It was a day that meteorologists had predicted would be a "snowmaggedon" -- roads snow covered and the possibility of being stuck inside highly likely. That didn't stop Chelsea and Tyler. Being a fellow native Michigander, Chelsea knew that a couple of inches of snow wasn't anything to fret over. Having scouted out the perfect place to take engagement photos, she told me that the drive would be worth it....and she was right.

Brown County State Park is home to some of the most breathtaking scenes in Indiana, and I cannot believe I had never been before. Snow-covered and still, our background was what Chelsea and Tyler called the "Wow" view... for obvious reasons.

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Hello readers!

My deepest, sincerest apologies for my lack of updates over the last month (I can't believe it has been that long!). Things at Brenna Maureen Photography came to a temporary halt when I lost my father on the 10th. As you might expect, it has been hard to find a routine since. It is the loss of my dad that gave me the idea for today's blog.

Aside from a few pictures of my husband and I, this is my favorite photo from my wedding. Thanks to Pati Smith Photography I have this beautiful memory of my dad and I one of the most important days of my life.

For me, these images will forever be important. I found comfort in them when my dad was first diagnosed with cancer, and I continued to look back on them as he bravely fought. Now, they preserve his memory for me in a way that brings my soul a little bit of peace.

If you've been on the fence about how to rank photography on your wedding day, I hope this gives you a new perspective on its importance. Your wedding photos should capture the magic of your special day in a way that preserves all of the joy for years to come.

My challenge to you today is to take a moment and think about how you want to feel when you look back at your photos from your wedding five years later. Then 10. Then 25. If you want something like what I've described, then reach out. I would be thrilled to sit down and talk to you about your wedding memories in the making.

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When preparing to shoot at a new site, it's important to do a little research. The ceremony for the wedding I shot in May was at Broadway Christian Church. Located in Fort Wayne, IN this church is a hidden gem of downtown. Founded in 1974, BCC is rich with history.

When I first agreed to shoot this wedding, I was a bit apprehensive because I knew that the church, being as old as it is, would no doubt be filled with lots of dark-stained wood. I was absolutely correct. The funny thing is that I didn't realize how beautiful it made the church. Even before you walk into the church, you can see the breath-taking stained glass and intricate details of the doors.

While waiting for the groom to arrive for the first look, we spent time in the prayer room upstairs. A room full of stained glass, the prayer room was the perfect location to wait for the groom. There were many details that reminded you how old the church was in such a way that you can't help but appreciate the quality of craftsmanship from that time.

As you can see, the stained glass in particular adds a greater depth of beauty. There's something about large mosaics such as the image above, that make me feel in awe.

As we stepped outside to do a few shots, I found this gorgeous scene and knew it would make a great photo. The brickwork is vibrant, the concrete pillar adds a touch of elegance, and the doors in the background have those details that I so love. I was right! A beautiful photo.

If you have are a bride, looking for a beautiful church, this is it! If you are a photographer, don't hesitate to shoot here! You will fall in love with its beauty like I have.

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