Midwest Wedding Photographer Capturing Authentic and Genuine Celebrations



Hello, friends! It's me, Nora and I'm so glad you're here. I am many things, but I'll sum it up with: Wedding Photographer. Old Soul. Midwestern Gal. Yorkie Enthusiast. 

This is the online journal of my adventures and of the wonderful events I've had the opportunity to photograph! I hope you enjoy all of these images as much as I loved creating them. Cheers! 

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AATR 2018 Recap • May Weddings

20 February 2019

February 20, 2019

So, like most content on my blog, this post is beyond overdue. Last May, I was given the wonderful opportunity to work with Jody at An Affair To Remember as a rental prep specialist – it’s a pretty sweet part time gig that keeps me busy and gets me out into the world and away from my computer screen! Jody & the team (hi, Gabrielle and Mary!!) create some pretty badass florals & wedding designs, and as a bonus, I get to shoot setups and florals for the portfolio (both Jody’s and mine :-D)! As a photographer, it has been an awesome opportunity for me to practice shooting tablescapes, bouquets and wedding details, and as a human, it’s  been such a privilege to get to know some incredibly badass ladies who kick major butt on every wedding.

Take a look below at what we were up to in May!


First up: an amazingly glam Indian/Western fusion wedding.

Venue: Mariott Saint Louis Grand

Florals & Decor: An Affair to Remember

How beautiful is this bouquet?

The garden roses, protea and dahlias add such amazing texture. All the heart eyes from me. Oh, and the astrantia? Always a favorite.

This couple had a traditional Indian wedding at the Mariott St. Louis Grand – their Indian ceremony and brunch reception was up on the top floor in the Crystal Ballroom.

How pretty are those red roses? And, amazing view from the top – will show more of this in a later post 😉

Later in the evening, they had a Western ceremony and reception downstairs in the Statler Ballroom. It was super romantic with tons of candlelight and greenery – beautiful set up in an amazing space!

After the ceremony during the cocktail hour, the Mariott staff and our team flipped the room to get everything set up for dinner.


Next: burgundy & blush bridal bouquet

The following weekend, we were BUSY! We had two weddings – everyone was on deck and working hard! I got to tag along to The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s for a super fun and colorful evening, while a couple of other gals headed to Forest Park. However, I did manage to snag a couple of shots of the FP Bride’s bouquet before it went out the door – and yes, it was hard to let it out the door, I wanted to keep it forever! How amazing is it?


Third: A caramel room wedding with summer brights and geo details!

Venue: The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s

Florals & Decor: An Affair to Remember

It was playful and perfect for early summer with bright colors, funky florals and a hint of gold geometric detail. First up, we have one of the bridal bouquets:

And one of the bridesmaids’:

Side note, I now love billy balls.

Amazing boutonnieres for the fathers of the brides:

And, of course, the reception set up:


Fourth: Rustic Game of Thrones “I Dos”

Venue: Overlook Farm

Florals & Decor: An Affair to Remember

Last but not least, we have one of my favorite events yet: a Game of Thrones inspired wedding at Overlook Farm (and yes, I sang the theme song all day). Gabrielle and I started hecka early in the morning and then scooted out there for set-up and styling. It was intense and had a ton of little details (hello real moss runners and fresh fruit) but was totally worth it. I started with personals first thing in the morning – I don’t usually shoot before 7 am, but I’ve considered making it more of a habit, because how pretty is that glowy light? I love that the bride selected ribbon corsages – I think they are so stylish, but I might be a little biased because that’s what we did for our wedding. And, the astilbe bouts were so much fun.

The bride’s bouquet was truly amazing. It was a cascade style with a ton of detail and texture; from every angle, you noticed something different and unique about it. Also, bonus points, it is my favorite color, so that’s pretty cool.

The table decor at this wedding was truly amazing! Jody and the team went all out with styling, and it looked like a feast taken right out of Game of Thrones. But like, out of a good part. At a good feast. Not like the Red Wedding or anything. If such a thing aka good even exists in that universe……(ahem I see you and your flexible morality, George RR Martin). The Hearth Room at Overlook Farms was perfect for the event, because it already has this incredible rustic but regal vibe to it with that amazing fireplace – which, yes, I did climb up on to in order to decorate it, because Gabrielle is afraid of heights). Also, that tapestry was already there, which is beyond perfect.

It was a long day, but it was totally worth it – even the sticky fingers from all of the blood-orange cutting I did!

Stay tuned to the blog for June highlights, which will be coming soon, and thanks again to all of the incredible venues & other vendors involved in making these wedding dreams come true.

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