Sunday, April 05, 2020
By Abbie Takes Pictures
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Elana and Alex are truly a great pair.  They met through their mutual friend, Kathryn, at Kathryn's wedding, where they were both part of the wedding party.  They knew withing a matter of minutes that there was a spark between them and the rest is history.  (FUN FACT: Kathryn officiated Elana and Alex's wedding ceremony!

Elana and Alex currently live in Portland, Oregon.  In 2018, they flew Abbie out there to do their engagement session! The three of them adventured through Portland, including an incredible waterfall!  (Stay tuned for that blog to be up soon!) With Elana being from St. Louis, the couple decided that St. Louis Union Station would be the perfect location for their "I dos."

Their ceremony was held in the Gothic Corridor. The wedding planner Kristin, from Kristin Ashley Events, was instrumental in allowing us to have the time to take photos in there before it was set up. Kristin also got extra staff members to help remove all the furniture and these photos honestly became our favorites from the whole day!

The reception was in the Grand Hall at Union Station, with all of the magnificent details and colors throughout the room.  Everyone danced the night away to the live band, Galaxy Red!



Photographer - Abbie Takes Pictures
Month-of Coordinator - Kristin Ashley Events (Kristin Kennedy)
Hair - The Clipper Mobile Salon
Makeup - Danielle Style (Leigh)
Dress Designer - Rebecca Schoneveld
Bridal dress shop - A & Bé Portland
Dress alterations and tailoring - Silhouette Tailoring Studio (Julia Studer)
Flowers - Poppies Design Studio (Ashley Macdonald)
Photobooth - Oh So Vivant
Band (at reception) - Galaxy
String Quartet (at ceremony/cocktail hour) - Rosewood Ensemble
Tuesday, February 11, 2020
By Abbie Takes Pictures
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Abbie has known Hannah's Mom for the last 8 or 9 years because Kate (Hannah's Mom) works at Abbie's doctors office. Kate has said for years that she was so excited for Abbie to take Hannah's senior pictures...and it was finally time!! Hannah was so easy to work with and was such a natural! Her soft smiles and poses were incredible next to all the Downtown St. Louis locations.

With Hannah's laid back style, it was fun to help her style her outfits with a casual feel. We really love the images featuring her college choice of Jefferson College along with her Cardinals hat.

Check out the last set of photos for a funny wind blown look! We couldn't get over how windy it was that day. #outtakesareourfavorite

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
By Abbie Takes Pictures
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With our Personal Branding Photography Sessions, we work with businesses to create unique, powerful imagery.  We want to transform your social media accounts, your website, update your brochures and flyers, etc. to really attract more clients... and even more specifically, the clients you WANT to work with. We delve deep into not just who you are, but tell the story of why you do what you do.

As a business owner, we know first hand how much work goes into what you do.  We also know how difficult it can be to stand out from the crowd.  We capture detail shots, lifestyle shots, photos of you in action, you with your products, clients, employees, etc. The possibilities are endless!  Each session is completely customized to best reflect the type of business you run and the message you wish to convey about your brand through images.

The Matched Box is a locally owned St. Louis-based company that curates luxury gift boxes.  Shannon Lemp, the incredibly talented owner, contacted me to help her tell her business' story.  She wanted to have professional images that made her social media feed and imagery stand out from the crowd!

During our first planning meeting, we chatted through her vision and I took inventory of everything that goes in to running 'The Matched Box'.  I quickly realized that her company had several stories to tell!  From Shannon's hand-picked and locally sourced gifts that come together, to how she loves to hand deliver the boxes to her clientele (with the help of her adorable pups!)  There's a lot of work that goes in to what she does.

The best part?  These are only photos from the first session in her package!  We are following up with the second session this spring to capture new, fresh images for her to use.  (Our overall goal is for you to book a branding membership that will get you and your company updated content on a reoccurring basis!)

Tuesday, January 07, 2020
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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

Tuesday, December 03, 2019
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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.