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December 12, 2018

St. Louis Wedding at College Church and The Caramel Room | John + Brook

The first time I “met” Brook, we were halfway across the country from each other, she was in her classroom in Arizona and I was in my studio in St. Peters. We bonded over faith and tiny humans (Brook was MADE for teaching, y’all), and the importance of investing in professional photography that will become a tangible piece of your family legacy. Brook’s bright + bubbly personality quickly earned her the title of my “Arizona BFF.”  as she texted me photos of her + John, told me all about their unlikely love story + wedding planning journey, and followed our little family on social media. It was incredibly obvious to me that not only would she be a special client to us, but that the relationship that she + John share is also one-of-a-kind and it was going to be a blast to have the chance to play a small part in that.

When I met John for the first time at their engagement session at City Garden + Busch Stadium, I knew exactly why Brook adored him so. He’s funny and charming and the perfect balance of spontaneity and steady to her. These two dated many years ago, broke up and went their separate ways only to later reconnect and realize without a doubt that they were meant to be together. Their fairy tale love story became a reality on their dreamy wedding day at St. Francis Xavier College Church and The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s. 

The day started sunny, but turned rainy and cold during portraits in Forest Park. That didn’t stop these two for an instant. They just kept smiling and kept snuggling. The way John looks at Brook will melt you. Their first look photos still have me grinning. His sheer excitement at seeing his bride for the first time was perfection, y’all. I could go on and on, but I think I’ll hush for now and just let the images speak for themselves. Some highlights to keep a look out for include Brook’s stunner of a dress, their gorgeous succulent florals, the epic cake smash, and the classic night photos at the always lovely Caramel Room.

Brook + John, we love you guys! Thanks for inviting us into your story! I can’t wait for you to see everything and to finish your feature film! Enjoy these in the meantime!

Gold foil invitations and paper suite for a fall wedding
Lace long-sleeve wedding dress, deep v neck, illusion neckline
gold wedding rings in wooden ring box
Groom getting ready putting on wingtip shoes
Bride's mother helping her get dressed, white lace wedding dress
bride getting into dress, button-up back wedding dress
deep v illusion neckline off the shoulder wedding dress
bride's first look with dad
bride and groom's first look, excited groom
excited groom at first look
modern bride and groom portraits
bride and groom's hands
modern bride and groom portraits in st. louis
modern bride and groom portraits in st. louis, bride and groom smiling
St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis, MO
groom sees bride for first time
bride crying walking down the aisle
ceremony at SLU college church
bride + groom first kiss
laughing bridal party hug
bridesmaids in burgandy dresses, succulent florals
groomsmen in gray tuxes with burgandy ties
groom portrait in gray suit, burgandy tie
bride portrait with bouquet
bride and groom kiss, rainy skies, fall trees, forest park
groom dips the bride for a kiss
bride and groom walking in forest park
the Caramel Room at Bissinger's
winter wedding centerpieces, tall floral centerpieces, lantern centerpieces
monogrammed cake topper, personalized gold cake topper
three-tier cake with roses and personalized cake topper
bride + groom smiling entrance into reception
bride + groom smash cake in each other's faces
bride and groom kiss after cake smash
bride + groom with cake on their faces
first dance at the Caramel room
first dance at the cAramel Room
mother-son dance at the Caramel Room
groom dancing at the Caramel Room
bride dancing at the Caramel Room
 dancing at the Caramel Room
 dancing at the Caramel Room
Night photos at Bissinger's
Night photos at Bissinger's
Night photos at Bissinger's

Vendor Love:

Ceremony  Venue | St. Francis Xavier College Church

Reception Venue | The Caramel Room

Hair + Makeup | Dominic Michael Salon

DJ | DJ Franco

Cake | The Sweet Divine

Catering | 23 City Blocks

Florals | Terraflora

Bridal Boutique | Clarice’s

Groom’s Attire | STL Suit Co

Invitations | Minted

Wedding Rings |Moritz-Reusch Jewelry

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