Jared & Cassidy Kilpack Wedding at Oak Ridge Estates Bowling Green Missouri

Spring in the midwest is so unpredictable. Jared called me the Thursday before the wedding because their original venue flooded. I couldn’t believe it! Luckly, God had greater plans to bring these two together because the gorgeous Oak Ridge Estates in Bowling Green Missouri was open and ready to host these two’s perfect day. Even with the venue change so many family & friends came to support their love!

When I first saw Cassidy, she looked nothing short of a Disney princess. Just look this stunning gown by Hayley Paige from Maiden Voyage Bridal. I fell in love with the cascading layers and beaded top. From her shoes to her flower crown she made mouths drop.

Not to mention, I will always love a wedding that serves a good slice of pizza for dinner!

Congratulations Kilpacks! Thank you so much for asking me to capture your first day of forever!

Vendors:

Dress: Maiden Voyage Bridal

Designer: Hayley Paige

Floral: DIY silk

Venue: Oak Ridge Estates

Food: Pizza Hut

Photography: Jheart Photography

Adam & Ashton Wedding/Chandler Hill Weddings/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

Chandler Hill Vineyard is placed on top of a hill in the rolling hills of Defiance, Missouri. Defiance is a little town known for it’s different wineries and B&B’s. From the moment I road up the driveway, to see the intimate venue spot, I knew Ashton & Adam choose the greatest spot for their forever to begin. Each room you prep in has a beautiful full window overlooking the grounds with breath taking views. The rustic charm to the dining area made for an alluring romantic wedding.

The ceremony was out on their giant patio which overlooked a beautiful lake, lines and lines of grape vines, and a deep sunset off to the left. Watching the sunset as they shared their first kiss was the perfect touch to such a romantic day. You know me and food….I will never forget how delicious the steak was at dinner! Need to plan to take my husband their for dinner!

My absolute favorite memory of the day though, was how much Ashton smiled. From the moment she slipped into her gorgeous dress, to seeing Adam at the end of the aisle, to the second I hugged her goodbye at the end of the evening. Her glow and Adam’s face when he would catch her eye, gave me goosebumps!

I am so excited for these two and blessed to have been asked to capture their day.

Dress: Sincerely Yours Bridal

Photography: Jheart Photography

Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s

Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyard

Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

DJ: Elite Pro DJ

Flowers: DIY by The Bride!! (Aren’t they beautifully done!)

Candid Beautifully Workshop/MarryMeCottage/St. Charles Wedding Photography

One of the hardest things I have had to develop in my business is connecting with my clients on more than just a professional level. I want them to receive their galleries knowing I made their session personal to them. Being able to get to know them and capture them candidly has grown & changed my business immensely. Looking back on last year and seeing how much it has positively impacted my business, I decided I wanted to share the knowledge and ideas with other photographers. A photographer that is able to provide a diverse image gallery in a short amount of time is not an easy task!

This is where The Candid Beautifully Workshop came into play…..

”If indeed you must be candid, be Candid Beautifully”

Think about that for a second. There are many ways to catch a candid photograph, but to execute the candid image in a beautiful way is difficult when you’re working in the moment. So what if as photographers, we focused more on the client connection and basic movements to really capture a candid moment? You end up with beautiful things.

10 amazing boss babes gathered at The Marry Me Cottage in O’Fallon, MO to learn, grow, and get dinner. You all know I won’t skip a chance to have a good meal. We talked about posing tips, easy actions to tell clients to maximize the shots rendered, how to flow from one pose to the next, and even some business tips. We were able to work with some outstanding wedding vendors in our area and their work was gorgeously showcased.

Each girl has a different business, different goals, and a different creative eye, yet we were able to come together and have fun, share ideas, just for the love of the industry! I am so blessed I was able to share parts of my journey with others in hopes to help them grow their business.

*Candid Beautifully Workshop is hosted by Jheart Photography & Elegant Illusions Photography.

Vendors:

Matt & Jessica Hanson Wedding/Quail Ridge Park/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

I know this blog is a few weeks late. I did things backwards and had their full gallery done so fast that I by passed my favorite part…sharing the story of their beautiful day…

From the moment Jessica booked with me, I knew she was going to be one of my favorites. Jess is sweet, soft spoken, has an amazing laugh, and loves Matt with her whole heart. I learned this at the engagement session when they couldn’t stop looking at each other and giggling. Quail Ridge is in my top 3 favorite places to capture anything. The open fields and hiking trails in the back are just right for the fall of sunset and create the best golden evening light. But, even during a mid-afternoon wedding Quail Ridge proves to be a beautiful spot for wedding pictures. Matt & Jess’ entire day was one of fairytales.

Wedding Coordinator: Simply You Events

Dress: David’s Bridal

Photography: Jheart Photography

Second Shooter: Gabrielle Mesler

Venue: Quail Ridge Park

Church: St. Stephen United Methodist Church

Cake: Bride’s Aunt

DJ: C&C All Around Sound

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Mens Wear: Men’s Warehouse

Hermann Hill Wedding Ashlie & Cody/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Jheart Photography

When I first started my photography business, Hermann Hill Weddings was the venue of the first wedding I ever captured. 10 years later I am blessed to capture Cody, Ashlie, and Maverick as their family become one. The view is still gorgeous, the food is still delicious, and the charm is still so romantic. Placed on top of the hill on a bluff over looking the Missouri River Hermann Hill Weddings is beautiful. If Ashlie ever became a wedding planner, I believe she could be a billionaire because every detail of her wedding was pieced together with a romantic touch. I was in love with the blush tones and rose gold!

Surrounded by friends and family Ashlie & Cody had the perfect start to their forever…..

Venue: Hermann Hill Weddings

Dress: Cleo Bridal

Florals: Bride

Rings: Helzberg Diamonds

DJ: Complete

Catering: Hermann Hill Weddings

Cake: Cupcake Amore

New Town Weddings & Events/Jheart Photography Wedding Vendor Spotlight/St. Charles Wedding

Tucked back on the north side of St. Charles, you will find New Town, a quaint new generation borough. You will find a Marsala’s, a quick grocery spot, a coffee house, wine bar, sand volleyball, man made lakes, dinning spots and a perfect spot to host your unforgettable wedding day!

With 12 years experience in helping Brides & Grooms execute the biggest day of their lives, New Town Weddings & Events will make you feel confident your day is going to go smooth. Shae, New Towns lead wedding coordinator, has been in the business for 4 years now & her joy comes from spending time with her couples to make their wedding day dreams become a reality. New Town Wedding & Events is a breath taking spot to say your “I do’s” and then party into the night! Shae’s best piece of advice, “When you have a vision tell us, we will do anything to make your vision turn in to the best day of your life.”

New Town offers two locations for your ceremony. First, the bright & airy chapel that seats up to 250 guests. Second is outside with the vast scenery behind you while you stand in front of New Town’s Grand Canal.

New Town Wedding Chapel, located in the heart of New Town

New Town Wedding Chapel, located in the heart of New Town

New Town’s Grand Basin, view from where the ceremony would take place

New Town’s Grand Basin, view from where the ceremony would take place

I absolutely love the scenic view from the Grand Canal. There is plenty of space for up to 250 guests in both ceremony options.

The best part of the Wedding Chapel is the large vast 2 story windows letting in gorgeous sunlight for the perfect light & airy feel. The wood work on the doors behind the altar steps, create a unique backdrop. There is also plenty of spots to place any floral arrangements to enhance the beauty of the chapel.

Designed with your favorite colors and decor, this space can be a magical spot to say “I do!”. After you fall in love with the chapel, you look up to find it has a balcony! From that angle you can capture the entire aisle and everyone there.

This is the perfect spot to score some seriously romantic pictures. I mean…look at these gorgeous pictures….

The balcony also serves as a fun kiss shot!

One of my favorite things about venues is when they can host the ceremony AND the reception! Who doesn’t love a one spot wedding that also has perfect picture locations?! After you get married in the chapel or in front of the Grand Canal, you can move to their Event Tent for your reception of up to 350 guests.

New Town Event Tent located near the Grand Canal

New Town Event Tent located near the Grand Canal

You have to freedom to decorate as you wish and included there are beautiful chandeliers and rope lights to add to the charm of your reception. They work exclusive with the delicious FrenchTown Catering who will handle all of your food needs. After serving two weddings here, I can personally tell you the food choices will not disappoint!

Honestly, I can not say enough good things about New Town Weddings and Events. They execute flawless weddings and providing couples with a dream wedding day. If you are still shopping for your 2019 wedding or getting ready for your 2020 wedding, New Town is a beautiful wedding location. You can just host your ceremony, just your reception, or plan both there! Prices vary from starting at $300 for just ceremony and $2,000-$3,000 for your reception.

Now to see all the beautiful places to capture your wedding when you plan your New Town wedding.

Awards:

Best of St. Charles- 4 years running

The Knot Best of Weddings- 3 years running

Where you can find them on Facebook:

@New Town Weddings and Events

@New Town at St. Charles

@newtownstc

@newtownweddings

Website:

Www.newtowneventplanning.com

Jake & Amanda Maternity/St. Charles/New Town/Marsala's Market

A few years back I stopped focusing on photography(I know, crazy right…)and became a Manager of the grocery store my father owned. It’s actually the grocery store our studio is directly across from now! BUT, when I worked there I had this crazy idea of shooting a maternity session inside while she munched on all of her favorite craving foods!

Amanda & Jake NAILED it.

Amanda’s outgoing personality, which is why she is a rocking St Charles real estate agent, showed no mercy when it came to going all out and getting silly. Then we busted out the ice cream, cause she brought her own spoon, and the giggles never stopped from there! Plus Jake’s face made every silly thing 100% worth it. You can tell that silliness is part of why he married her! Love it!

Marsala’s Market in New Town St. Charles was so generous allowing us to shoot inside their store. Even when we busted open the ice cream! If you are ever in New Town, stop in there for a delicious fresh made sandwich!

I am so excited to meet Brinn in a few weeks and to see their little family grow from 3 to 4. Big brother is very excited for sister’s arrival and those moments of them meeting are the best!!

Macy & Bobbie Engaged/Belleville Illinois/Jheart Photography

When Macy & Bobbie called me and told me about their plans for an intimate backyard farm wedding, I melted. I am a huge sucker for the small romantic weddings, especially if it’s on gorgeous family farm property where you know it’s safe to have a big party!

These two beauties met while working together, which now days seem extraordinary because seems like everyone is meeting online. The Saturday we worked together was that crazy, 60 degree weekend here in the midwest, confirming how bi-polar midwest weather is! Since it was SO beautiful, we took it to the streets and started off in their town of Belleville. Macy & Bobbie wanted to shoot downtown in the heart of the city for some beautiful urban looks. Downtown Belleville reminded me so much of Historic St. Charles with cobblestone streets, old adorable houses that look so cozy, and a really cute businesses along the main strip. Bar Seven is where we ended, was such a fun dive bar with a super cute alley way, that we obviously took advantage of.

Macy & Bobbie were such a joy to work with and to get to capture their love in my lens. I am stoked to be at their wedding in September. I already feel like one of the family and it makes me even more excited to meet the whole family!

Danielle's Journey: Cochlear Implant/St. Charles Photographer/Jheart Photography

I met Danielle when she hired me to capture her wedding day in 2015. The day was beautiful filled with family, friends, and so much love. With their laid back personality’s and Deven’s ridiculous humor, they quickly became a few of my favorite people and friends. At their one year anniversary shoot Danielle shared with me, she could not hear out of one ear and only half of sounds in her other due to a genetic condition. I was shocked. I had many conversations with Danielle and had no idea. I mean, I was with them for 8 hours on their wedding day! She told me she is a master lip reader. Talk about being impressed!

In January 2017 I got the amazing message all photographer’s want from their wedding couples, Danielle and Deven were expecting their first bundle of love. On Friday the 13th of October, adorable sweet Harrison joined the world. Harrison was perfect. After a long pregnancy of gestational diabetes we celebrated his arrival with donuts! One of the greatest gifts about having children is getting to hear all the sweet sounds they coo, first words, and cries when they need you, Danielle was missing this. She could hear him cry in the opposite room or at night. As a mother of 4, I couldn’t imagine this. As a new Mom, Danielle decided she needed better, for her son. So she sought out on a cochlear implant journey.

“I couldn't hear my son cry in another room. I couldn't have conversations in various social settings. I'm an autism teacher. I couldn't understand my students when responding to questions. I couldn't hear police sirens, tornado sirens, rain hitting the roof, thunder, insects, and so much more.”

Dante, Danielle’s Dad received his implants in July 2015 and April 2018. Growing up with the obstacles of having a parent that couldn’t hear, Danielle knew she wanted different. His journey inspired her to go for the cochlear implant. Despite the unknown and possibly long recovery, Danielle this to have a better relationship with her son.

“On my wedding day, 6/13/2015, I picked out a song for my dad. The lyrics were perfect. As we danced, my dad couldn't hear the words to the song. The song that I picked out just for him. 

My dad and I didn't have a close relationship, due to his hearing loss. We couldn't communicate well with each other and have deep, meaningful conversations.

My dad is in his mid-50's and just now experiencing the hearing world. I didn't want to wait 30, 40, or 50 years to hear. 

This is my reason. My son. I want to hear my son as he learns to talk. I want to hear him cry. I want to hear him say "mama." I want him to come to me to have conversations about his day, his friends, and his love life. I want to hear the words to the song he chooses for his Mother-Son dance.

Harrison is my reason for this journey.”

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Danielle went in for her surgery. Everything went perfect, she felt amazing, and she rocked recovery. On November 28, 2018 she was activated. Bringing along her biggest supporters, Hubby, Harrison, Mom, and Dad, (plus a news crew so she could share her story with others.) When she reached out to me, I knew I couldn’t miss this. Getting to see her hear Harrison talk for the first time, was a moment I will not forget. There were definitely tears and lots of smiles of joy. Dante stated, “This is a great journey for her to be on and I know she will do well”.

On day 2 of being activated, Danielle started to hear things she never heard before.

“I was sitting in my classroom. All alone. I kept hearing the strangest noise, but couldn’t figure it out. After 5 minutes of looking around my classroom trying to figure it out, I realized it was my clock ticking. A sound I never heard before. "

Today included hearing the ticking of a clock, hearing the keys on my laptop as I typed, and leaves crunching underneath my feet.”

How amazing is that? The simplest sound like crunchy leaves, brought her joy!

I love that I was asked to be apart of this journey and these three amazing people’s lives. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes Danielle.

Danielle is sharing her journey publicly to hopefully inspire others to have the courage and strength to have better. You can follow her journey on Facebook here. Below I have posted the news article on Danielle as well as some information on cochlear implants.

KMOV story: Here

Cochlear Implant information: Here

Danielle’s Surgeon: Here

Maggie & Catie Wedding/Old Stone Chapel St. Charles/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

On the most gorgeous fall day we have had this year in St. Charles, Catie & Maggie said “I Do”. From getting ready, to the first look, walking down the aisle, then cutting the cake these two beauties smiled ear to ear the whole day. My favorite piece to the whole day was seeing how unique their dresses were and so perfect for their personalities coupled by the look they gave each other when they finally got to see each other. Catie told me outside of the night prior to the wedding, these two had only spent one night apart! The gorgeous fall colors on Main Street in St. Charles draped their wedding portraits with the most vibrate oranges, greens, and reds. Each bride had their closest friends and family to support them and MAN they were a LOT of fun to work with! It was my first time shooting in The Old Stone Chapel in St. Charles and it did not disappoint. The intimate feel of the chapel and its gorgeous vintage charm made this ceremony so warm with love.

Congratulations Mrs & Mrs Tierney. I know you are going to have a blessed and happy life together.