the journal

A place for sharing stories and joy

Happy New Year! Whether you are planning your wedding in Chicago or beyond, there are some new trends on the horizon. Some of our 2022 couples were already on the cutting edge, and we expect to see more couples opting in to some of these popular new ideas: 1. Reception Wardrobe Changes, Gloves, & More […]

What a wild ride 2021 has been! There have been lots of ups and downs, but I am so thankful that we saw major improvements over 2020. Being able to be vaccinated during spring 2021 was a HUGE relief and definitely enabled our couples to continue with their long anticipated celebrations. Thank you science! A […]

Picture the sweetest couple you can, with an equally sweet dog – okay good – now you have Sam + Jake! We had the pleasure of meeting Sam and Scout (aforementioned dog) at our neighborhood dog park and after we got to chatting, started discussing their upcoming wedding. Long story short it wasn’t long before […]

When Lauren + Brock started wedding planning they assumed that their original date would be the one…well COVID-19 had other plans! These rescheduling warriors had THREE different wedding dates, and luckily the third time was the charm! Not only were they finally able to gather to celebrate with family and friends, but they got the […]

These days if you are anything like us you may be spending a lot of time binge watching The Great British Baking Show. After all, with what seems to be a nationwide flour shortage, baking seems to be on everyone’s mind. All of the spoon fulls of sugar of late got me thinking that it […]

Photographing Georgie + Bryce and their adorable son Grayson was the best! They kicked off our 2020 wedding season on February 8th and we couldn’t have been happier to start the season with them. The new Mr. & Mrs. Whisman chose UMSL Provincial House Chapel for their ceremony and Piazza Messina for their reception venue […]

Working with all of our clients this year has filled us with so much gratitude. Looking back over all the weddings and sessions we have done, seeing all of the moments that we have documented, brings the biggest smile to my face. This year has been a busy one and I wanted to take some […]

Working with Sonya + Artie for their wedding day was such such a privilege. Sonya + Artie are the definition of #couplegoals! They have such a tenderness for each other, and had the loveliest summer wedding day with those dearest to them I love that they included the Norwegian wedding cake tradition during their reception! […]

Nestled in Hermann, MO you will find a beautiful venue tucked away, Little Piney Lodge! It is the perfect little getaway spot to celebrate your union with friends and family. We have been looking forward to Lindsay + Robby’s big day there for quite some time and their celebration did not disappoint! But first we […]

While it still feels very wintry outside, I wanted to take a look back at Jennie + Dave’s festive December 22nd wedding day! I share their love for the holidays and was over the moon when they chose us to photograph their love story. Even for their engagement session Jennie brought along a string of […]

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