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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
FB:  A Bride’s Ally
Insta:  @abridesally

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

Photo/Video – Shadow & Light
FB:  Shadow and Light
Insta:  @shadowandlightstl

Florist – Flowers & Weeds
FB:  Flowers and Weeds
Insta:  @flowersandweeds

Hair/Makeup – Simply Breathtaking
FB:  Simply Breathtaking
Insta:  @simplybreathtakingstl

String Quartet – Rosewood Ensemble
FB:  The Rosewood Ensemble
Insta:  @rosewoodensemble

Cocktail Hour Pianist – Jenn Asia
FB:  Jenn Asia Cocktail Piano

DJ/Uplighting – Millennium Productions
FB:  Millennium Productions
Insta:  @millenniumstl

Cake/Desserts – Pint Size Bakery
FB:  Pint Size Bakery & Coffee
Insta:  @pintsizebakery

Day-of Paper Goods – M. Haley Design
FB:  M. Haley Design – Adventures in Custom Stationary
Insta:  @mhaleydesignstudio

Custom Photo Backdrop – Decorum
FB:  Decorum
Insta:  @decorumeventsstl

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

It seems you literally have to confine me (Amy) to my home in order for me to get any blogging done. Clearly I will never be a famous blogger. I don’t even want to look to see when my last post was made. I know blogs help bring couples in, but my number one priority has always been speedy delivery (it’s been 12 years and I still remember how impatient I was waiting for our wedding pictures). All 2019 photos are delivered, and it has been a week from hell for the entire world. I’m not going to go down the rabbit hole talking about these things, instead I am going to post some pretty pictures from several fall weddings (ok, yes, summer too). I have spent the last 5 days prepping blogs- so be prepared for lots of pretty heading your way!

 

Brandon and Mary Margaret chose two of my all time favorite venues, the Shrine of St Joseph and the Coronado Ballroom. They are downright timeless, just like Mary Margaret. One thing is for certain, Mary Margaret is without a doubt her parent’s little angel. They are beaming with pride every time they look at her and it is obvious how much they love her and just how much they will do for their little girl. Mary Margaret and Brandon met during their time in dental school, Mary Margaret needed a ride to mass and her knight in shining armor came to her rescue. The rest is history and they are now one another’s dentists! I hope these pictures bring a smile to all!

Ok, I just cant stop with the black and white for this series. OBSESSED.

Tina Barrera, as always, did a lovely job with the florals.

Seriously with these flowers, is spring here yet?

Ok so the below picture wasn’t a set up! haha these guys were literally helping out the ladies.

That said, I’m not opposed to boys carrying bouquets… look how sweet they look! What do you think, Tina??

Ok just one more…

    

 

Vendor Love:

Tina Barrera- Special Event Florist 

Coronado Ballroom

Shrine of St Joseph 

It all began with a broken glass. But let’s rewind for a minute. Or a few years. A few years ago, I (Amy) had the honor of capturing Carly’s sister’s wedding. As a photographer, I can tell you there is no greater honor than being invited back in for another wedding in a family. I actually had Carly’s wedding weekend blocked off to be my ONE WEEKEND OFF for the month but when she called, I knew I would bend my rules for her (it’s fun being the boss sometimes). I already knew her family. I knew their dynamic. I knew their traditions. I KNEW THEM and I loved them. I knew there would be no photographer out there who would love on her more- and that’s a bold statement to make because there are a lot of wonderful photographers out there- but that’s just how invested we get in our couples. So when I knew I had a day with her family again, I knew what an honor it was. I just had to get to know her soon to be husband John.

Marrying into a Jewish family- it’s an experience. Traditionally, it is one filled with some expectations that one may say are high, it’s super well meaning in laws who don’t meddle- ever ; ) , it’s tradition, its a lot of celebration, and its a whole lot of love. Not just anyone is accepted as a son in law by any parent out there, but John? In the words of Carly’s mom, Eve- “He’s a real mensch” and let me tell you- he is. John is such a wonderful guy. He is kind, patient, overall at peace, gentle, loving, caring, focused. He fits perfectly with Carly’s energetic, joyful, beautiful spirit.

So it all starts with a broken glass- their beautiful life together. He stops, she wraps her arms around her new husband in a kiss, and away they go into their new life together. And it is perfect. Every perfectly imperfect moment of it all.

 

    

Above Image by my friend, Chris Becker!

Carly’s wedding also included so many of my vendor family. My friend Lisa did the flowers and I have to say, this was one of my favorite bouquets ever. Not only was it full and beautiful, but Carly didn’t have to complain a single time that it was too heavy! It was perfect to carry!!!

My hubby is photo bombing : ) Yes, I will edit him out, but I like complaining that the “damn videographer RUINED my shot”. 

Carly didn’t want to leave the property of the Four Seasons on her wedding day and with her wedding being late June I can’t begin to tell you how much I loved her for that.  

I love the color, but I’m a sucker for Black and White so you’re getting both. Deal with it. ; ) 

Love these wonderful families.

Mazel Tov!!!

Love these details Chris took.

: ) A perfectly imperfect moment captured by Becker. They will tell their children this story and I’s so glad they have the pictures to go with it.    

Drew and Nathan were married on one of the most beautiful days. The first weekend of November is historically my favorite weekend to shoot a wedding. There is a common misconception that the leaves change in St Louis around September. The truth is, the beautiful colors hold out for late October, early November. Saying their vows on November 3, Drew and Nathan had one of the most beautiful backdrops St Louis could provide.

I (Amy) have had the honor of knowing Drew since high school. He was a talented thespian and I was, well… a cheerleader. We ran in different circles but every time our paths crossed, Drew met me with a smile. You see, Drew has one of the biggest and happiest of hearts. This happy heart is also quite tender (you will be able to tell by the pictures). When Drew signed his letter to his future husband on their wedding day, he signed, “With all of my heart, because you have it.” He did this knowing he was placing his heart in the most gentle of hands. I am certain Nathan feels the same way.

Their wedding day was full of a ton of love, sparkles in a lot of eyes and a ton of celebration. I still can’t get over how wonderful the colors you picked for your wedding party just popped off the fall leaves. You all were a dream to work with and the ladies were such troopers in the chilly air!

Drew and Nathan, thank you for trusting your wedding images in my hands. Hannah and I hope we served you well and that every image we took brings a sparkle to both of your eyes (not just Drew’s because that’s too easy).

 

You guys, I can’t get over how great these colors look! So well done and fabulous job on the flowers by An Affair to Remember! 

I had to post one of just these 3. Friends for over 10 years. I won’t say how far over. You can’t make me. I’m still 27 and so are they. 

Thank you to the Spectrum Band for not killing me for fighting for the first dance to be in this spot : ) 

These Mamas. They sure do love their baby boys. The tears of joy that held onto their eyes all day long were priceless. 

 

Ceremony Venue: Bethel Lutheran Church

Reception Venue: St Louis Art Museum

Decor & Florals: An Affair to Remember (Huge thanks to you guys for your help)

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Mens Wearhouse

Hair Stylist: Meagan Theodore & Studio Branca

Stationery: Paper Patch

Catering: Bon Appetite & Panorama Events

Cake: Sugaree

Band: Spectrum Band

Favors: Candis Theodoro CT Cookie Treats

The Green Carpet. It’s reserved for the stars, the pros- the masters. This past spring, people watched in awe from afar as the members of the PGA tour walked the Green Carpet at Bellerive Country Club in St Louis, Missouri. I feel like love is a little bit similar. We go to weddings and we look to the couple who has endured the test of time. We go to the pros and ask for help. We all want to be among those who are masters at making marriage work.

Surrounded by family and dear friends, all eyes were on Kelsey and Will as they walked both the red carpet at there ceremony (which was also where Kelsey’s mom and dad got married) and the green carpet at Bellerive Country Club for their Reception. They got just enough of a downpour to ensure lots of good luck (it’s a thing, really) and with the great advice we are sure they will get from their loved ones (to which Kelsey may give an eye roll or two), we (Andrew and Amy) are certain Kelsey and Will have all of the tools needed to be the last couple on the dance floor 60 years from now.

We had so much fun getting to know Kelsey and Will’s families. One day Kelsey, you are going to laugh until you cry about the fish platter your mom put on your registry.  You will picture her smirk you know she had as she devised her plan to add it on there. I know your parents feel like they make you crazy sometimes (they probably do) but the love and support they all give you is a beautiful thing that should be cherished. Congratulations on your marriage, keep walking side by side on whatever carpet you choose, I can’t wait to see where you end up!

In true St Louis form, the weather went from Sunny, to pouring, to sunny again within a matter of 15 minutes so we had quite the dynamic day!

 


I absolutely loved this moment. Will extended his hand to his grandmother during the mother/son dance. I think his momma was happy to share.

Being in quite the band of his own, Will had to take the stage for just one song!

  

 

Ceremony Venue: Salem United Methodist Church

Reception Venue: Bellerive Country Club

Wedding Gown: Ultimate Bride

Hair and Makeup: Bella Ragazza

Officiant: Terri Swan

Ceremony Music: Landolfi Quartet

Planner: Proposing Dreams

Stationery: Service Bureau

Photo & Cinema Shadow and Light

Floral Design: Bloomin’ Buckets

Transportation: Saint Louis Trolley

Cake: Sugaree

Band: Griffin & the Gargoyles

Rentals: BBJ Linens, Exclusive Events. Premier Party Rentals

Decor: Millennium Productions, Exclusive Events, Parties and Props

Second Photographer: Madeline Emma

I’m not crying. You’re crying. If you ask me (Amy) – Everyone should cry. This whole mess about not screwing up makeup makes me absolutely bonkers. Embrace it!! Embrace the tears of joy and cry- and if all else fails, call for more Joy. (Joy Loveless, Makeup Artist, that is). All day, whenever someone cried, we would yell “Joy!!! Where’s Joy”. Everyone felt free to tear up, as long as Joy was around. Nikki and Greg’s wedding day was so full of joy and laughter (and some tears) from all who were present. One of the things Nikki’s parents love about Greg is how much of a genuine family man he is. This family is one who is there for one another and it really shows. We had such a wonderful time with everyone.

According to her mom, Nikki could have gone without a traditional wedding. It was Greg’s love for a celebration with all of their loved ones that made her decide to stay local. It wasn’t at all that she didn’t want to celebrate with their loved ones, it’s that Nikki and a love for being the center of attention don’t go hand in hand. Pretty difficult when you are a girl who lights up the room naturally. I could go on and on- but If I know Nikki, she’s reading this right now thinking “Oh Gosh, what is she going to say next”, so I will stop right here and just let the pictures of this beautiful celebration do the talking.

I never did know what brought this first set of tears on, but Nikki, I hope you never forget.   

“I’m not going to cry”

When choosing your bridesmaids, make sure you choose people who make you smile and bring you joy (literally and figuratively).       

I loved this little tribute to Nikki’s Greek Heritage. Which reminds me Nikki, Greg’s mom absolutely said that you need to make me some of your famous spanakopita. Word for word. That is EXACTLY what she said. I swear it. True story.

 

Greg and Nikki… we just had so much fun from the day we met on! I can’t wait to see what your future holds. Just keep holding onto one another and it will all go perfectly! Congratulations to you both!

Ceremony: Cathedral Basilica

Reception: St Louis Four Seasons Hotel

Makeup: Joy Loveless Makeup Artestry

Dress Designer: Eddy K from Clarice’s Bridal

Cake: Four Seasons St Louis

Wedding rings: Genovese Jewelers

Music: Push the Limit

Uplighting and Pin Lighting & Furniture: The Aries Company

Linens: BBJ

Florist: Mary Tuttle’s Flowers

No party is complete without salsa. Even a night with wine in our house includes a Greek Salsa that I (Amy) love to make. So when the Hadobas family told me that Callie was the Salsa to their Chips- I completely understood the reference. This family knows the staples of a good party. While they may be the chips… they are some really, really delicious chips. Perfect amount of salt and a little Chili Powder (they are from Texas). These chips are good on their own, but the Salsa… the Salsa brings the punch to keep everyone raving. If Callie is the Salsa to the mix, I am going to deem Nate the Margarita. He is cool, refreshing- sweet with just the right amount of kick and just when you aren’t paying attention… BAM- he’s on the stage with the microphone in his hand. Callie and Nate… I just typed 3 different insufficient sentences trying to explain to people how great of a party you all threw. I haven’t shot a 14 hour wedding in YEARS. Truthfully, I was worried the dance floor content was going to be a bunch of different pictures of the same people looking less and less sober as the night went on- but WOW. Usually by the end of the night my body is already in a world of pain, but there was no time for that. I was running from one thing to the next and when it was time to go… I was wishing there was more. I think all of your guests had to feel the same judging by the number of the people still tearing up the dance floor at the end of the night. I hope you always treat life as a party. Callie, I hope you are always the spiciest of Salsas and Nate the most refreshing of drinks. If Callie’s family is the party snacks, Nate’s would be the refreshments. Both are wonderful separately but together? Together you get the following…

 

#Truth. Sometimes the littles need their daddies to pop into the aisle- or into the pictures. I think it just makes the moment even cuter.    

I just LOVED Callie’s bouquet by An Affair to Remember. She said she felt like she just couldn’t pick which flowers to add so she picked a ton of her favorites. She did perfect. Kinda like the creator of SALSA. “hmmm these things are all good… lets put them together and make them amazing!”

I don’t think these two families could have possibly been more excited for their kids. They were beaming with pride all day, and with very good reason. They did am incredible job parenting. Their kids chose well when picking the person they would do life with. It was time to celebrate- and celebrate they did!

      

I can’t even begin to tell you how great the Emerald City Band was. This dance floor was dangerous! People were having a blast and dancing their hearts out. Getting from one place to the other was almost impossible but it was SO WORTH IT! 

Salsa. 

And there we are. I’m left wanting more. More time with Callie and Nate and their families. More chips, salsa, and margaritas and some more God Blessed Texas.

I stand by my statement that there should be a yearly reunion of all who were involved.

I’ll bring the cheese (Andrew) and the chocolate cupcakes (me).

 

Planning/Coordination – A Bride’s Ally

Hair/Makeup – Simply Breathtaking

Photo/Video – Shadow & Light

Floral/Rentals – An Affair to Remember

Paper Goods – M. Haley Design

Ceremony Venue – Messiah Lutheran Chruch

Ceremony Music – The Rosewood Ensemble

Reception Venue – Marriott St. Louis Grand

Band – Emerald City Band

Cupcakes – The Cup

Photo Booth – Everyday Elegance

Transportation (limo & limo bus) – Fun Tyme Limo

Bride’s Dress – Pronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses – Azazie

Groom & Groomsmen Attire – JoS. A. Bank

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