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Monday, November 16

Once in a While, There is a Wedding... {St. Louis Wedding Photographer}


As I continue to hone my craft and learn more about myself, I begin to see that the gorgeous-but-high-stress world of weddings is not my natural habitat. Back in the day, I cavalierly agreed to tons of weddings, naive to what work it really entailed. These days, I am much more enlightened, and therefore highly nervous about what I might do wrong to mess up such an important day. Ha!
Having said that, when I sit, at the end of the day, and pore over the hundreds of images of breathtaking brides, gowns, details, and settings from the weddings I DO do, I can't help but lose myself in the fairy tale, and I am glad I was there.

This is Rachel and Troy, and they are St. Louis folk, through and through, if you can't tell by the journey to STL landmarks we took for our photos. While the Arch and the Stadium are givens, I have to say I was extremely charmed by Troy's request that we stop by his old stomping grounds where he and his friends grew up, deep in the city. (See the shots with the chain link fence behind them. That's their old baseball field!) I was also in love with the stop off at Gus's Pretzels-- apparently a St. Louis institution I have NOT been introduced to until now. We need to go sometime!!

It was an adventure wrangling NINE bridesmaids and NINE groomsmen, but everyone was incredibly charming and sweet, and I can see why Troy and Rachel love their circle of loved ones and friends so much. What an incredible group!

So yep... once in a while, there is a wedding in my mix. Beautiful brides, gorgeous cakes, and a little stretching outside my comfort zone. I'm feeling pretty good at the end of it all.

Congrats, you two--- I wish you a long, fulfilling life together!!

16 comments:

  1. amazing pictures!

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  2. Emily, These photos are gorgeous!! You captured some beautiful moments for this couple. Looking at these pictures you would think that you specialized in weddings! I love them all, but my favorite is the sunburst kiss! Simply gorgeous!

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  3. hats off to the bride, because she has impeccable taste!!! and hats off to emily, cause i LOVE these pics. I think my favs are the city ones with all the architecture and buildings. i adore the ones in front of city hall and the guys in front of the stadium. a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

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  4. So totally big time. I'm marveled and in awe. Such perfection in every detail. You're remarkable and get better with every shoot.
    Hats off to you dear friend.

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  5. Wow. Those are stunning. What a beautiful recap of an obviously beautiful day!

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  6. what a beautiful bride. I'm with angela, i love her style! and the picture at gus' is so fun. i think we heard about that once but never went. good job on such great photos!

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  7. Great photography and such beautiful locations to have a wedding event. Congrats to the couple.

    Carolyn Burke
    Event Location Service

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  8. Emily, WOW!!!! These photos are absolutely breath taking!!!! No one would have any idea that you were "out of your comfort zone", if you had not told us.

    You are AMAZING!!! I agree w/ Mel, I am in awe of you, and your incredible talent!

    Love you.

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  9. Well done! If I had your talent, I gotta think I'd NEVER be nervous! :)

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  10. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Em, words can not describe how awesome those photos are....every single one. These people are SO luck to have had you capture their day for them!!!!

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  11. Gus' is awesome, you will be so happy you were introduced. Fantastic photos, love every single one. It's fun to view a STL photographer as talented as yourself. That brides dress is amazing by the way.

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  12. fantastic job. I understand your stress about weddings, however. But, you would never know it by your work....

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  13. What a beautiful bride- LOVED her dress (and the sparkling clutch and mink stole to go with it- very classy and charming!)- and I would love to have thick curls like that!

    I love that they had a harpist for the wedding- and is that fantastic building really City Hall? What an amazing City Hall to be married in! (Growing up, based on what I saw in the movies, I thought City Hall weddings always took place in a plain, simple, boring office of some public official-as opposed to the ornate chapels all the other weddings seemed to take place in)...

    And I, too, thought the photo in front of Gus's Pretzels was absolutely delightful, as was the one with Busch Stadium.

    What beautiful work!

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  14. What a wonderful set of photographs to capture such a magical day for the bride and groom! You did marvelous and I see there was no need for any nervousness. :) Great job!

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  15. These pictures are some of the most beautiful wedding pics I have ever seen! They are perfect! I absolutely LOVE the one in front of the stadium. It is so cool. You did an amazing job Emily!

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  16. Em--
    These are so beautiful. I know you were worried but gorgeous! They are going to cherish these pictures forever!

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