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 • October Weddings

12 September 2019

September 12, 2019

Okay, I may or may not be slightly biased, but October is the best month for weddings. Could this be because I got married in October? No, I think not. Or could it be because October is just the best month of the whole dang year? Maybe. AATR was just about as busy as we could be last October, and fortunately, I got to capture most of it! I think the best part — at least in my opinion — is that all of the weddings we did have totally different vibes, and it was super cool to see them come together.

rustic october romance at cedar lake cellars

First up was a rustic and romantic burgundy and blush affair at Cedar Lake Cellars. The couple got married under a big old tree on the property, which we strung with lanterns and a beautiful mauve chiffon drape. Yes, it was yours truly who hopped up on that ladder, and yes, it was more difficult than it looked to get those lanterns up there. Their color palette went perfectly with the Big Red Barn at CLC’s property, and the whole event had a ton of personal details. The bride even made her own aisle runner out of pages from a vintage books.

Also, we used a whole bunch of vintage items – china, teapots, even a vintage farm table with a burgundy velvet upholstered loveseat for their sweetheart table. We alternated burgundy velvet table linens with beautiful champagne sequined lace linens, and the effect was spectacular – the perfect mix of rustic and glam. Take a look below!

Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars

Florals & Decor: An Affair To Remember


modern minimalism at neo on locust

Next up was one of my all-time personal favorite events – an art deco geometric inspired meets modern minimalist wedding at The Piper Palm House & Neo on Locust! Funny story, this wonderful bride soon became a member of our very own AATR team, and getting to know Katherine has made me love her wedding even more. I mean, look at that bouquet. I am dying. Anemones, protea, ferns, those burgundy dahlias, the tan of the camellia leaves and those cappuccino roses?? All the yes. AND my most favorite, blackberry scabiosa? Yes. Please.

The reception candle cluster centerpieces mirrored the architecture of the Piper Palm House. The centerpieces included geo globes and boxes, nestled among loose greens and candles inside clear glass cylinders. In Neo’s industrial space, paired with metallic gold chargers and Katherine’s minimalist menus, which were accented by a single stem of greenery, the reception looked like a dream! Check it out below.

Ceremony: Piper Palm House

Reception: Neo on Locust

Florals & Decor: An Affair to Remember


metallic glam meets hotel ballroom

That same weekend, we did another wedding with a totally different vibe. This one was super glam with tons of metallic details, twinkly candlelight and white florals with greenery accents. Since it was coordinated by the wonderful gals over at Altar’d Events, I had a pretty good feeling it was going to be incredible (again, not biased or anything...) The AATR team did four different centerpieces paired with several different linen options. And, Jody created an A M A Z I N G elevated centerpiece for the head table that looked freakin’ magical. So much twinkle. As much as I love the laidback boho vibes, this elegant and glam celebration was beautiful and maybe I’m cool with crystal after all.

Venue: Sheraton Westport Plaza

Coordination & Planning: Altar’d Events

Florals & Decor: An Affair To Remember


moody october boho dreams come true

OKAY, I wasn’t lying when I said that October was full of amazing and beautiful weddings and this next one is no exception. This moody Friday wedding was so freakin’ neat. It was boho and vibey and romantic with lush, dark florals and rich details. It felt 100% October and I almost didn’t want to give the bouquet back after I finished shooting it. If I got married again, it would look like this. The McPherson was the perfect setting for this event, and the space looked incredible when we were done setting up!

The original plan was for the wedding ceremony to take place on their back patio. AATR was going to do a floral installation on their trellis; however, the forecast called for rain and the plan had to change. But, the piece Jody created was beyond magical, and it looked totally awesome inside. She decided we would BYOT and created this whimsical, gardeny backdrop with lots of blooms and viney smilax, surrounded by a variety of candles. After that, we lined the aisle with more candles placed on acrylic boxes, so they almost looked like they were floating, and more greenery. AND, the bride and groom brought their own oriental rug (which now lives in their new house :)) to go in front of the backdrop.  I. Was. Obsessed. NBD.

Also, the bride and groom are both big fans of 70s rock and as an homage to some of their favorites, they named each table after one of their favorite albums. They had custom table numbers made to look like records, which were placed amongst the centerpieces. You don’t want to miss this one – trust me.


Ceremony & Reception Venue: The McPherson

Caterer: Russo’s Catering

Florals & Decor: An Affair To Remember


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