Meet courtney

xo, court

When I’m not photographing a wedding or connecting with my followers on Instagram, you can find me shopping online for clothing and home decor I probably don’t need, sharing a drink on the back porch with my hunky home-builder husband, Jacob, or being lazy with our cat, Oliver. But even while I’m doing those things, I probably have at least half a mind on the next wedding on my calendar because I simply love what I do.

I can’t wait to get to know you, hear your love story and help bring your wedding photography dreams to life!

After shooting my first wedding, I knew this was my calling. I combine my knowledge of light and attention to detail to my knowledge of people and lighthearted personality to create the ultimate experience for my couples.

Equipped with my camera, inevitable perfectionism and abundance of positive energy, I travel across Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and beyond connecting with couples and documenting love stories as beautiful like yours. With a bright, uplifting style that flows directly from my champagne personality, I capture all of the wedding day moments with the same joy you felt on your big day.

From the moment I recognized how beautifully my skill with a camera paired with my innate attention to detail, I knew wedding photography was my sweet spot.

With a blend of playfulness
and professionalism, I bring lighthearted fun to your elegant wedding celebration. 

With a blend of playfulness and professionalism, I bring lighthearted fun to your elegant celebration. 

Champagne personality: light, bubbly, pairs perfectly with elegant celebrations.

From the moment I hear about your wedding day details, I feel so invested in seeing your wedding day vision become a reality, and there’s no one working harder to make that a reality than your planner! After secretly gushing over your plans in DM's for months, when we finally meet, we're like two kids in a candy store as we prepare to serve you and your husband-to-be!

meeting your planner

From Grandma’s pearls to your Badgely Mischka heels to the invitation suite, there are so many beautiful details that come together to form the look and feel of your wedding day. The time I spend crafting flat lays with all those special accents lights up my creativity and even helps me begin building a cohesive story for your album. The little details mean so much to me, and I love that they matter to you, too.

the little details

Having a front-row seat to the most iconic and emotional modern-day wedding moment is truly such an honor, every single time. This part of the day feels so sacred to me. Each time, I feel a rush of gratitude that I get to witness this special moment in a couple’s love story. 

the first look

After spending months hearing about your story then meeting the special people in your life the day-of, watching family and friends get teary-eyed as they thank your guests and talk about how much they love you and look forward to seeing your love grow gets my eyes watering behind the lens. Thank goodness for my auto-focus!

the champagne toasts

After your engagement session, you’ll understand why I hype these up so much! The way the light catches in the chiffon of your ballgown and dances through the strands of your hair takes my breath away. And the opportunity to step away from the crowd on a wedding day for a few extra romantic moments will be time well spent.

glowy sunset portraits

wedding day faves

it's all about

your perfect celebration

You’ve found the Nick to your Jess, the cat-eye to your red lip, the stiletto to your little black dress; now it’s time to celebrate! And I will do everything I can to ensure that celebration is captured just they way you imagined it to be: perfect.

But perfection means different things to different people. For some, it means exquisite flower-filled centerpieces or a crowded dance floor. And for others, it means a day to celebrate the love they’ve found in their own special way. I want to uncover what perfection means to you and celebrate alongside you as it comes to life, and then preserve it for you through my images.  

I love encouraging a bride to pursue HER wedding day dreams and also showing her how to express that to those family members and friends who... um... "have opinions." And helping her find the confidence to nix a tradition she's not feeling is just part of what I do. 

Why do I spend so much time getting to know my couples? Why do I communicate with such regularity? Why do I offer gallery delivery times far shorter than the industry average? It all comes down to a soul-deep passion for what I do and the clients I serve. I believe so strongly in serving my couples because you deserve all of this and more. I can’t wait to deliver it for you!

When you become a CRP couple, you’ll understand why my couples feel like family, how I make them feel at ease throughout the entire experience and greet them with giant hugs on their wedding days -- it's because we're friends!  When I arrive on wedding days, I'm not just another vendor, I'm practically another bridesmaid just holding a camera, celebrating with my couples on the best day of their lives!

why i do what i do

- Kendra & Andrew

love notes

"We felt a genuine relationship with Courtney"

"I was so sad when she was finished for the night and hugged us good-bye, not because I wanted more pictures but because I truly enjoyed having her there. She made me feel like she was another friend there to support me on my wedding day."

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@COUrtneyRudicel

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