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Traditional + Elegant Wedding in Missouri

Marrying an unbeatable backdrop with the lens of a pro like Koman Photography and you’re guaranteed some pretty rockin’ results, but this gallery? It takes expectations to a whole other level. For when planning their Big Day this duo wanted a central location with plenty of wow-factor. The pick? An elegant evening at Top of the Rock and every detail is topnotch (including their vendor list). See it all in The Vault!

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Summer
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Rustic

From Koman PhotographyWe knew from our very first meeting that Kat and Steve are a one of a kind couple! John and I loved every minute of having them in front of our cameras and we feel so honored they invited us to photograph one of the most important days of their lives at Top of the Rock Missouri! Their wonderful day was one full of joy, sun, rain, rainbows, a gorgeous sunset and of course HAPPY tears!

From the beautiful Bride…Although we met on the West coast, Steve and I both grew up in the Midwest (Illinois and Oklahoma). It was important for us to find a venue that was not only central to each of our families, but one that reflected reflected our roots. When we stepped foot onto Top of the Rock, there was no doubt in our minds that this was where we wanted to celebrate to most important day of our lives. From the unbelievable views of the lake to the smallest of details in the chapel, there was nature-inspired beauty everywhere.

When it came to choosing our vendors, finding top-notch photographers and a fun band was at the top of my list. We decided on Koman Photography to do both our engagement, and wedding pictures. We loved the natural lighting that they used, and how they worked as a husband and wife team! It was also important to have a live band that could not only play fun music for our guests late into the night, but one that also set the tone for the reception starting at the Cocktail hour. Galaxy Red kept us and our guests dancing all night long, which was exactly what we wanted!

Since we chose a rustic venue, I wanted to make sure we balanced it with some lighter colors. We decided on soft pink and ivory hues with gold accents here and there! I got through the bigger things on my wedding to do list pretty quickly, and was able to just really soak in the engagement season with Steve. As we got closer to the big day, my mom and sister were huge helps in finalizing all of the not so last minute details. I was so glad I was able to delegate some of the work.

Looking back, one of the most important things I think we did was choose professional vendors who had great bridal reviews. Knowing that we were dealing with pro’s made everyone so much more relaxed the day of the wedding! The planning process is a blast, but at the end of the day it is really all about starting an incredible new adventure with your best friend and lifelong teammate.

Photography: Koman Photography | Coordination: Ella Weiss | Floral Design: The Thicket | Wedding Dress: Desert Bride | Cake: Sugar Leaf | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Tadashi Shoji | Makeup: Makeup By Melissa | Hair And Makeup: Diamonds And Do's | Band: Galaxy Red | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Top Of The Rock | Flower Girl Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank | Linen Rentals: Branson Party Rentals And Event Design | Photo Booth: Elite Photo Booth

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Classic Forest Park Wedding at the Historic World’s Fair Pavilion

Sometimes you come across a wedding so undeniably beautiful, you really have to take some time in The Vault to soak it all in.  Case in point?  This amazing day captured brilliantly by Clary Pfeiffer Photography (as they do). It’s the historic World’s Fair Pavilion meets the breathtaking florals of Bloomin’ Buckets meets a bride and groom who know a thing or two about classic beauty.  Fall in love in the full gallery, then check out the sweet film from Rue De La Vie.

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Seasons
Summer
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ChurchPark
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Elegant

From the Bride… For our wedding day vision, David and I were both born and raised in St. Louis, so we decided that the historic World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park would be the perfect venue for our reception. We loved the open-air space, architecture and the gorgeous views from the pavilion.

As we started planning, the most important thing to us was that our wedding be a fun, loving and relaxed celebration with all of our friends and family. We were going for a classic and timeless look so we chose a palette with lots of soft and natural colors to keep it light and airy. Even though the guest list was fairly large we wanted dinner to feel intimate. We used an assortment of table sizes and shapes, low centerpieces (mix of vases and long table garland filled with italian ruscus, white polo roses, white majolica spray roses and quicksand roses), and lots of candles to achieve this look. One of our favorite details from the night was having our head table right down the center of the pavilion so we could be surrounded by all of our favorite people.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Cinematography: Rue De La Vie | Event Planning: Catering St. Louis | Floral Design: Bloomin' Buckets | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Luke The Evangelist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: World's Fair Pavilion | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Catering St. Louis | Hair And Makeup: Annie With DanielleStyle | Lighting: Exclusive Events Inc. | Band: Griffin And The Gargoyles | Groom's Attire: Black By Vera Wang | Coaster Design: Megan Taylor | Invitations And Paper Goods: Drolet Paperie | Signage: Bee Curious Designs

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Classic + Romantic St. Louis Winter Wedding

In the middle of this winter wedding wonderland, Forest Park stood out as a tropical oasis, with lush greenery and bright natural light, as it hosted one fabulously celebratory ceremony for these lovebirds. Turner Creative captured the colorful occasion before heading outside for stunning portraits of the newly married pair in the snow; see all the lovely locales right this way!

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Winter
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HotelPark
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Elegant

From the Bride… We met at Farm Aid in 2009 in Saint Louis; Randy was at the concert from Phoenix and I am from Saint Louis, and we had our first date in Phoenix a few weeks later. We have been to Farm Aid together each year since we met. Last year at Farm Aid 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina, Randy proposed with the help of several Farm Aid staffers. We will attend Farm Aid 30 in Chicago this September which will mark our seventh Farm Aid together(we have a few pictures with our Farm Aid Bandana from our engagement session and from our wedding day on the bus)!

Forest Park is the place I first told Randy I loved him. It is a very special place for us both. We loved the natural light and greenery in the Jewel Box and we needed an indoor venue for the February date we selected. We loved the style of the statler ballroom and the features with the marble floors and walls and the ornamental plaster ceilings. I recall watching the snowfall from the gorgeous windows in the room during our reception.

Our wedding was inspired by the classic and elegant feel of a navy, gold and ivory color palette with Southwest accents in florals. Randy is from Arizona and we spend a lot of time enjoying the desert Southwest. We incorporated succulents into the florals (Flowers to the People-Bridget Weible)
and my sisters (Bridesmaids) chose their own gowns in navy.

We had some special touches and traditions that we incorporated into your ceremony/reception: 
-Randy is quite the foodie and loves most things “hot and spicy.” The groom’s cake was a hot sauce bottle!
-We displayed photos of our parents and grandparents’ wedding days at the reception.
-The unity candle we lit was the unity candle my parents lit at their wedding 40 years ago.
-My friend Maggie gifted me a lavender-scented heart pillow to bring me calm while getting ready for the wedding and I held it close. My sisters gifted me a monogrammed shirt with our wedding date and “i do”
-My late grandma Charlotte’s wedding band was incorporated into my bouquet

We love our wedding photos! We were blessed with a gorgeous snowfall on our wedding day. I remember being so excited walking down the aisle and upon seeing Randy I paused and felt a peaceful calm surround me. The snow coming down outside. Simple and beautiful. I loved sharing each moment of the day with Randy and snuggling close to him for warmth when we were getting our pictures in the snow.

We purchased the Meet Me in Saint Louis design by Rachael Brightfield and with the help of my sister and brother-in-law, printed gift tote bags for our out of town guests filled with our local favorites: Billy Goat Chips, Schlafly Beer, and Fitz’s rootbeer. Guests were also able to take home votive succulent centerpieces from the tables as favors!

Photography: Turner Creative | Floral Design: Flowers To The People | Wedding Dress: Pronovias | Cake: The Cakery Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Forest Park | Reception Venue: The Renaissance Grand | DJ: Millenium Productions | Groom's Attire: Savvi

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Traditional Jewish Wedding With Touches of Modern Glamour

This wedding is crazy beautiful, and it’s not just the gorgeous floral combination of peonies, orchids and hydrangeas. Or, the modern all-white ceremony’s chuppah built from tree branches from the Bride’s childhood home. It’s all that and the gorgeous couple, whose love for each other radiates off the screen and brings a smile to your face. Watch the video  from Creative Films below to experience it all.

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Summer
Styles
Elegant

From Creative FilmsThere are families that come into our lives that somehow seem to leave a mark. I loved getting to know Katja and Ari and their story. We were able to attend their rehearsal dinner and capture some beautiful toasts as well and so much of their story will have to wait for their feature film, but you can get a glimpse of their amazing day and the love they have for each other and their family and friends here in this highlight. I LOVE the traditions in a Jewish wedding day and they had the most wonderful Tish and Bedeken while surrounded by so many special people. Kelley Flora Ruf did an amazing job designing this wedding with the team from Trapp and Company and I don’t think the Kauffman Center or The Westin have ever looked better! Take special note of the huppah in this wedding ceremony, the support branches were harvested from the tree that was planted at the families home when Katja was born. So many sweet details in this amazing day.

From the Bride… We wanted to make sure our traditions didn’t get lost in all the wedding craze. We tried to build everything around the traditional parts of a Jewish ceremony. In order not to overshadow those important aspects of our wedding we tried to do everything in a classic, elegant yet simple fashion. We didn’t want to lose sight of what was truly important. 

I chose navy for my bridesmaid dresses because I felt it was a beautiful color for summer while still being elegant and dressy. Navy sort of became ‘our color’ from there. Still, I really never had a color. We had an amazing florist who I trusted completely. I told him that I liked ivories and whites for the wedding but was open to any colors that he felt complimented the navy and the spaces we were using for the ceremony and reception. 

This sort of falls into the ‘crafted’ category… My parents planted a tree in our backyard when I was born (another Jewish tradition). They took branches from that tree to build our huppah (wedding canopy) which is really the center of a Jewish ceremony. Our florist did an incredible job incorporating those branches into a building a beautiful huppah!

It’s probably unfair to give this advice because I know many girls think about their wedding long before they start planing (or even get engaged)! I do not really fall into this category and so I came in with a very open mind. I had an incredible planner who had a lot of experience and tons of ideas and I felt I could take those ideas and still create a unique wedding day for us. We also had complete trust in all our amazing vendors. Our florist, photographer, planner, videographer etc. This allowed us to focus on what was really important. We tried to be completely present the day of our wedding and enjoy every moment.

Photography: Blixt Photography | Cinematography: Creative Films | Floral Design: Trapp And Company | Wedding Dress: Victoria Nicole | Cake: Sherrie's Cake Magic | Ceremony Venue: Kauffman Performing Arts Center | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhullier | Makeup: Gina Ciaccio Holmberg | Lighting: Harvest Productions | Band: Emerald City | Ceremony Musicians: Brookside Strings | Event Coordination: Kelley Flora Ruf | Reception Venue: Westin Crown Center | Rentals: All Seasons

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Chic Cocktail Party Wedding in St. Louis

When this darling duo got engaged in 2013, before the real planning even began, they knew exactly what they wanted for their Big Day: a fun, dance-inducing cocktail party, with late night flatbread pizzas and minimal sitting involved. They didn’t even have a seating chart! MNC Photography captured all the fun throughout the day and night, and you won’t be able to get enough in the gallery right here!

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Seasons
Spring
Styles
Elegant

From The Bride…When Chris and I became engaged in the summer of 2013, we knew we wanted our wedding to be a big party where all of our family and friends could get together and have fun. No rules; no assigned seats; just endless food, alcohol, dancing, and mingling. We also decided right away that we would forego a wedding party. Just us and our families and our friends, having a blast.

We were limited in geography to our mutual hometown – St. Louis, as both our families currently live there. Luckily, we had almost two years to plan from afar (we were living in Omaha at the time) The first thing we did was to contact our photographer – who also happens to be Chris’ brother. He helped us pick a venue that would accommodate our ideal party ambiance. We visited City Cottage in St. Louis and were immediately taken with its vibe. Beautiful exposed brick walls; open rooms that facilitated movement throughout the night; and a fantastic patio with comfortable seating. The only thing we weren’t in love with were the burlap linens that come standard with the space. With the help of our event coordinator at City Cottage, we were able to give the space a more clean and modern vibe by substituting in ivory linens.

We decided early on to have a cocktail party instead of a sit-down dinner. This would allow us to mingle with our guests as much as possible. We really wanted to connect with everyone after they had traveled so far to be with us. In addition, the cocktail party setting provided food and alcohol for everyone to eat and drink all night long. Our venue also had a pizza oven on the patio, so we served flatbread pizzas to guests as late night munchies.

What was your color palette and your style vision? Romantic, sophisticated, simple, and fun. From the start, Chris wanted to buy a suit that he would be able to wear again. We didn’t give any direction in regards to color to any family members either – we told everyone to wear what they felt most comfortable in. Naturally, this led to a grey/navy/pastel palette.

I fell in love with the gold foil invitations at Minted, and suddenly my vision became “a bit of a Gatsby party”. I thought gold accents that contrasted with the pastel flowers and ivory linens were simple, classic, and beautiful.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? My engagement ring was an heirloom from Chris’ family that he had re-set. His wedding band is old Soviet “red gold” that came from my maternal grandmother’s wedding ring and some of her other jewelry. She passed away 10 years ago, so this was very special for us and especially for my mother.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail? My favorite aspect of the wedding was probably the ceremony. It was outside, tucked away near the patio at City Cottage. It had a very intimate, secret hideaway feel. Our ceremony took place as the sun was setting, so the light was very soft. We hired a cello/guitar duo for the ceremony, and the music resonated so well within that confined space. I remember walking with my father, and as I turned the corner into the aisle, I heard the cello and saw all of my friends and family, and at that moment, I was incredibly happy. The ceremony itself was very personal. There was a lot of laughter; honoring of family members (passed and alive) and in general, it was very tailored to us as a couple. I think while planning our wedding, the ceremony seemed not as important as the reception, but in reality – we were so happy that we spent the time and effort making it what it was. It set the tone for the rest of the night.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc. My first wedding purchase was my gown. We had originally planned to elope in Greece, where Chris’ father is from – so I looked at dresses that would travel by jet without issue. I tried on many dresses, mainly strapless or lace gowns, but didn’t really feel like any were my style until I visited Ready or Knot. I fell in love with my gown almost immediately. It was a thick luxurious taffeta silk, with boning and lace in the bodice. I had never seen anything like it, and I decided that I would buy it despite not having a wedding venue (or location for that matter). It was modern, sophisticated, flattering, and that was it for me.

We searched high and low for fun, lively, jazz music. I had been to many weddings with live bands, but they all played the same “wedding” repertoire. We wanted something classic – old standards; an upright bass; a smokey voiced singer. We were so excited when we stumbled upon Sarah Jane and The Blue Notes. This was a group of classically trained musicians who play jazz at bars and festivals. It was the perfect band for us. For our first dance, they created a sultry rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Dance me to the end of love.” It was perfect.

I didn’t want to have any specific rules or themes. When I met with our florist, Melinda, of Les Bouquets, I showed her some flowers that I loved, and let her run free with the arrangements. Our venue had many surfaces, from cocktail tables, to the bar, to indoor and outdoor coffee tables. I wanted each surface to have its own arrangement. Nothing too manicured. She did a perfect job. For my bouquet – I wanted something delicate and spring-like; buds and peonies that hadn’t yet bloomed completely. The ceremony space at City Cottage is an enclosed wooden structure open to the elements. We loved it, but we also wanted to make it a bit more personal. We imagined some sort of floral backdrop that would contrast the wood altar, and Melinda helped perfect our vision with hanging vases.

Keeping with the party vibe, we wanted guests to arrive at the venue and immediately feel festive. We had a table set up in the patio that guests would walk by as they arrived, that had cheese, nuts, and fruit. In addition, champagne flutes were passed around to guests at the entrance. This made everyone a little less hungry, and a little more warm and fuzzy right from the start.

For dessert, we went with a traditional Russian wedding dessert table (my family and many guests are Russian, so my parents loved this). We served mini napoleon pastries, chocolates, and fruit instead of a wedding cake. Guests could have multiple servings and mix and match. This was a huge hit.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be? Don’t give in to the pressures of wedding “tradition”. Do what you want, and make it about you and your partner. This may be the event you remember most in life, and probably the biggest one you plan. Any decisions we made were based purely on practicality and fun. There were numerous times I was asked, “what are your colors? What are your bridesmaids wearing?” and the truth was, we had no colors, and no bridal party. I was afraid this would be weird, but in reality it was the best decision I could have made. We were able to optimize time spent with our guests the weekend of the wedding; and more importantly, it made the event more about our union.

Specifically, our photographer’s suggestion to get ready together was such a great one. Not getting to see one another until the evening of our wedding seemed like such a waste. We co-habitated for four years and we loved getting ready for events together. It was always special, and it seemed very fitting that we would do that on our wedding day. My mom joined us as well and helped me with my dress and jewelry. It was lovely and intimate.

Photography: MNC Photography | Floral Design: Les Bouquets | Wedding Dress: Legends By Romona Keveza | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Catering St. Louis | Hair: Stacy Hildebrand Of Dominic Michael Salon | Band: Sarah Jane & The Blue Notes | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Boutique: Ready Or Knot Bridal Boutique | Bridal Bracelet: Macy's | Bridal Sash: Modern Trousseau | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade | Bride's Makeup: Bride | Dessert: Dierberg's European Bakery | Event Space: City Cottage On Chouteau | Groom's Shirt: Banana Republic | Groom's Tie: Calvin Klein | Groom's Watch: Skagen | Groom's Wedding Ring: Bride's Grandmother's Wedding Ring From USSR | Hair Comb: Mila Kolitsova | Wedding Ring: Perspective Design Studio

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