St. Charles wedding photographer

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

Annie & Austin Engagement/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Blanchette Park Pictures

WOW! I have not shot at Blanchette Park in awhile and let me say they have done some GORGEOUS things to this Memorial Garden area. Not only can you rent it to get married, I got to shoot Annie & Austin's engagement session here and it was PERFECTION! It looks like a Secret Garden when you put too very love people in the middle of it and starting snapping pictures. I am over the moon excited to be at there wedding in September. 

 

St. Louis Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Sparks Wedding: The Corner Gates

Jen messaged me through a mutual friend in regards to shooting their wedding day. Their wedding day was the first time I met them or worked with them. Upon finally getting to meet them I was instantly put at ease. Their smiles were HUGE the entire day, they went with the ultimate flow of a crazy wedding day with grace and Jen even stated at one point, "Today is already amazing, because I am marrying this guy". Does it get any better than that? 

The Corner Gates is a perfect hidden event room off Cherokee in St. Louis Mo. The intimate feel as soon as you walk in really sets the pace for a romantic wedding. I have to confess when I go to wedding I always seem to remember the meal, and the food was outstanding! 

I know that Jen & Mike are going to celebrate a great life together and I really can't wait to see what this life brings them.

Dress: The Ultimate Bride