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MILLIE + ERIC // VINTAGE-INSPIRED WEDDING at SPRINGFIELD BOTANICAL GARDENS

Millie and Eric are two people who are perfect for one another in every way. Not only are they crazy in love, but they are super cool and love many of the same things, including great music and retro style. When Millie told me that their garden wedding would include lots of classic, vintage vibes, I knew it would be wonderful to photograph!

Although the day before the wedding had been drenched in rainfall, causing some anxiety, the morning of Millie and Eric's wedding couldn't have been brighter and more beautiful. Sunshine filled the day from beginning to end! 

We started the day at the Doubletree Hotel for getting ready photos. Millie's gorgeous lace gown was stunning and she looked like a movie star princess out of the 1950s as she walked down the aisle. Eric looked dapper in his suit and handmade boutonniere - created using guitar picks as an homage to his career as a recording studio owner. Carley of Carley Jeanne events did a great job directing the day and making sure every detail was in order for Millie and Eric. It was a picture-perfect ceremony.

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Music was a huge theme throughout the day, as their handpicked playlist from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 90s set the mood for dinner and dancing at the Diamond Room. Millie and Eric were on the dance floor almost the entire night - and the bride loved cutting a rug in her Chuck Taylors!

After the guests began to depart, we pulled Millie and Eric out for a special nighttime portrait using the lighted sign that Eric's mom had created for the gift table. It's one of my favorite night portraits yet!

Being around Millie and Eric, you can see how completely enamored they are with one another. It's great to see people so deeply in love on their wedding day. It was so much fun to be a part of it all!

Ceremony Site: Springfield Botanical Gardens Hosta Garden

Reception Venue: The Diamond Room

Catering: Simply Delicious

Cake: Celebrations by Sonja

Wedding Coordinator: Carley Jeanne Events

Florist: Artistry in Bloom

Hair/Makeup: Counting Stars Salon

Partnering Photographer: Sa'dia Luallen-Blattert

Videography: Royalwood Video

 

LAINE + FELISITY: ENGAGED // SPRINGFIELD, MO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

When you are in the presence of two people who love each other so madly that it electrifies the air around them - when you can sense and feel how deeply they care for one another, it makes for an amazing engagement session.

Bring that kind of chemistry to the wild beauty of the Missouri wilderness - and suddenly you have a recipe for moments that border on epic. 

When Sa'dia and I met with Laine and Felisity, they explained that they wanted to show the world not only how crazy in love they are, but also what they appreciate most about their home. Felisity is an avid outdoorswoman - she lives for hiking and exploring the trails and rivers of our beautiful state. Her sense of adventure is infectious and inspiring. Laine is a classic glamour girl, who has seen the bright lights of Broadway and LA as an actress, but has contentedly settled in with the love of her life back here in Missouri. Once a Missouri girl, always a Missouri girl.

Laine and Felisity are one of those true love-at-first-sight stories. When you know, you just know. Within 55 days of meeting, they eloped under two birch trees at their favorite park shortly after same sex marriage was legalized. They decided they wanted to share the excitement of their marriage with all of their friends by planning (in Laine's words!) a Big Fat Lesbian Wedding this October. An engagement session at their favorite place on earth was the beginning of their wedding journey.

When Felisity first told us about Turner's Mill on the Eleven Point river, I was so excited to go there. I had never been to that part of the state, and through the miles of rambling roads and hilly dips and turns, I was introduced to the magic of the Irish Wilderness for the first time. Want waterfalls, crystal-clear streams, and mossy bluffs? You really should go. It's magical.

But even with all of that gorgeous scenery around us, none of it could compete with the beauty of the amazing young women in front of me. From the playful way Felisity led Laine out into the spring on that unseasonably warm day, to how Laine completely melted into Felisity's arms, wrapped up in her parents' quilt, their love is the sweetest thing I ever did see. They take such good care of one another. 

Finding the one whom your soul calls "home" is what we all hope for in this life. Laine and Felisity have a love that would rival any great story on the big screen, made right here in Missouri. 

Congratulations, ladies. I'm so glad I get to be there with you on your wedding day. 

Photography Support - Sa'dia Luallen-Blattert