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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.

hey you!

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Can you hear it? The clamor of chairs scooting & laughter echoing loudly throughout the room. Can you see it? Gold silverware, handwritten place cards, and delicate greens decorating each intentional place setting. He stands up as the glasses tink for silence. Can you feel it? Everyone waiting, almost leaning forward to listen to what – […]

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St Louis Elegant Wedding at Graham Chapel & BooCat Club – Madelaine & Henry

Wedding

The salty breeze swirls around us. The sun, cloaked behind a blanket of clouds, gives a gorgeous diffused light – a photographer’s dream. We round the bend and there she is: Pirates Tower. An iconic, romantic, sixty foot stone tower along Victoria Beach in Laguna Beach, California. “If photos had sound, you’d hear so many […]

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Laguna Beach California Adventure Engagement Session at Pirates Tower – Katie & Kevin

Destination Photography

Dear Tara, If on desktop, listen (especially chorus) while you scroll –> the song you & Kodak listen to when you “GO FOR RIDE…” Go ahead, call me basic. Oh heyyyy girl!! This is the fifth year you’ve publicly blogged on your birthday/weekend. Sharing thoughts, challenges and lessons. Reading back through year 23, year 24, year […]

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A 27th Birthday Letter to Myself – St Louis Photographer

Personal

The breeze blew gently. Squeals of laughter from play in the fountains rang out. The iconic St Louis Arch flirted in the background. And the cutest corgi pup that ever did live made his modeling debut. City Garden, in downtown St Louis, flaunts the perfect mixture of city atmosphere with some gorgeous curated gardens. Meet […]

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Colorful City Garden Engagement – Downtown St Louis with Allie & Clayton

Engagements

He flourished under her encouragement, “You GOT this!” She rose to the top  despite his best heckling attempts, “MISS IT!” After a weekend of back to back meetings in final wedding preparation, they walked into their engagement session ready for just plain fun. Together. As a couple. Remembering why they’re doing all this anyway. With […]

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Stylish Delmar Loop & Forest Park Engagements with Madelaine & Henry – St Louis Photographer

Engagements

Chandra & Jackson’s colorful, contemporary, and oh so chic wedding was literally unbelievable. The new & gorgeous Angad Arts Hotel – the first luxury hotel in the world you can choose room based on the color of emotion you wish to experience – hosted friends, family, & the wedding party. The bridal suite chosen was […]

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Colorful, Contemporary & Chic St Louis Wedding at Angad Arts Hotel & Third Degree Glass Factory – Chandra & Jackson

Wedding

“The more candid, the better,” he said. “But I like the romantic ones too,” she quickly added. We nodded our heads in agreement and knew this engagement session was going to be GOLD.   “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” –Emily Brontë   Meet Katie & David. A couple […]

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Summertime VMFA Engagement Session, Richmond Virginia – Katie & David

Engagements

Meet Katie & Tom. From French fries & karaoke, to U of R Law & long distance, these two are every bit carefree as they are sophisticated. We love how Tom indulges Katie with flowers, romantic toasts and slow dancing and how in turn Katie can make Tom blush something fierce. They’re a good match, […]

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Engagement Session at Agecroft Hall | Katie & Tom, Richmond, VA Photographer

Engagements

We took one look at Abbey’s Sottero and Midgley’s wedding dress, her colorful bridal bouquet (beautifully made by her mother), and all the other sentimental details and we just knew: this. day. is. amazing. already.   “…Scott’s four year old son…believed he was the one getting married. He, like the groom, had a classic watch […]

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Colorful Florals Inspired Wedding at Tower Grove & NEO – Abbey & Scott, STL

Wedding

We warned you on Instagram that the Journal would be on FIRE and we weren’t joking! Springtime engagement sessions have been in a constant stream and we’ve been everywhere from local St Louis favorites in Forest Park & Tower Grove park, to historic estates in Richmond Virginia. Each completely unique just as the couples themselves! […]

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Cherry Blossom Engagements at Tower Grove Park, STL – Chandra & Jackson

Engagements

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We warned you on Instagram that the Journal would be on FIRE and we weren’t joking! Springtime engagement sessions have been in a constant stream and we’ve been everywhere from local St Louis favorites in Forest Park & Tower Grove park, to historic estates in Richmond Virginia. Each completely unique just as the couples themselves! […]

Cherry Blossom Engagements at Tower Grove Park, STL – Chandra & Jackson

Engagements