Once upon a time there were two scientists in love, named Allie and Matt. They planned a beautiful wedding at the Missouri Botanical Gardens that we were thrilled to photograph! This is the story of their special day.
Allie + Matt live in New York City so the first time that we met them in person was for their engagement session last summer. Upon meeting them we knew that they are one of those couples destined to be together! They have just the right mix of independence and shared interests. Among the many passions they share are: science, travel, their dog, running, and many more! Matt runs marathons all over the world and I was impressed to hear about all of the places they have visited. For them an adventurous honeymoon to Machu Picchu was the only choice!
As we expected, their wedding day was perfectly planned and allowed for the most important thing - enjoying time with their friends and family. Allie and Matt both got ready with their wedding party at the Drury Inn at Union Station. This worked out perfectly as Matt loves trains and we were able to do their first look...you guessed it...right infront of the trains across the street! The lighting and colors from the trains were really fun to play around with and they also allowed for some goofy photo ops :-) After getting some shots with their wedding party we headed to the Missouri Botanical Gardens to meander around the beautiful landscapes before the ceremony. Things were in full bloom and we were in flower heaven!
Their ceremony took place in the rose garden and being the organized planners that they are, they had sunglasses waiting for all of their guests as they took their seats. Allie's brother served as their officiant and I loved that their ceremony had a very personal touch throughout. After these two were officially hitched we snuck away to get some shots just the two of them and then joined everyone for their reception. The evening continued with three phenomenal speeches, lots of dancing, and enjoyment by all. Daniel and I were truly honored to have the opportunity to photograph Allie + Matt's wedding. We always appreciate our couples inviting us into their lives for these precious moments! Please enjoy some highlights from their special day!
Goodness, I am very behind in blogging! Spring/summer wedding season has been very busy and I have a long line of posts that I want to put together. So many photos and stories that I want to share with you all!
While getting an oil change this morning, I wanted to take a little time to share a few of my favorites from Elizabeth + Paul's engagement session this spring! It was quite the adventure these two had while we were scheduling their session - we encountered a blast of unpredictable weather and then poor Paul took a tree limb to the face while doing yard work! Luckily Paul was ok and after some stitches and healing, we had our evening together back on the calendar!
Finally I had these two cuties behind my camera and it was so fun getting to know them more during our time together. Paul kept Elizabeth smiling and laughing the entire time - I know that he will do the same on their wedding day this October! We talked about their progress wedding planning, a possible 100th birthday party for their house, and how if Paul had had a worse scar from the tree branch - they could have put on a "Lion King themed" wedding LOL. That could have been tricky being that Scar is the villain... good thing it didn't come to that. No villains on wedding day!
Without further ado please enjoy some highlights from their engagement session!
Amanda + Tony said their I do's this April and are officially husband and wife! Working with them was so much fun and they were a dream to photograph! Their wedding day was chalk-full of adorable little details that reflected them as individuals and as a couple. They both attended pharmacy school here in St. Louis, and when Tony proposed to Amanda he surprised her at work with a very special prescription bottle containing her engagement ring! I always loved this story and was thrilled to see that their wedding favors were none other than custom Rx bottles with a special message and candy inside - so cute!
In the earlier part of the day they got ready at the Chase Park Plaza Hotel with their friends and family before heading over to St. Francis Xavier. Amanda and her bridesmaids were able to enjoy the new upstairs bridal area once we arrived. With its beautiful stained glass wall and extra room, it is a definite improvement to the prior downstairs space. I love that Tony + Amanda chose to have an unplugged ceremony - politely requesting that guests refrain from taking photographs/video during the ceremony so that they could be fully present. It always makes a HUGE difference when you are able to walk down the aisle seeing faces and not phones pointed at you. A definite recommendation for all engaged couples out there!
The moment they had been waiting for was finally here and Tony was absolutely beaming as he watched Amanda walking down the aisle towards him. The readers read, the words were said, and pretty soon Amanda + Tony were hitched! Now it was time to celebrate with their wedding party and enjoy the beautiful weather! Thanks to the delayed start to spring, we still had some lovely white and pink blossoms, and Amanda had some adorable handmade signs for her bridesmaids (check out below!)
Afterwards, we made our way back to Xavier for the reception and the room looked so gorgeous! Bright florals complimented dark accents, and the lovely generational photo table was a perfect touch. The aforementioned wedding favors were a big hit with guests and also served as entertaining rattles for the littlest ones lol. Their cake was classic and extra special as their beloved fur-baby made an appearance on the cake topper as well! The remainder of the night was spent enjoying time with friends and family and hitting the dance floor!
I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to document Amanda + Tony's special day and hope you enjoy some highlights below!
Hello spring! With all the back and forth with the resurgence of winter temperatures, I think that we have finally settled into a warmer pattern. This worked out perfectly for Chelsea + Ryan's engagement session at Shaw Nature Reserve.
Where to start with these two! They are both incredibly sweet people and compliment each other perfectly. Their chemistry together made for a very fun session, with plenty of laughter and snuggles as we ventured through the park. I really enjoyed getting to know them more and hearing more about their dogs, wedding plans, and trading funny neighborhood stories. It was a gorgeous evening and I could not stop myself from constantly exclaiming how beautiful the light was! Give me greenery, blossoms, and beautiful light - I am in heaven.
Chelsea + Ryan's big day is coming up this October and there are some very unique features that I am over the moon excited about! Ryan is a pilot, so their wedding reception is going to held in an airplane hanger with three aircraft sharing the space with us. I am already bubbling over with ideas and LOVE when couples incorporate different elements into their wedding day. After all, every couple is unique and why not celebrate your union in a way that highlights your passions in life :-)
Enjoy some highlights from Chelsea + Ryan's engagement session and be sure to keep an eye out for their wedding post later this year!
Thank goodness for waterproof eyeliner and mascara, because Brittany + Lauren's wedding day was definitely a tear-jerker! It is to be expected when such lovely individuals decide to commit their lives to each other. During my first meeting with Brittany + Lauren one thought kept running through my mind - "I hope they pick me, because I want to shoot this wedding!" And lucky for me, they did!
Family and friends helped them to tailor the day to perfectly reflect them as a couple. All of the details that these two chose were beautiful, but it was really the love and emotion that shined through! While getting ready, they exchanged letters and both did first looks with their dads. That is when the happy tears started flowing. I knew then that their first look was going to test the limits of my camera's weather proofing lol. Luckily Nikon does a good job, but a little viewfinder "windshield wiper" would be nice. I chose a spot in Forest Park where Lauren and I waited for Brittany and the rest of the wedding party to arrive. Needless to say, their first look was SO SWEET! Photographing these two seeing each other for the first time on their big day was truly such a privilege. We continued photos in Forest Park and headed over to Lafayette Square before their ceremony and reception.
The Joule and Palladium provided the perfect intimate space for their ceremony and reception. Between the two there is so much history. They originally were part of a city hospital campus and laundry facility. I love the balance between unique character features and modern updates! One of the many reasons St. Louis has such wonderful spots to photograph, is due to preservation and repurposing just like this.
Once Brittany + Lauren were officially hitched everyone headed into the Palladium for the reception! Cue the waterworks again for two very touching speeches from both of their dads and toasts from their maids or honor. Afterwards, the newlyweds shared their first dance together to Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" (more happy tears). Then we were on to double the father-daughter dances and I am pretty sure that all of my eye makeup was gone after this. I feel so lucky that I get to witness such amazing moments between families.
All of their guests danced the night away and enjoyed some fun with glow-in-the-dark ears and rings! I am so excited for Brittany + Lauren as their adventure continues! I had such a blast working with them and by the end was secretly wanting to be adopted into their families lol. Enjoy some highlights from their best day ever!