Kara Volle Photography: Blog http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog en-us Kara Volle karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:29:00 GMT Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:29:00 GMT http://www.karavollephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u20221744-o864579461-50.jpg Kara Volle Photography: Blog http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog 80 120 Throwback Thursday: The Story of My First Camera http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/3/throwback-thursday-the-story-of-my-first-camera Recently, I was doing some reorganizing in my closet and stumbled upon the first camera that I ever bought. I tried to sell it once, but I am really glad that didn't work out. It serves as a fun reminder of the beginnings of my love for photography. So today I thought it would be fun to take a little trip down memory lane and share the story behind this first camera.

Growing up I always loved taking pictures. I burned through a ridiculous amount of disposable cameras (more than my mom cared to continue buying LOL). Back then I remember the excitement of taking those cameras up to the local grocery store to drop them off to be developed. Oh yes, I am talking about when Schnucks had a photo department and VHS movies for rent. After my umpteenth disposable camera I started saving for a real one. Babysitting money, birthday money, chore allowance - I saved everything. As I researched what "real" camera I wanted to buy, I focused on Canon. That was really the only brand that younger me had heard of. I settled on saving for the Canon Rebel 2000 that came in a kit, with a lens and a bag. After at least a year of saving, the time finally came when I was ready to head up to Best Buy and purchase my then dream camera.

I remember the sales associate asking me "was I sure that I didn't want to keep saving for one of the new digital cameras?" I was like, "No way, film is where its at!" Waiting long periods of time when you are younger is hard, and its also challenging to envision how much technology will change. Also to be fair, the digital cameras of those times were NOTHING like they are today. So I left Best Buy the proud owner of a new Canon Rebel 2000. When I got home I was so terrified of breaking my new prized possession. I fearfully attached the lens, inserted my first roll of film, and realized I had no idea what I was doing. Even so, I read the manual and started giving it a go. Now that I didn't have to rely on waiting for my next disposable camera, I was constantly taking pictures - of our pets, flowers, animals, and anything I encountered. Picking up the developed film and printed pictures was always my favorite part. There were lots of terrible pictures, but some good ones too. These prints made their way into an album (which luckily I also kept) and my love for photography continued to grow. My first year of high school I took a photography class and absolutely loved it. Getting to develop our own pictures in the school darkroom was AWESOME. I can still remember the dim red light and smell of chemicals surrounding us as we waited for our images to appear on the paper. 

I am really grateful for this first camera. I am also grateful that I have these printed pictures to look back on. In such a digital age, it is a good reminder that printed images allow you to stumble upon these fun memories from the past. My toolkit looks a lot different these days. My DSLR Nikon cameras and lenses blow me away with their capabilities, but my love for photography is still the same. I just have always really loved taking pictures.  

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/3/throwback-thursday-the-story-of-my-first-camera Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:21:36 GMT
Amanda + John: St. Louis engagement session http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/3/amanda-john-st-louis-engagement-session Can we just talk about how beautiful and under appreciated winter light is!? My goodness, those tones of pink and amber in the evening - so gorgeous. The key of course is to match up that beautiful light with mild temperatures, which fortunately was exactly the case for Amanda + John's engagement session! They chose Forest Park for their location and we had the perfect temperature with zero wind. Thank you warm weather pattern! In addition, the park also happened to be filled with the most adorable puppies, what more could you ask for. 

I have been so excited to photograph these two. Not only do Amanda + John make a fabulous couple, but they were our first engagement session since the Nikon D850 arrived! After four months on the backorder waitlist, I was ready to put this beauty to work. It did not disappoint! Everything I had heard about the responsiveness, detail, color depth, low light capabilities, etc - exceeded my expectations. I love this camera. Add in how adorable Amanda + John were together, and we were in engagement session heaven! It was so fun getting to know them. We chatted about our dogs (of course), wedding planning, and movies - it was a blast! Their wedding day this October is going to be one for the record books I just know it. Please enjoy some highlights below!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/3/amanda-john-st-louis-engagement-session Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 GMT
Looks By Lisa did my make-up! http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/2/looks-by-lisa-did-my-make-up When it comes to making a wedding day successful, it really does take a village. That is why I am so appreciative of the amazingly talented vendors that I get to work alongside! One such vendor is Lisa Lipsitz, makeup artist extraordinaire and owner of Looks By Lisa. Her team and I have worked together for several weddings now, and I am always so grateful to know that my brides are in her hands. Lisa's expertise and master makeup skills have led to over 600 weddings throughout her career, giving merit to her professionalism and broad makeup skill set. What I love about her work is that she emphasizes her clients' natural beauty and best features. Her signature look is: radiant, natural, sophisticated, and never overdone. Not only does her work speak for itself, but she is extremely fun and will give you lots of killer tips along the way.

I was lucky enough to get some hands on (or I suppose "face on") experience with her as we chatted about all things wedding and makeup. I already knew that Lisa is extremely personable and will have you laughing and smiling instantly, and this was definitely the case when we got together yesterday. Lisa told me all about the makeup line that she works with, Maskcara Beauty, and let me tell you it is awesome! Never before have I fallen so in love with a makeup and felt so confident (thanks to Lisa) about using it. She has a wonderful eye for blending your perfect color combination for everything - foundation, highlights, contours, blush, and lip color. It was all so helpful and I am excited to have a refreshed makeup routine that makes me feel beautiful and ready to take on the day!

Our approach to weddings is very similar - we both believe in creating a personal experience for clients, staying organized, being on time - and are 110% committed to the success of our couples' best day ever. Lisa has a great motto "dawn to dusk hair and makeup for the most photographed day of your life". As a wedding photographer, I certainly appreciate that Lisa and her team create lasting looks for my clients, and I know they do as well. Lisa and her team provide services on location and will get your day started on a flawless foot! 

If you would like more information on how Lisa and her team can provide makeup and hair services for your big day or special event - check out her website Looks By Lisa. A big thank you to Lisa for doing my makeup and also to Daniel for photographing our fun yesterday! 


karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/2/looks-by-lisa-did-my-make-up Mon, 26 Feb 2018 17:29:37 GMT
Heather + Aaron: New Year's Eve Graham Chapel and Marriott Grand Wedding http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/1/heather-aaron-new-years-eve-graham-chapel-and-marriott-grand-wedding New Year's Eve is a very special day to get married. Not only are you ending the year/starting the year as a married couple, but it only falls on the weekend so often. Heather + Aaron were our last couple of 2017 (and first of 2018) and they could not have been more amazing! Not only are they a beautiful couple, they are just as beautiful on the inside and absolutely adored by their friends and family.

It has to be said that the weather can go many ways when you have a winter wedding, and for these two we got the coldest of the cold! The high was 12 degrees and the low that night was -24 with the wind chill. Brrrrrrr! However, Daniel and I have dubbed Heather + Aaron our ultimate weather warriors! Seriously. They were total troopers and during our short stints outside for pictures, they did amazing. Not once did I have to ask them to relax their shoulders or smile like their faces weren't freezing off. Not even these subzero temps could lessen their excitement on their big day! I don't know how they did it - I could barely feel my legs at one point  - while Heather was in a dress and open-toed shoes totally killing it!

Their ceremony took place at Graham Chapel and they held their reception and New Year's Eve countdown at the Marriott Grand downtown. Both locations were stunning and WARM! I absolutely loved their choice of colors and details for their glamorous winter wedding, everything looked perfect and festive. The maid of honor and best man both did tremendous jobs on their speeches and had everyone laughing, as well as wiping some tears. Add in a photobooth, lots of dancing, new year's props, and a pizza delivery to sustain everyone until midnight - and you have a perfect night! Daniel and I had an absolute blast photographing everyone having so much fun! In fact, we captured one of our all time favorite reception dancing pictures...you will know it when you see it. Heather + Aaron's wedding day was all around a wonderful celebration of their becoming Mr. & Mrs. and we loved every minute of working with them! I was so glad that they honeymooned somewhere warm! Enjoy some highlights from their best day ever! Happy 2018! 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/1/heather-aaron-new-years-eve-graham-chapel-and-marriott-grand-wedding Thu, 25 Jan 2018 04:11:07 GMT
Beth + Matt: St. Ambrose and Majorette St. Louis Wedding http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/1/beth-matt-st-ambrose-and-majorette-st-louis-wedding Beth + Matt's love story started on match.com. As Beth was telling me about their meeting, I instantly felt a kinship with her as Daniel and I also met on Match. Thank you modern day technology for connecting us all!

When these two lovely souls intercepted, their bond was plain to see. Friends and family knew that this was the beginning of something extra special for them both. And most importantly, once Beth's dad determined that Matt wasn't jinxing the Badgers into losing, he was accepted into the family!

With their wedding date falling at the beginning of December, notes of holiday magic filled the air and everything felt wonderfully festive. Their ceremony took place at St. Ambrose church (always beautiful) and their reception was at Majorette (yay Maplewood!) I was so excited to hear that their puppy Quincy would be meeting us at the park after the ceremony for a quick visit. She was oh so adorable and did a great job posing for the camera! Throughout the day so much fun was had by all and everyone took FULL advantage of the party bus - which led to some hilarious "bus-dancing" pictures. SO FUN! I now wish for all of my couples' transportation to have a dancing pole and people willing to use it lol. 

That evening we arrived at Majorette and the celebration continued with three incredible speeches that had everyone doubled over in laughter! Beth's dad recounted the close call that occurred during Matt's first visits to Wisconsin. The Badgers had lost two games during his stay and this threw everything into question. Fortunately, the third visit proved a successful Badger victory and everyone breathed a sigh of relief! As fate would have it, there was a Badgers game taking place the night of the wedding, but not to worry they were able to have it projected infront of the bar area lol. True sports fans to the end! It was a night of dancing, cheering, and celebrating! I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to photograph Beth + Matt's special day. They are such a wonderful couple and I had so much fun with them! Enjoy some highlights from their December wedding! 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2018/1/beth-matt-st-ambrose-and-majorette-st-louis-wedding Fri, 05 Jan 2018 22:55:18 GMT
Krista + Grant: St. Louis Jewel Box and Franklin Room wedding http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/12/krista-grant-st-louis-jewel-box-wedding Imagine two of the bubbliest, happiest, and kindest people you could meet... and you have Krista + Grant! These two were made for each other and it shows! Not only are they both twins, work at the same company, and love Harry Potter, but they both have a remarkable way of always making space for others in their lives. Over and over again during their wedding day, this was obvious. They are the friends, siblings, children, etc that you can always count on, and the love and support from their guests was very clear. Krista + Grant planned a wonderful celebration to enjoy with many unique touches, such as a wine cork signing, in lieu of a guestbook, and a killer live band! 

Their ceremony took place at the Jewel Box and their reception was held in the Franklin Room. Both were gorgeous per usual! In between, they had a blast on the party bus and we rode around to a few spots in Forest park and Soulard. We stopped at McGurk's so they could do a special toast with their wedding party before heading over to the reception. I also was able to snag a few pictures of them outside of the amazing brick exterior with my favorite colored doors! All the colored doors please!

Working with these two amazing humans has been such a treat. They both left me inspired in both their love and friendship to all those around them :) I see great things ahead for them as they begin their married lives together. Check out some highlights from their big day below!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/12/krista-grant-st-louis-jewel-box-wedding Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:55:26 GMT
Nichole + Nick: St. Louis, Glen Echo Country Club Wedding http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/12/nichole-nick-st-louis-glen-echo-country-club-wedding Nichole + Nick have a long love story that began when they were young. Their families have been friends from the beginning, and this gave them the opportunity to grow up together. I absolutely loved hearing about their history when we first met! As an engineer and architect, they have similarities and differences that compliment each other perfectly both in personality and profession. From our first conversations, I could tell that these two were putting together an unforgettable wedding day!

They held their ceremony and reception at Glen Echo Country Club - not only was it a beautiful setting - this allowed them to spend the day there with their friends and family. We had a BLAST! In the morning the bridesmaids' robes served as camouflage and Nichole and her besties had a hilarious champagne toast once we got the bottle open (they encountered a resistant cork). Nichole + Nick had an adorable first look and then we took the golf carts for a spin with the wedding party for some pictures before the ceremony. Their ceremony was punctuated with lots of happy tears and adorable personal stories that made it extra special. I am always a fan of the personal touches and they always come through when you have a connection with your officiant! After the ceremony, guests headed over to enjoy the cocktail hour, dinner, and lots of fun dancing! To say that everyone enjoyed the reception would be an understatement! The dance floor was never empty and a fantastic time was had by all. Be sure that you make it to the end of this post to check out one of my all time favorite dancing captures of a guest getting so low that he almost split his pants LOL. It took great discipline to edit their reception pictures, as they kept me busting out in fits of laughter :-) Nichole + Nick and all of their friends and family were so fun to work with - I could not have enjoyed spending the day with them more. I feel so fortunate to be able to spend my time with such amazing clients that keep me laughing and smiling all the way through editing! Enjoy some highlights from their unforgettable wedding day! 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/12/nichole-nick-st-louis-glen-echo-country-club-wedding Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:36:17 GMT
Emily + Tyler: Engagement Session Shaw Nature Reserve http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/11/emily-tyler-engagement-session-shaw-nature-reserve From the moment I met these two adventurous souls I knew they would be absolute magic to photograph! Emily + Tyler have a deep love of exploring nature and new places. One of my favorite quotes came to mind after their engagement session: "I have loved her my little wanderer, with a mind full of wild forests and eyes that awaits adventures" - Connie Cernik. It suites them perfectly!

Shaw Nature Reserve seemed the natural choice for these two, and I was so glad they were open to exploring the gem of Gray Summit. We had such a great time playing among the golden light in the trees and fields. Emily + Tyler could not be more perfectly matched together and their affection for each other shined through the entire time! Their wedding in September is going to be another amazing adventure and I can not wait to capture it all!

Enjoy a few highlights from their unforgettable engagement session! 


karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/11/emily-tyler-engagement-session-shaw-nature-reserve Thu, 02 Nov 2017 22:40:05 GMT
Caroline + Tim: St. Anthony of Padua and Windows on Washington Wedding http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/caroline-tim-st-anthony-of-padua-and-windows-on-washington-wedding Caroline + Tim, oh where to begin! These two high school sweethearts were absolutely ecstatic to be tying the knot this past August. Their love for each other and their friends and family (including cat Jack) is so abundant - it showed in every detail :-) So many hugs, so much laughter, and so much warmth and joy. It was truly a day to remember!

Their ceremony took place at St. Anthony of Padua and they held their reception at Windows on Washington. In between we stopped at Tower Grove Park for their bride + groom and wedding party pictures and had an absolute blast! A mild weather day in August....unheard of and appreciated by all! Once we arrived at Windows on Washington for their reception, I fell head over heels in love with all of their decorations and details. I LOVED how they situated their sweetheart table in between the rest of the head table, and their cake - so adorable! It was an evening of sweet speeches, hilarious dancing, candy-table eating, and fun. Caroline + Tim soaked in every moment of their big day!

Documenting their celebration was such a honor. My hope is always that through revisiting their pictures, clients can be transported back to these precious moments in time. Please enjoy some highlights from Caroline + Tim's best day ever! 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/caroline-tim-st-anthony-of-padua-and-windows-on-washington-wedding Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:13:33 GMT
Ellen + Mike: Engagement Session Forest Park http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/ellen-mike-engagement-session-forest-park Fall wedding season is here and with it pumpkin muffins, warm cozy drinks, and layers (well almost, once this heat passes) - hurray! I did want to take a look back to Ellen + Mike's oh so sweet engagement session a couple of months ago. Mike had proposed in Forest Park this past winter, so they knew they wanted to head back there for their engagement pictures!  I had so much fun with these two learning more about them individually and as a couple. They compliment each other so well and were just beaming from ear to ear! Snuggles from these two are in no short supply and their joy is contagious.

Mike + Ellen will be getting married in September of next year and I can tell that they have a terrific day coming together! I love when clients plan to add in unique elements that reflect them as a couple, and can not wait to see their vision come to life! In the meantime, please enjoy a few highlights from their engagement session! 


karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/ellen-mike-engagement-session-forest-park Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Jess + Johanna: St. Paul Lutheran Church + Forest Park Wedding Day http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/johanna-jess-st-paul-lutheran-church-forest-park-wedding-day Jess + Johanna became Mr. & Mrs. this June and planned a phenomenal summer wedding! The entire day was sprinkled with so many thoughtful details. It truly reflected their faith and love for one another as they prepared to begin the journey of marriage together. From the vintage necklace that Jess had gifted Johanna, to the potted ivy wedding favors and hand-folded paper cranes - we were in wedding photographer heaven! The fact that these two were exceptional to work with was the icing on the cake.

Their ceremony took place at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Illinois and they held their reception at the World's Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Jess + Johanna's family and friends lifted them up in love and celebration - making it a day for all to remember! Daniel and I were so fortunate to have the opportunity to document their special day. We had gorgeous summer evening light, smiling faces, and two beautiful souls in love - perfect day! To top it all off we even experienced a picture perfect sunset. Enjoy some of the highlights from Jess + Johanna's best day ever! 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/johanna-jess-st-paul-lutheran-church-forest-park-wedding-day Thu, 07 Sep 2017 13:45:00 GMT
Lea + Jake: St. Louis Engagement Session http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/lea-jake-st-louis-engagement-session Lea + Jake are one of our couples for May 2018, and we could not be more excited to photograph their wedding day! We met them during Kelly + Adam's wedding, where we instantly saw the amazing spark between them! Lea + Jake are both extremely kind, fun, and easy going. They have a deep and steadfast love for each other and I see them moving through all of life ups and downs hand in hand :-) Two perfect puzzle pieces together!

For their engagement session I knew that these two would be magic in any location. We were lucky to avoid a passing fluke thunderstorm and had a blast with them! Throughout their session we learned more about their passion for the sciences (Lea for animals and Jake for engineering) and Jake's obsession with falafel (yummmmm!) I am fellow falafel fan so this was wonderful news! It was such a fun evening and such a treat to photograph the sweetness between them! Enjoy a few highlights from their engagement session!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/9/lea-jake-st-louis-engagement-session Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:44:40 GMT
Bennet + Justin: Wedding at Wine Country Gardens http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/8/bennet-justin-wedding-at-wine-country-gardens Bennet + Justin are an amazing couple! These two high school sweethearts were made for each other and I could see that right away during our first meeting. Both are very talented - Bennet with visual art and Justin with music - and together their creativities compliment each other perfectly! As I was learning more about their wedding plans, I knew that a fantastic day was in the making.

Both Bennet + Justin were able to get ready at Bennet's childhood home with their wedding party. There was so much excitement and anticipation in the air as they each prepared with their friends! Bennet did an excellent job of choosing gorgeous accessories and shoes in rose gold and blue that added a beautiful pop of color. Paired with the amazing bouquets from Roses & Mint and bridesmaid dresses, you get color heaven! 

Photographing these two as they saw each other for the first time as bride and groom was priceless. They both couldn't help but smile from ear to ear :-) After their first look we waited out a quick storm as it passed over, and were so glad when the sun returned for our time at Klondike Park! From there we headed over to Wine Country Gardens for their ceremony and reception. The setting could not have been more perfect and the rain stayed away for the rest of the day! During their ceremony they incorporated a "unity brew", as a representation of one of their new hobbies together - brewing beer - such a unique touch. Lots of laughs and happy tears all around - Bennet + Justin were husband and wife! The rest of the evening they enjoyed celebrating and dancing the night away with their friends and family. It was a truly wonderful day and I loved documenting it all! Please enjoy some highlights from Bennet + Justin's magical wedding day!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/8/bennet-justin-wedding-at-wine-country-gardens Wed, 09 Aug 2017 13:30:00 GMT
Allie + Matt: Summer engagement session http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/7/allie-matt-summer-engagement-session Every season has its own unique elements to lend to engagement sessions, and summer is no exception. When its hot and humid here in St. Louis...we all scream for ice cream! Luckily, we are surrounded by some fantastic artisanal ice cream parlors in our city.

Allie + Matt flew in from NYC to visit family and friends over fourth of July weekend and it was the perfect chance for us to meet up for their engagement session! I figured the forecast would lend itself to cooling off with some ice cream and these two were totally on board. We started their session at Lafayette Square Park and headed over to Clementine's Naughty and Nice Creamery where they were able to cool off with some sweet treats! We had an absolute blast during their session and I am so excited for their wedding coming up in May 2018! Enjoy a few highlights from their engagement session :-)

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/7/allie-matt-summer-engagement-session Mon, 31 Jul 2017 04:32:53 GMT
Mary + Spencer: Wedding at St. Martin De Porres and Whitmoor Country Club http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/7/mary-spencer-wedding-day Summer wedding season is in full swing here at Kara Volle Photography! I have been anxious to have a chance to post highlights from Mary + Spencer's big day, and today my chance is finally here!  Mary + Spencer planned their wedding from Texas and did a stellar job of creating an absolutely amazing day even from a distance. Mary has impeccable taste and all of the details she chose were beyond gorgeous! I am still gushing over her dress, veil, shoes, and reception details. Also of note were the adorable and very delicious cake pops featured at each place setting! If I could choose one word to describe their big day I would choose "joy". It was written all over these two from the very beginning and I was so thrilled to be able to capture their love! Their ceremony took place at St. Martin De Porres in Hazelwood and they held their reception at the Whitmoor Country Club. Watching Mary + Spencer celebrate with their friends and family was such a treat and I am so excited to share some highlights below!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/7/mary-spencer-wedding-day Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:11:49 GMT
Kelly + Adam: Wedding at Graham Chapel and Old Hickory http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/6/kelly-adam-wedding-at-graham-chapel-and-old-hickory Kelly + Adam are two of the loveliest people you ever will meet. Daniel and I have been anxiously awaiting their wedding day ever since their magical morning engagement session last fall! We knew that these two would have an amazing day planned and did they ever. Their ceremony took place at Graham Chapel and their reception was held at Old Hickory Golf Club - where we were lucky enough to catch a stunning sunset! The day was chalk full of touching moments and no shortage of fun and laughter with their wedding party and guests. One of my favorite moments during the ceremony was when Adam included "You are my favorite Disney princess" in his vows! The look on Kelly's face was absolutely priceless. Be like Adam, Adam is smart ;-) And don't even get me started on the first look with her dad and brother, followed by the sweetest father-daughter dance ever. I needed tissues bad. My viewfinder was a river of happy tears!

After dancing the night away and eating lots of yummy cake, they enjoyed a balloon send off with their family and friends! All of these moments and so many more made their big day unforgettable. I am so thrilled for Kelly + Adam as they start their married lives together! Enjoy some highlights from their best day ever! 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/6/kelly-adam-wedding-at-graham-chapel-and-old-hickory Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:34:21 GMT
Heather + Aaron: St. Louis Engagement Session http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/5/heather-aaron-st-louis-engagement-session Heather + Aaron make an adorable couple! These two met through mutual friends in Soulard and have been inseparable ever since. When I first met with them, they told me about their adorable (and very well planned) proposal in Denver. They had traveled with friends to see an OAR concert and Aaron had them in on the surprise. He had Heather convinced that they were heading downtown for lunch as soon as they arrived. As they walked to the restaurant, Aaron mentioned they should go a bit further to check out a new fountain area. Once there, he surprised Heather with a necklace engraved with that day's date and proposed! He had given her a necklace with the date they first met, a couple years before, so it was the perfect engagement day keepsake (and distraction while he got down on one knee!) As they were walking back to the restaurant, all of their friends popped out and they spent a wonderful weekend celebrating and seeing their favorite band!

Since their engagement in Denver, they have been busy planning their dream New Year's Eve wedding. For their engagement session, I was so excited that they wanted to include their golden retriever named Belle! She is so beautiful and sweet - and arrived freshly groomed for their session! We had so much fun with them, playing in the beautiful golden light! Please enjoy some highlights from their fun and romantic session in Forest Park :-)

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/5/heather-aaron-st-louis-engagement-session Tue, 16 May 2017 20:33:48 GMT
Nichole + David's Wedding: Jewel Box & Chase Park Plaza Hotel http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/5/nichole-davids-wedding-jewel-box-chase-park-plaza-hotel Nichole and David share a love of art. It just so happens that they first met at the St. Louis Art Museum, where they are both curators! From there a wonderful friendship blossomed into love, and an adorable engagement story. Throughout their wedding day they were absolutely beaming at each other and capturing their love was such a treat! All the details of the day were so gorgeous and made for a truly unforgettable experience with their friends and family. And don't even get me started on their flowers! Nichole and David also share a love flowers, and worked with the extremely talented "Botanicals Design Studio". The bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpieces were among the prettiest I have ever seen! Another important person to mention is Grace Freeman of "Saving Grace Occasions". She is beyond fabulous, seriously, let this girl handle your wedding and all will be taken care of! 

The day started with their getting ready at the Chase, where we did their first-look up on the 11th floor terrace. Such a sweet moment for these two with the St. Louis skyline in the background! Afterwards we whisked them off to the Jewel Box for their ceremony. Once it was official and these two were married, we headed off to do a few pictures outside of the Art Museum (where else!?) and around Forest Park. Unfortunately, the tulips had literally been gathered up the night before (we saw heaping piles of massacred tulips) but lucky for us Tower Grove Park had some remaining! By this time everyone began heading over to the Chase for their cocktail hour and reception. Cue more incredible detail and the Empire Room, which is a complete dream to photograph! It was a truly wonderful day. Please enjoy a glimpse into Nichole + David's best day ever :-) 

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/5/nichole-davids-wedding-jewel-box-chase-park-plaza-hotel Fri, 05 May 2017 12:30:00 GMT
Krista + Grant: St. Louis Engagement Session! http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/4/krista-grant-st-louis-engagement-session Meet Krista + Grant! These two lovebirds are tying the knot this November, and despite the turbulent spring weather we have seen lately, we found the perfect evening for their engagement session. I absolutely adored them both from our first meeting and knew that they would be oh so fun to photograph! 

Their love story began when they met at Edward Jones and it is easy to see how a spark quickly formed between them. Two fun-loving, sweet, and outgoing individuals = one awesome couple! The rest is history as they say, since their engagement, Krista + Grant have been busy planning their dream wedding and enjoying their first home together!

Please enjoy some highlights from their engagement session!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/4/krista-grant-st-louis-engagement-session Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:30:00 GMT
Vaish + Adam Wedding: Silver Oaks Chateau http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/3/vaish-adam-wedding-silver-oaks-chateau Good things come in twos. On a beautiful day in early March, Vaish + Adam became husband and wife. Their wedding day was made even more special as they celebrated both of their heritages with: two gorgeous outfits, two first looks, two touching ceremonies - two amazing people joining together!

Joy and color were in abundance. A photographer's dream! Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Silver Oaks Chateau, family and friends spent the day celebrating their love. The Hindu ceremony took place in the morning and Vaish and her bridesmaids all wore the most gorgeous saris! After the cutest "first" first look, we headed inside for the ceremony. Vaish + Adam held a wonderful lunch reception afterwards - with I might add very delicious food! During the afternoon they changed into their second outfits for the day - another gorgeous sari for Vaish and tuxedo for Adam :-) Their "second" first look was just as sweet as the first - they were absolutely beaming at each other the entire day! We gathered the rest of the bridal party for their second round of pictures and had a blast with them before the evening ceremony :-) After the Ketubah signing everyone headed to the outdoor patio for the final ceremony of the day. Conditions became slightly more windy, but Vaish + Adam's bridal party came to the rescue to make sure that the huppah stayed in place as they completed this final step of becoming husband and wife. And then with the breaking of the glass - they were married! Complete joy :-)

It was truly a fantastic day! I was so thrilled to have the opportunity to spend the day photographing so much color, love, and joy. A big thank you to my fantastic second shooter Daniel - for his second-to-none mad skills. Enjoy some highlights from Vaish + Adam's special day!

karavollephotography@gmail.com (Kara Volle Photography) http://www.karavollephotography.com/blog/2017/3/vaish-adam-wedding-silver-oaks-chateau Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:03:46 GMT