Posts Tagged STL Weddings + Engagements

Contemporary Art Museum Engagement | Kenzie+Pete

Home Engagement Session | Amanda+Luke

Amanda and Luke met last summer and they seem to have already lived a hundred years as partners. I had chills when they sang together and will never forget the way they looked at each other while playing their instruments. I hope they always remember the way they felt in this moment, on this day, and the words they said to each other. Engagement sessions don’t need fake laughs or to just be portraits and poses. It can be an experience that brings us all closer together. And isn’t that more fun?

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Hindu Wedding at the Peabody Opera House | Shreya+Nevin

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Stylish Orthodox Jewish Wedding | Adira+Yehuda

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River Oaks Ranch Wedding | Mimi+Genevieve

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Colorful Saint Louis Jewel Box Wedding | Kayla+Brett

Kayla and Brett were married in the fall of 2016 and now that it’s 29 degrees and cold, I needed some bright, colorful reminders of warmth and sunshine. I loved that Kayla handmade all of the beautiful  artwork, signs, decor, and using bright pops of color as her inspiration. What will stick with me most was the moment Kayla turned to leave the hotel room once she was ready and her twin comforted their mom, who had just started crying happy tears. Now that I am a mother myself, I have an entirely new appreciation on what it means to be a parent and watch your baby get dressed and ready for her wedding. What a milestone it is for them as well. So be gentle with your parents as you’re planning your wedding. It is of course your wedding day but it is such a special day for them as well. Here are some of my favorite images from their beautiful day.

Saint Louis, MO | Kayla+Brett

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Engagement Session at Home | Katie+Andy

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Pulitzer Arts Foundation Engagement | Shreya+Nevin

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Beautiful 9th Street Abbey Wedding | Jordan+Justin

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Peabody Opera House Wedding | Veronica+Harley

Veronica and Harley had a traditional church ceremony and a very non-traditional dance party at the Peabody Opera House. And any wedding party that wants to head to a brewery for their portraits is fine by me. Check out the surprise flash mob below. They have some amazing friends & family.

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Soulard Engagement | Kayla+Brett

Soulard decked out for the holidays is like Brooklyn on its best behavior. The streets are empty, the buildings are beautifully restored to maintain the vibe of the once historic French neighborhood, and these guys. Kayla+Brett came in town to visit family for the holidays and I’m so happy we were able to meet up for a beer and grab a few photos of them wandering around. Cheers, guys!

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Central West End Engagement at BHIVE | Amy+Neil

Neil + Amy were my first engagement shoot post-baby and I was nervous. But the second they showed up with their made-for-each-other dimples and sweet, hilarious energy, I stopped sweating and started to relax. Okay, so maybe I just started to relax.

Amy found this spot called BHIVE for their cool Central West End engagement shoot. By day, BHIVE is a chill spot for daily private work, luncheons, and meetings. By night, it’s a hip networking and entertainment space. And they have impeccable design taste. Check ’em out!

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Stylish Central West End Engagement | Erika+Tim

I’ll be quite honest…when we moved back to Saint Louis, after 7 years in Brooklyn, I figured I’d have to give up my love of photographing  couples in urban environments for all green, grassy fields. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE intimate backyard weddings more than anything. But I crave the energy and style of city life. I wasn’t sure if I could entice couples to come wander around downtown STL and trust me to photograph them on top of parking garages. Turns out all I needed was the right couple.

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Meet Erika+Tim and Tim’s beautiful [and absolutely hilarious] daughter, Anne. These are the real life three amigos. We started the session capturing sweet family photos by the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park. After a quick snack and wine refuel at Taste, and quick costume change, we ended the session on top of my favorite parking garage. And as Erika perfectly described, her dress for this shoot was on fleek. Which my out-of-touch self had to google but now I can’t agree more.

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Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis | Laura+Dom

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Stylish Wedding in St. Louis | Neil & Kris

It is not every day your brother-in-law marries his true love in a stylish wedding in St. Louis, between perfectly timed rain storms and far from the hustle & bustle of the city. As I drove out to Labadie, Missouri, through the winding roads blasting country music (yes, that is what you listen to when you’re in the middle of grassy meadows) I was giddy with excitement that I was FINALLY going to see the school house and property that the Schwetye and Smith families have worked so hard to prepare for this day. And there wasn’t a single detail that hadn’t been personally made. Kris and her mom feverishly found plates and china at second hand stores over the course of the year and followed the rule that it must be under $1. Kris made the centerpieces from old books hollowed out with plants, the ceremony benches made from their trees, and all the flowers from their neighbor. And most special of all, the reception property was once a long time ago a real school house, like something straight out of Anne of Green Gables, where Kris and her sisters and cousins would play. A year ago there weren’t steps, or a red door, or any electricity (great job Mr. Smith!) and now it’s full of love and new memories. My hat goes off to you guys. Truly amazing labor of love.

Neil and Kris, I am so proud to call you both family. Cannot wait until Christmas when we get to play marbles on Smith mountain, next to a fading wood fire and with full bellies and lots of laughs.

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