Miles and Daniela Walker

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Miles and Daniela Walker

She waited, smiling, hidden just behind the fence row covered with established butterfly bushes and roses as their son Mason toddled down the aisle. Rumbles of thunder were heard softly in the distance, but the warm October sun shed it’s light here and there about the clouds. The band strummed a lively tune, and as she stepped out for her grand entrance I heard a guest say, “This is like a destination wedding!” Miles stood stoically at the arbor ahead as Daniela glided down the aisle. Winsome lavender snapdragon petals led the way, tossed about earlier by Miles and Daniela’s grandmothers (who were the loveliest flower girls!). Daniela WAS radiant, the epitome of it, wearing a loving and proud smile and the pearls from her mother’s wedding dress in her veil and on her gown. This was their time, and as the cedar branches swayed and monarch butterflies drifted in the breeze, Miles and Daniela became husband and wife.

Mr. and Mrs. Walker tied the knot with an intimate celebration in the quaint and secret butterfly garden at Dodson Orchards on Sunday, October 7th. The venue looked more like the romantic French countryside rather than Southeast Missouri! From the first look to the thoughtful details to the first dance, everything was so special and loving and all that Daniela and Miles’ relationship encompasses. The selfless couple treated their guests to lunch and champagne with a shuttle ride to the ceremony and dinner, drinks, and live music at the reception. Everyone left with a wonderful experience and truly wonderful memories.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Miles and Daniela planned the color scheme of their wedding around the colors of the sunset: soft pastel pinks and purples and pops of subtle orange and hues of deep blue. I was shocked at how well this theme ran throughout their entire day! The pair made extra room in their timeline to have a small and intimate sunset session in the vineyard, and I cannot wait to receive those film scans!

  • Daniela’s wedding gown and veil were extra special, as the pearls in her gown and on her veil were hand-sewn one by one from her mother’s wedding dress.

  • Miles and Daniela each read handwritten vows to one another, while their sweet son Mason took a front row seat to witness in the aisle ;).

  • Both Miles and Daniela’s grandmothers were the flower girls! They had the greatest time sprinkling petals before their granddaughter would make her grand entrance. It truly was an honor!

  • As a lovely touch, fresh figs were hand cut and placed delicately in each table centerpiece. They were quite the talk of the evening, also making their appearance on the jaw-dropping wedding cake!

Congratulations Miles and Daniela! Blake and I absolutely loved every minute of your special day. Thanks for choosing us to share in it with you!

Bless your marriage!

Venue: Dodson Orchards | Planner/Coordinator/Stylist: Shannon Lemp with My Blush Events | Florist: Butterfields Florist | Bridal Boutique: The Enchanted Bride | HAMU: Jessica Rae Artistry | Jeweler: Mesa Jewelers | Band: Sojourn Rocs | Caterer: Kenrick’s Catering | Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop


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Crystal and Adam Kuykendall

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Crystal and Adam Kuykendall

“Then there you were,
And I saw my Juliet come graceful down the stairs.
It's hard to miss,
The way her eyes light up the room,
And steal the air…”

Lyrics and melodies from “Goodnight Moon” filled the space in the quaint little chapel at Stephen’s College. At the perfect moment, the double doors opened and Crystal walked slowly down the stairs, smiling as her father escorted her on his arm. It was a lovely entrance, but emotional too, as Crystal’s father began to tear up as they approached the front of the room. This was the first time that Adam had seen his Bride on their wedding day, and he was overjoyed! Pretty soon, with their close friends and family looking on, they would share their first kiss as husband and wife on the most important day of their lives.

Highlights

  • It was very sentimental for Crystal to exchange her vows in the chapel at Stephen’s College, for it is her Alma mater and a place where Adam and Crystal share a lot of history together.

  • A celebratory bubble exit awaited the new Mr. and Mrs. shortly after the ceremony, where they were announced as “Mr. and Mrs. Kuykendall” for the second time.

  • With rain forecasted for the entire day, everyone was nervous about portraits outdoors. But we all lucked out as it only rained early in the morning, leaving behind cooler temperatures and lovely sunlight for portraits after the ceremony! It was a perfect day!

Congratulations Adam and Crystal! Thank you so much for choosing Blake and I to share and document your lovely day! We hope you are having the best time celebrating your honeymoon at the Happiest Place On Earth!

Bless your marriage!

Chapel, Venue, Catering and Bar: Stephen’s College SC Events and Catering | Florist: Kent’s Floral Gallery | Bridal Shop: Mia Grace Bridal | Gown Designer: Allure | Suits: Savvi Formalwear


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James and Samantha Derbyshire

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James and Samantha Derbyshire

The day started with matching pajamas and a mimosa toast.

The girls were all smiles and giggles when Samantha popped a bottle of champagne outside of the bridal suite. After whipping up a few mimosas, enjoyed in their special monogrammed champagne flutes, it was time to get dressed. But first, the bridesmaids had a little surprise up their sleeves. They had prepared a scrapbook full of letters they had written to Samantha on her wedding day, and had even included a letter from the Groom himself. This moment was filled with tears and laughter from everyone in the room as Samantha read a few of the letters out loud. Hugging her friends and wiping her tears, it was time to slip into her wedding gown.

James stood still in the wide open field, a blue horizon with cotton candy clouds ahead of him. He slipped his thumb into his pocket and tapped his fingers rapidly, nervously, as the swish of Samantha’s dress could be heard behind him. She carried a lovely bouquet full of untamed, colorful flowers and feathers. “James?” she proclaimed, his cue that it was okay to finally turn around. Years of friendship and memory-making turned proposal and wedding planning all led up to this climactic moment when James was finally going to see the love of his life as a Bride. He turned slowly. When their eyes met he cocked his head to the side. They both smiled, and when he said ‘hello,’ Samantha held out her arms and pulled him in for a kiss and a hug.

It was the first day of fall, and despite earlier predictions of rain the day was beautiful. Sunny, cool, and only slight breezes. “We chose this day based upon the farmer’s almanac,” Samantha said. “It said that today would be the best day in 2018 to get married.” It was right. All of their friends and family from Missouri and beyond traveled to Sullivan, MO. to witness their first day as husband and wife. James and Samantha exchanged handwritten, heartfelt vows during sunset under a jaw dropping arbor that her father had built for the occasion. They dined and danced the evening away, celebrating the first day of the rest of their lives together.

“Today could not have been more perfect.” - Samantha Derbyshire.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Derbyshire! Thank you for sharing your humble hearts and sweet souls with the world. Bless your marriage.

Venue: Seven T Farms | Rentals: Wright Party Rentals | Florist: Watson’s Florist and Gifts | Bridal Gown Designer: Stella York | Bridal Shoe Designer: Stiefeld Boots | Jeweler: Shane Co. | HAMU: Jenny Bush Makeup: Joy Loveless (assistant Tayler Soaib) | DJ: Mike with Complete Weddings and Events STL | Caterer and Bar: Andre’s Banquets and Catering | Cake and Sweets: Teresa Lynn Cakes LLC | Seamstress: Margo’s A Wedding Place | Officiant: Justin Tunnicliff


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Chris and Alicia Bahr

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Chris and Alicia Bahr

A soft breeze danced across the water of the nearby lake, creating gentle ripples that twinkled from the reflection of the bright September sun. Lovely melodies from “Moon River” drifted through the air with each pluck of the harp. Friends and family visited quietly with one another, shaded from the warm sun with umbrellas. To their delight, a large cloud rolled in and positioned itself directly in front of the sun. It was the only cloud in the sky, and it stuck around until Chris and Alicia shared their first kiss as husband and wife.

Alicia was the epitome of elegance and grace as she made her grand entrance as a Bride with her father. She couldn’t help but smile at all of the guests surrounding her, and Chris couldn’t take his eyes from his Bride. They exchanged vows with sincere hearts before placing handwritten letters to one another in a time capsule along with their favorite bottle of wine. They’ll open this box when they celebrate their first wedding anniversary, and will continue to add letters and a bottle of wine to the box with each anniversary. Their guests could hardly wait to celebrate the two as they were announced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Bahr.

Chris and Alicia, your wedding day was truly wonderful in every way, and so marriage-centered. It was our honor to be there to capture it, and Blake and I cannot thank you enough for allowing us to witness and document this special time in your lives.

Bless your marriage.

Venue: Little Piney Lodge | Planner/Coordinator/Stylist: Kristi Ruprecht | Rentals: A1 Party and Event Rentals and Pretty Little Things | Florist: SS Wedding Designs | Invitation Suite and Signage: The Ink Cafe | Bridal Boutique: Town & Country Bridal Boutique in St. Louis | Bridal Gown Designer: Lis Simon | Bridal Shoe Designer: Cole Haan | Jeweler: Buchroeders | HAMU: Emily Perkins with The Beach Salon | DJ: Taylor at Complete | Caterer: Swiss | Cake and Sweets: Sugar and Spice Laura’s Delights


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Alan and Heather Horn | A KKP Associate Wedding

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Alan and Heather Horn | A KKP Associate Wedding

Photographed by Rachel, our wonderful KKP associate!

She was standing under the pergola, gorgeous golden light filtering in around the stone pillars that surrounded them. She was finally in the white gown of her dreams; her mother adjusting her cathedral veil to a perfect position. Her father was standing just ahead, facing away. Heather gracefully walked up to her father and first man she ever loved and tapped him on the shoulder. When he turned to face his little girl grown up, they were all tears and hugs and smiles. Her mother looked on at a distance, tearing up at this emotional father-daughter first look.

Soon later, Alan was waiting for his first look with the love of his life. He was holding the vows that he had written for her, trembling and fighting back tears. "Look At Me" by Carrie Underwood filled the air with melody and drifted in the breeze. In the same way as before, Heather quietly stepped along the path to where Alan stood. She tapped him on the shoulder. Tears fell down his face and a joyous smile could not be mistaken when he looked at Heather, his best friend, mother of his children, and soon to be wife. The pair took turns reading the vows that they had wrote for one another. Heather confessed that Alan was the man that she had always prayed to God for, and Alan admitted that Heather's beautiful baby blue eyes took his breath away from the first moment that he saw her.

This was the day that Alan and Heather vowed forever together.

Surrounded by their closest friends and family, Heather changed her last name on September 1st, 2018. It was a day full of love and celebration, with a bridal party confetti pop and a sparkler grand exit with a surprise firework show to end the evening.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Horn! Bless your marriage.


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Sam and Cassie Sutton

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Sam and Cassie Sutton

"A stór mo chroí." A gaelic phrase that was embroidered by Cassie's mother on their hand-fasting ribbons. "It translates to 'treasure of my heart,' which is what Sam calls me all the time," Cassie explained. Hand-fasting is a tradition in Irish weddings and a literal "tying the knot." It was only fitting that Sam and Cassie chose to include a hand-fasting ritual in their marriage ceremony, as Ireland holds a special place in their hearts after they were engaged there. Cassie expounded, "Each ribbon represents things we value in our marriage. One is for love, one for laughter, one for friendship, and one for loyalty."

Before their ceremony, Sam and Cassie chose an intimate first look on the lawn. Golden noon light filtered through the trees around them, and though it was a hot day, a cool breeze from the nearby lake whirled through the trees and around the lawn to offer an escape from the August heat. Cassie gracefully walked up to Sam and hugged him from behind, something that she always does with him at home. When Sam turned around to see his Bride they both became all smiles and laughter. Sam wrapped her up in a hug, and when they parted Cassie held out her hands and presented Sam with a gift. It was a tie tack inscribed with the gaelic translation of "my heart" and filled with sand from a beach in Sligo, Ireland. After Cassie pinned on his tack, Cassie told me the story of how she brought the sand for Sam's gift back to the US:

"We were walking along the beach and I knelt to scoop up some sand to take back with me to the states. I remember Sam telling me that I was stealing Ireland's land. Shortly after he made this remark, a sweet local lady walked by and said, 'Let her take it; we won't miss it.' It was totally worth being stopped by customs on the way back to the US to make him this gift."

Their ceremony was filled with joy, laughter, and happy tears as Sam and Cassie exchanged handwritten vows and tied the knot during their hand-fasting. They chose an unplugged ceremony and their guests were fully tuned into the moment that they promised forever to one another. As a fun way to celebrate the new nuptials, the newlyweds walked through a path of bubbles surrounded by their loving friends and family (and as you'll see, it was pure magic!).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cassie's "something old" was her late grandmother's ring box. The brilliant purple velvet complimented the color scheme for the day perfectly.

  • To end their wonderful day, Sam and Cassie chose to have a short Bride and Groom portrait session at sunset on the lake. The sun was all low and pink and gold and the sky cast lavender hues over the lake behind them. I was mesmerized by the way the wind continually picked up Cassie's veil at all the right times. These lovely moments will be coming soon (and all on film!).

  • There were several DIYs that filled this beautiful wedding day, including the embroidery on the hand-fasting ribbons (handiwork of Cassie's mother), the wood burned inscriptions in all the wooden decor (crafted by the Bride herself), and the floral touch to Cassie's veil (finished by her sweet mother).

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Sutton! Bless your marriage!

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Kailey and Ryder | Engagement

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Kailey and Ryder | Engagement

What a great adventure this engagement session was! I met Ryder and Kailey in Fulton, MO. at the most beautiful and serene blue-green lake. Can you believe this wanderlust location is situated right in the middle of Missouri?! We hiked along the red clay trails surrounding the lake with pine trees towering above us as I got to know Ryder and Kailey and how their relationship began. As it turns out, they were set up on a little blind date. While they were waiting on thier friends to arrive to the double date (who were about half and hour late, which I totally believe had to be by design) they got to know one another pretty well. Ryder and Kailey have been nearly inseparable ever since.

Adventure and the beautiful landscapes of the outdoors hold a very special place in this sweet couple's hearts. Towards the end of their session, Ryder and Kailey reminisced on their proposal story:  "About a year ago I had a dream that Ryder proposed to me with a wooden ring that had the weirdest stones and engraved blue glowing lines. It just shocked me so much that I didn’t know that to say. When I told him about it we laughed for hours. Fast forward a year later, we were on vacation to Yellowstone and Grand Teton to sight-see for a week. We saw waterfall after waterfall and actually climbed a mountain together. Later in the week we hiked down to the Virginia Cascades and he fooled me into taking a photo with him using our tri-pod, but he was actually taking a video of his proposal! He pulled out the ring, but he had a weird look on his face when I said yes. It turns out that he was going to propose with a ring that he made to look exactly like the one from my dream but he got them switched up with my engagement ring in his pocket. We laughed about that for a while, but he did a really good job re-creating the ring from my dream!"

This adorable couple will be tying the knot at Wildcliff in Blackwater, Missouri in June of 2019! Enjoy your preview, Ryder and Kailey!


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Miles and Daniela | Engagement

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Miles and Daniela | Engagement

"We met through work and I actually made the first move." Daniela replied when I asked the two how they met. They both worked for the USDA, but in different locations. Miles happened to visit the location where Daniela worked and they both noticed one another right away. "I was pretty nervous," Miles said, "...so she ended up approaching me first."

Fast forward to their proposal story. Miles was living in Colorado and Daniela was living in Oregon. Miles hopped on a plane for a visit with Daniela, but this time he had a ring in his pocket. He asked her to go fishing, and Daniela remembered, "We were huddled on the dock with our lines in the water and Miles asked me to go to the car and grab a special type of bait that he had bought. So I opened up the bag in the car to look for the bait and found a bottle with a handwritten label that said "Bait." It was kind of heavy to I was a little skeptical. But when I opened it up, there was a ring. It was sitting on top of a pile of bullets (Miles later admitted that the bullets were to help disguise that there was only a ring in the bottle). I turned around and Miles was standing there and asked me to marry him."

Miles and Daniela will be tying the knot with an intimate ceremony and reception at Dodson Orchards this October. I loved getting to know this adorable little family. Their son, Mason, was an absolutely joy; smiling with his mom and dad and eager to laugh at my silly faces (and I think he might love to be in front of the camera!). Miles and Daniela were equally as photogenic, and just so happy to laugh with one another and enjoy their time at Faust Park, the place that they always took walks while Daniela was pregnant with Mason.

Enjoy your preview, Daniela and Miles! I cannot wait to have you both in front of my camera again soon!


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Chris and Lindsey Rosado

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Chris and Lindsey Rosado

Soft, warm breezes blew as they stood together hand in hand on the beach. Boats glided by on the glistening lake as the sun was setting golden and low. Melodies from a harp filled the air and surrounded their friends and family who had traveled from New York and various cities in Missouri to witness their nuptials. Chris could not take his eyes off of his Bride, and Lindsey would smile each time that their eyes met. When they exchanged their vows, Chris held Lindsey's hand tight and recited his vows with all of his heart, and Lindsey turned to Chris and did the same. They were entering into a covenant with one another for the rest of their lives, and sealed with a kiss Lindsey changed her last name.

Chris and Lindsey tied the knot at the Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks on Saturday, August 4th, 2018. Lindsey was the epitome of elegance as she walked down the sandy, petal-lined aisle in her gown from White Dresses in Nashville, TN. Chris wore his Army uniform proudly, switching into a stone colored tux for dinner. The pair shared their first dance as husband and wife as the sun set golden and low on the terrace. Chris recorded his own version of Taylor Swift's "Love Story," and he sang as they danced and Lindsey smiled and laughed...a perfect fairy-tale. They danced the night away with their family and friends who gave them a spectacular sparkler sendoff to end the evening.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Rosado! Bless your marriage.


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Ian and Lauren Ogden

Ian and Lauren Ogden

July 28th, 2018. Exactly one year and six days from the moment that Ian got down on one knee in the mountains of Colorado and asked Lauren to marry him. At The Millbottom in Jefferson City surrounded by hundreds of their friends and family, Ian and Lauren promised their forever to one another.

As the entry music began to play and guests stood up, Lauren and her father entered the venue through separate doors. Once they reached one another at the start of the aisle, he stretched out his arm to take her hand, and Lauren leaned in to kiss her father on the cheek. They were both smiling and tearing up during this most memorable walk, and when they reached the stage, her dad took a sigh and wiped his eyes as he gave his little girl away.

Joyous tears streamed down Lauren's face as she vowed to love Ian all the days of her life, and Ian held her hands and smiled the most encouraging and loving smile at her. They both looked as if they believed they were the only two that existed in the room at that time. This moment meant all the world to them; the most important moment of their lives! It was absolutely beautiful to witness and photograph.

Ian and Lauren danced the night away with their guests in the modern industrial venue. Lights suspended above the dance floor and looked more like evening stars, giving off a romantic and cozy glow. Touches of silver glistened throughout the venue from pitchers and buckets that contained dreamy white hydrangeas, ranunculus, and greenery. A cupcake and candy bar wowed their guests throughout the evening, offering nearly every flavor of cupcakes you could imagine, and various kinds of salt water taffy! The day was blessed with perfect weather - a high of 80 degrees, and this gave the perfect opportunity for guests to gather on the back patio to chat and catch up with family and friends as the State Capitol glowed in the background.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • During the late morning hours, Lauren and I were in her childhood room at her parent's home taking a few portraits of her in her bridal robe next to her wedding dress. The room had a wonderful grey/blue hue and natural light poured in and diffused through the white curtains in the windows. Just before Lauren slipped into her wedding dress, her mother's adorable west highlander pup, Molly, came darting up the stairs. She trotted into the room and laid down right in the middle of the carpet. She was laying perfectly in front of Lauren's dress and directly in front of me. I softly called her name and she lifted her head, just in time for me to click the shutter. It has resulted in my all time favorite candid wedding dress portrait!
  • Just before we left for Lauren and Ian's first look moment, Lauren's father, Jeff, was waiting in the back drive of his house for a grand reveal with his daughter. He was standing next to his very first baby, a 1950's Chevy Oldsmobile, while his daughter and forever baby girl gracefully approached him in her wedding dress and long translucent veil. She was crying before her dad had even seen her, and I have a feeling that the way he was looking down at his shoes in anticipation that he was shedding a few tears also. When she tapped him on the shoulder, Jeff turned around and literally beamed at the sight of his beautiful daughter.
  • I've seen my fair share of cake smashes between the Bride and Groom at weddings, but none as epic as Lauren and Ian's. Lauren told me that she warned Ian leading up to the wedding day that he could not smash cake in her face and ruin her makeup at the cake cutting. However, that warning didn't quite save Ian. It made for a few hilarious portraits, and the crowd was pretty pleased too!
  • One of the most touching moments of the evening happened when Ian shared a dance with his sister in honor of their mother. They slowly swayed and smiled in the middle of the dance floor, and several guests smiled through their tears. It was a wonderfully beautiful tribute.

Congratulations Ian and Lauren! Bless your marriage.


Nick and Erica | Tuscany Wedding

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Nick and Erica | Tuscany Wedding

I could relive this day forever and ever.

So much joy, golden glowy Tuscan light, laughter, happy tears. It was history in the making.

A memory almost dream-like. How wonderful to remember it as truly real.

An all white celebration to commemorate the purity of this moment. Untamed branches from olive trees suspended in the arches creating an organic and wanderlust mood. Diffused evening sunlight cascading from above the Tuscan hills about her golden hair and filtering through her grey gown. He silently swayed from one foot to the other, an opulent view ahead of him, as she made her way to the aisle. She was a vision! He smiled brilliantly at her as she made her way down the brick pavers. Friends surrounded them, but all they could take in at this moment was one another. She stopped for a brief time, chuckling softly, tears streaming down her cheeks. So much emotion wrapped up in this climactic moment; it was as if she could burst from joy. At last she was facing him; he took her trembling hand in his. Quiet, still, it was is the world had stopped at this moment. Time ceased to exist. Surrounded by a 13th century estate and beautiful land rich with history and stories from long ago, and here they are, about to write a new chapter.

This is Nick and Erica.

A destination wedding for the ages, Nick and Erica tied the knot at the regal Borgo Petrognano estate, surrounded by vineyards, silver flecked olive groves, and the hazy rolling hills of Tuscany. The day was sublime, from the bridal prep to the nuptials to the four course meal on the patio at sunset. This momentous event could not have been made possible without the gracious servant hearts of the following professionals:

Photographed at the Lauren Fair Photography and Julie Paisley Photography Tuscany Workshop #LandJWorkshopAbroad Day 1 shoot: Erica and Nick (Barely Blush Ink and @nixsantoro) | Estate: Borgo Petrognano | Florals + Design: Oleander Florals and Events | Hair + Makeup: True Beauty Marks | Gown: BHLDN | Paper Goods: Shasta Bell Calligraphy | Groom’s Suit: THE BLACK TUX | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Silk ribbon: Honey Silks & Co. | Styling Surface: Simply Rooted Surfaces | Lab: The FIND Lab


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Sam and Cassie | Engagement

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Sam and Cassie | Engagement

They were both abroad in Europe at the same time several years ago. Their paths might have crossed, but they had never even met.

This is Sam and Cassie.

I know Cassie from our college days. We both studied psychology at Missouri S&T. Sam was also there, studying history. It wasn't until after Sam and Cassie returned from their separate trips to Europe that they met for the first time at college. It's funny how sometimes the world can seem so small.

Sam and Cassie share a love for travel and adventure. In late 2016, they ventured to Ireland together to explore and see the sights, but Sam had additional plans. One morning, they were hiking one of the mountains in Ireland to see the sunrise. Sam was planning to propose to Cassie at the top, while they took in the breathtaking sights. "I soon realized that I forgot the ring in the hotel room." Sam explained. Cassie added, "It would have been perfect too! The view was amazing!" Once they had came back down the mountain and made it back to the hotel, Sam handed her the ring, a beautiful custom set sapphire engagement ring.

I loved getting to see Sam and Cassie together during their engagement session. I haven't seen Cassie since college five years ago, so it was a blessing to be able to catch up! As you can see, Sam and Cassie are just the most perfect, giggly, happily engaged couple ever! Their August wedding will be here soon!

Enjoy, Sam and Cassie!


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Cody and Caroline Coovert

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Cody and Caroline Coovert

A day full of prayer, laughter, and tears. A God-filled day where a man and a woman, who have known one another for quite some time, vowed to love one another for the rest of their days.

This is Cody and Caroline.

Together with her mother, Caroline gracefully pulled down her wedding gown from the window. They held it together, admiring it, and her mother looked at her daughter with a tear in her eye. Her sisters aided as Caroline slipped into her dress, and the smiles and laughter were abundant. Her mother placed her veil perfectly in her swept back hair. Caroline asked, "Could we share a prayer?", to which they walked out of the bridal suite and many of her friends and family placed their hands on Caroline and prayed over her, over Cody, and their future together.

She stepped gracefully down the gravel road, beaming as she saw Cody standing just ahead. They had met many years ago, and spent much of their life as friends. But as fate would have it, their friendship turned into something more. They've been through many life changes together: moving from their home in Missouri to follow their careers in Montana. And though they were seven hours apart, their relationship flourished and grew all the more. Now, she was approaching the man that she was about to marry; their moment was finally here. She said his name, and Cody turned to the voice of his Bride. He carried a bouquet of fresh purple flowers, a gift for her, and he couldn't wait to embrace her.

Cody and Caroline tied the knot next to a glistening lake at Little Piney Lodge in Hermann, Missouri on June 30th. Many of their friends and family from Kansas City came to witness their union and congratulate them on the best day of their lives. Following the wedding, an outdoor reception was held at sunset to celebrate the couple. Cody and Caroline had decorated the space with items that they loved and treasured, including driftwood from Flathead Lake, where Cody proposed. Everyone was entertained with the speeches that their bridal party gave, which turned into a fun choreographed dance that Cody and Caroline absolutely loved.

Cody and Caroline, it was an honor to witness your beautiful union and to document it all. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Coovert. Bless your marriage.


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Chuck and Julie 25th Anniversary

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Chuck and Julie 25th Anniversary

When Julie approached me about photographing an anniversary session for her and her husband Chuck, I was elated! Julie is a dear friend of mine from a former career and we always have a great time when we are together. We planned the date and location for the session and Julie took the styling from there.

They arrived to the Missouri Governor's Gardens for their sunset session looking absolutely fabulous in silver attire! Julie said that they wanted to wear silver to commemorate this anniversary, since silver is the tradition gift for a couple celebrating 25 years of marriage together. They were truly stunning.

It did not take long for the two to warm up in front of my camera. Pretty soon we were all laughing and enjoying ourselves as the sun was setting beautifully golden over the Capitol. I asked them to tell me about the greatest thing that they had learned during their 25 years together, and Chuck was quick to answer with, "Patience." Julie agreed. Chuck said, "You know when you are having a conversation with someone that you know really well, and you know how they are going to respond to you before they say anything..." "And you finish each other's sentences..." Julie added. "Yeah," Chuck said, "That's what 25 years of marriage is like."

Their official anniversary date is June 26th, and they'll be celebrating the day in Scotland!

I'll let the rest of the portraits speak for themselves. It's safe to say that I am absolutely addicted to anniversary sessions with couples that are this in love!

Cheers to you Chuck and Julie! I hope that my husband and I look as amazing and in love as you both do when we are married 25 years. Enjoy your anniversary trip abroad!


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Textural Organic Wedding Inspiration in All White Wedding Venue

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Textural Organic Wedding Inspiration in All White Wedding Venue

For this wedding day inspiration, our team designed an organic and airy space that accentuated textural elements and typography. The translucent drapery and pops of neutrals, blush, and greenery in the floral design added a touch of whimsy throughout.

On this occasion, our couple wished to design their day in a way that touched on parts of their love story while creating an experience for their guests that was sensuous and aesthetically pleasing. The couple's favorite quote offered a playful and graceful backdrop that welcomed guests as they entered the venue space. The white venue and neutral linens created a focus on the contemporary and delicate florals and tableware. It was important to the Bride and Groom for each guest's name to be expertly written in calligraphy atop a reflective charger place setting, an elegant and thoughtful touch. The romantic ranunculus and garden roses, Italian ruscus, fern, and fragrant herbs paired with gourmet hors d'oeuvres and a coastal inspired surf and turf that not only created an inviting and sensory experience for guests but commemorated the couple's love for Tuscany where they met and where he proposed. Additional Tuscan elements could be found in the favors that the couple hand selected for their guests: bottles of herb infused olive oils and balsamic vinegar. A mixture of basil, mint, oregano, sage, and thyme were a running theme, from the head table, to the floral arrangements, all the way down to the infused water and signature drinks.

The outdoor patio and lawn was transformed into a romantic and timeless location for the Bride and Groom's nuptials. Romantic evening light, intimate loose florals and drapery, and a soft breeze paired with the modern dock overlooking blue waters created an unforgettable and charming ceremony space. The Bride stunned in her gown with a simple and elegantly designed bodice and delicate beading. An opulent golden hair piece and intricate lace shoes combined to tie in her authentic bridal look. An entire wedding inspired by textures and the senses offers a fresh approach to modern romance.

Photographer: Kelsi Kliethermes | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Venue: Emerson Fields | Coordination and Design: Kristi Uncorked | Floral Design: Tiger Garden | Hair and Makeup: Jessica Jane at Once Upon a Bride | Rentals and Tableware: A1 Party and Event Rental | Gourmet Catering and Signature Drinks: bleu Events |  Calligraphy, Invitation Suite, Menus, Bar Signage, and Laser Cut Design: The Ink Cafe | Laser Cut Printer: Fab Sation | Bridal Gown: Cleo Bridal | Gown Designer: Maggie Sottero | Headpiece: J Picone | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Bridal Ring Set: Kas A Designs | Bridesmaid Gown: Morning Lavender | Bridesmaid Necklace: The Southern Rose | Groom's Suit: Binghams | Signature Pies: Peggy Jean's Pies | All Natural Wedding Cake: Good Food Co. | Olive Oil and Gourmet Vinegar Favors: Boone Olive Oil Company | Table Runner: Silk & Willow | Styling Ribbons: Walt & Lo | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Organic Seed Paper Confetti: SwoonPartyShop