St. Louis Engagement Session
Kelly and Gavin’s St. Louis Engagement Session was UNBELIEVABLE. I cannot begin to tell you how amazing these two are. I met Kelly and Gavin while they were looking for a St. Louis Engagement Session photographer, a month or so ago. I was planning to visit the St. Louis area for the weekend but an unexpected circumstance arose for Kelly and Gavin and we had to postpone this St. Louis Engagement Session.
Let me tell you, I love shooting engagement sessions, especially St. Louis Engagement Session. Capturing the Gateway Arch was the most amazing experience and I am so glad I checked it off my bucket list thanks to Kelly and Gavin.
Having visited the city before, I knew that I wanted to capture iconic places like Busch Stadium, the Gateway Arch, and City Hall. All three of these locations made an amazing setting for Kelly and Gavin’s St. Louis Engagement Session.
I am incredibly excited to be able to travel back to Kimberling City, Missouri, in September to capture their amazing at-home wedding.
HOW THEY MET!
Gavin and Kelly met when they both attended Iowa State. Kelly is from Connecticut and Gavin is from Missouri. “Gavin was friends with someone on the wrestling team at ISU, who was dating one of my good teammates on the Gymnastics team, at the time. When we got introduced to one another, Gavin was going into his senior year of high school and I was going into my freshman year at ISU. The timing was just off but we remained friends through social media and Gavin would occasionally comment flirtatiously on my Instagram posts.”St. Louis engagement session
THEIR FIRST DATE!
“We went to this restaurant called Wallaby’s in Ames, IA. We ordered the best buffalo chicken cheese fries and the rest is history.”
After dinner, Gavin dropped Kelly off at her apartment. Pretty casual first date but it was amazing and the start of something forever! Buffalo chicken is one of their favorite foods as a couple. After the session we went to a really amazing Pizza Place in Downtown St. Louis called PW Pizza and they ordered Buffalo Chicken Dip as an appetizer, so I’d say that it is one of their favorite foods! St. Louis engagement session
HOW DID YOU FALL IN LOVE?!
When I asked Kelly and Gavin about how they fell in love, this is what they told me! St. Louis engagement session
Gavin said “It took a lot of effort, but she finally cracked in giving me a chance to take her on a date. I asked her three different times to go out with me, but she just so “conveniently” had something come up all three times that we had plans made. When she finally let me take her out, we had some awkward first date convos, but man.. the way that she wolfed down Buffalo chicken cheese fries was UNMATCHED.” St. Louis engagement session
“After the growing pains of me being her first boyfriend, I realized that there was no one else I would rather be with ever again. Kelly loved me better than I ever have been loved, and loved me even when I couldn’t love myself.”
For Kelly, she said “After a few dates I knew I really liked Gavin but I fell in love with him specifically when I actually cried in front of him for the first time. When we met I struggled a lot with confidence and a sense of worth in myself.”
“By falling in love with Gavin and growing in my faith he showed me what it is like to truly know that I will always be enough in God’s eyes and my own. Since we started dating he has always pushed me to be the best version of myself and have faith that everything will be okay. Having someone who only wants to best for you is a person you never let go of.” St. Louis engagement session
HOW DID HE PROPOSE?!
Gavin proposed to Kelly in January 2020 in front of the Arch in Downtown St. Louis. “We walked downtown in front of the arch, Gavin read me a note that was really special. He got on one knee (for literally two seconds as Gavin likes to point out) and asked me to marry him. My mom flew from Connecticut and watched the proposal from a distance, and surprised me afterward. It was so awesome.”
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED ABOUT FOR YOUR WEDDING?!
“We are equally excited to just finally be married. We both just want to glorify Christ through the unity of marriage and feel like it’s been a long time coming.” St. Louis engagement session
Kelly said she is very excited about their first dance, pictures, and to celebrate with family. Gavin said he is excited for their first look, time spent with some of his best friends the night before the wedding, and knowing that Kelly is finally his wife. Also, they’re going to throw a mean party afterward for the small number of people that are gathering to celebrate with them. St. Louis engagement session
YOUR LOVE STORY IS MADE INTO A MOVIE – WHAT IS THE TITLE?!
“Goodbyes to Good Mornings”
DESCRIBE YOUR RELATIONSHIP IN 5 WORDS
“Faith, Love, Hope, Trust, and Strong”
WHAT IS SOMETHING THAT MEANS THE MOST TO YOU?!
“Our faith in Christ. Being great parents to our future children and raising them to know who Jesus is.”