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Romantic Missouri Engagement Sessions

This is what e-sessions are all about.  One adorable duo, a day spent frolicking through fields of flowers and a romantic kiss in the foggy weather.  Throw in the talented Jordan Brittley to capture every moment and it’s awesomeness times a million with some of the prettiest images you’ll ever see.  See them all here.

From the Bride… The scenery at Shaw Nature Reserve is unlike any other! We absolutely love the Missouri Botanical Garden, so when we visited Shaw for a festival for the first time, we loved it just as much (if not more)! What is so unique about Shaw is the effortless beauty – untouched wildflower fields, a gorgeous lake, and an old house with an amazing porch that overlooks it all. Add in the fog and soft light of the early morning sunrise, and it is even more magical. There is something very special about a place that has the ability to exert so many emotions in a person – it took all of our breaths away see the fields lit up so early in the morning, with no one else around.  Shaw Nature Reserve is calm, cozy, and sweet… we love it!

I loved the easy-going nature of the whole thing! Jordan encouraged us to just be ourselves and have fun! It is not every day you get to frolick through a field of flowers, shoe-less, with your favorite person (literally). We also loved cozying up together on the bridge over the lake, which was the last place we visited. It was the perfect way to end our time at Shaw!

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Shoes: Banana Republic | Blanket: Target | Earrings: Anthropologie | Lace Dress: BHLDN | Venue: Shaw Nature Reserve

You know what’s better than one fabulous engagement session from the talented Jordan Brittley?  Two fabulous engagement sessions.  A lovely wildflower + fog-filled day followed by this stunner of a shoot on the lake.  That’s right, TWO adorable duos and TWO galleries filled to the brim with heartwarming moments and a whole lot of pretty.  Check out even more right here.

From The Bride… We picked the lake for our engagement session, because it has been a huge part of our relationship. When I met Jake he was very into wakeboarding. He loved to show off his skills and take me out to the lake with him. For me that is why I fell in love with him, because he was this person I wanted to be. He was so adventurous and full of life! So we spent many days and nights during the earlier part of our relationship on the lake. We love to go to the lake often whether it be to sit on the dock and watch the sunset or go for an adventure and hammock. I feel like no matter what life throws at us when we end up at the lake life seems so peaceful.

Our favorite part of the shoot was being on the boat. I loved the lanterns even though I almost burnt myself (who would have thought they got so hot), but we got some good laughs. What I love most are the times with many smiles and laughter. Those are the times I remember.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Venue: Springfield MO

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Vintage Rustic Wedding in the Ozarks

Somehow this wedding was able to combine all of my favorite design elements into one big, beautiful day while infusing it with a breath of fresh air, ensuring that it was both stunning and timeless. The vintage charm was complimented by rustic details and the entire wedding was veiled in the prettiest, most colorful palette I’ve seen in a while. The gallery from Climer Photography is one you absolutely won’t want to miss!


From Climer PhotographyThis was a true old-fashioned, spring, garden wedding, right in the heart of Old Southern Hills subdivision in the Missouri Ozarks. The Australian Groom and Ozarkian Bride had lived on two separate continents for the better part of two years, and on the Groom’s last trip home, merely 30 days prior to the wedding, the two decided to tie the knot! With the help of the Bride’s family, with event and day of planner Rebekah Covay of Seamless Events (Chicago, IL), and day of coordinating from Stephanie Weiss of Ella Weiss (Springfield, MO), a flawless, Aussie-Ozarkian garden party, complete with a special feast with smoker, trailered in by the Mother of the Bride’s Cousin, from West Virginia, set the southern-vintage-chic backyard-BBQ.

Handpicked florals assembled by a local florist, Ron, from The Thicket, adorned vintage dressed tables with mismatched china thrifted and collected by the Bride, which complimented the hand painted table numbers from local St. Louis artist, Karen Bult, while trailing tree moss sprawled the vintage pieces, holding photographic memories and goodies alike. The bridal path was lined with specially crafted wood columns, selected, chopped and sized by the Groom, held candle luminaries for the romantic evening wedding, while honeysuckle and fresh flowers were in full bloom around the property.

A lone white swan circled the lake as the guests witnessed the Aussie Groom and Ozark’s bride say their intimate, heart-felt, hand written vows, as the Bride’s ordained father officiated the ceremony. On lookers sipped fruit infused water from mason jars and the small congregation of guests on the Bride’s parent’s lake front lawn dabbed teary eyes to the couple’s romantic ceremony. As the sun dipped below the tall trees and guests made their way past the vintage truck (found at a local tire shop), with it’s bed filled with several fruit infused waters and gifts for the couple, they made their way to the tent under the stars. The day was perfectly soundtracked with two separate bands serenading the party, local talents, Bella Donna and Triple Play, made the festivities playlist with original gypsy jazz and Beatle’s favorites, which set the tune for the clear big top party that lasted into the night and wee hours of the morning. At the event’s conclusion, guests left with beautifully assembled favors of mexican wedding cakes, made with love from the Bride’s family friend.

Photography: Amanda Climer Of Climer Photography | Wedding Dress: Ella Weiss | Nicole Miller | Engagement Ring: Bailey Biddle And Banks | Catering: Jaws BBQ | Makeup: Andie Reynolds | Bartenders: Brad & Clary Phelps | Bride's Hair: Milk.Honey Salon | Bride's Wedding Ring: I Wedding Band | Bridesmaid's Gifts: Kei Jewelry | Bridesmaid's Hair: Bliss Salon | Cake & Cupcakes: Tea Bar & Bites | Ceremony Band: Bella Donna | Custom Wedding Icon Coozies: Custom Ink | Dress Service: Ella Weiss | Floral Bouquet Design: Ron | The Thicket | Groom's Wedding Ring: Sam's | Groom, Groomsmen, And Dog Bandana: The Tie Bar | Hand Painted Table Numbers: Karen Bult Of STL | Invitations & Wedding Icon: Studio 255 | Kangaroo Cake Toppers: Thirifted | Manicures: Jennie's Nails | Old Southern Hills: Mack Residence | Planning, Wedding & Reception Plan + Design: Rebekah Covay Of Seamless Events | Reception Band: Triple Play | Reception Floral: The Thicket | Stumps For Ceremony & Reception Decor: Selected & Chopped By Groom | Tanning: South Beach Tanning Fantasy | Under The Stars Tent: All Event Rentals | Venue: Old Southern Hills Private Residence | Vintage M & R Marquee Lights: Vintage Marquee Lights | Vintage Reception Dinnerware: Thirfted By Bride | Vintage Truck: Mitchem Tire & Wheel

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Fun and Feminine Wedding Inspiration Shoot

I seem to fall head over heels in love with everything Jordan Brittley captures, but this shoot beautifully planned by Abby Mitchell Events? It’s next level pretty. From the gorgeous Ella Weiss gown to the drool-worthy florals from He Loves Me Flowers and everything in between – this gallery has me singing a super sweet tune today. See why here.

From Jordan Brittley I am so thrilled to share this inspiration shoot with you! From the mustard color mixed with sequins to the lovely gown that the bride wears. But then there is the cake, which seems to tie in the whole shoot!

From Abby Mitchell Event Planning & DesignMy inspiration came as I was watching Olympic figure skating this winter. I fell in love with a chartreuse shimmer costume and knew that it was time to take a fun little risk with color. I love mixing lights with darks so after seeing Rifle Paper Co. and Garance Dore partner up creating lovely blush, black, and chartreuse stationery I was sold on a color palette. I hope to inspire brides to seek creative vendors and to allow their creativity to blossom. My wish for them is also to allow their minds to be inspired by out of the box things and then have the courage to pursue them.

My favorite memory of a shoot is always right when I am able to see someone understand the vision after it is all set up together. I love watching vendors arrive and see how their little piece of the puzzle fits and makes all of our ideas stand out.

This shoot was intended to have a free spirited and feminine feel with touches of spunk! Details like a fashion portrait on the cake, high gloss black chargers, and a bold chartreuse overlay brought the funky vibe while blush florals, grey chiffon bridesmaids, and natural-dyed tulle details gave it a soft edge. Some of my favorite elements were the sheer and crystal pennants over the beverage cart chalkboard, the hand sewn linen napkins with blush edges, the monogrammed flower girl sash, and the ribbon tied corsages en lieu of bouquets for the bridesmaids! OH and that stunning bridal gown back! You can’t go wrong with lace applique on an illusion back – gorgeous.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Videographer: Selby Films | Event Styling: Abby Mitchell Events | Event Planning: Abby Mitchell Events | Floral Designer: He Loves Me Flowers | Wedding Gown: Ella Weiss | Cake: Style By The Slice | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ella Weiss | Hair Stylist: National Avenue Hair Salon | Chair/Linen Rental: Ellee's Rental Boutique | Location: Miss Gilmore's Carriage House | Make-Up Artist: Melissa Britt | Musicians: Twenty Strings Ensemble | Paper Products: Abby Mitchell Events | Place Setting Rentals: Eventful Rental | Specialty Illustrations: Garance Dore | Specialty Illustrations: Rifle Paper Co. | Specialty Linen Overlays And Napkins: Abby Mitchell Events | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Mix And Mingle