Archive: June, 2014



Summertime Romance at Lake Katherine: Steven & Lindsey’s Wedding

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

I’m so thrilled to share with you today the beautiful wedding of Steven and Lindsey — one of the most darling couples I’ve had the privilege to photograph. When I met these two lovebirds last summer for their engagement session, I was struck by what a perfectly balanced couple they are. She’s so fun and bubbly — a “pie-in-the-sky” dreamer with big ideas; he is a thinker and a planner — patient, quiet and oh so steady. And together they are the ultimate definition of kindness and grace.

They started their day surrounded by family and friends as they prepared for their nuptials. The mood was light and fun, and the air was filled with a sense of anticipation as these two looked forward to saying their “I Do’s.”

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I just loved this little ringbearer who looked so dapper in his miniature tux…so stinkin’ cute!

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Lindsey and Steven opted to keep it traditional and waited to see each other until the ceremony, they got ready at separate locations. While I was with the ladies, my second shooter Kelsey spent some time with Steven and the guys at his mom’s home before heading to the beautiful Lake Katherine for the ceremony.

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Lindsey and her dad shared an emotional “Dad’s First Look” when they arrived at Lake Katherine.

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And then finally, after what I’m sure felt like an eternity to both Lindsey and Steven, it was time for the ceremony. The location was picturesque, with the sun shining brightly and not a cloud to be seen in the clear blue sky, and the ceremony was simple but poignant.

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Following the ceremony, we spent a bit of time exploring the Lake Katherine grounds before heading over to the reception. I just can’t get enough of the way Steven and Lindsey adore each other!

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Steven and Lindsey chose the amazing Two Brothers Roundhouse in Aurora to host their reception.  The space was beautiful and the staff were wonderful. Steven and Lindsey, along with their family and friends, danced the night away — and at one point, were even serenaded with a beautiful lip sync number. What a blast!

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Steven and Lindsey, thank you so much for inviting me to document such an important moment in your journey together. I wish you nothing short of a wildly happy and fulfilling life! Lindsey, keep dreaming big…the world is yours for the taking, and luckily, I think you found the perfect partner in Steven! Cheers!

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A special thanks to all the vendors who helped to make Steven and Lindsey’s day so very special:

Ceremony Venue: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, Palos Heights, IL
Reception Venue: Two Brothers Roundhouse, Aurora, IL
Hair: Josette Pisaraki
Makeup: Karianne Gannon at Pin Me Up Chicago
Wedding Gown: Jamie at Bella Sposa, Tinley Park, IL
Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal
Men’s Tuxes: Dominic at Diamond Formalwear
Florist: Delynn at Bella Fiori
Cake: The Cakery
DJ/Entertainment: Electric Blue Entertainment
Videography: Wynn Films
Second Shooter: Kelsey Rundle

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Announcing CDP Seniors…and a Giveaway!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Not so long ago, I promised a big announcement, and well…the time has finally come. Gah! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it!!! So without further ado (can I get a drumroll please?)…I’d like to officially announce our new brand — CDP Seniors — and our senior spokesmodel program, The Senior Exclusive. And to celebrate, we’re giving away a Charlotte Russe gift card to help one lucky someone put together the perfect look for their portrait session. Just scroll on down to the bottom of this post to enter…easy peasy! (I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, July 1st.)

I love shooting high school senior portraits! It’s such a blast to get to know these incredible young people and challenge myself to capture their personalities. High school seniors bring great energy to their sessions and inspire such creativity with their sense of adventure, and I always leave a session feeling honored to have gotten to capture a glimpse of what is such an exciting time in their lives!

This summer, we’re looking for a few fun, friendly, outgoing gals to represent us at local St. Louis-area schools and in the community. If you’re a member of the Class of 2015, we know you’re going to have a blast with your CDP experience, and we want you to share like crazy with your friends! When you sign on for The Senior Exclusive, we’ll love on you with all sorts of extra perks…head on over to the site to check them out, or get in touch with me…I can’t wait to hear from you!


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A Summer Wedding at Moulin St. Louis | Nathaniel & Lauren

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather do on any given Saturday (or Friday…or Sunday…or any other day of the week for that matter) than photograph a wedding. But let me tell you, I’d been waiting ALL YEAR for Nathaniel and Lauren’s wedding day! When Lauren and I first spoke over the phone about their wedding, I was immediately drawn to her intelligent and quirky sense of humor, and I was in awe of how much she seemed to just be loving life. They had met as undergrads at Vanderbilt, where they bonded over a love of travel, adventure, and a deep desire to give back. In fact, one of their first travel adventures together was spending the summer as volunteers in South America — she at a medical clinic, and he at a preschool. Now she was heading into her final year of med school and applying for residency programs, and Nathaniel had recently embarked on his career as a litigator with a busy Washington DC firm. Their schedules were crazy busy, but they still found time to try out new popsicle recipes, compete in scavenger hunts in our nation’s capital, and continue their quest to find the perfect scoop of ice cream. Seriously, how could I NOT love these two?

Finally Nathaniel and Lauren’s wedding day arrived, and on a beautiful early summer day a couple of weeks ago, their friends and family gathered in St. Louis from all corners of the country and around the world to celebrate them. And what a wonderful day it was! The day was filled with so much joy, warmth, and loads of laughter, and I’m so thrilled to have been there to capture it.

I love Nathaniel’s cufflinks, which were stamped with the coordinates of the locations of their engagement and wedding. Such a thoughtful way to mark those once in a lifetime memories!

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The wedding took place at Moulin, where Anne and her staff took such great care of the bridal party throughout the day. While they were getting ready, the guys got to spend some time hanging out in the Malt House Cellar, playing pool, shuffleboard and darts, while the ladies were busy getting beautiful upstairs.

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Once Lauren was ready, we set aside a few minutes for a “Dad’s First Look.” I know he was thrilled to get to have a quiet moment with his stunningly beautiful little girl before the day’s festivities officially began.

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Then we headed over to Lafayette Park for Nathaniel and Lauren’s first look, which was incredibly tender and sweet.

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The bridesmaids’ attire was the perfect combination of classic and fun. I loved that each of the ladies picked different yellow shoes to compliment the gorgeous sunflowers in their bouquets!

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Lauren, you are a complete knock out!

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One of Nathaniel and Lauren’s long-time friend officiated their wedding ceremony. He struck the perfect balance between humor and sentimentality, and you couldn’t help but be drawn into the emotion of the day.

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Lauren’s mom is amazing! She took the lead on the reception decor, as well as the tasty dessert table filled with all sorts of delectable treats. The watering can centerpieces were so adorable, and Lauren and Nathaniel paid homage to their rich family history by displaying their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos, along with the hats their grandmothers wore for their weddings. The reception commenced with heartfelt toasts from Lauren’s dad, the Best Man and Maid of Honor, followed by a fun-filled night of dancing.

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Congratulations, Nathaniel and Lauren! How blessed you both are to have found your best friend in one another! No matter where life takes you, as long as you go together, you will always have someone with whom you can laugh over a delicious popsicle, ice cream cone, or tasty beer — and that is worth more than you can imagine! Thank you so much for letting me share in your wedding day…I cannot wait to see where life takes you. I know the two of you are going to have a wonderful life together!

Cheers!

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A big thank you to the vendors who helped to make Nathaniel and Lauren’s wedding so very special!

Event Venue: Anne at Moulin/Malt House Cellar
Floral Arrangements/Dessert Table: Sally Bruns/Dierberg’s
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini by David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Transportation: GEM Transportation
Second Shooter: Kate of Kate Colton Studios

 

 

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A New Month…A New Look!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

Well hello there, friends! Happy June!

It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in here, and in that time, a whole lot of fun stuff has been brewing that I can’t wait to tell you about!

First up, I’m so excited to share that CDP has had a little makeover! There’s nothing like a new logo and website design to make you feel all shiny and oh so grown up! I hope you’ll pop on over to our website to check it out…I’d love to hear what you think!

I have another announcement coming your way in the next week or so…and it’s going to be big! You won’t want to miss it!

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