Laura + Brad – Saint Francis Xavier College Church & Windows on Washington Wedding

Laura and Brad are an absolutely charming couple who somehow managed to produce a DIY wedding with no visible stress whatsoever.  From looking at the photos, you would have assumed from their very obvious joy and excitement on the day of their wedding that they had hired the best wedding planner in town.  Both of them are so smart and creative (Brad a newly minted PhD in aerospace engineering and Laura an architect) that planning and executing such a darling wedding looked effortless. Theirs was a romance that had bloomed slowly; it began they were living in different cities, and they only had three dates in the first three months the knew each other.   But as Laura cheerfully says, they were in no hurry – both of them were confident right from the start that they had found the perfect match.

The wedding was held on a chilly day in early March at one of my favorite churches in St. Louis, the St. Francis Xavier College Church (  I love photographing there not only because of the spectacular architecture and gorgeous natural light (it just made #7 on Buzzfeed’s list of “31 Insanely Beautiful Colleges You Can Get Married At“!) but also because of their thoroughly nice wedding guild.  Laura and her talented bridesmaids made the bouquets and the lovely flower arrangements the day before and arrived at the church completely relaxed and ready to have a wonderful time.  Laura also made the beautiful jewel encrusted sash and veil that so nicely complemented her lovely Watters & Watters gown.  Her bridesmaids’ blue dresses by Alfred Sung perfectly accented the gorgeous stained glass windows in the church.  After a beautiful ceremony, we headed to the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts ( for photographs which held many romantic memories for them.  After that her architectural heart could not resist taking a few more photographs at the newly renovated St. Louis Public Library (  It was so much fun!

Their wedding reception was held at Windows on Washington ( and was as fun and relaxed as the wedding itself.  Knowing that they wanted their photographs to be as natural as possible, I had suggested hanging market lights above the dance floor so that with my excellent Canon 5D Mark III cameras I could avoid using any flash for the photography.  Among other details at the reception, Laura’s mother designed and made the pretty blue table runners, while her father had made the cake stand which they are now using as a cutting board.  After cutting their delicious cake by Wedding Wonderland they finished out their evening dancing away with their family and friends to the fun music of A Rockin’ D.J.

My teenage daughter who always loves looking over my shoulder as I edit my weddings (what girl doesn’t like looking at weddings?) has dubbed them “The Adorable Couple.”  Too true.  Best wishes to you both!

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