I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. I honestly can’t believe it’s already September. Where did summer go? Wasn’t it just the 4th of July? I’m definitely ready for fall, since it’s my favorite season, but I don’t want to wish my time away. I’m still enjoying summer for now and speaking of summer, I have a beautiful summer wedding to share with you all.
Like most of my 2020 couples, Monica and Josh had to make changes and come up with a plan B to keep their wedding this summer. They really didn’t want to push the wedding back any further and I don’t blame them. The ceremony stayed the same, which was great because only minor adjustments had to be made. It took place at the St. John’s the Baptist Catholic Church in Red Bud. Their guest list had to be dwindled down to 50 to follow the social distancing guidelines. Everyone was provided a mask (if they didn’t already have one) and there was a sanitizing station, too. They had a full mass Catholic ceremony which was absolutely beautiful. One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was listening to Monica and Josh say their vows to one another. These two have been together for years and pretty much were apart of each others families already, but it was becoming official at that point and it gave me goosebumps.
The reception plans had to change, as their original plans were cancelled due to Illinois restrictions. After doing some searching, Monica came across this venue in Missouri called The Artisian. It’s located in Bloomsdale at the Baetje Farms. If you love goat cheese, you’re in luck, because they sell award winning goat cheese! This venue is stunning and I had no idea it even existed until Monica told me about it. She didn’t know about it either, so it was a win win for the both of us! It’s a new venue that has only been around for a year or so (maybe longer, I’m not 100% sure) and it’s probably my new favorite venue to shoot at. As a natural light photographer, this place is a dream. Light, bright and white with existing stonework… it’s a stunner! It’s modern and rustic all at the same time and one of the perks is getting to see the goats in the pasture right outside. Tables were decorated with lanterns, candles and flowers. Pink was the color of choice for this wedding and the venue has pink rose bushes planted outside, so portraits taken out front of the building were perfect! Monica told me that she was okay with things having to change because it led her to this beautiful place. Sometimes life throws you a curveball but that curveball could be a blessing in disguise. That’s definitely how I look at this situation. Covid forced Monica and Josh to make changes and those changes led them to a beautiful wedding venue.
It was such a beautiful summer day. Yes, Covid caused some stress and changes had to be made through the planning process, but at the end of day, Monica and Josh were married! In fact, this will definitely be a wedding that their family, friends, the other venders and I will never forget. I’m so honored that I was able to be a part of this special day. It was hard to narrow down favorites but I’ve managed to pick the best fo the best. Enjoy!