Several months ago, I got an email from a former high school classmate that he would be getting married in the Fall. He saw that I was moving back to Missouri, and wondered if I would be interested in photographing his wedding. I was especially excited when he told me they were getting married at the winery in Rocheport!
When September 21st finally arrived, we could not have hoped for a more beautiful day! Sunny and in the 70s, the vineyards were green and full of bright purple grapes. A perfect day for a wedding overlooking the bluffs. I first went to meet Bethany in Columbia, where she was getting ready.
What a gorgeous dress!
Her bouquet was simple, elegant and perfect.
The time came for Jeff and Bethany to have their "First Look" at the winery before the ceremony took place. We met up by an old barn next to the vineyards. Love when the groom tears up a bit :)
Bethany was a gorgeous bride!
And Jeff wasn't looking too shabby either ;)
And now it was time for the ceremony, and what a beautiful ceremony it was!
Jeff's daughter, Ryan was just as much part of the ceremony as Jeff and Bethany. She was SO adorable throughout the whole day!
Here comes the bride!
This was the part of the ceremony where Jeff, Bethany and Ryan all poured their own colors of sand into the vase to symbolize their bond as a family-SO sweet!
They did it! :)
Here are my favorites of the wedding party. The first is just a beautiful group of ladies overlooking the bluffs.
This is my favorite of the guys because I went to high school with several of them, and even grade school with one of them. This is how I remember them. I was having serious deja vu. Boys will be boys! :)
The first dance was very sweet and full of love.
Immediately followed by some serious dancing! Woo hoo!
And of course, I'm a sucker for a photo booth at a wedding reception. Love them!
Thank you, Jeff and Bethany, for having me document your special day. It was beautiful!
Meet Josh and Casey.
He's a Superman fan, she's a Batman fan....and yet somehow, they fell madly in love. Not long after this shoot, Josh and Casey were engaged. I was SO excited when Casey asked me to do the pics for her wedding!
Casey not only had to get herself ready, but she (along with the help of her mom and Maid of Honor) were in charge of getting her 2 daughters and soon to be step-daughter ready as well.
You gotta love military men for SO many reasons. This was the first wedding I've ever done where the guys were all dressed and ready and at the church an hour before the ceremony. AH-mazing :) I love how the groom is taking care of his guys just like Casey was taking care of her girls.
It was a sweet ceremony, incorporating their daughters, and ending with a song sung by the groom! He plays the guitar in the worship team at church, but I was surprised to learn that he could also play the piano and sing-what a talented groom!
It's Official! May I present to you Mr. and Mrs. Hicks. And their girls are now officially sisters :)
I love how seemlessly they have blended their 2 families. The groom's daughter skipped and sang, "I have a whole new family!" It was SO cute.
The wedding party and I then headed over to the Air Force Museum to snap some pics.
Can I just say that ever since moving to Dayton, OH and soon after I began shooting weddings, I SO wanted to do a wedding where at least the groom was in his uniform. I'm pretty sure I squealed out loud when Casey told me that not only the groom would be in uniform, but every one of his groomsmen! You gotta love a man in uniform! :)
And even though this next pic is more of a nod to Josh's love of Superman, this is how I feel about every man (and women) that are in the military, protecting our freedom, risking their lives...they are truly amazing people. And this is undoubtedly one of my favorite pics ever! :)
Finally, it was time to get the bride and groom alone...just the 3 of us haha. Pics of couples in love are my very favorite to take, so this is always my favorite part of the wedding day. All I had to say was, "You guys are married!" and it would spark these reactions....
I had painted these letters well over a year ago and was just waiting for the opportunity to use them. Something told me I had better bring them with me to this wedding. I am so glad I did!
And I nearly flipped out when I got a closer look at the rings. How fun is this? :)
Then we were off to the Base for the reception. This is probably the coolest cake topper ever.
The Officer's Club was a really beautiful venue. One entire wall was windows that let in the most gorgeous light right next to the dance floor.
And the new, big sister was already looking after her new, little sisters. It was a happy day full of love, and I was so glad to be a part of it!
When my sister asked me to come help her shoot a wedding (excuse to come visit), I jumped at the chance! It was her husband's niece's wedding and it was in Oklahoma. I jumped on a plane, and we started shooting the next day. We met the beautiful bride, Devyn, at the salon. I have serious hair envy of this girl (move over, Carrie Underwood). Her golden ringlets were just gorgeous!
This is where I noticed her gorgeous ring. It was not an actual antique, but styled as such, with saphires on each side. And her fingernails couldn't have been more perfectly manicured.
From there, we went on to the church so that the bride could put on her beautiful dress.
And that gorgeous ring again...
As we waited for the groom to get ready, we shot some solo pics of the stunning bride.
And now it was time for the bride and groom to see each other for the first time...
There was this really interesting field full of christmas trees just across from the church, so we ran over to snap a few pics.
And if we ever happen to be outside at a shoot just before the sun sets, I love to get this shot.
We then ran back across the street to find a pretty, little row of trees...
And now introducing the wedding party. This was an awesome group of groomsmen, which included the bride's older brother.
And a special thanks to the bridesmaids for enduring the cold, February weather in order to get these fun shots :)
And what an adorable, little thumb-sucking flower girl!
It was time to go back inside and get ready for the 7PM ceremony. The bride's dress had a beautiful, detachable train.
Before the ceremony, they played a sweet slideshow of the bride and groom as kids and from their courtship. Many people were in tears before the ceremony even began.
Here comes the bride!
Then it was time for the reception. The bride's mother put together the beautiful table arrangements.
The groom's family (which are originally from Mexico) made the delicious food.
It was such a loving, fun reception, complete with a mariachi band!
I love this shot taken by my sister. While I was taking pics of the bouquet toss, she caught this special moment between mother and son.
I spotted an interesting feature of the building that we were in, so I grabbed the bride and groom for a couple quick, last shots before they were on their way.
And a special thanks to my sister who invited me out. I was always hoping I'd get to shoot a wedding with her, and she couldn't have picked a better one! I also got to spend quality time with my nephews and explore their town a bit (which included WhatABurger breakfast every day), and I got to see a movie at the theater with my sis-good times!
Best of luck to the bride and groom!
Once upon a time, there was a beautiful princess named Katy Rose.
And she fell in love with a handsome young prince named Philip Scott.
This wedding was SO much fun to shoot! I loved all the details...
The ceremony was held out in a cute little country church...
You could feel the love and the passion radiating from this couple. Even the pastor was taken off guard! LOL :)
Here are some more of my favorite love moments from their special day...
As you can see, there were a lot of them :) Now, meet their fearless wedding party!
Yes, that's them standing next to a moving train. This was definitely a fun group of people! The girls were extra sassy :)
And now for the boys...or I should say, strapping young men! :)
And here's one with the whole gang!
The reception was a blast! Including cupcakes, dancing and a photo booth (here's a photo booth pic about to be taken of an aunt, mother of the bride and a cousin...
And I have to post a couple more favorites from the day-I can't leave any of these beautiful moments out!
And they lived happily ever after!
I now have three whole weddings under my belt! And every wedding has been cloudy and/or rainy, but they say that's good luck for the bride and groom, so who am I to complain? I just gotta learn to roll with it, right?
Ok ok, so there is something very beautiful about the rain...and puddles...Luckily, it wasn't pouring down rain for a few minutes, so we were able to capture a few sunny moments of Chris and Shaina's big day!
The ceremony was very sweet and the bride looked beautiful! Their one year old, Xzavier, was the cutest little ring bearer
Here's a few shots of Chris and Shaina as a brand new married couple!
And the whole family! How cute is Xzavier????
As I was furiously snapping away, the storm came rolling in. Here's one of the last shots captured before we had to take cover...
And they lived happily ever after!
Passion for all things photography, mother of 6 year old twins, Ben and Sydney, wife, daughter, sister, friend. Lover of old movies, anything chocolate, laughing, traveling, speaking Spanish and French, summer, the beach, camping (if s'mores are involved), and being with my friends and family.