St. Louis City Museum Wedding: Josh & Melissa

June 17, 2016
City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

The City Museum in the heart of downtown St. Louis is a place where imagination runs wild and true loves are married. I absolutely love the City Museum. I’ve crawled through the tunnels, slid down the tallest slide, and explored every place of this eclectic museum/museum/architectural marvel made from unique objects, including abandoned planes, construction cranes, and dark tunnels.

I was so excited when Josh and Melissa contacted me to shoot their City Museum wedding. I am especially fond of this City Museum wedding because Josh and Melissa booked me when I was new into weddings (I had only shot about 3 weddings when I met with them).

When I met with them, I was at a low point in my wedding photography career. I was still figuring out how to run consultation meetings. The last potential client I had met with had gone with another photographer, even though our personalities matched. It’s always a bummer to meet with a bride and groom, and they end up booking with someone else. Needless to say, I was so nervous when I met Josh and Melissa for coffee for their consultation. They believed in me and booked me to shoot their City Museum wedding this April! When they booked me, I was elated!

Since that meeting, I’ve nailed down how I conduct my wedding consultations with an 80% success rate. I’ve also shot 12 weddings since then, and I’ll be shooting 25+ weddings this year. More than half of all the weddings I’ve shot so far in 2016 have been published in wedding blogs. So far, it’s been an amazing year.

Thank you so much Josh and Melissa for believing in me, and allowing me to shoot such an amazing wedding at the City Museum.

Josh and Melissa were married in the Vault Room of the City Museum, surrounded by more than 100 of their closest friends and family members.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Before the ceremony began, Josh took a few minutes to himself for contemplation, while two violinists played music for the guests to enjoy.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Melissa wore a simple Lankka Bridal dress and was escorted down the aisle by her parents. The happiness on her face was so sweet to witness!

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Josh took off his glasses for their first kiss!

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Their friends and family clapped in joy!

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

After they walked down the aisle, Josh and Melissa embraced and kissed when they thought no one was watching.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

During cocktail hour, the reception tables were decorated by green ferns, each containing old photographs of Josh and Melissa when they were kids. I had such a delight watching the guests looking at the photos and reminiscing of days gone by.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

The wedding cake was simple, yet elegant. I love the “Just married” sign across the cake.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

The marriage license was signed by two witnesses in the Vault Room.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Before we started the bride and groom portraits, I took some bridal portraits by the Hamster Wheel and played with the mirror.
Doesn’t Melissa just look gorgeous?

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Because Melissa and Josh didn’t have a first look, all the bride and groom portraits were squeezed in during cocktail hour.
The City Museum has so many fun sculptures, and because it was sunset, the rays of light that reflected on the objects was fun to play with.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

We went outside just as the sun was setting to capture these lovely sun-kissed portraits.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Since the City Museum was open to the public (only the Vault Room was private for their wedding), we ran into children running around. But I thought it was charming and so much fun to share those photos with you 🙂

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

I love black and white photographs, and this City Museum wedding was just perfect for it!

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

It was time for Bridal Party introductions when we were finished with bridal portraits.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

Guests enjoyed mingling with their friends and getting drinks at the well-tended bar.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

A buffet-style dinner was served; 100% vegetarian, but there were so many delicious options. Guests enjoyed cake, made by Whisk, for dessert.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

My second shooter was stationed at the fun photo booth that we set up by the giant hamster wheel by the Vault Room. We set up lights, props, and the guests had a blast at the photo booth station.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

I always love the cutting of the cake. Every couple does it differently, but it’s such a joy to photograph.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

The night ended with guests dancing the evening away to both oldies and modern music. I especially loved the tribute to Prince and Purple Rain.

City Museum Vault Room Wedding, St Louis Wedding

This St. Louis City Museum wedding was filled with so much love, laughter and friendship. The lighting could not be more perfect. I love white ceilings; it makes photographing reception so much easier!
Venue: City Museum
Hair Stylist: Laura Zumsteg
Dress Designer: Lankka Bridal
Caterer: Onesto Pizza
Cake and Desserts: Whisk

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