St. Louis + Destination


Travel & Nature Photojournalism

I first met Paul and Jaymee 35 days before their wedding date. With barely one month to finalize their last remaining action items, we met over coffee at C. Oliver Coffee + Flower Bar in Maplewood to get to know one another, and discuss their vision for their wedding ceremony. As I learned more about their journey together, it was clear these two were meant for each other. I love seeing that newly-engaged giddiness in couples. Paul and Jaymee were already partners in life, and were ready to make things official. They chose the ever-beautiful Jewel Box in Forest Park for their wedding ceremony.

C. Oliver Coffee + Flower Bar. 7401 Hazel Ave. Maplewood, MO 63143. The Rose Latte is divine.

It had been over one year since the initial lockdowns, but the effects of the pandemic still lingered. After a brief reprieve from mask mandates, rising cases of Covid-19 would once again throw the wedding industry into a frenzy as vendors worked to accommodate restrictions, while also working to appease their clients. As a result many couples have condensed their celebrations to shorter events, and Paul and Jaymee were only looking for a few hours of photography coverage.

I’m just gonna come out and say it.

I do not mind a shorter wedding day. At all. I have been photographing weddings for the past 10 years, and I’ll admit it – I’m not going to shy away from couples that only need a few hours of coverage on their wedding day. It has become an industry standard to request 8, 10, even 12 hours of photography to fully document a wedding. Which is perfectly fine, for those that desire all-day services.

Often times photographers will have a set minimum to what they can commit to, but as a business owner that also works full-time as a project manager, I have flexibility in what I can book. As a result of the pandemic I removed my minimum hourly coverage to accommodate those couples that were only having ceremonies. For a photographer like me that often burns the candle at both ends and still tries to maintain a family life, shorter wedding days are welcome. Ok, stepping down from my teeny little soapbox. 😏

Back to Paul and Jaymee. Adorably sweet and absolutely fun. When they mentioned that they were trying to figure out how to incorporate a piñata smash into their day, I knew I needed to work with these two!

Paul & Jaymee’s Best Day Ever

Paul and Jaymee decided to get ready together in their hotel room at the Angad Arts. I was delighted to hear this! My husband and I stayed at the Angad Arts hotel after our wedding. Cool, artsy, and eclectic, the Angad is very fun and very photogenic. You can see more from our stay at the Angad Arts Hotel here.

Paul and Jaymee getting ready together in the Angad Arts Blue Room.

The first look with Dad is always a sweet moment.

A close friend of Jaymee traveled from California with her family, to officiate the ceremony.

Seriously, these two are SO MUCH FUN.

Piñatas, poppers, and shots! What a great time.

I am so happy for Paul and Jaymee, and wish you both a lifetime of happiness and adventure. Congratulations!

Vendor Love

Wedding Planner: Caitlin Reynolds with Final Touch Event Co.

Wedding Venue: The Jewel Box in Forest Park
The Jewel Box in Forest Park is St. Louis’s own tropical oasis. See Paul and Jaymee’s post-rehearsal mini session here.