First Looks that Fizz: Unforgettable Moments in Your St. Louis Love Story

The butterfly flutters, the nervous twitches, the anticipation that hangs heavy in the air – the First Look is one of the most magical moments of your wedding day. And what better place to say “Wow, you look…” than amidst the vibrant soul of St. Louis? So, ditch the predictable hotel room and let’s weave your first look into the fabric of this city you love, creating a memory that’ll echo in your hearts forever.

Forest Park Fantasia

Imagine this: sunlight filtering through lush foliage as you turn a corner and there they are, bathed in emerald light. Forest Park offers endless possibilities for a romantic encounter, from the serene Japanese Garden with its koi ponds and delicate bridges to the whimsical Missouri Botanical Garden with its rainforest canopy and fragrant blooms. Choose a spot that resonates with your shared love of nature, and let the park whisper your first “I love you” as husband and wife.

Rooftop Revelry with River Views

St. Louis boasts a skyline that rivals any, and what better way to say “Wow” than above it all? Imagine stealing a kiss on the rooftop of The Moonrise Hotel, with the Mississippi River glittering beneath your feet and the Gateway Arch standing tall against the sky. The sun-drenched terrace or the moonlit rooftop of The Cheshire also offer stunning backdrops for a first look that’s intimate yet breathtaking.

Vintage Vignettes and Stolen Glances

Let history whisper your love story at City Museum. Picture peeking through a salvaged storefront window and catching a glimpse of your beloved amidst recycled treasures and whimsical sculptures. Imagine stealing kisses in hidden nooks bathed in Edison bulb glow, or exchanging vows amidst the architectural whimsy of this urban wonderland. City Museum promises a first look that’s as unforgettable as it is unique.

Speakeasy Surprise in a Hidden Bar

Add a touch of Gatsby-esque mystery to your first look. Pick a hidden gem like The Royale, tucked away behind an unassuming door, and imagine the surprise as you step into a dimly lit speakeasy, jazz music simmering in the background, and there they are, waiting in a vintage cocktail dress or a classic tuxedo. The intimate atmosphere and unexpected setting will guarantee a first look that’s full of drama and stolen glances.

Gondola Gliding on Moonlit Waters

Steal a scene from Venice right in the heart of St. Louis. Imagine embarking on a moonlit gondola ride along the canals of Citygarden, the water reflecting the twinkling city lights, and then catching a glimpse of your beloved standing on the bridge, waiting with outstretched arms. The serenity of the water, the soft glow of the lights, and the element of surprise create a first look that’s both romantic and quintessentially St. Louis.

Making Your First Look Pop

  • Think about the Light

    • Choose a location that offers flattering natural light or creative opportunities with artificial lighting.
  • Incorporate Personal Touches

    • Leave a love note hidden or surprise them with a special song playing in the background.
  • Don’t Forget the Emotions

    • Let the tears flow, the laughter erupt, and soak in this precious moment of raw emotion.
  • Trust your Photographer

    • Choose someone who understands the art of capturing these intimate moments and can translate your story into timeless photographs.

Real St. Louis First Look Stories:

  • Sarah and Michael

    • Nestled amidst the vibrant blooms of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Sarah’s eyes welled up as she spotted Michael standing next to a towering palm tree, a single tear rolling down his cheek as he saw his bride for the first time.
  • Emily and David

    • Hidden within the maze of vintage treasures at City Museum, Emily and David exchanged shy glances and nervous smiles, the creaking gears and playful sculptures framing their stolen kiss.


Your St. Louis love story deserves a First Look that’s as unique and captivating as you are. Let JD Imagery be your love story whisperers, your secret garden guides, and your memory keepers, crafting photographs that capture the raw emotion and breathtaking beauty of your very first “Wow” moment.