View All Weddings in The Midwest
We Love This Bride’s Something Blue

When your bridesmaids‘ just so happen to be your ‘something blue’, we think that takes sentimental to a new level. Cue this stunning celebration from Shelly Goodman that will give you all the feels, we’ve got it all waiting for you in The Vault!


From Shelly GoodmanReunited after months of long distance with Tim in the U.S. Airforce on the other side of the world, these two had an amazingly beautiful, emotion-filled wedding. Katy & Tim picked the prettiest historic neighborhood in all of St. Louis for the backdrop of their wedding day. Lafayette Park Square is surrounded by black wrought-iron fence and tall, stately, elegant restored homes from the 1800’s. And keeping with restored old beautiful buildings, their ceremony & reception location was at the Palladium, an old historic brick building once part of a hospital.

Katy chose a pastel palette of blushes, whites, and periwinkle. The florals in these hues were so dreamy and the black centers of the anemones were the perfect tie-in to the men’s classic black suits. But Katy’s gown was the real stunner: a sweet, strapless A-line with white floral sheer organza overlaying blush pink tulle and an attachable extending train…simply gorgeous!

From the Bride…Tim and I met at a bible study while attending the same church in Belleville, IL. After a few months of getting to know each other, I told Tim I was interested in dating; however, knowing he was about to leave for a year tour in South Korea (Tim is active duty U.S. Air Force) he wasn’t sure he wanted to start a relationship. It wasn’t until several months later – after I went on a date with someone else – that he admitted he felt the same. We started dating only two months before he left for South Korea (thank goodness for FaceTime!)

While home on a visit, Tim proposed on our one-year anniversary. Planning a wedding on opposite sides of the world was definitely a challenge, but it forced us to work together and we are so fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family who helped us through all of it.

We had already been looking at venues in the St. Louis area, and knew the Palladium was the perfect fit. Nicole Jenkins (the coordinator there) helped us through all of the details. We wanted something romantic and classic, but also modern-feeling. It came together beautifully. Butler’s Pantry catered the passed hors d’oeuvres and dinner for 165 guests – blackened mahi mahi with mango relish and basmati rice, chicken breast stuffed with manchengo cheese and sundried tomatoes, and cheese tortellini. I can’t tell you how many people told me it was the best food they had ever had at a wedding!

After dating long distance for almost our entire relationship (Tim moved directly from South Korea to Tacoma, WA, where I moved after our wedding) we were very excited to start our new life together.

Words can’t describe the joy and anticipation we felt on our wedding day. It is surreal to have all the people you love in one room watching you make such an amazing commitment to your spouse. Someone gave me the advice to stop during the ceremony and look out to all of your family and friends – it is incredible to feel so much love at once.

The entire day was so special to us – getting to spend the mornings with our best friends relaxing and taking photos was so fun! My Hayley Paige for Jim Hjelm wedding dress was the most beautiful thing I have ever worn. It was blush pink tulle layered with printed organza – light and dreamy. It even had pockets and a removable watteau train! I waited months for Tim to see me in it at our first look in Lafayette Square Park and it was an incredibly emotional and wonderful moment.

My favorite part of the day was without a doubt walking down the aisle to my husband. For a moment it felt as though we were the only two people in the room – I didn’t even notice my dress brushed over some candles down the aisle and guests were helping ensure it didn’t catch fire!

We were honored to have our close friend Udell Meyers perform the ceremony in the Joule and then everyone walked over to the Palladium for the hors d’oevues, dinner and dancing.

The reception went by in a blur as we danced, caught up with friends and family and tried thank everyone for coming. I am so glad we chose an amazing photographer and videographer to record the day for us – it truly goes by so fast and now we have the memories to last us a lifetime.

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Shelly Goodman | Cinematography: Logan Short | Floral Design: Les Bouquets | Wedding Dress: Maiden Voyage | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: McArthur's Bakery | Invitations: Papela | Ceremony Venue: Palladium Saint Louis | Reception Venue: Palladium Saint Louis | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Makeup: Emily Miller | Hair: Lois Bryant | DJ: Elite Pro DJ | Groom's Attire: Bristol And Bull | Bride's Earrings: Elizabeth Bower | Groom's Shoes: Cole Haan | Hairpiece: jennifer behr

Rustic Romance Done Oh-So-Right

One look at this beautiful gallery and we knew that we were in for one of those rustic + romantic affairs that truly, truly makes our hearts happy.  From the loosely crafted florals from Elegance in Bloom to the breathtaking locale to the seriously stunning captures from Laura Ann Miller, this is a day that is rich in gorgeous details with a side of barn dancin’ fun. Head to THE VAULT now to swoon your hearts out.


From the Bride… What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning?

We were much more focused on the “feel,” than the “look.” We wanted a day that would highlight both of our personalities, and create a fun and laid back environment for our loved ones.

What was your color palette and your style vision?

We actually refused to pick wedding colors. We are not big fans of matchy-matchy and wanted a natural palette to serve as a backdrop to let the flora and fauna do the heavy lifting. Our style vision was woodlands- a country winery was able to capture the natural, the rustic and vintage elements we wanted to blend together.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include?

Railroad Lanterns and Models: Josh’s late stepfather, Vance, was a railroad aficionado. In fact, he meticulously restored a 1952 Wabash caboose that has since been donated to the Missouri Transportation Museum. Displaying some of Vance’s railroad memorabilia was a great way to incorporate his spirit into our day.

“Brass” Woodland Creatures: We took a budget-friendly spin on brass animals, and applied a bit of spray paint to plastic woodland creatures that were placed on the moss table runners between the flowers, vases, river stones and candles. Seating Stones and Photos: In lieu of place cards, we wrote guests’ names on river rocks to indicate their table assignments. The stones were placed on beds of moss and surrounded by photos of previous family weddings and late family members that were important to include in our special day.

What was your favorite moment?

We joined together in the barn loft space for an intimate first look/veil ceremony and executed the ketubah and marriage license in front of our immediate family and wedding party. This flowed directly into our outdoor ceremony at the chuppah. It was a beautiful and meaningful moment- one that first comes to mind when we look back upon that blur of a day. A close second would be the horah – it was amazing (and somewhat terrifying) to be lifted in the arms of our friends while watching our love ones dance around us. We also had amazing speeches- from fathers, uncles, sisters and friends- the photos of us belly laughing during these moments will be forever favorites.

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake, etc?

Flowers: Elegance in Bloom was amazing- we wanted a loose and wild look- nothing too over designed. The bouquets and chuppah arrangements were natural and flowing and the tables featured mostly single stems in an array of vases, combined with moss, pillar candles and animal figurines.

Gown: The gown was nothing like I had imagined. In fact, it had many elements on my “definitely no” list. However, when I put it on, nothing compared. The silhouette was perfection and the large pattern lace gave a unique, vintage feel that I haven’t seen before.

Cake: We chose a small cake for ceremonial / traditional purposes, as we really wanted to focus on PIES. However, the same bakery made the cake that was simple and perfect, and we adored our fox couple cake topper surrounded by flowers from Elegance in Bloom.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides-to-be?

We both have very busy professional lives with little free time. We decided to tackle the big things early- venue and key vendors. Once those items were secured, the details were fun and less stressful to address as they came due. It also doesn’t hurt to choose a beautiful venue with great coordinating staff- we knew that if all else fails, the setting would be naturally beautiful, and our coordinators would shield us from all of the crazy things that could happen, had no one thought them through.

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Laura Ann Miller Photography | Floral Design: Elegance In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Town and Country Bridal | Invitations: Jessica Joppru | Bride's Shoes: Anthropologie | Necklace: Selicias | Rings: The Diamond Shop | Hair + Makeup: Chaumette Winery & Vineyards | Bow Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom's Jacket: Brooks Brothers | Venue: Chaumette Winery & Vineyards | Bridal Boutique: Town and Country Bridal | Cake Topper: Melabo Wed | Cakes + Pies: Blue Owl | Chuppah: Northern Boughs | Earrings: BHLDN | Groom's Shirt: J.Crew | Veil: Veiled Beauty

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
What’s a Bride to Do When Her Zipper Breaks on Her Wedding Day?

Brides-to-be, you might want to take note from Cassandra, or as we like to call her – cool as a cucumber Cassandra. Because this lovely lady? Well, she didn’t let a little wardrobe malfunction ruin her big day and for that we say – you go girl! Because with a little laughter and a few loving ladies, everything was made right again and she married her sweetheart. Thankfully, Jordan Brittley has captured it all and we’ve got the entire celebration waiting for you in The Vault!

Country Club

From Jordan BrittleyWhat’s a bride to do when her zipper breaks on her wedding day? It looks a lot like room service in the Ritz, drinking champagne, listening to your husband sing to you (guitar in hand), and private moments on a balcony that hangs over the city. I love Cassandra’s advice to other brides when the unexpected things happen (more below). This wedding is full of city views, private walks in Lafayette Square Park, and there’s a cascading bouquet that will leave you dreaming of blooms. Cassandra asked an artist to paint their reception throughout the night – the painting is incredible!!

From the Bride… My zipper broke while going to the bathroom at our lunch stop. 3 other bridesmaids went to the bathroom with me to help take my dress off. First, we unzipped it. I went pee… And then next thing you know we couldn’t get it back up! It wasn’t because it was too tight- it was the zipper itself. The zipper was poorly made unfortunately and my tailor also had troubles with it during dress fittings. I should’ve known and asked her for a different one but oh well! It made for a great story to tell! What really meant a lot to me during that chaotic part of the day was the way James instantly responded without any hesitance. He made sure that I was happy and that everything, yet unexpected, would still be perfect for me because he knew how hard I worked to make our day flawless. He also laughed… At first it wasn’t funny. In fact, I thought he was being very mean!! But now looking back, he saw the sweeter side of things and took advantage of the situation to show me how he will take care of me for the rest of me life. James ALWAYS sees the brighter side of things the moment anything slightly bad happens. He’s one of the most optimistic people I know and that is one of the many reasons I fell in love with him. Every last “perfect” detail that I had planned in my head for the past 6 months was completely blown away by James thoughtfulness and passion to make “our” kind of perfect- which is so much better than what I could’ve ever planned!! 3) If I could give any advice to other brides for unexpected events it would be to expect the unexpected- something is bound to go wrong and everything won’t be exactly as you pictured it. My wedding day was a complete blur- not just because my dress broke- but because for the last six months I planned out every single detail and when the time comes things just naturally fall into place. IF something unexpected and awful does happen- laugh it off and take it lightly! Trust me, it’s hard to do and I didnt do that fully but tried as hard as I could. Looking back I smile knowing that my zipper breaking was the best thing that happened on my wedding day. It showed me what my future would be like through life’s ups and downs. 4) My favorite memory of the wedding day was getting to the altar and James whispering in my ear that everything was going to be okay. I was incredibly nervous! I thought that I was going to pass out at times. BUT as soon as I got to the altar and saw James I was fine. It was almost as if it was just him and I alone with the priest in the room. It was magical, romantic and by far one of the most memorable moments in my life thus far. 5) Ironically, James is currently singing songs on the same guitar he sung with at the Ritz. The only thing different is that I am even more in love with my husband now than when I was the day I married him!

Vault CTA

Vault CTA

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Floral Design: Always In Bloom | Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios | Cake: St. Louis Club | Ceremony Venue: Shrine Of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: St. Louis Club | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Rings: Ritani Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Catering: St. Louis Club | Makeup: Faces by Francine | Hair: Caity Margaret | DJ: La De Da Entertainment | Band: Christopher Dean | Getting Ready Venue: Albauch House | Reception Artist: Karen Raidy | Veil: Brides by Demetrios | Wedding Suite: The Ritz-Carlton Washington DC