Joy + Jeff

St. Louis Wedding Photographers - Forest Park Engagement Photos by Oldani Photography

Forest Park / St. Louis

Joy and Jeff had us when they said "breakfast for dinner" themed reception.  Seriously?!  It was like they knew us.  We always joke that we want to have our couples over for pancakes.  That is how you truly measure a connection.  But in all seriousness, we just knew that they had to be lovers of life.

We had so many ideas about fun things to do for their engagement session.  The one idea that kept coming up was picking apples and baking a pie.  Thanks to the weather, we ran out of time so we had to switch gears.  That is when they told us about the Christmas presents.  Perfect!

I promise you that we had this date locked in long ago and the snow was a beautiful surprise.  It started to fall at the beginning of our session and by the end we were transferred to a magical snowy new world.  If you live in St. Louis you know Forest Park is such a popular spot.  To be virtually the only ones in the park was an amazing feeling.  We had this whole serene space to ourselves.  Joy and Jeff couldn't have been any better.  It was the perfect storm.

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What was your first date?: After a few times hanging out together with mutual friends, Jeff called and asked Joy to join him for dinner at his favorite restaurant. It was a quiet snowy night in January. Jeff & Joy talked and laughed over dinner and dessert. Then they met up with some of Jeff's friends for late-night drinks. Joy knew Jeff really liked her when he asked her to come over the next day to meet his dog.

How did he propose?: It happened on Saint Patrick's Day...

Joy and Jeff had settled into their typical Monday night routine. They had finished dinner and were watching t.v. when Jeff asked Joy if she'd like to see a new trick he taught the dogs. Joy was playing a game on her phone and barely looked up to tell him yes. He then told her she needed to get off the couch and come in the kitchen to see the trick. Joy was annoyed that she had to stop playing her game but paused it and followed Jeff into the kitchen.

He asked her to hold 3 dog treats in her hand and shut her eyes. Joy did as she was directed but opened her eyes after a few moments..."SHUT YOUR EYES!" Jeff yelled, and Joy shut her eyes again.

Joy could only imagine what Jeff had taught the dogs. She was hoping he had somehow taught Mike to stand on Louis' back the way that goats can sometimes be stacked up on top of one another. She had seen that once on the internet and was picturing Mike, Louis, and Charlotte stacked on top of one another when Jeff told her she could open her eyes. 

Joy looked down to find that each dog was sitting in front of her with a small cardboard sign hung around their neck. The signs read, "Will", "You", "Marry"....and there was Jeff, down on one knee, holding a sign that read, "Me?" 
Joy said "Yes!" followed by, "Oh my god, we're in sweatpants!!" 

They laughed and hugged and kissed each other.
Joy gave the dogs many treats to celebrate.
Jeff gave Joy a beautiful ring.

What is the mixtape of your relationship?: This list is really hard to narrow down as we enjoy all types of music and take it a bit too seriously! I think our official mixtape would be a multi-tape set!! This list is a little Jeff, a little Joy, a little us...

  1. I Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding
  2. More Today Than Yesterday - Kermit Ruffins
  3. Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
  4. You're the Best - The Karate Kid
  5. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
  6. You Make My Dreams - Daryl Hall & John Oats
  7. You are the Best Thing - Ray LaMontagne
  8. January Wedding - The Avett Brothers
  9. Love on Top - Beyonce
  10. I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness

Is there a tv show you two can't miss?: We never miss The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, or The Daily Show.

Any pets?: We have 3 beautiful furbabies! Mike: 8 year old Border Collie Mix, Louis: 4 year old Standard Poodle, & Charlotte: 4 year old Standard Poodle

What is your date style?: Hiking or hanging at a park

Jeff, What do you claim as your hometown?: Murphysboro, IL

Joy, What do you claim as your hometown?: Waterloo, IL

Do either of you have a hobby? If so, what is it?: Jeff loves trivia nights and softball. Joy is addicted to The Bar Method. Together they love traveling to National Parks and collecting new stamps in their National Park passports.

Where are you getting married?: The Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis

Where is your reception?: The Muny in Forest Park, St. Louis

What will the bridesmaids be wearing?: Joy's Girl Gang will be in black and white polka dot dresses.

What will the groomsman be wearing?: Jeff's groomsmen will be in black suits.

What color theme have you chose for your wedding?: Our wedding will have bold black and white patterns, with pops of bright pink, orange, & yellow.

Nichole is married to TJ Oldani. Together they are Oldani Photography.