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There are several reason why I loved doing this wedding…

– Beth (aka the bride) and Tony (aka the groom) were so chill and awesome to work with.
– The Hyatt Downtown St. Louis rocks. We had a fantastic view of the 4th of July festivities with the airshow in the background while the wedding party was getting ready.
– I got the opportunity to work with Katie Williams again who was the wedding planner for this event. Remember the Sarah and Chad Wedding I shot last year? Katie planned that wedding too and no detail gets overlooked when she’s in charge.
– I got to work with my wife again (Alison Promaroli Lee) who did the makeup for Beth and the bridesmaids. She’s uber awesome but I might be bias.
– I got to work with Josh Hawkins again (who second shoots for me sometimes)… he tagged along and helped me out for a good part of the day. He makes my life easier and I love him for that.
– The wedding was filled with not only emotional love but family love. It felt like being at an awesome giant family reunion/party! Everyone was great to work with and the party ran strong until the end of the night.
– Despite the freakish downpour of rain, everyone remained in great spirits. After things cleared up in the evening, everyone went outside to enjoy the beautiful patio and view of the arch.
– Thanks to Alicia and Nelson over at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, we were able to get some great pictures in their wine room. The only downside to using their facility was having to work while smelling delicious steak on an empty stomach. I could have eaten my arm by the time we were finished taking pictures in the wine bar. Go and check em out for dinner sometime.

Oh, sorry for posting so many shots of the groomsmen getting ready. There was just so much awesomeness, I couldn’t just pick a few images to post. Congrats again Beth and Tony and thanks for letting me document your special day!

Keith


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It was a stormy and rainy afternoon… No seriously- the day started off humid and hazy (welcome to the Mid-West, right?), then about an hour before the ceremony- POOF! Bye-bye electricity! But we’ll get back to that a little later.

Remember Melissa and Adam? Yeah, the uber cool couple who I showed up late for their engagement session (slap on the forehead). Well fast forward a few weeks to their wedding in Union, MO. The last time I saw this great couple, I was engaged and was just days from tying the knot (I’ll get back to that later too in another blog post). I spend a good portion of my honeymoon reading various wedding photography books (thanks Karin for the suggestion of Jose Villa’s book!) and magazines while we were on the beach (yeah, it’s ok to be jealous). The last time I documented a wedding was back in March and I was so ready to come off the bench and get right back to it (I purposely benched myself in anticipation for our OWN wedding).

Back to Melissa and Adam… originally from St. Louis but moved to Austin, TX (insert jealousy here) a few years ago, opted to get married away from the St. Louis craziness in favor of a quieter wedding in Union + Washington, MO. I had the pleasure of working with Josh Hawkins again who second shot for me and we were tested by the photography gods when they took the power away from us with only one hour before the ceremony. Don’t believe me? Check out the pictures and look out for the clock which says 1:05pm and the ceremony was at 2:00pm. *yikes!* Did Melissa freak out? Nope. She stayed cool with the help of her bridesmaids. No seriously- she stayed literately cool as they fanned her down using the lids from their shoe boxes since we had no A/C. Luckily, the power come back on with only minutes before the ceremony started and the rain stopped.

After the ceremony, we headed to downtown Washington for some pictures along the water before making our way to the reception at the Gala Event Center in Washington (thanks Neil for everything!) for a night of food, drinks, speeches (Liz, the matron of honor delivered a killer speech that had people crying and laughing!) and of course dancing.

Josh did a great job of capturing images of the groomsmen getting ready as well as the individual pictures of the wedding party (thanks buddy!).

Thanks again Melissa and Adam + the entire wedding party for being such great sports the entire day… I really couldn’t pick a better crowd to hang out with!

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Good-bye power! (note the time on clock)
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Don’t ask- I have no idea. Apparently this was some dance that was invented during Melissa’s bachelorette party. I think a spitting lama might have been involved at some point.
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As I was waiting for my pizza after shopping at Costco I get a message displayed on my phone:

“Voice Message from (314) ###-####”

I listen to the message… “Hey Keith, it’s Melissa Douglas… Ummm, its Thursday at 6:36pm and Adam and I are standing in front of the Fox…”

And right then and there, I just experienced every photographer’s worst nightmare. I truly thought the engagement session was on Friday. But surely enough, the session was booked for Thursday (it’s on my calendar). After hearing just a portion of the voice message, my face goes white, I start to sweat and I call Melissa back. I don’t how many times I apologized to her but I could hear it in Melissa’s voice that she was NOT impressed (heck, I wouldn’t be either). I gave her the option of still doing the session tonight or we could meet up on Friday and do it. They opted to still do it that night since they already had made plans on Friday and they were already dressed up. No problem… I grabbed the pizza, called Ali and apologized that we weren’t going to eat dinner together as I raced home to change and grab my gear.

I made it down there by 7:45pm… which mean Melissa and Adam had been waiting around for me for almost 2 hours! I apologized again as soon as I saw Melissa and Adam and they were super classy and understanding. Thank god for super cool clients. Now the challenge from there is to wipe off any frustration (from Melissa and Adam’s side) and embarrassment (on my side) and start the session with happy and cheery thoughts…

Melissa, Adam and I had been talking about this session and ideas for weeks now and I was super stoked to do it. They are both fanatical about guns (not in a psycho way… thank god again) and wanted to incorporate their passion into a couple images. The problem is that we didn’t want to get caught with a weapon drawn out in public. Luckily the session ran late enough that we were able to secure an alley and get the shots we wanted. :)

Since we started the session so late (due to the incompetent photographer :P), I offered to shoot more day time shots which we did the following week. I also had an idea for a ring shot but didn’t have the properly natural light to execute it that night. Anyhow, BIG THANKS to Melissa and Adam for a) being so understanding about the situation b) making things work so we had not one but TWO great sessions. Also thanks to my fiancée Ali for being understanding as well! I love ya babe!

Up next… Melissa and Adam’s wedding on June 25th… I’m super stoked!!!! And I will be there on time. :)

Thanks for reading and enjoy some of the pictures!

Keith

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  • Karin - June 8, 2011 - 2:42 pm

    That ring shot is pure genius!!! Sorry for your mishap, but you sure made up for it with the gift of your art. As always – I’m a fan!ReplyCancel

  • Hatty Dorton - June 8, 2011 - 8:36 pm

    Nice shots Keith (no pun intended;)). I am always in awe of your work!!ReplyCancel

  • A - June 8, 2011 - 11:01 pm

    As always, fantastic, Keith. I didn’t even know there was a ring shot until I saw the last comment. I was too focused on what caliber rounds those were. HA! Was she holding a Kel-Tec P3AT?

    AGAIN – über-creative shots. Excellent use of lighting, subjects, and props, too!ReplyCancel

    • Keith - August 31, 2011 - 3:19 pm

      I have no idea! It was definitely a tiny gun. Thanks everyone for the props!ReplyCancel

What an engagement session! Molly contacted me months ago about doing an engagement session with her fiancee Brandon and their ‘daughter’ Luna. Well I TOTALLY missed the additional comment in the message that Luna was their puppy and not their actual daughter. Which means I proceeded to put my foot in my mouth and asked about their baby… OUCH! Luckily Molly and Brandon are a super cool couple and didn’t sick Luna after me. I was fortunate that they let me stick around to shoot some images of them and introduced me to the St. Albans area. Luna actually had the best seat the entire evening as she kept nice and cool in the truck while she watched us sweat it out in the St. Louis summer heat. So how does a super cool couple cool down after a hot shoot? By jumping in the pool of course! Molly and Brandon were great sports and were up for something different so they grabbed some towels, emptied their pockets (no cell phones!) and waited for my queue. SPLASH! click! click! And that was a wrap. :)

Molly + Brandon, have a great wedding in Mexico (June next year) and get some more water pictures while you are tying the knot!

Beth – thanks for the referral! Your little sis and future brother-in-law were awesome to work with!

Cheers,

Keith

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  • Karin - May 27, 2011 - 10:44 am

    Your talent is amazing. You can tell that you give your clients 110% and then some. I love your work Keith. The silhouette and the night images are my faves!ReplyCancel

  • Chantel Sutberry - May 27, 2011 - 10:48 am

    LOVE those shots in the pool! I would be posting those everywhere I could think of!!!! Sorry I missed meeting you at Raquita’s last night :)ReplyCancel

  • Beth McKenney - May 27, 2011 - 11:31 am

    These turned out great!!! I absolutely love the last one in the pool! They look like models!!!ReplyCancel

  • Molly - May 27, 2011 - 3:19 pm

    love, love, love Keith!!!! Thank you soooooo much….they turned out to be some amazing photos and couldn’t be any happier!!! Thanks for the referral sister!!!ReplyCancel

  • Keith - May 27, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    Karin – Big thanks! Especially when it comes from you! Thanks to Ali too for being so understanding when I give 100%. :)

    Chantel – No worries, we’ll catch up next month!

    Beth + Molly – Glad you like em! It was hard to pick 25-30 images from all the great pictures we got. I think you’ll be happy when you get to see the rest. Remember, we still need to do a ring shot. ;)ReplyCancel

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