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I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I wanna do is grow old with you

At Shadow and Light, we absolutely LOVE getting to know our couples.We enjoy seeing their unique personalities shine through. While Pinterest is full of some pretty fantastic ideas (Hello Mudroom Bench I am making Andrew build for me), the wedding photos can often be reflections of someone else’s wedding day rather than your own. Couples everywhere should take note because Derek and Jessica’s wedding day was a true reflection of who they are. Jessica was pretty awesome about another girl stealing her thunder all day long. Derek and Jessica’s sweet niece, Georgia, made sure to leave her mark on everyone’s hearts. I (Amy) tried to stop taking her picture so much but she just went from doing one cute thing to the next!


Jessica MADE all of the jewelry for the moms and bridesmaids. She has her own store you can check out here!

I loved all of the jewelry, Jess but the colors of your mom’s piece just make me so happy! Love!!!   Jessica and Derek chose readings from Boy Meets World and The Wedding Singer.

They were perfect and so very memorable!



Instead of saying “Speak now or forever hold your peace” (Does anyone ever actually say that!?!), their friends were instead asked to speak now about why Jessica and Derek belong together. Each member of the bridal party got their turn.    

Instead of sealing with a kiss (they did that too), Jessica and Derek concluded their ceremony with a minty shot of Rumplemintz as a wink to Derek’s mom (it’s her signature drink).     

The cutest “Something Old” ever! These Bloomers were Jessica’s when she was little!       

Jessica and Derek, we had so much fun with the two of you! It was such a fun day where your personalities were as vibrant as the jewels.

We hope you love your pictures and even more- we hope they always bring you joy!


Ceremony and Reception: Silver Oaks Chateau

Brides Dress:Enzoani from Something White Bridal Boutique

Flowers: Roses and Mint 

Mens Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Photo Booth: Shutterbooth StL

DJ: Our much loved Jimmy Hussey



These two. If their loved ones didn’t brag about them and how incredible they were- I never would have known. They are so incredibly humble and very much in love. They think so highly about the other person, I could see how easy it would be to brag but it seems they think of the other as an extension of themselves, and therefore they speak about the other with humility. The love and admiration for them from their family and friends was pretty staggering. There were many times guests were moved to tears. These two know and understand the commitment they made and they went into it wholeheartedly. They have seen the highs and lows life can bring already and they both have hearts of Gold because of it. You see, not only does Bret have a golden heart, he also has a purple one. While Melissa didn’t nurse him back to health that time, she did once he returned home caring for him after a football accident. Her passion to care for others is not only displayed in her actions but in her beautiful tattoo on her back. Their lives are a constant display of serving others before themselves.

Melissa and Bret married at Silver Oaks Chateau on a warm day in June. Our lovely Ashlee of Signed Sealed Delivered Events made sure the day went by smoothly and helped bring Melissa’s vision to life. The kiddos were well cared for all day with little surprises here and there to keep a long wedding day fun for them! Just wait until you see how sweet their gifts were!

I spy our video team! haha They always ensure our brides have privacy while they get dressed! 

A girl’s first look with her daddy is always one of my favorite parts of the day!      

How sweet are these gifts for the kiddos!? They knew the littles would be nervous to walk down the aisle so they carried their Build A Bear teddy bears with them!

The bears even made it into the bridal party portraits!


We had to take a picture of our Ashlee. We just love her and honestly, if we are talking about a heart of service, she MUST be included. Her couples will never know the amount of love she pours into them. They will have no idea what happens behind the scenes and how many tears are shed.
She wouldn’t want to brag. I do though. She doesn’t have a purple heart, but it is solid gold. 24karat.


I loved this moment!


Beauty: The Glam Fam

Bride & Bridesmaid Fashion: Mia Grace Bridal

Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear

Cake: Cake House Design

Catering: 23 City Blocks

Florals: Steven Mueller Florist

Fovors: Enooble Photo Booth

Officiant: Paul at Faith Family Church

Entertainment: Groovethang

Ceremony Music: Clarion Brass





Many times when men think of wedding pictures they equate it right up there with going to the dentist. They think it is either going to be physically painful or just a bit uncomfortable. Until someone works with us, it is usually quite rare for them to think of pictures as having a good time. We were warned that Adam didn’t love the camera prior to them booking us. I smiled. Our team loves a challenge and it is our job to make sure our couples have a great time. We thought we were going to have to work at it, but what we quickly found is that Adam actually did wonderfully in front of the camera. The beauty of wedding images is that we don’t want you to force a smile or fake an image, we want you to look and actually be in love. That was an effortless job for Adam and Natalie. As long as you are comfortable with one another- odds are you will be comfortable in front of the camera. Michelle and Cari, you did a BEAUTIFUL job on their wedding- we love you guys!

Natalie and Adam got ready at the Westin hotel downtown and they would return there for their wedding reception that evening. 

Bridesmaid duties never end. Be sure to pack your scissors to fix the bride’s dress at any moment.   

Adam. The secret is out. You photograph well my friend, quite well.


Can we just pause to acknowledge how awesome this donut bar was at their wedding?
Nothing better at the end of the night. Not even tacos. Donuts people. Donuts.

“You just need to teach them how to love and the rest will work itself out”

-Vickie McCollough (Mother of the Bride)

Every year I have a family that just makes me cry behind my camera.

June 10, 2018 was spent with one such family.

Meghan and Daryl started their journey as husband and wife at the lovely Stone House of St Charles. It is a hidden gem- so hidden, that until you pull down the drive, you wouldn’t even guess it was there! While the venue was stunning, there was nothing more beautiful than the love this family had for one another.

A mother’s love is the first a child experiences. Love can actually be felt inside the womb. The chemicals your body releases as you think about your baby and their future gets released into your bloodstream and gives your baby it’s very first hug. Once the child is born, it is the parents who then teach this sweet little child what love means, and equally importantly- what it does not. Meghan and her sister, Erin are eight years apart. My girls are seven. As I watched Meghan and her sister interact throughout the day, I kept thinking, “This. This is what we hoped for”. When we chose to add to our family, it was to give them a chance at a love like that. Sure there is always the risk they will grow up and dislike one another, but thats not what we hope and pray for. So when I asked Vickie what her secret was, it made me tear up to her answer- “You just need to teach them how to love and the rest will work itself out”.

Aunt Meghan wanted to make sure their nieces and nephews were very included, they were so sweet- it was an easy job to do! 

I don’t know what it is about this summer specifically but the kids have been such essential parts of having a wonderful day.
Meghan’s niece gave her dress a “thumbs up”.

In this picture below, I see two little girls playing dress up. Getting ready for the Ball with big sister making sure her little sister looks just perfect.

I don’t know what it is but I absolutely love the image below. This day was HOT and the kids were just so wonderful. Lets face it, wedding days can be quite boring for them with all of the “down time” aka time they don’t get to play. Erin handled her kids with such poise and grace all day long. As a parent, we beat ourselves up when our kids even slightly misbehave, Erin’s kids were excellent and I couldn’t help but credit Vickie a little as well.
She taught Erin to love, and in turn Erin was teaching them.


The boys were troopers as well. I never actually checked what the temperature was that day. I know it was over 100. The air conditioning couldn’t keep up with this room on top of the barn. If I was sweating in a dress (If you watch our Facebook lives, this is the day I “sweated my butt off”, then you know they were far worse off in the layers they had on.
They went through the day without complaining, or drowning in beer!


God Help Me. I almost kidnapped this kid.

Look at how perfect these kiddos are. Wait for it…

PINNED! This is why I want a boy. Never a dull moment.


This move, kiddo, you will hear about the rest of your life. Im so thrilled to have it documented.

Ok before anyone gets worried, I do have a copy of this image with the kids (and adults) looking at the camera, but this one is just so much more fun!  

How awesome is this Groom’s Cake?
It touches on so many aspects of their life together.

This colorful bouquet by SS Wedding Designs was the perfect accessory in this image!


This Momma shouldn’t go without recognition either. She raised two wonderful kiddos who love one another as well. Her son is kind, sweet and patient. He is going to be a wonderful husband because she helped teach him how.
I just photographed their wedding right before Father’s Day and with Meghan’s mom filling BOTH parental roles, I have to say she set the bar high for all of the rest of out there.


To say Hannah and I had a wonderful time at your wedding would be an understatement.
Thank you so much for having us along!

I hope the two of you kept note growing up, because whatever your parents did- they did it right.


“This will never work she thought as she stared at her future husband. He’s all wrong. Or I am. But this won’t last” she thought as she grabbed his hands on the dance floor. The two had signed up as singles for a ballroom dancing class and although they would be an unlikely pair with Andrew standing a full foot taller than Taylor, the instructor never broke them up. It’s a good thing too because she needed more than just one dance to fall in love with him. While everyone chuckled about this at the wedding I (Amy) think it is a perfect way to start. I too started thinking my Andrew was all wrong for me. Dislike turned into like, like turned into love and love grew and grew over the last decade. Thats how I imagine it will be for Taylor and Andrew. Sure they love one another now, but share a few more dances on the rocky, not so smooth floor of live and you will learn to cling to one another… tightly (you know, kinda like you did when your dress came unbustled mid dance). Something tells me you’ll roll with it. Things will be ok and you will keep on dancing.

It kept lightly raining all morning and into the early afternoon. It didn’t phase them one bit. They just danced and embraced it all! 

Have I mentioned how gorgeous of a space NEO is? 

I just love when Ruth officiates our weddings. Its always so nice to see her and she always makes the ceremony so personal! 

When you work a wedding, there is a collective sigh of relief once the couple has reached the altar. The wedding is going, and nothing has gotten in the way. It’s a moment where all is right with the world.

Katie of Rouge Events + Design was getting to breathe in one of those moments.

When a groom has just one request for his wedding day…  

Everyone was waiting to see if they would wow us with their dancing skills. Their first dance definitely did NOT disappoint!!


Today is Father’s Day and it just so happens that the perfect wedding for what’s on my heart today is due to be blogged. You see, my father (Whom was one of my best friends) passed away 16 years ago. Since then, all of you wonderful daddies out there have been over photographed at weddings. I’ve lived vicariously through you all for the last 16 years as I watched you smile proudly at your children in a way only a parent can. I didn’t get to dance with my dad at my wedding- but we knew the song we would pick- Butterfly Kisses. It was probably cliche or overplayed- that didn’t matter to my dad and I. The song had a lot of meaning for us. So much so that my final project as a senior in high school was a speech centered around the song- it was a tribute to my dad and I held true to the promises I made in that speech. That no one would take his place next to me on the aisle. That my kids would KNOW him in spite of the fact that they would never get to meet him on this earth. My Dad was one of the most proud daddies out there so when I see one of you beam with pride at your little girl… I wear my shutter out capturing that moment. I want to preserve that moment in time- because one day… she won’t see that look anymore and I take it as my personal responsibly to bring you back. For her to feel that warmth every time she sees that look I captured. It’s a look no child should ever forget.
As I shot Amy and Cole’s wedding- I kept saying this line from the song in my head almost every time I saw her dad…

“And I thank God for all of the joy in my life…”

It is said right before the chorus begins. I don’t know that this is what her dad was thinking, but it sure looked like it from behind my lens.


Children have been playing a MAJOR role in my weddings lately. You all are some fantastic aunts and uncles. I’ll be honest. There are many times I have said “leave the kids at home”. Something about stilettos on the dance floor and toddler feet running around scares me BUT I have to admit… seeing the love you all have for these kiddos makes me absolutely agree that kiddos should be present not just for their enjoyment but for our souls as well.

If you follow Shadow and Light on Facebook, you saw what I used to make this image! One man’s (woman’s) trash is another man’s (woman’s) treasure! 

Here he is. And the lines of the song start playing in my head:

“Theres two things I know for sure. She was sent here from Heaven and she’s Daddy’s little girl.”

“She’ll change her name today.
She’ll make a promise,
And I’ll give her away.
Standing in the bride room
Just staring at her,
She asked me what I’m thinking,
And I said “I’m not sure,
I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl.””

“Then she leaned over and gave me
Butterfly kisses, with her mama there
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
“Walk me down the aisle daddy, it’s just
About time”
“Does my wedding gown look pretty Daddy?”
“Daddy don’t cry”
Oh with all that I’ve done wrong,
I must have done something right…”

“She’ll change her name today.
She’ll make a promise,
And I’ll give her away.”


“I couldn’t ask God for more, man, this is
What love is
I know I’ve gotta let her go, but I’ll always
Every hug in the morning, and butterfly kisses at night”

Amy and Cole, you two are beyond blessed to have the parents you do. The looks of pride were not exclusive to one parent- they were all beaming at your wedding.
I hope you love all of the images, but more than that- I hope you see the love shining through them.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the great Dads out there.
To anyone missing their Dad today, allow yourself to be thankful for others in your life while being grateful for the time you did have.

Being a Father is more than just blood.
It’s love.
So if there’s a Father Figure out there who loves you,

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to be thankful they are in your life, allow them the opportunity to love you as a father would.

I promise, it is what your dad would want.

So with that being said,
You deserve the title. Not because we share DNA, but because you loved me without question.

(For those of you thinking “WHAT?!?!, CLICK HERE)

May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam.
And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you’re far from home.
And my you grow to be proud, dignified and true.
And do unto others as you’d have done to you.
Be courageous and be brave.
And in my heart you’ll always stay
Forever young.
– Rod Stewart
 Is my age showing yet? I seriously had this song stuck in my head all day as I watched Alex and Ryan’s parents beam with pride looking at their children and granddaughter. Alex, when I hear this song, I think of your huge smile- your ability to promptly light up a room with your joyous outlook on life. I pray you never lose that as life shapes you through the years. As parents to a beautiful baby girl, you already know just how quickly time goes. I hope your parents can always look at the two of you and see their happy babies. There are just so many moments from your wedding that I loved. Ill stop talking and just let the pictures do it for me- they are worth a thousand words, right?

It is always chaotic prepping your baby to be a flower girl. Imagine the stress when you are prepping as the bride as well!    
Huge thank you to our friends at the Shrine of St Joseph for playing with some lighting for us!
Alex and Ryan picked the beautiful Forest Hills Country Club for their wedding reception. Growing up on the course, the two of them already had several special memories made there.
They decided to make even more by celebrating their wedding day at the course they call “home”.
I absolutely LOVE these sweet bouquets from Lisa at Belli Fiori!
Alex had just one request…
CJ’s Disc Jockey never disappoints when it comes to keeping the dance floor alive!
Can  I just add that I absolutely adore the pastry chef at FHCC? She is AMAZING!!
Alex and Ryan, I hope these pictures bring you, your family and your friends immense joy.
Congratulations and may you stay- Forever Young.


Sarah and Sean fell in love at one of America’s favorite places: Walgreens. Oddly enough, a lot of our pharmacist friends fell in love at Walgreens. There must be something in the water (Maybe their pharmacists are slipping it in). Whatever the reason- we are so happy these two were brought together. Sarah’s beautiful eyes light up whenever she sees him and it is quite obvious Sean has a special smile meant just for her. They wanted to make sure they had a wedding day full of fun with their family and friends and that is exactly what they got!

Sometimes, my absolute favorite parts of the day are the little things that go wrong. Yes, it’s true. Wedding days don’t always go by perfectly without a single hitch. Sara and Sean’s moms got to experience one of these moments together. In the moment, they were nervous, chuckling trying to figure out what to do when their matches for the unity candle wouldn’t stay lit enough to light the parent candles. They looked at one another for an answer…”What do we do?” Everyone was watching, no one (but me) knew they couldn’t get the candles lit. Do they walk back to try to relight them? The entire processional was waiting. They finally called in reinforcements and the candles got lit. Its moments like these that become the stories that get laughed about for years to come. Between this and the altar roses being snuck to the altar by a bridesmaid mid ceremony, Sarah and Sean have some special imperfections they can laugh about for years to come.

We had some party crashers, I just couldn’t leave out!


We hope the two of you are loving Hawaii!
Can’t wait for you to see the rest of your images!


Shadow and Light would like to thank The Palladium for being ADA Compliant so Sarah’s sister could enjoy her sister’s day to the fullest. Go to their website and check out the virtual tour our media company did for them!

Just about everything about this day was absolutely perfect. The only thing that wasn’t will go down in history as an inside joke (100% at my (Amy’s) expense) that I am sure I will hear about until the day I die. If the walls at Silver Oaks Chateau could talk … but enough about me. Becki and Jay had the perfect July day to get married. It was a breezy 85 degrees (the saturday prior was 108 folks – never have I ever been more happy to be off work on a saturday).  I have known Becki since she was just a twinkle of hope in her parents’ eyes. I wasn’t all too thrilled she was a girl- up until then I had basically been the girl of the family (her parents were basically 2nd parents to me). It’s a good thing she was cute. I remember meeting Jay when she was in high school, then seeing him again when she went to college. It didn’t take long to figure out a wedding was more than likely in their future.  The last year went by so quickly! It seems like it was only a few short months ago we were living with her parents while our house was finished – watching Becki’s dad Terry painstakingly and meticulously cut, polished, and sealed pieces of trees to serve as place cards.


PS A very cute little girl finally got to attend a wedding with her mom and dad! She was thrilled- but she told the bride and groom they were only permitted to kiss 5 or less times because … germs!

PSS: I swear I photograph other places than Silver Oaks- It’s just rare!!

Loved all of the floral designs by Roses and Mint!!