Juliana Noelle Jumper

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Destination | A Modern, Glass Chapel Wedding for OK Lovebirds

Last month I traveled to my hometown of Tulsa, OK to shoot a wedding in the very venue I was married in nearly two years prior; a gorgeous, modern glass chapel in Broken Arrow. I may be a little biased but this wedding was seriously one the most beautiful I’ve ever shot. I can’t get over it. Alex and Cody were such a cool and gorgeous couple. I knew I liked them the first time we spoke on video chat and they introduced me to their cats. Ya’ll know how I feel about cats. Unfortunately, they didn’t have a cool cat cake topper like I did. (Yes, I’m 100% serious.)

These guys got so lucky with the crazy Spring weather that frequently occurs in the area at this time of year. That morning I was awoken by the not so soothing sound of tornado sirens. Around noon, I had to run to a Target to purchase some rain boots because I hadn’t thought it pack mine, and the rain was coming down so hard there was no way I could wear my flats. Luckily in spite of the terrible flooding and tornadoes, the bad weather managed to clear out just in time for the ceremony. During their portrait session we were even lucky enough to see the sun break through the clouds for a few brief moments. Overall this day was absolutely magical. It made me want to plan my wedding here all over again.

V E N D O R S
venue: Glass Chapel
floral: The French Bouquet
cake: All Things Cake
linens: Party Pro
dj: LionsRoad

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Destination | Romance and Light in Rocky Mountain National Park

Naturally, the one uncomfortably cold day on my week long trip to Colorado was this one. While the rest of the Midwest was essentially frozen alive, I was sweating out at Garden of the Gods and walking around downtown Estes Park wearing nothing but an over-sized sweater. Of course the cold would catch up to me the day of my shoot. As Juliet and Connor removed their warm winter coats I told them to think warm thoughts and assured them I’d be quick. Dressed in about four layers myself, looking like the Michelin Man’s artist cousin, I somehow managed to successfully photograph these two. They, on the other hand, made the cold seem like nothing.

Juliet and Connor were total troupers and absolutely wonderful in front of the camera. I wasn’t too worried about our shoot knowing Connor was a photographer himself. Having both lived in the same small Oklahoma town, I’d been creeping on his work since a friend of mine had a brief crush on him in high school. I remember her scrolling through his MySpace pictures until she came across one of his photography albums. I lived in another town at that point so I never officially met him, but his work caught my attention and I added him on social media. For the last decade he was a random friend on Facebook that I’d like his photography once in awhile. By the time my trip to Colorado was planned, I’d observed that he and Juliet had moved out to Denver last summer. I immediately reached out and our date was set!

Both myself and my mom (who I brought along for the ride) were so floored by their easy going attitudes and warm nature, especially considering the chilly temperatures. They were naturals in front of the camera, but beyond that they engaged us both in conversation, asking us about our trip, lives, ect. They were so nice and fun to work with, and even recommended us a restaurant a couple hours after the shoot. We showed up there and they were still finishing up so they joined us at our table while we waited for our food. I know this entire post was supposed to be about how beautiful the mountains were and trust me, they were, but I think it’s important to realize that if you vibe with your clients you can shoot them anywhere and have a great time. Of course I’m overjoyed at the opportunity to shoot in Colorado, and please please please someone take me back! Until then, I’ll just be drooling over the gorgeous images below.

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Destination | A St Louis Engagement in Stunning Forest Park

I had just been bragging to a client the other day that I felt so lucky this year because I had yet to shoot in freezing cold weather. All of my weddings and lifestyle shoots had been indoors, and I’d be fortunate enough to have had nice weather for all of my couples shoots. So naturally the engagement I traveled 3+ hours to photograph was absolutely freezing.

You all should applaud Lindsay and Greg’s dedication to getting these photos because O.M.G it was cold one, and they were the ones lacking coats. They were so much fun to work with though; very easy to photograph and up for whatever weird instruction I through out. I’m elated to shoot their wedding later this year, especially after getting to finally meet them in person after several months of planning. They also choose an insanely beautiful location. St Louis peeps will recognize this as the very well known Forest Park, but I’d never heard of it prior to scheduling this shoot. I was super excited about it, particularly The Jewel Box which just might be the most interesting conservatory I’ve ever seen. Still crying we couldn’t go inside though….

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Destination | An Unconventional Approach to Rustic Charm in Rural Iowa

Driving two hours in the rain to a remote town in southern Iowa had me a little worried, as speed limit signs fell away and paved roads turned to gravel. For one, I had never met the bride or groom; we’d never spoken over the phone, and I’d never so much as seen a picture of the couple. Our communication had been sparse, a few emails stretched out over the course of a year. I had no idea what I was in store for, and yet, when I arrived what I found was a beautifully curated rustic wedding, filled with personal touch.

Julia and David’s wedding was the rustic wedding I’d been waiting to attend. These two were charmingly unconventional in their approach to their wedding day. They had no strings attached to tradition yet maintained the elegance of many rural weddings I’ve attended. (Well perhaps their were some strings - Julia did tell me her mother was silent for a long time when she announced she was wearing a red dress.) They had the essentials: DIY silk flower bouquets and boutonnieres, a barn venue and reception hall, votive tea lights, moss and tree rings. However, they had included some really interesting personal touches: lanterns as bouquets, fresh wild flowers on reception tables, old books and glass bottles, small items revealing a deep appreciation of the natural world.

Their wedding venue, Ramsey Farm is a venue and inn of restored prairie houses. The surrounding historic town also includes the original church and school house. David’s family lived in the town in the early 20th century. His family’s name still remains imprinted on the pavement leading up to one of the area homes. Due to the rain I shot some very moody portraits of the couple inside one of the houses, and was able to use the large back porch of another for family photos and wedding party shots. If there had to be rain on a wedding day, I’m glad it was this one. It cast a veil across the landscape, adding to the nostalgic mood of the celebration.

Julia and David’s ceremony was short and sweet, and contained my favorite reading I’ve ever heard at the 20+ weddings I’ve attended. I’ll leave you with the words of Neil Gaimen:

This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing.
This is everything I've learned about marriage: nothing.

Only that the world out there is complicated,
and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,
and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,
is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,
and not to be alone.

It's not the kisses, or never just the kisses: it's what they mean.
Somebody's got your back.
Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn't want to rescue you
or send for the army to rescue them.

It's not two broken halves becoming one.
It's the light from a distant lighthouse bringing you both safely home
because home is wherever you are both together.

So this is everything I have to tell you about love and marriage: nothing,
like a book without pages or a forest without trees.

Because there are things you cannot know before you experience them.
Because no study can prepare you for the joys or the trials.
Because nobody else's love, nobody else's marriage, is like yours,
and it's a road you can only learn by walking it,
a dance you cannot be taught,
a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.

And because in the darkness you will reach out a hand,
not knowing for certain if someone else is even there.

And your hands will meet, 
and then neither of you will ever need to be alone again.

And that's all I know about love.

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Destination | A Remote Schoolhouse Wedding in Rural Kansas

Sarah & Patrick's Kansas wedding was seriously one for the books. I say Kansas, rather than Aliceville; try to find Aliceville on a map. Do it. See how long it takes you. Two hours out into the middle of nowhere, so far speed limit signs disappeared, only knowing I was on the right track when a small diy sign reading "wedding" popped up about 3 miles from my destination. However, the remote location did not make this wedding any less fabulous or impressive to be seen, in fact, it only added to the other-worldliness and timelessness of this small town celebration.  

The wedding was held in the front yard of an old schoolhouse, which Sarah & Patrick are currently renovating into their home. With the schoolhouse to their backs, the ceremony occurred beneath a pergola adorned with moss and flowers, as the bridal party stood along a makeshift "clothes line" of sheer linens and draped moss. It was a very windy day which was awful for set up, especially when flower petals, vines, and loose moss are a large part of your centerpieces, but in photos the wind was stunning. It created an organic movement throughout the entire day, which seemed to add an additional touch of magic to this already ethereal location. 

Regarding vintage, I'm perhaps less rustic and more old world in style, but even so, I felt such kinship to the overall vibe of this wedding. Moss, vines and old books were a large part of the decor; parts of the schoolhouse were left primitive in display and others had been updated, but nothing in such a way that lacked authenticity. There was also a place for modern attributes at this celebration, like the couple's hand written vows (although the bride forgot hers and totally winged it!) and a contemporary white on white color scheme. Now add all that into the mix of the quirky additions of family and friends; such as, a questionably stable dance floor made of plywood and shipping pallets, or the lovely tiered wedding cake assembled on site by the baker herself! (Who was also a bridesmaid.)

I cannot get over how lovely this day came together, and I'm so thrilled to have been able to be a part of it! 

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