Meghan + Will – St. Louis Wedding


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I was lucky enough to meet Meghan’s family last year when I was looking for a summer nanny for Liam. Meghan’s younger sister, Colleen, was headed off to college in the fall and was the perfect fit. We hired her right away, and Liam had a great summer with her (I think he also had a little bit of a crush on her, haha!) Colleen mentioned that her oldest sister was looking for a wedding photographer for her winter St. Louis Wedding, and the rest is history!

Meghan and Will’s January wedding was the perfect way to start off 2016. The colors, the venue – it was all so gorgeous. Not to mention, Meghan and Will are the sweetest people to work with. Meghan is one of 8 kids (7 girls, 1 boy) and their family couldn’t be more fun! They make me want to have 8 kids… I’m still working to try and convince Tim!

With St. Louis weddings, you NEVER know what kind of weather you will have, and this wedding was the perfect example of that! We had rain, snow, and even sleet! The temperatures dipped down into the teens in the afternoon, but Meghan and Will (and their friends and family) were such good sports. We took some beautiful photos at the Grand Basin overlooking the Art Museum – where Meghan and Will got engaged. Harvey the puppy even made an adorable appearance for photos! Such a perfect wedding day – THANK YOU to Meghan and Will for sharing your special day with me!

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Ceremony: The Old Cathedral

Reception: Coronado Ballroom

Videography: Wood Street

Second Shooter: Carly Hilo Photography

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Hannah & Daniel – Part II – Chaumette Vineyard Engagement Session – Style Me Pretty


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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!

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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!

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Lauren & Chris – Saint Louis Wedding Photography


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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!

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Ceremony: Our Lady of the Pillar
Reception: Crown Plaza Hotel Clayton
Flowers: Soulard Florist
Cake: McArthur’s Bakery
Event Coordination: Julz Stoehner

Saint Louis Wedding Photography: Lisa Dolan Photography

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Hannah & Daniel – Saint Louis Engagement Session


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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!

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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!

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Betsy & Neil – St. Louis Wedding


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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!

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Venue: 9th Street Abbey

Flowers: Les Bouquets

Cake: Missouri Baking Company

DJ: Jason Bentencourt – Crucial Entertainment

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