Springfield Wedding Photography – Sarah And Drew

Springfield Wedding Photography

At Rogers And Baldwin Historic Venue

Last week Model Citizens Photography had the chance to do some Springfield wedding photography at the beautiful Rogers & Baldwin Historic Venue in downtown Springfield Missouri. The couple were two amazing musicians who I had known informally through the Branson music scene, and it was a pleasure to get to spend time getting to know them and their families better through the course of planning out their wedding photography, to documenting the rehearsal dinner, right up to shooting the wedding itself. Below are just a few of the highlights from this gorgeous ceremony as well as a bunch of bad music puns in honor of the newly betrothed songbirds.

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The wedding had a theatrical vibe with Playbill an Tickets. Perfect backdrops for the couple's rings.

The wedding had a theatrical vibe with Playbill and Tickets. Perfect backdrops for the couple’s rings.

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The Bride wore her ruby red slippers in honor of The Wizard

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The Bride's dress was stunning.

The Bride’s dress was stunning.

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Isn’t She Lovely?

The bride, one Sarah Tweedle, possess a voice as lovely as she is. Sarah has been named Branson’s Female Vocalist of the Year Twice! This writer(yup, 2nd paragraph and I’m already in 3rd person) had hoped to land her for a Pink Floyd tribute show my old band did a while back, knowing she was one of the few singers around that could pull off Great Gig In The Sky. Things didn’t work the way I had wished and, to this day, Roger Waters sheds a single, manly, tear without even having heard how poorly the song was performed. But enough about me and Roger, back to Sarah and our Springfield wedding photography! Her touch was all over the ceremony from the charming decorations that lined the guest table to the ruby red slippers she wore in honor of her fondness for The Wizard Of Oz. Here’s a few highlights of Mrs. Tweedle from the big day.

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The Bride getting ready.

The Bride getting ready.

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The Bridal party puts on the finishing touches.

The Bridal party puts on the finishing touches.

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A moment between a Father and his Daughter before the ceremony.

A moment between a Father and his Daughter before the ceremony.

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Who Draws The Crowd? Who Plays So Loud? Baby It’s The Guitar Man!

The Mister and co-star in this Springfield wedding photography story is the talented Drew Webber. The author(Bam! back in 3rd person, baby) has played with some amazing guitarists and Mr. Webber is in league with the finest. A recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award, Drew is a veteran Branson guitarist even at his young age and was nominated Lead Guitar Player of the Year by Branson Show Awards. These days, Drew and Sarah can both be found playing with the Run For Cover Band aboard the Carnival Sunshine cruise ship. It’s important to note this couples musical background because it played it’s role in the ceremony. Instead of lighting a Unity Candle, or pouring sand in a jar, or releasing a cobra and a mongoose to fight to the death like some weddings, Drew and Sarah opted to build a guitar. No, really! It was awesome! The four bolts that hold the neck of the guitar to the body were inserted, one at a time, by first the brides parents, then the grooms, followed by the best man and Man Of Honor(Sarah’s Brother, Jake), and the last by the couple themselves. This was a great idea and so fitting for a couple whose life and love are so intertwined with song.

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The Groom reflects before the ceremony.

The Groom reflects before the ceremony.

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Drew receives a gift from Sarah while getting ready.

Drew receives a gift from Sarah while getting ready.

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Drew enters the Rogers & Baldwin Historic Venue

Drew enters the Rogers & Baldwin Historic Venue

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Sarah's parents help assemble the guitar.

Sarah’s parents help assemble the guitar.

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Drew's Mom & Dad insert their bolt into the guitar.

Drew’s Mom & Dad insert their bolt into the guitar.

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The guitar also served as the guest book!

The guitar also served as the guest book!

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We’re Going To The Chapel And Were Gonna Get Married

Well, it’s not a Chapel, really. But I don’t know any songs about weddings with the phrase “historic venue” in them. Still, the Rogers & Baldwin Historic Venue is a beautiful place to shoot a wedding. Granted, this was just my second time shooting Springfield wedding photography, with Branson being my normal stomping grounds, but, as it stands, Rogers & Baldwin is the coolest venue I’ve seen up there. Photo buffs who may be reading should note that the lighting in the venue presents a bit of a challenge, as most of the available light comes from windows on the far side of each floor with the rest of the spacious hall being dimly lit with low wattage bulbs. Don’t even think of shooting here without a good, full frame, camera with good low light performance. But what the venue lacks in lighting it more than makes up for with it’s beautifully aged brick walls and hardwood floors. Being directly across the street from Patton Alley Pub is a nice bonus too in case you want to hop over for a pint(hopefully AFTER the ceremony. Nobody needs a creepy, drunken Uncle, oogling the bride.)

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Sarah and her parents look on as Drew delivers his vows.

Sarah and her parents look on as Drew delivers his vows.

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The bridal party chills outside of Patton Alley Pub during formal shots.

The bridal party chills outside of Patton Alley Pub during formal shots.

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A quick kiss for the camera as the couple leaves the venue through a parade of sparklers.

A quick kiss for the camera as the couple leaves the venue through a parade of sparklers.

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Looks Like We Made It

Well, friends, you know it’s getting to the end when I start quoting Barry Manilow. I would just like to wrap up by saying how honored I am that Sarah and Drew chose Model Citizens Photography for their Springfield wedding photography needs. I had a wonderful time shooting this couple and their awesome family and friends. Included below are a few more pics from the day. I hope you enjoy them and if you find yourself in need of Springfield Wedding Photography, event, or any other occasion, keep us in mind here at Model Citizens Photography!

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