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

Courtney and Chris : Culver Pavilion Wedding Day • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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Their day began at the Chase Park Plaza, a part from one another and just building with anticipation for the moment they became husband and wife! Their wedding was held at a beautiful small church in downtown St. Louis with a sweet moment of prayer before they exited and were off to the celebration.

With such beautiful light we really captured some amazing portraits from their day before we headed off to their reception at the Culver Pavilion at the Muny! This beautiful open air space was absolutely perfect for a cooler September night. Courtney and Chris are one of the sweetest couples I know and they were so excited to not only celebrate but spend quality time with their grandparents, family and friends throughout the evening!

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Files, your day was absolutely stunning and I couldn’t be more excited for your future together as husband and wife!

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A Special Thanks To :

The Chase Park Plaza : Getting Ready Hotel

Culver Pavilion at the Muny : Reception Venue

Les Bouquets : Floral Design

Jennifer Graves : Make-up and Hair/Breathtaking Bride

The Cakery : Cake

Tom Slyman : Music

Sky Guy Media : Videography

Brian Stull : DJ

Elizabeth Wallace : Second Photographer

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

Fan of the Month Giveaway : Artifact Uprising • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Ah it’s September, can you even believe it? Well with a new month we have a new Fan of the Month Giveaway, and this one is pretty exciting!

Artifact Uprising is a fantastic site that prints albums, book, and prints on recycled paper. Their printing is just beautiful and so perfect for those personal photos for every single person out there! They even have an App for your phone so you can print images directly from your phone or Instagram account, how neat is that!

Well this month we are giving away a $20.00 Gift Card for you to order something special yourself!

TO ENTER :

Simply head on over to Catherine Rhodes Photography on Facebook and “LIKE” our page if you haven’t done so already! Then you can do one of 3 things (or all 3 for extra entries!) below to officially enter :

1. SHARE the Giveaway photo on Facebook with your friends and family, everyone loves a giveaway!

2. LIKE the Fan of the Month Giveaway photo on Facebook!

3. COMMENT here on the blog!

Good luck! The Giveaway runs through September 30th and the winner will be announced first thing October 1st! AND don’t forget to follow Artifact Uprising over on Facebook to see their newest products and projects!

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

10 on 10 : September • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photography

Fall has finally arrived and I just had to drive all the way to Colorado to welcome the new season in! This week has been a wonderful time spent with my family in the beautiful mountains enjoying some time offline and the peaceful surroundings that make up this gorgeous state! Here are a few favorites from yesterday’s drive into Rocky Mountain National Park, enjoy!

And be sure to check out another 10 on 10 by Jordan Parks Photography HERE!

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

Rosemarie and Alex : Marina Del Rey Wedding • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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Rosemarie and Alex’s Marina Del Rey wedding day was an absolute celebration of two people who have the most beautiful kind of love! These two high school sweethearts have been together for almost 12 years…yes 12 year and their wedding day was the most perfect day, rain and all!

Their day started at their own home surrounded by many of their closest friends, which really got the day started on an exciting note! Their wedding was held at St. Theresa’s Church in Pelham Bay, a stunning classic church with ornate details. The ceremony was short and sweet, with readings from two of their younger relatives!

After the ceremony, the rain came so we all jumped on the party bus and headed to the reception! As soon as we arrived at the Marina Del Rey, the skies opened up and we even saw a little sun. Along with a dove release and a beautiful dock, their couple portraits were just stunning.

From there we headed on to their exciting reception! Rosemarie and Alex have one amazing and energetic family who were ready to dance the night away even before dinner. Along with a sweet surprise song  from Alex to Rosemarie and a duo drum solo from the bride and groom, this reception was an absolute blast, which I’m sure you can tell from the images below!

Congratulations Rosemarie and Alex, your day was so exciting from the beginning to the end and I’m sure you have many many more exciting years ahead of you and your new marriage!

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A Big Thank You To :

St. Theresa’s Church : Wedding Venue

Marina Del Rey : Reception Venue

DJ Serg : DJ and Entertainment

Direct Image Films : Video

Mazou Makeovers : Hair and Makeup

Alexandra Cellist & Ensemble : Cello and Violin

Westchester Floral : Floral Design

Claire Teator : Second Photographer

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