Ivy: Standing and Teething by Bolla Photo

Time for another monthly mini-session with Ivy! She is now pulling herself up to stand and is working on a few more teeth...with the help of anything she can get to her mouth, including my camera strap. :-)

Heather & Eric: A Spring Wedding by Bolla Photo

Heather and Eric are just one of the sweetest couples! I remember meeting them at their initial consultation and Eric describing Heather and their relationship to me. He talked about her love and faith and kindness. He said how they could be on opposite ends of a room and could instinctively know where the other was, and then, with just a glance, know exactly what each other were thinking too.

Just after exchanging their marriage vows, they sang “I Found Love” to each other in a beautiful expression of their union:
“When I found you, I found somebody who cares.
When I found you, found my most intimate prayer.
When I found you, I found what every heart dreams of.
When I found you, I found love.”
The touching ceremony was followed by an evening of dinner and intimate conversation.

Even though Heather and Eric have requested their photos remain private, they have graciously allowed me to share the above photo. It is one of my favorites from their wedding day, as I feel it captures that special connection they share.

Congratulations again, Heather and Eric! Thank you for letting me witness such a special union.

Ceremony: Gracepoint, Granite City, IL
Reception: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL

Jennifer and Brian 03.09.13 by Bolla Photo

I had a wonderful time with Jennifer and Brian and their family when they had me do their family portraits back in December.  So I was surprised and excited when I received the call from Jennifer wanting to book me for their wedding…a couple of weeks away.

Jennifer and Brian opted for a simple intimate wedding centered on family and friends. Jennifer prepared for the day at their home, assisted by her sister-in-law Ashley (my beautiful bride from this past December!) and their friend and co-worker, Ashlea. Just down the road, Brian got ready and gave me some time to be entertained by the super adorable little Braiden. After a short drive to the church and the final preparations, it was finally time! Jennifer’s son, Andrew, escorted her down the aisle and gave her away.  Brian’s daughter Britni and son Brenen served as the attendants.

After the ceremony, Jennifer and Brian chose to do portraits at the church only and then spend the rest of the evening visiting with friends and family.  The banquet room at Popeye’s Chop House in St. Rose was filled with those who wanted to show their love and support to the new Mr. and Mrs. Diesen.

Congratulations, Jennifer and Brian!

Ceremony: Grantfork United Church of Christ, Grantfork, IL
Reception: Popeye’s Chop House, St. Rose, IL
Floral Artist:  Widmer Floral Co., Highland, IL

Erika and Zach 03.24.12 by Bolla Photo

We couldn’t have had a more wonderful time with Erika and Zach! Their wedding was elegant and perfectly planned, all the way down to the matching font Erika used in her bouquet, the decorations at the church and reception, and even on the cake topper.

Erika and her bridesmaids started their day getting hair done at the fabulous Studio Eleven, whose pink walls echoed the wedding décor.  They finished all of their preparations at Eden Church, where the excitement continued to escalate until it was time to finally walk down the aisle. Holding with tradition, this was their first moment seeing each other that day.  As Zach laid eyes on his beautiful bride walking toward him, his love for her was clearly evident to all.

The first stop for portraits after the church was The Gardens at SIUE.  Then it was off to get what ended up being the favorite portraits of the day, just minutes from Erika and Zach’s home in Glen Carbon.  After holding out all day, the rain finally came as we were snapping the final portraits.  And then Zach’s brother Josh, who was truly the best man of the day, came to guard Erika from the rain on her way back to the bus.  By the time we arrived at the Four Points Sheraton for the reception, the rain had cleared up again and we even got a peak at a rainbow.

Congratulations again, Zach and Erika!  Your wedding was as beautiful as the two of you and the love you share!

Ceremony: Eden United Church of Christ, Edwardsville, IL

Reception: Four Points by Sheraton, Fairview Heights, IL

Floral Designer: Annette’s Flowers and Gifts, Okawville, IL               

Cake Artist: Patty Cakes, Highland, IL

Hair Artist: Studio Eleven, Maryville, IL

Dress: Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL

Bridesmaids Dresses: Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL

Tuxes: Elegant Brides, Edwardsville, IL

Transportation: All About You Limo, Columbia, IL

Photobooth: 2 Chics and a Photobooth, Chesterfield, MO