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Lea + Jake: St. Louis Third Degree Glass Wedding

August 17, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Lea + Jake are two extremely kind and wonderfully smiley people :-) We had the pleasure of meeting them both during Kelly (Jake's sister) + Adam's wedding last year, and have been looking forward to photographing them ever since. It was wonderful to see their families again and they made us feel right at home!

Lea rented a super cute Air Bnb in St. Charles to get ready in and it was chalk-full of character and cute spots to hang her dress. Daniel photographed Jake and the groomsmen getting ready at their hotel and then we met up for their first look in St. Louis. The anticipation as they prepared to see each other was so sweet, and Jake's reaction to seeing Lea was priceless! The big day was here and they were getting married at last! Watching the way they looked at each other never got old and their joy was contagious. It was a rather hot and sticky day, but their wedding party helped to make sure that they all had a great time regardless. And it didn't hurt that we stopped for ice cream ;-) 

Their ceremony and reception both took place at Third Degree Glass Factory. I love this unique venue and the glass blowing demonstration during cocktail hour always makes for great entertainment for guests! As we knew it would be, their wedding day was ultimately about celebrating their love with the people most important in their lives. It was important to them to pay tribute to their families and they included a very unique unity ceremony to honor them. They each had soil from their homes that they used to plant new seeds together along with their parents - loved this! The unique details didn't stop there, in lieu of a guestbook they had a patchwork quilt that everyone enjoyed adding to. Lea's love of animals and nature really came through with their adorable cake that her mom did a wonderful job making! 

After dinner and toasts, the rest of the night was spent laughing and visiting with guests. The dance floor was never empty and Jake kept everyone entertained with his dance moves. Seriously, he couldn't seem to pull himself away after each song and it was wonderful! To complete the night we gathered everyone outside for a special send off as these two newlyweds departed with their Disney honeymoon in view! 

A big thank you to Lea + Jake for choosing us to capture their wedding day and letting us share in these special celebrations with their families :-) We are so grateful to have such wonderful clients! Enjoy some highlights from Mr. & Mrs. Kremer's best day ever!

Holly + Mike: Engagement Session Downtown St. Louis

July 20, 2018  •  1 Comment

From our first phone call together, I knew that Holly + Mike were going to be a blast to work with! I have been looking forward to their engagement session ever since, and was doubly excited as I knew they would be bringing their dog Louie along. These two lovebirds met at Indiana University their senior year, and then Mike continued on to Notre Dame for his law degree. Now they live in Chicago and are together in the same city at last! I am super jealous of their proximity to Chicago Diner and all of the magical stationary shops that seem to be on every corner.

I loved hearing about their proposal story which turned out to be a two parter. Holly had told me about the infamous "Stauder luck" that seems to follow Mike's family everywhere. Mike had planned to propose in DC but when he was supposed to fly out to meet Holly there, he was trapped in Chicago by a sudden snow storm! Luckily, when they were in Chicago together again, he found a good opportunity while walking along Michigan Ave - where he was finally able to ask Holly that most important of questions - "Will you marry me?" Ever since they have been planning for their big day this coming April!

Being that we needed to be mindful of the "Stauder luck" I was paying extra close attention to the weather leading up to their engagement session. I am happy to report that the chance of storms teased us, but we were able to stick with their original session date! They chose to meet for their session downtown so that we could get some shots with the Arch, now that the construction on the new grounds is complete. We had such a great time and I loved that they were up for all of my ideas, even in the warm temperatures :-) Louie was the perfect little model and wasn't phased by the crowds of people in the nearby fountains or other dogs we encountered. He is a true city dog! Holly proved herself as the ultimate dog mom (and good citizen of the world) as she successfully picked up Louie's second "present" from the sidewalk in an alarmingly small ziplock bag. She had no fear as we all held our breath, worried that the bag would fail her, but her courage prevailed and she remained uncovered in said "present". Success! As a fellow dog parent I understand that there is nothing more terrifying that being without pick-up bags after you think your fur baby has fully relieved themselves on the first go-round.

Enough about Louie's bathroom incident! Please enjoy some highlights from Holly + Mike's picture perfect engagement session! 

Allie + Matt: Missouri Botanical Gardens Wedding

July 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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!  

Elizabeth + Paul: Forest Park and CWE Engagement Session

June 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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: St. Francis Xavier Wedding

May 22, 2018  •  1 Comment

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!