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The number five (5), who would think it would hold much significance? Certainly not me, however to Brittany and Stuart it holds A LOT of significance! To begin, October 5 is both of their birthdays! WOW, how cool is that? Besides that though, they also met on October 5… awesome! And, 5 years later, on October 5, they are married. So, let’s hear it for the power of 5!

I met Brittany and her sister Courtney when they arrived for the wedding consultation in February of this year. Ever since that day, Brittany has been one of the best clients anyone could hope for. I feel that after communicating for weeks and months prior to the big day, you form a friendship that will always be there. Even years down the road. Brittany is one of those people you just like, from the very beginning. She’s sweet, fun and pretty much always smiling. I was truly blessed they chose me to capture their wedding day. Even though rain threatened and a few plans were rearranged, it was a perfect day for a perfect couple.

The blue shoes were Brittany’s ‘something blue,’ I asked her if they were comfortable… NO was the answer. ūüėČ The things we girls go through!

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 Gorgeous bling on the dress from White Traditions Bridal House

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Adorable invites by Unique Moments

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I heart ring shots and the challenge of trying to capture something different each time. This was shot on a dark, reflective table with window light to camera left. A dramatic statement.

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Even with raindrops on the window, the atmosphere inside was bright and sunny. Beautiful bouquet by Petals & Bells.

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Stuart was very moved by Brittany’s note. I love capturing emotion in the guys, so sweet.

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Dressed and ready for what the days and years ahead have to offer!

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Mom had a very special gift for Brittany, a diamond necklace created with a diamond from mom’s original wedding set.

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Gift time from Stu… ¬†Ray Bans baby!

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Time to get Owen dressed… so handsome!

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There was time to relax and before we knew it, time to go.

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Sharp-dressed men!

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Stuart and Brittany opted to have a traditional wedding and not have a ‘first look’ prior to the ceremony. Stuart is noticeably moved at her beauty.

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The ceremony was very sweet.

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Mr. and Mrs. Willmann!

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Brittany’s sister Courtney was the maid of honor, when it came time for her speech, she began to RAP! She had written the whole thing… incredibly creative!

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The cake, created by Wedding Wonderland¬†Cakes, was the most unique design I’ve ever seen or photographed. They pulled this off perfectly… Stuart’s grooms cake was ‘burning off’ and

splattering Brittany’s perfect bride’s cake. Boys will be boys!

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The night was awesome… great couple, great wedding, great party! I was blessed to be a part of it. Thank you!

Fabulous Vendors:

Flowers: Petals & Bells

Cake: Wedding Wonderland Cakes

Stationary: Unique Moments

Bridal Gown: White Traditions Bridal House

Men’s Suits: Savvi Formalwear

Hair/Makeup: Kasey Lamm and Jennifer Talley

Photography: Radiant Images Photography LLC

Fashion Bridal Shoot | White Traditions Bridal House

I am excited to write this post and share this fashion bridal shoot with everyone! Working with Jessica of  White Traditions Bridal House in St. Charles, MO was a blast! Her gowns are simply stunning and a must-see for every bride-to-be. We were blessed to have three gorgeous girls model the bridal gowns and they were all knock-outs! This fashion bridal shoot was photographed in the downtown St. Charles area. We were blessed by the most amazing weather ever! I LOVE fall!!

We showcased six stunning gowns for White Traditions Bridal House plus some equally stunning accessory headpieces created by Sherrie Lovely of Couture Designs By Ice Green Eyes. A few unique furnishings were also borrowed from Worn Vintage Rentals on Second Street in St. Charles.

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Below, Alex is wearing an Allure Bridal gown, simply stunning. Headpiece by Couture Designs by Ice Green Eyes.

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Courtney wearing Eden Bridals gown, headpiece created by Couture Designs by Ice Green Eyes, chair complements of Worn Vintage Rental

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Brittany, almost a bride herself (just a few days left!) is wearing a Justin Alexander gown. WOW, gorgeous!

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Alex, once again, in a Intuzuri London gown

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Alex is wearing a headpiece designed by Couture Designs by Ice Green Eyes

Fashion Bridal Shoot

On the left an Eden Bridal and on the right, Wtoo Bridal. Table and accessories by Worn Vintage Rental.

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Location: White Traditions Bridal House, St. Charles, MO

Hair: Kayla of Julius Monroe in O’Fallon, MO

Makeup: Lindsay Schwartz

Styling: Jessica Orf, White Traditions Bridal House, St. Charles, MO

Dresses: Allure Bridal, Eden Bridal, Intuzuri London, Justin Alexander and Wtoo

Headpieces: Sherrie Lovely of Couture Designs By Ice Green Eyes

Shoot Director: Kristina Cipolla

Models: Alex, Courtney and Brittany

Props: Worn Vintage Rental

Photography: Lori Johnson, Radiant Images Photography

Taylor Smith | Timberland

Rarely do you meet someone who instantly makes you feel young, energetic and full of life as Taylor made me feel while photographing her. She was such a joy to work with.

Taylor has a passion for life that you can see and almost feel when you are around her. She will be attending Southwest Baptist University in the fall majoring in Journalism. Thank you Taylor for allowing me to capture your personality in your senior portraits. You nailed your session like a pro!

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Malayssa | 2013 Holt High School Senior

One of the reasons I love high school senior photography is seeing, first hand, their love for life and excitement about what the future holds. They are truly all one-of-a-kind and it’s so fun to see each of their personalities shining through in their portraits.

One of the highlights to the 2013 senior season was meeting Malayssa. She was one of the nominees for the first-ever Radiant Images Photography Senior Portrait Scholarship. Malayssa was nominated by one of the high school counselors to receive the scholarship for her hard work and dedication to helping her family while still working hard at school. She is planning to attend college to major in nursing. I greatly admire her spirit and tenacity while facing challenges in her daily life. She has a bright future ahead of her. It was a real pleasure to present her with the 2013 senior portrait scholarship. Well done Malayssa!

 

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2013 Senior Portrait Scholarship Awarded

It was an honor tonight to be among 30 community presenters at Holt High School for their awards night honoring 2013 graduates. Radiant Images presented at Senior Portrait Scholarship to a very deserving young lady. This all came about after several years in business and being blessed with wonderful, loyal clients I felt a duty to give back in some small way. Because one of my areas of focus is high school seniors,  I spoke with a guidance counselor at Holt High School and told her about my desire to award a senior portrait scholarship. She loved the idea and enlisted several other counselors who each nominated a student to receive this scholarship. The recipient was chosen based on recommendations from the counselor nominating them and also their own words written in their essay as to why they felt they should be awarded the portrait scholarship.

It was a difficult decision, all of the nominees certainly deserved to be honored. The 2013 recipient has overcome challenges and obstacles in her life with grace and determination. She is an inspiration to those who know her. We are proud of her accomplishments and know that this is only the beginning for her. ¬†The 2013 recipient of the Radiant Images Senior Portrait Scholarship is Malayssa Hughes. Congratulations Malayssa, you are a beauty! To view Malayssa’s senior images, please go to her blog post.

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