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December 17, 2013

Jonathan & Kannan: Black Hills Wedding Photographer

Mr. & Mrs. Harms, your wedding was an amazing way to end my 2013 season. I adored your outlook from the beginning, and admire you for never loosing sight of your vision for the start of your life as husband and wife. Thank you, again and again, for asking me to be a part of your day. Enjoy a few of my favorites! —js


From the Bride & Groom…

What was the most memorable part of your wedding day?

Jonathan Says: The most memorable part for me was the first time I saw Kannan at the beginning of the wedding aisle. We chose not to see each other at all before the wedding, and now that I’m on the other side of vows, I earned a very distinct experience about why that is such a neat tradition. Kannan was beautiful during that moment. Every day since then, she shows me different kinds of beautiful and I feel lucky that I got to have that one; during that moment.

Kannan Says: Before the ceremony Jonathan had my mother deliver a note and a gift to me. We hadn’t seen each other or talked that day and it was great to ‘hear’ from him! Especially in such a thoughtful and old fashioned romantic way.

Jessica’s Take: Jon and Kannan’s ceremony was beautiful, and was truly the center of their day.  I don’t always get to hear  exactly is happening or everything being said, but their good friend and officiant made it impossible not to take something away from the service. I can only imagine that their guests felt the same way.

What was your favorite detail of the wedding day?

Jonathan Says: My favorite detail was that we got to spend significant amounts of time with everybody at the ceremony and reception. Kannan and I chose to have a very small and intimate wedding for this reason.

Kannan Says: To pick one detail is near impossible! And since I don’t want to copy Jon I would say… the wedding cake. In addition to being delicious, it was made by my grandmother and topped with the bride and groom my parents used on their wedding day in 1975.

Jessica’s Take: I thought their reception meal was perfection. They served homemade soup and chili, with coleslaw served in crystal tea cups. It was simple and lovely and warm—exactly how they wanted their wedding day to feel.

Any advice for other couples planning a wedding?

Jonathan Says: Please enjoy the process. The journey is half the fun! And…if you choose to have a small wedding, don’t apologize for it, even though it may feel natural to do so. This is your day and you can do whatever you want. If you have a large wedding with everybody there, spend quality time with each person, even if you don’t get the quantity. And pay the most attention to your new wife. She is your best friend and the reason for the day.

Kannan Says: I second my husband’s statement! Also, brides, everyone says how the wedding day is for you. Don’t go crazy with that thought. It is also about your groom, let him be involved. If you plan it together your wedding day will be a beautiful collaboration of the two of you.

What’s the best part of being married so far?

Jonathan Says: I get to see my best friend every day, hear her thoughts and find comfort knowing that I’ll selfishly get the same thing again tomorrow.

Kannan Says: I love living with Jonathan! We’re starting to find our routine and learning to work together. For example: my coffee is terrible so Jonathan is the primary coffee brewer.




Jon and Kannan walked down the aisle and straight out of the church doors to catch the last bit of sunlight for outdoor portraits. But before we started they took a moment for themselves. Such happiness!


My favorite:


This sweet guest requested to taste the roses on the cake. Kannan happily accommodated him.



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  1. Sorrel Muscat says:

    Congratulations! These pictures are amazing and everything looked perfect down to the last detail. Just wonderful!

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