Old Hickory Golf Club

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.

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St Charles Photographer/Sara & Don White - Old Hickory Golf Club

Sarah and I met at another wedding I did for a friend of hers in St. Charles a few years back, one that I embarrassingly locked my keys in my car, but I guess for her it left a lasting impression! When Sarah first messaged me she told me that her and Don eloped in a very private wedding ceremony in their home, officiated by one of their friend. How romantic is that?!?! I am such a sucker for a romantic love story! I didn't get to meet and work with them until the day of which is usually not how it works, but I must say....they are an amazing match. Watching them together, work together with the kids, what they giggle about, how they love each other, was simply perfection.

Sarah & Don decided to throw a very intimate party to celebrate at Old Hickory Golf Club in St. Peters, which is a gorgeous venue to get married at. Decorated with gorgeous purple floral arrangements from Walter Knoll Florist. Sarah wore a beautiful unique navy dress with the perfect amount of lace. Not only did I get to hang out with Sarah & Don, I also got to meet their 2 adorable sons, ride around on a golf cart, AND get to try out glitter ball cake for the first time ever from Sara's Cake Shop (not same Sara as the bride!). It was truly a party to remember and Sarah has such a sweet family.

Congratulations Sarah & Don! Cheers to many years of love and happiness.

ST. CHARLES PHOTOGRAPHER/ST. CHARLES WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER/ WHY I PICK OUR SHOOT TIME

As we get into the Fall/Winter season of photography, I feel the need to explain why I pick the shoot times. It is also good for you to remember this when planning your Wedding day! It's even good to know these tricks if you are just a Mom or Dad trying to snap a few photos to remember the moment. One of the greatest things I learn is how to make my job a pinch easier to get product to you quicker. Number one on that list shoot times and sunlight....

Picture taken at Old Hickory Golf Course in St. Peters MO

Picture taken at Old Hickory Golf Course in St. Peters MO

See the above image?? This was taken at 4:30pm on a Saturday in July....I love this image. Love it, she is radiant and beautiful and loving her wedding day!

Know what is hard for a photographer to love??

SUNSPOTS....neon highlighted sun spotted grass all around. Now, with my experience, I knew where to place her to make the greatest image possible given the high harsh sunlight and as a result the image turned out beautiful. But because of the time of day, and the location, it really made it impossible to elminate ALL of the sunspots.

Photo taken at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville Missouri

Photo taken at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville Missouri

Now see THIS image....

This image was taken at 6:15pm on a June summer evening.

Can you see the difference? Can you see how less harsh the sun spots are but yet we are getting sunlight leaks from behind? Can you see the warmth in it?

THIS is why I chose the shoot time to be around 6:30pm.

Now, for weddings I don't always get to choose when shoot time is, but YOU as the Bride & Groom can keep this in mind! When planning your ceremony and picture time sit, think about when the best picture time will be. Ask your photographer if you aren't sure especially if you know the area you are going to be doing pictures. If you can't do all of your pictures during lower sunlight, make sure to set up sunset pictures with your photographer. A time where they specifically pull you out and do just 10 more minutes of intimate pictures with that beautiful low sun behind you. Photographers call this "golden hour"...but shhhhh you didn't hear it from me :-) And it is the greatest time of day for lighting to make your faces look better by minimizing shadows and highlights while giving you a gorgeous back drop of color. Obviously you need sun, but gentle sun beams are always going to go in your favor over high harsh sun.

So when booking this fall, know that shoots won't start until later in the day, with good reason, I promise! Remember this the next time you want to take your own pictures! You may not have professional equipment but you can always remember small tips and tricks to help you take great everyday images.