Tag: wedding photography

Lizzie and Vineet

November 15, 2018

Another fabulous day in St. Louis! Another beautiful wedding awaits.

We met the bride Lizzie at the Seasons Salon and Spa. The place has a beautiful Bridal Suite to get ready in. It has a nice place to hang the dress for photographs, a widespread mirror for the girls to use ad plenty of privacy. Each of the girls had their own stylist to make the process much faster.

Upon leaving, the bride was greeted at the door by Joe Barbaglia and his spectacular Rolls Royce. Joe’s a perfect gentleman and we have worked with him on many weddings including his own!

Next it was on to St. Ambrose Church, “On the Hill” to meet the guys. Vineet was all smiles when we arrived and more than ready for us to capture photos of him and his guys.. His brother was his best man.

The ceremony couldn’t go wrong with Msg. Bommarito officiating and the grandeur of the interior of the church. The music was heavenly with the voice of Heather Wessels. We also photographed Heather’s wedding a few years ago. (I’m feeling special right about now!)

We moved on to Lafayette Park for bridal portraits and fun candid photos. The black iron bridge is a really popular place to be. The wedding party was joy to work with making our job very easy.

We worked out way back out of the park and went on our way to Amsterdam Tavern. There, we took photos of the couple where they first met and where they first kissed. We found out later, when the bride’s sister Abby gave her toast, that Vineet’s first words to Lizzy were “I’ve been watching you.” Abby suggested “He may be a creeper.” Turns out, he was the love she was looking for,

The reception was held at the Mahler Ballroom. The entire place has been updated including the bar area and downstairs lounge area, We are lucky to have these venues with so much architectural history in St. Louis.

The dance between the couple was perfect. We could feel the emotion fill the room. The dancing continued into the evening to end a wonderful day.

Congratulations Lizzy and Vineet and Thank You for choosing Ravetta Photography to be a part of your special day.
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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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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!

#weddingphotography #ravettaphotograhper #hiddenlakewinery #fallwedding

Jessica and Edlyn

October 25, 2018

On a beautiful day in September, we were looking forward to spending some time outside to photograph Jessica and Edlyn in their most precious time together.

We arrived to capture the “First Look” of each other. Jessica stood with a stunning gown looking regal. Edlyn, with his back towards his fiance’ was presenting himself as a sharp dressed man!

We were ready as the cue was given for Edlyn to turn around. The emotions flowed and the day had begun. The feeling of true love and commitment to forever and ever filled the air. He took her hand and they walked together to take it all in.

The stage was Westport and it became apparent to all of us that mother nature had other plans for the day. We used the fabulous triangular stack of windows upstair in the indoor mall to create a background of depth and light. Edlyn really dreamt of mountains, grassy fields and lakes,, however, here we are, and it’s their day… and they’re in love…and rain is Good Luck for the Bride and Groom. So, we tried to sneak outside between the drizzle.

We moved to the Hotel to showcase the bride’s train on the ornamental staircase. The towering windows behind brought a bit of the outside in.

The ceremony and reception both took place at Spazio’s Prior to the ceremony Jessica had another first look with her father. Believe it or not,, he thought there wouldn’t be any tears in his eyes!

The wedding ceremony was set up with an aisle to give the guest an up close look at the parents,, maid-of-honor and the bride. The groom waited up front for his bride to meet him. The ceremony was romantic and sanctioned.

The guests moved to the cocktail room while the dinner was prepared and the families posed for some traditional portraits.

As the reception began, the cake took center stage, looking splendid. The couple cut the cake and the toasts were given in style. The time for celebration had come. Everyone from the youngest to the oldest looked happy and enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing, as a new family.

Congratulations, Jessica and Edlyn

#fallwedding #stlphotographer #ravettaphotography #weddingstlouis

Amanda and Christina

October 25, 2018

Amanda and Christina knew they wanted to get married on national teddy bear day because it was an important date to the two of them. Also they call each other “bear” which is super cute. When they were putting together the wedding budget they realized there wasn’t much left when it came to photography. They had almost considered not having a professional photographer….WHAT! I would never let that happen with anyone especially someone I know. Amanda is a very good friend of my sister, she was a bridesmaid in the wedding. Since she has been with Christina for 10 years I would say that Christina is also a great friend too. We put together a custom package option that worked perfect for their time schedule and wedding budget. We are always willing to work with couples because if you don’t have a professional photographer at your wedding then how will you remember all the special moments and details. I was happy to start out the day at their house to get a few photos of them getting ready before we headed to the park. With the reception immediately following the ceremony it worked out best to do all the photos beforehand. After a couple rainy days prior the sun came out to shine on these lovely ladies. We enjoyed some jokes and laughs at the park and then headed to the private ceremony. Only close family and friends were in attendance. It was so special because everyone had a great view of the event, as they concluded everything with a hand fasting ceremony that included both sides of the family. Moving to the reception it was time to party! They were introduced and went straight into some great toast by the best man and maid of honor. I could really see how much the relationship of Amanda and Christina effects those around them. It was a very special moment. Why not conclude the evening with a sparkler send off – their love will now and forever sparkle for them and those around. Thanks for deciding to have a professional at your event. It was perfect!

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