Kylee and Sergei’s Botanical Garden and St. Louis Arch Engagement

Captured & submitted by Erika Rene LLC


The first conversation I had with Kylee was over the phone and we talked for nearly 2 hours! We connected immediately and she proceeded to tell me the story of her life and her story with Sergei. By the end of our phone conversation, she knew that I had to be her wedding photographer! Kylee and her mom drove all the way to St. Louis from Branson, MO on a Sunday afternoon to meet me in person, we spent another 2 hours together, and confirmed that indeed, I was the one! I showed her several different moments from several different weddings I’ve photographed and she went through each photo and told me what she liked. Kylee and Sergei were legally getting married on December 9th even though their big wedding isn’t going to be until March of 2024 because Sergei is being deployed and will be overseas for the next year. So, they wanted engagement photos to be taken before they were legally married which is, of course, completely understandable! Kylee and Sergei met me at the Botanical Gardens in St. Louis and I could instantly see why they’ve chosen each other. This is truly the perfect couple- head over heels in love with each other, completely comfortable with each other, and SO much fun to be around. I love the way they tease each other and play together! Sergei pretended to throw Kylee in the water several times which was hysterical! The way they laughed together the whole day was just wonderful. And they were certainly champs seeing as how cold the day was- you’d never know it by looking at the photos! By the time they changed clothes when we were shooting at the Arch, Kylee was FREEZING, but was still the best sport and was totally committed to getting the shot! I could not be more thankful to be the one chosen to tell Kylee and Sergei’s story and am SO excited for their wedding at Chateau Charmant in 2024!


Reception Venue: Missouri Botanical Garden//Photographer: Erika Rene LLC//

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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