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Clayton + Melanie | Tower Grove Park Engagement | St Louis, MO | 2018

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Clayton + Melanie

| Tower Grove Park |

| St Louis, MO |

2018

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream.
— Sleeping Beauty

Clayton and Melanie are such a beautiful couple!

This dream couple met in the Ozarks and began dating in May 2014. Their fairytale life kicked off with a Disney World proposal after an epic turn of events. (This is the BEST!!!) Melanie was surprising Clayton with a Disney trip for graduation, but his parents knew he wanted to propose so they told him! Clayton ended up recruiting both his family and Melanie’s family and planned a surprise proposal in Disney World during (what Melanie thought!) HIS own surprise trip!!!

Well, maybe that’s not the ONLY epic turn of events … the first one being the fact that Melanie said she did not like him when they first met!!!

This is clearly a WIN-WIN for both parties 😁

We LOVED laughing with this couple and shooting their engagement pictures at Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

Send over a CONGRATULATIONS to this lovely couple. They’ll be getting married in 2019 at the St. Charles Presbyterian Church followed by a Jefferson Underground reception!

Much Love and CONGRATULATIONS to you, Clayton and Melanie!

Tiffany & Chris // Amber Mark Photography

Ryan's Class of 2018 Senior Portraits!

Hello, world! 

Meet Ryan, graduating Class of 2018. CONGRATULATIONS RYAN!!!

Ryan is one of five of Tiffany's younger brothers. He's a charming man with a very bright future. (And an amazing catch for a lucky woman one day!) We weren't able to pry out his future career plans, but we learned a ton of his interests -- one being photography! :) 

This was such an exciting morning!! It was a simultaneous double-header senior portrait session (is that possible?) for both Ryan and his brother, Nathan. 

Look for Nathan's senior session coming soon! We'll post a link here when it's up, but don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram too!!

First stop: Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, Missouri! The trees here were BURSTING with color!! We are so thankful we were able to capture the beauty before the leaves fall.

Although it was an overcast morning, there was plenty of light for this good-looking man to showcase his smile for a couple hours!! 

Brick buildings were also on Ryan's list so we perused the street scene in Lafayette Square ... But first ... priorities! We made a pitstop at Park Avenue Coffee for some espresso and coffees! (Great place, BTW! Check them out!)

On the way to Lafayette Square, though, we veered from the plan (and the road) for a moment (SQUIRREL!!!) for some awesome pictures at the Compton Hill Reservoir Park!!

Don't forget to keep an eye out for Ryan's brother Nathan's senior portrait session too! We'll post a link here when it's up! 

We're so excited and grateful for your interest in Amber Mark Photography!! You can really help us out by leaving your thoughts in the blog comments and by following us on Facebook and Instagram!!

Have a phenomenal weekend!!

Tiffany & Chris

A Jefferson Underground Wedding: Jessica & Kurtis

Ah ... the Midwest. It's hot. Then it's cold. And this time, it was cold on the wedding day of a fabulous young St. Louis couple, Jessica and Kurtis! They were planning to tie the knot on a popular rooftop of a renovated art-deco building in the heart of St. Louis. A quick history ... General Motors Corporation purchased the property in 1920 to build St. Louis main Chevrolet dealership. Fast forward to 2002, and renovation begins to restore the building to it's original state. Fun fact: 95% of the materials used to create the rooftop space are recycled, and most of it picked up from trash/dumpsters from the area, including granite, stone, metal, bar equipment, tables, chairs, etc. How cool is that? Needless to say, the ceremony ended up being indoors due to cold temperatures, but it was still gorgeous! 

Being a part of this wedding was a blast. But getting to know the Bride and Groom, Jessica and Kurtis, was a special pleasure. One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is learning about the special couple you are photographing. You learn their story. You pick up on how much they love each other. What things make them grin or embarrassed. What things make them shy. And you also learn behind-the-scene notes on items/ideas that are incorporated into the wedding and the sentimental meaning they hold dearly to the most important people of the day. We especially loved the blue heart stitched by Jessica's mother, Jane, into the back of her wedding dress, and the table display in memory of Jessica's father. Jessica and Kurtis created an extra level of specialness to their wedding day. And let’s be honest, both of us had several teary-eyed moments throughout the day as we were looking through our cameras. 

As you can see, Jessica truly glowed on her wedding day! She was absolutely stunning! Even Kurtis couldn't resist smiling nonstop even though he was burnt out on taking pictures!! (Good hangin' in there, trooper!) Their reception was lovely too, and the toasts included a very special gift from the bride's mother. 

As we've said before, the moody Midwest weather doesn't always like to play nice ... but that didn't stop our amazing bridal party from getting stellar images!! Such a lovely, eclectic venue that we hope to visit again soon! 

It is a pleasure knowing you, Kurtis & Jessica, and we hope to stay in touch through the future!! We hope you have a WONDERFUL honeymoon!!

Congratulations!! ❤️

Tiffany & Chris | Amber Mark Photography