Saint Louis

A best friend session

Meet Caitlyn and Abby just two 2018 high school seniors about to graduate! Caitlyn is my little sister who is seven years younger than me. My sister and I were not super close growing up, we actually became close while she was in high school. Caitlyn followed the same footsteps as me and became a high school cheerleader as early as freshmen year. Caitlyn and Abby became friends in eighth grade. Not until freshmen year is where they became best friends. Cheerleading, same classes and friend groups is how they became so close. I met Abby when she was a freshmen! I remember how sweet she was and I was so shocked with how red her hair was, she reminded me of Ariel from The little mermaid. Oh the memories with these two! From lake trips to them singing in my car. One of my earliest memories of these two was freshmen year the first homecoming parade for these two, I remember getting Starbucks for the two as they walked and cheered in the parade. Years go by and they still remain best friends. If anyone knows high school is not easy, from school work to sports to heartbreaks it is apart of being a teenager. These two have always been so close that I feel like Abby is a sister to me. From dinners to hikes with these two there is no hiding that they are best friends. They are always goofing off such as cracking jokes or pranks to one another, or gossiping about the boys they like and always being a shoulder to cry on. I have witnessed their friendship this entire time. By senior year I knew I had to make something so unique but also so fun! Why not create a best friend session for them? I thought of all the places they go to and than it made sense! Why not grab there favorite fast food Chickfila go to there favorite park (the one everyone goes to in the area growing up) and capture these two goofballs in there element! They were super excited for the session that they even matched, from the black sweaters to wearing almost the exact same Vans. These two have even decided to attend the same college together at the local community college! These two defiantly are true models of friendship lasting, I am so proud of these two and so excited to see them grow! Congrats to Caitlyn and Abby class of 2018!

A 1962 love story

   Meet Fran and Elmer a true definition of " true love can last". This year will mark 55 years of marriage for the two! You ask why them? Well meet my grandparents who were born in the late 40's and nearly have been through everything. I have been putting together a super unique photo shoot, but also something I can cherish and hang up on my walls at home for keepsake memories. A few months ago it clicked on me! That I needed to create something so special for my grandparents better known as "mama and papa". I thought to myself, what do they like? Where do they love to travel to? What is there favorite thing to do together? Than it dawned on me let's recreate a date where they first met! I called up my grandparents that night and told them my thoughts and ideas for the shoot. Mama gave me the exact details about how they met- keep in mind this was 50+ years ago, that is true love! Heck she even remembered the exact month! I than told Mama to write down there first date for me and any details she would love to include with their pictures. On Wednesday afternoon I drove over to there house so anxious and so excited for this session! So take a look at what true love can be and how Fran and Elmer first met. The last picture is a picture from one of their first dates at The Fox theatre, in Saint Louis.

     I first met my husband Elmer on a chilly rainy day in March of 1962. We met at the Rock Road Steak 'n Shake which is no longer there. Steak 'n Shake was a place where teenagers would meet, hang out and have fun. My friend and I were waiting to meet with some friends, when Elmer  who was in the next car was trying to get our attention. I rolled down the window and stared at him. Elmer said " Your windshield wipers are squeaking miss." I proceeded with " no kidding" and further rolled up my windows. Once our friends got to Steak 'n Shake Elmer knew one of our friends and got in the car. It just so happened Elmer knew our guy friend from high school. He first called my friend and asked her for a date, she said " no thank you." Elmer than called me and asked for a date. I was annoyed and was unsure about this Elmer guy, but I gave him a chance and said " Okay why not." This marked our first date which was downtown at a theatre to go see a movie. The entire movie Elmer was looking towards the ceiling sound asleep. Once the lights came on at the end of the movie he woke up confused about where he was. Back in the 60's there was drag strip known as the Alton drags this was a popular place for teenagers and young adults to hang out. We would go there a lot for dates and of course always Steak 'n Shake. After a few dates this was the beginning of our dating. Surprisingly to our friends and our parents we were engaged within three months. A year later on a beautiful windy summer day in June we were married. June 22, 1963 will mark 55 years of marriage, hard to believe that it is 55 years! We are lucky to have 2 wonderful children and 4 terrific grandchildren! Our advice on making marriage/ love last this long is " stick together through thick, respect, be kind and tomorrow will be another day."  

Flowers- Rouge events and design

Restaurant- Steak 'n Shake

Sophie + Luke 1-20-18

Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs! Sophie and Luke tied the knot on January 20th, 2018. The Saturday they got married on was beyond perfect for Missouri weather. Most January days in the midwest are pretty cold or even has snow on the ground. Not on there wedding the weather hit a high of 56 degrees. The weather was so perfect that no one was wearing a winter jacket. 

The day started with sophia getting ready at her best friends house alongside with her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids dresses were beautiful, each one was a different style of deep red. From lace to silk they were so unique! Tons of laughter and memories were discussed as Sophie got ready. As soon as Sophie slipped into her beautiful white dress the bridesmaids were all in awe. Sophia got a little teary eyes looking at herself in the mirror. The bridesmaids circled and exchanged a few kind words before they got ready to leave for the ceremony.

I met the girls at the ceremony location which was Quail Ridge in Wentzville, Mo. The ceremony was set up for the reception as well which was perfect to combine the ceremony and reception all together in one beautiful open well lit lodge. The theme was pinecones, burgundy and greenery. In the lodge the bride and groom set up an adorable hot cocoa station with chocolate mint to caramel sauce what a perfect touch for a January wedding. From the exchange of the vows Sophie and Luke shared a beautiful sand ceremony of burgundy and gold sand. From the sand ceremony they were announced as husband and wife with a big kiss and tons of smiles. 

During the in between pictures the wedding party shared a few drinks and a ton of laughter as they celebrated Sophie and Luke. Everyone was so nice and so kind as they offered to help with anything they could help with for the reception change. From the groomsmen fixing sophia's dress for a funny image to the bridesmaids making Sophie laugh the wedding party was perfect! After about an hour of capturing the family and wedding party we focused on the bride and groom. The brides mom created a ton of the decorations and even made the wedding cake. Sophie was so in love with the buttercream cake her mom made. Sophie and Luke were so happy to be married and celebrating this day alongside friends and family. Take a look at the images below for a beautiful wedding in winter ! Congrats to Sophie and Luke!