• Hello! If you've reached this site in search of Jennifer Seris Photography...you've found me! However, I'm a full-time mom, with a full-time job, and only do a limited number of weddings and family sessions throughout the year.

    In addition to the shoots I blog, you'll see monthly updates on my family (ok, just my son, no one cares about the rest of us changing month to month) and occasional other thoughts I deem worthy of getting out of my head and onto the interwebs. Thanks for stopping by!

Newlyweds :: Matthew + Teresa

Matthew and Teresa were my first couple to book this year and my last wedding of the season — can’t think of a better way to wrap up my first full wedding season after super-long-maternity leave and a full October to boot! Bonus fun fact: Both my first and last weddings of the season were Team Mizzou alumni marriages…#mizzoureclove!

And without any further adieu…

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The bride and her ladies…can’t forget beautiful mom!

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Teresa and Matthew shared their first look on the rooftop of the hotel…always one of my favorite parts of a wedding day!

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Um…hello, gorgeous!

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Quick #sisterselfie on the trolley and then we were at our special destination!

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Yes. Yes we did. Spend an hour in the beautiful Busch Stadium. Taking all the photos. The rain held off, it was perfectly overcast so we could shoot whichever direction we wanted to, and it was ah.maz.ing.

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Love these shots that Erin got of the boys on the dugout…those socks!

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A is for Amen. (Sidenote: best wedding hashtag ever…#CanIGetanAmen)

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Love this shot of the bride and her attendants — we’ve got dress lifters, photo documentation and exclaiming…it’s the perfect representation of the mood of the day. ALSO, please note the lovely lady in the black dress and apron…that’s Christine of Celebrations of Love wedding planning and she is amazing to work with! I’ve never seen someone so cool, calm and collected all.day.long. She was on top of every last detail and was dedicated to making sure Teresa and Matthew’s day went at smoothly as possible…if I didn’t know better, I’d say she pulled some strings to make the rain hold off the WHOLE TIME we were out taking photos.

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I could not get enough of these flowers!! Maybe it’s the “October” factor and the fact that everything else is dying and all orange-y and brown, but these colors were just perfect!!

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On our pit stop through the stadium underground, I stole the happy couple away for a quick “shot” at the bar…because when you’re in private clubhouse territory, you make the most of it, am I right?!

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Then we had time for a few more photos on the SLU campus across from the church grounds…I wanted to make sure we had a little bit of that fall foliage!

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We may have been seconds away from getting shooed out of the church before the ceremony for these…but this and some of the others in the doorway are some of my favorites from the day, so it was worth it, right? Don’t be mad, church lady…

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Shoutout to the best second-shooting-sidekick ever…Erin had to jet out right after the ceremony to make it over to the Caramel Room to get detail shots and she made me PROMISE to get some shots of the newlyweds with the big wooden church doors. She was right…totally worth it.

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The Caramel Room at Bissingers is a beautiful venue — so many fun details and a great flow of the space. Loved all the coordinating touches of the place cards with the ceremony programs and other small signs (can’t help my inner graphic designer).

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MizzouRec, represent!

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Another first for me…the shoe game! Teresa’s sister Joanna’s speech involved a fun game where Matthew and Teresa answered questions based on the couple using their shoes. The friendly competition and laughing over strengths (and just a couple of weaknesses) was a perfect way to welcome them into marriage!

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[I have no idea who that gal in the green hat is…the one with the camera…dancing with a couple of friends from the Rec. Because when “Yeah” comes on…”how the heck am I supposed to leave?!” Ok. It was me.]

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Surprise late night treat for guests…Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard – the best St. Louis has to offer!

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Such an incredibly wonderful day, start to finish.

• VENDOR LOVE •

Wedding Planning & Coordination: Celebrations of Love | Cake: Wedding Wonderland Cake Shop | Flowers: Flowers to the People | Hair & Makeup: Salon de Christe | Transportation: St. Louis Carriage Company | Ceremony: Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church | Programs: The Ink Spot | Reception Venue & Catering: The Caramel Room at Bissingers | DJ & Videography: Millennium Productions | Photo Booth: Fisheye Fun | Late Night Treat: Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard | Second Shooter: Erin Duggin

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February 15, 2016 - 5:56 PM

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Newlyweds :: Chad & Katy

Hello again…it’s time to share another gorgeous fall Cedar Creek wedding! You may remember Katy and Chad (and Mac!) from their February engagement session — thankfully their October wedding was a bit less chilly (but no less “cute”, amiright guys?!) and full of so many fun moments to capture. Katy and Chad had such a relaxed approach to their big day, making for minimal stress and lots of laughs with their close family and friends.

[Also, this is my second-to-last wedding of the season, and while I’m ready for some more downtime…I won’t be guilty of under-sharing. This is a long one, folks.]

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As a Mary Kay consultant, Katy had the products and confidence to execute her own bridal makeup without flaw. While this may have stressed out most other brides, she was a professional and it seemed to even be calming to her…even as the small bathroom may have been over some unspoken occupancy limit!

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Oh, please. That belt. #thesparkles

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The men got ready for the day in the bigger room in the lodge, and we had fun taking advantage of the rustic space. Luckily Chad’s brother was on hand to tie the men’s ties…all of them.

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A sweet first look moment on the back deck of the lodge.

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A bride that can pull off a denim jacket with her wedding gown? Katy, you were stunning!

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I’m a sucker for outdoor doors (um…yep?)…and flowers in jars on hooks (ooookay)…and a well-designed program. #checkcheckcheck

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Perhaps my favorite part of the ceremony/bridal party? While the adorable ring bearer was a major contender, Chad’s Granny as the flower girl stole my heart! It was perfect.

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An exit kiss and victory arms from the mother of the groom…the marriage is official! #thallyouneedislove

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And then the newlyweds got some time in front of my lens in the best light of the day…I was not unhappy. Look at these two!

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Boom. (Oh, yes. There’s a series.)

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Seriously…I could have shot there ALL. DAY. LONG. (I know…brevity is kind of the whole deal with that.)

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Perhaps the first major action taken as a newlywed couple was to further the mission of #WorldPieDomination by serving an irresistible selection of Peggy Jean’s Pies. It was a beautiful, beautiful thing.

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So was the “groom’s cake. (Yes, the mini bottles of whiskey. Tiered.)

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The party got started off with toasts followed by pie-cutting and first dances, before the dance floor filled…and the men (and some women!) migrated outside to the TV alternating between the Cubs game and the Mizzou football game. (I’m telling you, these two are fun!)

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• VENDOR LOVE •

Ceremony & Reception: Cedar Creek Resort | Florals: Just Fabulous! | Catering: Steinman Banquet Hall & Catering  | Bakery: Peggy Jean’s Pies  | Beauty: Kristy Kloman  | Equipment: Rogers Rental | Second Shooter: Shoshanna Herndon | Programs: Brandi Sahlfeld

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Newlyweds :: Conor + Erin

While Conor and Erin’s Oct. 4 wedding day wasn’t particularly sunny, there was plenty of light and laughter to more than make up for that! I’ve known Conor since we were young, as our [awesome, beautiful, fun] moms have worked together for a very long time (hi, you two!). I was thrilled when Erin contacted me last year to talk about photographing their big day and I’m so glad it all worked out!

It was my first time shooting out at Cedar Creek Resort and the venue did not disappoint. The cabins, lodge, grounds and tent were all amazing…and the rented golf carts just made things that much more fun! Erin’s gorgeous smile, attention to detail and flawless fashion sense combined to make my job really easy…until it came to narrowing down the number of images to include in this post. So I didn’t.

Enjoy!

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Um, those shoes? Perfection.

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Love this pair of images and how the same pose can look so different (and so good!) from two different angles. (Shout out to my favorite second shooter, Erin Duggin!)

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I couldn’t resist sharing this “encounter” Erin’s sister Anna had with a bird and its business…we had just started taking wedding party photos and SPLAT! Luckily, no beautiful dresses or hair were harmed in the encounter, and Conor’s sister Kelley used her quick-thinking and low-gross-out-threshold “Mom Skills” to wipe it off. Just one more reason we had so much fun spending the day with these beautiful ladies!

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What a good looking wedding party…such style!

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Is her smile infectious or what?

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Confetti, high fives and fist pumps for marriage!

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Conor and Erin’s niece was the flower girl and only narrowly avoided stealing the show from Erin… 😉

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After the ceremony, we snuck away to a nearby field (let’s hear it for golf carts!) to get some of my favorite shots of the day.

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Then it was time to celebrate!

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Erin and Conor both grew up in Columbia, but became two different kinds of “Tigers” after leaving home — the groom’s cake(s) were perfect!

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A wedding first for me – so fun!

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I love when the parents of the couple have as much fun at the reception as the “kids” do!

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Conor and Erin, thank you for letting me capture your beautiful wedding day — you were so much fun to work with and I wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

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• VENDOR LOVE •

Ceremony & Reception: Cedar Creek Resort | Florals: Kent’s Floral Gallery | Catering: Peachtree Catering | Bakery: Sycamore | Beauty: The Clip Joint Salon | Second Shooter: Erin Duggin

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October 21, 2015 - 8:31 AM

Mom - Beautiful, beautiful photos! It was such a special and memorable day and I think that was definitely captured. So enjoyed seeing the pics of this couple and their families.

Lifestyle Session | Hecht Family

Most people love fall for the football, crisp temperatures and pumpkin whatever. I love fall because it means I get to have families like this in front of my camera more often!

This family was an extra special surprise for me, as Alexis and I went to high school together and I hadn’t known that she and her family had recently moved back home to Columbia until she contacted me about doing their photos. I love that she made capturing this season in their lives a priority in the midst of the craziness of a move with two [absolutely adorable] little ones and a husband who is still traveling back out of state for work for the time being.

We met up in Peace Park and spent some time around the Quad before heading downtown for some [well-deserved] good behavior ice cream treats!

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This is my favorite series from the shoot. Mr. Oliver is the sweetest 3-year old I’ve met…and pretty handsome, too!

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Couldn’t resist sharing these — #reallife

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Nora started coming out of her shell about a third of the way through the shoot…time to show off that belly! (And Oliver couldn’t let her have all the fun!)

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Moccasins with fringe. And those leggings. Let’s just say she’s set quite a precedent and expectation for her senior photos! (Sorry, Mom — don’t think about that just yet!)

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Just when we had nearly maxed out the toddler patience, it was time to end on a sweet note.

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Thanks for such a fun shoot, Hecht family and hope these images help you feel at home in Columbia!

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Jackson :: 27-28-29ish…

So I’ve been slacking. Or maybe the reason that everyone stops counting ages by months after 2 is that it’s just too hard to keep up with and between screaming fits, “I can do it myself”‘s, and accidental[ly on purpose] messes it just really doesn’t matter anymore. I’m not saying that 2 is terrible…but I guess I’m not saying it’s not, either.

But, as my wise mother [so] often reminds me: “No one ever said it was going to be easy.”

And as I’m prone to telling her: “I want a refund.”

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For all its particular challenges, this phase sure does have some up sides — Jackson’s learning all kinds of things at preschool and has really taken to his new daytime care arrangements since he started there in June. The summer session went quickly between vacations and bug-catching sick weeks, but we loved hearing his version of the day and comparing it to what Miss Hannah had to say on his check-out sheet.

What did you eat for lunch today?

Bread and pineapple.

Are you sure that’s all? What else?

Not anything.

Ok.

[Checks menu. Breakfast was french toast sticks and pineapple. Guess nothing after that registered. Ha!]


Today was little man’s first day of the fall session at school, and knowing that I already had some lost time to make up or on the ‘big camera’, I was extra motivated to capture the front stoop pics. True to form/phase/funniness, he did not disappoint:

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Here’s to a great year at “school”, filled with fun new friends, improving listening skills, bursting imagination and not being the kid who’s loud during nap times 😉

 

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August 19, 2015 - 4:29 PM

Mom - Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree… I had a few comments on my own grade cards regarding the inability to work quietly without disturbing others. As I recall, you also had that issue. I’m sure this has nothing to do with anything.