A 60th and 29th Birthday Party! #birthdaytwins

Home is where love resides, memories are created, friends and family belong and laughter never ends.
— Unknown

I would have to say that the BEST perk of my job is the amazing people I meet.

A few years ago, I photographed a home where I met a very talented photographer. I asked her if she wanted to become a real-estate photographer too and we ended up becoming co-workers for the same real-estate group as well as great friends! She later introduced me to her cousin, Amy and her fiancé, Jerry, who were newly engaged and looking for a wedding photographer. Which then led m to photograph their incredible wedding back in 2017.

Now, 2 years later, I am back to photograph another special event for this family……their Dad’s 60th Birthday! (PLUS Jerry’s 29th Birthday!) #birthdaytwins

Seeing Amy and Jerry again was very special to me, because they now have the sweetest little baby boy! And I must say, getting to be part of watching and documenting people’s lives as their family’s grow might be one of the most special things to me.

This family is just incredible. Every time I have been around them, they are so laid back, loving and full of laughter. Even the forecast of rain didn’t bother this family, they just roll with the punches. But, we were thankful for the little break in the rain we had to grab a few outdoor photos. Whew! The Birthday Party was pretty laid back as well. Bbq, trivia, and cake. Followed by the youngest daughter playing BEAUTIFUL music on the piano!

I really loved being invited in to share and document this special rainy evening.

XO,

Pearl

Love Conquers All

Alex and Emily share such a special love story and we feel incredibly lucky to have been there to witness these two amazing souls wed.

Their day started as most of these Fall days lately with a big chance of rain. Nobody seemed too worried, Alex and Emily were just too excited to marry each other to let rain bother them. Before the ceremony as it was raining, their sweet friends and family packed up the chairs that were set up for their outdoor ceremony to move into an indoor facility. However, Alex had a gut feeling the rain would stop, and insisted everyone move all the chairs back outside….. AND HE WAS RIGHT! Strangely enough it was raining everywhere else in the city, except over the part of the city we all were.

Alex is a musician and Emily is a designer, the two of them together are an amazing team. With that being said, this wedding was not your normal wedding at all. It was filled with artistry at every turn. You could just feel their love and personalities shine through every detail of their wedding day.

They chose to marry at Shaw Nature Reserve where Alex proposed to Emily….I mean….how incredibly sweet, sentimental and romantic. Being creatives they are also adventurous and let me pursue fun creative ideas with their photos, like going to an abandoned Route 66 motel for photos. Their reception was at the Pacific Opera House which had the coolest Moulin Rouge vibe to it. Dinner was served on vintage china that they collected for their reception. I can’t say what my favorite detail was about that day, but their eclectic vintage china collection to me was in my top 3 favorite details.

I feel like I couldn’t do this story any justice without mentioning the fact that Emily had lost her beloved father a few years ago. Even though he could not be there physically, you could strongly feel his presence. From the photo she had of him on her shoe, so he could still walk her down the aisle, to the photos of him there, to the speeches from her Mom and her speech she made about him in place of what would have been their Father-Daughter dance. After her incredible speech that left everyone in tears, she invited everyone to join her to dance to “All She Wants To Do is Dance” by Don Henley, a song that her and her Dad listened to all the time together. It was an amazing moment!

I am seriously so in love with everything about them and their wedding day! The amount of photos in this blog post doesn’t even scrape the surface of how many photos I am delivering to them. I just had to draw the line somewhere which was hard. :-) Enjoy!

Kansas Farm Love

When Breann reached out to me, I just knew that we would instantly click. She’s genuine, fun and has the hugest heart.

For her Engagement pictures, they wanted them to be on her Grandparents Farm in Kansas with their dog Sammy. Being a dog person, I really love it when people bring their dogs to sessions.

Being on this farm where generations of her family lived was amazing. I loved hearing a little of the history from her grandmother, and loved that she chose to do her pictures at such a special place.

This all combined with beautiful weather, and the most fun, sweet, playful and full of love couple made for such a magical evening!

Adi + Dutch | Redemption Ranch | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

Like the Dead Sea, You’ll never sink when you are with me.
— The Lumineers

This day was magic. Magic in the sense that everything just came together like it was meant to be - from the new barn at the ranch being ready, the weather, and down to every last detail. 

As I was photographing them, I noticed how relaxed and happy they both were leading up to the ceremony. I mean, it was pouring rain, and the ceremony was outdoors. The big wooden arbor by the altar blew down in the wind, chairs were toppling over, it was a sad sight to see as the clock was ticking closer and closer to the start of the ceremony.  As all this was happening, Adi didn’t seem the least bit phased as she soaked in time with her closest gals. All the while, Dutch was enjoying the time with his groomsmen, waiting and hoping for the rain to stop, but willing to start moving the whole ceremony inside to the barn. 

We decided to take photos under the overhang to keep dry, and as we were doing pictures, the rain STOPPED….and the clouds parted. Guests were arriving, the Ushers were putting the arbor back together, drying off all the chairs and everything went according to plan…plus lots of mud. 

Heath and I were thrilled to be part of this wedding. Even if I may have accidently called 911 and had the cops show up.  Thank you for allowing us to document your special day. We loved every minute of it! 

XO

Pearl and Heath