Tag Archives: St. Louis wedding photography

Lindsey & Jake – Steator Wedding Photos

14 Nov

It is high time this blog got caught up! Who wants to see a wedding?!

Lindsey and Jake got married in early October (my most favorite wedding month) and had a perfect outdoor ceremony followed by a reception with the craziest, most awesome dance floor ever! But we’ll get to that… We started the day with a trip to the salon:


Part of our wedding packages – food delivery as needed! That’s right ladies, he’s handsome, he shoots a mean photograph and he delivers double cheese burgers to brides who are short on time and big on hunger!


I’d like to show you a photo or two of the bride eating her double cheese burger while getting her hair done, but I’d like to stay in business. So instead I will show you this photo…


With the hair done it was back to Lindsey’s for the girls to finish getting dolled up and have a bit of fun.


Love that one! Everyone should have a crazy amount of fun on their wedding day!! Below – more fun. The photo on the left was taken when these ladies were at a grade school sleep over. The photo on the right, is the bride busting out the nostalgia and I think the bottom shot speaks for itself : )

Something to be said for having friends that long.  Love this next one – just hanging out in the living room, getting ready for her wedding, no big deal : )

Meanwhile, the guys were hanging out and having a few laughs of their own.

Lindsey and Jake’s ceremony was hosted by close friends who not only let them use their property, but went above and beyond to create an amazing ceremony space. The wedding had a baseball theme, so the tent was set up right over the infield of this backyard baseball diamond, how amazing is that?!


They even had homemade valet parking! Are you kidding me?!

A few shots of the bride all ready to go…

And then we were ready for some couples shots – but – they didn’t want to see each other before the ceremony so we got creative and made it happen!

A few from the ceremony. But just a few cus I know you’re itchin’ to see the purdy posed ones : )

Love this next one. Jake and Lindsey got engaged on this home plate so it was only fitting that they got married at it too!

After the vows it was time for some more couple shots (sans blindfold) and a few with the bridal party.

Seriously, Lindsey – wow – gorgeous!

I love these next 3 big much. They’re all my favorites because I can’t pick just one!

Before calling it done we stopped by the Woodland High School football field to help ourselves to some football photos. Let me just say that I am obsessed with the next photo. I love it. I was really just checking my settings to get the light right but the way Lindsey is standing makes this photo. Love love love.

To the bleachers! Big shout out to this bridal party for making these photos amazing. All I said was “go sit in the bleachers and pretend like you’re at a game!” and bam, perfection!

Time to load up the Party Bus. And oh what a party it was. There is a lot of happy in these photos!

The bridal party put up a baseball bat arch a la A League of their Own for their entrance!!

A little first dance…

A little toast…

A few dances with the parents…

And then it was time to daaaance!! And did they ever. But as mentioned previously, I would like to remain in business so I won’t be sharing the truly amazing photos that resulted from this dance floor. No, I’ll just keep those to myself in case I ever need to blackmail a bridesmaid.

To kick off the dancing, Lindsey requested a special song and gathered all her mom’s girlfriends to put together a special surprise dance for her mama. She picked a song they’d loved to dance to when she was little. The song? Going Out Dancin by Rod Stewart! As you might infer by…you know…my name…I’m inclined to love me some Rod Stewart. Her mom was obviously surprised, love this:

And from there all dancing hell just broke loose…

For future bride’s I’d like to remind you to consider a few important things when selecting your bridesmaids. You need girls who will really be there for you in a pinch.

For example, will she put out the imaginary fire on your dad’s pant leg??


Will she mop the dance floor mid-song when someone spills a beer?

Such responsibility should not be taken lightly.

Typically when I’m shooting dancing photos I just try to move through the crowd and snag some actions shots. Usually I go unnoticed. But some strange phenomenon was taking place at this reception and I kept getting pointed at. I would sneak into the middle of the floor, snag a few shots, turn around and someone would point at me! The first few times I thought it was a coincidence. After that I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on, so I just went with it. That said… Ladies and Gentlemen my favorite pointing pictures from the evening…

See?! I have no idea. But I know I had a real good time!

Lindsey and Jake – Thanks for letting Zac and I be a part of your big day! Every part of it was beautiful and you are very blessed to have such wonderful (and fun!) family and friends. Cheers to you!

Psst…Planning a 2012 wedding? Give us a holler soon if you’re interested in wedding photography. We have great packages for 2012 but the schedule is filling fast and there’s only room for a few more weddings on the 2012 calendar!

Holiday Card Sale!

19 Oct

What better way to make your holidays happy and personal than by making great use of your favorite photos! As the holiday season approaches Maggie Medema Photography will be offering a series of sales to help you send happy wishes, deck your halls and put fabulous gifts in the hands of your favorite people.

Keep an eye on the blog and the Facebook fan page for the latest!

We’ll begin with some casual . natural . happy holiday cards!

This offer gets you 50 5×7 flat cards, printed front and back for $60. That’s a $20 saves off the regular price!

Sale ends October 31, 2011 – so don’t wait!!
Offer available to anyone who has had a session/wedding in 2011.
Photo session not planned until after that – get in touch for details on pre-ordering and locking in the sale price.

You’ll select from five fun designs, all featuring an awesome chalkboard design made to compliment your photos. We can customize the greeting with your names and alter the colors to match your photos. Some may say Merry Christmas but we can customize messages to fit your personal celebrations. Festivus cards anyone?

Check out all 5 designs. Fronts are on the left, backs are on the right. You can even mix and match the various fronts and backs to make the perfect card!

Click to view larger!!

Sneak Peek: Adam + Sheena = Amazingness

3 Oct

Do you know what happens when I really love a photo? My chest tightens up and my eyes sting and I feel like I’m going to hyperventilate. (Yes, I am the most dramatic person you know.)

I may or may not have been breathing into a paper sack while preparing these photos…

Hope you love them as much as I do : )

The next 2 are my favorite. Ever. In life.

And just to prove that my randomness knows no bounds…I give you…a dog on a chair:

Dogs are people too. And people need portraits.

There will be many more where those came from…

Tay & Dan’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

31 Aug

Time for another beautiful wedding! I was very excited for this wedding because Tay and Dan’s engagement shoot was such a blast. They are completely relaxed and perfect together and it’s easy to see that they instantly bring out the best in one another.

I was going to go only with formal shots and save the details and dancing business for later. But I didn’t. It’s my blog and I’m the decider so that’s that.

Here we go…we begin with one of my favorites. The bride waiting as her mom does up the back of her gown…

And we’ll skip to the marriage part… I promise to fill in the gaps of this story later!

And to give credit where it is most certainly due…that’s the husband’s shot : )

Gorgeous, gorgeous bouquet! Had to include this shot because I know the mama of the bride was excited to see it : ) That lovely rosary was a gift to the bride from her dad when she was a little girl. Perfect.

Big shout out to Flowers Plus in Streator for rocking these flowers!!

Love that shot of the guys! See that laughing guy the far back right? I called him Mary all day, and he put up with it. Just so you know.

And skipping to a very happy first dance photo…

And a sweet shot from the father-daughter dance…

And that will do it for sentimental and appropriate…moving on to the hilarious…

So, we’re all chillin’ at Starved Rock, I’m doin my thang, taking some pics. Whatev. And Tay says she would like a photo first with her brother alone, then with her brother and her sister.

So I take this photo:

I look down to check the screen on my camera and the next thing I know, there’s a commotion. Apparently, the brother of the bride, attempting to be kind to his sister on her wedding day, turned and kissed her on the cheek.

Except….the bride turned to say something to her brother and…well…

oh yeah…

…for future reference folks, “You may kiss the bride” only applies to the groom.

Holler at me if you need some ridiculously fun and fabulous wedding photos in 2012!

Joe & Sarah’s Preview ~ Streator, IL Wedding

30 Aug

It’s preview time for Joe & Sarah! I’m only sharing the more posed photos for now…I’ll be back later will a full post dedicated to their whole wedding day, so you’ll have to wait until then for the details and story-telling shots.

So here we go….

Loved the color of those nasty old garage doors!!

After the ceremony, we made a visit to Twin Creeks where I saw this structure and said “What the hell is that??” (Apparently, it’s a scoreboard of sorts.) And then someone else said, “Can we get up on it?” Well, why not?!

This bridal party was a blast! It’s a very unique, very cool thing to photograph weddings. But it adds a whole different level when the you’ve known the bride and groom and most of the bridal party since high school. Then it’s just kind of surreal.

Check those studs out! Love it!!

Getting some attitude from the ladies : )

Love! They’re so easy to be around and to photography because they’re so easy together. It isn’t hard to tell when a couple has been together for-ev-er, and Joe and Sarah have. I – not surprisingly – am a big fan of high school sweet hearts : ) there is something to be said for a relationship when people grow up together and not apart.

Gorgeous!! That dress was perfect for her!

And one more of the bride because I’m loving this picture…

Stick around, lots more to come in the next several weeks.

Now is the time to book 2012 weddings! Packages are all inclusive, include not one but two fabulous photographers and the guarantee of having a kick ass time while you get your photo taken. Email for pricing and availability!

SP: Lyssa & Cipi’s St. Louis Engagement Photos!

24 May

Like how I’ve lost the ambition to type “Sneak Peek?” Really it isn’t a laziness thing its that every single time I type that phrase I have to ask the hubs if I’m supposed to spell it “peek” or “peak” and quite honestly we’re both sick of that nonsense. So SP is is. It worked for Sarah Jessica Parker…

Anyway. This past weekend we joined Lyssa and Cipi for a Lafayette Square engagement session. The location idea was all theirs – I threw out some options and they came back with Lafayette Square. Perfection!

I heart Lyssa & Cipi big much and a lot to me to get to take these photos for them. Taking photos for strangers is great, but taking photos of people you’ve known for a loooong time is even better. But I’ll ramble about that more in the full post, for now enjoy this sneak pea…er…umm… enjoy this preview. Tons more fabulousness to come.


That photo is killing me. It’s everything I love. It’s urban grunge, it’s funky shaped tree, it’s field of flowering weeds. And then, her dress blew in the wind and I nearly died of joy.

Holy goodness. You guys are smokin’!

We finished the day at the graffiti wall. You can expect to hear a lot more about that  : )

Don’t forget to take advantage of the summer sale! Great way to get St. Louis area engagement, family, children, maternity, whatever-else-you-can-think-of photos at a great price!