I’m so excited to show you McKenzi and Jon’s wedding day. They were married at The Artisian, which is located at Baetje Farms in Bloomsdale, Missouri. I had never heard of this venue and I recently shot another wedding there right before theirs. Two weddings at the same venue in a row… I loved it! McKenzi and Jon chose this venue as a one-location wedding venue meaning that they had both their ceremony and reception at the same place. I love one-location weddings. It means that the ceremonies are usually later in the afternoon (great lighting if it’s an outdoor ceremony) and it means that guests can go straight into the reception. There’s no downtime for your guests or travel time which just makes things easier for everyone.
When I arrived at The Artisian, I greeted McKenzi, her bridesmaids, flower girls and the mommas in the bridal suite (this bridal suite is gorgeous) and then started in with shooting details. McKenzi had these gorgeous Kate Spade glitter tennis shoes, dainty jewelry and a gorgeous Mori Lee gown. After shooting bridal details, I moved into the reception hall and started taking pictures of all the decor. Petunia and Lilly’s Flower Shop did all the florals for this wedding and they did a wonderful job. There were fresh blooms and greenery everywhere, including a photo op wall that actually came in handy due to rain. Since it was raining that morning, we had to improvise for some bridal party photos and that photo op wall with greenery was absolutely perfect for the individual shots with each groomsmen and bridesmaid with McKenzi and Jon.
The day turned out to be perfect. The rain stopped and the sun came out just in time for the ceremony, which was held just outside the reception hall. It was such a pretty ceremony with lots of laughter and happy tears. After the unity sand was combined, Jon kissed his bride and they walked down the isle together as HUSBAND and WIFE. That moment is always special for me because every couple is smiling from ear to ear and capturing that joy is so special to get to do. Being a wedding photographer is so much more than just taking pictures. It’s capturing the raw joy and emotion of one of the best days in a person’s life.
The night ended with a perfect wedding reception with a full dance floor. One of my favorite parts of the reception was during the tossing of the garter. Jon asked me if he could just run and give it to a friend of his. He didn’t want to toss it. I gave the nod and then after a count down by the DJ he took off. That friend apparently knew that would be happening and he took off! I’m talking a full run as if he was running for his life. He ran right out of the building and down towards the parking lot! It was hilarious. Jon eventually caught up to him, gave him the dang garter and took the photo for proof that he did indeed get the garter.
I’m so honored to have been a part of McKenzi and Jon’s big day. I hope you enjoy looking through my favorites below. There are a lot 🙂