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Christina and Aaron had their wedding at her parent’s home in Union Pier, Michigan. The ceremony was held on the private beach overlooking Lake Michigan.  Not only was this an awesome combination of beach and backyard weddings, but it had unique details throughout. Personalized papel picado, luchador catering staff, and an expanding paper cake topper definitely made this wedding one both their guests and this blog will remember.


Photographer: Justin Bursoni Photography / Catering: The Tamale Spaceship / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Stephanie Smith / Flowers & Decor: Dilly Lily / Bride’s Dress: Badgley Mischka / DJ: Style Matters DJ

This traditional church wedding in Milwaukee has gorgeous vintage details and colors: Peach and cream, a refurbish mother’s dress, romantic hanging votives, and unique bridesmaid’s dresses. But hands down, the best detail of this entire wedding is the genuine perma-smile on the groom’s face. It is so evident how joyful and glad he is to be there with his equally sweet, yet more quietly excited bride.


From the Photographer:

Melinda and Patrick wed on a warm late fall day in Wisconsin. Their day was infused with personal touches, vintage, rustic and modern details and had an overall laid-back styling. Mindy’s dress was fashioned from her mother’s vintage wedding gown, reworked to fit her modern/vintage taste. The day was simply perfect! 


Though in a lot of landlocked states it doesn’t quite feel like spring yet, this wedding might change that! With the looming thunderstorm, succulents everywhere, and lighthearted feel, Tasha and Adam’s nuptials in my hometown had me almost able to smell the rain in the air at Forest Park.


From the Photographer:

Tasha and Adam’s wedding had a very laid-back, organic feel.  The style of the day was a little vintage garden, a little country and a little industrial.  Being a very laid-back girl at heart, Tasha’s look was very natural, with simple hair and makeup.  She had two pairs of shoes:  one sparkly pair for the ceremony, and her cowboy boots for some pictures.  The ceremony, at the Jewel Box, in St. Louis’ famous Forest Park, was beautiful.  A small thunderstorm rolled through during the ceremony, and it was actually really lovely to listen to the low rumble of the thunder.  Luckily the rain stopped just in time to leave for pictures in Forest Park!   The lush greens, whites, and purples of the flowers and trees, after the rain, perfectly matched Tasha and Adam’s wedding theme.  The reception, at Sqwire’s, was a very laid-back party.  Tasha and Adam’s friends gave them bean-bag goals, that featured their home states, which guest could play outside. It felt like a fun family get together; no pretenses – just love.


Photographer: Kelly Pratt Photography / Getting Ready Venue: Moonrise Hotel / Ceremony Venue: Jewel Box, Forest Park / Caterer/Reception Venue: The Annex at SqWires / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Friend - Reena Karan / Flowers and Cake Topper: Poppies Design Studio / Bride’s Dress: Elizabeth Filmore, Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Veil/Hair Accessories: Hairpiece / Jeweler: Lindwedel Jewelers / Bride’s Shoes: Anthropologie / Hairstylist: Philip Johnson Salon / Makeup Artist: Sister; Korey Starkey / Invitations & Stationery: The Firecracker Press, Matty / Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids / Groom/Groomsmen's Attire: Stallone's Formal Wear / Cake Baker: The Cakery / DJ: Tom Rogers

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.

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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

While the photos from this wedding are gorgeous on their own, the story that comes with them is one of my favorites. When the ceremony is so personal (and silly in the right places), it really just gets to me that this whole day is about celebrating two people joining their lives together forever. Okay, and the vintage details are to die for!



From the Photographer:

Dana & Aubrey were married on May 27th, 2012 in Des Moines, Iowa. Every part of their wedding day was jam-packed with meaning and emotion! Aubrey put together details to create a lovely, feminine, vintage theme to her day. From her shoes to her veil to the chandelier at the ceremony, everything was delightful! They got ready at the house Dana & Aubrey bought only a month before their wedding, and we began the portrait time in their beautiful front porch. Everyone in the bridal party was such a trooper to endure the thick Iowa heat! A few important details and stories: Aubrey’s father gave her a heart necklace years ago and told her that he will keep the key to her heart until the man comes along that she will marry. During the ceremony they did a very joy-filled, emotional “giving the key away” ceremony. It could not have been a more beautiful picture of a dad giving his daughter away to the man of her dreams! Right before the ceremony’s processional, Aubrey & Dana’s proposal video was played. The video was incredibly emotion-filled as well as quite humorous! Most of the guests were left with tears of joy. It was such a beautiful way to begin the ceremony, as the proposal laid the foundation of their commitment to each other. The video can be found on my blog post of their wedding here: http://www.allisonmariephotographyblog.com/kansas-city-wedding-photographer-aubrey-dana/ There were all sorts of surprises during the ceremony! Aubrey sang to her new husband (and she is not known as a singer!!), her brother performed quite the dancing act, and all the groomsmen and ushers sang a hilarious version of a boy band song to Aubrey! Details: A friend of Aubrey’s custom made the bridesmaid dresses, and another friend designed their bouquets! Words cannot express how deeply moving, joy-filled and emotional their wedding day was! Even I, the photographer, was in tears :)


Photographer: Allison Marie Photography / Reception Venue: Tuscany Event Center