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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

Bradley + Maura | Tower Grove Engagement | St Louis, MO | 2018

Bradley + Maura

| Tower Grove Park |

| St Louis, MO |

| Engagement Session | 2018 |

Ok guys, we know it’s the day after Christmas, and many are still focusing on family time, but we love our clients and wanted to take a few minutes to share Bradley and Maura’s engagement session 💕.

We shot the lovely Bradley and Maura’s engagement session at Tower Grove Park in St, Louis. If you know these two, then you are well aware of the countless reasons to love this couple. Most importantly, they’re dog lovers (✔️). Their laughter together is on call (✔️). They can also nail a twirl like Christina Yamaguchi on grass (✔️), and their recently proven track record of pre-engagement wedding planning secures the “Overachievers” title! (✔️)!!

When we first met Bradley and Maura, they were not engaged yet but had already been wedding planning. During planning, Maura’s mother, Linda, took her on a girl’s weekend to the Ozarks. Early the following morning, Maura’s father picked up Bradley right after his night shift and drove him to the Ozarks to catch the girls on a morning walk. From there, Bradley proposed, and the rest is history (in the making)!

A special “thank you” to Maura’s mother, Linda, for wrangling their two dogs during our session. Major kudos!

All in all, Bradley and Maura provided a great example of how a loving and playful marriage truly should be—and they’re not even there yet! We know they’ll be just fine as husband and wife!!

CONGRATULATIONS Brad and Maura!!!

With love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

They told me that to make her fall in love, I had to make her laugh. But every time she laughs, I’m the one who falls in love.”
— Tommaso Ferraris

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

Harper & Melissa: A Bridal Shower in Swansea, IL ✨💍💕

So, there's this girl. Let me tell you about her--she's pretty, funny, feisty, Jesus-loving!, smart, sweet, goofy, strong and sometimes bossy! 😜 JK! Or am I? ☺️ She has a heart for people, missions and food. We joke about it, but seriously, she loves food!!

That girl that I mentioned above shared a bedroom with me for many years. That girl made sure I made it to work on time. She left me love/encouragement notes, washed my car with me, ran down the stairs early Christmas morning before everyone else and had pre-stocking time with me. I'll admit, I stole that girl's clothes a lot, but she definitely did her fair share of stealing too. Lol! We always made gas station runs together for juice before Christmas. (I have no idea why we started that!) Oh and if you ever feel like sitting on her or using her as a foot stool, she will let you! 😂

She's been my one of my best friends since November 12, 1997 when she was born (with some crazy hair!). Her name is Melissa and that girl, is my sister. 

My sister has always been someone that I have looked up to, even though she is younger than me. She doesn't know that she does it but everyone who meets her, falls in love with her. Melissa has a personality that pulls people in. That's exactly what happened with Harper too. 😊 Little did she know it, but God began writing her love story earlier this summer. 

Harper, if you are reading this, thank you for being a Godly man and caring for my sister's heart. You're taking on a pretty big task but you've got what it takes! Always remember that when she lets her stubborn side show, just offer her your hoodie and some ice cream! She will come around!! 

Harper and Melissa, your bridal shower was stunning! I loved all the mixed pinks and blues. December 30th, 2017 is coming up quick and we can't wait for you to become Mr. & Mrs. Harper Roderick! We are so excited for you guys and look forward to seeing where God uses you in the future. You make a beautiful couple and shine true joy! Congratulations! 

We love you both! 💕

Tiffany & Chris

Vijay + Cassie + Stella 🐶 in Kirkwood, MO


It's crazy to think how "busy" we allow ourselves to be. How wrapped up we are in our own to-do lists and schedules. But it's essential to remember to take a moment every now and then push pause on the world around us, to breathe, and reflect on the roads that led us to our current place. We don't do it near enough. And I'll go out on a limb here to say that you don't either. But we should strive to each day. Because it's important. 

Because there are moments every day that are often overlooked.  Moments that, if we seize them, could have a profound impact on the life of another human being. These are the moments that make up our life's roadmap and define the person we are today. 

Vijay, we could not have predicted that working together at a bank could create a friendship. I'm thankful for the mutual interest in Apple, iOS apps, golf, and the stock market that sparked conversation. Because today we have an awesome friendship with you and Cassie, two amazing people that are kindhearted, selfless, passionate, and driven to become the best version of yourselves ... and you're perfect for each other. It's so refreshing to spend time with you two and witness the strength of your love for one another. It's radiating in your portraits we took at Kirkwood Park and Walker Lake last weekend in Kirkwood, Missouri!! So glad we got to meet Stella, too! Guess we'll have to plan another date soon to introduce Stella and Audi!