Preppy St. Louis Wedding at Forest Park Visitors Center
May 20, 2014
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This is a wedding that would make Kate Spade proud. With its perfectly preppy palette and spunky pops of color and confetti thrown in for good measure, it's practically impossible to look at these gorgeous images from Lisa Hessel Photography and not smile. It gives tradition a good ol' glitter-infused twist, and you can see all the fun right here.
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From Lisa Hessel Photography... #CueTheConfetti was the theme repeated over and over throughout Shelby and Kyle's celebration because it was just that... a celebration overflowing with joy. The bright details and colorful flowers complimented the celebration, and just the right amount of confetti in just the right locations made the day sparkle. Even the bride's sparkly Kate Spade shoes were coordinated for the occasion.

Thick letterpress paper goods designed by Courtney Callahan Paper set the tone for the event immediately with their bold, bright colors and stripes set off by shimmering gold detail. Most definitely swoon-worthy.

Shelby and Kyle both grew up in St. Louis, Mo, but planned their wedding from their current residence in the South. The event culminated with a reception in Forest Park in the heart of St. Louis. Festive geronimo balloons tied with colorful streams welcomed guests to the cocktail hour where sparkling navy, coral, and aqua details awaited them.

From The Bride...While Kyle and I live in Dallas, we always knew we’d get married in the city that holds our hearts – Saint Louis. It’s where we both grew up. It’s where we met (eight years ago as seniors in high school!). And it’s a city with the most admirable spirit. Not to mention, it’s the city that’s home to our most beloved family and friends. To me, Saint Louis embodies everything I hoped our wedding would be. Classic, but not too serious. Vibrant. And thoughtful. Maybe even timeless and unforgettable. But mostly, overflowing with joy. Before we could dive into the details (my most favorite part), we had to find the reception venue that would set the tone. It didn’t take long to realize that Forest Park Visitor Center was the obvious choice. As the hub of one of the greatest civic treasures of Saint Louis, it did everything it needed to. It was authentic, beautifully constructed, and filled with natural light – the most sincere palette.

The ceremony took place at my grade school church, Mary, Queen of Peace. It’s lovely and charming, but more importantly, it’s significant and filled with decades of special memories. When it came to creating the atmosphere for our wedding, we really just wanted it to feel like exactly what it was – a big, joyful celebration. Confetti and champagne, peonies and oversized balloons. But in a way that made big feel effortless and just right. I wanted the styling to be refined and sophisticated, but also lighthearted and even a little bit whimsical. When creating the official hashtag (insta-addict), I borrowed a set of words from Kate Spade (another addiction) and it became #cuetheconfettiJuly13. On this most joyful day, we were certainly going to cue the confetti. And then some.

The color palette included a classic, rich navy with unexpected and saturated pops of white, poppy, aqua, and of course, gold. Oh, alright, the gold became more than a pop. I couldn’t help myself. Gold foil found its way into many of the details including the invitations, jewelry, décor, and even our cake. The details. Oh how I believe in the details. Whether they add color, nod to a special memory, or recognize a loved one, the details elevate everything. And with the help of the wonderful Courtney Callahan, we had no shortage of those touches. Complemented by the genius of Bloomin Buckets, the décor led the way. And we followed. And spent the majority of the night on the dance floor. It’s not hard to get lost in the music when you have Boom! energizing the room. Which was a good thing, because in our family we tend to measure the success of an event by the crowd on the dance floor. And this was no exception (it helps when the Father of the Bride kicks off the night with a lively and unforgettable performance).

Our first dance as husband and wife sums it up best. The kind of song that puts the indescribable into words. “Overwhelmed by you. And overcome with joy.” How we feel about one another. How we felt about our family and friends on that day. And how we hope we’ll always feel.