Wedding

Liz+Zach. by Stephanie Bannon

This summer I had the privilege to photograph this special couple’s wedding. The former, Miss Salzburg, was my youngest daughter’s preschool teacher AND if you know my Ellie, you know this must be one special teacher. Miss Salzburg loves her preschool kids and LOVES what she does. They got married at her childhood church, Immanuel Lutheran in St. Charles, which is also were she works.

The ceremony took place in the newly remodeled sanctuary. The roof collapsed about a year ago but was all ready for Liz and Zach to get married in it. It was beautiful.

The day was so hot and humid but Liz and Zach and the BEST attitudes and so did there wedding party. It was so obvious how much they all cared and loved each other. Liz is thoughtful and focused on details so in each girl’s bouquet she added a piece of the bridesmaid dress she wore in their weddings. In her sister’s and her own bouquet they had a piece of their mother’s wedding dress. It was a super thoughtful detail and all the girls loved it.

The reception was filled with family and friends and a WHOLE lot of fun! They had cookie dough balls for treats and the dance floor was hoping! It was the perfect end to a perfect day! Congratulations you two!

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Michael+Stephanie. by Stephanie Bannon

I’ve got news for you guys. IF you choose to have a March wedding it will probably rain, AND THAT’S NOT A BAD THING!!! This wedding day was beautiful and it rained from beginning to end. We made a plan, we changed the plan, AND it worked out AMAZING. I’m getting pretty good at this rainy day thing, if I do say so myself. 😉 We had a super day from the beginning to the very end….AND I’m pretty sure everyone else did too!

The ceremony took place at the beautiful Westin Hotel in St. Louis. The rooms were simple and modern and had plenty of room for everyone. We also had an amazing view of Busch Stadium. Everyone had a blast hanging out and prepping for the day. After a quick lunch everyone regrouped and headed downstairs for the ceremony. Family and friends gathered and Stephanie and Michael were soon married!

Because of the dropping cold temperatures and constant rain we opted for covered, easy to get to locations. We used areas around the hotel, a beautiful local seminary and the super hip Urban Chestnut Brewery to do the family and wedding party pictures….AND they did not disappoint.

The night concluded at the Anheuser Busch Bier Garden. It was the perfect venue! Before we entered the beautiful room Stephanie and Michael had a little fun with some Champagne bottles and their friends in front of the famous “B”! I’ve never seen champagne spray so well. 😂 The room had the most perfect string lights and couldn’t have been more perfect. The day was truly a day to be remembered! Congratulations you two!!

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From the Bride: “Hiring Stephanie (and Micah) as our wedding photographer was the best decision we made throughout the whole wedding planning process. I was immediately taken with Stephanie's talent for photography. The flawless way she transforms intimate moments into beautiful lasting images is unparalleled. BUT Stephanie was more than just our photographer. She went above and beyond what I ever could have asked from her. She always had on hand the small things that were needed, whether it be umbrellas, hand warmers, or much needed advice on how to bustle a dress! She was the driver of the day keeping our families and wedding party on time and happy for photos, even a very tired and grumpy ring bearer was laughing and smiling for pictures! She worked with me to make a timeline and for the day including places we would stop for pictures. However it rained ALL day, but before I even had time to panic or think about alternatives Stephanie already had a list of places we would go instead and I knew I could trust her judgement fully. If you are looking for a photographer that is all that and more, Stephanie is your girl!” ~Stephanie Hoffman

Tracy+Ryan. by Stephanie Bannon

Oh man, these two are the cutest. It’s always fun to do sessions at locations I’m not super familiar with. It forces me to think and really be looking for the best spots. When we did this session it was SO windy and chilly outside and the greenhouses were really packed. The light was beautiful and so was the location, which left us with some little challenges, BUT challenges make things better. Tracy and Ryan were so patient and trusting. We came up with a game plan and everything turned out perfectly. Their June wedding is going to be a blast! I can’t wait!

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Justin+Meghann. by Stephanie Bannon

You know what I loved about this couple? I loved how much they had fun with each other. They laughed and truly had a good time together. I also loved how relaxed and easy going they were. The wedding party was hungry so they just walked to the gas station across from the church and came back with bags of food. The bride’s feet hurt so she took off her shoes during pictures. Any issue that a rose they solved with flexibility and a smile. Their goal was to get married and enjoy the ride and that’s exactly what they did. They were a super team and they worked together to make their day a success! Congratulations you two!

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Diane+Matt. by Stephanie Bannon

If I only had one word to describe this wedding I’d have to say classic. Every single detail was classy and beautiful. It fit this couple perfectly. The day started at the Magnolia Hotel in downtown St. Louis. All the staff were super helpful which helped the day run smoothly.

The ceremony took place at a beautiful church a few miles away. Diane and Matt chose to not see each other before the ceremony so everyone could hardly wait for Diane to make her appearance. The looks her and her Dad gave each other were priceless as they entered the church and Matt tried to patiently wait for her to make it down the long aisle.

After the ceremony we did pictures right outside of the Magnolia Hotel. The wedding parties’ colors looked AMAZING with the teal doors and Diane surprised Matt with a classic car for their transportation for the day. It couldn’t have looked more magazine worthy parked in front of the hotel. SO CLASSIC.

The evening ended at the Magnolia Hotel and even had a surprise guest arrive. Diane was so surprised when her favorite singer, Celine Dion arrived, she couldn’t help but put on a little performance with her! 😜 The reception was a blast and it was clear that Diane and Matt are so so loved by all their family and friends. It was a night to remember! Congratulations you two!

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Lindsay+Anthony. by Stephanie Bannon

The day started at The Ritz. Everyone was super calm and relaxed. It couldn't have been a more chilled morning.

The ceremony took place at the Palladium. Guests started to arrive and the flower girls were all ready to go in their wagon. Lindsay and Anthony were ready to say “I do.” The ceremony was short and sweet. At the end of the ceremony these two were beaming and we couldn’t help but be super excited for them.

During pictures we had a little visit from Emma, their dog. She was SO excited to see them, but preformed perfectly!

Anthony’s brother serenaded them for their first dance and did an amazing job. Once the party started there was no stopping these guys! Their friends and family all loved to dance and there was even a surprise rap performance from their friend! The night couldn’t have been more special for these two! They are loved. Congratulations you two!

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Caitlyn+Trent. by Stephanie Bannon

The perfect spring day welcomed this wedding. The sun was shinning and the ground was dry which was a nice change in this 2018 spring. Silver Oaks Chateau was ready for the festivities to begin and so was Caitlyn and Trent.

The ceremony took place on the back patio and these two were married by Caitlyn's brother. 

Caitlyn and Trent were referred to me by several of their closest friends, whose weddings I photographed, which is always a huge compliment.  (So a huge THANK YOU to them!) It also makes the day so much fun! This group was a blast and full of laughs.