07 December 2017

Jason + Kaci | Du Quoin State Fairgrounds Engagement Session

Fall is my busiest season and it books up pretty quickly. Time completely got away from me and there were still a couple brides that I hadn't contacted to see if they wanted to get their sessions in while the leaves were still pretty. Luckily, Kaci emailed me and said how badly she wanted fall engagement photos and so I looked at my schedule and found the perfect day... except that I completely forgot about the time change and that it would be dark by 5pm!!! I was so used to booking sessions around 5pm for fall and it didn't even cross my mind that we would lose daylight. We had two options... 1.) that we would have to find another day or 2.) that they would have to come to me (since I had another session booked that say day). Jason and Kaci were gracious enough to make their way to me in Du Quoin and I'm so glad they did.

They had never been to the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. I knew it would be a great spot for the kind of style Kaci was wanting but I didn't want all the photos to be taken there. I like to have a couple spots in mind so that the portraits have different looks with each of the outfits. So I called the local B&B in town (Francie's Inn) and asked if we could take portraits there on their property. You see, there was a huge wind storm the day before and most of the trees with leaves in the area left were gone, except for this beautiful tree at the B&B and a couple trees at the fairgrounds. Now Kaci wanted fall trees and colors in her pictures so I was bound and determined to find some LOL.

I'm so grateful for clients who trust me and when they trust me, they are more confident in front of my camera. Jason, thank you for taking a break in the middle of deer season to take pictures with your bride. I know it must have been hard to come out of the deer stand for pictures, but you did it with a smile on your face and never complained once. Kaci, you are so darn sweet and absolutely gorgeous. I loved your style (especially that floral dress) and you were a total rockstar for dealing with freezing temps during your session. It's not easy to stand there and look cute while you're shivering LOL. Don't worry, I guarantee on your wedding day you won't be shivering ;-)

Enjoy a few of my favorites...

Traditional but I love this "piggyback" picture.

Hello gorgeous fall light!

Kaci, you are so darn pretty! Love this picture of you.

Jason, you did good on that RING!

I want this old horse stable. Seriously. It's amazing.

20 November 2017

Alex + Allison | Thorncrown Chapel Wedding, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

When I found out that Alex and Allison were getting married at the Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, it seriously knocked me off my feet. I had to sit down. I looked at the photos of that place and immediately started thinking of photo ideas. Most weddings sneak up on me and the year flies by, but this wedding seemed to NEVER get here. I feel like I was looking forward to this day just as much as Alex and Allison were ;-)

I made my way down to Eureka Springs the day before and it was a pretty nice drive. If you know me, then you know I love to sing and it was pretty much a 6 hour concert in my car. It was dark by the time I arrived so I woke up early the next day so I could drive around the town and get ideas for photo locations. Eureka Springs is the cutest little town and as I made my way up the hill to the chapel, I was in awe. It was so darn beautiful. Just sitting there in the middle of the woods. After a few minutes in the chapel, and a prayer, I made my way to the salon where Allison and her girls were getting ready. We decided that the best place for portraits (before the ceremony) would take place by the location that Alex and Allison were staying in... the tree house! That's right, I said tree house. They rented a tree house to say in and the area around the rentals is absolutely beautiful. Some of the bridal party were staying there too so it made sense to do pics there so everyone wasn't driving around trying to find parking (don't even get started on parking in this town LOL).

After the first look and LOTS of portraits, we all made our way to the chapel for the ceremony. We only had 1.5 hours there on the grounds and that included the ceremony. I may or may not have been a little bossy with moving people out of the chapel after the ceremony but I was on a mission to get as much time with Alex and Allison as I possibly could. Everyone was so nice and stood by and watched as I took some gorgeous bride and groom pics. It was a first for me to have such an audience watching me work! Being on a time crunch was pretty fun, too, because it kept me on my toes and the pressure sort of makes me work better.

The night ended at the Basin Park Hotel. It's smack dab in the middle of the historic downtown of Eureka Springs. Charming doesn't even begin to cut it when describing this place. It was the absolute perfect ending to a perfect day. Watching Alex and Allison say their vows and promise to live the rest of their lives together was ultimately the best part of the day and I'm so honored that I was the the who got to capture it. Get ready for lots of pictures, people. This one is a good one :-)

Allison, that dress was perfect for you!!!


Reading their letters to one another before seeing each other.

Some tears of joy.

Oh goodness, you two are so cute!

Love this bouquet so much!

Give me all the veils! I love veils and they are so photogenic!

Yep, burgundy might be my new favorite color.

That flower girl :-)

The beautiful Thorncrown Chapel.

Allison getting ready to walk down the isle... with her father by her side.

Give me all the heart eye emojis!


It's a tough job being a flower girl.

Hello dreamy natural light! Oh how I wish every reception hall had windows.

One of my favorite parts of the reception... the bouquet toss!