May 17, 2015
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This will be the longest blog post I’ve ever created, and deservedly so! Nicole and I met back in 2009, when I photographed her pajama-clad family on the day after Christmas for a fun photo shoot. Turned out Nicole was a photography student…and I was looking for an assistant to help me with my fast-growing business! She made a fabulous assistant–at each wedding I could look to her for support–whether it be important gossip regarding who’s mother disliked who, or for my end-of-the-night plate of wedding desserts. I have always been able to count on her!

Since Ellie arrived 2 years ago, I’ve pulled back from the wedding side of things…but when Nikki asked me to shoot her wedding in Cancun…there wasn’t any way I could say no! So Griff and I brushed off our passports, left Elliott for the first time, and hopped a plane to Mexico!

I’m not sure if a family could be any more fun than the Caleo’s. They were so accommodating (I felt guilty if I DIDN’T have a Miami Vice in hand), that the weekend didn’t feel too much like work. After we settled in, I was able to capture some engagement photos, some family pics, and some shots of the rehearsal dinner…

The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun was an amazing venue for a wedding weekend. The day of the wedding couldn’t have been more gorgeous. There was no shortage of beautiful backgrounds for the wedding photos. Nikki and Don’s roof-top reception was laid-back, with yummy food and fun dancing. The day flew by…and the night ended with an amazing show by a troupe of fire-dancers…so cool!!!

After some recovery time the next day, we had some fun with trashing “A” dress…not “The” dress. No way was Nikki soaking her gorgeous wedding gown…so she bought a cute, cheap white dress and trashed that one instead!

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Nikki and Don…and the Caleos…thank you so much for bringing us along to capture your wedding weekend. It was surreal and a blast, and I hope you love your images. Love you Nicole!!!

December 22, 2014
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This Christmas, one of my “gifts” to my husband, Griffin, was to show off some of his AMAZING work to everyone! It can be hard for me to put into words what he means to our family, but his dedication to making our house beautiful is just one of the many reasons why I love him. Starting back before Elliott was born, he started working on the basement bathroom. He hired someone to finish the plumbing, but everything else was done with his own two hands. We chose to paint the room Sherwin Williams “Softened Green”, which I think makes it feel very spa-like. The tile is just gorgeous, and I’m in love with our rustic-looking wood-tile floors. I think my favorite part of the bathroom is the oval-shaped mirror over the vanity back-splash.

The best view in the bathroom is from the jacuzzi tub. I’ve spent a few nights here with a glass of wine catching up on Project Runway :)

Next comes Griffin’s favorite room in the house. While he worked hard on the bathroom, he really put his heart into the bar. He is, after all, a craft-beer aficionado. We carried the wood tile from the bathroom out into the bar. Griff took the pre-finished cabinets from Home Depot and customized them. He’d been saving a slab of butcher block for years, hoping to find the right place for it. It looks perfect as the bar-top. The Schlafly bottle cap backsplash is a nod to his favorite local brewery. We look forward to spending many nights entertaining friends in our very own basement pub :)

Merry Christmas! Let us know if you ever want to come have a drink :)

November 18, 2014
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I want to apologize for my sad, unused blog! Full time job + 18 month old baby = shifted priorities! Anyway, more on that later!

In October I was honored to photograph Carolyn and Daniel’s wedding at the Missouri History Museum. As you look back at recent blog posts, you may recognize Carolyn as the 4th out of 4 Chao sisters whose weddings I’ve photographed. Crazy! These Chao people are good folks, and I will miss shooting a wedding for them every couple of months! I look forward to capturing memories of lots of grandchildren :)

As I write this blog it is currently 15 degrees (on November 18th), and I’m looking back with fond memories to this beautiful fall day :) I enjoyed watching Carolyn have a moment with her grandmother (who personally sewed the straps on her wedding gown), see her future husband for the first time, and especially enjoyed the random fireworks display that popped up at the end of the evening!

Teasleys, I hope you enjoy your wedding photos :)

 

Ceremony + Reception: MO History Museum

Floral Design: Thorn Studio

July 17, 2014
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“We can’t take serious photos”, Emily stated to me at our pre-wedding consultation. Sometimes when I hear these kind of statements I get a little nervous. But these two rocked out their photos, even in the sticky StL humidity! Emily is the 3rd of 4 Chao sisters whose wedding I had/will have the pleasure of shooting. Pretty sure they should invite me to Thanksgiving this year? Just sayin’.

Some highlights of Emily and Tyler’s day included: Windy downpours followed by 95 degree heat, getting ready at her parents’ gorgeous condo overlooking Forest Park, A-MA-ZING florals by Thorn Studio (including a  beautiful flower headpiece), an awesome steel-drum player who played the music for the ceremony with more energy than I’ve ever witnessed, a surprise serenade from the groom, and an end-of-the-night Sno-cone truck.

And hey…the bride wore Birkenstocks (sounds like the name of a book, doesn’t it?)  Enjoy this beautiful wedding!

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Courtney and Jordan were married on a perfect Saturday in June. Their ceremony was held at the always beautiful World’s Fair Pavilion, followed by a reception at the stunning Statler Ballroom at the Renaissance Grand. I was honored to capture their day.

Much of Courtney’s color scheme came to be when she found this hot pair of shoes…

 

Florist: Alex Waldbart Florist