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Kristen and Adam’s Gorgeous Memphis wedding by St. Louis Wedding Photographer Cate Jackson

bride and groom first look by Cate Jackson Photography

Kristen and Adam were Married at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, TN, which is a fantastic venue. Kristen is actually my second cousin and when her Mom Sandy contacted me to photograph the wedding in Memphis, I was delighted! The couple currently resides in Colorado and decided to have their wedding in Memphis to be closer to their families. They couldn’t have chosen a nicer venue, with the Dixon Gallery’s outdoor gardens it made for a gorgeous backdrop. The weather was perfect despite rain in the days leading up to the wedding and storm warnings for the wedding day. It didn’t rain a drop! Here are some photos from the day starting with their first look in the gardens.bride and groom first look by Cate Jackson Photography

Isn’t she stunning in that modern textury dress and he looks so dapper in his suit! All day you could feel the love…bride and groom posing and embracing by Cate Jackson Photography We found this beautiful ivy wall and just had to get a few shots there.bride and groom embracing by ivy by Cate Jackson Photography

The garden had sculptures throughout so we used them as a backdrop. Here’s one that is actually a favorite of the couple.bride and groom in front of stone sculpture by Cate Jackson Photographybride emracing groom from behind by Cate Jackson Photography

They are such a cute couple and so happy!bride sitting on groom's lap by Cate Jackson Photographybride kissing groom by Cate Jackson Photography

 

The couple had simple yet elegant wedding details.wedding details by Cate Jackson Photography

They also had great musical taste. Their wedding march was ” Shelter from the Storm” by the infamous Bob Dylan.bride walking down aisle with father by Cate Jackson Photography

There were many points in the ceremony where they had a good laugh. bride laughing during wedding ceremony by Cate Jackson Photography

bride laughing ceremony by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom at altar by Cate Jackson Photographyreceiving rings by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom kiss in wedding by Cate Jackson Photographybride and groom embracing after wedding by Cate Jackson PhotographyAfter the ceremony they took a few minutes to themselves and then it was on to the reception and their first dance as a married couple.bride and groom first dance by Cate Jackson Photography

And then there were the heartfelt toasts and speeches…toasts at Memphis wedding by Cate Jackson Photography

And after that they danced the night away!dancing at wedding reception by Cate Jackson Photographywedding rings by Cate Jackson Photography

Congrats to the happy couple and their families!

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

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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!

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Katie and Danny’s romantic woodsy Forest Park engagement session

Romantic engagement session Forest Park St. Louis

Katie and Danny are getting married in October at Pierre Marquette State Park. I can’t wait to shoot their wedding! Along with the outdoorsy theme of their wedding they chose Forest Park’s wooded areas for their engagement session.

They weren’t camera shy either! Take a look.Woodsy Forest Park engagement portraitsRomantic engagement session Forest Park St. LouisUrban woods engagement sessionSaint Louis engagement photographer

For their final photo they chose an Acro Yoga pose. So much fun!Yoga engagement session in St. Louis

Nate and Marie’s wonderful Wedding in St. Louis by St. Louis Wedding Photographer Cate Jackson

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Nate and Marie got married and it was FABBO! They started off their day with a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony at Marie’s family home. It’s a way to honor relatives, loved ones and ancestors. They served tea to people who then handed them red envelopes with gifts of money. It was such a beautiful gesture. I’d never experienced one before and I was honored to be there capturing the event.saint louis wedding, saint louis Chinese tea ceremonySaint louis bride, Chinese tea ceremonyBride arrivingChinese Wedding Tea CeremonyBride, groom, Chinese Tea CeremonyChinese Tea Ceremonysaint louis bride, best saint louis wedding photographerwedding photography saint louis, getting ready, boutionnierressaint louis bride and groom, tea ceremony, Saint Louis Fine art wedding photographersaint louis multicultural wedding photographer

After the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony we headed over to Forest Park to the Highlands to get ready for the wedding.St Louis bride getting ready, saint louis wedding photographySaint Louis brideWe met outside the Highlands in Forest Park for the first look. saint louis wedding photographer, first lookSt. Louis bride and groom, portrait photographer, wedding photographerThen we traveled around Forest Park for some awesome portraits!romantic saint louis bride and groomsaint louis best wedding photographer, forest park wedding portraitsForest Park wedding photographer, bride groomForest park bride, saint louis wedding photographersaint louis bridal portraitsForest Park wedding photographerwedding partyThe ceremony.Forest Park wedding photorapherwedding kiss Forest Park St. Louissaint louis bride and groom post ceremonysaint louis forest park wedding receptionForest Park wedding photographerThe first dance between the bride and groom.saint louis bride and groom first danceForest Park wedding reception photographyWe went outside for one final shot.saint louis bride and groom night portraitCongratulations to Nate and Marie!