Playful Poolside St. Louis Wedding

It is no secret that architecture is one of my true passions! I love working in amazing venues throughout the world that inspire both the architect and photographer in me. But there is nothing more special than capturing a wedding at home. Add into that mix that the home is a jaw dropping historic house in the Central West End of St. Louis and I am one happy destination wedding photographer!

Grand Floral Entry Arch Over Doorway © Bonnie Sen Photography
Pink and Blue Wedding Flowers Floral Arch © Bonnie Sen Photography
Historic St Louis Home Checkerboard Floor © Bonnie Sen Photography

Jennifer and Tim’s at home wedding in St. Louis was a true 2020 wedding story. It was full of postponements, downsizing and changes but most importantly it all ended up resulting in the most perfect celebration. We worked with Kate of Kate + Company. You might remember this Aspen wedding we did with Kate last year. Certainly to say Kate is talented is an understatement! Kate seamlessly mastered all of the challenging logistics of a wedding at home all while designing and creating fabulous details throughout.

The celebration kicked off with one sweet detail! Working with Cheree Berry Paper, Kate and the couple dreamed up a save the date cake tasting. Guests received a cake tasting (with five different flavors!) and were asked to vote for their favorite. Cheree Berry Paper’s magic didn’t stop there but continued through the celebration from the invitation to the Italian themed welcome baskets to the sweet details on the kids table.

Italian Themed Welcome Bag Cheree Berry Paper © Bonnie Sen Photography
Italian Wedding Details Destination Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Unique Save the Date Idea Cake Tasting Cheree Berry Paper © Bonnie Sen Photography
Blue Wedding Invitation Cheree Berry Paper © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wedding Dress with Fringe Denver Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Groom Getting Ready Photos Colorado Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography

Destination Wedding Photographer’s Dream

The first look took place in the home’s stunning foyer. The space had classic checkerboard floor and a breathtaking floral installation on the staircase by Festive Couture Florals. The ceremony took place in the home’s front room in front of the fireplace with yet another amazing floral installation.

First Look on Staircase Colorado Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Photographer Film First Look © Bonnie Sen Photography
Black and White Wedding Photos Candid Moment © Bonnie Sen Photography
Bride and Groom Portraits on Stairs © Bonnie Sen Photography
Coupe Champagne Glasses Wedding Toast © Bonnie Sen Photography
Epic Wedding Floral Entry Doorway Arch © Bonnie Sen Photography
Wedding Photo with Kids © Bonnie Sen Photography
At Home Wedding Ceremony by Fireplace © Bonnie Sen Photography

After that, guests made their way to the backyard for the reception with food stations for the guests to enjoy. The groom is part owner in a restaurant group in St. Louis so you know the food was flawless. The food station included a “Pop’s Pizza” set up as a nod to Sundays spent as a family making pizza in the backyard (complete with branded aprons and to-go boxes, of course). And Jennifer was certainly not left out with a piña colada bar featuring her famous recipe (which was also printed on the cocktail napkins).

Custom Wedding Tent with Monogram © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Photographer Tented Wedding Custom Valance © Bonnie Sen Photography
Fun Kids Table at Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography

Finally, the celebration continued with live music by the couple’s Nashville favorite and a surprise synchronized swimming performance. There may have been planning phases where Jennifer and Tim talked about Italy or Napa Valley or other amazing locations that make any destination wedding photographer grin but I have to say nothing beats this sweet, personal and oh so beautiful at home wedding.

Pina Colada Bar Wedding Destination Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Destination Wedding Details © Bonnie Sen Photography
Pina Colada Bar Wedding Destination Wedding Photographer © Bonnie Sen Photography
Chinoiserie Blue and White Plates Wedding Details © Bonnie Sen Photography
Synchronized Swimming Surprise Wedding Performance Summer Wedding © Bonnie Sen Photography

See more of this stunning wedding on Carats and Cake in addition to the wedding you can see the behind the scenes feature here.

Wedding Vendors

Planning and Design Kate + Company
Stationery Cheree Berry Paper
Floral Festive Couture Floral
Catering 23 City Blocks Catering
Rentals BBJ Linen, Casa de Perrin and Décorum
Synchronized Swimmers Aquabatix via Contemporary Productions
Beauty Fleur de Lis and Heather B. Beauty
Hangover Cure Fresh Infusions
Transportation JED Transportation
Kids Table McKinley River Events
Tent and Rentals Premier Party Rentals
Music Stephen Paul
Cake The Cakery
Men’s Attire The Tailored Gents
Restrooms VIP Restrooms