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Kelsey & Justin – Overlook Farm Wedding in Clarksville, Missouri – May 5th, 2018

Kelsey and Justin got married at this pretty little farm / restaurant / wedding venue in Clarksville, Missouri called Overlook Farm. It’s a little bit in the middle of nowhere, as Kathleen and I realized when our navigation app had us turn onto a gravel road. But hey, we like a little excitement! 🙂

Kelsey is a goddess. I instantly loved her from our first meeting in St. Louis at a coffee shop, where I met her and Justin and learned all about the things they do and like and their beautiful plans for the wedding. Justin is so funny and incredibly sweet to Kelsey. Their friends and family were fantastic to be around on the wedding day … I feel like I sound like a broken record, but it is such an honor to get to be around people on one of the best days of their lives. I gush because I’m surrounded by love, and then filled with gratitude for it.

Second Shooter / Assistant: Kathleen Lewis
Hair: Jamie Thomas from J & L Salon in Sparta, IL
Make-up: Kathryn Norris (Kelsey’s sister)
Wedding Gown: BHLDN

DJ / Entertainment:  Allegro Entertainment
Ceremony / Reception / Catering: Overlook Farm in Clarksville, MO

French Macarons: Mila Sweets
Floral: Poppies Design Studio, Olivette MO

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Maggie & Brayden – Columbia, Missouri Winter Wedding – December 30, 2017

I can’t start my blog post about my dear Maggie and Brayden without first talking about how important friends are. Last winter was our first winter in Columbia, after having moved here from Illinois, and I was still gently and casually reaching out for friendships, trying to meet different people when I could. I met a group of people at a swim meet for my oldest son, and as I was editing photos at the downtown during the swim meet, one person inquired if I was a photographer. I told her a little bit about our family’s story and what I do, which is primarily weddings. Later at that same swim meet, Maggie’s mom was talking to this person I had just met, and mentioned that they were looking for a good wedding photographer. The rest is history and it’s BEAUTIFUL! I love that this is my job, I love that I get to meet these amazing, wonderful people, and I love how it all falls into place exactly how it should be. So thankful for all of it.

Maggie and Brayden wanted to do something a little different for their engagement session … we ended up going to a greenhouse, which I thought was a fantastic idea. I loved that they were up for something different! We ended up spending way over the hour that is normally allotted for engagement sessions, simply because we were having so much fun laughing together and hanging out. Maggie then contacted me in the fall to do another engagement session for them at a Christmas Tree farm in St. Louis, which was also amazing and different!

All of the details of Maggie and Brayden’s wedding were beautiful and picture perfect, but what I hope comes across through these photos is the happiness and love that was filling the air that day. It was absolutely freezing cold, so our outdoor photos were limited, but I love that they were willing to still go outside to get some beautiful pictures despite the chilly temps. Throughout this entire day, I couldn’t help but notice and feel that Maggie and Brayden and their families were treating me and my husband as warmly as their own family … and that’s so, so special to both my husband and me.

Ceremony venue: Fairview Church of Christ in Columbia, Missouri
Reception: The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri
Hair: Jennifer Romine – Revelation Studios
Makeup: Confident Beauti by Erica – Erica Durnil
Wedding Gown: Belle Mariee
Ceremony Musicians: Ethan Forte
DJ / Entertainment: Safari Sound
Catering: Old Hawthorne
Cake: Hy-Vee
Floral: Alan Anderson’s Just Fabulous!
Décor: Rentals from A-1 Rental

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Dorothy and Brad – Wedding in Columbia, Missouri – April 28, 2017

This was the day, Friday, before the day that it rained. all. day.

I’m so glad this wedding happened on Friday and not on a Saturday.

It rained all morning Friday though, and as I watched out the window of my dining room, preparing my batteries, cameras, flashes, and bags, I wondered if it was going to break at all for us to have the outdoor ceremony for Dot & Brad’s wedding. When I had asked Dot what her rain plan was, she had told me, “umbrellas.” It was going to be an interesting one. 🙂

We got lucky.

It broke just in time for the ceremony to take place, with the most moody, gorgeously overcast skies overhead.

When a couple describes their wedding day to me, I get pictures in my head of what it might be like. All of the pictures in my head of what Dot told me about from our initial meeting could not have prepared me for the actual beauty, colors, laughter and love that I saw that day. She described her mother’s home, the memorial for her late father that was there, the pergola that her father built with her groom-to-be, and all of the special things there at the home that meant so much to her and her family. When I arrived at the house that day, I was completely overwhelmed with the visual stimuli. Enraptured, I began to photograph and take it all in. It was heaven for a photographer, and it was even better because of how special the connections between these people are.

Dot and Brad have a fantastic story. They met at a Petco, where Brad was training Dot’s beloved pup. Dot slowly worked up the courage over time to buy Brad a coffee, and the rest is history. It was perfect and so fitting for their pups, Bentley and Riley, to be their flower girl and ring bearer. Brad’s cousin Lisa created the amazing bouquets and floral arrangements, and I think this might be the most beautiful bridal bouquet I’ve ever seen in my life, hence the flower overload in these photos. They’re epically amazing.

From the moment I met the girls at the hotel where they were getting ready, and the mothers were dancing to Nelly, I knew this was going to be a great wedding. I have never had mothers dance like that before! It was such a great way to start the day.

Dot’s twin brother, James, walked her down the aisle. The music for the ceremony was performed by a fantastic live band made up of Dot’s extended family members – they were so great!! I didn’t even know that they were family until it was time for the family photos, and they all jumped in. The toasts given that evening by several of their closest family and friends were emotional, hilarious, and so right for this amazing occasion.

Dot and Brad, thank you so much for having my husband Andrew and I photograph your wedding day.

Hair & Makeup: Colissa Nole at Salon Nefisa
Wedding Gown: Breeze Bridal Boutique on Broadway
DJ: Safari Sound
Linens: The Broadway
Cupcakes: The Broadway
Ceremony: Family home in Columbia, Missouri
Reception: The Broadway Columbia
Floral: Lisa Brown of Jazzy Flowers in Chicago, Illinois

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