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I focus on lifestyle sessions that capture families, couples, and high school seniors. My first love will always be engagements, bridals, and weddings. I've previously spent time photographing in Dallas and Chicago, and currently call the San Francisco Bay Area my home.

October 17, 2011 in Wedding

This post introduces a change for me, something that is not going to mean much to everyone else, but is a big deal to me. All of these photos have only seen Lightroom! Previously I used to edit all of my blog images in Ligthroom, then move it all over to Photoshop. This change means more time for other things (my baby!) and that I’m becoming more comfortable with my own images and the way they look straight-out-of-the-camera. I’m one step closer to my goal – to provide my wedding day clients with photos that really showcase how beautiful their wedding day was (no fancy editing necessary :) ).

In the hours before this wedding, the bride, Heather, and I were checking the weather obsessively. I know this because we were tweeting back and forth to each other with high hopes that things would turn out sunny int he end. And they did! The clouds were there giving the photos a lovely sense of dimension, but we weren’t plagued by the awful rain that had been predicted. As you’ll see below, the light during the ceremony was just exiqusite – the best I’ve ever had on a wedding day.

The bride got ready at her parent’s house, then we headed over to the golf course where the rest of the events would take place. The first look happened under a willow tree, the ceremony was right on the water, and the reception (as you can see from the photos) was a crazy good time.

The bride in front of wedding photos of the generations before her.

Denny was more than ready to get the show on the road when we got there, but I could tell he was a bit nervous about seeing Heather for the first time. It was so sweet.

We had a quick lipgloss break before moving on to the portraits. Maybe I should add “Willing to loan out my own personal lipgloss” as one of the selling points for those interested in hiring Jenna Cole? The bridesmaids and bride at this wedding loved my tube of pink gloss.

I need to ask Heather where the girls got these necklaces. I want to add them to my Pinterest wishlist.

While I worked with the girl, producing really sweet and soft images, my mom, Denise Andersen, worked with the guys. They got a little bit crazy.

As we were walking back from the hill I told them to run! and everyone took off, leaving poor Heather in her sexy dress to shuffle along behind. :)

The moments before the ceremony are full of nervous anticipation. Once the kinks were worked out and the music started to play, everyone was all smiles.

The officiant for this wedding really seemed to know the couple, and it made for a really interesting and touching ceremony. He talked about who they are individually, and how they work together as a pair. I learned a lot about them while he spoke, and we all shared some laughs as he touched on some of the funnier parts of their relationship.

Their ceremony ended at the perfect time, allowing us to do one more round of portraits in this dreamy light. I went right back to the willows by the water, I just couldn’t get enough of them.

I’ve been lucky to work with some really great second shooters around the country, and my mom was no exception. I loved how she brought a completely different perspective to the portraits. This uber-sexy pose was all her.

She also grabbed a shot of me with the happy couple, something I stopped doing and would like to start up again.

I swear this was not posed by me. I happened to walk by right in time for the gun show.

The dance floor opened up nice and slow, with an anniversary dance that highlighted the couples that had been together the longest.

And then, things got really awesome.

Another shot from my mom. Very cool!

Heather and Denny provided flip-flops for those who would like to avoid dancing in heels. Some guests apparently thought to use them as dancing props as well?

The best part of the night, by far, was when they brought out the mini-donuts. It’s not only that they were delicious (I think I ate like 30?) and  that they made for great ring-shot props…

Everyone brought them out on the dance floor to chow down while they got down.

Heather and Denny,

We’ve only met in real life twice. Once for your consultation, and once for your wedding day. But it feels like so much more (in a good way!) Throughout your wedding day I felt like I you trusted me, and that means so much to me. I feel like the images reflect that. There are so many that I love, I couldn’t possibly choose a favorite. Thank you for being such a pleasure to work with, I enjoyed every second.



Venue/Catering: Kemper Lakes Golf Club
Cake: Lovin Oven Cakery
Officiant: Father Jef Johnson
DJ: Kyle Mosher of Music By Design
Hair/makeup: Maris (makeup) & Becky (hair) from Cynthia Sally Makeup and Hair Artistry
Videography: David Kasdan Videography
Florist: Larkspur
Mini donuts: Jimmy’s Bag O’ Donuts
Wedding dress: La Sposa from Weddings 826

What Facebook Friends Think:

comments (18)
  • Nicole says:

    These are amazing! It was such a great wedding. Congrats again Heather and Denny!

    (October 18, 2011 at 2:34 pm)
  • Amy Loeb says:

    Jenna, Heather sent me the link to the proofs. You did a wonderful job and made my daughter extremely happy. I know she felt comfortable with you from the beginning and was certain you’d do a wonderful job – and you did! Thank you, and thank your mom!

    (October 18, 2011 at 2:46 pm)
  • Denny says:

    We couldn’t be happier with the photos you took of our wedding. You and you mom were great both at corralling our wedding party for the posed shots and at grabbing the little moments when we didn’t even realize there was a camera pointed at us. Thanks so much Jenna!

    (October 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm)
  • This is my favorite wedding of yours! Every shot is stunning!

    (October 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm)
  • Daniel Boer says:

    very nice photos, captured the complete weding, which i am greatful since i could not attend. i dig the black and whites. excellent job!

    (October 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm)
  • Heather says:

    As I’ve said before, I am just blown away by how amazing the photos are – it brings back the memories of the day so vividly! Thanks not only to Jenna and Denise, but also to our fantastic guests who knew how to party and create some awesome shots :)

    (October 18, 2011 at 4:25 pm)
  • Heather says:

    Oh! And the necklaces were from the J Crew outlet store!

    (October 18, 2011 at 4:35 pm)
  • Sonya says:

    Wonderful photos, Heather and Denny! Hope your life together is the happiest!

    (October 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm)
  • Jenna, these are amaaaazing!! And WOW, I didn’t know a ceremony site like that existed in the Chicagoland area, thanks for sharing!!

    (October 19, 2011 at 1:37 am)
  • Rob Schoppert says:

    Awesome wedding and great shots!

    (October 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm)
  • Mandi Schoppert says:

    Love the pictures guys! Incredible shots! What an amazing day, and we were so glad to be a part of it!

    (October 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm)
  • Jessica says:

    Incredible photos…you guys look amazing! Congrats again!

    (October 19, 2011 at 3:26 pm)
  • Jennifer Boer says:

    These pictures are great. Everyone looks wonderful. Down the road, as you celebrate many years together you will get such joy looking back at these photos.

    (October 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm)
  • Great wedding!

    (October 23, 2011 at 9:22 pm)
  • Grandma Joyce says:

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous wedding

    (October 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm)
  • Rebecca says:

    The pictures turned out amazing! So many great ones to choose from!

    (November 4, 2011 at 1:46 pm)
  • Wow just gorgeous! LOooooVE the willow tree images! I found you through TK site. I adore your work. Congrats on the Lightroom only switch … I feel I am there too, but not on the sharpening. Any quick advice on your method? Thanks!!!!

    (November 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm)
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