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Oh, this wedding. It’s fun and pretty. It’s classic and beautiful. Not to mention Fred Bird makes an appearance (a wedding guest I’m always fond of). But, just reading Lindsey’s recap of their big day should be a reminder to anyone planning a wedding that simple and personal can make such a huge statement. Plus, Anne Martin does a fabulous job of capturing their joy and love – something they’ll get to keep with them forever.

Anne Martin

From the Bride:
Ryan and I met when we were in college, I was a waitress at a popular restaurant/bar on the campus of St. Louis University, and he was the nice red-headed boy who liked to throw darts with his buddies during happy hour. I never knew that 6 years later we would happen to run into one another, and my thoughts about that nice red-headed boy would change forever. After a couple of hours of chatting about anything and everything, I knew this was something special.

Throughout the next couple of years, Ryan and I fell in love while having an amazing time traveling with great friends, and spending time with our amazing families. Ryan proposed in Denver, CO, on July 8th, 2010 on the balcony of our friends’ loft, overlooking downtown Denver. I was completely surprised and overwhelmed with happiness and excitement. And, the ring! The boy did a good job!

I was anxious to begin planning our big day and relied on the help of my mom and girlfriends to make it the best day ever. We chose to have our ceremony at the lovely Samuel Church in Clayton and celebrated at Point of View, on the 30th floor of the Laclede Gas Building in downtown St. Louis. I knew I wanted a simple, yet elegant wedding, with romantic touches throughout. My bridesmaids and I carried bouquets of blush and ivory roses, black candelabras decorated with roses served as table centerpieces, and sparkling votives lined the dance floor, creating an intimate setting, along with the lights of the city. To add personal touches with a vintage feel, we displayed old photos of our family members’ weddings, had guests write messages on postcards to fill a vintage suitcase, and sent our loved ones home with olive oil & balsamic vinegar favors. Oh, and I can’t forget the special guest…Fred Bird! Ryan’s mom arranged for the Cardinals mascot to make an appearance! He was a hit and such an awesome surprise! We spent the rest of the evening taking goofy pictures in a photo booth and dancing with all of our favorite people. Every girl dreams of her wedding day, and mine couldn’t have been any better. Not only did the day go off without a hitch, it was just the beginning to a life full of love and happiness.

Ceremony Venue: Samuel Church | Reception Venue: Point of View | Photography: Anne Martin | DJ: Tom Rotter with Block Rockin Beats | Caterer: Patty Long | Cake: Lubeley’s | Florist: Memory Lane | Transportation: Central State Trailways | Wedding Gown: Amore | Bridesmaids Dresses: Clarice’s Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Savvi Formalwear


  1. Kim
    11:34 am on August 7th, 2012

    I love the tonality of the images captured! Great job the bride and groom must be so pleased to have their special day recorded so well!

  2. kay marks
    2:13 pm on August 7th, 2012

    Love the photography! Pictures outdoors with the wrought iron fence are DREAMY.

  3. Can’t beat black and white for this church shot!

  4. Hope Malloy
    9:08 pm on August 7th, 2012

    Ryan looks so suave! Especially in the picture he is kneeling.