Young girl looking at the ground

I love following a couple’s story as they begin to form a family during their engagement and at their wedding. The chapters begin to unfold, and when their family grows through births and adoptions I love to continue to tell their stories and document these milestones. Seasons often change faster than we can contain their memories. I am so thankful for photographs to engage those memories and remind us of where we’ve been and spur us on to where we’re going.

Several years ago, while I was deep in the midst of our adoption and unsure with every commitment I made that I might have to break it for my own travel to be with our internationally-born kiddo spur of the moment, I had the privilege of photographing Andy and Allissa’s wedding. They recently had me photograph their growing family with two daughters. It was a joy to celebrate the birth of their youngest and watch them cherish their oldest.

A newborn baby looking up, held in her father's arms

As I looked through the lens of my camera there was an instant when I thought- I’ve been here before. And as so often we see in good story-telling, there are themes and strands woven throughout, perhaps not identical but similar enough to connect us to who we were before and who we still are, but yet somehow- different.

I had photographed Allissa in a mirror as she readied herself for the wedding ceremony. And here she was again, gazing not into her own eyes, but the eyes of her daughter.

Black and white photography of a bride looking into mirror while necklace is clasped

A mirror on a wall reflecting a mother holding her newborn

Also, just for fun, I was struck by how Allissa’s eyes also reminded me of one of my favorite childhood movies, Anastasia. Just look at those eyes.

Anastasia Movie Still
Copyright 20th Century Fox Film Corp.

Photo of a bride's eyes looking into a mirror while getting ready

wedding dress with lace cap sleeves and gazing bride in fall grasses

I've been photographing my dear friend Janele for 15 years, since we met as freshmen in college. Do you know that my heart loves it so much that I even dream of photographing her? This year she's celebrating a milestone of 10 years of marriage, but last year she joined me on a bridal session, allowing me to photograph her in her dress again.

autumn bride in chesterfield MO

bride in tall grasses and fall flowers with lace cap sleeves

midwestern fall bride with stick bouquet and hand over head

fall bride with stick bouquet in bridal photos in STL

bride wth small necklace and gazing eyes in lace wedding dress in midwest

happy smiling bride in Saint Louis suburb against weathered building

bride laughing on front porch of weathered building in Saint Louis in high heels

bride sitting with back against white washed wood in west county saint louis

photograph of a bride looking down seated in STL

woman in wedding dress in autumn with stick bouquet and white barn

Would you like to get gussied up and join me for a bridal or trash the dress session? These are casual, fun, sessions designed to create artful celebrations of your marriage. Send me an email to schedule one today: nikki@purplelemonphotography.com