Happily Ever After : Karl and Lori • Columbia Missouri Wedding Photographer

There’s truly something beautiful about love, especially when it stands the test of time.

Lori and Karl kick off the start to our exciting new adventure, the Happily Ever After Project, celebrating marriage, love, and the strength of a beautiful relationship. I can’t stress enough how much I adore getting to know the personalities and stories behind each couple I photograph. Not only does this help me photograph their wedding day in it’s most truest form, but I simply love love, and it really does make me tear up when I see someone find their other half in this big crazy world!

So enough of what I have to say, feel free to check out Karl and Lori’s beautiful video below and the kick off to one amazing project and many more wonderful stories of love and happiness to come!

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Here are a few more beautiful images from their sweet Happily Ever After session! If you think you know a sweet couple who might be perfect for this project, please nominate them by emailing Catherine@CatherineRhodesPhotography.com, we can’t wait to hear their story!
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© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Columbia Missouri Wedding Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

We’re Engaged!!! • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

Well if you haven’t already heard the big news, I’M ENGAGED!!!! My wonderful fiance, wow that’s exciting to say, popped the question on a quiet walk with our dog Floyd last week! After I said YES a million times over, he surprised me with a special dinner at our spot, Murry’s, and all of our parents in attendance. It was truly the perfect engagement and I’m SO excited to join in the planning process with so many of my Brides-to-be! Here’s a little video we put together right after the proposal, we couldn’t just instagram this momentous event!

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So now the big question, how will I ever plan my own wedding in the midst of wedding season! Well I actually have no intention of planning much from the next wedding in May all the way through October! No, I’m not crazy or possess planning superpowers, I’ve just had a bit of time to plan before the engagement. Matt and I have been together for almost 8 years, so to say I knew it was coming was an understatement. We’ve been chatting about wedding ideas for the last 6 months which made the planning process simple as in we just have to reserve our venue/vendors!

Throughout this entire process I plan on sharing all the fun of wedding planning as we do this together! Next week I’ll be posting how I booked my venue, photographer, and found my DRESS, yes the dress, within the first week of being engaged. So stay tuned and big hugs to all the other brides-t0-be, couldn’t be more excited we are doing this together!

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Destination Wedding Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Mallory and Vann : A Blue Bell Farm Wedding • Columbia Missouri Wedding Photography

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Mallory and Vann’s Blue Bell Farm wedding was the most beautiful day! Not only was this day a special one because of the amazing celebration, but Mallory, the bride, is my future sister-in-law! So I most certainly was excited to photograph her day and all the loved ones I knew who were there to celebrate this important time!

The day began at Mount Nebo Cottage, a beautiful place along the Katy Trail that Mallory and her girls stayed the night before the wedding! Vann and the guys decided to head out to Blue Bell Farm and get ready at the venue itself. Not only did Mallory look beautiful, but she was so happy that this day had finally arrived. Mallory and her Dad had a first look which of course brought on the tears. Then it was off to Blue Bell Farm for Mallory and Vann’s first look!

The ceremony was held inside the barn at Blue Bell Farm, a gorgeous new venue here in Central Missouri! Through tears and smiles, Mallory and Vann said I Do and the celebrating began! Since Mallory is so sweet, she wanted me to celebrate with her family and we brought on Ashley Turner to photograph the reception. She did a wonderful job and captured so many beautiful moments below from the start of the reception on!

Congratulations once again Mallory and Vann, we absolutely loved being a part of your day!

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And a big thank you to the wonderful vendors below :

Wedding Venue : Blue Bell Farm

Bridal Prep : Mont Nebo Cottage

Rentals : A-1 Rentals

Planner : AnnaBelle Events

Video : Peace Frame Productions

Second Photographer : Ashley Turner

Catering : Smokin’ Chicks BBQ

Cake : Tartelette Bakery

© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Destination Wedding Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide

Rachel and Derek : Pere Marquette Engagement Session • Central Missouri Based Destination Wedding Photographer

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Rachel, one of my wonderful friends from high school, is getting married to her best friend Derek this Fall! So we headed out to Pere Marquette, a special place for the two of them, and capture their beautiful engagements at sunset! Of course we had to include Derek’s bike in part of the session, they both love going on rides along the Mississippi!

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© Catherine Rhodes Photography 2015 | Destination Wedding Photographer | Columbia, Kansas city, St. Louis and Destinations World Wide