Addison and Matthew eloped in Forest Park on a beautiful November afternoon in St. Louis. I couldn’t have hoped for a better day for my first same-sex wedding!
It was a perfect day in every way! To start with, fall is one of their favorite times of year. And the flaming red maples on the top of the Art Hill seemed to be sticking around longer than usual just to witness their union. Tying the knot in front of the St. Louis Art Museum was especially significant because, as they put it, it’s such an iconic landmark and “if we ever move away, this will be a great way to remember our time here together.” Moreover, they took my advice and scheduled the ceremony right around sunset time!
We met at the southeastern corner of the Saint Louis Zoo, and then slowly made our way to the Grand Basin, where their ceremony was to take place. Addison and Matthew had an unofficial list of things that they wanted to capture. So we checked one thing after another off our list as we went along: Animals Always, fall colors, big trees, and, of course, Apotheosis of St. Louis. (Fun fact, Addison loves the statue so much he almost got a tattoo for it!)
Addison and Matthew’s intimate lakeside ceremony was officiated by their mutual friend Fran, who came all the way from Georgia. And they were joined by family, close friends, and their dog Buddy the Sidekick, a Chiweenie (Chihuahua-Dachshund mix) they rescued from Humane Society of Missouri. (Aww, dogs and weddings, did I mention how much I love them both?) They exchanged vows as the gorgeous autumn Sun was setting behind the trees.
Two handsome grooms and an epic sunset, surrounded by people who mean the world to them: you can’t any better than this!!! I love big fat gay weddings, but I walk away from small, sweet, intimate weddings like this with teary eyes and a melted heart. Below are highlights of the day. Enjoy!
Can’t get enough of this handsome couple? Take a look at their wedding album below for more photos!