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Quick Tips for Beginning Your Wedding Planning by Michael Henson

How do I start!?!?

That's possibly the most common question in the entire wedding industry. It seems simple, but it's overwhelming once you start looking at all the moving pieces you must put together. To shed a little bit of light on the question, I asked a couple local St. Louis wedding professionals to weigh in with their experience and expertise.

Some quick tips from Inspired Design Wedding Events, a 14 year veteran in the industry, include:

  1. Budget // How much do you want to spend? Who is contributing?
  2. Goals // What are your goals for the event? If it's just to "get hitched" you could do that at a courthouse! What do you want to get out of the event itself? Photos, memories, time with family? 
  3. Important Elements // What is most important to each member in the couple? Don't just assume that you both care about the same things!

I also had a couple questions that I sent over to VSM Event Creations and Vanessa gave me some great feedback as well. Budget topped the list and she mentioned some incredible resources for those struggling with budgeting - The Knot & WeddingWire are great starting sources. In addition, she mentioned:

  1. Venue // The next step when getting into the "nitty-gritty" is to look at your ceremony and reception venues and get them booked. She suggests making a list of the top 3 places you'd like to check out and to start communicating with them as soon as possible.
  2. Wedding Planner // Hiring a wedding planner is an investment in your sanity. They can certainly help in choosing high quality vendors and really help out with the tiny details that make your wedding everything you want it to be!

Hopefully, this is beneficial and gives you a bit of direction as you start planning your St. Louis wedding! If you have other topics you'd like to chat about, shoot me a message or drop me a comment. Also, check out our bridal resource group on Facebook and join up!

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Glamour, Fashion & a Wall | [re]Fresh Model of the Month | March by Michael Henson

For the most part, I'm a pessimist. I spend about 75% of a photo shoot second guessing myself, knowing that I got the shot, but wondering if I GOT THE SHOT that I envisioned in my head. Much like a musician being able to hear a great lick in their heads but struggling to translate it to instrument, I like to fight myself.

This was not the case at our latest photo session at [re]Fresh Boutique. Abby, the model absolutely KILLED it! She was easy to work with, easy to pose, and completely comfortable in front of the camera. 

I'll let the images speak for themselves...

If you'd like to schedule a session with me or have a project for your store, business, or brand that you would like to collaborate on, just shoot me a message! I love meeting new people and working on fun projects!

Styled Wedding Shoot in Old Waterworks Building | St. Louis Wedding Photographer by Michael Henson

Styled Wedding Shoot

Boy! February started off with quite the bang!

I put together my first ever styled wedding shoot at the amazing Hendricks BBQ in historic downtown St. Charles, MO. Besides myself and the venue, I was able to coordinate with 12 other AMAZING wedding vendors in the St. Louis area.

Amazing St. Louis Wedding Vendors

Once I received confirmation from Hendricks that they were on board with our using their venue for the shoot, I settled quickly on a rustic theme with rose quartz and serenity blue as our primary colors. Flowers & Weeds rocked this color scheme with an unbelievably beautiful bouquet, centerpiece, and bud vases in a variety of interesting styles. White Traditions Bridal and Ruby Francis provided amazing dresses for Jacqueline, and Porter Wilson, Goosehaven Bowties, and JM Knots got Nick looking super fly! The Cakery went big with their “nearly naked” cake, Margaux Paperie and Dana Michelle Calligraphy collaborated on hand addressed envelopes, incredibly detailed stationery (matching lining inside the envelopes anyone?) and Designs by Chas (thanks Ryan & Chas!) blew my mind with incredible tablescapes complete with wood ring place mats, two-toned silverware, custom decorated wine bottles, and antlers.

Makeup and hair was applied and styled perfectly for our theme by Emily-Miller Hair & Makeup, and jewelry from Chloe & Isabel provided the finishing touches.

Bring It!

After seeing the effort and quality of my vendor collaborators and all of the flexibility and assistance I received from my models, I certainly wanted to honor their efforts by putting my best into the images. The inside of the venue was quite dark (for my camera) and needed additional lighting get me the vibe I wanted. I used my HUGE octagonal modifier with a studio strobe and the results speak for themselves!

Take a look around – I hope you enjoy the images!

If you would like to schedule a session, discuss your wedding, or collaborate on a project, shoot me a message! I absolutely LOVE working with and meeting new people so I hope to hear from you very soon!

The Photos!


[re]Fresh Model of the Month - St. Louis Fashion Photographer by Michael Henson

Well, it's Thanksgiving weekend and amongst the turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, I have another batch of photos from my [re]Fresh session to share with everyone!

This month's model was fresh from a business trip to Detroit and still managed to completely kill it the whole evening! We had a blast with Christmas decorations and winter clothing and even had a few of the fabled [re]Fresh volunteers hanging out to help with wardrobe and decor.

Check out the video for a very quick behind-the-scenes look at the session and bebop on over to [re]Fresh's website to submit your application to get in on the fun!

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