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Kate Spade-Inspired Fall Wedding in St. Louis

Now this, my dears, is a classic wedding infused with just the right amount of fun and whimsy. From the classic black and white color palette and bouquets finished with monogrammed ribbons to the fun Mr. and Mrs. balloons and the traditional country club setting, this day is total perfection. And thanks to Untamed Heart Photography, you can soak up all the pretty in The Vault!

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Ballroom
Styles
Classic

From the Bride…Nick and I met in college, but we did not begin dating until after he had graduated. After 7 years of dating, we made our annual 4th of July trip to our family cabin in Northern Minnesota. I had always hoped that Nick would propose there, since it is so special to me, but as the week went on and our friends arrived, I began to think it wasn’t time. Well Nick proved me wrong and surprised me one morning on the beach. We were then able to spend the remainder of the weekend celebrating with friends and family!

We knew we wanted a classic and timeless wedding; but our main goal was to make sure our guests, who were traveling from all over, would have an amazing time. I grew up in Richmond, VA and wanted to take some southern accepts and merge them with my new home of St. Louis! We had monogrammed ribbons on the bouquets and magnolia leaves through out the reception, and St. Louis staples in the welcome bags with the famous arch on the welcome note. We kept with a color scheme of black and white, with pops of gold and white flowers with lots of greenery. With the help of amazing vendors, everything just seemed to fall into place, creating the wedding of our dreams. I do have to add that I really lucked out with the most amazing partner because he helped plan almost everything for our big day! It would not have been possible without him.

Throughout the day I was able to spend special moments with my parents, sister, new family, bridesmaids and attendants. All moments I will cherish and all people who have played a huge part in my life. But my first look with Nick was one of my favorites of the day. We were able to take that time to really let it sink in that we were getting married. I will never forget his face when he turned around and the laughs we shared in the moments to follow (Nick always knows how to make me laugh and we are so lucky we found Michelle to capture it all!)

It’s hard planning a wedding, but it really is all worth the stress and tears. I received some advice that I really took to heart in the final month leading into the wedding. “Keep your eye on the prize; marrying your best friend.” This reminded me that it was all going to work out, and it did! From the cake and flowers, to heart warming speeches, to spending the night dancing away with all of our favorite people. It really was the best day ever.

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Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Floral Design: Flowers To The People | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Honest To Goodness Bakery | Invitations: RSVP | Stationery: Honey Mint Papery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: JCrew | Band: Millennium Productions | Groom's Attire: JCrew | Groomsmen Attire: JCrew | Venue: Algonquin Golf Club | Balloons: Kate Spade | Bridal Boutique: Altar Bridal | Hair +Makeup: Salon De Christie

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Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event + A Giveaway!

If there is one thing we love here at SMP, it’s a reason to celebrate.  Think drop-dead gorgeous weddings, glittery gold anything and, of course, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event happening on April 10, 2016 at The Westin Cleveland Downtown.  It’s the city’s most intimate bridal experience, complete with yummy treats, insanely gorgeous inspiration and a never-ending lineup of seriously talented wedding experts. It’s going to be sooo awesome.

Whether you are a modern couple planning your dreamy rooftop wedding or a romantic duo who can’t wait to say “I do” in a garden surrounded by lush florals, the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event has everything (and I mean everything) you’ll ever need to plan your perfect Big Day.  I’m talking Cleveland’s most sought-after vendors joining forces with an entire 4 hours of dazzling inspiration and supporting sponsors Catering by Heinen’s and L’Nique Linens.  Plus, each and every stunning moment will take place at The Westin Cleveland Downtown, a hotel that knows everything there is to know about throwing an amazing party.  It’s Planning 101 with vendors who will all make it happen seamlessly.  And we couldn’t be more excited.

So what are you waiting for, loves?  Mark those calendars for Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 11 am – 3 pm. You’ll mix and mingle with the best in bridal salons, cake design, floral design, photography, catering, event design, entertainment, cinematography, health + beauty, wedding planning… and more.  Plus, you’ll receive an ah-mazing gift bag, have the exclusive on event-day discounts AND be automatically entered into some fabulous giveaways.  Oh, and did I mention the bubbly and dessert? Don’t miss out.

Register for the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event here and be sure to follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. #JstyleWeddings

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What: The Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event is giving one lucky SMP reader a (1) complimentary overnight stay at The Westin Cleveland Downtown with breakfast for (2) and complimentary valet parking ($300 value)!

How: Simply leave a comment below telling us what you are looking forward to the MOST at the Jstyle Weddings Bridal Event! (Ex: I can’t WAIT to chat with all of the amazing cake designers! Yum!)

Who: One lucky winner, chosen completely at random, will be announced right here on SMP on Friday, April 1, 2016!  For terms and conditions, click here.  Good luck, loves!

Photography (Top to Bottom): Jstyle Weddings (Photos 1,7) + Lauren Gabrielle Photography (Photo 2-6) + Catering By Heinen’s (Photo 3) + Genevieve Nisly Photography (Photo 8) | Event Planning: Kirkbrides + A Charming Fête | Florist: Blooms By Plantscaping + Molly Taylor and Co. | Catering: Catering By Heinen’s | Hotel: The Westin Cleveland Downtown | Bridal Magazine: Jstyle Weddings | Country Club: The Country Club | Linens: L’Nique Linens

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Old Hollywood Glamour-Inspired Missouri Vineyard Wedding

This is my kind of Bride: a woman with a vision. Her vision? A “timeless, classic and romantic” wedding. And with gorgeous flowers and greenery decorating the space, a beautiful invitation suite designed by the Bride’s friend, and a candlelit ceremony, it’s safe to say this Bride executed her vision to perfection. See every beautiful detail captured by Carretto Studio in The Vault!

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Vineyard
Styles
Glamorous

From The Bride…Greg and I met at work in 2009. A seasoned sales rep with the company, he was gifted the task of being my trainer– a cross-country friendship sparked as I was in Baltimore and he was in Dallas. Years later, we both started new jobs and moved back to our hometowns of Detroit and St. Louis, and some how after all that came to the conclusion that it would be a good idea to finally start dating… long distance. After two and a half years of paying a small fortune to Delta Airlines, Greg’s sales skills finally convinced me to move to St. Louis. It was on December 23rd, 2014 when Greg asked me to meet him at a park around the corner from our condo. When I walked through the gates, he was holding the world’s most adorable King Charles Cavalier puppy in his jacket. (We later named her Lucy.) He handed her to me and wished me a “Merry Christmas”. My heart stopped…seriously?? We wanted a puppy, but I wanted a RING. Greg waited a few agonizing moments of me loving on the puppy to finally ask, “Did you think I was going to propose??” When I responded with a disappointed yes, he responded “well good, because I am”. He got down on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful cushion cut diamond I could have ever imagined. The engagement was very private, just how we both imagined it. Knowing how badly I would want to savor that moment forever, he had secretly hired a photographer to capture the memories. Every time we look at them, it brings us right back to that amazing December day.

We kicked off planning a May 2015 wedding at a gorgeous Northern Michigan resort. After my parent’s retirement plans moved them out of Michigan, our wedding plans quickly followed. We loved visiting Chandler Hill Vineyards during my visits to St. Louis while we were dating, so we felt like it would be a beautiful venue for our big day. Our goals for the wedding weekend were to create an event specific to our story, make it a memorable experience for our out-of-town guests and make it as personal as possible. As I stated earlier, we are a couple that cherishes memories so naturally our most important steps would be the big details – photography, floral design, venue, videography and entertainment. We didn’t want a theme, but a feel — “timeless, classic and romantic”. My biggest fear was that we would be type casted by Pinterest because our venue was a vineyard. I must have told all my vendors a thousand times how much I despised the words rustic, vintage and burlap.

The most taxing step was finding vendors. Since I did not grow up in St. Louis, I decided to go with our gut and trust referrals from those who did. A friend from college recommended our amazingly talented photographer, Andy Carretto of Carretto Studio. A few close friends had used our florist, Barb Wehking of Bloomin’ Buckets. We had been to 12 weddings this year (we were invited to 14) and every one of them had hydrangeas used in the design. I love hydrangeas and all of the weddings we attended were gorgeous, but I wanted something different. Sue was the only florist we met with who truly understood that vision. Our invite suite was custom designed by a close family friend, Jennifer Smith, who started her own custom culture company called Madranas in Detroit. Our videographer was a random find, but a beautiful gem. Mike Dalton of Mike Dalton Films is an up-and-comer here on the St. Louis wedding scene and boy-oh-boy was he worth taking a shot. We used Karmen Rowles, a friend of my mother-in-law, for coordination, which was key for bringing the entire look together.

Although we are both Catholic, we decided to have a close friend marry us at Chandler Hill. We knew it was out of the box, but fit much better in our “personalized” feel. While planning, we always pictured the ceremony taking place outside on the deck with the sun setting into the fall colored trees, but forgot to take daylight savings time into account. Instead we were married by candlelight and it all turned out beautiful. We held the cocktail hour outside and moved everyone inside for the reception. The room was a vision of white and blush-toned roses, peonies, football mums and gladiolus for extra height, all were tied together with the most gorgeous greenery and candles. We wanted to have a grand feel to the room since the ceilings were so high with beautiful exposed wood on the beams and the large bar. We mixed the tables with pin-tucked satin linens; rose-gold sequined tablecloths and we left our thirty-foot feast table bare with exposed wood as well. The fireplace was lit and the lights were dimmed. We couldn’t have been happier. The evening went off beautifully – we couldn’t have asked for better weather for a November wedding in St. Louis. (65 and sunny during the day and a brisk 45 at night.)

Instead of sharing our personal vows in front of all of our guests, we chose to do them in front of our bridal party and parents at sunset. We shared traditional Catholic vows during our ceremony.

We ended the evening with fireworks! Chandler Hill Vineyards is in the middle of wine country and the pitch-black sky created the perfect setting for the display! Our feast table sat twenty-five people (parents, bridal party and spouses) and featured a forty-foot garland of beautiful greenery and roses.

Greg sported a custom tuxedo from Brooks Brothers. The groomsmen wore black on black, while his was midnight blue with a black grosgrain lapel to help him stand out. The tables were each named by a city that played a significant role throughout our long distance relationship.

As one of the readings, Greg’s brother read the Irish Lord’s Prayer in remembrance of his late mother and grandparent’s proud Irish heritage, which ended up being the opening voiceover for our video.

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Photography: Carretto Studio | Cinematography: Mike Dalton Films | Floral Design: Bloomin Buckets | Wedding Dress: Clarice's Bridal | Cake: Celebrating Life Cakes | Stationery: Madrana's | Catering: Chandler Hill Vineyards | Makeup: Flawless STL | Hair: Valerie Brown | DJ: DJ Who | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyards