Debbie and Kel : A Backyard Wedding Day • Columbia Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

BackyardWedding_ColumbiaMissouri_CatherineRhodesPhotography_3904.jpgOh where to begin with Debbie and Kel’s day, it was so filled with love and joy it’s hard to even describe! These two opted for a backyard wedding at Debbie’s family home. Their pond in the backyard was the perfect setting to a beautiful sunset ceremony. Not only were these two excited to get married, but they were overjoyed to begin their sweet new marriage in worship and song! So as the sun set, everyone from the Bride and Groom to the wedding guests turned West to sing and watch the beautiful sunset that God graced them with on such a special day.

From there the night was off to good food, toasts, and a bit of dancing before Debbie and Kel made their grand exit! Through a tunnel of sparklers, these two raced off to start their new life, together and so so happy!

Congratulations Debbie and Kel, your day was truly a love and faith filled day and I can’t imagine you two having anything but a B-e-a-utiful future together!

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© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Beth and Bret : Forest Park Engagement Session • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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What a beautiful way to start off the month of October!

Beth and Bret’s Forest Park engagement session was the absolute sweetest! With some beautiful light from sunset that evening, we managed to capture some breathtaking moments between these two! So excited for their wedding next Fall here in Columbia Missouri!

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© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding Photographer and Fine Art Photographer | Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas city and Destinations World Wide

Ashley and Ben : Piper Palm House Wedding • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photography

PiperPalmHouseWedding_StLouisMissouri_CatherineRhodesPhotography_3823.jpgAshley and Ben are one beautiful couple and despite the rainy and cold day their wedding landed on, it was perfect in all the ways that counted!

The day began with the bride and groom getting ready all in time for the sweet First Look we planned at Forest Park! As we arrived with Ashley, Ben started to tear up just thinking about seeing her for the first time that day. And the First look was all that and more. These two were so excited to get their day started, together, and off to Tower Grove Park we headed for their Piper Palm House wedding!

The wedding was set by the Ruins within the park, a beautiful spot near a pond! Lit by lanterns, the wedding was just the sweetest with Ashley and Ben barely making it through the tears to say their vows. After their big first kiss, we headed to the reception, a beautiful tent and indoor combination at the Piper Palm House. The dancing kicked off quickly and oh what a dancing crew they had! Ashley and Ben, your day was just the best and it was such a blessing to be a part of!

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A Special Thanks To :

The Piper Palm House : Wedding and Reception Venue

Cake : Taylor Dunsmoor

Florist : Barb Gites

DJ : Bernard Jones

Second Photographer : Emily Dobson

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Emily and Neal : Historic Bell Hill Wedding Day • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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Emily and Neal’s Historic Bell Hill Wedding this past weekend was absolutely beautiful from the start of the day to the celebration at the end! Historic Bell Hill is set in Southern Illinois looking out over rolling hills. So with that beautiful scene in your mind, just imagine how perfect it would be to say I Do under a tree in a field on a day filled with more sunshine and love than you could possibly hope for.

Emily and Neal are both botanists, which is actually how they met! So it was only fitting that Emily provide all the beautiful floral arrangements for her day! The reception was set in a rustic barn with hanging flowers and a sweets table that even we got excited for! These two sweethearts opted for a low key reception with an Indie band and everyone free to mingle and eat to their hearts content. Since Emily and Neal decided that a first dance wasn’t for them, we took a moment toward the end of the evening to capture a few beautiful moments, dancing, under the lights!

Congratulations Emily and Neal, your day could not have been a more perfect representation of your sweet personalities and we were so honored to photograph all the moments that took place that day!

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A Special Thanks To :

Historic Bell Hill : Wedding and Reception Venue

Frontwards Farm : Reception Dinner

Cristaudos : Catering

After Barbed Wire : Reception Band

Emily Smith (the bride!) : Floral Design

Elizabeth Wallace : Second Photographer

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2014 | Destination Wedding and Fine Art Photography | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide