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!

Everlasting Light

Trying to come up with the words to describe this wedding has been a challenge. Would it be too much to say, “This was the best wedding ever!”? Probably…. even though that is really what I want to say. I am not the best writer, although I wish I was. My best stories come from my photographs, not my words. However, if I were to describe this wedding, I would say that Nick and Megan’s wedding was simple, sweet and elegant with artistic flair filled with so much love. It was the kind of wedding where Heath and I reflected so much on our own wedding, and how if we could have a do over, this is the sort of wedding we would have.

The location was in Meramac State Park nestled into the beautiful woods alongside the Meramac River. When Heath and I scouted the location before, we saw a lot of beauty in the park itself, but never in a million years could have pictured the pavilion transformed into what felt like an eclectic homemade fine dining establishment. Complete with linen table cloths! Megan is a culinary artist with her amazing crafted beverages, food, and homemade ice cream. I still am in awe that she prepared all the food and beverages ahead of time. My taste buds felt like it was Christmas!

Everything about this wedding was special, from the leaf pile aisle to their dog, Skillet being the ring bearer. Nick and Megan thought of every last detail and it showed. With so many personal touches, you couldn’t help but feel their love and the love their friends and family had for them.

I cannot even thank Nick and Megan enough for choosing me to capture their wedding. I feel extremely humbled and honored.

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

Matt and Gabriella | Le Belle Coeur | St. Louis Wedding Photographer

I have loved you for a thousand years, I’ll love you for a thousand more

— Christina Perri

Matt and Gabriella's wedding was so beautiful, and filled with so much love, friendship and laughter. Gabriella was the perfect bride, radiating happiness and love.  And Matt was the perfect groom, always smiling and laughing. These two are just perfect for each other. 

Despite this early May wedding feeling like mid July, we all had a blast. The wedding party were troopers in the heat and humidity. As long as they had a cold beverage, they all seemed fine. 

We were so honored to be a part of this day with Matt and Gabby. Everything was just perfect! 

Best Wishes,

XOXO,

Pearl and Heath