Ashley and Patricio’s Forest Park wedding and gender reveal by Cate Jackson Photography

When Ashley called me to ask my availability for her wedding, I asked if she was eloping. She explained that this was also a gender reveal party and that her Grandmother had said, “Why don’t you just get married beforehand.” Both she and Patricio who had been together for seven years thought that was a great idea. They settled on Forest Park at the Grand Basin with the St. Louis Art Museum and Art Hill as the lovely backdrop. weddingdetailsbycatejacksonphotography

The day started off with the lovely Ashley getting ready at her parents’ home in Kirkwood. Below her mother presents her with a family heirloom bracelet!mother presents bride with gift by Cate Jackson Photography

Bride gets ready by Cate Jackson Photographybridal portraits by Cate Jackson Photography

Isn’t she lovely?!bridal portrait after getting ready by Cate Jackson Photography

After she was ready it was time to head to the Grand Basin where close friends and family were gathered to join the celebration. Her groom awaited her with his back turned until she was near him.groom awaits bride at altar by Cate Jackson Photography

Patricio was very emotional during the first look at the altar. So sweet!bride and grooms first look at altar by Cate Jackson Photographywedding ceremony at Forest Park by Cate Jackson Photographyceremony kiss by Cate Jackson Photographyjust married by Cate Jackson Photographyembrace between bride and groom by Cate Jackson Photography

They are so happy and they are sooo cute together!wedding portraits by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom walking by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom portraits by Cate Jackson Photographybridal portrait in Forest Park by Cate Jackson Photographybride holding bouquet on wedding day by Cate Jackson Photographyclose up of bride on wedding day by Cate Jackson Photographybride holding bouquet by Cate Jackson PhotographyShe couldn’t be lovelier! So radiant and beautiful.bride and groom in front of pine tree on wedding day by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom embracing in front of greenery on wedding day by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom by Cate Jackson Photographygroom kissing bride on forehead in front of tree by Cate Jackson Photography

 

bride and groom with family dog by Cate Jackson PhotographyThey even brought their adorable boxer in for a few photos. She was pretty well behaved!bride and groom in front of sculpture by Cate Jackson PhotographyAnd here we have the handsome groom looking very G.Q.groom portrait by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom with flowers by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom embracing by Cate Jackson Photographybride's hand with flowers over grooms back by Cate Jackson PhotographyThen it was time for the party to begin!

wedding reception details by Cate Jackson Photographybridegroomatreception bridegroomlisteningtotoast  father of groom gives toast by Cate Jackson Photography toatfatherofbridefathers wedding toast by Cate Jackson PhotographyAfter the heartfelt toasts it was time to cut the gorgeous cake. bride and groom cutting cake by Cate Jackson Photography bridegroomcuttingcakebride and groom feeding each other wedding cake by Cate Jackson PhotographyThey had gathered a group of close family and friends to celebrate both their wedding and also the upcoming baby that they are expecting. After dinner was time for the gender reveal part of the party, while everyone waited with anticipation to find out if it’s a boy or a girl. They each opened a gift…bride and groom opening gifts by Cate Jackson Photographybride holds up boys clothesgender reveal box by Cate Jackson PhotographyNow was the time for the reveal!boxopen bride and groom celebratingfamily celebrating by Cate Jackson Photographycelebrating with Grandpagroom looking at balloonit's a boybride embracing groom by Cate Jackson PhotographyBride and groom at Grand Basin in Forest Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyCongratulations to Ashley and Patricio and their families on the new marriage and baby to come!