With less than 11 weeks from our wedding one of our parents announces they won't attend at our planned site because they are too terrified of heights. With the time frame in mind and both of us working as executives at our jobs, we still choose to change all wedding plans and move the wedding to a location where all parents will attend.
As the bride the planning of the wedding was my gift to the groom because I have been married before and he admits at this point that he actually wanted a large wedding than what we had originally planned so I go into psycho-bride mode and use my tech skills to search high and low for the PERFECT location and find Daniel Boone's The Old Peace Chapel in Defiance, Missouri. This was our first step. When we met with the coordinator, she had albums of area photographers available for review. The album from After Four was the most creative and stunning. They weren't the cookie cutter wedding photos EVERYONE has. I am an amateur photographer and I truly valued the sharpness of the photos, the use of different lenses, unique poses and use of items special to the couple, lighting and his obvious familiarity of shooting in the chapel which is a historical site, quite small and probably quite difficult to navigate to ensure securing all the most desired photographs of the ceremony.
We called After Four immediately after meeting with the coordinator and a meeting was arranged at our earliest convenience. Thankfully, Brian, owner and photographer, was available for our date and time. During our first phone call we discussed why the circumstances of moving our wedding and he immediately offered the names of other service providers we would require for the wedding so I could proceed with planning even before we met. Really wonderful referrals. Each referral was of equal quality as After Four and just as accommodating.
When we met Brian and his wife, Amy, they spent almost the entire afternoon with us letting us ask any question, reviewing work around the studio, albums, and various types of photographs in settings across the Saint Louis metropolitan. They were open books so to speak. We knew they were the right choice. Our personalities clicked and they were amiable to working with my parents who were divorced and not on friendly terms and the wedding was going to be the first time our families met so there was going to be lots of tension to the day. We were completely confident and comfortable with Brian's laid back personality to handle any situation, but to also coordinate the families so we, as a couple, also obtained the special forever wedding memories we desired.
In between our meeting and the day of the wedding, Brian, Amy and I stayed in touch and confirmed a list of absolute must-take photographs. Otherwise, I wanted Brian to "capture" the day.
On our wedding day, Brian arrived practically the same time we did or maybe even earlier. Even though we interacted briefly before the ceremony, he not only executed our plan photographs perfectly he captured spontaneous moments we never dreamed or even knew he was around! He wasnt unobtrusive hes like invisible and then when you sit down with him to go over photographs its truly SHOCKING what he captured. THOUSANDS of moments from the day you didnt see yourself or youd already forgotten special moments youll never get back, captured forever now. To say what he gave us is priceless is an understatement. Brian gave us our dream photos and photos beyond our wildest imaginations.
His wife, Amy, and I worked on our photo album for over a year because of various reasons and I wanted the album to begin and end in a certain way. She made that happen WITH me
we altered pictures using various software to make each photo just right and its the perfect memorial to Brians workmanship. Theres no amount of money and no way to thank this pair for what they gave us
we developed a bond and we adore them because of their commitment to their customers and to their craft.