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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

Danielle & Jesse/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Blanchette Park Wedding

As guests started to be seated and the beautiful Rau Gardens Blanchette Park in the heart of St. Charles Missouri, the slight sprinkles disappeared, the sun came out just in time for Danielle to walk down the aisle. The beautiful flowers and colors make this garden one of my favorites to capture a wedding. Danielle &. Jesse have so much love and laughter between them that it was hard to not have a really fun time! Watching them blend their families together with vows really was a special moment. Their family and friends surrounded them and really rocked the night with some dancing!

Annie & Austin Wedding/New Town St Charles Wedding/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

Annie & Austin’s wedding day was nothing short of magical. The flowers were stunning, Annie’s dress was timeless, and Austin never stopped smiling. The Chapel at New Town is full of beautiful airy light that is every photographer’s dream! I had never shot a wedding here before and I seriously can’t wait to shoot more. The colors around New Town this time of year cast an abundance of beautiful fall colors all around them. New Town really is a gorgeous small town with a community that is like no other. Annie was nervous before walking down the aisle, but as soon as she saw Austin, her smile grew and the whole chapel was in awe, I mean…could she be more stunning?? These also had a party like no other with Annie’s brother’s band rocking the event tent!

Flowers: A moment of Grace

Dress: The Wedding Gallery

Venue: The Chapel at New Town

Bridesmaids: David’s Bridal

Groomsmen: Men’s Warehouse

Invites: Invitations by Dawn

Elaina & Kurt/Breckenridge Colorado/Sapphire Pointe/The Lodge at Breckenridge

If you know me, you know the Colorado mountains have a special place in my heart so when Kurt & Elaina told me they were getting married in Breckenridge, I’m pretty sure I squealed. Elaina did not disappoint with every detail that went into their day.

We started at The Lodge at Breckenridge which over looks pretty much the whole town and every room has gorgeous mountain top views. Their suite was the perfect spot for Elaina to relax and prepare for her big walk down the aisle. After this, we all headed to the gorgeous Sapphire Point in Dillion Colorado. It’s a mountain cliff that overlooks the Dillion reservoir. After winding up the mountain side, on a two lane road you get to the overlook and the view from the overlook, literally took my breath away. As Elaina walked down the aisle to Kurt, the joy on everyone’s face spoke volumes as to how much this moment meant. I was so humbled to be in this gorgeous place, with these remarkable people, capturing the next milestone in their life.

I know you will love viewing this wedding as much as I did being there. When it’s time to plan your wedding or next vacation, never rule out the mountains!

Holly & Paul say I Do/St.Charles Wedding Photographer/Brookdale Farms Eureka

I was so excited for Holly & Paul's big day. Not only because I simply love my job, but because one request Holly had at random, was to not have flowers, but to have puppies instead! So, being the photographer that I am....I set out on a hunt for puppies. 48 hours later I was set up with 6 adorable bull/pit puppies that stole everyone hearts. These two also picked a GORGEOUS venue in Eureka called Brookdale Farms. The rustic charm, beautiful open hillsides, and old barn were a photographer's dream. Watching these two come together after 8 years surrounding by their kids, family, and friends was really a treat. 

I have also come to the conclusion that everyone should have puppies at their wedding. <3

Melanie & Corey say "I Do"/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Quail Ridge Park Wentzville

Melanie & Corey had gorgeous weather at Quail Ridge Park in Wentzville where they said their "I do's". Melanie's gorgeous wedding gown that displayed her beautiful tattoo artwork was stunning with her side swoop hair do. Every detail was excellently executed and really made her look complete. The black and maroon colors complimenting everything about Melanie. I couldn't believe those were silk flowers!

I learned very quickly that the Groomsmen don't take each other too seriously when all together and they definitely love to joke. We had such a great time taking pictures and getting to learn a little bit about his friendship with each one of them. As Corey watched Melanie walk down the aisle he had to look to the sky to keep the tears from falling, which is perfection in the eyes of a photographer. 

Watching these two say "I do" with their family and closest friends really made me smile. The Lodge at Quail Ridge proved to be a perfect setting with wall to ceiling windows the over looked a pond and lush greenery. I can't wait to shoot more weddings there in 2019. The ukulele serenading Uncle's was probably my favorite part!

Thank you Melanie and Corey for asking me to be there to capture your wedding day. I loved spending the day with you and your family and friends. I am excited to see where this next journey in life takes you!

Audrey & Mwinzi ~ Marry Me Cottage/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

This year I have developed a love for small intimate weddings. 

Audrey & Mwinizi's day is at the top of the list. Marry Me Cottage in O'fallon is the perfect spot for an intimate ceremony. You pull up to a beautiful open garden filled with so many colorful flowers. Audrey & Mwinizi chose to get married in the back garden surrounded by beautiful white flowers and beautiful green foliage. Audrey walked into what seemed like a secret garden. 

Watching these two connect at the alter, was the most romantic moment I have ever witnessed behind my lens. They really didn't need 150 guests, they just needed each other and it was beautiful. 

Eichholz Wedding/The White Owl/St. Charles Wedding Photographer

Kim & Randy's perfect day was at the rustic The White Owl in Wright City MO. I was absolutely tickled to shoot here because a year ago, I got married here too! It was so much fun to go back there and be the photographer! 

Kim & Randy were surrounded by so many wonderful family and friends that really know how to celebrate. The details Kim added to the venue really highlighted their relationship and the rustic charm of The White Owl. Kim was all smiles before the ceremony & you can tell by the picture, she was glowing as she walked down the aisle. Kim's classic lace dress from The Wedding Gallery St. Charles paired perfect with the gorgeous old church pews placed in the outdoor chapel. The navy and purple bouquets were silk! I couldn't believe it myself when they were delivered and they were made by the amazingly talented Troy Flower Shop

Getting to return to where I had my wedding was nostalgic, and even more so because I got to see two other amazing people begin their life journey there. I can't wait to go back!

Kim & Randy, thank you so much for asking me to capture your special day. I can't wait to see where the future takes you together.