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Brynn & James – Backyard Family Wedding in Columbia, Missouri – May 26, 2018

Brynn & James’ wedding was full of the very best things in life, which was exactly the way they had planned it. The wedding took place at Brynn’s grandfather’s beautiful home. The house was a work of art sitting on acres of open green spaces surrounded by tall trees. A peaceful lake with a dock sat right next to the house, and that is the place where they chose to have their ceremony. It was especially meaningful that it was the exact place that other family members had also chosen to have their ceremonies in the past. Family was the highest priority to Brynn and James, and it was a beautiful thing to witness.

Soon after arriving on the wedding day, I noticed that the importance of family wasn’t just limited to their blood relatives … every single person there was a beloved friend that was the same as family. Photographing people hugging, kissing, and holding each other is when I get my photographer’s high … and this wedding had me on cloud nine. I loved that their focus the entire day was exactly where it should be, on celebrating and being close to their people. I really feel like this does come through in these photos, and I hope when they look at them they feel the wash of love flowing over them just like they did that day.

It was a hot one! Summer came on strong and quickly at the end of May, so much so that James didn’t wear his awesome jacket very much, but we still took some photos in it because it was so great. Brynn’s dance with her father and then her grandfather made me (and everyone else) cry. I was so happy and honored to spend the day with these people that I loved quickly and immensely. Enjoy the photos!

Ceremony & Reception: Family owned home in Columbia, Missouri
Wedding dress: BHLDN
DJ / Entertainment: Howl2GO – Kansas City, Missouri
Cake: Mrs. Pohlman’s Cakes – central Missouri
Catering: Smokin Chicks – Columbia, Missouri
Bar Service – Hired through Macadoodles – Columbia, Missouri

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wedding – laura & andy

Laura & Andy’s backyard wedding was personal, unique, and super pretty. They live in Portland, but decided to have their festivities take place at Laura’s parents’ house in Brimfield, Illinois. Every year for the last 10+ years, there has been a large music festival that takes place at Laura’s parents’ house. This year, the music festival didn’t happen … but there was a music festival that day specifically for Laura & Andy and their guests.

In the bar area in the backyard, there was a large banner with the Princess Bride quote about “twue wuv”. There were also cups provided as favors for guests with the “twue wuv” quote on them. So fun! During the ceremony, Laura & Andy not only lit a unity candle, but jumped over a broom (a first for me to photograph) and started their own custom of releasing rubber ducks into a wading pool. Their family and friends were given the opportunity to speak during their ceremony, and it was beautiful to see all of the love that was shared.

The food was not only colorful but delicious, provided by A Matter of Taste catering. I highly recommend them! The flowers (which were absolutely gorgeous) were arranged by Laura’s cousin, Heather Lied. The vases were all provided by Laura’s mother! Amazing. The wedding coordinator, Amy, did a fantastic job keeping everything running smoothly all day. Brokentree Coffee, a local coffee shop in Peoria, IL, set up a coffee bar in Laura’s parents’ yard and kept everyone’s coffee needs met during the reception.

Music was a theme throughout the entire day, as Andy is a talented barbershopper (singer in a barbershop quartet) and Laura and her entire family are quite musical. Andy & some of his friends sang barbershop quartet songs during the happy hour in the backyard. The Packway Handle band made a stop on their tour for Laura & Andy’s wedding and played throughout the day. They are fantastic! Bluegrass/folk/I am not good at describing music, but I loved it. Another band played during the happy hour time, a duo called Powerkompany. Both of these bands are on Spotify if you would like to check out their stuff! The last band of the night is the Peoria-favorites, the Amazing Kill-o-watts. Both of Laura’s siblings, Marsha & Tom, play in the Amazing Kill-o-watts. They have named Laura as their honorary cowbell player though, and they provided bride & groom cowbells for both Laura & Andy so that they could play along and rock out. Laura’s dad, Larry, also got to sing with the band on one of the songs.

This wedding was so much fun, and I hope that you can see that reflected in the photos below. Thank you, Laura & Andy for allowing me to document and celebrate your wedding day.

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wedding – jenny & mark

Jenny & Mark were married on an absolutely beautiful day for a backyard picnic wedding! Jenny put so much thought and time into planning the little details … Andy & I had a blast photographing everything. One of my favorite things included the time capsule part of the ceremony where each guest wrote a message for Jenny & Mark which the flower girls collected and put in a box for them. Another favorite part of the day was getting to take photos of Jenny & Mark on the specific bench along the riverfront where they had their first date and where Mark proposed – so awesome! Stay tuned at the end of this post for words from Jenny. Thank you to Mark & Jenny for picking us to document your special day!

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Flowers: Beck Florists supplied and Jenny’s friends Amy Smith & Heidi Smith arranged
Cookies: Goodness Bakery Shoppe – Morton, IL
Cake: Cracked Pepper
Chair Rental: I Do Events
Food: Friends and Family
Bride and Flower Girl Dresses: Country Bride
Coordinator: Pam Chism
Officiant: Pastor Steve Clason, the encounter church
Musicians:
Cellist–Christopher Adams-Wenger
Vocal–Mandy Pfeiffer
Guitar–Tracey Pfeiffer

Some words from Jenny:
“It was an amazing day and there were many great things which happened and we could never forget. Among them are our many friends and family because of them many things would have never happened; our flower arrangements, all of the new landscaping, the food which was served at the picnic, the cookies, our Guest Quilt, even our venue — Jenny’s parents’ home!

The thing we learned most from this experience; the assistance offered by friends and family is genuine and take them up on it!!! If it weren’t for Jenny’s old high school friend, Jen, we would have never taken our friends up on their offers!! They were rock stars and we love them for their blood, sweat and tears!!!”