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Nathan + Katie | + Aedan | Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center | Engagement + Family Session | Springfield, IL | 2019

Nathan + Katie

+ Aedan

| Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center |

| Engagement + Family Session |

| Springfield, IL |

2019

God is writing your future, and it’s going to be a beautiful story... ❤️

Meet Nathan, Katie, and Aedan… One of the sweetest little families you will ever meet!

Nathan popped the question after kayaking on Lake Springfield and then blindfolded Katie and drove her to a family surprise party! What a sweetheart. 💚💜

Katie and Nathan wanted to do their engagement session near the lake where Nathan proposed and where they enjoy spending time. We thought this was super sweet! It’s refreshing seeing others honor the special times in our lives. Too often we get caught up with life and forget to appreciate the special memories, like when God blesses us with the missing puzzle pieces. 🧩

And Aedan. Oh, what an adorable little man. 👀 Aedan kept us on our toes and had more energy than we knew what to do with!! But we’re glad he did, because we did a lot of walking during our photography session. There seemed to be many trails sprawling throughout Abraham Lincoln Memorial Garden Nature Center and along Lake Springfield. Aedan had no issue with it, but might have preferred spending his entire time swinging between Nathan and Katie!

Our walk through the park was rather eventful! We saw a ton of bugs. Ton of spiders 🕷… and spider webs 🕸. And I (Chris) got bit up by mosquitos 🦟 (per usual 🤷🏻‍♂️). But Aedan won the day by making friends with a couple fawns 🦌, who were NOT shy at all! It’s possible they would have eaten out of his hand had he had something tasty for them. 😂😂😂

In November, this little family will be uniting, and we couldn’t be more excited to be a part of their special day!

Thank you, Nathan, Katie, and Aedan for trusting us with your engagement and wedding photography! CONGRATULATIONS!

Much Love,

Tiffany Amber & Christopher Mark // Amber Mark Photography

Michael + Brittany | Stone House of Saint Charles Wedding | Wedding | Saint Charles, MO | 2019

Michael + Brittany

| Stone House of Saint Charles Wedding |

| Wedding |

| Saint Charles, MO |

2019

So this is love, so this is what makes life so divine.
— Cinderella

We absolutely adore this couple! Michael and Brittany are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet. Tiffany and Brittany have known each other for years, but reconnected last year regarding their wedding and engagement photography! If you missed it, go check out their engagement blog post here! (But don’t forget to circle back to their wedding!!!)

Michael and Brittany chose the AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL 200-year-old Stone House of St. Charles in St. Charles, Missouri. We can’t stress enough how hard we fell in love with the venue! Michael and Brittany made the perfect decision booking Stone House of St. Charles. It is a 10-acre property dating back to the War of 1812, and has been renovated with a newly constructed Sycamore Hall, offers a gorgeous bridal suite in the original home, and a third building for the grooms and groomsmen quarters. We also have to plug the house DJ, DJ Gee — hard to find a better fit for your reception party!!! Speaking of… We’re also not sure you’ll find a better crew to keep the party going all night long than Michael and Brittany’s wedding party!

Michael and Brittany, we’re so happy you found each other and found true love. It was such a marvelous thing to be a part of, and brought back our wedding day feelings being so intimately close to the love we witnessed on your wedding day.

Here’s to many decades of true love, and here’s to Michael and Brittany. May your marriage flourish!

Much Love,

Tiffany Amber & Christopher Mark // Amber Mark Photography

Ethan + Cheyanne | Emmanuel Free Methodist Church + Lewis and Clark Community College Wedding | Alton, IL | 2019

Ethan + Cheyanne

Emmanuel Free Methodist Church

+ Lewis and Clark Community College Wedding

| Alton, IL |

2019

Growing up in Emmanuel Free Methodist Church, had someone told me (Chris) I’d be shooting a wedding there one day I would have laughed and called them crazy.

But that changed in 2019. With a very special young couple, Ethan and Cheyanne.

Your wedding day was simple and elegant and truly reflected the two of you! Emotions were high but diverse the day of the wedding, from a group of giggly bridal girls to Cheyenne’s emotional first look with her dad.

And I know we’re beating a dead horse, always talking about how we’re thankful the rain held back… but it’s true!!! 😂 Ethan and Cheyanne’s wedding day was yet another example of God holding back a rainy forecast so he could get a clear view of a beautiful marriage happening. And so our bride and groom could enjoy a little sunshine. (Just kidding — A LOT of sunshine! 🥵)

One of our favorite memories on the day could be Cheyanne TEARING up the dance floor, encircled by the majority of her reception guests. Or maybe it was everyone oohing and ahhing over the adorable flower girl and ring bearer. OR it was probably the look on Cheyanne’s face throughout the day. Such passion and love. A genuine heart. She was just so… present. And Ethan couldn’t be a more suitable gentleman for Cheyanne and her heart. It is just truly a joy to see them together. They are country music enthusiasts, teammates, high school sweethearts, dreamers. They seem to be a simple, true couple that deeply know each other. True best friends.

And in case you missed it in the background… they met in high school. Cheyanne said Ethan was her very first real relationship, and they’ve been writing their story ever since. Ethan proposed on a cliff overlooking a beautiful lake at the Elephant Rocks, and now they’re looking forward to traveling the country together!

Ethan and Cheyanne, here’s to you! Thank you for letting us help you tie the knot!

Much Love,

Tiffany Amber & Christopher Mark // Amber Mark Photography

Every little thing that you do baby I’m amazed by you.
— Tim McGraw

Michael + Amy | Inn at 835 - A Boutique Hotel | Springfield, IL | 2019

Michael + Amy

Inn at 835 - A Boutique Hotel

| Springfield, IL |

| 2019 |

Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairytale.

Bless their hearts. The perfect couple. Two perfect hearts. A perfect future. Wow!!! It doesn’t get much better than this!

Michael and Amy chose the BEAUTIFUL Inn at 835 in Springfield, Illinois for their wedding weekend. Tucked away near the heart of Springfield, this quaint B&B had such a pleasant, peaceful, and homey personality to it. We adored it!

Just blocks away from the Inn at 835 you’ll find Washington Park, where we took the guys’ pictures in between rain drops. Humbly nestled near a small lake you’ll find a special tree planted by one of Amy’s family members, now “grow’d up” into a healthy young tree. Also a handful of blocks away—this time north of the Inn at 835—is the aged Union Square Park, where Amy and her bridesmaids posed for the camera, seeking occasional asylum from the sun under a gazebo. The Land of Lincoln has so much to offer, but we only got a taste of it!

For the wedding day, Amy woke up with much anxiety over the rainy forecast, but her stockpile of good juju forced the weather to break just before the bridesmaids’ photos and ceremony, and her family rallied to set up the chairs outside for Amy’s desired garden ceremony. The day played out beautifully and made for an enjoyable afternoon and evening!

Blessed, we were, with the opportunity to stay through the whole weekend, from the rehearsal dinner to breakfast at Amy’s parents’ home with her family…and we can truly say they are surrounded with amazing family and friends. That is to say, we know where they get their hearts from!!!

Needless to say, it was a very special wedding for us. These two have hearts of gold and are amazing friends. They’re always there to offer encouragement and understanding. They’ll even offer the occasional FaceTime, just because. And they’re always there to offer us oreos!! Constantly doing things for others, they impact many lives…and they may not know it. We’re so thankful to be a part of their lives!

Amy and Michael, THANK YOU for the beautiful opportunity to play a part in your story. WE LOVE YOU!

Much Love,

Tiffany and Chris // Amber Mark Photography