A Summer Wedding at Moulin St. Louis | Nathaniel & Lauren

Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing I’d rather do on any given Saturday (or Friday…or Sunday…or any other day of the week for that matter) than photograph a wedding. But let me tell you, I’d been waiting ALL YEAR for Nathaniel and Lauren’s wedding day! When Lauren and I first spoke over the phone about their wedding, I was immediately drawn to her intelligent and quirky sense of humor, and I was in awe of how much she seemed to just be loving life. They had met as undergrads at Vanderbilt, where they bonded over a love of travel, adventure, and a deep desire to give back. In fact, one of their first travel adventures together was spending the summer as volunteers in South America — she at a medical clinic, and he at a preschool. Now she was heading into her final year of med school and applying for residency programs, and Nathaniel had recently embarked on his career as a litigator with a busy Washington DC firm. Their schedules were crazy busy, but they still found time to try out new popsicle recipes, compete in scavenger hunts in our nation’s capital, and continue their quest to find the perfect scoop of ice cream. Seriously, how could I NOT love these two?

Finally Nathaniel and Lauren’s wedding day arrived, and on a beautiful early summer day a couple of weeks ago, their friends and family gathered in St. Louis from all corners of the country and around the world to celebrate them. And what a wonderful day it was! The day was filled with so much joy, warmth, and loads of laughter, and I’m so thrilled to have been there to capture it.

I love Nathaniel’s cufflinks, which were stamped with the coordinates of the locations of their engagement and wedding. Such a thoughtful way to mark those once in a lifetime memories!

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The wedding took place at Moulin, where Anne and her staff took such great care of the bridal party throughout the day. While they were getting ready, the guys got to spend some time hanging out in the Malt House Cellar, playing pool, shuffleboard and darts, while the ladies were busy getting beautiful upstairs.

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Once Lauren was ready, we set aside a few minutes for a “Dad’s First Look.” I know he was thrilled to get to have a quiet moment with his stunningly beautiful little girl before the day’s festivities officially began.

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Then we headed over to Lafayette Park for Nathaniel and Lauren’s first look, which was incredibly tender and sweet.

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The bridesmaids’ attire was the perfect combination of classic and fun. I loved that each of the ladies picked different yellow shoes to compliment the gorgeous sunflowers in their bouquets!

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Lauren, you are a complete knock out!

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One of Nathaniel and Lauren’s long-time friend officiated their wedding ceremony. He struck the perfect balance between humor and sentimentality, and you couldn’t help but be drawn into the emotion of the day.

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Lauren’s mom is amazing! She took the lead on the reception decor, as well as the tasty dessert table filled with all sorts of delectable treats. The watering can centerpieces were so adorable, and Lauren and Nathaniel paid homage to their rich family history by displaying their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos, along with the hats their grandmothers wore for their weddings. The reception commenced with heartfelt toasts from Lauren’s dad, the Best Man and Maid of Honor, followed by a fun-filled night of dancing.

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Congratulations, Nathaniel and Lauren! How blessed you both are to have found your best friend in one another! No matter where life takes you, as long as you go together, you will always have someone with whom you can laugh over a delicious popsicle, ice cream cone, or tasty beer — and that is worth more than you can imagine! Thank you so much for letting me share in your wedding day…I cannot wait to see where life takes you. I know the two of you are going to have a wonderful life together!

Cheers!

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A big thank you to the vendors who helped to make Nathaniel and Lauren’s wedding so very special!

Event Venue: Anne at Moulin/Malt House Cellar
Floral Arrangements/Dessert Table: Sally Bruns/Dierberg’s
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini by David’s Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Transportation: GEM Transportation
Second Shooter: Kate of Kate Colton Studios

 

 

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