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 • March 2019

3 April 2020

Another day in quarantine means another Law and Order: SVU binge sesh and another blog post! Spring seems to be on its way here, and our yard has the daffodils to prove it, so today, I’m throwing it back to last spring, when our days at AATR were filled with all kinds of beautiful spring floral goodness. First up was a classically glam wedding at The Sheldon, which is on my wedding bucket list for sure!! I mean, look at those twinkle lights on the girders in the ceiling! Dream come true!! So pretty. The whole event was very understated and classic, and the wow factor was provided by the head table, which had some beautiful fluffy white toppers paired with a patterned champagne sequin linen. So fabulous. Check it out!

That same weekend (it was a busy weekend!!), we did another classically glam wedding, this one with Altar’d Events at The St. Louis Women’s Club. Had several more cotillion flashbacks, but this event was worth it  – so, so pretty. The altar installation was a custom designed, organic inspired piece that was all greenery and roses and climbing vines and it was stunning. After the ceremony, we moved it upstairs to sit behind the sweetheart table, so everyone could enjoy its beauty for a little bit longer! This reception featured beautiful and soft neutrals, fluffy blooms and lots of silver dollar eucalyptus and with the historical architecture of the building, it was perfect. Check it out!

And again, that same weekend, we did one of my favorite events to date. This lovely brunch surprise wedding took place at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, and was totally and completely up my alley. The bride and her (now) husband invited guests under the premise of celebrating the birthday of their one year old daughter. When the guests arrived, they were treated to a birthday party, yes, but also a surprise exchange of I do’s!! The bride was all about color and fun, and her day was exactly that. AATR paired soft ivory satin linens with a collection of vintage amber, clear and blue glass bottles filled with bright blooms, which were set off beautifully by the bride’s vintage colored glass goblets. The altar installation was of the bride’s design, as she created a structure with hanging lace, to which we added strings of blooms – let me tell you, if you’ve never spent an afternoon creating a string of carnations, it’s a blast. It looked amazing in the space!! We did several other oversized arrangements for the bar, the entrance to the aisle and the buffet tablets, and, of course, an epic elevated arrangement for the head table, under which we placed more bud vases with blooms as well as taper candles.

And let’s talk about the personals for a moment – the bridal bouquet was one of the most epic things I’ve ever seen. It was a total cascade of fabulous, and full of stargazer lilies, which are the bride’s favorite. And the boutonnieres? Succulents and billy balls and all kinds of other goodness. And ribbon corsages! The best!! Ugh, it was amazing. And brunch wedding? Yes. Take a look!

So phew, it was a busy weekend. We also did an expo in early March, the Off White Wedding Show, at Wild Carrot. I snuck a couple of snaps of that, featuring our new chartreuse florentine linen because I am OB.Sessed.

Wrapping it up for the month was a beautiful wedding – it was super spring inspired and purple and A+. It was at Marriott St. Louis Grand, in the Statler Ballroom, which worked perfectly with all the decor. Gold candelabras were placed on tables covered in slate blue damask linen and were accented by a trio of clear glass bud vases, which were monobotanical and filled with lilac, purple tulips and ocean song roses. Clear and gold mercury glass votives completed the look. The head table had a ton more bud vases, filled with zinnias and tulips and stock and roses and hydrangea and alstroemeria and and oh my goodness, it was awesome. And that draping? So romantic. The bridal bouquet was a knock-out, and the orchids in the boutonnieres? So chic. Also, the bride decided to do flower crowns for her flower girls, which I just adore. Check it out!


Hope you enjoyed and happy spring!!!

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