When you bring together two people who are madly in love, all their favorite people AND over 1,000 peonies in one space, it makes for a pretty perfect day. Hilary + Eric’s wedding day was recently featured on Brides.com and we are thrilled! From the Vera Wang dress to the flower petal exit, every detail was just stunning.

Every beautiful detail and moment was captured by Ted and our talented second shooter, Sam.Hilary’s happy energy was evident right from the start!Oh goodness, hellloooo Vera Wang lace embellished train….. LOVE!Eric + his men were looking dapper in their time-honored black and white tuxes!The pale green J. Crew gowns the ladies were sporting were on point with the soft, classic feel of the wedding.grosser_wed_0272I love Eric’s subtle but sweet reactions the during the ceremony….

Married! If my mom would have allowed me to play with Barbies when I was a kid, I imagine this would have been the perfect Barbie and Ken wedding scene set up! 🙂I love having a second during cocktail hour to grab shots in the yummy twinkle light of sunset. Hilary + Eric decided not to see each other before the ceremony so we took all of their portraits together during this time. One big benefit of doing it this way is that you are officially married and there’s just a new, fresh excitement for each other and for life that wasn’t necessarily there before. You can totally see it in their eyes….Their reception was just gorgeous with the color combination of muted green, ivory, peach, and pink… perfect!In all my years of photographing weddings there is one thing I always say to those wanting a fantastic party…. you MUST be on the dance floor or your guests will not. Hilary + Eric owned the dance floor and the photos are just a small testament to the memories they and their guests will have forever of their incredible day!A pedal send off!

grosser_wed_0854I ADORE this photo of the parents right as the car was pulling away… Such a bitter sweet moment of a marker in time.

A huge thank you to Hilary + Eric for choosing Kortnee Kate Photography to document your GORGEOUS day and thank you to Brides for featuring their day!! What a huge honor!

Planner: Viva Bella Events

Flowers: Robin Wood Flowers

Gown: Vera Wang (custom)

Hair: Sam at High Five Salon

Makeup: Brideface

Veil/Headpiece: Vera Wang

Shoes: Prada (custom)

Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew

Groom’s Formalwear: Ralph Lauren

Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Vera Wang

Invitations: Union Street Papery (San Francisco)

Cake: BonBonerie

Entertainment: Attraction (band from Virginia)

Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental; Goodwin Lighting; La Tavola Linens; Wildflower Linens

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When Holly moved to St. Louis for her first job out of college, she had no idea her new roommate was one degree of separation from the man she would spend the rest of her life with. After bumping into Curtis during a chance invite to his brothers graduation party, neither of them could have anticipated the journey they would go on together, for life.

It was such an easy and lighthearted way to begin the day that felt so representative of what it feels like when the bride and groom are together . . . easy to love and light at heart.

Moments with mom . . .. . . and a letter from her future husband.

I love that Holly’s dad was hanging with the guys before coming to see his daughter as a bride. . .How gorgeous is Curtis’s mom? Love this moment!What a gorgeous bride . . .One of our favorite Dad and daughter moments! It’s not difficult to figure out where Holly gets her joyful spirit . . .Helllloooooo, stunner. Let’s go get married!Celebrity Bridesmaid DressesNo only was their reception location just stunning but it was WARM. I think Holly was pretty happy about that after being such a trooper for portraits in the cold!Such a stunning space set for a serious celebration!Dad’s toast to his daughter and the reactions that came along with it. . . priceless!


Congrats you two! We were just thrilled to have been a small part of such an unforgettable day in your lives!

A BIG thank you to all of the incredible vendors who made their day unforgettable . . .

Ceremony Site: St. Francis Xavier Church

Reception Site: The Renaissance Hotel

Flowers: Petals and Glass

Hair: Jaime Torres
Makeup: Brideface (Penny)
Headpiece- custom
Shoes – Gianni Bini
Bridesmaids Dresses – Joanna August
Grooms/Groomsmen – Jos A Bank Formalwear
Invitations – Paperkeet (in St. Louis)
Rental Equipment – Primetime Party Rental
Cake – Servatiis cake topper, Greater’s chip wheelies
Entertainment – The Chuck Taylors
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When their personalized vows to each other included stories of flirtation in high school math class, you could feel the excitement in the room as each of their friends and family felt the anticipation of a long love relationship ending in a lifetime commitment of love.

Samantha and Vitaly really do have something so special . . .The day began with a steady stream of good luck. We weren’t sure if the rain would let up, but we were sure that this day would be unforgettable.Peach Bridesmaid DressesI’ve never photographed a happier bride . . .In the meantime, the guys were being guys. Tying ties. Sipping whiskey. Making memories.The rain literally stopped falling not 10 minutes before their first look. It was absolute perfect timing for a perfect moment.Not every family member was excited as we were about knocking out as many photos before the ceremony as possible! The good news is, she looked adorable no matter what she was doing!What really happens right before you get the actual photo of the kids! Controlled chaos.Because the ground was so saturated from the rain, the ceremony was moved into the tent. It was just as gorgeous a scene as anything mother nature had in mind.Their first portraits as husband and wife . . .c47The outdoor cocktail hour had a charming garden theme which carried through to the reception. The decor was complete with farm tables, mossy detail, and soft colors and textures with touches of light gold. It was just stunning.c46_KKM7485Buyniski_wed_0933c45Buyniski_wed_0597Buyniski_wed_0601There was not a minute wasted. The celebration of these love birds began immediately!At nightfall, the lighting in the tent set the scene for a serious party! Buyniski_wed_0868Our photobooth was there and our team was busy making portraits for people to tag each other on for years to come!

Late night food truck? Yes, please!Buyniski_wed_0898Samantha and Vitaly spent their first day of marriage not only loving each other, but also making everyone around them feel just as loved. Their joy was contagious and the history of commitment they’d already built made the day that much more meaningful. I was so honored to have been there. Thank you!Buyniski_wed_0900

A big virtual standing ovation for the vendors who made this event not only possible, but incredible . . .

Event Planner and Designer: Viva Bella Events

Florist: Robin Wood Flowers

Ceremony  and Reception: Greenacres Art Center

Caterer: Eat Well

Videography: Kortnee Kate In Motion

Photobooth: LiveClick

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music: Popular Choice

Entertainment: Nightsong Ban

Bridal Gown: Anne Barge

Bridesmaids: Dessy

Shoes: Jimmy Choo

Groom’s Formalwear: Suitsupply

Groomsmen’s Formalwear: Men’s Wearhouse

Hair Stylist: Jen Nally

Bride’s & Mother of the Bride’s Makeup: Susan Staley from Dorothy & Delora in Chicago

Bridesmaid’s Makeup: BrideFACE

Stationary: Loon + Co

Tables, chairs, bar stools/tables, lounge furniture – All Occasions and Canvas Event Furniture

Photo wall, frames – Designed by Viva Bella Events; Fabricated by Ambience

Linens – La Tavola and BBJ
Late Night Snack – Bones Burgers Food Truck

Dessert scape – Eat Well

Bar – Camargo Events

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