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Glamorous Pink Khorassan Ballroom Wedding

Some of the best moments are the unexpected, don’t you think? The un-planned, un-fussed-over, perfectly imperfect moments. Case in point? This sweet Groom had to change his proposal plan direction because his lovely Bride had plans to surprise him with an anniversary weekend away. Basically, they love each other to bits and are the cutest duo ever. And their wedding from Shelli Alred and MNC Photography is utter gorgeousness. Get your pretty self over to the gallery for more!

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From Mike Cassimatis MNC PhotographyHello and thank you for taking some time to look at Lauren and Matt’s beautiful summer wedding. I absolutely loved working with this couple. Even though it was 100+ degrees outside for this August wedding, everyone was in good sprits and looking their best. Lauren and Matt chose two classic St. Louis venues for their wedding, St. Abrose on “the hill” and the classic, Chase Park Plaza. One of my favorite moments of the day was when Lauren opened a package from Matt containing all of the cards and letters she had ever given him.

From the beautiful Bride…Matt and I met in February 2009 during our sophomore year at Mizzou. I spent much of that summer in Eastern Europe, unfortunately, without much communication but Matt and I were able to reconnect when I returned to the States and officially started dating August 22, 2009.

August 22 is a significant date for us. Not only because it is when we started dating but it is also the same date we got engaged 4 years later on August 22, 2013. Matts 25th birthday was at the end of July that year and, as a surprise, I planned a trip to New York City. Matts sister in law’s due date for his niece, Maeve, was a day after his birthday so I decided to plan the trip afterwards so we wouldn’t miss Maeve being born! As a result, I chose the weekend of our dating anniversary! I started planning the trip in February that year and Conspired with my step mom to tell Matt we’d be going on a trip to Florida with my family so that he’d ask off work well in advance. A couple weeks before the trip Matt took my dad out to lunch, unbeknownst to me, to ask for my hand in marriage. Matt said he’d like to propose with family around on our trip to Florida (YAY! but yikes!) This put my parents in quite the predicament as it would just be Matt and I in New York City and was supposed to be a surprise! They decided they couldn’t ruin my excitement for what I’d planned for so long and decided they’d just have to let Matt improvise (poor guy!). When we got to the airport, Matt went from really excited to competely nervous in one fall swoop when he found out we were going to NYC (which now makes sense in hindsight). On August 22, 2013 I planned reservations at buddakan restaurant and tickets to Jersey Boys on Broadway for our anniversary. Matt had a gift he was determined to give me at “the right moment” but was so disoriented by all my “surprise” plans that he decidedly/randomly gave it to me in the middle of Times Square (which was so random to me at the time to be opening a present in the middle of the street). The gift was a photo album of all of our “moments”: funny, family, college, etc. and the last page declared there was one more “moment” he wanted to share and I looked up and he was on one knee proposing! We were so excited and called our family and friends and then went to see, the show, Jersey Boys, which is worth mentioning because we picked a song from that show to be our first dance song: ‘you’re just too good to be true’ by the Four Seasons.

The wedding date was immediately set to be the Saturday of the next year: August, 23, 2014. My family is Italian so there was no question I wanted to be married anywhere other than St. Ambrose Catholic Church on the hill. I knew the chase park plaza was where I wanted to have the reception immediately When we visited The Khorassan ballroom; it took my breath away! So, needless to say, when it was set up the day of our wedding it brought tears to my eyes because it was so wonderful and beautiful. Our favorite part of the wedding was my dad’s sentimental speech and also the surprise he planned in arranging Mizzous fight song to be our wedding party’s reception entrance song and having Mizzous mascot, Truman the Tiger, to come out with us! We were shocked when we had Truman escorting us out and everyone at their tables waving black and gold Pom poms, cheering for us! My favorite details were the curtains that dramatically opened to welcome everyone into the reception, the bar that exclusive events brought in, the MOST beautiful flower arrangements I’ll ever lay eyes on-randy did such an amazing job, and the band because the dance floor was packed until the end. I’ll never forget the last song that played when the groomsmen and I sang ‘we are young’ by FUN on stage while our guests took the flowers from Our head table flower hedging and threw them onstage like a concert encore. I never wanted it to end. It was a night that will live in infamy and on replay in my mind forever.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis - MNC Photography | Event Design: Exclusive Events Inc. | Event Planning: Shelli Alred | Floral Design: Artistry Florists | Wedding Dress: Clarice's Bridal | Ceremony Venue: St. Ambrose Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Chase Park Plaza - Khorassan Ballroom | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Donna Karan | Hair: Melanie Rauschenbach | Band: Galaxy | Groom's Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Graphic Design: Melissa Haley | Makeup: Danielle Style

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Vintage Rustic Wedding in the Ozarks

Somehow this wedding was able to combine all of my favorite design elements into one big, beautiful day while infusing it with a breath of fresh air, ensuring that it was both stunning and timeless. The vintage charm was complimented by rustic details and the entire wedding was veiled in the prettiest, most colorful palette I’ve seen in a while. The gallery from Climer Photography is one you absolutely won’t want to miss!

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From Climer PhotographyThis was a true old-fashioned, spring, garden wedding, right in the heart of Old Southern Hills subdivision in the Missouri Ozarks. The Australian Groom and Ozarkian Bride had lived on two separate continents for the better part of two years, and on the Groom’s last trip home, merely 30 days prior to the wedding, the two decided to tie the knot! With the help of the Bride’s family, with event and day of planner Rebekah Covay of Seamless Events (Chicago, IL), and day of coordinating from Stephanie Weiss of Ella Weiss (Springfield, MO), a flawless, Aussie-Ozarkian garden party, complete with a special feast with smoker, trailered in by the Mother of the Bride’s Cousin, from West Virginia, set the southern-vintage-chic backyard-BBQ.

Handpicked florals assembled by a local florist, Ron, from The Thicket, adorned vintage dressed tables with mismatched china thrifted and collected by the Bride, which complimented the hand painted table numbers from local St. Louis artist, Karen Bult, while trailing tree moss sprawled the vintage pieces, holding photographic memories and goodies alike. The bridal path was lined with specially crafted wood columns, selected, chopped and sized by the Groom, held candle luminaries for the romantic evening wedding, while honeysuckle and fresh flowers were in full bloom around the property.

A lone white swan circled the lake as the guests witnessed the Aussie Groom and Ozark’s bride say their intimate, heart-felt, hand written vows, as the Bride’s ordained father officiated the ceremony. On lookers sipped fruit infused water from mason jars and the small congregation of guests on the Bride’s parent’s lake front lawn dabbed teary eyes to the couple’s romantic ceremony. As the sun dipped below the tall trees and guests made their way past the vintage truck (found at a local tire shop), with it’s bed filled with several fruit infused waters and gifts for the couple, they made their way to the tent under the stars. The day was perfectly soundtracked with two separate bands serenading the party, local talents, Bella Donna and Triple Play, made the festivities playlist with original gypsy jazz and Beatle’s favorites, which set the tune for the clear big top party that lasted into the night and wee hours of the morning. At the event’s conclusion, guests left with beautifully assembled favors of mexican wedding cakes, made with love from the Bride’s family friend.

Photography: Amanda Climer Of Climer Photography | Wedding Dress: Ella Weiss | Nicole Miller | Engagement Ring: Bailey Biddle And Banks | Catering: Jaws BBQ | Bartenders: Brad & Clary Phelps | Bride's Hair: Milk.Honey Salon | Bride's Wedding Ring: I Wedding Band | Bridesmaid's Gifts: Kei Jewelry | Bridesmaid's Hair: Bliss Salon | Cake & Cupcakes: Tea Bar & Bites | Ceremony Band: Bella Donna | Custom Wedding Icon Coozies: Custom Ink | Dress Service: Ella Weiss | Floral Bouquet Design: Ron | The Thicket | Groom's Wedding Ring: Sam's | Groom, Groomsmen, And Dog Bandana: The Tie Bar | Hand Painted Table Numbers: Karen Bult Of STL | Invitations & Wedding Icon: Studio 255 | Kangaroo Cake Toppers: Thirifted | Makeup: Andie Reynolds | Manicures: Jennie's Nails | Old Southern Hills: Mack Residence | Planning, Wedding & Reception Plan + Design: Rebekah Covay Of Seamless Events | Reception Band: Triple Play | Reception Floral: The Thicket | Stumps For Ceremony & Reception Decor: Selected & Chopped By Groom | Tanning: South Beach Tanning Fantasy | Under The Stars Tent: All Event Rentals | Venue: Old Southern Hills Private Residence | Vintage M & R Marquee Lights: Vintage Marquee Lights | Vintage Reception Dinnerware: Thirfted By Bride | Vintage Truck: Mitchem Tire & Wheel

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St. Louis Wedding Inspired by Mexican Heritage

Succulents, papel picado, and pinatas sound like an amazing wedding celebration to me. Now add a team of vendors, including Bloomin’ Buckets and Heather Roth Fine Art Photography, that took the Bride’s vision of a day infused with Mexican heritage and translated that to absolute perfection with a side of yummy pan dulce. See all the cute details here in the full gallery.

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From The Bride…I love telling the story of how Jimmy and I met because it gives me goose bumps just thinking about it! We met through a mutual friend at a bar near St. Louis University. I was with a big group of friends and for some reason, something inside me told me to find my friend Jarad. When I finally did, I found Jarad talking to Jimmy at the bar. They had not seen each other for a few years since going to school together at Mizzou. The funny thing is, Jimmy hated going to this bar and only went because it was his friend’s birthday! Jarad introduced us and when I shook Jimmy’s hand and looked into his eyes, it was love at first sight. Cheesy, I know- but it’s true! We talked about Cardinals baseball for a long time, and I think I impressed him because we went out on our first date a week later! Over time we found out we had several mutual friends and we even got confirmed in the same church during the spring of 1999. Living minutes away from each other in the same city for 20 years, Jimmy and I often talk about how strange it was that we didn’t meet sooner.

I had always thought I would get married in Texas, because that was where I was born and where my grandparents lived, and I wanted them to be able to see me walk down the aisle. With both of them passing away a few years ago, Jimmy and I knew we would now be having our wedding in St. Louis. I was perfectly fine with this, but I still wanted to feel like I was home in Texas. So Jimmy (God bless him) let me take the reins for the vision for the wedding and we used my Mexican heritage as inspiration for everything. I incorporated lots of succulents, papel picado (hand cut Mexican wedding banners), a piñata, and we even had a pan dulce bar (Mexican pastries). I also knew without a doubt, we had to have a mariachi band because my grandfather would always hire one for my grandmother’s birthday. My dad and I danced to the song my grandfather used to sing to my grandmother. Needless to say it made us all cry! I also made a lot of the décor myself, with help from family and friends, and in the end everything turned out more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. I felt like I was back in Texas with my grandparents right beside me. Jimmy and I had the best time dancing under the banners and twinkling lights with everyone we loved most in the world. It was truly the most magical night!

Photography: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography | Floral Design: Bloomin’ Buckets | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee, Clarice’s Bridal | Ceremony Venue: Incarnate Word Parish | Reception Venue: Windows On Washington | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Lordo's Diamonds | Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan | Cake : McArthur’s Bakery | Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Black, Men’s Warehouse | Hair + Make Up: Sweet Melissa | Papel Picados: Calavera Press | Paper Goods: Elise Bess Events | Wooden Crates + Cake Stand Rentals: Finch Vintage Rentals

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