Madison and Peter are married!  So exciting as the two of them are just so happy to be starting their forever together!  Being around them on their wedding day was such a joy.  They laughed together and were just so happy all day long.  Nothing was going to change that :)

emerson-16_WEB Their was a whole lot of action going on around the Little Theater/Convention Center with a car show, some basketball, A WEDDING, but I managed to find a little spot out of the traffic and wind for Madison and Peter to first see each other on their wedding day :)  It was perfect :)emerson-55_WEB emerson-50_WEB emerson-31_WEB emerson-58_WEB emerson-85_WEB This right here was one of my favorite moments of the day.  I am probably not going to quote this exactly right but I remember them talking about their morning before they saw each other and Madison saying something to the effect of ~I don’t care about any of that I just want to get married to you and Peter saying~Thats why I love you.  Soooooooo sweet :)  And look at their smiles!emerson-76_WEB emerson-94_WEB This was super funny.  Tell me you get the movie reference?emerson-101_WEB Hello Gorgeous!!!!emerson-108_WEB Sweet MOH moment :)emerson-121_WEB Such a good wedding party!!!!!emerson-144_WEB emerson-151_WEB emerson-258_WEB emerson-308_WEB emerson-314_WEB emerson-339_WEB The folks sitting on the bench in the background were getting such a kick out of these ladies acting silly :)emerson-319_WEB I love the KC/St. Louis love here :)emerson-324_WEB Dang girl.  Could you be more gorgeous ?emerson-363_WEB emerson-382_WEB emerson-414_WEB A little old hollywood in KC :)emerson-227_WEB emerson-452_WEB emerson-517_WEB emerson-551_WEB emerson-563_WEB emerson-659_WEBCongratulations Peter & Madison!!!!!!


Living at a lake is super fun during the summer when everyone is boating, swimming, skiing, sailing, and having barbecues but when you get just the right mixture of extreme cold temperatures and hopefully no wind the lake can become a winter playground too!!!!  Most years we are fortunate enough to get a few good ice skating days at Lake Lotawana but we got more than a week before it rained and got above freezing~which may make the ice not smooth anymore.  In that week the lake came alive!  Our cove is typically one of the first ones to get over 3 inches of ice.  I think we ended up with 6-8 inches of ice throughout a good portion of the lake!

We had hockey games daily off of our dock, we had  big chili meals, we skated down the lake to meet neighbors, the ice boats were all out, some even went ice fishing!  We put on lots of layers of clothing and got the hot chocolate brewing!  Not going to lie, the first days of ice skating at temps below 10 were tough. But with face masks, neck guards and lots of layers, fun was still had!  Their was even a night time skating party at the opposite end of our lake on a friday night where the kids wore glow sticks and they lit up a cocky goal and it looked like a ton of fun.  My daughter caught the stomach bug the day before that so she was heartbroken to miss that one.  But she did get lots of skating time in!

Well we finally got a day that was suppose to be at least 30 degrees and I was thinking how fun, adventurous and slightly precarious it would be to have a photoshoot on the ice!  I had a specific vision in mind but did put the idea into place rather quickly~thank you for all of my volunteers and I would loved to have had a chance to photograph you all on the ice or at least have you out for a skating party!!!!!  But I only had a certain amount of time to work with cold temps and good sunlight :)

I photographed two amazing couples!  The first couple, Taylor & Kailey, are engaged and I am shooting their wedding this coming June!  And the second couple, Ryan & Mackenzie, got married last June~with their dates only one week apart!  I love how both shoots turned out and thank you to both couples for being adventurous and a bit cold :)  And thank you to the ice skating/camera gods for not letting me fall and bust my camera :)  Also a big thank you to my lovely assistant, my daughter :)

Here are some of my favorites from the shoot!!!!



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