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

Get Outside and Play!

Get Outside and Play!

Photos by Charis Rowland Photography

We Heart Outdoor Weddings!

Let’s Talk About the Facts…

Planning an elegant or rustic outdoor wedding can be incredible! One misconception is that a backyard wedding is a money saver. While that is most often untrue, it can be worth every penny if it’s what your heart desires!

Do you want to celebrate in the barn that you played in as a child that holds so many memories? How about on your favorite beach? Both offer a canvas for you, the artist, to design…

or with the help of your talented wedding planner (yeah that was on purpose).

Let’s chat about what goes into one of these beautiful events.

POTTY TIME Let’s just get this one out of the way. If you don’t have the facilities, you’ll need to look into renting portable potties for your guests to use after their frequent trips to the bar.

ELECTRIC Will you have power brought from a building or will you need to use generators to power things like lights and the DJ? Some thought, planning, and knowledge of wattage needs to go into this decision.

RENTALS If you’re creating a venue, just about everything will need to be rented. This may include tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, even the dance floor.

BACK UP PLAN Yep, it’s the cold, wet truth about the Midwest. If you’re planning an outdoor event, you have to have a backup plan in place. Those anti-rain dances aren’t very reliable. This could be a second venue, having a tent on standby, or something else.

We could keep going, but it would be more fun to chat with you about your vision. Of course, we would love to help you bring all of this outdoor magic to life, so give us a call!

Thank you to all of the wonderful humans who made this outdoor magic happen:
Venue – Missouri Botanical Garden and Oak Knoll Park – St. Louis Community Foundation
Florals – An Affair To Remember
Rentals – Weinhardt Party Rentals and Premier Rentals
Hair and Make up – Metro Design Studio and Emily Miller Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist
Attire – Jos. A. Bank
Cake – Sugarbelle Cakery
Catering – Butler’s Pantry and Catering St. Louis
Stationary – Unique Moments and Service Bureau Fine Stationery & Gifts
Entertainment – Rosewood Ensemble and Millennium Productions
Favors – POPtions! Popcorn and 2 Chics and a Photobooth
Transportation – BEST Transportation
Photography & Cinema – Charis Rowland Photography