By the time Morgan made it down the aisle to her cute Argentinian groom Nacho, she miiight have been a few minutes late. He was sweating bullets at the front of the chapel, wondering “did she leave me in the lurch?” And the palpable joy on both of their faces when they saw the other, down the mile-long aisle at the INCREDIBLY gorgeous Shrine of St Joseph in St Louis, was the centerpoint of a day that just kept unfurling with beautiful moments.
At the end of most wedding days, Tim and I ask each other what our favorite part was, which moment made us emotional, what we loved the most. Morgan and Nacho intentionally combined traditions from both of their backgrounds throughout their wedding, which meant that the first dance led straight into a valse— where first one person cuts in on the couple, then another, and another, until everyone in the room is in a joyful, twirling kaleidoscope of trading dance partners, laughing, and gliding under the soaring ceilings at the St Louis Union Station. It’s one of those traditions that catches you off guard– we were on different floors, shooting different angles, and both reacting with a sudden lump in the throat at the deep humanity and nobleness of it all. Seeing a wedding valse in real time is probably an every-weekend kinda thang for a lot of photographers, but when we saw our first, it touched something in us that we didn’t expect and we haven’t forgotten it.
It’s amazing to me how much all our couples have to teach us and share with us, how many infinite worlds they bring us into on their wedding day. Morgan and Nacho, in the midst of becoming doctors and moving to New York and getting married, found so much extra grace and energy to bring us to St Louis and make us feel like the most welcome guests (and they were amongst the first to send us a baby gift, nearly a year later. What.). We’re so so lucky that the right people always find us and bring us along on their stories. This one is real special to us.
Ceremony: Shrine of Saint Joseph
Reception Venue: Saint Louis Union Station Hotel
Dress: Carolina Herrera
Suit: Traditional Argentinian morning suit
HMUA: Danielle Style
Florist: Poppies Design Studio