Midwest Wedding

Audrey & Mwinzi ~ Marry Me Cottage/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

This year I have developed a love for small intimate weddings. 

Audrey & Mwinizi's day is at the top of the list. Marry Me Cottage in O'fallon is the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony. You pull up to a beautiful open garden filled with so many colorful flowers. Audrey & Mwinizi chose to get married in the back garden surrounded by beautiful white flowers and beautiful green foliage. Audrey walked into what seemed like a secret garden. 

Watching these two connect at the alter, was the most romantic moment I have ever witnessed behind my lens. They really didn't need 150 guests, they just needed each other and it was beautiful. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Chaumette Vineyards/Chaumette Wedding

Chaumette Vineyards was a gorgeous spot for a beautiful wedding day. The open fields, the grapevines, and the overlook of Missouri is just breath taking as you stand on top of a hill to say your vows. Not only is the wedding venue perfect for your rustic wedding day, Chaumette offers the cutest rental cabins for your bridal weekend stay! 

I loved shooting here and couldn't believe how gorgeous this October wedding was. From the moments of anticipation and getting ready, to that feeling of relief as you see your loved one at  the other end of the aisle. I love capturing weddings. It brings out all the feels for sure. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Hailey & Joe Engaged

I had such a good time with these two. Hailey and Joe have been together for 4 years and are getting ready to experience what the Navy military life has in store. Hopefully he will be done with basic in time for the April wedding! Joe is a more quiet person so I was nervous at first, but then as soon as he started to interact with Hailey, he loosened up and they connect so good. I do believe that Joe's quiet jokes is what keeps Hailey around. Joe is a volunteer firefighter for Dupo IL and when Hailey said she wanted some pictures with the fire trucks I was ready! I love that they added a special touch to their session.

Hailey & Joe's April Wedding is going to be an awesome start to the Jheart 2018 wedding season. Both of them are so sweet that it does not surprise me that they found each other and fell in love. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Klondike Park/Augusta Wedding/Josh & Sheena Wedding Film Scans

So a new adventure for JHeart Photography is shooting film. I am learning SO much about all aspect of photography. I am so glad I got to practice with Sheena & Josh. They had such a gorgeous detailed wedding day that it was a joy to capture on film. Here are a few of my favorites. 

St. Charles Engagement Photographer/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Maggie & Catie Engaged

Maggie & Catie are in the 2018 Jheart Wedding Line up. Upon speaking with Maggie I immediately knew this was going to be a great relationship. As soon as I saw them interact with each other I had no doubt this session was going to rock. I asked Maggie a few questions prior to the shoot and one was asking to tell me the story of your proposal and let me tell ya...Maggie did not miss a beat when planning this....

Maggie sent Catie on a scavenger hunt through family and friends. She had cards and flowers delivered to Catie by amazing friends and loved family. She chose all the most important people in Catie's life to present this next life step in all the important places of their relationship. Like the spot where they first met and that is just so beautiful. It really shows why when asked what Catie's favorite thing about Maggie is her big heart. 

Then, after 2 clues, and a lunch with her family here is what the third clue read:

"#3 - You've gone from 1st, to 2nd and now 3rd.  Where do you go from here? Run home! Meet me downtown at our favorite venue.  The home plate from Busch Stadium 2, is where I'll be waiting for you"

Catie then was proposed to with Maggie down on one knee and of course she said yes! 

These two really have an amazing love and being in front of the camera didn't phase it one bit. They really made my heart full after shooting them and I think it really shows in these pictures. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Cole Wedding Klondike Park

Last year I was asked to capture Josh's proposal to Ms. Sheena and it was BEAUTIFUL down on Main Street in St. Charles. Then, we did another amazing shoot at Busch Wildlife in St. Charles for their engagement pictures. So it would only seem natural to pick another gorgeous location like Klondike Park for their beautiful outdoor wedding. Sheena put so much into every detail of her wedding that it really made my job fun. I love putting all the details together.  Her ring box was one of. my favorite pieces. The dreamsicle favored cake wasn't too shabby either!

It was a great joy to be able to celebrate with them as they joined together as one. They really know how to throw a celebration!

Thank you Josh and Sheena for entrusting me with capturing this amazing day. 

Venue: Klondike Park

Dress: David's Bridal

Designer: OLEG CASSINI

Rings: Hannoush Jewelers

Flowers: BOUQUETSBYKEEPSAKES

Cake: Wedding Wonderland Cakes

Photographer: Jheart Photography

St. Charles Photographer/St Charles Lifestyle Photographer/ Mom Life meets Business Life - How do you manage?

I am adding a very intimate and candid moment to my blog today....a side that unless you read my personal facebook, you may not see...that I am a Mom of 4 kids and 3 step-kids which equals 7. Yup, that was not a typo...it's 7. 7 amazing children that I couldn't imagine my world with out them....but let's be honest....this.shit.is.HARD. The hardest thing I have ever done. To juggle school, feeding...my goodness the feeding and the snacks are a daily job on it's own, sports, church, washing clothes, making sure they brush teeth, cleaning rooms, wiping butts, my job..3 businesses, and a new marriage....How in the world is this even possible? It was exhausting just to type...

How do you juggle it? How do I juggle it? Juggle being a Mom AND being a business woman??

Humor & Balance....

St Charles Photographer

Humor is huge...like this picture...Back to school always floods a lot of emotions for me. Sometimes even the smell of the crayons, notebooks, and supplies at Wal-Mart can bring up these emotions. A big one most of us feel is Excited! Excited to have my daily freedom back. Where I can eat a candy bar in silence and not have to share. Where I can go to Wal-Mart without spending $50 more then I planned because somehow there are 7 things we didn't realize we needed until we touched base in the land of all the crap. I also get so sad. Sad that I don't get to see my kids as much. You know, wake up late, enjoy breakfast, plan our day, make them clean for me, playing games, and reading. It's sad to give up that time with them to others. Mad. So mad that I have to spend SO MUCH MONEY ON SUPPLIES. 7 kids starting school doesn't come cheaply but of course I fork it over for the cause. I will be happy my fridge won't empty so quickly because if one more person asks me for a snack I might have to be admitted. Anyone else's kids need a "snack" 4 minutes after ANY given meal?? I am always worried that I won't be good at helping with homework. The way classes are done now days always throw me off. I feel like they have made simple addition SO HARD. Us old people just don't get it. I know I will be glad to have more time for business. Fall season is always crazy and I enjoy giving my clients the attention their pictures are worth. Sometimes I worry I will struggle making my schedule work...cause that is the second BIGGEST part..Schedule...Between traveling, school events, blended kids, sessions, weddings, and practices...some days just don't have enough hours.

Before I even take sessions for a month, I block of dates that I refuse to work so I know to make time for family. Even if that means 10:54pm blogging sessions (like tonight). I make myself STOP at a certain time at night and some days I don't let myself START until a certain time of day. I schedule my blog, my shopping, my gym time, my Jesus time, and my family time. There is of course room for the spontaneous but to make sure my kids feel secure and that they have my attention, I schedule everything and I old school schedule everything with Pen & Paper AND electronicly, ie: my iPhone calendar. 

Don't get me wrong...some days end up like this:

Stressed, tired, and sitting in the tub with a bottle of wine! Business woman and Mom's are human too!  I wouldn't trade running my business, where I can make my own schedule to chose what I want to do with my time and when I do it, for anything in the world. I also try very hard to make sure my family doesn't suffer the stress as well. 

Plus, I love my job! Which is half the battle most days. Meeting new families and sharing my love for capturing those special moments is everyday different and cherished in my eyes. I love watching families come together and then grow. It's such a blessing to be trusted as that person in someone's life....to document the greatest moments of their life! WOW!

PC: Cieara Ruess Photography

PC: Cieara Ruess Photography

Always remember that with a little humor, a little balance, a lot of Jesus, and a lot of love...you can survive and accomplish anything. Don't give up, especially not on yourself, because most of all those little ones are watching and learning.

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Claire & Michael Cannon Beach

I recently spent a weekend in the mountains of Portland Oregon & one beautiful day at Cannon Beach with Claire & Michael. I know I usually am a St. Charles Wedding photographer, but when and friend of mine, Cieara with Cieara Ruess Photography went on a luxury trip we knew we had to find someone to shoot and we were so blessed with Claire & Michael. 

Claire and Michael met when her Dad invited him to their church's swing dancing club because he knew Claire & Michael would hit it off. Now, two and half year later they are still dancing together in the kitchens of their parents home. I don't know about you, but that is the most romantic thing EVER. They even showed off some of their moves for us!It is always pure joy when I get to shoot couples that have bursting love like these two. 

I do hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed shooting them. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/Stacy & Brandon Engaged - Busch Wildlife

I had the pleasure of doing Stacy's senior pictures a few years back and last night I had the joy of doing her engagement pictures to her high school sweetheart Brandon. They were so sweet and so much fun to work with especially since they needed no prompting when it came to the snuggling, kisses, and even giggles! Their June wedding is going to be absolutely gorgeous.

Congratulations Stacy & Brandon!

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St Charles Photographer/Sara & Don White - Old Hickory Golf Club

Sarah and I met at another wedding I did for a friend of hers in St. Charles a few years back, one that I embarrassingly locked my keys in my car, but I guess for her it left a lasting impression! When Sarah first messaged me she told me that her and Don eloped in a very private wedding ceremony in their home, officiated by one of their friend. How romantic is that?!?! I am such a sucker for a romantic love story! I didn't get to meet and work with them until the day of which is usually not how it works, but I must say....they are an amazing match. Watching them together, work together with the kids, what they giggle about, how they love each other, was simply perfection.

Sarah & Don decided to throw a very intimate party to celebrate at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, which is a gorgeous venue to get married at. Decorated with gorgeous purple floral arrangements from Walter Knoll Florist. Sarah wore a beautiful unique navy dress with the perfect amount of lace. Not only did I get to hang out with Sarah & Don, I also got to meet their 2 adorable sons, ride around on a golf cart, AND get to try out glitter ball cake for the first time ever from Sara's Cake Shop (not same Sara as the bride!). It was truly a party to remember and Sarah has such a sweet family.

Congratulations Sarah & Don! Cheers to many years of love and happiness.