Tag: St. Louis Photographer

Danielle and Martin

June 20, 2019

Danielle and Martin were so much fun during their engagement session that we knew the wedding would be amazing. Another thing that amazes us is that we are not photographing the weddings of clients that we did their parents wedding. We photographed Danielle’s parents wedding so when they started looking for a photographer they notice we were available and still providing a high quality product to our brides. They looked no further!! It’s crazy to think that we have been taking wedding photos for 40 years and hoping for another 40.
When we arrived at the MAC to get photos of the girls getting ready they were running right on time…that never happens. It seems that something is always running behind at every wedding, however Danielle was on top of everything to make sure the girls were done when they were supposed to be done. After a first look with the bridesmaids we headed over to the Palm House to meet up with the boys. They were ready for photos so we quickly got them done so they could go hide as Danielle arrived to the park.
The Palm House has such beautiful lighting which really set the mood for this summer wedding. Nice sunny skies with a couple surrounded by friends and family. They had some close friends perform the ceremony by saying some nice words about them as well as helping them through the vows. With some laughs, waves to the crowd and all smiles Danielle and Martin were married!
With the amount of rain we were very fortunate to have a bright sunny day. A bit warm but that is much better than rain. We did photos around Tower Grove park in a few locations. The wedding party was having a great time and couldn’t wait to get to the reception. Danielle wanted to be sure that they arrived in time to take some photos at the MAC before the guests arrived. Since they had plenty of time the decided to be at the whole cocktail hour to talk with all the people that came to celebrate with them. It is really great to see a couple that is so concerned with their guests. They spent so much time talking with everyone which really showed how happy they were to have the support around them.
It was wonderful to be a part of this wedding!

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Nijel and Asia

June 20, 2019

Nijel called the studio because he was going to be in St. Louis and wanted to set up an appointment to do a photo session while he proposed to his girlfriend Asia. We were more than happy to help by sending some photos of nice locations in Forest Park, we talked about the best time of the day after he explained his plans about going to the zoo, then we got everything settled so the moment would be perfect. I always have a great time working with the guys to make sure everything works out – this one went very well. They were walking around the Muny area and Asia had no idea what was about to happen. She we even more surprised when after she said yes Nijel told her to look to her right where I was standing with the camera capturing the shocked expression on her face as she realized the whole thing was just captured. We then spent a bit of time walking around taking photos in the area as the realization set in that they were now engaged! Asia mentioned that she was a bit confused why Nijel was so set on going to the Muny area before they headed to the zoo…makes sense now. It’s funny how all the small details come together after she gets that ring. The questions about the size of her hands, planning a day together complete with a nice dinner, insisting on going to a particular spot in the park at a particular time. All these things alone don’t give it away but once you think about them all together it makes sense that something special was about to happen. I was very excited to be a part of this wonderful moment. Since Nijel and Asia are not from St. Louis the wedding won’t be here but I hope to have the opportunity to work with them again in the future. Such a wonderful couple, congratulations.

#ravettaphotography #stlouisphotographer #surpriseengagement #themuny #forestpark

Krista and Jeff

June 6, 2019

Krista and Jeff have been planning their wedding for a bit and everything seemed to be going smoothly. They had a date, venue and most important they chose Ravetta Photography to capture the day! We set up a time to do engagement photos, of course it rained the whole day so we had to reschedule. Luckily the day we moved to was beautiful , it was so nice to be outside on a sunny day instead of all the rain we had been getting. As we wondered downtown in City Garden, Krista told me about the craziness of what happened to their wedding venue. She was causally talking about the place they picked with a friend and they mentioned that they had heard online it was closing. Krista thought surely she would have gotten notification if that was the case, but she decided to look into it. Indeed they were closing and the couple was left without a wedding venue. This is not the stress that they need to be dealing with while planning a happy event. They were quickly able to secure a new location which put everyone at ease. I’m glad it was all sorted out so they could relax and enjoy time together during the engagement session. We had to make sure to get some photos with the arch while we were downtown, they turned out perfect and I know they will love them. Whenever we start an engagement session it’s always a bit out of the normal for the couple so it takes some time to get used to the directions and having so many photos taken. It’s good practice for the wedding day! Krista and Jeff easily posed together give us many cute expressions. My favorite was when we did a dipping photo and Krista was not so sure Jeff wouldn’t drop her, the laughing between the two was just so natural. It’s those small moments during a session that really make each one unique. We look forward to working with them again on the wedding day.

#engagementphotography #downtownsession #locationphotos #ravettaphotography

Valerie and Corey

June 6, 2019

Meeting Valerie and Corey was such a great experience that we were really hoping we would have the opportunity to photograph their wedding. We met them at a bridal show and then set up a personal consultation in the office. Cindy, Valerie’s mom, came in to the office as well so we could get very specific with the package pricing and timing of the day. It was our pleasure to help them decide what would be the best package option for their Friday wedding. We spoke a few times as the date grew closer to make sure that everything was going to run according to the plan. With a bit of drive time between the house where the girls were getting ready to the church to the reception we wanted to be sure that everyone would be where they needed to be on time. We have done so many weddings that we are able to help you plan each and every detail when it comes down to the photos of the day. The week of the wedding arrived and…..rain….rain…rain! That is about all that was in the forecast for the whole week. It looked like it was going to be a complete rain out so we talked about the best options to do photos if that ended up being the case. We woke up to some drizzle but it totally cleared up before we met Valerie at her house. Despite some wet grass it was an amazing day for them! Everyone seemed calm while getting ready, the girls were on top of everything – nobody was running behind at all! The boys even got in a few games of pool in the church rec room while Corey waited to see Valerie as she walked down the isle, escorted by her nephew. A ceremony followed by a beach ball send off out of the church really kept this day unique to Valerie and Corey. Family photos went smoothly just like the rest of the day so we all headed to the country club to do photos on the course before the reception. We had a great time with the wedding party that continued into the party! Congratulations to Valerie and Corey!

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Michelle and Steven

May 21, 2019

Michelle selected a date for an engagement session a while ago. She knew that her and Steven wanted an outdoor session so we picked a date and hoped for nice weather. Well, in the middle of two weeks of rain we had one beautiful day for Michelle and Steven. We touched base a few days before the session to pick a spot for the photos. Michelle wanted to be sure to include a rosary in their photos because that is very important to them. We were hoping for a Marian grotto but after Michelle took a bit of time to drive by a grotto at Our Lady of the Snow she realized that the trees were not in great bloom just yet. They live in St. Charles and use a local park to walk, a park that I have not been to. Yes surprising I know, a park I have not seen yet! I was very excited to meet them at this new location – I love it! A wonderful lake, gazebo, bridge, walking path all enhance the look of these engagement photos. I am very excited Michelle and Steven introduced me to a new location. When I first arrived Michelle quickly realized she forgot her engagement ring. Luckily she lives close so she headed back home to grab it as Steven and I chatted for a bit. We talked about how this exact park was where they had their first date as well as where he proposed to her. A park with great meaning is perfect for a unique engagement session. As we enjoyed the beautiful day I was happy to hear about all the wedding plans. We even discussed their plans for the evening of dinner and a movie. I hope they had a wonderful time together spending time in a special park then heading out to spend more time together. It’s great to hear they are able to relax together during all of this wedding planning.

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Libby and Brian

May 21, 2019

Libby was planning a wedding from Kansas City but luckily her sister had gotten married a few years ago. However, Libby and Brian were looking to make sure their wedding was different than her sister’s wedding. We really enjoy working with families again when there is another wedding or a family portrait. It is very easy for us to make each wedding unique because everyone is unique! Weddings bring out personalities that we enjoy capturing throughout the day. Despite using the same locations I would say that Libby and Brian have a very different look to their wedding photos. We know that they will be happy they selected us again to capture the moments. We had such a great time meeting the girls at the hotel while they prepared to head to the church for an early ceremony. A few photos before the wedding was all we could get in however with a ceremony at 11am that left us plenty of time afterward to take many photos at church and around St. Louis. The lighting inside the Shrine of St. Joseph’s is amazing during the day so the photos were just perfect as Libby and Brian said I Do! Every wedding needs some large group photos…did I say large…yes they had a great number of family members there to celebrate! When we were done someone said to us that it was the fastest and most organized anyone has ever taken their family photos. It’s great to see that people recognize our professional attitude along with the efficient way we take those large family photos. The wedding party was excited to get to the park to enjoy the wonderful April weather. Photos at the Muny, the Jewel Box – followed by some ice cream at Ted Drews then brought us to The Brewery. A bit of time for everyone to sit and relax while we headed to the reception to take photos of the décor. The party was ready to begin when Libby and Brian arrived early to greet the guest as they came in the door. This was a great way for them to say hello to everyone so they could enjoy the rest of the evening. The night was complete with an announcement that in 2 weeks they would be moving back to St. Louis – the parent faces that we were able to capture were just amazing! This entire day will be such a great memory for everyone. Congratulations to Libby and Brian.

#stlouiswedding #ravettaphotography #photographerstl #weddingphotos #thejewelbox #forestpark #themuny #windowsonwashington

Kate and Kevin

May 8, 2019

Kate called us prior to having an official wedding date selected. She knew she had it narrowed down to a few options but wanted to make sure that we were going to be available. We had taken the photos at her sister’s wedding – since everything went so smoothly and the whole family was pleased with all of our services they had no question about where to go for a photographer. Kate came in to talk about the package details for the timeline of the wedding, we are always happy to help our couples decide on the best timing of photos on their wedding day. Our packages include an engagement session because it is nice to get to know how a couple interacts, it also gives them an opportunity to have some great photos taken together. Kate and Kevin met at Bar Louie in the Central West End, they lived there for a bit as well. So this area was perfect for their engagement session. Of course we had to get a photo with the sign from the bar and I wanted to know how they actually met. Turns out they work at the same place and have some mutual friends. When they went to Bar Louie it wasn’t really a set up date, it was more of a “hey you should meet this person that worked on a project with me” Of course the friend that introduced them is super happy about the outcome. We are as well because we get to work with these two great people. We walked around the Central West End taking photos along the way, while we chatted about the wedding plans. The weather was so wonderful that it made it very easy to take our time and enjoy every moment. Kate and Kevin decided that after the session they would stick around and have dinner. I’m sure it was just a great day that they got to spend together not worrying about work or any other responsibilities for a while. I’m sure they will love the photos and we look forward to working with them on their wedding day.

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Shawn and Amanda

May 8, 2019

Shawn heard about our studio from someone at work that had a great experience so he had to give us a call to discuss his photography needs. His girlfriend was visiting her family in St. Louis, she lives in Chicago. Shawn was planning on leaving the morning after her to come down to St. Louis and surprise Amanda. Why…because he was going to propose!!!! He wanted to make sure that the special moment was capture which is why he contacted us. From our very first conversation I helped him think of a great location, some rain back up options, the best place to stand the signals for when she was getting close and everything down to the very last detail of the moment…or so we thought! So Shawn and I got to the garden early to pick the location. There were about three options previously discussed however it had rained the whole day before so we needed to make sure we were using a path. Both Shawn and I liked the look of a few blooming trees so we made sure to get a good angle with those in the background. The moment came and he got a text from a family member that Amanda was entering the garden. She walked around the corner, saw him and I was able to capture her surprised look as she walked over to him. The walked on the path for a second and then as he got into position a tram came by full of people, no big deal – right? Well of course that tram stopped right behind them to let people out…of course it did, the one thing we didn’t think about when planning all the details. Shawn really loved the location that we had selected so he decided to wait it out until the tram moved. Amanda and Shawn loved that they now have this great story about how they got engaged in Botanical Gardens. I was so lucky to meet these two to capture this and I wish them the greatest happiness!

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Ana and David

April 23, 2019

Ana contacted the studio looking for a unique element to her engagement photos. There was going to be an engagement party for her and David so she was thinking while they were all dressed up with family and friends around it would be the perfect time for engagement photos. We decided to meet a bit before the party to take a few posed photos of Anna and David. The home where the party took place was a family friend and it had beautiful areas for photos. I probably could have taken photos of them all day because they were great together and the location was unique. That’s exactly what Anna wanted in their engagement photos, she didn’t want to be wondering around the park like everyone else. These photos will be special to them because the location was extra special to them. After a few quick photos we realized that guests were arriving and starting to watch what we were up to. It was a bit strange for them to be watched as they took photos but at the same time this added another unique element to the session. Those people that were closest to them got to witness how madly in love these two are. The rest of the time I was there I mingled within the party getting images of them as they all shared in the joy of Ana and David. It was a very different take on the typical engagement photos which was great because it is so nice for us to change things up once in a while. Perhaps this will be a new trend that we could offer to customers that have engagement parties. They will be getting married out of town and we wish them the very best wedding day!

#engagementphotos #shesaidyes #stlphotographer #locationsession #uniquephotos

James is 1

April 23, 2019

On a rainy Saturday afternoon we headed to see James. He is turning one soon and is a member of our birthday club. This means we get to see him a couple of times a year to capture how big he is getting. The plan was to take some photos outside in the backyard but because of the rain we need to move indoors. No problem we are always ready for anything and their house had plenty of areas to work with for the photos. James was having a morning nap when we arrived so was a bit confused when he woke up to us in his room. But this nap put him in a great mood, ready for photos. He posed with mom and dad, even got his best four legged friend Sophie in the photos. James loves to look at books so we took advantage by doing some photos in his reading chair. It was very cute to watch him doing his favorite thing. It was also a must that he showed us his favorite car that he loves to walk around the house with – he is getting very fast! We thought the rain had slowed down for a bit, or so we hoped! We went outside to do a few photos in the garden and it was alright for a bit but even just a mist of rain seems like lots of rain after about 10 minutes. Oh well, it gave James some new scenery for a bit. Time for cake!!! The best part of a one year session is the smash cake, all kids love the cake part. Where the wild things are was the theme and James had a super cute tail and crown to wear while he dug into his homemade cake. James gave us a few smiles but was all cake in face during these photos! So fun to see him and we are looking forward to his 18 month session when he will have even more little personality…if that is even possible.

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