having them “hike” up the pedestrian bridge, as I didn’t want to mess anyone up before the actual ceremony! Everyone still looked just lovely after all was said and done, and we made our way to St John’s. 🙂 Here’s a peek at how their beautiful day unfolded!

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jeannie & alex {married}

While I cannot say that I was physically at Jeannie and Alex’s wedding, I do feel like I was right there in the midst of everything after going through every. single. one. of the photos and editing/retouching them. I am still saddened that I had to get so horribly sick, and for the first time ever, have to call in for backup for a wedding! I guess there is a first for everything, but, hopefully it’s the only time. Thank goodness there were people willing to step up and help out — at the very last minute. Jeff Pope did an amazing job taking over the day, and after getting numerous texts about the bride and groom being happy, and “no worries, he’s great!” from the bride, I was able to rest up knowing everyone was in good hands. 🙂

How fun was this wedding!? Jeannie and Alex both looked amazing, and the details of the day were just awesome. After doing their engagement photos, I knew they were a super sweet, fun couple, so I didn’t expect anything less for their wedding day. A mariachi band, RICE KRISPIE cake, candy bar and dress up attire are just a few fun details to name. I know that family and friends came from near and far, so I hope that everyone had an amazing day and can look back on the wonderful memories for years to come.

Congrats, Jeannie and Alex! Here’s a sneak peek at your day. 🙂

**Photos by Jeff Pope

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kim & vince {married}

Recently, I not only got to be a part of our friend’s wedding in Jamaica, but a mini engagement shoot and my very first trash-the-dress session also took place — three fun events packed into one long weekend in paradise! It was perfect. I was thrilled when Vince and Kim asked me to photograph their big day. I knew it would be an intimate, relaxed setting, and I was more than happy to say yes. The wedding ceremony took place on a cute little gazebo with the beautiful turquoise water surrounding them. Family and friends were able to sit within a few feet of them, something you don’t always see in a church setting! I loved it. So personal, sweet, and fit the personalities of Vince and Kim perfectly. Relaxing on the beach after and dinner at the Hibachi Grill was a great way to wrap up the day. I was happy when Kim was excited about doing a trash-the-dress session too! What better location could you have than near an ocean!? It had just rained that afternoon, so a puddle shot was a must as well as ending it with the outdoor shower. I loved the perfect balance of fun and romance in all of the events. Kim and Vince both looked amazing and seem so happy. I’m happy we were able to be a part of it all. Here’s a peek at their beautiful time in JAMAICA!

**Big thanks to my hubby for second-shooting! And carrying the gear….. 😉

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kate & sam {married}

Kate & Sam’s wedding was a perfect combination of classy and fun. It fit their personalities perfectly, which is the way your big day should be! Kate and Sam are one of those couples that just radiate love and warmth to all those around them. Both looked absolutely amazing and were sooo relaxed! I am so happy that they had me be a part of it all — such a fun day! Everyone was so warm and welcoming from the first moment I pulled up — I was offered help in carrying my lights in, and then again, on my way out the door. I have to give a big thanks to Chrystal Cooper as well as she helped me tackle getting the formal shots in. 🙂 Both sides had a lot, and and mean, a lot of people in their family! So much fun, I’m sure, all being together on such a joyous occasion. The day unfolded just beautifully, starting out at Holy Cross Church, and at the end of it all, they celebrated hard at the Scott Conference Center. First starting off with the speeches — I have to say that everyone was truly an amazing speaker. They spoke straight from the heart with much humor as well, and a few times I even had a few tears in my eyes! Oh, and shall I mention their cutting the cake with a sword!? Yes, a sword. 😉 Here’s a peek into an amazing couple on their beautiful day.

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kim & jim {married}

The first wedding of the season took place outside at Tiburon Golf Course in Omaha. We could not have asked for a more beautiful day. Not too hot, barely any wind, and overcast skies, all made for a pleasant afternoon. It feels like quite some time ago when I first captured Kim and Jim during their engagement session, so I was very much looking forward to their wedding. Both are naturals in front of the camera, and you can definitely feel the love they share for each other. And, Kim has not only gained a husband, but also a son. A sweet family of 3, with so much to look forward to. Here’s a peek at how their day unfolded as they were surrounded by their friends and family.

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jeanna & conor {engaged}

With the cold winter days, it’s sometimes hard to find a great location indoors for an engagement shoot, but, knowing that Jeanna and Conor’s wedding reception will be held at the Hilton in downtown Omaha, I wanted to take advantage of using that location as I knew it was beautiful with lots of natural light. Thankfully we had the whole place pretty much to ourselves being that it was on a Tuesday, and, we fortunately missed any guests that may have been leftover from the Justin Timberlake concert the night before too. 😉 Jeanna and Conor are a sweet couple and I really enjoyed getting to know them! Both were naturals in front of the camera, and their eyes are just amazing and really draw you in. When I asked Conor to spin Jeanna, he just lit up and stated that it was probably his most favorite pose of the day. I’m pretty sure that he is already looking forward to the first dance at their wedding… 😉

Here’s a peek from the day! Congrations, Jeanna and Conor, on your engagement, and I can’t wait until your big day!

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audra & brett {engaged} //omaha

If you haven’t already checked out Audra and Brett’s adooorable proposal, feel free to go to this link!

I was excited to shoot that moment for them, even more excited to shoot their engagement photos, and honored that my husband, daughter and I will be in their wedding! Audra is such a sweet sister-in-law, and since I met her almost 8 years ago (wow!;) — I was always hoping that she would find a great guy. So happy that she and Brett found each other, because they could not be more perfect together. On our car ride to downtown, Brett kept glancing over at Audra. When she asked, “what?” — he replied with, “You just look so amazing.” — which she did. He kept giving her that look throughout the shoot, and I can tell that they are so in love and excited to start this next chapter of their lives together.

We started the shoot off at the zoo, and after, went out to Brett’s house in the country and got some gorgeous photos at sunset. Although it was freezing out, a fresh coat of light snow made for a beautiful setting, so it was worth it to freeze our toes and fingers for just awhile. 😉 They are a beautiful couple, both inside and out, and we are all so excited for these two love birds to tie the knot this August!

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jeannie & alex {engaged}

With the sun shining and a break from the bitter cold temperatures, I roamed around the streets of downtown Omaha last weekend with a couple that was willing to explore and whom laughed the whole way. Our adventure started out with some random guy who asked if we’d like to venture up on his building rooftop for some photos. Of course I said “fun” when I heard it, because I would love the chance to take some rooftop shots, but then I backtracked a bit with not knowing who this guy was. I really try to trust people, but there was something odd about the situation, and, we could tell that he had been drinking…. We left that scene, but were approached a few minutes later by the same guy with the same request. After that, we were thinking that he was following us, lurking around every corner…. this thought gave us a comical approach to the whole session, along with several other people who asked to take OUR picture. 😉  Before all of this, I had a chance to meet their sweet daughter who took part in a few photos. They are an adorable family, and I had so much fun getting to know Jeannie and Alex better as a couple. I am excited for their wedding coming up this summer!

**We ended our shoot with whistles from “that guy” on the top of his roof. It was our time to say goodbye for the evening… ;o)

Thanks for the laughs and beautiful moments, Jeannie and Alex, and CONGRATS once again!

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justin & aliya {proposal}

I have now witnessed 2 proposals live — within a few months! — thanks to my soon-to-be brother-in-law who also referred one of his friends, Justin, to me after his recently successful proposal. When I received a call from Justin about wanting to have me capture his special moment, I once again got very excited, but also a little nervous! There is something about proposals that is different from anything I’ve ever shot. Maybe it is the anticipation, not really knowing when exactly it’s going to happen. I’m not sure. All I know is that it’s an amazing experience, and I’m so happy that I was able to capture it for Justin and Aliya.

It all started at Charlie’s — a very special place in my eyes, as it was the location of my first date with my husband! 😉 While Justin and Aliya were wrapping up Justin’s birthday dinner with their parents, my husband and I waited patiently for their exit. Along with dinner plans, Justin had a limo waiting outside with close friends and family also waiting eagerly for their exit. What a great group they were as it wasn’t the warmest of weather. I admit that my fingers got a little frozen, and it was hard to press the shutter at times! When we saw them making their way out the doors, Aliya started to go the other way! I am not sure if she didn’t see us, but it was a cute moment as Justin had to turn her back around, and I think it was then that she realized what was going on. Brief words were said that only the two of them could hear, and I could sense some nervousness and excitement. Soon after, a cheerful yes was said as Justin got down on one knee, and hugs were given all around. Even though I only met Justin and Aliya briefly, my first impression is that they are an absolutely adorable couple with so much love for not only each other, but also their friends and family. It was a beautiful moment to witness, and I wish them all the best as they plan this next chapter of their lives together!

Congrats to Aliya & Justin!! Thank you for having me capture this special time. 🙂

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