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Jacob + Heather | Eckert's Farm Engagement | Belleville, IL | 2018

Jacob + Heather

| Eckert’s Farm |

| Engagement Session |

| Belleville, IL |

| 2018 |

They asked him, “How’s your life?”
He smiled and answered, “She’s fine.”
— unknown

Did you know that Starbucks has a secret menu? Well, they do. And if you already knew, maybe you’ve tried Jacob’s favorite Starbucks drink: the Harry-Potter-inspired Butter Beer.

We’re here tonight congratulating Jacob and Heather. A unique couple in love paired together by Schnucks. (Wait—what?) That’s right, they met at work. They have both since moved on and advanced their careers, with Jacob in the insurance industry and Heather recently graduating from Missouri State with a BFA in Drawing (She’s the artistic one 😉🎨); but they will never forget good ole’ Schnucks. Fun fact: Jacob trained Heather at Schucks — the icebreaker necessary to break through Heather’s shy personality, leading them down a path to friendship and, ultimately, marriage.

…Well, actually, it led them UP a path… a mountain path to a Colorado summit, where he proposed. Which is why we absolutely loved their engagement story, as the mountains hold a special place in our hearts, too. Jacob and Heather love hiking, and noted that a few of their favorite Missouri hikes include Taum Sauk Trail (a 12.3-mile section of the larger Ozark Trail), Johnson's Shut-Ins, and Elephant State Park. But this fascinating couple apparently left their hearts in the Colorado Rockies, as evidenced by their plan to move there.

The good news is, this couple is on top of wedding planning, driven by Jacob’s attention to detail. Heather even believes Jacob would dominate “Don't Tell the Bride”, the BBC show where the groom plans the wedding from start to finish. (Side Poll: Would you trust your fiancé to plan your wedding start to finish!?!?!? Let us know in the comments — for fun!!!)

Check out their engagement session at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, Illinois, and help us congratulate this couple as they venture down a new life trail!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Family Portrait Session at The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois

We LOVE any time we get to spend with our close friends Nick and Katie and their beautiful family!

Nick and Katie proposed The Nature Institute in Godfrey, Illinois for their family portraits, which made for a spectacular photo spot. If you’re a hiker or just love the outdoors, check out this hidden gem. We explored two areas, known as the Olin Nature Preserve and the Mississippi Sanctuary, totaling over 300 acres of land. The area features multiple overlooks and several hiking trails.

We’re confident you’ll love the area! Just don’t bring your dogs! 😳🐶🚫

This family is very special to us. Chris and Nick go wayyy back. Probably too far back. In fact, Nick and Chris were roomies for four years in college. Yikes! Chris met Katie through Nick back in high school, and they also worked together years ago. (If I’m not mistaken, Nick declared his love for Katie back in high school. Fate.) Last but certainly not least, Tiffany and Ava began their friendship in Michigan after Ava declared Tiffany was her best friend.

We’ve really enjoyed watching Nick and Katie’s sweet little family grow, and we’re anxious to share their photos with you. They have three incredibly adorable children that are constantly on the go! They’d give the Energizer Bunny a run for his money. Kudos, Nick and Katie, for your stamina.

During the session, energy levels were so high that we had to bribe Ava and Isaac with M&M’s and sour gummy worms! Every few shots 📸, we rewarded them with a piece of candy. Isaac quickly informed us that he really only likes the blue gummy worms! Thanks for the heads up, buddy.

(Sorry, Nick and Katie, for the sugar high! 😂)

Your kiddos, Ava, Isaac, and Layla are so beautiful and we loved the laughter they carried throughout the session.

We are so grateful for friends like you in our lives!

❤️

Much Love // Tiffany & Chris

Amber Mark Photography

Cassie and Joe: A Romantic St. Louis Wedding

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“Love, laughter, and happily ever after.”

Dear Cassie and Joe,

CONGRATULATIONS, MR. AND MRS. GALMICHE!!!

This is a special blog post involving the uniting of two high school sweet hearts, generations of love, and ... well, we bet you're TOTALLY in the DARK on how Joe proposed!!!

First and foremost … Joe and Cassie’s story began 7 years ago during high school. Yes … They’re high school sweethearts!!! And after attending 13 dances together, they finally had their first husband and wife dance on September 15, 2018! Imagine what it will be like for them to one day tell their grandchildren that “Grandpa and Grandma were high school sweethearts” … !!! 💕

Oh … that’s right. Back to the story. Let me enlighten you … 🌞

Joe proposed to Cassie during totality of the solar eclipse in 2017. Cassie — completely in the dark (😂 get it!? 🤦🏻‍♂️) — just thought they were at Stone Hill Winery for the eclipse… but Joe threw her a curve ball when he got down on one knee!

Cassie’s ring is very special, too, as Joe put extra love into it. Each diamond is a gift from generations of family, now supported in a custom setting designed by Joe, which he left in bare metal to symbolize the work he does each day.

Their story has no shortage of love, that’s for sure.

Cassie, we’re very proud of you for your hard work planning such a perfect day, and commend you for successfully handing off the reigns once your wedding day began!

Joe, we’ve learned a lot about you over the past several months. Our favorites being your character and chivalry. (We may or may not have overheard talk about your respect towards Cassie’s father, and we already know how perfectly you treat your bride.) Your values are evident, and any man will be wise to take notes. Your father raised a good man.

A special thank you to all of your family and friends. They showered us with compliments and made us feel a part of the family.

And last but not least … we’ve never had so much fun at a reception. Seeing so many guests on the dance floor was fun to witness — especially the kid dance off! Shout out to the DJ, Chris Harris, for keeping the dance floor hot!

Cassie and Joe, thank you for entrusting Amber Mark Photography with your wedding photography.  We wish you many decades of love and laughter. You both have made a positive impact on us, and we hope our friendship continues!

 

Much Love, 

Tiffany Amber & Christopher Mark

Amber Mark Photography

A Jefferson Underground Wedding: Jessica & Kurtis

Ah ... the Midwest. It's hot. Then it's cold. And this time, it was cold on the wedding day of a fabulous young St. Louis couple, Jessica and Kurtis! They were planning to tie the knot on a popular rooftop of a renovated art-deco building in the heart of St. Louis. A quick history ... General Motors Corporation purchased the property in 1920 to build St. Louis main Chevrolet dealership. Fast forward to 2002, and renovation begins to restore the building to it's original state. Fun fact: 95% of the materials used to create the rooftop space are recycled, and most of it picked up from trash/dumpsters from the area, including granite, stone, metal, bar equipment, tables, chairs, etc. How cool is that? Needless to say, the ceremony ended up being indoors due to cold temperatures, but it was still gorgeous! 

Being a part of this wedding was a blast. But getting to know the Bride and Groom, Jessica and Kurtis, was a special pleasure. One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is learning about the special couple you are photographing. You learn their story. You pick up on how much they love each other. What things make them grin or embarrassed. What things make them shy. And you also learn behind-the-scene notes on items/ideas that are incorporated into the wedding and the sentimental meaning they hold dearly to the most important people of the day. We especially loved the blue heart stitched by Jessica's mother, Jane, into the back of her wedding dress, and the table display in memory of Jessica's father. Jessica and Kurtis created an extra level of specialness to their wedding day. And let’s be honest, both of us had several teary-eyed moments throughout the day as we were looking through our cameras. 

As you can see, Jessica truly glowed on her wedding day! She was absolutely stunning! Even Kurtis couldn't resist smiling nonstop even though he was burnt out on taking pictures!! (Good hangin' in there, trooper!) Their reception was lovely too, and the toasts included a very special gift from the bride's mother. 

As we've said before, the moody Midwest weather doesn't always like to play nice ... but that didn't stop our amazing bridal party from getting stellar images!! Such a lovely, eclectic venue that we hope to visit again soon! 

It is a pleasure knowing you, Kurtis & Jessica, and we hope to stay in touch through the future!! We hope you have a WONDERFUL honeymoon!!

Congratulations!! ❤️

Tiffany & Chris | Amber Mark Photography

Henry's 7 1/2 Month Portrait Session at Cliff Cave County Park!

With the meaning of his name being "Ruler of the Household", you will quickly learn that Henry is exactly that! This little guy has a way of stealing your heart and melting it with his little two-toothed grin! And don't even get us started on those cute baby cheeks! You'll fall in love with this happy boy the second you see him. 

This past weekend we had the pleasure of shooting Henry's 7.5 month pictures at Cliff Cave County Park in Saint Louis, MO!! Cliff Cave Park is one of our all time favorites and we were so excited to introduce Chris, Sarah, Henry, and their dog Yahtzee to it! We're pretty sure Sarah has a sore arm from being pulled around the park by Yahtzee!! Dad was on Henry duty--his main job was to keep Henry smiling!!. 😊 Not sure who had more fun, Yahtzee or Henry?!

Of course, this is the Midwest, so we had many breaks to warm Henry up. Does anyone else feel like there are no longer seasons between Summer and Winter!?!? We sped through pictures as quick as we could so Henry's lips wouldn't turn blue; although, we did think his little red nose is super adorable! Check out this total cutie below!!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris | Amber Mark Photography