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Missouri Outdoor Ombre Wedding

I’ve expressed my love of winery weddings before, and this next pretty? Well, it’s beyond my wildest dreams. From the charming rustic barn, to the swan filled lake, it just doesn’t get any better. And with a Bridal party decked out in White Traditions Bridal House every snap from Katharine Roberds Photography is sure to send you in a Pinterest frenzy, right here!

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From the beautiful Bride… Last Fall, Devin and I attended a wedding at our favorite winery, Cedar Lake Cellars and we were completely captivated by its simple, rustic charm. From the Big Red Barn to the gorgeous lakes inhabited with white swans, we knew this was the future spot where we would one day tie the knot! This venue had many locations available where the Bride and Groom could exchange vows. We chose the beautiful rocky waterfall where a small lake separates the wedding party from the guests. It was perfect. It was quiet and personal while at the same time still able to share the moment with all of our loved ones.

Our wedding decor was uncomplicated yet elegant. I chose ombre as a theme and with the help of White Traditions Bridal House, my dream went from vision to reality! We chose mason jars and baby’s breath to enhance the natural beauty that surrounded us. Scattered around were pictures of Devin and I from over the years that gave our wedding guests a little insight to our love for each and a chance to better know the real “us.”

As our night was drawing to an end from what seemed to be a day that happened in 10 minutes, we were left with memories that we will cherish over a life time together. Oh, how it seemed I had waited forever for this day. I waited 4 years 5 months and 8 days and it was worth every second!

Photography: Katharine Roberds Photography | Floral Design: Petals And Bells | Wedding Dress: White Traditions Bridal House | Ceremony Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars | Reception Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Traditions Bridal House | Makeup Artist: Danielle Shocklee-Ward | DJ: DJ Ruben B Of RB Productions | Party Favors: Gooey Louie

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Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

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Elegant Tuscany Inspired Wedding

Would you believe me if I told you this Italian inspired affair took place Stateside? Stunning beyond compare, Events Luxe set the scene at the St. Louis’ World’s Fair Pavilion for this regally romantic evening. From the Bride’s beautiful The Crimson Petal blooms, to the olive oil favors, Shelly Goodman captured every classically elegant detail here!

From Events LuxeWhen Erin reached out to me well in advance of her September wedding, I immediately took a double-take at the full name in her email. Her email signature showed she’s in Florida, but with a unique last name, could this be the same Erin I knew from high school? So I hesitantly mentioned a high school connection in my email reply, and to my delight she wrote back “YEP, it’s me!!” Erin was 4 years behind me, so we didn’t have classes together, but in our small high school, I definitely knew who she was. Because Erin now lived in Florida, we handled our consult on the phone, and seeing each other for the first time in over 10 years at her cake tasting was like no time had passed. How funny reunions can be!

During Erin’s consult, she told us that she wanted an Italian theme. She wanted a string quartet playing, she wanted the World’s Fair Pavilion with the amazing hilltop view of Forest Park, and she wanted the feeling to be decidedly “Tuscan.” Well, that’s all we needed, and Amanda and I spent about an hour after the call rattling off our ideas and feeling really excited.

We started working with Exclusive Events on some décor ideas we had. Mainly, we wanted to divide the pavilion space right down the center with an enormous pergola, which would be draped with greenery, under which dancing would take place. We knew the color palette would be very organic and natural – greens, golds, ivory. The wedding party looked amazing in the color palette and the flowers were out of this world. Erin also created a perfect DYI favor following with the Tuscan theme for her guests – little bottles of olive oil with their date and initials. After all, this is a Tuscan winery, right? Oh, we’re still in St Louis, MO? That’s OK, nobody has to know!

Even with a large guest list, the entire event felt intimate and super romantic, and everyone had a blast dancing the night away to the band and DJ (they dueled throughout the evening), inside the pavilion that we drenched in amber uplighting with projected ivy across the ceiling. It was all completely magical.

Photography: Shelly Goodman | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Event Planning: Events Luxe | Floral Design: The Crimson Petal | Wedding Dress: Demetrios | Cake: La Patisserie Chouquette | Reception Venue: World's Fair Pavilion | Rings: Jared | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Hair & Makeup: LALO Salon | DJ: Galaxy Band and DJ combo | Groom's Shoes: Savvi Formalwear | Groomsmen's Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Bridesmaids' Hotel: The Seven Gables Inn | Chairs: Sitting Pretty | Decor: Exclusive Events Inc. | Groomsmen's Hotel: Cheshire Inn | Linens: BBJ Linen | Slow-Motion Video Booth: Millennium Productions | String Ensemble: Quartet Accord | Wine Barrels: Finch Vintage Rentals

Classic St. Louis Wedding

This, loves, is a classic wedding done oh-so-right.  Think the prettiest of blue color palettes, fabulous paper goods from Chelsey Emery  and a dash of modern aesthetic to give it just that right touch of bling.  All crafted by an amazing team of vendors and featuring a stunning duo that knows a thing or two about perfect parties, don’t miss a moment captured by Photography By Betty Elaine right here.

From the Bride… We knew we wanted to get married in the town that has always been home. Fall in St. Louis is a perfect time of year, post-humidity, pre-snow (most of the time). Our ceremony was held at the church just steps form my parent’s St. Louis city home, a very classic, grand church with gorgeous details. After touring the Missouri History Museum we knew we didn’t want to celebrate our reception anywhere else — the idea of dancing under the Spirit of St. Louis was too exciting to pass up, and we booked it just as soon as we could.

Going into planning I knew a simple, muted pallet would reign supreme. Taking these classic colors, I put a modern touch on pieces that would lend themselves to a little creativity. Our entire days was a mix of traditional, classic elements and modern, clean details . We worked several personal details into our day as well, from the bride and groom on our cake table, borrowed from my grandparents’ wedding so many years ago, to the S and K marquee letters welcoming guests as they arrived.

Prior to our ceremony I knew I wanted to have a first look, but not with my groom (I couldn’t wait to see his reaction at the ceremony!), but with my dad. He helped give me the most perfect wedding day, and I wanted to capture a special moment with him, before all the hustle and bustle started. He was the first person to see me in my dress outside of my wedding party and his reaction was the perfect start to my day.

Something very few people knew, but a detail that meant so much to me was actually sewn right into my dress. My mom saved the sash from her wedding gown and gifted it to me as my ‘something old’. I took a corner of her ivory belt and had my new monogram sewn in as my ‘something blue’. For the entire day I had this special memento with me, remembering my old and welcoming my new.

Small homages were paid to our families throughout the day, as well. The mothers wore gardenia corsages, my mom’s favorite flower. Our bouquets and centerpieces boasted dusty miller, a plant my grandmother grew in her backyard. Songs were carefully selected based on our parents’ and friends’ favorite jams (and dance moves).

The whole day went by so quickly (and thanks to my wonderful team, without a hitch). However, we both remember, so vividly, the toasts by our wonderful friends. I don’t think we’ve laughed so hard or felt so loved, both our maid/matron of honor and best man did an amazing job and we cannot thank them enough for contributing to our day in such a special way.

Sean could eat popcorn for every meal. So to honor the groom’s favorite treat, we had a gourmet popcorn bar for guests to grab a snack in between dances. For those guests that wanted to celebrate with a cigar, we also had those available late in the night, which, thanks to the gorgeous weather, many were able to enjoy in the courtyard.

Sean and I went into our day knowing we wanted to have fun. We wanted to dance, we wanted to toast with friends and we wanted to walk away from the entire thing the happiest we’ve ever been. Even when he forgot the rings (yes, we almost got married without wedding bands, but thanks to our best man’s quick thinking –and driving–parents, the day was saved!) we remembered to laugh. Thanks to our wonderful team of vendors, our loving family and friends, we didn’t have a care in the world that day, we left any stresses at the door and we danced until the place closed down.

After the wedding was said and done and we waiting patiently for our photos from our wonderful photographer, reliving all the moments of the day through images was such an exciting experience. When we happened upon the images we took last in the day, in front of the wooded, fairytale-esque background we were both in shock, and it took us about 1 minute to decide they were are favorite photos. Our favorite photo, us stealing a kiss in front of the tall grass and fall flowers happily hangs in our home, a reminder of the best day ever.

Photography: Photography By Betty Elaine | Event Planning: Proposing Dreams | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist, Tina Barerra | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Macarthur’s Bakery | Invitations: Chelsey Emery Design Boutique | Reception Venue: The Missouri History Museum | Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Ultimate Bride | Catering: The Butler’s Pantry | Groom's Attire: Michael Kors

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Rustic Chic Big Cedar Lodge Wedding

When I imagine marrying amongst the foliage, it looks a lot like this Big Cedar Lodge affair. Filled with rustic Seasons Event Studio blooms and seasonal sunsets, Abby Mitchell Events planned one elegant evening. From the ‘maids beautiful blue gowns to the couple’s veiled kisses, Turner Creative captured every detail right here!


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From Turner CreativeWhitney and Seth call Houston home, but chose Big Cedar Lodge in the Missouri Ozarks for their October wedding. The leaves were just beginning to change for the season and the sunset view through the windows of the Garden Chapel was stunning. Following the ceremony, guests transitioned to The Worman House, and celebrated as the sun set over Table Rock Lake in the background.

Photography: Turner Creative | Event Planning: Abby Mitchell Events | Floral Design: Seasons Event Studio | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Venue: Big Cedar Lodge

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Romantic St. Louis City Museum Wedding

These self-proclaimed hopeless romantics wanted their Big Day to reflect their relationship. The decision? Marrying in a vaulted venue surrounded by their nearest and dearest (even their furry family member made a golden appearance). Before I Do filled with the day with the prettiest pops of pink a la Artistry Florist and ferris wheel fun, while Untamed Heart captured every sweet moment here!

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Summer
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Elegant

From The Bride.. If anyone knows me well, they know that I am a TRUE hopeless romantic. So naturally, one thing I knew for sure is that I wanted the overarching theme to be romantic, but also with touches of glam. Aside from that it was important for me to incorporate many details that encompassed BOTH myself, and my very British fiancé.

When we set out to find our venue, we actually wanted a barn…completely different than where we landed. We stepped one foot into the space and were just in awe. My fiancé was romanticized by the real bank vault in the middle of the space, as it was a nod to his profession. I was captivated by the stunning architecture and true uniqueness of the room. We knew this was the spot for us, as it represented BOTH of us.

Some of my very favorite details of the day were the small, inconspicuous touches that had meaning behind them. The miniature white & gold bunnies that held our table numbers, because Mark calls me “bunny”. The signature Pimm’s Cup, as a nod to his British roots. The miniature champagne favors we used as escort cards, because if anyone knows me they know that I rely on a nice glass of champs! Lastly, the gold spray-painted pomeranian figure we displayed on the gift table since our favorite furry family member Scarlett was not permitted into the museum.

The day was everything I wanted and more. I only wish we could do it again!

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Event Planning: Before I Do | Florist: Artistry Florist | Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Louis City Museum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Make-up: MakeUp Artistry | Chalkboard Sign: Worn Vintage Rental | Grooms Tux: Bonobos | Invitations/Paper Goods: M. Haley Designs

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