This wedding day was such a beautiful one. The weather was perfect, the venue was absolutely gorgeous, and the beautiful details were icing on the cake! We have never seen a groom's face light up like Andy's when he saw Whitney for the first time, and it's moments like those that remind us why we fell in love with photographing love stories.
Ben and Ashley are such a special couple. Becoming friends first, they eventually realized there was more between them, and once they started dating, it became obvious to friends and family that they were perfect for each other.
The trials and challenges John and Emily faced while planning this wedding would exhaust just about anyone. A natural disaster and surprise schedule conflicts caused two venue changes and the wedding date to be moved up a few months, but Emily & John didn't flinch; they rolled with the punches knowing that with whatever change blew their way, the one constant was their commitment to and love for each other.
This family is near and dear to our hearts. These three sweet boys, affectionately referred to by their wordsmithy mom and dad as The General, The Gentleman, and The Governor, are bursting with brains, hilarity and energy, so needless to say, photoshoots with them are the same. We dare you to look through these images and not crack a smile.
When we met Ada & Jonny, we were so excited that they wanted to do a session at an abandoned property. Although we have our list of "go-to" locations, we are always looking for new places and willing couples to shoot, and Ada suggested an abandoned house that was right up our alley. Their love for each other is evident whether they are in front of a camera or not.
The Waggoner's were married on an icy cold day in December...
Whether they are covering a Janice Joplin song (and doing it so much justice) or singing one of their original songs, these musicians command every stage with their talent and passion.
This colorful family shoot tops our list of favorites, and we think you'll see why. Sarah brought one of her favorite handmade quilts, some amazing books for the kids to read and look at, and even some toys to keep those energetic kiddos happy while we clicked away. We love these sweet littles, and are so happy they braved the cold wind and smiled through chattering teeth to make their momma (and their photographers) happy. We think they might have even had a little fun.
Kieffer proposed to Ashley on a trip to Europe and are about as "in love" as any couple can be. For months, she grew her hair out in what Ashley refers to as "the long con" because she knows Kieffer loves her hair short and shaved on the side. When we met to discuss wedding details, she shooed Kieffer away from the table and excitedly told us of her plan to surprise him during their first look...
From the time Emily first contacted us, we have been anxious about their upcoming wedding in September. In spite of both Emily and John each having a CRAZY stressful day, they forged on and met us at Busiek State Park for this sweet engagement session and some s'moresy goodness. We had such a great time with these two, and even more so, we cannot wait for their big day!
Fall sessions are our favorite, and it's easy to see why. Add a couple in love and here comes the magic....
Jordan is a natural in front of the camera. See for yourself.......
Alex is one of the most thoughtful, talented, intelligent, creative, and funny kids I've ever been around. He has a sweet sense of style and he humored me with every pose I put him in. Alex, your future is bright and I absolutely cannot wait to see where your art takes you.
Ashley and Ben approached us right before Christmas with one of the best inquiry emails a photographer can ever ask for. After looking at our portfolio she said, "your style is exactly what I didn't know I was looking for." We are smitten with these two and cannot wait for their beautiful Dogwood Canyon wedding in May!
Zach and Vanessa are an amazing couple with incredible families and lifelong friends who travelled to Bentonville, AR from literally every part of the country to share in this special day. The bonds shared between Zach and Vanessa and all those present were enviable and strong.
This was one of the most personalized weddings we have ever had the pleasure of photographing. The vows were exchanged during a sweet, short ceremony led by Zach's father on the balcony of Compton Gardens, and the evening was spent listening to bluegrass sounds and enjoying delicious tacos while family and friends mingled, recalling old memories and making new. Hilarious toasts were made; guests filled an album with Instax Mini photos and signatures, and at the end of the evening, the bride and groom and their guests walked the trail from Compton Gardens to the Skyspace structure at Crystal Bridges to experience the sunset in a whole new light.
Venue: Compton Gardens
Wedding Planner & Flowers: Events by Debbra (Debbie Severson)
Tacos: Trickdilly Tacos; Bentonville, AR
Anyone who knows anything about BR Photography knows that we are up for new locations and areas to use for your photos, and sometimes we need to look no further than your very own home! All we need is great lighting (and an eye for decorating like Jenna's doesn't hurt!)
This was an absolutely gorgeous wedding weekend. From the rehearsal dinner the night before to the amazingly fun and celebration-filled reception after Ethan and Emily said "I do," family and friends and vendors came together to make this weekend a special one.
Wedding Planner: Abby Mitchell Events
Bride's Hair and Makeup: Sydney Dougherty
Florist: Artistry In Bloom
David and Kylie are quite a pair, right down to their king and queen tattoos. They met through their mutual friends and love of the local music scene. David proposed over dinner in front of Kylie's parents, which is fitting, because the wedding was held on the enchanting grounds of Kylie's childhood home. This day was carefully planned with the utmost attention to detail and focused around two souls who are completely in love.
The decor was simply phenomenal (HUGE kudos to Kylie and her Mom for that!), the setting was magical, and the love was palpable.
Florist: The Thicket/The Nest - Springfield, MO
Cakes & Desserts: Tea Bar & Bites - Springfield, MO
Meat & Cheese Trays: Bride's Aunts
Backyard Wedding DIY: Bride's Mother & Bride
String Player: Sam Keoppe
Band: Miranda Reynolds and Austin Adkins
DJ: John Saad
Bartender: Clint Sanderson
Hair: Mia Hollingshad
Makeup: Bride and Bridesmaids
Reception Rentals: Eventful Rentals in Springfield, MO
It's so much fun getting to know our couples a little better on their wedding day. Aaron and Jessica are two of the nicest individuals and one of the sweetest couples we have ever had the pleasure of working with. Everything about this day was about and for them - just the way it should be. You are both blessed to have such a close circle of great friends who helped make this day so much fun. Your families were incredible in making the day perfect for this already "breezy bride." Aaron & Jessica, congratulations! We thoroughly enjoyed documenting this fantastic day!
Reception Venue: Heritage Hall, Liberty, Mo
Florist: Hy-Vee, Liberty, Mo
Cake: Hy-Vee, Liberty, Mo