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Mackenzie | 2014 Steeleville High School Senior

If you're thinking this girl looks familiar from another blog post I did…. then you're correct. Mackenzie had a fall senior session already and it was at that session that she decided that she wanted to do a spring session as well. Mackenzie is a pitcher for Steeleville High School's softball team so that meant we could do pics on the field as well as head toward St. Louis for some other pictures. Since her fall session had more country scenes and farm sheds, etc. she wanted a more modern session in the city for spring. I'm always up for a trip to St. Louis as long as I can fit it into my schedule.

After missing the right road not once… but TWICE because of construction, we finally made it down on the landing and parked in front of the Arch. I was ready for a drink at that moment because traffic and construction are so frustrating. I think Mackenzie's mom, Cam, was on board with me at that moment but we knew we had pictures to take LOL. After walking around the landing we ended up with a ton more images for Mackenzie to add to her huge stash of photos she has already. I have way too many favorites. I think I kept telling her "OH this is my new favorite" and "nope, this one is my favorite!" It's like every time my camera snapped a photo it was great. It wasn't Mackenzie's first rodeo though LOL. I've taken her family photos a couple times and her fall session so this past Saturday was a cake walk for her. She loves the camera and the camera loves her and I'm excited to show you my favorites… the few I could decide on that is.

Hope you are all having a great week so far. I'm currently on my way to Spanish Fort, AL to visit my mom for a few days and enjoy the beach with my aunt Jan. Stay tuned for pictures from my trip!

Prom dress on the ball field… I think so!

It wasn't the easiest to get up into this space with that dress on, but I thank Mackenzie for doing so! It was worth it!

Those windows were PERFECT for her dress.

Kyle | 2014 Steeleville High School Senior

Last week I had another senior from Steeleville High School. I have to admit, I love taking pictures, but it's even better when it's people that you personally know. I've known Kyle's family for a long time and I even took his brother's senior pictures. We met in Sparta and went to some locations that I always love to use. No matter how many times I use a location, it always looks different depending on light and the client. Kyle let me take charge throughout the whole session and he let me run my brain with ideas. He was up for anything and since I have taken 4 other senior boys before his, I had lots of ideas in my head. There was one shirt he was really excited to wear and that was his Gold's Gym shirt. You can tell by looking at Kyle that he takes pride in lifting weights and working out. I'm pretty sure they are my favorite pictures because I feel like it just shows his personality well.

Like I say to all my seniors, Kyle, enjoy what's left of your senior year. These are the moments that you'll remember for the rest of your life so make it count and enjoy the days leading up to graduation.

Jake + Samantha | Aqua and Coral Red Bud Wedding (Fort de Chartres & Hecker, IL)

I'm so excited! I'm going to be headed to Alabama on Wednesday to visit my mom and step dad. I'm in need of some R&R and sunshine and since they live 30 minutes from Gulf Shores it's the perfect place for getting those two things. In the meantime, I'm blogging for the whole week in advance so that I don't have to do it while on this mini vacation. 

Jake and Samantha's wedding was absolutely GORGEOUS on Saturday, April 12. The smell of the springtime air, the blossoms on the trees and the golden sunlight all made this day a perfect spring day for a wedding. Their ceremony was held at the beautiful St. John's Lutheran Church in Red Bud, IL. The classic church venue filled with all of their family and friends. Earlier in the week it was calling for slight rain and Sam and I had backup plans, just in case, for portraits. Fortunately, no need for plan B. Plan A ended up working out. The sun was out, the air was warm, and the whole bridal party loaded up on one of the most impressive party buses I've ever seen and headed to Fort de Chartres in Prairie du Rocher, IL. We did take some pictures in town before the ceremony but this is where Jake and Sam wanted everything to be taken at. It's quite the location! It was built in the 1750s and there's so much history there. I provided the link above if you want to check it out. It's amazing. I gotta admit, I love working with fun bridal parties, especially bridal parties that want to do fun poses and get creative. Sometimes I mention poses or ideas and they stare at me like I'm crazy. But this bridal party was hilarious and kept coming up with their own ideas and stuff too. I have so many pictures that I love but cannot post them all.

The reception was held at the Hecker Community Center (my 3rd time there in 5 weddings this year LOL). It was so much fun. I think I danced way too much because the following day it took a while to get moving. Everything was sore! Sore means that I had a great time LOL. 

Jake and Samantha, I have truly enjoyed every minute getting to know you two. Your love is inspiring and I'm sad that everything is over already. I want to thank you for allowing me to be apart of your lives and capturing your wedding day. I know good things are to come for you in the future and I hope to see you again soon. 

Sam and her twin sisters Savannah and Sierra. Don't ask me which one is which…. I already forgot LOL.

Have I ever mentioned that detail shots are one of my FAVORITE things to shoot????

Reading letters to each other before the ceremony…. WITHOUT seeing each other.

Adorable ring bearer and flower girl :-)

I'm pretty sure Jake was tearing up here…. so sweet.

Here comes the bride!

Had to get a few pictures with their dog Henry! He's adorable!

Love the fun ones!

I asked…. they agreed to do it! LOVE it.

My FAVORITE from the day! Hands down!

Look at those amazing dresses!

Last group picture taken at the square in Red Bud. We literally stopped traffic for like 30 seconds to get this LOL. Ended up being one of my favorites from the whole day.

Can't have a wedding without snacks!

Had to throw this pic on the blog…. it's all about the ushers, right boys???

The Wobble was a very important dance requested by Sam!


They tried to light lanterns and release them… but the wind was horrible so it didn't work too well. Went straight to the ground.


Ceremony | St. John's Lutheran Church, Red Bud, IL
Florist | Gilded Lilly, Smithton, IL
Dress | Clarice's Bridal
Bridesmaids | Clarice's Bridal
Groomsmen | Savvi Formalwear
Videographer - Bradley Mayberry
Hair | Sheek And Sassy Hair
Invitations | Magnetstreet
Cake | Bride's Mother
Band/DJ | TKO DJs
Reception Rentals | Wedding Rental Solutions
Party Bus & Photo Booth | Epic Entertainment
Honeymoon | Punta Cana