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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.


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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Fun and Feminine Wedding Inspiration Shoot

I seem to fall head over heels in love with everything Jordan Brittley captures, but this shoot beautifully planned by Abby Mitchell Events? It’s next level pretty. From the gorgeous Ella Weiss gown to the drool-worthy florals from He Loves Me Flowers and everything in between – this gallery has me singing a super sweet tune today. See why here.

From Jordan Brittley I am so thrilled to share this inspiration shoot with you! From the mustard color mixed with sequins to the lovely gown that the bride wears. But then there is the cake, which seems to tie in the whole shoot!

From Abby Mitchell Event Planning & DesignMy inspiration came as I was watching Olympic figure skating this winter. I fell in love with a chartreuse shimmer costume and knew that it was time to take a fun little risk with color. I love mixing lights with darks so after seeing Rifle Paper Co. and Garance Dore partner up creating lovely blush, black, and chartreuse stationery I was sold on a color palette. I hope to inspire brides to seek creative vendors and to allow their creativity to blossom. My wish for them is also to allow their minds to be inspired by out of the box things and then have the courage to pursue them.

My favorite memory of a shoot is always right when I am able to see someone understand the vision after it is all set up together. I love watching vendors arrive and see how their little piece of the puzzle fits and makes all of our ideas stand out.

This shoot was intended to have a free spirited and feminine feel with touches of spunk! Details like a fashion portrait on the cake, high gloss black chargers, and a bold chartreuse overlay brought the funky vibe while blush florals, grey chiffon bridesmaids, and natural-dyed tulle details gave it a soft edge. Some of my favorite elements were the sheer and crystal pennants over the beverage cart chalkboard, the hand sewn linen napkins with blush edges, the monogrammed flower girl sash, and the ribbon tied corsages en lieu of bouquets for the bridesmaids! OH and that stunning bridal gown back! You can’t go wrong with lace applique on an illusion back – gorgeous.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Videographer: Selby Films | Event Styling: Abby Mitchell Events | Event Planning: Abby Mitchell Events | Floral Designer: He Loves Me Flowers | Wedding Gown: Ella Weiss | Cake: Style By The Slice | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ella Weiss | Hair Stylist: National Avenue Hair Salon | Chair/Linen Rental: Ellee's Rental Boutique | Location: Miss Gilmore's Carriage House | Make-Up Artist: Melissa Britt | Musicians: Twenty Strings Ensemble | Paper Products: Abby Mitchell Events | Place Setting Rentals: Eventful Rental | Specialty Illustrations: Garance Dore | Specialty Illustrations: Rifle Paper Co. | Specialty Linen Overlays And Napkins: Abby Mitchell Events | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Mix And Mingle

Romantic Ballroom St. Louis Wedding

Complete with roses and hydrangeas in the summeriest of shades, it’s safe to say the fiercely talented Belli Fiori knocked this one out of the park. She put together every gorgeous floral moment, and thanks to Cary Klein, we get it swoon it all for ourselves. Have a look in the gallery and don’t miss the video from Analogue Films!

From The Bride…Ben and I met at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday party in St. Louis during the summer of 2009. Although we didn’t meet until 21, we’ve had mutual friends since the age of 13. We grew up just 2 minutes from each other in St. Louis, and my best friends from high school were his best friends from grade school. Same goes for college—I knew all of his friends, he knew all of mine, but we didn’t know each other. It was almost like there was some reason we weren’t supposed to meet until we did.

Forest Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in St. Louis and somewhere we love to spend leisurely Saturday mornings, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get married at the historic World’s Fair Pavilion. Clean lines, candlelight and the most amazing trio of floral arrangements provided by Belli Fiori for our reception at the Palladium brought to life the “modern elegance with a hint of romance” that I had been dreaming about for years. The beautiful stationery helped set the stage from the very beginning, and was all designed by one of the bridesmaids. We DIY’d the table numbers to add a pop of color and coordinate with the coral ribbon on our cake.

It was important for our wedding to feel personal, very us, and a glimpse into who we are as a couple. We love to entertain and are considered the “party planners” of our group, so everyone was expecting our wedding to be the social event of the season. Talk about pressure! The day was filled with details of our life together. We love to travel and Ben had originally planned to propose on a hot air balloon (thanks, “high winds”), so that inspired our hot air balloon/world map guest book. The cigar bar was a nod to Ben and one of his favorite weekend activities. I love sparking wine, so instead of an expertly crafted signature drink we were very excited to pass flutes of Cava during our cocktail hour. Ben said he wanted to look like James Bond in Casino Royale, and I think we accomplished that goal too!

We also wanted to celebrate our friends and family and the relationships that have made us who we are today. Our toasting flutes were an engagement gift from a bridesmaid, one of my best friends and my roommate all through college. The homemade limoncello favors were most certainly a labor of love! Our best man and a groomsman helped us peel 160 lemons for this magical liqueur, made to honor our four Italian friends that traveled across the pond from Italy and Finland to be a part of our special day. The ceremony was officiated by my uncle and written by the three of us. One of our favorites parts of that ceremony was the wine box unity ritual. Many of our family outings revolve around wine! We asked both sets of parents to add a note and bottle of wine to the box to be opened on our first and fifth wedding anniversaries, and Ben and I wrote notes to each other and included a bottle of wine to be opened on our tenth anniversary. My dress and accessories also had a few special touches. My mom surprised me with earrings made out of diamonds from my late grandmother’s tennis bracelet, and also cut a small piece of her wedding dress to pin inside my dress next to my heart. I wore family wedding bracelets down the aisle that have been worn by generations of brides on my mom’s side, including my sister just 7 months prior to our wedding day.

The day ended with one big party! I’ve honestly never seen more people dance at a wedding, which is probably due to the fact that Ben and I are usually the first people out on the dance floor at any and all weddings we attend. Obviously we’d expect all of our guests to follow suit! It was truly a day of celebrations—between myself and Ben, and between us and our favorite people in the world.

Photography: Cary Klein Photograhy | Videography: Analogue Films | Floral Design: Belli Fiori | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Wedding Cake: Sarah's Cake Shop | Stationery: Julie Vaughan | Ceremony Venue: World's Fair Pavilion | Reception Venue: Palladium Saint Louis | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair: Kim Khot | Calligraphy: Tracee Wolter | DJ: Tom Rotter Of Block Rockin' Beats | Bride's Veil: AlisaBrides | Ceremony Musicians: Serenade St. Louis | Garters: OneFancyDay | Makeup: Phi Trinh | Signage, Guest Book, Limoncello, Table Numbers, Wedding Photo Di: DIY | Wedding Coordination: Proposing Dreams | Wine Box: Wine For A Wedding

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