Married on a gorgeous day in the middle of May, Emily and Josh had a dream wedding. The weather cooperated and there was a slight breeze all day. When you get married at the gorgeous Kuhs Farm, you need the weather gods working in your favor!
These two are hilarious, light-hearted and so much fun. They compliment each other with their goofy sense of humor and love of good food. That day, they were surrounded by the best crew of friends and family. Their bridal party was an absolute dream... so many giggles and smiles!
Surrounded by the rolling landscape, they were married under a huge tree on the grounds at Kuhs Farm and Estate. The guests then traveled up the hill to a huge tent with some of the most stunning decor we've seen. They enjoyed dinner by Conecetta's and danced the night away. One of our favorite details from their day was the excitement that ensued when the dancing began... and it was because Emily's family always brings a TON of fun light-up favors for all the guests to every family wedding. You should have seen how excited everyone was! We couldn't stop laughing!
Planner: Elizabeth Fitcher at Kuhs Estate and Farm
Ceremony venue: Kuhs Estate and Farm
Reception venue: Kuhs Estate and Farm
Catering: Concetta's Italian Catering
Florist: Kelly Cobb
Hair:Peach Blossoms Hair & Makeup Artistry
Makeup: MW Makeup Designs
Cake/dessert: Patty Cakes
DJ/Band: Mitchell Taff DJ Connection
Transportation: First Student Inc.
Gown: Bridal Parlour
Bridesmaid dresses: Azazie
Tuxedos/Suits: Combatant Gentlemen
I first met Tiffany when her and her soon-to-be stepdaughter attended the St. Louis Bride Magazine Bridal Show in January of 2018. She has said on several occasions that she knew I was her wedding photographer as soon as we met that day and I have to admit that I knew I wanted to photograph her and Reggie immidiately, too! Her energy was absolutely contagious and I knew without a doubt that her fiance was going to be super cool. We all met the next week at a Starbucks (because I was moving offices) and the rest is history.
These two are classy, stylish, and absolutely hilarious. Their entire session was filled with so much laughter that my face hurt when I got home. (And can we talk about her yellow shoes?!?)
This was one of my absolute favorite engagement sessions from this year. Tiffany and Reggie trusted me and allowed me to explore my creativity during this session. I'm super excited to share their wedding images very soon.
Abby and Patrick are one of our ATP Wedding Couples, married in 2017. These two are simply adorable, loving, hilarious and quite honestly -- very hard working. Abby is a school counselor and is very dedicated to her students. Patrick is a lawyer that runs a family law firm, which takes up a lot of his time. When they decided it was time to start a new chapter in their lives, they knew it would be a big shift in their relationship and their worlds, but they were ready.
Abby says, "Having a baby, especially a baby girl, has given me a new perspective on what it means to have balance and what kind of mother I want to be. Am I someone Ellie will be proud of? How are my work decisions impacting her life? Do I have enough time to create memories of our family? I have a very emotionally driven job and I want and need to be emotionally available for this little girl. I want Ellie to look back and feel that she was always a factor in every decision. It’s been an interesting ride, but I wouldn’t change it for anything."
Stay tuned for Ellie's newborn session blog post coming soon!
Ali + Ryan's engagement session is one of my all-time favorite sessions I've ever done. When I first met them, even before they signed a contract with me, we talked about things they like to do together. The very first thing they said (in unison) was "ROAD TRIPS!!". I don't remember the next 1-2 minutes of what we talked about after that because my brain was swirling with engagement session ideas. I even knew who I wanted to contact for a vintage car to make the shoot even more special (Hello, Kyle!).
I do remember that they told me their favorite road trip snacks, that they have a map and a notebook that they play games and take notes during all of their trips and that they use the same suitcases and pack pretty much the same things every time. Ali even mentioned that she had a road trip t-shirt! (You can see all of these things in the pics below.). They also mentioned that their Save-The-Date featured A&W Rootbeer and RC Cola cans... which are their initials (Ali Watson and Ryan Chaney). I mean... how cute is that??? I knew I had to feature this in their photos... as well as their road trip mascot, Darla the Duck.
We started the session at their house, the first home they've owned together. We then made a stop at the gas station to gas up and grab snacks (their favorites? Nibs and Chex Mix, of course!) After that, we hit the road! We also made a stop when the sunlight got just right for some gorgeous photos in a perfect field. It was an absolute dream of a day... these two were game for anything I wanted to try. It was one of those days where I had to pinch myself when I got home. I still can't believe I get to create and tell cool stories like this for a living!
It also goes without saying, but a huge thanks goes out to Kyle Cross for the use of his 1969 Transporter VW Bus.
Amy & Ken tied the knot on June 15, 2019 in St. Louis, Missouri. The morning was a bit rainy but luckily the clouds parted and the sun came out to shine down on their beautiful nuptials. They were beaming all morning while they got ready surrounded by family and friends. The Best Man surprised Ken with a heartfelt gift - a tie in memory of his best friend that passed away. It was incredibly touching! As you can see from the photos, the first look blew Ken away! *ALL the heart eyes emojis* Also - we loved that Amy's Maid of Honor (Erika) is also an ATP Bride and got married 2 months later. The #ATPfamily roots are strong with this crowd!
Our main concern on their wedding day wasn't only the weather but also the traffic & crowds downtown because of the Blues Stanley Cup Parade! We absolutely lucked out on both fronts. We had sunshine and easy breezes and absolutely zero issues getting around STL! It was an absolute miracle!!
We all headed to NEO on Locust for the extra special ceremony that was officiated by Amy's uncle. The love was felt throughout the entire space! Let's talk about how gorgeous NEO was for the ceremony AND the reception! We love all the natural light that flows through that space. After dinner it was time to cut the cake, munch on a yummy donuts, and then hit the dance floor. We even went to the rooftop for some photos.
Amy & Ken, thank you for your trust in us and we cannot wait to see what life brings for the Joneses!
Ceremony Venue: NEO on Locust
Reception Venue: NEO on Locust
Catering: Genesis Catering
Florist: Always In Bloom
Hair: Lindsey Wallace
Makeup: Nicole Klingert
Cake: Wedding Wonderland
Donuts: Paul's Cafe
DJ: Ultimate Entertainment - DJ Rob Hernandez
Transportation: BEST Transportation
Wedding Bands: Shane Co.
Gown: Clarice's Bridal
Bridesmaid dresses: Clarice's Bridal
Suits: Thro's and Michelle's