St. Louis + Destination


Travel & Nature Photojournalism

Oh, 2020.

The pandemic made (and has continued to make) wedding planning difficult. Planning logistics are challenging with so much uncertainty and ever-changing guidelines and regulations. Overall, I have found that despite all of the hardships, most couples have remained quite optimistic. My clients have amazed me with their positivity and resilience during such a difficult time.

This positivity and ability to quickly pivot and change plans was no different for Laurel and Derek. With many of their family and friends unable to travel and attend their wedding due to the pandemic, the couple decided to keep their wedding date and planned a smaller, more intimate celebration.

Glendale Lutheran Church Stained Glass Window

Through the referral of another 2020 bride, I was able to reconnect with one of my high school classmates. Laurel and I attended the same high school and participated in some of the same social clubs together. It was an honor to be asked to photograph her wedding day!

On a very hot and beautiful Midwestern summer afternoon, we met at Glendale Lutheran Church for Laurel and Derek’s Kirkwood wedding celebration.

The mother of the bride assists with with bridal gown

Laurel’s mother helps with the finishing touches before the ceremony begins.

The bride's son played a very important role in her wedding celebration

Laurel’s son played a very important role in her wedding day – serving as the Best Man.

Bride and Groom portraits Bridal portrait before the ceremony Glendale Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Missouri

Surrounded by only a few of their closest family members, Laurel and Derek exchange their vows and commit their lives to one another.

Kirkwood wedding ceremonyA beautiful stained glass window at Glendale Lutheran

There are so many beautiful stained glass features at Glendale Lutheran Church.

Newlyweds inside the Glendale Lutheran Chapel Kirkwood Farmers Market

After their ceremony, we visited the Kirkwood Farmers Market for a few couple’s portraits. Derek and Laurel have some very special memories around Downtown Kirkwood, so it was great to incorporate these locations into their wedding day portraits. The assortment of plants at the market provided such a beautiful back drop for their portrait session.

A sweet embrace between newlyweds

Congratulations to the very happy newlyweds!

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Ceremony: Glendale Lutheran Church

Locations: Downtown Kirkwood, Kirkwood Farmers Market