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Marriage Matters: Sweet Six Month Celebration

I’m about to celebrate my six month anniversary in a couple weeks, so I’d say these pics by Jordan Brittley came across my desk at quite the perfect time. The love between these two cuties (and their adorbs pup) is spilling out of every single image, conjuring up warm feelings and happy memories of my own special day and my own love story. If this isn’t the best advertisement for any and all anniversary shoots, well, I don’t know what is. Get in on all these good vibes in our VAULT right this way!

From Jordan Brittley… I am so excited to share this anniversary session with you! I photographed Sara and Keith for their six month anniversary at my 1:1 workshop. So of course that meant that I teamed up with fabulous talent. We loved the floral dog leash, late autumn/early winter inspired colors, and the walk down memory lane! You can read more about the creative vision for this shoot below…

Sara and Keith started dating in April of 2007. They celebrated their six month anniversary with their new pup and outdoors – two of their favorite things! I knew they were the perfect models for the 1:1 workshop because I adore them and their story is so sweet!

Our invitation designer, Laura, is amazing! She wanted to pull real inspiration from the couple so that it would be meaningful to Sara and Keith. Laura designed an invitation for Keith to give to Sara that said “Come away with me.” The entire inspiration for the workshop was centered around Keith inviting Sara to celebrate the two of them. Since he proposed to her on the top of a ferris wheel, our designer created a special card as part of the invitation suite: 150 feet in the air when I proposed marriage and you made me the happiest man alive by accepting.

Charity of He Loves Me Flowers created an amazing bouquet and dog leash for the session! The bouquet was elegant and dressed for fall and I fell in love with it the minute that I laid eyes on it! I just love how the texture in the bouquet works with the light on film!!

I think my favorite part of the session was when Sara teared up as she read the cards that had been personalized to them. I love making people feel special and I really think our team was able to give Sara and Keith a special night together to celebrate their six month anniversary!

I decided to shoot along the gorgeous trees at the back of the golf course to take advantage of the gorgeous sunset. I loved everything that our team put together! The wardrobe styling from Dress Presh made me so very happy! I love that this outfit can transition from late autumn to early winter so easily! And then there is the cake from Style By the Slice! Hair and makeup from Nikki and Diamond’s and Do’s completed the entire elegant and soft look.

I think it’s so important to make each session special and unique to the couple (even if it is for my 1:1 workshop)!

Peruse more anniversary inspiration this way!

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers | Cake: Style By The Slice | Invitations: Duncan Park Papers | Makeup: Nikki Smith | Hair: Diamond's And Do's | Venue: Bolivar Golf Club | Personal Stylist: Dress Presh

Cozy Valentine’s Day Inspiration Shoot at Home

I love getting dressed up and going out just as much as the next person, but I firmly believe that some of the best Valentine’s Days you’ll ever spend are the ones you spend at home.  Those are the days spent breakfasting in bed and cuddling with your honey… and this beautiful shoot from Jordan Brittley and Stellar Staging & Design?  Well, it captures those moments perfectly.  See them all right here.

At Home

From Jordan Brittley… I am SO excited to share this Valentine’s Day inspiration shoot with you. It’s full of macarons, tea cakes, gorgeous flowers and a couple keeping their promises. The inspiration for this shoot came from a C.S. Lewis quote: “It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit.” We want to encourage people to delight in the everyday mundane and rejoice in a bold love.

Catherine wore leggings and a long shawl that looked like a beautiful white blanket and Nick wore jeans and a white t-shirt. They shared dessert in bed and read to each other. We chose to keep things simple because every day life is simple and it’s all about enjoying what is right in front of you: love.

From Stellar Staging & Design… It seems as though so many of us think love is something that just “happens” to us if we’re in the right place at the right time… in some ways I suppose that’s true. This past year my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be married, to be “in love”, to LOVE.

I happened upon this quote by C. S. Lewis and have been so inspired by it (by the whole chapter, really!):

“…love as distinct from ‘being in love’ — is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit.”

Lewis talks about being “in love” verses choosing to love… he says, “Being ‘in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”

LOVING someone, in this case marriage, is really difficult. It’s a lot of work. I’d say it’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  But… it’s also the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s worth it in every way.

We wanted something attainable. We wanted it comfy, cozy, casual.  We thought a fluffy white duvet was perfectly classic, with simple pillows to accent. Natural colored sheer curtains with just a tad bit of texture were a beautiful backdrop. Cat brought a most perfect shawl for the shoot!!! She & Nick are so cute and comfortable and they did a really great job!

Photographer: Jordan Brittley | Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers | Baking: Jessica Grainger | Design & Decor: Stellar Staging And Design

Missouri Rainbow Wedding from Jordan Brittley Photography

One of my most favorite possessions as a kid was my rainbow bright doll and that love affair with colorful objects clearly carried on into my adult years because I can’t seem to get enough of this wedding. It’s an explosion of colorful details and whimsical snapshots made all the more fun and heartfelt at the hands of Jordan Brittley‘s photographs. Have a look for yourself right here in the full gallery of images.


From the Bride… Our wedding venue was a pretty easy pick, because it was my home church. I wanted to celebrate our special day in a place that was important to me. For our guest book, we had our guests sign their names using a bottle of paint. We had this done on canvas so that they became a work of art we could display in our house!

I really wanted our wedding reception to be semi-informal, comfortable and FUN. The stage was a spot to have the wedding party sit where they’d stand out from the rest. For our first look, we were each holding a bouquet of balloons and released them once we were in front of each other. This day was all about happy, and I think balloons totally give off that vibe! It was exciting to have a moment together before the craziness of the wedding ceremony and reception began! I. love. color. I get SO much joy from seeing bright colors together, so I knew for sure that’s what I wanted the wedding colors to be. It took a painstakingly long time to get those colors…in that order…perfect.

My favorite part of the day, was really the day itself. It’s something I longingly looked forward to for so long. But even more than that day…all the days after…because I’m living life with my best friend. I also really cherished the message our pastor gave – encouraging us, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” He gave us a hands-on analogy with some pruning sheers and a sharpener – it was a great visual.

Photographer: Jordan Brittley | Floral Designer: He Loves Me Flowers | Dress: David's Bridal | Cake: Mary Plunket of Morsels | Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal | Hair: Reflections | Tuxes: JCPenney | Ceremony & Reception: First Baptist Church of Bolivar | Linens: First Baptist Church of Bolivar | Nails: Rock, Paper, Scissors | Table/Chair Rentals: First Baptist Church of Bolivar