After being super nervous about shooting their wedding, I can honestly say that this was the best way to ease in and try out being a 'pro' photographer. I've known Mattie since I was a freshman in college and she's always made me feel more confident about myself; meeting Jim just added to the list of people who make me braver and better. I could go on and on about how much I adore Mattie and Jim but it should be obvious by now. I still have a hard time believing that they like my work enough to fly me out to St. Louis to shoot their wedding but apparently they do. Jim is a photographer himself so I know what a big deal it is for him to choose me.
Their wedding was held at the Old Playground Pavilion in Tower Grove Park.
Her dress (for the ceremony) was her grandmother's and every woman in her family is given the opportunity to wear it.
The ceremony was officiated by their friend, Claudia. Mattie and Jim met when Claudia hired him to photograph her wedding.
We started off doing portraits so everyone could relax and eat after the ceremony.
Nervously waiting for the ceremony to start.
With the rings secure on their fingers and not lost in the grass, they were pronounced husband and wife.
Our friend Randi and her mister, Brad, drove up from the Panhandle with their swords. They gave Mattie and Jim a sword arch to walk through and something fun to cut the cake with.
Brad sabered the champagne for the toast.
The wedding was beautiful and I am so glad I got the honor of photographing it.