Yay for the blogging of Jen and Ken !! Right out of the gate just their names together are pretty cute. They had cuteness as well as many other attributes in spades. Their outdoor ceremony at Capital Park took my breath away when during the ceremony I looked at the back of my camera and saw a wide shot with our stunning capital in the background. As you can see getting those heartfelt expressions is my main passion at any wedding, and while editing this wedding I was giving 5 star rating after 5 star rating. Jen and Ken had the whole ‘officer of the law’ thing going as well as just a general peaceful easy feeling that made everyone relax and have the best time ever. After the ceremony it was over to the Historic Masonic Temple where we were treated to the good energy and D.J stylings of one Matt from Extreme Pro D.J’s. I could write a short novel about how much I LOVE Extreme Pro D.J’s ! And she was also smart enough to score Visual Impact as her florist. They nail it every time. Ahhhh less words and more photos right !
Weddings can be stressful for kids…
Heading back to my roots with this one ! The Retro Blogging of my first wedding of 2014 ! This wedding was just a gem ! Working with some of my favorite peeps like Diana from Simple Pleasures catering and Matt from Extreme ProD.J’s, and these two love birds Ann and Logan. These two were just as precious as humanly possible, so sweet and in love ! We were all over joyed with this sunny January Day at the Flower Farm, and dig those oranges right. A shout out to Ann’s friend and make-up artist Summer Brazell. And Fun Fact, Diana Burke from Simple Pleasures Catering actually did everything for this celebration ! The flowers and designs were all from the gift we call Diana Burke !
I am not much of a Christmas person but LOVE heading into a new year, for me it is a very important time to re-group and start anew. I find myself extremely thankful for my many blessing at the end of 2014, and being blessed to be a part of so many weddings is pretty high on my list of things to be thankful for. Life is good indeed. One more gratitude shout out for my treasured Second shooter Sarah ! You rock sister. Here is to a fabulous season in 2015 !
Not really, more like she was in a pageant and he was the pageant director. Fast forward 10 years later and Gabino and Sasa are madly in love and getting married next September. O.K I know…if you are actually reading my poorly written blog words vs. just looking at the photos, you may say, yeah yeah yeah, Beth, you ALWAYS say how much you love your couples and how super awesome they are. But on the real though, I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this couple and they TRULY ARE SUPER AWESOME. They are just the kindest, most adoring, likable couple on the earth. It did not hurt the situation that they were super good looking and really just trusted me to do my thang. Here goes the photos:
A flash back to this summer, this wedding truly warms my heart. Rachel and Chris were two of the NICEST kindest, most loving people I have ever met. They were soul mates who had their perfect day at Arden Hills Country Club. I LOVED this wedding with every fiber of my being. With my great friends Jenifer Haupt from I make Beautiful making the bride beautiful and Shannon from Flourish making her stunning floral designs, this event was pure beauty, sunshine, love and light. And my friends out did themselves with the cake, Rebecca and Hector from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca sweetened up the place big time. I always look forward to working at Arden Hills, the staff, food, and service are top notch. They have it down and that makes for a wonderful and relaxed day. Again, less talk more photos right : )
Oh how I LOVE her bright and bouncy flowers, played Flourish : )
Arden Hills has so many great locations to get these bold dramatic shots, I love it there.
I adore everything about this photo, colors, the expression, it is true love all the way.
Giving some well received advise on a happy marriage : )
Please note their expressions, priceless.
Dig the detail of that cake right ? It is work of art !
Lets rein supreme eating tangerines, I will be the keen photo queen, in 2013 ( and yes, I DID google words that rhyme with 13 to come up with that ). Just a bit of silliness to end the year 2012. Man alive do I feel blessed and filled with love as I write this last post. I am in the process of launching a new web site, so I have about 5,000 ( I wish I was kidding about that number ) favorites to pull from for an end of the year ‘ favorites’ post. Honestly I could post 575 images as had so many rad weddings this year. One million thanks to all the folks who let me take their photos in 2012. And even more thanks to the 2013 brides who have trusted me with one of the most important days of their life, I promise I will deliver the goods.
I have massed 4 gift cards for massages that have been beckoning me to use them for some time, I am planning on using them all before 2013. So I will be one relaxed photographer come the new year. Life is good and only getting better. Mama likes…mama likes indeed !
Sarah and Jack were such a class act ! Everything about this couple was lovely. So sincere and kind and their families were just amazing. I was so honored to be their wedding photographer at our very own photographers dream location, the Crocker Art Museum. Some of my favorite people helped to make the day perfect including one of my all time favorite make-up artists Shana Beals Make-up Artistry . Also in the mix, the talented and creative Vicki from Bella Blooms, super fun Tom Fretwell from Fretty’s D.j and culinary delights from The Supper club. Yes I could gush for a few more lines, but again I know you are not checking out my blog to languish in my literary talents.
I love her soft make-up from my pal Shana Beals.
WOW, what a beautiful place for a ceremony right. Just stunning.
Whew was this a stunner ! Such a beautiful venue with so many cute details and the Cutest and Sweetest couple on earth. Cristy and Erik’s love was in the details. Just beautiful touches everywhere. I really enjoyed seeing these two interact, so happy to be getting married. They were married at The White House off Jackson highway. Wisely they choose on of the best D.j’s/ lighting companies in town. Larry from Extreme Productions tore it up. He is truly one of the best in the area. And my sweet tooth obsession, Sweet Cakes by Rebecca worked her usual magic. Not to forget my home slice Jenifer from I make Beautiful making the bride beauuuuuuu-te-ful and The talented team at Visual impact trying the whole vision together with their stunning flowers. A huge thanks for the team at Event Architects for doing such a great job running the show and feeding us all delish food. AND, my super valued second shooter Michelle Shiftlet for really doing a fantastic job on this event !
I am blowing up Cristy’s facebook page and she is writing the nicest thing about me so I can not sit on the blog post one minute longer !
Please enjoy this extra fab wedding:
YES I DO take this photo often : )
If you got it flaunt it.
Cristy with my sweet former bride Courtney, this was actually right on her one year anniversary. So happy to see her and her super cute hubby.
YES ! They had a riding bull : )
MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE images in their slideshow, click HERE to see MORE : )
Jessica and P.J called me in 2010 to shoot their 2012 wedding, it was one of those love at first phone call situations. Not only do I adore them but feel like I am part of their families at this point. One would be hard pressed to find a greater group of people than Jessica and P.j’s families. I positively adore these folks.
Jessica is a ‘bling’ kinda gal so the phrase ” Ling Ling you forgot your bling bling ” was used throughout the day. Their Citizen Hotel wedding was a stunner with Kate Miller events, Flourish , Extreme Productions and Shana Beals making this wedding just so very beautiful with design, flowers, lighting and the bride’s make-up. I LOVE this venue and every one of these vendors ! Everything about this wedding was impressive ! Oh how Mama LIKED ! And yes, this is yet another very long blog post as I was so in love with this couple and this wedding.
I love the way this photos shows off Shana Beals mad make-up skills with this dramatic make-up look. Well done my friend, I am your biggest fan !
Beautiful flower design by my beloved Shannon from Flourish, so very talented that Shannon a.k.a ‘ No-No ‘ !
One single tear is like a pot of gold for me, love this shot ! I love this photo, oh yes I do !
Sorry P.J : )
Stunning right, well done team !
It is true, once you go Little Black Book there is no turning back. DOUBLE WHOOT. We are on Style me Pretty’s Little Black Book ! This is such a thrill. Great job EVERYONE ! I Could post my usual 45 images and rave for a solid 45 minutes on how I love each vendor so deeply, but Style Me pretty already did the work for me and I have a shoot in 20 minutes and still need to eat lunch ( over sharing ? YES ! ) Plus there is a slideshow with TONS more images if you can not get enough of Lenora and Jim : )
So here is the link to our feature:
Style me Pretty
And My super cool Slideshow :
THIS FUN AND COLORFUL SHOOT ! What a lovely collaboration of vendors. Shot at one of my favorite venues,
David Girard Vineyards, I loved the way the ladies at Mimi & Co Luxurious Linens pulled this whole thing together. Their intention for the shoot was to show off their beautiful linens, mission accomplished. My beloved Beth Sogaard from Beth Sogaard’s Catering created some incredible culinary delights, Super star cake artist Rebecca from Sweet Cakes by Rebecca made that fun cake, and the talented and effervescent Jajuan from Design with Florae’ did the florals. Much thanks to Celebrations Party Rentals for lending us their goods. Girl power all the way. This felt like a great way to brighten this cold rainy winter day and give all of the spring and summer brides some great colorful ideas :
Beth Sogaard looking super cute !
photos with heart and soul