WADE + SHELBY // RAINY DAY WEDDING at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH // SPRINGFIELD, MO

You just never know about April in the Ozarks. The weather can change on a dime, dashing a bride's hopes of an outdoor wedding with a flash of the radar screen. Luckily for Shelby and Wade, their wedding ceremony and reception were both indoors, so they were able to roll with the 1-2 punch the weather gave them like champs. They were so happy to be getting married that everyone still had a blast and we were able to create some great photos! 

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We may have had to get a little creative with finding cover during portrait time, but Shelby and Wade were up for anything and trusted me completely. I personally love rainy weather - the overcast light and moody tones are totally my cup of tea! We went downtown to a few of my favorite spots in between rain showers, and even had a chance to do some night portraits later in the evening after the storms left the area. 

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Shelby's day began with her closest friends as they got ready together at her church. 

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The moment when a mother knows the good work of raising her daughter is finished, and she sees a beautiful woman before her where a little girl once stood. It's one of the most emotional times for me on a wedding day. 

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Wade's mom Kathy waited to give Wade a very special gift as he read a letter from Shelby. Lots of tears were shed as she pinned her grandfather's pocket watch onto Wade's lapel.  

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Shelby and Wade opted not to see one another before their ceremony at Shelby's church, Immaculate Conception. It was really important to Wade for his first glance to be of his bride as she came down the aisle. As you can see he was pretty thrilled!

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After the ceremony, we met up at The Walnut Street Inn for wedding party and couple's portraits. What a fun group of friends! The rain cleared long enough for us to do several photos in the gardens before moving down the street for their reception at 425 Downtown.

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Shelby and Wade opted for gorgeous shades of blush and rose gold for their reception decor. Family friend Deb Owensby did an amazing job of decorating and coordinating the day. 

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This incredibly heartfelt moment between Wade and his mom even made me a little weepy. The bond between a mother and her children is incredible.

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Wade insisted on winning his new bride's garter by dancing for her favor! He succeeded. 

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Shelby's softball teammates have been a big part of her life, so posing on their team cooler was a must-have photo!

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After some night portraits, Wade and Shelby bid farewell to their family and friends with an epic Chinese lantern and sparkler send off that stopped traffic. It was a one-of-a-kind moment, and the perfect ending to a fantastic day.

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Thanks Wade and Shelby for your trust and confidence in me and for your positive vibes! You guys are amazing and have a long and happy life ahead of you as husband and wife!

Vendors:

Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church

Reception and Catering: 425 Downtown

Wedding Coordinator: Deb Owensby

DJ: BSharp Entertainment

Videographer: Alison Cipri

Assistant Photographer: Stephanie Austin

Cake: Vick Pace

Florist: Cheryl Hall

Hairstylist: Jennifer Acton, Creative Hair Salon

Makeup Artist: Tracy Biggers

Hospitality: Walnut Street Inn // University Plaza Hotel // Hotel Vandivort

 

 

 

TAYLOR + ANDY // ENGAGEMENT SESSION at JOHNSON'S SHUT-INS STATE PARK

A sense of adventure and love of Missouri topography led Andy and Taylor to choose Johnson's Shut-Ins for their engagement session. The geology and rugged beauty of the park is really something spectacular to see, and was the perfect backdrop for these nature-lovers.

These two care for one another so much. I can tell when couples are deeply connected when they melt into one another the way that Taylor and Andy do. I barely had to direct them. All I had to say was "Love on each other" and they were happy to do so.

At the end of our session, we climbed up a steep hill pass, hoping to get an amazing view of the surrounding wilderness at sunset. Instead, we just found more trees! Instead of being disappointed, Taylor and Andy soaked up the last rays of the sun and basked in their affection for one another - which is much better than any stunning vista. 

Taylor and Andy have faced a few challenges and some emotional waves in the past few weeks, but their strength and support for one another shine through. Taylor says, "He's my oak tree. Strong, stable and always grounds me. Out of all the stress of wedding planning, the most steady and solid thing is the peace I have in marrying him."   . 

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