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Summer Love | Aly & Ryan Wedding

by St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon

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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!

Joel

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Written by Joel Conner | St. Louis Wedding Photography

Vendors

Ceremony: First Baptist Church Collinsville

Reception: LeCalaire Room

Florist: Schnucks, Collinsville

Cake: Laura Parker

Hair Artist: California Styles, Jane Vogt

Dress & Bridesmaid's Dresses: David's Bridal

Tuxedos: Savvi Formal Wear

Show 17 Comments
  1. Diane Kreider
    Aug 21 2012

    Gorgeous pictures. Makes me cry again.

  2. Aug 21 2012

    Now I almost feel like we were at the wedding. Thanks for posting.

  3. Aug 21 2012

    Joel and Shannon, You did an outstanding job on the pictures. You caught so many little details, so many little glances. You caught the essence of the day and the joy we all felt. I truly believe anyone who looks at these pictures will be able to imagine the day and all that was in it. You are wonderfully talented people and we are so blessed to have you in our community. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this project. We love you!

  4. Aug 21 2012

    beautiful.. The pictures are awesome!

  5. Linda Lochmann Cristel
    Aug 21 2012

    Wow Jaime! These are spectacular photos of your daughters wedding, They did show every emotion of that special day. Your daughter is beautiful!

  6. Aug 21 2012

    Thank you, Linda! She looks like her dad. All the joy of the day sure
    showed, didn't it?

  7. Linda Lochmann Cristel
    Aug 21 2012

    Oh I also see you in your daughter Jayme!!!!

  8. Debbi Johnsen Donnelly
    Aug 21 2012

    I cried looking at these pictures Jayme. Wasn't it just yesterday that she was born?! Such a beautiful day for such a beautiful family. Blessings on all of you.

  9. Jamie and Chuck, These are amazing phiotos and truly capture the love these two have for each other and their families!

  10. LOVED all the pictures! All of them were great!

  11. Aug 22 2012

    Awesome pictures! What great memories. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Aug 22 2012

    Wow. These are AMAZING pictures!!! Absolutely awesome!!

  13. Aug 22 2012

    Wow. These are AMAZING pictures!!! Absolutely awesome!!

  14. Enid Waldvogel
    Aug 22 2012

    I have seen many wedding photos from weddings at First Baptist Church but you guys really found some different perspectives from which to take your pictures. I love all of these pictures, you not only captured the joy of the wedding party and their families but the joy of the guests. We all love Aly and now love Ryan because he married Aly! Thanks Joel and Shannon, the pictures are fantastic.

  15. Aug 22 2012

    I'm sure you and Jayme were at my wedding in the same church 43 years ago TOMORROW! I LOVED seeing the pics!

  16. Aug 22 2012

    Beautiful, I can't believe Aly is all grown up and married!

  17. Lori Scott
    Aug 22 2012

    These are beautiful. Where were the outdoor photos and reception at? Just lovely