Missy & Zach: A Sunny Summer Wedding by Bolla Photo

I personally love when couples choose to do a "first look." However, I totally understand those who, like Missy and Zach, wish to uphold tradition and not see each other before the wedding. A similar trend that is becoming more and more popular, though, is for the bride to do a first look with her father instead. Missy is very much a daddy's girl and definitely wanted to have a special moment with her father before walking down the aisle. Escorted by all of her bridesmaids, Missy walked to the back of St. Stephen's where her dad was waiting with his back turned. As soon as he turned around and saw how beautiful his daughter looked in her wedding gown, he couldn't hold back the tears...nor could anyone else watching.

Even though it was a very bright day, we found comfort in the shaded bike path at Drost Park. The sun filtered through just perfectly to bathe the bride and groom in gorgeous light! 

Congratulations, Missy and Zach!

Ceremony: St. Stephens Catholic Church, Caseyville, IL
Reception: LaSalle Room, Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL
Hair and Makeup Artists: Studio 3 at Park Plaza, Edwardsville, IL
Wedding Dress: Champagne and Lace, Collinsville, IL

Regina and Jesse 09.28.13 by Bolla Photo

Regina and Jesse wed in a meadow at Mills Apple Farm.  Guests rode in tractor-pulled carts through the peach and apple orchards to the ceremony site. The aisle was lined with flower-filled hanging mason jars as Regina’s handsome son, Bryce, escorted her down the aisle. Regina, Jesse and Bryce symbolized their new family of three with a sand ceremony while bridesmaid (and sister of the groom) Kristie sang a beautiful rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.”

The cloud-dotted skies were a perfect blue to match the bridesmaids’ dresses.  The farm and orchard provided gorgeous backdrops for portraits of the couple and their bridal party. The flash mob to Beyonce’s “End of Time” performed by the bride and bridesmaids in between the bouquet and garter tosses was absolutely fantastic…and definitely surprised the groom. But what really made the day truly wonderful was the joining of two very special people.

The vows Jesse and Regina wrote to each other, which produced laughter and tears and sometimes both at once, express just how exceptional their love is. In part, they promised:

“They say that there isn’t such a thing as a perfect relationship. But I believe in a perfect love and I promise to love you with perfect love. My love for you is never failing and never ending. It is a love that is pure and true and doesn’t quit…it is unconditional and only gets stronger with time.”

 “Before I ever held your hand, before I ever knew your name, before I ever saw your face, I prayed for my perfect wife. Today my prayers are being answered…If you live to be 100, I want to live to be 99, so that I never have to live a day without you.”


Congratulations, Regina and Jesse! Jerry and I are so honored to be counted among your friends.

(To see more photos from Regina and Jesse‘s wedding, watch the video slideshow below.)

 Ceremony: Mills Apple Farm, Marine, IL

Reception: Caseyville Community Center, Caseyville, IL

Dress: Champagne and Lace Bridal, Collinsville, IL

DJ: Billy Petterson, friend of groom

Hair and Make-up Artist: Brittany Howard

Kim and Travis 10.13.12 by Bolla Photo

As I keep telling Kim, she is a girl after my own heart.  We share a deep love of all things polka-dotted. She also chose the same red and black and white color scheme that I chose for my own wedding, including red pumps. Kim and Travis also provided me with a whole list of new “firsts” at her wedding. My first time of making an emergency trip to the nail salon with a bride. My first time seeing a groom and his groomsmen go frolicking in the woods. My first time of being in a party bus that was blocking 4 whole lanes of traffic.  (Oh, Lewis!) And even my first time hearing a wedding guest serenade the bride and groom with his own rendition of the Little Mermaid’s “Part of Your World.”

Kim and Travis, it’s been quite a ride! May the rest of your marriage be filled with days as fun as your wedding day. Congratulations again!

Ceremony:  St. Stephen Church, Caseyville, IL

Reception: Knights of Columbus, Collinsville, IL

Dress:  David’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses:  David’s Bridal

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear

DJ: Night Magic Entertainment

Reception Décor: A-1 Party & Wedding Rentals, Collinsville, IL


Theresa and Andy 09.28.12 by Bolla Photo

“Mawwiage…Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today.”

Theresa and Andy, my fellow Princess Bride fans, celebrated their special day surrounded by friends and lots of family.  Theresa, along with her 5 sisters/ bridesmaids, started the day with some pampering at Sizzor Shak. After arriving at the church, she received a sweet letter from her “secret admirer,” Andy, which started the tears flowing. She pulled it together and was all smiles the rest of the day.

After the full Catholic mass ceremony, the bridal party headed downtown to City Garden. Not only does is it the home of many quirky statues and pieces of art but also of a fabulous view of the Arch. We also stopped by Union Station before heading back to Illinois for the reception. At the fuchsia-infused Gateway Center, the party continued with dancing and celebrating all night.

“Mawwiage, that bwessed awangment, that dweam wifin a dweam...
And wuv, twue wuv, will fowow you foweva...
So tweasure your wuv.”

Congratulations, Theresa and Andy! And always ‘tweasure your twue wuv.’

Ceremony:  St. Stephen Church, Caseyville, IL

 Reception: Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL

Floral Designer: Becky Huffman Flowers, Columbia, IL

Cake Artist: Patty Cakes, Highland, IL

Hair Artist: Sizzor Shak, Collinsville, IL

Makeup Artist: Sizzor Shak, Collinsville, IL

Dress Designer: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids Dresses:  Clarice’s, St. Louis, MO

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Willard’s, Fairview Heights, IL

DJ: Memories Productions

Transportation: All About You Limos, Columbia, IL

Photobooth: Infinity Photo, Smithton, IL