Engagement sessions are the best, and Hannah and Daniel’s engagement session is no exception.
Hannah and Daniel have one of the best love stories, like the kind you see in an old Meg Ryan movie. Boy meets Girl (on a float trip – how cute is that), and they instantly fall in love.
But, Being in love isn’t always easy (in my 5+ years of marriage I can tell you that’s the truth!) so they took a little break. And everyone that knew them was heartbroken because we all knew how cute they were together and how they were totally meant to be.
But… as fate would have it, a few months later they got back together and they realized that they were so completely in love and just couldn’t live without one another. Then… Daniel proposed!!! And afterwards all of their family and friends surprised Hannah with the cutest engagement party – it was perfect.
It’s really all kind of magical when you think about it.
Seeing them together and so happy is pretty awesome. They are SOOO head over heels in love. They make each other laugh, and they truly bring out the best in one another.
I’m pretty lucky to be surrounded by people who are this happy and fun all the time.
Oh, and the fact that they are stylish and adorable and have really great ideas for engagement sessions is just an added bonus!
Thanks Hannah & Dan for having me out to Chaumette Vineyards to photograph your engagement! If you’re interested in engagement photography contact me here or send me an email at Hello@lisadolanphotography.com.
See more photos, and read all about Hannah and Daniel’s Engagement on Style Me Pretty today!
Lauren & Chris had a dream wedding. The prettiest church, the perfect crisp fall weather – it was incredible and oh-so-classic. Every detail seemed to fit perfectly, from the pale pink bridesmaids dresses to the white rose and hydrangea bouquets. I loved everything about this wedding! My favorite detail was the little lockets they filled with photographs of their grandfathers that had passed away. The grandmothers carried these lockets on their bouquets on the wedding day – such a sweet way to honor their loved ones. It was such a fun day filled with family and friends – Congrats to Lauren & Chris!
Saint Louis Wedding Photography: Lisa Dolan Photography
Hannah and Daniel are two of the sweetest, most adorable people you will ever meet, and I’m super lucky because I get to photograph them twice! Their Saint Louis Engagement session was filled with the perfect late summer sunset at the Grand Basin. We chose this location in Forest Park because of the lighting and the soft touch of the fountains at sunset. Sunset is always one of my favorite times to shoot because it gives such a soft golden glow to the images and really makes the colors pop.
Hannah and Daniel’s “official” engagement session is in just a few short weeks, but they were kind enough to model for me at a recent film photographer meet up in Forest Park. I love getting together with other local photographers and sharing our love of film photography. Shooting film is so important to me because I feel like it has a certain timelessness that digital just doesn’t have. Shooting film forces you to slow down and really focus on what you’re shooting. It’s a true art form. Plus it’s always fun to meet new friends! We wrapped up our meetup with dinner here (their guacamole is my favorite!) and had a few margaritas – can’t wait until next time!
Thanks Hannah and Daniel for being such lovely models – I’m so excited to be photographing your wedding this April!
How incredible is that early fall sunset in Forest Park? Those colors are to die for!
Love what you see? Want to schedule your own session? Contact me here – I’d love to work with you!
It’s fair to say this was probably my favorite wedding (I know, I say that a lot, but I have awesome Couples!) Betsy and Neil got married at the beautiful 9th Street Abbey in Soulard and took the dreamiest photos in Lafayette Park. It was the perfect St. Louis Wedding. The gorgeous light, the weather, the dress – everything just fell into place!
I met Betsy about 7 years ago when I started dating Tim (my, how things have changed in those 7 years!) Betsy is Tim’s first cousin, and their moms are actually twins! We ended up having some mutual friends, and we really just hit it off. Being the only two vegetarians in the family – we had to stick together! I have this vivid memory of my wedding day (5+ years ago) and Betsy telling me how much she loved my dress, and wedding and how everything was so “me.” After all the work that goes in to creating the perfect wedding day, those words meant so much to me.
Flash forward 5 years and now Betsy was getting married! I was over the moon when she asked me to be her wedding photographer, and couldn’t be happier to see her and Neil begin their lives together. They were so happy to be marrying each other. Their first look had me in tears – I don’t think I’ve ever seen a groom so excited to see his bride. One thing that really stood out to me was that Betsy’s wedding was so “Betsy.” It was classic, elegant and centered around close family and friends. There is such a sense of timelessness to their day. It truly was perfect. Plus there was an impromptu dance performance of “Rollin on the River” by the bride and her mom. Which is always awesome.
Congrats to Betsy and Neil! I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you!
Venue: 9th Street Abbey
Flowers: Les Bouquets
Cake: Missouri Baking Company
DJ: Jason Bentencourt – Crucial Entertainment
I was a bit hesitant to post this, It’s tough to get super personal over the internet, but few things get me as passionate as printing your images and creating tangible memories to pass down to your children… so here goes:
A few days ago I was on a roll. My to do list was out, Liam was dropped off at school, I had a million things to get done. There were wedding galleries to be delivered, blog posts to write, clients to email, mini sessions to schedule, an unruly toddler who needs to be picked up by 3:15 sharp or else he will lose his mind… As I sat down to my computer today to get to work, my external hard drive completely stopped working. My external hard drive with every image I shot in 2015. Every wedding, every family, every newborn session, every impromptu Liam photo session that I put together while he screamed and cried and shrieked, “MAMA! No more camera!” All of these memories, all of these firsts were “gone.” (Ok, Ok… maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, everything that belongs to clients is not gone – I back up every shoot to 3 separate places – brides, families – DO NOT WORRY! I repeat – DO NOT WORRY!) But it’s gone from the place that I trusted to store it. Sure I can go retrieve things off the cloud, but that’s a huge pain and I’m in for hours of downloading then uploading and yeah, not fun times. But guess what? All those photos of my kid, all those photos that I didn’t think were that important, and didn’t need to backup, and swore I would get to printing one day – or better yet putting in an album – those are all GONE.
(My adorable grandparents on their wedding day. How timeless is this picture? It’s one of my absolute favorites)
I’ve said on more than one occasion that I hate computers. I despise technology. If I could shoot everything with film and never touch a computer again I would be the happiest person ever (my husband jokingly refers to me as a Luddite). But, its 2015. Computers and technology are all so necessary to our everyday lives, and especially necessary for my business. I’ve been shooting weddings and families for 6 years now. I have 6 external hard drives that back up and contain every photo I’ve ever taken. Every wedding is delivered to my clients on a USB (3 years ago it was a CD – which are basically about as common as a floppy disc now). You know what I did yesterday? Grabbed my trusty USB to pull up some of my wedding photos from my own wedding 5 years ago. Put it into the computer and…. NOTHING. There is nothing there. The USB is corrupted. I have no wedding photos. Thank god I printed an album. Thank god I’m a photographer and saved them to 3 places because I know technology can be unreliable and who knows how long it lasts. Every day I see someone in a photography forum posting about how their hard drive corrupted and they lost everything. Just Google data retrieval services and you will get pages and pages of companies that exist solely to try and recover data from technology that went bad. I get emails from brides all the time asking for a replacement USB because they lost it, spilled a soda on it, their dog ate it… the list goes on and on. Brides (myself included), that never got around to printing their wedding photos. Never got around to ordering an album. The only thing they have left of their wedding is a USB. A USB that can get lost, or corrupted, or eaten by a dog, or probably won’t work on a new computer in 5 years (I’m looking at you floppy disc). My point – I do have one, I swear – is that no one truly knows how long this technology really lasts. Or if it even will last at all.
(My Mama. I think she looks like Liam here – they have the same eyes)
I’ve heard that our generation is called the “forgotten generation.” We take so many images – more images than ever before – but they disappear. They don’t get printed. They get posted to a Facebook wall or an Instagram feed and get lost in this crazy world of technology that we live in. It makes me wonder – what will my children; my grandchildren have to remember me by? Will they pull out a USB to compare baby photos to see who their new baby looks like? Or maybe fire up that external hard drive to reminisce about there own childhood? I mean, how ridiculous does that sound? Can you imagine giving a kid a floppy disc today and expecting them to know what to do with it?! It all makes me question, Is there really any point in being a photographer if you can’t create lasting memories for people? If those memories just vanish when the technology changes? I have albums passed down to me by my grandmother of beautiful photographs. Photographs of my grandparents wedding, my parents wedding, my aunts weddings, baptisms, first steps, first days of school. Tangible memories that I can keep and hold and share and pass down to my own children all while sharing stories of the beautiful people that I love the most. Family heirlooms. Will our generation have that? I truly hope so. If you’re sitting at home with a hard drive full of photos – I’m urging you – go print your family photos, and do it now. Make an album. Call your photographer; order your album, order some prints. Make that gallery wall or canvas you’ve been saying you would do, but never got around to. Do it now, because you’re one corrupted USB away from losing those memories for good.