Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Kat Harris

We’re so excited to introduce you to our new sponsor, Kat Harris, and even more excited that you can win 8 hours of wedding photography from Kat! Read below to find out more.

Kat Harris is a wedding and lifestyle photographer based out of New York and has an innate talent for capturing intimate moments in a beautiful way. Kat, originally from Texas, has always worked hard to pursue creative endeavors, and has found her passion with photography. We’re so thrilled she did! Kat is a renowned wedding photographer in New York, but loves to travel- especially Los Angeles, and appreciates the privilege of working with couples on the most important day of their lives.

Kat loves sharing her gift, and is kind enough to offer a couple of giveaways for our Once Wed audience! Leave a comment and we’ll enter you for chance to win one of these two prizes. First prize is an entire day of wedding photography from Kat Harris in which you’ll receive 8 hours of coverage from Kat. The second place entry will win a Central Park Engagement Session with hair and make-up included for the lovely bride to be! Leave a comment telling us your story, the date and location for your wedding, and why you think Kat would be the perfect photographer for you, and you’ll be entered to win!

We’re so honored to have Kat Harris on board as a new sponsor, and we’re absolutely ecstatic that she’s willing to share her talent with our readers! Please take a second and visit Kat’s gorgeous website to find out how to book her for your own wedding day- www.katharrisweddings.com!

This giveaway ends February 7th.

57 Responses to “Win 8 Hours of Wedding Photography from Kat Harris”

    • Brooke

      Stunning work! My fiance and myself are having a rustic chic outdoor wedding in Omaha, NE on June 21st and could see your work fitting us and our day perfectly!

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  1. Anna Martin

    Hello Kat,
    Let me first say that I too made the journey from L.A. to New York some 35 years ago, and still love both coasts!
    I am writing this because my daughter Sophie’s longtime boyfriend, Patrick, came to us several weekends ago and told us that he will be proposing to Sophie in the spring! I am a little nervous about posting this because who knows where things end up on the internet, but oh well! Hope this can stay confidential until this exciting event is common knowledge! In the mean time, Sophie’s older sister and I could not help looking at wedding-related sites, and found OnceWed! Your photos are beautiful and I think would capture Sophie and Pat perfectly on their special day. They have known each other since childhood, having grown up together in the same tiny Long Island town; eventually each moved to the Boston area for school and work, and the rest is history!

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  2. Kelsey Abbott

    I met my fiancé about six years ago when I was only a freshman in high school. We truly have the fairytale romance that you read about in storybooks, but our love is even better. There is no greater feeling than knowing that you get to be married to your best friend for the rest of your life. I want you to be our photographer so you can capture our endless love in beautiful pictures. Our wedding is taking place at my soon-to-be father’s church in Vienna, West Virginia on May 31, 2014 at 2:30 in the afternoon. I hope you can help make this day even more special for us!

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  3. Natalie B.

    In November 2012 my fiancé Mark A and I were hired at the same workplace in Bristol, Virginia. We both worked in the same department, and during the holiday rush we spent tons of time working together. I guess you could say Mark A was in love from the moment we met. For over a year, he fought for my attention and affection. We always had chemistry, but being in relationships we worked hard to fight it off. Finally about a year later, at a going away party for a co-worker, Mark A confessed his feelings. From that moment we realized that we couldn’t continue to fight our feelings for each other, and from there it was history! Things quickly became serious, and we just knew that what we had was “right”.
    In March 2013, I went home to Brentwood, TN for the weekend. That Friday night while I was at a Predators game with friends, Mark A. was at my house asking my parents for permission to propose! That next morning, my mother tricked me into getting up and going to the farmers market with her. As soon as I was ready the doorbell rang. When I opened the door, it was Mark A. with flowers! I was completely flabbergasted! He said we had somewhere we needed to be. Being very secretive about his plans, he drove us to an office building in the middle of Brentwood. When we walked in, my mouth dropped. In front of me, was a counter full of engagement rings! We spent the next hour picking out my custom engagement ring setting!
    Ever since we started dating, Mark A. was adamant about taking a trip to the Biltmore in North Carolina. Of course never having been, I was all for it. So the first week of April we planned for a trip to Asheville! Unknowing to me, Mark A was planning to propose that very weekend. Sunday morning we drove up to the estate and I was completely oblivious to his agenda. I was distracted taking pictures of the house and the grounds when he grabbed my hand and took me to the fountain directly in front of the Biltmore. He asked if I knew I was ready for a higher level of commitment and when I assured him I was, he got down on one knee and proposed. Being the amazing guy he is, he hired a photographer to capture the whole thing!
    Mark A. and I are planning to get married May 3rd, 2014 at Twickenham House in Jefferson, North Carolina! We felt like since we had such special memories held in the North Carolina mountains, that we would keep the tradition with our wedding! We would absolutely love to win either the wedding photography or the engagement session with Kat Harris!! Her style is so romantic and full of love, which is exactly how we want to portray our wedding celebration through pictures!

    We can’t wait to see the winners!

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  4. Natalie

    Wow, her work is stunning! She seems to capture great moments between couples in a way this artful & unique. My fiance & I are getting married May 31st in Austin, TX at the Hotel St. Cecilia. We would love to have someone like her document our day in a way that expresses our personalities through her creativity & skill behind the lens.

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  5. Sanaa Rahman

    My fiance and I met on the first day of college 9 years ago when we were going around a circle telling everyone where we were from and what our favorite “song of the summer” as an icebreaker. he was from down the street and i came from an island a world away but since then we have been the very best of friends. we were 18 then so we like to think we grew up together and have endured long distances, recessions, jobs and triumphs, always together. we finally live in the same place, new york and will be celebrating our wedding with close family and friends in his home state, rhode island, by the sea, in June 2015. Kat would be our perfect photographer because we are looking for someone who understand our vision- we want someone who can capture this wonderful moment so we can remember how it feels forever!

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  6. Kate S

    Kat’s photography is beautiful and exactly what I’m looking for to capture the big day! I’m getting married on September 20, 2014 at Brooklyn’s Montauk Club, right on Prospect Park. Kat would be perfect at capturing the cool, brownstone Brooklyn vibe as well as some gorgeous shots in the park as the colors of the leaves begin to change at the start of fall. Like the photographer, I’m originally from the South, and now I’m a writer engaged to an academic, and we live in Brooklyn. Fingers crossed!

    -Kate

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  7. Natalie B.

    My fiancé Mark A and I were hired at Best Buy in Bristol, Virginia. We both worked in the same department, and during the holiday rush we spent tons of time working together. I guess you could say Mark A was in love from the moment we met. For over a year, he fought for my attention and affection. We always had chemistry, but being in relationships we worked hard to fight it off. Finally about a year later, at a going away party for a co-worker, Mark A confessed his feelings. From that moment we realized that we couldn’t continue to fight our feelings for each other, and from there it was history! Things quickly became serious, and we just knew that what we had was “right”.
    In March 2013, I went home to Brentwood, TN for the weekend. That Friday night while I was at a Predators game with friends, Mark A was at my house asking my parents for permission to propose! That next morning, my mother tricked me into getting up and going to the farmers market with her. As soon as I was ready the doorbell rang. When I opened the door, it was Mark A with flowers! I was completely flabbergasted! He said we had somewhere we needed to be. Being very secretive about his plans, he drove us to an office building in the middle of Brentwood. When we walked in, my mouth dropped. In front of me, was a counter full of engagement rings! We spent the next hour picking out my custom engagement ring setting!
    Ever since we started dating, Mark A was adamant about taking a trip to the Biltmore in North Carolina. Of course never having been, I was all for it. So the first week of April we planned for a trip to Asheville! Unknowing to me, Mark A was planning to propose that very weekend. Sunday morning we drove up the estate and I was completely oblivious to his agenda. I was distracted taking pictures of the house and the grounds when he grabbed my hand and took me to the fountain directly in front of the Biltmore. He asked if I knew I was ready for a higher level of commitment and when I assured him I was, he got down on one knee and proposed. Being the amazing guy he is, he hired a photographer to capture the whole thing!
    Mark A. and I are planning to get married May 3rd, 2014 at Twickenham House in Jefferson, North Carolina! We felt like since we had such special memories held in the North Carolina mountains, that we would keep the tradition with our wedding! We would absolutely love to win either the wedding photography or the engagement session with Kat Harris!! Her style is so romantic and full of love, which is exactly how we want to portray our wedding celebration through pictures!

    We can’t wait to see the winners!

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  8. Rosemary Campbell

    Hello!
    I just got engaged two days ago and would love to have Kat Harris as my photographer. My wedding will be in Salt Lake City on June 20 or 21, and Kat seems to have a fresh, unique style that is rare is this area of the world. I want pictures that will capture great moments in a high quality way and I think Kat could do that! Thanks!

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  9. MWM

    What beautiful photography! I love her perspective and her approach to capturing the warmth between her clients. Fingers crossed, would love to win this give-a-week!

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  10. Lauren

    Hi, Kat!!! I love your heart and your willingness to share your gift like this!!

    My Fiance, Alex and I are getting Married August 30th of this year. It will take place in Northwest Indiana (just outside of Chicago) in his cousin’s hilly, tree filled front yard. It will have a very organic and feminine feel.

    Alex and I met doing a wedding together on May 12th, 2012 and have been crazy in love ever since. Me, being the photographer and he was the DJ and live musician. He bought me an engagement ring 3 months later, and kept it in his glove box waiting for the right time. He asked my parents’ permission to Marry me, and the next day, the ring got stolen out of his car. That was so hard, but such a blessing at the same time because it let us take that time of having to wait a little longer, to get to know each other better. Being engaged has been a really challenging and beautiful experience for us, as I am sure it is for so many others.

    I would love to have you photograph our wedding because being a wedding photographer myself, and having so many weddings this year that I am so devoted to, and helping make their days so beautiful and special, I really feel like I am neglecting being in love and excited for my own wedding. Having you photograph our wedding would mean everything to us, and I truly understand the importance of being able to look back at your wedding images and be reminded over and over again of the love that two people have for each other, and their desire to make something beautiful.

    Thank you so much!

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  11. Heidi Chase

    Picture this (pun intended) a hot summer day at the end of July (the 26th to be exact) with views of the Boston skyline out your hotel window….is that the CITCO sign? You know it. Hang out with my fam as we talk loud, get our hair done and surprise visits from friends down the hallway! It’s almost tiiiiime they’ll say and we’ll smile. Greg and I have been in this for a while so no need for secret ‘first looks’ here, but we do want a really rad ride to the ceremony and fortunately my dad (and now guardian angel) once restored a black satin ford hotrod to whirl us around the city for a quiet moment in the park before the big moment. I’m excited for the day, the sun, the ride, the quiet moment and our big moment in the big gallery on Commonwealth Ave a few blocks from Fenway Park. Hopefully, if budget allows, there will be a cupcake food truck distributing goodies on your shuttle ride home after all is said and done…. <3

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  12. callie black

    Kyle and my story begins in an old Texas dance hall in Austin, Texas. Various groups of friends had gathered to celebrate a good friend’s birthday and two-step the night away. How far my mouth dropped and how much drool spooled out when Kyle walked through the door isn’t important–what I can tell you is that from the moment I saw this 6’5″ brunette with lively green eyes, I knew I wanted to meet him. Our first exchange happened when a bar-creep was hitting on me and wouldn’t take the hint to leave me alone; one of my best friends (who also knew Kyle) grabbed him and told him to “Save that poor girl from that creepy guy”. As we danced I learned he had just gotten back to Austin after his second season playing in the NFL; he would be in town until April and taking a trip to Haiti in February to an orphanage he helps run.

    Yeah, let’s just saw I was instantly swept off my feet.

    A year later, I turned around in the bottom of an over 100 year old wine cellar in Austin to see him down on one knee. He choose me to spend the rest of his life with, and I couldn’t be more excited. We are getting married June 28, 2014 in Austin. Kat would be the perfect photographer for our wedding because not only does she capture the essence of her subjects’ story, but the heart and branches of it as well. When I see her work, I fall in love with the couples’ stories she’s telling.

    Kyle and I will never have an ordinary story—we are crazy in love with one another and will choose to love another until our last breath. I hope Kat will come to Austin and gift us with one of the most incredible gifts someone can give at a wedding—photos and memories that will tell our story to our loved ones, both present now and those to come one day.

    telling us your story, the date and location for your wedding, and why you think Kat would be the perfect photographer for you, and you’ll be entered to win!

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  13. Emily G.

    Great pictures. I love how she captures people laughing. That’s what I want to remember about people at my wedding: everyone filled with joy.

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  14. Miriam

    My fiance Dan and I met 8 years ago in college, but we didn’t start dating until 3 years afterward. I was drawn to his kindness and faithfulness, which have not wavered for these 5 years that we’ve been together! I was in Japan for the past two years, and although the long distance was hard, ultimately, it strengthened our relationship. He proposed over Christmas during a Secret Santa with my family, and it was so sweet and simple! We are getting married in August in Saratoga, CA in an outdoor venue. I think Kat would be a great fit for us, because her outdoor photos are beautiful! We would love for her to tell our wedding story.

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  15. Megan

    Hi there!

    Pierre and I are having an intimate vow ceremony with about 20 family members inside Grand Central Station. Ryan Ray actually is a friend from Dallas and recommend Kat since she is local in NYC and he is not. Lots of fun quirky details about our day I won’t share publicly but would love to win some time with someone as talented as Ryan Ray.

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  16. Elyse G.

    My fiance Elliot and I were friends before we started dating. We met in 2005 at a summer camp in Warwick, NY. In 2008 I went to New York City to visit camp friends and he happened to be there (he was going to school in Kansas at the time) the same weekend. It was pretty much an instant attraction. Our friends thought we were crazy to attempt a long distance relationship, but it was the best decision I have ever made.
    This past October Elliot and the camp director of the camp where we met figured out a way to get me back up to Warwick without suspecting an engagement. I got out of the car and Elliot was standing near the lake waiting for me. He told me that he had first seen me 2,995 days before and he couldn’t imagine spending the rest of his life without me. Luckily, I can’t imagine spending a single day without him.

    It would truly be an honor for Kat to tell our story. *fingers crossed*

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  17. Christina C

    I want to start by saying that, Kat, your pictures are absolutely breathtaking.

    My fiance’s name is Brandon and we are planning on getting married in the Tampa Bay area of Florida on either April 11th or April 18th of 2015. We actually met when I was on a blind date with another man (but that is a whole other crazy story to itself). I’m a community organizer who works on raising literacy rates and lowering school arrests in our county. It has been very difficult for me to plan a wedding, because I constantly meet with people who do not have air conditioning (and in Florida heat!) and I’m thinking about spending tons of money on one day. I’ve been very lucky though by having the support of many friends and family. I won my wedding dress in a contest and I’ve been working to win as much as I can so I can have a beautiful day and not feel guilty at the same time.

    My vision for my wedding is for it to be eclectic and unique, yet still classic. I’m in the midst of choosing my venue, but the front runners are a waterfront restaurant, an art gallery, or a Tuscany style event building. I am Asian American and my fiance is Jewish, so we will be looking to incorporate our backgrounds in small ways. I am also adamantly against flowers (they die) and I would love to have southern down home cooking so people will feel at home (and that’s my favorite type of food!).

    If you want to escape the freezing cold of New York and come visit sunny Florida, choose our entry! :)

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  18. Mathavi

    My fiance and I met during our freshmen year of college since we lived in the same dorm. We loved to quiz each other with fun facts and a mutual love for basketball. Over time, we fell in “like” with each other, but he couldn’t figure out quite how to tell me. Instead, he decided to sign up for the Indian cultural show to be my dance partner in one of the performances — even though he had no background or connection to it at all! He claimed to have lost a bet with a friend and was “forced” to do it — but it was really his excuse to get to know me better :). We started dating a few months after and have been together for the past 6 years, although the last 3 have been ardous with long distance. We got engaged in Asheville, NC and plan to return “home” to get married where we met! Our wedding is October 18, 2014 in the Duke Gardens in Durham, NC. It would be so lovely for Kat to tell our story :)

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  19. Alli

    I am getting married in the beautiful Lake George region of New York this September.

    My fiance and I met on the first night of college. A mutual friend brought me to watch a movie in his dorm. We became friends and as the weeks went on we continued to get closer and closer. His aunt had given him a gift certificate to a fancy restaurant in town to use for “his first date in college.” One night we were hanging out in his dorm. He casually reminded me of the gift certificate, and asked, “do you want to use it with me?” Flustered I said, “no, no it’s for a date.” Then, when my brain caught up with my mouth, I realized that he wanted to take me on a date and I had said no! Quickly doing some damage control, I told another mutual friend what happened and asked her to encourage him to ask me out again. When he did, I was ready and said yes this time. That was over 10 years ago, and this year I will be ready with my answer when it’s time to say “I do.” :)

    Kat would be a fantastic photographer because we share the belief that the journey is the destination, and our engagement and wedding is a wonderful milestone on that journey.

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  20. Ashley future Mundall

    As a fellow photographing sharing your gift so modestly is such a genuine gift. It’s giving your heart to the couple you photograph. We’re engaged and would love to bring you to Canada! Let’s getter done :-)

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    • Anneke

      Eric and I met in 2011 we are planning to get married in CT Labor Day weekend 2015! He is a full time firefighter who works around 90 hrs a week! I have worked in the wedding industry for 4 years and love everything about it. It would be amazing to have you photograph our wedding. We are thinking of having an old fire truck drive us to the ceremony! Wishing everyone the best of luck .

      Xo

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  21. Desiree Hitchens

    I met my fiance when I was 8 years old we grew up on the same street always joking about how we would end up together one day and well here we are engaged and ready to spend the rest of our lives together, were planning to get married at the hycroft manner in Vancouver on may.16th 2015, we got engaged at raw canvas in Yale town Vancouver, 4 and half months ago on September.13th 2013. I am beyond excited to have a big family wedding and dress my 2 little boys up! It will have a theme of romance mixed with a old time era! Thank you so much for this contest this would be amazing to win!
    -Desiree

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  22. Pearl Leung

    I met my fiancee, Calvin, in a Christian campus group during my first year of university. We were really good friends for 4 years and always shared a common passion to use our skills to help others.

    Right after we graduated, he asked me out and we started our 5-yr long distance relationship. He spent 1 year in Burkina Faso/Kenya volunteering while I completed medical school in Toronto. He is currently finishing up a dual masters of social work/seminary at Baylor University in Texas. Our hopes are to use our skills oversees in a developing country.

    We can’t wait to get married and finally be in the same city! We are planning to get married on January 3rd, 2015 in Canmore, Alberta, Canada which is just outside of Banff. I grew up in Calgary and spent many of my winter and summer days out hiking and skiing in the mountains so it has lot of meaning to me.

    We’d be honored for Kat to be our photographer and really love the way she captures people’s emotion and the joy and love in their relationship! Thanks for considering us :)

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  23. Krissy B

    My fiance Matt and I met at a bar 7 years ago. Although he was not traditionally my type of guy, I had the feeling I had known him for a long time…he seemed so familiar. We’ve been through a lot together and now 7 years later we are so happy to be planning our wedding, which will take place not far from Portland, Maine on September 6th 2014.

    Kat’s photos are amazing and it would be even more amazing if she could shoot our special day. I really love the photojournalistic style and the intimate qualities of her photo!

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  24. Krista Hasemeyer

    Krista’s Story:

    I met my fiancé almost two years ago while volunteering as a leader in the high school group at church. Being two tall single people in the group we soon became the topic of a setup. Our churches annual summer camp came around and both Luke and I were going to be leaders there for the week. As I opened the camp booklet I couldn’t help but smile when I saw Luke’s name next to mine as a co-leader. I joked it off never thinking that anything would come of the idea, but little did I know that would change. Summer camp came and went with our focus on the kids leaving little interaction between the two of us. Luke then went home to Oregon to visit family for a few weeks and I decided to sign a contract to play volleyball in Europe; thinking for sure nothing would come of this summer camp set up. Luke came back to Riverside and within a few days I was on a flight to Europe. To my surprise I received an email from him a few days after arriving, and thus our relationship started. Emails were sent back and forth for 4 months until we were able to enjoy our first date when I came home for Christmas. I left again to finish my season but for the next 5 months we enjoyed weekly Skype dates and found ways to communicate with a 9-hour time difference. As I came home my nerves were at an all time high knowing it was a make or break for us, but it was so much easier than I expected. I had always heard of stories of when you know you know, and with Luke I just knew. I never thought that I would actually be one of those people! He asked me to marry him at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles where he sent me on a scavenger hunt to find journal entries he wrote about me that dated back to the first time we met at summer camp. He has become my best friend and someone who I am honored to spend the rest of my life with.

    We are having the ceremony for our wedding at the church where we met and our reception will be at the Live Arts Center in downtown Riverside June 22.

    Luke’s Story:

    Krista and I first met at a high school summer camp where we were both camp counselors. We were assigned to help with the same games team during the week and got to know each other a little through that. (Apparently everyone else knew we were being set up except me! Even Krista knew!) 3 weeks after the camp, Krista, who had already finished up her college volleyball eligibility, ended up signing with a professional volleyball team and was headed to Europe for 9 months to play. The day before she left we talked but nothing too formal. We were just friends and wanted to keep in touch. After a week I sent her an email, and much to my surprise…she emailed back! This went on for sometime (emailing about once a week), we would talk about anything and everything…likes, dislikes, family, interests, hobbies, traditions, volleyball, Europe and what was going on in daily life. It seemed like every message (which seemed to get longer and longer) I would rack my brain to come up with new questions for her to answer just to keep the conversation going! She finally came home during Christmastime because her league went on break and that is when we went on our first date. After that went well, we decided that we wanted to get to know each other more so we thought that Skyping would be our best bet…and pretty soon my Wednesday afternoons were always booked. At first for an hour but that quickly morphed in to all afternoon! Sometimes for 4 hours! After we would be done talking I would find that my cheeks hurt so much because I was smiling the whole time!!
    She finally came back just before May and this is when we were officially “in a relationship”. When you wait so long for someone to come home and they finally do, I guess things just move quickly…fast forward 9 months and here we are! Engaged to be married!! :)

    We both love the work that Kat has done and realistically know that we would never be able to afford someone of her caliber. Having this opportunity would be such a huge privilege and blessing. Thanks so much for your time and consideration!

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  25. Krista Hasemeyer

    Krista’s Story:

    I met my fiancé almost two years ago while volunteering as a leader in the high school group at church. Being two tall single people in the group we soon became the topic of a setup. Our churches annual summer camp came around and both Luke and I were going to be leaders there for the week. As I opened the camp booklet I couldn’t help but smile when I saw Luke’s name next to mine as a co-leader. I joked it off never thinking that anything would come of the idea, but little did I know that would change. Summer camp came and went with our focus on the kids leaving little interaction between the two of us. Luke then went home to Oregon to visit family for a few weeks and I decided to sign a contract to play volleyball in Europe; thinking for sure nothing would come of this summer camp set up. Luke came back to Riverside and within a few days I was on a flight to Europe. To my surprise I received an email from him a few days after arriving, and thus our relationship started. Emails were sent back and forth for 4 months until we were able to enjoy our first date when I came home for Christmas. I left again to finish my season but for the next 5 months we enjoyed weekly Skype dates and found ways to communicate with a 9-hour time difference. As I came home my nerves were at an all time high knowing it was a make or break for us, but it was so much easier than I expected. I had always heard of stories of when you know you know, and with Luke I just knew. I never thought that I would actually be one of those people! He asked me to marry him at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles where he sent me on a scavenger hunt to find journal entries he wrote about me that dated back to the first time we met at summer camp. He has become my best friend and someone who I am honored to spend the rest of my life with.

    We are having the ceremony for our wedding at the church where we met and our reception will be at the Live Arts Center in downtown Riverside June 22.

    Luke’s Story:

    We first met at a high school summer camp where we were both camp counselors. We were assigned to help with the same games team during the week and got to know each other a little through that. (Apparently everyone else knew we were being set up except me! Even Krista knew!) 3 weeks after the camp, Krista, who had already finished up her college volleyball eligibility, ended up signing with a professional volleyball team and was headed to Europe for 9 months to play. The day before she left we talked but nothing too formal. We were just friends and wanted to keep in touch. After a week I sent her an email, and much to my surprise…she emailed back! This went on for sometime (emailing about once a week), we would talk about anything and everything…likes, dislikes, family, interests, hobbies, traditions, volleyball, Europe and what was going on in daily life. It seemed like every message (which seemed to get longer and longer) I would rack my brain to come up with new questions for her to answer just to keep the conversation going! She finally came home during Christmastime because her league went on break and that is when we went on our first date. After that went well, we decided that we wanted to get to know each other more so we thought that Skyping would be our best bet…and pretty soon my Wednesday afternoons were always booked. At first for an hour but that quickly morphed in to all afternoon! Sometimes for 4 hours! After we would be done talking I would find that my cheeks hurt so much because I was smiling the whole time!!
    She finally came back just before May and this is when we were officially “in a relationship”. When you wait so long for someone to come home and they finally do, I guess things just move quickly…fast forward 9 months and here we are! Engaged to be married!! :)

    We both love the work that Kat has done and realistically know that we would never be able to afford someone of her caliber. Having this opportunity would be such a huge privilege and blessing. Thanks so much for your time and consideration!

    Reply
  26. Natalie C

    Her work is beautiful, her passion shows through. I’d be honored to have her photograph our small beach wedding in Melbourne, FL on June 22, 2014.

    Chris and I didn’t find out till later that we’d been set up a friend’s pool party, we just started talking and never stopped. I was at that party for over 5 hours, and I couldn’t tell you anything that happened aside from talking with an awesome guy I met. He talked me into going out to dinner with him the next night, I think we both knew even then that was what we’d been waiting for. Less than a year later he proposed. He works in the school system, so we”re waiting for the year to wrap up so we can enjoy a leisurely honeymoon. I can’t wait. I count down the days till I can call him my husband. I’d love to have that moment captured by a talented photographer like Kat, she lover her work and it shows.

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  27. Annie

    Kat would be a great photographer for our wedding because her story of leaving home to explore and develop her creative pursuits resonates with how my fiance and I met.
    He is from Philly, and I grew up in Southern California and Georgia. In 2005, we both left all our friends and family to come to New York to study architecture. We met in graduate school where he was my studio “mentor,” basically a teacher’s assistant. But we didn’t actually get together until after he had graduated, so there was no funny business! Together we have supported each other in our architectural careers and made New York our new home, moving from Manhattan to Brooklyn along the way. We are getting married in Brooklyn on November 15 of this year, and we are very excited to share our love for each other and this great city with all our family and friends. I think Kat’s naturally candid photography would perfectly capture our laid-back Brooklyn celebration! Thanks for your consideration.

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  28. Lilian Edelman

    I am getting married July 12, in Weston, CT, at a Fire Department (My fiancé is the lieutenant) and I can’t imagine a more perfect photographer than Kat! Her work is so unbelievable gorgeous, we would be honored to have her capture our big day!

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  29. Krissy

    It was a rare balmy night in Los Angeles, when Krissy first met Jeremy. Their eyes met over a crowded room, and having become acquainted Krissy quickly made her excuses and left. Six months of long chats, thai food, a driving test, and lots and lots of music ensued, and eventually Krissy, through both romance and exasperation, agreed to date Jeremy.

    Jeremy proposed to Krissy in April 2013, at midnight in the moon shadow of the Sacre-Coeur in Paris. It may have been the insanely romantic setting, but also could have been the wine… Krissy said – “You have to be kidding me”. When Jeremy produced the stand in ring – The largest, cheapest, most ridiculous and colorful thing he could find – Krissy realized he was serious, and happily agreed. They rushed back to England to excitedly spread the news, then to Los Angeles to tell the cats (indifferent), then to Maine to celebrate with Krissy’s friends and family. Now it’s time to celebrate all together. We can’t wait.

    The wedding is October 25th, 2014 at Carondelet House in Los Angeles. One week before Halloween.

    Kat – Your work is beautiful. It’s elegant, artistic, and still extremely fun! It would be an absolute pleasure to be able to work with you.

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  30. Julia W.

    Hello, Kat and the lovely people behind oncewed!

    My fiancé and I are native Californians and are planning a small and vintagey Winter Solstice wedding to take place on December 21st this year at my mother’s amazing 1930′s bungalow in Stockton, CA. We moved to NYC in 2013 and are loving it! Being from northern CA, I’d never really experienced seasons the way NY gets them. This winter has been so inspiring for planning our wedding and I can’t wait to incorporate the beauty of winter in NY into our vintage winter wedding in Cali.

    Like many couples, we met in the workplace. We both worked in a community college literacy program and met at a start-of-the-semester meeting. Like so many education programs, funding was short and our supervisor actually edged him out. But he kept popping by now and then just to keep seeing me. He finally asked me out one day, and now we’re here in NYC pursuing our dreams together! He’s working towards his PhD and I’m working towards becoming a high school English teacher.

    Thanks, and all the best!

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  31. Ashley

    Cody and I met at a small private college in the LA area. For the first year I was at school he had the biggest crush on my roommate and I even tried everything I could to hook them up, even convinced her to go on a double date with him. His first impression and a continuing thought of me was that I was crazy, I mean…it was true, I’m very loud and like an adventure and he might have been the smost shy and quiet guy I’ve met. Fast forward a year and I randomly recieve a text from a friend asking what I thought of Cody and this friend spent the next two hours over frozen yogurt convincing me to go on a date with him, thinking it was some set up sceme, I agreed on the condition that Cody ask me out himself and he did, to find out later that it was Cody who actually wanted to go out on a date based on someone tellling him he needed someone who was outgoing, so of course think of the craziest girl you know right? We went out for coffee at Aroma Cafe and talked for hours, which was insane after we had maybe talked a total of 20 minutes before that over the course of a year. Although he reminds me constanly of times we talked that I do not remember, opps! This is getting long, but to me it’s all so crazy, that same year we began dating Cody was drafted into pro baseball by the Miami Marlins, so after just a few short months we were immediately in this long distance relationship but it made us realize so quickly that we wanted to be together for life. With Cody leaving for season in March and not returning till September we are planning a wedding for the winter and we will from then forth we will live in the crazy world of professional baseball!

    I haven’t ever taken time to enter contests but once I saw your name and work I had too, because Harris is my soon to be new name and I kind fo liked the cheesy thought of it! There is one mopment you captured where the bride and groom are dancing and he is holding a beer and they just look so in love and so elated with the day that you could literally feel yourself in that moment! I was captivated by your angles and how some of your photos look like film (I’m a purist and refuse to replace my film SLR Nikon that has been faithful in caputring moments for the past 6 years). Winning this would be a huge blessing as minor league baseball only pays half of the year and very little amount I might add, we will be living on the road and saving all we can to have the best marriage till times get better. So that’s my maybe a little longer then intended reason why I’d love to have you as our photographer!

    Our date and venue are not “set in stone” yet but the begining of December would be when and we are currently looking at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, CA. As we both grew up beach side in Southern California.

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  32. Danielle Hudak

    I met my fiance almost ten years ago when I was a freshman in high school. He is the older brother of one of my great guy friends. I was absolutely crazy about him from the moment I met him, and I was already jealous of whoever is future wife was going to be. I never imagined that it would actually be me! It wasn’t until a little more than three years ago that he started to take notice. We drunkenly kissed me at summer get together and I totally swooned. He must have felt the same way because we have been together ever since.

    He proposed to me infront of a frozen waterfall at the beginning of this month. I knew it was coming eventually, but did not expect it would be on one of the coldest winter days yet. I was in complete shock, I don’t even remember what I said, but I definitely said yes.

    I get to marry the most incredible man on June 6th of 2015 in Ithaca NY. It is going to be a weekend affair at victorian home built in the 1800s and getting married in the renovated barn on the property.

    Kat’s style of photography is exactly what we are looking for. The candid and intimate moments are the moments we will never forget and Kat has captured those moments perfectly. Her energetic and organic style of photography matches our personality as a couple. Not only would Kat make our wedding last forever through her pictures, but we would show her one hell of a time!!

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  33. Jennifer V

    Hi Kat! Thank you for the opportunity and for your generosity!

    Our story… Stephen proposed under the stars on our apartment stoop on 11.11.13. On the ride home that evening (almost 2am) we were debating whether or not you can see satellites in the sky. I grew up in New Hampshire (originally from New York) and on a clear night, you could. But Stephen didn’t believe me. We got home and I was on my way to open our front door when he called back to me. He was at the bottom of our stoop and asked me to show him how to spot satellites. He handed me his phone, which had a constellation app open, and turned me around. I though he was being silly so I just went with it. After a few seconds I said to him that I wasn’t sure the app would show satellites and turned around to hand him back his phone. When I did, he had the ring in his hand and said, “What about this satellite?” I laughed, cried and answered, “Are you serious?! Is this really happening?!” We cried, hugged and laughed. It was perfect! It was only fitting that he would ask me to be his wife this way. The first card he gave me, in it he wrote, “I would like to thank you for stopping my search of the nightly sky for my star, now that I have you in my heart.”
    I feel truly blessed and incredibly lucky to have crossed paths with Stephen eleven years ago. The connection we share is so organic and effortless and I absolutely love that we make each other laugh, a lot! I am so happy he never gave up on me (see how we met below) and I can’t wait to call him my husband in a few months!

    Wedding plans so far… Fun, relaxed celebration with a touch of elegance. We want our family and friends to enjoy themselves, eat good food and dance the night away! We are getting married on August 16th in New Hampshire. Our reception will be at the Stone Church in Newmarket, NH. We both have fond memories of many college nights there and it’s the perfect budget-friendly venue. Since we will be paying for our wedding and working with a small budget – he’s an 8th grade math teacher and I work in higher education – we are DIYing most details. We’ll be recycling decorations used in my sister’s wedding from July 2013, borrowing her beautiful bridal accessories and looking for alternatives to wedding gowns to keep cost low. Oncewed.com has become my favorite website to search for gowns that fit my budget! So the gift of photography would be a blessing.
    How we met… Stephen and I met in 2003 on a train during our freshman year of college. I first spotted Stephen on the platform, he was leaning against a pole with his laundry basket by his feet and I immediately thought he was so cute. The train arrived and I was one of the last to board. It was packed with students heading back to campus so finding an empty seat was a little difficult. I decided to turn towards the front of the train until I found an empty seat, which happened to be next to Stephen. We introduced ourselves and made friendly conversation for the remainder of the ride. I felt an instant connection. When we arrived on campus we exchanged numbers before heading our separate ways. I walked back to my dorm room on cloud nine! I found Stephen to be so sweet, charming and funny and unlike any guy I’d met before. I remember telling my roommate when I walked into our room that I think I met the man I was going to marry.

    For four years we went back and forth between being friends and more than friends but never officially a couple. Although I really “liked”(LOVED) Stephen I never allowed myself to let it get serious between us. Part of it was fear of ruining our friendship and part of it was my own fear of letting someone into my heart. It wasn’t until he graduated in 2006 (I stayed an extra year) that I realized how much I missed him and wanted to be with him. Distance DOES make the heart grow fonder! Because we ran in the same circle of friends, I would see him when he’d visit campus and I took those opportunities to rekindle our relationship. On February 16, 2007 after a few months of dating, seriously this time, he asked me if I wanted to make it official. His exact words were, “Are we going to do this or what?” I of course laughed and said yes!

    Kat, simply stated, your work is beautiful. What I love most about your photography is your ability to capture pure, real moments and how effortless it is – not posed or forced, your photos draw people in. Capturing the love and joy of our wedding day surrounded by the people that matter most to us would be a beautiful gift. Hope you’re free on August 16th and interested in a weekend getaway to the beautiful seacoast area! Make sure to bring your bathing suit!!! :)

    Thank you again for the opportunity and best of luck to the other couples!

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  34. Janelle Roshia

    This is amazing! What wonderful work and a fabulous opportunity! Thanks for the chance! Fingers crossed! Our date is May 11th, 2014 in Destin Florida!

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  35. Jennifer Tsang

    What an amazing opportunity! My fiance and I are college sweethearts and are getting married in San Francisco on October 11, 2014. He proposed in Carmel, CA, after 5 years of dating in front of our closest friends. I love the joy you capture from your clients, Kat, and think it would be amazing to have you as a photographer. Thank you!

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  36. kelsey

    this giveaway makes me so happy. i just got engaged this past weekend to the love of my life and best friend. we’re a family and have been for years, so making it official has me on cloud nine. i’ve honestly never loved someone or loved life this much. my fiance (how weird it is to say that now!) and i have been together for five years. we met in college during the wintertime and actually first laid eyes on each other during the first snowfall of the year at a lit-up zoo in tacoma, washington. since then – fate. we’ve lived together for about two years now and are based in portland, oregon. we’ll be getting married on march 28th, 2014 in portland, oregon (a few miles out of the city) at a historic home. i want an intimate and small wedding and the photography is the most important thing for me. the photography lasts, preserves memories, and can be a beautiful reminder of a fleeting day. kat’s photography is absolutely gorgeous and i’d be honored to be photographed by her for our special day.

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  37. Jennifer

    Jennifer’s Story

    When THEY (who ever they is) say you should marry your best friend – THEY are right! I met my best friend 12 years ago in college due to a mutual friend who wanted me to meet him because she thought he was cute and wanted my opinion. I had just broken up with my boyfriend so men were not really at all my concern at the time but I was a good friend and I met up with her to meet him. That day without me knowing it was going to change my life forever – and if you’re wondering I did think he was cute.

    Now advance about a year and I find myself running into him at parties, bars, friends house and campus – it appears that we have a lot of mutual friends so we by nature become friends – which then turns into best friends. For 8 years we are best friend going through everything you can image one goes through during their 20’s. It was then at the end of 2008, we were hanging out with friends for a Christmas parade and I decided that we needed to get closer to the parade so I grabbed his hand and started running towards the street – it was in this one action of holding his hand that I knew my best friend meant more to me than I was allowing my heart to see. It didn’t take me too long after to realize that I never wanted to go a day without being able to hold his hand and that my best friend was also the man I had fallen in love with.

    It has now been 12 years of us knowing one another and not a second goes by that I thank the stars for our paths crossing. While we have been together for 4 years our love story started long before we knew – best friends to lovers and I would not change a thing about any of it. He is my better half, the laughter that makes any day turn better, my partner on a road trip, and the man who captivated my heart. His name is Ryan – the love of my life and most importantly my best friend.

    Ryan’s Story

    The midweek day is as grey as the look in her eyes. I later learn that I know many of her friends and she a few of mine, but I had never seen or met her. I suppose my first impression is that she looks sad, but just a little. Our paths crossing in the hall at school, our mutual friend introduces us by name, we probably shake hands and share a “Hi,” but my mind is far separated from my body as it struggles and flounders to recover from the stun of her grace and charm. It is over; I fight to keep my wits about me. Always someone who had disregarded people who believed in love at first sight as daydreaming idealists, I now am. She speaks, but I hear nothing, and to this day have no recollection of what she may have said. I am in love, and entirely undone.

    Love is a wild animal, and its ways are not always to be tamed or set in a straight line.
    We become friends. We are sometimes frustrated with each other. We become best friends. We hold hands on a winter night and run through the street laughing to each other in the darkness as the fog rolls in from the beach. We run to a parade and watch and smile and pull each other close to stay warm. Weeks later, we hold each other. We kiss. It has been twelve years since we came together on that grey midweek day.

    Her name is Jennifer. I fell in love with her at first sight.
    Time passes so quickly.
    Not a moment has been lost that I don’t think of her in that faint light, or beneath the haze as she grabs my hand and runs, looking over her shoulder, smiling. She is the most important person in my life. She is my sidekick, and I am hers. We keep one another strong, and our adventures together continue and will forever do so.

    We got engaged at the end of 2013 and will be getting married in late September 2015 outside in the Central Coast of California. We would be honored to have you, Kat, capture our special day to match the ones we have had that have led to us wanting to spend the rest of our lives together. We would feel fortunate to have such an amazing artist capture and share in our love.

    Thank you.

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  38. Margaret Thomas

    Hello Kat! I have been a fan of your blog and then started loving your beautiful and romantic photography. :) Mountain Man (Matt) and I first met in 2007 after I had just moved to DC and tagged along on a canoe trip with the only friend I knew in DC at that time. According to Matt, he was lovestruck and schemed a way to start a conversation with me by strategically moving his canoe close to mine during their break for lunch. Matt was stationed at Camp David at the time, and asked me out to coffee a couple weeks later – however, although I thought he was cute, and a true gentleman, I was a little scared off by how intense and intentional he was with our relationship, and asked to be “just friends” (oh, those fatal words). Though we remained friends for the next couple years, eventually Matt wrote me a very sweet and romantic letter, asking if I’d be interested in seeing him again. I was quasi-dating someone at the time, so told him no again! That relationship thankfully didn’t work out and soon after, Matt got stationed to Camp Lejeune, NC, so that he could be part of a unit deploying to Afghanistan. Leading up to his departure, I had been thinking about him and wondered if we would ever work out – I thought it impossible since I had told him no twice! After his going-away party, I told a friend that she was really going to miss him and that I was incredibly sad he was leaving.
    We stayed in touch a bit while he was in NC, until he got in touch with me and told me he’d been thinking about me and if I wanted to meet up for dinner when he was in town and before he deployed to Afghanistan. We had an amazing dinner together, and decided to stay in touch while he was in Afghanistan, and upon his return, started dating and our friendship developed into a deep friendship. Matt proposed to me on an old train in Maryland in February 2014 and we were married in June 2013. I would love the chance for you to photograph some NYC-style bridal portraits!

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  39. Kayla

    My fiancé and I met seven years ago at work, and we became friends before we started dating. We got engaged in the fall of 2012, and our wedding is May 24th, 2014, in Auburn, Alabama. We are having a casual reception, and Kat’s photography is perfect for our wedding because it isn’t stuffy! The people she photographs look comfortable and natural.

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  40. Jennifer Spitzer

    Jennifer’s Story

    When THEY (who ever they is) say you should marry your best friend – THEY are right! I met my best friend 12 years ago in college due to a mutual friend who wanted me to meet him because she thought he was cute and wanted my opinion. I had just broken up with my boyfriend so men were not really at all my concern at the time but I was a good friend and I met up with her to meet him. That day without me knowing it was going to change my life forever – and if you’re wondering I did think he was cute.

    Now avance about a year and I find myself running into him at parties, bars, friends house and campus – it appears that we have a lot of mutual friends so we by nature become friends – which then turns into best friends. For 8 years we are best friend through everything you can image one goes through during their 20’s. It was then at the end of 2008 and we were hanging out with friends for a christmas parade and I decided that we needed to get closer to the parade so I grabbed his hand and start running towards the street – it was in this one action of holding his hand that I knew my best friend meant more to me than I was allowing my heart to see. It didn’t take me too long after to realize that I never wanted to go a day without being able to hold his hand and that my best friend was also the man I had fallen in love with.

    It has now been 12 years of us knowing one another and not a second goes by that I thank the stars for our paths crossing. While we have been together for 4 years our love story started long before we knew – best friends to lovers. I would not change a thing about any of it – he is my better half, the laughter that makes any day turn better, my partner on a road trip, and the man who captivated my heart. His name is Ryan – the love of my life and most importantly my best friend.

    Ryan’s Story

    The midweek day is as grey as the look in her eyes. I later learn that I know many of her friends and she a few of mine, but I had never seen or met her. I suppose my first impression is that she looks sad, but just a little. Our paths crossing in the hall at school, our mutual friend introduces us by name, we probably shake hands and share a “Hi,” but my mind is far separated from my body as it struggles and flounders to recover from the stun of her grace and charm. It is over; I fight to keep my wits about me. Always someone who had disregarded people who believed in love at first sight as daydreaming idealists, I now am. She speaks, but I hear nothing, and to this day have no recollection of what she may have said. I am in love, and entirely undone.

    Love is a wild animal, and its ways are not always to be tamed or set in a straight line.
    We become friends. We are sometimes frustrated with each other. We become best friends. We hold hands on a winter night and run through the street laughing to each other in the darkness as the fog rolls in from the beach. We run to a parade and watch and smile and pull each other close to stay warm. Weeks later, we hold each other. We kiss. It has been twelve years since we came together on that grey midweek day.

    Her name is Jennifer. I fell in love with her at first sight.
    Time passes so quickly.
    Not a moment has been lost that I don’t think of her in that faint light, or beneath the haze as she grabs my hand and runs, looking over her shoulder, smiling. She is the most important person in my life. She is my sidekick, and I am hers. We keep one another strong, and our adventures together continue and will forever do so.

    We got engaged at the end of 2013 and will be getting married in late September 2015 outside in the Central Coast of California. We would be honored to have you, Kat, capture our special day to match the ones we have had that have led to us wanting to spend the rest of our lives together. We would feel fortunate to have such an amazing artist capture and share in our love.

    Thank you.

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  41. Alicia

    Winning this giveaway would be amazing! Me and my fiancé met in El Progreso, Honduras. I was out there volunteering by starting a special ed school and teaching sign language and he was working on an alternative energy project. He’s originally from Lisbon, Portugal and I am from Chicago. So we met and got to know eachother in our second language. We knew what we had was something extraordinary so after his project was over and he went back to Portugal we kept in touch while I finished my project in Honduras for the rest of the year. When I finished I moved to Portugal to be with him and we have been in love and traveling ever since. Between us we share 3 languages, 2 countries, and a love we knew was worth fighting for. We will be getting married this august 2nd in Chicago. And would be more than excited to have you document that moment in our lives. Thank you.

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  42. Jack D

    I fell in love with my fiancee Meghan on road trips to nowhere…
    …more specifically, on road trips to Macomb, Illinois. We were 18, still in high school (and then in college), and about once a month, we would make the 4-hour drive…I-80 the whole way…from Chicago to Macomb, where Meghan’s grandmother lived. Grandma June, as everybody used to call her, was the sweetest, littlest, oldest little old lady of all time. Nobody could ever utter a single bad thing about Grandma June.
    Those trips were fun, man. We’d burn CDs and then when playlists came along make playlists to fill all four hours with music and podcasts of all the great stuff from the aughts: Modest Mouse, the Shins, Dan Savage, This American Life. We’d trade off drivers, but I would always drive first, and usually insist on driving the whole way (my teenage attempt at chivalry). We’d sneak along our “contraband,” and Meghan used to bury it so deep in her suitcase that nobody could find it, sometimes not even us. We’d stay in the only motel that would rent rooms to teenagers, where she would refuse to use the towels (or fool around on those sheets). We’d get pizza delivered, and when the guy would knock on the door he’d have to hear us deliberate on who would had to answer and pay him (she’d give me the money if I answered the door).
    All that time, we were building our own private culture, figuring out who we were together, falling in love. And it was so much fun that I had no idea, though I suspect Meghan might have, because she’s always made loving her so much fun.
    This last Christmas, after 10 years together, I finally asked Meghan to marry me. I got down on one knee in front of Daley Plaza’s big tree, and showed her Grandma June’s engagement ring. Luckily, she didn’t make me wait as long as I made her wait, and we’re set to marry this November 15 at Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center.
    I think that Kat Harris would be perfect for our wedding because her style is so contemporary classic, which is just like Meghan’s. Those classic details: Grandma June’s ring, a white dress, along with a beautiful modern venue with a Chicago skyline view, I think will gel perfectly through Kat’s lens.

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  43. Jennifer Tsang

    My fiance and I met the first day of college and are getting married October 11, 2014 in San Francisco. Kat, I love that you are able to capture the joy emanating from your clients. It would be such an amazing opportunity and honor to have you photograph us. Thank you!!

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  44. Kyle Elizabeth & Joel

    When I moved to Colorado a little over a year and a half ago, I was not sure what was in store for me. I had only a few friends living in Boulder at the time. A few months after I moved to Colorado, we were out at a fun country line dancing spot in town to celebrate one of my best friend’s birthdays. The place was packed. I would assume there were well over 400 people there. We were coming off the dance floor, and I was hardly paying attention, when I heard someone ask me to dance. I looked up, and my first thought was, “Oh my gosh, this guy is so cute!” I agreed to the dance, and we started dancing to the country waltz, which I had no idea how to do. It quickly became obvious when I tried to spin myself on a part where apparently the guy was supposed to spin. He was grinned and said, “if you want to spin, let’s go off to the side, and I will spin you as much as you want.” danced for a few songs, but it was hard to talk with the loud music. I knew I had to get back to celebrating my girlfriend, so I excused myself and thanked him for the dance. However, I could not take my eyes off him the rest of the night. Later, he approached the dance floor right where I was standing. I asked him if he “knew every song”, and he said, “No, but I know this one. Want to dance with me again?” Afterwards, we went to a corner and started talking. We instantly connected over the fact that I worked for a ministry that he was involved with in college and several other common interests. We had our first date at a Mexican restaurant three days later. The dinner lasted almost four hours, and I am sure the wait staff was annoyed, but I would say it was history from there. Almost a year after we had been dating, Joel proposed on top of the Kissing Camels rock at the Garden of the gods. We are both very laid back, easy going, and adventurous, and we are so excited to get married in my hometown of Kansas City. The event will take place at the Kansas City Country Club, and we are getting married in the same church where several of my family members have been wed. It a beautiful, old charming location, and we have a talented team helping with the style and design.

    What I love about Kat’s style is it combines both my mom and my desires for a photographer. We have gone back and forth so much due to the fact that I love natural light photography. My mom, who is a photographer, prefers more the fill flash look — the more crisp and clean style. We can’t seem to find someone who can help us both be content, and while looking at Kat’s blog, I think she brings both those elements to life. I would be so happy to have someone with such talent capture our day and help everyone in my family look back at the memories with appreciation and thankfulness for the day that Joel and I began our lives together.

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  45. Rachel

    Hers
    When I entered into grade 3 at a new school I saw him. He was in the blue plaid tie, navy slacks, and crisp white dress shirt, with a stylish undercut. I remember him walking up to me, my heart fluttered, and stating plainly, “Your lips are chapped you should get some chapstick.”

    Years, relationships, many travels and tubes of chapstick later, I was sitting in a coffee shop, writing in a journal and reading C.S. Lewis. A small girl (maybe 2) with blonde curls and big blue eyes walked up to me, and stated, “Your cuttttte”. I looked down to see this adorable child and said, “No, you’re cute” This continued on for a minute until we were interrupted by a guy and his friend saying, “Don’t talk to the kids!” Unbeknownst to me, this guy was talking to me. He knew the child and was somewhat sarcastically jesting. Needless to say I was off men and unimpressed. I went back to my journaling and delve back into the world of philosophy and pursuit of truth that C.S. Lewis is known for.

    Shortly afterwards I heard chairs drag across the floor and men rise to their feet, the guy who had said all these things, was Matthew, my crush turned chap-lips-hater in grade school. He looked nice, real nice. But him and his guy friend were heading out the door of the café, into the parking lot, sigh they were gone. I stood up to get a brownie, internally reasoning, I deserve this. But as I stood up I saw Matthew walking back inside. This was odd, so I nonchalantly sat down. He made his way past people and I decided to start reading my book. He interrupted, “May I sit here?” he asked pointing to the seat across from me, I nodded. We chatted and chatted we were on two totally different pages but had this thing, this chemistry that was frankly undeniable. Finally we were told the place was closing shortly, so we talked in the parking lot as he walked me to my car.

    4 months spent in India serving alongside prostitutes, and street children. I knew he would understand my pain having been here as well. Having seen what I’ve seen.

    When I arrived at the airport my puppy, Mum and sister greeted me, but he was there too, with things I’ve missed from Canada. I was excited but trying to hide it.

    Not long after I arrived back in Ontario I had these three very real, quite intriguing signs, from friends, in a dream and they showed me, he and I were irrevocably meant to be. So April 3, 2012 we started dating.

    August 28, 2012 we walked through this forest, I took photos on my film camera. We went to these beautiful ruins, where there were once locks for water to pass through. I was photographing him; the light was perfect, the golden hour. I switched a roll of film quickly as to not loose the light, when I peered through my viewfinder I was in complete and total shock. There he was looking handsome as ever, the light hitting perfectly creating a rim around him, warm, intense, and in his hand was a box with a ring and a smile crept upon his face. I didn’t want to stop talking photos, wanting to capture this moment for an eternity. Finally I stopped and he placed the ring on my hand and took a few frames of me, elated. We walked down the ruins, hand in hand, knees noticeably weak and this newfound ring upon my left hand. I asked, “Did I say yes yet?” “Nope, no you didn’t” “Well yes, I say yes.”

    We’ve been trying to figure out our wedding since then. We had an idea for a date but there was much tragedy in the family and life got hectic, real hectic. So we now have a cottage that will fit 150 guests in the backyard, September 20, 2014. We plan to have a rustic, communal based wedding with natural Canadian beauty surrounding us.

    His
    I don’t remember much from elementary school, but my family remembers me talking about this girl named Rachel. My sister told me how I would come home from school and say, “Rachel Machnik is so annoying.” So not exactly childhood sweethearts split apart by life’s ebbs and flows and occasional torrents, needless to say those things did occur. Lets fast forward through broken hearts, bad dates, dropping out of university, travelling here, living there, working here and getting fired there, up on the mountain and down in life’s valley and that brings us forward about fifteen years to one day in a café back in the hometown where it all started. A regular night out with my best friend, just having some tea and talking about life, normally this was done by a bonfire but we decided to get out tonight. As we were talking this little girl draws my attention to another girl who was not as little as when I last knew her, Rachel, she was no longer the curly banged, chap lipped peer that once annoyed me, she was beautiful, and I capitalized on this moment by yelling across to her “Hey don’t talk to the kids!” With a smirk on my face, and a cheeky look from her, I continued conversing with my friend satisfied. When I said goodbye to my friend in the parking lot, I came back to where she was and while I could see she was reading and writing, I was certain our conversation would be more important, “Can I sit down?” it had now officially started.

    There is something about a person who is exactly what you don’t want, exactly when you don’t need it that is irresistible, and that’s what at first we were for each other. The conversations got longer and meetings more frequent and the point of views diverged further, and yet they continued. She had comments that made me laugh, that made me roll my eyes, and even comments that made me fall off benches in disbelief, and she was becoming more and more the person that I wanted to see more and more, and I was pretty sure I was that for her, even though her friends were saying to stay away.

    Then India came, she was gone for four months, and we agreed that this would be a time best spent apart, talking was minimal, but a video she sent me saying that she missed me affirmed that this was far from over. She arrived home, and I had no idea what to expect, but in just over a month it became official, I had moved on from being hippy-boy to Matthew according to her parents, and then in a short time we were engaged, knowing most of the time, that this was it.
    The engagement was just the start, we both moved to downtown Toronto; we both had roommates and became apart of an inner city outreach in an area known for drug addictions and prostitution. We have continued growing together while discovering who we are, and have been trying to plan a wedding that can compliment that. As ideas have come they have tend to fall by the wayside, as decorative napkins have felt so estranged from both our desires. We want our community to celebrate this with us, and we want to remember the day, and not have it rush past us. We have found a cottage, our parties will stay with us the night before and friends can come and camp on the grounds, we can be by the water, and have a time where we breath together, surrounded by support and celebrate this love together. We made it, and seeing how you are able to capture stories and those moments we want to invite you in and show people that things don’t always go to plan, but Gods got plans of His own, and they are way better then we could ever orchestrate. So join us, tell our story and capture not just a wedding, but the beginning of our marriage. Cheers!

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  46. Danielle

    Ben and I are getting married in Lebanon, TN, at Cedars of Lebanon State Park on May 10th of this year. We met in grad school in Louisiana, but I’m from Mississippi and he’s from Ohio, and a state park in Tennessee makes the most sense not only location-wise, but also for stress and budget reasons. Everything is coming together really nicely, but we still haven’t figured out what we’re going to do for photos! We know that photography is not something to skimp on, but we also know that a good photographer will eat up the rest of our budget! So we are waiting… hoping the universe provides. Fingers crossed!

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  47. Sunny

    jeff and i are sharing our vows in pasadena, california on july 12, 2014. we are old friends turned lovers, hehe. i’ve looked at so many wedding photo websites and came to really love the photojournalistic, non-posey style which show tons of emotions. i just looked at kat’s website and really love her pictures. i hope we get picked! thank you :)

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  48. Megan Minett

    Whaaaaat!? How did I not stumble upon you in my search for a photographer with all of our DBap connections?!?!? You are SO TALENTED. And good for you making it big in NYC. If you still lived in Dallas, I’d totally rope you into my wedding festivities. Good luck, girl. Even though you’re too skilled to need it. :)

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  49. Megan Minett

    Ok, fine, I’ll tell my story, too.

    I was bored one day in the library at Dallas Baptist University, and decided to sign up for a website called HotorNot.com so that a friend and I could click through and laugh while simultaneously having our pictures rated. If you’re ever in a slump, find a flattering angle and sign up for hotornot.com. If you really want to impress the judges (boat loads of bored, desperate men), show a bit of cleave and you’re sure to get a 9+. I’m pretty proud to say I kept my cleave under wraps and still had a pretty decent score… I digress.

    Anyway, this guy Jay had recently signed up, too, and posted his promo pics from a photoshoot. He is a fitness and nutrition efficiency expert (intimidating, right?), and he had just gotten out of a relationship with a really dumb girl.

    He messaged me, pretty quickly attained my phone number, and then we were up until the wee hours of the morning talking about God knows what. Jay probably remembers, but I don’t remember what I had for lunch, so there you have it. I digress, again.

    We didn’t hang out for another two years after I had moved out of the country and moved back. I was starting to get interested in fitness, and I knew ten thousand self-proclaimed “trainers” housed in the DBU gym (you probably know exactly who I’m talking about), but I wanted to talk to someone who actually knew what they were talking about. I remember specifically craving a purple rain gatorade and wondering whether or not I deserved it after I ran. I texted Jay and shamelessly asked for free advice (as I am shamelessly asking you for a free service). He responded with “I only give free advice over coffee”. I gave in and we met up at Starbucks. We closed Starbucks and moved on to Steak n Shake. We got bored and moved on to Walmart. I’m pretty sure we were out until 4am for our first three dates because we simply could not stop talking. It always ended in a random walk through Walmart because nothing else was open. That was over 4 years ago and walking through Walmart is still our thing, sort of, although we prefer Target if we can make it out at a decent hour.

    When he proposed, he took me up into a plane over the Dallas skyline and proposed. I knew exactly what he was doing before he ever asked, and before he even had the chance I snatched the ring out of the box and put it on my finger. I still can’t believe I did that…. but then again, I can. I bawled like a little baby, as I’m sure I will do when I’m walking down the isle to marry my best friend in the whole wide world. I never though I would meet someone who would accept and love (or at least lovingly tolerate) all of my weird, quirky aspects. I though my strangeness was to be kept forever only for my equally weird roommate, Mallory O’Teter (pretty sure you remember her), but it turns out he knows I’m super weird, and I tend to put off showering, but he still here. This is love, no doubt.

    We are getting married July 26th. Perhaps you should come reconnect with your Texas roots and shoot a super fun wedding. See you soon. ;)

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  50. Megan Minett

    Well shoot. The giveaway ended. I’ll just go to bed, I guess. ;)

    Seriously, good luck. Your stuff looks amazing.

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