Hello, friend! And welcome to the online home of Caitlin & Luke Photography! We could not be happier that you're here.
When you fall in love, you realize how much love deserves to be celebrated. As wedding photographers who just got married, we know exactly how you’re feeling! We know you can't stop staring at the new bling on your left hand, we know you're a little overwhelmed, and we know you've never been happier in your life. We know how it feels to be in love, and we're passionate about making photography and videography the most joyful, easy part of weddings days.
We specialize in wedding photography and videography, and we serve couples all over IL & beyond. Wedding photography & videography is more than our full time jobs; it's a calling and an honor to play such an intimate role in a wedding day! We build friendships with our couples, we believe wholeheartedly in marriage, and we deeply value the legacy of wedding photos. Most of all, we're thrilled you found us, and we’re so excited to learn about YOU!
Hello, friend! And welcome to the online home of Caitlin & Luke Photography! We're Caitlin and Luke, and we truly could not be happier that you're here.
When you fall in love, you realize how much love deserves to be celebrated. As wedding photographers who just got married, we know exactly how you’re feeling! We know you can't stop staring at the new bling on your left hand, we know you're a little overwhelmed, and we know you've never been happier in your life. We know how it feels to be in love, and we're passionate about making wedding
photography the single most joyful, easy part of weddings days... including yours.
We specialize in wedding photography and videography, and we serve couples all over IL and beyond. Wedding photography & videography is more than our full time jobs; it's a calling and an honor to play such an intimate role in a wedding day! We build friendships with our couples, we believe wholeheartedly in marriage, and we deeply value the legacy of wedding photos. Most of all, we're just thrilled you found us, and we’re just so excited to begin learning all about YOU and your love story!
Let me just be honest, for a quick second:
I'm a total hopeless romantic. I adore a good love story, and I also love getting to share ours! We can't wait to get to know you two and hear all about your love story. But before your experience with Luke and I even begins, and before we ever get to hear YOUR story, we wanted to share OURS with you.
So, here you have it... how we met, started dating, a big life change that is literally why we're where we are today, our wedding day, and where we're at now!
We want you guys to get to know us on a deeper level, and we've found that the best way to grow deep relationships is to share your stories. So, let's begin... click the NEXT button below to start reading our love story!
I may be a bit biased... but it's a pretty good one. ;)
In October of 2014, we both showed up at a bonfire our church's college ministry was hosting. Neither of us had been planning on going, actually... we both had big tests to study for, and I came straight from a photoshoot down the road! Nonetheless, we were both there, and throughout that night we talked off and on... you know how it goes. ;) We'd known of each other for a few months because we were both in the same college ministry, but we'd never been close friends. Finally, Luke sat down next to I and we talked for what seemed like a few minutes, but was actually well over an hour. I remember consciously thinking during that conversation that talking with Luke felt like I'd found my best friend or like I'd known him my whole life. We talked about everything - including photography! - until I had to leave. Before I went home, Luke walked over to my car and asked me out on a date for two weekends from then at a pumpkin patch. We exchanged phone numbers that weekend, and before long, we were hanging out and talking on the phone for a long time each day. :) By the time that pumpkin patch date came around, we'd already been on a few more dates... and within a few weeks, we were "official!"
On 8.2.15, Luke TOTALLY surprised me when he drove me out to "our spot," where we had our second date, and I realized he'd recreated that special date! He'd told me originally that he was photographing a friend's proposal that afternoon - while he was actually setting up OUR proposal! - so I hadn't caught on whatsoever. When he got down on one knee, I felt like the world started spinning and time slammed to a halt. I don't remember much of what he said, but I managed to squeak out "YES!" through the happy tears while he slipped the most perfect ring I'd ever seen onto my finger. He'd handmade my ring box, and it's now one of my favorite things I own! We tried to eat our picnic dinner but we were too excited, so he drove me to surprise number 2: both of our families waiting at my parents' house for a party, plus a handmade mini bookcase full of the journals he'd been writing to his future wife for years. Soon, we set our wedding date: and it just so happened to be my grandparents' 50th anniversary, too!
When Luke and I met, I was pursuing a degree in business, and Luke was on track to graduate as a nurse. We navigated the craziness of college together while we planned our wedding, and we balanced his insane clinical, work and class schedules too. However, we'd realized that we both LOVED working together on the business I started back in high school.
On Christmas of 2015, Luke first brought up the idea of quitting nursing school and giving everything he had to running this business with me. After weeks of prayer and talking with people we love and trust, Luke took a leap of faith: he quit nursing school with just 1 semester to go. We'd even planned our wedding around when he'd take his NCLEX, y'all! God was so faithful to us, though, and we were blessed abundantly after we took our business full time. After we graduated college - with BOTH of us getting degrees in business! - we were able to devote even more energy to this business, and it's been growing faster than we could keep up with ever since. Blessed is an understatement.
On June 18th, 2016 we stood in front of close to 300 of our favorite people on the planet and promised to spend forever together! Our day was a blend of rustic and elegant, with pops of color in our florals (which I'm STILL obsessed with- pink peonies, tons of greeneries, and pink & red carnations for the win!) and plenty of nods to our relationship everywhere. We incorporated red roses because Luke gives them to me on meaningful days, vintage cameras (obviously!), and succulents because we adore them. Everything they tell you is true, friends... it was truly the best day EVER! There is absolutely nothing like having everyone you love most in ONE room at the same time. It's unbelievable and entirely humbling! Throughout the process of being engaged and our wedding day, we realized how totally important it is to have a fantastic relationship with your photographer and how much photos MATTER. It renewed our passion and our commitment to our couples, and it allowed us to relate to our couples on an entirely new level! We love being married and we love doing life together daily!
In June of 2017, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We learned so much about each other during our very first year of marriage, and we were blessed to be able to work together full time, too! People ask us often if we like working together, and the honest answer is YES! We love it. It has its ups and its downs, and it is definitely a unique life, but we absolutely adore it. We wouldn't have it any other way!
We wanted to wait a full year after getting married to bring a puppy home, and right after our first anniversary we started the process of talking to our breeder about bringing home a puppy! (Caitlin is a total dog nut, so this time couldn't come soon enough!) Now, there are three of us... little Oliver came home in September of 2017! We love our little teddy-bear dog and we are loving the unique life God's blessed us with! We do what we do on a daily basis for love stories, and we hope you enjoyed reading the longer version of ours. Xoxo!
On 10.10.15, we had a conversation at a random fall bonfire, which ended with Luke asking Caitlin on our first date... to a pumpkin patch.
We became best friends and fell head over heels in love while we navigated college, ran a business together, and dated for 9 months.
On 8.2.16, Luke asked Caitlin to be his forever, and forever started on 6.18.16; now, we're still best friends who get to laugh, work and do life together as husband & wife day in and day out.
on 10.10.15, We had a conversation at a random fall bonfire, which ended with Luke asking caitlin on our first date... to a pumpkin patch.
we became best friends and fell head over heels in love while we navigated college, ran a business together, and dated for 9 months.
on 8.2.16, Luke asked caitlin to be his forever, and forever started on 6.18.16; now, we're still best friends who get to laugh, work and do life together as husband & wife day in and day out.
We do what we do because of Him, and He gives us purpose, strength and joy to do life and our job to the best of our abilities. We owe everything - no literally, EVERYTHING - to Him and His grace in our lives. We love listening to sermons on podcasts while we travel to weddings and engagement sessions, and we're even in a small group with some past clients of ours. How cool is that?!
Just in case you couldn't tell!! We brought home our first puppy, Oliver! He is a Cockapoo and we are absolutely obsessed with him! He's our official business mascot, loves to cuddle, and is our office buddy while we're working. Plus, he looks like a teddy bear!!
We just got married last summer, on 06.18.16! Being married is the best thing ever, and we still flip through our wedding album and scroll through our online gallery MULTIPLE times per week. Time flies, friends... before you even know it, you will have been married a whole year! ;)
Life is just plain not perfect, y'all! Some days, the laundry doesn't all get folded and our to-do lists look a little messy, but we still love each other & Jesus more than anything... & that's what matters most.
We have chosen a unique & sometimes difficult path for our life, but we absolutely would not trade it for the world, & we are so excited to wake up each day & serve the couples we are blessed to work with!
It’s where we stop whenever we’re on the road traveling, and we always have extra Chik-fil-A sauce in our glove compartments! We're slightly obsessed, guys! We also love Blaze Pizza because Luke has to eat gluten-free, and let's be honest... there aren't that many places that offer YUMMY gluten-free pizza! ;)
Well, Caitlin is obsessed with coffee, especially Starbucks. Luke only likes the smell of coffee, but don't worry… we're working on that. ;) If she doesn't have a Starbucks gift card loaded on her phone, Dunkin's Happy Hour is a must. We also love finding new unique coffee shops on our travels, and our current favorites are CoffeeHound and Ivy Lane Bakery here in Bloomington!
Whether we’re traveling to see a new place, eating way too much ice cream and watching a movie, or cooking together, we’re each other’s best friends. We absolutely love that we got married young because that means that we get to figure out this crazy life together, and we cannot imagine doing life any other way!
For example, Luke is instantly good at any sport he tries, and Caitlin has tried them all- without any success!
;) Currently, Luke is obsessed with playing pickleball every single morning - unless it's raining, of course - that he can. The closest Caitlin will ever get to trying sports again is her daily run.
...but only because Luke's commentary while we watch either of these shows is completely hilarious! Caitlin fully plans on recording it someday - it's that good. We also love watching Suits, The Office, Fixer Upper, and our most recent favorite show, This is Us. But, fun fact: we don't own a tv and don't plan to anytime soon!
We pride ourselves in having FUN with our couples! We truly laugh our way through each session and each wedding day, and we're able to make our couples comfortable in front of our cameras quickly. (By the end of a wedding day, we feel like we've been best friends with our couples for years!) We know how to orchestrate the best wedding days ever, and we work with each of our couples to craft the perfect wedding day timeline. Being engaged at the same time as our brides offered incomparable insight into our careers, and we love sharing proven tips with our brides that we've picked up over our years of shooting weddings.
CLICK HERE TO READ OUR WEDDING TIPS FOR BRIDES:
After Caitlin launched her business in 2011, she began dreaming about shooting weddings full time. She worked with brides who became dear friends, photographed first looks and teared up along with the grooms, and she witnessed ceremonies that were beyond breathtaking. Her job was a JOY, and she was convinced it couldn't get any better. But it could. KEEP READING...
The top reasons we believe you desperately need a husband and wife team for your wedding day, from simplifying logistics to receiving more photographs... KEEP READING:
Our "why" is very different than most photographers'...
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A little bit about our day, our details, and our sweetest memories from the day we became husband & wife... KEEP READING:
A FAQ: "DO YOU TRAVEL?"
Above all else, we don't want you to leave our site today with the thought that we do what we do for ANY reason other than these two things:
ONE, JESUS. TWO, PEOPLE.
We do what we do because of love. Because we love God, because we love each other, and because we genuinely love and care about you. Friends, you'd be mistaken if you thought we did this for the sake of pretty details, shooting in cool places, getting featured, growing our social media audience, or any other temporary things. Yes, we love & are passionate about creating gorgeous images and beautiful films, but the heart of all of this is love, marriage and people, friends.
We don't ever want to lose sight of the fact that our business has the potential to make an enormous impact on the lives of our couples, their families, and their friends. We've been given a unique opportunity to reach into the lives of our couples and love them well, during one of the most important times of their lives. We're here to serve you and care for you, and we hope you feel that from the moment you inquire with us.
We cannot wait to connect with you and serve you & the people you love most both on your wedding day and on the months leading up to it. We can't wait to chat with you! Click here to get in touch with us. Let the celebration begin! Xoxo!!