Kari Rae

First Year Fly-By!

One year ago, on April 16th, 2011, I became a wedding photographer. This past year has been absolutely amazing and I'm so thankful for all the couples who chose me to document their day as well as the photographers who had me second-shoot with them! I am so incredibly blessed and I'm loving what I do more each day... Here's a look back at the last year - one of my favorite images from each wedding. Enjoy!

Katy & Tyler's wedding was PERFECT for my first one! They were so laid back, fun, and happy even with rainy weather and last minute changes. My friend Jeanie Francis asked me to shoot with her and I am so glad she did!

Shawnda & Brett's wedding was my first one flying solo. My mom (who is also a fantastic photographer) shot & assisted with me and we had a great time!! As you can tell, Shawnda & Brett are SO happy together. They made my job very easy. :)

Andrew & Leah are dear friends of mine and it was a delight to photograph their wedding! I learned one of the joys of wedding photography is getting to spend the whole day with the 2 happiest people around. :) And the other joy is shooting with my handsome husband!

Wow, my brides & grooms are happy people! I'm realizing as I go through these images that they are just JOYFUL people, and clearly Michael & Dawn were no exception! My husband shot with me again, which is fabulous.

Adam & Amy got married in the darling Bell Tower Chapel, and their love is just as sweet as the venue. I got to shoot this wedding with my friend Jeanie again and we had a blast!

I felt like I was dreaming throughout this entire wedding. Josh was already a friend of mine and I couldn't imagine anyone better than Lisa to join with him in marriage!

My friends Grant & Bethany had a beautiful wedding and I'm SO glad I was able to photograph it! They called me the night before the wedding asking if I was available due to a mix-up with second shooters. Luckily for all of us, I was open! I got to shoot alongside Jeff Marsh, and it was such a great day.

David & Aimee's wedding was probably the hottest one of the year, but that didn't stop us from having a lot of fun! David surprised Aimee with a stretch Hummer limo as their transportation, and here she is thanking him for it. ;)

I've had the privilege of interning for the amazing Benjamin Edwards (who also photographed my wedding). I got to shoot this Central Oregon wedding with him - I'm still pinching myself. I can hardly handle how beautiful the day was!

David & Hannah's wedding was magical! I got to shoot it with my friend Maria Lamb and I love working with her. The couple chose not to see each other before the ceremony, but they wanted to exchange gifts..such a sweet moment. :)

Jason & Jessie are sweet as can be. Their wedding took place in Kings Valley, Oregon at a reconstructed barn. The details and love that made up their day all contributed to a fabulous and lovely wedding. I got to shoot alongside Jeff Marsh again and we had a great time!

TA-DA! I love looking back on the last year and feeling the blessings surrounding me.

And I officially can't wait for wedding season to start again! This coming Saturday Brock & Hannah will kick it off and it's going to rock. :)