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 Adventures

AATR 2018 Recap • August Weddings, Part I

7 July 2019

August was a busy month for weddings at An Affair to Remember! First up, we did personals for a beautiful bright August wedding at 9th Street Abbey. As much as I love soft neutrals, y’all know that bold and colorful is totally up my alley. So, this was a fun one to shoot. The bridal bouquet was to die for – magentas, oranges and yellows with emerald green accents, a total dream. I love the way Jody brought movement and texture by incorporating ruffly Free Spirit roses, limey green bupleurum, clovery gomphrena, and, one of my all-time favorites, billy balls. I also love the weird velvety brainish celosia – the beautiful mustardy yellow is perfect for August!

Each bridesmaid got her own smaller version of the bridal bouquet, and I’m sure they looked perfect in contrast to their cobalt blue dresses.

 And, how cute are these boutonnieres? Each one had a beautiful ranunculus as the star of the show, in varying shades of apricot, watermelon and coral, accompanied by a sweet little billy ball and some darling hypericum berries, which are another personal favorite!

 Corsages for the mothers and readers were designed on coral satin ribbons. They included the same elements as the boutonnieres, except instead of billy balls, solidago was used as a yellow accent.

And for the flower girls, we did flower crowns! Any wedding that includes a flower crown is an A+ in my book!

In contrast to the bold and bright, AATR also worked on a stunning monobotanical wedding the same weekend in August. It was so interesting to see elements for the two of them lined up next to each other. Even though we only used white and green, the second wedding of the weekend still had a ton of visual interest and was a whole bunch of fun to set up and document. They had the most beautiful sunny day and once everything was in place at Sunset Bluffs, it looked like a million bucks. Take a look below to see! First up is the bridal bouquet, which featured a ton of fluffy and romantic blooms – Festiva peonies, Tibet roses, white stock, white cloud garden roses and soft white ranunculus, accented by gorgeous emerald green camellia foliage. So pretty.

 For corsages and boutonnieres, we used small white blooms – majolica spray roses and ranunculus – with emerald greenery and silver accents. They turned out fabulously and looked elegant and modern!

 Both the wedding ceremony and reception took place at Sunset Bluffs, which was so beautiful in person – I’d been dying to get out there and see their space, and it did not disappoint! With their beautiful natural backdrop, the simplicity of the white flowers and greenery really popped and truly looked incredible.

 How amazing is this cake? Flowers on a cake are always a good idea, and with beautiful garden roses and a gigantic peony, this one did NOT disappoint! Plus, it smelled delicious.

 The reception set up with composed of harvest style tables, covered in monobotanical bud vases and tons of soft candlelight. With navy napkins, gold beaded chargers, and silver mercury accents, the overall aesthetic was super romantic.

So, August weddings started with a bang, and it continued on! The following Friday, we did a wedding at Silver Oaks, which is always a ton of fun. For her florals and decor, the bride chose a palette of soft mauvey purple, burgundy and ivory; it was classic, and perfect for late summer!

How gorgeous is that?! Burgundy astilbe, cafe au lait dahlias, springy eucalyptus, Amnesia roses and David Austin garden roses (Tess, you are BAE and Purity, you’re looking good, too) make this one a knockout.

The maids’ bouquets were just as beautiful and complemented the bridal bouquet perfectly.

The smaller personals were also lovely, and included spray roses, hypericum berries, astilbe and burgundy ranunculus.

And, joy of all joys, there was another flower crown! Dreams do come true y’all.

Silver Oaks looked perfect decked out in burgundy and mauve, and the sunshine made for beautiful photos. So excited to share this gorgeous set-up.

Stay tuned for the rest of the August weddings we worked on, coming in the next post – there were so many pretty things one post didn’t suffice!

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