Fresh, open, liberating–these are just some of the things I love about outdoor weddings. Allyson and Kyle’s wedding at Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis is all of the above and more.
My day started with the guys at the hotel.
The guys certainly knew how to have fun: a lot of beer drunk, jokes cracked, and games watched. And we all laughed as Kyle walked around in a bathrobe apparently reserved for the bride (why else would it say “Bride” in the back?) and with a pillow that says “He asked…”
And, sure enough, they all waited until the last minute to get ready. And, of course, nobody knew how to properly fold a pocket square–even with written instructions!–as you can clearly tell from some of the pictures.
But Kyle looked just as dandy even with a mis-folded pocket square. As he read the note from Allyson out loud (for the videographer), this big guy shed a few tears (and he probably thought nobody had noticed).
And we had to take a picture of the guys’ matching socks!!!
The ceremony was at the hotel as well, on a patio overlooking the Mississippi River and, of course, the Gateway Arch. It was one of the most elegant weddings I’ve ever seen–beautifully decorated, yet simple and not at all over the top. (Wait until you see the reception details.)
And here came the bride (and his dad):
The ceremony was simple, short and nothing short of sweet. The harsh early autumn sun popped in and out, but everybody managed just fine, enjoying the occasional breeze and the beautiful riverside view.
When the knot was finally tied, everybody was cheerful–just look at the parents of the bride!
After that, we hopped into the limo and made a stop at Kiener Plaza, again with a view of the Gateway Arch.
The wedding party was a crazy bunch, as most wedding parties are. We had so much fun, drank so much beer, that the guys had to stop and release themselves by the fountain. (Luckily, nobody got caught.)
As the night fell, the reception started at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.
The first dance was cute and all. But I had to admit that I liked the father-daughter dance even better. And you’d agree:
The mother-son dance, on the other hand, was nothing short of sweet. And, obviously, I wasn’t the only one who thought that:
When the dance floor was opened up to everybody, the real party finally started.
In order to capture the feel of what was going on late into the night, I used a few of my secret techniques. I shared how I created shots like these in this blog post here: How to Take Better Wedding Reception Photos. Do you like them? Not like them? Please share your thoughts below.
You can also watch a slideshow featuring more photos from the wedding HERE.
CEREMONY: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis
RECEPTION: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis