Presley + Josh // Big Cedar Wedding Film

Presley and Josh's personal vows to one another were just as sweet and genuine as they are themselves. Through teary eyes and giddy smiles, the Garden Chapel transitioned from a quaint, hillside structure into the origin of heartfelt promises and sincere commitments.

Top of the Rock, seemingly in celebration of their nuptials, must've received the memo and displayed a breathtaking sunset worthy of such a momentous occasion. And while most of those in attendance looked to the west and took in the view, Presley and Josh couldn't take their eyes off each other.

It's said that the best relationships are those that begin as friendships, and spending a single day with this duo proved that statement to be true.

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Posted on October 17, 2017 .

Max + Rebecca // Big Cedar Wedding Film

As soon as Max let out a nervous exhale before opening his gift from Rebecca, I knew I was about to witness a sincere, heartfelt moment. Sure enough, he could barely hold it together while reading the handwritten words and promises from his bride-to-be. When I got back to the girls' room, letter from Max in hand, Rebecca exhibited the same nervous excitement and teary-eyed reaction. Finally, when the Integrity Hills chapel doors swung open, I believe that Rebecca, quite literally, took Max's breath away.

Although this wedding was equipped with gorgeous floral arrangements, a stunning venue, perfect weather, a live band and even an accordion/sparkler send-off, it was the little moments between Max and Rebecca that I remember the most. Their interactions with one another, with barely any direction from me or the photographer, were truly a dream to capture.

That kind of love, dear reader(s), is what this whole marriage thing is all about.

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Meghan + Josiah // Blue Bell Farm Wedding Film

Meghan and Josiah's Blue Bell Farm wedding was something magical, I tell ya. Arriving early in the morning, I was able to capture some of the farm's routines before the summer sun completely took over. The light morning breeze made its way across fields and through trees as happy chickens pranced around the property, which was being tidied up before guests began to arrive.

With both personal vows and pre-ceremony letters, Meghan and Josiah never seemed to run out of things to say. Heartfelt tears and smile-inducing laughter were both common experiences during these spoken moments, and I'm so thankful to have been present for all of it.

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Mike + Amanda // Oklahoma Wedding Film

Gosh. Where do I begin with these two? Do I start by mentioning their impeccable kindness? Do I kick things off by bringing up just how stunning they are together? What about the fact that both of them are unanimously loved and cherished by everyone around them? Seriously, I could go on.

Oklahoma blessed us with some beautiful fall weather during Mike and Amanda's wedding day, and we took advantage of every second. Doors and windows swayed gently on their hinges while a refreshing breeze cooled those that it touched. My favorite memory of the day, however, wasn't admiring the immaculate floral decorations or wincing at the girls' hilarious-yet-eardrum-bursting "Group Scream." Instead, it was the moments right before the reception officially started, where, igniting the dry leaves ablaze with vibrant, warm colors, the departing sun painted a perfect backdrop as Mike and Amanda hit pause on their wedding day. These moments of timid, candid affection amidst glowing trees and fallen pine needles merely highlighted the obvious fact that this will, indeed, be a long and happy marriage.

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Luke + Rachel // Missouri Farm Wedding Film

After meeting Rachel at a bridal show in Springfield, I was instantly looking forward to her wedding. I then found out that the celebration would be taking place on their gorgeous property in Marionville, and my excitement heightened even further. Upon learning the specific details and layout while filming their Save the Date Trailer, I about couldn't handle it. I was honestly worried that, on the big day's arrival, my expectations surely wouldn't be met. 

But, sure enough, everything was flawless. Not only did the constant threat of rain completely avoid us throughout the day, but the laid-back attitudes, genuine excitement and perfect weather took this wedding to a whole 'nutha level.

Luke + Rachel, you two are simply wonderful, and you deserve every bit of awesomeness that comes your way. Thank you so much for letting me capture such a perfect story.

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Lauren + Zach // The Round Barn Wedding Film

Lauren and Zach are dorks. Hilarious, genuine, friendly, perfectly awesome dorks, and their wedding day proved to be just as fantastic as I knew it would be.

The Round Barn is a quaint little venue nestled amongst the rolling hills of Walnut Grove, Missouri, and it provided the perfect location for this duo to tie the knot. Surrounded by their friends and family, Lauren and Zach exchanged heartfelt, chuckle-inducing vows that put a smile on the face of all those in attendance. When they glanced up at one another in between sentences full of love and promise, you could tell that no spoken words have ever been more true.

My favorite part of the day, however, was Zach's reaction as Lauren confidently walked down the aisle to meet him. The look in his eyes when the crowd stood up is the stuff of pure romance, folks, and I'm glad I was there to witness it. Take notes, groom-to-be's, take notes.

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Natalia + Edward // Haseltine Estate Wedding Film

When I first met with Natalia and Edward to film their Love Story and Save the Date Trailer, I immediately knew that their wedding was going to be memorable. Sure enough, that prediction proved to be true, as this duo and their marvelous family delivered a celebration for the books.

Arriving early at Haseltine Estate on the morning of the big day, I was treated to ridiculously perfect weather and an abundance of vendors prepping for the upcoming festivities. On separate ends of the expansive property, Natalia and Edward were tucked away in their respective rooms, neither of them expressing nervousness -- only unbridled enthusiasm. When the time finally came for Natalia to walk down the aisle, Edward could do nothing more than fight back tears of happiness before joining hands with his wife-to-be.

After their nuptials wrapped up under the warm, setting sun, Natalia and Edward's reception commenced with the hilarious and always-entertaining Broc Barton at the helm. The guests had received popular dance move lessons during the cocktail hour thanks to Motion Playlist, so they were ready to show off their newfound skills as the lights dimmed and the strobes kicked in. The young and old alike partied with the newlyweds until late into the night, when the igniting of sparklers signaled the end to an incredible wedding day.

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April + Aaron // San Antonio, Texas Wedding Film

After checking into our hotel, (conveniently nestled within downtown San Antonio), the first thing I wanted to explore was the fabled River Walk. The network of walkways along the San Antonio River winds and loops under bridges, serving as a pedestrian escape from the hustling city above. Lined with bars, restaurants, shops and attractions, this sprawling and unique experience was the perfect backdrop to the equally fabulous wedding day that I was about to witness.

April and Aaron are the type of people that seem to just click with anyone they interact with. In fact, upon my first in-person meeting with April on the evening before the big day, I was pulled into a hotel room crammed full of the soon-to-be bridal party and promptly introduced. Within moments, it felt like I had known these folks for much longer than sixty seconds.

The ceremony took place under a gorgeous canopy of trees at the Southwest School of Art, with the sounds of the river and a plethora of birds chirping away. The weather couldn't have been any nicer, but I have a feeling that, even in the worst conditions, April and Aaron would find a way to make those around them maintain their spirits.

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Jessica + Dwayne // Blue Bell Farm Wedding Film

Jessica and Dwayne, a California couple with Midwestern routes, traveled to Missouri (along with their adorable pups, Brutus & Phoebe) to get hitched at the super charming Blue Bell Farm. The venue, both inside and out, was adorned with gorgeous floral arrangements in every nook and cranny. Squirrels romped about and birds chirped happily as sunlight pierced the canopy above, and I often found myself forgetting to hit record while admiring my surroundings.

Jessica was walked down the aisle by her father (and the pups, of course), before she and Dwayne exchanged heartfelt, personal vows as the sun began to set behind a backdrop of flowers and trees. After the ceremony, guests headed inside the barn and were treated to a hilarious take on 'Baby Got Back' via the opening toast. This paved the way for a night full of dancing, cake and Andy's Frozen Custard, all before wrapping up with a sparkler exit in the crisp, country air.

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Samantha + Nathan // Gambrel Barn Wedding Film

Throughout the wedding planning process, Nate's overwhelming enthusiasm for marrying Samantha never ceased to put a smile on my face. Every email, text and phone call was full of excitement, plotting out the smallest of details in order to have the most rad day possible.

When the big weekend was finally upon us, Nate and Samantha (along with help from their closest family and friends) spent many sweat-covered hours setting up Gambrel Barn in preparation for the festivities to come.

To no one's surprise, their wedding day went off without a hitch. Full of genuinely heartwarming promises, killer dance moves and good vibes all around, the passion shared between these two was felt by all.

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Heather + Phil // Branson Elopement Wedding Film

Heather just so happens to be a wildly talented photographer, so when she contacted me in regards to filming her and Phil's elopement-style wedding, which was to take place along Table Rock Lake with only a few guests in attendance, you can imagine my unbridled enthusiasm.

On the big day, an immediate sense of relaxation was evident upon walking into Heather's room for the morning preparations. While Phil waited outside for their First Look, the bride-to-be calmly slipped into her dress and accessories before heading downstairs. Phil turned around to see his future wife, walking toward him with a beaming smile, and their reactions set the tone for the rest of the day.

Under a canopy of trees and with a soundtrack of crashing waves and chirping birds, personal vows were promised as a handful of loved ones gathered around. Although the guest list was small, the love felt during Heather and Phil's ceremony was immense to say the least.

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Mike + Erin // Illinois Wedding Film

Backyard weddings always seem to be extra awesome, it seems, but when the property rests among hundreds of beautiful, rolling acres in rural Illinois, that awesomeness increases ten fold.

Waking up on the morning of the big day, I was met with foggy breath and the sounds of happily chirping crickets. The sun was just beginning to melt the surrounding thin layer of frost as two massive pups romped around in the crisp morning air (Mike and Erin's Saint Bernard, Madi, being one of them).

Despite persistent storm clouds and threatening rain, the skies cleared up just in time for their ceremony under the trees, allowing two incredible families to become one. Backyard fixin's were served and drinks started flowin' as the sun was replaced by brilliant evening stars. It was evident, however, that not even the brightest of those cosmic sources could match the glow between Mike and Erin.

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Chad + Candice // Big Cedar Branson Wedding Film

Cue the waterworks.

The love that Chad and Candice share is not only unquestionable, it's downright radiant. Seriously, the moment these two met under the warm, glistening trees of Big Cedar Lodge for their first look, their smiles never wavered. And when Candice busted out her heartfelt vows to Chad? Pshhh. I might have teared up a bit. (Viewers, insert "ugly cry" here.)

Despite some threatening clouds early on -- which actually helped cool things off a bit -- the whole day was magical from beginning to end. During the ceremony, the chapel at Integrity Hills was drenched in the setting-sun's glowing departure, enhancing the already-beautiful interior. Top that off with a reception featuring a stunning view of the lake, amazing food and lovely weather, and you could claim that this wedding was just about perfect.

Thank you so much for having me, Chad and Candice, and for filling my heart with purpose.

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