Kate and Tyler : Red Barn Wedding • Jefferson City Missouri Wedding Photography

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Kate and Tyler’s Red Barn wedding day was an absolute Midwest dream! Their day started rainy, like most days this Spring, and like most couples getting ready in seperate spaces with their bridal party. The ceremony was set at St. Peter’s Church, a gorgeous cathedral in the heart of Jefferson city Missouri.  With beautiful songs and a Mass celebration, these two left Mr. and Mrs. Zumwalt!

As we left the church, the skies opened up and the sun said hello. We ventured out to their amazing reception venue, the Red Barn, a sweet little spot just outside of Jefferson city and perfect for Kate’s rustic meets classic wedding day! With a short pause in the evening to take some memorable photos around the barn, their night kicked off with dancing and laughs!

Congratulations Kate and Tyler, we are beyond happy for the two of you and your sweet new marriage! Thank you for allowing us to capture so many lovely moments from your day. Truly, it was one for the books!

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A Special Thank You to :

St. Peters Church : Wedding Venue

The Red Barn at Mockingbird Hill Farms : Reception Venue

Chez Monet : Cake

Argyle Catering : Catering

Mid Mo DJ : DJ/Entertainment

Renttherunway.com : Bridesmaid Dresses

Rebecca Allen : Second Photographer

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

My Wedding Journey : 364 Days to Go! • Missouri Wedding Photographer

As the saying goes, “best laid plans”, sums up the last few weeks of my wedding planning journey! After a few hiccups, we have a new wedding date, city, AND venue and it’s even better than the last one!

OK, let’s back up a few weeks to that daunting night when I felt the weight of wedding planning pulling me down to a very stressed out moment. Not only were costs of all my favorite vendors piling up, but the venue alone almost doubled our budget (ya, yikes!). I’m guessing every bride goes through this at one point or another, on some scale… so I took a step back, had a wedding reality check and started from scratch. Well almost. There was no way my awesome photographer Matt Miller was going anywhere, photos are obviously a high priority;)

The huge sigh of relief came when we found our (new) venue!  Welcome to the Postcard Inn, a boutique hotel built in 1957 and stuck in that awesome age of the Beach Boys, surfing, and everything that made the 60s as awesome as it was! Now Matt and I are by no means having a “vintage” wedding, we simply wanted a venue with character, something that just had “us” written all over it. And that’s exactly how the Postcard Inn makes us feel.

So here are a few tips when searching for your perfect destination wedding venue :

1. Have your wedding in the middle of the week! Not only does this make it easier for guests to make a vacation out of your wedding, but you can save big time on your budget!

2. Find a destination that’s right for you. We know we could have had our wedding closer to home, but St. Petersburg is one of Matt’s favorite beach towns in Florida and I just personally love the atmosphere of Florida as my family has been vacationing there for years. Every location you pick is going to cause a hiccup for someone’s plans, just remember that it’s your wedding day, so choose a location you love!

3. Breath. Wedding planning is a huge endeavor, especially when planning a destination wedding. If you aren’t working with a planner, find one. I have been in the wedding business for 8 years so I’m only bringing on a day of coordinator. But if I didn’t have the knowledge of almost a decade of being in the thick of weddings, I’d absolutely need that help!

We’ll be visiting the venue more this coming Fall, so I’ll be sure to take photos and post away here on the blog with a big ol’ update! Here’s to not only planning the wedding of your dreams, but understanding how to work through the little hiccups that happen along the way. After all, as long as we get to marry that special someone, well then everything will be just fine.

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

Katie and Jimmy : Missouri Botanical Gardens Wedding • St. Louis Missouri Wedding Photographer

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There are so many amazing things we’d love to tell you about Katie and Jimmy and their amazing wedding day at the Missouri Botanical Gardens! Not only are these two just over the moon for one another, their sweet personalities and positive energy to every aspect of their day beamed on their family and friends as the celebration carried on!

Katie and Jimmy started the day apart before meeting each other at the Missouri Botanical Gardens on that exciting walk down the aisle. As they were announced Mr. and Mrs., a big breeze swept through the garden and doves were released, something you only think you’ll see in farytales.

From there we ventured to their reception at The Cedars, a lovely reception venue in St. Louis Missouri! Between the beautiful Disney touches throughout the decor and Katie and Jimmy’s flawless first dance, their day was perfection. Congratulations Katie and Jimmy, here’s to your happily ever after!

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A Special Thank You To :

Missouri Botanical Gardens : Ceremony Venue

The Cedars : Reception  Venue

Sarah Brower : Photography Assistant

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

Alyssa and Joey : Lake of the Ozarks Engagement Session • Central Missouri Wedding Photographer

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Alyssa and Joey headed out to Lake of the Ozarks State Park last week for their beautiful sunset engagement session! We were lucky enough to have a beautiful evening by the lake to capture these stunning moments. These two are just the sweetest together and I can’t wait to photograph their wedding day this Fall!

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

May 26, 2015 - 12:13 pm

alyssa - Love them! Thank you so much Catherine!

Hannah and Alan : A Missouri Barn Wedding • Columbia Missouri Wedding Photographer

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Hannah and Alan are just the sweetest and their Missouri barn wedding was nothing less than beautiful! We started the day with Hannah and her girls getting ready at a Bed and Breakfast in Salsibury Missouri. From there we took a stroll down the street to their beautiful church for Hannah and Alan to become Mr. and Mrs.!

After the ceremony, the rain and storms moved out just in time for a beautiful evening. The Missouri skies put on a show that night and the light was just beaming with beauty. The barn/land they held their reception on was actually where Alan’s grandparents married years and years before. Under a white tent, these two and their friends and family celebrated and danced the night away!

Congratulations Hannah and Alan, we are SO happy for your new marriage and all the exciting years to come!

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