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


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Kaleb and Erin Baurichter

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Kaleb and Erin Baurichter

"Consider it all joy..."

Those are the four words that come to my mind as I reminisce about Kaleb and Erin's wedding day. I bet, if you were to ask for an initial thought of the wedding from their many loved ones that attended, they would answer in the same way.

Because a smile barely left Erin's face the entire day. She was surrounded by the sweetest, selfless, and happiest bridesmaids that I have ever met, and a loving mother that would occasionally let a few tears escape when she would glance at her daughter, a beautiful Bride.

Before the ceremony, Erin surprised her father with a first look just for him. He absolutely beamed when he turned around to see Erin in her wedding dress, and Erin laughed as he rushed up to her to kiss her on the cheek. Soon later we heard Erin's bridesmaids cheering through the windows of the church; no doubt excited about the wonderful moment they had just witnessed.

The first time Kaleb saw Erin was the moment that her father escorted her into the sanctuary of the church at Our Lady of Lourds. Beautiful melodies from a piano and flute softly sang in the background. Kaleb smiled as Erin, all calm, graceful, and truly elegant, walked down the aisle. Throughout the ceremony, she would shyly smile at him, laugh a little, look away, and then look up at him again. When the preacher stretched out his hand and blessed the couple in marriage, their family and friends surrounding them also lifted their hands to bless Erin and Kaleb. It was a beautiful and touching moment.

The two enjoyed the evening with celebration and dancing with their guests during the reception at Stoney Creek in Columbia, Missouri. One of the most touching moments of the evening was a tribute dance for Kaleb's late father. As he danced with his step mother, a slideshow of pictures of Kaleb's father played, and I can promise you there was not a dry eye in the room, including mine.

The atmosphere of the venue was incredibly inviting, with candlelit tables, an abundance of hors d'oeuvres, and a special cookie bar. There was so much laughter and love in the room that night, as much of their family had traveled in from Pittsburgh to celebrate the newlyweds. Everyone was excited to be reunited, but elated to congratulate Kaleb and Erin on their perfect wedding day.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Baurichter!

Venue: Stoney Creek Inn; Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: Belle Mariee Bridal Boutique; HAMU: Salon Nefisa; Florals: HyVee; Dining: bleu Events; Cake: HyVee


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Zeb and Kandiss Hoffman

Zeb and Kandiss Hoffman

"How profound it is to contemplate God's plan for our lives and watch as the journey unfolds! Who could imagine that two little people on the same t-ball team would meet again in high school and fall in love. We have been together as a couple since we were 16, have never loved anyone else, and with God's blessing we will be together until we are very old."

Zeb and Kandiss Hoffman

Surrounded by their friends and family, Zeb and Kandiss exchanged their vows at St. George Catholic Church on June 2nd, 2018. I spent the morning with Kandiss as she was getting ready with her bridesmaids and family. She was in the best of spirits, despite the heavy storm that rolled in that morning. The rain soon (and thankfully) cleared in time for portraits, and Kandiss was radiant with the most beautiful smile and contagious laugh that a Bride could ever have. I asked her how she thought that Zeb would react when he saw her walking down the aisle for the first time, and she replied, "He is definitely going to cry!"

And he did. The moment that the double doors opened and Kandiss walked through with her father, Zeb was tearing up; taking deep breaths and eventually smiling. After Kandiss' father gave her away, Zeb smiled and hugged her. This was his Bride, and soon to be wife. They had waited for this moment for a long time, and the moment was here.

Congratulations to the new Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman! We wish you an abundance of blessings in your marriage!


 

 

Ashley and Whitney Watson

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Ashley and Whitney Watson

I've always heard that rain on your wedding day is good luck. But when a short rain shower mixes with bright sunlight, well, it is all too magical.

And Ashley and Whitney's wedding day was nothing short of pure magic.

Ashley and Whitney exchanged their vows and promised each other forever on May 31st, 2018 at Bessie's Barn in Centerville, Iowa. When I arrived that day, Whitney's hair was all pinned up in curls, and so was her daughter's. The pair were so adorable together as Jacee sat on her mom's lap while I snapped a few portraits. I can only imagine that Jacee is going to look through these one day when she is older and cherish them forever.

Soon later, Whitney's heels clicked against the stairs of the back deck of the venue while she walked towards the quaint wisteria covered pergola, where Ashley was standing and waiting for her. It was time for their first look, and Whitney was all smiles as she tapped her husband-to-be on the shoulder. Ashley smiled and kissed her, and twirled her around in her wedding dress, a moment that all Brides dream of.

As the two cuddled up for bridal portraits, large clouds and a few rumbles of thunder rolled in. For a few minutes there were clouds, and in the next moment the sun would peek out again. After the last cloud rolled through, the sun shone brilliantly, and then the sky opened up in a small rain shower. My husband quickly grabbed some umbrellas that I have been dying to use, and Whitney and Ashley strolled around together in the rain, giggling and smiling and kissing. It was magic!

Whitney and Ashley said their "I do's" inside the barn venue, surrounded by close family and friends, and their sweet son and daughter, Cash and Jacee. Chandeliers and twinkle lights suspended above them, casting a warm and inviting glow and created an intimate atmosphere. After the nuptials, the two ran out to the front of the venue, where their guests were eagerly waiting to congratulate them. Bubbles floated in the air as the newly weds held hands and smiled at their guests, only stopping once for a sweet kiss.

Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Watson, Cash, and Jacee! It was a joy to be a part of not only your beautiful day, but all of the planning leading up to this wonderful moment. We wish you a most beautiful and wonderful life together, and we look forward to seeing your sweet family grow!

Venue: Bessie's Barn; Florals: The Flower Center; Video: Byler Media; Hair: Brooklin Biggs at Le Salon; Dress: Shawn's Bridal; Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse; Cake and Donuts: Erica Thordarson; Signs: Candace Dole with Wooden Wishes; Catering: HyVee; DJ: Shane's DJ Service


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Cody and Mariah Dudenhoeffer

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Cody and Mariah Dudenhoeffer

I opened the door to the venue space and everyone was buzzing. The florists were quietly arranging the centerpieces that cascaded about the rose gold sequined guest tables, the final details were being carefully placed on the backdrop for the sweets bar, I could hear the bridesmaids chatting excitedly upstairs in the bridal suite. The sunlight poured into the room from my left, leaving everything in a beautiful glow.

Who would have thought that a first date ending with Cody falling in a creek would evolve into this gorgeous day, where two loving and excited families would gather together, to witness Cody and Mariah exchange vows.

This is their love story.

Cody and Mariah tied the knot on May 26th, 2018 on a warm and sunny day at Emerson Fields in Excello, MO. They've been planning for this day for quite some time. Mariah explained that the beauty of the day was a labor of love from her mom, dad, and sisters, who had helped with much of the style and design. 

A few of the most beautiful moments occurred before the ceremony: Cody and Mariah read private letters from one another before their first look, a few tears were shed when Mariah's dad walked in the bridal suite to see his daughter as a stunning Bride. I remember him hugging her and saying, "This day is all about you." Soon after, Mariah descended the stairs from the bridal suite and walked out to the dock over the sparkling lake, where Cody was waiting for her. He nervously swayed back and forth a little, and she was trying not to cry. She sweetly called out his name, and when he turned, he smiled radiantly.

The ceremony was something of a fairy tale, with clouds rolling in to offer shade and a cool down for their guests. Situated under a tall tree in the field in front of the venue, a beautiful arbor stood still and strong, with a cord of three strands to the right and the newlyweds' first communion to the left. Sweet acoustic music drifted in the air as their guests were seated, and as Cody smiled and looked on, everyone rose as Mariah made her grand entrance. The ceremony couldn't have been anymore thoughtful, as Mariah's grandfather proudly married the couple.

At the reception, many of the guests were in awe of the thoughtfulness that the couple had extended, having their names artistically written on leaves at their place setting. The weather was so nice in the evening that many of the guests enjoyed the company on the back patio or played lawn games in the backyard as the sun set brilliantly over the lake. It was a joyous celebration, as the couple danced the night away with their friends and family and ended the evening with a sparkler send off, the perfect way to begin the first day of the rest of their lives.

Cody and Mariah, we are humbled and thankful to have been a part of your perfect day. We wish you all the happiness in the world.

Bless your marriage!

Venue: Emerson Fields; Decor and Rentals: The Upper South; Mauve Linen Napkins: A1 Party and Event Rental; Florals: Allen's Flower's Inc.; Bridal Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: The Ultimate Bride; Suits: Savvi Formalwear; Cake: Casey at Baking Me Happy, Camdenton, MO.; Hair: Stacey Dexter at The Clip Joint; Makeup: Arika Shramek; Rings: Kas A Designs; Video: Ben Fuhrmann; DJ: Elite Sounds, Kansas City, MO.; Catering: Steinman Banquet Hall and Catering


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Brian and Kelsea Laughlin

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Brian and Kelsea Laughlin

She stood there quietly, smiling, as her mother and sisters buttoned the back of her gown. With so many friends and family and much laughter throughout the day already, this was her first peaceful moment before she would walk down the aisle. She delicately touched the string of pearls that her mother was fastening around her neck. They were her mother's pearls, and her mother's pearls before that. Her mother reached around to gaze at her daughter, now a beautiful Bride, about to walk down the aisle to her future.

The scene was set in Brian's parent's back yard. A wonderful arbor with their new shared last name etched in the center stood magnificently in front of a backdrop of rolling hills. Brian walked his parents down the aisle, and took his place beneath the arbor to wait for Kelsea. There were a few lighthearted moments before she made her grand entrance, including a couple of tumbles down the aisle from the adorable miniature bride and groom (who lost their shoes but kept on smiling). The sliding doors then closed, and as a couple sang sweetly nearby, all of their friends and family stood, and the doors open, revealing Brian's soon-to-be wife, and she was all smiles.

Brian and Kelsea tied the knot on May 12th, 2018 in Bonnot's Mill, Missouri. Their friends and family gathered at the most quaint and intimate backyard wedding to congratulate the new Mr. and Mrs. The clouds gave us enough shade to keep everyone cool until the end of the ceremony, and then shone brilliantly throughout the rest of the day. They were blessed with a perfect spring day.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Laughlin! I am thrilled to have been the one to photograph your perfect wedding day. I wish you both a lifetime of wonderful moments and happiness!

Dress: Mimi's Bridal; Hair: Heather Lanning at Inspired Salon and Spa; Makeup: Becca Garro; Flowers: Flower Basket


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Derek and Haley | Engagement

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Derek and Haley | Engagement

I met them at the very place that they love to spend their time together. Derek's parent's farm was the very definition of peaceful: the sun was setting over the rolling Missouri hills, the grass was lush and green and the trees were beginning to bud, the birds were chirping softly. I can understand why they want to spend most of their time together there; it is truly a piece of heaven on earth.

These two have a lot of history on this farm, too. It was also where Derek asked Haley to become his wife.

I enjoyed watching Derek and Haley's sweet relationship unfold in front of my camera at their engagement session. Derek would smile at Haley, and then she would giggle, and then they were both laughing, and then I was laughing with them! We chased the sunset across the farm, and these two were up for anything...even jumping in the creek at the end of their session!

They will be tying the knot in June of 2019, and I will be counting down the days until I can have them back in front of my camera.

Congratulations, Derek and Haley!


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Tanner and Hannah | Engagement

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Tanner and Hannah | Engagement

Sentimental. Vivacious. Kind Hearted.

If you asked me to describe my first impression of Tanner and Hannah when meeting them during their sunset engagement session at Blue Bell Farm, those three words are front of mind. Hannah's sweet spirit and smile is captivating, and pairs perfectly with Tanner's calm disposition and humorous side. They compliment one another in a truly beautiful way.

Hannah and Tanner met in high school, and began dating during their final week as seniors (making them official "high school sweethearts"). They grew closer together while studying at different colleges, Hannah at Mizzou and Tanner at Missouri State University, and now live on a 40 acre farm with their sweet golden retriever puppy, Hank (who I believe needs to be my official mascot...look how adorable and lovable he is!). I can't imagine their story getting any better than that.

But it does :).

"So how did you propose, Tanner?" I asked while changing locations during their session. "Well, I took her to the spot on the farm that I first kissed her," he said. "It's also the place that you first told me that you loved me," Hannah remembered. Tanner continued, "It was underneath a large tree, and I had it strung with lights. I took her out there and at the right time I flipped the lights on and asked her to marry me." I can just imagine the warm glow cast upon them from the lights in that special tree, and Hannah's excitement when she realized that she was about to say yes to marrying her best friend.

Tanner and Hannah will be tying the knot on October 27th, 2018 at Blue Bell Farm in Fayette, MO. Congratulations, Tanner and Hannah!