Carrie & Anders might be the most fashion-forward couple I know. These two made their session look effortless!! I couldn't get over their unique style... it's one I've always tried to emulate but can never pull off. LOL!
These two met while Anders was in St. Louis for business in 2015. (He's from Denmark!) He said that he took one look at her and fell in love. She says that he came right up to her and asked her for her number. He went back to Denmark a few days later and they kept in touch. A week after that he was ready to come back to America and take her on a real date... and he did just that. He came back and ended up staying a few weeks. THE REST IS HISTORY!!
They were married just a few months ago in Las Vegas and moved together to Copenhagen, Denmark shortly after that. (You should see Carrie's Snapchat... it's SO GORGEOUS THERE!) Next year they are holding a "Hometown" wedding & reception here in St. Louis and I'm so excited to spend the day with them and meet Anders' family!!
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To say that Shannon & Zach are HUGE movie buffs is quite an understatement. During my first meeting with them, I would venture to say that Zach quoted no less then 10 movies during our first hour of conversation at their bridal consult! They have transformed their basement into a theater where they have weekly movie nights. They even host an annual Oscar Party with all of their friends (where formal attire is required) complete with a red carpet, awards, speeches, statuettes, and even paparazzi! (I mean, seriously... how awesome is that?!)
As I got to know these two, I knew they needed an engagement session as fun and unique as they are. I approached them about an idea i had and they were completely on board. They let me have complete creative control and were content letting my crazy ideas run wild!! I rented the Tivoli Theater in The Loop on Delmar for a few hours on a Saturday morning and Zach and Shannon showed up with all of their own vintage props! (Once again -- how adorable is that?!) They even had a bag full of popcorn, just in case we wanted to use it for the photos. I mean, c'mon... how could I resist?
Later that night, we met up again where I surprised them with a cool idea I wanted to try out. I told them to bring several of their favorite movies with them and just show up. I took a DVD player and hooked it up to a projector, projecting some of their favorite movie scenes on a big wall. Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beauty & the Beast, and Mary Poppins were the ones we chose to have some fun with! (The story of how we actually executed and pulled this off is one for the record books... make sure you ask me about it next time you me! LOL!) A HUGE THANKS goes out to Casey (ATP Staff Photographer) and to Heather (ATP Intern) for all of their help that day!
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Lesa and Dan balance each other out perfectly. She's a super organized, detail oriented woman and he's a super chill, laid-back loving guy. Seeing them together is heartwarming and hanging out with them is is so much fun! Lesa and I worked a long time to come up with the perfect settings for their engagement session to really tell the story of who they are as a couple. Thankfully, all the stars aligned, and Demun Oyster Bar (their favorite hangout) pulled out all the stops of us! Make sure you check out this funky, hip bar that serves the freshest oysters in the city!!
Lesa rocked this incredible black dress and vintage-styled heels, while Dan sported a sleek suit. My inspiration for this location was a smidge of "Madmen" meets "Classy Hip Funky".
Their 2nd location was a more casual look where Lesa and I worked together to coordinate their outfits without making them too "matchy-matchy". (This is always the key to looking fantastic in your engagement photos!) I love how her scarf ties in the gorgeous plum color of his sweater. (Another detail to note: These are some of the major colors in their wedding theme!)
Congratulations, Lesa & Dan! We're so excited for your big day in May at The 9th Street Abbey with Patty Long Catering!
Sarah and Mike came to ATP through Sarah's sister, Emily (who is now one of our BirthStory clients!). Emily and I taught together several years ago, and we all ran in to each other at a bridal show that we were at last year. Before I knew it, Sarah and Mike were in my office for a consultation. Their consultation was one of the longest (and best!) consults last year... because we had so much fun!! We sat in my office for almost four hours that night, giggling and cracking jokes. When they left, I sat back and thought to myself, "I don't care if they book ATP or not... we're gonna be great friends!". Needless to say, they accepted our offer the next day, and the rest is history!
This couple is fun-loving, hilarious, and perfect for each other. Their humor is refreshing, their energy is contagious... and they are just so darn adorable! Their engagement session took place on a gorgeous fall day. We started out at Jefferson Barrack's Park, and then headed to Growler's Pub - which is where their very first date was. (How cute is that?)
If you've never been to Growler's, you should go. Soon. :) They have every kind of beer you could ever dream of, and they even have a "Royal Order of Tasters" card where you mark off each kind of beer that you've tasted there. I used Sarah's card for her ring shot! Below, you'll see Sarah and Mike chilling at the bar, and sitting at the very table where their first date occurred. (See - I told you they were cute!) Mike even came up with the cool idea of writing something in bottle caps... so we did their wedding date!
I'm very excited for their big day, which is right around the corner. They are getting married early on a Saturday morning, and then having a "Brunch Reception" at Windows on Washington! It's seriously going to be amazing and totally unique. CONGRATS, YOU GUYS!