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It might have taken a while to get to Carissa and Luke’s wedding…there might have been a postponement or two in there due to Covid. BUT!!!! Finally, their wedding was able to happen. On their third scheduled date, they said they were going to make it happen no matter what. Thankfully, when day three came around, it was as wonderful a day as you could hope for. It was our first time having a wedding at Brookdale Farms, and they did a wonderful job in helping the reception be both fun and safe.

Here are some of our favorites from the day!

One thing about life, is it keeps changing. As one day moves to another, we slowly move into the next chapter. I stepped out the morning of Ryan and Duygu’s wedding and the crisp air promised that winter was coming. It was the most beautiful, end of fall day. I have two favorite weekends of the fall, and they married on one of them. The trees decided to really show off as Duygu’s family arrived from Turkey to celebrate with her.

St Albans provided the most lovely backdrop. It has always been one of our favorite venues, but it really, really looks incredible in the fall.  Theirs was one of those weddings where halfway into it I already know I have taken too many pictures. It happens. Sometimes, I can’t help myself. Plus, when your wedding day is all at one venue- it’s easy for that to happen! Given that we already had a lovely backdrop to work with kets just say I was elated to have these two as the focal point in front of it. I mean seriously, how stinking cute are they!!???

    

Have I mentioned I absolutely LOVE when my couples let me do formal pictures outside.

  

Note: Please do not attempt photographs on railroad tracks. Even most inactive tracks are still owned by the railroad and it is illegal to photograph on most of them.

That said, these tracks are privately owned by St Albans and are completely safe for both my cute couple and myself.

    

We had soooo much fun at their reception. The dance floor was packed as everyone danced the night away.

I pretty much demanded to be the photographer for Duygu’s siblings whenever they choose to marry.

: St Albans, Old Barn Inn
Walter Knoll Florist (Krista Russell)
Celebrating Life
Elite PRO DJ, John Richard 
Jenna and Sara Behlmann, (573)470-5038
Bella Couture (boutique), Erin Cole (designer)
Azazie (online store)
Men’s Warehouse (purchased suits) 
The Landolfi String Quartet

I (Amy) have always been a firm believer that your attitude will determine your outcome. If you throw a fit about rain on your wedding day, you will have a miserable day. No one wants rain, but it happens sometimes and you have to make the best of it. I don’t know what we do to get the couples we do, but you guys, we have the most stellar human beings as clients. Each of our couples affected by Covid-19 have handled it with such grace. Each one moved to dates I was available for. I can’t begin to tell you what this means to me. I know I often say, “Roll with the Punches” but this was a pretty hard gut punch and we hope to carry the burden with our couples in whatever way we can.

Brooke and Tom, (I shake my head and chuckle as I type) had a gut punch or two. It was a wedding day where their planner, Victoria Burrows, and I were in constant awe of how great Brooke’s attitude was all day long. For starters, it wasn’t lightly raining or steadily raining- It was pouring. Brooke smiled and said, “Lets go make the best of it!”.

But thats not all, a few minutes prior to the ceremony, we noticed our lovely little bride was looking a little… pale. What we thought was jitters turned out to be a pretty rough case of the Stomach Flu. Want to talk about attitude? This girl would disappear to the restroom and minutes later walk out with a smile. I’m telling you- none of the guests had a clue. Brooke would throw a bat signal to her sister (Maid of honor), a nod to Victoria or myself and smile her way to the restroom.

Above all, at the end of the day- their wedding day was lovely. We credit this to their great attitude. They each had a wonderful time because they didn’t focus on the negative. They smiled, they laughed, they cried tears of joy. It was a beautiful day, with wonderful people just as you will see below.

  

 

 

HUGE THANK YOU to my StL community for making the following portraits possible.
Thank you Julia Noack for letting me know about your Secret Rain Spot (I’ll take it to the grave… unless I need it again)
Thank You to Clary Pfeiffer, Kristin Ashley Events and The Four Seasons for giving us permission to bend the rules.
Please also thank your Couple for us, who without their kindness, we would have not been able to do portraits inside.
We are so blessed to be part of the St Louis Wedding Vendor Community.

     

I was fairly obsessed with the detail of this cake… I may have cried a little when it was cut into. That cake was too pretty to eat!

   

Vendor Love:

Coordination – A Bride’s Ally
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Venue/Catering – Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Photo/Video – Shadow & Light
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Florist – Flowers & Weeds
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Hair/Makeup – Simply Breathtaking
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String Quartet – Rosewood Ensemble
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Cocktail Hour Pianist – Jenn Asia
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DJ/Uplighting – Millennium Productions
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Cake/Desserts – Pint Size Bakery
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Day-of Paper Goods – M. Haley Design
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Custom Photo Backdrop – Decorum
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Let me (Amy) start by saying… i’m terrible at basketball. I can be 3 feet from the hoop and miss the basket 8/10 times. Luckily skill in this sport was not a requirement to shoot this basketball star’s wedding. In true “Father of the Bride” form, Ashlyn grew up on the courts with her dad as her coach! Their hours of practice created an incredible bond between the two of them.

Rumor has it when Ryan met Ashlyn, he thought he would be able to hold his own against her on the court… he soon found he had more than met his match. Luckily, Ashlyn more than met her match in many other ways that had nothing to do with who would win on the court.

In Ashlyn’s words, “God had his plan for us from the beginning. Ryan was in St. Louis for a total of 6 months for work training. I had just moved to St. Louis to begin nursing school. On one of the first nights out of the town, I went to ballpark village in hopes we could sneak into a Dustin Lynch concert. Ryan saw my dance moves (the robot) and asked my friend if she though I would dance with him, (I Did). Shortly after, we made it into the concert space as I noticed his huge AGGIE ring. I was taken back at how huge this thing was and I had to try it on for myself.  He was quick to ask me to place it back on his finger. I bent down on a knee and presented back to him. He said ‘yes!”

Their story didn’t end there. Shortly after, Ryan crafted a way to get her number. Since that day, they have been through a lot together- a long distance break up included. During that time, Ashlyn sent him the most selfless text I had ever heard (yes, we all got to hear it during the Best Man’s toast). They say if you love someone let them go, and though they were already broken up, she let him go in the most loving message letting him know he still had her heart. It didn’t take long after that that they figured out their love was very much worth fighting for. The rest is history!

Love when my friend, Kurtis Hall works with me! Look at these groom portraits!

       

Vendors:

Venue- Missouri Athletic Club

There are certain weddings that stick out as unique for one reason or another. Maybe it was the spectacular decor, the incredible venue, something crazy that happened. But other times weddings stick out because of the love and relationships of the people in them. Ben and Shelly’s is one of these.

Ben and Shelly are a wonderful couple and part of two very loving, caring families. Ben has two beautiful children that Shelly loves dearly, and they are a sweet family! Their wedding day was not traditional in the sense that they didn’t do all the “typical” things – wedding party, lots of dancing, etc. But it was deeply traditional in the sense of purpose, intentionality and love that was displayed. I (Shannon) am so glad I was able to be there (along with our amazing Hannah shooting with me) at Barnett on Washington to capture this beautiful start of a new family and the celebration of a love that is only going to deepen as the years go on.

Congratulations Ben & Shelly – you two deserve only the best!!

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Ok, so that blog title sounds a little strange. No, Brianna and Dallas did not meet and fall in love while one or both of them were in jail…although that would make for a great story, I am sure. They both, actually, work in corrections! What’s funny is they are the second couple we (Shannon and I, Joel) have had in the past decade where both the bride and groom work in corrections. So…Jailhouse Love. There you go!

Brianna and Dallas’s wedding was at Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery in Carlyle, IL…which was our second time having a wedding there. We love Carlyle (especially for camping at the Eldon Hazlet State Park), so even though we didn’t make it to the lake, we did shoot some photos at the amazing General Dean Suspension Bridge, which I had never been on before. We had such a great day, and for an outdoor ceremony, the weather could not have been any better.

Here are some of our favorites from the day! Huge congrats to you both! We wish the dogs could have been part of the wedding day as well, but I guess we all know they would have stolen the show (and been impossible to manage in the meantime).

and p.s….thanks to Courtney and Cale for recommending us to them!

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We (Joel & Shannon) had the pleasure of spending their wedding day with them, and it was such a great day. Not only did we get to be at one of our favorite wedding ceremony venues, Graham Chapel on the WashU campus, but we also got to be at one of St. Louis’ newest reception venues, the Wild Carrot. And let me tell you…the Wild Carrot is an incredible place! One of our highlights from the day, though, was having a stop at Sasha’s Wine Bar on Shaw…which is where they had their first date and where Preston proposed. Little did we realize, though, that there are actually TWO Sasha’s wine bars. And we definitely went to the wrong one first.

Congrats to Jessica and Preston!!! We had such a wonderful time working with you both!!!

 

When I first talked with Claire and Mark, I knew they were my kind of couple. Not only did they share a certain level of nerdiness with me (Joel), they sounded like a ton of fun who were funny, corny, and so so much in love. They were a drama kids…like I was. They loved Harry Potter and other geeky things, like me. A perfect match! As much as I enjoy working with all sorts of couples, I especially love it when people can blend the deep and solemnity of the day with the fun, carefree, and slightly off-the-wall side of who they are. It’s so much fun. And, this is exactly how these two were. The ceremony and depth of their commitment to each other, and their connection with their families, were the hallmark of the first part of the day. After the ceremony, they were so jubilant and excited that their joy just exploded out…and we had a blast during the photo time with them and their wedding party at the St. Louis City Garden. After photos, we headed to Orlando’s for a pre-reception dance lesson for anyone who wanted to take their skills up a notch. After speeches and dinner, everyone kicked it up and danced with such passion and gusto. It was a blast!

Here are some of my favorites from the day. Huge congrats to Claire and Mark! SO happy to have been a part of your wedding day!

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I probably was the only one, but I (Joel) had Simon and Garfunkle’s “At the Zoo” going through my head ALL day at Blaire and John’s wedding. Partly because, yes, we were at the St Louis Zoo all day, but also partly due to the wild tale of how everything ended up being at the zoo. Blaire and John were originally scheduled to have their wedding at another venue, but due to the venue suddenly closing and declaring bankruptcy (yikes!!!), they had to do some major scrambling, which included changing their wedding date, and get everything moved around so they could now have their wedding here. Even with all of the craziness surrounding everything, the reality is that is undoubtedly worked out for the best. The day was outstanding, and for a couple that is as much fun as they are, they deserved something fun and adventurous. And they got it!

Here are some of our favorites from the day. Huge congrats to John and Blaire, and we are so happy that we were a part of your wedding day!

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This past Saturday we had our first REAL Fall wedding of the year! Even though things are still very green all around here, the temperature has finally started dropping…which was very welcome for everyone at Danielle and Joe’s outdoor wedding and reception. The wedding was at the amazing Little Piney Lodge, which is one of our very favorite places, and even though we had few little bits of rain (one for about 90 seconds during the ceremony), it did not stop the day from being amazing.

Here are some of our favorites from the day. Huge congrats to Danielle and Joe!

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