Here is a few of our favorites from Ashley & Tom’s photobooth on September 8th, 2012. Click right HERE to see ALL of the photobooth photos! If you want a free web-sized version, right click on the file and then … Continued
Here is a few of our favorites from Ashley & Tom's photobooth on September 8th, 2012. Click right HERE to see ALL of the photobooth photos! If you want a free web-sized version, right click on the file and then "save." You can also buy prints and full-size downloads of the images as well.
Everyone had SUCH a great time at the booth, as you can see :-)
Going Dental…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon It’s another winery wedding! Based on the slightly witty (and completely silly) title of this blog, you will not be shocked to learn that both our adorable bride and the dashing … Continued
Based on the slightly witty (and completely silly) title of this blog, you will not be shocked to learn that both our adorable bride and the dashing groom work in the dental industry. When we first met the two of them, Zara was working as a dental administrator, and Broch was working on getting into dental school. They were such a fun and sweet couple, and we knew we were going to have a wonderful time working with them. They met while at school at SIUE. Zara was the sophisticated older woman, and Broch was the young gun. Once they came around to it, they were a perfect match. It's wonderful to see these two together. They enjoy each other so much, and their love shows.
We started out meeting the girls at Studio Eleven in Maryville, IL (which was a pretty cool hair studio, if I (Joel) say so myself). After everyone was looking amazing, we headed to get some lunch at a local Mexican restaurant. After the girls at the table ordered Zara a celebratory flaming shot. This was where we discovered that Zara is, rather comically, very scared of fire. We were all cracking up as she totally did not know what to do. In order to work up the nerve to go through with it, the other girls had to join in. It was quite entertaining :-)
The ceremony was scheduled for early evening to let the heat burn off a bit. Oh yeah, it was another one of those crazy hot days. Actually, before Amy and Jake's Chandler Hill Vineyards wedding the following weekend, this was the hottest wedding we had ever had before. The wedding and reception was at the beautiful Villa Marie Winery in Maryville. This was to be our first time working there, so we were very excited. Even though most of the grass was a bit brown from our heat and drought this summer, it still was a very nice and lovely place to have the wedding (extreme hear warnings notwithstanding). After the very sweet ceremony and a bit of time for the formal photos, we headed into the party! One highlight was definitely the dance contest that broke out.
A huge congrats to Zara and Broch who are now all the way out in sunny (and hotter!) Arizona! I wish we could have had you into the studio to show you the photos for the first time in person, but it would be a long drive :-) Blessings to you both, and thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day!
Joel - your friendly neighborhood St Louis wedding photographer
P.S. a HUGE shout-out to Tami Heroff from Perfect Day Wedding and Events. With all the logistics needed from the heat, the whole day could have been much more challenging than it was. She did an amazing job of planning and executing the day, and we would very highly recommend her if you are looking for a planner or day-of coordinator. Also, she is a sweet, friendly person...just the type of person you would want with you on a day like that!
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Invasion of the Aussies…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon We met Jake and Amy for the first time in person two weeks before their beautiful St Louis winery wedding. The reason for this was they were not, before … Continued
We met Jake and Amy for the first time in person two weeks before their beautiful St Louis winery wedding. The reason for this was they were not, before that point, in the immediate area. In fact, they were not actually in the immediate hemisphere. They were actually in Australia. Thus, our first meeting was over a laggy Skype video session. We were so excited to meet them in person...we just had a feeling they were going to be our ideal type of couple. They met there a few years back (Jake is Australian and Amy is from the States), and after a long-distance relationship, they realized they were made for each other and decided to get married. They found us by seeing some of our photos on the tv at Chandler Hill Vineyards (which is where the wedding and reception would be...Chandler Hill ROCKS!), and we were SO happy that they did. Chandler Hill is without a doubt our favorite Missouri winery for weddings! (If that is what you are looking for, you MUST check it out)
Right when we sat down to talk in person, we knew that our suspicions were right. We hit it off straight away, and it was clear that we were going to have an amazing time. Among other things, Jake and I quickly realized our mutual love of football (or, what you Yanks so indelicately refer to as "soccer" haha). Half the people coming in were from Australia, and if you have never spent time around Australians (which I have an multiple occasions), you should know that it is definitely going to be an interesting and fun experience. So, that was going to make the day extra exciting for us!
The day came, and it was time for them to take the plunge...and by "take the plunge" I mean several things. First. obviously, they were married. And second...it was the single hottest day in St. Louis that I have ever known. Everyone was sweating profusely, and it was just...wow. It was hot. I (Joel) actually brought two shirts because I knew that I would sweat through the first one. I should have brought 3 or 4. The best thing was, though, was that no one complained, whined, or made a fuss about it. Everyone was just so excited about this wedding that the heat was just a small little annoyance, but nothing that would hold the day back.
After the beautiful and touching ceremony, we went around the grounds to do some photos before the reception started and the party began. There were some speeches and dinner, and after that everyone danced, partied, and made fools out of themselves in the photobooth (with some hilarious results). A part that really stood out to me was when Jake's favorite song came up on Zach the dj's playlist. Everyone was back inside (away from the heat) going into the photobooth, but when Jake heard his song, he grabbed Amy to go back outside and dance with him. I may have been the only person in the entire place see this happen, but it was both hilarious and so adorable. I saw two people who were very much in love, so comfortable with each other, and fully able to enjoy each other's uniqueness. It was amazing.
We are so very happy for the two of you, and so thankful that we were able to share this day with you. God bless you both!
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Start Your Engines…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon We LOVE bridal sessions! We have a few more that we will be posting soon, and we are very excited about them. It such a great opportunity to do something … Continued
We LOVE bridal sessions! We have a few more that we will be posting soon, and we are very excited about them. It such a great opportunity to do something fun and different. Lisa and Jared's wedding was back in December...you can see post here. St Louis wedding photographers in a country winter wedding. Jared is a demolition derby driver, so they wanted to work that into the mix. You see that look on Lisa's face in the first few photos? Knowing her, I can assure you...she has good practice giving that look to Jared ;-) We did the woods photos right behind their house, and after that, we headed to the beautiful Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, IL for some photos around their lake and during sunset.
We had a blast being with you again, and we can't wait to come and experience of of jared's races. Love you both!
We had the privilege of meeting Alicia & Stephen through one of our favorite couples from last year, Lori & Bill. When Lori described her cousin Alicia to us, she told us that she got all her spunk from Alicia , … Continued
We had the privilege of meeting Alicia & Stephen through one of our favorite couples from last year, Lori & Bill. When Lori described her cousin Alicia to us, she told us that she got all her spunk from Alicia :), so we knew instantly that we were going to love her, and we weren't wrong. Alicia is fun loving and vivacious, which couples beautifully with Stephen's more reserved and steady confidence. I've had a great time getting to know Alicia over the past year not only as one our bride's but as my amazing hair stylist as well, so this was a wedding we were really looking forward to! We always love when our couples become more than clients and we all become friends - it's like an awesome job perk, and something that we think sets us apart.
Alicia is the owner of Salon Fleur de Lis in South City, St. Louis, which is where we started our day with the girls getting gorgeous while the guys relaxed at Lumiere. They managed to refrain from gambling on the wedding day (at least to our knowledge!) and were all looking studly for the ceremony. Stephen is the only brother of 5 sisters who all escorted him down the aisle before he joined his groomsmen. Another unique touch for their ceremony was when Alicia's mom and dad walked her down the aisle, and I have to give Lou Ann a shout out because she is absolutely beautiful and definitely passed on her looks genes to her daughter! After the ceremony Alicia & Stephen sneaked across the street to Llywelyns, where Stephen works, to take a quick celebratory shot before heading off to photos.
They say you attract people like yourself, so it was no surprise that Alicia and Stephen's bridal party was fun and a bit crazy. We had a great time with them! (Including some photos of the girls' matching undies which won't be appearing in public ;)). Alicia looked & posed like a model, so we couldn't help doing a few shots of her at the Arch that look like they could be on a magazine - she's a natural. But I have to say my favorite of her moves was during the reception when she danced with Bill in one of the most amazing displays we have ever seen! Joel's comment (in typical Joel fashion) was that "Bill achieved levels of white-ness in his dancing hitherto unattained by mortal man."
We are so happy for you, Alicia & Stephen! Congratulations!
Aly and Ryan’s day was just wonderful. Yes, it was hot…very hot (as most of our weddings have been lately), but it was one of the sweetest weddings we have ever done. There was so much love and emotion packed … Continued
Aly and Ryan's day was just wonderful. Yes, it was hot...very hot (as most of our weddings have been lately), but it was one of the sweetest weddings we have ever done. There was so much love and emotion packed into the day that you could not help but be moved by it. I (Joel) have known Aly and her family for some years now, and I just love getting to be part of the day of people we know. It always adds a level of depth to it for us, and it helps us "get inside" the day a bit more, if that makes any sense. It was wonderful. One of the highlights for many people was during Kristen's (Aly's one sister) maid of honor speech. She read a note that Ryan had written to Kristen and Cara (Aly's other sister) in response to their letter inquiring after his intentions towards their sister (so awesome of them to do that!). His response back was full of integrity, honor, and strength, and it was so inspiring to hear it. There were tears falling all around the room as it was read.
The wedding ceremony was held at Aly's home church First Baptist Church of Collinsville. For the location photos, we went to the Gardens at SIUE (which is a place we love to use). The reception was held at the LeClair Room in Edwardsville, IL. This was our first time shooting there, and we have to say...it is a great venue. There are a many windows in the ceiling, so the lighting was very nice and cozy. We definitely would recommend checking it out!
The lovely couple does not live in the St Louis area anymore, and we have waited to post their photos until they were back in town and could see them all for the first time. I am pretty excited to post them now, because they are rather spectacular, if I say so myself. ;-) Congrats and God bless to you both! You are an amazing couple, and we were so honored to be a part of your story!
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St Louis Wedding Photographers | Crown Candy Kitchen & Piper Palm House Wedding Photos We met Erin and JR for the first time after they had all ready booked us for their wedding. When you do as many weddings as … Continued
St Louis Wedding Photographers | Crown Candy Kitchen & Piper Palm House Wedding Photos
We met Erin and JR for the first time after they had all ready booked us for their wedding. When you do as many weddings as we do, there are always strange similarities and coincidences that come up. Recently, two more unusual ones have stood out to us...dentists and Arizona. This wedding falls in the latter of those two categories. JR and Erin both work in immigration and border patrol in Southern Arizona. One of our favorite couples from last year (the infamous Lacey and Tab) were awesome enough to meet Erin and JR so that they could show them their wedding album from us! (We have the best couples ever...even when they are bribed with the promise of cookies)
Because they live out there, we did not have the chance to do engagement photos with them. We always love doing engagements because it is a great time to connect with the couple, because it gives us a time to connect and get to know each other. But, even without that, we were so happy to connect with the two of them for dinner some months back. When the day came, everyone was relaxed and it was a very fun and easy-going day. It also helped that it was a Thursday! It was out first Thursday wedding ever, and seriously, it was amazing. There were no crowds anywhere, and I am sure that for things like the venue, you are able to get a better price (and almost any date you want!). If you are planning to have a smaller, intimate affair, I would definitely consider it.
One of the highlights of the day was stopping by Crown Candy Kitchen for some photos. Neither Shannon nor I had ever been there, so that was a wonderful and fun experience. We had a raspberry shake (Shannon's favorite), and it was wonderful. Apparently, they have a BLT with 1 pound of bacon on it. Epic. We are planning to go back on our own sometime soon. The reception was at the Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, and it is a lovely spot...it was a very beautiful location to have a smaller wedding reception. The food was also some of the best we have had all year. We would highly recommend checking it out!
And now, the photos! Congrats to Erin and Jr...it was a total pleasure being a part of your very special day, and we are so happy to have met you both! Blessings!
Small Town Wedding by St. Louis Wedding Photographers, Joel & Shannon Conner When we took Leslie and Ryan’s engagement photos last fall, it was my (Shannon’s) first time in Germantown, IL (although I eat their eggs regularly). It is a … Continued
Small Town Wedding by St. Louis Wedding Photographers, Joel & Shannon Conner
When we took Leslie and Ryan's engagement photos last fall, it was my (Shannon's) first time in Germantown, IL (although I eat their eggs regularly). It is a charming town with people who really love to live there! One of those is our groom Ryan, whose dad has been mayor most of his life. In our minds, this made this a Germantown Royal Wedding. Obviously, then...Leslie and Ryan are the Princess and Prince! So naturally when deciding on where to have their nuptials, keeping it close to home was essential. We had a fabulous time with Leslie and Ryan and all their family - we Love close knit communities! I have to say my favorite part was the dessert bar prepared by their moms. In additional to the traditional cake, they had dozens of homemade sweets from cookies to cake balls (another first for me!), and it was all delicious! Those extra touches are always so special and what make a wedding unique and personalized.
We are so excited to have shared the day with this sweet couple and wish them all the best as they begin their new life together!
Graham Chapel at Washington University Wedding by St. Louis Wedding Photographers Joel and Shannon Conner “From Different Space-Time Continuums.” Yes, I (Joel) realize that is a pretty nerdy sounding title for the blog…and it is. I just sat down … Continued
Graham Chapel at Washington University Wedding by St. Louis Wedding Photographers Joel and Shannon Conner
"From Different Space-Time Continuums." Yes, I (Joel) realize that is a pretty nerdy sounding title for the blog...and it is. I just sat down to write this, and it was the first thing to pop into my head. It totally cracked me up, so I knew I had to use it. It works on several levels, because 1) Carl is currently studying for his Master's in Physics, 2) Carl is a Star Trek fan (a "Trekkie," as we are lovingly/mockingly called) and has somehow wrangled Kristina into it as well, and these two people who had such differing interests and styles and backgrounds somehow came together and it just...worked. Kristina was a girlie-girl and Carl was a bit of a nerd, but below those surface things, they found a deeper connection that made them a perfect match for each other.
I have known Kristina for many, many years as she is good friends with my sister (who would have been in the wedding but for being on tour with The Nature Theater of Oklahoma), and we love the opportunities we have to work with people that we know and love. We did their engagement photos back in the fall at the beautiful Pere Marquette, and it was so funny because while Kristina is poised and relaxed in front of the camera, Carl was just a little bit unsure what to do with a big camera pointed at him. It was cracking us all up the whole time. Their wedding was at the beautiful Graham Chapel on the campus of Washington University, and we just love shooting there. It is such a beautiful setting for a wedding, and it did not disappoint. Kristina looked beautiful, and Carl's reaction when he saw her for the first time told the whole story. He told me before the ceremony that he was not sure he was going to be able to "keep it all together," and even though he definitely did not, it made it all the more sweet. While the ceremony was very sacred and emotional, they definitely worked in some of their fun unique personalities into the day (such as Kristina wearing shoes covered in blue glitter that she custom made herself and at the reception, tying in their love of the St. Louis Cardinals, and having all of the tables being named after local music concert clubs).
After the ceremony and formal photos, we headed to Kristina's parents' house for the reception. I have to say, I think think that receptions at home are where it's at. It does not work for everyone, obviously, but for those who have the room and the grounds, it makes for an awesome venue. In this case, they were able to set up right by the lake behind their house, and it was just lovely. At the end of the night, they were sent off with a shower of fireworks. Once those finished, they boarded a boat and rowed away...boldly going where no man has gone before.
Ok, yeah...that was a really cheesy way to end the blog. I had to do it, though! Congrats to you both!!!
Engagement Session in Labadie, MO with Katie, Andrew & Braeden by St. Louis Wedding Photographers, Joel & Shannon Conner Katie and Andrew are a sweet couple we met in January, shortly after they got engaged. They have a precious little … Continued
Engagement Session in Labadie, MO with Katie, Andrew & Braeden by St. Louis Wedding Photographers, Joel & Shannon Conner
Katie and Andrew are a sweet couple we met in January, shortly after they got engaged. They have a precious little boy named Braeden, whom we got to meet when we did their engagement session this spring. He is just precious, and it is obvious he is well loved, not only by them but by the whole family, who was also a part of the affair! We met at Katie's mom's house where I did her makeup for our session. (I am really excited to be doing makeup again! It has always been a passion of mine; growing up my mom was in Mary Kay, so I had a love for all things glamour, and eventually became a consultant myself. I love that we are incorporating this into our photography, because what girl doesn't love to have her makeup done and learn some new techniques about how to do it herself?! Email me for me details!)
We got to go out on their property into some gorgeous country field with tall grass by a beautiful lake, with 2 of Katie's 3 sisters in tow (I told you this was a family affair!). We had a great time, and it was so fun to get to connect with the family before the wedding as well. Family is so important to us, and we love working with couples who feel the same way! We're looking forward to celebrating at the wedding this fall!