Love

Hilary + Matt - St. Louis

“When the sun goes down
And the band won't play
I'll always remember us this way” - Lady Gaga from A Star Is Born

I’ve had that song on repeat since seeing the movie yesterday with my mama. PSA because I wasn’t warned until I was sitting in the theater seat, the movie will make you cry. That’s my only spoiler I’m giving away.

Hilary, Matt & I traveled to St. Louis last weekend for their session at Missouri Botanical Gardens. It was my first time at this location & I loved it. The location is hugeeeee so it was hard to figure out where I wanted to shoot. These guys were such troopers, especially Hilary, trucking around in her heels. I would have to say my favorite building here was the Temperate House. I fell in love with Arizona when we visited in April & this building was a mini Arizona experience.

After the session, we got some grub at The Rooster. A modern restaurant that serves breakfast all day long and is locally grown? Yeah, you’re good in my book. I am already itching to go back to this restaurant. So good.

If you’re a STL bride & wanting a different feel/style for your engagement & wedding photos, please inquire! I am always searching to photograph the most special memories for the most non-traditional bride. And I can promise some good grub afterwards :)

Xoxo,

Hannah

Nevin & Pat - State Park Engagement

This was first adventure engagement session & I’m obsessed. And addicted. These two were the perfect couple to travel up north to Matthiessen State Park last weekend for their photoshoot. The four of us, Tom included, made a whole day out of it.

On our way up, we stopped at a winery, that was unfortunately closed, so we proceeded to the park. We got lost. We had tons of laughs from the landmarks on the map that I imagined, like calling a piece of plywood a bridge. LOL Ohhh, memories. Thankfully, some really nice women riding horseback redirected us. I am thinking about creating a guide for Illinois photographers, because that was stressful.

Once we found our location, I think it’s safe to say we were all mesmerized. God’s nature is truly breathtaking and this location makes you feel like a tiny ant on this earth. It was such a nice day. 65 degrees, slight breeze, over cast skies. We weren’t the only ones who had the idea of experiencing the park. It was kinda really busy.

Once these two lovebirds quit making out, we eventually found the winery and indulged in two blocks of cheese, two bottles of wine and countless amount of crackers. Definitely not macro-friendly. LOL

I love traveling with my couples for their photoshoots. I love hearing every detail of their relationship and getting to become friends with them. It makes the wedding day so much easier and a lot more fun. I am already ready to head back to this place with my camera. Any takers?

Xoxo,

Hannah

Hank + Johanna - Urban & Rural Engagement

Last week I was honored to photograph Hank & Johanna's love for one another and they brought along a special guest. Rudy - their fur baby. I was able to have these three in front of my camera last fall (almost a year ago). I'm so thankful for the friendship we have built over the last year & how much I have learned with photography since then. 

Fur babies are always welcome at my photoshoots. I highly encourage it. I know my dog is part of me & I want my couples to be completely themselves. So bring the doggie! 

I am so excited for their wedding this coming May. Hank & Johanna are the type of people you can be completely yourself around. If they're laughing, they're laughing with you. They are encouraging and supporting of me as a person, an artist and of each other. We need more people like them. 

Their session was so easy. Because that's what their love is. Easy. It comes naturally for them, at least that's how I interpret their relationship. Congrats you two on your engagement! Can't wait to photograph your vows! 

Xoxo, 

Hannah 

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When you see your dog just simply existing.

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Dave + Amanda // MARRIED

Wedding season has officially kicked off and I'm so excited to share my favorite images from this Memorial Day weekend wedding in Springfield, IL. 

If you have followed me since the end of 2017, then you would have seen Dave & Amanda model for my styled bridal photoshoot at Lincoln Memorial Gardens. They were naturals in front of my camera then and followed suit on their wedding day. 

Tom & I became friends with Dave & Amanda through Hope church. Some of those people you just connect with as if you've known them for years. 

I feel so honored and blessed to have captured their wedding day as a photographer and a friend; that I was able to witness Amanda reading Dave's letter, spy tears roll down her mother's face, and watch her dad kiss her before they walked down the isle together. 

Dave & Amanda - thank you so much for trusting me with THE most important day of your lives so far and allowing me into your hearts. I wish ya'll MANY years of happiness, laughs, adventure and tons of "spicy" moments. :) 

Vendors:

Wedding Coordinator: Carolyn Johnson - CP Events

Hair: Willow & Birch Hair Salon

Makeup: Sarah Wilks

Cake: Specialty Cakes

Bride's Dress: Elite Bridal in Champaign 

Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal

Men's Tuxes: Men's Wearhouse

Caterer: Hamilton's Catering

Reception Hall: Erin's Pavilion

 

 

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 Starting a GO FUND ME to help homegirl out with a new screen, LOL

Starting a GO FUND ME to help homegirl out with a new screen, LOL

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 When #meetmeinthemiddle (a.k.a. the Bride's song) comes on

When #meetmeinthemiddle (a.k.a. the Bride's song) comes on

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 The Bride & Groom were big on "icing" people and successfully pulled off icing the bridal party during photos!

The Bride & Groom were big on "icing" people and successfully pulled off icing the bridal party during photos!

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Mr. Springfield & his Bride.

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 The small details are my favorite.

The small details are my favorite.

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 -Lay with me while our world stands still-

-Lay with me while our world stands still-

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 Remember how I said the Bride & Groom were big on "icing" people? Yep, the Bride successfully iced the Groom.

Remember how I said the Bride & Groom were big on "icing" people? Yep, the Bride successfully iced the Groom.

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Samantha & Alex

A month ago we shot Samantha and Alex's engagement session in downtown Springfield and at Lincoln Memorial Gardens. If I could describe the photoshoot in one sentence it would be, "Do it for the picture".

We started the photoshoot in a random alley and in front of a random, old, abandoned wear house, where I made them run towards my camera only 50 times. From there, we took it to the next level. That is, next level in my photography career. We brought along smoke bombs, which are actually quite terrifying in the fact that you can feel the spark on your hand. Alex, being a cop, was the perfect candidate to hold them (insert hair flip emoji). Then these two daredevils stepped into Lake Springfield when it was 34* outside. Who knows how cold that water was. 

But like I said, they did it for the picture. When they got out of the water, I asked Alex if it was worse than he expected and he answered so quickly, "Yes, that sucked". HAHA

(Samantha, I hope you're thinking it was worth it.) 

These two are some of my favorites. So easy and go-with-the-flow, yet also very prepared and make my job so easy. I am soooo excited to shoot their December wedding here in Springfield! 

Take a peek at their love story. 

"There are not enough words in the world to describe how amazing Samantha is. She is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. She is the most caring person I have ever met. She has the sweetest voice I have ever heard. Her smile melts my heart. She is amazing in every single way. I feel more love from Samantha in one minute than I have felt in the rest of my life combined. She is my best friend and she is the love of my life. Marrying Samantha is the most obvious and easiest decision I have ever made. She truly is perfect."

- Alex

"Loving and being loved by Alex is like the feeling right after you sneeze. Does that sound weird haha! He makes me feel like I’m the most beautiful girl in the world, even after I’ve been working in the yard or sweating my booty off at the gym. He has this way of always making me feel at home, even when we are 300 miles from our front door. He is my family and the other half I never knew I was missing but once he came in my life I knew I couldn’t ever go back to a time without him holding my hand. Being loved by such an amazing man cannot be accurately described in words, only felt. Honesty, Love doesn’t even begin to describe what we have, it is so much more."

- Samantha

Xoxo, 

Hannah 

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