Nashville family photos

Before summer was officially over, we had a short little visit with some of our sweetest friends in Nashville, and in between dinner and dessert, I took a quick minute to take some photos.  It was about 107 degrees, I had two rolls of film, and we had about 7 minutes before this pretty little courtyard closed.

It was a blast.

We love you Dresslers.


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2014 Fall Mini Sessions

2014 fall minis

It’s officially the first day of fall!  It’s time to grab a pumpkin spice latte, put the kiddos in some festive clothes, and meet me at the park for some fun photos that would be perfect for your Christmas cards and all those pretty frames you’ve been collecting.  These sessions sell out every year, so if you’re interested, please be sure to email me at lisa [at] for availability!

katie - Can you please ask the gorgeous mother where her blouse is from :)

Sandy and Ryan :: Married at the Four Seasons in St. Louis

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The entire wedding palette was centered around this yellow fabric that Sandy’s grandmother purchased in Greece.  What a beautiful way to honor such an important piece of Sandy’s life.

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Sandy and Ryan’s ceremony was scheduled to be held on the rooftop of the Four Seasons in downtown St. Louis, but the whole weekend threatened rain.  Shortly before the wedding, they made the call to continue with the wedding outside at the risk of getting rained on.  And I’m so glad they did, because it didn’t rain one bit!  And that view just cannot be beat.

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I love the story of how Sandy and Ryan met. There they were, just minding their own business at the gym where they were both members.  They struck up a friendship, and then realized they also attended the same church.  That friendship  (and mutual ability to do more pull-ups than I can count) quickly grew into love.  And that love turned into a beautiful commitment.  I remember thinking during the ceremony that Ryan used to just be the guy that Sandy would stand next to at Crossfit.  And now, he’s the guy she wants to stand  next to forever.

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The happiest!

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Katie and Teddy :: Country Club wedding in St. Louis

felker_679When I first walked onto the grounds of this ceremony and reception venue, my jaw dropped.  Even though I was just a few miles from where I live, it sure did look like we had arrived in Southern California.  The long tables, the unseasonably wonderful weather, the al fresco dining under strands of lights… it was perfect. And such a refreshing design.  Everywhere I turned, every little detail was dreamy. So, needless to say, I had a hard time narrowing down all my favorites.  But I hardly think anyone will mind… there’s just so much pretty everywhere.felker_blog_002felker_blog_004felker_blog_005Jimmy Choo.  Dreamy.felker_blog_006felker_blog_007  I’m not sure that Katie has ever taken one bad photo.  Ever.  She’s a natural beauty and genuinely kind soul. felker_blog_008felker_blog_009felker_blog_010felker_blog_011felker_blog_012felker_blog_013felker_blog_014felker_blog_016felker_blog_017felker_blog_018felker_blog_019felker_blog_020felker_blog_021felker_blog_022So much sweetness.felker_blog_023felker_blog_024felker_blog_025felker_blog_026felker_blog_028felker_blog_029felker_blog_030Look how excited they are to be married. I love it!felker_blog_031felker_blog_032felker_blog_033felker_blog_034  One of my favorite moments of the day… Katie wasn’t thrilled with how the bustle would look with her dress, so her seamstress gave her an unconventional option: CUT the dress.  Luckily, Katie’s stepmother has a steady hand and lots of experience. So, with a team of helpers and a rotary knife, they all came together and cut the train off Katie’s dress during cocktail hour.felker_blog_035  And they did a perfect job.felker_blog_036The team from Kristin Ashley Events made sure every last detail was nothing but perfection.felker_blog_037felker_blog_038felker_blog_039felker_blog_040felker_blog_041felker_blog_042felker_blog_043Katie and Teddy walked right into the reception and started the night off with their first dance.felker_blog_044felker_blog_045  Gorgeous long tables spilling over with pale blossoms.  My favorite. felker_blog_046felker_blog_047felker_blog_048felker_blog_050felker_blog_051felker_blog_052Photography :: Lisa Hessel Photography  |  Event Coordination and Design :: Kristin Ashley Events  |  Venue :: Country Club in St. Louis  |  Floral Design :: Bloomin’ Buckets  |  Dress  ::  Fleur de Lis Bridal  |  Videography :: Seaglass Studios  |  Band :: Griffin and the Gargoyles  |  Make-up  :: Make-Up Artistry by A & C   |  Shoes :: Jimmy Choo  |  Paper :: Ten Four Paper

esther sun - BEAUTIFUL LISA!!! so elegant and sweet.. love, love them!!

Heather Roth - So amazing! Wonderful job, Lisa! As always! This bride is darling! :) Shout out to Lauren + Emma! You gals looked so pretty!

Mike and Casey :: Engaged

I just love these photos of sweet Casey and Mike.  And one of the best parts about my job is that this won’t be the last time I’ll have these two in front of my camera!  So looking forward to shooting their wedding this fall!




I love Casey’s dress.  In fact, she sent me the link to the boutique where she purchased it, and I bought one exactly like it for myself right after their session. SpringEngagementSession007SpringEngagementSession008SpringEngagementSession009