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Vlad & Morgan at St. Basil's the Great Orthodox Church/ St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Louis Wedding Photographer

Vlad & Morgan hired me for an experience of a life time. This was the first time I have ever been apart of a traditional Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony.

Morgan wanted to share a “First Look” moment with Vlad. I love these moments because you can take a second to really appreciate each other and getting ready to join your lives together.

First, St. Basil’s Orthodox Church is stunning on the outside and inside. The details in the temple are the first work of Slavic architecture in St. Louis for over 100 years! The traditional ceremony began with Morgan starting a processional outside of the church, to be entered in the front and presented to Vlad.

The next step in their ceremony was the exchanging of rings. The rings are placed on the right hand which is different from American’s and the left. They wear each others as they are blessed before wearing them on their own respective right hand.

After the ring exchange we entered the temple where the remainder of the service took place. They each received a candle they held during the ceremony, their attendants held a crown over their heads, and the priest finished with a lovely testament to marriage and how to make love last.

Being able to take part in Vlad & Morgan day was one of the greatest days of my wedding career. I really enjoyed learning the different culture and the different wedding traditions!

After getting married here in Missouri, Morgan & Vlad when back to their home state of Tennessee to celebrate with family & friends.

Amazing Vendors:

Photography: Jheart Photography

Dress: Glitz in Nashville TN

Venue: St. Basil’s Des Peres The Great Orthodox Church

Bridesmaids: Kleinfelds

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:

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

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!!

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

Danielle & Jesse/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Blanchette Park Wedding

As guests started to be seated and the beautiful Rau Gardens Blanchette Park in the heart of St. Charles Missouri, the slight sprinkles disappeared, the sun came out just in time for Danielle to walk down the aisle. The beautiful flowers and colors make this garden one of my favorites to capture a wedding. Danielle &. Jesse have so much love and laughter between them that it was hard to not have a really fun time! Watching them blend their families together with vows really was a special moment. Their family and friends surrounded them and really rocked the night with some dancing!

Annie & Austin Wedding/New Town St Charles Wedding/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

Annie & Austin’s wedding day was nothing short of magical. The flowers were stunning, Annie’s dress was timeless, and Austin never stopped smiling. The Chapel at New Town is full of beautiful airy light that is every photographer’s dream! I had never shot a wedding here before and I seriously can’t wait to shoot more. The colors around New Town this time of year cast an abundance of beautiful fall colors all around them. New Town really is a gorgeous small town with a community that is like no other. Annie was nervous before walking down the aisle, but as soon as she saw Austin, her smile grew and the whole chapel was in awe, I mean…could she be more stunning?? These also had a party like no other with Annie’s brother’s band rocking the event tent!

Flowers: A moment of Grace

Dress: The Wedding Gallery

Venue: The Chapel at New Town

Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse

Invites: Invitations by Dawn

Cormier Family - Jameson 4mth/St. Charles Photographer/Blanchette Park St. Charles

The Cormier family has been with Jheart since Austen was born and watching her grow into a kid really has me in a fit of giggles. Now with the addition of Jameson, her pinchable cheeked baby brother, I almost can't handle editing their albums. His looks of "What in the world have I gotten into" and her free spirit had me laughing so hard I had to video flipping through the images to their Mom! All laughs aside, Jameson is perfection. A chubby, bald, cheeky smiled bundle of perfection. Can you believe the flowers at Blanchette Park in St. Charles??? I love what they have done with the garden area!