Ashley and Scott 12.01.12 by Bolla Photo

Ashley and Scott are like the Brady Bunch, only better looking.  Their combined 5 children stood up their absolutely adorable bridal party. Ashley, being the hair stylist that she is, fixed everyone’s hair on the morning of the wedding.  She even did her own hair, which was naturally one of her main concerns of the day.  And it looked exquisite!

The couple joined families in an intimate ceremony at Jerusalem Lutheran Church.  Thankfully, the construction company that was working on the roof was coerced to take a break so all could enjoy the ceremony in peace. The vows were said. Then Julio delivered the rings to be exchanged, and received a low-five from his mom for the job well-done.  Next, the couple and all 5 kids took part in a sand ceremony.

Ashley and Scott and their family made a brief stop at Woodland Park for some portraits before heading to their winter wonderland reception.

Congratulations, Ashley and Scott!  Your wedding was a wonderful end to 2012!

Ceremony:  Jerusalem Lutheran Church, Collinsville, IL http://www.goodshepherdcollinsville.org/

Reception: American Legion, Collinsville, IL

Wedding Coordinator: Sabrina Torti, Proposing Dreams http://proposingdreams.com

Cake Artist: 10th Street Baking Co., Belleville, IL http://10thstbaking.com/

Dress:  Bridal Couture, Edwardsville, IL http://www.bridalcouture93.net/


Melissa and Andrew 11.10.12 by Bolla Photo

Melissa and Andrew’s wedding day was an emotional one.  The tears first started at the salon in the morning.  Once a bride puts on her veil, that’s when she usually starts looking and feeling like a bride. And that’s when it really sank in for Melissa’s mother, Dana, that her little girl was getting married. After Melissa was in her gown and completely ready, she wanted a special moment with her father, Mark, for the first time he saw her as a bride.  Even before Mark saw her, tears were already streaming down Melissa’s cheeks. Melissa and Andrew did not want to see each other before the wedding, but still wanted to have a special moment together.  We positioned them at the bend in the church hallway, facing away from each other.  As Melissa and Andrew each read the letter from their soon-to-be spouse and held hands around the bend, more tears came. And still more came when it was time to walk down the aisle.

After the ceremony, however, eyes were dry and it was all smiles for the rest of the day. The bride and groom and their bridal party went to Woodland Park for some quick portraits before the sun started setting. After taking the scenic route to the Regency, Melissa and Andrew met us in the courtyard to play with fire.  The night had grown cold and incredibly windy, but we were finally able to get the oversized sparklers to light. We did a few different takes, during one of which Jerry managed to do a somersault with a sparkler as he dove out of frame, setting the lawn on fire…briefly.  I’m very thankful Melissa had laid down her beautiful bouquet well away from where we were!

The rest of the night was filled with laughter and dancing and delicious cake from Artistry on Cakes.  I’m a sucker for Nancy’s always perfect cakes!

Congratulations, Melissa and Andrew!  We wish you all the best in Kentucky and can’t wait to hear about your adventures in your new life together.

Ceremony:  Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Collinsville, IL http://www.goodshepherdcollinsville.org/

Reception: The Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, IL http://regencyconferencecenter.com/

Cake Artist: Artistry on Cakes, Belleville, IL http://www.artistryoncakes.com

Floral Designer: Elegant Celebrations http://elegantcelebrationsstl.com/

Hair Artist: Cindy Cox, The Cutting Edge, Collinsville, IL

Dress:  Mori Lee

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Bridal Couture, Edwardsville, IL http://www.bridalcouture93.net/

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Willard’s Formal Wear, Fairview Heights, IL http://www.willardsformalwear.com/

Reception Décor: Sitting Pretty http://www.imsittingpretty.com

DJ: Night Magic Entertainment http://www.nightmagicentertainment.com/

Transportation: Kelly’s Limousines, Belleville, IL http://kellyslimo.com/

Jessie and Joe 11.03.12 by Bolla Photo

Jessie and Joe got married on a beautiful autumn day. Jessie started her preparations for the day at the Mane Attraction and finished at the church. When she started to get a bit nervous just before the ceremony, Jessie took a few deep breaths and let her mom lead the way down the aisle.

Reverend Kerber kept the ceremony focused on the importance of the day, but still kept light-hearted too. During the questions of intent, he even had Jessie and Joe repeat their responses louder, to ensure that all present could testify to their answers. After ushering all of their guests out of the church, Jessie and Joe were showered with bubbles.

Their first destination as husband and wife was the Gardens at SIUE. After several chilly minutes of portraits, Jessie and Joe turned their bridal party loose to relax until the reception.  Jessie decided to brave the cool 40 degrees and get in some more portraits of just her and Joe.  We went to the Edwardsville City Park and finished in the vineyard at Villa Marie.

The autumn decorations perfectly accented the simple Tuscan style of the Villa Marie Winery. The guests enjoyed delicious food and wine and a night full of dancing and goofing off in the photobooth.

Congratulations, Jessie and Joe! We are so honored to have celebrated with you!

Ceremony:  St. Cecelia Catholic Church, Glen Carbon, IL http://www.stcparish.org/

Reception: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL http://www.thevillamariewinery.com/

Cake Artist: Patty Cakes, Highland, IL  http://www.pat-t-cakes.com/

Floral Designer: Carol’s Forget Me Not, Highland, IL

Hair Artist: Mane Attraction, Collinsville, IL http://maneattractionhairstudio.com

Makeup Artist: Mane Attraction, Collinsville, IL http://maneattractionhairstudio.com

Dress:  Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Kambe Original Brides, Highland, IL

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Willard’s, Fairview Heights, IL http://www.willardsformalwear.com/

Reception Décor: A-1 Party & Wedding Rentals, Collinsville, IL http://a1partywedding.com

DJ: Night Magic Entertainment http://www.nightmagicentertainment.com/

Sarah and Johnny 10.27.12 by Bolla Photo

Despite being quite chilly, the day turned out beautifully for Sarah and Johnny.  The wedding celebration was full of personal touches.  Sarah had the most unique idea I’ve ever seen for preserving guests’ well-wishes for the couple:  a scrapbook-style guest book made from an antique wedding etiquette book. So adorable! Her bouquet was studded with her grandmother’s antique broaches and the stem was tied with ribbon holding her grandparents’ wedding rings. Sarah and Johnny’s framed engagement photos dangled off the sides of the pews from the same style ribbon.

Pastor Kurt Simon focused his message on staying strong not just as a couple, but as a family. After the vows, Pastor Simon turned to Leila, Sarah and Johnny’s daughter, to introduce the first kiss. It was a very sweet touch, but one that Johnny said threw him off.  He made up for it later with a real kiss during portraits at the Depot. The Depot is what remains of a bar and grill that burned down. It provided the backdrop for some epic portraits, making it well worth dodging broken glass in the shivering cold.

The intimate reception continued the day’s relaxed pace as Sarah and Johnny focused on visiting with friends and family and having a wonderful end to their first day as husband and wife.

Congratulations, Sarah and Johnny (and Leila too)!

Ceremony:  First Presbyterian Church, Vandalia, IL

Reception: Our National Trail Shrine Club, Vandalia, IL

Hair Artist: Cut Loose Salon, Vandalia, IL

Dress:  Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses:  From this Day Forward, Farina, IL


Kelly and Nick 10.20.12 by Bolla Photo

We had an absolutely fantastic time with Kelly and Nick! We started the morning at their home where the guys all relaxed after getting ready. We then made our way over to Kelly’s mom’s house where the girls were enjoying mimosas in their matching robes as they made themselves even more beautiful.

One of my favorite parts of any wedding is interaction between a bride and her father during the few moments before they walk down the aisle.  After taking turns wiping tears from their eyes, Kelly and her father, Bill, gave each other one last reassuring look before heading to the altar. Once the vows had been said and the rings exchanged, the couple were led out of the church by a bagpiper, in keeping with the McMackins’ Irish heritage.

Kelly and Nick built in lots of time in their day’s schedule for portraits.  We started at the beautiful Carondelet Park and then were led through the Anheuser Busch brewery for more portraits. Next it was time for McGurk’s in Soulard, where the bridal party helped Kelly and Nick get the party started early.  And they continued having a blast all night at the spectacular Neo on Locust.

Nick and Kelly, we are so happy for you two! Congratulations again! 

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Ceremony:  Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, St. Louis, MO http://www.ihm-stl.org/

Reception: Neo on Locust, St. Louis, MO http://www.neostl.com/

Catering: The Christy http://www.thechristy.com/

Cake Artist: Pint-Sized Bakery, St. Louis, MO http://pintsizebakery.com

Dress:  Demetrio’s Bridal http://www.demetriosbride.com/

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Demetrio’s Bridal http://www.demetriosbride.com/