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Amy & Kyle: Winter Wonderland Wedding by Bolla Photo

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Amy and Kyle are such a super fun couple and Amy's daughters, Ava and Peyton, are a riot! It was a blast spending all day with them!

After Amy and Kyle exchanged vows, Kyle surprised Ava and Peyton by "proposing" to them with RingPops! It was adorable!

While guests enjoyed cocktails and we completed the family portraits, the ceremony site was completely transformed for the reception. My favorite part was the gorgeous cake by Bailey Cakes and the Oreo cake at the hot chocolate bar! Yummmm!

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Congratulations, Amy and Kyle!

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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.)

Jennifer and Jake 12.28.13 by Bolla Photo

What a wonderful end to a fabulous year! I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter couple for my final wedding of 2013! Jennifer and Jake are just so adorable together – their love and goofiness is infectious. The couple exchanged their personal vows (accompanied by much laughter and many tears) at the quaint Bothwell Chapel.

After their intimate ceremony, we were all thankful for the warm (for December) 40 degree temperatures as we strolled down the streets of historic Lebanon. We even popped into the old soda fountain shop so the newlyweds could share their first milkshake. I just couldn’t get enough of this darling couple as they giggled and kissed and danced the night away.

Congratulations again, Jennifer and Jake! We wish you all the best in your new lives together in Virginia (and wherever else life takes you)!

Also, a huge thank you to my awesome sidekick for the day, June of June Hallowell Photography!

 

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

Ceremony: Bothwell Chapel, McKendree University, Lebanon, IL

Reception: The Regency Conference Center, O’Fallon, IL

Cake Artist: Artistry on Cakes, Belleville, IL

Floral Artist: Grimm & Gorly, Belleville, IL

Candy Buffet: Sweetie’s Confections, Glen Carbon, IL