Dena & Rich are one of those great love stories of two people just waiting for the right person to come into their lives. When they met online it was the beginning of forever. Though they were in two different … Continued
Dena & Rich are one of those great love stories of two people just waiting for the right person to come into their lives. When they met online it was the beginning of forever. Though they were in two different states, that didn't stop them, and not to long after they started dating Rich had to move over to good old Illinois to be with his sweetie. Their wedding contained all the joy and excitement that years of anticipation and patiently waiting brings. It was truly a special day, one that we are so glad to have been a part of, and know this is only the beginning of a lifetime of happiness for these two love birds!
Katie and Jake are two people that love life and love each other. When Jake is not driving his race car and Katie is not helping bring new babies into the world, they are an inseparable couple. From the first … Continued
Katie and Jake are two people that love life and love each other. When Jake is not driving his race car and Katie is not helping bring new babies into the world, they are an inseparable couple. From the first time we got to spend a while with them at their engagement session, it was perfectly clear how good of a fit they are. I am not sure I have seen two people who make each other laugh that much. It was so refreshing and so much fun getting to know them, and we were so excited about their St Louis wedding. We started out at Katie's parents' house with all of the ladies. The highlight was when we got all of the girls onto the trampoline to jump around. I am not sure how many adults you can have on a trampoline at once, but we certainly tested the limits! They both had gifts and wonderful letters they had written to each other...so sweet. The ceremony was lovely, and the emotions were flowing from many. They just stared right into each others' eyes the entire time.
After having a blast hanging out with the bridal part and shooting photos in Lafayette neighborhood, we headed to the reception at the amazing Neo on Locust...which is always a great place to have a party! The highlight of the night was when we all headed up to the roof to send off some sky lanterns. No one had done it before, so we lit just one as a test...and when the lantern went down and not up, we ended up fire-bombing three pedestrians walking on the street below. No one was hurt, but it was one of the funniest things we have ever witnessed at a wedding. We all were leaning over the edge of the building shouting at the people below, but they could not hear us. The way that everyone in the bridal party was laughing and having fun was a perfect encapsulation of the entire day...people loving life and loving each other.
We are so happy for you both. You have such an amazing life together in your future, and we are excited to see where the road will take you. We have no doubt you will be laughing the way there :-) Blessings!
P.S. The amazing flowers were designed by Becky Klein of Poppies Design Studio...who does the best flowers in all of the St. Louis area.
Kristen & Cody Fall DIY Wedding at Pere Marquette We first met Kristen and Cody at a small wedding show last year, and I clearly remember liking them when we first chatted. They are both on the quiet side but … Continued
Kristen & Cody Fall DIY Wedding at Pere Marquette
We first met Kristen and Cody at a small wedding show last year, and I clearly remember liking them when we first chatted. They are both on the quiet side but extremely friendly and caring. Even more, though...it was clear how excited they were to be getting married. Once we got the chance to know them more from meeting with them and their engagement session, we knew we were in for a treat working with them. They are both outdoors type people, so they decided to have a beautiful outdoor fall wedding at Pere Marquette State Park which is one of our favorite places to visit. The mentioned a few of the ideas they had to make it look nice, but we were so amazed when we saw what they pulled off!
Cody works in the landscaping industry, so he is incredibly gifted in design and construction and florals/plants. You will see a ton of details in the photos below, and he put all of them together himself. In fact, he even did all of the flowers except for Kristen's bouquet. The amount of love and joy they both poured into the day was so wonderful to see. They were so excited to see each other, and the smiled they had at that moment were the biggest I had ever seen on their faces. We did most of the photos before the wedding so that we could right into the reception, and we had a ton of fun running around doing them. I may have gotten covered by about 1,000 burs at one point after wading through from 7 feet tall grass, but it was so worth it. We rode up the hill up in the back of Cody's truck to where we were doing photos, and we got some fun captures of them as we came back down the hill (very slowly to ensure we all stayed safe haha).
When it came time for the ceremony, the weather and lighting were just perfect. Everyone was so happy for these two (except for Kristen's nephew...who melted down in tears when it was his turn to walk down the aisle). We went right into the reception after the ceremony, and the party was kicked off by a few members of Cody's family doing a amazing choreographed dance...much to the entertainment of all of us there. Everyone had a great time dancing and partaking of the ice-cream bar (which they had in lieu of a cake).
Huge congrats to both of you...we are so thrilled to have been a part of your wedding experience, and we are so excited for you and your future together. You have a wonderful life ahead of you!
P.S. Huge thanks to the amazing Melissa Kayser for shooting this wedding with me. She has been working with me on and off since before Shannon and I were together, and she has been a huge asset to us. She has decided to not photograph weddings any more so that she can focus more time on her family of four, and while we will miss her terribly, we are so happy for her. We love you, Melissa!
When we first met Jessica and James, we knew how perfect they were for each other. Jessica’s family owns a number of McDonald’s restaurants in the area, they met each other at the McDonald’s corporate meeting. They hit it off … Continued
When we first met Jessica and James, we knew how perfect they were for each other. Jessica's family owns a number of McDonald's restaurants in the area, they met each other at the McDonald's corporate meeting. They hit it off right away, and it's safe to say that James was rather smitten :) We knew that their wedding was going to be a lovely event, and it certainly was! We started off at Jenie's Hair Loft in O'Fallon before we headed off to their house to get everyone ready. One awesome part was that we had several other friends in the wedding industry working with us, and the first one was Jenny from Before I Do. She is an amazing wedding planner and helped everything go sooooo smoothly. After everyone was ready and dressed, we headed off to the ceremony at St. John UCC in Mascoutah. It was such a beautiful church, and it was made even more lovely by the amazing flowers by Becky Huffman . She does the best flowers, and we LOVE every chance we get to work with her! The ceremony was lovely and sweet, and there was no hiding how excited everyone was.
The reception was at the lovely Hidden Lake Winery in Aviston, but before we made out way there, we had a very important stop we made. McDonald's! We stopped by their store in Mascoutah to get some photos of the couple in their native habitat (as well as to pick up some cheeseburgers). Once we made it to the reception, we headed out for a few more photos around the lake before we went on with the party. The place was put together so perfectly. Weck Events was responsible for much of the decoration at the reception, and they did an awesome job! The party was a blast...thanks largely to the DJ Zach Lorton, who is our favorite DJ in the area. There was a rather heavy rain storm later in the evening, but it dried off so we could go out and do some nighttime photos with the happy couple before the night was through!
Huge congrats to you both! We are so happy for you!
Jamie and Manny are such a special couple! When we met them last year (through a friend’s wedding we shot) we knew they were going to be such a joy to get to know and work with. Family is very … Continued
Jamie and Manny are such a special couple! When we met them last year (through a friend's wedding we shot) we knew they were going to be such a joy to get to know and work with. Family is very important to them, and they crafted their special day with them in mind. After a beautiful ceremony at the gorgeous Our Lady of Lourdes, they had planned an intimate reception at their home. At the risk of sounding like Franc "I love the weddings at home" ;) There is something so personal about having your wedding celebration at your home, and this was no exception. Of course it was beautiful - spectacular flowers, a dessert bar that forced me to grab some treat every time I walked by, delicious food by Westwood Catering, a dreamy outdoor tent and a dance floor filled with family and friends who know what it means to party (props to CJ the DJ for keeping that party going)! We also got to work with some great videographers, Captured in Frames, so if you are looking for video for your wedding, be sure to check them out.
A few of my favorite highlight moments from the day were when Jamie & Manny had their first look at the Carmelite Monestary by their home, where they like to go - Manny actually teared up! The next was when Jamie read a letter she wrote to her grandpa before the ceremony - you could just feel the love and how proud he was of his girl. My final favorite moment (though there were so many) was when Manny danced with his mom to a medley of songs he put together especially for her. Such a great day and such an amazing couple! We are so honored to have been a part of it! Love and congratulations to you, Jamie & Manny!
A few weeks ago we had Rachel & Kyle’s engagement session at Forest Park, and we had a great time with them. They are a couple we met at our last St Louis wedding of 2012, and their wedding is … Continued
A few weeks ago we had Rachel & Kyle's engagement session at Forest Park, and we had a great time with them. They are a couple we met at our last St Louis wedding of 2012, and their wedding is coming up this September. We had a blast with the two of them. Hope you like this selection of their photos!
A crisp February day greeted us for Katie & Doug’s intimate wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. We love this venue for intimate weddings and receptions. The Butler’s Pantry does an EXCELLENT … Continued
A crisp February day greeted us for Katie & Doug's intimate wedding ceremony and reception at the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park. We love this venue for intimate weddings and receptions. The Butler's Pantry does an EXCELLENT job catering, and the space inside the Palm House is just beautiful. For Katie's family this was the 3rd wedding in under a year, so they were all pros at pulling off a beautiful event. As you all know we've had a wintery spring, so it was rather cool out for photos, but Katie was a great sport and even had a fun fur jacket to go with her wedding dress. The ceremony was just close friends and family, and immediately following the Butler's Pantry staff flipped the room to prepare for a beautiful dinner service, while the guests enjoyed cocktails and passed appetizers, and we took photos. I always love when couple's do something out of the ordinary, and for Katie & Doug that was forgoing a traditional cake in favor of dozens of mini cupcakes in flavors like Strawberry Daqueri and Pina Colada. Yum!
Because most of our St. Louis weddings are larger, we don't often get to work at the Piper Palm House, but we always love it when we do and highly recommend it! It would also be a beautiful location for bridal showers or rehearsal dinners - for those of you looking :). We are so honored that we got to be a part of Katie & Doug's special day and intimate celebration in the heart of Tower Grove Park. Congratulations - we wish you all the best!
We were not taking any more weddings for the year when we heard from Katie and Ben. In fact, as their wedding date was only a bit over a month away, the whole thing was sudden for us. However, our … Continued
We were not taking any more weddings for the year when we heard from Katie and Ben. In fact, as their wedding date was only a bit over a month away, the whole thing was sudden for us. However, our groom, Ben, is the brother of some friends of ours, and they had recommended us, and since we do love getting to work with friends (and their siblings!) we agreed to take on a final wedding for 2012 in the last few weeks of the year.
Ben is a petty officer in the Navy, and he was coming home from Spain on leave for Christmas, so wedding planning was in high gear for a Christmas wedding. Ben and Katie were planning a VERY intimate ceremony (there were 8 guests) and then a beautiful reception for all their friends and family following. We met up with them before the ceremony where they shared their first look in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom in the historic Renaissance Grand Hotel, where their wedding and reception took place. And because it was only a few days before Christmas we got to take some beautiful night photos complete with twinkle lights at the City Garden! Sure Katie was freezing, but who's counting? ;) In fact as I write this I'm remembering that she was our 4th Katie bride this year, and all but one of them had freezing wedding days...go figure!
The reception was a beautiful evening filled with friends, family, laughter and delicious food. Have you ever been to a mashed potato martini bar? We have. It rocked. We had such a wonderful time celebrating with Katie and Ben and all the fam, and we are so excited for what the future holds for them! Congratulations you guys!
Well, after many more hours than it really should have taken, I was able to put together a slideshow of some of our favorites from 2012. The trouble was not finding enough photos…the difficulty was in limiting the amount we … Continued
Well, after many more hours than it really should have taken, I was able to put together a slideshow of some of our favorites from 2012. The trouble was not finding enough photos...the difficulty was in limiting the amount we put in so that the video was not 20 minutes long. This was an amazing year for us...the best ever. So many people have told us that with our growth this year, we are now among the best St Louis wedding photographers. There are so many awesome photographer in this area that there are a number of people I would describe in the same way, so it feels great to be told we are at that level. It may or may not be true that we are, because we always see how much we can still grow, but my wife tells me that I need to learn to accept compliments. So, I will not argue :-)
We have worked our tails off this year, and we have met so many unbelievably amazing people. We have made some awesome new friends. We are so so so so so so blessed. God has been so good to us, and we are so very thankful. We pray that your 2013 will be your best yet. We know it will be for us.
Without further delay, here is a selection of our favorites from 2012!
St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon | Jen & Matt’s Wedding We always enjoy working with couple’s who get us, and who we can relate to as well, but we have yet to have a couple whose wedding decor … Continued
St Louis Wedding Photographers Joel & Shannon | Jen & Matt's Wedding
We always enjoy working with couple's who get us, and who we can relate to as well, but we have yet to have a couple whose wedding decor mirrors our own - until now. We first met Jen & her family at one of our bridal shows, where we had our old doors on display at our booth, and it was one of those instant connections. We were super excited when she and Matt booked us, but it wasn't until we started talking about their wedding details that we realized how kindred our tastes were. She had planned a very vintage DIY wedding theme, and we loved it. She had an altar of old doors - just like our booth! - candle sticks made from stair spindles, and all of it came from her aunt and uncle's historic Belleville home. We actually ended up going there for pictures as well. We love all our nature stuff (as you can tell), but also love it when we get to do things that are unique and different, and this certainly was.
Jennifer & Matt, we've had such a great time getting to know you both and are so happy for you! We can't wait to see what the future holds for you - congratulations!