Abigail shared how she and Tanner first met and how long they have been together… “We first talked to each other through an online dating website. The first time we truly met each other was three weeks after we exchanged phone numbers, on our first date in Lincoln! We’ve been seeing each other for a year and seven months. Our first date was in Lincoln. We met at a Walmart parking lot, and then an awkward side hug ensued. Afterwards, she somehow got in my car, and we went to Guzzardo’s Italian Villa for dinner. We then went to see The Jungle Book in the movie theatre next. After that, it was the best moment of the date. We went to a park bench and just talked for three straight hours. Finally, I was dropped back off at my car. Little did we know it was only the beginning.”
Abigail shared “Tanner took me back to the very park bench we sat and talked at on our first date. I was upset because all week I had hoped he was going to propose for my birthday but he told me that wasn’t in the plans. So at the park, there was a wedding taking pictures, and I was still so upset because I really wanted to get engaged! Next thing I know, Tanner is on one knee holding a very shiny ring! He was shaking and sweating and started to put the ring on the wrong hand. His dad was there recording the whole thing. We then returned to Springfield where all of our family was waiting for us with a surprise party. It was the absolute best!”
Some of the things Abigail and Tanner enjoy doing together “We love to go to sporting events: Cardinal Games, Peoria Chief Games, U of I games, etc. We also like to travel and shop- oddly enough one of our favourite places to go is Aldi because we always find the most interesting things!”
Tanner shared with us what he loved about Abigail, “I love Abby because she loves me for who I am. I’m not the most normal person in the world by any means. Sometimes I’m crazy, odd, weird, etc…but somehow she stays with me. If that’s not a woman to keep around, then I don’t know who is. I also love her for her absolute loyalty. I know no matter what happens she will always be by my side, even when I screw up. I could go on and on about her all day. She is a loving, caring, beautiful, amazing, all over the place, strong-willed, fascinating, tender, Christian.”
For their engagement session, they re-created their first date and proposal. We adore engagement sessions that are in locations that truly mean something to the couples; it makes the wedding experience that much more meaningful. Abigail shares what she adores about Tanner “I love Tanner because he makes me laugh. He gets my quirky sense of humour and is so supportive of me in everything I do. He is so kind and thoughtful and the best planner I know (which is why I sometimes call him Tanner the Planner) He is very level headed and knows how to calm me down when I get upset. He loves me for who I am flaws and all. I love that he is always genuinely complimenting me in some way. He has quickly become my best friend, and I can’t wait to spend forever with him! It’s been a challenge to maintain a relationship from 70 miles away when we both work opposite shifts, but we do the best we can and are very ready to be settled into a new life together in Springfield!”
Thank you to Aimee Novy Photography for sharing these images with us.
Amy and Aaron met in 2015 at the University of Florida when one of their programs overlapped. They found interest in each other and began a beautiful and adventurous relationship. Aaron fell in love with Amy’s spontaneous, silly, caring, smart and random character and Amy loved just how kind, genuine, romantic and sweet Aaron is. Their love escalated and one day, while at Central Park, Aaron proposed to Amy in the middle of the skating rink!
They enjoy having brunch, travelling, bowling and of course, talking about teeth! They are perfect for each other, and this translated so beautifully into their wedding day!
Amy and Aaron said their I-do’s at Palm Lake Christian Church in front of their close friends and family and made their way to the Museum of Fine Arts to celebrate their marriage. Black and white details with silver accented pieces filled their reception room along with touches of natural flowers.
Photographer: Limelight Photography // Venue: Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg FL // Dress Store: CCs boutique // Invitation Designer: Carlson Crafts // Floral Designer: Wonderland Floral Art // Caterer: Olympia Catering & Events // Bridesmaid Dresses: BCBG // DJ: Inpulse entertainment // Officiant: Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg FL
For this boudoir shoot they wanted to add some body diversity and body positive images to the already existing plethora of boudoir images out there – and Jaimz (the model) was more than willing to help. Combined with a glam-retro look and colourful tattoos the contrast of her personality against soft backgrounds and daylight created stunning shots. We love the playful images with her pearl necklace! We hope this will encourage other women of size to embrace themselves, as they are, and let their true beauty shine through.
When the new year rolled in, this styled shoot team wanted to showcase a New Year’s theme so they added in some gold, pink, and ivory as well to compliment the primary marsala tone. Some details which were added in that compliment the New Year’s theme were the clock cuff links, the masks for a masquerade, and of course sparklers!
Photographer: Casey Hendrickson Photography // Venue: Separk Mansion // Apparel: Ruby Heart Pearl & Revolve Upscale Consignment Menswear // Rentals: Evermore – Classic and Vintage Rentals // Makeup Artist: Beauty By Nou // Food: SugarPops // Jewellery: The Bead Lady // Cake Designer: Sky’s The Limit Bridal Sweets // Dress Store: Fabulous Frocks Bridal // Invitation Designer: Sweetest Beginnings // Floral Designer: Springvine Design
“Seth and I met at Schreiner University in 2012. Upon returning from winter break, we had a mandatory residence meeting at Faulkner Hall. As I walked into the room with my roommates, I gazed up and saw Seth and instantly blurted to the girls “He’s mine!” Since he was an RA, he first became my best friend. On his days on duty, I would join him on his rounds walking the floors, and he would just listen to everything and anything I had to say. Seth had me wrapped around his finger from day one. After 6 a.m. volleyball workouts, he’d ask me to go to breakfast with him even though he knew all I wanted to do was go back to sleep. My favourite memory is one evening he was on duty and wanted me to get him dinner from the Schreiner Diner. He texted me his order and said he would meet me in my room so that I could use his ID card for a swipe. I opened the door, and there he was on his knee tying his shoe, and when he looked up he grabbed my hand and said: “Will you marry me?” I laughed and in a straight tone said “No”, and he couldn’t believe I wasn’t interested one bit.”
“I was beyond excited because Fiesta weekend is one of Seth and I’s favourite time in San Antonio As we were driving into town he told me we had to stay in a hotel instead of his parent’s house because Mrs Huerta had additional family members staying over. In reality, I thought he was going to propose on our five year anniversary the following weekend. Therefore I never once thought April 29th, 2017 would be the day. We headed downtown for the parade, and EVERYONE was in attendance. I mean there were 70+ of our family and friends, and yet I still had no idea. The parade was about to start, and Seth comes up to me and says “Hey go with me to the bathroom.” I was a little bothered because our friends had just gotten there and I hadn’t seen them in a while, so I invited them all to go on our potty break. Seth grabs my hand, and as we are walking he says “Well I just wanted for us to go on a walk and talk” and of course with my smart mouth I tell him “Really, Talk by a Porta-Potty?” We spend about 10 minutes waiting around, and I tell Seth to come on let’s go back the parade is about to start, and he said: ” I’m waiting to see if anyone wants me to get Gorditas.” Well, what felt like forever was merely a couple of minutes, and we began walking back to our seats with no food in hand. All I can see is all our friends and family with their phones out and what do I think? Oh, the parades starting let’s get into our seats! Seth grabs my hand and says “The first time I asked you to marry me it was a joke this time is for real!” In front of everyone at the Fiesta Parade, He asked me to be his WIFE! I instantly said YES!! He had me fooled the whole time and yet he asked me in the most magical way ever.”
“What I am most looking forward to our wedding is first marrying my best friend of course and his reaction! I can’t wait to see his face when I walk down the aisle because he has no absolute idea how I am going to look and from what he thinks I’ll wear I know he’s going to be in for a surprise.”
“I think with wedding planning I’m most excited for are the beer donkeys. Everyone thinks I bought them for guest entertainment, but Seth and I both know we got them because we can’t wait to incorporate them in our photos as husband and wife. He knows how big my love is for ALL animals so to include them in our wedding is a real treat, for us at least.”
Thank you to Angelic Edge Photography for sharing these lovely engagement photos with us!
Nicole and Arjune had an elegant and intimate wedding within the greenery of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota. They were married by Nicole’s Grandmother who was the officiant, which was a surprise to very the sweet and loving family.
Nicole and Arjune both enjoy cooking, travelling, and being outdoors as much as possible. They had always planned to incorporate nature into their wedding day, and they did that by having an outdoor ceremony and the most beautiful outdoor candlelit dinner under one of their favourites trees at the garden – the Banyan tree.
The idea behind this styled shoot was to show the profound sense present in the essence of things. The session showcases the search for that effortless beauty found in everyday movements of the human figure and spirit. A minimal yet graceful mood set in Berbere Lodge, with architecture that reminisces of ancient Moroccan times in shape and craft, highlights that particular and appealing rawness that creates a state of mind which elevates us slightly above the surface of the ground.
Photographer: Maria Rão Photography // Venue: Berbere Lodge // Floral Design: Yassab Floral Design // Dress: Zara // Ring: Ela Stone // Bracelet: Gag & Lou // Neckless: Ginette NY // Digital Scan: Mastin Labs
Debora and John have been together for over 6 years, John surprised Debora with a proposal at the 360 Bridge Overlook; this spot can be so full of people, but John found the perfect secluded place to tell her how he felt. Debora already wasn’t sure where he was leading her, but when John opened his shirt to expose his undershirt, she saw there was a QR code on it. That John had developed! And it was fully FUNCTIONAL! When she scanned the code, it took her to a video of all of their memories together. John was ready to create new memories with Debora as his fiancé, and asked her to be his wife!
For their engagement session, they knew exactly where they wanted to shoot. Right back at the 360 Bridge Overlook spot where they got engaged! Since this bridge is also such an iconic symbol of Austin, they chose to head to the Congress Bridge afterwards and grab shots of the gorgeous skyline.
Thank you to The Lees Photography for capturing and sharing such lovely images with us!
The styled shoot team chose a beautiful lakeside venue in Annapolis for this inspiration shoot. They chose a nautical theme and romantically styled decor to fit this lakeside venue. A wedding dress was chosen that would add a vintage twist to the shoot, and they used a couple to create a wonderful dynamic between the bride and groom models.
Photographer: Marianne Blackham Photography // Venue: Laurel Grove Inn // Event Planner: Buzz Worthy Events // Cinema & Video: by Daysy Film & Photo // Ring Box: The Mrs Box // Tuxedo: Tuxedo by Sarno // Bakery: Little Village Bakery // Makeup Artist: Silver Immersion & Makeup by Erin M // Etsy Designer: Over the Moon Bridal // Jewellery: Mangan Jewelers // Dress Store: Champagne Taste Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids // Handmade Goods Designer: Holly Carton: Fine Art & Illustrations // Invitation Designer: Emma Bauso Design // Garter: The Garter Girl by Julianne Smith // Equipment Rentals: Party Rental // Officiant: Hitched 360 // Models: Gregory D. & Rachel & Wendell & Morgan G.
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