Love Blooms in Spring


Cinco de Mayo Wedding

Kari and Jim are an awesome couple that are recent transplants to the midwest and St. Louis. Kari found us a year and a half ago at a bridal show, and, although we talked in the year leading up to the wedding, we didn't actually meet them face to face until about a month before. We caught up with them at Schlafly Tap Room (which, side note, is amazing if you haven't been - you must get the pretzels with the warm cheese sauce....mmmm...just thinking about it makes me want to drop everything and go there for lunch!) and had a great time getting to know them more before the wedding. Since they recently moved here for work, most of their family and friends were coming in from out of town for the wedding. And I have to say that I love when I see that. Since Joel and I are so big on building relationships with people,  we love it when we see people that are so committed to their friends that they travel across the country to be with them as they celebrate the next phase of their journey together!

Their wedding was a lot of firsts for me (Shannon). The ceremony took place in the Old Cathedral, near the Arch grounds. I had never been there before. It is a really beautiful old church, and the ceremony was lovely. From there we went to Lafayette Square Park and Ricardo's on the square, which Jim and Kari love. It was such a fun atmosphere as all their close friends came with for photos and helped them celebrate before going on to the reception, which was held at the 9th Street Abbey. I had never been there before either (it's crazy that I've lived here for almost 3 years and there are still so many places I haven't been :) ). The staff was wonderful, and it was simply beautiful! The courtyard where cocktail hour was held was so charming, you didn't even feel like you were in the city. Since the wedding took place on Cinco de Mayo, Jim and Kari decided to give a nod to the holiday with a student mariachi band. It was awesome! If you are looking for a classic, beautiful, and all around amazing venue, this place is up near the top. I would DEFINITELY recommend checking it out. Jackie is the one that called the shots around there, and she is a delight to work with. Since the wedding took place on Cinco de Mayo, Jim and Kari decided to give a nod to the holiday with a student mariachi band. It was awesome!

We are so glad we got to be a part of your celebration as you begin your new life as husband and wife! Congratulations Kari and Jim!


Written by Joel Conner | St. Louis Wedding Photographer


Ceremony - The Old Cathedral

Reception - 9th Street Abbey

Floral Designer - Walter Knoll, Sue

Makeup Artist - Sarah Richards

Hair Artist - Suzanne Grothaus

Bride's Dress - by Maggie Sottero, bought at Clarice's Bridal

Tux Rentals - Savvi Formalwear

DJ - Porta Party DJ's, Bryant

Lighting - Millennium Productions

Show 53 Comments
  1. Laura
    Jun 15 2012

    Beautiful! We are so glad we were able to be a part of your special day! Congratulations!
    Justin & Laura

  2. Jill York Horne
    Jun 15 2012

    beautiful all over again luv it.

  3. Gab & Andy
    Jun 15 2012

    What beautiful pictures!! They look amazing!

  4. Sarah & Oliver
    Jun 15 2012

    Such gorgeous photos! It was a fabulous, fabulous day and I’m so glad we were able to be there to share in it!


  5. Jennifer
    Jun 15 2012

    You look so beautiful AND like you were having so much fun–which I think is rare on such a stressful day! The pictures were gorgeous, especially the last one on the page…you could be in a magazine.

    So happy for you!

  6. Jessica Sierawski
    Jun 15 2012

    I love the photos they are soo beautiful!!!!

  7. Jun 15 2012

    Jim and Kari your wedding was soo much fun and the pictures turned out amazing!

  8. Melissa
    Jun 15 2012

    You guys look amazing! Congrats again!

  9. Jun 15 2012

    What a beautiful wedding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. These are spectacular photos BUT how could they not be. You are a beautiful couple and we were happy to share this special day with you and family and friends.

  11. Jun 16 2012

    Absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing the outstanding photos! Congrats!

  12. Jun 16 2012

    great pics

  13. Jun 16 2012

    Congrats, Kari! Beautiful pictures! Looks like a wonderful day!

  14. Cindy Barbagallo
    Jun 16 2012

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. Kari, you were gorgeous! So was Jim!
    I am so happy for you both.

  15. Cindy Barbagallo
    Jun 16 2012

    Absolutely beautiful pictures. Kari, you were gorgeous! So was Jim!
    I am so happy for you both.

  16. Vicki
    Jun 16 2012

    Just beautiful!

  17. Allison Cafaro
    Jun 16 2012

    What a beautiful wedding! Amazingly beautiful! Congratulations to you both.

  18. Amy Horne
    Jun 17 2012

    Amazing photos of a wonderful day!!

  19. Judy Corrigan
    Jun 17 2012

    Kari & Jim
    What a beautiful day!! I was so happy to share it with you guys

    Aunt judy

  20. Lisa
    Jun 17 2012

    Congrats to Kari and Jim! What beautiful pictures of your wedding. Looks like a perfect celebration of love!!

  21. Jun 17 2012

    What a beautiful wedding!

  22. jill
    Jun 17 2012

    fairy tales due come true

  23. Jun 17 2012

    Beautiful pictures Jilla, wish your girls knew me. Brad and Colon look so much alike now, I can't tell them apart. Not enough pictures of you dear friend. You in the witness protection program? Enjoyed viewing these.

  24. Sarah A. MacKay
    Jun 17 2012


  25. DeeDee Rainville
    Jun 18 2012

    The most beautiful wedding I have been to!! Love to you both!!

  26. Rosemary Quinn
    Jun 18 2012

    Thank you so much for sharing. These pictures are awesome! Beautiful venues for your wedding and reception. Have a wonderful life together.

  27. Pat Walker
    Jun 18 2012

    What a beautiful day and a beautiful couple!!! Pat & Jim Walker

  28. Tracy Henneberry McGrenaghan
    Jun 20 2012

    Kari! What a gorgeous wedding! Congratulations!

  29. Anna Braun
    Jun 25 2012

    Great photos!

  30. MaryBeth Collins
    Jun 25 2012


  31. Brad Horne
    Jun 25 2012

    Amazing pictures of my beautiful daughter!

  32. Pierse Byrnes
    Jun 25 2012

    Love the photos!

  33. Megan O'Toole
    Jun 25 2012

    What a beautiful wedding!!

  34. Chrissy Wright
    Jun 25 2012

    Looks like everyone had a great time.

  35. Maria Quigley
    Jun 25 2012

    Absolutely beautiful pictures!

  36. Heather Blanton
    Jun 25 2012

    Wish we could have made it. Love the pictures…can't wait to see more!

  37. Meredith
    Jun 25 2012

    It was such a wonderful night! I love the pictures of you and your dad, Kari!

  38. Becki Heinen
    Jun 25 2012

    Gorgeous pictures…especially the night photos of you two and those of you and your friends at Ricardos! Too fun :-)

  39. Kari (the bride)
    Jun 25 2012

    Thank you Joel and Shannon, It was such a perfect day and the pictures are fantastic!

  40. Krissy Hurley
    Jun 25 2012


  41. Laura Walker
    Jun 25 2012

    What a fantastic wedding! We all had so much fun and the photos turned out gorgeous!

  42. Aimee Herren
    Jun 25 2012

    These pictures are gorgeous! What an awesome day…I’m so happy for you two! Congrats again! Love ya!

  43. Jun 25 2012

    I am so glad I was able to be a part of your special day! The wedding was gorgeous! These pictures came out great! Such amazing shots of a day all about two of my favorite people :) Love you!

  44. Michael Murphy
    Jun 25 2012

    One of the BEST weddings I have been too and now you have the pictures to prove it. REALLY NICE!!


  45. Jun 25 2012

    Beautiful pictures! Love you both!

  46. Guy
    Jun 25 2012

    Thank you Jim and Kari for letting us share your special day. The wedding was wonderful as well as a fun and elegant reception. I love the photos especially the “shot” photo!

  47. Jun 25 2012

    Had a great time at your blast of a wedding! Looking forward to having you guys visit SD.

  48. Anonymous
    Jun 26 2012

    Fun wedding and great pictures!

  49. Anonymous
    Jun 26 2012

    Really fun wedding. Everything was perfect for your day and the pictures turned out great!

  50. Jun 26 2012

    I can’t thank Joel and Shannon enough for their excellent work. They are consummate professionals, and this is clearly demonstrated in these photos.

  51. Ruthann & Kyle Cloman
    Jun 26 2012

    It was a wonderful wedding and the photos are perfect! Thanks for sharing!

  52. Jun 27 2012

    We love St. Louis and we love you guys. Beautiful photos, especially the last two!

  53. Jun 27 2012

    We love St. Louis and we love you guys. Beautiful photos, especially the last two!