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

Malorie and Will

Malorie and Will

Photos by Kelly Park Photography

Malorie and Will

The sweethearts!

Malorie and Will. Will and Malorie. There will never be a more genuinely sweet and happy couple.
These two met over Halloween weekend at a football game in Michigan. After a night of losing their friends, missing cabs and a long long walk back, they decided the night couldn’t end and alas their relationship began.

After long distance for… Malorie received orders to move to Hawaii (she’s a dentist in the Air Force and the prettiest dentist you will ever meet) so island bound they went. Shortly after they called me.

We planned for 7 months with a 9 hour time difference before this happy couple graced St Louis with their sun kissed tans and oh-so-delighted grins. Meeting Malorie for the first time at her dress fitting was a moment I will cherish forever. I could have cried the minute she walked through the doors of Simply Elegant and we embraced like old friends.

The way Will and Malorie love each other is so touching. It’s a bond of true gratitude, appreciation and connection. To be around their energy is a gift and I couldn’t be more humbled that they shared their gift with me.

Family traveled in from all over (including Chester, Illinois because you know I love my 618 area code folks) to celebrate these two at their heart felt ceremony and reception at Windows on Washington.

After a fabulous meal prepared by WOW and the most decadent cake from Wedding Wonderland, the crowd danced all night to the Charles Glenn Group – literally danced all night. It was the most amazing day and night and it’s everything I could ever hope for a kind-hearted and truly happy couple.

Florals by my favorite Angie of Elegance in Bloom. Wine barrels and arbor rented my Renown Rentals- they have the coolest things!

These gals got gorgeous with Emily Miller Hair and Make Up, all dresses by Simply Elegant.

Our photo crew who I adore more than wedding cake was Kelly Park Photography and our cameraman of the year award goes to Uncle Jeff (because seriously he was there for it all)! And we can’t forget our bridal attendant Ella who not only greeted every guest enthusiastically but documented the entire weekend with a selfie stick. I told her she will always have a spot on the SSD team with that winning personality.

Mariah Design Agency created their invitations and programs and welcome letters.

Their first look was in the courtyard of Union Station DoubleTree.

These darling robes were custom made by the family of fabulous artisans at Local Lucy’s in Belleville, IL.

Here’s mama and papa bear reading their letters that Malorie wrote them.

Cheers to the wonderful vendors who made this all happen:
Venue – Windows on Washington
Beauty – Emily Miller Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist
Bride and Bridesmaids Fashion – Simply Elegant Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Fashion – Men’s Wearhouse
Cake – Wedding Wonderland Cake Shop
Florals – Elegance in Bloom
Rentals & Decor – Renown Rentals
Stationary – Mariah Design Agency
Entertainment – Contemporary Productions
Transportation – BEST Transportation
Photography – Kelly Park Photography