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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: Madranas | Catering: Chandler Hill Vineyards | Makeup: Flawless Makeup | Hair: Valerie Brown | DJ: DJ Who | Groom's Attire: Brooks Brothers | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Chandler Hill Vineyards

Classic + Elegant Blush Fall Wedding

A pretty color palette, a gorgeous lace wedding gown, a beautiful garden portrait session, and a lovely couple—this has all the makings of a classic wedding. Add to that the sweet tribute to the couple’s deceased grandfathers (little lockets filled with their photos attached to the grandmothers’ bouquets) and photography by the incredible Lisa Dolan, and you a classic and perfect day. See it all in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Styles
Classic

From Lisa Dolan Photography… Lauren and Chris had a dream wedding. The prettiest church, the perfect crisp fall weather – it was incredible and oh-so-classic. Every detail seemed to fit perfectly, from the pale pink bridesmaids dresses to the white rose and hydrangea bouquets. I loved everything about this wedding! My favorite detail was the little lockets they filled with photographs of their grandfathers that had passed away. The grandmothers carried these lockets on their bouquets on the wedding day – such a sweet way to honor their loved ones. It was such a fun day filled with family and friends – congrats to Lauren and Chris!

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Photography: Lisa Dolan Photography | Floral Design: Soulard Florist | Cake: Macarthur’s Bakery | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of The Pillar | Reception Venue: Crowne Plaza

Dreamy Springtime Wedding at the Missouri Military Academy

There’s no recipe for a perfect wedding, but if there was, this sweet couple came pretty close to finding it. A lovely spring day? Check. Beautiful flowers all around? Check. Fun signage to get everyone in the party mood? Check. And a gorgeous Bride and handsome Groom? Check. Check. In short, this spring day from Laura Ann Miller Photography is all kinds of pretty. See every gorgeous detail in The Vault!

Colors
Seasons
Spring
Styles
Classic

From Laura Ann Miller PhotographyThis wedding is full of heartfelt love and the dreamiest of decor! Kristen & James said their ‘I Dos’ in the sweetest little chapel, surrounded by their closest family and friends, plus the prettiest florals. James looked so dapper in his grey suit plus pink tie, and Kristen was absolutely radiant in her ivory dress, with just the right amount of bling. She was surrounded by the loveliest maids in mismatched shades of light pink dresses. I could also go on and on about the florals…but I’ll spare you a few paragraphs…! Don’t get me started on their reception…which was to die for! The space was decorated to perfection with gorgeous spring florals complimented by pops of gold making for such a fun color palette. Plus, they had the cutest champagne bar. Need I say more? LOVE LOVE LOVE!

Also, I have to say one of my favorite moments to capture at weddings is the cake cutting. I know there’s the chance of smudging makeup, icing getting in your hair, and so on….but I just LOVE when couples go for it with a cake smash. It’s so fun, playful, and unexpected…I seriously adore it!! You really know a couple loves to goof off together when they smash some cake in each other’s faces…am I right?! Kristen & James…they went for it! :-)

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Photography: Laura Ann Miller Photography | Cinematography: Glenn Smith | Coordination: Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Events | Floral Design: Addie Jane Originals | Cake: Edith Hall Cakes | Ceremony Venue: The Chapel At Missouri Military Academy | Reception Venue: The Chapel At Missouri Military Academy | Catering: Fresh Ideas | Makeup: Alana Harper Esthetics | Photo Booth: J. Kelley Photo Booth | Rentals: Finch Vintage Rentals

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