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WADE + SHELBY // RAINY DAY WEDDING at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH // SPRINGFIELD, MO

You just never know about April in the Ozarks. The weather can change on a dime, dashing a bride's hopes of an outdoor wedding with a flash of the radar screen. Luckily for Shelby and Wade, their wedding ceremony and reception were both indoors, so they were able to roll with the 1-2 punch the weather gave them like champs. They were so happy to be getting married that everyone still had a blast and we were able to create some great photos! 

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We may have had to get a little creative with finding cover during portrait time, but Shelby and Wade were up for anything and trusted me completely. I personally love rainy weather - the overcast light and moody tones are totally my cup of tea! We went downtown to a few of my favorite spots in between rain showers, and even had a chance to do some night portraits later in the evening after the storms left the area. 

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Shelby's day began with her closest friends as they got ready together at her church. 

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The moment when a mother knows the good work of raising her daughter is finished, and she sees a beautiful woman before her where a little girl once stood. It's one of the most emotional times for me on a wedding day. 

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Wade's mom Kathy waited to give Wade a very special gift as he read a letter from Shelby. Lots of tears were shed as she pinned her grandfather's pocket watch onto Wade's lapel.  

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Shelby and Wade opted not to see one another before their ceremony at Shelby's church, Immaculate Conception. It was really important to Wade for his first glance to be of his bride as she came down the aisle. As you can see he was pretty thrilled!

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After the ceremony, we met up at The Walnut Street Inn for wedding party and couple's portraits. What a fun group of friends! The rain cleared long enough for us to do several photos in the gardens before moving down the street for their reception at 425 Downtown.

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Shelby and Wade opted for gorgeous shades of blush and rose gold for their reception decor. Family friend Deb Owensby did an amazing job of decorating and coordinating the day. 

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This incredibly heartfelt moment between Wade and his mom even made me a little weepy. The bond between a mother and her children is incredible.

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Wade insisted on winning his new bride's garter by dancing for her favor! He succeeded. 

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Shelby's softball teammates have been a big part of her life, so posing on their team cooler was a must-have photo!

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After some night portraits, Wade and Shelby bid farewell to their family and friends with an epic Chinese lantern and sparkler send off that stopped traffic. It was a one-of-a-kind moment, and the perfect ending to a fantastic day.

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Thanks Wade and Shelby for your trust and confidence in me and for your positive vibes! You guys are amazing and have a long and happy life ahead of you as husband and wife!

Vendors:

Ceremony: Immaculate Conception Church

Reception and Catering: 425 Downtown

Wedding Coordinator: Deb Owensby

DJ: BSharp Entertainment

Videographer: Alison Cipri

Assistant Photographer: Stephanie Austin

Cake: Vick Pace

Florist: Cheryl Hall

Hairstylist: Jennifer Acton, Creative Hair Salon

Makeup Artist: Tracy Biggers

Hospitality: Walnut Street Inn // University Plaza Hotel // Hotel Vandivort

 

 

 

WHY GETTING READY PHOTOS MATTER

I wanted to take a break from posting weddings and engagement sessions to talk about a topic close to my heart. Getting ready pictures are an often overlooked and rushed part of the wedding photography timeline, but they can offer a glimpse into the tenderness and emotion of the day. Feelings are heightened in anticipation of the events to come, and natural expressions, laughter, and tears often flow freely. 

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While extended reception coverage is great, and is also so much fun to photograph, I feel that there are so many storytelling moments during preparation time. I at least like to be present for the bride as she gets into her dress. Allowing an hour for bridal prep photography is recommended. 

Having time set aside for photographing bridal details can help add to your story. A lot of thought and planning went into every element of your day, and these items may one day become heirlooms. It's an added bonus to document special jewelry, clothing, and even the perfume you wear on your wedding day! This is usually how I start my coverage and gives my subjects time to warm up and get used to a camera being in the room.

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Fair warning  - spontaneous dance-a-thons are likely to occur!

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And don't forget about the guys! Even just 15 minutes with the groom and his attendants can make for some unforgettable images. 

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As I am shooting your wedding, I'm always thinking about the full story and how your day will look in your album. These photos will accurately convey the momentum of your day to the generations to follow. I want your grandchildren to be able to look at your photos someday and feel as if they were right there, alongside you, feeling what you felt. Getting-ready photos, with their mood of anticipation, add to your wedding day narrative and spark so many memories.

Here are some tips to make the most of your wedding-day preparation photos:

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  • Choose a getting-ready location with adequate natural light and ample room for you and your attendants to relax and enjoy the process. Two of my favorite local options are The Hotel Vandivort and The Walnut Street Inn. Family homes are also a nice choice, because the location has an emotional component.
  • Consolidate bags, clutter, and all of the necessary things to get ready in one corner of the room so that your photos will be clear of background distractions.
  • Bridesmaids and Mothers should be dressed before the bride. That way attendants will look gorgeous as they assist the bride in her bridal routine.
  • Have all bridal details - jewelry, shoes, perfume, dress, etc easily accessible to me when I arrive so that I can photograph the details upon arrival.
  • Have your makeup done before you get your hair done - every woman feels more confident when they are made up for photos!
  • Getting-ready almost always runs behind - it's part of the day! Try not to let this stress you out, as I always pad the timeline for this, but one of the ways to avoid running behind is to not wait to have your hair and makeup done last. When I was a hairstylist/makeup artist, I always did the bride's hair and makeup in the middle of the attendants to make sure we would stay ahead of the timeline for the first look.
  • For guys, all we really need to photograph are the last-minute preparations - putting on jackets, ties, shoes, etc. It's also nice to have any gifts that you are giving to your attendants available for me or my second photographer to photograph.
  • Some couples prefer to get ready together, and that's great! Don't let rules or traditions hold you back from what you want for your day.
  • If you have a special gift for your bride or groom, getting-ready time is a great time to have their reaction photographed. As an added bonus, your beauty team is usually available to help touch-up your makeup if the waterworks start!
  • Have fun! Let the tears flow, laugh, and enjoy this time with your family and friends as you get ready together. It's one of the most enjoyable parts of the day!
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