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Tiffany and Nick’s elopement at Carondolet Park by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson

wedding sign by Cate Jackson Photography

I’ve been asked to photograph several elopements this spring and it’s always a joy! With the low key atmosphere and intimate nature of these events everyone is always really chill and happy. Tiffany and Nick’s was no exception. They chose to have their wedding at The Boat House at Carondolet Park , which is one of my favorite locations to photograph. Their wedding took place in front of the lake on a sunny April day.wedding sign by Cate Jackson PhotographyThe above sign was for their few and intimate family and friends guests. Nick is excited as he gets his boutionnierre pinned.groom at Carondolet Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyTiffany shared a special pre wedding moment with her father.bride with father by Cate Jackson Photographybride hugging father by Cate jackson PhotographyNick waited with anticipation for his beautiful bride…groom watching bride by Cate Jackson Photographybride being walked down aisle by her father by Cate Jackson Photograpy\hyA moment of prayer.prayer during wedding ceremony by Cate Jackson Photographybride smiling at wedding at Carondolet Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyGroom looking at bride during wedding in Carondolet Park by Cate Jackson Photographybride listening to groom's vows at St. Louis Carondolet Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyAfter a short and sweet ceremony they shared their first kiss as a married couple.St. Louis bride and groom first kiss by Cate Jackson Photographypost ceremony wedding photo in St. Louis by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate JacksonAfter the ceremony we did some photos in and around the Boat House at Carondolet Park.bridal portrait by St. Louis Wedding Photographer Cate Jacksongroom portrait by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate JacksonBride and groom at Carondolet Park Boathouse by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom posed portrait by Cate Jackson Photography of St. LouisI’m in love with the light in the Boathouse!bride laughing with groom at Carondolet Park by St. Louis wedding photorgrapher Cate JacksonThen we went to another spot within the park. There are so many spots and they didn’t hold back on the affection.bride and groom embracing at Carondolet park by St. Louis photographer Cate Jacksonembrace by bride and groom by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson Photographyemotional bride and groom portrait by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson Photographywedding shoes and bouquet by St. lLouis wedding photographer Cate Jackson Photographybouquet at tree bae by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom walking away by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom walking by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson PhotographyAnd what I didn’t tell you until now is that she is also expecting!pregnant bride with groom by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom in front of tree in Carondolet Park by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom kiss under veil by St. Louis wedding photographer Cate Jackson PhotographyCongratulations Tiffany and Nick!!!!

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

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!

Carolyn and Ben’s Forest Park Engagement session by Cate Jackson Photography

engaged couple hugging by Cate Jackson Photography

These two couldn’t be any more in love. It just oozes out of them. Carolyn and Ben met in college and are getting married on September 16th of this year.engaged couple smiling by Cate Jackson PhotographyWe met at Forest Park because it is a sentimental place for them where they actually got engaged.engaged couple holding hands by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple kissing by Cate Jackson PhotographyThey didn’t take long to start getting romantic even though they claimed to be shy in front of the camera!engaged couple cuddling by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged bride smiling at groom by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple kissing by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged bride looking at groom by Cate Jackson PhotographyEngaged couple in front of found wood sculpture in Forest Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyEngaged couple in field of grasses by Cate Jackson PhotographyIt wasn’t yet spring but we had a really beautiful day in Forest Park. It was the most beautiful day this year so far.egngaged couple embracing in front of tall grasses by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom embracing in engagement session by Cate Jackson PhotographyThey are just so joyful together.bride and groom hugging at engagement session by Cate Jackson Photographycouple in love by Cate Jackson Photographycouple embracing and laughing by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple looking at each other in portrait session by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple in red white and blue by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple hugging by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple kissing in field by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple in front of lake by Cate Jackson Photographygroom kisses bride on forehead during engagement session by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom laughing in front of lake at Forest Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyAfter spending some time at my favorite secret spot in Forest Park we headed over to the Grand Basin at Art Hill where they actually got engaged.engaged couple at Grand Basin in Forest Park by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple kissing in front of St. Louis Art Museum by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple at bottom of Grand Basin in Forest Park by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple look at each other in front of Grand Basin by Cate Jackson Photographygroom twirling bride at engagement session at Forest Park by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple sitting at Grand Basin by Cate Jackson Photographyhands of engaged couple showing ring by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple standing at Grand Basin by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple standing and looking at each other by Cate Jackson Photographygroom twirling bride at Forest Park by Cate Jackson PhotographyCarolyn and Ben decided to include their sweet Black Lab Ruffie for a few shots. :0)engagement session with black lab dog by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom at engagement session with dog by Cate Jackson PhotographyHe is sooo cute and sweet…Engaged couple with dog looking at camera by Cate Jackson Photographyengaged couple posing in front of Grand Basin by Cate Jackson PhotographyAfter this Ben was basically done! Lol.humorous shot of bride and groom by Cate Jackson PhotographyBride and groom posing in Forest Park St Louis by Cate Jackson PhotographyI had a blast with these two and can’t wait for their wedding!~