wedding in St.Louie

Do you believe in fate? It was a quiet evening.  I was finishing up some work and I went to check my emails before bed.  An upbeat availability request waited for me from a girl named Shannon. “Hi Karin and Roger!  I’m positive this is a long shot but I am having issues with our […]

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Shannon Ruwe - If only you two could see me now. I am sitting in a Barnes and Noble in Illinois grinning from ear to ear with tears streaming down my face. (Had to find the closest wifi possible from the highway). I don’t even have the words to describe how grateful I am to have met the two of you. You captured the best day of our lives so beautifully and so uniquely.. THANK YOU SO MUCH. I am in awe of you both.

Eric Stuart Ruwe - Jill and Chris, my Son Stuart and his Beautiful Bride Shannon already know what I think about their Wedding. I have told them and everyone else I have seen these past three weeks that it was the Best Weekend of my Life! But now I want to tell both of you that you have captured Perfectly in Pictures these memories that I can now keep forever. You are Artists of the 1st Degree and I have NEVER seen such work. Once again, Shannon made the perfect decision when she contacted you and I agree that it was simply Fate! Thank you for capturing and perfectly displaying the Best Weekend of my Life. Are you available for Alex?………eric…….

Eric Stuart Ruwe - My Bad………early morning error! I saw the names Jill and Chris below your Blog comments and used those names instead of your real names KARIN and ROGER! Please forgive an old guy’s misty-eyed error……eric…..

T Bran - You got ALOT ALOT of shots on this one! Good work!!

Amanda - these are really beautiful!

Amanda Zika - Um, Karin, Roger, where the heck were you guys on my wedding day!?!? I don’t know how you guys do it but you do it with class, style, imagination and talent better than ANYONE else! This is why you are booked and well loved. Photography is not about the camera equiptment or your surroundings, etc. but about the talent behind the lens and I tell you what, you two are full of talent. I remember you talking about how cool this couple is and I can see why. Their eyes are filled with joy and hearts filled with wonderful emotion. Only the two of you could capture that 🙂 Mwah! Love you guys!

Stuart Ruwe (Groom) - Let me begin by saying how truly grateful I am to the Doolin’ Daultons!

I had always heard that your wedding day goes by so fast and if you blink you will miss it…those that said it couldn’t have been more spot on. The day flashed before my eyes in an instant and I am so thankful that the two of you were there to keep that day alive. Somehow you managed to capture my greatest day in a way I will be able to remember for a lifetime. This moment in time will be shared with friends and family for decades to come and we owe it to you. Please know that this day was incredible for Shannon and I and we are truly blessed to have these photos.

While all the photos were fabulous I must say I have one complaint. How are we ever going to narrow down these choices for our wedding album?? Seriously! They are all unbelievable.

**Little Doolin…Good lookin’ out Girl

clary - Awesome job capturing this couple!! Love the colors of the flowers:)

Alex Ruwe - Roger & Karin, these pictures are absolutely stunning. The two of you successfully captured Stuart and Shannon’s day of wedlock. They are now equipped with these perfect pieces of memorabilia that will remind them of just how they felt on that glorious day. Words cannot express our appreciation. I wish you the very best in your bright, bright future together. Live it up… -Alex Ruwe
P.s. Karin, thanks for the love and my own little feature above. You’re too kind.

Jill& Chris {Wedding Day}

Jill & Chris got married on 6/26 at 6:26 p.m.  Jill’s parents AND grandparents got married on 6/26 as well.  So this date was extremely special.  From the first time Jill and I spoke – I knew how significant it was to her to be married on this date – and to be marrying the […]

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~M~ - Aww I love this story (just like all the rest) and I love these fun photos. I mean seriously, who gets to ride a two seater bike and bowl on their wedding day? I sure didn’t schedule that for ours! Hahaha! What an awesome day that you captured for them!

Jill - Thank you – to both of you – for caputuring the moments that made our day. We will treasure them always.

Jill - So glad I can spell – make that “capturing” our day!


Chris - WOW- outstanding photos on the blog and I can’t wait until I see the rest. Jill if you read this, you are absolutely beautiful. There is one picture on here that my jaw is visibly clenched to try and hold back my tears as looked into Jill’s eyes. Thank you Starry Eyed Studios for your dedication to making our day special through photos and having fun with us.

Amanda Zika - Karin, these are so cool! I love the fact that the bride can sing. How cool! What a gorgeous wedding and a gorgeous couple. Great job as always! May God grant them many years of happiness together!

Dawn Devall - dang it! I know better than to look at these at work! Makes me cry every time!!!

Sarah & Ryan {Engagement Session}

The day of Sarah & Ryan’s engagement session it was hot.  Remember a few weeks ago when you could barely breathe because it was so hot.  Sweaty, miserable hot.  Despite the heat, this awesome couple totally rocked it.  Sarah is super short – like my height or shorter.  And Ryan is tall – so it’s […]

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T Bran - Flippin adorable!

Sarah - Karin! We love them! Despite the few where we are sweaty and the hair isn’t so cute anymore, they are great!!! You can’t even tell Ryan is over a foot taller than me! I have super tall shoes for the wedding so hopefully that adds a few inches. Thanks again…you guys are awesome!

Amanda Zika - What a gorgeous location! I love these and the pping is great!

Dawn Devall - the one of them in the woods???? That is priceless!! Cute couple!

Nikki & Tom

*NOTE – Sometimes I get long winded on my story that goes along with my posts.  While most of the time I get it that you may go straight to the photos, but this long winded post – you are going to want to read. It was a Sunday last May.  I got an email […]

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Morrisa Reynolds - You are by far, the most talented person I have ever known. No one tells a story like you do, no one takes a photo…like you do. I will keep Nikki in my prayers! Beautiful photos Karin…such a beautiful day for them and their families – and wonderful memories in photos you have given them!

April - Karin,
now that Ive blown my nose and wiped my eyes so i can see the computer screen to leave you this are one of the most touching writers Ive ever wrote..the way you tell your couples love, life and wedding stories always makes me smile and laugh..this time you made me cry, but I am inspired to immediately live my life to the fullest..thank you Karin..thank you Nikki and Tom.

Nikki and Tom,
My prayers are with you!
Your story is amazing and inspiring!


Amanda Zika - Karin and Roger, the two of you have outdid yourselves! These are absolutely fabulous. I love all of the locations too and the outdoor wedding is stunning! You guys better book 100 weddings off of just this one! Great job 🙂

Amanda Zika - Also, most importantly, this story is amazing. What an amazing couple and I am sure anyone in their presence can feel their love. May God bless you Nikki and Tom!

Shannon Ruwe - The thing that makes you so wonderful is that your tremendous photographs are enhanced by the words you pair with them. I have yet to see another photographer who can tell a story the way you do. What a wonderful couple! How lucky they are to have you to capture their love in this way..and how lucky you are for having met them! Prayers and well wishes to Nikki and Tom.

Mary - Karin, thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and such a beautiful love story. As a bride to be it definitely puts some things into perspective for me.

Rose & Bud DuPont - Photos of Nikki’s and Tom’s wedding are wonderful – we are Tom’s uncle and aunt and could not make the wedding – so these photos have enabled us to enjoy vicariously from afar.

T Bran - I don’t even know where to begin on how I want to comment on this. One thing I want to say first – God gave you the ablility to give a story to others thru your words. Never, ever – let that go. It’s what we look forward to along with your photographs. I – was lucky enough to meet Nikki at a Bridal Show…and better yet, snatch a quick photo of you and her. Wow! She looked totally amazing on her wedding day – full of love. I continue to keep Nikki and Tom in my prayers and thoughts and know, that alot of my friends, who do not even know them, but know their story will want to check out the blog. Keep smiling…..all of us!

Dondi - Karin, you are so amazing at telling your stories. I also, don’t know what to say. I think the posters have already said what I was thinking. I too will be praying for them and wish I could have just half of Nikki’s strength! Good job Karin and Roger!

Ashley Bywater - Dang Karin!! Thanks for the sob fest! In all seriousness, you told a great story with those pictures and you truly have a gift for what you do. I can’t wait until you capture our day too. 🙂

Dawn Devall - Karin, when you have down time…… need to write books! I’d be your #1 buyer! I’m wanting to leave work now and go hug and kiss my husband! What a BEAUTIFUL day for them. God is GREAT!!!

Kari Hannah - Karin,
What a BEAUTIFUL BRIDE & GROOM! She is definitely one of the most beautiful that I have ever seen! I will keep her and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

Kari Hannah - P.S. The picture of them in the wheat field needs to be on the cover of Modern Bride Magazine! You really need to send it in to them!

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