STL Weddings

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

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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Liz+Tyler. by Stephanie Bannon

Meet Liz and Tyler. These two opted for a first look and it was just about the sweetest thing ever. Nerves began to flare up but once they saw each other their excitement was contagious and they were ready to get the day going.

Their wedding took place at the Holiday Inn in Eureka. The hotel was huge and had a castle like feel. The day was cold and dreary but nothing was going to get these two down. 

There was a huge beautiful field behind the hotel and although spring hadn't quite sprung the colors were gorgeous. It rained the entire day so overhangs and umbrellas were our best friends and this group had smiles on their faces the entire time. 

The ceremony was a blast! The kids were rockin' the dance floor and everyone was having a super time; even grandma. I'm pretty sure these two could be surrounded and loved by a better group. Congratulations you two!

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Katelyn+Tim. by Stephanie Bannon

Oh my, did I love this wedding. This December wedding did NOT disappoint. The day, the wedding and the people were beautiful.

The ceremony took place at UMSL chapel which always looks so classy. Katelyn and Tim fit right in. :)

The sun sets early in December but with a super timeline we were able to fit in multiple locations. This was the first time ever that the groomsmen asked if they could throw the groom. Under the arch worked perfectly AND all parties involved came out uninjured. They also nailed it! (full disclosure it took a few tries)

The reception took place at the Westin downtown. It was an amazing location and Saving Grace Occasions helped make sure all the details were prefect! I've never seen such a fun group AND a flash mob broke out! It was pretty spectacular and a first for me! Congratulations you two! 

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Amanda+Mitch. by Stephanie Bannon

Amanda got ready at home surrounded by her closest friends. The morning was calm and relaxed and everything fell into place. Her dress was spot on perfect! 

I love the Jewel Box in Forest Park.  The light and color is always beautiful! 

After the ceremony we headed out for wedding party pictures. This group was super fun and the location fit perfectly with Amanda and Mitch's classy style. 

These guys were FUN, even grandma was out on the dance floor! Amanda and Mitch, your day was perfect and and so are you two! Congratulations!

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Bobby+Katie. by Stephanie Bannon

In all honesty, we should have panicked. Right?!? Rain and thunderstorms all day; like consistently. An outdoor wedding on fresh sod and a first look and wedding party pictures in a field. Yea. Great plan, right? BUT, we started the day with a new plan, pulled it together and the day ROCKED. Like for real. I wouldn't say it unless I meant it. :)

Bobby saved the day and laid down plywood throughout the big white tent, which was a lifesaver, Katie bought the perfect rain boots (Tip of the day: Be prepared always), and I scored the perfect place for a first look and wedding party pictures that was dry and indoors. SCORE!!! We all embraced the rain, stayed calm, came prepared and the day was super! RIGHT!?!? Attitudes are everything folks.

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Jason+Steffany. by Stephanie Bannon

Pere Marquette is the perfect wedding venue! Its beautiful in every way. Jason and Steffany got married at the end of March. It drizzled on and off all day but the thunderstorms managed to hold off until right after the ceremony began. 

One of the things they were most excited about was their first look. They had no idea what the other person was wearing but Steffany knew Jason was going to be rocking a custom made suit. Their expressions were priceless and they soaked up every second of it. They even included a little champagne. :)

The ceremony took place in the main lodge and the reception location was right down the hall. Their family and friends surrounded them as they said their vows. The thunder boomed and the rain fell hard. These two couldn't have cared less. They were married and it was party time! Congratulations you two. Your day was perfection.

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