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I met with Scott and Kristin back in August of 2013. We met up for coffee, they booked me on the spot and our journey began. We met up for coffee a couple of different times, did two engagement sessions (fall and spring!) and texted (well just Kristin and me!) throughout the 11 months they were engaged. I really do hope to build a trusting relationship with each of my couples. I’ve been through this whole wedding day scenario on multiple occasions now…once as a bride and the rest as a photographer. I feel it is my responsibility to educate my couples, help them think through all of their options and organize their days and most importantly, encourage them to focus on their MARRIAGE. I hope that when all of the wedding planning is complete, and I arrive to photograph their wedding, that they can truly focus on one another and leave the details up to me. This is exactly what happened with Scott and Kristin, and I was truly blessed to have met and worked with them.


Scott and Kristin had so many cute, fun details at their wedding. Check out the corks that all of the guests signed! How cute is that?


My typical second shooter, Mary Kim, always takes the best ring shots. The two-tones rings are gorgeous!


Now check out these bridesmaids dresses…unique and beautiful, right? Um, $20 each. Yep.


On the right over there, Scott knows he is a lucky, lucky man. LOOK. AT. HER.


Kristin had the pleasure of working with the brilliant Amanda Miller. And her hair is just plain beautiful.


Oh how I LOVE when couples choose to see each other before the ceremony. Love these candid faces.:)


With a first look, there is always ample time for beautiful portraits like these…


I ADORE this series of photos. I don’t even know what was said, but the reaction to it was priceless! THIS IS THE KIND OF STUFF WE’RE HIRED FOR.:)



One of my faves from the day!



Below is one of the reason’s why I love second shooters! The bottom image is Mary Kim’s perspective and the black and white image is my perspective.


My perspective on the left, Mary Kim’s on the right.


Again, my perspective on the left, Mary Kim’s on the right.


The ceremony was beautiful and the message was great. CHOOSE to love your spouse.


Off to the beautiful reception hall to celebrate!



I ask all of my couples to head outside for sunset pictures. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, the light provides us with the most amazing sun filled portraits, and it is well worth the time spent.





And then it’s candids for the rest of the evening…




Aviston, IL Wedding

hair  •  Cut Loose
makeup  •  Amanda Miller Makeup Artistry
florist  •  Carol, Ehlke (Forget Me Knots)
videographer  •  Forte Photography and Cinema
ceremony & reception venue  •  The Hidden Lake Winery

officiate  •  Ruth Hudson 

dj •  Elite Pro

cake  •  Patty Cakes
dress  •  David’s Bridal
bridesmaid dresses  •  Charlotte Russe
tuxedo manufacturer  •   Men’s Wearhouse



What was the most memorable part of your day?

Kristin: Definitely our first look!

Scott: Easily our first look.

Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Kristin: Interact with your guests as much as possible, they really appreciate it! (Something I did very poorly!)

Scott: Don’t sweat the small stuff.

If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

Kristin: Like I said, I should have interacted more with our guests, but otherwise, nope!

Scott: I would have eaten more at the reception. (lol! Sorry Scott, this one cracked me up! Especially since one of the things I would change about my wedding is EAT MORE CAKE! Our cake was soooo good, and I just forgot about it! How on earth do you forget about your cake?!)

Where did you go on your honeymoon?



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TORI OVERTON – Class of 2015 EDP VIP

Civic Memorial High School


Soda or Juice? Soda especially diet coke!

Reality or Sitcom? Reality I unfortunately love me some kardashians

Twitter or Instagram? Instagram

Early Bird or Night Owl? Night owl definitely

Divergent or Hunger Games? Divergent

Spring or Fall? Fall I loooveee cool weather

Girls’ Night or Date Night? Girls night


What is your favorite high school memory? Exploring the school with my best friend when it wasn’t exactly open…any time someone came down the hall we ducked and dived them!

What college do you plan to attend? I am not totally sure where I plan on attending but I would love to go to UMSL

Do you know what you want to study? I plan on studying nursing and then join the red cross or some kind of organization that would allow me to travel to different countries










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When July weddings roll around, I’m always worried it’s going to be 100 degrees. My very first wedding was an outdoor wedding in July, and it was about 105 degrees. My sister’s wedding was two years ago in July (after I recommended a slightly cooler month!) and again, it was about 100 degrees. This year, however, July has been mild. And even though it was definitely hot on July 12th, it was no 100 degrees…and for that, I am very thankful.

Adam and Stacia married in Macon, MO at a beautiful local church. We started off photographing a few details and I love how you can see the cross through the trees in the background behind Stacia’s beautiful wedding gown!


These two are so stinkin’ cute together. And noooo, I don’t HAVE to say that about every couple. I just happen to always get really great couples.:)These two lovebirds are high school sweethearts and when they’re together, they’re immediately smitten by one another. Adam and Stacia opted for a private first look, so we had plenty of time for pictures. We traveled out to Adam’s grandparents’ house for this beautiful look by the lake…



Because we had ample time prior to the ceremony, we were able to get a number of really awesome photos for the two of them. Love these!:)


The bridal party joined us shortly after.


And can I just take a moment to say that I love when I bridal party can loosen up and have a little fun in front of the camera?! We know weddings are full of picture taking, so goof off and have a little fun with it. We enjoy playing around too.:)




Adam and Stacia’s ceremony was a beautiful time of worship lead by their good friend (who flew in from BRAZIL, by the way!), Pastor Wolney. I love when the marriage starts off with God as the foundation. He is the ultimate definition of love, and without His love for us, we would be unable to love our spouses in the way He calls us too. The picture on the right is my favorite from the whole day!


Off to celebrate with friends and family! Hello dessert reception. Can I get an AMEN?!


Thank you SO MUCH Adam and Stacia for allowing me the opportunity to photograph your wedding.


What was the most memorable moment of your day?

Stacia: The first look. I loved getting to see Adam before everything happened. It was a really nice, private moment, with just the two of us. I was very nervous at first, but once I saw him all my butterflies about the entire day went away.

Adam: Leaving officially married, starting our lives together!


Any advice for future brides/grooms?

Stacia: Don’t let other people force their opinion on you. You may want to do something different than what people expect and that’s ok! It’s your day. The only two opinions that matter are yours and your future husband’s.

Adam: Go to the court house, save the money-ha!


If you could do it all over again, would you change anything?

Stacia: If I could change anything I may pick a different color…I felt like I saw plum everywhere, until I picked it. Then, it was so hard to find.


Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We rented a beautiful little cabin just outside of Branson, MO!


Florist: Tyena from D-Zines by T. She was awesome!! Helped decorate and coordinate everything.

Cake Artist: Kayla’s Cakes

Hair: Kirsta Nonneman

Makeup: Dana McDonald

Dress: Custom made through local bridal boutique

Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal


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This year, I’m excited to be consistently second shooting with Simonne Bolla of Bolla Photography. We launched the 2014 wedding season back in April with Brian and Laura. Second shooting is challenging because I rarely get the ideal angle, and I have to work to get quality images while shooting off of someone else’s vision. When I second shoot, I don’t think of myself as an extra body who shows up, takes a few shots and runs away with a paycheck. I strive to give the photographer really good images that will add to the couple’s story. I’ve been hired to give a different perspective, and it’s not really worth anyone’s time if my perspective….ummmmm….STINKS.;)


When the primary photographer sets up the shot, I don’t always ‘get it’ (see what they see), and my natural instinct is to think through how I would shoot it differently. But ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that on a wedding day! It’s been great to be challenged creatively, and forced to think outside the box and outside my usual realm of shooting. I’m very happy with what I was able to capture on Brian and Laura’s wedding day, and wanted to share my favorites here with all of you!















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When Allison’s mom first contacted me about her senior portrait session, she requested the earliest date I had available because she wanted to avoid the brutal summer temps. Lucky for them, I had a date open up due to a rescheduling and we penciled her in for the first week of June. Well guess what? We hit the brutal summer heat on the 3rd day of June. SERIOUSLY?! It wasn’t 100 degrees by any means, but it was one of the hottest days we’ve encountered thus far. Thank goodness Allison opted for the Pro level senior session in which the amazingly talented Amanda Miller went out on location with us during the session to freshen up her makeup and to give her hair a different looks.

Though it was hot, Amanda and I had a really nice time with Allison, her mom and her sister. I love it when we can laugh and have a good time while getting these awesome photos. It helps create an experience, which is my ultimate goal as a senior photographer. I absolutely love these photos.











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