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Sunday
Dec292013

blogging dilemma

Hey there bloggy world, it has been awhile. I want to share a bit of my heart with you today.

I have been struggling with the dilemma of whether or not it is acceptable or appropriate for me to write personal blog entries here mixed in with my business photos or if I need to start up a totally separate blog. I have been longing to write, longing to share on a deeper more personal level on a more regular basis. Then I worry that if I do that here in this place that the people that just come here to view my professional photos will be annoyed with my rambling or my random photos of home renovations.

But.....then I started to think about the way that I do business and clarity began to come on the subject. My business is not a separate entity cut off from the rest of my life. It is intertwined into a daily part of who I am. I love my clients dearly. I try with all of my heart to offer them an experience and a collection of photographs full of genuine heartfelt moments. So, it makes sense to me to not separte myself online into two different people. Because the thing is, I am the same person when I am shooting a wedding as I am when I am at home changing diapers or painting walls.

For now, I have decided to share much more here in this place just as I did years and years ago when I started up a blog and a photo business.

My hope is that this could be a place of encouragement or inspiration for even just one person. If that fails, then maybe this will be a chance for you all to get to know me a little better. So, if reading about my life journey isn't your thing then just keep on scrolling down and you will be sure to find some pretty pictures of people in love.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for stopping by and taking the time to read. It means the world to me.

xoxo-Shannon

Wednesday
Dec112013

scott & ellen : the wedding

I am delighted to share Ellen and Scott's gorgeous November wedding with you. Their deep and joyful love for one another is evident from the first moment you spend time with the two of them. The moment his eyes see her, his contagious smile takes up his whole face. To say that watching and photographing these two get married was a joy and an honor would be an understatement.

Congratulations Scott and Ellen and thank you a million times over for allowing Jessie and I into your special day with our cameras. I pray that the Lord blesses your lives together more than you ever thought possible.

I hope you enjoy this little peek at your wedding day images.

Ellen's dress was swoon worthy.

April at Faccia Bella did an amazing job making the ladies look their best.

I just love the lip quiver in the next image on the right.

Note to all future bridesmaids......Do this when you see the bride put her dress on.

Happy happy bride.....All......day.....long.

The French Bouquet did a stellar job on the sweet romantic florals.

I am a such a sucker for a first look.

They were more than happy to see one another.

I was able to sneek up and use my zoom lens to capture the ear to ear grin that Scott wore during Ellen's vows.

She seemed pretty happy to put a ring on it.

Monday
Dec022013

january boudoir

Monday
Nov182013

kevin & katie : the wedding

October is in my humble opinion, one of the best months of the year. There is something so inspiring about the air turning crisp and cool, the changing of the leaves, warm soup in the crockpot and it helps that it is also my birthday month. It is a happy time for me and it is also a busy season for photography. It is the ideal time for photos and outdoor weddings to avoid Oklahoma's spring rain and tornadoes, the summer crazy hot temperatures and the ugly cold brown winter.

This October wedding was an absolute dream come true. It was held in the most gogeous backyard I have ever seen. Kevin and Katie along with their family and friends were truly some of the most kind and lovely people to spend the day with. It was full of so much love, celebration and beauty. It made me love my job all the more.

I love that the dynamic of girls getting ready includes lots of makeup, emotions and primping. While the guys are always laid back watching tv or playing a game and throwing on there wedding attire at the last possible moment.

Katie's friends were absolute dolls and were so overjoyed to stand by her on her special day.

Katie girl.......You are breathtaking.

Kevin's first time to see his bride.

Katie and Kevin's bride and groom portraits are some of my favorites. Love, love, love!

This....is one excited group of single ladies.

A huge bonfire right next to your reception? Yes please!

Best dance move of the night award goes to...............the groom!

Congratulations Katie and Kevin! I cannot thank you enough for allowing me to capture your love. It is true, pure and refreshing. May all of your days be filled with joy and your marriage be full of grace.

Saturday
Nov092013

robert & rachel : the wedding

Today I have the joy of sharing this lovely October wedding with you. The day was full of the sweetest details all of which came together as a labor of love by the bride and her friends and family.

Rachel's gorgeous dress is from the Savvy Bride in Oklahoma City.

Makeup by Glamour Artz makeup. Hair by Morgan Evans.

All of the first look and bridal party portraits took place downtown prior to the ceremony.

The ceremony and reception were held in the coolest warehouse space in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

The reception was full of gorgeous Organic Bloom frames and chalkboards.

The desserts were done by Antoinette baking.

Congratulations Rach and Robert! It was such a joy spending the day with you and photographing all of the hard work you all put into making your day a dream come true.

Wednesday
Oct232013

cory & rachael : the wedding

Rachael and Cory had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at Vive le Ranch in Tulsa.  It was one of our first cooler days of September and it ended up being the absolute perfect day. The day was filled was the love of family members and lifelong friends. Rachael and Cory were high school sweethearts so, there were so many conversations surrounding the decade of memoires that they shared.

Vendor info:

Florist: Barbara Magino

Caterer: Catering by Orr

Cake: Ann's Bakery

Rachael's flower crown makes my heart go pitter patter.

Such a beauty!

I love this next shot that my second shooter Jessie got from the side of Cory as he was seeing his bride for the first time. If you zoom in on his eyes, they are red and watery. ;) So sweet!

The bride and groom served communion to their bridal party during the ceremony. Such a holy moment.

Best of friends, partners for life.

And this my friends is how cake feeding should be done.

Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. W! It was such a pleasure to work with you and to get to know you during this special time in your lives. Thank you for trusting me to document these moments.

Thursday
Oct172013

john & emily : the wedding

I am so excited to share John and Emily's beautiful wedding with you all today. They had perfect September weather for their wedding at Asbury and reception at the Mayo. The day was simple, elegant and sweet.

I absolutely love when a bride is emotional because well.....I am emotional. Emily has such a beautiful tender heart and it was honor to capture these special moments she shared with her mom on camera.

The first look. Sweet private moments of the bride and groom prior to the ceremony.

"Happy girls are the prettiest." -Audrey Hepburn

Loren Houk from Vintage Comb did her usual "knock your socks off" job on hair and makeup.

A grand exit in the beauty daylight? YES please!!!

Congratulations John and Emily! I am so happy that you chose me to be a part of capturing this amazing time in your lives.

Friday
Oct042013

kevin & katie : engagement

We had such a blast doing Kevin and Katie's engagements. Amy and I set up a romantic tent for the occassion. Katie loved the idea of a tent because they actually met while traveling the world and lived in tents for quite some time. It makes my heart so happy when we can encorporate a part of our couple's love story into their shoot.

Love, love, love this tight shot.


Amy from Happily Situated came along to assist me and help me set up the tent scene. She also brought along her camera and put together a darling video of the shoot.

Katy and Kevin from Amy Teague on Vimeo.

 

Wednesday
Oct022013

casey & meredith : the wedding

Casey and Meredith had a stunning September wedding at Southern Hills Country Club. It was such a perfect venue for such a classy and gorgeous couple.

Olivia Lee did a stellar job on makeup.

I absolutley loved the bridesbaids gifts.

Something old....The penny that Meredith's grandmother wore in her shoe.

There is a long list of crimes I would consider comitting if I could have Meredith's waist.

The highly anticipated first look.

Note to all future grooms: When you see your bride for the first time, take a step back to check her out and make this face.

Meredith and Casey chose to do traditional vows during their ceremony but wrote something of their own to share with one another during the first look.

Tasha Bartholic did such an amazing job on the flowers and is always such a pleasure to work with.

HOLY MOLY Meredith!!!!! You are such a BEAUTY!

Mamas are the best.

I posted these next two (both in color) on facebook and on instagram to see which one everyone preferred. It was close but most people chose the near shot (taken by me with my 85mm) but everyone agreed the far shot (taken by Jessie with the 35mm) would be perfect for a canvas.

Hello gorgeous ballroom!

This cake by Icing on the Top is ridiculous. Seriously I am in love with it.

Wednesday
Sep252013

james & amanda : the wedding

James and Amanda had a simply beautiful country wedding at Bridle Creek Ranch in Oklahoma. They are true cowboys and cowgirls. ;) In fact James is a professional bull rider. I absolutely loved shooting this wedding. It was so laid back and fun and the bride worked so hard putting lots of sweet details into the day.

Such an adorable ring box.

I know I say this a lot but I feel like I cannot say it enough. I LOVE when my clients decide to do a first look. It means they get to spend the majority of the day together and they get lots of time for bride and groom portraits without the stress of rushing to get to the reception.

I did not tell James to do this. He hates having his picture taken but was such a trooper for Amanda all day long. He kept saying "She only gets one wedding day so, I'll do whatever she wants." I just love how this turned out. It cracks me up.

 

I want these in my size.

 

I love how they displayed their engagement photos at the ceremony site.

Instead of doing a unity candle, they did a branding of their initials during the ceremony.

I have to give props to my second shooter Jessie on so many of the shots I included in this post. She is amazing.

Girlfriend did LOTS of twirling in that pretty dress of hers.

This was the first wedding I shot where they did the shoe game. It was so cute!

Congratulations James and Amanda! Thank you so very much for having us capture your day. I pray that your marriage will be full of more joy and love than you know what to do with.