Ivy: Sitting Up by Bolla Photo

Another month, another in-home mini session with this chunky monkey...because learning to sit up all by yourself is a big deal and milestones should be documented.

Alice: Six Months Old by Bolla Photo

Aloha! 2017 is off to a great (but cold!!!) start with the adorable Alice! She's in town visiting from Hawaii but came prepared for winter in Illinois with her bear snow suit. I just can't get over this cutie!

Aiemie & Billy: Snowy Engagement Fun by Bolla Photo

Having never really been photographed professionally (aside from at his brother’s wedding a few years back), Billy and Aiemie both wanted to make sure their photos that would be fun and relaxed…which, of course, I’m all for! Last week’s dusting of snow turned into a foot of FUN for this week’s session at the Gardens at SIUE in Edwardsville.

The snow was too fluffy for snowballs, but Aiemie and Billy didn’t let that stop them from an all-out snowfight! War quickly turned back to love as the two cuddled to warm up.

Majoring in both psychology and sociology, Aiemie spends a lot of time at the campus library. Inside I was excited to find an antique iron elevator cage.

And I couldn’t leave without spying on some smooching between the bookshelves!

I’m super excited to get these two back in front of my camera at their wedding this May.

Bobbie & Bob: Winter Engagement in the City by Bolla Photo

Welcome 2014!  The new year started with a dusting of snow, which looked great for Bobbie and Bob’s elegant January engagement session. We started out strolling along the cobblestone streets of Laclede’s Landing in downtown St. Louis. As the wind picked up, we headed to the Muny at Forest Park.

Next up: warmer clothes and a little fun on the swings and then the playground, where the sun shone perfectly in the January sky behind Bobbie and Bob.

After all our gallivanting in the snow, we warmed up with some Starbucks down on the Loop.

Can’t wait for your October wedding, Bob and Bobbie! Be safe (and warmer) down in New Orleans!

(And in the meantime, here’s a flashback to Bob being a fabulous best man for Billy back in 2012.)

Angie and Nathan 01.12.13 by Bolla Photo

You never know what kind of weather to expect in the Midwest, especially in January. On the day of Angie and Nathan's wedding, the forecast called for rain. Angie stayed cool and wasn’t too concerned about the weather; we both knew it wouldn’t get worse than their engagement session last April which ended in a massive hailstorm.

The wedding day started out beautiful, bright and nearly sixty degrees. We took advantage of it while we could! Angie and Nathan did a "first look" just outside the church, a special moment they could have all to themselves. Then we spent a few more minutes with just the two of them across the street at the Centralia Carillon (the 160 foot tall bell tower) and in the tower park.

Soon it was back to the church so Angie could hide away in the choir balcony, watching as the guests streamed in. Just before walking down the aisle, she and her bridesmaids huddled up and did a silent cheer.

By the time the couple had their first kiss, the rain poured down outside. We did one group bridal party photo outside in the rain with umbrellas (navy to match, of course). Thankful for all the photos we did before the ceremony, Angie and Nathan decided to skip the rest of the photos and head straight to the Frosty Mug to relax for awhile, surrounded by friends.

The winter reception was accented with silver branches in snow white bottles. The simple one-tier cake was displayed between tiers upon tiers of cupcakes and mini-cheesecakes. The ballroom was filled with people celebrating the love of two very special people.

Congratulations, Angie and Nathan!

Ceremony: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Centralia, IL

Reception: Holiday Inn, Mt. Vernon, IL

Wedding Gown:  Ali by Augusta Jones

Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Alfred Angelo

Cake Artist:  Say Cheesecake, Centralia, IL

Transportation: Zee Express Bus and Limo Service, Albers, IL http://www.zexpressbusandlimo.com/