Missouri’s Top Wedding Vendors came togehter to create a Tuscan Themed Styled Wedding Shoot to give brides inspiration for their weddings! The shoot featured a White Tent, great for intimate receptions and gatherings! The tent was decorated with a “living” chandelier wrapped in ivy, with sprinkles of grapes and greenery! Ivy, lemons, and grapes are seen throughout and featured in the invitations, cake table, table settings, florals, and decorations! The food was simply delicous and uniquly displayed on a large butcher block with bounds of fruit, meats, speciality cheeses, and veggies! Our bride and groom even toasted to a bubbling Proseco tower! What a fun shoot to put together, even though we set this up unknowingly on the hottest day of the summer! Cheers!
These are the Ah-mazing Vendors who collaborated to put this wedding shoot together:
Wedding and Events Planner: http://www.allieroseevents.com.
Event Rentals: http://www.bransonpartyrentals.com
Florals: Rosewood floral. http://www.bransonpartyrentals.com
Hair Artist: http://diamondsanddosbridalhair.com
Makeup Artist: Makeupbybrooke1111@gmail.com
The sun shined brightly and it was a hot day in the Ozarks. For these high school sweethearts the planning was done, and it was time to celebrate and enjoy the day! It was a day that Mariah had dreamed of since she was a little girl! She describes her wedding day as magical, perfect, and fairytale, which I absolutely agree! The chapel at the College of the Ozarks was decorated with gold and black elegant accents that fit perfectly with the stained glass and grandeur of the chapel! Their ceremony included a sand ceremony, special songs, scripture reading, and lots of laughter, their minister knowing them well, kept cracking jokes and we were all smiling throughout their sweet ceremony! Daniel then whisked Mariah away in his vintage red truck and they arrived at the Keeter Center ready for their first Dance, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran! They then dined on hors d’oeuvres and specialty cakes (I think their were like 10 cakes), and listened to some of the best toasts i’ve literally ever heard from a wedding party!
Mariah & Daniel, I hope you enjoyed your honeymoon in the Dominican and I want you to know how much I loved being apart of your wedding day! Thank you for treating me like family, and trusting me with your memories! Much love, xoxox….Sheri
Thank you to this team of amazing wedding vendors that helped make this wedding day possible!
Location of Wedding: College of the Ozarks
Location of Reception: Keeter Center
Cake Maker: Pastries by Carla
Wedding Planner: (Her mom, LeAnne West helped a lot!)
DJ/Entertainment: Spark Events
First Dance Song: Perfect by Ed Sheeran
Dress Boutique: Low’s Bridal and Formal
Caterer: Keeter Center
Florist: Joan Edgmon
Hair Artist: A Wild Hair
Makeup Artist: Moriah Baker
Minister: Steve Meyers
Videographer: Wes Powers
Wedding Rings: Justice Jewelers
Honeymoon: Cap Cana Dominican Republic
Talk about romantic ya’ll…Derrick proposed to Cassie at the Chapel of the Ozarks at Top of the Rock in Branson, MO! If you have not had the chance to head over to Top of the Rock, you need to stop what you are doing and go, like now! 🙂 Seriously though, the fine dining, outdoor patio with fire pits, and bagpipes serenading the sunset is something you have to do when you are in Branson! Okay, so after he proposed they got right to work in planning their dream day! I’m so glad they found me, becasue as soon as we met, I knew we were the perfect fit! She’s stylish, yet fun, and they are really truly both down to earth people who are madly in love! They vacation a lot at Big Cedar Lodge, and I photograph weddings there all-the-time so we knew that would be the perfect place to shoot their engagement photos! We had a blast, although the heat was intense! Enjoy this sweet and stylish couple who will be getting married this December at Dogwood Canyon, in Ridgdale, MO!
This styled shoot was a collaboration between Sheri Holloway Photography, and Allie Rose Events http://www.allieroseevents.com! Gold and silver are always charming, but there’s a new metallic taking over. Copper details are popping up in creative ways, from glamorous chargers to mugs, cakes, and even copper foil on invitations! The best part is, this metal meshes well with any wedding style: Polished copper can look glamorous and elegant, especially filled with Moscow Mules to drink! We also brought in several of our favorite wedding vendors to bring you this elegant mixed metals shoot!
Photographer: Sheri Holloway, http://www.sherihollowayphotography.com
Wedding and Event Planner: http://www.allieroseevents.com
Wedding Venue: Old Town Event Center http://www.oldtowneventcenter.com in Republic, MO
Ghost Chairs: Elegant Chair Rental in Springfield, MO
Wedding Dress: MK Bridal in Springfield, MO http://www.mkbridal.com
Florals and Drapes for Ceremony: Shannon’s Custom Floral in Springfield, MO http://shannonscustomflorals.com
Cake: Charity Fent Cake Design http://www.charityfentcakedesign
Invitations/Calligraphy: Caitligraphy Co
Makeup: Bobbie McKnight, Mary Kay
Hair: Missy Chudy, owner of High Volume Salon
Bride Model: Madison Bell http://www.madisonbellphotography.com
Groom Model: Alexander Koreiba
Model: Velvet Case
Model: Maraena Black
Check out my interview with my friend and fellow wedding vendor, Sarah Rein! http://www.bransonpartyrentals.com
Sheri Holloway Photography: Hi Sarah! Can you introduce yourself?
Branson Party Rentals & Rosewood Floral: Yep – I’m Sarah Rein, owner of an Event Planning, Design and Rental company called Branson Party Rentals & Rosewood Floral here in the Branson Area.
SHP: So can you tell me – do you normally work by yourself or do you have help?
BPR: I run the day to day paperwork stuff by myself usually, but have a team of people getting the events ready behind the scenes all throughout the week at our design warehouse. We have grown our team over the last 4 years and work on multiple events a week. My husband has taken over the Rental portion of the company as we have now added tents and it has become a pretty heavy lifting department :). I also have many other wedding coordinators on my team that will assist with the different venues we run on super busy weekends.
SHP: How did you get started doing Events and how long have you been at it?
BPR: Great question! I Actually got started over seas in Sydney Australia in 2006 and was involved in corporate events and promotional fundraising but had the opportunity to get involved with the wedding world as well and it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!
When I came back to the states I started a small event planning company called Elite Occasions and had an alteration company at a local Bridal Store “Touch of Class” as well. By 2012 the company started to grow so quickly, My mother took over the alteration company and I went 100% full time with the event planning and Rental Business. in 2014 we purchased an event design company from the infamous Billie Naioti and incorporated it in with our rentals. I also got to keep her amazing designers who are very well known for their fresh floral skills!
SHP: So what’s your favorite thing about your job?
BPR: My Favorite part of the job is that I get to wake up every day and do what I love! I am truly passionate about what I do, and treat every wedding I am involved with as if it were my daughters! Every Bride is special to me! I also have been blessed as to have been able to work from home in the beginning stages of the company and to have had my children close to me the entire process! Training the next generation of Wedding planners ;). Especially when you get to work with clients you really click with.
SHP: Could you tell me a bit about what services you offer?
BPR: Sure! So we are an inclusive Wedding Design Studio. Not only do we offer Full Service Wedding planning for Brides that just don’t have any time to put in, to just offering Day of Coordination Services to where we would lead the rehearsal and day of the wedding. Our Rental Company offers any different options of chairs, tables, linens, tents, dance floors, heaters, staging, lighting, dinnerware and much more for event rentals. Last but not least is our design company Rosewood Floral.
We offer fresh floral services along with something that is a bit unique for the area. We actually rent customized floral centerpieces as well, and can insert fresh floral the day of to keep brides budgets on target without sacrificing the wow affect!
SHP: So for the full, do the clients just tell you their ideas and say “go forth”?
BPR: LOL, Sometimes we have had clients that are that trusting, but for the most part people know exactly what they want. I have a lot of out of state clients that are relying on technology to keep in touch and keep me posted on updates, number changes and any design ideas they have. From that point of the initial consult, our designers do get together and we comprehensively come to a conclusive design that we will present to the couple for approval. The couple has complete control of what happens along the way.
SHP: Awesome. What’s an aspect of your job that people don’t know about or might find surprising?
BPR: I think that sometimes when people think about weddings they think of something beautiful where everything is placed perfectly, but they don’t always think about how that got there. How many hours it took to set up the extensive designs How many flowers to order, how to arrange them. Who coordinated all of the times and schedules. How do the vendors know what to do and where to setup? How many vases need to be cleaned and packed. A lot of people don’t take that into consideration when they start to plan a wedding. Then they get in too deep and start to panic if they don’t know what to do. It takes a lot to make the day go smoothly. There are so many logistics to events and I think people just don’t know how much goes on behind the scenes of a flawless event.
SHP: I think that’s often true! I for one love working with a planner and event design team. It makes everything so much saner! So what about your creative process, but how do you find inspiration? What happens first that you then build from?
BPR: A lot of times working with clients we ask them to pull some images, or pieces of things that they like, and then we have to figure out – what is it about that image that they like? Is it the florals or the colors or how it makes them feel. We’re trying to get to the core of their style. Once that has been established, we walk through the space and get an idea of the setup. Then we’ll go to what rentals would work there – linens, china, glassware, flatware, chairs and everything like that. Where I like to go often times for inspiration is Pinterest. So overrated sometimes, but I still love it. I love pulling from all of those different places and creating something that’s unique to the couple.
SHP: I bet that part is super hard, coming up with something different!
BPR: Yeah, and it is. We’re always trying to stay original and find a new way to do things. In a creative business, everyone’s kind of doing similar things, so it’s definitely nice to look outside the wedding world for inspiration. I have found the movie industry will influence raising trends and I can see what is coming before it hits usually.
SHP: I know you are married and have kiddos now but, if you could do your wedding over again, is there anything you would do differently?
BPR: So, I actually wanted to run away and get married, but my husband was set on a big wedding, Suprising?? Shouldn’t be since then I have had tons of brides say the same thing! We had about 200 guest at our wedding and somehow kept the budget under $6,000.00 total! Amazing yes, could I do it again, probably not ;). the one thing I regret is not hiring a professional wedding coordinator to help me, so I wouldn’t be hector the director to my own family and could relax about the details, and I wish more than anything that I had hired a professional photographer! I had an amazing friend that shot some great pictures, but there is no way she could have done all of that by herself and been everywhere at once, so I relied on friends and family to send photos to recreate the day. Not to mention, that is probably going to be the best you will ever look, not to say that is true for everyone but, I am pretty sure it was for me, I have never been good at the girly dress up thing. That is a day you can’t get back and I Wish..Wish… Wish that I had some more photos to remember it with!
SHP: So, what’s one piece of advice that you would give couples specifically who are looking for a wedding planner. What’s something they should keep in their minds as they’re considering their options?
BPR: I think first and foremost, personalities have to align. This is someone you will be spending the most important day of your life with, so you need to like them and make sure your ideas and goals meet up. Next, make sure they are a professional company with experience. You don’t want to be a learning curve for someones resume list! Make sure they have a couple of weddings under their belt before you intrust them with that special day! Look at their past reviews, past photos of weddings they have done, and if you are still not sure ask them for a couple of past clients that you could personally call for a reference on their services. Nothing more eye opening than a call with a past mother of the bride, they usually have no problem holding back the pros and con’s of how a wedding day proceeded. 🙂
SHP: Haha! Ok, last one. If you had one day to spend doing anything you want, what would you do?
BPR: Well, It would start with waking up on a remote island with no technology around me surrounded with tropical Fruit! and or course all of my loved ones together and just having a day of relaxation, spa treatments and peace!
SHP: I love the sound of that! Give me a beach, my favorite people, some kicking music, and my favorite cocktail and I’m good to go! Well, thanks so much for chatting with me Sarah! I can’t wait to work together again 🙂
Every wedding has a story, this is Jenna and Ryan’s!
The amazing Wedding Vendors who brought Ryan and Jenna’s Gatsby themed Wedding to life:
Dress- Normans Bridal, Springfield, MO
Bridesmaid Dresses: “Gatsby Lady” on Etsy (London based Company)
Cake: Charity Fent, Charity Fent
Catering: The Fork & Spoon by Simply Delicious
Florist: Branson Party Rentals & Rosewood Floral
Bride Getting Ready Venue: Haseltine Estate
Groom Getting Ready Venue: Hotel Vandivort
Hair Artist: Studio 417 (Tracey)
Makeup Artist: Studio 417 Salon, (Megan)
Reception Venue: Missouri Spirits
Event Rental: Branson Party Rental, Sarah Marie Rein
DJ/Entertainment: Jason Whorlow
Minister: Rev. Charles Hufft
Wedding Planner: The Bride’s Maid LLC, Joyce Criswell
Wedding Photographer: Sheri Holloway Photography http://www.sherihollowayphotography.com
Assistant Photographer: Chris Killingsworth
Videographer: Aperature Aperture Video, Joe Camden
Limo Service: Gotta Getta Limo
Honeymoon Location: Excellence El Carmen, Dominican Republic
“We met online… on Match.com to be exact. I always joke that he fell into my lap… welll laptop. 😉 Online dating is kind of a mad house. I was constantly getting messages from all kinds of crazy and non-crazy people so it was overwhelming. I decided I would just reach out to the people I found to be interesting instead of trying to respond to every message. When I came across Ryan I remember reading his profile and it talked about how much he loved to read but that he didn’t read as much because he couldn’t start a book because he would stay up all night and not do anything the next day until he finished it. That was me too!! Exactly! He was also a Mizzou fan (like me). He loved dogs (I have two dogs that I love), he had a daughter (I have two kids) so at that point I liked his profile and reached out. We began texting but because of work and vacation schedules it was at least a few weeks before we met for the first time for lunch. I was beginning to think that he didn’t really want to meet me in real life for some reason… but he finally did. He was a very funny texter. He would always send me funny memes, etc… I love humor and I can’t do life without it so it was perfect. When we finally met, he was pretty quiet at lunch (which was odd for such a great sense of humor) and I remember telling the girls at work that I didn’t really think he liked me. Little did I know he was just keeping his cards close to the chest. We had lunch a couple more time before we actually scheduled a dinner date. He asked if he could pick me up (Whoa there buddy!). I was hesitant at first but I said ok. I was so nervous that as soon as he pulled into my driveway I ran out the door before he could even come to the door for me. We went to a Mexican Restaurant… La Paloma to be exact. He was so handsome. We talked a whole bunch and had a great time. That was all in July. By the fall we were spending lots and lots of time together. Football games and tailgating in the Fall. We even did Christmas with each others families..” That’s the story of how they fell in love, but I also wanted to show you all the photos from their over-the-top stylish Great Gatsby themed Wedding!
They met on her 1st day of college, he was her RA, Resident Advisor. A friendship started and after a couple of years (and dating other people), they found themselves single at the same time. They started dating, and the rest is history! Being a part of a large family, Ali’s family welcomed JJ in with open arms, and JJ’s family adored sweet Ali too! They decided to get married in Branson, at Big Cedar Lodge primarily because JJ grew up vacationing in the area. This intimate wedding with just their closest friends and family was a special time for me to witness such true and sweet love! Their family welcomed me with open arms, and we all had just met! Even though I spent a very short time with this couple, I felt their love shine, and I felt loved and appreciated! Just another reason why I love what i do!
Hey Hey friends, let me introduce a super talented Wedding Videographer/Cinematographer to you!!! My friend….Mr. Austin Barton of AceLegendary. http://www.acelegendary.com Based in Springfield, MO. and available for travel worldwide!
Today I’m sharing an interview I had with my pal Austin about his career as a Wedding Videographer. In every career I’ve had, I’ve been a huge networker (I love interesting people!) So when I started my photography career again after our girls were all in school, I decided I needed to network with the best people in the business. Austin is one of the top wedding videographers in my humble opinion, not only because he takes wedding day footage and creates art with it for his clients, but he’s super chill, fun to work with, professional, and he’s just plain cool, even if he’s a little bit of a geek too:) haha! I just want to support, encourage, and push each of my wedding vendor friends to the next level, and I think we are all doing that! Super proud of this guy. Check out his story!
1. What’s the best part of your job? “This is a tough question, as there are so many rewarding elements when it comes to filming weddings! I love arriving early for the morning preparations and seeing a blank canvas of creativity waiting before me. I love capturing the little moments between my couples despite the craziness that goes on around them during a typical wedding day (“First Looks” are great for this). I love the moment when, while editing, a soundtrack just clicks and the whole film comes together. I love the reactions when my couples watch their film for the first time, and I love their excitement to share with their friends and family. The list goes on and on” . . . 2. Looking back, tell us about a memorable event you’ve filmed. “I had the opportunity to film an elopement, in which myself, the photographer and the officiant were the only guests. Filming began in the morning with homemade breakfast and snuggles on the couch, followed by setting up the ceremony spot under a tree in the middle of a field. The typical festivities and formalities fell by the wayside and, in their place, the love between two people became the center focus. I have filmed weddings of all shapes and sizes, but this elopement has stuck with me throughout the years.” 3. Where do you find your inspiration? “It should come as no surprise that I am a huge movie buff, and therefore draw a lot of inspiration from cinema. We are also fortunate to live in a time where television series have reached, if not exceeded, the quality of feature films. When I sit down and watch any form of filmmaking, I am constantly analyzing composition, lighting, choreography, camera and editing techniques.” 4. How important is capturing audio to you? “Audio is crucial to filmmaking in general, and the same applies to capturing weddings. The sounds of bridesmaids chatting, grass crunching under the weight of folding chairs as the ceremony site is being set up, the quiver in your groom’s voice as he reads the note that you gave him. These are all things that allow you to relive your wedding day in ways that photos cannot accomplish alone….