Mike + Mary had a sweet St. Louis wedding filled with personal touches. No over the top details, but everything they chose was well thought out and held a lot of meaning for the couple. Mary wore her Grandma’s dress, which was re-worked a bit to give it a slightly more modern look. The reception at one of their favorite local wine bars showcased Mike’s love of unique beers. True dog lovers, the favors were for the guests four legged friends, and to cap the night off, an ice cream truck swung by so everyone could enjoy a sweet treat. Big thanks to Mike + Mary’s awesome photographers, Hawes Photography, for sending this wedding over!
Photography: Hawes Photography
Church: St. Vincent de Paul
Reception Venue: Visitor’s Center at Forest Park
Catering: Catering St Louis
Ice cream Truck: The Fire & Ice Cream Truck
Bride’s Dress: Vintage redesigned by R&M designs
Hair: Kink Salon
I love a plantation wedding, I mean seriously LOVVVVVE!!! Needless to say, I was completely taken by this one. Christen + Andrew were married at Richwood Plantation in Milton, Kentucky . It is not only breathtakingly beautiful, but also over 200 years old! The couple wanted their wedding weekend to be romantic and personal, and they got just that. The location paired perfectly with their rustic decor- and check out all those homemade desserts and that s’mores station! Adorable! Big thanks to Ariel Renae Photography for sending this lovely wedding over.
I hope you enjoyed seeing Piper + Tyler’s lovely wedding from the perspective of Abi Q Photography yesterday. Today it’s time to show you the same wedding, but this time from the eyes of Richelle Dante Photography! Here is what Richelle had to say about her philosophy and approach to shooting a wedding…
“My goal when shooting a wedding is for couples to look back at their photos 10 years later and still be able to remember how they felt that day. I love capturing emotion, whether it’s a tear in the groom’s eye when he sees his bride for the first time, or when the ceremony is over, he adoringly looks at his bride, his new wife. A quiet moment embracing each other, or a father looking at his daughter with pride during the father daughter dance… this is what the wedding day is about. I also love getting all the details. Couples spend months planning their wedding and when the day comes, sometimes they don’t really get to see all the prettiness of their day and that’s when I come in handy!”
And some advice for all you brides and grooms-to-be out there…
“When picking a photographer, go with someone whose style you love AND who you feel comfortable with. If you aren’t comfortable with your photographer, you won’t get the images you have seen and love on their website. Your photographer is with you for a big part of your wedding day so you definitely want to make sure you like them. :) Doing an engagement shoot is a great way to get to better know your photographer so on your wedding day, it almost feels like a friend.
If photos are truly important, this might be the one area you don’t want to stick to your budget. You find the photographer of your dreams but they are slightly over budget, what do you do? Find a way to make it work, which mean you might have to cut back on something else. Your photos last forever! Your children, grandchildren and great-grand children will see them and get a peek into your life before they existed. You want photos that you love and that will always remind you of the wonderful memories of your wedding day! So please, don’t have your friend that just got a nice camera shoot your wedding! It is an investment that will last beyond your lifetime and it is worth it!”
This post is a first for The Loveliest Day, but I think it is pretty cool and I hope you do too! The always wonderful Abi Quisenberry of Abi Q Photography sent over a festive park wedding she shot with her friend and fellow photographer Richelle Dante. She suggested featuring the wedding in two parts- her images, and then Richelle’s images. That way readers could see how two different photographers with two different perspectives see the same wedding. I loved the idea and also asked both ladies to share their philosophy and approach to shooting weddings with us, along with any advice they may have for all you brides and grooms out there! So to start, we have Abi’s photos and philosophy, and tomorrow I will have Richelle’s photos and philosophy to share with you! Here we go…
“When I first started shooting I was inspired by a much different feel then I am now. I love love loved sharpness and clean clean photos. Perfection was key. Then I hit a phase of details. I was obsessed and missed out on so many pure moments going around me because of my obsession with capturing the flowers at just the right angle. I am ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. Last year I was in love with colors again, softness, airiness in my photos. An emotion you could touch. This year I believe in the emotion and the moments more then ever, but I have come to realize the perfectness of an imperfect photo. Hair in the face. Tears on the cheeks. Kisses that took your breath away. The organic rawness of an image that is so full of emotion you get lost in it.”
“Anybody that’s married will tell you your wedding day goes by in a blur. They’re hard to remember. In the end your left with a ring on your finger, a dress in your closet and your love by your side. Which is awesome. Don’t get me wrong. I loved my dress, my ring catches the light just right and my husband man is the only one for me. But. But my wedding photos. They tell the story of the day we became husband and wife. They show how little my siblings were, the stupid cry face I made walking down the aisle, the happiness in our eyes when we were pronounced man and wife. They capture a moment and a time you’ll never have again. They are what you will pass on to your children and your childrens children. You can’t put a price on that. Which is why this year I am striving to capture the connections more then ever. I want to make beautiful art that my clients will cherish for the rest of their lives. In the end, it’s about the moments.”
Today’s vintage spanish inspired wedding was sent over by the lovely bride, Katherine. I love, love, love when reader’s send over their own weddings. It absolutely makes my day! So without further ado, here it is as photographed by Michelle Sullivan Photography, in all its red, black + white (and a little bit of Star Wars) glory…
Today I have a Vegas elopement for you, sent over by Jessica Marie Photos! The couple, Jessi and Danny, were inspired by the 1940s, and styled themselves based on that inspiration. Jessi, a former pin up model, picked out all their clothing from vintage stores in their home state of Texas, and she did her own hair and makeup. She looked smashing and did a wonderful job! Here is a bit more about the day from their photographer, Jessica…
“Danny and Jessi met by chance when Danny was on a work trip to Texas through a mutual friend, and once they started talking they were inseparable. From the start of their relationship, it was based off spontaneity, and their love for going on adventures together. They have both been in previous marriages, and had the big, elaborate weddings of their dreams so they decided why not embark on the biggest adventure of all, and get eloped! In Vegas! So they ended up in Vegas the next week, contacted me about being their photographer, and I jumped at the chance to be apart of something so free, and exhilarating! It was the most spontaneous thing even I have been apart of. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Throughout the day you could see the love radiating between the two, and seeing the two emit so much love made me excited.”
Jaime + Scott’s Washington, DC wedding is the perfect mix of traditional elegance and modern style. I’m not usually the biggest fan of red and black together. It can turn a little ‘Hot Topic goth’ quite easily, but the combo of red and black with pops of white in this wedding is spot on! Jaime’s sleek white gown with black trim is to die for, and their venue, The W Hotel, lent an amazing backdrop. The entire day was captured beautifully by K Hulett Photography.