Sandy and Ryan :: Engaged

It seems like CrossFit is just about the most popular fitness craze these days.  Everybody is doing it, and I have to admit, I’m tempted to try it myself.  From what I’ve heard, the workout is hard, but consistent work yields strong, fit and athletic people.

Sandy and Ryan met at a local CrossFit gym, so it was only fitting that part of their engagement session be held where it all began.  Not only was it fun and quite representative of their relationship, but it also gave me a glimpse into the real Sandy… she’s one of the sweetest, most caring people you’ll meet… AND she can do more pull-ups than most men I know. She’s kind of my new hero.

 

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Lindsay and Nate and a cute little bump

The last time I saw Lindsay, she was about to embark on an adventure across the country.  And now, she’s at the beginning of yet another adventure.  And looking mighty adorable, too, if I do say so myself.

 

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Lindsay and Nate, I couldn’t be more thrilled for you!  Congrats a thousand times over and I’m so happy we got to see you while you were in town!!

Teri Utt - Thank you! Your pictures are beautiful, as usual!!

Teri Utt - Thank you! Your pictures are beautiful, as usual!!!

Jingy and Peter :: Graham Chapel Wedding

Soft color palettes and romantic gestures are key ingredients for a memorable wedding. And Jingy and Peter had both… and so much more.  The soft spring colors were a breath of fresh air after the dreary midwest winter, and toward the end of the evening, Peter serenaded his bride with maybe the most adorable a capella version of “Marry You” I’ve ever heard.

 

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Photography: Lisa Hessel Photography  |  Event Coordination: Dishy Events, Ashley Rath  |  Flowers: Les Bouquets  |  Shoes: Valentino  |  Hair and Make-up: Emily Miller  |  Ceremony: Graham Chapel at Washington University  |  Reception:  Charles Knight Center  |  Chairs and lighting: The Aries Company  | DJ: Rockstar DJs  |  Cake: Sugaree Baking  

Baby Nolan

Lauren is one of the most creative people I know.  This adorable nursery was no surprise to me after seeing all the work she put into making her wedding so beautiful. She made more items than I can count in Nolan’s sweet nursery, and I love how adventurous and adorable everything here is.

Little baby Nolan, you are sure to be a treasured and loved little boy. And I’m quite certain you’ve been blessed with an extra dose of creativity.  Much love to the whole family

Jaclyn and David :: Married

A romantic winter wedding in a rustic wooden lodge was such a bright spot in the middle of the  otherwise gray and dreary winter we’ve had here in the midwest. Jaclyn and David had such a memorable, warm, intimate event and I was thrilled to be able to document it for them.

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I think the Deer Creek Club is such a romantic, intimate space… making a moment like this so memorable.  One thing, I’d like to point out, though.  Take a look at her hair.  It’s totally perfect.  And this was obviously many many hours since it was fixed.  And it was also after we had spent some time outside on a surprisingly windy day in the middle of the polar vortex. Danielle Erb did hair and make-up for this wedding, and her work was just insanely incredible. So elegant and timeless.  And still perfect by the end of the night.
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Photography: Lisa Hessel Photography  |  Venue: Deer Creek Lodge  |  Hair and Make-up: Danielle Erb  |  Event Coordination: STL Hospitality  |  Band: Charles Glen Band