Jim & Suzy: Married

Jim and Suzy’s day was full of firsts. Not just a first kiss as husband and wife, not just the first time they sway back and forth married, but also the first time their venue The McPherson was used for a wedding, the first time guests danced on the new flooring, and the first time those chandeliers lit up the perfect evening.

Suzy and Jim are such a wonderful pair and together have begun a beautiful family of their own. I remember when meeting with Suzy that her main concern was not when hair and makeup would be done, or what song they would walk in to, or when the cake was going to be delivered…it was Remy, her adorable little girl. To have a couple that is so united in their goals and dreams share a special day with friends and family is truly something to behold. Their wedding day was gorgeous not just because of the venue or Jim’s sharp tux, but because of the genuine happiness that graced the faces of everyone in the room.

Suzy and Jim, I wish you two all of the happiness in the world and so many blessings as you begin this new adventure in your lives. May you and your family always have each other in support and endless love. Congratulations!

Ribaudo086.jpgRibaudo090.jpgRibaudo144.jpgRibaudo145.jpgRibaudo089.jpgRibaudo007.jpgRibaudo013.jpgRibaudo024.jpgRibaudo027.jpgRibaudo039.jpgRibaudo017.jpg

Ribaudo043.jpgRibaudo048.jpgRibaudo064.jpgRibaudo066.jpgRibaudo068.jpgRibaudo061.jpgRibaudo177.jpgRibaudo178.jpgRibaudo186.jpgRibaudo197.jpgRibaudo198.jpgRibaudo214.jpgRibaudo229.jpgRibaudo230.jpgRibaudo234.jpgRibaudo245.jpgRibaudo263.jpgRibaudo281.jpgRibaudo290.jpgRibaudo347.jpgRibaudo335.jpgRibaudo402.jpgRibaudo423.jpgRibaudo434.jpgRibaudo446.jpgRibaudo466.jpgRibaudo477.jpgRibaudo481.jpgRibaudo493.jpgRibaudo497.jpgRibaudo502.jpgRibaudo506.jpgRibaudo517.jpgRibaudo525.jpgRibaudo528.jpgRibaudo532.jpgRibaudo573.jpgRibaudo575.jpgRibaudo578.jpgRibaudo596.jpgRibaudo593.jpg

Ribaudo628.jpg

Ribaudo611.jpg

Ribaudo636.jpg

Ribaudo641.jpgRibaudo658.jpgRibaudo674.jpg

Congratulations Jim & Suzy!!

Ribaudo468.jpg

Photography: Mary Beth of Illumen Photography // Bridal Gown: Town & Country Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lillian’s // Hair & Makeup: Ravishing Bridal // Catering: Russo’s Gourmet // Florist: Kirkwood Florist // Ice Cream: Ices Plain & Fancy // Venue: The McPherson

Frank & Samantha: Married

When I tell you that Frank & Sam are two of the most genuine people I’ve ever met, it is still an understatement. They are the most laid-back and relaxed couple and planned the ideal wedding. Every vendor was fantastic (check out the list below!) and was at the top of their game. The whole day was so enjoyable for all of their guests, family, and friends and I don’t think one single person left without a smile! Don’t believe me? Check out the photos from Emily Rose Studios below!

Getting Ready-17.jpg

Getting Ready-20.jpgGetting Ready-54.jpgGetting Ready-81.jpgGetting Ready-45.jpgGetting Ready-62.jpgGetting Ready-99.jpgGetting Ready-73.jpgGetting Ready-50.jpgGetting Ready-94.jpgFirst Look-1.jpgFirst Look-18.jpgFirst Look-31.jpgCeremony-111.jpgCeremony-148.jpgCeremony-197.jpgCeremony-200.jpgFamily Portraits-5.jpgFamily Portraits-20.jpgFamily Portraits-25.jpgBridal Party-6.jpgBridal Party-62.jpgBridal Party-93.jpgBridal Party-60.jpgGetting Ready-9.jpgBridal Party-123.jpgBridal Party-106.jpgBridal Party-117.jpgBridal Party-108.jpgReception-2.jpgReception-23.jpgReception-27.jpg

Bridal Party-148.jpgBridal Party-150.jpgBridal Party-159.jpgReception-37.jpgReception-42.jpgReception-46.jpgReception-62.jpgReception-64.jpgReception-70.jpg

Reception-85.jpgReception-90.jpgReception-131.jpgReception-145.jpgReception-147.jpgReception-135.jpgReception-173.jpgReception-160.jpg

Congratulation Mr & Mrs Bougher! Thank you for allowing me to be part of your incredible and special day! I wish you all the happiness in the world in your new adventure as husband and wife.

Bridal Party-152.jpg

Bride & Bridesmaid Dresses: Signature Bridal // Catering: Russo’s Gourmet // Florist: Roses & Mint // Groom & Groomsmen Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse // Dueling Pianos: Spanky Entertainment // Photography: Emily Rose Studios // Photo Booth: Trotter Photo // Transportation: St Louis Trolley Company // Venue: Neo on Locust

 

 

Joe & Kathy: Married

Kathy & Joe’s wedding was so beautiful. A day filled with wonderful family and friends supporting the love that these two share together. The weather was gorgeous, the venues were beautiful, and the happiness was so evident. They even chose St. John Nepomuk to be married in, just like Kathy’s great-grandmother. I was so thrilled to be part of this day and I hope you enjoy scrolling through the photos captured by Jason Winkeler Photography.

0047-jwinkphoto-8788.jpg

0032-jwinkphoto-8768.jpg

0036-jwinkphoto-8775.jpg

0043-jwinkphoto-3520.jpg

0028-jwinkphoto-8758.jpg

0054-jwinkphoto-3528.jpg

0085-jwinkphoto-8836.jpg

0118-jwinkphoto-8876.jpg

0138-jwinkphoto-3556.jpg

0125-jwinkphoto-8886.jpg

0187-jwinkphoto-8958.jpg

1261-jwinkphoto-0213.jpg

0212-jwinkphoto-3583.jpg

0214-jwinkphoto-3589.jpg

0266-jwinkphoto-9061.jpg

0265-jwinkphoto-3661.jpg

0282-jwinkphoto-3681.jpg

0325-jwinkphoto-9117.jpg

0376-jwinkphoto-3768.jpg

0484-jwinkphoto-9257.jpg

0490-jwinkphoto-9264.jpg

0571-jwinkphoto-9362.jpg

0608-jwinkphoto-9404.jpg

0654-jwinkphoto-9456.jpg

0694-jwinkphoto-9501.jpg

0712-jwinkphoto-3977.jpg

0730-jwinkphoto-4002.jpg

0745-jwinkphoto-9531.jpg

0800-jwinkphoto-9605.jpg

0960-jwinkphoto-4196.jpg

0908-jwinkphoto-9747.jpg

0961-jwinkphoto-4197.jpg

0893-jwinkphoto-4172.jpg

0959-jwinkphoto-4194.jpg

0851-jwinkphoto-4117.jpg

0978-jwinkphoto-9849.jpg

0983-jwinkphoto-9855.jpg

0989-jwinkphoto-4253.jpg

1083-jwinkphoto-4334.jpg

1126-jwinkphoto-0025.jpg

1178-jwinkphoto-4386.jpg

1225-jwinkphoto-0162.jpg

1230-jwinkphoto-0172.jpg

1318-jwinkphoto-0278.jpg

1321-jwinkphoto-0282.jpg

1342-jwinkphoto-0304.jpg

1098-jwinkphoto-9972.jpg

Photography: Jason Winkeler Photography // Ceremony Venue: St. John Nepomuk // Reception Venue: Neo on Locust // DJ: DJ Connection // Florist: Snapdragon Studio // Hair & Makeup: Beauty by Whitney // Stationary: JE Design Studio //

Mountain Inspired Surprise Proposal

I was so thrilled when Allison Slater Photography reached out to me about helping her with a styled shoot. Cameron had approached her about doing a photoshoot with his girlfriend, but he was keeping one detail from Mikayla…..a proposal!
Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography287.jpg

Setting up for this styled shoot was so much fun! It was just Allison and I in the middle of Pine Trail at Busch Wildlife and we were both so nervous and excited about what was about to take place. It was an unusually warm day for a fall-themed shoot, but you can’t even tell from the pictures and the smiles. We were nestled in our own little haven for a romantic, mountain inspired shoot with a picnic for two.

Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography150.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography126.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography135.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography181.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography155.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography170.jpgWe wanted to incorporate as much of a Colorado feel as we could, per the request of Cameron because it’s Mikayla’s favorite place. Allison and I recruited the help of Sigalit of The Flower Bar StL for the gorgeous bouquet that you see in the photos. The florals really tied together all of the different elements for a stunning fall feel.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography188.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography137.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography185.jpgThe time came and Cameron arrived with Mikayla who started walking up the path, unassuming and completely unaware. We let them settle into their roles, warm up to the camera, and have a little fun.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography207.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography216.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography192.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography221.jpgThen Allison directed them to start dancing with each other.. After a few twirls and some swaying, Cameron stepped back and looking Mikayla in the eyes, told her he loved her and wanted to spend his life with her. He then got down on his knee and held out the sparkling ring. Mikayla’s shock and utter surprise was something I’m so happy Allison was able to capture on camera. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography227.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography368.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography231.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography234.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography238.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography243.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography244.jpgThe love in their eyes…the joy I saw was so incredible. Being able to be part of these moments…these big, important, life-changing moments…is something I am so blessed by. To be able to witness and share in someone’s engagement, a first dance as husband and wife, their families celebrating…these are the occasions I live for and cherish. I thank God every single day that he has provided me with the opportunity to be part of these magical moments.Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography258.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography253.jpgThe rest of the shoot was a cozy little engagement session and their look of love was completely unparalleled. I’ve been swooning over these photos for days and nights on end. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography273.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography420.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography285.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography291.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography311.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography317.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography336.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography353.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography421.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography361.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography366.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography375.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography385.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography389.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography394.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography404.jpgBusch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography413.jpgThank you again, Cameron & Mikayla, and Allison, for letting me be part of this. It will always have a piece of my heart. Busch Wildlife  Defiance, MO  Fall Picnic Colorado Themed Surpise Proposal  Cameron + Mikayla  Allison Slater Photography425.jpg

Photography: Allison Slater Photography

Florals: The Flower Bar StL

Planning & Design: Allyssa Elaine Events

Jeremy & Maggie: Engaged

These two. These two have been with me from the start. My very first clients and they went all in! We’ve been planning their special day since April 2016 and it’s almost finally here!

I was sitting with Maggie and Jeremy in Picasso’s the other night and they were telling me a bit about when they first met. Let’s just say it involved Jeremy (an HR manager) in a suit…..trying to put a child-size panda hat on. (There may have been a unicorn too.) When I asked how that worked out for him, he just looked at me and said, “Well, we’re getting married, aren’t we?”

Let that be a lesson to all you guys out there…be quirky, be fun, be yourself. It pays off. That was five years ago now, and they’re excited for the next fifty. Read on to find out more about this amazing couple!

65dbc335-756c-4251-bfff-8337ad190596~rt_auto.jpeg

How did you meet?

Jeremy: Right around October 21, 2012, I was doing my normal walk around the store and I was told there was a cute girl back from college that I had to go say hi to. As I came up the escalator, there she was. This 5’3″, beautiful blonde who was talking to a customer. Knowing that I had to “play it cool”, I introduced myself, and asked her what her story was. She went into this crazy rambling about school and how she was trying to get credits, and before I knew it, I knew this girl’s whole life story. Little did I know, this was the girl I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

MaggieIt was my sophomore year of college and I came back home for my fall break. It was the same as any other weekend working. It was a slow day so I was cleaning and straightening everything up. I looked up and coming up the escalator was this really cute guy, I had never seen him before. My first thought was, “who is he and why is he coming up here?” He was wearing suit and looked like he was an important person, one that I didn’t want to get on the bad side of. Cue the story we told Allyssa at Picasso’s and that was that. 

12891682_10205958346300146_692725624457755819_o.jpg

Share one of your favorite dates.

It was actually a weekend trip that we took. It was one of the most memorable times, it was right around the time of Ferguson. We decided to get away for the weekend so went on a trip up to Chicago. Maggie had never been to Chicago save for school trips. We were walking up and down the Magnificent Mile and stumbled upon a concert. A duo named Nico and Vince and now every time one of their songs comes on, I immediately go back to that weekend and all the fun memories that we made.

When did you know they were the one?

Like any relationship we had a rocky start but anytime something would happen that would either be funny or stupid, no matter how small it seemed, he was always the one that I wanted to tell those things to. I knew right then that he was my best friend and the guy that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.

b4003622-6d84-4fe5-91d4-d761b752063e~rt_auto.jpeg

How did he pop the question?

Jeremy: Three and a half years later, I decided it was time. I planned this whole trip to Destin, with her best friend and boyfriend. After the longest 12.5 hour car ride of my life we were finally in Florida. We got settled in, and we went straight for the beach. In my head the whole time I was thinking where should I do it, where should I pop the question. Then came the next question, “when should I do it”. If I do it the first day, then the whole trip becomes about the engagement, but if I do it the last day it might feel like an afterthought. TO ALL THE WOMEN READING THIS. THIS IS THE MOST STRESSFUL TIME OF ANY MAN’S LIFE. We have had to lie to you about where we were when we were buying the ring, where that money just disappeared too, and now we have to lie to you about why we seem off. IT IS STRESSFUL. Anyway. I settled on the 3rd day we were down there, at sunset, of course. I called a local photographer and wanted him to be there to secretly capture the moment. As I woke up Sunday morning I was buzzing. It also just so happened that it was my birthday that day. We spent most of the day at the beach, and then we headed back to the room to get changed for dinner. MY HEART WAS RACING. I told her that I wanted to take some “fancy pictures” on the beach so we needed to leave before her friend. We started the short walk to the beach, and it started to get cold. *gulp* On our way down to the water I dropped a “Ring-Pop” out of my pocket onto the sand. We walked about 20 feet, took some selfies and then decided to go back to the room. On our way back she saw the Ring-Pop and started to laugh. (For about 2 years I had joked about proposing with a Ring-Pop because rings are crazy expensive.) I told her it was a good luck sign and she had to pick it up. As she went to pick up the ring pop, I dropped down to one knee. As she turned around, her eyes started to fill with tears as I said, “Maggie, you are my best friend. I wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my life with anyone else but you. Will you marry me?” Her first response was “Are you serious?!?!” which then was followed with a “Yes”. *sigh of relief* All which the photographer caught on camera. And here we are, months away from getting married.

If you made it all the way through this, I applaud you. I hope you also find that person that just rocks your world. Cause when you do, it’s going to be Legen….wait for it…..dary.

Maggie: It was February of 2016 and time for us to decide whether or not we wanted to go anywhere for Spring Break. It was my best friend’s last spring break before she graduated college and we and always said that we wanted to go to Florida together. It was the third day of vacation and also Jeremy’s Birthday. We were all getting ready for dinner and Jeremy said that he wanted to take a walk on the beach for some cute pictures. I felt bad because the sun was setting and my best friend wasn’t ready for dinner yet but knew she would want to go see the sunset with us. After about 5 minutes she convinced me that it was okay we would all go see the sunset together another night. We went for a stroll on the beach and it was super cold so we cut it short to go back since I was freezing. On the way back I saw a Ring-Pop on the ground and I started to laugh; for about 2 years prior Jeremy always said that I better say yes if he ever asked me with a Ring-Pop and I better be happy too. So naturally I thought it was super funny, I picked it up off the ground and when I turned around there he was down on one knee. The first thing that I said and could think of was “Are you serious??”. I said yes and the rest is history!

cc7f4257-6049-41d8-9cf9-7837f5442b99~rt_auto.jpeg

What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Jeremy: My favorite thing about Maggie is the fact that she never gives up. She has always been very driven and passionate about whatever she is doing. From her school work, to her career, to being the best fiancé ever, she never gives up.

Maggie: My favorite thing about Jeremy is his sense of humor. No matter what the situation is he always tries to see the best in it and make everyone smile and laugh.

How do you envision your wedding day?

Jeremy: I never even thought about getting married before Maggie came along. At the point we met, my parents had been divorced, and it just never looked appealing. Maggie truly changed my mind completely about marriage. What I envision now, is just a big party with all our closest friends and family.

Maggie: For my wedding day, I just want everyone to have fun and be able to relax for the day.

fe1f0561-5257-4c3c-89d9-5b539bd70a3c~rt_auto.jpeg

How did you decide on your venue?

Jeremy: I was born and raised in St. Charles so I have always loved this area. We needed a venue big enough that we could fit our massive guest list and something that people would remember.

Maggie: We knew we wanted to get married in a church but didn’t want it to be your typical church. We wanted it to be classic but not standard, we had to find the venue that fit all of our friends and family for a great big party and The Foundry Art Centre is just that!

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

Jeremy: As cheesy as it may be, I can’t wait for those church doors to open and I finally get to see Maggie in her dress. To get to watch her have her slow motion entrance and walk towards me.

Maggie: As weird as it sounds, it’s not only being able to party with all of my friends and family, but to be doing so while my best friend is right next to me.

10394594_10154100006903969_8220638022931383561_n.jpg

Stay tuned and be sure to follow us for all their wedding details on October 21st!