Megan and Joey's wedding put the F in F-U-N, FUN!! We had a three photographer team to help capture the special moments of their day which was great because each of us were able to focus on our specialty areas to deliver the best wedding photography possible. Walking in to All Souls Catholic Church felt like walking into an art and sculpture museum. The beautiful stained glass windows, archways, and stone walls made for a photographers paradise. We shot 100% natural light for the ceremony which worked out perfectly in this well lit venue. I can't wait to come back there for another wedding one day! Lets take a moment to talk about the most pleasant and down to earth bride you have ever met, Megan. Not only did she win me over with the fact that she made photography (at least from my perspective), one of the most important elements to the day, but she also took all of my suggestions and ran with them from the engagement session ideas, to the timeline of her wedding day, to even picking out my most favorite florist ever, Merry Me Bouquet. This lady really rolled with the waves when they came too, from dealing with dress mixups and wrong alterations, wedding portraits on the hottest day of the year (reaching 107 at one point, and even dealing with a few moments that I am sure felt like hours with out A/C on her bus on the wedding day... Never once did she enter into any type of 'Zilla mode. Now the dashing groom, who was not just along for the ride, but participated in planning and ALWAYS had a smile on his face when I saw him! Too give you an insight into what type of man Joey is, he had his father as his best man.. ::swoon:: My absolute favorite part of their wedding day was the reception, hands down. In all my years of wedding photography, this has literally been one of the best. Their guests were happy, dancing the entire night, the dj was incredible, and the venue was gorgeous. The entire vibe of the night was celebration in all accounts!! When I saw the glowstick table, I new this party was going to be a HIT! Thank you so much Megan and Joey for picking us to capture your moments, your wedding will always be very dear to my heart.
How did he/you propose and how did you know he/she was the one?
Joey and I met on a dating website despite our hesitations to put ourselves out there on the internet. It seemed desperate. Our friends talked us into it and soon enough we came across each other's profiles. Joey says he instant messaged me multiple times before I finally responded. I don't remember that very clearly. ;) It was an instant connection and chemistry. Turns out.. we have some family and friend connections. Small world!
2 years later on Joey's birthday (March 26) I planned a little day with a birthday cake, presents, dinner at our favorite BBQ place, and some March Madness bball. Our teams were playing each other that night! (Kentucky Wildcats v. Note Dame Fighting Irish) As Joey was opening his gifts that I got him, I guess I didn't get the exciting reaction I had pictured in my head. I asked him if he liked his gifts and he said yes but there is something he would like even more... I was thinking to myself, "Are you kidding me? I spent a lot of money and put a lot of thought into these!".. I asked, "What is that?" That's when he got on one knee, opened a ring box, and said.. "If you said yes!"
Why did you pick your wedding date?
I am a teacher so I always knew a summer wedding was what I wanted. I wanted to get married as soon as possible but obviously the upcoming summer was way too soon to be a possible option. The day he proposed... within the hour actually lol... I opened up my calendar and looked at June 2016. I pointed to June 11th and asked what he thought about it. My reasoning was, it's at the beginning of summer but doesn't run into possible snow day make ups! LOL Then our day was set! Easy as that!
I feel like you have been on top of everything since day one of planning, how did you do it? Do you have super bride senses or have you been planning your wedding your whole life?
I think like most girls, I have had many dreamy ideas of what I wanted on my wedding day. Of course I had pinterest boards, magazine clippings, etc. Also, a few friends of mine were recently married and I followed their wedding planning adventures and took great mental notes.The following day after the proposal I was already calling venues. I didn't really venue shop.. I had one in mind already as a HIGHLY reccomended place from a friend. When I called, they had my day open and I put a deposit down then and there. That's when I started researching florists, entertainment, etc. It helps to know people as well. One of my best friends is a DJ and a cousin was able to provide uplighting and a photobooth. I am a member of the facebook wedding resale pages which are AMAZING! That is where I not only purchased lots of wedding decor and gathered ideas but also stumbled across MGE Photography and MerryMeBoquets. All the planning fell into place so smoothly and quickly. I felt like my wedding was planned a year out! haha. Of course hiccups happen along the way but nothing too terrible.
What has been the biggest challenge you have faced this past year in regards to wedding planning and how did you overcome it?
I wouldn't say I had many challenges, but we did have a change of plans per-say regarding colors. It is actually a funny story now and a small blessing in disguise. I had picked out "sea glass" bridesmaid dresses which are a very pale blue, to go with a summer shabby chic wedding themed wedding. All of the girls had ordered their dresses a year out which was plenty early. I sort of felt weird for having everything done so early, but oh well. One of my maids of honor who lived out of state, decided to wait on ordering hers. This was no problem at all considering we had a year! Many months later when she decided to go order her dress, David's Bridal had told her that they discontinued my color and they could not find the dress for her anywhere! PANIC MODE! Cue the tears! Luckily a few minutes later after having a bridezilla moment, we had an idea to maybe out the maids of honor in a different color and exchange the other dress. We decided to have the two MOH's in a light pink while the others remained in seaglass. I wasn't totally confident about this color scheme for a while but I went with it. This turned out to be the most beautiful mix of colors with the flowers and other decor. We had so many compliments on it! Nice work, Kait! ;)
The day came and went so fast! Did it unfold exactly as planned?
Our day was the most perfect day I could have ever imagined. I was calm, cool, and collect the entire year of planning. It wasn't until the few days before the wedding that the nerves kicked in. Would I look pretty? Would the decor looks good? Are the dresses okay? Will the vendors arrive on time? All of the typical worries. Despite being 100 degrees outside while taking photos, our day went just as planned. The timeline flowed so smoothly, everyone looked awesome, and our guests had a blast! Joey and I were in awe all weekend!
When you look back at your wedding day, what were your favorite moments above all else?
I loved my wedding day so much.. I had so many favorite moments. I would have to say my absolute most favorite would be my dad walking me down the isle in his Air Force dress blues and also dancing with him after dinner. Those were both the two times of the day that I almost lost it with tears!
The wedding crashers were pretty awesome too! ;)
How did you feel the moment after you were officially husband and wife? How have things changed from a month ago?
It felt amazing! I felt a huge sigh of relief because I was shaking uncontrollable the entire ceremony. HAHA It was definitely surreal. We of course took a selfie to document out first few minutes as husband and wife. :) We finally have had some time to settle into our normal lives after an awesome honeymoon, and married life is awesome. We still reminisce on our wonderful day and look forward to everything life is bringing us in our future.
Was there anything you could've done without?
Not that I can think of. I don't feel like we overdid it in any aspect.
Whats one area you wish you would not have cut corners on?
I am perfectly happy with everything. I think all of our money was well spent.
How many photographers/djs/florists did you interview for the positions and how did you know the ones you picked were the right people?
We honestly didn't interview too many people before deciding. We went with our first instinct and gut feelings. We spoke with a few photographers but only actually met with Felicia. We had an instant connection with her and booked her immediately. I also did a lot of florist research and just fell in love with the work of Merry Me Bouquets. Many of the other vendors were people we knew or by word of mouth.
Everyone let loose at the reception, what tips do you have for couples to make sure their reception is a hit?
Our biggest compliments were regarding our awesome reception. I think the key to a good time is an awesome DJ, delicious food, and an open bar of course! Even the wedding guests from the wedding next door kept sneaking into our reception! :)
Who was your number one supporter and helper through all of this and what did they do that was so important?
Obviously my mom and dad were the top supporters of this amazing day. They covered us financially and my mom's amazing decorating skills didn't disappoint. The wedding planning experience for a year with my mom was so much fun and something I will always cherish.
This incredible day would not have been possible without:
- All Souls Catholic Church - Ceremony
- Spazio Westport - Reception
- Russo's Catering - Dinner, Cake
- 360 Entertainment - Photobooth, Uplighting, DJ
- FMF Audio (STL Custom Sounds) - DJ
- Merry Me Bouquets - Flowers
- St. Louis Road Pony - Party Bus
- MGE Photography - Felicia Cracchiolo (owner/MGE Photography), Merinda Edmondson (A Sweet Focus), Trisha Grinstead (Trisha Lynn Photography/2nd shooter MGE Photography)
- David's Bridal - Dress
- TotallyWeddingKoozies.com - Koozies which were a hit! And very cheap!
- MUA team- Margaret Hibbitts