Congratulations, Jana and Adam!
Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Venue: Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Wedding Reception Venue: Chaumette Vineyards & Winery, Ste. Genevieve, MO
Floral Artist: Walter Knoll Florist, St. Louis, MO
Hair and Make-Up Artist: Sarah Lake, Blissfully Beautiful Bride, St. Louis, MO
Cake Artist: The Blue Owl, Kimmswick, MO
Amy and Kyle are such a super fun couple and Amy's daughters, Ava and Peyton, are a riot! It was a blast spending all day with them!
After Amy and Kyle exchanged vows, Kyle surprised Ava and Peyton by "proposing" to them with RingPops! It was adorable!
While guests enjoyed cocktails and we completed the family portraits, the ceremony site was completely transformed for the reception. My favorite part was the gorgeous cake by Bailey Cakes and the Oreo cake at the hot chocolate bar! Yummmm!
Congratulations, Amy and Kyle!
When Kaitlyn first contacted me about her wedding photography, she said she had been assured she would be getting engaged within the month. (I may have giggled when I read that.) We met and talked and realized we definitely wanted to work together. *Queue happy dance!* A couple weeks later, I heard back that they were officially engaged and wanted to know which dates I was available. For those that may not realize, setting your wedding date based on your wedding photographer's availability is pretty much one of the highest compliments you can give us. :-D (That and telling them you basically stalk their Facebook page and blog....Kaitlyn, I loooove you! ;-) Finally a blog post all for YOU! P.S. If you haven't already figured out I'm a total dork, now you know. Haha!)
Kaitlyn has been getting her hair done by Lindy since she was a little girl. Her wedding day, of course, had to be no different. Her younger sister, Olivia, sat patiently waiting her turn, reading a book she had brought along. (*sigh* A girl after my own heart!)
As I alternated between photographing Kaitlyn and her dad walking down the aisle and photographing Marcus' reaction to seeing her, on the inside I was actually jumping up and down and screaming "Aaawwww!" (Just for emphasis...this was on the inside! I do NOT actually jump and scream in the middle of a wedding procession....just in case you were wondering.) Marcus could not hold back the tears and the smiles. And I'm a sucker for such sweet expressions of emotion! Marcus later confessed to me that he was afraid he was ruining all those photos. I assured him he MADE those photos! My job is to capture the emotions of the day. The photos are infinitely better, in my opinion, when there are real emotions obviously showing for me to capture.
Aaaawwww!!! (I just couldn't hold it back after looking at those photos again! Love it!)
Officiating the ceremony was Pastor Aaron Love, whom I had the pleasure of meeting two years ago. He and his then-pregnant wife Liz (who was just barely showing the cutest little baby bump!) had just moved to the area and to Brown Street Baptist and had portraits taken for the church website. Then last fall we met again (and their adorable daughter, Chloe, too!) for more photos when Eric and Kim, the new youth pastor and his wife, joined the Loves at Brown Street. (I'm totally jealous of their last name! Ha!)
To symbolize their coming together in marriage, Kaitlyn and Marcus tied two roses together with ribbon, a sweet alternative to a unity candle. During this time, Kaitlyn's sister and a friend sang, accompanied by piano. Music was a large part of the ceremony and it was all performed by friends and family of the bride and groom. They were all fantastic and Megan's voice is outstanding! This really comes as no surprise since their mom Wendy
The newlyweds were showered in brightly colored rose petals as they exited the church. Kaitlyn tossed her bouquet to the crowd of guests as the couple sped off in her grandfather's classic Bel Air convertible.
Kaitlyn and Marcus wanted to invite their entire church family to their wedding and keep the day centered on its true purpose. They opted to keep dinner light and focused on visiting with all of their guests afterwards. The centerpieces were all made by Kaitlyn and her family. They went through a LOT of china teacups and plates for all the tables! It all turned out so cute!
Doing the wedding party portrait session after dinner (and cake! and chocolate truffles! and other sweets!) allowed us to take our time and also take advantage of some prettier light in the evening (but unfortunately, not much cooler temperatures) at the Lewis and Clark campus in Godfrey. They were all such troopers in the heat and humidity, especially the new Mr. and Mrs., who braved the outside even longer for some more fabulous photos of just them!
Congratulations, Kaitlyn and Marcus!
St. Louis Wedding Ceremony: Brown Street Baptist Church, Alton, IL
St. Louis Reception Venue: Brown Street Baptist Church, Alton, IL
St. Louis Cake Artist: Wedding Wonderland Cake Shop, St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Floral Artist: Dick's Flowers, Alton, IL
St. Louis Make-Up Artist: Kristen Beck, Fringe Salon, Alton, IL
St. Louis Hair Artist: Lindy Sutton, Lindy's Salon, Alton, IL
Erin and Josh are a super sweet couple. They wanted their wedding day to reflect the seriousness of their commitment to each other. But they also have a light-hearted side. Their transportation from the church to the reception was their 1928 Dodge gangster-style get-away car. It is often used for shows down in Branson, Missouri and even came complete with its own bullet holes and tommy guns. Such a fun addition to the day!
Before doing the First Look with her soon-to-be husband, Erin wanted to do a First Look with her father. Both Dale and Josh were, of course, thrilled with how beautiful Erin looked. Taking these few moments together also gave the bride and groom time to spend in prayer, reflecting on the importance of the day.
The ring bearers walked down the aisle as security guards, complete with security badges and a safe for the rings. They were just too cute!
Instead of lighting a unity candle, Josh and Erin opted to put together a unity cross, symbolizing the different roles they will play in the marriage.
As mentioned above, Erin and Josh really wanted to keep the focus of their big day on their relationship. So after a few fun photos with the wedding party at the church, just the three of us spent some time doing photos at a nearby park.
The ballroom at the Regency was decorated for fall with a variety of centerpieces at the guest tables. And Eckert Florist in Belleville made gorgeous bouquets, staying true to the fall burnt orange and purple theme.
One of my favorite parts of a reception is when the couple has a live band playing. I definitely recommend St. Louis Big Band. The singer's Sinatra-like crooning had all the ladies swooning! (Yes I just said that! haha) I wanted to bottle up his voice and take it home with me! <3
Congratulations, Erin and Josh!