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Romantic Missouri Engagement Sessions

This is what e-sessions are all about.  One adorable duo, a day spent frolicking through fields of flowers and a romantic kiss in the foggy weather.  Throw in the talented Jordan Brittley to capture every moment and it’s awesomeness times a million with some of the prettiest images you’ll ever see.  See them all here.

From the Bride… The scenery at Shaw Nature Reserve is unlike any other! We absolutely love the Missouri Botanical Garden, so when we visited Shaw for a festival for the first time, we loved it just as much (if not more)! What is so unique about Shaw is the effortless beauty – untouched wildflower fields, a gorgeous lake, and an old house with an amazing porch that overlooks it all. Add in the fog and soft light of the early morning sunrise, and it is even more magical. There is something very special about a place that has the ability to exert so many emotions in a person – it took all of our breaths away see the fields lit up so early in the morning, with no one else around.  Shaw Nature Reserve is calm, cozy, and sweet… we love it!

I loved the easy-going nature of the whole thing! Jordan encouraged us to just be ourselves and have fun! It is not every day you get to frolick through a field of flowers, shoe-less, with your favorite person (literally). We also loved cozying up together on the bridge over the lake, which was the last place we visited. It was the perfect way to end our time at Shaw!

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Shoes: Banana Republic | Blanket: Target | Earrings: Anthropologie | Lace Dress: BHLDN | Venue: Shaw Nature Reserve

You know what’s better than one fabulous engagement session from the talented Jordan Brittley?  Two fabulous engagement sessions.  A lovely wildflower + fog-filled day followed by this stunner of a shoot on the lake.  That’s right, TWO adorable duos and TWO galleries filled to the brim with heartwarming moments and a whole lot of pretty.  Check out even more right here.

From The Bride… We picked the lake for our engagement session, because it has been a huge part of our relationship. When I met Jake he was very into wakeboarding. He loved to show off his skills and take me out to the lake with him. For me that is why I fell in love with him, because he was this person I wanted to be. He was so adventurous and full of life! So we spent many days and nights during the earlier part of our relationship on the lake. We love to go to the lake often whether it be to sit on the dock and watch the sunset or go for an adventure and hammock. I feel like no matter what life throws at us when we end up at the lake life seems so peaceful.

Our favorite part of the shoot was being on the boat. I loved the lanterns even though I almost burnt myself (who would have thought they got so hot), but we got some good laughs. What I love most are the times with many smiles and laughter. Those are the times I remember.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Venue: Springfield MO

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Glamorous Victorian-Inspired St. Louis Wedding

This fabulous fete from Clary Pfeiffer has a moody kind of romance that has my heart all aflutter. The ridiculously gorgeous blending of vintage glamour with a soft, yet rich palette is timeless to say the least. And as the Bride so fittingly put it, it’s Victorian meets Razzle Dazzle and it’s oh-so-good. From the lush, burgundy dotted bouquets by Belli Fiori to the Bride’s ballroom perfection Pnina Tornai dress, you can see it all here.

From the beautiful Bride… How We Met: When Joe was a senior at Clayton, Vanessa was a freshman. Joe’s classmate and pal was Vanessa’s brother Christian so Joe was familiar with the Puzder family, including Christian’s cute, younger sister, Vanessa.

Joe graduated from Clayton High and years later, ended up working for Uncle Sam as a member of the U.S. Army and the elite 82nd Airborne. Meanwhile, Vanessa moved on to college where she majored in Fashion Design and then headed to New York City to begin her career. Fate may be delayed but it will not be denied.

A chance meeting in St. Louis many years later at Café Manhattan got the ball rolling. The chemistry was there and both knew it. The casual relationship seeded in high school now quickly bloomed into a solid, serious friendship. They shared thoughts and dreams together and it became obvious that the friendship was maturing into love.

Then came trips to New York and then to Dallas and back to New York and then to Dallas until finally, on a crisp Saturday afternoon in February, in Cape May, New Jersey, Joe asked “Will you mar…”—“Yes” came Vanessa’s answer as she grasped the ring and fit it perfectly upon her finger. And then embracing her man, moved their dream into reality.

The Look: Vintage Timeless Glamour – I loved the idea of a lace dress with sleeves because it is so romantic and classic, it is what both my Grandmothers wore when they were married, but I wanted to include some sparkle, so Pnina embroidered Austrian Swarovski crystals all over my bodice and veil. 

Vision for the day – Victorian meets Razzle Dazzle, I love vintage and Victorian everything, so that set the tone for the ambiance. I wanted it really dark and romantic with tons of candlelight and soft romantic colors like pale pink, white and rose gold. Everything had a Victorian ambiance from the ceremony to the small details on the place setting.  Even though I saw samples of the floral, linens and other rental items throughout the planning process, I had no idea what exactly it would look like!  I knew I needed to have a great photography/videography team to capture every little detail.  Clary does great work with film and going back looking at my pictures I am so happy to see the vision I had over a year ago truly came to life in the pictures, not to mention she got everything!

Special touches:  Personalized hand monogrammed menus for each guest, Victorian fainting couches framing the dance floor, Gluten free dessert table, Photo Booth, hydrangea table runner, monogrammed everything( strawberry preserves, drink stirrers, napkins, hand towels etc), custom maps for out of town guests. Joe really wanted to have cigars for guys. Having a great band was important because Joe and I have a unique style of music that you don’t always hear at weddings.  Larry King Orchestra managed to play the Imperial March from Star Wars for Joe, my brother got to play the guitar to Are You Gonna Be My Girl and my dad sang Johnny Be Good, they accommodated everything we asked for and made it personal for us!

Favorite things: One of my favorite things about the wedding was hiring a planner because I did not live in St. Louis.  Kristin and I worked great together and she helped make the experience fun. From the moment I walked into the Missouri Athletic Club I felt like I was reliving my childhood dreams of what my wedding day would be like, I couldn’t think of a better place to have my reception. I love that we decided to get married in February too! We wanted a winter wedding and in St. Louis the weather is so unpredictable, luckily it was a beautiful day! One thing I am happy to talked Joe into doing was dance lessons, it was great to be twirled around in my wedding dress with my husband, I couldn’t stop smiling, I felt like I was living in a dream…

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Poetic Productions | Event Planning: Kristin Ashley Events | Floral Design: Belli Fiori | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Lourdes  | Reception Venue: Missouri Athletic Club | Jewelry: Huffords Jewelery | Hair: Danielle Erb | Band: Larry King Orchestra | Ceremony Music: Rosewood Ensemble | Dessert Station: Missouri Athletic Club And Bittersweet | Lighting Design: Exclusive Events Inc. | Makeup: Andrea Ryan | Rentals: Aries Rental Company | Transportation: Best Transportation

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Romantic Fall Wedding at the Missouri History Museum

Clary Pfeiffer works magic behind a lens, this we know. So when she is capturing a wedding as naturally gorgeous as this St. Louis beauty at the Missouri History Museum we get sit back and reap all of the lovely rewards. Romantic and filled with soft fall hues, every image sitting in this gallery is a beautiful work of art. See them all here.

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From Clary PfeifferI’m submitting a gorgeous Midwest Wedding with soft fall pastels and gorgeous flowers. It’s really beautiful with just enough warmth to go with the season without being too “fall”. Below is the information from the bride and groom. 

From The Bride…When Tom and I started looking for a venue all we knew is that we wanted something a little different. After visiting quite a few places, we found ourselves walking through the doors at Missouri History Museum. When we left, Tom and I both looked at each other and without saying anything, knew that it was where we would say our “I do’s”. The building holds a lot of history, both literally and figuratively. Constructed in 1927, the Byzantine-style structure was used as home to the United Hebrew Congregation until it was bought by the Missouri Historical Society in 1989. It’s a true mix of classic and contemporary architecture which greatly appealed to our quirky tastes. After the venue, the first person I contacted was Clary Pfeiffer of Clary Photo. I knew that, after the wedding, all I would have left to take with me were the photography and our memories. I was absolutely thrilled to learn that she was available. I knew that with Clary behind the camera, our wedding was going to look stunning.

The striking Museum was the perfect backdrop to our event, which we filled with timeless and personal details to match. Overgrown flowers spilled over pieces of silver from antique store finds and my colleague’s private collection, brightening up the entire space. A quartet filled the atrium with both classic and contemporary tunes. Trays filled with colorful d’oeuvres and cocktails. Still, we managed to fit in many personal touches to the day – from the invitations I designed to the calligraphy that I practiced for weeks to perfect and even the bridesmaid dresses from the girl’s own closets, matching the desire for our individuality to shine through. Every part of the day went seamlessly. It truly was a dream and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives has in store for us!

Tom and I had known each other for a long time before we began dating. We grew up in the same neighborhood but did not meet until we were introduced by a mutual friend. We were only 12 at the time and were interested in many things, but not each other. Tom and I began “officially” dating the winter of our senior year of High School. We were young, in love, and inseparable. The Fall of the following year I left for The Kansas City Art Institute and Tom went north to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Distance got the better of us and we decided to put our relationship on pause although we remained friends. I’m not sure if I believe in fate, but there was a reason that we both ended up back in our home town of St. Louis, Missouri after college. Four years later, I married the man of my dreams. The rest… is history!

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videographer: Sky Guy Media | Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Sweet Picks Pateries | Ceremony Venue: Missouri History Museum | Reception Venue: Missouri History Museum | Lighting: Exclusive Events Inc. | Band: Earl Lee And The Early Revue | String Quartet: Landolfi String Quartet

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