Katie and Tony

Katie and Tony

November 8, 2018

Wedding planning can be a big task, very overwhelming for many people. I have known Katie and Tony for a few years and when I heard they were engaged I thought planning a wedding was not something they were interested in doing. It wouldn’t have surprised me if one day they just went to the court house to get it done quickly. However with the help of Tony’s mom they started planning the perfect wedding. They knew photos were necessary but wasn’t something they were interested in doing all day. They didn’t want to go to lots of locations or spend too much time with photos… or so I thought! We definitely went to a bunch of locations but we kept it short at each one giving them lots of photos options but also time to relax on the limo with the wedding party. When we arrived at the house with the girls we quickly realized this was going to be a very fun day! Katie look radiant in her dress – she was very excited to get in it, but the shoes were a different story. After about 3 minutes in her heels she switched to flip flops, it made total sense anyway since we were doing all the photos before in the park. With a bit a rain moving around we were not sure if we would get hit while at the park but we took the chance in order to get amazing photos. An the photos were more than amazing with the perfect overcast lighting, an animated wedding party and a couple that just loved to have fun together. Other than the park some photo stops included The Hill, their first home and the cigar shop for the boys! Since all photos were being done early at the church we headed there to get started. I could see that Katie was quickly getting tired of photos so we went as fast as possible. They both had a few minutes to relax before the ceremony began, we always make this happen because we do not want anyone being rush right before the ceremony. I took a moment to make sure they were enjoying the day. They were both ready to get it started and move to the celebration. Many special people were included in the ceremony including co-workers and family – the celebrant was a relative of Tony’s, very special to have him there to join the couple. The reception was so classic and beautiful. For two people that didn’t really want to plan a wedding this day turned out perfect! After some special moments I put down the camera and joined the party which doesn’t happen very often. I really enjoyed celebrating with everyone. Congratulations!!

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Dallas is One

November 8, 2018

It is time to do one year photos for Dallas! We did photos when she was born and then had the pleasure of photographing Danielle and Dane’s wedding in the spring. Dallas was a super cute flower girl! Now she is getting so big. She isn’t walking on her own which is actually perfect for photos because she would stay in one spot. However she loves to walk holding mom and dad’s hands. So much that when we stopped she got very mad at us. However Danielle warned us that might be the case so we saved those photos for the end. When we all arrived Danielle informed us that half of the outfit was left back at home. Well luckily it was the bottom half so we were able to do a few close up photos in the cute flowered outfit Dallas was wearing. Outfits are important but really it’s all about that cute little baby face! Since this was a one year session of course she had an outfit with ONE on it and a unicorn – the theme of her birthday is unicorns. The rainbow tutu was absolutely adorable. Dallas likes to be swung up in the air so when we did family photos Danielle lifted her up and set her back down quickly to get the smile. It worked perfectly, might have been hard on Danielle’s arms but it’s all worth that wonderful smile. Dallas had a great time showing us leaves and rocks she found as she sat near the pond. It was cracking us up because it seemed like each rock she grabbed was bigger than the last one. Keeping kids entertained is a big part of a photography session. It gives us a more natural smile which parents love, that is unless they are so intent on looking at rocks that they don’t want to smile! We got some great smiles anyway I’m sure mom and dad will be very happy.

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Kristin and Tim

November 8, 2018

After working with Kristin and Tim during their engagement session I was very excited for their wedding day. I knew it was going to be a great day! They are both so filled with joy and surrounded by a great group of friends made the day extra fun. We started with some photos of the girls getting ready at the salon before we headed to meet the boys at the church. A neighborhood wedding is also great because we get to see so many people we have worked with in the past or see around as we spend time with our families. The girls were keeping it together prior to the ceremony…someone had to because the boys were already having a good time. Silly poses, poking fun at each other and having a fantastic time had begun and would continue the whole day with this group. After the beautiful ceremony the girls were ready to join in the fun! I may have been a bit chilly this October afternoon, but we were just pleased that it was not raining like the prior day. We can all deal with cold, besides it made for some wonderful lighting while we were at the park doing photos. Of course we got so nice posed photos of the group, but the candids are just amazing. We couldn’t stop the wedding party from having a good time together – and why would we! We love when a group of people interact so well together that we have tons of great photos. Another special part of this day was that Kristin and Tim included his daughter Lilly in lots of ways throughout the day. She got ready at the salon with the girls, did a sand ceremony with them at the church, came to the park for photos and also had a very special dance with dad at the reception. A perfect way to start a new family! After a quick stop to the bar where they met, Tim still had her phone number in his wallet from that night (not a current number but still, so sweet that he kept it) The fun continued into the reception, I’m sure after we left it never stopped. It was a great day with Kristin and Tim, I have no idea how they are going to pick from all the great photos we took.

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Lauren and Andrew

November 1, 2018

When a wedding is planning so far in advance it is a guess as to what the weather will be, especially around here. It could be 40 degrees in September or 70 degrees in November. As we left in the morning one wonderful day mid-October we knew that the forecast was calling for rain. There is nothing we can do when it’s raining outside but look for alternative places for photos. We first went to see the boys and they were anxiously waiting a pizza delivery which was slow due to the weather. Otherwise they were in good spirits and ready to do some photos. Andrew was very relaxed, couldn’t wait to see Lauren at the church. After a few photos of the girls getting ready at a second location we all headed to the church. Lauren was bummed the weather was not great however she knew the most important part of the day was that she was going to get married to Andrew. So she didn’t let the rain bother her as we took photos of the girls inside the church. Lauren had to then hide in the balcony while we worked with the boys on the altar. Andrew was instructed not to peek but I wonder if Lauren got a look before it was time for the ceremony. The reception was at Bogey Hills country club and luckily the rain had slowed to a mist by the time we got there. A bit chilly but we had to take advantage and do some photos outside under the gazebo…and with a golf cart of course. I bet these are going to be their favorite photos because it really shows how happy they were to be married and looking forward to celebrating with family and friends during the reception. And what a celebration it was! The dance floor was packed the whole time with laughter as Lauren and Andrew almost seemed in another world just the two of them dancing – they really enjoyed the whole day and that’s the best thing to do when you can’t do anything about the weather. Remember a wet knot is harder to untie!

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Kayla and Kyle

November 1, 2018

Photographing a wedding is always fun, but there’s something extra special when you get to photograph one for a family member! When my cousin Kyle and his fiancée Kayla asked me to be a part of their wedding day by doing their photography I couldn’t have been happier! We met the bridal party downtown where the ladies were finishing up their hair and make-up. After a few last minute adjustments to make sure Kayla’s hair was just right she headed downstairs to meet Kyle. He was so excited to see Kayla and it showed in their sweet first look photos! Luckily we had a beautiful, if a bit warm, afternoon for some outdoor photos. After stopping for a few images at the graffiti wall we headed to the much shadier Lafayette Park for some park photos. We had a fun time roaming the park and the bridal party kept us all laughing the whole time. Our last stop before the ceremony was Laumeier Sculpture Park, a place that has special meaning for Kyle since he used to go there as a kid with his grandpa. We stopped at a couple of his favorite sculptures for some fun, unique photos before heading to the ceremony and reception!
At Andre’s Sunset Hills we met up with the rest of Kyle and Kayla’s families, including their son Kale. He was so excited to see his parents and we made sure to take plenty of family photos with this adorable, funny boy! He posed so well and gave us plenty of wonderful smiles. Their ceremony overlooked the golf course and they had a beautiful sunset to cap off the evening. We had so much fun capturing their wedding day and we wish Kyle and Kayla the best as they start married life together!

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Lauren and Chris

November 1, 2018

Lauren knew exactly where to go when searching for a wedding photographer. We did one of her sister’s weddings and she loved everything so we were at the top of the list. A list that only had one person on it! We were so excited to work with Lauren and her family again. I met Chris during the engagement session and could see how great these two were together. On the wedding day Lauren was willing to plan or fake a few getting ready photos so we could also get pictures of Chris and the boys before the ceremony. The timing worked out great because just as she was mid way through make-up we left to meet up with the boys. Then we gathered back at the church for photos of Lauren getting in her dress. The mood was a bit down since it was pouring rain with the forecast of rain the rest of the day. We were talking about options to alter the photo locations. With some thoughts in mind we got into the ceremony which included a few special moments with Riley and Cole as they joined Lauren and Chris on the alter to bless the new family. After some family photos it looked like the rain was going to hold out! We were excited to head to the park location and quickly do all the wedding party photos. For a group of their size – 24 in the wedding party – I was shocked at how well everyone did at following directions. We got tons of great photos, including a photo of Lauren digging a grave for Chris, which went along perfectly with the homily earlier in the day. When we arrived at the reception it seemed that a few things had not gone according to plan but honestly looking around the room it all looked perfect to me. Lauren’s mom was happy to tell us that she was over the moon Lauren picked us as the photographer because she knew the photos would be perfect. A few sunset photos completed the wonderful evening. We were honored to be a part of the wedding and celebration.

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Anna and Austin

November 1, 2018

Here we are again with another family we have been working with for years. That is just the best feeling when your photography skills are trusted so greatly that you are called to capture senior photos, family photos and now the next important step…the first wedding in the family! It seems that there are always a couple weekends a year that are just super popular when we start getting calls for wedding photography. September 29th was it, we had to turn away so many people that wanted this date. But luckily Anna and Austin were not on the list because I would hate to turn them away! We started off with engagement photos. Having such a great time in Tower Grove park with these two and their dog. It really got me excited for the wedding. When the wonderful day finally arrived and we got to the salon to start the day I was so happy to hear mom say “I’m excited to see you today” Ditto! We are excited to work with you today too! Every wedding has things that need to be adjusted at the last minute or something that doesn’t go quite as planning, but overall everything turns out perfectly. Anna and Austin were surprised at the rehearsal about the change in time they could arrive at the church, but really this was just a minor change and looking at everything from the outside I would have to say it all went perfectly. From the expertly crafted pew bows that mom made, to the laugher when the priest forgot to announce them as husband and wife all the way to the park locations they let us venture to….just a perfect day. They put trust in us to pick the best spots for photos. It was great to not have to travel to the same locations we see week after week. We picked a few secluded spots in Forest Park and then headed over the river for a couple amazing Arch photos. The reception continued the perfect day with wonderful decorations, candy table, dancing and songs sung to the bride and groom by friends. We are honored to be a part of this family and hope to continue in the future. More weddings or perhaps someday family photos with grandbabies!

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Sara and Kevin

November 1, 2018

On the last Saturday in September, we were in for a treat from mother nature. The day was perfect for a wedding. An outdoor wedding was planned for the bride and groom.

We met the bride, Sara, and her bridesmaids at the Escape Salon and Spa in Edwardsville, Il. We were surprised to see how the stylist accomplished the job of getting most of the bridesmaids completer and ready for the photos of the bride getting ready.

One of the flower girls, Gracie, was especially interested in Sara’s make-up application. The stylist allowed her to sit close to get a great view. The photos of this moment in time will probably be some of their favorites.

The bride’s mother, Mary, made sure everyone was fed with a supply of Jimmy John’s and other various treats. Gracie made sure everyone knew she didn’t like pickles! She sure s a cutie!!!

After leaving the bride in good hands, we headed to Hidden Lake Winery to meet Kevin and his groomsmen. They were getting dressed in one of the fabulous cabins Hidden Lake has to offer. They were busy with pizza that his father brought and cookies that her father, Stu, baked. At least that’s what he tried to tell me. We knew we were in for a good time with Stu!

When everyone was ready, Sara and Kevin met for a “First Look”. They, along with with bridal party, Kevin’s son Dean. and parents spent some time posing for wedding portraits and enjoying the beautiful day.

The ceremony was outdoors in front of the lake and fountain. The vows were original to the couple and included a vow from Sara to Dean. Dean was really happy that his new Bonus Mom included him. “Bonus Mom”, I love that!

As the guest entered the reception room, I am sure they were amazed at the effort that went into the decorations. The bar, the staircase, the tables,, the presentation of the childhood photos of the couple…were all simply outstanding.
However, the feature most guests were interested in was the Candy Bar.

This is going to sound like a fairytale, but there were cookies, cake pops, cheesecakes, chocolate covered strawberries and pineapples, Chocolate covered pretzels and hand-dipped turtles the size of your palm filled the display. The wedding cakes and an assortment of cupcakes decorated the other side of the room, along with a special cake for their son, that all three of them cut together.

After dinner was served, the couple and guests danced to the music of Vote 4 Pedro. If you need a band, look into this spectacular band. They kept the dance floor filled and the party going.

So what happens after you use up all that energy? Of course, you eat again. Pizza and wings were provided for the not so hungry guests.

We wish the new family, Sara, Kevin and Dean all the happiness a new family could possibly want. Also, we would want to extend a special Thank You to the parents on both sides, who treated us like family!

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Jessica and Shawn

October 25, 2018

Jessica started looking for a photographer all over the place. Attending bridal shows, online research, asking friends. As the process got overwhelming she remembered the was a photographer right under her nose…me! She is the assistant at an office I visit a few times a month so we got to talking. She decided to review the packages we have and realized that we offered a great deal. Of course she wanted to take advantage of the engagement session that is included in the packages. We set aside a time in the fall way in advance. It’s hard for her and Shawn to get away from their 5 kids to find time together for something like an engagement session. Picking a date far in advance allowed them to schedule around it, now we just had to hope for perfect weather. It would have been nice to enjoy a fall evening but the warm temperatures are better than being rained out. We talked about meeting in St. Charles since the wedding would be in that area. However Jessica found a few photos from Creve Coeur Park that she really loved. I knew exactly where the photos were taken so we switched locations. We are super flexible when it comes to our sessions because we want the clients to have what they want when it comes to the location sessions. We eventually found each other because our gps took us to two different locations in the park, but we quickly got working and climbed up into the waterfall. Yep, they wanted to get into nature as much as possible. We went into the woods, walked on paths and even took their shoes off at the end to put feet in the water. I had such a great time working with Jessica and Shawn and I really look forward to working with them for the wedding next year!

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Laci and Will

October 25, 2018

Laci contacted us because she was looking for an engagement session that was not included in a wedding package. The photographers she contacted wanted to book a wedding package first, however she and Will are not getting married in St. Louis. We were more than happy to help them embrace some special locations in St. Louis since they live here but will not have wedding photos here. They were looking to hit some of the spots that showed off St. Louis pride. We started at Busch Stadium, instead of using the statues and things that scream Cardinals we focused more on the brick and areas of Ballpark village that had a few Cardinals things in the background. We knew we were going to hit Kiener plaza and the steps of the court house. These locations had a view of the arch which is exactly what they were wanting to highlight. However Will surprised me with access to the roof of his office building. This is the location that he proposed to Laci. As a photographer you need to be prepared for all types of situations even when you don’t know what the situation will be. I wasn’t expecting to be in the lobby of an office building but it gave us some amazing and unique photos. These are the best moments as a photographer, a new experience that could be a challenge but turns out to be perfect. Not only were the lobby photos great but we then headed up to the rooftop to the room that Will propose to Laci. This had a balcony with a wonderful view of the arch! I don’t think this session could have gone any better and I’m so happy that Laci found us. We were happy to help her and Will capture St. Louis!

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