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Romantic Missouri Engagement Sessions

This is what e-sessions are all about.  One adorable duo, a day spent frolicking through fields of flowers and a romantic kiss in the foggy weather.  Throw in the talented Jordan Brittley to capture every moment and it’s awesomeness times a million with some of the prettiest images you’ll ever see.  See them all here.

From the Bride… The scenery at Shaw Nature Reserve is unlike any other! We absolutely love the Missouri Botanical Garden, so when we visited Shaw for a festival for the first time, we loved it just as much (if not more)! What is so unique about Shaw is the effortless beauty – untouched wildflower fields, a gorgeous lake, and an old house with an amazing porch that overlooks it all. Add in the fog and soft light of the early morning sunrise, and it is even more magical. There is something very special about a place that has the ability to exert so many emotions in a person – it took all of our breaths away see the fields lit up so early in the morning, with no one else around.  Shaw Nature Reserve is calm, cozy, and sweet… we love it!

I loved the easy-going nature of the whole thing! Jordan encouraged us to just be ourselves and have fun! It is not every day you get to frolick through a field of flowers, shoe-less, with your favorite person (literally). We also loved cozying up together on the bridge over the lake, which was the last place we visited. It was the perfect way to end our time at Shaw!

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Shoes: Banana Republic | Blanket: Target | Earrings: Anthropologie | Lace Dress: BHLDN | Venue: Shaw Nature Reserve

You know what’s better than one fabulous engagement session from the talented Jordan Brittley?  Two fabulous engagement sessions.  A lovely wildflower + fog-filled day followed by this stunner of a shoot on the lake.  That’s right, TWO adorable duos and TWO galleries filled to the brim with heartwarming moments and a whole lot of pretty.  Check out even more right here.

From The Bride… We picked the lake for our engagement session, because it has been a huge part of our relationship. When I met Jake he was very into wakeboarding. He loved to show off his skills and take me out to the lake with him. For me that is why I fell in love with him, because he was this person I wanted to be. He was so adventurous and full of life! So we spent many days and nights during the earlier part of our relationship on the lake. We love to go to the lake often whether it be to sit on the dock and watch the sunset or go for an adventure and hammock. I feel like no matter what life throws at us when we end up at the lake life seems so peaceful.

Our favorite part of the shoot was being on the boat. I loved the lanterns even though I almost burnt myself (who would have thought they got so hot), but we got some good laughs. What I love most are the times with many smiles and laughter. Those are the times I remember.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Venue: Springfield MO

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Vintage Rustic Wedding in the Ozarks

Somehow this wedding was able to combine all of my favorite design elements into one big, beautiful day while infusing it with a breath of fresh air, ensuring that it was both stunning and timeless. The vintage charm was complimented by rustic details and the entire wedding was veiled in the prettiest, most colorful palette I’ve seen in a while. The gallery from Climer Photography is one you absolutely won’t want to miss!

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From Climer PhotographyThis was a true old-fashioned, spring, garden wedding, right in the heart of Old Southern Hills subdivision in the Missouri Ozarks. The Australian Groom and Ozarkian Bride had lived on two separate continents for the better part of two years, and on the Groom’s last trip home, merely 30 days prior to the wedding, the two decided to tie the knot! With the help of the Bride’s family, with event and day of planner Rebekah Covay of Seamless Events (Chicago, IL), and day of coordinating from Stephanie Weiss of Ella Weiss (Springfield, MO), a flawless, Aussie-Ozarkian garden party, complete with a special feast with smoker, trailered in by the Mother of the Bride’s Cousin, from West Virginia, set the southern-vintage-chic backyard-BBQ.

Handpicked florals assembled by a local florist, Ron, from The Thicket, adorned vintage dressed tables with mismatched china thrifted and collected by the Bride, which complimented the hand painted table numbers from local St. Louis artist, Karen Bult, while trailing tree moss sprawled the vintage pieces, holding photographic memories and goodies alike. The bridal path was lined with specially crafted wood columns, selected, chopped and sized by the Groom, held candle luminaries for the romantic evening wedding, while honeysuckle and fresh flowers were in full bloom around the property.

A lone white swan circled the lake as the guests witnessed the Aussie Groom and Ozark’s bride say their intimate, heart-felt, hand written vows, as the Bride’s ordained father officiated the ceremony. On lookers sipped fruit infused water from mason jars and the small congregation of guests on the Bride’s parent’s lake front lawn dabbed teary eyes to the couple’s romantic ceremony. As the sun dipped below the tall trees and guests made their way past the vintage truck (found at a local tire shop), with it’s bed filled with several fruit infused waters and gifts for the couple, they made their way to the tent under the stars. The day was perfectly soundtracked with two separate bands serenading the party, local talents, Bella Donna and Triple Play, made the festivities playlist with original gypsy jazz and Beatle’s favorites, which set the tune for the clear big top party that lasted into the night and wee hours of the morning. At the event’s conclusion, guests left with beautifully assembled favors of mexican wedding cakes, made with love from the Bride’s family friend.

Photography: Amanda Climer Of Climer Photography | Wedding Dress: Ella Weiss | Nicole Miller | Engagement Ring: Bailey Biddle And Banks | Catering: Jaws BBQ | Makeup: Andie Reynolds | Bartenders: Brad & Clary Phelps | Bride's Hair: Milk.Honey Salon | Bride's Wedding Ring: I Wedding Band | Bridesmaid's Gifts: Kei Jewelry | Bridesmaid's Hair: Bliss Salon | Cake & Cupcakes: Tea Bar & Bites | Ceremony Band: Bella Donna | Custom Wedding Icon Coozies: Custom Ink | Dress Service: Ella Weiss | Floral Bouquet Design: Ron | The Thicket | Groom's Wedding Ring: Sam's | Groom, Groomsmen, And Dog Bandana: The Tie Bar | Hand Painted Table Numbers: Karen Bult Of STL | Invitations & Wedding Icon: Studio 255 | Kangaroo Cake Toppers: Thirifted | Manicures: Jennie's Nails | Old Southern Hills: Mack Residence | Planning, Wedding & Reception Plan + Design: Rebekah Covay Of Seamless Events | Reception Band: Triple Play | Reception Floral: The Thicket | Stumps For Ceremony & Reception Decor: Selected & Chopped By Groom | Tanning: South Beach Tanning Fantasy | Under The Stars Tent: All Event Rentals | Venue: Old Southern Hills Private Residence | Vintage M & R Marquee Lights: Vintage Marquee Lights | Vintage Reception Dinnerware: Thirfted By Bride | Vintage Truck: Mitchem Tire & Wheel

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Fun and Feminine Wedding Inspiration Shoot

I seem to fall head over heels in love with everything Jordan Brittley captures, but this shoot beautifully planned by Abby Mitchell Events? It’s next level pretty. From the gorgeous Ella Weiss gown to the drool-worthy florals from He Loves Me Flowers and everything in between – this gallery has me singing a super sweet tune today. See why here.


From Jordan Brittley I am so thrilled to share this inspiration shoot with you! From the mustard color mixed with sequins to the lovely gown that the bride wears. But then there is the cake, which seems to tie in the whole shoot!

From Abby Mitchell Event Planning & DesignMy inspiration came as I was watching Olympic figure skating this winter. I fell in love with a chartreuse shimmer costume and knew that it was time to take a fun little risk with color. I love mixing lights with darks so after seeing Rifle Paper Co. and Garance Dore partner up creating lovely blush, black, and chartreuse stationery I was sold on a color palette. I hope to inspire brides to seek creative vendors and to allow their creativity to blossom. My wish for them is also to allow their minds to be inspired by out of the box things and then have the courage to pursue them.

My favorite memory of a shoot is always right when I am able to see someone understand the vision after it is all set up together. I love watching vendors arrive and see how their little piece of the puzzle fits and makes all of our ideas stand out.

This shoot was intended to have a free spirited and feminine feel with touches of spunk! Details like a fashion portrait on the cake, high gloss black chargers, and a bold chartreuse overlay brought the funky vibe while blush florals, grey chiffon bridesmaids, and natural-dyed tulle details gave it a soft edge. Some of my favorite elements were the sheer and crystal pennants over the beverage cart chalkboard, the hand sewn linen napkins with blush edges, the monogrammed flower girl sash, and the ribbon tied corsages en lieu of bouquets for the bridesmaids! OH and that stunning bridal gown back! You can’t go wrong with lace applique on an illusion back – gorgeous.

Photography: Jordan Brittley | Videographer: Selby Films | Event Styling: Abby Mitchell Events | Event Planning: Abby Mitchell Events | Floral Designer: He Loves Me Flowers | Wedding Gown: Ella Weiss | Cake: Style By The Slice | Bridesmaids Dresses: Ella Weiss | Hair Stylist: National Avenue Hair Salon | Chair/Linen Rental: Ellee's Rental Boutique | Location: Miss Gilmore's Carriage House | Make-Up Artist: Melissa Britt | Musicians: Twenty Strings Ensemble | Paper Products: Abby Mitchell Events | Place Setting Rentals: Eventful Rental | Specialty Illustrations: Garance Dore | Specialty Illustrations: Rifle Paper Co. | Specialty Linen Overlays And Napkins: Abby Mitchell Events | Vintage Furniture Rentals: Mix And Mingle

Springfield Wedding by Edyta Szyszlo Photography

There is nothing I love more than a perfect mix of styles. When rustic elements are paired with more modern details, it makes for quite the gorgeous wedding and a killer pair of heels never hurts either. This Springfield wedding has all of the above plus beautiful images by Edyta Szyszlo Photography and it’s even boasting its own WEDDING BEER! It definitely doesn’t get better than that. See more from the day here!

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From Edyta Szyszlo PhotographyAmanda and Joel married May 28, 2011 in Springfield, MO. I was the photographer for the super sweet day! I flew in from San Francisco during the week of extremely unsteady weather (Joplin had just been hit with deadly tornadoes) so my fingers were crossed that mother nature would give us a break. Turns out she did! They had what I like to call a rustic vintage meets hints of modern wedding. Joel is an architect that was part of the designing team of their reception space. So they knew as soon as the plans were drawn for the space to be renovated that they would host their celebration at the Savoy. From that moment on, they sourced their favorite finds, handmade their goodies and threw a “different” kinda wedding for the area they live in.

From the Bride…As soon as I started looking at wedding blogs, I was instantly drawn to the more organic, rustic styles.  Joel and I also wanted a reception venue that had an outdoor space.  Since Joel did the Savoy renovation, he had been taking me there from the time they started construction, and it took us almost no time to put our deposit down.  With the space having such a vintage feel, I wanted to tie my original ideas with some vintage touches (insert thrift store/vintage shop purchases here!).  And the “vintage, rustic” theme was born.  Also, I was lucky because Joel and I have very similar taste, so any idea’s I brought to him, he loved.

My best piece of advice for other brides, be true to yourself.  If I had a dollar for every weird look I got when people asked me what color’s I was using and I said, “um…we really don’t have a color,” or every time my coordinator called our theme “country” we probably could have paid for our wedding two times over.  But, that didn’t detur us, we knew we wanted something that was outside the box (at least for our area), and completely non-traditional.  We stuck to our guns and ended up with our perfect day! Also, you don’t have to spend a ton to have your “dream” wedding.  If you give yourself enough time, and prioritize what is important to you (both) you can have your dream without breaking the bank.  Don’t skimp on the important items (for us photographer, entertainment, venue(s), and food), and get creative with the things that are lower priority (for us cake and flowers).  Another tip is to use city owned venue’s, very affordable!  Art Gallery’s are bonus because you have to do little to no decorating!

Wedding Photography: Edyta Szyszlo Photography / Ceremony Location: Creamery Arts Center / Reception Location: The Savoy / Floral Design: Artistry in Bloom / Cupcakes: Amycakes Bakery / Cake Pops: Bride + Friends of the Bride / Coordination + Rentals: Aflair Events / Bluegrass Band: Ben Miller Band / Trolley: A-1 Limousine / Bride’s Make-up: Marissa Whitley / Bride’s Hair: Hannah Short at A Valeria Boss Salon / Wedding Dress + Veil: Karl’s Bridal / Bride’s Reception Dress: Nostalgia / Bridesmaid Dresses: Nostalgia / Junior Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew / Groomsmen Vest: Ebay / Groomsmen Tie Clips: Keys & Memories / Favors: Wheat Beer made by The Groom / Wedding Invitations + Save the Date: Wedding Paper Divas / Centerpieces + Decor: DIY

A Beautiful Mess Wedding by Arrow & Apple

For anyone that knows, loves or stalks the fabulous Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess, you have officially hit the wedding jackpot. Because the lovely, oh-so-lovely, crazy talented doll of a blogger has offered to share her recent wedding with us here on SMP. Yep. She chose Style Me Pretty to show off her beautiful, messy, take your breath away wedding and I couldn’t be more thrilled. And with Arrow & Apple behind the lens, it’s like a blogger’s dream come true with one pic after another that is sure to turn Pinterest into an all out feeding frenzie. So you have to PROMISE me that you’ll check out the gallery, where there is so much more handmade Elsie goodness and check back in a bit because Elsie helped us craft the PERFECT Buying Guide!

And if those magical photographs weren’t enough…please, take a peek at this baby by Goodwin Films

Elsie & Jeremy | May 15th 2011 from Goodwin Films on Vimeo.

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From the crazy talented brideWhen Jeremy and I envisioned our wedding day, we wanted it to be really personal. I’m a designer and he’s a song writer, so we spent a lot of time and energy on pretty visuals and our music selection. I own a boutique and we chose to host our ceremony on the third floor of our building, above my shop. The space is open with huge windows and peeling wallpaper. The ceilings are partially exposed. It’s a really amazing old building. We loved the idea of holding our ceremony here because we knew we’d be the first couple ever to get married in that spot! Our aisle was covered in white feathers and the flower girls threw colored feathers as they walked down the aisle.

My sister walked down the aisle with her puppy. That was our “something borrowed” from a friend’s wedding last year. Our family has a love for pugs (we have three) so I’m happy that one of them got to walk down the aisle!

For the dresses I chose vintage lace inspired dresses with bright jewel toned tights. The girls had amazing beehives and looked like they came straight out of a 50s movie! My dress was by Orla Kiely. She’s my all time favorite designer, so it only seemed right.

After our rehearsal dinner we had a bouquet making party. All of the girls made their own bouquet. I loved how each one was different. We made velvet flowers and mixed them with roses, daisies and feathers. I made all the boutonnieres with pretty feathers I found on Etsy. They were really fun to make and even cuter than flowers, I thought. I made my grandmothers’ corsages with feathers and vintage brooches and our mothers’ bouquets with feather birds.

Our reception was styled with vintage lamps, lace and jewel tones. My favorite details were the raspberry cupcakes and the hand painted holga cameras on the tables. We chose signature cocktails and my favorite was the raspberry mojito. For dinner, we chose heart shaped pancakes.

My favorite memory from the reception was when we were dancing. I told Jeremy that I was so happy and he said, “I’m sad it’s almost over.” I thought that was cute. Always a good thing to hear from your husband after so many long months of wedding planning!

In our memories the day has a warm glow about it. We loved every moment!

Wedding Photography: Arrow & Apple / Cinematography: Goodwin Films / Wedding Ceremony Venue: Red Velvet (The Bride’s Boutique) / Wedding Reception Venue: Savoy Ballroom / Wedding Reception Design: Sharon Taylor and Stylizing by Kendra Skinner of Lonie Mae /Bride’s Shoes: Harajuku Lovers via ModCloth (Red Shoes) + Swedish Hasbeens via Olivine Atelier (Silver Shoes) / Bride’s Dress: Orla Kiely via BHLDN / Hair: Holly Neufeld + Sarah Lockhart / Wedding Invitations: Ello There / Flowers: DIY, The Bridesmaids / Desserts: Emma Chapman, Sister of the Bride / Engraved Forks: Lisa Leonard / Gelato: Gelato Mio / Fringe Banners: Nice / Bridesmaid Dresses: Vintage + ModCloth / Bride’s Head Piece: Vintage / Men’s Ties: Vintage

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