P A N A M A

Sometimes I’m in an uncomfortable place where I feel like I’m on an assignment but I don’t have all the details before me. When it comes to photography, there are a few situations where I feel like I’m “not done” or unable to put up a proper blog and questioning whether I’m just slacking or there’s more to the story…or there’s a deeper truth I’m supposed to wait for. This is the case with Christina and Kyle. I never felt settled about putting up a blog of their wedding 9 months ago in Austin, TX…but now I realized that the more precious story is this trip they made all the way to Panama to have an intimate wedding celebration where Abuelo/Grandpa Ramiro can join them. Sharing the traditional Panamanian wedding cake (Sopa Borracha) was something special to Grandpa’s heart and now they got to share that moment with him. This might be very ordinary to most people, but I feel so blessed and privileged that I was able to be the documentarian in this life-giving celebration and it makes my heart so full knowing that God appointed this special place and time for me. These are the things that make me feel alive and I am beyond thankful for the gift of photography. So being an artist is becoming less and less about the camera and  cranking out beautiful images and having people’s approval…but more about being fully present, truly engaging with people that I admire and love, and learning something. And in between those sacred things, I take some photos and hopefully tell the most sincere and beautiful story I know how.
P.S. And if you are reading this blog, how amazing is it that the wedding celebration for Christina+Kyle happened on Grandpa’s farm and the million dollar view is that of a lake that feeds into the Panama Canal which is known as the Bridge of the World and Center of the Universe?! The incredible things you learn when you travel. I love it!

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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched…they must be felt with the heart.”

MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Maui, Hawaii

When you love your wedding dress SO MUCH that you take it on your honeymoon!!! :)
Christina’s dress was made and designed by Made with Love Bridal. They are an Austrian based company and work with clients worldwide. I’m obsessed with how comfortable this dress is for Christina and it fits her like a glove. And she literally rolled it up in a suitcase and look at how great it looks on her! Just amazing. I love this girl so much.

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“In my sky at twilight,
you are like a cloud
and your form
and color
are the way
I love them.”
~ Pablo Neruda ~

MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Benita + Andrew {Wedding}

On July 1st, 2017, Benita and Andrew got married in Kenosha, Wisconsin. I have to share that it’s been a delightful process getting to know them. When Benita and Andrew interviewed me earlier this year, I thought they were super sweet. After hiring me, I was super glad they took me up on the engagement shoot because I got to hear more of their beautiful God-inpired love story. Then the wedding came and I pretty much learned at a very fast pace what they are about by meeting the core people in their lives. I’ve been to many weddings, but this one was different on many levels. My hands were really busy because of the various components of a big wedding day, the wedding party was the biggest I’ve ever had…but when the WORSHIP MUSIC came on, I KNEW I was hand-picked for the job! :) These two met at worship school so I don’t know why I was surprised that the worship music at their wedding was gonna be OUT OF THIS WORLD! I can go on and on, but I’m just so honored that I got to be the wedding photographer at this very special wedding. Benita and Andrew, you two were made in heaven for each other and your marriage will be an example of God’s love for so many people…not just in America but all over the world! You have blessed me in numerous ways and my heart will always be tender every time I think about you. xo

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I will end with this photo of the bridge because this was one of the locations Andrew used the day he asked Benita to marry him. It was an elaborate proposal but Benita is not an ordinary girl! So honored God allowed me to be the documentarian of this beautiful love story.

MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Chloe + Christian {Wedding}

THEY DID IT! Chloe + Christian are MARRIED!!! They said their vows in front of family and friends and threw a party! The shortest engagement EVER and they wouldn’t have it any other way! Thanking God for such a beautiful day and for the many hands and hearts that were involved in putting this wedding together. I was NOT the official photographer, y’all. This is just me clicking at things I saw as beautiful and being totally spontaneous. I was also being mindful of not getting into the photographer’s way so most of my shots were candid. And I only have a few of the ceremony because I didn’t move from my seat. :) This is my way of telling a story of my youngest daughter’s wedding. So thankful for the beautiful February weather in Vegas and for family and friends who came from all over to show love and support. Thankful most of all for God’s presence and His extravagant GRACE.
#Clotion #SayYesToSaygum

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“In marriage do thou be wise: prefer the person before money, virtue before beauty, the mind before the body; then thou has a wife, a friend, a companion, a second self.” ~ William Penn
MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY

Ashlee + Lou {Wedding}

2016 will be etched in my memory as the year where God blessed me with the most amazing clients…and Lou & Ashlee are among them! From our very first meeting, to this very day, they have been the sweetest, most patient, humble, and appreciative human beings! I am beyond blessed to be chosen as their wedding photographer! Lou and Ashlee…here is your story I’ve been working on!  I hope going through these photos will always bring back the most honest and joyful feelings from your wedding day! You two are perfectly matched from heaven and I hope you know how thankful I am that you are in my life…first as clients…and now as loyal friends. Enjoy! xoxo

Venue: Riverside Golf Club (18th Hole), Riverside, IL

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Why would you want to marry me for, anyhow?
So I can kiss you anytime I want.

MARIA PETERSON PHOTOGRAPHY