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!
ANGEL + JEREMY WEDDING QUESTIONNAIRE
* How did he pop the question?
We took a hike together on the trail where we had our first kiss. We were exploring some creeks and waterfalls off trail and he just turned and asked me to marry him!
- What was your favorite moment(s) from the wedding?
The ceremony!! It was hilarious and so us!!!! We are jokers and didn’t want a stuffy or overly emotional/religious ceremony. It was perfect!!
The games were a highlight too. It was so cool to see people having fun instead of standing around staring at us!
- How long have you been together?
One year, but we have been friends for many more!
- How would you describe your overall wedding experience?
Great! Fun, chill, and carefree!
- What advice would you offer to other couples planning a wedding?
Worry about other people less and do more of what you really want. If I had gone with my gut on just a couple more things it would have been perfect!
- What photography-related advice would you offer to a couple?
Hire Sheri!!!! The photos are the one and only thing tangible you get to keep from all the months and stress of planning. It brought me so much peace to know that no matter what happened a year from now I will have something beautiful on the wall reminding me what it was all about!
- Tell me about your dress. Where did you find it, how did you choose it, how did you know it was the one? Custom designed by Simple threads.
- How was your experience taking photos/working with me on your wedding day?
Beyond amazing!! I have worked with a lot of photographers but none as professional and positive as Sheri!! She gives posing ideas and really cares about how they look! When you look through the pics you will see all the time she took adjusting the settings, lighting, position, etc. And she handles all the moms and grandmas with ease!!! That is not easy!! Anyone can point and click, what she delivers is true art! 🙂
*Did you see each other before the wedding? If not, did you like waiting or would you have rather done it differently? Tell me why or why not!
We did a first look and it was a great decision. The wedding was chaos!!!!!! After those moments I didn’t really even get to connect with him again until we got home. It gave us just a little bit of time to remember what it was all about before it all started!
*Any tips that you have about preparing your wedding party for the photos? What did you tell them, how did you get them to cooperate, what did you do or what would you have done differently?
I do wish we would have done our formal shots before the wedding. After they were just ready to party and I get that. I just didn’t think about it. But it would have been really nice to have a first look and then all the formals!! My cousin did that at her wedding and it really cut down on the time away from the party. Otherwise the wedding party was great and I had no issues. Sheri- “This was the plan, but we simply ran out of time at this wedding to accomplish that! I LOVE getting all the formals done before the wedding, then doing family shots after the ceremony, and then Sunset shots with my couples later on into the reception”
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*I give mad props to Countrymart for the florals!!!! I was blown away at how great they looked for what little I paid. ALL the flowers were under $200 total, that is more than most brides spend on just their one bouquet. Check your local grocer ladies!!! Branson, MO
*The venue, Weddings at the Homestead, were also incredible!!! They were so generous with their time and resources and property. Every question I asked was answered with a yes! It made things so much easier than they could have been. Branson, Mo
*The hotdog vendor was fantastic as well!! Duncan Dogs did a great job and it was so fun and unique. I have been to dozens of weddings and the food is always luke warm. Our food was hot and fun!! The stand gave our guests something to do and their food was personal and kid friendly! Sheri- “They even made me a veggie dog!”
* What were you most anxious, nervous or fearful about regarding your wedding day and what was the outcome?
My makeup. I do wish I would have done my makeup myself, but my sister is in school for makeup and I wanted to support her. I was worried about it ahead of time so I should have gone with my gut. It was pretty much a flop but luckily our photographer was amazing so I still look great!!
* What’s one piece of advice you would give to other couples for planning their wedding?
DO WHAT YOU WANT!!! Feelings are going to be hurt no matter what, might as well do things the way you want them!!
*Have you had any prior sessions? If so, what type, and where?
Engagement and boudoir!!! I highly recommend both!! It gave me a chance to get to know Sheri ahead of time. I became familiar with her style and work ethic. It was priceless!!!!
*What kind of food was served at your reception?
We had a Hot dog stand, chips, s’mores, and donuts
What was the first song you danced to as husband and wife? Father-daughter dance? Mother-son dance?
We danced to a random song that played when we were ready to dance. I don’t even know the name of it. We didn’t have any of the other dances. We wanted an organic party. We didn’t want to stop the fun for specific things. If it felt right it happened.
Did you write your own Vows, if so, share them with us!
Angel to Jeremy:
I promise to grow old with you. You’ll grow old first of course, but I’ll be by your side helping you tape your mangled fingers for jui jitzu and repeating what other people say when you can’t hear them.
I promise to keep life an adventure! Choosing to actively participate in our relationship and our family above all else.
I promise to always be faithful to you. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, which means that I promise to always respect you and what we have enough to protect it with every part of me.
Jeremy to Angel:
I promise to find a way to show my love for you everyday!
I promise to grow old with you. Through sickness, mostly soreness, and health. I will always be by your side.
I promise to always make life with you an adventure. Through travel, hikes, or just good times with friends and family we will conquer everything together with love.
I promise to always be faithful, the kind of faithfulness that will never be questioned, regardless of what corner of the world I am in and how far apart we may be.
*Basically we viewed it like a contract. What are the deal breakers? It doesn’t sound very romantic but if we are going to “vow” something we should agree with it. So we decided what was important enough to promise each other and then we put our own spin on it.
What were the colors/theme of your wedding? Any special advice for Décor, and party favors?
Navy, wild flowers, coutry, chill.
We didn’t do party favors and I still think that was a good decision. There were plenty of toys and dress-up things that the kids took home, but I feel like party favors for adults are a waste of money. I have taken so many cutesy things home from weddings but then what do you do with them…trash! Spend the money somewhere else, that’s my say!
From the moment they met, they felt a chemistry that was so strong. Their love for each other bubbled over with smiles, laughter, and happy tears throughout our time together! I’ve always told my brides that the best accessory they can wear is a smile, and to let everything else melt away, and Claudine certainly did that! The thundershowers held off, and we enjoyed a sunlit day together, strolling through my favorite spots at Big Cedar, and headed up to the Falls for a short and sweet ceremony. I stayed a little longer than planned to capture their first sunset, and the ozark mountains did not dissapoint. We stood their in awe as the orange and blue tones of the sky grew more & more saturated with color. They told me as I drove them back to their cabin that night, that everything was absolutly perfect for their wedding, and i was a big part in making their day run effortlessly! Thankful for my career as a wedding photographer!
Enjoyed capturing a sweet and intimate wedding at Dogwood Canyon Park last December. You would not have believed that it was even December though! The teperature was a warm 70 degrees! That is amazing for a Missouri Wedding! This was truly a memorable wedding for me because after the ceremony we took a handful of photos with family, then just Lindsay, Craig, and I ventured off into Dogwood Canyon to explore the beauty of the park, and the wildlife! Another memorable moment, is when Lindsay told me that her husband, Craig, truly enjoyed taking photos that day with me, she said he never enjoyes getting his picture taken, but had such a blast shooting with me, that i made the process fun! Thank you Linsday and Craig for choosing me to photograph your wedding day memories!….Sheri