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Erin & Sean: Family by Bolla Photo

Macey and Devin: Siblings by Bolla Photo

After having me come to their home in Owensboro, Kentucky for Macey's newborn session, Melissa and Derek decided to make the trip back up to the St. Louis area for this next session. We had a beautiful day and I can't get over how much these two cuties have grown in the past few months!

Baby Noah: Newborn by Bolla Photo

Welcome to the world, Noah Olin! At 8 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long, he made Hollie and Mat new parents on April 10th. Congratulations to this beautiful family of three!

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

Jennifer and James 05.18.13 by Bolla Photo

Jennifer and her father were flanked by flower petals and floral pew pom-poms as she made her way down the aisle to her very-soon-to-be husband. Her gorgeous off-white satin gown stood out amid the black attire worn by James and the rest of the bridal party. The elation felt by both James and Jennifer at their union as husband and wife was clear to all in attendance.

After the brief ceremony, the couple was bombarded by silver streamers as they exited the church and soon made their getaway in a fabulous antique Packard, chauffeured by the father of the bride. The waterfall garden setting just outside The Falls reception site was perfect for portraits. Inside, Jennifer and James enjoyed their elegant black and white cake and dancing the night away.

Congratulations to Jennifer and James, such a wonderful couple, and also to Evan and Logan, two of the cutest and sweetest ring bearers ever!

(To see more photos from the day, watch the video slideshow below.)

Ceremony: Bethany Methodist Church, Columbia, IL

Reception: The Falls, Columbia, IL http://www.seethefalls.com/

Makeup Artist: Lisa Lipsitz http://lisalipsitz.wix.com/looks-by-lisa

Florist: Renee’s Bokays http://www.reneesbokays.com/

Cake Artist: McArthur's Bakery http://www.mcarthurs.com/