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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.

I adore big balloons. Whether it may be used as a prop in your engagement or wedding photos, with your groom or with your bridal party or as the perfect backdrop or focal point for your ceremony or reception venue, there is something so magical about the big, bright (or pastel) balloons. My favorite touch is the added tassels to the string of the balloon making them that much more fun. Here are a few of my favorite uses of these pretty, big balloons.


Elizabeth Messina via Style Me Pretty


Christian Cruz via Green Wedding Shoes


Rachel Parker of MHP via Southern Weddings


Shipra Panosian Photography via Elizabeeth Anne Designs


Rachwal Photography via Style Me Pretty


Jaylena Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Oli Sansom via Style Me Pretty


Nathan Russell Photography via Ruffled Blog


Cotton Candy Photography via Love My Dress


This fall and winter, Shannon of SHD Photography gathered these gorgeous ladies to model among this gorgeous scenery and these stunning backdrops. These images will leave you itching to get into your gowns and celebrate your wedding day. What’s your bride style for your wedding day?

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Photographer: SHD Photography

2014 is almost here, and many brides and grooms envision celebrating their marriage surrounded by family and friends leading into the new year. I think this is a fabulous way to close out one year and start off another. I’ve been stumbling across a lot of gorgeous New Year’s Eve wedding celebration details and wanted to share them with you future brides-to-be who are considering ringing in the new year by saying ‘I Do.’ Happy New Year!

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Elisabeth Carol Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Elisabeth Carol Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Rachel May Photography via United with Love

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StudioThisIs via Style Me Pretty

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Holly Graciano Photography via Wedding Window

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Concept Photography via The Bridal Detective


Edyta Szyszlo via 100 Layer Cake


Hetler Photography via Oh Lovely Day


Hetler Photography via Oh Lovely Day


Emily Steffen Photography via Minnesota Bride


Emily Steffen Photography via Minnesota Bride


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

Christa and Nick chose their hometown of Cape Girardeau in Southeast Missouri as the perfect spot to become husband and wife and celebrate the day with family and friends. Both Christa and Nick are from Southeast Missouri, were engaged in Cape Girardeau, and although their current home is St. Louis, MO, they both thought that their childhood home in the Bootheel of Missouri was the perfect fit for the two of them.




































About the Big Day:
Christa and Nick had a beautiful, southern style wedding, and it was filled with details that truly made the day meaningful. From the getaway car that was once her father’s mother’s car which Christa’s father fully restored, to the doors of Christa’s great grandparents’ house as a backdrop to the cake, to the barn doors from a close family friend’s barn used as the backdrop to the head table, there were so many truly personal touches in this wedding day, making it beyond memorable for more than just the couple. The wedding gowns of the mothers of both the bride and groom were displayed next to their own wedding photos.

Christa added a twist to the traditional something old, new, borrowed and blue, and instead of using objects to display these things, she used friends. Her Something Old was a high school friend, Something New was a coworker and best friend, Something Borrowed was a newly married friend and Something Blue was Nick’s cousin, as something blue symbolized family and continuity.

In between the ceremony and the reception, the couple, who now calls St. Louis home, had to make a stop at a favorite local college bar to watch the end of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game because in October, true Cardinals fans can’t miss even the tiniest bit of the playoff madness.

Christa and Nick have a very real love for one another, and a true love and appreciation for family and friendship, all of which were displayed on their wedding day.

Photographer: Simply Stated Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral / Reception Venue: Drury Lodge / Flowers & Decor: J Maries / Cake Baker: Kim Goodpasture / DJ: Charlie's Review / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Theresa Kern / Videographer: Claire Bira

Paige and Daniel had the perfect fall wedding day in Southern Illinois in late October. In the eyes of the bride, she had blinked and grown up from a little girl to a bride, there to experience her fairytale wedding day with her father, her family and most importantly, her groom by her side. Cheers to Paige and Daniel, and in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous details from their wedding day!
































About the Big Day:
Paige and Daniel were married on October 19, 2013 at Orchardview Winery in Alma, Illinois. Their vintage chic wedding day was filled with creative personal touches perfectly suited for the bride and groom. Paige was a DIY bride who had the help of all of her bridesmaids, family and friends to make her dreams a reality when it came to the overall wedding décor. She had the help of these important people to assemble centerpieces and other decorations for the venue, and her dad and grandpa helped to build a lot of key pieces as well, including the freestanding doorway that lead the guests, and the bride, into the ceremony location and down the aisle to her prince charming. Paige’s favorite detail of the entire day was the arbor built out of old barn wood that stood behind the preacher during the wedding ceremony. Three strips of material hung from the arbor, and Paige and Daniel, along with their families, braided the strips together during the ceremony to represent their unity. Pins from Paige and Daniel’s college fraternity and sorority were carefully pinned to Paige’s bouquet.

During the reception, their wedding guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a night of fun and dancing. Paige and Daniel’s wedding day was a true representation of their relationship and their futures that they were soon to grow and build together. The two of them left for their honeymoon in Jamaica shortly after their wedding day, then came home and packed to head to their new home in England, where Daniel is stationed. The new Mr. and Mrs. have started their new journey together filled with love and adventure.

Ceremony Venue: Orchardview Winery / Reception Venue: Orchardview Winery / Photographer: SHD Photography / Catering: Wheelan's BBQ Shack / Cake Baker: Covered in Chocolate / Rentals: Kelly's for the Occasion / DJ: Dwonka and Funke
When I think of Minnesota I don’t think of green, luscious landscapes. That’s why when I saw The Forest Bride by Jaimee C Photography I was blown away to learn it was photographed in Minneapolis. This styled shoot is simple yet stunning and is proof that creating a beautiful AND eco friendly wedding is indeed possible in the middle of the country.
From the Photographer
I wanted to show brides a new type of bridal fashion that’s eco friendly. I wanted to tell a story of a bride living in the forest and using the land to look beautiful. I worked with a great set of vendors to make this vision of The Forest Bride come to life. And I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.

Photographer:  Jaimee C Photography / Model: Kristi Frazier / Florist: Munster Rose / Location: Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota / Hair & Makeup: Casie Deisher

The first thing I noticed when scrolling through this album was the beautiful lighting each photo encompassed, and it made me long for the sunshine of Spring now more than ever. This wedding not only has gorgeous photos, it also includes some heartfelt DIY (my favorite) which were created by the bride and groom, with help from their family. The mix of modern, incorporated with cultural traditional elements, is what makes this wedding just so incredibly special.

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From the Photographer

Beautiful wedding that involved many DIY aspects. The ceremony and reception took place on the grounds of Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri. The ceremony took place at Firestone Baars Chapel. The Chapel, a modern affair, was designed by Eero Saarinin, the architect of the St. Louis Arch. Almost all aspects of the wedding decor were created by the bride and groom, with the help of family. The flowers were purchased in bulk and arranged by the B+G’s mothers. A handmade lilac-scented soap was provided as gifts to the guests. The bride and groom, both (South) Korean, worked to fuse traditional elements into their wedding day. The ceremony was presented in both Korean and English. B+G’s mothers wore traditional hanboks. Members of their local church choir attended the ceremony to provide a special serenade. The guest book encouraged guests to leave a special note. The envelopes were sealed, and will be opened in the future. Very simple, beautiful and elegant decorations for the reception ballroom. Dancing followed the meal, and included a mix of western tunes and Korean Pop.


The planning is done, the photo album has been created and now you are a Mrs… where did the time go?! My mom always told me that the older you get, the faster the times goes by. I have never truly understood this until this past year. Have we really been married an ENTIRE year already… 12 months, 365 days, 525,600 minutes?

As an avid lover of Pinterest (aren’t we all) I can admit that out of my 3,000+ pins, I probably have gone back and referenced them about 25% of the them. However, there is one idea that I decided to follow-though with and I couldn’t be happier with the results. I am so excited to share our ‘first year anniversary’ photos.

So although the planning is done and the photo album has been created; now as a Mrs. there are still many wonderful milestones to encounter (and document) as a couple.

 Bill Roop Photography

We had so much fun incorporating props into this photo shoot.  I previously posted about ‘engagement photo props’ and what a fun, personalized touch it can add to your photo session. Since we did not incorporate these into our original engagement photos, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. We decided to include special items from our wedding day; one of our favorite wedding day photos, his tie, and my wedding day shoes… still complete with my ‘something blue.’  And please let me also introduce you to our adorable Miniature Golden Doodle, Moxen… he pretty much stole the show.