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St. Louis Union Station Engagement photos —I had the pleasure of meeting Paige and Ryan and capturing their love and story in St. Louis.  We choose the historic St. Louis Union Station as the backdrop for their shoot and then we moved to the Angad Arts Hotel for the second portion of the photoshoot.

Update: Paige and Ryan have been featured on How They Asked by the Knot.  

St. Louis Union Station Engagement Photos

St. Louis Union Station Engagement Photos

 

St. Louis Union Station Engagement Photos

St. Louis Union Station

St. Louis Union Station Engagement Photos

Q: Let’s start at the beginning. How did you two first meet?

A: Ryan and I met on a Friday night at a Place called Elmo’s Love Lounge ( Quite a  coincidence). He was leaving with his nephew and my best friend knew him and stopped to talk to him. During their conversation I noticed Ryan laughing and asked what he thought was so funny.  My snippy remark peaked his interest and we hit it off from there.

St. Louis Union Station Engagement Photos

Q: What makes your relationship special? Tell us some things that you both value in your time together. (example: pushing each other to new limits, love to travel, huge comic book fans, foodies, etc.) What makes your relationship unique?

 

A: Our relationship is so special because we can listen to music and sing together for hours. We introduce each other to knew things like Marvel movies and cooking.

 

St. Louis Union Station Engagement Photos

 

Q: How did you know your partner was the one? When did you first know this in your relationship? (these may often be the same moment, but aren’t always)

A: Prior to meeting Ryan I had no interest in really dating but within the 1st week of meeting he was just what I needed. Our first date lasted 6 hours and even after that date we made plans to meet  again the next day. There was one night in particular ( Maybe a month into dating ) where I went over to his house. He mentioned wanting to talk and all I remember is that I just knew he wanted to make it official but all he wanted to say was he could see that happening in the future. I was so embarrassed and emotional that I called my friend upset . That’s when  I  knew he was special.

Q: Give us all the details about the proposal. How and where did it happen? Was it a surprise? What was the planning process?

A: The proposal happened during a family Christmas Brunch my mom hosted .  It was time to take photos so I wanted everyone to gather but my best friend pulled me away upstairs to “Talk” about something she was going through  that couldn’t wait (She was apart of the plan). After talking briefly I went back downstairs stairs straight to everyone facing the doorway, candles lit on the floor and music playing.  Ryan stood in front of me wearing his Christmas pajamas.I was so surprised I instantly started crying.

Angad Arts Hotel and Downtown St. Louis

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Q: We’re all about the bling… Tell us all about that ring!

A: The square cut diamond ring  is a reflection of myself, he chose something simple but classy.

Q: Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Do you have any ideas in mind yet?

A: Ryan and I are excited to get the planning really put in place. We had rough year with my mom suffering from blood clots and needing to fly out to Cleveland for open lung surgery but now that she is healed we can now focus on our celebration. We have ideas of exactly how we want things to go and look so were anticipating the moment we can move forward with planning this year.

 

St. Louis Union Station Engagement

For more information about my engagement photo shoots please visit my engagement photography web site. 

St. Louis Union Station Engagement

The Sagamore Pendry Hotel is 128-room luxury hotel located in the historic waterfront community of Fell’s Point overlooking the Inner Harbor. Ashlee and Ryan were excited when I suggested having their engagement session here as they are getting married in Baltimore.

 

Sagamore Pendry Hotel Wedding Engagement Photos

The red carpet stairs made for a romantic backdrop for Ashlee and Ryan as they were getting more comfortable with the shoot. The shoot took place in July of 2018 on one of the hottest days of the summer so we made it work and that’s one of the reasons why I chose the Sagamore Pendry Hotel in Baltimore.

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Ashlee is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and since she was wearing a fabulous dress, I asked her to strike that AKA pose.

Sagamore Pendry Hotel Weding

 

Sagamore Pendry Hotel Wedding Engagement Photos

Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is the reinvention of one of the region’s most storied properties, perched on Recreation Pier in the center of the vibrant waterfront Fell’s Point neighborhood. The hotel was carefully renovated and reimagined by Patrick Sutton Design with a creative vision rooted in its historic significance and signature Charm City allure. The final product is designed for visitors and locals alike, with the amenities, offerings and exclusive programming today’s traveler is seeking, accompanied by the city’s most inspired new dining, beverage and retail concepts. Baltimore, reimagined. Welcome to Sagamore Pendry Baltimore. Via Sagamore Pendry

Sagamore Pendry Hotel Wedding Engagement Photos

Fells Point Creamery

We ended Ashlee and Ryan’s shoot Fells Point Creamery  This is a really good ice cream shop across from the Sagamore Pendry Hotel.  They are a really fun couple and I look forward to capturing their Baltimore wedding.

Sagamore Pendry Hotel Wedding Engagement Photos

Ashlee and Ryan eating ice cream

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It was a fun time had by all.  Thanks to Shantel Pinnock for the Makeup and Chiara Law for assisting me on the shoot.
View more of my engagement sessions on the blog.

The National Gallery of Art is a national art museum in Washington, D.C. located in National Mall. I had the opportunity to photograph an engagement and maternity shoot at the same time. Monique and Shea were ready for the challenge and so was I!  We started early in the morning and finished right before the museum was busy and I felt good about the shoot.
National Gallery of Art Maternity and Engagement Photos

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The Jefferson Memorial was the perfect engagement location for Krystal and Carlo. We had such an amazing time while there.  We started the engagement shoot off at City Center, in Washington, D.C. a popular place in the city to take photos. By the time we moved to the Jefferson Memorial we were in full swing! Designed by John Russell Pope in 1925, the Jefferson Memorial is an imposing sandstone monument. The architectural style makes for a timeless and classic backdrop for an engagement shoot.
Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot
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Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot
Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot
Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot
Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot

Washington D.C. City Center

For the Washington DC part of the shoot, the couple wore red and black contrasting outfits, with Krystal in red heels and Carlo is a red top. I love shooting in the streets of Washington! The city provides a great backdrop for couple portraits.

Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot
City Center Washington D.C. Engagement Shoot
Jefferson Memorial Engagement Shoot
City Center Washington D.C. Engagement Shoot
City Center Washington D.C. Engagement Shoot

I love the color pop of Krystal’s bright yellow dress against the sandstone of the Jefferson Memorial.  It always makes for a lovely shoot when couples decide to dress up and go out for an engagement shoot at one of our National Monuments.

couple shoot featuring yellow dress at the Jefferson Memorial D.C. Engagement Shoot

City Center in Washington, D.C. and Anacostia Park were the perfect locations for Kenya and Brian’s engagement shoot. Their adorable bulldog, Gabby joined us for the first part of the shoot at the park and she kept us all in line.

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Washington, DC Center City Engagement Photos

New York City’s Time Square was the perfect backdrop for Francine and Rodney’s Engagement Shoot. Rodney explains why it’s such a special place for him and his bride to be Francine.

Times square NYC Engagement (more…)

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