First of all - let me say how excited I am to announce that this wedding was published in the 2016 Spring/Summer issue St. Louis Bride Magazine!
Liz & Ellen were married on one of the hottest days last summer. However, the heat was never really a big factor in their day. Everyone was so happy and laid back that it was one of the best weddings we shot last year! They chose to get married in St. Louis at Ellen's parent's house. It could quite possibly be one of my most favorite houses in this city. From the incredible front and back yards, to the lovely charm that the architecture has... it just warms your heart the minute you pull up in the driveway. Hearing all of Ellen's stories about growing up there - from the tree she used to climb, to seeing her childhood bedroom... it was just so special to know she was adding another chapter to her memories there.
These two came to me through a past ATP Bride (Hello, Alice!). Referrals are how my business thrives. It means so much to me when my couples are so thrilled with their experience with me that they are compelled to tell others about it! When we sat down to chat about their big day, I knew right away that I wanted to photograph their wedding. These two are spunky, family oriented, travelers, adventurers, dog lovers, and quite honestly --- totally in love.
This wedding was planned down to every detail! Let me tell you - these families know how to party! They had some of the best vendors in the city working with them that day and everything was executed flawlessly.
Thank you both for choosing Abbie Takes Pictures and allowing me to capture the beginning of this new chapter in your life together! Here's to all of your new journeys!!!
Liz & Ellen's Vendor Team
Floral Design: Schnuck's Florist
Liz's Dress: Nuptial de David
Ellen's Dress: Fleur De Lis Bridal
Caterer: Hendri's Catering
Cake: Lubeley's Bakery
Ceremony Music: Rosewood Ensemble
Reception Music: Pineal Creative
Linens & Rentals: Weinhardt Party Rentals
Abbie Takes Pictures St. Louis Missouri Wedding Photographer
A many of you know, I'm currently vacationing in Hawaii. I cannot begin to tell you how increidbly stunning this place is. Every turn on every road, every view from each beach I've visited... one visual is more gorgeous then the next. It's seriously surreal. It truly feels like something out of movie because it seems so unreal. I'm humbled seeing this kind of landscape because it really makes me feel so incredibly small in this HUGE universe. (Don't get me wrong - I LOVE Saint Louis - but c'mon... HAWAII??!! WOW. Just WOW!!)
Everytime I travel, people always say "I can't wait to see all of your awesome pictures!". To be completely truthful, I hate hearing this. Why?? Because I always feel like I'm going to disappoint people when I tell them I take nature and beach photos with my cell phone. LOL! Over time I have come to believe that a true photographer really knows where their passion lies when it comes to their art. They know when they feel alive with a camera in their hands, and this is why people are drawn to their images. I am a firm believer that you can tell when a photographer loves their job just by looking at their photos. For me, I feel the magic come alive when I photograph human beings. Capturing people - from the way they move to the expressions on their faces --- THIS is what makes me feel alive!!
Enter Hawaii. :)
I knew, without a doubt, that I'd want to photograph this incredible place... but I wanted to do it my way.
Here's just a little bit of what I photographed 6 hours after I landed close to midnight. Me and my crew woke up 1.5 hours before the sun rose to drive 45 minutes in the dark to a beach that had what I envisioned in my head as the perfect spot to capture the passion of Hawaii. Little did I know I would have to become an expert at mountain climbing to do this! I can't lie: It was terrifying to face this fear! I still can't believe I climbed all the way down... and ALL the way back up again. (See pic below of the climbing route! No stairs. No paths. Just mountain. Note the woman placed halfway down for scale purposes. HA!)
Most of the images can't be shared due to the intimacy of the photographs, but here are a few to help you see the magic and beauty that I was able to capture. These two woman are not only incredibly brave, but they are also two of my closest, most cherished friends. To have them get up hours before the sun just so I could see a photography dream of mine come true was more than I could have ever asked for.
S & K: I love you both. You two truly posess & outshine all of Hawaii's beauty.
And just for fun, I took an image of the beach with my "fancy" camera.
Kayte & Ryan were married in Klondike Park on July 25, 2015. They camped there the night before AND on their wedding night, surrounded by their family and friends. It was one of the most personal, intimate weddings I've ever photographed. Did I also forget to mention that it was over 100 degrees that day and EVERYTHING was outdoors? These guys were complete troopers the entire day. From climbing through thick woods to get "the money shot", to wrangling their four kiddos... they were game for anything that day!
This is my favorite image of their entire day...
I have to say that it was so special being there with Kayte on her wedding day. We've been close friends since we were quite young, and our parents still live on the same street! Ryan and I also grew up together, and were self-proclaimed "Band Nerds" together for many years!! :)
Check out Kayte's belt! She designed it herself and it's made completely of pieces, photos, and charms from her and Ryan's childhood.
Here are their 4 incredible kiddos...
And here's their incredibly perfect family photo. I mean -- who looks this good in 100 degree heat?!
You know how people warn you that everything won't go as planned on your wedding day? Trust me when I tell you that it's totally true!! During the ceremony, the heat got the best of Ryan, and he *ALMOST* passed out!! Kayte (a nurse) ran to get him seated and got him a piece of chocolate to get his blood sugar back during the ceremony. The rest of their vows were done with her kneeling down to meet him. It was special, romantic, and totally emotional. There wasn't one dry eye in the house!
Congratulations, Mr. & Mrs. Calhoun!!!
Maggie and John could quite possibly be one of the cutest couples of all time. I call then the "Ideal Italians". :) They met through friends while skating at the Steinburg Ice Rink, and were engaged 5 months later. As Maggie said, "Sometimes you just know, and it's an easy choice." (Told you they were cute!)
We did their engagement session in the Italian neighborhood of Saint Louis called "The Hill". It's where Maggie grew up, and we even went and did some shots on the front porch of her grandma's old house. **(And let me just say, before we go any further, that Maggie's dress is one of the most adorable dresses I have ever seen!)**
We found this painted section of sidewalk right in front of her grandma's house!
... and this was taken on the side of the house...
I LOVE these fire hydrants. They are all over The Hill. Everywhere you look, there are Italian flags.
This shot below is the perfect example of why I love my job. Getting this type of laughter through my lens is such a great feeling!
We ended up at the playground that Maggie played at all the time when she was a kiddo. I would totally say that there's still a lot of playfullness left in her... and in John. I think that staying youthful and silly is the key to happiness!
Congrats, Maggie & John! Really looking forward to your big day in September!!!
Pretty great, right??! How cool is it that we hung out at the playground, swung from the monkey bars and jumped off the swings?! That's a totally fun engagement session!! Taking elements that really reflect who you are as a couple and as an individual really help bring out the best in a couple on their engagement session. The more unique, the better! We're always happy to help you style your sessions and help you choose great locations, so please don't hesitate to ask!!