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Elaina & Kurt/Breckenridge Colorado/Sapphire Pointe/The Lodge at Breckenridge

If you know me, you know the Colorado mountains have a special place in my heart so when Kurt & Elaina told me they were getting married in Breckenridge, I’m pretty sure I squealed. Elaina did not disappoint with every detail that went into their day.

We started at The Lodge at Breckenridge which over looks pretty much the whole town and every room has gorgeous mountain top views. Their suite was the perfect spot for Elaina to relax and prepare for her big walk down the aisle. After this, we all headed to the gorgeous Sapphire Point in Dillion Colorado. It’s a mountain cliff that overlooks the Dillion reservoir. After winding up the mountain side, on a two lane road you get to the overlook and the view from the overlook, literally took my breath away. As Elaina walked down the aisle to Kurt, the joy on everyone’s face spoke volumes as to how much this moment meant. I was so humbled to be in this gorgeous place, with these remarkable people, capturing the next milestone in their life.

I know you will love viewing this wedding as much as I did being there. When it’s time to plan your wedding or next vacation, never rule out the mountains!

St. Charles Photographer/St. Charles Family Photographer/Cindy & Family on Fort Morgan Beach

While I was in Gulf Shores shooting the wedding, I had the pleasure of shooting their whole family on the Bride's side on Fort Morgan beach. I loved the theme the girls thought of...Super Heroes!! Each family represented a different one. Such a cute idea!

I truly love working with this family. Every time I am around them they remind me what family is all about. I am so glad we did these! Cindy & Steve are up to 13 grand babies! How fantastic is that! My heart will always be welcoming to big families. It is just such a joy to be surrounded by that much love!

St. Charles Photographer/Hilton Head Island Family Vacation 2017

It has taken me entirely too long to blog this, but here it is finally......

Wow. Our first family vacation as a family of 9. That's a lot to take in. First and foremost though...we survived. We actually did it & survived, plus we had an amazing time. We wave jumped, we shopped, we ate seafood, and we laid by the pool. All for which makes for an amazing vacation. 

I did blog our visit to the Coastal Discovery museum...check it out HERE!

My family owns a beautiful home on the coast of Hilton Head Island and they are amazing enough to offer it out to us for a whole week to stay. Of course as soon as we reached the house we took a walk on the beach...after the crazy storm had passed. Beach storms can be intense and in a matter of minutes!

The second day we enjoyed a beautiful dolphin cruise where we not only saw many dolphins but BABY DOLPHINS! Everything is better in baby form. The girls as you can see wore out easy and got a litttttle hot. So naturally they melted on the boat. The Island Explorer on the Hilton Head salt marsh was a wonderful experience that I encourage anyone who visits the island.

One evening for dinner we ate at a delicious seafood place called The Crazy Crab, which on some evenings they have a lady come and do crab racing! Another than that they also have a TON of homeless cats that come to eat your crab left overs! We only got to see one, but from what I was told there is usually a lot more that hang out around there. The older kids decided to try crab for the first time! Some enjoyed it but Parker was not a fan. Across from the restaurant in the parking lot there was a place with the funniest statues that Gabby decided we needed to do a photo shoot with. You can tell she is my child!

On Wednesday before we left we spent the evening shopping at Coligny Plaza. The kids got to spend their spending money on gifts to bring back home and for Hunter's birthday that we celebrated the 3 older boys (including my husband) got skim boards to try out on the water! Hunter was a natural! He did so good. Parker is more of a perfectionist so it was harder for him to grasp the concept and to give it time. But watching my husband work with him and be patient with him really reminded me of why I love him. My kids are so lucky to have an amazing father as a Step-Dad. 

Hilton Head was an amazing spot for our first family vacation. We really enjoyed our time together and the adventures. I can't wait to book next summers adventure on the beach and adding new excursion to the list. I am seriously DYING to go shark fishing! 

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.