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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

4 Life Lessons from the Hummingbird - Swansea, IL (A Throwback from August 2017!)

"With brave wings, she flies......"

Hey friends! 

Every winter we look back over what we did and what we learned over the last year. Although winter is a season of life in the Midwest and good ole' St. Louis, Missouri, we absolutely love the warmer months of the year! So, we thought we would take a moment to reflect and share with you one of our spontaneous shoots from August 2017!

🌷 Last August, we had the opportunity to photograph hummingbirds in Swansea, Illinois. If you've never tried to freeze time and capture shots of this speedy creature--it is no easy task! They are FAST, like really fast! Of course, for Chris, that makes it a challenge that he can't resist! 

🌻 Hummingbirds are so incredibly complex and unique. That summer day, we fell in love with their vibrant colors, personalities, and their ability to buzz around silently. Our fascination soon turned to contemplation. We saw more than just these little beauties fluttering around us that day. It was watching their process, and thinking beyond simply what hummingbirds are and considering what they symbolize. 

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Hummingbirds reminded us of a few things:

1. Even though hummingbirds can fly backwards, you usually don't see them do so. This reminds us that we can look back on our past but that we should not dwell on our past. Be joyful. Be brave. Be fearless. 

2. When a hummingbirds drinks nectar from a flower, this reminds us that we should savor every sweet moment in life and not take things for granted. Let us all take time to appreciate the people that you love most. Think of something that you're grateful for. 

3. Hummingbirds are seemingly tireless. Let this always be a reminder to keep pushing forward. Continually seek out the beauty of the day. Find the positives. And strive to become the best version of yourself.

4. Hummingbirds migrate thousands of miles; a reminder to never give up on your dreams. Accomplish the impossible. Prove them wrong. 

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🌸 What does Spring mean to you? ((Drop us a comment below!!)) 

To us, Spring means green grass, mud puddles, rain showers, picnics, open windows, ICE CREAM, flowers, and sunshine! We love seeing nature thrive again as well as all those little critters (like hummingbirds!!!) that reappear! Some areas see hummingbirds as early as mid-March! (Have you seen any of these beauties yet this year??) We hope that as you go into Spring you're able to take time to relax, breathe in the fresh air, and remember lessons from the hummingbird! You are capable of anything!

Happy first week of Spring! Go be unstoppable! 

Much love, 

Tiffany & Chris

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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

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