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2014

the journal

We're Tara & Stephen.
The husband & wife duo behind Pattengale.

We're a little bit hygge, a little bit young and free, and a little bit bruno.
And a lot a bit in love.

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The sound of a splattering waterfall interrupted us. A welcomed interruption. Steady & soothing. An interruption that created space. Space for unheard whispers. The sweet whispers. And funny whispers, too. Space to stretch your heart out. Space to let the stress of wedding planning fall away. Space to be. To linger. Together. Minutes spent with […]

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Janeth & Will || Missouri Botanical Garden Greenhouse Engagement – St Louis, MO

Engagements

Sometimes life get’s pretty cray. This is one of the posts. As you might have gathered from posts or conversations, Stephen also has a regular day job. And for the last year and a half he’s been privileged to be a part of a rotational program. Read: his job changes (rotates) every four months. New […]

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We’re MOVING (temporarily) to CHICAGO!

Personal

“I knew very quickly that “I had found the one whom my soul loves” (Song of Solomon 3:4). He grabbed my hand and led me towards the rose petal laced pathway and I said, “We’re not going to a wedding reception are we?” And he continued to steer me towards the ground where he would […]

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Mike & Tess | Summertime Proposal at The Muny – Forest Park, STL

Engagements

They said yes to an adventure. An adventure with only 4 days notice. With, at the time, a complete stranger (ME). A flurry of phone calls, mirror selfies, location & gps map links were sent. Soon, we found ourselves hugging and then huffing and puffing up a few of those golden Californian hiking trails. Stories […]

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Laura & Jeremy | Moss Beach Couple’s Session – Bay Area Photographer

Destination Photography

Glasses tinked. Begging playfully for yet another wedded kiss. Roars of laughter filled the air. Your best friends stood up and honored you with their speeches. Both through humor and heartfelt thanks. Oh, what an impact you’ve made. The cabinet doors were swung open. Revealing two tvs for a fun surprise. What no one was […]

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Sarah & Colt || Blush & Copper Missouri Wedding at Chandler Hill Winery

Wedding

The room was quiet. So quiet you could hear a pin drop. Whether or not he was ready, it was here. The day had come. With a smile and a nod of thanks, he followed my directions to face away. To look out the window until he felt a tap on his shoulder. Her dress […]

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Joshua & Katie’s Handmade Merlot & Blue Wedding || Indianapolis, IN

Destination Photography

Stephen, You said, “I want to see your world, Tara. I want to experience what you love. I think we could really make this work and create something, together.” I stopped and thought for a moment. After all, you had just spent three and a half years being along for the journey as I started this […]

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Stephen: One Year Ago You Became A Photographer (And All The In-Between)

Stephen

It was a moment I’ll never forget. A simple question with an outstanding answer… “Congratulations!!! When did you get engaged?” Laughter rang out on the other end of the phone, “Uhm, let’s see…I think its been 22 hours now!!!! Are you still available our wedding date?!” Okayyyyyy, they’re awesome. “How did you even hear about […]

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Josh & Katie Engaged || Summertime Romance – Indianapolis, Indiana

Engagements

The first three seconds of that phone call and I knew. This girl was not just a friend of a friend, she was gonna be our friend, too. Her and her guy (who has an epic beard) in the San Francisco Bay Area + that golden, west coast light: it’s what dreams are made of, […]

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An Adventurous Lifestyle Session | Alex & Brendan – California Bay Area

Anniversary

Northern France & Belgium: Days 6-11 Traveling Abroad, Part 2 –> If you missed Part 1, click here! France & Belgium Why & Who: Meet Pauline. A girl whom I met back in high school. She was a foreign exchange student staying with my adoptive grandparents (not blood related, but super close elderly friends). At the […]

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20 Days Abroad, Part 2: Northern France & Belgium

Travel

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Northern France & Belgium: Days 6-11 Traveling Abroad, Part 2 –> If you missed Part 1, click here! France & Belgium Why & Who: Meet Pauline. A girl whom I met back in high school. She was a foreign exchange student staying with my adoptive grandparents (not blood related, but super close elderly friends). At the […]

20 Days Abroad, Part 2: Northern France & Belgium

Travel