Wedding

Jacob + Heather | Stone House of St. Charles Wedding | Saint Charles, MO | 2019

Jacob + Heather

| Stone House of St. Charles Wedding |

| Saint Charles, MO |

You are my sun ☀️, my moon 🌙, and all my stars ✨!

We’re finding it so difficult not to begin this blog post with just saying “Wow”. But that is what keeps coming to mind while reflecting on Jacob and Heather’s wedding day at the BEAUTIFUL 200-year-old Stone House of St. Charles in St. Charles, Missouri.

Originally owned by the Cottle family more than 200 years ago, this charming 10-acre property is a page out of the history books, with humble beginnings dating back to the War of 1812. According to the Stone House of St. Charles website, it was “known as one of the finest in St. Charles County, with its architectural charm of the last century.” The stone home offers a gorgeous bridal suite, and most brides and grooms choose either the grass in front of the pergola or the newly constructed Sycamore Hall for their wedding ceremony and reception. Although newer, Sycamore Hall fits right in with the stone house and can fit up to 400 people. The current owners Ruth and Mike have done a phenomenal job with the property and Stone House of St. Charles has shot to the top of the wedding venues list in St. Louis / St. Charles area!

Jacob and Heather (in our opinion) couldn’t have chosen a more perfect venue. The weather could have been a little more cooperative, but the rain cleared up just in time.

The entire day was beautiful, but some of our favorite intimate details were Heather’s necklace, a gift from her grandfather, and Heather’s HAIR! Her hair was seriously one of our favorites — we couldn’t stop talking about it!

While we spent much of our morning in the bridal suite, we must also note the very cool, fully furnished groom’s quarters, featuring TV’s and a pool table.

From the moment we first met this amazing couple we knew it would be a fabulous journey. Heather and Jacob, we are so happy for you. Your day was so enjoyable and everything so elegant. Congratulations, congratulations! ❤️ We had a blast with you, your families, and friends!

Please peruse these sneak peaks from their wedding day, and help us congratulate them on their fairytale beginnings!

Much Love,

Tiffany Amber & Christopher Mark // Amber Mark Photography

Danny + Maddy | Christ Church Fairview Heights + 4204 Main Street Brewing Co Wedding | Belleville, IL | 2019

As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.
— Winnie The Pooh

Have you ever met someone that leaves you smiling and laughing anytime you’re around them? Of course you have! (And no, we’re not referring to your significant other—although that’s a great answer 😉). Danny and Maddy are exactly those people. Always smiling, always laughing. Their goofiness is contagious and love is genuine. Although we just met them last year, we feel like we’ve known them much longer, simply because of their kindness and welcoming friendship.

We loved shooting their engagement session at Lafayette Square Park in St Louis, Missouri and loved being a part of their wedding day even more! 🥰 We’re sure they know, but they’re surrounded with amazing friends and a terrific family as well. Danny and Maddy were married at Christ Church in Fairview Heights, a beautiful church inside and out! Followed by bridal party portraits at The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, and lastly, their reception party at 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. in Belleville, Illinois.

It should be noted that although the St Louis Blues lost the playoff game this night, Danny was clearly winning long-term by marrying his best friend AND seeing the Blues take the 2019 Stanley Cup shortly after! Let’s go BLUES!

No matter how big or small, these two love birds said they’re looking forward to conquering all adventures in life together and we are confident that they will do just that! Danny and Maddy, we’re excited to watch your marriage grow over the years, and are excited to give you one more CONGRATULATIONS on your big day!

Much Love,

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

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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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