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Aaron + Alex // Forest Park Wedding

Look at you, still pretty as a picture.

Look at me, Still Crazy over you.

Look at us, still believin’ in forever. (Vince Gill)

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As Aaron and Alex held on tight to each other, and all eyes focused in on them for the four minutes that they had together as their first dance as husband and wife.   It is their song, and every lyric rang true to their relationship.   Eight years ago, they were two students at SIU-Carbondale.  He did what any respectable man would do, and asked her on a date to Show-Me’s.   A pitcher of beer and an order of hot wings later , they knew they were onto a good thing.   They both still share that carefree and happy spirited personality personality.  After spending this special day with them, it is easy to see why they are still crazy over each other.   They made me laugh, they made me cry, and they made me believe in love with a best friend.

(I loved this ring that Alex wore all day!

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We started the day with the bridal party getting ready at the Renaissance Grand in Downtown St. Louis.   Alex, you BLEW ME AWAY in EVERY bridal portrait!

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Alex chose something a little unique for her bridesmaids.   Each girl was given a shade of pink/coral to wear, and then they were able to choose their own bridesmaid dress.   I love the unique aspect it added to the wedding.    All of the colors went together perfectly!

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Then it was time for the First Look in the Crystal Ballroom (which by the way, I am absolutely in love with this as a venue!!).   His genuine expression was adorable.   I remember when Alex and I first met, she had not planned on a first look.   After we wrote out the timeline with no first look and with a first look, she ended up opting to have the first look.      She has shared with me that she is so happy that she did do the first look.  It gave the two of them a secluded moment to pause during the craziness of the day and just be together, and most importantly, that big moment of walking down the aisle, was still just as emotional.  :)

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Then it was off to the Grand Basin in Forest Park to get hitched!

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One of my absolute favorites from the entire day!

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I LOVE this color scheme!!!  Especially with the gold accessories!

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And then it was off to Windows on Washington for the party!    Each centerpiece was handmade by Alex and her bridesmaids!!

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And that special first dance, performed live and acoustically by Jeff Radford.

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The dance floor and photobooth were both PACKED alllllll nightttttttt!!!!

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And a few of us while hard at work on the job!!!  A big thank you to my sissy for shooting by my side all day!   And a shout out to Kirsten, who was their super fab videographer for the day!   Alex’s fabulous bridesmaids all chipped in on hiring a videographer for Alex.  They knew how important it was to her.

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Alex & Aaron’s Vendors

Getting Ready and First Look: Renaissance Grand Downtown St. Louis & Crystal Ballroom

Ceremony Location: Emerson Grand Basin at Forest Park

Reception: Windows on Washington

Transportation: JED

Live Music during Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, and 1st Dance: Jeff Radford

DJ: Daryl Luster

Cake: Wedding Wonderland

Hair/Makeup: Lyndsy Rosen (Studio 9 in Edwardsville, IL)

Photobooth: AshlePhoto

Videography: Kristen Rolla

Reception Lighting: Ben Lewis

First Dance Song: “Look at Us” by Vince Gill, performed by Jeff Radford

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