Paige & Nick Engagement…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon We first met Paige when she stopped by our booth at a Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show, and she was fortunate enough to win our engagement session giveaway! We … Continued
We first met Paige when she stopped by our booth at a Perfect Wedding Guide bridal show, and she was fortunate enough to win our engagement session giveaway! We were able to meet Nick a few weeks later when the four of us got together for lunch at the Blue Owl down in Kimmswick, MO. They both are engineers who are not currently living in the area (Paige because she is still in school, and Nick because of his current job), so we needed to schedule their session a bit in advance. Once the day came, we made the drive down to Ste. Genevieve, MO to Paige's family home. The live on a great area on the top of hill with a nice stone wall in the trees. One of Paige's biggest requests for her session was shooting their photos in a field of sunflowers. She asked around, and found someone very nearby with a full field of them! They were not quite as tall and luxurious as they usually are because of the heat we had this summer, but they still looked great!
We had a blast, and the sunset was beautiful (which we always love). Paige and Nick's wedding is in October, and we know they are going to have a great life together!!!
Here are a few of our favorites from Becky & Nick’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 are a few of our favorites from Becky & Nick'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 :-)
A Weingarten Wedding…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon Danielle & Brian’s wedding day was a very sweet, emotional, and memorable affair. There is always emotion involved in weddings, but there was quite a bit more than usual on … Continued
Danielle & Brian's wedding day was a very sweet, emotional, and memorable affair. There is always emotion involved in weddings, but there was quite a bit more than usual on their day. Danielle's mother was so sweet, and she was tearing up throughout the day, and when she was walking with Danielle and her father down the aisle, it hit her more than ever before. With Brian, there were many little traditions that his family brought into the day to make things even more special. Brian's father sadly passed away some years ago, and many of the traditions involved that - such as Brian's sister pinning their dad's old firefighter captain's pin inside his jacket before the wedding (as she wore in her dress at her own wedding). Also, Brian's mother presented him with his dad's wedding ring, which he wore the whole day. It was so touching.
The wedding itself was lovely. We were again at the Weingarten, which is one of our favorite places to be (amazing location, awesome staff, beautiful landscape...there is nothing else like in on the Illinois side). Everything went off without a hitch (except the bride and groom, who did indeed get hitched). After we did a few photos we went back inside for a bit and everyone was socializing, drinking wine, and having a blast together. Shannon and I had a glass of the Weingarten's strawberry sangria, and it was totally amazing! We headed to a family farm from there to do some country farm photos with everyone...including some shots with Brian's Allis-Chalmers vintage tractor that he completely restored with the help of two of the groomsmen. Everyone was relaxing and having a great time. One funny thing was when two of the bridesmaids who went to chiropractic school with Danielle decided to give her an adjustment in her wedding dress. It was very funny :)
After we were finished with photos, we took a trip to the cemetery so that Brian could lay a flower on his father's grave. I have to be honest, I have experienced many emotional moments at weddings before, but after nearly 100 weddings, I am not sure that I have seen anything that hit so deeply. It was so clear how much love everyone there had for each other and for their departed father, husband, and friend. It was very moving for everyone standing there...including myself. Even though there was pain involved, I could not be inspired by the overwhelming amount of love I say there among the friends and family.
The reception was at the American Legion in St Libory, which we worked at a few years ago with our friends Amy & Josh. It was a wonderful party, and everyone had a wonderful time dancing and celebrating the wonderful couple.
Huge congrats to Danielle and Brian! We were so honored to be a part of your amazing day, and thank you for trusting us with your photography. Blessings to you both for years to come!
Here are a few of our favorites from Amanda & Brendan’s photobooth on September 1st, 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 Amanda & Brendan's photobooth on September 1st, 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 :-)
The Teacher and the Firefighter…by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon It’s Katie and Eric’s wedding! We had such a fun time with the lovely couple and their fun/rambunctious wedding party. Katie and Eric decided to see each other before … Continued
It's Katie and Eric's wedding! We had such a fun time with the lovely couple and their fun/rambunctious wedding party. :-)
Katie and Eric decided to see each other before the ceremony, and they had a very sweet and intimate first-look at Centennial Park in Swansea. They are both such great people, and it was a joy to watch them both be so loving with each other in their private time. Katie is a very bright and cheery school teacher, and Eric is the strong, firefighter. Together, they make an wonderful pair.
The ceremony was in the beautiful St. Theresa Church in Belleville. When we finished there, we headed to the fire station to do some photos with the fire truck and inside the station. This also involved a photo of all the boys dropping their pants to show their matching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles underwear...which was quite a sight, I can assure you. :) The reception was at the wonderful Gateway Center in our own town of Collinsville.
Huge congrats to you two, and we wish you all the blessings in the world!
~Shannon. St Louis Wedding Photographers Conner Photography
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!