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Emily and Brent’s Blue Bell Farm wedding had all the makings of an amazing wedding day. It was small, relaxed, took place at one of my favorite venues, and was near perfect weather. Emily and Brent live in Laramie, WY (unrelated side note: that’s where I was born!) but wanted to return to the Midwest to exchange vows. After searching in Wisconsin (where Emily is from) and Missouri (Brent attended MU), they chose the amazing Blue Bell Farm to be the venue for their special day. And I’m so glad Emily found me in her online search for photographers! I knew immediately she was my kind of bride and I was so excited to book them. Fast forward to July 8, their wedding day, and it didn’t disappoint! These two are so thoughtful, sweet and kind. I could tell neither was used to being center of attention but as soon as they laid eyes on each other during the ceremony processional they were all smiles the rest of the day. Congrats again to the lovely couple! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek from their day!

Special thanks to the following vendors for bringing Emily and Brent’s wedding day to life!

Lead Photographer: Rebecca Allen / Rebecca Allen Photography
Second Photographer: Amy Enderle
Day of Coordination: AnnaBelle Events
Floral: Tiger Garden
Music: Complete Weddings & Events
Cake: Edith Cakes
Linens: A1 Party and Event Rental
Venue and Catering: Blue Bell Farm / Chef Johnny Graham



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Two parents, four kids, four chickens, two dogs, one cat, a tank full of fish and a snake. It’s possible the McCullah’s have more animals but that’s all I saw in the four hours I spent with them on a recent Sunday afternoon. Can you believe that I shot nearly 2800 photos of this family and somehow the snake and fish never made it in a single frame? What I did capture, though, was a normal Sunday afternoon for this active and entertaining family of six. It was filled with high energy, lots of outdoor and indoor playtime, cooking, eating, laughter and tears. I loved the challenge of keeping up with the kids, trying to capture meaningful photos with all four in the frame. It was not an easy task but it was lots of fun and I was sad when our time ended. I think what I love best about this session is that it truly captures normal for them. They dressed in everyday clothing and left their house as-is (no special preparations) for the photos. The kids played hard, they got dirty, and no one cared. It was fabulous! There was teasing and laughter, arguments and tears — and I captured it all! It was real life and it was a wonderful thing to photograph.  A big thanks to the McCulluah family for welcoming me into your home to photograph your family time! Enjoy the photos!

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“And suddenly, you know…

it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.”

We’ve lived next door to Jackie and Steve for the past four years. Four years of wonderful neighborly conversations and meals together. Four years of friendship that, frankly, I took for granted because I thought we’d be neighbors forever and we’d have plenty of time for hanging out (and eating Fairy Bread and Pavlova at their Australia Day potluck). But, I was wrong. Now I know we should’ve had them over for beer and cocktails more often.  I had visions of Pearl and Iris standing at the end of the driveway together, waiting for the school bus to take them off to kindergarten. Damn. We’re going to miss them so much!

We’re also going to miss Jackie’s parent’s, Cam & Gail, who two years ago purchased the house on the other side of us so they’d have a place to stay for their extended visits to see Jackie and family. They, too, are selling their home so we’re getting new neighbors on both sides. It’s going to be a big change for everyone!

Knowing that their time here was limited, Jackie asked me to capture some final images of them at their home and her parent’s. We picked a day last month when Cam and Gail were here and I spent the morning photographing breakfast on the patio followed by playing in the yard. Afterwards we walked to Cam and Gail’s where Jackie unveiled a tiny cake for an impromptu belated birthday celebration for Urban who had turned one the week before. I think the pics from his cake smash are my favorites. I’m so glad I had the opportunity to capture the joy they experienced that morning!

Jackie, Steve, Iris, Urban, Cam and Gail… we love you guys and are going to miss you all so very, very much!! Can’t wait to visit you in Vancouver sometime 😉

XOXO Rebecca and family 🙂

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