Tags archives: winter wedding

So, I (Joel) love the Fox Theater. LOOOOOOVE the Fox. Apart from being one of my favorite places in the world, it is also one of my favorite places to shoot. It ticks all the things I love most in a place…1) dark, 2) incredibly stylish, 3) extra challenging, and 4) lends itself to incredibly opulent photos. Oh, and it’s very challenging…in case I did not mention that, and if I did it bears repeating. When shooting in a place like this, you need a couple that will be both patient and willing to let you do what you need to do to get the images they want. That might seem like a given, considering they booked the venue for how amazing it is and hired us because of our photos, but on a wedding day, there are SO many moving parts and so much anticipation and excitement that it can be challenging for couples to make room for what they wanted when there were in the planning process. That’s just par for the course and part of our job of balancing the long-held wants with day-of realities. With Natalie and Nick, though, they were 100% on board with whatever we wanted to do, and it made the work not only incredibly productive but also so much fun.

We first met Nick and Natalie in person at their engagement session a few months before their wedding. They live in Tenessee where Nick works in the aviation industry and Natalie is an amazing stylist. Even though we did not have a lot of time with them in person before the wedding, we had a great connection with them right away. It was insanely cold on the day of their engagement session, so our time together huddled around a radiator helped. Also, when they told us they were having a full-service espresso bar at their wedding, we knew we were meant to be together (because I am a huge coffee nerd, since we own a coffee shop and all).

The wedding day was incredible. And, the coffee bar came in very helpful because I was very sick that day! (just the regular flu…not the coronavirus. and even though it was months ago, I am not contagious through the internet, so stay calm). One of my favorite moments was during Natalie and her dad’s dance. They had a woman sing a song for them that she sang at her parents’ wedding! Father-daughter dances always make me emotional…even moreso now that I have a daughter, but this one really nailed me.

Here are some of my personal favorites from the day. Hope you enjoy them. Special thanks to the incredible Madeline from the Fox who not only referred this wedding to us, but is an incredible event manager and makes our lives and jobs SO much easier. She’s the best!

Joel

Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis photo with bride and groom Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with wedding dress Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride details Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bridal prep Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with flower girl Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and bridesmaids Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride makeup Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with groom and guys Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with groom getting ready Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with cool groom portrait Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with groomsmen Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride walking Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride getting dressed Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride getting dressed with mom Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride getting dressed Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride getting dressed Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bridesmaids fixing the bride's dress bridesmaids praying for the bride Dad seeing bride for first time dad hugging bride bride and dad holding hands parents with bride parents with bride bride and groom first look bride and groom first look bride and groom first look Fox Theater wedding party sitting in seats fox theater bride and bridesmaids fox theater bride and bridesmaids fox theater bride and bridesmaids Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis photo with bride and groom fox theater bridal protrait fox theater bridal protrait Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom on balcony Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom on stairs Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride bride before ceremony bride before ceremony flower girl Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Fox Theater wedding ceremony Groom and mom hugging Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom on Fox balcony Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom on the stage wedding cake details reception tables and flowers First Dance First Dance First Dance First Dance First Dance wedding speeches Fox Theater Wedding Reception Fox Theater Wedding Reception cake cutting Fox Theater Wedding Reception Parent Dance Fox Theater Wedding Reception Parent Dance Fox Theater Wedding Reception Parent Dance Fox Theater Wedding Reception Parent Dance Fox Theater Wedding Reception dancing Fox Theater Wedding Reception dancing Fox Theater Wedding Sparklers Fox Theater Wedding Sparklers Fox Theater Wedding Sparklers Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom outside of the Fox Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom being funny Incredible Fox Theater St. Louis wedding photo with bride and groom in front of the sign

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

Congrats to Kate and Rob! Here are some of our favorites from their amazing late December wedding! The day started out (and ended!) at the Ritz Carlton , and in the middle we headed to St. Ambrose parish on the Hill (one of our favorite churches in StL). Our favorite part, though, was going to the Garden Glow at the Missouri Botanical Garden. There were so many sweet moments throughout the day, and we loved how big of a part the little kids played in all of it. They were so excited all day long, and it was hard for everyone to not feel the same.

Huge congrats to you both!

Joel & Shannon

St Louis Forest Park Victorian Bridge Sunset Wedding Bride and Groom ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding bridesmaids ritz carlton st louis wedding flower girls ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding brideritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding bride ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding ritz carlton st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis weddingst ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis wedding st ambrose st louis weddingmissouri botanical gardens garden glow wedding photography missouri botanical gardens garden glow wedding photography missouri botanical gardens garden glow wedding photography missouri botanical gardens garden glow wedding photography missouri botanical gardens garden glow wedding photography ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding receptionritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception ritz carlton st louis wedding reception

It’s true.

Her groom “Don’t Need No Tuxedo” (See the end of this post).

Being the bride of one of our area’s top male models can be intimidating. Especially on your wedding day. Lee has been a “groom” more than once modeling for plenty of shoots (Including the spread in St Louis Bride Magazine I (Amy) shot back in 2017). Can you imagine being a bride feeling like you are in the shadow of your groom who is a PROFESSIONAL groom? Melinda knew many would jump at the opportunity to document her husband on their wedding day, she just didn’t want to get lost in the mix. Melinda, you may feel like you stepped out of his shadow on your wedding day, but girl… you were never in it. You are radiant.

I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Introducing  Melinda Anderson and her groom, Lee.  

In all of our years of business and friendship would you believe Joel and I had never shot a wedding together until their wedding?

It was definitely a lot of fun. We need to mix it up more often. You know, with all the spare time we have.   

I love this snuggly image Joel took.

Me: I want to use this tunnel for something.

Joel: Hold my beer.

Ill never tell why she’s laughing. I hope you two think of us every time you cook hot dogs though. Every. Single. Time.

This fur wrap is everything… just get me some hot cocoa and and a fire. I’m ready.

By the time we arrived to Old Stone Chapel, we were more than ready for the warmth this quaint venue provides.         

I just had to take the below image for my friend, Jimmy Hussey.

We were together for both of our weddings that weekend and it is always so much fun to see his familiar face.

I love Jimmy’s set up and I took this photo because this is his view every weekend, many times a weekend.
He LOVES his couples as much as we do and that just makes us love him even more.

I always love running into former couples of ours at weddings. Early Congratulations to Gina and Kyle who are expecting their 2nd baby!

You two. This was a wonderful day. Not because of how outwardly adorable you two are but simply because well you get us. Melinda, your sense of humor is as killer as your smile and Lee… thanks for leaving the fishing poles at home. I have a feeling she would have shoved one somewhere if you didn’t. We love you guys. Dinner soon! Just… no hot dogs.

 

Venue: Old Stone Chapel

Photo & Video: Shadow and Light

Florist: Walter Knoll

Cake: J Noto Bakery

DJ: Jimmy Hussey

Makeup Artist: Flawless Makeup

Wedding Gown: Robin’s Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus

Groomsmen: Suits4Men

Favors: Grandma’s Cookies

Photobooth: Fisheye Fun

 

Check out this video and see Lee not needing a tuxedo!!!

 

I (Joel) imagine that when most people are planning for an early December wedding, they are planning on winter weather. Even just a few weeks ago, we had multiple inches of snow on the ground. Rachel and Dustin have been engaged for quite a while, and for the past few years, they have been paying attention to the weather on December 1st…and each year, it has had nice weather. When it came to their big day this past weekend, not only was it nice, but it was almost 70 degrees outside! It felt more like September than it did December. It was cold a few days before the wedding, and now just two days later, it’s cold again. But on their day, there was this amazing warmth…and I think that is so appropriate for these two. They have been a couple since high school, and they just fit together perfectly. Their day was a perfect reflection of that. One of my favorite things about the day was seeing how much these two are loved. They had a huge wedding party, and it was clear that no one was there to just “fill numbers”…they were so thrilled to be there celebrating with them. The wedding ceremony was in Hillsboro, MO with the reception at the Elks Lodge, Festus, MO. In between the ceremony and reception, we stopped for photos at a few places (and had a cameo appearance by their baby…their dog Dixie!).

I have a few special shout-outs for the day. First off, when we pulled up to our first photo location, my jaw dropped because I realized instantly that it was at the house of one of our amazing couples from 5 years ago, Kelly and Steve. And the barn we were shooting at was actually the one built for that wedding! I was able to see Kelly’s parents and give them hugs (they are an incredible family). If you care to see any photos from that wedding, follow this link! Hillsboro MO Barn Wedding Photography

Secondly, I somehow dropped my keys in the grass while photographing down by the lake. After a brief search, we had to abandon the search because I could not waste the time looking for the keys when we had more photos to get for Rachel and Dustin (because photos are incredibly important to her, and when it comes down to it…there is no bigger priority than doing my job. Keys can wait). Tyler and Katie were kind enough to let me jump in their truck with them, so I left my car there. After we finished photos at the next spot, they drove me back to the house. When we got there, we discovered that four members of the wedding party had driven back to start looking…and they found them! It was dark at that point, so it would have been very hard to have found them at that point. It was a huge relief, and I did not have to sleep in my car that night. I cannot thank them enough for that! (and just another example of how we always have the greatest groups of people at our weddings…amazes me time and time again)

And lastly but most importantly, I booked this wedding because of the bride’s sister, Melissa. She, actually, was my very first second-shooter at weddings with me when I was still getting started and had no idea what I was doing. She worked with me for years and always was a treasure to me. Even after Shannon and I got married (and Shannon was learning the craft), she was still with me. She shot our engagement photos. She shot our wedding. We have prints of us on the wall at our home that she shot. We love her to death, and it was so so wonderful to see her and spend the day with her. And obviously, since I was flying solo that day I had to put her to work at least a little bit by holding the reflector for me. Love you, Melissa!

Here are some of our favorites from the day. Huge congrats to Rachel and Dustin!

Joel Conner

best hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photographybest hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography best hillsboro mo wedding photography