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Ryan + Hannah | Pere Marquette Park Engagement | Grafton, IL | 2018

Ryan + Hannah

| Pere Marquette Park Engagement |

| Grafton, IL |

| 2018 |

Because even forever doesn’t seem long enough with you.
— unknown

Happy Sunday!!

If you’re in the Greater St. Louis area this weekend, we hope that you can get outside to take advantage of slightly warmer weather. #OptOutside and hike!

Thats what Hannah is probably doing. In heels. Because she doesn’t mess around. And who knew? For their engagement session, she tackled the bluff trails of Pete Marquette in Grafton, IL like a seasoned hiker. On a cold, super windy day!

Ryan and Hannah met in a not-so-unique way these days. (Well, unless you’re talking to past generations.) This awesome couple met on Tinder. By accident. How does that happen, you ask? Well, Ryan was out to dinner and drinks with his boss and coworkers, and downloaded Tinder to show his boss how it worked. He swiped right on Hannah as he explained. Near the same time, Hannah and a friend were drinking wine and being goofy on Tinder, but fate intervened.

It took several weeks of talking before they became comfortable enough to meet, and Ryan was lucky enough to be the first guy ever to pick her up for a date at her house. After Ryan drove an hour to pick her up, they drove another hour together for Olive Garden, because they say they’re both “fatties and love pasta”!

Ryan proposed on a boat at Lake of the Ozarks. We still aren’t sure whether he cried because he’s a crier, or because shocked Hannah took a while to say ‘yes’.

This beautiful couple is already a little family with two dogs and two children. There’s never a dull moment either, because Ryan and Hannah are absolutely HILARIOUS. Ryan had us rolling the entire session. Their personalities are a match made in heaven, and we don’t expect they’ll EVER get bored of each other’s cheesy jokes.

Ryan and Hannah, we cant WAIT for your big day in 2019!! Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts!!

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

Summer Vacation Part 2: Crystal Mountain Wedding

If you missed Part 1 in our last post, you can check it out here. Make sure you catch that post and see the adorable Ava and Isaac!!

The weather couldn't have been more perfect (mid 70's and no humidity!) for Levi and DeSiree's wedding day last Saturday, 7/1/17. Their ceremony was at the Congressional Summer Assembly in Frankfort, Michigan, followed by a GORGEOUS wedding reception at the base of the ski lifts of Crystal Mountain Ski Resort in Thompsonville, Michigan.

As we mentioned in our last post (Part 1), for the first time in almost two years, we were wedding guests rather than wedding photographers... but, naturally, we did have our cameras out periodically. Of course--if you'll let me digress for a moment--because we know firsthand just how frustrating it is photographing a wedding when wedding guests are in the way taking their own photos, we were especially aware and respectful of the wedding photographers... even though the wedding photographers were Nikon users! *gasp!* ;) . 

Highlights from the evening were the delectable hors d'oeuvres, the emotional toast speeches from the Father of the Bride, the Maid of Honor, and three Groomsmen, the free ski lift rides, and of course the beautiful scenery of Crystal Mountain.

Below are some of our favorite moments from Levi and DeSiree's wedding reception, including Ava (Nick and Katie's 3-year-old daughter) cutting up the dance floor with the beautiful Bride and Groom...

...more of Ava and Isaac, including a giggle-fit Isaac had in Tiffany's arms, Isaac getting a free ride from Dad (Nick), and Dan being a True Gentleman escorting Ava...

...and the beautiful couple from Chicago, Dan and Erica!! Don't be fooled by where they live...they're probably more outdoorsy than you are! The following morning at 8:00 AM EST, they set off for the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a four-day and three-night hike along the amazing multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs. Gotta love 'em!!

PS - Part 3 of our trip coming soon! Stay tuned!

Much Love,

TC

Tiffany & Chris

Amber Mark Photography