Natasha & Derek are one of those couples that we instantly hit it off with when we met them. Since they are both involved in the arts, there was a lot of shared interest and common ground. We love how … Continued
Natasha & Derek are one of those couples that we instantly hit it off with when we met them. Since they are both involved in the arts, there was a lot of shared interest and common ground. We love how quirky and goofy they can be, but how genuine and caring they obviously are as well. We'd take couples like them every day for year!
Their wedding was First Baptist Church in Maryville, IL, and the reception was at the beautiful LeClaire Room, in Edwardsville, our second time being there this year. We had a blast with them and all their crazy friends (especially me as I was running the photo booth!). It was so special to be a part of the new beginning of this amazing couple's "happily ever after". We still have a bridal session to do, so you guys are not done with us yet :), but we want to wish you guys all the happiness in the world. Here's to a lifelong love and a beautiful joining of two lives into one. Congratulations, Natasha & Derek!
Jenn & Andy by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon We met Jenn & Andy shortly at their little bundle of joy Jackson was born. He is a cutie if ever there was one! We’ve had such a great time … Continued
We met Jenn & Andy shortly at their little bundle of joy Jackson was born. He is a cutie if ever there was one! We've had such a great time over the past year + getting to know them, that we knew when it came to their wedding day we were going to have a blast. Even though we weren't doing the bulk of the photos before the ceremony, Jenn & Andy had decided to do a first look, so they could have a few private moments together before all the festivities. We love it when couple's get to do that because the wedding day goes by so fast that it's nice to slow down and just savor the moments. We had a wonderful brisk fall day with them and their bridal party, where we enjoyed getting to see one of our couples from last year, Mike & Nicki, as well. Once we arrived at the reception, it was party time - with me manning the always hilarious photo booth and Joel shooting all the happenings. It's always a special experience for us to work with close knit communities of family and friends, and Jenn & Andy were no exception. We love you guys and wish you and Jackson all the best! Congratulations!!
St. Francis Xavier College Church Wedding & the Christy Reception by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon Here is a selection of our favorites from Brittany and Joe’s wedding day! Unlike most of our couples, we did not book … Continued
St. Francis Xavier College Church Wedding & the Christy Reception by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon
Here is a selection of our favorites from Brittany and Joe's wedding day! Unlike most of our couples, we did not book this wedding until a few months before the happy day. I found out on the day I met Brittany that she and Joe own and operate Your Safety Net, which is the best St Louis non-emergency medical transportation. I have a special place in my heart for anyone who runs their own business (and does it successfully), because they understand how much work is involved! To make me love them even more, while we were chatting we found out that they were going to Ireland for their honeymoon (which has been number one of my list of travel places since I was very young). Brittany had told us that she comes from a rather large family and that it might be a bit nuts on their day with everyone running around. We got ourselves all psyched up to do our best sheep herding impersonation (which you may not realized is an occasional role of a wedding photographer when you have to keep people organized), but it was so very not necessary. Everyone was tracking right with us and staying focused, and it was so fun and relaxed working with everyone. Because the wedding was an evening wedding, Brittany and Joe decided to see each other beforehand and have their special moment alone. It was so sweet, and the excitement in their eyes was wonderful.
Normally when we do a first look, that is usually the moment of most emotion for the b&g, but when the ceremony at St Francis Xavier College Church began and Brittany came out, the real emotion hit Joe. I have never seen it happen that way before, and it was very moving. It was a beautiful ceremony in one of our favorite St Louis churches to photograph. The reception was at the Christy in south city, and as always, the venue did a wonderful job taking care of the couple and all of the guests.
It was awesome getting to work with Brittany, Joe, and their family and friends. We wish you the best in your new life together!
P.S. We also owe these two a debt of gratitude. Because of them, we decided to start looking into Ireland vacation options. Sooooo...we are going to Ireland and Wales this March! We are so excited...so so excited. And trust me, you will see photos :-)
Here’s another wedding from your friendly neighborhood St Louis wedding photographers featuring Christina & Josh! So, no…Christina & Josh did not meet in jail as the blog title might suggest. They are actually one of the many success stories from … Continued
So, no...Christina & Josh did not meet in jail as the blog title might suggest. They are actually one of the many success stories from eHarmony! But, they do both work in the criminal corrections industry, so they had a lot in common on that side of things. It was not until half-way through our first time meeting them that we found out that Christina is a photographer herself! No pressure at all, right? Shooting other photographers always adds another level of pressure, because you know they have a more discerning taste, but it is also a humbling honor to know they they would trust us to do something so important. The awesome thing is, though, that you know how much they value it. During our engagement session at Grant's Farm, we got to know them even more and had a wonderful time.
The wedding was going to be down in the Carbondale, IL area, and as we were driving down that morning, the weather started rolling in. Rain, rain....and more rain. It pretty much rained the entire day non-stop. But everyone was relaxed and at ease. Yes, by the time we finished the photos beforehand, they were also wet and a little cold, but that's nothing being in front of a heater for a little bit cannot fix. Our first photo location was at the old Franklin County Historic jail. As soon as we walked into that place, I was in heaven. They had wanted to do some photos there because of their job, and I knew we were going to be able to get some great, unique shots. We sure did. We were planning to go to Giant City State Park next, but time was running out (and the rain was not!), we stopped by a lake for a bit....and got more awesome photos!
The wedding and reception were both at the same place, and even though the planned outdoor reception moved indoors, it was beautiful and very nice (and dry!). It was such a great day, and the reception was even more fun because we setup our fun photobooth! One of the highlights for the evening was watching Christina, Josh's sister, and a few other friends do quite the spited rendition of the Time Warp. In the end, we sent them off with a lovely sparkler exit!
Congrats to you both. It was awesome getting to walk through this with you and share in it all with your friends and family. Blessings to you!
P.S. My wife Shannon is amazing. So amazing. The only way we could get those epic rain shots on the bridge was for she to be out there holding the flash without any cover at all. She was absolutely drenched and freezing, but because she did that, we got some of the coolest shots we have ever done. I love you, babe...I would be nowhere without you.
Firefighter Wedding at the Weingarten by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon This was a wedding we were waiting for. We first met Alyssa 2+ years ago when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin Amy’s wedding. The next … Continued
Firefighter Wedding at the Weingarten by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon
This was a wedding we were waiting for. We first met Alyssa 2+ years ago when she was a bridesmaid in her cousin Amy's wedding. The next summer she was in her friend Samantha's wedding AND her sister Nikki's wedding (all of which we shot). So when she got engaged herself last year, we were thrilled for her! Finally her chance to be the one in the white dress. And Andy is such a great guy - they couldn't be more perfect for each other!
It was a gorgeous day at the lovely Weingarten - one of our favorite venues. Alyssa had chosen green for her wedding color, and the gorgeous green of the natural surroundings was just perfect! They had a rustic theme, and all of her hand-made touches were gorgeous. After that we went to the Freeburg fire station, where Andy is a volunteer firefighter. (Side Note: Firefighters are drawn to us, as are teachers and people in the dental industry - it seemed like almost every couple this year had someone in one of these professions! :)) It was a great day, and we are so glad we were able to celebrate with Alyssa and Andy and all the family. Congratulations, you two!
Kayla and Tim are such a precious couple, and we knew we liked them from day one. Kayla this petite beauty contrasting with Tim’s tall, manly physique. They are the picture of complimentary. I (Shannon) love when guys, especially big, strong … Continued
Kayla and Tim are such a precious couple, and we knew we liked them from day one. Kayla this petite beauty contrasting with Tim's tall, manly physique. They are the picture of complimentary. I (Shannon) love when guys, especially big, strong guys, look on their love with such tenderness and adoration. That is the way Tim looks at Kayla, every time we see them together. That tenderness gave way to tears in both of them as they joined their lives together in the most picturesque little white chapel earlier this fall. It was truly a family wedding, with so many close friends and relatives involved - our favorite kind! We had an awesome time capturing their special day and had so much fun doing some different and unique photos in downtown Kirkwood, MO. They are our first (and only) couple to ride on a merry-go-round on their wedding day! We couldn't be more happy for them - congratulations Kayla & Tim!
A Jewel Box Wedding in Forest Park by St Louis Wedding Photographers Becky and Nick are a very sweet couple. Becky is an obviously very-loved only child, and this wedding was clearly a very family affair. Nick is one of … Continued
A Jewel Box Wedding in Forest Park by St Louis Wedding Photographers
Becky and Nick are a very sweet couple. Becky is an obviously very-loved only child, and this wedding was clearly a very family affair. Nick is one of 4 brothers, and each in their own way adds to the other. They were married at the Jewel Box, and because Becky is an art teacher we went from there to do photos on the steps of the art museum. Her artistic flair was seen all through-out the wedding details. The flower girl threw paper hearts cut out of favorite books; each of the guys had a different hand-made boutonniere; Becky and her mom planted dozens of potted plants for guests to take home as a favor - in cute white pots with hand-made tags, to name a few. The reception was held at their home in a gorgeous outdoor tent - it felt straight out of Father of the Bride...a wedding at home. :) Everyone had a wonderful time laughing, dancing and hamming it up in the photo booth. And despite the fact that we were in a car accident as we left the reception (don't worry none of the guest were involved) it was an amazing day! We loved getting to witness so many intimate family moments and such obvious love and joy for all involved. Congratulations Becky and Nick!
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Love in the Land of Lincoln…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon We first met Amanda & Brendan in person at the Wooden Nickel Winery, which is located about half-way between us, in the St. Louis area, and them … Continued
We first met Amanda & Brendan in person at the Wooden Nickel Winery, which is located about half-way between us, in the St. Louis area, and them near Springfield. We liked them instantly and knew we were going to have an awesome time shooting their wedding in our state capitol. The wedding day arrived looking beautiful, but ominous weather was in the forecast so we had our "rain plan" in place for photos after the ceremony. Little did we know that mother nature was going to be give us a bit of a surprise. About 10 minutes before the ceremony was to start - everyone was lined up and all the guests were seated - a funnel cloud was spotted...heading right toward the church. A "tornado wedding"...just what every bride wants!
Now this church had just been rebuilt from tornado damage previously, and this was the first wedding to be held there, so they took the sighting pretty seriously. Everyone got inside an interior hallway. Amanda and the girls were tucked away in an interior room as we tracked the weather on our phones. For the situation, it was quite calm. The weather cleared a bit, and we were able to proceed with the ceremony as planned. Talk about some wedding day drama! Not since our own wedding (which also had tornadoes) have we had such crazy wedding weather.
Afterward we went to do photos at the historic Old Capitol building in downtown Springfield, as well as at the train station (both DRY locations) :) before heading to the reception at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel. All in all it was a great day, and we were able to get some really cool dramatic shots with the dark skies. They say rain on your wedding day is good luck (and while I personally think that is a load of crap - as does any bride whose had rain on her wedding day); rain and dark skies can make for cool photos if you can endure them. Amanda & Brendan were great, and we are so happy we were able to be a part of their special day!
Getting Married at God’s Garden…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon This year we (and by we I mean Joel) got to shoot my best friend Christina’s wedding, which I was in, in Colorado. It was so fun to … Continued
This year we (and by we I mean Joel) got to shoot my best friend Christina's wedding, which I was in, in Colorado. It was so fun to be one of the ones in the bridal party for a change :) I met Christina about 9 or 10 years ago, and we lived together for 2 years. We've been close friends ever since. She was my maid of honor when Joel and I got married, 2 1/2 years ago, so I was super excited to return the favor for her and Blake this year!
Christina & Blake met in school and quickly developed a close bond - they are both very deep and love deep conversation, so their relationship moved quickly. When she told me they were talking marriage I told her, before she set her date they had to check with us since there was no way I was going to miss this wedding! I was especially excited to be back in my hometown of Colorado Springs, and Joel was pumped about doing photos at the gorgeous Garden of the Gods.
On a fashion note, Christina & I both wore Toms for the wedding; I know they may be overly trendy this year, but I don't care. I love them! (I had mine shipped directly to my friend Wendy's house, whom we were staying with - at least I thought. But having a dyslexic moment, I inverted her address and the shoes ended up at a neighbors - fortunately they called Toms when they received them, and I was able to track them down!) I also loved getting to see some of the new venues that have cropped up since I moved from there 6 years ago. The ceremony was held at the historic Carter Payne - absolutely gorgeous. And for the reception we went a few blocks to The Warehouse, which as a great unique venue with excellent food! We had a wonderful time celebrating and getting some amazing images for Christina & Blake, and we are so happy for them!
Thanks for your patience guys; I think it was worth it! :)
PS - If you are reading this and are planning a wedding in Colorado Springs, we LOVE to travel, so visit our contact page and hit us up. We love getting to do weddings outside our local St. Louis area!
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Here are a few of our favorites from Natasha and Derek’s photobooth on October 20th, 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 are a few of our favorites from Natasha and Derek's photobooth on October 20th, 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 :-)