On and unseasonably beautiful 72 degree day in November, Mallory and Dan said “I do.”  I have been friends with Mallory’s family for many years which made the day even more special.  Everything thing about the day was perfection…

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The first look pictures are always my favorite!  I love that Steve, Mallory’s Dad got to be there to share in the moment!

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Just a little stroll in the park.  I mean, look at that fall color! Don’t forget to check out the flowers, I did those too. 🙂

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And when you’re in love, it shows!

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The ceremony at Graham Chapel and the reception at the Forest Park Visitor’s Center.

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Congratulations Mal and Dan.  Your love is infectious and I was honored to capture your big day!!

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Today is the last first day of school for my youngest niece, Elizabeth. Where does the time go? It hardly seems possible. Wasn’t it just yesterday that she was getting on the school bus for the first time? She has grown into a beautiful, creative and generous young woman and it is such a joy to be her aunt. During a recent visit to the great Northwest, I took the first round of her Senior Portraits.
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On a gorgeous evening we had a fun time at the beach snapping some pictures of her with bestie, Rylie.

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Dear Elizabeth, you are an amazing young woman.  I am more proud of you than I can ever express. Happy last first day of school to you and all your friends in the Class of 2016.  I can’t wait to celebrate your 18th Birthday at the end of the month and take more senior pictures for you!

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May all your wishes come true!  I love you,

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Earlier this year, my friend Denise called me with some sad news…her husband Ken was being asked to take a job in Atlanta. His company had asked him to make the move a couple of other times, but this time they could not say no. So, it was settled, they were moving to Atlanta. After a lot of tears, we began making plans for the move. I have known the Marshall family since 2003 and I have been blessed to photograph their family over the years and decorate both of the homes they lived in while in St. Louis. I was honored that Denise wanted me to go with them to Atlanta to do the same.

They took several trips to find a house and finally put a contract on this one…

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Denise and I took a day trip in late May when they were doing the inspections so I could see the house, take some measurements and start formulating a plan for making it their home. The first order of business was to paint the entire main and upper floors.  Jamie and I drove to Atlanta the day before they closed to be ready to get to work as soon as they took possession.  We began by lightening and brightening the dark and dated master bedroom.

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We tried several colors on the walls for the main living area of the house, but they all seemed to be too…something…dark, light, gray, tan, etc.  As I had done for them in their previous house, I mixed some custom colors that were just right. Due to the short time-frame, we hired some additional painters to paint the rest of the main floor.  While the painters did their thing, we unpacked, and unpacked and unpacked.

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Once the painters were done, we placed the furniture and decorative items, and hung artwork.  Here are before and after pictures of each room.

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The above set of 5 canvases hung in the foyer of their St. Louis home and are pictures I took of flowers in their yard.  It was extra special to hang them in their new home.

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When I did the living room in their previous house, I asked them to take a leap and make one focal wall bright teal blue.  They ended up loving it, so we painted the same blue (Benjamin Moore Baltic Sea) on the focal wall in their new family room.

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The set of 5 overlapping frames shown above is also something I did for their St. Louis living room.  All pictures that are meaningful to the Marshall family, I was thrilled they could be showcased in their new family room.  I was equally happy they had a great place for the custom pallet table (pictured right above) that I built them.

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The only change we made in the kitchen, other than paint (which made a huge difference), was to replace the light fixtures over the table.  I don’t have a before picture of the walk-in pantry… the entire thing was olive green–even the shelves.  I used my handy Wagner HVLP paint sprayer to paint all the shelves (which, though not pictured, are also on the opposite wall). With the HVLP sprayer I was able paint out all the shelves in two coats 4 hours apart each taking about 45 minutes to paint.  If painted by hand, it would have taken all day to paint and would have needed 3 coats.

MCK Designs kitchen afterThe lower level will be teenage boy hangout central.

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I painted all the bedrooms upstairs and did special projects for Matthew (stripes) and Samuel (handpainted baseball).

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My final project was to build very simple mudroom cubbies for the boys.

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I hardly have words to express how amazing it was to get to create beauty in the Marshall’s new home.  Though I am sad they are no longer in St. Louis, I know we will be friends for a lifetime.  I look forward to more fun projects as I visit for years to come.  Marshall family… I am blessed to know you and honored to help make your new house, home.

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2015 is flying past my eyes at an unfathomable speed. Sorry so much time has passed since Part 1! How is it already almost Valentine’s Day?  Speaking of, yesterday I browsed through 2014’s photography, weddings and flowers, and all I can say is that my heart is full.  I am blessed beyond my wildest dreams to get to create beauty and capture memories. Each picture tells a story and has a sweet memory!

Because MCK Designs provides a wide variety of design services, sometimes I have the privilege of providing both flowers and photography for weddings. I particularly love those times.

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There is nothing more precious than capturing newborns in their first days.

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Seniors are fun to shoot…they are full of hope and a tangible excitement for the future.

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Ahhhhh, young love…

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Autumn is my favorite time of year, not only because it brings with it cooler weather, beautiful trees and my birthday, but it is the time when I get to do pictures for Christmas cards. These are some of my faves from 2014!

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Thanks for walking down memory lane with me.  I love what I do…every day.

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