~ Kaylle & Ryan ~

I couldn't think of a better way to cap off my 2011 wedding season than to hang out with Kaylle & Ryan.  They came as a referral from one of my all time favorite couples Paige and Brian.  I loved getting a chance to hang out in Litchfield again and eat their famous tortellini :)   Kaylle and Ryan have been through more in a few years than most couples go through in a lifetime.  They are so in love.  I kept catching Ryan on his phone snapping pictures of Kaylle in her dress.  Her was in awe of her, and I was in awe of their love. 

~ St. Louis Shot Party 2011~ THE VIDEO!

I've been holding onto this for a while now, waiting for things to slow down long enough for the photographers to actually enjoy it :)

But I'm excited to share the promo video that was filmed at the Shot Party 2011 - we had so much fun at the Shot Party and this video captures it perfectly. 

You can also get the vimeo link here if you would like to embed this video into your own blog or facebook :)

I want to give a HUGE shout out to our videographer Jason Gibson.  He was given about 2 days notice for this shoot, had very limited resources AND was getting married himself one week later.   I was very happy with the way he was able to pull everything together.

If you are a bride getting married in 2011 I kindly ask you to check out his work and consider using him for you big day.  I know I would be thrilled to work alongside Jason if any of my brides would like to hire him ;)    www.JasonGibsonOnline.com

~ Thanksgiving Delivered ~

Thanksgiving delivered in all sorts of beautiful ways.  My husband and I come from 2 large families so it's always a very long, loud, fun day.   My husband is the youngest of 9 children.  Those 9 children had 14 Grandchildren and we all get together at "Aunt Annies" house.   

I very rarely bring my camera to family events and holidays.   Maybe once every 3 or 4 years.  I'm glad I did, it's been too long since we've gotten some family photos....even if they all do grumble and groan the whole way through it :)
This Holiday was extra special at Aunt Annies.   My nephew, Sergeant Joseph Manno, returned from his tour of duty in Afghanistan one day before Thanksgiving.    We all counted our blessings a little more that he was home and safe.    The compound he was in was under some awful mortar attacks while he was deployed and everyone breathed a little easier with him home. 
We love you Joey and we are so very proud of you. 
Libby Lu had an extra friend at the dinner table.  She loves to share :)
...and she was a kissing bandit.

And I make a pretty awesome Apple Pie.
So we waddle out of Annies house belly stuffed and jeans un-buttoned only to drive to my Moms house in Illionois and have another Thanksgiving.    Always to be greeted by my mother taking the Turkey out with Rollers still in her hair. 
My mom is one of 8 kids.  Those 8 kids had a whopping 23 grandkids.  And those 23 grandkids?  Heck, I'm not even going to count how many we've popped out.   But my moms house is always fun.  Her house is pretty small which only makes it better, everyone is on top of each other, talking over each other, with parades of little ones running from room to room. 
My Uncle Ricky came in town and brought some old newpaper cutouts of me.   One is a "Why I love my Mom" contest that I won, the other is an old Beauty Pageant announcement. 
I can't stop looking at this photo of my big boy.  I love it with all my heart.  These have to be some of my favorite pictures I've taken of Rocky ever. 
I took a couple outside photos of the family, but then a really competitive game of "Rook" broke out and I put my camera down and didn't take as many photos as I did at Annies.   But here are a few. 
This is Baby Turkey, this Holiday belongs to him.  I told you about it before here. 
I hope you had a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving too. 

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