One of the challenges as a photographer working in St. Louis is erratic weather patterns. If you do not like the weather in St. Louis, you can sometimes wait an hour and encounter an entirely different season. As much as I was hoping for this to be the case for Amber and Brent’s wedding, there was no way to sugar coat a high of 10 and low of 0 degrees. The biggest challenge on such a frigid day is really for my clients. As a photographer, I can dress in layers for warmth. But outdoor pictures for a wedding party, especially the bride, can be quite challenging and uncomfortable. With the bride having so much to organize the days and hours before the wedding, I wanted to do my part to reach out to Amber and make sure she was aware of bitter cold wedding photos that lay ahead.
Amber and I brainstormed indoor wedding photography locations and discussed options such as the hotel in Union Station, the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and the beautiful St. Louis City Public Library. However, the sitting fees and permit requirements at the various locations ruled these out as viable options. We decided to brave the frigid temperatures ahead, hoping to use the walls of the Muny halls to break the projected -20 degree windchill.
When the wedding day arrived the weatherman was right on. In fact, it was so cold the pre ceremony outside pictures had to be flowerless in order to preserve the integrity of the flowers for the wedding ceremony. After arriving at the Muny, I arranged the photo opts so as to allow the bridal party to take shifts in the cold and get breaks in the warmth of the party bus. In addition to the added discomfort of the cold, I had to be prepared with extra batteries because the freezing temperatures make for very short camera battery life. Despite my best efforts to engage the bridal party and keep their minds off the cold, there was no way to hide the COLD expressions
After quickly shooting at the Muny, Amber and Brent wanted to brave the elements one more time for pictures at the Grand Basin. However, the wind coming off the lake took the word freezing to a whole new level. There was no way to hide the extreme discomfort on their faces.
Amber decided they had enough of the cold, so we ventured to the wedding location, Tapawingo.
The warmth of the indoors coupled with the elegantly decorated New Years themed lobby made for a quick mood booster for all. At last the flowers could be photographed too. The bridal party was so pleasant to work with and even willingly encountered the elements outdoors one more time. The darkness made it even more brisk. Three bridesmaids, Amber and Brent were briefed on how to do the sparkler shot. They were quick learners and we were all very thankful it worked on the first try. It was now time for the grand sparkler exit, for which all who were invited to the wedding got to witness. As a photographer this is one of those moments you cannot wait to capture. Pure bliss on the bride and grooms face and the excitement of the crowd lit up with sparklers.
Despite the weather, the room was decorated beautifully, the ceremony went off perfect, and the reception went on to ring in the New Year. Amber and Brent, I thank you for your patience and willingness to brave the weather! Thank you for including me in your day and I look forward to hopefully working with you guys again soon.