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anne & ryan | st. louis wedding | lafayette square park

What can I say about Anne & Ryan’s wedding, except that it was nothing short of perfect. It was my first time visiting St. Louis and it did not disappoint! I first met Anne & Ryan when I shot their engagement session last year. Since then, Wesley and I have decided that we were destined to be friends! Anne & Ryan said their vows at Lafayette Square Park in downtown St. Louis. It was magical. If you’ve never been, just imagine a spacious and shaded plot of land surrounded  by historic and colorful victorian structures (pictured above). It was amazing. Not to mention the rooftop reception venue! Goodness, I love reliving their day every time I look through this wedding!

Anne was so kind to share a bit with me about the day.

When it came to creating a design for the wedding, Ryan and I were inspired by many different themes. As I love all things vintage and rustic, and Ryan loves all things modern and design-oriented our desire was to try to blend them together into something that made sense. As Ryan and I both have a love for the south city area of St. Louis, we chose the park in the center of Lafayette Square as our location for the ceremony. With the beautiful Victorian row-homes that surround it on all sides and the amazing gardens within the park, we couldn’t help but love it since the first day we stepped foot into it’s gates 2 years ago. The reception was held in a little hidden gem known as the Jefferson Underground. From the outside you would never know it’s there, but inside of this huge old warehouse is a superb third floor full of character and tons of space. Beyond that, our wedding can mainly be attributed to some amazing friends and family. Throughout the entire wedding process, Ryan and I felt so blessed and loved by everyone who continually surrounded us and so willingly sacrificed their time, talents, and energy in order to make this day happen.

Anne & Ryan recently returned from their 6 week long honeymoon across Europe (we were so jealous!!) and we can’t wait until they get settle into their new place here in Birmingham. mainly because they are going to be our neighbors!


The couple planned for their send off to be illuminated by floating paper lanterns, but as it turns out it was a pretty breezy night on the Jefferson Underground rooftop. The Bride & Groom weren’t phased one bit- nothing was going to damper their perfect day. After a bit of confusion, lots of laughter and a number of lanterns catching on fire, everyone rallied around the couple and formed an oh-so-fun soccer tunnel for their send off.

  • sarah - Beautiful shots Em. Probably one of my favorites youve done!

  • Kimberly - Absolutely gorgeous!! Did you have a back up plan incase it rained? Where was the reception??

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

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