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Elopements!

February 6th, 2012

I love weddings! I’m a hopeless romantic, I can’t help it.  I love how beautiful the bride looks, how the groom will fiddle with his ring because it’s such a foreign object on his finger, and best of all how they look at each other like no one else is around, and I love LOVE!

We alway think of a wedding as a day full of family, flowers, a beautiful bride and groom, and usually a whole lot of money spend.  And that’s all good, don’t get me wrong.  But sometimes, for reasons not always disclosed, couples choose to do things on a much smaller scale.  I mean MUCH smaller scale; and elope.  And everything I love about weddings and everything we think about weddings still stands true about elopements.

I’ve photographed elopements that took less than 30 minutes and I’ve photographed elopements that took 2 hrs.  I’m not referring to the length of the ceremony, I’m referring to the amount of photographic coverage they desired.  Both were absolutely beautiful.

The first elopement took place on New Years Eve bright and early at 8 a.m. Everything was finished at 10 a.m. and the couple was on a flight to Vegas by noon.  Check out their slideshow.

Sometimes elopements only take 30 minutes. We all meet at an agreed upon location (couple takes care of any fees if applicable) – then the next thing you know Their Married! In the example below they only had one witness show up so not only did I document the wonderful moments of their marriage I also was one of their legal witnesses! How’s that for multi-tasking!

So if you’re thinking about eloping remember you can still have beautiful wedding memories! We’d love to be there as your photographer, and witness if need be.

Babies & Families

October 26th, 2011

We are always so excited to hear back from our couples when they are about to start a family.  A great way to welcome the arrival of your first (or second, or third, or . . .) child is with a new family portrait.  Click the image and enjoy this little slideshow from some recent sessions.

Hair & Makeup from EDEN IV Fashion Show

June 27th, 2011

I love shooting runway!  Thursday evening was no exception.  This slideshow represents the amazing talents of  hair stylist Rob Govero of  Robert Govero for Hair and makeup by Kelly Kossakoski where they matched fun and vintage swimwear with hair and makeup.

Jazz St. Louis Gala

March 8th, 2011

St. Louis – a great city with awesome jazz music and a great crop of new musicians coming up!

Sunday evening I had the pleasure of photographing Jazz St. Louis Gala, a not-for-profit organization that supports jazz music education and outreach housed at Jazz at the Bistro in Grand Center.   Please check out their website and concert schedule.

Laurie & Brandon

February 28th, 2011

What an amazing day we had a Brandon and Laurie’s wedding at AmeriStar in St. Charles, MO! Click the image to view a 6 minute slideshow of some of my favorite images, but if you  are at work, turn off or down your speakers and enjoy the show!

Come on Dad!

February 26th, 2011

Dad’s are very important people, and like the song goes they can truly say “I loved her first”.   Maureen was ready to go to the chapel, anxiously waiting in the car for her dad.  When she saw him approaching she couldn’t help getting excited because she knew it would only be a few more minutes before they walked down the isle together.

Tiny little magnificent moments truly are a big deal.

Lasting Memories

February 26th, 2011

I love creating lasting memories for families. Not just in wedding photography but in portraiture too.  Because these images, as beautiful as they are, are not only for the present – they are for future generations, to keep the spirit and memory of those that pass before us alive and remembered.

Weddings are the marriage of the past with the future

February 21st, 2011

Wedding days are the marriage of past with the future.  Sarah and Katie had been friends since childhood; always talking about when they got married how they would be there for each other.  Sadly, Katie had passed away a few years before Sarah even got engaged, yet she was honored at the ceremony with a sunflower bouquet.  The wedding day was Sarah’s.  But this moment – captured when Sarah bent down to share a moment with Katie – belonged to them both.

Let there be light!

February 17th, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was having brunch with my good friend Arina Lanis and she showed me the most amazing lip gloss.  Well, actually it wasn’t the lip gloss that was so amazing (which BTW, it is pretty darn good) but the packaging it came in!  Check it out

Light Up Lip Gloss

It’s a little hard to see, but see those little white spots in side the lid?  Those are two tiny LED lights that turn on when you open the lid!  Genius!

But wait, there’s more! The tube has a mirror on it!  OMG!  This has to be a “must have” for every bride, bridesmaid, oh heck – every women in/at a wedding!

Where did I find this little jewel?  On line at AMWAY.com and it’s only $15!  [I am not a distributor]  Check it out!

Magnificent Moment

February 15th, 2011

I will be the first to admit that I cry easy.  As a mother, the Father-Daughter dance is one of the most touching moments during the reception.  Dads are usually nervous because they don’t want to step on the dress or embarrass himself or his daughter.  But all those fears are swept away as soon as the the music starts.  He takes her hand, holds his daughter in his arms, closes his eyes, and in just a few short minutes he relives all the magnificent moments they had together as he watched her grow from little girl to beautiful bride.

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