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How To Choose a Wedding Photographer in St. Louis?

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Choosing a wedding photographer can be one of the hardest decisions that engaged couples face. There are so many different styles and personalities to choose from, and that can be just on the first page of Google! St. Louis itself is home to a lot of fantastic photographers, Complete Weddings + Events included. When choosing a wedding photographer, one wants to make sure that the photographer will be there from the beginning of the engagement through that grand exit the night of the wedding. Here are some tips and tricks to choose the perfect photographer!

Classic St. Louis Winter Wedding | Audra + Matt | St. Louis Wedding Photography

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Audra and Matt celebrated their love for each other and the faith they share when they tied the knot on January 11th, 2020. Their ceremony took place at the astounding St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church located near the Soulard district of St. Louis. The church still had their beautiful holiday decorations up, which added the perfect amount of winter touches. Audra embodied the definition of classic herself in her gorgeous A-line gown with added lace sleeves, and lace embellishments. To add the finishing piece, she adorned a veil trimmed with lace applique.

Matt looked the part in his navy blue suit, fitted with a deep red tie and white rose boutonniere. His groomsmen almost matched him, but sported white baby’s breath boutonnieres instead. The ladies donned gorgeous cranberry red dresses, each with their own unique look, and completed the look with white shawls.

After the ceremony, our Complete Weddings + Events photographers, Henry M. & Zach K., accompanied the wedding party a few blocks down the road to the famous Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery, and were able to capture some beautiful images. The grounds were still decorated from their holiday lights event over the Christmas season, so this made a perfect setting for Audra and Matt. Plus, it’s a St. Louis staple! There’s no way you could go wrong with having some wedding photos taken there.

From Anheuser-Busch, the wedding party headed over to the LiUna Event Center, a quick 20 minute drive down the highway. Our own Complete DJ, Rachel L., announced the couple in and the speeches began. Audra and Matt had one unique twist to their classic wedding was their donut wall in lieu of a cake!

Joined by their family and friends, Audra and Matt enjoyed the end of their wedding day with dancing, drinks, and love. Check out their wedding photos below!

Sarah + Jack NEO on Locust Wedding Video

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Sarah & Jack shared their love for one another and vowed themselves to forever on a gorgeous November day, 11.16.2019. Their ceremony took place at St. James the Greater, which was founded in the late 1800s on the western side of St. Louis. Seeing each other for the first time when Sarah walked down the aisle, she looked stunning in her satin dress with an illusion back decorated with lace and beading. Her jewelry was simple; diamond and pearl bracelet, earrings, and a matching hairpiece. At the end of the aisle, Jack awaited her in a black suit with a matching tie and vest, being offset by his white rose boutonniere.

The wedding party was off on the sides, the bridesmaids looking gorgeous in their one-shoulder, dark blue dresses, while the groomsmen matched Jack with black suits and ties, only they had pink boutonnieres to match the bridesmaids pink and white bouquets. After the full Catholic ceremony, the guests headed over to NEO on Locust for the reception, while the wedding party went out to take photos in various locations around the St. Louis area. Our own Complete Weddings + Events photographer, Alex Covert, was there to capture the images while our videographer, Judge Williams, captured everything on video! Check out their gorgeous video below.

 

 

Sarah + Jack NEO on Locust Wedding Video in St. Louis

St. Louis DJs First Dance Songs

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We have a mix of the popular first songs and newly released songs that are soon to be heard at a wedding near you! Our St. Louis DJs have compiled a playlist of these first dance songs for you to review to help make your selection for your wedding day. 

Dreamy Fall Wedding | Silver Oaks Chateau | St. Louis Wedding Video

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Becca and Jeff Lang vowed themselves to one another on October 5th, 2019. Their ceremony took place at the beautiful Holy Infant Catholic Church, located in Ballwin, a quick 30-minute drive from the heart of St. Louis. Holy Infant has been a staple in the Ballwin community for over 60 years, so it’s no surprise that Becca and Jeff chose this neighborhood church to hold their ceremony at.

Becca and Jeff Lang Dreamy Fall Wedding

Our Complete Weddings + Events videographer, Taven Elias, was there to capture every moment of the day. The aisle was lined with intricate blush roses and touches of greenery, which matched the bouquets and boutonnieres. The bridesmaids looked stunning in their midnight blue dresses, which offset the groomsmen’s’ gray suits with midnight blue ties and pocket squares.

Becca looked absolutely breathtaking in her fitted wedding dress, accented with lace appliques, jeweled straps, and an open illusion back. She kept her jewelry choices classic as well; simple diamond and pearl pieces went perfectly with her dress. As a gift to her bridesmaids, she gifted them each a Kendra Scott bracelet; the traditional gold bracelet in iridescent drusy looked amazing with their dresses.

After their ceremony, the wedding party (19 people in total!) climbed aboard a party bus and headed to the lovely Silver Oaks Chateau for their reception! This hidden gem has rustic touches, and includes an outdoor patio and fireplace for guests to enjoy!

Becca and Jeff made sure to get plenty of pictures all around Silver Oaks, including having some taken with their dog, who was a perfect fit in her floral wreath! Becca’s dad gave the opening speech, and the emotion can be heard in his voice; wishing his baby girl and her husband all the happiness this world has to offer them. After dinner, provided by Ces and Judy‘s catering, everyone got out on the floor to dance the night away! Our Complete DJ, Jacob Oliver, was providing the tunes and keeping the party going well into the evening.

Check out this fun St. Louis Wedding Video, and see how Becca and Jeff celebrated their big day!

The Loft St. Louis Wedding Video

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Kelly and Zach Gonzales tied the knot at The Loft in O’Fallon, Missouri, located about 40 minutes from Downtown St. Louis. The Loft Banquet Center is a beautiful indoor venue space, located in the heart of industrial O’Fallon. From the outside, it looks like a typical industrial building, but the inside is full of warm colors and bright lights.

With a sprawling park just a short drive away, Kelly and Zach made the most of the fair October weather, and headed there for their first look and reading letters. Afterward, it was back to The Loft to truly share their love in front of their family and friends. Watch the St. Louis Wedding Video!

The Venue at The Loft O’Fallon St. Louis Wedding Video

Our very own Complete videographer Kara Paar was there to capture all the beautiful moments on film, and we also had our photographer Derrick Leu making sure every pose and moment was perfect.

Best of 2019 Unique St. Louis Wedding Photography

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We’ve had a tremendous year here in St. Louis, and we hope 2019 is marked as remarkable year for you too! Whether you were engaged, married, or helped immensely in event or wedding planning, let’s not leave 2019 in the dust just yet. Our collection of stand-out St. Louis wedding photography from 2019 is a great way to look back on the year fondly. 

We found photos outside the typical romantic vibes to highlight unique moments in weddings we’ve captured. These Unique St. Louis Wedding Photography photos feature aspects of the wedding beyond just the bride and groom, but you know they always steal the spotlight in the end! 

Unique St. Louis Wedding Photography of 2019 – Our Uncommon Edition

Enjoy the best of 2019 St. Louis weddings with our favorites in wedding day details, newlywed style, bridesmaid and groomsmen looks, and spunky additions that helped make these 2019 weddings unique.

Groovin’ on the Dance Floor

These ladies and fellas were owning the dance floor! We loved the energy of someone getting after it on the dance floor, giving us these glorious moments for our photographers to capture!

 

 

Wedding Inspiration | St. Louis Styled Shoot | The Aquila Barn

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At the end of October, Complete Weddings + Events had the opportunity to organize and coordinate a styled photo shoot with a lot of great vendors in the St. Louis area! This idea was inspired by a new venue that opened in the area, which is The Aquila Barn, located in Moscow Mills, about an hour drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown St. Louis. This new venue just opened in September, and is quickly booking up for the 2020 season!

Wedding Inspiration | St. Louis Styled Shoot | The Aquila Barn

Our goal for this styled shoot was simple: highlight some of the amazing wedding vendors in the St. Louis area! We teamed up with The Ultimate Bride, Savvi Formalwear, Belleza Salon & Spa, Creations by Blankenship, Spoil Me Sweetly, and of course, The Aquila Barn was our backdrop. Although it was overcast and rainy, our team was able to grab amazing photos and video of our shoot! Our Complete Photographer, Julian Bandalos, not only photographed part of the shoot but also modeled! Our Complete Videographer, Lance Begnaud, was there to capture some amazing footage and put together a beautiful highlight video.

Julian and his girlfriend, Fedra, were the perfect models for this session. There was rarely any posing advice we had to give, and every photo taken shows the love between them. It really brings that personal feeling to this whole shoot!

Top 10 Wedding Dance Floor Songs

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We compiled the top songs from our wedding DJs to make the ultimate dance floor playlist. Your DJ should customize a playlist, sometimes on the spot, to what you and your guests are enjoying that night, but it’s definitely a great idea to be prepared with a few must-play songs. These must-play songs are the tunes that give you and your crew the best vibes or a song you and your partner have a special connection with. Maybe the bridesmaids know every word to a Fergie song, or you and your bae have a silly dance to a certain One Direction song. Either way, spill the tea and share these special songs with your DJ! Your St. Louis DJ will be able to help you with more recommendations based on your tastes and the songs that you enjoy the most.

 

Our complete playlist of top wedding dance floor songs includes oldies like “Play That Funky Music” to songs from this decade like “#SELFIE” to help you find your must-play songs, but we’ve narrowed down our favorites below.

Our Top 10 Wedding Dance Floor Songs

Our team has skimmed done the complete Spotify playlist to our top 10 songs that wedding guests in St. Louis have been loving!

 

Find the complete playlist of wedding dance floor songs on Spotify here. Review these top songs to find the must-plays that speak to you for your event. Then contact us to reserve a DJ for event to allow your dream soundtrack come to life. We can’t wait to see what songs you choose on our online event planner to create the best dance floor for you!

Complete Weddings + Events | St. Louis Top DJs

St. Louis is a city known for its thriving art and community culture, and our DJs do a perfect job of emulating that; but sometimes, they need a little help. Whether that be with party favors for a school dance, or providing HD lighting for your reception hall, Complete as it all!

Make sure you contact Complete Weddings + Events to learn how we can provide the best service for your upcoming wedding or event. Not only do we provide the best DJs in the greater St. Louis area, but we also provide high-quality photography, videography, and photo booth services as well! Learn how Complete can make your event the best party of the year.

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Classic September Wedding | Washington University | St. Louis MO

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All of this rain and gloom has us here at Complete Weddings + Events wishing for the warmer weather of September and early October! If you’re feeling the same way, then you’re in for a treat: we’ve got a classic September wedding today, and after you finish it, not only will you be warm from seeing the sunshine in these photos, but Claire & Jon’s love for each other will warm your heart!

Classic September Wedding | Washington University | St. Louis MO

Claire wowed friends, family, and of course Jon, in her flowing lace gown, with just a hint of sparkle to it. Jon looked dashing in his navy suit and accenting baby blue tie, which matched the bridesmaids’ dresses perfectly! All the groomsmen rocked navy suits with matching ties.

Jon and Claire said ‘I Do’ at the mesmerizing Graham Chapel located within the grounds of Washington University, which is nestled in the heart of St. Louis. Not only is the church itself an architectural piece of history, the grounds surrounding it are absolutely stunning. Our Complete Photographer, Brandy, was able to capture some wonderful photos not only there, but in some other areas around St. Louis as well, including Forest Park!

After running around downtown, Claire, Jon, and their wedding party all headed over to the Clayton Plaza Hotel for their reception! Our Complete DJ, Jacob, was there to get the crowd going for their Grand Entrance, called out all the big moments such as that cake cutting and Claire and Jon’s first dance, and kept the party going for everyone to have a good time!

Complete Weddings + Events | St. Louis Top Wedding Planners

St. Louis is a city known for its thriving art and community culture, and our DJs do a perfect job of emulating that; but sometimes, they need a little help. Whether that be with party favors for a school dance, or providing HD lighting for your reception hall, Complete as it all!

Learn more about the Complete Weddings + Events DJs and their experience of doing events in St. Louis. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any question, big or small, about the benefits of having a DJ at your event, and what price range you can expect for your date!