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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

Ezekiel: Class of 2019 | Senior Portraits | St Louis Zoo + Laumeier Sculpture Park | St Louis, MO

Ezekiel: Class of 2019

| Senior Portraits |

| St Louis Zoo + Laumeier Sculpture Park |

| St Louis, MO |

Meet Ezekiel — Class of 2019, future zoologist, future stand-up comedian, and the next Bob Dylan.

Just kidding about the latter two, although he could definitely be a successful comedian — he’s hilarious. And although he doesn’t actually play guitar, he pulled off a stellar faux platinum album cover with the guitar. He said he’s always joking with his friends and pretending he can play guitar, so he facetiously wanted a guitar included in his senior pictures. Which we thought was hilarious! However, if you presumed Ezekiel is musically illiterate — you’d be wrong. He is quite the drummer on the worship team at church.

Ezekiel would love to become a zoologist, as we learned of his passions while at the zoo during his senior photography. He also volunteers regularly at the zoo, and a few of his favorite animals include the grizzly bears, the polar bears, and the seals. He was especially fond of 5-year-old Kali, the 1,000-pound polar bear rescued from Alaska (And, yes, he even knows the names of animals and their stories!!).

We’re excited to see where this handsome young man’s ambition takes him in life, and we were especially grateful for the opportunity to photograph his senior portraits!

Congratulations, Ezekiel!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Grace: Class of 2019 | Senior Portraits | Grand Basis + The Muny at Forest Park | St Louis, MO | 2018

Grace: Class of 2019

| Senior Portraits |

| Grand Basis + The Muny at Forest Park |

| St Louis, MO |

| 2018 |

Smile often. Think positively. Give thanks. Laugh loudly. Love others. Dream big.
— unknown

Meet Grace.

She’s fit, she’s fun, she’s sweet, and always has a smile on her face! Grace loves riding and jumping horses, and also participates in horse shows! She’s the middle sibling of three sisters, all relatively close in age. In fact, we shot Grace’s older sister Emma’s senior portraits just over a year ago as Class of 2018!

Grace will soon be leaving the nest as a Class of 2019 graduate to begin a new chapter in life. Although her parents may have a tough time letting their second beautiful daughter go, Grace is every bit of charged and ready to take on whatever life throws her way.

We had a blast with Grace and her mom, Kelly, shooting Grace’s senior portraits in Forest Park, St. Louis. We covered a lot of ground in just a couple hours, from the Grand Basin to the Muny. Thank God for the perfect weather!

Grace, we’re so excited to see you grow in the coming years. So Congratulations, and here’s to Class of 2019!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Meghan: Class of 2019 | Senior Portraits | Faust Park | Chesterfield, MO | 2018

Meghan: Class of 2019

| Senior Portraits |

| Faust Park |

| Chesterfield, MO |

| 2018 |

“Oh, they’re going!!!” screamed Meghan’s mom as Meghan dove out of the way of a flock of geese.

There were many hilarious moments during Meghan’s senior portrait session at Faust Park in Chesterfield, Missouri. At first, Meghan seemed shy, but by the end she was cracking jokes and striking sassy poses! 💁🏼‍♀️✨

We thought it was great that Meghan’s family came out for support, but we aren’t sure Meghan thought so! “Eww!” she’d say when we’d tell her look over at her parents. Of course, this was all in fun spirit, as she seems close to her awesome little family. ❤️ Her mom was super excited for her session and helped us make sure that her hair and necklace were in the right place, as it was a pretty windy day!

When Meghan isn’t getting attacked by geese, you can probably catch her doing one of a handful of favorite activities, including reading, writing stories, climbing trees, eating spaghetti, or flying down the basketball court on a fast break. She also plays piano and clarinet and is a drum major at Orchard Farm High School, where she’ll be graduating as Class of 2019! Such a busy lady!

We had fun hanging with Meghan and her family during her senior session, but they couldn’t wait to get home for spaghetti night! 🍝 Meghan’s favorite!

Congratulations, Meghan! We’re super excited to see where you go in life! Good luck with your biology studies! ✨

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Let new adventures begin!