Ella and Thomas

Ella and Thomas decided to use us as their wedding photographer because of a friend’s recommendation. We love when our clients are so happy that they don’t think twice about telling others about their experiences. The day started off at St. Peter’s Church in Kirkwood. We knew it was going to be a very warm June weekend so the wedding party enjoyed the indoors as much as possible. Each person that arrived to the church was smiling from ear to ear the whole time. The siblings of Ella and Thomas were so excited to introduce each other as “my new brother-in-law”. As expected Thomas got a tear in his eye when Ella came down the isle. Her dad joked about his stern look toward Thomas as he gave Ella away. He said he knew Thomas was perfect for his baby girl but he wanted one last moment to make sure Thomas knew it as well. When the ceremony concluded we took the opportunity to take some casual photos around the streets of Kirkwood. The wedding party was great at showing lots of personality that worked well in all the photos. Despite the heat everyone was having a fun time! The reception was at the Butterfly House in Faust Park. But since we had some more time we took photos around the park before going in to the Conservatory with Ella and Thomas. While we took park photos the boys started having even more fun posing with cowboy hats and striking a Napoleon pose. They kept the girls laughing the whole time we were there. The reception was under a tent in the garden at the Butterfly House. We enjoyed watching everyone have the time of their lives. They were dancing and having fun together the whole night. Pretty sure at some point everyone forgot it was over 100 degrees outside. Ella and Thomas were enjoying their wedding day so much that we have hundreds of photos of them together. They will cherish them all forever! #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #summerwedding #faustpark #butterflyhouse

Marie and Tim

It has been such a pleasure working with Tim and Marie the past year. We first met when Tim contacted us to photograph a surprise engagement. They made the decision to also have us as the wedding photographer. Our packages include an engagement session. We did photos in the fall which gave us more opportunity to get to know them. Now wedding day has come and gone, we had such a great time with them again! We also enjoyed meeting their friends and family. The day started at the hotel with the girls. They were on time and about ready to go when we arrived. It was perfect for us to get the final touches of getting ready before heading out to do a first look with dad. We met dad on the rooftop of the hotel to get him settle to see Marie. His reaction was just amazing! He was so happy to see is little girl on her wedding day! Everyone quickly headed off to the church since it was an early 11am ceremony. The grand Cathedral Basilica was the perfect place for this grand couple to get married. They may have not met in the most grand way possible, on bumble. But when they did it was a grand romance leading to this perfect day. The entire week prior to the wedding had temperatures in the upper 90’s and even over 100 a few days. However, it was much nicer on their wedding day. Of course, still a warm June day but they got really lucky with the low humidity and breeze. This made taking photos in the park much nicer. The family and wedding party stopped by the Boathouse for lunch and relaxed a bit before we headed out to do photos. It was nice to see a couple have time to relax with everyone instead of just running from one thing to the next all day long. The photos we captured together are exactly what we expected. We got lots of laughs, smiles, kisses and interacting with friends. They are going to cherish these photos forever! Marie and Tim were able to arrive early to the reception so they had time to greet guest during the cocktail hour. It is always a good idea to plan time to talk with the people that are there to celebrate with you. We are happy that we also had the opportunity to celebrate with this grand couple. Of course, since we have worked with them a few times we are hoping to continue our relationship into the future. Congratulations, Tim and Marie.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #summerwedding #forestpark

Amy and Andrew get married

Amy has known about our studio since she was in high school. That’s right, she is one of our Notre Dame girls! We are proud that she thought of us when she started her wedding planning. She knew that we would provide exactly what she wanted. Time has gone by so fast that it was crazy to call Amy to go over all the details for the wedding day. She is a very detail and organized person. Amy, admittedly so, has a hard time letting go of the organization. However, we felt like she truly trusted us in everything we did on the wedding day. When she arrived at the church to get ready she was a bit nervous since Andrew and the boys were running behind. That didn’t change much on our end since we were very flexible. We just moved any photos before the ceremony to afterward. It would make everyone anxious to try and push the photos before the ceremony, just take some time to relax. Prior to the wedding day the forecast called for rain, but luckily it all cleared up. It was actually a bit warmer than expected. Amy provided a list of important photos, most of them we always do at weddings, but we are happy to get all the special photos a couple wants during their wedding day. The wedding party was happy to have time on the party bus to enjoy as we headed to Faust Park to take photos. Andrew and Amy were finally able to relax and enjoy the day together. The unexpected heat caused everyone to find patches of shade as we walked to a few different locations. The group of friends gave us many opportunities to take fun photos in addition to the traditional park images. We worked our way to the reception location which also had a few picturesque locations for Amy and Andrew.  We took some time to utilize those, but worked quickly so we could get to the party. The toasts at the reception were centered around how great Amy and Adam two are for each other. Of course, Cudi, their dog was mentioned a few times too! We hope to continue our relationship with Amy and Andrew in the future. Bring Cudi along for the next photo session.   #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #springwedding

The wedding of Samantha and Jordan

Samantha and Jordan had a wonderful, but windy, wedding day in April. When Samantha arrived at the church she immediately said she wasn’t nervous all morning. However,  walking into the decorated church and seeing her dress hanging in the bride’s room gave her an excited but nervous feeling. She had her group of bridesmaids to keep her calm as they all got ready for the day. Jordan arrived with his groomsmen shortly after the girls. From the moment he got out of the party bus to the moment we left that night he was smiling from ear to ear. As we took photos in front of church he was welcoming the guest with a big wave. There are not many brides that love a whole church full of people looking at them as they walk down the isle. Samantha was no exception but having eyes on Jordan with her dad by her side really helped. The ceremony had all the usual moments but also included lots of laughs from the couple as they listened to the priest speak. He knew exactly what to say to ease some of the nerves. The wind really picked up as we headed to the park with the wedding party. Samantha was hoping for an area where we could hide from the wind but that really wasn’t possible. However, it only takes a split second to take a photo despite having to wait for the wind. We were able to capture so many great park photos that the couple will have a hard time narrowing down. The images show the love they have for each other while also depicting all the fun of the day. It was fabulous to get to spend so much time with this great wedding party. The reception started off with a few photos on the patio balcony of the Lemp Grand Hall. Samantha and Jordan were relaxed and ready to party at this point in the day. The energy in the room surrounding this couple was just amazing! We are so glad they had a wonderful day, they deserved it, as well as many more years as husband and wife.       #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotography #springwedding #weddingphotos #lempgrandhall

A little snow never stops us!

Have you searched the internet recently? Of course, who hasn’t! Have you scrolled for what seems like forever and then finally click something that is exactly what you were looking to find. Alexis and Jack were doing just that when they came across our wedding photography information. Not to mention we are located very close to them making it very easy to come visit us. They are getting married in October – we are so happy to be documenting their journey to the altar. Alexis called after the big snow storm wanting to know if we would be willing to take photos in the snow. Heck yeah!!! It is always so much fun to do those unique sessions that not every client is willing to do. We decided to meet at Castlewood park since it would have the potential of paths that were not plowed and still snow covered. The scenery was beautiful, of course it was a bit slippery walking on the melting snow but totally worth it for the photos we created together. A great time of day, easily to pose couple, beautiful scenery and a heart made out of snow were all perfect additions to the photos! Alexis and Jack wanted to include their dogs in the session, these dogs just loved the snow so having them around gave the session even more unique qualities. First. the photos we took were very personal. Second, there was lots of laughter behind the scenes as their friend tried to hold both dogs who desperately wanted to be next to mom and dad. Lastly, after capturing some wonderful photos on top of the bluff Alexis and Jack basically skied back down the hill with the help of their dog team. Yes, we laughed but also had to make sure nobody fell as we descended. It was such an unusually warm day which gave us the opportunity to take our time getting the perfect images. So happy we were able to create the first memories of your journey and looking forward to next chapter – the wedding day.


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Kaycee and Dan

Kayce met us at a bridal show at the beginning of this year. She walked around looking at various vendors but quickly came back to our booth because she knew she wanted to work with us. Kayce and Dan had a small wedding in 2020 due to so many restrictions being in place on their wedding date. Like so many other couples they wanted to celebrate with as many friends and family as possible so they were planning another event. They wanted to have a renewal ceremony and party a year later, we were excited to be part of the event! We arrived at the hotel and the girls were having such a great morning, since the wedding party was at the first event they mentioned how excited they were to be at wedding part two. It really seemed to make everyone very relaxed the whole day. We met the boys at the reception venue prior to heading to the park to take photos. It was so interesting to see that the photos from the first date have so many fall colors but this year the leaves were late to change so lots of the photos have green trees. Sometimes I wish I knew the exact date the leaves are at peak color!  One of the best parts of the day was that the rain cleared up just in time for us to be outside taking photos. It was wonderful! We got plenty of photos so had time to stop for some Ted Drews, a St. Louis tradition! The ceremony was filled with jokes and what I would call “real vows” after having been married for a year. It was really special for Kayce and Dan to have this ceremony with everyone around them this time. The party started right after the ceremony and this group was ready to party for sure. We are glad that we were able to be a part of wedding part two and wish this couple many more years of happiness. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #weddingphotos #stlouiswedding

Becky and Ryan

The wedding of Becky and Ryan started off on a beautiful fall day at a downtown hotel. We arrived to the girls who were getting ready and enjoying time together that morning. The detail shots of the dress looked wonderful with the courthouse in the background. However, the dress was clearly meant to be worn by Becky instead of on a hanger. She looked amazing and we knew that Ryan would have the biggest smile when he saw her come down the isle. But first we got in some photos with the boys at the hotel too. They were joking around from the moment they arrived, fixing Ryan – who clearly didn’t need any adjustments.

A traditional wedding ceremony helped these two start off their marriage. Afterward they did mention the two kisses they snuck before they were actually pronounced husband and wife – yep we have photo proof of it! We were able to take some family photos at the church before heading off with the wedding party. Due to limited time at the church we gathered up some family members later in the evening to do photos too. It’s always a good idea to get photos with those family members that came to celebrate.

The Urban Chestnut is a place that both Becky and Ryan enjoy going so naturally we stopped there to relax with the wedding party. We captured some great candid images of everyone that the couple are going to love. Of course, we had to get some more “posed” photos at the park however this crew was all about the fun. Ryan was picked up by the girls so then the boys felt left out and wanted to pick up Becky, that lead to lots of laughter. The group cheered as they kissed, moved in and out of photos quickly and keep the energy lively the whole time we were at the park. It was a shame we had to leave to get to the reception.

But really the reception was where the party really started. After a few touching and incriminating toast the dance floor was packed the entire night. Great to see so many people celebrating with Becky and Ryan. Thanks for allowing us to capture this moment in your journey together.

 

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Megan and Mason

An amazing summer wedding with wonderful families! This wedding was fun and excited from the first moment we arrived to the moment we left the reception. Starting off at the house with Mason and the groomsmen gave us the opportunity to get some rare photos of the grooms accessories while the men relaxed. Mason was ready to start the day, despite the heat, he was up for posing outside to get the best photos of his childhood home. The girls were also having a wonderful morning getting ready at the hotel. We met up with them to get those final touches of make-up and putting in the veil. Megan seemed very calm as she got watched everyone getting ready to go. She had her mom and sister at the hotel to help her into the dress, put on shoes and jewelry – perfect photos! A first look with the bridesmaids followed by a first look was a great way to start of the wedding day. Dad’s expression when he saw his daughter was just pure joy!

A traditional neighborhood wedding followed by a stop to the neighborhood hot spot really set the mood for the rest of the day. Fun and excitement! This group truly had a great time all day long and we were there to capture it. Megan and Mason said that even though we were dealing with a bit of hot weather that they knew photos were important, they wanted the best photos they could get, so with a few fans in tow we walked to some shady spots in the park to capture their memories. These two really got more than they expected when it came to the photos of their group. Everyone was looking forward to the reception and we expected nothing but a big party. The dance floor was packed all night long, the guest were enjoying the atmosphere and the time the couple spent talking with them. This wedding was a perfect summer wedding for a perfectly matched couple. We wish them the best of everything!

Kate and Adam got married

Katie and Adam did not know what to expect when planning their wedding over a year ago. As we talked about the possible changes in number of guest or what would be allowed during their wedding they did not seem concerned as long as they were able to have some family members there and go ahead with the ceremony. As it approached they were very lucky that restrictions had been lifted a bit and they were able to continue their wedding as planned. We spoke a few weeks before the wedding about the locations that we would go on the wedding day. Katie and Adam had a list of places they wanted to go and it was unclear if we would be able to get it all in during the time we had. We knew that moving from location to location takes time but all you have to do is be aware of what time it is and make the decisions on where you will go in each location. When we arrived at the house to grab some photos of Katie getting dressed she was ready to get it started as soon as we arrived. We captured a few images of the details and then we got the show on the road by getting dressed and quickly leaving for the first look. As we prepared the first look location Katie was expecting it to be that Adam would cry when he saw her. Of course Adam was overjoyed and grinning from ear to ear but Katie was the one that shed a few tears when she saw him. We were able to get in many photos at our first location and then luckily found some great parking down by the arch and grabbed a few photos there as well. Theater was important to Adam so a photo in front of the Fox was a perfect addition to their wedding images. Finishing up at Tower Grove Park with the family photos and some impromptu images where Adam got down on one knee completed all of what the couple had envisioned for their wedding day. Except of course the ceremony! We arrived at the ceremony location Royal Orleans and had a little bit of time to relax and prepare before the guest arrived to witness their nuptials. Yet again Katie got a little teary-eyed as she walked down the aisle with her dad and afterward stated that she wishes she would’ve had a videographer to show that she was the one that shed some tears instead of what she thought would be Adam. A short cocktail time while they greeted some guests afterward was a nice moment for the couple to spend time with their guest. Once the dance floor opens we could not believe all of the dance moves that Adam had. He was really excited to get out there and have a great time. It was fun for us to see these family members relaxing a bit and having fun together not worrying about the fact that there was a chance they wouldn’t have even been able to get together. We congratulate Adam and Katie and we look for forward to working with them again #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #towergrovepark #familyphotos #lafayettepark #thearch #weddingimages #springwedding

Chris and Sarah

Chris contacted us about an engagement session. We worked with him a few years ago for a family session – one we wouldn’t forget because it snowed a few feet that day and we took advantage of some snow photos. Anyway, he was now engaged looking to get photos of him with Sarah. They are both originally from St. Louis but currently live in Boston. They have lived there for a few years now. The plan was to be in town for about a month to enjoy the holidays with family while they started the wedding planning process. They have already accomplished a few things on the long list of wedding stuff. It was also the perfect time to get some engagement photos taken in their hometown. Check that off the list! As we walked around the park I had to know since they were both from St. Louis now living in Boston if they met here or there. They said they have known each other for quite some time, Sarah is friends with Chris’ sister. Then the real question came up, if Chris had to get sisters approval to start dating Sara. Yep! She knew they were great for each other but wanted to be sure they knew it too as they started this wonderful relationship. They really are and it was a pleasure to see how they interacted with each other during the session. They were both very easy going and relaxed during the session. Just like any other couple they needed some guidance on how to stand or pose to get the best photos. Once they got a few hints they were good to go the rest of the session. Just a great couple to talk with, we had conversations about many different topics while capturing these engagement photos, a nice start to a relationship with them. The wedding is planned for October 2021 and we hope to have the opportunity to work with them again on that day to continue our relationship into the future. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #engagementsessionphotos