April

Willow & Ivy: Cousins by Bolla Photo

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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!

Baby Ryker: Newborn by Bolla Photo

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Congratulations, Kim and Travis, on the arrival of handsome Ryker!

Kelsey & John: Winery Wedding by Bolla Photo

John and Kelsey had the perfect day to say "I do."
The morning started at Kelsey's parents' house with all the girls getting their hair and make-up done. The bridesmaids presented Kelsey with a book they put together of photos and letters each of them wrote to her. She laughed. She cried. Then the tears really began to flow when she got to the end of the book where she found a letter from John. (They smartly made sure to give her the book BEFORE her make-up!) I'm pretty sure she squealed in delight when she next opened her gift from John: a new FitBit tracker.  Kelsey is a bit of a fitness guru (she and I compete against each other in weekly FitBit challenges!) and is a Plexus ambassador. If you've ever been interested in trying or learning more about Plexus, contact Kelsey. She will happily fill you in. (Does this make me a Plexus ambassador ambassador?)

Al, from Villa Marie Winery, officiated the ceremony. The couple exchanged vows and rings and were quickly walking back down the aisle hand-in-hand as man and wife. 

Kelsey was well prepared for the possibility of rain on her wedding day. She bought all of her bridesmaids umbrellas and she had rain boots for herself. Thankfully, we didn't need them. It turned out to be a beautiful day! The sun just couldn't make up its mind though...One moment the sun would be behind a cloud (Yay! Look at the camera!); the next it would be full brightness in everyone's eyes (Ok, now look at the bride and groom!...Ok, now everyone turn their backs to the sun!).

Aren't these two just too stinkin' adorable?!!

After dinner we stole Kelsey and John away for a few minutes in order to get some photos before sunset. We positioned them right at the edge of the lake when, all of a sudden, one of the swans loudly fluttered across the lake just behind them, startling us all. However, I wasted no time getting them back to smooching. ;-) (Yes, I definitely like the kissy photos!)

The cake Kelsey picked out was simple, yet elegant and mimicked the lace of her dress. The rest of the decorations similarly echoed the lilac bridesmaids' dresses and baby's breath bouquets.

Chris from McMusic DJ kept the dance floor packed all night long, as usual. Later on in the night, he even broke out some bride/bridesmaid favorites, like N'Sync's "Bye, Bye, Bye."

Congratulations again, Kelsey and John!

St. Louis Wedding Venue: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL
St. Louis Reception Venue: Villa Marie Winery, Maryville, IL
DJ: McMusic, Fairview Heights, IL
Hair and Make-up Artist: Ravishing Bridal, St. Louis, MO
Floral Artist: A Wildflower Shop, Edwardsville, IL

Karye & Alan: St. Louis Blues Hockey Fans Wed by Bolla Photo

It's been just under two years since I first met Karye and Alan. They were a bridesmaid and groomsman for the wedding of Karye's brother and sister-in-law. (See some of Ben and Meredith's wedding photos HERE.) I greatly enjoyed working with the Hutton family the first time around, so I was definitely looking forward to this next wedding. I got a better glimpse into the special bond the Hutton's have, which was evident throughout the day. Ben and Karye's younger sister, Bailey, mentioned the wonderful example of love set by their parents, Joe and Barb, during her maid-of-honor speech. It was so cute watching her and Joe dance later in the night (see photo down below).

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Karye and Alan exchanged vows overlooking the beautiful Japanese Garden at Missouri Botanical Gardens.

From the Botanical Gardens, we, of course, had to stop for some photos at the home of the Blues. LET'S GO BLUES

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Sunset Hills Country Club is a beautiful venue and looked even better with the blue and yellow accents Karye chose. Her "Starry Night" theme was particularly reflected in the invitations, cake, and in the lighted accents throughout the ballroom. Joe made the hanging light bubbles that glowed beautifully, especially for the Karye and Alan's first dance as husband and wife.

Congratulations, Karye and Alan! Thank you for letting me into your families for the day.

St. Louis Ceremony Venue: Japanese Garden, Missouri Botanical Gardens, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Reception Venue: Sunset Hills Country Club, Edwardsville, IL
Cake Artist: Artistry on Cakes, Belleville, IL
Floral Artist: Eckert Florist, Belleville, IL
DJ: Derrick Keith, An Instant Party