st. Charles wedding photographer

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!)

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!

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.

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.

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Wright City Wedding Photographer/Pogrelis Wedding

This season is causing me to majorly fall in love with intimate backyard weddings. Whitney & Ben's property was the perfect spot for them to say "I do!" I had so much fun with them and their entire wedding party. 

Have you ever seen a more stunning bride? Whitney in her gorgeous dress that she personalized to her style and the attention to details she put into the whole day really made this wedding beautifully unique. 

Thank you so much Ben & Whitney for asking me to capture these for you. It was such a blessing to be apart of your forever. 

St. Charles Wedding photographer/St. Louis wedding Photographer/Dee & Carl Engagement Main Street St. Charles

Historic Main Street in St. Charles Missouri is always a beautiful stage for pictures. Dee & Carl illuminated it even more during their session. They way they make each other laugh and care for their sweet Pup made this session one to remember. 

I am really excited to hear the details of their big day, but in the mean time they are really enjoying traveling and just being engaged. Makes my heart melt! I hope you love this session as much as I did! Especially the delicious sweet treat at the end! Riverside Sweets on Main Street is a must stop if you are ever in the area.

 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Warrenton Wedding Photographer/Wyatt Wedding

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is having a bride who is stellar at DIY. Sarah & Ryan's backyard farm wedding was the perfect setting for all of Sarah's gorgeous decoration work. Sometimes meeting a bride & groom for the first time on their wedding day is nerve racking, but after watching Sarah look at Ryan with such love an admiration, I knew this day was going to be perfect. 

When I asked Sarah what they are most excited about it she said this, "We see marriage as a union of two people dedicated to spend their lives together"....and if you really look at their faces in these images, you can see how much love is between them. 

I had a magnificent time hanging out with their families, helping them eat a whole hog roast, and sampling the delicious homemade carrot cake. I mean, how could I not??

This was a perfect day to start your "beginning"

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/How do I chose a wedding photographer?

Yep, I am doing it. I am going to break down the most important points of choosing a wedding photographer and what to think about for your wedding day regarding pictures! This piece of the wedding day is going to last the longest, yes even the dress ends up yellowing, so really taking the time to chose the right photographer is important. There are so many brides that I have personally spoke with that had no clue what they were getting into when they started this part of wedding planning. Knowledge and confidence is key to not feeling left in the dark and taken advantage of.

Most brides seem uneducated(WHICH IS OK!!!) and a little terrified when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer.

So let's start with the obvious...

1. BUDGET

Before you start to research photographers, think of an ideal budget you have for this aspect of your big day. Photographers usually price their work per hour and then bring in the add ons like albums, canvases, engagement shoot, and second shooter. All of these things will raise the price of your package. $1500-$2500 is a decent budget and can get you a really good photographer with a few package options.

-An entry level photographer - one who is trying to build a portfolio with charge around $150 an hour. This photographer may have only acted as a second shooter with only a few Lead shooter weddings.

-An experienced photographer - one with at least 50 weddings under their belt as a LEAD shooter will charge anywhere from $225-$250 an hour. Usually has a few key second shooter they prefer to work with.

-A senior photographer who has at least 100+ weddings can charge anywhere starting at $300+ per hour. They are going to come with a whole team and offer major package incentives. 

So know your budget and then you can start to look at the right category of photographers. Not sure of the photographers level of knowledge? Ask for their wedding count! This number will tell you how many weddings they have done as the Lead photographer. Which means they can run your wedding day with knowledge and experience.

2. STYLE

What is your ideal style? When you flip through Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram what style get's your attention most? Do you like the sunny open feel or do you before dark with a little bit more emotional feel to it? Make a Pinterest board and share it with your potential photographers! Know that they won't duplicate this board but know where your personal inspiration for you wedding day is coming from. I love seeing bride's boards!

I will put some examples below:

Light & Airy v. Dark & Moody

Can you tell the difference? Jheart Photography uses the Left side look for all images. I am definitely a light and airy photographer!

Can you tell the difference? Jheart Photography uses the Left side look for all images. I am definitely a light and airy photographer!

Also in style, do you like candid portraits or more formal posed? Ask to look through a few potential photographers portfolio to get an idea of their individual style. No style is right or wrong, it's ALL about personal preference.

3. REFERRALS

Now that you have those 2 things narrowed down. Ask around to friends and family photographers that they have worked with. It is ALWAYS comforting to know someone that has had a great wedding day experience with their photographer. Some also offer incentives for being a referral. (I know Jheart does!)

4. What do you WANT?

Photographers will offer more than just day of service hours. Here are a few add on shoots you may want to consider! Outside of these add on shoots some photographer offer albums, canvas, and other prints options. 

Engagement shoots are my favorite way to get to know a client. It really helps me prepare for the big day. Every couple interacts differently so to know what to expect ahead of time is a huge bonus!

Engagement shoots are my favorite way to get to know a client. It really helps me prepare for the big day. Every couple interacts differently so to know what to expect ahead of time is a huge bonus!

Engagement Shoot - A great way to announce you are getting married! It is also a fabulous way to get to know well you & your photographer work together. It also helps add a personal touch to your special day!

 

 

 

 

Bridal shoots are a perfect chance to get to wear that stunning gown one more day!

Bridal shoots are a perfect chance to get to wear that stunning gown one more day!

Bridal Shoot - This is a session prior to the wedding where you just take pictures in your dress! It can be scheduled when you do your hair & makeup trial so it looks like they were all taken on the same day. Plus you can display them at the wedding!

 

 

 

 

Obviously these images are to private to post, but if you are interested I would love to send you a private gallery!

Obviously these images are to private to post, but if you are interested I would love to send you a private gallery!

Bridal Boudoir - I LOVE boudoir sessions. Not only is it the perfect gift for your new hubby, but it's shocking how beautiful, confident, and sexy it will make you feel as a bride!

 

 

 

 

 

5. QUESTIONS TO ASK

Now that there is a budget, preferred style, and  possibly have a few photographer leads to start with, let's talk about great questions to ask potential photographers. No question is a stupid question! Honestly the more questions a Bride asks me the better I feel. 

1. What would you say your style is?

2. Do you always work with the same second shooter? Can we only use a second shooter     for the ceremony or do we have to hire them full day?

3. When should we expect photos back after the wedding day? When do you provide a preview or blog post?

4. How many weddings have you done as LEAD shooter?

5. Do you organize a timeline for our day to best suit your photography needs to get all the shots we are looking for?

6. Do you set up consultations so we can meet and chat?

7. How are the pictures delivered? Digital? USB? Both?

8. Do you make packages special to weddings or do you only offer set packages?

9. Do you have a back up shooter if you are ill and can't shoot the wedding? Do they do the editing too?

10. Do you have a contract?

11. Do you have insurance?

12. Can I contact a previous bride and ask her experience working with you?

I know there is quite a few questions but all of these details are important. You will figure that out when it gets closer to your day and even after the big day. You will be glad you asked these questions! Any great photographer will be able to answer all of these questions for you to help make you feel comfortable with how your day will go, what you are paying for, and what to expect after the day is over. 

6. THINGS TO JUST KNOW

Sometimes it's just easier when someone points out the obvious. So here are some obvious details to remember:

*Having more than one PROFESSIONAL photographer at your wedding is not necessary. Each has their own style and flow to structure a wedding day, so trust me, just using one company is better! Of course family can shoot as long as they do not interfere with the work flow of the professional. 

*No photographer is going to allow Brides to personal edit or filter their images. Yes, this includes Facebook and Instagram filters. We take a lot of pride in our work and when a filter is added it produces an image that is no longer ours. 

*Professional photographers do not give out RAW images. Most clients would not even be able to open and view a RAW image, you have to have special editing software. Also, as a client you probably don't want the RAW image. Personally my back of camera is really dark so that I don't loose details and highlights.....as a client, you wouldn't want to hang that image on your wall. 

*Professional photographers do not offer Copyrights to the images. They will however offer print release. These two things are very different. Print release gives the client privileges to print the images as they see fit. Copyright signs over all right from the photographer to the client over the image. We don't really want to give up the rights to our artwork.

*Photoshopping "Aunt June" into pictures because she wasn't there, isn't an easy task. So unless you want to pay big money to have her added, you might just have to let that go. 

I really hope that this helped some Brides decide the best photographer for their big day! Choosing your photographer in the giant ocean of photographers can be so overwhelming, but going into the process with confidence and knowledge is the best place to start. 

Jenny

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Chaumette Vineyards/Chaumette Wedding

Chaumette Vineyards was a gorgeous spot for a beautiful wedding day. The open fields, the grapevines, and the overlook of Missouri is just breath taking as you stand on top of a hill to say your vows. Not only is the wedding venue perfect for your rustic wedding day, Chaumette offers the cutest rental cabins for your bridal weekend stay! 

I loved shooting here and couldn't believe how gorgeous this October wedding was. From the moments of anticipation and getting ready, to that feeling of relief as you see your loved one at  the other end of the aisle. I love capturing weddings. It brings out all the feels for sure.