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Gettin’ Hitched!

OK, Y’ALL! Our two September brides are THE COOLEST chicas ever! Lindsay gets married next weekend, on the 22nd, and Tiffany get married the following weekend, on the 29th. Their grooms are pretty rockin’, too, so this is going to be a seriously FABULOUS MONTH of wedding photography. Yay!

I posted Lindsay and Cale’s engagement session earlier this summer and now it’s time for Tiffany and Bradley!

It’s no secret that I’m dyingggg to be southern or at the very minimum, move there, live there forever and acquire an accent. Southerners make me happy, so when this adorable Southern Belle and her fiancĂ© booked us for their wedding, MY LIFE IMPROVED like 100%!

When we were first emailing about her big day, she said she loves antiques and vintage stuff, that her wedding as going to be all ‘period’ items and very detail intensive and that (OMG) her invites were actually Hatch Show Prints. I was like, “Wait. WHAT!?!? Nooooo wayyyy!!!” (Hatch is in Nashville). After hearing even more details such as the bouquets and boutonnieres (I will keep those details a secret for now), programs and menus, I immediately decided this was my perfect wedding and I really wish she had planned our entire wedding for us. HA!!

Needless to say, I am THRILLED for her, for him and for us to be part of their big day! Being from Bowling Green, she promises her family will be saying things like, “y’all and Yankees.” I am hoping they will adopt me and my new residence will soon be in Kentucky :) :)

Their wedding is in about 12 days :). I was going out of town when I finished editing their engagement session, so I decided to save my FB’ing and blog post until right before the wedding to get everyone pumped about these AMAZING details. She brought some little sneak peeks of their wedding day decor to the session and some adorable signs. LOVE!!! Here are just a few of my favorites from their e-pics:

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Haha…love it. American Gothic meets Lollipops:

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Awww…

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So much fun!! Love these two!! :)

Check back soon for September wedding pics of Lindsay & Cale and Tiffany & Bradley. I can’t wait!

Have a wonderful week, y’all. xoxo.

Mucho love,
Ann

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Scottie and Christine’s Wedding <3

Kurt and I were so very blessed to photograph the GORGGGGEOUSSSSS fall wedding of Scottie and Christine. Everything from the dress to the shoes to the rings to the flowers to the cake to THEM to the speeches to the reception was truly LOVELY.

Scottie grew up in the area and moved to Florida a few years ago, where he met Christine. Christine has lived in both New Jersey AND in Florida. I know what you’re thinking… but don’t worry, Kurt strictly forbid me from asking Christine about the Jersey Shore. It wasn’t easy, I assure you. ;)

Behold the absolute loveliness of their day. Flowers by Clazzy Designs, Davenport. Getting ready location was Blackhawk Hotel, Davenport.

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Their pug, Meatball, made the trip from Florida, too! And, in true wedding-day spirit, also donned a tux…omg, I want to adopt him!
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And if I know anything at all about being married, it’s if all husbands looked at their wives the way Scottie looks at Christine, this world, truly, would be a happier place…

Both boys approved of the dress…
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She is such a classic beauty. And just as sweet, too!
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What an adorable couple…love all of these…
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They were married at St. Anne’s in Long Grove, the church Scottie grew up attending. Note the sand ceremony was half corn for the Iowa farmboy and half sand for the Florida beach girl. I love it.
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The reception followed at the always fabulous, River Center in downtown Davenport. LOVE the canopy and everything about the place!
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Love their first dance photos…
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And we all know my feelings for the Anniversary Dance! =Yay!
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Joe from SAS Entertainment did a fantastic job keeping the dance floor hopping all night. Amazing up-lighting around the reception room, also provided by SAS. Check it out in the background of some of the photos. Love!

Here’s some of my fave dance shots of the night:
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To Christine and Scottie ~ THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH for allowing us to be part of your amazing wedding day. Everything was perfect and was a day we’ll never forget! We wish you the best of luck!

Much love,
Ann & Kurt

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Brianne and Bryan

Hi to all! I hope everyone had an amazing October weekend…only one more left until November (=YIKES!). We finished our 2011 wedding season on the highest note possible. THRILLED! Wedding photos from that wedding to come soon.

First, meet one of our 2012 wedding couples! Aren’t they just gorgeous!? Can’t even imagine what a beautiful bride Brianne is going to be…seriously.

Here are some of my favorites from their engagement session:

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We had a fabulous time shooting downtown. We were able to cover a little bit of park, a little bit of river, a little bit of train tracks, a little bit of sweet red Mustang (that’s the groom’s!), a little bit of art museum and a little bit of urban-ness all within a couple blocks.

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How cute are these pics…

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I absolutely LOVED photographing these two lovebirds and cannot wait for their beautiful wedding next June. Yay!

Brianne and Bryan, thanks for having us take your engagement photos and be a part of your wedding day! Everything is going to be lovvvvellyyyyy! xoxo!

Much love,
Ann

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Scott and Stacy’s Wedding of Fabulousness

We are so blessed to have photographed the gorgeous wedding and reception of Scott and Stacy. It was a beautiful day at the Isle of Capri…full of amazing wedding details and lots of love and laughter.

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So impressed with the dancing skills of these two lovebirds!
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We see lots of Father/Daughter dances but I have to admit I got a little a lot teary eyed at this one. Stacy’s dad is such a nice person and is so truly happy for her and Scott. And then the song. And the fabulous uplighting in the ballroom. Everything was just too sweet:
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I personally love the “How Long Have you Been Married Dance?” And as a side note, I love these photos of Stacy’s parents (see last two):
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And the tears came back (just a little bit!) again when I took these shots of what 67 years of marriage looks like…so sweet. *Sigh*
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Everyone that attended knows how awesome the dance (and “Beach Front Avenue!!”) was, so I’ll let some of my favorite dance shots do the talking:
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Thank you SO SO SO MUCH to Scott, Stacy and both sets of parents for allowing us to be part of your perfect wedding day! Many hugs and congrats to you!

Ann & Kurt

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Kris and Joe’s Golf-Inspired Wedding

Two important things to know about Kris and Joe:

1. They laugh together. A lot. Their happiness inspires everyone around them to laugh and be happy, too. If that isn’t living life the right way, I don’t know what is.

2. They know how to throw one HECK OF A PAR-TAY. Seriously!

When Kris first contacted me last year about shooting their June wedding, I was thrilled! It sounded like so much fun. They live right on Whispering Pines Golf Course so they were going to have a wedding by the pond on the golf course followed by a reception in the fabulous clubhouse. I couldn’t say, “I’m available!” fast enough.

They started the morning off EARLY at their house with a mimosa brunch and then Joe headed to the course with about twenty close friends and family members for a game of best ball.

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While Joe was busy golfing, Kris chatted with a few of her girlfriends and made sure everything at the reception site was just perfect. Love all of her decor!

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From the custom golf balls inscribed with their names and wedding date (see above), to the J and K candles (love those!), to the golf ball cake, the entire day was FILLED with the most perfect of little details.

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After an early afternoon break, the golf teams got fancy for the big wedding and headed over to start the processional in golf carts. The big crowd of guests loved it!

The ceremony that followed was heartfelt and very sweet. It took place overlooking the pond, which was backlit by the summer sun. Ahhh…summer… The officiant did an AMAZING job as did the singers. And I do have to say we got some great kiss shots!

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Kris really likes my barn photos I’m always posting (and so do I!), so we headed over to an old barn on the property for the family formals.

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And later, we were lucky enough to get these sweeeeeeet dusk shots!!! Yeah!!!

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The reception rocked it!! Everyone loved the gorgeous display of food catered by Moon River Supper Club, and the dj played awesome dance music until the very end. What a fantastic party at a beautiful location!

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Kris and Joe, thank you SO MUCH for letting us capture your awesome wedding day! We had such a great time! Best wishes to you lovebirds!! xoxo!

Much love,
Ann & Kurt

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Dan and Cheril’s Hawaiian Wedding <3

Kurt and I are SOOOO fortunate to have traveled to Hawaii for the AMAZING wedding of Dan and Cheril. Many from the Quad Cities know and love Dan…he’s the greatest. He’s truly like a brother to everyone he meets. We were all THRILLED when Dan met Cheril after moving to Hawaii and when they announced their engagement!

Their wedding day was perfect, romantic, joyful and everything all weddings should be. And, from early morning until the end of the night, everything was absolutely lovely, including the bride!! I adore vintage jewelry and recognized the pearls as antiques right away. I asked Cheril and she explained they were her grandmother’s. <3 Love <3

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Cheril and Dan opted to do a first look in a gorgeous Waikiki park. I’ll save those images for them to share…except this one (I can’t resist).

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Since we had some time before the ceremony, we were able to do all of the bride and groom photos before we headed to the site. LOVE LOVE LOVE ALL OF THEM SOOO MUCH!!

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And how sweet is this? We were even able to make time to go to the very spot Dan proposed to Cheril overlooking the ocean. <3 Aloha, Paradise! I still can't believe people are lucky enough to actually LIVE here. This is only about ten minutes from their house!

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Their ourdoor ceremony was heartfelt and tear-FILLED, thanks to them writing their own super-sweet vows. Guests sat in perfect rows of little white chairs and the ceremony took place under a large tree with long strings of hanging flowers.

Now would be a good time to mention how much I loved the officiant. I introduced myself and politely asked the [dreaded] question, “Is there anything you wouldn’t like us to do during the ceremony?” (all the while praying he didn’t tell me to stay away from the altar area). “Yes,” he said sternly, leaning in closely. “Don’t miss anything!” he said with a HUUUGE smile. Soooo cute! I’m still laughing about it! LOVVVVE HIM!

Also, thanks to my own husband for capturing these fab images of Cheril and her parents. I literally shrieked with joy when I saw them after we got back to Iowa! Kurt hangs at the back of the ceremony site while I chill it out in the altar area with the groom to get some reaction shots.

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We have sooo many gorgeous ceremony photos but here are just some of my favorites.

The reception was so much fun! During our visit, Cheril was telling us that the Hawaiian culture is all about giving back. So if you take something from the land, give something back. They used earth-friendly themes throughout their adorable wedding and reception details. I thought it was such a cute idea.

And you could just feel the joy throughout the entire day and night; they are both loved so much by everyone.

AND, they even had fire dancers from the Polynesian Cultural Center! Awesome!

I will have more posts on our many Hawaiian adventures soon, but for now I wanted to share the gorgeous photos from their big day. I couldn’t imagine a lovelier couple or a more beautiful wedding day. We’re all sooooo happy for you!

Congrats to Dan and Cheril!! Thanks for having us be a part of it all! xoxo!

Much love,
Ann & Kurt

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