Alex & Travis Hawk - St. Louis Botanical Gardens - Trolley Room Forest Park

Travis & Alex said “I do” at the beautiful St. Louis Botanical Gardens, which was also where Travis proposed! Alex’s beautiful colors and epic lace gown made this day so enchanting!

Thank you for having Jheart there to capture your day!

Dress: Bridal Reflections

Ceremony: Missouri St. Louis Botanical Gardens

Reception: Trolley Room Forest Park

Photography: Jheart Photography

Groomsmen: Macy’s

Cake: McArthur’s Bakery

Christy & Amanda Aubuchon Wedding - Old Hickory Golf Club

Beautiful, funny, and down to earth is the best way to describe these two wonderful women who said I do at the beautiful Old Hickory golf course in St. Peters Mo. Despite the rain, we turned this into the greatest day ever.

From the moment Christy & I spoke on the phone I knew their love was something special. In fact, Christy stated,

“I’ve been chasing this girl for awhile and now she’s almost mine..”

Insert the tears.

Then comes the wedding day and Christy’s face as she finally got to see Amanda in her gorgeous gown brought on MORE tears. Seeing them love each other melted my heart and they may have one of my favorite love stories.

So many tears, so much love, and for sure a happily ever after.

Gillette Wedding - The White Owl Wright City MO - Jheart Photography

It was such a joy to be invited back to The White Owl for Jessie and Morgan’s beautiful wedding day.

Out of all of the weddings I have been apart of, Morgan is the first bride to honor me with dressing the bridesmaids in the most adorable blush pant suits. They were perfect. I hope these become a giant wedding trend!

It’s not just the girls that rock their attire for the day. Don’t forget to look at the detail Jessie made sure was in his suit…He looked so sharp.

Dress: Boulevard Bride

Venue: The White Owl

Bridesmaids: Boulevard Bride

Groomsmen: Savvi Formal Wear

Flowers: Bride

Photography: Jheart Photography

Cake: Sarah Durham (Family Member)

Brandon & Ashley Hermann - Klondike Park Wedding - St. Charles Wedding Photographer - Warren County Wedding Photographer

Brandon & Ashley were blessed with a gorgeous day for their lake front wedding at Klondike Park in Augusta Missouri. There were so many wonderful details of the day I loved but my top two were:

  1. Rosie their dog who walked Brandon down the aisle and the colors Ashley picked.

  2. Walter Knoll did an outstanding job on her bouquet with the succulent accents and the gorgeous purple roses. 

How can I not love a wedding that has a doggie AND donuts…..

Vendors

Ceremony & Reception: Klondike Park

Dress: Mia Grace Bridal

Flowers: Walter Knoll

Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen: Savvi Formal Wear

Invitations: Zazzle.com

Donuts: Heaven Scent Bakery

Cake: Cupcake Amore

Catering: Rizzo’s Bar & Grill

Vlad & Morgan at St. Basil's the Great Orthodox Church/ St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Louis Wedding Photographer

Vlad & Morgan hired me for an experience of a life time. This was the first time I have ever been apart of a traditional Russian Orthodox wedding ceremony.

Morgan wanted to share a “First Look” moment with Vlad. I love these moments because you can take a second to really appreciate each other and getting ready to join your lives together.

First, St. Basil’s Orthodox Church is stunning on the outside and inside. The details in the temple are the first work of Slavic architecture in St. Louis for over 100 years! The traditional ceremony began with Morgan starting a processional outside of the church, to be entered in the front and presented to Vlad.

The next step in their ceremony was the exchanging of rings. The rings are placed on the right hand which is different from American’s and the left. They wear each others as they are blessed before wearing them on their own respective right hand.

After the ring exchange we entered the temple where the remainder of the service took place. They each received a candle they held during the ceremony, their attendants held a crown over their heads, and the priest finished with a lovely testament to marriage and how to make love last.

Being able to take part in Vlad & Morgan day was one of the greatest days of my wedding career. I really enjoyed learning the different culture and the different wedding traditions!

After getting married here in Missouri, Morgan & Vlad when back to their home state of Tennessee to celebrate with family & friends.

Amazing Vendors:

Photography: Jheart Photography

Dress: Glitz in Nashville TN

Venue: St. Basil’s Des Peres The Great Orthodox Church

Bridesmaids: Kleinfelds

Jared & Cassidy Kilpack Wedding at Oak Ridge Estates Bowling Green Missouri

Spring in the midwest is so unpredictable. Jared called me the Thursday before the wedding because their original venue flooded. I couldn’t believe it! Luckly, God had greater plans to bring these two together because the gorgeous Oak Ridge Estates in Bowling Green Missouri was open and ready to host these two’s perfect day. Even with the venue change so many family & friends came to support their love!

When I first saw Cassidy, she looked nothing short of a Disney princess. Just look this stunning gown by Hayley Paige from Maiden Voyage Bridal. I fell in love with the cascading layers and beaded top. From her shoes to her flower crown she made mouths drop.

Not to mention, I will always love a wedding that serves a good slice of pizza for dinner!

Congratulations Kilpacks! Thank you so much for asking me to capture your first day of forever!

Vendors:

Dress: Maiden Voyage Bridal

Designer: Hayley Paige

Floral: DIY silk

Venue: Oak Ridge Estates

Food: Pizza Hut

Photography: Jheart Photography

Adam & Ashton Wedding/Chandler Hill Weddings/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

Chandler Hill Vineyard is placed on top of a hill in the rolling hills of Defiance, Missouri. Defiance is a little town known for it’s different wineries and B&B’s. From the moment I road up the driveway, to see the intimate venue spot, I knew Ashton & Adam choose the greatest spot for their forever to begin. Each room you prep in has a beautiful full window overlooking the grounds with breath taking views. The rustic charm to the dining area made for an alluring romantic wedding.

The ceremony was out on their giant patio which overlooked a beautiful lake, lines and lines of grape vines, and a deep sunset off to the left. Watching the sunset as they shared their first kiss was the perfect touch to such a romantic day. You know me and food….I will never forget how delicious the steak was at dinner! Need to plan to take my husband their for dinner!

My absolute favorite memory of the day though, was how much Ashton smiled. From the moment she slipped into her gorgeous dress, to seeing Adam at the end of the aisle, to the second I hugged her goodbye at the end of the evening. Her glow and Adam’s face when he would catch her eye, gave me goosebumps!

I am so excited for these two and blessed to have been asked to capture their day.

Dress: Sincerely Yours Bridal

Photography: Jheart Photography

Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Macy’s

Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyard

Cakes: Nothing Bundt Cakes

DJ: Elite Pro DJ

Flowers: DIY by The Bride!! (Aren’t they beautifully done!)

Candid Beautifully Workshop/MarryMeCottage/St. Charles Wedding Photography

One of the hardest things I have had to develop in my business is connecting with my clients on more than just a professional level. I want them to receive their galleries knowing I made their session personal to them. Being able to get to know them and capture them candidly has grown & changed my business immensely. Looking back on last year and seeing how much it has positively impacted my business, I decided I wanted to share the knowledge and ideas with other photographers. A photographer that is able to provide a diverse image gallery in a short amount of time is not an easy task!

This is where The Candid Beautifully Workshop came into play…..

”If indeed you must be candid, be Candid Beautifully”

Think about that for a second. There are many ways to catch a candid photograph, but to execute the candid image in a beautiful way is difficult when you’re working in the moment. So what if as photographers, we focused more on the client connection and basic movements to really capture a candid moment? You end up with beautiful things.

10 amazing boss babes gathered at The Marry Me Cottage in O’Fallon, MO to learn, grow, and get dinner. You all know I won’t skip a chance to have a good meal. We talked about posing tips, easy actions to tell clients to maximize the shots rendered, how to flow from one pose to the next, and even some business tips. We were able to work with some outstanding wedding vendors in our area and their work was gorgeously showcased.

Each girl has a different business, different goals, and a different creative eye, yet we were able to come together and have fun, share ideas, just for the love of the industry! I am so blessed I was able to share parts of my journey with others in hopes to help them grow their business.

*Candid Beautifully Workshop is hosted by Jheart Photography & Elegant Illusions Photography.

Vendors:

Matt & Jessica Hanson Wedding/Quail Ridge Park/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

I know this blog is a few weeks late. I did things backwards and had their full gallery done so fast that I by passed my favorite part…sharing the story of their beautiful day…

From the moment Jessica booked with me, I knew she was going to be one of my favorites. Jess is sweet, soft spoken, has an amazing laugh, and loves Matt with her whole heart. I learned this at the engagement session when they couldn’t stop looking at each other and giggling. Quail Ridge is in my top 3 favorite places to capture anything. The open fields and hiking trails in the back are just right for the fall of sunset and create the best golden evening light. But, even during a mid-afternoon wedding Quail Ridge proves to be a beautiful spot for wedding pictures. Matt & Jess’ entire day was one of fairytales.

Wedding Coordinator: Simply You Events

Dress: David’s Bridal

Photography: Jheart Photography

Second Shooter: Gabrielle Mesler

Venue: Quail Ridge Park

Church: St. Stephen United Methodist Church

Cake: Bride’s Aunt

DJ: C&C All Around Sound

Dresses: David’s Bridal

Mens Wear: Men’s Warehouse

Hermann Hill Wedding Ashlie & Cody/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Jheart Photography

When I first started my photography business, Hermann Hill Weddings was the venue of the first wedding I ever captured. 10 years later I am blessed to capture Cody, Ashlie, and Maverick as their family become one. The view is still gorgeous, the food is still delicious, and the charm is still so romantic. Placed on top of the hill on a bluff over looking the Missouri River Hermann Hill Weddings is beautiful. If Ashlie ever became a wedding planner, I believe she could be a billionaire because every detail of her wedding was pieced together with a romantic touch. I was in love with the blush tones and rose gold!

Surrounded by friends and family Ashlie & Cody had the perfect start to their forever…..

Venue: Hermann Hill Weddings

Dress: Cleo Bridal

Florals: Bride

Rings: Helzberg Diamonds

DJ: Complete

Catering: Hermann Hill Weddings

Cake: Cupcake Amore