Sarah & Ryan met in school. High school that is! The last decade + has taken them on a journey of love, friendship, college, careers, and long distance. But this summer, they (according to their friends “finally!”) said I Do! Chesterfield, Missouri is their home so of course it made sense to celebrate there– a perfect St. Louis summertime wedding hosted in The Doubletree’s phenomenal tent & reception spaces! Sarah got ready at her family home, friends and family from all seasons of their lives gathered, and Imo’s pizza was delivered as a late night snack to keep the dance floor going! It was truly such a special day!
Did I mention Ryan is my cousin? We are closest in age of the bunch and it made the day even more incredible to be trusted as their photographer!
A first look in Sarah’s childhood backyard, with all of their closest family & friends looking on? Oh yes… it was the sweetest moment!! St. Louis summertime wedding perfection!
Sarah & Ryan have had the privilege of being a part of a lot of weddings over the last few years, so, they changed things up! Instead of having a formal bridal party, the asked their siblings (Ryan is 1 of 4 boys and Sarah is 1 of 3 girls!) + best friends to hang out with them all day! So, we took “bridal party” photos. But really, having them along was about quality time and fun (helloooooo party bus that drove the gang towards Downtown St. Louis and stopped for a run around in Forest Park!) Perfect for a St. Louis summertime wedding!
I love that they did this, and that in general my couples are starting to get pretty creative with what they are asking their friends/family to do on the wedding day to be sure they are able to truly enjoy!
What St. Louis summertime wedding would be complete without record breaking heat?! Well lucky for Sarah & Ryan, the weather broke within 48 hours of the wedding so, they were able to enjoy the Doubletree’s gorgeous, permanent lawn tent for their ceremony & indoor ballroom for their reception!
Sarah & Ryan, thanks so much for trusting me with your incredible day! You two are wonderful people and are quite a team. Thrilled to get to call you both family!!
Special thanks to A Bride’s Ally for day-of coordination/planning!
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