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Once Covid-19 hit the world, a lot of things changed. Weddings postponed…some called off. General chaos. When Tara and Michael planned their Destin, FL wedding, they had no idea that this was coming. No one did. There was a lot of stress and fear that their wedding was not going to happen. But thankfully, by the time it came things were starting to open back up…it was still on. But, even if things had still been shut down, something tells me that they would have gone through with it even if no one else could have been there to celebrate with them. They were ready to be married, and nothing was going to stop them.

We have known Tara for a very long time…since a wedding day probably 8 or 9 years ago when we were doing the photos and she was doing the video. She was wild, loudmouthed, and crazy…and we loved her for it. We also have known Michael for a number of years, and when we found out that the two of them had started dating, we were thrilled for them. Two amazing people like that deserve each other. And, we were so very honored to be able to photograph their wedding for them. It was our first wedding back after the Covid lockdowns, and what better way could there be to start?

We are so excited for the two of them (and Brody!). Here are some of our favorites!

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Lindsay and Manish are a wonderful couple with two amazing families that brought together two cultures, traditions, and faiths for an incredible multi-part wedding celebration! We started in Florida at the famous Margaritaville Hotel in Hollywood Beach for an intimate beachside ceremony with family and close friends. Joel and Andrew went down there to capture that special day a few weeks before their St. Louis ceremony.

For their wedding day back home, it was a grand affair kicked off by the Baraat, an Indian ceremony welcoming the groom into the wedding with music and lots and lots of dancing! Manish has got moves! From there we had the beautiful and colorful and lovely ceremony which was at the Marriott Grand St. Louis. After doing some more photos we ended the day at The Caramel Room, one of our absolute favorite spaces.
Some of my favorite moments were the speeches from the Best Man and Maid of Honor. They each had such wonderful, sweet and entertaining things to say about Lindsay and Manish! And for any of you who’ve had that responsibility at a wedding before knows, that isn’t always easy to achieve! It was wonderful to be a part of this unique and special wedding, with two incredible families! Congratulations Lindsay and Manish!

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majestic elegance destination wedding dominican republic   If you know Holly & Mike you know that they are a super fun and crazy couple! So it goes without saying that we were full of high expectations for their wedding day. They did not disappoint. They wanted their wedding celebration to be a big party for their closest friends and family, so they decided on the beautiful Majestic Elegance resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. It is a breathtakingly beautiful setting, and I highly recommend going if you get the chance! Leading up to the wedding was lots of fun lounging by the pool with friends and family. Although everyone really kept it together all the way through the wedding and didn’t over indulge too much! Holly & Mike had a pre-wedding couple session on the beach the night before the wedding, where we were able to get some really fun and different photos! On the wedding day they were married at “High Noon” on the beach with beautiful music, sun and celebration. 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When I think of Leah and Andy the first word that comes to mind is adventure. I think if you know them you’d agree they are adventurers. Though both very committed and successful in their engineering careers, they certainly embody the catch phrase, “work hard, play hard”. They are divers, sailors, campers, hikers, dancers, gardeners and have traveled all over the world. They love to learn new things and adventure through life together.

We met them through our destination wedding in St. Lucia 2 years ago. I say met, but really they found our photos online and sought us out. We had a Skype date and realized these two were passionate about each other, life and photography. It was an instant fit. They had decided on a destination wedding in St. John, USVI not only because it is seriously one of the most beautiful places on earth, but because it has such special meaning for the two of them in their relationship.

They first discovered St. John a few years back. Living in New York at the time, they wanted an inexpensive Caribbean getaway. Being avid hikers and campers they realized that you can in fact camp on St. John as a large portion of the island is a national park! So they packed up and hopped a plane, and for $35/night they camped in paradise. They came back to the island several times over the years, and when Andy proposed to Leah it just seemed fitting to bring their family and friends to such a beautiful place to celebrate their wedding with them.

Our St. John story is much more brief, but when we visited there for an afternoon stop on the cruise, we instantly realized this was a special place. Sitting on Trunk Bay beach (recently the top rated beach in the world) we committed that we would be back. When you think of tropical paradise Trunk Bay is it. We never dreamed we would get to come back so soon and be with such amazing and special people! Although Joel and I were sick for most of the trip, we still loved the experience we had and getting to spend time with Leah and Andy’s families was a treasure. You know who you are, and you are awesome!

The wedding day was a beautiful sunny day, and Leah and Andy were married under a canopy of trees on the beach, officiated by Leah’s brother-in-law who performed one of the most heartfelt and moving ceremonies we’ve ever been a part of! We did photos on the beach then went to the beautiful Rhumb Lines restaurant they had rented out for an amazingly fun reception. And for only about 25 people there, they out-danced many receptions of several hundred! Not to mention the surprise puppet show. Two days later we went out again and did more photos around the island, culminating with the two of them getting in the ocean for some fun, different and needless-to-say, wet shots. It was great!

Leah and Andy, we are so grateful we got to share this particular adventure with you! We wish you all the best in everything you do – I know you are going to have an amazing life full of love, joy and of course, adventure!

~Shannon & Joel

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