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The talented Amy Meyerott Photography styled and photographed this e-session with Danielle and Justin in Forest Park early this spring. Amy spotted the perfect secluded spot in the park complete with a bottle of wine, Kate Spade stemware and the most romantic sunset for this gorgeous couple.

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From the Photographer:

We are absolutely smitten with Danielle and Justin. They are the kind of couple you want with you on a bad day. They just make me so happy. They each have wonderful personalities and you can just see their love for one another every time their eyes meet. Justin is in absolute awe of her. He is the kind of guy who isn’t afraid to let the world know how much he loves her. Danielle has the same feelings towards him. She is his encourager, supporter, and kind heart by his side. When stylizing their shoot, we kept the thought of their September wedding at Chandler Hill Vineyards in mind. The pastel color palette was just perfect for the early spring light… I couldn’t resist letting it pour into my lens.

Whether you have a sweetie or not, and whether you believe in celebrating Valentine’s day traditionally, in a quirky way, or not at all, we hope you believe in celebrating love. Love in its many forms is a powerful and beautiful thing, and so today, we say hooray to love and loved ones!

Image via Honestly Yum*

*And recipe for the adorable looking Valentine’s cocktail pictured also via Honestly Yum! Go check it out!

February is here, and February is also known as the month of love. Valentine’s Day is this week, and we’ve got lots of pink and red and love inspired ideas to share with you! Of course weddings and engagements are already inspired by love, but Valentine’s Day has a way of making love seem extra special and stand out just a little bit more. Here are a few of my favorite red, pink and heart inspired trends to consider for your engagement sessions, bridal showers and wedding days. Enjoy!

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Elizabeth in Love via Style Me Pretty

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Mia Dee Photograph via Confetti Daydreams

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Katelyn James Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Zac Wolf Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Dasha Caffrey via Wedding Chicks

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Gabriel Ryan via Green Wedding Shoes

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Betwixt Studio via Style Unveiled

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White Loft Studio via Ruffled Blog

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Francesco Brunello Studio Fotografando via Wedding Chicks

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Modern Moments Designs via Hostess with the Mostess

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Christa Kimble Photography via Wedding Chicks

This fall and winter, Shannon of SHD Photography gathered these gorgeous ladies to model among this gorgeous scenery and these stunning backdrops. These images will leave you itching to get into your gowns and celebrate your wedding day. What’s your bride style for your wedding day?

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Photographer: SHD Photography

The beginning of wedding day for Brendon and Jessica began at the farm they purchased to raise their future (and current animal) family. The warm colors and furry details of their wedding day will melt your heart, not to mention the gorgeous St. Louis wedding ceremony to follow. Just wait until you see their adorable pets, both dogs and horses, in these wedding photos.

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From the photographer:
Brendon and Jessica’s wedding day was filled with a strong sense of family from the first moment on. While Brendon prepared for the day at his parent’s home with all of his groomsmen (including his much loved great dane, Waylon), Jessica and her ladies got ready at the home they purchased to raise their family at as husband and wife. Jessica’s little pup, Boomer, stayed by her side all morning long. Their first look happened on their front porch and their bridal party took most of their images right by the pasture that contained their much loved horses. The photos taken at their home were my favorites of the day. The love Brendon and Jessica have for their pets would warm anyone’s heart. They each had to say “goodbye” to their pups before they left for their ceremony and although the furry ones had to stay at home, several elements of their evening paid tribute to them.


Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier College Church - St. Louis University / Reception Venue: Xavier Grand Ballroom / Makeup Artist: Airbrush Makeup by Chelsey / Hairstylist: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa - Jellica / Flowers & Decor: Kirkwood Florist / Bride’s Dress: Enzoani - Maiden Voyage Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger / Catering: Russo's Catering / Cake Baker: Russo's Catering / Band: Boom / Photographer: Amy Meyerott Photography

Tis the season for love and engagements! As engagements are likely popping up all over your Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds these past few weeks, likely are the engagement photo shoots too. Currently trending are holiday and winter themed engagement sessions, which also double as the perfect holiday card to send out as a save-the-date or engagement announcement this time of the year. Here’s a look at a few of the favorites I’ve spotted throughout the season. Happy Holidays!

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Melissa McCrotty Photography via Two Bright Lights

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With Love & Embers

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Megan Hartley Photography via Belle the Magazine

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SARAH HASSTEDT via Grey Likes Weddings

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Megan Hartley Photography via Belle the Magazine

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With Love & Embers

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SARAH HASSTEDT via Grey Likes Weddings

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Squaresville Studios via Green Wedding Shoes

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With Love & Embers

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Captured by Corrin via Paper Moon Weddings

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Wren Photography via Bride and Joy

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Velvet Owl Photography

Christa and Nick chose their hometown of Cape Girardeau in Southeast Missouri as the perfect spot to become husband and wife and celebrate the day with family and friends. Both Christa and Nick are from Southeast Missouri, were engaged in Cape Girardeau, and although their current home is St. Louis, MO, they both thought that their childhood home in the Bootheel of Missouri was the perfect fit for the two of them.

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About the Big Day:
Christa and Nick had a beautiful, southern style wedding, and it was filled with details that truly made the day meaningful. From the getaway car that was once her father’s mother’s car which Christa’s father fully restored, to the doors of Christa’s great grandparents’ house as a backdrop to the cake, to the barn doors from a close family friend’s barn used as the backdrop to the head table, there were so many truly personal touches in this wedding day, making it beyond memorable for more than just the couple. The wedding gowns of the mothers of both the bride and groom were displayed next to their own wedding photos.

Christa added a twist to the traditional something old, new, borrowed and blue, and instead of using objects to display these things, she used friends. Her Something Old was a high school friend, Something New was a coworker and best friend, Something Borrowed was a newly married friend and Something Blue was Nick’s cousin, as something blue symbolized family and continuity.

In between the ceremony and the reception, the couple, who now calls St. Louis home, had to make a stop at a favorite local college bar to watch the end of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball game because in October, true Cardinals fans can’t miss even the tiniest bit of the playoff madness.

Christa and Nick have a very real love for one another, and a true love and appreciation for family and friendship, all of which were displayed on their wedding day.


Photographer: Simply Stated Photography / Ceremony Venue: St. Mary's Cathedral / Reception Venue: Drury Lodge / Flowers & Decor: J Maries / Cake Baker: Kim Goodpasture / DJ: Charlie's Review / Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Theresa Kern / Videographer: Claire Bira

One of my favorite trends I’ve seen as of late involves glitter, sparkle, gold and all things confetti. Confetti is popping up all over the place whether it be on stationery, as a guest favor, as part of a tablescape or the key piece (or pieces) to your grand exit following your wedding ceremony. Either way, I absolutely love it and the color and shine that confetti brings to photos and real life, not to mention, there are so many options when it comes to size, shape, color, texture, you name it. Here are a few of my favorite confetti uses in weddings, engagement sessions, stationery, favors and beyond.

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Priscila Valentina Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

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Anika London Photography via A Subtle Revelry

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Amy Stone Photography via Oh Lovely Day

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HEYLOOK via Ruffled Blog

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Holli B. Photography via Bridal Guide

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Sounds Like Yellow Photo via Whimsical Wonderland Weddings

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Brklyn View Photography via Booklyn Bride

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Nancy Ray Photography via Gratefully Inspired Blog

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Aya Photography via Keestone Events

 

Paige and Daniel had the perfect fall wedding day in Southern Illinois in late October. In the eyes of the bride, she had blinked and grown up from a little girl to a bride, there to experience her fairytale wedding day with her father, her family and most importantly, her groom by her side. Cheers to Paige and Daniel, and in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the gorgeous details from their wedding day!

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About the Big Day:
Paige and Daniel were married on October 19, 2013 at Orchardview Winery in Alma, Illinois. Their vintage chic wedding day was filled with creative personal touches perfectly suited for the bride and groom. Paige was a DIY bride who had the help of all of her bridesmaids, family and friends to make her dreams a reality when it came to the overall wedding décor. She had the help of these important people to assemble centerpieces and other decorations for the venue, and her dad and grandpa helped to build a lot of key pieces as well, including the freestanding doorway that lead the guests, and the bride, into the ceremony location and down the aisle to her prince charming. Paige’s favorite detail of the entire day was the arbor built out of old barn wood that stood behind the preacher during the wedding ceremony. Three strips of material hung from the arbor, and Paige and Daniel, along with their families, braided the strips together during the ceremony to represent their unity. Pins from Paige and Daniel’s college fraternity and sorority were carefully pinned to Paige’s bouquet.

During the reception, their wedding guests enjoyed a BBQ dinner followed by a night of fun and dancing. Paige and Daniel’s wedding day was a true representation of their relationship and their futures that they were soon to grow and build together. The two of them left for their honeymoon in Jamaica shortly after their wedding day, then came home and packed to head to their new home in England, where Daniel is stationed. The new Mr. and Mrs. have started their new journey together filled with love and adventure.


Ceremony Venue: Orchardview Winery / Reception Venue: Orchardview Winery / Photographer: SHD Photography / Catering: Wheelan's BBQ Shack / Cake Baker: Covered in Chocolate / Rentals: Kelly's for the Occasion / DJ: Dwonka and Funke

Here at LLB, we believe in great love stories. Great weddings, of course-but we’re also all about the love stories and what happens leading up to and after the wedding. Jenna and John are still kindling their love 3 years post wedding, and got cozy for their anniversary session in Chicago.


From the Photographer:

Jenna & John have been married for just under 3 years, but still interact as if they were just engaged yesterday.Their chemistry and authenticity is stunning. When opportunity arose and they decided to move to California from the sweet midwest, they wanted to be sure they had photos in the place where they started their lives together: Chicago! Humboldt Park is a hidden gem on the North side of the city, with it’s trails, lagoons, and tons of landscape, so it was perfect for this couple who loved nature, but also their fabulous city. I had a vision for their sweet, simple, and romantic winter session. I wanted it to be warm and traditional, but with a unique twist. Jenna & John dressed warm & cozy without being overtly “Christmas-y.” Their natural style and chemistry is exactly what I envisioned for this session. I planned every detail to create a comfy living room scene in the middle of the forest, so John even helped me haul this vintage chair to the middle of these trees- what a champ! These two were naturals in front of the camera, and made some beautiful images on that chilly afternoon.


Photographer: Meg Takes Photos