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Melissa + Ryan: Married! {St. Louis City Museum Wedding}

September 7th, 2011-
Melissa and Ryan were married on the last weekend of August and ended up with a hot but beautiful day! They were referred to me by my co-worker, Kimberly...thanks! When I met with Melissa and she told me her reception was going to be at the City Museum, I was pumped...in almost 4 years of shooting I'd not gotten the chance to work there yet! For those of you that aren't from St. Louis and have never heard of the City Museum...google it. It's perhaps one of the coolest places on earth.

Anywho...I didn't get the chance to do an engagement session with these two, which sometimes makes me nervous. The engagement session helps us get to know each other, and helps me get a sense of the couple's comfort level about different poses. But no need to worry...Melissa and Ryan didn't need any practice...you'll see...

The bride's dress was by Mori Lee from Happily Ever After in Chesterfield...
...and her birdcage veil was from seller terihuang on etsy..

I like it when both parents walk the bride down the aisle...

Happy bride and groom!

Immediately after the ceremony a friend brought the couple's doug, Petie, up to the church for a few photos. They really wanted him to be included somehow on their wedding day, and since the priest wasn't quite ready for him to walk down the aisle, this had to suffice :) What a good pup!

We headed to Tower Grove Park for the bridal party photos...nevermind that the International Festival was going on...we worked around it :)

This is one of my favorites...

Custom designed clutches for her bridesmaids... from etsy seller coryrenee (the bride's clutch was from etsy seller It's so clutch)

Got lots of great comments on facebook last week about this photo...gorgeous!

I can't decide which of the next two I like the best...

Ryan told me the story about this tandem bike...no, they don't typically ride around st. louis on it...but when they found their wedding invites they had a picture of a tandem bike on them. They just happened to see a random tandem (ha that rhymes) bicycle that someone tossed out, and before they had the chance to grab it, someone else did! Missy chased him down and begged him for the bike for use on their wedding day, and he gave it to them :)
Perfect prop at the City Museum...

DIY placecards for the guests...

AND DIY centerpieces, they turned out beautifully!
Then we finally got to do what I've always wanted to do...get photos on the rooftop ferris wheel. Now, I am certainly not the first photographer to have this idea (in fact, the guy running it said there had been 2 other couples that day on the ferris wheel...lol)...but it is such a cool photo opportunity!
And I love how it turned out...

We were up HIGH....and my little ferris wheel cart was swaying a little too much for my taste. I couldn't even get Nicole to go up on it with me :)

...and then I finally left them alone so they could enjoy their party...

Why is it that guys always look like this after catching the garter?

Thanks guys! We had a great day hanging out with you and your friends and family. I hope you had a wonderful honeymoon!


Ceremony: All Souls Catholic Church, Overland, MO

Reception: City Museum, St. Louis, MO

Dress: Happily Ever After Chesterfield, MO, designer Mori Lee

Bridemaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid Ladue, MO, designer Lela Rose

Tuxes: Men's Warehouse, Brentwood, MO

Cake: Christine Edson

Paper Products: invitations are from Invitations by Demi, place cards are home made

Favors: photos provided by photobooth from Trotter Photo Manchester, MO

Flowers: Meleana's Flowers Overland, MO

Band: Downtime Band Affton, MO


michelle maul said...

she's one grogeous bride! dang! :) and it only adds to her gorgeousness that the photographer takes some amazing shots!

Kimberly Schindler said...

Beth these pictures are amazing!!! I love the ones on the ferris wheel!

Lisa Scherer said...

Love the rooftop and Ferris Wheel shots, just beautiful. That garter pic is hilarious!!

Ryan Hill said...


You did a wonderful job!!! Thank you again for everything!!!

Megan said...

Gorgeous! Love the Ferris Wheel shots, though I'd be right there with Nicole - on the ground. Love the ones of Petie too :)

Ryan Gladstone said...

Lots of fun details. I really like the portraits from Tower Grove Park.

wedding dress said...

I really like the portraits from Tower Grove Park.

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