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Let me (Amy) start by saying… i’m terrible at basketball. I can be 3 feet from the hoop and miss the basket 8/10 times. Luckily skill in this sport was not a requirement to shoot this basketball star’s wedding. In true “Father of the Bride” form, Ashlyn grew up on the courts with her dad as her coach! Their hours of practice created an incredible bond between the two of them.

Rumor has it when Ryan met Ashlyn, he thought he would be able to hold his own against her on the court… he soon found he had more than met his match. Luckily, Ashlyn more than met her match in many other ways that had nothing to do with who would win on the court.

In Ashlyn’s words, “God had his plan for us from the beginning. Ryan was in St. Louis for a total of 6 months for work training. I had just moved to St. Louis to begin nursing school. On one of the first nights out of the town, I went to ballpark village in hopes we could sneak into a Dustin Lynch concert. Ryan saw my dance moves (the robot) and asked my friend if she though I would dance with him, (I Did). Shortly after, we made it into the concert space as I noticed his huge AGGIE ring. I was taken back at how huge this thing was and I had to try it on for myself.  He was quick to ask me to place it back on his finger. I bent down on a knee and presented back to him. He said ‘yes!”

Their story didn’t end there. Shortly after, Ryan crafted a way to get her number. Since that day, they have been through a lot together- a long distance break up included. During that time, Ashlyn sent him the most selfless text I had ever heard (yes, we all got to hear it during the Best Man’s toast). They say if you love someone let them go, and though they were already broken up, she let him go in the most loving message letting him know he still had her heart. It didn’t take long after that that they figured out their love was very much worth fighting for. The rest is history!

Love when my friend, Kurtis Hall works with me! Look at these groom portraits!

       

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When else could I (Amy) POSSIBLY make a title like that? In all seriousness- Amanda and Zach were so far from drama that their wedding was literally the opposite. Nestled deep in the woods is a beautiful little cottage. This cottage became the inspiration for a wedding venue unlike any other I have ever seen. Want photos by a lake? Check. Pictures in a sweet old cottage? Check. How about a wood barn? Yes! Add a pasture and woods, to a MODERN reception space and you are at The Venue. We had the honor of being one of the firsts to see the vision Ces and Judy (of Ces and Judy’s Catering) had and it was wonderful to work there and see their vision brought to life.

Amanda and Zach met at church in a group called “Quarterlifers”. Opposite of ” Midlife” their decision to attend was anything but a crisis- it was more serendipitous. They spent 6 weeks attending the meeting and getting to know one another. They said their “I do”s in front of the cross that brought them together with Zach’s dad officiating the ceremony. It was such a sweet and truthful ceremony. Please always keep in mind the words spoken at your ceremony- Amanda and Zach. The “American Dream” is NOT to work yourselves to death climbing the corporate ladder. That’t not a dream you want on your tombstone. It starts with family, with your spouse. It is love, it is enjoying life and all of the pain that goes along with it. It is living in the moment for eternal rewards and not present fantasies or instant gratification. At the end of the day, its love that counts.

We loved every minute with you and your families. Congratulations to you both!

   

                 

Special thanks to Kurtis Hall for not only being my partner in crime at their wedding, but for being amazing and setting lighting up on a time crunch of chasing light and rocking it with me! LOVE YOU!

I (Amy) just love spring. The greenery comes in so fresh and new. You see signs of new life as your emerge from winter’s hibernation. The grass is truly greener on this side of the year. Being a family of horticulturalists, the Endres family had the perfect setting for Stephen and Meghan’s Wedding. Nestled in the back of the stunning, Silver Oaks Chateau, Stephen and Meghan said their vows surrounded by friends, family and a mix of Oak and Dogwood. Meghan picked the perfect time of year, likely picking the perfect day for other’s enjoyment more than for her own. Whatever the reason, the weather was perfect and so was everyone’s spirit! The girls started the day with a dance party that rivaled the dance floor at the reception- which was hopping as well thanks to Rockstar DJs!

Before the wedding, Meghan told us the following story about their proposal. ” We had a running joke about him hiding the ring in a certain spot and he would act like he was pulling out a ring and proposing every so often. Then one evening he went to the spot and actually pulled out the ring. Definitely didn’t believe it at first, I was not expecting it at all. After he proposed he had another surprise for me–a party at his parents house with all our good friends and family. (Still can’t believe he kept it a surprise because he’s the worst at keeping secrets haha) It was a great night!”

Little did she know, he was keeping another great secret from her. Shortly after the wedding, Stephen surprised her with yet another ring! She had no idea it was coming! He just felt that one wedding band wasn’t enough so he bought her two! How sweet is that?

 

 

      

When Andrew and I found out our 2nd baby was a girl as well, this is the image I had in mind. Sisters sharing in one another’s joy and being there by their side to encourage and support.

These images give me so much joy!

           

  

Meghan and Stephen, thank you for such a fun afternoon. We had a wonderful time with you and the people who love you! It was the perfect first day back after maternity leave!