Our 2017 wedding season wrapped up with Gus and Lisa’s beautiful wedding at Alpine Park and Gardens. This lovely Mid-Missouri venue is just outside of Columbia but feels like a whole other world. Not only are the grounds gorgeous but it’s the perfect place to have both your ceremony and reception.

Gus and Lisa are connected to us in a couple different ways. Lisa works with one of our past engagement session brides, Kerri. And Lisa is also good friends with Meg and was a bridesmaid in Meg’s wedding to Michael last year. Nothing warms our heart more than referrals from past clients. And these two were such a joy to be around! Their fall engagement session a few weeks before their wedding was a fun time, so we knew their wedding wouldn’t be any different.

The wedding day started with both Gus and Lisa getting ready out at Alpine Park. I love all the details of Lisa’s dress; lace with faint stripe detail. After a quick check in with Gus putting on the finishing touches, it was time for their first look. If you’re a long time reader of our blog, you know that I am a fan of first looks. Check out the look on Gus’s face when he sees Lisa for the first time. You cannot beat a look like that! A real wedding moment for sure!

After the first look, we did a full portraits with Gus and Lisa and then some full wedding party photos. And then it was time for the ceremony.
Gus and Lisa were married in front of their family and friends while surrounded by the soaring trees and bathed in golden, fall light. Following the ceremony, we headed off with just Lisa and Gus for a few more portraits. One of my favorite photos is of Lisa smiling up at Gus. Her face reflects the happiness of marrying her best friend.

And then it was time to party! Gus and Lisa are a fun loving couple and their friends and family are no different. The dance floor was hopping and our photo booth was a hit that night. To cap off a seriously spectacular day, guests were treated to a fireworks display. There’s no better way to toast the happy couple than fire in the sky!

Thank you, Gus and Lisa, for letting us be part of this special day. It was our joy and pleasure to capture all the moments filled with love, laughter, and joy.

Cheers! Piper & Justin

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Our whirlwind week of engagement sessions wrapped up with Jessie and Tyler’s lovely photos at Nifong Park here in Columbia, Missouri. Once again the weather did not disappoint and we were able to end this busy week on a high note.

The leaves covered the ground, which made for perfect fall photos. We have often photographed at Nifong Park and it doesn’t lack spots to take beautiful photographs. I love the photos of Jessie and Tyler in front of the red barn. We explored Nifong Park for a bit and then headed to Rocheport for some more photos. The KATY Trail was every bit of gorgeous and we made sure to stop by the old train tunnel.

Thank you, Jessie and Tyler, for perfect end to our busy week of engagement sessions. We are so excited for your wedding next summer!

Cheers!
Piper & Justin

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Our week of engagement photos continued on with Kim and Nate’s session. We could not have asked for better weather. The light was spot on and the fall colors did not disappoint.

The morning started at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Nate and Kim are both Mizzou grads, so it was important to represent that part of their lives. Their adorable dog, Moose, even joined for a few photos. This was a week full of fur babies being part of engagement photos – three sessions in a row with puppies! And we stopped by Wolper Hall on campus where these two both lived while at Mizzou before we wrapped at the iconic columns on the Quad.

And then it was off to Capen Park. I will never tire of this location. I’m not sure what it is about Capen Park that I connect with but it did not let me down for Kim and Nate’s photos. Check out the leaves burning bright with color when we headed up the trail on the bluff top. Those are some pretty perfect, quintessential fall engagement photos right there. Another one of my favorites is when Kim and Nate are gazing out over Columbia. Gorgeous!

Thank you, Kim and Nate, for this spectacular morning of photos. Your wedding next fall is going to be amazing!

Cheers! Piper & Justin

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The last week of October is basically the official fall engagement session season! This year we had 4 engagement sessions with 2018 couples wanting to take advantage of fall foliage and gorgeous light. Unlike Maureen and Tyler’s session at the beginning of the week, Kurt and Jessi were treated to nothing but perfect late afternoon sunlight!

We started their session off at Grindstone Nature Area here in Columbia, Missouri. Their adorable dogs even got in on the action for a few photos. Though we’ve done a few photos Grindstone Nature Area, I never get tired of it. There is such a nice mix of locations to explore and take advantage of. After we wander around there a bit, we headed out to Les Bourgeois Winery where once again the sun was doing its thing! I love the images of Jessi and Kurt amongst the vines, with the fall light streaming down.

Thanks, Jessi and Kurt, for an enjoyable afternoon! We can’t wait for your wedding next fall.

Cheers! Justin & Piper

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