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MONA + KRIS // ARKANSAS WINERY ENGAGEMENT SESSION

There is something incredibly heartwarming about being around a couple who share so much in common. When a couple is truly connected and in love, my work is easy. Mona and Kris have that kind of bond, and it's plain to see how over-the-moon they are for one another.

Mona is a photographer and visual artist with a creative and free-spirited personality - right down to her ombre purple curls! Kris is an attorney with a heart for helping the less-fortunate and a love for social causes. They are both stunning, with a flair for fashion and a love for beautiful things, animals, and traveling together. I always feel so privileged when I get to photograph not only one bride-to-be, but two. Especially when they are this much fun!

Because both ladies are dedicated oenophiles and foodies, we met for their engagement session at Sassafras Springs Vineyard in Arkansas this past fall. As they enjoyed glasses of white wine and a charcuterie board, I snapped some lifestyle shots inside to begin our shoot. We moved to the  grounds of the vineyard afterwards, and they even brought their lovable Shih Tzu Chelsea along for their session. (Thanks to their friend Lastacia for being a great puppy-handler and so much help!)

We had gorgeous light, lots of laughs, and a wonderful time getting to know one another.  

I'm excited to shoot their wedding this weekend at Sassafras Springs, so watch for their wedding story coming soon!

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Randy + Matt: Married

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As a photographer, I have the great privilege of capturing love. I have borne witness to the love a mother has for her child, the excitement and expectation of newly engaged couples, and the playfulness and fun-loving spirit of many families. But witnessing the beauty of marriage is the most humbling and rewarding honor of all. 

Matt and Randy have an amazing love. It is evident in the way they look at one another, their patience and tenderness - and the respect they have for their relationship and marriage.

Marriage is not something they take lightly as a same-sex couple. Their right to marry is now legal in all 50 states, but Matt and Randy said their vows just days before the Supreme Court ruling. They had gone to Jackson County to get their license, and were then able to be wed anywhere in the state of Missouri - something that few couples were aware of. They chose Springfield, and their home church - Unity of Springfield - to host their wedding. It was the first legal same-sex marriage in our city.

The day was beautiful in so many ways. Matt and Randy love their families, and included memorials to Matt's dad and Randy's parents in every part of the ceremony - including Randy's mother's handmade ring bearer pillow, photos, and special music to honor their loved ones. There were many tears shed in the congregation, and you can tell that this couple is loved by everyone who knows them. Later, when I asked Randy if I could borrow their rings for pictures, he carefully handed them over to me. I promised I would take care of them. I found out later that they were set with his mother's diamonds. Relationships and memories are precious to this couple.

Watching the way that Matt and his mother danced, I could see and feel the bond they have. Randy and their friends blew bubbles toward them as "At Last" played, and it was a sweet and funny homage to Lawrence Welk. There was lots of conversation, laughter, and hugs to go around during their reception. It was such a joyous day.

It is apparent to me that Matt and Randy love one another, God, and their families. Their marriage is a hard-won reward to a love that needs no justification or apologies. I am so honored that I got to be there to witness their love come full circle. Love wins.

Wedding Coordinator: Kimberley Lippelman

Venue: Unity of Springfield

Cake: Kimberley Lippelman