When Holly moved to St. Louis for her first job out of college, she had no idea her new roommate was one degree of separation from the man she would spend the rest of her life with. After bumping into Curtis during a chance invite to his brothers graduation party, neither of them could have anticipated the journey they would go on together, for life.

It was such an easy and lighthearted way to begin the day that felt so representative of what it feels like when the bride and groom are together . . . easy to love and light at heart.

Moments with mom . . .. . . and a letter from her future husband.

I love that Holly’s dad was hanging with the guys before coming to see his daughter as a bride. . .How gorgeous is Curtis’s mom? Love this moment!What a gorgeous bride . . .One of our favorite Dad and daughter moments! It’s not difficult to figure out where Holly gets her joyful spirit . . .Helllloooooo, stunner. Let’s go get married!Celebrity Bridesmaid DressesNo only was their reception location just stunning but it was WARM. I think Holly was pretty happy about that after being such a trooper for portraits in the cold!Such a stunning space set for a serious celebration!Dad’s toast to his daughter and the reactions that came along with it. . . priceless!


Congrats you two! We were just thrilled to have been a small part of such an unforgettable day in your lives!

A BIG thank you to all of the incredible vendors who made their day unforgettable . . .

Ceremony Site: St. Francis Xavier Church

Reception Site: The Renaissance Hotel

Flowers: Petals and Glass

Hair: Jaime Torres
Makeup: Brideface (Penny)
Headpiece- custom
Shoes – Gianni Bini
Bridesmaids Dresses – Joanna August
Grooms/Groomsmen – Jos A Bank Formalwear
Invitations – Paperkeet (in St. Louis)
Rental Equipment – Primetime Party Rental
Cake – Servatiis cake topper, Greater’s chip wheelies
Entertainment – The Chuck Taylors
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When their personalized vows to each other included stories of flirtation in high school math class, you could feel the excitement in the room as each of their friends and family felt the anticipation of a long love relationship ending in a lifetime commitment of love.

Samantha and Vitaly really do have something so special . . .The day began with a steady stream of good luck. We weren’t sure if the rain would let up, but we were sure that this day would be unforgettable.Peach Bridesmaid DressesI’ve never photographed a happier bride . . .In the meantime, the guys were being guys. Tying ties. Sipping whiskey. Making memories.The rain literally stopped falling not 10 minutes before their first look. It was absolute perfect timing for a perfect moment.Not every family member was excited as we were about knocking out as many photos before the ceremony as possible! The good news is, she looked adorable no matter what she was doing!What really happens right before you get the actual photo of the kids! Controlled chaos.Because the ground was so saturated from the rain, the ceremony was moved into the tent. It was just as gorgeous a scene as anything mother nature had in mind.Their first portraits as husband and wife . . .c47The outdoor cocktail hour had a charming garden theme which carried through to the reception. The decor was complete with farm tables, mossy detail, and soft colors and textures with touches of light gold. It was just stunning.c46_KKM7485Buyniski_wed_0933c45Buyniski_wed_0597Buyniski_wed_0601There was not a minute wasted. The celebration of these love birds began immediately!At nightfall, the lighting in the tent set the scene for a serious party! Buyniski_wed_0868Our photobooth was there and our team was busy making portraits for people to tag each other on for years to come!

Late night food truck? Yes, please!Buyniski_wed_0898Samantha and Vitaly spent their first day of marriage not only loving each other, but also making everyone around them feel just as loved. Their joy was contagious and the history of commitment they’d already built made the day that much more meaningful. I was so honored to have been there. Thank you!Buyniski_wed_0900

A big virtual standing ovation for the vendors who made this event not only possible, but incredible . . .

Event Planner and Designer: Viva Bella Events

Florist: Robin Wood Flowers

Ceremony  and Reception: Greenacres Art Center

Caterer: Eat Well

Videography: Kortnee Kate In Motion

Photobooth: LiveClick

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Popular Choice

Entertainment: Nightsong Ban

Bridal Gown: Anne Barge

Bridesmaids: Dessy

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Groom’s Formalwear: Suitsupply

Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair Stylist: Jen Nally

Bride’s & Mother of the Bride’s Makeup: Susan Staley from Dorothy & Delora in Chicago

Bridesmaid’s Makeup: BrideFACE

Stationary: Loon + Co

Tables, chairs, bar stools/tables, lounge furniture – All Occasions and Canvas Event Furniture

Photo wall, frames – Designed by Viva Bella Events; Fabricated by Ambience

Linens – La Tavola and BBJ
Late Night Snack – Bones Burgers Food Truck

Dessert scape – Eat Well

Bar – Camargo Events

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As some of you know, we moved into a bright and airy studio filled with natural light about 2 years ago. Since then, we have been documenting kiddos and families with a new sense of simplicity that really brings out the personality and dynamic of not only each individual, but the family as a whole. In the old days, people would stand still in front of the camera, look directly into the lens and wait. There was something about the simplicity of the process that made who they were or how they were feeling jump right off the print. In a similar way, when you shed the busy background or props and devote time to making connections with your subject in a way that makes who they are in that moment come to life, there’s nothing like it.

This precious families shoot was a perfect example of stark sincerity creating perfect documentation of where they are in life, right now.murphy_mini_049murphy_mini_045murphy_mini_040murphy_mini_042murphy_mini_029murphy_mini_016murphy_mini_014murphy_mini_067murphy_mini_017c10murphy_mini_001murphy_mini_006c11It’s chilly in the Midwest this time of year so if you are interested in scheduling a studio shoot for your family, give our studio a ring at 513.807.3000 or email info@kortneekate.com!
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