Thursday, September 21, 2017

Sanibel Island Engagment Pictures - Florida Photographer


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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Featured Wedding! - Sanibel Island Photographer



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Monday, September 18, 2017

Sioux City Wedding - Iowa Photographer


backyard wedding in Sioux City
backyard wedding in Sioux City
backyard wedding in Sioux City


This intimate backyard wedding was simply the best! Heather and Jeff tied the knot at Heather's family home in Sioux City, Iowa.  They were joined by 30 close friends and family where they held an outdoor ceremony followed by an evening celebration. The setting was perfect for pictures too. The family lives on the Whispering Creek Golf Course in Sioux City. The course is stunning and offered amazing views and perfect wedding picture backdrops. The day was a bit overcast, but that worked out perfectly offering a soft romantic light for those golf course pictures.

The couple resides in Lincoln, Nebraska where Jeff owns an aquaponics greenhouse. His green thumb was evident in all of their decorations. Flowers covered every inch of the house and even Heather's wedding bouquet was created by Jeff and a surprise for Heather the morning of the wedding. It was definitely a romantic gesture and a unique element that made their day very personal. You can check out Jeff's amazing work and very interesting story of his business on his website at Grow With the Flow


backyard wedding in Sioux City

 And if you are also planning your backyard wedding in the Sioux City area or any special event, check out Impressions Photography too!  I would love to be there to celebrate your love story and to document those special memories and your wedding day!

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fort Myers Engagement Pictures - Florida Photographer

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

This Fort Myers engagement session had us all smiles from start to finish! We met Leanne and Elliot in the most adorable and quint little tropical garden near Leanne's family home in Fort Myers. The couple resides in Orlando, but made the trip back home for a wedding planning weekend and so we could capture these very special engagement pictures!

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

Fort Myers tropical engagement picturesFort Myers tropical engagement pictures

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures


Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

I think we spent the better part of the portrait session laughing! Elliot, who is originally from England, managed to have us all cracking up with his witty comments delivered with a charming British accent. Leanne was all smiles too. We attempted to do a few serious pictures, but that proved to be pretty much impossible!

Fort Myers tropical engagement pictures

The couple will be married in Fort Myers next year. I know their wedding day is going to be a blast to photograph. I doubt we will be doing many serious pictures.... but I'm positive they will be a ton of fun to spend the day with! Love that I get to be their wedding photographer!!!
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

After Hurricane Irma - Fort Myers, Florida



Boca Grande Wedding Church

 While it doesn't take a hurricane for me to go on about how much I love my home state of Florida, it certainly didn't hurt.... I have spent the past week preaching to everyone who will listen how incredible my beloved Florida is and especially my little corner in SWFL. Fort Myers and all of Florida have been making the news throughout the entire country as Hurricane Irma directed her wrath at my people. I skated out a few days before it made landfall and headed to my second home in Iowa. It was an incredibly emotional few days watching the storm from afar and feeling helpless. My list of concerns was endless, from all of the people who stayed behind, my friends, my family (who represent every corner of the state), my modest little home in Fort Myers that I bought when I was 24 years old and have invested my soul into, to the possibility of flooding and storm surge that could ruin a lifetime of memories packaged into that little house. Although I wavered on how eminent I felt it was, even the slimmest possibility of loss seemed overwhelming. Having lived in Florida through hurricanes Charlie and Wilma, I know all too well how devastating a hurricane can be. After Charlie I had friends who were left homeless and all of SWFL suffered through an economy that took years to rebound. Florida felt effects that went on well beyond what the national news covered.

The full extent of damage done by Irma is still unknown, however I am counting my blessings as I write this because my friends and family, as well as their homes, are all safe. My home was a trooper again and kept every shingle in place and the 50 or so trees on my property even managed to stay strong. I definitely feel like prayers were answered.

With most fears behind me and the hurricane having passed I have a very specific request for everyone who wants to offer help. If you want to help Florida, go to Florida.... I mean, not today necessarily unless you are ready to get to work. But in the coming months if not weeks, plan that trip to Florida. Hit the beaches on Sanibel Island, plan that destination wedding for Boca Grande. For over a year after Hurricane Charlie I saw a huge decline in families that were doing beach vacations and clients planning destination weddings. While SWFL had recovered, most businesses had reopened and things looked as stunning as ever, vacationers avoided the region. That had an impact on my business, Impressions Photography, and so many other local business that depend on tourism. As Hurricane Irma has now passed, the clean up efforts will move swiftly. Hotels, such as La Playa in Naples and Tween Waters on Captiva Island have already announced plans to open in the coming days. Our beaches are still stunning, our people are still among the best in the service industry and although our vegetation might be a little more sparse, Florida is still the best vacation destination there is! As I talk to people here in the Midwest, I think there is a misunderstanding about how soon we will be able to welcome tourists again. Florida will be ready quickly. The best thing you can do for Florida is to start planning and go to Florida.

And of course, giving to charities that help hurricane victims is undoubtedly something we should all do. I'm a huge supporter of UNICEF and had the pleasure of participating in their national convention earlier this year. I absolutely trust the organization to do amazingness with every dollar they receive. They will be helping with communities internationally that were effected by Irma. There are tons of other great charities that are working locally too. That financial support, especially for the harder hit areas like the Keys, along with continued tourism will have Florida back in business in no time. #FloridaStrong


boca grande churchBoca Grande Ligthhouse wedding

I included few pictures I took on Boca Grande just last week. I hear that most of the island withstood the storm and even the Gasparilla Inn which was doing some renovations while I was there looks to have stood strong. I'm photographing a wedding at the Inn in a few weeks I will definitely be reporting back on how everything looks then.
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Monday, September 4, 2017

South Seas Resort Wedding - Captiva Island Photographer








Just another spectacular South Seas Island Resort wedding that I have to share! I've had the pleasure of photographing so many great weddings on Sanibel and Captiva Island and I've seen so much great destination wedding inspiration. So for those brides and grooms that are doing a little planning this Labor Day, here is some pretty from one of the best tropical destination wedding locations right here in Southwest Florida. South Seas is stunning and unique. And there are just so many great locations for wedding pictures throughout the property. I've included images from the beach, the golf course and the Kings Crown (the most pristine lawn on Captiva Island). The property is definitely a gem and worth checking out if you are planning a Florida wedding.
And of course as always, take me! I love being a part of South Seas Island Resort weddings. If you have selected this palm tree covered oasis for your day, let's chat about wedding photography! There are tons of great picture spots on the resort property, I would be happy to share my ideas for making your wedding day pictures extra special and unique!
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

South Seas Resort Wedding - Captiva Island Photographer



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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wedding Feature - Le Mars Photographer


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If you are planning your wedding (or if you just love everything wedding like I do) you have to spend a little time checking out Borrowed & Blue. It's one of the largest collections of wedding inspiration from around the country. Lots of real weddings including several Impressions Photography events. The most recent to join the featured group is the adorable Mackenzi and Sam who were recently married in Remsen, Iowa with a stunning Le Mars, Iowa reception. They selected a group of both documentary photographs and artistic wedding images to showcase the couples story online. Definitely check it out if you are looking for some amazing Iowa wedding inspiration, this sweet Midwest bride and groom will not disappoint!

Rustic Spring Wedding at Plymouth County Fair Grounds 





elegant wedding gown le mars iowa

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MIT Wedding - Boston Photographer

My love of travel was proven to have no limits this summer. I managed to add new states to my 50 Weddings Project, visit some incredible new places and photograph some of the best weddings. My trip to Boston was to photograph Jaya and Guillermo's wedding weekend and to officially check Massachusetts off of the wedding list! We were able to spend a few days in Cape Cod taking pictures for fun and taking in this super lovely get-away. Then to the city where we toured the historic areas, took an obligatory photo in front of the Cheers bar and ate way too much yummy Boston food.

When it came time for Jaya and Guillermo's pictures we had made a really fun photo game plan. The couple are both doing some pretty amazing graduate work at MIT and the campus is very important to them (and it's also where they met!). So the campus was a must stop for pictures. They are also very interested in science, so in addition to photographs on the MIT campus, the Museum of Science was another great backdrop for pictures. This super smart duo was definitely a treat to photograph. They are both super easy going and just lovely people to be around. It was the best reason to find myself in Boston and the most enjoyable way to spend a Sunday!






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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Florida Wedding Planning Trip - Sanibel Island Wedding Photographer




There is no better time to come check out Florida for your destination wedding. Summer deals are always great this time of year, but come September when it's still the off season but all the kiddos have gone back to school those hotel deals get even sweeter!

I stumbled across this great list in the Palm Beach Post listing all of the deals happening now. Get a free night at The Ritz Carlton, Naples or Casa Ybel on Sanibel Island. You can stay at the Edgewater Hotel in Naples and get an extra 20% off of your stay. These are some of the most beautiful wedding destinations in Florida. If you are planning an elopement.... now might just be the time to hop that flight to Florida!!! Or for those couples that are considering the endless options for a Florida destination wedding, a planning trip to SWFL might just be in order!

The Palm Beach Post list includes dozens of great wedding venues throughout Florida all offering summer specials. Every one on the list is a worthy weekend stay and you can easily venture from there to look for the wedding venue that is the best fit for your destination wedding.

Pictured above is one of my absolute favorite spots for a wedding, Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island. The resort is Old Florida meets fine dining... think rustic elegance. It's filled with lush tropical foliage, quaint ponds and of course an amazing stretch of beach that is perfect for a wedding ceremony. I love photographing weddings at this tropical destination.

If you are considering Casa Ybel or any of the amazing properties that the Palm Beach Post listed for your wedding, I would love to chat with you! I love photographing love! And would love to hear your story and see if I can bring something unique to your wedding photography! Shoot me an email impressphoto@cs.com or give me a ring 239.437.1838 and let's chat soon!!







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Monday, August 14, 2017

South Sioux City Wedding - Nebraska Photographer










Since so many of us are getting in the back to school mode, I thought it would be the perfect time to share this adorable first grade teachers wedding day. When Lindsey and Corey tied the knot they were excited to incorporate some thoughts from her 1st grade class into their wedding reception. Lindsey asked all of her students to add a few words of advice to be shared at the wedding. Their comments ranged from hilarious to spot on! "Never forget to be happy and kind" and "Buy Mrs. Hilts a puppy" were among the many well thought out suggestions that these adorable little kiddos shared!



The couple had their wedding reception at the Marina Inn in South Sioux City, Nebraska. The property is currently undergoing a huge renovation and is looking stunning! They are due to be taking on a new name soon too. Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront will be their new title. As part of the Marriott chain I'm sure they will maintain their superior service and perhaps even offer more to wedding couples.

If you're planning a Delta Hotels South Sioux City Riverfront wedding, don't hesitate to reach out! I'd love to share images that I've captured right there on the Missouri River with the Sioux City skyline as a backdrop. The property is stunning for wedding pictures and we never fail at capturing something unique and special at every event we photograph!
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Captiva Island Wedding - South Seas Resort Photographer


We are doing a little website updating this week and had to add this intimate South Seas Resort wedding to our gallery of events! Their adorably sweet wedding day and very fun contemporary style were too perfect to not add to our gallery! Here are a few of the images from their wedding day. A larger group of their best wedding pictures was added to the website. Check that out too! www.impress-photo.com
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hideaway Beach Club Wedding - Marco Island Wedding

marco island wedding photograph

marco island wedding photograph

marco island wedding photograph

marco island wedding photograph

marco island wedding photograph


There are no shortage of amazing wedding venues in Southwest Florida. Marco Island is a spectacular island with several great places to tie the knot. This particular wedding was held on the beach at the Hideaway Beach Club. The spectacular clubhouse is set right on the beach and a perfect spot for a Marco Island wedding. It's a great combination of elegant country club style amenities with gorgeous sunset views and sandy beach just steps outside the venue. The location has some stunning backdrops for wedding pictures too. From the grand staircase inside to the lush tropical foliage surrounding the property it is one of the best locations for wedding pictures.

Marco Island and all of Southwest Florida offer some of the best places to have a destination wedding. I can say personally having gotten married in the Bahamas that when you leave the country and head to a tropical island, like the Bahamas and all of the Caribbean you do have to let a few things go. My options were limited for florists, wedding music, hair, make-up etc. and that did make wedding planning a little more challenging. Couples who plan their wedding for Marco Island or Sanibel and Captiva Islands can have that same tropical destination feel but have the luxury of lots of great wedding vendors to choose from. I have had the pleasure of working with so many talented wedding professionals in Florida and have seen their fine work at many destination weddings. They really make Southwest Florida extra special!


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South Seas Resort Wedding - Captiva Island Photographer

 There are so many things that make South Seas Resort on Captiva Island special for a destination wedding. I've been a part of dozens of weddings at South Seas and there are a few things that make this tropical island wedding destination one of the best in Florida. The fact that it is on an island definitely makes it a little more secluded and Captiva Island in general is known for being a little more quiet with less traffic (except for the occasional golf cart or trolley slow down!). Long stretches of beach with remote spots for wedding ceremonies are perfect if you are looking for something private. Beautifully maintained lawns overlooking the water make a great spot for a "no sand in your shoes" wedding ceremony or a picturesque reception site with sunset views. And the fact that these spots all are on the grounds of the hotel so no guests have to drive anywhere and your party can go into the night without a worry all make this an ideal destination wedding location.

I've photographed weddings in tropical destinations around the world. The Bahamas, St. Lucia, Barbados are all amazing too. I had my own wedding in the Bahamas, so I'm definitely a fan of the islands. The fact that guests don't need a passport to get to Captiva Island though (which is equally as stunning) is a plus. The other thing that I know from my own experience planning a tropical destination wedding is that finding wedding vendors can be a challenge when you are planning for some of the Caribbean Islands. I've traveled as the wedding photographer for lots of Caribbean wedding events, but the florist, band, DJ, hair, make-up etc. are a little more challenging. Southwest Florida is very fortunate to be a hub of some of the best wedding professionals I've known anywhere. With these great vendors all accessible to Captiva Island, you have the feel of a remote island get-away without having to accept the services that are only available on a remote island!

Here are a few pictures from Nicole and Julian's South Seas Resort wedding. The couple tied the knot in a very romantic seaside ceremony with an outdoor dinner reception to follow. Their November wedding was the perfect time of year for an outdoor event!

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Sioux City Wedding - Iowa Photographer






How much can you fit into one weekend? Emily and Eric definitely made their wedding weekend extra full when they arrived at their wedding with their car already packed and ready to leave their reception heading towards their new home in Chicago!

The celebration that took place after their wedding ceremony was definitely memorable. The couple tied the knot at Sunnybrook Community Church in Sioux City, Iowa. They were joined by friends and family for a reception in the beautiful church foyer. A romantic dinner and some really touching toasts left everyone with smiles.

Immediately following their wedding reception, the couple exited the church with a bubble send off and headed to their car (adorably decorated to make their drive to Chicago extra special for the newlyweds!).

Congratulations to Emily and Eric! So thankful that I could be there to photograph their special Sioux City, Iowa wedding!
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