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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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Insta:  @abridesally

Venue/Catering – Marriott St. Louis Grand
FB:  Marriott St. Louis Grand
Insta:  @marriottstlouis

Photo/Video – Shadow & Light
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Insta:  @shadowandlightstl

Florist – Flowers & Weeds
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Insta:  @flowersandweeds

Hair/Makeup – Simply Breathtaking
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Insta:  @simplybreathtakingstl

String Quartet – Rosewood Ensemble
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Insta:  @rosewoodensemble

Cocktail Hour Pianist – Jenn Asia
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DJ/Uplighting – Millennium Productions
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Insta:  @millenniumstl

Cake/Desserts – Pint Size Bakery
FB:  Pint Size Bakery & Coffee
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Day-of Paper Goods – M. Haley Design
FB:  M. Haley Design – Adventures in Custom Stationary
Insta:  @mhaleydesignstudio

Custom Photo Backdrop – Decorum
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Insta:  @decorumeventsstl

I wanna make you smile whenever you’re sad
Carry you around when your arthritis is bad
All I wanna do is grow old with you

At Shadow and Light, we absolutely LOVE getting to know our couples.We enjoy seeing their unique personalities shine through. While Pinterest is full of some pretty fantastic ideas (Hello Mudroom Bench I am making Andrew build for me), the wedding photos can often be reflections of someone else’s wedding day rather than your own. Couples everywhere should take note because Derek and Jessica’s wedding day was a true reflection of who they are. Jessica was pretty awesome about another girl stealing her thunder all day long. Derek and Jessica’s sweet niece, Georgia, made sure to leave her mark on everyone’s hearts. I (Amy) tried to stop taking her picture so much but she just went from doing one cute thing to the next!

    

Jessica MADE all of the jewelry for the moms and bridesmaids. She has her own store you can check out here!

I loved all of the jewelry, Jess but the colors of your mom’s piece just make me so happy! Love!!!   Jessica and Derek chose readings from Boy Meets World and The Wedding Singer.

They were perfect and so very memorable!

 

  

Instead of saying “Speak now or forever hold your peace” (Does anyone ever actually say that!?!), their friends were instead asked to speak now about why Jessica and Derek belong together. Each member of the bridal party got their turn.    

Instead of sealing with a kiss (they did that too), Jessica and Derek concluded their ceremony with a minty shot of Rumplemintz as a wink to Derek’s mom (it’s her signature drink).     

The cutest “Something Old” ever! These Bloomers were Jessica’s when she was little!       

Jessica and Derek, we had so much fun with the two of you! It was such a fun day where your personalities were as vibrant as the jewels.

We hope you love your pictures and even more- we hope they always bring you joy!

 

Ceremony and Reception: Silver Oaks Chateau

Brides Dress:Enzoani from Something White Bridal Boutique

Flowers: Roses and Mint 

Mens Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Photo Booth: Shutterbooth StL

DJ: Our much loved Jimmy Hussey

 

 

Meredith is a Southern Belle. I (Shannon) mean, she doesn’t wear a hoop skirt and carry a parasol, but she is all the sweetness and beauty of the iconic image! We were thrilled when she and Nick got in touch with us and started telling us about their vision for their Southern style wedding up here in the Lou. Meredith’s family is still in Arkansas, so many of them traveled up for the wedding. We got to meet her mom, Kelli, when we did a bridal portrait session before the wedding, and she is just so kind and wonderful!  (For those that don’t know, that is a Southern tradition, where the bride gets a portrait made in her dress prior the wedding, and it is displayed at the reception).

We knew we’d enjoy working with Meredith and Nick from the moment we started planning their engagement session. When the wedding day arrived, we knew that we’d have an amazing day. For one, we were working with one of our favorite planners, Jenny Kehm with Before I Do! She is always amazing, and that day was no exception. We arrived at the Ritz Carlton for getting ready photos, then proceeded to portraits  – with a bit of rain – then on to the ceremony at Grace United Methodist Church. From there we went to the Art Museum to celebrate and party the night away. The Art Museum has a special place in our hearts, so we always love when we get to shoot there!

One thing that really sticks out to me from the day is how much Nick and Meredith’s families loved each other. There were so many special, beautiful moments with family members! We love that, because more than anything, at the end of the day, that’s what really matters….that love. It doesn’t matter that there was rain that put a kink in our photo plans. It doesn’t matter what the food tasted like (it was superb, by the way!). It doesn’t matter if everything went perfectly or horribly off plan. What matters is love. The love of two people. The love of two families. The love of a multitude of friends.

Meredith and Nick, here’s to you. May you always remember that love!

Vendors:

Planning – Before I Do
Venue – St Louis Art Museum
Flowers – Sisters Floral
Cake – The Cakery
Groom’s Cake – Wedding Wonderland
Hair & Makeup – Blown Away STL
Dress – Mia Grace
Tuxes – JoS A Banks
Invitations – M. Hadley Designs
Strings – Rosewood Ensemble

Today is Father’s Day and it just so happens that the perfect wedding for what’s on my heart today is due to be blogged. You see, my father (Whom was one of my best friends) passed away 16 years ago. Since then, all of you wonderful daddies out there have been over photographed at weddings. I’ve lived vicariously through you all for the last 16 years as I watched you smile proudly at your children in a way only a parent can. I didn’t get to dance with my dad at my wedding- but we knew the song we would pick- Butterfly Kisses. It was probably cliche or overplayed- that didn’t matter to my dad and I. The song had a lot of meaning for us. So much so that my final project as a senior in high school was a speech centered around the song- it was a tribute to my dad and I held true to the promises I made in that speech. That no one would take his place next to me on the aisle. That my kids would KNOW him in spite of the fact that they would never get to meet him on this earth. My Dad was one of the most proud daddies out there so when I see one of you beam with pride at your little girl… I wear my shutter out capturing that moment. I want to preserve that moment in time- because one day… she won’t see that look anymore and I take it as my personal responsibly to bring you back. For her to feel that warmth every time she sees that look I captured. It’s a look no child should ever forget.
As I shot Amy and Cole’s wedding- I kept saying this line from the song in my head almost every time I saw her dad…

“And I thank God for all of the joy in my life…”

It is said right before the chorus begins. I don’t know that this is what her dad was thinking, but it sure looked like it from behind my lens.

  

Children have been playing a MAJOR role in my weddings lately. You all are some fantastic aunts and uncles. I’ll be honest. There are many times I have said “leave the kids at home”. Something about stilettos on the dance floor and toddler feet running around scares me BUT I have to admit… seeing the love you all have for these kiddos makes me absolutely agree that kiddos should be present not just for their enjoyment but for our souls as well.

If you follow Shadow and Light on Facebook, you saw what I used to make this image! One man’s (woman’s) trash is another man’s (woman’s) treasure! 

Here he is. And the lines of the song start playing in my head:

“Theres two things I know for sure. She was sent here from Heaven and she’s Daddy’s little girl.”

“She’ll change her name today.
She’ll make a promise,
And I’ll give her away.
Standing in the bride room
Just staring at her,
She asked me what I’m thinking,
And I said “I’m not sure,
I just feel like I’m losing my baby girl.””

“Then she leaned over and gave me
Butterfly kisses, with her mama there
Sticking little white flowers all up in her hair
“Walk me down the aisle daddy, it’s just
About time”
“Does my wedding gown look pretty Daddy?”
“Daddy don’t cry”
Oh with all that I’ve done wrong,
I must have done something right…”

“She’ll change her name today.
She’ll make a promise,
And I’ll give her away.”

                    

“I couldn’t ask God for more, man, this is
What love is
I know I’ve gotta let her go, but I’ll always
Remember
Every hug in the morning, and butterfly kisses at night”

Amy and Cole, you two are beyond blessed to have the parents you do. The looks of pride were not exclusive to one parent- they were all beaming at your wedding.
I hope you love all of the images, but more than that- I hope you see the love shining through them.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the great Dads out there.
To anyone missing their Dad today, allow yourself to be thankful for others in your life while being grateful for the time you did have.

Being a Father is more than just blood.
It’s love.
So if there’s a Father Figure out there who loves you,

GIVE YOURSELF PERMISSION to be thankful they are in your life, allow them the opportunity to love you as a father would.

I promise, it is what your dad would want.

So with that being said,
HAPPY 1st FATHER’S DAY AS MY DAD, DAD.
You deserve the title. Not because we share DNA, but because you loved me without question.

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