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

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 she yelled, “NOT YET!” The laughs erupted and the rest of the day melted into one giggle after another.

There is much to be impressed about Janeth & Will’s modern & chic wedding day. The tears were, surprisingly, plentiful and the overwhelming joy was palpable. The sass from the wedding party, the uproars from the toasts & speeches, and every intentional & elegant detail was nothing short of memorable. But the real magic? For us, the real magic is in the quiet, mostly unseen gestures. The glances. The eyes – betraying the truest emotions.

“…as if there was a neon sign blinking his thoughts:

DANG. This is MY woman!!”

The entire day, Will never left Janeth’s side. If he wasn’t holding her hand, brushing her hair back, or asking if her shoes were okay, he held onto her in some other way. Even if that meant clutching masses of tulle as they walked around the city. Among all those Hayley Paige appliquéd beaded roses, he leaned in for kisses. It always touches us with how each new husband grabs that bouquet and a big bunch of dress to help.

But what really caught our attention? Full of admiration and as if there was a neon sign blinking his thoughts – “Dang. This is my woman!!” – Will’s eyes & whispers revealed all.
“You look so beautiful.

It’s okay, I got your dress.

I’m right here. I got you, Janeth.”

Over and over and over again.


Enjoy these faves from Janeth & Will’s modern, summertime wedding at the gorgeous Slate & Willow, downtown St Louis! Disclaimer: this entry is huge – consider yourself warned!

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Janeth & Will —

Being with you in the aisle and all the in-between moments has been a true joy! Thank you for trusting us with your love story, introducing us to your favorite people, and for celebrating each other with contagious delight! We are thrilled to celebrate marriage with you – it all just continues to get better from here. All our love & hugs!

–Tara & Stephen 


If you missed their epic engagement session, click here –>  (spoiler: what Boho Greenhouse engagement dreams are made of!
Feel free to leave some love for these two in the comments!

–Tara & Stephen


To the Creative Team that made this day UNREAL – you are the heroes behind this day. Thank you for your talent, your deep care for Janeth & Will and for being so incredible to work alongside. Serious dream team! Much love!

Photographer | Tara & Stephen, Pattengale Photography 
Ceremony and Reception Venue | Slate Events Venue & Willow Events Venue
Wedding Planner |Altar’d Events 
Florist | Flowers & Weeds
Hair & Makeup | Looks By Lisa
Cake | Bailey’s Restaurants
Catering | Bailey’s Restaurants
DJ/Entertainment | Rockstar DJs
Rentals & Decor | Aries Company Rentals & Decor

Dress Store | Maiden Voyage
Dress Designer | Hayley Paige
Bride’s Shoes | Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaid Dresses | David’s Bridal
Groom and Groomsman Attire | Savvi

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As a young girl, I kept a journal and then when Stephen and I got married, we wrote our vows into a journal we shared as a couple. On this lil’ corner of the internet, I want to invite you into our virtual journal’s stories and musings.  I hope you’ll find encouragement and inspiration along the way. You can expect a mixture of our recent photography work & adventures, lifestyle tips, current obsessions, and personal stories of us behind the scenes too! I’m so glad you’re here!

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