I have loved SOOOOO many dresses thru the years. Dresses that have "oohed" and "ahhhed" me, dresses that left me speechless, and dresses that looked as if they were meant to be for my brides. But for the first time ever, I laid eyes on a dress that I myself would have dreamed of wearing. Carrie, I ADORED everything about your Hera gown from the non-traditional oatmeal color to the elegant and intricate beading and subtle poof of the chiffon. You were an absolute VISION in your dress. The details that you chose and coordinated for your day were seriously perfect. It was a perfect combination between classic and timeless elegance, romance and sweetness. Carrie contacted me from her hometown in Maryland, we set up a Skype date to talk wedding, and we immediately felt like we had known each other forever! I have a very special guest from a former destination wedding to thank for sending this lovely couple my way. :) Carrie was from Maryland. Eric was from Minnesota. I was kind of confused on why they were choosing St. Louis as their wedding destination location. Carrie let me know that the two of them met here in the good ole' "Gateway to the West." They spent a few years of their lives here working, and on a fateful day met the person that would change the course of their life forever. These two wanted to share the city where it all began, the city that they fell in love in, with their closest family and friends. One of the sweetest and most symbolic gestures I have ever heard.
She was a vision!!!! I LOVEDDDDD that hair piece as well!!! Made by Marilyn with Treats for Tresses (in Charleston, SC)
Another one of Carrie's favorite parts about the day........this AWESOME Cadillac! As I mentioned earlier, I had been scouting locations......then I ran across this beautiful car, and the car's even cooler owner. He was gracious enough to let us pose with it, in it, and on it. Thanks Stuart!!!
We even made time for a special spot. The doorstep they are standing in front of below is where they shared their first kiss over five years ago. :)
Once again, Lisa, you outdid yourself with these incredible bouquets~ Belli Fiori Florist
I love these moments shared between Carrie and her father just minutes before they walked down the aisle. The Hyatt Regency St. Louis provided the perfect view of our St. Louis skyline for all of the out of town guests and one of my favorite officiants, Mr. Frederick Sansone personalized the ceremony.
Sugaree Baking created to match the full theme of the day.
Reception in a nutshell, lots of dancing, a same day slideshow, and as an added bonus.....there was a late night snack! Carrie and Eric had Gus' Pretzels, a St. Louis staple!
Carrie and Eric - It's people like you that make me believe that true love is a real thing and that there really are good people out there in this big world. You reinforce my belief in fate & that things happen for a reason. There was a reason I was able to be a part of the destination wedding and make friends with some extra special guests five years ago (probably about the same time you and Eric were meeting & falling in love in St. Louis). There is a reason you picked THAT seat at the baby shower, which happened to be across from the guest I met at the destination wedding. I am so lucky that she told you all about "this photographer you had to use in St. Louis". :) Please know that anytime you two visit St. Louis, you are always welcome in my home.....and will be in big trouble if you do not call me to meet up while you are here!! :) And to all of your friends......I travel here, there and everywhere for weddings and shoots!
Photography by : Ashley Douthit & Alicea Hermeyer - LeLe Photography
People we worked with and Vendors the couple chose:
Ceremony and Reception Venue: Hyatt Regency : St. Louis at the Arch
Officiant: Frederick Sansone with Assisi Weddings of St. Louis
Florist: Belli Fiori : Weddings and Events
Cake: Sugaree Baking
DJ: Allegro Entertainment
Videography: LoveBird Studios (these guys were so much fun to work with!)
Hair/Makeup : Studio 16 (Downtown STL)
Dress Details: Wtoo (Hera Gown) from Love Couture Bridal in Potomac, MD
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Hair Piece (bride and maid of honor) : hand crafted by Marilyn Rickards with Treats for Tresses
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan (from Nordstrom)
Late Night Snack: Gus' Pretzels
And just because I love music:
First Dance: This Years Love ~ David Gray
Father/ Daughter: Sweet Child of Mine ~Taken by Trees
Mother/ Son : Tiny Dancer ~ Elton John