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 II

10 July 2019

Three more beautiful weddings on deck on the blog here! Looking back through my archives, I didn’t realize how busy we were at AATR until I went to make these posts, but hooooo mama, it was a crazy month. First up is another bold and bright shindig with a jawdropping custom chuppah at The Chase Park Plaza. This one was so fun; I remember seeing the plans a few weeks beforehand and couldn’t wait until everything was finished up because I knew it was going to be awesome! Take a look below, starting with the bridal bouquet, corsages and boutonnieres. The bridal bouquet was stunning – it was a gorgeous, bright cascade style filled with texture and color.

The bridesmaids each had a smaller version in a more traditionally rounded bouquet shape. I don’t know about you all, but I’d definitely carry this baby around all day! And, the bouquets had mint leaves tucked in, which meant the smelled just divine!

For the corsages, we got to play with ranunculus and billy balls again, as well as some super fun magenta spray roses, so I was pretty much all smiles (and pretty much also all covered in floral glue, but that’s user error).

The boutonnieres included the same flowers and were wrapped with gold bullion wire as an accent. So stinking cute!

Now, for the chuppah – truly one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen! The suspended flowers were so freaking cool, and when I make it big, I’m definitely gonna have a suspended flower structure installed in my house. You know, just for fun. And the hanging tea lights? Twinkles for days.

The second wedding of this double header weekend was a glam art deco-y affair at The Caramel Room. I’d never seen an elephant ear before, and if that’s where you’re at in your life, just prepare – they are super duper neat. This bride went with a neutral color palette for her flowers with lush green accents, and her bouquet was to die for.

So pretty. The boutonnieres and corsages continued the delicate and simple trend. They featured white spray roses and pearl accents- except for the groom, who had his very own red carnation as a boutonniere.

The set-up at the Caramel Room was stunning! The ceremony was out on the patio overlooking the river, and they had a perfect sunny day to get married.

The elephant ears and fluffy white blooms in the altar arrangement set off the modern & geometrical style of the hexagon arch perfectly.

And the hanging bistro lights? Elite. I love it. Let me move in, like yesterday? Please and thank you.

Good news for all of you new elephant ear fans – there were more inside at the reception! Take a look below. It brought a totally lush and rich vibe into the space, which contrasted nicely with the the glam of the candelabras! The tables also had bud vases filled with white flowers lining the center, including tulips, Tibet roses, hydrangea, stock, and my other favorites, anemones.

So fancy, so luxe, so pretty. It was perfection!

The following weekend, we adventured back to one of my all-time favorite local venues – though, admittedly, I am a little biased, as it’s where Alex and I had Our Big Day in October 2016. The Lalumondiere Mill and Rivergardens never ever disappoints, and it was super cool to get to go back and see how another couple styled it for their big day. This bride used soft peach and blush with copper and gold accents. With the property’s twinkle lights and gorgeous sunlit patio, the effect was stunning. Totally something right out of a woodland boho fairy dream. Check it out below!

And, as a fun little bonus, here’s a selfie of me! Sitting in the same chair where Alex and I opened our wedding gifts 🙂

Overall, it was a super fun day and a great month! I can’t wait to post more of our adventures soon – keep an eye out for September highlights!

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