Thursday, August 15, 2019
By Abbie Takes Pictures
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From Abbie:

Amber has been my best friend since December of 2002 when we reconnected after college.  It was an instant, easy friendship.  We've been through everything together and I can't imagine doing this life without her by my side.  I knew, in 2007, when she first started talking about Courtney that he was different than anyone else she had ever dated.  I also knew she felt differently about him then she had felt about anyone else before.  She blushed when she talked about him and got giggly -- which is always a sign that a girl is smitten. :)

Fast forward 10 years: I head up to Chicago (where Amber and Courtney now live) to visit.  I park my car, Amber helps me carry in my luggage and we get settled in.  A few minutes later she very non-nonchalantly shows me her left hand... basically, like it was no big deal that there was a gorgeous ring (made from her grandma's wedding ring) on her ring finger.  After I squealed and hugged her so tight, so asked me to photograph their day.  I, of course, said yes.

They got married at the courthouse in Chicago and then had a gorgeous hometown reception here in St. Louis.  Surrounded by their family and friends, Amber and Courtney had a quiet Sunday brunch reception at Lemp's Grand Hall.  I LOVED her non-traditional wedding dress, her birdcage veil and her fabric floral bouquet (made by my mom!).  Courtney wore a fitted suit with a matching fabric boutonniere.

These two have a relationship that enviable.  They deeply trust each other, meet each other in the middle, and are always laughing.  I'm so grateful to have them in my life and even more grateful that Amber has someone like Courtney to be by her side.  Here's to a lifetime of our friendship and your love!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
By Abbie Takes Pictures
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It's ATP THROWBACK TIME!  We thought everyone could use some winter vibes during this heat wave we're having!

Lauren and Craig were married on December 3, 2016.  (Yes, a winter wedding!)  Here in St. Louis, winter weddings are usually avoided but Abbie LOVES them!  The lighting is always super crisp and gorgeous in the winter months and she loves the look of the barren trees with people bundled up to stay warm.  (Lauren and her bridesmaids were wrapped in gorgeous vintage fur shawls that her mom collected for a year before the wedding!)

Their day was classic and timeless, just like Lauren and Craig.  They are both, at first, quiet and reserved.  But once you get to know them, they are absolutely hilarious and heartwarming!  Elements of white winter lights, candles, pine and silver accented their reception.  Lauren had one of our favorite dresses of all time.  The beading and boat neck off-the-shoulder design were absolutely stunning!!  Craig and his groomsmen wore tuxedos, which is always a favorite of ours.

Thank you for choosing Abbie Takes Pictures, you two.  We hope your #ATPexperience was one of love, admiration and fun!


The ATP Team



Ceremony venue:  St. Francis Xavier College Church

Reception venue:  Windows on Washington

Catering:  Windows on Washington

Photography and Videography: Abbie Takes Pictures

Planner: n/a

Florist:  Schnucks (Mike Carrow)

Hair (Bride only):  Staci Mains (The Clip Joint, Columbia, MO)

Makeup (Bride only):  Staci Mains (The Clip Joint, Columbia, MO)

Cake/dessert:  The Cakery Bakery

DJ/Band:  Adam with Rockstar DJ's

Stationery:  Save the Dates:  Wedding Paper Divas

Invitations:  Carlson Craft

Sunday, August 26, 2018
By Abbie
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For an August wedding, the weather wasn't nearly as warm as all the smiles that surrounded this beautiful couple on their special day. Erin and Ryan just couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear all day long and it was heartwarming to see their love unfold. After the most beautiful ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the wedding party headed to our favorite "green" location in Lafayette Square Park for their portrait session where they knocked it out of the park! I loved the way their color palette was so elegant and classic and popped against the backdrop in the park. We also stopped at an urban location to contrast their elegant style against the backdrop of the city where they fell in love. 

We always love working with the incredible team at The Caramel Room and Erin and Ryan's rooftop pig roast was no exception. Their professionalism and attention to detail make every wedding held there beyond incredible! The smiles lasted until the very last song and our smiles pop back up every time we see their photos. Happy Anniversary you two and thank you for choosing Abbie Take Pictures!

Eric and Ryan's Incredible Vendor Team: 

Planner: Bride

Ceremony venue: Cathedral Basilica St. Louis 

Reception venue: The Caramel Room at Bissingers

Catering: 23 City Blocks 

Florist: Snap Dragon Studios

Hair: Salon Dacota

Makeup: STLooks- Jaclyn Retherford

Cake/Dessert: 23 City Blocks 

Ceremony music: The Cathedral St. Louis Cantor- Stephanie Crawford (soloist and Cantor), Benton Blasingame (organist)

Chairs: The Caramel Room

Linens: Bride/Etsy

Favors: Bride/World Market

Transportation: All About You Limos and Transportation

Gown: Simply Elegant Bridal

Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew

Tuxedos/Suits: Mens Warehouse (groomsmen)/ Brooks Brothers (groom)



Wednesday, July 25, 2018
By Abbie
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Turner : Senior Pictures : Marquette High School

Being able to capture Turner's senior pictures was just the next chapter in my story with the Cook family. I was lucky enough to photograph Turner's two older sisters' senior portraits as well and I was so excited to spend some time with the youngest Mustang in the bunch. Turner played football and baseball for Marquette High School so I knew we had to get some photos of him in his element. He also has a killer smile that I wanted to make sure I showcased in his photos and getting him to smile was almost too easy. Such an incredible young man! I can't wait to see where his bright future is headed! Good luck at Dayton and thank you for choosing Abbie Takes Pictures!  

Big thanks to Marquette Senior High School for letting us shoot on the baseball and football fields! 


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Friday, July 20, 2018
By Abbie
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It's no secret that I'm not the best as blogging.  However, I'm working hard at getting caught up over here!!  I can't believe it's been ONE YEAR since Emily and Paul's big day.

Being with these guys on their big day was an absolute blast from start to finish. I shot Emily's brother and sister-in-law's weddings and it was great to spend another wedding day with this huge, loving group! We had a perfect summer day and their color pallet of navy and blush was so beautiful to photograph. Plus, look at those smiles...I mean, c'mon! 

These two are so goofy together and I could not stop laughing! However, my clients always surprise me and I loved how these two brought their "fierce" faces to their portrait session. Between their hilarious facial expressions and their huge wedding party, we had such a blast shooting their portrait session in Downtown Saint Louis and Lafayette Square Park. If you couldn't tell by the smiles on everyone's faces, these two have so many people in their lives that are happy for them to join together as husband and wife. With Rockstar DJs at the helm, all of their friends & family kept the dance floor packed all night. Tapawingo Gold Club was the perfect setting for the reception.  It was obvious that everyone had such a great time!

Happy Anniversary Emily and Paul and thank you for choosing Abbie Takes Pictures!  



Emily and Paul's Incredible Vendor Team: 


Ceremony & Reception venue: St Stephen Protomartyr and Tapawingo Golf Club

Catering: Joe Boccardi's

Florist: Jill Springer

Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

Ceremony music: Rockstar DJ

Linens: Jill Springer

Transportation: All About You Limos

Gown: Sophia Tolli from Mia Grace Bridal

Hair & makeup: Amanda Bluestein

Bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell

Tuxedos: St Louis Suit Co