September brought us Maureen and Tyler’s beautiful wedding in Columbia, Missouri. As you may remember, Maureen and Tyler braved a rainy morning for their sunrise engagement session. Though the weather didn’t cooperate for their engagement session, it was beyond perfect for their wedding day.

We love when couples have their ceremony and reception in the same location, especially if that location is Columbia Country Club. This country club holds a special place in our hearts as it’s where we had our own reception 8 years ago. And we love working with the staff of CCC. Plus, it has anything and everything you could ask for on your wedding day. The women’s locker room and lounge is the perfect place to get ready with your bride tribe. Plus, there is plenty of gorgeous natural light. I had so much fun arranging all of Maureen’s pretty details. If you’re a long time reader of this blog, you know I love the details. And Maureen’s details did not disappoint. And her dress? A vision in lace!

This was a wonderful group of women to hang with while they got ready for the day. And who doesn’t love a first look with a bride and her bridesmaids? It’s such a sweet moment between friends. After Maureen was all ready, we hung out with Tyler for a minute while he put on the final touches. Then it was time for the first look. As much as I love wedding details, I love a first look more! I love how happy Tyler’s face is when he saw Maureen for the first time!

While the weather cooperated with no rain, it was on the warm side. So after the first look we did full wedding party portraits as quickly as possible. Let’s talk about those bridesmaid dresses?!?! They are amazing. I love that each bridesmaid put her own personality into their dress, yet all the dresses coordinate perfectly. And before we knew it, it was time for the ceremony. Tyler and Maureen were surrounded by love as their said their vows. And instead of a unity candle, they had unity Skittles! The candy played a big part of the early days of their relationship, so it was only fitting Skittles were featured in their ceremony.

And then it was time to explore CCC’s beautiful grounds for portraits. From tall grass to bridges to cart paths, I’m not sure there’s a bad spot at Columbia Country Club. I love the photos from the very end of this portrait session, on the cart path by the water. Maureen was kind of over photos by this point, ready to get back to the club house for the reception. But I’m so glad we stopped at one last spot. The soft sunlight coming between trees is gorgeous. Totally worth it.

The reception also amazing. Maureen thought of so many little details to pull together her vision. And who doesn’t love a good dessert table filled with all kinds of goodies? Guests were treated to fabulous evening of dinner, dancing, and photo booth fun! And then the bride and groom were sent off with a sparkler exit. All in all, it was the perfect evening.

Thank you, Maureen and Tyler, for letting us be part of this special day.
Cheers!
Piper & Justin

A special thanks to all the vendors who made Maureen and Tyler’s wedding day perfect:
Dress: Maggie Sottero from Breeze Bridal Boutique
Make up: Ming Hsieh from Polished
Spray Tan: Bronze by Design
Jewelry: Engagement Ring & Bride’s Wedding Band – Betz Jewelers, Bride’s Earrings – Envougue Jewels, Groom’s Ring – Chasing Victory
Ceremony, Reception, Catering: Columbia Country Club
DJ: Safari Sound
Florist: In Full Bloom

You all are in for a treat with this blog post! Angie and Eddie’s summer wedding in Chicago, Illinois has so much going on in the most perfect way. After photographing Angie’s sister’s wedding a couple years ago, we knew that Angie’s wedding would be nothing short of spectacular. You should probably revisit Matt and Melissa’s wedding to recall how Pinterest worthy it was. Did you check it out??? All those details! Guess what? You won’t be disappointed by Angie’s details either! Angie is from central Illinois, Eddie’s family is from Mexico, and the couple lives in Chicago. Angie and Eddie wanted to plan a wedding that showcased who they are, represented all that mattered in their lives, and treat guests to an amazing evening. I say their wedding day did just that!

We began our day with Angie in a beautiful suite at the Hilton Chicago overlooking Lake Michigan. The suite was the perfect place for Angie and her tribe to get ready as it provided lovely views, gorgeous natural light, and plenty of room to spread out for hair and make up. I had so much fun styling all of Angie’s pretty wedding attire details. Check out her shoes – what a work of art! And her custom clutch? Completely on brand for the day. Narrowing down what photos to share with you was tricky as there were so many to choose from!

After Angie was ready to roll, we strolled down Michigan Avenue to the first look. When we met with Angie, she had it in her mind to do the first look on the terrace of Venue Six10 and it’s easy to see why. The terrace not only gives you sweeping Lake Michigan as a backdrop but some awesome architectural details. I’ll probably say this at least once more, but one of my favorite photos is of Angie and Eddie kissing on the terrace with the lake sparkling in the distance.

We then walked down Michigan Avenue to the ceremony site for some formal portraits, which produced another one of my favorite photos. I absolutely adore the photo of Angie and Eddie walking over the cross walk with bouquet in hand and the Chicago architecture creating the perfect image. If I were Angie and Eddie, I would take that image and make a giant canvas of it! We stopped in briefly to the Hilton Chicago do a few formal photos in the lobby. When you have a train on your dress like Angie did, it’s only right that you find somewhere you can showcase that train. Though the wedding day had more of a modern vibe, I love the formality of Angie’s dress on the elegant stairs of the hotel.

We wrapped up portraits in time for the ceremony at the 8th Street Fountain of Grant Park on Michigan Avenue. Angie donned her mother’s wedding veil (which her sister also wore) and it was time to exchange vows. The ceremony was a lovely mix of things important to the bride and groom. Musicians who are also loved ones of the bride and groom performed during the ceremony, including the father of the groom. With many of Eddie’s relatives coming from Mexico for the wedding, parts of the ceremony were done in English and Spanish. And to end the ceremony, the couple were draped in a wedding lasso rosary. The large rosary was placed on them by Eddie’s parents and is a symbol of unifying the couple together in marriage. The lasso rosary also is a figure eight, representing the symbol for infinity – no beginning and end. It was such a cool way to bring together two families, two cultures and two lives into one.

Angie and Eddie exited the ceremony into a waiting pedicab! They took a quick trip around downtown Chicago as husband and wife, while guests headed over to the reception for cocktail hour. Amazing appetizers and specialty drinks greeted guests, as well as a red carpet, custom step and repeat backdrop, and our GIF Booth! Many took advantage of our J. Kelley GIF Booth and received images perfect for posting to all social media platforms.

Cocktail hour led into the main event, where more details awaited. There was a custom neon sign, a churro wall/station, and floral arrangements swoon worthy. Following toasts, the happy couple welcomed the surprise Mariachi band. Many guests were up dancing to the band and singing along. Then the night really got started! The DJ had the floor crowded and guests refueled on churros! What more could you ask for? How about fireworks? Every summer Saturday night in Chicago, Navy Pier puts on a fireworks show. The floor to ceiling windows of Venue Six10 are perfect for watching the show. Angie and Eddie snuck out to the terrace where we captured another one of my favorite images. What a perfect way to end an already amazing day.

Thank you, Angie and Eddie, from the bottom of our hearts for trusting us to document all the love, laughter, and details of your wedding day. It was such an honor to be entrusted with capturing everything that matters to you on such a special day. We hope you love your photos as much as we do!

Cheers!
Piper & Justin

A special thanks to all the vendors who made Angie and Eddie’s wedding day perfect:
Dress: Justin Alexander
Make up: Eliora Jares from We Only Do Pretty
Bridesmaid Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux
Accommodations: Hilton Chicago
Ceremony: Grant Park 8th Street Fountain
Reception Venue: Venue SIX10
Coordinator: Marcia Basolo with Bev Stevens
Catering: Blue Plate
DJ: Palma Entertainment
Churros: Churro Factory
Florist: Pistil & Vine
Invitations: Eddie Navarro

I’ve already wax poetically in Michelle and Jared’s engagement session blog post from last fall about how much we loved the connection of Michelle to our past bride, Rachel. Spoiled alert (if you haven’t read the blog post), Michelle is Rachel’s sister! I’ll say it once more, there is no better compliment than a referral, especially when that referral comes from a family member. After Michelle and Jared’s picture perfect fall session, we knew that their wedding day would blow our mind. And they did not disappoint.

We started the wedding day at the most charming, quaint church in Flint Hills, Missouri. We’ve had the privilege of photographing weddings in so many Mid-Missouri churches and St. Theodore Catholic Church was darling. Michelle and her bridesmaids got mostly ready at a family member’s house, so when they got to the church all we had to do was focus on Michelle’s final touches. I don’t know if you know this about me but I am wedding photography detail junky! I love all the little things brides incorporate in their day. And I love taking the time to put all those details together so we can photograph them. Michelle had no shortage of amazing details. Check out those blue shoes! So, that sister who referred us to Michelle? Yeah, Rachel couldn’t be there to celebrate with the family. She was busy waiting to welcome her third child into this world! So, we tried our hardest to keep Rachel included in as many things as possible. This included a bit of Facetime when Michelle was in her dress! Though she wasn’t there in person, Rachel was there in spirit via technology!

Once everyone was ready to, we headed over to the chapel for the ceremony. Though the church wasn’t big, it was filled to the brim with love for Michelle and Jared. Their priest had a lovely homily that talked about the commitment that these two have for one another. And as they were surround by loved ones, they became man and wife. Some of my favorite photos are from Michelle and Jared taking a moment by themselves following the ceremony. Guests gave them a few moments to soak in being a married couple and to enjoy the quietness before we started in on portraits.

Here’s the thing about this wedding day – it was hot. Like, beyond hot. You walked outside and immediately started sweating. We tried our hardest to not do too many pictures outside if we could help it. After a few portraits at the church, we headed to Boulevard Park in Lake Saint Louis, Missouri. Luckily we didn’t have to go far to find a little walking bridge and a pond with some trees for shade! Michelle and Jared were pros. We moved through the outdoor photos with efficiency and ease.

We escaped the heat with the reception at The Loft Banquet Center in O’Fallon, Missouri. This relatively new banquet center is a perfect spot for a reception. It’s a simple space, just waiting for a couple to put on their own touches. Check out their cake topper! Michelle designed it and I think it was such a special touch on their wedding day. Though the décor wasn’t super elaborate, Michelle and Jared did a nice job focusing on what matters – good food, a great DJ, and a photo booth! Their family and friends kept our photo booth and the dance floor busy all night long! All in all it was a spectacular day.

Thank you, Michelle and Jared, for trusting us to capture all the memories from such an important day. We loved being part of the family once again.

Cheers!
Piper & Justin

When we met with Jessie and Tyler last year to discuss their summer wedding, they couldn’t wait to tell us about their venue. A new venue was being built north of Columbia, just outside of Macon, Missouri, called Emerson Fields. Jessie and Tyler toured the property during the construction phase and knew that it was the place where they wanted to get married. And we are so glad they made the leap of faith because Emerson Fields was absolutely beautiful.

After Jessie and Tyler’s fall engagement session, we knew we were in for a good time on their wedding day. We started off with Jessie and her bride tribe in the bridal room. This space is the perfect place for a bride to gather with her closest friends and get ready. There is plenty of space for everyone to spread out and a ton of natural light pouring in. I had so much fun pulling together all the pretty, little details Jessie had! It was too hard to narrow down which pictures to showcase, so there’s lots of detail shots. Everything was perfect and coordinated together so nicely. Check out their wedding stationery suite – it was gorgeous. Once the bride was ready, we did a few portraits of just her. We then checked in with the groom for a few quick pictures before the ceremony.

The weather provided lots of sun but it was also super hot. Guests took advantage of the shade the patio provided while listening to Jessie and Tyler exchange vows. I love the depth of emotion Jessie felt while pledging her love to Tyler. I think there were quite a few teary eyes amongst the guests during that moment. Before we knew it, vows were exchanged and they were married!

Following the ceremony, we explored the grounds of Emerson Fields. There are so many picture perfect spots at this venue, you can’t take a bad picture! I love the pictures of Jessie and Tyler right next to a tree line on the property. It was the perfect spot for a few photos of just the bride and groom. When we wrapped up portraits, we headed inside for the reception. Jessie took time to think through all the details of her decor and it showed. It was details upon details everywhere you looked. I could list out every detail that I loved but that would basically be all of them! After everyone was fed, the cake was cut, and toasts were made – it was time to party! Guests danced the night away and celebrated the newlyweds!

Thank you, Jessie and Tyler, for letting us be part of your wedding! We had such a wonderful time capturing all the love, laughter, and memories of your special day.

Cheers!
Piper & Justin

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A special thanks to all the vendors who made Jessie and Tyler’s wedding day perfect:
Dress: Allure from Dala’s Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Make-up: Ming Hsieh with Polished
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Savvi
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Emerson Fields
Coordinator: Karah Naughton
Catering: Noland’s Catering
DJ: Dave McCorkell
Cake: Lana McQuitty
Florist: D-zines by T
Invitations: Vista Print
Favors: “Best Match Ever” match books from Picture Perfect Papier
Cupcakes: Linda Mason

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