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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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Sabrina & Aaron – Panther Creek Country Club Wedding in Springfield, Illinois – May 19, 2018

Sabrina & Aaron’s wedding day was an absolute dream. When Sabrina contacted me initially, she told me that she is a wedding videographer, and that one of our mutual videographer friends (Hi Ingrid!) had recommended me to her. Talk about being flattered!!! It’s such an honor to be recommended and chosen by people whose jobs have them around weddings and other wedding photographers every week. Sabrina booked me soon after us initially talking on the phone, and after I met them for the first time at their engagement session a few weeks later, I was walking on air. Sabrina & Aaron are two of the most genuinely beautiful people, inside and out, and to see the way they interacted with and loved each other was the stuff that every photographer dreams of. 🙂

Their wedding day was everything. No detail was left undone. Some of my favorite things included Sabrina’s flower crown, their heartfelt and thoughtful gifts for each other, the epically beautiful bouquets, and their wedding party people (and families!) were phenomenally fun to work with and to be around.

Sabrina & Aaron’s first dance, to “Tightrope” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack, is one that I will never forget. Sabrina changed into a beautiful dress to dance in, and they hit the dance floor to perform a choreographed routine that had every guest’s jaw on the floor. They did SUCH a great job!!!

Thank you, Sabrina & Aaron, for choosing me to be your wedding photographer … it was such an honor!

Second shooter / Assistant: Andrew Guillotte
Hair / Makeup: Dalliance Spa
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
DJ / Entertainment: Federko Farmer & Isaac Verde
Ceremony & Reception Venue / Catering: Panther Creek Country Club in Springfield, Illinois
Cake: Specialty Cakes
Floral: Petals and Co
Decor: Sarah Ann Freeman
Linens: Signature Events
Videographer: White Lily Productions

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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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Anna and Joe – Kansas City Winter Wedding – December 29, 2017

From the moment we Skyped and she asked me the names of my children, I knew Anna was somebody that I would come to love. She is absolutely beautiful on the outside, but what makes her beyond special is her spirit. She is completely vivacious and full of joy, and it’s something quite special. Upon meeting Joe at their engagement session in the spring, I could see that he was understandably completely enamored with Anna as well. Their winter wedding took place on a cold December day, but it didn’t stop the smiles on everyone’s faces as there was major cause for celebration. Anna told me on our initial Skype date that “everyone’s going to cry all day,” and she wasn’t wrong … but pure emotion is one of my absolute favorite things to capture. It’s the best thing that I could imagine photographing. I loved all of the little details from their wedding, from Joe’s pinecone boutonniere to Anna’s winter bouquet with dusty miller and eucalyptus. So beautiful! Thank you, Anna and Joe, for choosing my husband and me to photograph your wedding day. We wish you both the very best!

Ceremony Venue: Church of the Ascension, Overland Park, Kansas
Reception Venue: Ironhorse Golf Club, Leawood, Kansas
Hair / Makeup: Glam by Grace
Wedding Gown: Something White
Ceremony Musicians: Mikey Needleman / Dorothy Brandwein
DJ / Entertainment: Jukeboxx Media
Caterer: PB&J Catering
Cake: Hyvee/Costco
Floral: Village Gardens
Videographer: Ellie Augustine

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Libby & Mark – Wedding in Peoria, Illinois – August 20, 2017

It’s Libby & Mark’s one year anniversary! Inevitably, my weddings during busy season don’t make it to the blog (which is such a shame and kills me), because I’m so busy keeping up with my editing timelines. I am so close to being caught up at the moment, that I wanted to take the chance to blog this beautiful wedding on Libby & Mark’s anniversary.

From our initial e-mails back and forth, I could tell that photography was extremely important to Libby, which made me super excited. Some people feel like photography is just a necessary part of the day, that it is just one more box to tick, but not Libby. She worked with me to create art in her photographs, by allowing enough time in the timeline and providing me with enough creative freedom to truly capture her vision for her wedding photos. It was a complete joy to work with her, Mark, and their family & friends. Throughout the course of time before the wedding, from our initial meeting to their engagement session (and later a family session with their sweet cat, Moira), Mark and Libby became my friends, something that’s invaluable to me.

Happy anniversary, Libby & Mark!

Ceremony Venue: St. Vincent’s in Peoria, IL
Reception Venue / Catering: Kickapoo Creek Winery in Edwards, IL
Hair: Teddi at Natural Concepts
Makeup: Brooke from Loft Bridal
Wedding Gown: Ellis Bridal from Bridal Elegance in Bloomington, IL
DJ / Entertainment: Adam Sitton
Linens: Kickapoo Creek Winery
Decor: Bride & family/friends DIY
Cake: Courtney Swan
Floral: Georgette’s Flowers

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Rachel & Andrew – Wedding in Columbia, Missouri – Part Two

I’ve said quite enough on Part One of Rachel & Andrew’s blog post, but I’ll preface this just a bit. These were some of the most epic, heartfelt, and touching toasts I’ve ever heard in all of my years of photographing weddings. I hope that translates through these photos. I love this family so much. And with that, here are the party photos from Rachel & Andrew’s wedding day.

Thanks again to Rebecca Allen Photography for taking such fantastic images as my second photographer at this wedding.

Reception: The Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri

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Rachel & Andrew – Wedding in Columbia, Missouri – June 3, 2017 – Part One

From our first meeting at a local coffee shop, I knew that I was going to love Rachel and Andrew.

Flash back to eight (eight?!?) years ago, I was getting ready to marry my husband Andrew, who was taking my five-year-old son Olin on as his family as part of our marriage. I have a huge place in my heart for families coming together. Rachel has four amazing children, and Andrew is now (and has been for awhile) a wonderful father to them. These kids’ love for Andrew was obvious and clear, and this day made perfect and complete everything that had been in the works for some time. It was absolute joy.

I always ask my brides for their a few of their “must-have photos” … to get an idea of if there’s anything in particular that I might not be aware of during their wedding day, an item in particular that they would like me to photograph, etc. Rachel’s response to this question was “lots of candids and fun photos of family and friends.” I had the good fortune of having the extremely talented Rebecca Allen with me to photograph Rachel and Andrew’s wedding day, and together we photographed the heck out of Rachel and Andrew and their family and friends. I really wanted to tell the story of the day for them, giving them memories of all the bits and pieces that are too fleeting in our busy minds, and I hope that we did that.

There are so many photos that I want to share from this day, that part two of this blog post (the reception!) will be coming in the next day or two.

Rachel and Andrew started their day getting ready at their church in downtown Columbia. Their first look was incredibly sweet. Their pastor Charity was their officiant, and I loved how she placed her arm around Andrew as Rachel was walking down the aisle. After the ceremony, we went to one of their favorite spots at Mizzou, and then to the golf course at Old Hawthorne, where their reception was taking place.

My heart grew this day, as it does on almost every wedding day, and left me feeling like their friends and family were now my friends and family too. It’s cliché probably to say how lucky and blessed I am to be able to photograph days such as this one, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Thank you, Rachel and Andrew.

Second photographer: Rebecca Allen of Rebecca Allen Photography
Hair: Sarah Opie – Revelation Salon
Makeup: Renita Dement
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
DJ / Entertainment: Complete DJs
Cake: Edith Hall Cakes
Ceremony Venue: Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia, Missouri
Reception Venue: Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Missouri
Floral: Kent’s Floral

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Hanna and Carter – Wedding in Columbia, Missouri – May 28, 2017

Moving to a new place is a little scary. It’s exciting, sure, but with a job like wedding photographer, you never know what to expect. What are the other photographers in the new area like? Is there any room for me? So many questions, and so many unknowns. This is why I’m so thankful. Last summer, when I moved to Columbia, Missouri from central Illinois, I had the amazing good fortune of meeting some kind and welcoming wedding photographers who befriended me as if they had known for years. One of my best new photographer friends sent me this dear person, Hanna, when she was already booked on her date. I was so nervous to meet Hanna because I was so excited at the potential of actually having my first -Columbia wedding- … and after we had our first meetup at Panera, a few days later Hanna called me on the phone and gave me the news that she chose me for her wedding photographer. I was beyond elated, and immediately texted all of my closest friends and family the good news. Hanna was the start of my Columbia wedding photography experience, and I’ll be forever grateful to her.

But enough about me, I am so excited to show the world these photos.

Hanna and Carter chose to get married at their church that means so much to them, The Crossing, in Columbia. That morning was full of excitement and joy as their friends and family helped them to get ready.

Their first look took place on both sides of a curtain in a sanctuary. Having this “no-look first look” helps so many couples feel immediately more at ease, their nerves calmed, and lets them exchange “I love you,” “I’m so excited,” and whatever else they would like to say to each other. I love that they were able to hold hands, and that Carter kissed Hanna’s hand around the curtain, without seeing her at all.

During the ceremony, Hanna and Carter joined their guests in singing worship songs. The joy in the room was palpable. It was a beautiful moment.

After the ceremony, Hanna and Carter chose to retreat, alone (with myself and the videographer) to the classroom in the church where they had first met each other. There, they read personal vows to each other and sealed them with a kiss.

Their reception was out of this world. I’d had the pleasure of second-shooting with my friend at the reception venue, Alpine Park and Gardens, so I had some idea of how epic it would be. The firework show during the reception was a surprise to the guests, which was so much fun. I am so thankful that Hanna and Carter gave me so much time to take photos of the two of them, and that they were willing to spend five minutes away from their reception to get some sunset photos. They’re some of my favorites ever.

Congratulations and all the very best always, Hanna & Carter!

Ceremony: The Crossing in Columbia, Missouri
Reception: Alpine Park and Gardens in Columbia, Missouri
Makeup: Tori Crosby at Salon Nefisa
Wedding Gown: Allure
Floral: Addie Jane Originals
Videographer: Marissa Anz
Cake: Michelle Gortmaker
DJ: Dan Moore

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Abbey & Garret – Wedding in Kewanee, Illinois – May 13, 2017

Family first. It’s something we say, and often mean sincerely, but I saw it on display firsthand at Abbey & Garret’s May wedding in Kewanee, Illinois.

Shortly after I photographed their engagement session last summer, Abbey & Garret found out that they would be blessed with someone joining their family shortly before their wedding. Their joy was evident from the moment they found out, and it was incredibly touching how they involved baby Major in their wedding day. Garret held Major in his arms the entire time that he was at the front of the church with Abbey. They also had a surprise for their guests – they had planned with the pastor to have baby Major baptized during the wedding ceremony, with all of their closest friends and family there to witness it. It was perfect.

During their engagement session, I learned that Abbey & Garret have very unique style that they fully embrace and show the world. Their boot collection is fantastic! I got a hint of this at their engagement, but I was able to see the collection on full display at the reception, as they used boots filled with various wildflowers for their centerpieces.

One of my favorite things about Abbey & Garret’s wedding is how they made it personal, choosing to keep traditions that they felt were important, and creating new traditions. It was a fantastic day spent celebrating their beautiful family.

Ceremony: First United Methodist Church in Kewanee, Illinois
Reception: Parker Run Vineyards’ Big Red Barn in New Windsor, Illinois
Florist: Garden of Grace Florals by Lisa Knobloch
Hair/Makeup: Courtney Wagenbach
Wedding Gown: Adore Bridal in Morton, Illinois
Ceremony Musician: Sami Pearson
DJ / Entertainment: Jason Musselman
Cake: Cindy Bainter