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2014

the journal

We're Tara & Stephen.
The husband & wife duo behind Pattengale.

We're a little bit hygge, a little bit young and free, and a little bit bruno.
And a lot a bit in love.

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Recent Entries

Most couples we work with have moments of emotion on their wedding day. It’s a bit more rare, however, for you to have the perfect balance between large, gorgeous tears falling fast from joy and the ruckus laughter of your friends and family throughout the entire day. We’re so proud of what this year has […]

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Real Llamas & A Burgundy Fall Wedding at The Venue at Maison Du Lac, STL

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Almost every time one of our Pattengale Couples hits the Journal there’s a direct message in my inbox. It’s from Cheryl. She’s just about the sweetest – always sharing what she loves about the couple – people she doesn’t even know – the photography, and most of all, the love stories. A smile escapes me […]

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Romantic Fall Engagements at Klondike State Park – Josh & Cheryl, STL

Engagements

I asked if there were any details about the ceremony we should be aware of. He looked at me, eyes bright with joy, “No Ma’am, we’re just gonna get married.” Chill music played, guests took their seats at the gorgeous Cedar Creek – just outside of St Louis. Everyone was chatting – excited to be […]

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Jewel Toned Bohemian Wedding at Cedar Creek – Rachael & Michael, STL

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I left her there with tears brimming. It all had begun to feel very real, but now it would more than ever. Taking deep breaths himself, Dad waits around the corner. There was much he had sacrificed through the years. They all had. But what was most overwhelming? Today, they were together. Present. Emotions about […]

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Chaz & Brittney’s Blush & Champagne Outdoor Wedding at Copper Dock Winery

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The smell of fresh brewed coffee filled the air as the front door swung open. Excited hugs and instant laughs were shared – all of us grateful that 1) we were together hanging out again and 2) that there weren’t any tornado warnings this time around (if you missed the Insta story, earlier this year […]

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Jenna & Riley’s Romantic In-Home Engagement Session – St Louis, MO

Engagements

There are couples who laugh together. And then there are couples who constantly laugh together.   “Jokingly I asked, “Man, does he have any single sons?!…” Meet Taryn & Andrew. A couple who’s love story is as adorable as it is hopeful. And their adventurous engagement session at Klondike State Park was the perfect mix of sun-kissed […]

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Taryn & Andrew’s Sunkissed Adventurous Engagement – St Louis

Engagements

My heart pounded as I listened. They shared the challenges. They shared the disappointments. There weren’t any more tears left, even if they had wanted to cry afresh. They just wanted to have their “Hallmark ending.” The horse drawn carriage at the end. The bed & breakfast experience for their 50 guests. An intimate, outdoor, […]

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Laura & Brian’s Fall Outdoor Wedding With A True Hallmark Ending | STL

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I sat there, nervously fidgeting. We were about to go live. I had just completed a three-month solo road trip and now it was time to launch. Time to launch myself, without looking back, into being a “Photographer,” when someone asked what I did. After all, once you have a website, doesn’t that mean something […]

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Pattengale Turns Four – Celebrating How Far We’ve Come | Chicago, IL

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15,000 showed up in support. Some wore signs, others just surged with the crowd. This was their moment in history. At the helm: Dr Martin Luther King Jr. It was more than better working conditions. It was what the hundreds of signs proclaimed: I am a Man. It was dignity. Days later, another march was organized. […]

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Valen & Daniel’s Historic Memphis Wedding & Backyard Reception

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The breeze blew gently as we made our way up the hill and around the bend. You could hear the excitement. The pounding of his heart. Her dress brushing along the path. This was it. Her eyes filled and with me, she drew a deep breath. With a sudden burst he half turned around before […]

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Janeth & Will || Modern Chic Wedding at Slate & Willow – St Louis

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The breeze blew gently as we made our way up the hill and around the bend. You could hear the excitement. The pounding of his heart. Her dress brushing along the path. This was it. Her eyes filled and with me, she drew a deep breath. With a sudden burst he half turned around before […]

Janeth & Will || Modern Chic Wedding at Slate & Willow – St Louis

Wedding