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 Recap • January & February 2019

1 April 2020

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times: “off season” is a myth!! Jody and I have laughed about this on more than once occasion; we always seem to think that things will slow down in the winter, but as usual, in early 2019, they did not, and all I have to say about that is yay!!! We did a bunch of cool stuff at the beginning of the year, starting off with a Celebration of Life at 612 North in early January. Side note, this is one of my favorite venues in the STL area and I’m pretty much ready to move in there so if I disappear from my own house for an extended amount of time, now you know where to find me. For this event, Jody paired our amazing watercolor Spring Floral linen (remember it, from the Vendy’s??) with potted orchids and some beautiful and lush bold floral arrangements. Suffice to say I was obsessed. The florals featured a variety of garden roses (all the heart eyes omg)– Toulouse-Lautrec, Kate, Juliet, Antike- accented by lush emerald greens (Salal, you own my heart and soul), pincushion protea, peonies, stock, pink lilac, Free Spirit roses and some amazing red and white striped parrot tulips. With the Edison bulbs and exposed brick of 612? Perfection. Ugh, I could seriously wax on and on about this for hours. Take a look, below!

Venue: 612 North

Coordination: Signed, Sealed, Delivered Events

Florals and Decor: An Affair To Remember

The other great thing about faux off season is that it’s also Expo season, which means we get to play with whatever we want!! We did two expos in January– the first one was at America’s Center, where Jody did two different tablescapes. They were both stunning! The first was a round table in blues and coppers with an incredible compote arrangement featuring fluffy white flowers, Quicksand roses and variegated pittosporum. Slate blue velvet paired with cobalt blue goblets, copper flatware and white wood chargers completed the look. It was badass. The second tablescape was extra in the best way, and super duper glam, featuring a 6′ elevated floral arrangement in shades of pink and white, accented by gold and clear glass accents. It was a jaw dropper for sure!! Take a look!

Love. The second expo was at the Chase Park Plaza in the middle of crazy snowstorm, but that didn’t stop us from bringing the beautiful. We did a gorgeous banquet table with a silver linen-look cloth, brassy gold taper holders with grey taper candles, a lush floral garland down the middle of the table, gold flatware, plate glass chargers and plenty of clear and gold mercury votives to bring the twinkle. The showstopper at this one was an installation arch that was covered in greens and flowers – tons of smilax paired with fluffy hydrangeas and soft pink roses. It would make the perfect altarpiece for a classy couple to say their “I do’s”! Prepare yourself for some pretty:

Next up, we got back into the grind with a gorgeous wedding at Silver Oaks Chateau. No detail went overlooked for this one. The bride chose a rich palette of burgundy and blush, which always looks amazing at Silver Oaks. The personals were adorable – for the bouts and corsages, we did burgundy ranunculus with cream spray roses and gold accents. Check out those little pinecones on the bouts! How fun are those??

Both the ceremony and reception took place indoors, as February here is always unpredictable. For the ceremony, the bride selected a soft blush matte satin draping as a backdrop, in front of which we set up a stunning altar that had two floral arrangements accented by climbing smilax vines. It was the perfect combo of gardeny and rustic and amazing. With Silver Oaks’ chandeliers and wooden chairs, it looked extraordinary. The viney goodness of smilax was continued throughout the space, as we installed some to line the stairs and the aisle, accented, of course, by plenty of pillar candles and votives, as well as some loose florals tucked in. The reception was also chock full of greenery and florals — the bride did a beautiful garland runner along the head table, and for guest tables, we did a combination of fluffy tower arrangements in white and burgundy and gorgeous compotes in a golden vessel. Linens were a combination of burgundy and cream, and the gardeny vibe was echoed in the entrance hall with decor along the guestbook table, the “in memoriam” table, and along the dessert table, which was a MUST SEE. For the reception, we moved the altar arrangements and the draping that went with them into the corner of the room where the desserts would be set out, and installed some badass floral hoops as a backdrop on the drape. The cake sat out front, where we placed some beautiful blooms as accents on each tier. Oh, and those cocktail tables in that glowy February light? Deceased. I am deceased. Take a look below!

Venue: Silver Oaks Chateau

Florals and Decor: An Affair To Remember

Dreams coming true out here. Burgundy velvet garden rose filled photographer dreams.


The last few weddings of the month were both blushy as well, and I was definitely feeling the bouquet love! So much cream and soft green and look at those cafe au lait dahlias omg. One of the weddings was quite aways out of town, so I didn’t get to tag along for the setup, but I did get to shoot the bouquet before it went out the door. AND that blush astilbe with the O’Hara garden roses?? So pretty!

That same weekend, we did compotes for a rehearsal dinner at the St. Louis Women’s Club, and yours truly got to deliver them, which was an adventure! I hadn’t been back there since the days of cotillion of yore, aka the 7th grade and no, I will not be telling those stories for the sake of self-preservation because I have always been an awkward human. Regardless, I love the vintagey feel of their space, and the compotes looked incredible!

So romantic, ugh. Last up on this docket was a more traditional country club wedding in blush and navy, which was truly lovely. The bridal bouquet was a stunner, including so many of my favorites – more O’Haras, which smell divineeeeeee, sweet escimo roses, cappuccino roses, cafe garden roses and anemones, and the corsages and bouts were too sweet. For the setup, we did some really lovely fluffy tall topper arrangements paired with a more understated pillar candle and garland treatment on alternate tables. The room was very unique in that it featured both round tables in the main ballroom and long banquet tables in the annexed sun room, but all together, it looked amazing. And the cake flowers? love. Love Love Love Love. Give me all the cake flowers always. Especially those anemones and cappuccino roses. YASSSS.

Venue: Westborough Country Club

Florals: An Affair To Remember

It was a great way to finish up the month, and I can’t wait to share all of the goodness that we had in March!

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