..:The McLain Family:..

This past year, the dear sweet Jessica McLain asked me to take pictures of her son each month to capture his sweet face as he grew. Well, he’s 11 months now and I can’t hardly believe it will be coming to an end. Little Rypken definitely has a piece of my heart. It literally feels like they have become part of my own family. But I guess only the best clients make you feel this way. 🙂

This month, we switched up Ryp’s monthly shoot with a family session. So. . . enjoy these sweet Christmas images, McLain’s!  And, again, thank you for sharing your sweet son with d-Squared and our fans!

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Perfect Wedding (Weather) Day

As we do before most wedding days, we intently watched the forecast to see what the weather would be like for this couple’s outdoor Lake of the Ozarks wedding. A few days before the big day, thunderstorms were in the forecast (an 80% chance!).

Crap.

Needless to say, we prayed and we prayed HARD for the meteorologists to be very, VERY wrong (no offense weather.com). Boy, were we glad that turned out to be the case! Right after the wedding ceremony was over, we saw the rain/mist across the lake. We rushed and hurried fast to try and squeeze in a few outdoor family shots. Little did we know . . . the weather had plans of its own. The rain held off until the very last moment possible second. We were literally taking the last picture of the day (outside) and we felt a raindrop. We all cheered! What an incredibly God-blessed wedding-weather day!

This couple truly deserved the day they got. They were sweet, genuine and madly in love. Mr. and Mrs. Pearon, thank you for allowing us to share in your very special day!

Our wish for you: May the good Lord always be at the heart of your marriage, a light in your home and a constant presence in your life together. Congratulations from d-Squared Designs!

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{I Married My Best Friend}

As a photography company, we truly hope and pray each and every couple feels the love and support this sweet couple portrayed on their wedding day. From the way Kevin held Leah’s hand, to the way she giggled at everything he said . . . they are very obviously each other’s best friend. And after dating for a little over 12 years, they decided to tie the knot. What a testament to the sacrament of marriage to see, even after all those years of dating, these two so much in love on the start of their new life together.

Our wish for the Stroer’s:  May you always feel as close as you do this day. May you always find happiness in your home and may it be a refuge from the storms of life. May your love grow ever stronger as you share your lives together and may your future be even more wonderful than you dreamed possible!

Congrats Kevin and Leah Stroer and thank you for choosing d-Squared Designs to be a part of your very special day!

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{The NEW Mr. and Mrs. Hagedorn}

I heard a quote once, “Love is friendship set on fire.” I think this quote speaks so true to this bride & groom who have known each other since they were 7 years old. These two have literally grown up with one another and now have each married their best friend. Their day could not have been any more perfect.

Our wish for you: We hope each day you love each other more than the last. And may you be as rich in life as you are in love.

Their first look. . . Bobby was “waitin’ on his woman.” 🙂
Congratulations Bobby & Kayla! Thank you for letting d-Squared Designs be a part of your very special day! 🙂

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**Sparkle n’ Shine**

Glitz, Glamour and Shine! From playing dress up as a little girl, to dreaming about your BIG day. . . finding that perfect dress fulfills a dream that leads to the most perfect day of your life.

THIS is the dress you will wear the day you marry your one and only prince charming.
THIS is the dress you will be wearing when you, one-day, show pictures to your kids. THIS is the dress you will forever remember as YOUR perfect wedding dress.

For all these reasons and so many more. . . is why finding the perfect dress is so utterly important. It defines a day that will be etched in your mind for years to come.

Join us as we document the journey of finding “The One” . . . . 🙂

A special thank you to our amazing wedding vendors for being a part of this shoot. We couldn’t have done it without any of you!
Wedding Dress: Special Memories (www.specialmemories.com)
Hair: Kori Keller
Make-up: Kala Loughary

The search begins. . .
Sometimes, finding the right dress doesn’t always start out as perfection. So you continue your search. . . hoping and praying you have “that moment” where you just know it’s the one!And then. . . the fit is perfect, the style is just as you dreamed. . . and your face totally gives it away to all your friends and family in attendance that you MIGHT have broke Daddy’s pocket book. 😉Feeling like a princess is easy, once you have that perfect dress. . . it shows ALL over your face and your wedding pics are to DIE for because you feel like a total rockstar! 🙂Wishing all of our future brides. . . happy dress hunting. . . we hope your face is as happy as Laura’s after you try on that “perfect one!” 🙂

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The “Glow”

“There are places in the heart you don’t know exist until you love a child.”

Jonathan and Tracy. . . there aren’t many words to say about your images because your emotions portray so much. Your love for one another and your future Miss Kinley radiates in your smiles and body language. Enjoy this preview into the Currier Family session. . . **sigh**

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Avenue & Company: OPENING SOON!

Near downtown Farmington, Missouri, a quaint little Factory will now host one of the brand new elite-style fine dining restaurants: Avenue & Company. The new restaurant will feature all types of foods with a rustic, modern-type eclectic feel while dining. Avenue & Co. promises to provide top service with the most delicious food around. The owners (Randy and Sarah Thebeau) are extremely excited for you to join them this Fall as they open their doors to a whole new experience. Tickled for an inside look? Take a glance into the awesomeness that is: Avenue and Co with these pictures presented to you by us (d-Squared Designs)! ENJOY!

Location: The Factory in downtown Farmington, MO.
(Note: Avenue & Co. is also associated with Avenue Events located in Farmington, MO.)

These light fixtures were handmade and designed by owner: Sarah Thebeau. She is seriously creative and seriously talented!
Isn’t the lighting so fantastic??
The owners: Randy and Sarah Thebeau.

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