Remembering Kimber

Remembering Kimber

Photos by Shadow & Light Photography

Remembering Kimber 

Normally I post a happily ever after anniversary message with loads of my fave pics from their day.

But this year I wasn’t sure how. 

You see this beautiful woman’s soul left this earth after an uphill battle with ovarian cancer last month.  

I will never forget reading Kyle’s words that he lost the love of his life that day. How much she inspired so many. How he knows she will be with him always.

It was May 11. My birthday. The reason I bring that up is because her wedding day photographer, Shannon shares my birthday as well. So now the 3 of us share that day- earth birthdays + heavenly birthdays. 

You know how people say life isn’t fair? 

Well I don’t believe our lives play a game of fair vs unfair. But this rocked my faith for sure. At the same time, Kimber + her family’s faith made me want to believe even more that she was truly home + we would meet again some day. 

We are still celebrating you today Kimber.

You and Kyle.

Your wonderful families. 

On your second wedding anniversary.

Your beautiful soul needs to be celebrated + honored every day, not just on milestones in your life. I am absolutely positively sure it is because you are loved by so so so many.

And I know you are watching over us all, but send an extra dose of love + light down to Kyle + Luna. I know we will. 

I won’t lie, I intended to post this on your birthday (May 12th) but I couldn’t find the right words. Nearly a month later, there will never be the right words.

I visited Kimber + Kyle + Luna (that’s their furbabe) in February. We talked about their family vacations, family weddings, missing her students + what cancer is like. We talked about hope, which is fitting because that’s her middle name. That girl is so damn brave. Her husband is so damn brave. Hearing their story + their continuous faith made me love them even harder.

Picking out our favorite photos of the day was so hard. Tears of joy + tears of sadness of what a beautiful life. A beautiful love story. 

While we usually focus on all the details of a wedding + include a healthy balance of all the pretties, for Kimber + Kyle, we wanted to show you the heart of them + their family. 

Kimber we will remember you always.

Kyle, Carla + Scott, we are sending you the biggest hugs.  

Thank you too all who participated in this beautiful celebration of love:
Photography + Videography: Shadow & Light Photography
Florals: Artistry Florist and Event Design
Stationary: Unique Moments
Venue: Union Station
Cake: The Cakery Bakery & Cake Studio
Bridal Attire: Mia Grace Bridal
Ice Sculpture: Ice Cuisine Ice Sculpture
Hair + Makeup: Belleza Bridal Salon
Entertainment: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
Photo booth: Fish Eye Fun
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Rentals + Decor: Weinhardt Party Rentals

St. Louis Bride Shoot – Sheep!

St. Louis Bride Shoot – Sheep!

Photos by Shadow + Light Photography

St. Louis Bride Shoot

Sheep!

When the sweet Amy Meyerott of Shadow + Light called me the first week in March her first question was: do you like to travel?

Um duh.
Calgon take me away
I’m leaving on a jet plane …
And you know I have THE cutest luggage for such occasions.

“Amy, where are we going?”

“Silver Oaks Chateau if Nancy {Slade, the editor of St. Louis bride magazine} likes my idea for a French inspired cover shoot… and I want you to be my planner to pull it all together.”

Say whhhaaaaaa????

Legit I’m looking around the room (while I’m on the phone) to make sure she is talking about me. To me.

You see, one of my goals this year was to be published in a magazine so this felt a lil unbelievable. I mean did you see the last fairy tale inspired shoot in St. Louis Bride? That is some serious talent… I am still in awe of the ladies who pulled that together. #girlcrush

It turns out Amy was talking about me so once I got my bearings back she said so here’s my inspiration: French blue and peach ….

She said way more details after the announced color palate but I was already lost in my own thoughts…

You see as a child with an imagination that often got me in trouble, I dreamt up the most dreamy wedding (well in my 8 year old mind it was dreamy) with those exact colors. Peach bridesmaids dresses with puff sleeves, big white hats (like the one I wore to Easter Sunday because clearly fancy hats are for special occasions), light blue suits and a particular farm animal that will forever have my heart.

Coincidently my bedroom was shades of peach and light blue and also adorned with stenciled sheep on the wall, sheep sheets, a giant sheep that I stored my jammies inside (you know the animals with the pockets on their bellies from the 80’s???). So as a kid I wasn’t that clever but inspired by my surroundings!

Amy is probably still talking at this point about silk ribbon and floral arrangements when I blurt out: “We must have a sheep with a little bell around its neck! This is so meant to be it’s like a dream come true!”

“A sheep?”

“Yes a sheep. As in lamb. As in Mary had a little lamb, except our names aren’t Mary.”

It’s a sheep thing, you wouldn’t understand.

And most people didn’t, until you fast forward to the day that magazine hit newsstands and then there’s absolutely no question that the sheep didn’t belong. It was like a bride like Bo Peep graced the pages of that mag with her sheep, named Linn from Wildflower Farm in Ditmer, Missouri, and it seemed absolutely normal that 4 little flower girls in daisy floral crowns and tulle skirts played ring around the rosey with a fluffy black lamb!

After months of planning it was one of the most rewarding things to watch this shoot come to life and then to see it in print!!! Ahhh! I am still crying!!

Shout out to our main crew of ladies who humored the raspberry berets idea!

Enjoy these gorgeous images by my love Amy and the flipping best team we worked with that day…

I’m a pack rat, dumpster diver, save anything and everything sentimentalist at heart so I am proud and honored to say we pulled some of my most favorite things from storage to bring this table to life.

Special thank you to red lipstick Amanda (bc she’s always wearing it) from Ces and Judy’s for putting up with my daily sheep squeals for months and teaching me how to say crocumbouche!

Participating Vendors
Photography – Shadow + Light Photography
Location – Silver Oaks Chateau
Florals – Les Bouquets
Catering – Ces + Judy’s Catering 
Cake – La Patisserie Choquette 
Hair + Make Up – Beauty by Whitney
Calligraphy – RSVPeasCalligraphy 
Rentals – An Affair to Remember 
Classic Car – Best Transportation
Men’s Attire – Savile Row Custom Clothiers
Wedding Gowns – Town + Country Bridal, Clarice’s Bridal, Frew’s, Sincerely Yours, Fleur de Lis, The Ultimate Bride, Simply Elegant Bridal, Berrybridge 
Flower Girls TuTus – Birdee’s Closet at Local Lucy’s 
Models – West Model Management 
Jewelry – Genovese Jewelers + Timekeepers 
Sheep – Linn from Wild Flower Farm, Dittmer, MO

A Royal Wedding

A Royal Wedding

Photos by Shadow & Light

A Royal Wedding

A Photoshoot Inspired by a Renovated Church

The Main Street Abbey inspired this shoot with its pristine white walls and archways above the original stained glass windows. Coupled with Megan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding this spring and the abundance of tv series portraying the history of royalty, we knew we had to bring our own royal wedding to life in this rehabbed church!

The color palate was an easy one as we wanted to include fresh fruits, desserts and the charcuterie spread as table decoration just like in early modern European feasting tables. Gold vessels of overflowing greenery and white peonies danced along the walls and table accented by citrus and handpainted blue place settings (also mimicked in the gorgeous cake)!

And what royal wedding is complete without a crown and sparkler party?!?

Thank you to our vendor friends:
Catering – Little Vintage Baking Company and The Social Affair
Entertainment – CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
Florals – Grimm and Gorly
Photography – Shadow & Light Photography
Rentals & Decor – Renown Rentals and Grand Rental Station Fairview Heights
Attire – Town and Country Bridal and Bridal Manor
Stationery – Unique Moments and Hand-Lettering by Stephanie
Hair & Make Up – Savanah Summer Luxury Hair + Makeup
Real life couple – Miriah + Shaun. If Mariah looks familiar it’s because she is a former Miss Missouri!