Couple

Brad + Maura | The Jewel Box Wedding + Andres West | St Louis, MO

Brad + Maura

| The Jewel Box + Andres West |

| St Louis, MO |

Mr + Mrs

This couple. We just love them! If you remember from their engagement session blog, they planned their wedding before they were engaged! —Rockstars— 🌟 We are so excited to share their wedding day blog with you!

Every detail of their day was perfect. So many personal touches. We were told that Maura’s family does nothing without purple, so purple was tied into so many details! Like the purple Hershey’s chocolate kisses!(💜💜💜) Their reception venue, Andre’s West, in old historic downtown Fenton, Missouri, features a patio that was the perfect spot for Brad and Maura’s first look. When the time came, Brad stood on the patio facing away from where Maura was going to walk in. As the waiting for Maura began and she got closer, his emotion started to show. He admitted, “Alright, I think that I might cry.” Moments later, Maura started walking toward him, with pretty much the biggest smile we have ever seen, and she tapped him on the shoulder. The joy, smiles, emotions that followed were beautiful. We won’t confirm or deny whether Brad shed some tears when he saw Maura, but we can assure you we did!

Their ceremony took place at The Jewel Box, an art-deco greenhouse gem in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri! It was stunning. The glass walls, high ceilings, and light everywhere created a breathtaking and romantic venue! Filled with greenery, a fountain, and a long aisle, this venue quickly became one of our favorites!

Brad and Maura, we loved spending your special day with you! The people that surround you are incredible! (Seriously!) Everyone was so welcoming, helpful, and kind! We felt as though we were your guests, instead of your photographers. ❤️ Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your incredible day! We are so excited to see how your world unfolds together. The two of you make one fabulous team!

Congratulations, again! Here’s to Mr & Mrs!

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Michael + Brittany | St Louis Estates Historic Von Eime | Engagement Session | Sunset Hills, MO | 2018

Michael + Brittany

| St Louis Estates Historic Von Eime |

| Engagement Session |

| Sunset Hills, MO |

| 2018 |

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“I don’t believe in magic.”
The young boy said.
The old man smiled.
”You will, when you see her.”
— Atticus

We are super excited to share Michael and Brittany’s engagement session with you!

It was truly a blessing to get a little taste of St. Louis history, nestled quietly in the middle of Sunset Hills in St. Louis. We’ve called St. Louis “home” our whole lives and have lived just minutes away from this hidden gem since 2014, but unaware of its existence.

Michael and Brittany’s engagement session was photographed at a beautiful Sunset Hills location, now known as the St. Louis Estates Historic Von Eime. Formerly a vineyard and farm, the land features rolling acres of scenic open space surrounded by an audience of painted trees, native plants, and abundant wildlife. 

Just a short time spent in the natural beauty and tranquility made us feel like we were out in the country… That is, until we ventured far enough to hear whispers of cars on I-270 through the trees, which brought us back to reality — “Oh, yeah, we’re still in St Louis, Dear!”

Fun Fact: We were also amazed to learn from Mr. Todd A. Strong that although the St. Louis Estates Historic Von Eime was built in 1852, it has never been photographed for a portrait session before!!

The experience was really exciting and it was a great little reset from the treadmill called life!

Mike and Brittany are the perfect match. Mike is a police officer and Brittany teaches the sixth grade, and together they impact the lives of many, which they’re passionate about. Unfortunately, their time together is often limited due to opposite work schedules, making the time they do spend together evermore special. The location for their engagement session was fitting, as they both enjoy the outdoors. Mike grew up on a family farm and enjoys hunting, and Brittany loves hanging out with Ruger, their ADORABLE little fur-baby!

Brittany and Mike met online and hit the ground running. Well, sort of. Apparently, the first date did not go well!! 😂. We don’t know the story behind it, but they are especially grateful for agreeing to a second date! They both chuckled when they told us this, so we suspect there is quite a story! 😊 Fast forward a few years, and Michael proposed to Brittany out west at the edge of Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Such an AMAZING location choice!!! Wow!

Mike and Brittany, we’re so incredibly happy for you and so excited for your wedding!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Ryan + Hannah | Pere Marquette Park Engagement | Grafton, IL | 2018

Ryan + Hannah

| Pere Marquette Park Engagement |

| Grafton, IL |

| 2018 |

Because even forever doesn’t seem long enough with you.
— unknown

Happy Sunday!!

If you’re in the Greater St. Louis area this weekend, we hope that you can get outside to take advantage of slightly warmer weather. #OptOutside and hike!

Thats what Hannah is probably doing. In heels. Because she doesn’t mess around. And who knew? For their engagement session, she tackled the bluff trails of Pete Marquette in Grafton, IL like a seasoned hiker. On a cold, super windy day!

Ryan and Hannah met in a not-so-unique way these days. (Well, unless you’re talking to past generations.) This awesome couple met on Tinder. By accident. How does that happen, you ask? Well, Ryan was out to dinner and drinks with his boss and coworkers, and downloaded Tinder to show his boss how it worked. He swiped right on Hannah as he explained. Near the same time, Hannah and a friend were drinking wine and being goofy on Tinder, but fate intervened.

It took several weeks of talking before they became comfortable enough to meet, and Ryan was lucky enough to be the first guy ever to pick her up for a date at her house. After Ryan drove an hour to pick her up, they drove another hour together for Olive Garden, because they say they’re both “fatties and love pasta”!

Ryan proposed on a boat at Lake of the Ozarks. We still aren’t sure whether he cried because he’s a crier, or because shocked Hannah took a while to say ‘yes’.

This beautiful couple is already a little family with two dogs and two children. There’s never a dull moment either, because Ryan and Hannah are absolutely HILARIOUS. Ryan had us rolling the entire session. Their personalities are a match made in heaven, and we don’t expect they’ll EVER get bored of each other’s cheesy jokes.

Ryan and Hannah, we cant WAIT for your big day in 2019!! Congratulations from the bottom of our hearts!!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Ryan + Cheryl | Defiance Ridge Vineyards Wedding | Defiance, MO | 2018

Ryan + Cheryl

| Defiance Ridge Vineyards Wedding |

| Defiance, MO |

| 2018 |

And the two shall become one.
— Mark 10:8

Defiance Ridge Vineyards is beautifully nestled within the rolling hills of Missouri Wine Country, less than an hour away from St. Louis. Cheryl decided during dinner with her grandmother at Defiance Ridge Vineyards that she would have her wedding there one day.

The open vineyards highlighted Ryan and Cheryl’s emotion during their first look. This was Cheryl’s most anticipated moment of the day — the moment she saw Ryan for the first time. The moment that Ryan turned around to lay eyes on the love of his life in her wedding dress. It was so precious and made us both shed tears. In fact, we shed tears during their wedding day more than once! Cheryl’s second anticipated moment was to walk down the aisle with her father, Jeff — another very special man in her life. The bond that they share is so sweet.

We loved every piece of Ryan and Cheryl’s wedding, especially the outdoorsy, country, homey feel, as well as the importance of family and friends to all involved. We felt right at home and a part of the family that day.

To circle back briefly, although Ryan said his most anticipated moment was relaxing the next day, don’t let his words fool you… Just take a look for yourself. The pictures don’t lie. Ryan couldn’t hide his deeply genuine smile and true love for Cheryl throughout the day, especially during their first look. (Perhaps Ryan did get his wish to relax the next day, as they recently had completed construction on and moved into their new home in St. Charles, Missouri!)

There was so much to love about their day, from the beautiful vineyards (of course), and the bridal suite at the winery farmhouse (stunning!), to the cookie/favor table, the glow sticks for guests during reception, and the bonfire and S’mores out back!

OH! We almost forget our FAVORITE detail: Cheryl’s bouquet! (PS- Petal Pushers STL did a FABULOUS job arranging it!) Her bouquet featured a pin with several special pieces dear to her heart! For something old, she had a picture of her two-year-old self; a blue hockey note for something blue (HUGE Blues fans, in case you missed their engagement session!); for something borrowed, a pearl earring from her mother, Kathy; Additionally, she had two pictures of loved ones who were dear to her! Lastly, her necklace is her something new!

Ryan and Cheryl, we wish you a blessed and extraordinary marriage! CONGRATULATIONS!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Jacob + Heather | Eckert's Farm Engagement | Belleville, IL | 2018

Jacob + Heather

| Eckert’s Farm |

| Engagement Session |

| Belleville, IL |

| 2018 |

They asked him, “How’s your life?”
He smiled and answered, “She’s fine.”
— unknown

Did you know that Starbucks has a secret menu? Well, they do. And if you already knew, maybe you’ve tried Jacob’s favorite Starbucks drink: the Harry-Potter-inspired Butter Beer.

We’re here tonight congratulating Jacob and Heather. A unique couple in love paired together by Schnucks. (Wait—what?) That’s right, they met at work. They have both since moved on and advanced their careers, with Jacob in the insurance industry and Heather recently graduating from Missouri State with a BFA in Drawing (She’s the artistic one 😉🎨); but they will never forget good ole’ Schnucks. Fun fact: Jacob trained Heather at Schucks — the icebreaker necessary to break through Heather’s shy personality, leading them down a path to friendship and, ultimately, marriage.

…Well, actually, it led them UP a path… a mountain path to a Colorado summit, where he proposed. Which is why we absolutely loved their engagement story, as the mountains hold a special place in our hearts, too. Jacob and Heather love hiking, and noted that a few of their favorite Missouri hikes include Taum Sauk Trail (a 12.3-mile section of the larger Ozark Trail), Johnson's Shut-Ins, and Elephant State Park. But this fascinating couple apparently left their hearts in the Colorado Rockies, as evidenced by their plan to move there.

The good news is, this couple is on top of wedding planning, driven by Jacob’s attention to detail. Heather even believes Jacob would dominate “Don't Tell the Bride”, the BBC show where the groom plans the wedding from start to finish. (Side Poll: Would you trust your fiancé to plan your wedding start to finish!?!?!? Let us know in the comments — for fun!!!)

Check out their engagement session at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, Illinois, and help us congratulate this couple as they venture down a new life trail!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography