Engagement Sessions//

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!

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!~

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