Old Cars, Feathers, & Trains: Lindsey & Tyler’s ‘Great Gatsby’ Themed Wedding!

Sparkling bands went across foreheads, pearls were gently slung around their necks. The bridesmaids were dressed in all black along with the groomsmen. The reception had glittering chandeliers and a “prohibition ends here” sign.

It was truly a 1920s Gatsby inspired wedding!

The bride? Stunning.

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The dresses? On point.

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But they were even more stunning on —

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And, of course, the groom and his dapper groomsmen completed the wedding party.

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I was thrilled to photograph Lindsey and Tyler’s wedding last Saturday, October 14. It had felt like Fall weather leading up to Saturday, but then “BAM!” Mother Nature decided it should be 91 degrees on Saturday.

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But there were still smiles all around — and by the time we took wedding party shots, it had cooled to a perfect 80 degrees!

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A few weeks before Christmas, Lindsey and Tyler were enjoying the Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights. That’s when Tyler decided to get down on one knee and ask Lindsey to be his wife!

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She was totally shocked — and, of course she accepted or I wouldn’t be writing this post! Now, she’s Mrs. Allen!

IMG_0715Before the ceremony, we invited Lindsey’s father in to look at her. Immediately, tears welled up in his eyes and he gave her a giant hug. He cried and told her she was absolutely beautiful.

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Lindsey and Tyler didn’t do a “first look,” but did do a few teasers. Tyler didn’t actually peek, but I am sure he really wanted to!

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Before I left to meet Lindsey at the church, she texted me:

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And so, Tyler was blindfolded:

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The first time Tyler actually saw Lindsey was when she walked down the aisle. When the doors first opened, a huge smile spread across his face.

He looked over at his Best Man, almost to silently tell him “I am so lucky!” and then looked back at Lindsey. He didn’t take his eyes off her the rest of the ceremony.

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After the ceremony and family photos at the altar, I was pleasantly surprised to find an old 1947 Ford Convertible!

It was like walking on eggshells, because we really, really didn’t want to step on the wrong thing or scratch any interior. With permission from the owner, who is Lindsey’s stepfather, Don, the happy couple was able to sit on top of the back seats!

I am not one to usually drool over cars — but this one is a beauty!!

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After several shots with the convertible and the bride and groom, the wedding party went to the beautiful Frontier Park in St. Charles with a killer view of the Missouri River. Lindsey had a dream to get photos with this cute, little old caboose.

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Sometimes it can get windy down by the water — but Mother Nature was on our side on Saturday!

I asked Tyler to dip Lindsey back, and when I asked them to lean down even more, she goes “I’M GONNA FALL!”

Thankfully, she didn’t … although I always joke with my clients that if something like that happens, I promise to take photos!

 

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Lindsey told me she picked the Gatsby theme because she loves the classy and glamorous style of that time period.

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She said she wanted to have a fun wedding that people would have a lot of fun at and remember.

She nailed it. The reception location was at Le Belle Coeur. As soon as you enter the ballroom, you can see huge, glittering chandeliers. The sign at the bar tells you prohibition is no more, and their wedding party favors were these adorable keys that doubled as a bottle opener!

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I’ll let the happy couple close out this blog post, with a very special message to their friends and family who made their most special day the best ever!

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Louie [The Dog] Wouldn’t Wear His Cardinals Gear, But We Still Got Amazing Engagement Shots!

I met with lovebirds Lindsey and Tyler this Sunday at Lafayette Park to take their engagement photos. They brought along their adorable pup, Louie.

I’m pretty sure Louie thought my camera was a giant alligator that was going to eat him, because he looked a little worried.

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Although, there is one shot that is absolutely hilarious (below). Lindsey had her Pinterest board loaded on her phone, and the vision was to have this cute shot that was just their feet, along with Louie sitting in between them.

Louie didn’t much feel like sitting … or looking at the camera … or being there at all. At least he’s adorable!

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I think this is where I can use that #pinterestfail hashtag, right? Hahaha!

A few weeks before Christmas, Lindsey and Tyler were enjoying the Anheuser Busch Brewery Lights. That’s when Tyler decided to get down on one knee and ask Lindsey to be his wife! She was totally shocked!

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The happy couple met on Plenty of Fish. Lindsey and Tyler love the Cardinals, hanging out with Louie, and swimming / boating.

They were also very easy to get to laugh – which is something I appreciate!! If I made them stare into each other’s eyes for too long, they’d start giggling!

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We wandered over to this section of the park that had a nice fountain spouting up. As soon as I approached, a squirrel stopped in its tracks and stared at me. I legit thought it was going to charge us, but then it went on its way.

Then, as we neared the water, three giant swans poked their heads up. Now, being a Missourian, I know those dudes have tempers. We slowly approached, and when they decided we weren’t a threat, they honked at us and then sat back down. Phew!

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I had never taken shots at Lafayette Park before. It was just stunning! It’s a 30-acre park, and the oldest public park west of the Mississippi!

There were flowers in bloom, a gorgeous willow tree, and then a nice pond. Plus, it was all clustered together, so you didn’t have to walk forever to get to different parts of the park.

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There was also this building with ornate wooden windows and brick walls. I have no idea what it was for, but it sure was pretty! I think the plaque on the wall probably would have told me what it was used for … but I was distracted by photos!

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Since Lindsey and Tyler are big Cardinals fans, we also swung by Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis.

The team had a late game the night before, so we didn’t think anything was going on … but there was actually an autograph session happening, so people were everywhere! We did manage to still snag some amazing shots!

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Even though I feel like I am betraying my home team of the Royals, I have to admit these photos are just too cute.

Decked out in red, and with matching red Converse – Lindsey and Tyler represented!

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For those of you who haven’t wandered around downtown St. Louis, there’s a huge section of it dedicated to the Cardinals. Other than the stadium, there’s an entire area surrounding it that has Cardinals themes. It’s called Ballpark Village!

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I am so glad I was able to connect with these two! I actually met them at a mutual friend’s house party months ago.

They weren’t engaged yet, but Tyler had let on that it was going to happen at some point. And I am so glad it did!

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Excited for your wedding, Lindsey & Tyler!!

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