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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!)

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!

Carbrey Wedding/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Louis Wedding Photographer

Amanda & Jacob had the perfect wedding day. The rain stop just in time & we were blessed with beautiful sunshine. Boulevard Park is a perfect spot for an outdoor ceremony. The gazebo is surrounding by trees with a gorgeous fountain for a back drop.

Amanda did an outstanding job with all of the details from the stunning bridesmaids dresses to the delicious cake! These two were surrounded by so many family & friends that love and support them in their next life journey. I am so blessed that Jheart Photography was there to capture this perfect day.