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Today’s Tuesday Shoesday pretty much takes the cake.  Every week I get to share a beautiful share of shoes (usually ones I would love in my close), but today is different.  Christina of Charisma Photo shared this sweet pair with me, and also shared this too sweet story.

Danielle chose a fun pair of shoes to wear down the aisle, but when her father passed away the Sunday before her big day, she wanted a way to ensure he’d be there on her big day.  So she decided to wear a pair of his socks down the aisle.

My heart just melted when I read that. I can only image how emotional her wedding day was.  And, the fact that she wore a pair of his socks just tugged at my heartstrings.


Charisma Photography

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, hop over to Simply & Forever, Heart Love Weddings, Life in the Super Burbs, Brancoprata, Postcards and Pretties, Magnolia Rouge, and Marry You Me!

Everyday I find myself over the moon at the fact that I get to witness so many beautiful marriages, and that doesn’t even include the beautiful ones that grace my inbox on a weekly basis. I spotted this classic wedding over on Caitlin’s blog just a few weeks ago. After finding out that she is a fellow MTH alum like myself and falling in love with the simplicity, the classic details and the personal touches in this wedding, I knew I had to share it. This one is a bit photo heavy, but I’m not apologizing for it.





















Caitlin Sullivan Photography


From Caitlin, the photographer:
George and Danielle’s wedding day was very much a reflection of their character as a couple – charming and heartfelt. Danielle’s classic beauty and sincere kindness paired with George’s sweet heart and bright smile made photographing just the pair of them on their big day so enjoyable for me. Their reception stood out from the crowd with their creative touch and attention to details such as birdcage centerpieces, and, my favorite, a beautiful window pane with their guest seating handwritten within each pane. Thank you to the many wonderful vendors who helped George and Danielle’s day run flawlessly. This is a wedding I won’t soon forget.


Photographer: Caitlin Sullivan Photography | Ceremony Venue: Immaculate Heart of Mary | Reception Venue: Indianapolis Artsgarden | Catering: Ritz Charles | Florist: The Painted Daisy | DJ: Indy DJ Network | Hair Stylist: Salon 6 | Make-up Artist: Eyemax | Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Groom and Groomsmens’ Attire: Bachrach | Bridemaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Flower Girl Dress: J. Crew | Wedding Bands: Distinctive Diamonds | Transportation: Rockstar Limos Bus

I never tire of dreamy sunlight. It’s just so warm and bright and beautiful.

These two, Maria and Robert, met in high school; he was two years her junior but sparks flew regardless of the age difference.
They parted ways after those high school years and took paths with other individuals. Love found it’s way back after their missteps and they will wed in just a few days.



Cheryl M. Photography

Don’t forget to check out part one, too!








L Photographie



Photography: L Photographie | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Norwood Hills Country Club
 | Design and Coordination: St. Louis Wedding Consultants
 | Specialty Decor / Lighting: Exclusive Events
 | Florist: Sisters Flowers
 | Cake: The Cakery Bakery & Celebrating Life Cakes
 | Linens: BBJ Linen
 | Stationery: M. Haley Design
 | Transportation: Best Transportation
 | Band: Charles Glenn
 | Tents: Traube Tent
 | Hair: Deyne Goering – Designs by Deyne
 | Makeup: Lauren Wilkerson
 | Rentals: Premier Rentals (Chairs)

This wedding truly carries the spirit of summer. With the bright light (peaking through the rain clouds), the bold colors and tropical feel. Katy and Craig’s wedding has me wishing I was on a beach somewhere right about now.






L Photographie


From the Bride:
The wedding venue was an easy choice for us since I was a member with my family there as a child. My father passed away when I was five and my dad’d friends planted a tree for him on the 6th hole of the west course at Norwood Hills Country Club. Just to make the venue more perfect, On our second date Craig called me to tell me he was going to be late because he had a meeting at Norwood because he was joining as a member! We dated for five years after that enjoying our summers at the club.

Every detail of the wedding seemed to come together flawlessly. I think I might be the only bride in the world where this happened! I went to the linen store and found our burlap tablecloths and green napkins within minutes of walking in. The cake was the best tasting thing I have ever put in my mouth so that day was a breeze as well. Kudos to the Cakery on Tamm! The grooms cake was the idea of another cake shop in Wildwood. Mo, they really made our vision come to life.

Exclusive events took care of the lighting, draping and the outdoor furniture. The lighting really set the mood of the reception. I was so happy to see that they could do something about the DARK BROWN walls that Norwood decided to paint from white a couple of months before the wedding. Besides the dark brown walls, Norwood also redid the floors to the original marble making a gorgeous dance floor.

It was supposed to rain the day of the wedding and we had to put up the tent, my worst nightmare at the time. But it turned out to be more beautiful with the tent, giving the ceremony an all white look with the alter and wedding party in bright oranges and pinks.

Sisters flowers created my magnificent 25 pound all orchid bouquet. Believe it or not, my left arm was broken during the wedding and I carried that bouquet! My doctors were nice enough to take my cast off for the occasion. I was just happy I could still carry it! And the centerpieces were exquisite, filled with orchids and palm leaves. They understood the drama I wanted from the flowers and boy did they deliver!

From the music to the signature drinks my wedding was exactly how I had dreamed. This wedding would have not been pulled off if it wasn’t for our wedding planner Shayna Laiderman of St. Louis wedding consultants. She worked tireless with me to come up with all the cute details from the napkins to the lighting.


Photography: L Photographie | Ceremony / Reception Venue: Norwood Hills Country Club
 | Design and Coordination: St. Louis Wedding Consultants
 | Specialty Decor / Lighting: Exclusive Events
 | Florist: Sisters Flowers
 | Cake: The Cakery Bakery & Celebrating Life Cakes
 | Linens: BBJ Linen
 | Stationery: M. Haley Design
 | Transportation: Best Transportation
 | Band: Charles Glenn
 | Tents: Traube Tent
 | Hair: Deyne Goering – Designs by Deyne
 | Makeup: Lauren Wilkerson
 | Rentals: Premier Rentals (Chairs)

Erin and Justin are getting married this fall in South Bend, Indiana. But, the two just love spending time in New Buffalo, Michigan. So, why not plan an engagement session in one of your favorite places?

On your wedding day, time can be quite tight, especially when it comes to photos. Use an engagement session or day after session as a way to tackle some of those other favorite spots of yours to get a few snap shots. You’ll enjoy having a little breather room on your wedding day, and still have photos at your favorite park or coffee shop.



Melissa Hayes Photography

I’m taking a break today and heading over to A Low Country Wedding.  Erin, the blog’s editor, is off enjoying herself on a fabulous vacation, so I shared my latest color palette for you all to drool over.  You may have caught it yesterday, but if not, head over to Erin’s blog to check it out in all its fresh and yummy goodness.

It’s pretty guaranteed that I’ll swoon over every pair of Kate Spade I land my eyes on. So this pair should be of no surprise.


Hillary Maybery Photography

For more Tuesday Shoesday goodness, hop over to Simply & Forever, Heart Love Weddings, Life in the Super Burbs, Brancoprata, Postcards and Pretties, Magnolia Rouge, and Marry You Me!

Rain may have scared Tricia and Joel on their wedding day, but the two pushed forward with their outdoor ceremony at The Oread hotel in Lawrence, Kansas. The rain literally stopped right before she walked down the aisle – talk about fate. Plus, how could you not want that backdrop for your ceremony? Who knew that flat-Kansas had such gorgeous views!









Solar Photographers


Photographer: Solar Photographers | Ceremony Venue: The Oread | Reception Venue: Adams Alumni Building | Caterer: Macelli’s | Hair Stylist: The Fix | Floral Designer: Owens Flower Shop | Cake Designer: Iced Art | DJ: Entertainment to Go

This session is perfectly summer. The sun, the water and the adorable Anthropologie bathing suit. Kudos to Lee Ann and Brandon for taking a dip in the Illinois River. It was full of gunk from the recent flooding earlier this summer. Any chance to cool off in this heat is a good one, though!



Pam Cooley Photography