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Classic Spring St. Louis Wedding

You know those photographers who just always get it right? Well, Clary Pfeiffer is one of them. She takes an editorial approach to just about anything she captures, and when a stunning St. Louis affair is at her fingertips, you know she’ll deliver. BIG time. Head to the gallery for a first-hand peek and don’t miss the film from Sweet Tea Media.


From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyToday I’m submitting a wedding from St. Louis. There are a lot of classically gorgeous details in the brides dress and the grooms black tux. My favorite moments of the day was photographing the couples ceremony which looks like an old romantic European church and the couple dancing out on roof during sunset under twinkle lights. I’ve attached the information below along with more details from the bride and groom.

From the Bride and Groom… We met through mutual high school friends four years ago when we were in college at different universities. We both grew up in St. Louis, and were in the same extended social circle during high school, although we had only met each other in passing. Our mutual friends introduced us when we were both home for the holidays and we hit it off. As the first few dates came and went, we both found ourselves asking the same question: Where have you been all this time?

Oddly enough, our relationship was fostered over long distance in the first two years. It goes without saying that it was difficult, and being away from our families only made it more so. Fortunately, we each were given opportunities to return to our hometown. We knew we wanted to continue our lives with all of our family and friends surrounding us, so we jumped at the chance.

Returning home truly cemented our relationship. Marriage was always in the back of both of our minds, but this made both of us certain that we wanted to be together forever. Just over a year after returning to St. Louis, we got engaged at a rooftop restaurant. Rustic string lights illuminated the border; the Arch was in the distant background; both of our families were hiding inside; it was perfect.

We envisioned a warm, elegant, classic wedding. We are so grateful for the unbelievable efforts of all our vendors, the incredible planning help from both of our mothers, and the outpouring of love from our families and friends that made our wedding perfect in every way. We had so much fun creating personalized touches throughout the day including the St. Louis themed welcome boxes that greeted each traveler at the hotel, the homemade chocolates that served as favors and place cards for our guests, the family wedding photos displayed in the cocktail space, and pictures of the bride and groom that adorned each table.

And it wasn’t just the wedding day that was so spectacular. The entire weekend was filled with friends and family; laughs and love. Our weekend began with a fabulous rehearsal dinner in the same building where we got engaged, and ended with farewell brunch and a family outing at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game the day after the wedding. From start to finish, every moment of every event was wonderful. And we had the perfect person with us to capture it all.

We are so happy we chose Clary Pfeiffer – we fell in love with the beautiful work she does. Clary has a way of making everyone feel relaxed and natural. She perfectly depicted the details of our day along with all the love that we have for each other. Furthermore, she captured many of the details that we missed, and did so in a way that allowed us to relive the day. Her ability to capture a moment, whether staged or spontaneous, was truly amazing.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Floral Design: Twisted Willow | Ceremony Venue: The Shrine Of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: The Chase Park Plaza Starlight Roof | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Band: Griffin And The Gargoyles | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Transportation: St. Louis Carriage Company

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Traditional Ballroom Wedding

This wedding right here?  It’s awesome and then some.  The kind of awesome that comes with drop-dead gorgeous traditional details, seriously sweet purple + peach hues and a ballroom reception perfectly styled for celebrating.  Oh, and on top of all of that lovely is a bride and groom who are the epitome of adorable with their super cute story.  See it all captured by Love Tree Studios right here.


Purples, peaches and grays set the tone for this simply elegant wedding on June 22, 2013. Friends and family traveled to the heart of Missouri to the surround Katie as she walked down the aisle in her stunning Watters dress, complete with hidden pockets, to wed Andrew in the local Methodist church. The flowers and bouquets were a stunning array of pinks, purples and peaches and were all uniquely designed by Ruth at My Secret Garden. Katie carried photographs of her grandparents in her bouquet in order to keep them close in her memory as she walked towards Andrew to say ‘I do’ and place his grandfather’s wedding band on his finger. The band had previsously been engraved with Andrew’s grandparent’s wedding date, and Katie had it also engraved with their wedding date to continue the tradition. The celebration continued in the ballroom of the historic Tiger Hotel where quests were greeted with exquisite tables-capes and scrumptious cupcakes as they celebrated with the newly wed couple.

From the Bride… Andrew and I met while attending Mizzou. I was in my second year of law school and was a teaching assistant for an undergraduate Business Law course in which Andrew was enrolled. About a year and a half after the class was over, I received a Facebook friend request and a sweet message from a very attractive guy. His message stated that he wasn’t sure if I remembered him, but that I had left an impression on him and was curious if I would like to get together. I said yes and we met for dinner a week later at his favorite restaurant, which is also where we had our rehearsal dinner. We hit it off immediately, neither of us wanted the date to end and we have been together since that day.

It was just another Monday, or so I thought. June 4, 2012, I received an email at work from Andrew stating that he had a surprise for me when I got home from work. I really didn’t think anything of it because he always has little surprises. I was making dinner when he got home and he told me told me to reach into his suit pocket. In his pocket he had two tickets to a Royals game  - he was trying to get me to think he was proposing – sneaky! Because he frequently pulls my leg, I thought nothing of it and our night went on usual, except, he was acting incredibly nervous. Because it was a beautiful night out we decided to sit out on the patio. After a few awkward minutes, he was more nervous than on our first date! He got down on one knee and proposed. A few minutes later, he pulled out the most beautiful ring that he had designed with stones from his grandma’s ring.

Inspiration, color, shape, and design for our wedding came from a flower arrangement I pinned on Pinterest.

I used the flower arrangement/bouquet I had seen on Pinterest for color and overall theme. I wanted all the flower arrangements to have a round shape. As for flowers, Ruth Lahue at Secret Garden picked all the flowers.

My dress was by far my favorite “detail” if you can call it that, it had pockets! I also loved the pictures of my grandparents, who were unable to make it to the wedding, secured in my bouquet.

What stands out to me is how incredibly blessed and at peace I felt. Starting on Wednesday night our family and friends started pouring in from all over. Andrew and I were overwhelmed by all of the support and love we felt from family and friends. I think that is something that neither of us will ever forget.

The Tiger Hotel offered an unmatched all in one package. The food was to die for, the bridal sweet overlooked the University of Missouri, they had a great wedding coordinator, an incredible bakery attached and amazing renovated rooms for guests to stay.

Photography: Love Tree Studios | Floral Design: My Secret Garden | Wedding Gown: Watters | Stationery: William Arthur | Ceremony Venue: Missouri United Methodist Chuch | Reception Venue: The Tiger Hotel | Rings: Tivol | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Love Lane - Ivy | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Groom's Attire: Joseph A. Banks | Attire: Saks Fifth Avenue | Beauty: The Clip Joint | Complete Music: Alex Hurst | Transportation: White Knight | Velvet Cupcake: Samantha Cook | Wedding Coordination: Michael Nolte

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