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The talented Amy Meyerott Photography styled and photographed this e-session with Danielle and Justin in Forest Park early this spring. Amy spotted the perfect secluded spot in the park complete with a bottle of wine, Kate Spade stemware and the most romantic sunset for this gorgeous couple.




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From the Photographer:

We are absolutely smitten with Danielle and Justin. They are the kind of couple you want with you on a bad day. They just make me so happy. They each have wonderful personalities and you can just see their love for one another every time their eyes meet. Justin is in absolute awe of her.

He is the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know how much he loves her. Danielle has the same feelings towards him. She is his encourager, supporter, and kind heart by his side. When stylizing their shoot, we kept the thought of their September wedding at Chandler Hill Vineyards in mind. The pastel color palette was just perfect for the early spring light… I couldn’t resist letting it pour into my lens.

Tis the season for love and engagements! As engagements are likely popping up all over your Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds these past few weeks, likely are the engagement photo shoots too. Currently trending are holiday and winter themed engagement sessions, which also double as the perfect holiday card to send out as a save-the-date or engagement announcement this time of the year. Here’s a look at a few of the favorites I’ve spotted throughout the season. Happy Holidays!


Melissa McCrotty Photography via Two Bright Lights


With Love & Embers


Megan Hartley Photography via Belle the Magazine


SARAH HASSTEDT via Grey Likes Weddings


Megan Hartley Photography via Belle the Magazine


With Love & Embers


SARAH HASSTEDT via Grey Likes Weddings


Squaresville Studios via Green Wedding Shoes


With Love & Embers


Captured by Corrin via Paper Moon Weddings


Wren Photography via Bride and Joy

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Velvet Owl Photography

One of my favorite trends I’ve seen as of late involves glitter, sparkle, gold and all things confetti. Confetti is popping up all over the place whether it be on stationery, as a guest favor, as part of a tablescape or the key piece (or pieces) to your grand exit following your wedding ceremony. Either way, I absolutely love it and the color and shine that confetti brings to photos and real life, not to mention, there are so many options when it comes to size, shape, color, texture, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite confetti uses in weddings, engagement sessions, stationery, favors and beyond.


Priscila Valentina Photography via Green Wedding Shoes




Anika London Photography via A Subtle Revelry

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Amy Stone Photography via Oh Lovely Day


Inside the Lovely


HEYLOOK via Ruffled Blog


Holli B. Photography via Bridal Guide


Sounds Like Yellow Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings


Brklyn View Photography via Booklyn Bride


Nancy Ray Photography via Gratefully Inspired Blog


Aya Photography via Keestone Events




From the Photographer:
Tara and I went to school together and since we graduated I have had so much fun seeing her and Dan’s cute pictures on Facebook and Instagram! Without knowing Dan, I knew that he was Tara’s other half! Shortly after getting engaged, Tara contacted me and said that she wanted me to photograph their wedding, and I was obviously beyond happy! And it only got better from there. They are getting married at the adorable New Children’s Museum in San Diego, California next year (that I CANNOT wait to photograph), AND she asked if I would go out to Denver (their new home town) for a destination engagement session to photograph their engagement portraits, yes please!!! I such had a fantastic time running around Denver with this super fun, adorable couple! Dan had Tara laughing the whole time, and they made me feel so welcome – it was seriously so fun!

When Andy from Oceanwide Studios sent me this proposal + wedding (more on that later), it was an immediate reaction that I obviously jump at the chance to feature it.

You see. I’m a sucker for a true love story. Not only did Dennis plan this surprise proposal for his girlfriend of 7 years, Jill, but he also went through the trouble to plan their wedding. On the same day. No fuss, no crazy long engagement, just heartfelt joy, their closest family and friends, and a zero-in focus on what marriage is about. I’d keep rattling on, but really, you should just watch the same day edit.

dennis+jill // SURPRISE engagement, SURPRISE wedding and SURPRISE SDE from oceanwide on Vimeo.

Videographer: Oceanwide Studios

I am a sucker for vintage-inspired weddings. Something about incorporating timeless, classic and sometimes quirky touches from the past hit home to me. I love it even more when couples incorporate vintage cars into their engagement photos or weddings themselves. Whether it’s a great uncles classic Camaro or my personal favorite a VW Bug, incorporating a classic ‘getaway’ car or incorporating a vintage car or truck into your engagement photos means a special touch that adds personality to your big day. We’ve collected a few examples below:

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Do you have a favorite vintage car? Which one would you use?

Ampersands, signs and banners, oh my! Engagement photo props seem to be showing up everywhere these days. They are a fun, simple, creative way to add a personalized touch to any engagement photo session.  Not only can props be used to display a wedding date for those ‘save the date’ cards, they can also be an amazing way to showcase the personalities and interests of a couple. Engagement photos are no longer just about picking the right outfit, they are photos to document your journey together. There is no better way to showcase this journey then by doing what you love, revisiting a place that you love or taking photos with the things you love.

Photographs by Jenna Leigh

Mike Larson | Laura Ivanova Photography |  Modern Life Photo | Banner: baybeedahlboutique 

Photographs by Jenna Leigh  | Kate Schoepflin Photography  |  Mark  Hawkins Photography

PRB Photos via The Wedding Chicks  |  Erin Jean Photography  |  Laura Ivanova Photography

Michele Wagner Photography

Signs: TRUECONNECTION Emma Freeman Photography  |  Erin Johnson Photography |  Stacy Able Photography

Mike Larson |  Holly D Photography

Fuse Photography

You can find personal and unique engagement props just about anywhere.  Look around your own home for personal touches or visit a local antique store. You may be surprised at the little treasures you uncover! ETSY is also a great resource to find Mr. & Mrs. signs, wedding date banners and everything in between.  And, Pinterest is the ultimate place to start your inspiration search.

Continues to amaze me how much creativity comes out of the Midwest when it comes to weddings.  I am beyond thrilled that local brides are finally realizing it is okay to make it personal, and most importantly have fun.

Local blogger, Lauren of , and her fiance put together this fabulous save the date video in stop motion, and I cannot. stop. watching. it.  I wish I could be a guest at this girl’s wedding. But ‘alas, that’s not possible. BUT, the fabulous Lisa Hessel will be photographing their big day this Fall, and I cannot wait to see what she captures.


Save the Date! from Sean and Lauren on Vimeo.

Considering I have nearly 8,000 gumballs sitting in my dining room right now, this photo completely resonates with me. (And, no I’m not kidding about the 8,000 gumballs).

Photo courtesy of MNC Photography

Posting will remain light until after the Landlocked Bride’s wedding and return from her honeymoon.