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Kayla + Matt

February 27, 2023

Filed in: Weddings

St. Louis, Missouri Wedding at the Moulin

On the morning of Kayla and Matt’s wedding, there were tornado watches in the area. As I pulled up to the salon where Kayla and her girls were getting hair/makeup done, it was so dark outside. It was morning but it felt like evening time. Dark skies, lots of wind. It didn’t seem to worry anyone, though. Just as I started taking bridal detail photos the tornado sirens went off! And… nobody moved LOL. Girls were still getting hair and make up done and nobody seemed concerned. I, for one, hate storms so internally I was a little nervous bit it didn’t take long for the tornado watch to go away. Nothing was going to get in the way of Kayla and Matt’s day.

Since it was a rainy day, we had to think of portrait locations in the St. Louis area. The wedding ceremony and reception were both taking place at the Moulin and all portraits were being taken before the ceremony. One of the only places I knew that would work for a large bridal party was at The Muny. The Muny is really one of the only places to get out of the rain so it was no wonder it was a hit that day. Kayla did a first look with her dad and Kayla and Matt also did their first look right under the pavilion by the ticket office. They read letters that they had written to each other and after I let them have a little bit of time together it was time to start in with portraits. We showed up at a great time. Nobody else was there yet so we had the freedom to move around a bit. We were almost halfway finished when I looked around and noticed a bunch of other bridal parties starting to arrive. I even saw some of my photographer friends there, too! Everyone was so nice and worked great around each other. With that many people, it worked out great and I’m so happy with how wedding portraits went. It was literally raining cats and dogs and you would never know it by looking at these photos.

The Moulin is such a great place for weddings. It’s an older building with the original exposed brick. It has a dark and moody feeling, which was cozy and the perfect setting for Kayla and Matt’s ceremony and reception. There was a band instead of a DJ and I’m not exaggerating when I say this but bands get way more people out on a dance floor! That dance floor was packed! The Well Hungarians were fabulous and did such a wonderful job. I wished I could have stayed a bit longer just to enjoy the music. There’s just something about live music that gives me all the feels. Everyone was smiling, laughing, having a great time and toasting Kayla and Matt all night long.

I’m so honored that Kayla and Matt wanted me to capture their special day. I never take my job lightly. Weddings are so wonderful and so important and to be the one to capture photos for a bride and groom is such a huge privilege. It’s so much more than just taking pretty pictures. It’s about the experience for me and I hope Kayla and Matt enjoyed their experience with me just as much as I did with them. Here’s a peak at some of my favorites!

Bride’s Gown: Essence of Australia purchased at White Traditions Bridal House
Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Florist: Flowers, Balloons, Etc.
Invitations: The Knot
Venue: Moulin Events and Meetings
Catering: Moulin Events and Meetings
Hair/Makeup: LUX Studio
Band: Well Hungarians
Videography: Shadow and Light

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