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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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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

Wedding

You might remember last year’s big Two. Five. post. And how I had all the tears and then the realization of just HOW GREAT the past twenty-five years have been. Interestingly, I’ve cried again – this time about turning 26. Because twenty-six feels nearly thirty. Which basically means you’ve lived your life. And now you’re […]

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My Birthday || Gratitude & Turning 26

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Like most adventures, you lose cell service the closer you are. We sent the final emojis and ETAs and then crossed our fingers. Stormy clouds churned in the distance. The type of storms you worry over and send silent prayers upward as you feel the sudden hot breezes whip around you. But more than that, […]

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Britt & Chaz || Adventure Engagement at Elephant Rock State Park – St Louis

Engagements

Some people wouldn’t think it’s worth it. But Stephen and I just can’t help expressing ourselves through interior design, no matter how short the stay. You know, I almost pursued that as a career – and I still have it on my list of 100 dreams to take a class or two. We’ve spent fewer […]

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The Blunkalow #2 || Our Boho Apartment, St Louis Missouri

Blunkalow

The leaves curled up to catch the rain drops soon approaching – transforming vibrant colors of summer to moodier, more evoking hues. Geese paddled by and you could hear nature’s way of hushing unneeded sounds as the wind flirted its way through the historic landmarks scattered throughout. A vintage dress, the clicking of red heels, […]

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Laura & Brian || Romantic Rainy Engagement at Tower Grove Park – STL

Engagements

The sound of a splattering waterfall interrupted us. A welcomed interruption. Steady & soothing. An interruption that created space. Space for unheard whispers. The sweet whispers. And funny whispers, too. Space to stretch your heart out. Space to let the stress of wedding planning fall away. Space to be. To linger. Together. Minutes spent with […]

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Janeth & Will || Missouri Botanical Garden Greenhouse Engagement – St Louis, MO

Engagements

Sometimes life get’s pretty cray. This is one of the posts. As you might have gathered from posts or conversations, Stephen also has a regular day job. And for the last year and a half he’s been privileged to be a part of a rotational program. Read: his job changes (rotates) every four months. New […]

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We’re MOVING (temporarily) to CHICAGO!

Personal

“I knew very quickly that “I had found the one whom my soul loves” (Song of Solomon 3:4). He grabbed my hand and led me towards the rose petal laced pathway and I said, “We’re not going to a wedding reception are we?” And he continued to steer me towards the ground where he would […]

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Mike & Tess | Summertime Proposal at The Muny – Forest Park, STL

Engagements

They said yes to an adventure. An adventure with only 4 days notice. With, at the time, a complete stranger (ME). A flurry of phone calls, mirror selfies, location & gps map links were sent. Soon, we found ourselves hugging and then huffing and puffing up a few of those golden Californian hiking trails. Stories […]

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Laura & Jeremy | Moss Beach Couple’s Session – Bay Area Photographer

Destination Photography

Glasses tinked. Begging playfully for yet another wedded kiss. Roars of laughter filled the air. Your best friends stood up and honored you with their speeches. Both through humor and heartfelt thanks. Oh, what an impact you’ve made. The cabinet doors were swung open. Revealing two tvs for a fun surprise. What no one was […]

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Sarah & Colt || Blush & Copper Missouri Wedding at Chandler Hill Winery

Wedding

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Glasses tinked. Begging playfully for yet another wedded kiss. Roars of laughter filled the air. Your best friends stood up and honored you with their speeches. Both through humor and heartfelt thanks. Oh, what an impact you’ve made. The cabinet doors were swung open. Revealing two tvs for a fun surprise. What no one was […]

Sarah & Colt || Blush & Copper Missouri Wedding at Chandler Hill Winery

Wedding