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Rustic St. Louis Garden Wedding

Garden weddings are at the top of our love list. They just have this effortless elegance about them. I think it’s something in the open air festivities that easily lends itself to magic and this Quail Lodge wedding crafted by Carol Pope and Marry Me Flowers is certainly part of that bandwagon. It’s awash in pretty pastels and rustic sensibilities captured by Lisa Dolan. Click here for so much more.


From Lisa Dolan PhotographyRita and Kevin got married outside of St. Louis at the prettiest park, with a reception following at the Rustic Quail Ridge Lodge.

Rita and Kevin are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Their wedding was simple and elegant and filled with the most thoughtful details. They brought in tons of natural elements to create a beautiful and rustic wedding.

Rita and Kevin chose hues of purple and lavender to accent the pretty summer scenery at Quail Ridge Park. The flowers were a mix of purple roses, hydrangeas, and succulents with a few pops of fresh lavender created by Merry Me Flowers. The groom wore a boutonniere made of sprigs of fresh lavender. The bridesmaids dresses were a light lavender color which really made the bouquets stand out. One of the most special touches from Rita and Kevin’s wedding were the lockets on Rita’s bouquet and Kevin’s boutonniere. Rita’s locket contained a photo of her father who had passed away, and Kevin’s had a photo of his mother who had passed away. It was such a lovely way to remember their parents, and to celebrate them on their wedding day.

The dessert bar was crafted by SweetArt, and was a mix of cookies and cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. The cupcakes included chocolate, vanilla, and a special lavender cupcake all made by SweetArt.

The tables were decorated with simple white tablecloths, and a burlap runner. The centerpieces were mercury glass mason jars filled with the same flowers that were in the bridesmaids bouquets, and more fresh lavender.

Following the ceremony the guests blew bubbles as a sweet send off for the couple. It was such a wonderful way to celebrate the day!

Photography: Lisa Dolan | Flowers: Marry Me Flowers | DJ: Matt At Full House Productions | Coordination: Carol Pope | Cupcake And Dessert Bar: SweetArt | Venue: Quail Ridge Lodge

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Classic Spring St. Louis Wedding

You know those photographers who just always get it right? Well, Clary Pfeiffer is one of them. She takes an editorial approach to just about anything she captures, and when a stunning St. Louis affair is at her fingertips, you know she’ll deliver. BIG time. Head to the gallery for a first-hand peek and don’t miss the film from Sweet Tea Media.


From Clary Pfeiffer PhotographyToday I’m submitting a wedding from St. Louis. There are a lot of classically gorgeous details in the brides dress and the grooms black tux. My favorite moments of the day was photographing the couples ceremony which looks like an old romantic European church and the couple dancing out on roof during sunset under twinkle lights. I’ve attached the information below along with more details from the bride and groom.

From the Bride and Groom… We met through mutual high school friends four years ago when we were in college at different universities. We both grew up in St. Louis, and were in the same extended social circle during high school, although we had only met each other in passing. Our mutual friends introduced us when we were both home for the holidays and we hit it off. As the first few dates came and went, we both found ourselves asking the same question: Where have you been all this time?

Oddly enough, our relationship was fostered over long distance in the first two years. It goes without saying that it was difficult, and being away from our families only made it more so. Fortunately, we each were given opportunities to return to our hometown. We knew we wanted to continue our lives with all of our family and friends surrounding us, so we jumped at the chance.

Returning home truly cemented our relationship. Marriage was always in the back of both of our minds, but this made both of us certain that we wanted to be together forever. Just over a year after returning to St. Louis, we got engaged at a rooftop restaurant. Rustic string lights illuminated the border; the Arch was in the distant background; both of our families were hiding inside; it was perfect.

We envisioned a warm, elegant, classic wedding. We are so grateful for the unbelievable efforts of all our vendors, the incredible planning help from both of our mothers, and the outpouring of love from our families and friends that made our wedding perfect in every way. We had so much fun creating personalized touches throughout the day including the St. Louis themed welcome boxes that greeted each traveler at the hotel, the homemade chocolates that served as favors and place cards for our guests, the family wedding photos displayed in the cocktail space, and pictures of the bride and groom that adorned each table.

And it wasn’t just the wedding day that was so spectacular. The entire weekend was filled with friends and family; laughs and love. Our weekend began with a fabulous rehearsal dinner in the same building where we got engaged, and ended with farewell brunch and a family outing at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game the day after the wedding. From start to finish, every moment of every event was wonderful. And we had the perfect person with us to capture it all.

We are so happy we chose Clary Pfeiffer – we fell in love with the beautiful work she does. Clary has a way of making everyone feel relaxed and natural. She perfectly depicted the details of our day along with all the love that we have for each other. Furthermore, she captured many of the details that we missed, and did so in a way that allowed us to relive the day. Her ability to capture a moment, whether staged or spontaneous, was truly amazing.

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Floral Design: Twisted Willow | Ceremony Venue: The Shrine Of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: The Chase Park Plaza Starlight Roof | Brides Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Band: Griffin And The Gargoyles | Bride's Dress: Jenny Packham | Transportation: St. Louis Carriage Company

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