I loved meeting this sweet little family!  Connor, age 4 was hands down one of the easiest boys I’ve ever photographed (including my own) and Emma, who just turned one, put up with most of my shenanigans long enough to get a few adorable shots of just her.

Amy asked me to incorporate a very special butterfly in the photos to represent their older brother Colby whom they lost at birth 4 years ago.Thank you Amy for trusting me with your family photos this year!

 

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I totally understand when couples aren’t super affectionate with one another, but when I get a couple who is super affectionate, as a photographer it’s like a dream! 🙂 Melissa and Nolan met at work and not long after date over pancakes, they fell in love with one another. These two are so adorable. I loved meeting with them last week for their engagement session! After a quick stop at the college, we went out to Melissa’s family farm to finish up our session. Thank you Melissa and Nolan for trusting me with your engagement session photos! I had a blast! Looking forward to your beautiful wedding day!

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One of my favorite things about my job being a part of someone’s beginning. Amy and Brad love their holsteins (cows for the city folk! ) and it’s because of them that these two found one another. After meeting through a family friend at a national convention, Amy and Brad’s love story began. I’m so excited that their long distance relationship is no more as they begin their new adventure out in Pennsylvania! Their wedding day was filled with love and laughter, surrounded by their closest friends and family. Some of my favorite moments was the reveal of Amy’s gift for Brad and a touching first look and daddy daughter dance between Boyd and Amy. I’m so honored that they asked me to document their day! Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Hoover!

 

The Dress: Elegant Brides

Bridesmaids: Dillards Wedding Collection

Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse

Florist: Vine Floral Designas (Veronica Ambuhl) 

Cake: Diekemper Cakery

DJ: Even Flow DJ Service

Makeup: Kiki Chosid

Hair Stylist: Renee at The Salon

First Dance Song: Dan + Shay, “From the Ground Up”

Videography: S. Price Media

 

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I can’t remember the first time I met Liz. We always had mutual friends but we ended up in some college classes together at SIUE, and then clicked so well that we ended up college roommates. I love this girl so much. Liz and Mike met when she came into Mike’s workplace, and when I found out that their first date was down on Delmar, I knew it would be the perfect spot for their engagement session.

When I asked Liz what she loved about Mike, she said he has such a kind heart. Mike’s favorite thing about Liz is her genuine integrity. You guys, kindness and integrity are two amazing qualities to begin a life together.  I cannot be more excited to photograph their September wedding!

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Planning a winter wedding can be very challenging, but Anna and Brad did a fabulous job for their December wedding! Being from Kansas City and Indiana, they decided on St. Louis because it means so much to them. It’s where Anna and Brad met while attending school at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. After a beautiful ceremony at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and a walk around St. Louis’ Central West End, we headed to a cozy reception at The Lodge at Grant’s Trail.  Two of my favorite moments from the day were the look on both Anna and Brad’s faces during the first look, and the heartfelt speech given by Anna’s father during the reception.

A few words of advice to future bride and grooms:

Anna: Although it is hard at times, try to not worry about the little things and enjoy the company of all those around you who love you.

Brad: If possible, allow for one day before leaving for honeymoon. We spent the entire day after the wedding saying goodbye to family, packing, opening gifts, and organizing apartment. I know we would have been stressed and pressed for time trying to leave for our honeymoon the day after our wedding.

Congratulations to you both as you begin your new year as a married couple!

 

Ceremony: The Cathedral Basilica St. Louis

Reception: The Lodge at Grant’s Trail

Florist: Snapdragon Studio

Cake: Wedding Cake Wonderland

Band: Landolfi String quartet

Gown: The Gown Gallery, Kansas City

 

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