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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.

(For those of you thinking “WHAT?!?!, CLICK HERE)

May the good Lord be with you down every road you roam.
And may sunshine and happiness surround you when you’re far from home.
And my you grow to be proud, dignified and true.
And do unto others as you’d have done to you.
Be courageous and be brave.
And in my heart you’ll always stay
Forever young.
– Rod Stewart
 Is my age showing yet? I seriously had this song stuck in my head all day as I watched Alex and Ryan’s parents beam with pride looking at their children and granddaughter. Alex, when I hear this song, I think of your huge smile- your ability to promptly light up a room with your joyous outlook on life. I pray you never lose that as life shapes you through the years. As parents to a beautiful baby girl, you already know just how quickly time goes. I hope your parents can always look at the two of you and see their happy babies. There are just so many moments from your wedding that I loved. Ill stop talking and just let the pictures do it for me- they are worth a thousand words, right?

It is always chaotic prepping your baby to be a flower girl. Imagine the stress when you are prepping as the bride as well!    
Huge thank you to our friends at the Shrine of St Joseph for playing with some lighting for us!
Alex and Ryan picked the beautiful Forest Hills Country Club for their wedding reception. Growing up on the course, the two of them already had several special memories made there.
They decided to make even more by celebrating their wedding day at the course they call “home”.
I absolutely LOVE these sweet bouquets from Lisa at Belli Fiori!
Alex had just one request…
   
CJ’s Disc Jockey never disappoints when it comes to keeping the dance floor alive!
Can  I just add that I absolutely adore the pastry chef at FHCC? She is AMAZING!!
Alex and Ryan, I hope these pictures bring you, your family and your friends immense joy.
Congratulations and may you stay- Forever Young.

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Sarah and Sean fell in love at one of America’s favorite places: Walgreens. Oddly enough, a lot of our pharmacist friends fell in love at Walgreens. There must be something in the water (Maybe their pharmacists are slipping it in). Whatever the reason- we are so happy these two were brought together. Sarah’s beautiful eyes light up whenever she sees him and it is quite obvious Sean has a special smile meant just for her. They wanted to make sure they had a wedding day full of fun with their family and friends and that is exactly what they got!

Sometimes, my absolute favorite parts of the day are the little things that go wrong. Yes, it’s true. Wedding days don’t always go by perfectly without a single hitch. Sara and Sean’s moms got to experience one of these moments together. In the moment, they were nervous, chuckling trying to figure out what to do when their matches for the unity candle wouldn’t stay lit enough to light the parent candles. They looked at one another for an answer…”What do we do?” Everyone was watching, no one (but me) knew they couldn’t get the candles lit. Do they walk back to try to relight them? The entire processional was waiting. They finally called in reinforcements and the candles got lit. Its moments like these that become the stories that get laughed about for years to come. Between this and the altar roses being snuck to the altar by a bridesmaid mid ceremony, Sarah and Sean have some special imperfections they can laugh about for years to come.

We had some party crashers, I just couldn’t leave out!

  

We hope the two of you are loving Hawaii!
Can’t wait for you to see the rest of your images!

 

Shadow and Light would like to thank The Palladium for being ADA Compliant so Sarah’s sister could enjoy her sister’s day to the fullest. Go to their website and check out the virtual tour our media company did for them!

I (Amy) just love spring. The greenery comes in so fresh and new. You see signs of new life as your emerge from winter’s hibernation. The grass is truly greener on this side of the year. Being a family of horticulturalists, the Endres family had the perfect setting for Stephen and Meghan’s Wedding. Nestled in the back of the stunning, Silver Oaks Chateau, Stephen and Meghan said their vows surrounded by friends, family and a mix of Oak and Dogwood. Meghan picked the perfect time of year, likely picking the perfect day for other’s enjoyment more than for her own. Whatever the reason, the weather was perfect and so was everyone’s spirit! The girls started the day with a dance party that rivaled the dance floor at the reception- which was hopping as well thanks to Rockstar DJs!

Before the wedding, Meghan told us the following story about their proposal. ” We had a running joke about him hiding the ring in a certain spot and he would act like he was pulling out a ring and proposing every so often. Then one evening he went to the spot and actually pulled out the ring. Definitely didn’t believe it at first, I was not expecting it at all. After he proposed he had another surprise for me–a party at his parents house with all our good friends and family. (Still can’t believe he kept it a surprise because he’s the worst at keeping secrets haha) It was a great night!”

Little did she know, he was keeping another great secret from her. Shortly after the wedding, Stephen surprised her with yet another ring! She had no idea it was coming! He just felt that one wedding band wasn’t enough so he bought her two! How sweet is that?

 

 

      

When Andrew and I found out our 2nd baby was a girl as well, this is the image I had in mind. Sisters sharing in one another’s joy and being there by their side to encourage and support.

These images give me so much joy!

           

  

Meghan and Stephen, thank you for such a fun afternoon. We had a wonderful time with you and the people who love you! It was the perfect first day back after maternity leave!

For many of us who changed our last names, the transition took some getting used to. For Kaitlynn, the simplest of changes will likely cause even more of a struggle with the transition. When Kaitlynn said “I do” this past September (Yes, I (Amy) am beyond terrible at blogging), she only said goodbye to one letter. She traded a K for an L and went from Kaitlynn Walker to Kaitlynn Waller!

Just as a simple change occurred in her name, Kaitlynn kept things simple on their wedding day by choosing to spend each moment on the property of St Louis’ Historic Union Station Hotel. As her photographer and videographer, we (Andrew and Amy) were delighted she made this choice (the less we have to lug around our equipment the better). We had plenty of time to catch Kyle’s sense of humor and watch Kaitlynn’s face light up with joy. Kyle, never stop spinning Kaitlynn around gorgeous ballrooms (Seriously suggesting you dance with this girl every anniversary). Kaitlynn, never stop lighting up when Kyle lets his sense of humor shine through. We hope you two are enjoying your first year of marriage.

 

 

 

 

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Ignore the T-Swift Reference- but the girl was right about one thing. Two really is better than one, especially when it comes to wedding gowns! With her family owning Signature Bridal, Samantha knew she had to find the perfect dress. The only problem was, she fell in love with two (what a horrible problem to have). I (Amy) can’t decide which look I love more (Both Gowns by Ashley & Justin Bride). Clearly Brian was in agreement that these gowns were just perfect on his soon to be wife. Their love for one another it shown in every picture. This day was just absolutely perfect and it was because it was for two people who are absolutely, wholeheartedly in love with one another.

This was my last wedding for 2017 at Silver Oaks Chateau where I have spent my entire pregnancy. I was at Silver Oaks a few days after finding our we were pregnant, I was there when our pregnancy got scary, I was there when I found out a high school friend had been called home hours after delivering her baby, I was there when things got better, and I was there for some of my first contractions. I can’t wait for our sweet girl to meet our Chateau Family. I could not have dreamed of a better way to close out our season year there.

 

       

 

Can we just pause for a second to discuss how fabulous these florals were by Montebello Gardens?? So stunning!!

        

One of my all time favorite moments at a wedding ever. I already loved Brian – this made me love him even more.

Huge thanks to my friend, Christopher Becker for grabbing this shot!

    

Special thank you to my amazing couple who trusted me with every moment of their day- including the part where I had to hop on an earlier than expected flight to head to smoke filled, San Francisco to shoot a wedding the following day. We knew you were safe in the hands of Becker and Cari- they loved you just as much as we do!

xoxo

-A

It was all Greek to me- and I (Amy) wouldn’t have had it any other way! Ben and Christina’s wedding day was absolutely perfect. Not a single hiccup (Many thanks to their planner, Grace, of Saving Grace Occasions). Christina was a joyful, stunning bride from the moment we arrived on and Ben hammed it up in front of the camera for my awesome friend and 2nd shooter Kurtis. The two of them paid tribute to their Greek heritage throughout the day. I tried to catch Mr Russon with some windex, but he must have kept it well hidden. While many families crash in the days after the wedding, these families were still basking in the joy days later. So much love and tradition filled the room as the two said their vows. I hope these images remind you all of the absolute joy that filled your wedding day.