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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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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.    

Any baseball fan that steps into Yankee Stadium does so with a bit of reverence. It is a field where so many of the greats have become legends. You can almost hear the chants for The Babe (not Baby Ruthie for you Sandlot Fans out there). The Babe still may not know the number of lives he made a mark on- how many children picked up a bat in hopes of being like him. All of the rest of us out there? We have the ability to be legends. We may not reach the masses the way The Babe did, but the legacy we leave behind for our loved ones is one heck of a gift- and responsibility.

Tori and Luke may have just said their vows last month, but they just have something between them that feels like it has been there a lifetime. They were, without a doubt, hand crafted for one another. To New York, he may be “Luuuuuuuuuuke” but to her, he is so much more. His worth has nothing to do with his ability to send a ball soaring into the stands. He is her best friend, and she is his. He is her biggest fan, and she is his biggest supporter. He is a loving dad to their pup, and she is the teacher who will teach their future children how to navigate this life. Together, they are a team, and they humble tackle life together every day. It doesn’t matter one bit where life takes them, together is the only place they need to be.

We are so excited for the life set ahead of you both on and off the field. Enjoy every moment and do so together. Life is going to move quickly, be sure to slow down long enough to smell the popcorn. Cheer one another on through successes and cheer louder during the slumps. Laugh, laugh really hard- even when you are upset with one another. When the noise around you gets too loud, silence it in one another’s arms. Luke, never stop lifting your beautiful bride into the air above this world. Spin her around and hold onto her with all your might (I’ve seen your training videos- I know you’re strong). You two have something incredible. Work at it. Nourish it. Fight for it. Make it Legendary.

Love this shot by my friend and teammate, Kurtis.    

Another one I love by Kurtis. Aren’t these flower girls the CUTEST!?

So a Cardinal, a Yankee and a Diamond Back walk into a Bar…

 

I know this is a lot of kissing pictures… but that’s just them. These two kiss a lot! I think love looks pretty good on them!      

Venue: Stone House of St Charles

Planner & Florist: Katie Hackmann Rouge Events

Photo & Video: Shadow and Light- Amy & Andrew

Band: Johnny Chase

HMUA: Danielle Shocklee

Bridal Gown: Ultimate Bride

Bridesmaids: Davids Bridal

Tuxes: Men’s Wearhouse

Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop

Without a doubt, Bill and Angela were married on the windiest day of the fall. Granted, it was absolutely gorgeous- but boy did we ever have to work with the wind. I have to say, with a few maneuvers, it worked well in our favor. Angela was just about the most laid back bride ever. She and Bill both trusted us completely and my friend Chris and I had a blast working with them (So much so that before the ceremony even began Chris was asking me how many memory cards I had because he was allowed to be getting suck “Great stuff”).

Bill and Angela chose one of our all time favorite venues for their wedding, The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s. I (Amy) am a bit of a chocolate snob. It’s really the only form of candy I like. If it’s not chocolate, it’s not worth the calories in my opinion so I’m quite the kid in a literal candy store when I work there. Not to mention we have become friends with a lot of the people who work there so its pretty much just the recipe for a fun night.

 


   

I’m not usually one for the funny stuff. I’m just not that cool. However, when your friend Amanda Little is the brains behind a lot of the antics that go on at the Caramel Room, you get a little silly. Thanks for being a great sport and taking this picture for Amanda. She loves it!! 

Reception Venue: Caramel Room at Bissingers

Catering 23 City Blocks

HMUA: Sheana Helton

Dress: Mia Grace Bridal

Tuxes: Mens Warehouse

DJ: Jimmy Hussey

Photographers: Shadow and Light

Photo Booth: Fisheye Fun

Stationery: Simply Torn Art + Design

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

As wedding photographers, we delight in beauty. I’m not just talking about surface level beauty. I am talking about the sparkle in the father of the Bride’s eye as he sees his baby girl for the first time. I’m talking about that look in a couple’s eyes as they make their way to the end of the aisle knowing they just promised forever. It’s the heart that creates beauty, it comes alive in the soul. It may sound odd to say we see this sparkle in a wedding venue but when Joel first told me about Main Street Abbey, his passion for it wasn’t merely about how beautiful it would be- it was about the heart. Located in the heart of Columbia, Illinois, Main Street Abbey is nestled perfectly into the epicenter of the city. It sits there, quietly as the town moves along in it’s day to day-quiet, understated even until you walk through the front doors.

Being raised in Collinsville, Il. Joel is quite familiar with the heartbeat of a smaller town. Sure, both cities are a rock throw from St Louis, but there is a great sense of pride when you are a part of a small town’s success. In a single moment, Joel knew Main Street was more than just a wedding venue- it was a home- one where we all felt like we were at home especially when we met Dustin, the joyful guy running the place (talk about a huge heart…he’s amazing!). We all agreed we would do a shoot together as a team there. We called our dear friend Ashlee (Also from the IL side) and she was elated. She too had known about, and fallen in love with the Abbey (I (Amy) was apparently the only one of us oblivious). Our friend Chris had recently contacted Joel about a new “toy” he had bought for his couples. Within a few days Ashlee had the rest of our team together and we were beyond thrilled at the direction things were headed. We knew we would be heavily dependent on her planning with our crazy schedules so it was nice to know our friend would bring our vision to life.

I will stop talking (writing) and let the rest speak for itself. With this being Joel’s vision, we let Joel do what Joel does best (take epic photos), Shannon and I tackled the details (and ate them) many times with my baby on one of our hips, and Andrew worked on the video which will be ready soon! I think I literally took one picture of our beautiful couple… but hey, that’s why we have a team!!

 

main street abbey wedding photography

 

Venue: Main Street Abbey

Hair and Makeup: Savannah Summer

Event Planner: The Fabulous Ashlee at Signed Sealed Delivered Events

Shoes: Town and Country Bridal

Baking: Little Vintage Baking Company

Catering: The Social Affair

Entertainment: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service

Florals: Grimm and Gorly

Furniture Rental: Renown Rentals

Stationery: Unique Moments

Dress & Suit Rentals: Bridal Manor

Calligraphy: Handletterling by Stephanie

Photography & Cinema: St Louis Wedding Photographer Shadow and Light

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

 

 

Many times when men think of wedding pictures they equate it right up there with going to the dentist. They think it is either going to be physically painful or just a bit uncomfortable. Until someone works with us, it is usually quite rare for them to think of pictures as having a good time. We were warned that Adam didn’t love the camera prior to them booking us. I smiled. Our team loves a challenge and it is our job to make sure our couples have a great time. We thought we were going to have to work at it, but what we quickly found is that Adam actually did wonderfully in front of the camera. The beauty of wedding images is that we don’t want you to force a smile or fake an image, we want you to look and actually be in love. That was an effortless job for Adam and Natalie. As long as you are comfortable with one another- odds are you will be comfortable in front of the camera. Michelle and Cari, you did a BEAUTIFUL job on their wedding- we love you guys!

Natalie and Adam got ready at the Westin hotel downtown and they would return there for their wedding reception that evening. 

Bridesmaid duties never end. Be sure to pack your scissors to fix the bride’s dress at any moment.   

Adam. The secret is out. You photograph well my friend, quite well.

       

Can we just pause to acknowledge how awesome this donut bar was at their wedding?
Nothing better at the end of the night. Not even tacos. Donuts people. Donuts.

“You just need to teach them how to love and the rest will work itself out”

-Vickie McCollough (Mother of the Bride)

Every year I have a family that just makes me cry behind my camera.

June 10, 2018 was spent with one such family.

Meghan and Daryl started their journey as husband and wife at the lovely Stone House of St Charles. It is a hidden gem- so hidden, that until you pull down the drive, you wouldn’t even guess it was there! While the venue was stunning, there was nothing more beautiful than the love this family had for one another.

A mother’s love is the first a child experiences. Love can actually be felt inside the womb. The chemicals your body releases as you think about your baby and their future gets released into your bloodstream and gives your baby it’s very first hug. Once the child is born, it is the parents who then teach this sweet little child what love means, and equally importantly- what it does not. Meghan and her sister, Erin are eight years apart. My girls are seven. As I watched Meghan and her sister interact throughout the day, I kept thinking, “This. This is what we hoped for”. When we chose to add to our family, it was to give them a chance at a love like that. Sure there is always the risk they will grow up and dislike one another, but thats not what we hope and pray for. So when I asked Vickie what her secret was, it made me tear up to her answer- “You just need to teach them how to love and the rest will work itself out”.

Aunt Meghan wanted to make sure their nieces and nephews were very included, they were so sweet- it was an easy job to do! 

I don’t know what it is about this summer specifically but the kids have been such essential parts of having a wonderful day.
Meghan’s niece gave her dress a “thumbs up”.

In this picture below, I see two little girls playing dress up. Getting ready for the Ball with big sister making sure her little sister looks just perfect.


I don’t know what it is but I absolutely love the image below. This day was HOT and the kids were just so wonderful. Lets face it, wedding days can be quite boring for them with all of the “down time” aka time they don’t get to play. Erin handled her kids with such poise and grace all day long. As a parent, we beat ourselves up when our kids even slightly misbehave, Erin’s kids were excellent and I couldn’t help but credit Vickie a little as well.
She taught Erin to love, and in turn Erin was teaching them.

 

The boys were troopers as well. I never actually checked what the temperature was that day. I know it was over 100. The air conditioning couldn’t keep up with this room on top of the barn. If I was sweating in a dress (If you watch our Facebook lives, this is the day I “sweated my butt off”, then you know they were far worse off in the layers they had on.
They went through the day without complaining, or drowning in beer!

     

God Help Me. I almost kidnapped this kid.

Look at how perfect these kiddos are. Wait for it…

PINNED! This is why I want a boy. Never a dull moment.

          

This move, kiddo, you will hear about the rest of your life. Im so thrilled to have it documented.

Ok before anyone gets worried, I do have a copy of this image with the kids (and adults) looking at the camera, but this one is just so much more fun!  

How awesome is this Groom’s Cake?
It touches on so many aspects of their life together.

This colorful bouquet by SS Wedding Designs was the perfect accessory in this image!

          

This Momma shouldn’t go without recognition either. She raised two wonderful kiddos who love one another as well. Her son is kind, sweet and patient. He is going to be a wonderful husband because she helped teach him how.
I just photographed their wedding right before Father’s Day and with Meghan’s mom filling BOTH parental roles, I have to say she set the bar high for all of the rest of out there.

  

To say Hannah and I had a wonderful time at your wedding would be an understatement.
Thank you so much for having us along!

I hope the two of you kept note growing up, because whatever your parents did- they did it right.