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Gretchen and Antoine are one of the sweetest couples I’ve ever photographed. They’re so in love —you can tell by how they look at each other, how they embrace. It’s almost tangible. And it makes them so easy to photograph! Theirs is a love story of two people living in different parts of the world, brought together by way of the Internet. After graduating from New York University, Gretchen moved to France to be with Antoine and teach English. They married in Paris this past fall, but wanted to have a wedding in Missouri, too— so they did.

One thing that you can’t see in these photos is that Antoine’s parents couldn’t attend because his mother is battling cancer and isn’t able to travel. So Gretchen and Antoine Facetimed them earlier in the day (there is a photo of that!) and recorded the ceremony and parts of the reception to share with them afterwards. Unfortunately, Gretchen’s father also missed part of the evening — he injured his hip about an hour before the ceremony and wasn’t able to walk Gretchen down the aisle.  Without hesitation her three sisters stepped in, making for an extra memorable processional. Her father was able to stay for the ceremony, then left for the hospital.  Suprisingly, he returned later in the evening, making for some emotional moments for Gretchen and her mom upon seeing him return. And per usual, the sunset out at Les Bourgeois was a stunner from the blufftop vantage point. I always love taking couples out there for a few portraits using the very last of the sun’s rays.

Gretchen and Antoine, thank you for asking me to document your Missouri wedding! As you return to Paris and get settled back into your daily routines, may these photos bring you lots of joy and happiness as you relive one of the best days of your life together!  Enjoy!


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Emily and Brent’s Blue Bell Farm wedding had all the makings of an amazing wedding day. It was small, relaxed, took place at one of my favorite venues, and was near perfect weather. Emily and Brent live in Laramie, WY (unrelated side note: that’s where I was born!) but wanted to return to the Midwest to exchange vows. After searching in Wisconsin (where Emily is from) and Missouri (Brent attended MU), they chose the amazing Blue Bell Farm to be the venue for their special day. And I’m so glad Emily found me in her online search for photographers! I knew immediately she was my kind of bride and I was so excited to book them. Fast forward to July 8, their wedding day, and it didn’t disappoint! These two are so thoughtful, sweet and kind. I could tell neither was used to being center of attention but as soon as they laid eyes on each other during the ceremony processional they were all smiles the rest of the day. Congrats again to the lovely couple! I hope you enjoy this sneak peek from their day!

Special thanks to the following vendors for bringing Emily and Brent’s wedding day to life!

Lead Photographer: Rebecca Allen / Rebecca Allen Photography
Second Photographer: Amy Enderle
Day of Coordination: AnnaBelle Events
Floral: Tiger Garden
Music: Complete Weddings & Events
Cake: Edith Cakes
Linens: A1 Party and Event Rental
Venue and Catering: Blue Bell Farm / Chef Johnny Graham

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Two parents, four kids, four chickens, two dogs, one cat, a tank full of fish and a snake. It’s possible the McCullah’s have more animals but that’s all I saw in the four hours I spent with them on a recent Sunday afternoon. Can you believe that I shot nearly 2800 photos of this family and somehow the snake and fish never made it in a single frame? What I did capture, though, was a normal Sunday afternoon for this active and entertaining family of six. It was filled with high energy, lots of outdoor and indoor playtime, cooking, eating, laughter and tears. I loved the challenge of keeping up with the kids, trying to capture meaningful photos with all four in the frame. It was not an easy task but it was lots of fun and I was sad when our time ended. I think what I love best about this session is that it truly captures normal for them. They dressed in everyday clothing and left their house as-is (no special preparations) for the photos. The kids played hard, they got dirty, and no one cared. It was fabulous! There was teasing and laughter, arguments and tears — and I captured it all! It was real life and it was a wonderful thing to photograph.  A big thanks to the McCulluah family for welcoming me into your home to photograph your family time! Enjoy the photos!

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