WEEKEND WEAR || Intentionally [Re]defining Your Wardrobe - St Louis Missouri

 

"Touches of detail,"
I said. He nodded.
"Clothes that make me feel good,
confident,
a bit flirty / free,
and soft but with some structure,"

I continued.

Defining - or redefining - your style can be a bit difficult to put into words. 

But, you know it when you see it.

And then you're like,
"WAH! THAT'S WHAT I'VE BEEN MISSING."
...appropriately Bruno Mars promptly begins playing in your head,
"...that's what I like, what I like!"
and you're doing this really cool dance that everyone is wowed by...

Pfff! See, you and I are the so similar!!

Recently, Stephen and I have been going through our closets with the following [intentional] mindset:

Does this bring me joy when I wear it?
How does it make me feel? 
What do I feel like this communicates about me?

And in all of it, one thing I keep coming back to:
Clothing inspires me. 

So when I slipped on these new shoes last weekend
(we went shopping on our staycation, LOL),
I said out loud: "I feel like a Creative in these."

Stephen promptly responded: "Okay, then let's get them!"

So I'm on a journey.
You with me?

I want my clothes to say something about me...

That I'm a creative.
A girl who chooses quality over quantity.
Personal joy over expectations of others. 

Someone who doesn't settle for "it'll do," but rather, "wow, I love this!" type of wardrobe pieces. 

And it's okay if that means it's an old favorite mixed with new ones. 
The point is, is it's a favorite. 

In weeks to come, I'll be introducing a bit more mauve / pink into my style. Flowy & cozy sweaters. And a few other ideas - so stay tuned!

The Details || Hat: Madewell, gifted by husbae. Jean shirt: Thrifted, mens department. Crop tank: Madewell, clearance. Kerchief: Thrifted. Cropped Denim: Consignment, Avalon Exchange - on the Loop. Slip on Shoes: Aldo, clearance. Bracelet: Madewell, gifted by Husbae. Rings: thrifted & my mom's. Location: Art Hill, Forest Park, St Louis - Missouri. ||

How would you define your style???

Happy weekending!
Always,
--Tara M

 

DANIEL & MIRIAM || A Romantic St Louis Wedding || The Hilton Frontenac, St Louis Missouri

 

I believe that cultivating a personal relationship with each bride & groom is not just a "nice touch," to a photography experience, but the very pulse of authentic photography. And this St Louis wedding was no exception!

Meet Miriam & Daniel.

A couple who goes beyond the small talk. 
They ask deeper questions & share vulnerably. 
And it's beautiful. 

Their desire to serve each other before themselves,
to bring glory to the Lord,
and to give honor to their family & friends
could not have been more apparent on their wedding day. 

They pursued & waited for love.
For each other.

So here's just a few favorites as their special day unfolded...

Laughter,
sweet whispers,
and giving gifts...

A First Look moment so brimming with the realization that,
from this moment on,
those heart wrenching "see you later" conversations
are no longer part of your story.

But rather, Hullo
...to forever
begins.

You see the familiar faces and everyone stands.
To honor you.

But then,
then your heartbeat rings in your ears
as your gaze finds his.

For truly,
"I am my beloved's and he is mine..."

The birds sing among the trees and the breeze blows gently by. 
There's a party to go to, a celebration to continue.

But first, you can't help but linger.

Inescapable joy.

At last, all the planning is done. 
Your dream: To marry Daniel / Miriam and serve others together - it's finally real.

Husband & Wife.

Blessings are given.
Dancing your heart out - as you've always done - ensues.
Toasts are dedicated.

But then, then you stand - with arms around each other - and share to all those gathered: Where Love began and how it's so much bigger than yourself.
And that this Love?
It's available to everyone. 

Miriam & Daniel ---
From that first coffee meeting, we knew there was something different about you two. As we continued to journey with you, swap love stories & advice, we walked away with a deeper connection & a few more belly laughs each time. 

Thank you for sharing your love story with us. For trusting.
You're humility, desire to serve, and contagious gratitude are inspiring.

Congratulations on BEING MARRIED! We're here for you!
Love,
Tara & Stephen

To Mr & Mrs Citrin and Mr & Mrs Hetzel --
Celebrating Miriam & Daniel's wedding day with you was beyond special. They spoke so highly of each of you and finally meeting in person was such a highlight! Thank you for being their biggest supporters throughout all the wedding planning, I know it meant the world to them. It truly was a beautiful & joyous day! Congratulations on gaining a new son/daughter to the family!


This gorgeous day also could not have happened without an amazing vendor team! Thank you - each of you - for the hard work, encouragement & attention to detail that made this day so special for Miriam & Daniel!!


Photography | Yours truly - Pattengale Photography
Dress Store | Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid Dresses | David's Bridal
Groom's Attire | Savvi Formalwear
Bride & Groom Prep Location | St. Louis Family Church
Ceremony Venue | St. Louis Family Church
Reception Venue | Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
Reception Style Dinner | 4 Course, New York Style Dinner & Reception
Wedding Planner | Divine Events LLC
Florist | Mary Tuttle's - The Art of Living
Hair Stylist | Jai Transforme - Mandy Grezham
Videography | Tower Studios
Wedding Papers | Je Design Studio
Cake | Lubeley's Bakery and Deli
Catering | Hilton St. Louis Frontenac
DJ/ Uplighting & Photobooth | Complete Weddings + Events St. Louis 


Always,
--Tara M