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A little over a week ago we had an amazing wedding with two of the sweetest people you could imagine. When we first met Kayleigh and Tanner, that was what we walked away saying. Just so sweet. Kayleigh is from St. Louis originally and Tanner is from Kentucky…where they both now live. And even though she is not technically from the South, you would hardly know that because she is that sweet (and has some of the accent now as well!). Together, they are something very very special. We had such an incredible time with these two at the amazing Grand Hall in Union Station. It was our first day back at weddings after our August break, so it was great to jump back at it all at our favorite Saint Louis location. Like any wedding day, there were a few small curve balls thrown their way, but they handled everything amazingly, and you would hardly know it. Their family and friends were a pure joy to be with, and it is one of those weddings that we wish we could do again and again.

Here are a few of our favorites from the day. Thank you SO much for letting us be a part of your day! Blessings to you both!

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P.S. Special thanks to the amazing vendors! Katie from Union Station (our venue hero). Tina Barrera the master florist of Special Events Florist (sorry again for breaking your candle glass haha). Chris McMahon from McMusic DJ (very nice to finally meet and work with you).

P.P.S This wedding was a week after having emergency appendix removal. Thanks to my amazing wife for being a rockstar and making sure I took small breaks here and there to sit down so I could make it through the day. Love you, babe. And thank you to my amazing friend (and future-bride-in-front-of-my-camera-to-be) Tara. Thanks for yelling at me to stop carrying heavy things…even if I ignored your commands and glares most of the time.

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Kim and Neil. Neil and Kim. What more is there to say? These are two truly terrific human beings who have made my life more joyful and fun. It was such an honor and a pleasure to share their wedding day with them and to document it for them to remember forever. If you know Kim at all, or even just look at these photos, the one thing you will notice right away is that she possesses contagious joy. She is strong, confident and full of life, and she brings that with her everywhere she goes and to everyone she meets. You can’t help but be lifted by being in her presence. She is awesome.  Neil. Neil is fun, but also steadiness. He is the balance to Kim’s bubbly, in a way that is perfectly complementary…like strawberries with champagne. He is solid, smart and kind. He is awesome.

These two together are an amazing combination. As we got to see them interact with their families and friends on the wedding day, it was apparent that they are much loved and the great people we knew they were. You can tell about a person by the kind of company they keep, and their company was incredible. Their wedding day was full of tears, laughter,  and fun. From getting cupcakes at The Sweet Divine to grabbing a beer and playing skee ball at 4 Hands Brewery. Then finally ending up at the dramatic Union Station Hotel, it was a day to remember.

One of my favorite moments was when Kim’s dad, Bob, was sharing his speech and talking about his little girl. The little girl they chose to get. The little girl they adopted. The little girl that’s theirs. Every dad loves his daughter, but this was an especially touching tribute to the young woman she’s become and how proud he was of her. There was not a dry eye in the place. And that’s what it’s really about. Yes, there were beautiful flowers, an amazing cake, great food and beautiful clothes – it was all quite outstanding, actually. But the heart and soul of a wedding is the people there, the love and memories, the firsts and the lasts, the tears and the laughter. This is why we do this. This is love.

Here are some of our favorite images from the wedding, and also…their wedding film! Congratulations Kim & Neil! You’re future together is going to be amazing!

P.S. Huge shout out to our amazing videographers, Kami and Tara for shooting some amazing footage. Also to Chris Johnson from CJ’s Disc Jockey Service for being his awesome self…one of very best DJ’s that the world has to offer. You all are incredible. Lastly to Katherine from Union Station who helped the reception go off without a hitch!

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