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JOSH + TAYLOR // snowy St. Louis engagement session at Busch Wildlife

If you’re from the area, or the midwest in general, you know just how unpredictable our weather can be. Especially in winter. So whenever one of my couples expresses hope for a snow session, I prepare for both freezing cold and summer, just in case winter magic, and our time together, don’t align.

It’s also one of many reasons why I only take on 10 wedding couples a year: Time. I consciously cap the number of wedding weekends on my calendar to ensure I have the time and energy to to serve my couples in the way that they deserve. And in doing so, I’m saving space that allows for more flexibility for us to capitalize on can’t miss moments like this one!

The first thing I learned about Josh and Taylor is their shared love of snow. And even though they’re getting married next June at Knotting Hills with arguably no chance of snow in sight, snow is magic to them. Two days after they met during their senior year in high school, they shared a snow day together that cemented their friendship. 5 years later, on their first solo trip together in Breckinridge, Colorado, they got engaged in the snowy mountains. We agreed we had to celebrate their engagement in the snow if at all possible, and St. Louis came through big time!!

One Saturday evening in January we got the briefest window of unexpected snow. I checked the weather to see how long it’d last before rushing to text Taylor and see if she and Josh were both free and interested in meeting up first thing in the morning for some engagement photo fun before the sun melted it away. I knew the changes were slim that they’d be available so last minute, but knowing this may be our only snowfall of the season, I gave it a try.

There aren’t many people who will just pick up everything and go whenever outdoor adventures call – ESPECIALLY in 10° weather – but those who do are definitely my kind of people 🤍 So I have to brag on these two real quick because they didn’t miss a beat! It was an instant ‘yes!’ and definitely meant to be.

We met up bright and early the next morning in one of my favorite outdoor spaces in all of the midwest, Busch Wildlife, before the sun could chase the winter wonderland away. It was colder than cold, but our combined excitement (and they’re cute couple’s Carhartt coats) kept us energized even after our fingers turned numb. I’m so glad we followed our spontaneity when we did because towards the end of our time together things were already becoming bare as the snow melted away.

Anytime you’re able to get out and capture snow in St. Louis for the brief window it lasts is a good day. This frozen fun with Josh and Taylor was absolutely no exception!


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