Addie and Gordon are getting hitched in three months (YAY, I can’t wait!!!), so we decided to do their engagement photos in Central West End where they love to hang out. Addie and Gordon are both dog lovers. Our original plan was to bring their canine babies Cory and Maynard for the first half of the photo shoot. But between moving and working out the logistics, we realized that it’d be better to leave them out this time.
(In case you don’t know, Cory is a Shortie-Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix. I repeat: he is a Shortie-Shih Tzu-Yorkie mix! Not sure about you, but I can’t stand all that cuteness combined, not to mention him and his uncle Maynard TOGETHER! Anyway, I guess you can imagine how bummed out I was when I learned that we couldn’t have them be part of Addie and Gordon’s engagement shoot. Maybe I’ll finally get to meet you guys at Mama and Papa’s wedding?)
Addie, Gordon, and I met up by the Fish Hatchery in the northeast corner of Forest Park. Popular as it may, Forest Park still has many under-explored spots, areas people don’t usually know about or rarely set foot on. Which is one of the many reasons I like doing engagement sessions or wedding pictures in Forest Park while many other photographers are sick of it.
We meandered among the small lakes and then in the prairie field, which was filled with native grasses and flowers. I LOVED how Addie’s plum shirt looked in the gorgeous golden hour light. Her earrings, which were a gift from her mom, were such a nice touch. And the love between these two was palpable!
We then went to check out Taste, Addie and Gordon’s favorite restaurant in Central West End, shot a “free commercial” for Hot Box Cookies, and explored some of the back streets. We had a blast!
Addie and Gordon wanted engagement photos with some abandoned buildings as the backdrop. I happen to know just the perfect place–the National Memorial Church of God in Christ. The 132-year-old church in midtown was burned to ruins in early 2001. The plan to convert it to an urban ruins garden was halted. And now all that remains are the stone walls covered in gorgeous ivies, which are, in this time of the year, slowly turning bright red. The abandoned church has become a popular location for urban exploration and flash weddings.