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Elegant Hometown Wedding Filled with Culture + the Cutest Pup Ever!

Weddings make my heart happy, and this special day? Well it’s managed to make my heart actually jump for joy, I mean JUST LOOK AT THAT PUP! With Mike Cassimatis Photography behind the scenes snapping up every sweet second, we’ve got every bit of this big day waiting for you in The Vault!

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Outdoor
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Al Fresco

From Mike Cassimatis PhotographyTayla and Andy are two of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet and their Boston Terrier, Wesley, is the ultimate American Gentleman. The couple lives in NYC but had their wedding in their hometown of St. Louis, Missouri at the World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. The location was special to them as that was where Andy proposed.

From The Bride…Andy and I met and fell in love in St. Louis, Missouri. We relocated to New York, NY two years ago, following career opportunities. We loved (and still love) both St. Louis and Forest Park, but have really grown as couple in NYC. We wanted our wedding to represent both. I wanted the styling of the wedding to be elegant and sophisticated like a NY/black tie wedding (tuxes, formal/classic wedding dress, reception design, long/elegant bridesmaids’ dresses), but also with a sweet, Midwestern side (focus on flowers, nature and family). Forest Park was a very special place to us, and our Boston Terrier, Wesley, while living in St. Louis, so we wanted everything on our wedding day to be in the park, and for Wesley to be a part of it too. I wanted the color pallet to be muted (ivory, champagne, blush) except for the flowers. I wanted those to really pop!

Our Boston Terrier, Wesley, was an honorary groomsman. Andy & his family are Croatian, so we wanted to include details & traditions unique to their culture. Our wedding merged two beautiful cultures – American and Croatian, and we had touches throughout the day to represent both, and also who we are as a Midwest raised, northeast living/working couple. We had a traditional & BEAUTIFUL Croatian dessert bar full of homemade Croatian/American desserts, which were all made and contributed by Croatian families/friends. The best man also performed the traditional rakija canteen passing (homemade rum brandy in a hand carved canteen from Zagreb, Croatia). Our ceremony was completely written by Andy and me to represent who we are as a couple with portions in both English and Serbo-Croatian. My uncle married us (who we’re both very close to). Our guest book was a beautiful black and white coffee table book containing photos of NYC, and in lieu of wedding favors we made a donation to Forest Park Forever, the not-for-profit that supports the park we love and were married in.

My favorite moment was doing the traditional Kolo dance with my family, my new husband and his family, while holding hands and dancing in a circle to Croatian music. To me, that was the first moment that our marriage and the union of our families felt real! My favorite crafted details were the GORGEOUS floral wreath that hung over our dance floor at the reception, and the two handmade wooden boxes we used for our unity ceremony (special bottle of wine & cards written to one another were placed in the box to be shared on our 1 year anniversary) and the card box at the reception. Both were made from a member of my family who is a very talented woodworker.

Pick the one or two things that really mean the most to you when you start planning and only allow yourself to stress (if need be) over those one or two things! To experience completely stress-free wedding planning is rare, but if you remember what you truly care about the rest of the planning seems easy. For me, it was the music and the flowers. As long as we got those right, I was confident everything else would fall into place.

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Photography: Mike Cassimatis - MNC Photography | Event Planning: Kristin Ashley Events | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist | Cake: Sugaree Baking Company | Stationery: M. Haley Design | Ceremony Venue: Forest Park | Reception Venue: Catering St. Louis | Catering: Catering St. Louis | Hair + Makeup: DanielleStyle | Band: Griffin And The Gargoyles | String Quartet: Rosewood Ensemble | Transportation: JED Limosine | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab | Rentals: Exclusive Events, Inc

This Navy + White Winery Affair is the Definition of Chic

Navy is the new black, folks, and this gorgeous day captured by Laura Ann Miller is proving that fact whole-heartedly.  From the sweet maids in stunning floor-length frocks to the beautiful details dotting the ceremony + reception to the lush florals from Les Bouquets, every moment is ABSOLUTE perfection. Head to THE VAULT for all of the pretty, our fave shade of blue included.

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Spring
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Al Fresco

From Laura Ann Miller Photography… Katie and Gentry were married at Chandler Hill Winery on the most gorgeous April day in St. Louis. No April showers, just lots of sunshine and love! They planned the perfect day – stylish and fun! This day was inspired by the soft details of spring and the couple’s chic style!

Katie added lace sleeves to her dress, and I’m still swooning over this. She also opted for an oversized bouquet, which was oh so dreamy! The maids wore contemporary navy dresses and the pops of pink throughout the florals complemented well.

When it came time for their special dances, the couple was surprised by a firework show! Can you think of a better surprise for their big night?? This was so much fun!

Overall, the best part of this day was witnessing how truly happy these two are when they are together. This is love, folks!

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Photography: Laura Ann Miller Photography | Floral Design: Les Bouquets | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: Sarah's Cake Shop | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revolve Clothing | Makeup: Flawless Makeup | Hair: Becky Lutz | Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyards

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How a Horse Farm Was Transformed Into A Dreamy Elegant Wedding

This is not your average farm wedding. No, this farm wedding from Simple Elegance goes above and beyond with tent construction on the Bride’s family horse farm, a magician, a cigar roller, bourbon tasting, a photo booth, fireworks, and a collection of Ford trucks from the Groom’s family business. Accented with beautiful florals from Sidelines, it was the perfect spring day. See it all from Adrienne Maples and Anecdotally Yours in The Vault!

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Spring
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Rustic Venue
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Rustic

From The Bride…How do you meet the love of your life? Fate calls your name and you change a standing happy hour date with a friend at The Gaf from Tuesday to Wednesday night. That’s how Lindsey Patterson, owner of Coffee Girls Café in Waldo, met Matt Smith. He was there for his weekly Wednesday after-work drink with a former work colleague, Bob. As Smith and Bob were leaving, Bob spotted the two pretty girls sitting outside and coaxed Smith into buying them a drink. An official first date between Patterson and Smith came a month later after a few more “get to know you” happy hours at The Gaf.

Exactly one year later, after a first anniversary dinner at Pierpont’s at Union Station, a wedding proposal came on bended knee. The groom arranged for all the beautiful moments of the proposal to be captured covertly by a photographer friend of Smith, disguised with a moustache, so the unsuspecting bride would be surprised. That important picture became the “Save the Date” card, and the planning for the May 2014 wedding began.

Patterson, having traded a corporate life of black pants and a cubicle three-and-a-half years ago for a coffee shop, knew they both wanted a fun, comfortable and stress-free wedding, reception and after party. Their first phone call was to Michael Beers to secure his band for the reception. Kindra Browne of Simple Elegance and Karyn Brooke AIFD from Sidelines Custom Floral Designs were enlisted to coordinate the wedding details, which included tent construction at the Patterson family horse farm, a magician, a cigar roller, bourbon tasting, a photo booth, fireworks and a collection of Ford trucks from the groom’s family business, Dick Smith Ford, for the men in his party to use on the farm the day of the wedding. After a relaxing day at the farm, complete with hair and makeup for the girls and skeet shooting at Saddle & Sirloin Club for the guys, the wedding party arrived by trolley from the farm to St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The well-orchestrated wedding also included a reception, cocktail hour, dinner and after party.

Patterson had one request for her May wedding: trees. Sidelines Custom Floral Designs worked with Rosehill Gardens to fill the inside and outside of the reception tent with blooming dogwood trees in pink and white. In addition, the bride’s grandfather crafted two 10-foot-long wedding party tables out of walnut, and one of them found a final home after the wedding at Coffee Girls Café. The two tables were filled with hedges blooming with blue hyacinths, one of Patterson’s favorite flowers. In another nod to her family, the bride gifted all her guests with her grandmother’s famous “Cowboy Cookies.”

Patterson’s father kept a watchful eye on the skyline and right at sunset, the newlywed couple were captured in its rosy glow, a picture-perfect end to their pastoral wedding. However, that was not the end of the celebrations. The elegant evening concluded with after-party dancing to the music of Michael Beers Band, late-night snacks and festive fireworks illuminating the country night sky.

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Photography: Adrienne Maples | Cinematography: Anecdotally Yours | Event Planning: Simple Elegance, LLC | Floral Design: Sidelines Custom Floral Designs, Inc. | Cake: Nancy Stark | Ceremony Venue: St. Thomas More | Reception Venue: Family Farm | Catering: Lon's Lanes Inspired Occasions | Hair + Makeup: Be Chic Bride | Band: Michael Beers Band | Ceremony Music: Diane Shilling+ Susie Adams+ Megan Molle+ Phil Holmes | Transportation: Kansas City Transportation Service | Transportation: Crossroad Tours | Beverage Services: Loch Lloyd | Chandeliers + Lighting: Lander's Visions | Fireworks: Wald & Co | Invitations + Stationery: Lilah Paper | Magician: Todd Lamanske | Photo Booth: KC Photobooth | Rentals: All Season's Event Rental | Valet: Park it Valet

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