megan + jeff :: pure joy

Just finished Megan & Jeff's slideshow...oh, it's a good one, I think!
Their wedding was WONDERFUL!

It was my first time in Catherine Crum, the Salon ~ what a fun place! What great stylists!!
sidenote: I'm so tempted to book a short shaggy cut after oohing & ahhing at so many of Catherine Crum stylists cute & sassy styles...and look, they do makeup, too:

It was especially fun to get a chance to hang with the guys pre-wedding, too.
We often make it to the salon, but this time the schedule allowed catching the tail-end of the guy's golf outing at Perche Creek and then even a few minutes with them at the A-frame at Les Bourgeois in Rocheport before heading back to the hotel.

Hotel rooms can be fun ~

Exhibit A: this fabric on the armchair:

and this from-behind-the-curtain image at Columbia's Courtyard Mariott: (Megan made a specific point of telling me how great her experience had been working with Courtyard reservations & accommodations and asked me to share ....Columbia was hosting the state Show-Me Games and hotel rooms were quite scarce, but Courtyard had a "we'll work this out" attitude from the get-go and, in Megan's words "really came through") Perhaps my most favorite part of the day was heading over to Nifong Park for bridals & girlfriend stuff.

A generalization ~ getting dressed anywhere OTHER than the church dressing room or ceremony site tends to open the doors to greater photographic opportunities. It's fabulous when brides get dressed in their homes or their parent's homes...but even when that's not possible, simply getting dressed "off-site" allows us to explore photographic fun in the surrounding environment. It makes us more mobile -- a good thing! Examples of what I mean:

Probably my MOST FAVORITE IMAGE from this, my favorite segment of the day;
(confession: I have LOTS of favorites with this wedding)
HERE is MEGAN on a tree-lined gravel road at Nifong Park WITH HER MOM:

WAIT, even more good stuff....
really good.

Look at these two images Ashley created:
Megan, just moments before walking down the aisle.
(Ashley, I LOVE how you used bridesmaid silhouettes to frame Megan...beautiful work!)

and below:
yeah, Ash; great ceremony catch here; love the realness of the moment!Here's one of mine from the ceremony
(Firestone Baars Chapel affords some great angles):
It was about 7:30 when Megan & Jeff walked outside and started their receiving line and oh! what glorious light!
Though truth be told, however, I was a little nervous that such fabulous light would dwindle down to nothing prior to us creating any couple shots, but shew...Zack Arias lighting workshop paid off again:

Above: from the bridge over Broadway Below: just outside Kimball Ballroom (yep there's was another all-Stephens wedding...guests, and photographers, LOVE IT!)
I could go on and on
and on!
Jeff & Megan made our jobs really easy ~ it was a day with lots of laughter, lots of love...hey, click here & you can see for yourself :)

~amy enderle
PS - yikes, how could I forget to add this:
It was my first wedding with Thom Howard .
fingerstyle guitar: fascinating.
He is TERRIFIC! and played both during Jeff + Megan's ceremony as well as their reception. Even played the Andy Griffin theme song by request. You can hear snippets of various songs he suggests for weddings, at his site:
but the coolest thing ~ he'll even take a song you love & create its fingerstyle/classic guitar counterpart.