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Phuong & Trung Married at The Butterfly House | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

Phuong and Trung had a gorgeous outdoor wedding at The Butterfly House in May! Their beautiful purple color scheme was perfect for Phuong’s DIY bouquet (which might be, hands down, my favorite bridal bouquet of all time)! I love that she gave me a few precious moments to get some peaceful, elegant bridal portraits that I know her granchildren will cherish just as much as she does. She made such an exquisite bride!

photo of vietnamese bride in beautiful lightphoto of bride admiring her wedding gownphoto of elegant vietnamese bride at the Forest Park Residencesphoto of purple and succulent bridal bouquetphoto of bride and groom kissing on a tree in front of Brookings Hall at Washington University St Louis (WUSTL)photo of bride and groom at brookings hall at WUSTLphoto of outdoor wedding at the butterfly housephoto of bride and groom in front of a waterfall at The Butterfly Housephoto of bridephoto of garter toss at a wedding at the butterfly houseThanks so much to the incredible team of vendors who made this day possible!

Photographer: Ashley Fisher Photography
Venue: The Butterfly House
Getting Ready Location: The Forest Park Residences
Cake: The Cakery
DJ: Complete Entertainment

2014 Throwback: Kathleen & Alan Engaged | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

I met Kathleen back in 2006 when she was in my first ever ACT class for the Princeton Review. She was just a high school student at the time, and it’s been fun to follow that first group of kids as they’ve gone off to college and grad school and now are getting married and starting their own families. I was so excited when she contacted me last year to tell me she was engaged to Alan and asked me to shoot their wedding! Last September, we got together and went to Tower Grove Park and Lafayette Square for their engagement pictures. Here are a few of my favorites!

I LOVE this double willow tree at Tower Grove Park. I can’t wait until it fills back up again this summer so I can take more couples back there!

huge willow trees at tower grove park

Ahhh that scrumptious light paired with an adorable couple. It’s what makes being a Saint Louis Wedding Photographer so easy!

photo of backlit couple in lafayette square

photo of flowers in lafayette square

And this pond with the willows is one of my favorite places, too! I love that Alan wore a suit for part of their engagement session.

photo of couple under willow tree at lake in lafayette squarephoto of couple sitting on a bench in lafayette squarering shot at lafayette squaresunset silhouette at lafayette square

I can’t wait to see you two in 24 hours, because you’re GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW!! I’m so excited to see you guys start the beginning of your marriage!

Adam & Heather Married at St. Agatha & the Franklin Room | Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

Heather & Adam’s wedding at St. Agatha & The Franklin Room was my third Heck wedding in the past 12 months! To say that I love this huge family is an understatement! I’m so happy that I was able to be a part of this amazingly beautiful and incredibly fun spring wedding!

photo of engagement ringphoto of yellow and grey clutchphoto of veil with dramatic lighting

I love these bouquets by Always in Bloom!

photo of yellow and grey bouquet with succulentsphoto of bridesmaids cupsblack and white photo of hairsprayphoto of bride getting readyphoto of missouri charm with heart cut out

I loved, loved, loved using the Washington Avenue side of the Renaissance Grand for their first look! We had them each read the letters they wrote to one another once they were in position to really amp up the emotion and get them excited to see each other!

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Heather & Adam were married at the historic Polish church, St. Agatha. It was such a beautiful ceremony!

photo of groom getting ready at st. agathaphoto of bride walking down aisle from back at st agatha

And then I fulfilled a lifelong dream as a St. Louis Cardinals Fan…I got to go on the field of Busch Stadium for their wedding pictures! We got to go to the retired numbers, in the Cardinals’ dugout, in the green seats…the whole nine. But they didn’t let me run the bases…or step on the grass. Womp of wedding party at busch stadiumphoto of bride and groom on field at busch stadiumphoto of groomsmen at busch stadium

see…they were serious about staying off the grass. There was a guy who stood right next to me to make sure that I didn’t even come close. After Busch Stadium, we went over to the IL side for some arch view/skyline wedding portraits!

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Their reception was held at the historic Franklin Room in Soulard. I love this custom Mr & Mrs sign, and the cake from Lubeley’s was gorgeous and delicious!photo of a custom cake topperwedding pictures at the franklin room

Thank you so much, Heather & Adam for allowing us to be a part of your wedding! And an extra special thanks to the amazing team of vendors!

Photographer: Ashley Fisher Photography
Getting Ready Location: Embassy Suites Downtown
First Look Location: Renaissance Grand Downtown
Ceremony Venue: St. Agatha
Reception Venue: The Franklin Room
Hairstylist: Jill Bayers, Cut, Color & Create
Makeup Artist: Stephanie Cuvar, Studio Five
Bouquets/Bouts: Always in Bloom
Reception Flowers: Becky Brems, B’Rose Pots Gardens and More
Bakery: Lubeley’s
Rentals: Weinhart Party Rentals
Chair Covers: The Chair Cover Company

Behind the Scenes| Saint Louis Wedding Photographer

This post will be going behind the scenes of one of my most popular images ever on Facebook. Last week, I shot this image at the end of Candice & Steve’s engagement session out in Union, MO. We had done some night portraits and some sparkler images, and then I looked up and saw how incredibly clear the night sky was since it was so dark without the light pollution of St. Louis. I’m sure they thought I was crazy, but I like to demonstrate that I can be a little crazy, create something amazing, and then they trust me even more for their wedding day when I ask them to do something crazy when they’re all dressed up. Anyway, I had started packing up my gear, and then I stopped and was like go stand over there because I have this wicked awesome idea. They kept mumbling about Taco Bell because they were hungry. Ha!

My D800 with my 24-70 was still on my Manfrotto tripod, and my cable release was still set up. I had very minimal gear on me, so I had to make do. Normally I would have gelled my flash since I wanted the blue/purple sky, but I wanted them to look normal. Unfortunately, I didn’t have that, so I just set the camera to 3000K which made them look like smurfs, but it was easily fixable in Adobe Camera Raw.

I had Steve hold a flashlight at their faces (towards their faces so that I could focus in live view) and put them right at the bottom right corner of the frame. I asked him to gently bring her in for a kiss by holding her chin, and asked them to remain very still. My camera settings were ISO 2000, f/2.8, and 13 second shutter speed. I needed the wide aperture, high ISO, and long shutter speed to capture as much ambient light of the stars as I could without them streaking. I also had my Cactus V6 trigger on camera, and I hand held my Cactus RF60 flash on 1/128 power with a Speedbox 60 up to the right of them, pointing down at Candice’s nose. My flash popped right before the shutter closed. The result was this beautiful image (albeit a little blue on their skin). Warming them up in post and adding some contrast was all that was needed to create this amazing photograph. I hope they print it huge and use it as a piece of artwork!

photo of bride and groom with starry sky