Yes, a cave wedding. Our first-ever subterranean event, in quiet Valmeyer, Illinois. Going into it, we knew there would be two major challenges: darkness and dust. It took some fancy lighting arrangements and a bit of brain-busting, but I think we turned both challenges into advantages!
Judging by the boundless energy of this group, you’d never know that it was 103 degrees outside! Despite a few beads of sweat here and there, the day could not have gone better. Be sure to check out the video below, especially the bridesmaids busting some serious moves at 3:41!
Ceremony: City Hope Church in Centralia, Illinois
Outdoor Shots: Ceharhurst in Mount Vernon, Illinois
Reception: DoubleTree Hotel in Mount Vernon, Illinois
Bridal parties fall along a spectrum from normal-and-traditional to wild-and-crazy. Scan the photos below and guess which category Destiny and Vince’s group fell into! Not only did they brave frigid January temperatures on the wedding day, but that spring they all happily leapt into a swimming pool for some totally off-the-wall Rock the Dress photos! Thank you, Amie, Susan, Sarah, Alex, Joe, Chris #1, and Chris #2 for being part of our wildest photo shoot ever!
(Thank you also to the wonderful folks at our shooting locations: Ameristar, Jewel Box, Steinberg Ice Rink, Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, and the Dellwood Municipal Pool).
Nikki and Josh’s wedding adventure down in Mexico is one that we’ll remember vividly for decades. The ceremony and reception were at the gorgeous El Dorado Royale in Riviera Maya (about halfway between Cancun and Tulum). As if that wasn’t awesome enough, the next day we ventured out again with Nikki and Josh for a Rock the Dress photo/cinema shoot (some people call it a Trash the Dress, but Nikki said her dress came out spotless, so maybe it should be called a Wash the Dress instead). Using our special underwater camera equipment, we spent well over an hour in one of the famous cenotes for some otherworldly shots. It was a dream come true for wedding photographers and cinematographers who love to try new things!
Thanks especially to the Cenote Dos Ojos (not far from Playa del Carmen) and the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun. We loved our time down there, and only wished we had the chance to explore Puerto Morelos, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, and so many other beautiful spots in Quintana Roo. We’ll just have to make a return trip someday!
Florida’s panhandle is one of our favorite places to shoot! We’ve made several trips down there as wedding photographers and videographers, but the one we’ll always remember is the trip we made for Kaitlyn & T.J.’s wedding in Gulf Place. The wedding party was fun-loving and super cooperative the whole day, and they were even crazy enough to jump into the Gulf of Mexico at midnight for some of the wildest shots we’ve ever taken!
The ceremony and reception were outdoors at Gulf Place in Santa Rosa Beach, which is between Destin and Seaside. (Other nearby towns are Fort Walton Beach, Pensacola, Navarre, and Panama City.)
We spent so many spring and summer days shooting Kassy and Chad’s engagement film and photos, so we felt like old chums by the time their wedding rolled around in the fall! Just about everything went perfectly on their big day, and we even got a breathtaking sunset to cap it all off. Thanks to Mildale Farm in Edgerton, Kansas (not far from downtown Kansas City) for giving us such great settings to work with.
We frequently get to cover the “I do,” but it isn’t every day that we get to cover the “I will” as well! Hannah and Sam were a happy exception to this, as we had the privilege of filming their surprise proposal in August and then their lovely wedding day in December. It was hard to beat their wedding day locations: the stately Chase Park Plaza, and the matchless Coronado Ballroom (both in St. Louis).
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One of the most common questions we’re asked by nervous brides-to-be as the big day nears is “But what if it rains?” Well, as Ashton and Alan’s soggy St. Louis wedding proved, sometimes rain can actually be a plus! We have to thank the Magnolia Hotel staff for being so accommodating, and we also need to give a shout-out to best man Scott, who stood in the rain without an umbrella to hold a light for our favorite shot of the day!