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We’re thrilled to share Strother and Sarah’s Bonhomme Presbyterian Church wedding with you!

The Wedding Story

Whenever our couples face stressful times during or leading up to their wedding day, we always want them to think about the story they’ll have to share with the kids and grandkids. Strother and Sarah certainly have a story to tell!

We knew there was ice heading to St. Louis on the weekend of Strother and Sarah’s wedding. Our parents actually heard the Weather Channel say, “If you’re traveling to St. Louis this weekend, change your plans.” So we prepared for the worst. I traveled a day early and decided I’d wait out the ice storm in the hotel room. I felt better knowing that, at the very least, I’d be there to photograph their day. I was set. I had a cooler filled with vegetables, a case of water, extra blankets, and flashlights. I made certain our equipment was all charged and ready to go before I left home in case we were without electricity. I had clear umbrellas in case it was drizzling ice, a sheet for Sarah to stand on in case it was slippery, and extra boots if needed. You can never be overprepared for a wedding, right?!

On Friday, the day before the wedding, St. Louis shut down– schools were closed, city hall was closed, even Panera and Starbucks attached to the hotel were closed! So I lied in bed all day and watched the news (sidenote: I’ve never been so well rested for a wedding πŸ™‚ ) I heard on the news about a reception venue that cancelled on a bride and groom because their employees couldn’t make it to work. Oh boy. I knew there would be some disappointments with this extreme weather, and I knew there would be the added stress of contingency plans, but I would look out my hotel window and it was beautiful. I prayed for the best case scenario– that the roads would be clear by the wedding day and the ice would remain on the trees!

And guess what? That’s exactly what happened. It was a beautiful day. The temperature rose, the roads were clear, it didn’t rain, the ice stayed on the trees, Strother and Sarah had a fabulous wedding day, and now they have quite the story to tell!

Here’s a few of our favorites!

The First Look

Strother and Sarah had their first look at the Old Stone Church, which was actually the original Bonhomme Presbyterian Church when the first settlers came to Missouri in the late 1700s and early 1800s. The small church itself was built in the early 1800s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Sarah’s late grandfather was one of the people who discovered and organized the history of the Old Stone Church as well as using his woodworking and painting talents to restore the very old church building. The Old Stone Church is very special to their family so it was a meaningful location for their first look!

Of course we noticed the beautiful trees next to the Old Stone Church and needed to document the beauty of the ice with this gorgeous couple!

We traveled to Washington University for bridal party pictures.

Bonhomme Presbyterian Church Wedding

I love the tradition with this church. Not only is it beautiful, but Sarah’s grandparents have attended the church for 40+ years, and it’s the church where her parents were married.

Windows on Washington Wedding Reception

Strother and Sarah, what a FUN and GREAT day. Congratulations! Thanks for trusting us!


Dress Designer: Wtoo by Watters

Floral Designer: Belli Fiori

Ceremony Venue: Bonhomme Presbyterian Church

Reception Venue: Windows on Washington

DJ: Millennium Productions

Videographer: Stuart Poulson with Christi Lee Photography

Cake: The Cakery Bakery

Bridesmaid Dresses: Misusol

Groomsmen and Groom Attire: Jos. A. Bank. Traveler Collection Slim Fit Sharkskin Suit

Invitations: Carlson Craft

We loved everything about Christian and Heidi’s Chicago Tabernacle Wedding and Woman’s Club of Evanston Wedding Reception. Here’s why!

The Couple

Christian and Heidi are both on staff at Chicago Tabernacle, located in the heart of the city. Neither one of them envisioned a life of full time ministry; she was an Elementary Education major at Taylor University, and he was a Sports Broadcasting major at St. Xavier University. God called both of them to Chicago after graduation, and they started their careers in the city. And then God had new plans for them- that they would leave their jobs and enter full-time ministry! They both ended up on staff at Chicago Tabernacle within two months of each other. Heidi is the children’s director (K-5th grade) and Christian is in the music department. They worked together for two years, and then they started to notice each other differently :). Their senior pastor’s wife and Heidi’s brother-in-law actually get the credit for planting suggestions in Christian’s mind!

The Wedding

I think Heidi said it best. “Our wedding is going to be a joyful celebration! God has done so much for us, and we believe that He has provided the perfect gift for each of us in bringing us together πŸ™‚ We want our wedding to be full of life, joy, and laughter as our friends, family, and church witness our covenant before the Lord. We want our wedding to be something that glorifies God and is a blessing to all who come… !”

Heidi gifted her bridemaids with vintage fur stoles. I loved hearing stories of how her brother, Peter, served as the “fur trader.”

The Chicago Tabernacle Wedding

Woman’s Club of Evanston Wedding Reception

Christian and Heidi, Thank you for trusting us. We loved every part of your day! Blessings to you and your marriage!


Designer: Maggie Sottero

Floral Designer: Mary Lou Hess

Ceremony Venue: Chicago Tabernacle

Reception Venue: The Woman’s Club of Evanston

Cake: Allegretti’s Bakery

Catering: Catered by Design

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal: Style 1, Style 2, and Style 3

Groom’s Attire: Brass Horn

Invitations: Koko Toyama

Hair: Crystal Garcia

She always dreamed of a Christmas wedding and now we can understand why! Christmas trees adorned the stage, evergreen garland lined the pews, a jazz band played Christmas carols as guests entered the reception, and so much more! Take a look at some of our favorites from Hayley and Daniel’s Brookhaven Wesleyan Church and Roseburg Event Center wedding!

Hayley with her bridesmaids and bridesmen πŸ™‚

Hayley’s grandmother made this dress when Hayley wore it as a flower giri. How special that her flower girl could wear it in her wedding!

You may remember Daniel and Hayley’s hunting inspired engagement session.It was only natural to include his prized dear at the reception, don’t you think?!

Towards the end of the reception, we looked outside and saw huge snowflakes! What a perfect ending to a perfect day!