Congrats to Kristel and Justin! We had their awesome wedding at the cute Little Piney Lodge, and it was a perfect day! We are so excited for this wonderful couple, and we hope you like a few of our favorites … Continued
Congrats to Kristel and Justin! We had their awesome wedding at the cute Little Piney Lodge, and it was a perfect day! We are so excited for this wonderful couple, and we hope you like a few of our favorites from the day!
We met Emily & Mike almost two years ago when Mike was a groomsman in his friend Jake’s wedding. When he and Emily got engaged shortly thereafter, we were so excited to get to shoot their love story and wedding! … Continued
We met Emily & Mike almost two years ago when Mike was a groomsman in his friend Jake's wedding. When he and Emily got engaged shortly thereafter, we were so excited to get to shoot their love story and wedding! They are one of those couples that just makes you go, aaahhh :) It is obvious by how Mike (or Kyle as his family calls him) adores Emily; you can see it in how he looks at her, the way his smile lights up when he gazes into her eyes, how you know he's never going to let anything happen to her. And it is equally apparent that Emily has found her protector, her best friend and the love of her life in Mike. They are a great pair, and genuinely fun people to be around. It has been our JOY to be a part of documenting their love story and the start of their forever! We are so glad to have met you and count you as friends - congratulations Emily & Mike!
As far as the details of their spectacular wedding day, they were married at St. Nicholas where both of their families have been long time parishioners. The ceremony was one of my favorites; they elected to have lots of singing with the choir, which added so much, and the homily was very meaningful. After doing photos at Tower Grove park, which had spring blooms on the trees in spectacular fashion, the reception was held at the Crown Plaza hotel. Everything looked so beautiful, but my favorite part was a Crown Plaza tradition of doing a dramatic presentation of the first course to the head table accompanied by "Be Our Guest" from Disney's Beauty and the Beast. It was so fun. Then a chef came out and did a flambe to orchestral music as well. Another of the highlights was Mike broke out the guitar and played the song for Emily's dance with her father. It was so special. All in all it was a fabulous day, and we were so happy for our special couple!
By Shannon Conner
P.S. We had the pleasure of working with Jason Gibson Films for the wedding, and Jason did a killer job on the video. Check it out here!
Joel first met Heather & Shane back in his days of selling Epson printers at Best Buy. She was only 16 years old. They kept in touch over the years, and when Joel started doing photography professionally Heather paid attention. … Continued
Joel first met Heather & Shane back in his days of selling Epson printers at Best Buy. She was only 16 years old. They kept in touch over the years, and when Joel started doing photography professionally Heather paid attention. So it was with much anticipation and eager excitement that she approached us when she and Shane got engaged. Even though we often make new friends in our wedding couples - a great perk of our job - we also love it when we get to shoot the weddings of old friends (which, coincidentally, we get to do several times this year).
Heather and Shane were married in the beautiful St. Boniface Catholic Church in Edwardsville, IL. It was a lovely ceremony, and the gorgeous stained glass made for some epic church photos! Afterwards we headed off for photos and were able to get some great shots including the Arch, where Shane proposed. And, we just had to do some photos with the couple in their Cardinals and Cubs baseball jerseys! It was a beautiful day, made even more so by the beautiful people we had the pleasure of being with. Heather & Shane we are so happy for you and wish you all the best!
We have had a number of couples lately who we have not had the chance to meet until right before the wedding. Usually, this is because they do not live in the area. This is certainly the case with Brittany … Continued
We have had a number of couples lately who we have not had the chance to meet until right before the wedding. Usually, this is because they do not live in the area. This is certainly the case with Brittany and Chris. In fact, they do not even live in the same hemisphere. These two are both in the US Navy and currently stationed on the tropical island of Guam. This was actually our second Navy wedding in the past few months, and we still have one more on the calender for next year! Planning for a wedding in St Louis in early March always could mean the weather is not very warm yet...which is a worry when you are acclimated to tropical island weather. But, I do not think that they were anticipating SNOW. Yes, snow. We have had so much snow this late winter (and now spring), and it was veeeeeery cold on their wedding day. Everything was instructed to bring along their coats so that in the time we spent outside that there was no major cold-related issues :-)
The wedding was at First Baptist Church in O'Fallon, IL, and Brittany had found out about us from this wedding early last year. They had met whilst in the Navy, and so they did their planning from quite a distance on deployment. Thankfully, she had a lot of help on this end, and you could definitely tell (especially in all of the wonderful Navy-themed spread throughout the day). The ceremony was very sweet...it was easy to tell how excited everyone was for the two of them. We headed to the St Louis Arch for most of the photos, and because of how frigid it was, we got through them as quickly as possible! All of the girls especially were so brave, though...they were definitely VERY cold, but they did not complain about it. The reception was at the fabulous LeClaire Room, which is one of our favorite spots.
Congrats again, Brittany and Chris, and it was awesome getting to spend your wedding day with you! (and please, enjoy your warm weather for us while we stare at a foot of snow outside our windows!)
A crisp February day greeted us for Katie & Doug’s intimate wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. We love this venue for intimate weddings and receptions. The Butler’s Pantry does an EXCELLENT … Continued
A crisp February day greeted us for Katie & Doug's intimate wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. We love this venue for intimate weddings and receptions. The Butler's Pantry does an EXCELLENT job catering, and the space inside the Palm House is just beautiful. For Katie's family this was the 3rd wedding in under a year, so they were all pros at pulling off a beautiful event. As you all know we've had a wintery spring, so it was rather cool out for photos, but Katie was a great sport and even had a fun fur jacket to go with her wedding dress. The ceremony was just close friends and family, and immediately following the Butler's Pantry staff flipped the room to prepare for a beautiful dinner service, while the guests enjoyed cocktails and passed appetizers, and we took photos. I always love when couple's do something out of the ordinary, and for Katie & Doug that was forgoing a traditional cake in favor of dozens of mini cupcakes in flavors like Strawberry Daqueri and Pina Colada. Yum!
Because most of our St. Louis weddings are larger, we don't often get to work at the Piper Palm House, but we always love it when we do and highly recommend it! It would also be a beautiful location for bridal showers or rehearsal dinners - for those of you looking :). We are so honored that we got to be a part of Katie & Doug's special day and intimate celebration in the heart of Tower Grove Park. Congratulations - we wish you all the best!
Before I get into how amazing Michele & Tony’s wedding was, I wanted to share a bit of our wedding family tree. Like most good businesses, we track where our weddings come from and how people find out about us. … Continued
Before I get into how amazing Michele & Tony's wedding was, I wanted to share a bit of our wedding family tree. Like most good businesses, we track where our weddings come from and how people find out about us. Mostly it's referrals from our other AMAZING couples (which is just the hugest compliment, and we SO appreciate that!) So one day Joel and I started tracing back a kind of wedding family tree that started this whole chain of referrals we've had over the past 3 years. So indulge me a minute as I take a walk down memory lane...
3 summers ago we shot Amy Sebeck & Josh Diebold's wedding. Amy's cousin, Nicki booked us for her wedding the next year (as did Nicki's sister Alyssa the following year). Nicki is friends with the Green family, and when Jenn (Michele's sister) saw her photos she booked us for her wedding. Now Michele had actually booked someone else for her wedding, but after she saw Jenn & Andy's engagement photos she decided she had to have us and broke her contract with her previous photographer and signed with us. And we are so glad she did! Furthermore we are so glad we shot Amy and Josh's wedding (which has led to many other weddings beyond the ones listed here), without whom we would not have gotten introduced to this fabulous cluster of couple's and families we've grown to love!
Thanks for indulging me...now on to the main event. Michele and Tony got married in January, and I must say that we don't get too many January weddings, but it is certainly a fun change with the winter atmosphere. Having just had Jenn & Andy's wedding last fall, it was a fun reunion to see everyone again so soon. The girls were all getting beautified at Michele & Tony's, while the guys were at his parent's. We then made our way to the church, which got PACKED out - standing room only! There is a lot of love for this couple :) After the ceremony we hit the Millstadt fire dept and then on to a friend's house where we rocked their amazing barn. And I just have to give a shout out to all the girls who were freezing but such great sports!! On our way back to the reception we stopped by West End Tavern, which is actually where Michele & Tony had their first date (aahhh!). Then it was on to Turner Hall for the party.
I have to say that of all the dad speeches we have heard Mr. Chuck Green does some of the best. Maybe it's because we heard him speak at both is daughter's weddings in such close proximity, but he did an excellent job that brought tears and laughs and was just plain precious! We also really enjoyed the band, the Well Hungarians, who were not only amazing musicians but did a great job emceeing the evening as well. It was a great day, and for a great couple! Michele & Tony we love you and are so excited for you and all that the future holds - congratulations!
VSCO very recently released VSCO Film 03 their third set of film emulating presets. I have owned the first set since it came out, and I do use several of the presets in much of my standard editing. The first … Continued
VSCO very recently released VSCO Film 03 their third set of film emulating presets. I have owned the first set since it came out, and I do use several of the presets in much of my standard editing. The first set contained two of my very favorite film stocks (Kodak Tri-X for black and white, and the sacred Kodak Potra 400...which has a look I fell in love with at first glance). While the film presets are not a perfect match, they do a very good job...definitely the best I have ever seen. When the VSCO announced their third set, I was intrigued. In the past year, I have begun shooting with Fuji's line of instant film (FP-3000b for B&W and FP-100c for color). I fell in love with the old Polaroid pack film cameras (I may or may not have occasionally slept with my Polaroid 250 ). It's hard to explain, but to me, it is not doing something "vintage" per se. Vintage to me often means aged and dead and having an antiqued character. But with these Fuji pack films, it is more like reaching back into the past and pulling something directly into the present. It has the character of the older things, but it is still fresh and living.
This is what VSCO Film 03 is...instant film. And, it is because of the two Fuji presets that I knew I had to buy this.
Granted, the majority of these films included in the set are many of the popular consumer grade Polaroid films from years gone by and the revivalist films of the Impossible Project. Honestly, I never really cared for these films. My family was (admittedly) too cheap frugal to pay for the more pricey instant film, so I never really grew up being exposed (pun fully intended) to these stocks. Thus, they really hold no nostalgic ties to my heart. Nevertheless, I was willing to give them a shot in this set...after all, I did pay for them as well.
First thing for me to mention is that with all of the presets (or any lightroom presets for that matter, of which I own very few), they usually require some tweaking to get them to the place where you need them to be. That is not a bad thing. In fact, I like that because it still leaves plenty of room for each persons' style to shine through. I am still on my quest to get my Portra 400 setting exactly where it should be so that it will work on 80%+of my images and look outstanding. I might never get there, but I am going to keep trying. On to my reactions for this specific set, though. As will the previous VSCO set I own, the B&W presets are absolutely outstanding. They have a feel and look to them that I really connect with. The tweaks that I do to them are usually minor, and with some, I might not even need to change anything outside of general exposure. Of all the B&W's in VSCO 03, the FP-3000b is definitely my favorite (not surprising).
One of the very nice aspects of VSCO is that they do multiple versions of each film stock. For example, with the FP-3000b, there is standard, plus and minus effects to various degrees, negative, and early pull (which I have never tried in real life, actually). It gives you the chance for multiple "strength" settings, you might say. Typically, with most settings I prefer the minus type settings so that the effects are more muted (ESPECIALLY in the color ones). Speaking of the color ones, I have to say that I do not expect to use many of the color ones from this set on anything other than personal work. While they look great for what they are, my professional work does not have the toned, faded "instagram" type look to them. I could be wrong, but I feel that for weddings and such, I will be sticking with my beloved Portra 400. In my personal artistic work, though, I think they work great for a number of applications.
So, enough with my rambling...here are some samples for you to look at with the appropriate preset listed below each image. Enjoy! Definitely check out VSCO. Click HERE to buy one of their amazing products!
P.S. All of these photos were shot last April when my wife and I visited some of her family in California...they were shot over the two days that they took us to Yosemite National Park. I figured that it was about time I did something with them haha
We were not taking any more weddings for the year when we heard from Katie and Ben. In fact, as their wedding date was only a bit over a month away, the whole thing was sudden for us. However, our … Continued
We were not taking any more weddings for the year when we heard from Katie and Ben. In fact, as their wedding date was only a bit over a month away, the whole thing was sudden for us. However, our groom, Ben, is the brother of some friends of ours, and they had recommended us, and since we do love getting to work with friends (and their siblings!) we agreed to take on a final wedding for 2012 in the last few weeks of the year.
Ben is a petty officer in the Navy, and he was coming home from Spain on leave for Christmas, so wedding planning was in high gear for a Christmas wedding. Ben and Katie were planning a VERY intimate ceremony (there were 8 guests) and then a beautiful reception for all their friends and family following. We met up with them before the ceremony where they shared their first look in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom in the historic Renaissance Grand Hotel, where their wedding and reception took place. And because it was only a few days before Christmas we got to take some beautiful night photos complete with twinkle lights at the City Garden! Sure Katie was freezing, but who's counting? ;) In fact as I write this I'm remembering that she was our 4th Katie bride this year, and all but one of them had freezing wedding days...go figure!
The reception was a beautiful evening filled with friends, family, laughter and delicious food. Have you ever been to a mashed potato martini bar? We have. It rocked. We had such a wonderful time celebrating with Katie and Ben and all the fam, and we are so excited for what the future holds for them! Congratulations you guys!
St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon at Graham Chapel I (Joel) do not remember the first time that I met Ashley and Josh, but it was quite a while ago…10 years or so, I would bet. Even though these … Continued
I (Joel) do not remember the first time that I met Ashley and Josh, but it was quite a while ago...10 years or so, I would bet. Even though these two amazing people were not a couple back then, in my mind it seems like they have been together for as long as I have known them. They always seemed like they were a perfect for each other, and it showed. Their families were friends with each other, and it was a match that seemed destined to be. We all knew the engagement was coming sooner or later. I still remember the exact moment when I received the email from Josh inquiring about photography for their wedding...Shannon and I had just left having dinner with our good friends at the Drunken Fish. I was probably a little more excited than I should have been to get that email, but I knew that it would be an awesome, wonderful wedding to be a part of.
I was right.
Their wedding was at the Graham Chapel on the campus of Wash U, and Ashley looked absolutely stunning. Josh was ever in his calm, strong-silent-type mood, but I could tell how excited he was. Once he saw her coming down the aisle in her dress, everyone could easily see the emotion he was feeling. It was a beautiful ceremony in a lovely church, and it is a place that we always love to shoot. Ashley has always been an avid follower of our work, so we had the task of shooting in a place we have 3 times before yet coming up with a whole new set of photos to do. There is no way we could just let her have the same photos as someone else...they deserved something special and unique.
We ended the night with their reception at Andre's South where everyone danced the night (or least a good portion of it) away. It was a great time, and we were so honored to be a part of two totally amazing people's wedding day. God bless you both!
P.S. A big shout out to Ash and Kyle from Forte who did the videography for the wedding. They were a great couple to work with, and they do great work. If you are needing videography for your wedding, be sure to check them out!