Jordan Brittley is a photographer after my own heart. With captures are so effortlessly chic that basically anything she shoots turns to art, it’s no wonder we tend to drop everything and swoon whenever her work comes our way. On today’s agenda? A cozy farm engagement featuring a couple so insanely cute it could make your heart swell with happiness. Yep, this e-sesh is one for the books.
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From Jordan Brittley… It’s more than just the blues and greens of a late summer morning that will melt your heart today. It is the intimate joy that is found only in the purest kind of love. They walked through the meadows of “North County’s Narnia” as the sun peaked over the gardens and awoke the farm animals in a gentle whisper.
They took a bicycle ride to the farm where they cut up apples and the horse pranced with delight. She giggled as the horse took the last piece of apple from her hand and giggled again when the little goat started chewing on her dress. And then they ran away to walk through the gardens and read to each other and hold hands in the meadow.
From the Bride… Our engagement session began on a beautiful late summer morning just after sunrise. It was a lovely morning filled with joy, laughter, and togetherness as we basked in the beauty of creation all around us. Kuhs Estate and Farm is often described as “North County’s Narnia” and it did indeed feel like we were experiencing a magical world that morning. Strolling through the gardens hand in hand, lying on a blanket and reading together, riding through the field together on a vintage bicycle, and feeding the horses while a little goat pranced along happily beside us were whimsical moments that were perfectly captured by Jordan Brittley through the lens of her camera. We truly enjoyed our engagement session and we are thankful to have these beautiful photographs to remind us of the experiences and shared passions that have drawn us together in friendship and love. As we grow old together, I want to always look back and remember the days of reading “A Severe Mercy” together, the countless “moments made eternity” that we spent together in nature, and the joy that filled our hearts through laughter and deep love for one another.
My favorite memory from our engagement session is of a playful little goat who wandered over to us as we stood along the fence feeding the horses. This baby goat had such a happy spirit and seemed to dance along. It kept us all laughing as it chewed on my dress and the dress of our photographer and then proceeded to follow us through the field.
I am excited to experience life together with my best friend and spend each day by his side. Our entire relationship has been long-distance, so we are both looking forward to the day when we can wake up next to each other and enjoy simply being together in the same place. I am looking forward to growing deeper in friendship and love with my husband and understanding new depths of the gospel of God’s grace, forgiveness, and unconditional love through marriage.
Photography: Jordan Brittley | Kuhs Estate and Farm: Lauren | The Crimson Petal: Kelly Jurotich
I am the biggest, biggest fan of Clary Pfeiffer and it has everything to do with those dreamy, light-filled images of hers. And this couple, gave her so very much to work with in a St. Louis garden inspired wedding woven with pretty touches like peach garden roses whipped up by Wildflowers and a lace dress by Vera Wang that will forever be one of my favorites. So go ahead, grab all the pretty peaks your heart desires right here in the full gallery.
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From the Bride… David and I met at a dive bar in Denver. I had just moved to Denver a few months before from Chicago and my roommates had convinced me to go out on the town. I remember seeing David across the bar and thinking he was handsome. David came up to me a bit later and told me that I looked familiar. I let him probe with questions for a bit but having just moved there I knew it was unlikely we had met before. I thought that it had been a cute pick up line though! Later David told me this was the pick up line his brother had used on his future wife and that is why he had used it. Somehow during our conversation we ended up talking about my favorite ice cream in Denver (salted oreo, so good) and we made a date to get some the next night. Our ice cream date lasted into the morning hours talking under the stars. I called my Mom the next day and told her I had met the man I was going to marry. David and I saw each other the next 10 days in a row and the rest is beautiful, ice cream filled history.
David and I spend a lot of time outside; adventures in nature are a big part of the reason we each moved to Denver. After we got engaged we knew our top priority was to be surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors. While on a visit to St. Louis to see David’s family we were on our way to get….. ice cream (I told you it is big part of our relationship) and we saw the Worlds Fair Pavilion in Forest Park lit up at night perched atop a beautiful hill. We chose it that night as our location and from there prioritized the comfort of our guests, the incorporation of our casual style, and making the nature and the outdoors center stage. Our vision included a more casual garden attire, lots of lush green garden inspired florals, giant palms, and the simplicity of twinkle lights highlighting an incredible terrace overlooking the park. My Mom and I made fan programs, and fabric ribbons to wave for our recessional. We were so pleased that our day really felt like us and embodied our life together, and beyond grateful to share it with the people we love the most.
Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer | Florist: Wildflowers | Cake: Le Patisserie Chouquette | Ceremony Venue: St. Louis World's Fair Pavilion | Reception Venue: St. Louis World's Fair Pavilion | Bride's Shoes: Calvin Klein | Coordinator: All That Glitters | Band: Big Brother Thunder and the Master Blasters | Bride's Dress: Vera Wang
Pink + gold make my heart happy. Period. It’s the one color palette that can’t be beat, and when paired up for a feminine fête like this Kansas City stunner – it’s magic. The utterly fabulous Emily Steffen captured the whole shebang behind the camera, and if you ask me, the resulting gallery is a little slice of girly heaven.
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From the Bride… We planned a southern inspired, formal, summer evening; focusing on family and friends, and set in a white and gold hued space in the Hawthorne House. We fell in love with the Hawthorne house because of it’s southern charm and gorgeous white palette inside; which married well with the rest of our wedding ideas! The ceremony was held at my childhood church, Holy Trinity Catholic Church in historic Weston, MO. The color palette included strawberry reds, blushes, corals, and peaches and gold with accents of creams and whites. I wanted the wedding to be formal with a touch of glamour! My favorite accent was the sparkly gold table linens at the reception!
We are midwesterners at heart! But we both have been influenced by our life on the east coast, which was subtly included in our decor, food and attire. I worked with a designer and had my wedding dress custom made as well at Matt’s suit custom made as well to fit our personalities!
Our food at the reception started off with a cheese bar for our guests and ended with a dessert bar full of our favorite sweet treats! My mom also made homemade buttermilk biscuits with local peach butter and strawberry preserves!
We had a live band, which was awesome, for our evening of dancing and fun! The best part was the my uncles decided to sing a few songs in honor of my late Grandfather during the reception!
Photography: Emily Steffen | Videographer: One Tree Studios | Florist: Blue Bouquet | Cake: Cyndies Cakes | Invitations: Smitten on Paper | Ceremony: Holy Trinity Catholic Church | Reception: The Hawthorne House | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids Dresses: Love Lane by Ivy & Asher | Coordinator: Weddings By Hannah | Hair and Makeup: Mink Artistry | Band: Lost Wax | Linen: La Tavola | Macaroons: Milk and Honey | Mini Pies: Sorelle Pie Bakery | Veil: Paula Varsalona | Wedding dress - custom made: Paula Varsalona | other paper goods: Elena, the bride
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