The photographers of MD Studios Photography like to focus their lenses on two of life's more romantic moments: engagements and weddings. During each session they foster a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging couples to express themselves as they like, such as via a kiss. The photographers at MD Studios Photography specialize in weddings, engagements and sultry boudoir shoots.
Marie Griffin’s love of photography started at a young age when she would snap pictures of birds while sitting with her grandmother beneath the feeder. Today, she carries on the family-based tradition by shooting portrait sessions for newborns, kids, couples, and families. She also captures the energy and myriad emotions at weddings, and can enliven all private events with photo-booth rentals.
Sand shipped fresh from Florida covers Stratford Sand Volleyball’s three courts, cushioning players as they jump, dive, and lunge for the ball. With leagues four nights a week and tournaments on weekends, there’s ample opportunity to test skills on these courts or spectate on the adjacent patio, which stretches across 4,000 square feet. A nearby bar, just steps from the courts, helps keep the fun going in between games.
Show Me Photobooth lends a nostalgic air to any indoor or outdoor event, fueling instant immortalization through candid digital photographs that double as fun, unique favors. A snapshot-savvy attendant accompanies the 3'x4' curtained picture portal to each wedding, graduation, or mayoral inauguration, handling set-up and addressing any technical issues to ensure a smooth shoot. During the soiree, groups of up to 15 revelers can mug for an unlimited series of digital strips that print in color or black and white in just 10 seconds. Rental includes a CD of all images as well as free web hosting of all prints, and hosts may further customize prints to include event details such as a brand, a logo, or a short-hand version of a Shakespearean sonnet.
Pics-N-Poses’ private, 5'x5'x6' photo booths document memories at all types of events. Party goers can vamp with feather boas or Mardi Gras beads, or pose against optional customized color backgrounds,. 15 seconds later, photo strips appear printed with color or black and white images as well as the host's personalized text.
As you approach the ornate 1916 building now known as Bevo Mill, you may notice two storks on the chimney. They aren't pausing en route to deliver twins—the stone birds were added as a good luck symbol in the German and Dutch tradition. When August A. Busch Sr. of Anheuser-Busch commissioned the structure in the years leading up to World War I, he sought to bring Europe's Flemish architecture and culture back to his native St. Louis. The historical building eventually closed its doors to the public, but in 2009, it reopened as Bevo Mill, an elegant events center that welcomes weddings, corporate gatherings, and other large-scale happenings.
Visitors can still watch the 60-foot-wide aluminum blades of the original windmill spin, and admire the exterior stucco walls’ multicolored stones, each hand-picked by Mr. Busch from his home farm. Brass chandeliers illuminate the main dining area, where vaulted cathedral ceilings curve down into arches whose bases are guarded by stone-carved gnomes. Local artisans restored the Mill Room's painted tile murals and ornate wooden beams, and the Oak Room's artisan glass and art deco light fixtures were meticulously repaired or stolen from Jay Gatsby's mansion.
In the kitchen, chefs prepare refined event menus and samplings of hors d'oeuvres such as flaky feuilletes, glazed pot stickers, quiches, and quesadillas. Buffets feature dishes as diverse as grilled Norwegian salmon, chicken roulades, and seasonal vegetable medleys. On Sundays, chefs prepare a brunch buffet that features dozens of internationally inspired recipes such as hardwood smoked bacon, belgian waffles, potato pancakes, and Hungarian-style sausage. Once a month, Bevo Mill holds an authentic German night, complete with live music and a German buffet.