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Gorgeous Fall Wedding in St. Louis

Midwestern charm, meet New Orleans Flavor. As if fall in the Midwest couldn’t get any prettier; add in love, masquerade masks, some beautiful settings from BBJ Linens, the Funky Butt Brass Band, and tree lined pathways ablaze in red, and you have yourself one stunning (and super fun) wedding. Don’t miss Brain Gaadt‘s heartwarming video at the end, and make sure to check out Heather Roth‘s photos of the event here.


From Heather Roth Fine Art Photography…The bride’s parents hosted over 250 guests in their historic backyard property in the Central West End of Saint Louis, MO. The mansion was built in 1908 and was the perfect place for their daughter’s B&W striped and gold wedding. With John being from New Orleans, the reception embraced some of his hometown flair and a few of his favorite things including old-fashioned cocktails + cigars, masquerade masks, a scotch bar, and a kickin’ 6 piece instrumental band – the Funky Butt Brass Band.

Photography: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography | Videographer: Brian Gaadt Productions | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist, Tina Barrera | Cake: Sugaree | Stationery: Paper Patch | Ceremony Venue: Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis | Reception Venue: Private Residence | Catering: Ces & Judy’s | Bridal Boutique: Fleur De Lis Bridal | Bridal Gown : Judd Waddell | Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Cocktail Hour Band: Funky Butt Brass Band | Drapery + Lighting: Exclusive Events | Hair + Make Up: Danielle Style, Annie Heyward | Linens: BBJ Linens | Reception Band: Galaxy Red | Tent + Rentals: Premier Rentals & Weinhardt | Wedding Day Coordination: Perfect Day Wedding & Events, Tami Heroff

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Preppy St. Louis Wedding at Forest Park Visitors Center

This is a wedding that would make Kate Spade proud. With its perfectly preppy palette and spunky pops of color and confetti thrown in for good measure, it’s practically impossible to look at these gorgeous images from Lisa Hessel Photography and not smile. It gives tradition a good ol’ glitter-infused twist, and you can see all the fun right here.


From Lisa Hessel Photography… #CueTheConfetti was the theme repeated over and over throughout Shelby and Kyle’s celebration because it was just that… a celebration overflowing with joy. The bright details and colorful flowers complimented the celebration, and just the right amount of confetti in just the right locations made the day sparkle. Even the bride’s sparkly Kate Spade shoes were coordinated for the occasion.

Thick letterpress paper goods designed by Courtney Callahan Paper set the tone for the event immediately with their bold, bright colors and stripes set off by shimmering gold detail. Most definitely swoon-worthy.

Shelby and Kyle both grew up in St. Louis, Mo, but planned their wedding from their current residence in the South. The event culminated with a reception in Forest Park in the heart of St. Louis. Festive geronimo balloons tied with colorful streams welcomed guests to the cocktail hour where sparkling navy, coral, and aqua details awaited them.

From The Bride…While Kyle and I live in Dallas, we always knew we’d get married in the city that holds our hearts – Saint Louis. It’s where we both grew up. It’s where we met (eight years ago as seniors in high school!). And it’s a city with the most admirable spirit. Not to mention, it’s the city that’s home to our most beloved family and friends. To me, Saint Louis embodies everything I hoped our wedding would be. Classic, but not too serious. Vibrant. And thoughtful. Maybe even timeless and unforgettable. But mostly, overflowing with joy. Before we could dive into the details (my most favorite part), we had to find the reception venue that would set the tone. It didn’t take long to realize that Forest Park Visitor Center was the obvious choice. As the hub of one of the greatest civic treasures of Saint Louis, it did everything it needed to. It was authentic, beautifully constructed, and filled with natural light – the most sincere palette.

The ceremony took place at my grade school church, Mary, Queen of Peace. It’s lovely and charming, but more importantly, it’s significant and filled with decades of special memories. When it came to creating the atmosphere for our wedding, we really just wanted it to feel like exactly what it was – a big, joyful celebration. Confetti and champagne, peonies and oversized balloons. But in a way that made big feel effortless and just right. I wanted the styling to be refined and sophisticated, but also lighthearted and even a little bit whimsical. When creating the official hashtag (insta-addict), I borrowed a set of words from Kate Spade (another addiction) and it became #cuetheconfettiJuly13. On this most joyful day, we were certainly going to cue the confetti. And then some.

The color palette included a classic, rich navy with unexpected and saturated pops of white, poppy, aqua, and of course, gold. Oh, alright, the gold became more than a pop. I couldn’t help myself. Gold foil found its way into many of the details including the invitations, jewelry, décor, and even our cake. The details. Oh how I believe in the details. Whether they add color, nod to a special memory, or recognize a loved one, the details elevate everything. And with the help of the wonderful Courtney Callahan, we had no shortage of those touches. Complemented by the genius of Bloomin Buckets, the décor led the way. And we followed. And spent the majority of the night on the dance floor. It’s not hard to get lost in the music when you have Boom! energizing the room. Which was a good thing, because in our family we tend to measure the success of an event by the crowd on the dance floor. And this was no exception (it helps when the Father of the Bride kicks off the night with a lively and unforgettable performance).

Our first dance as husband and wife sums it up best. The kind of song that puts the indescribable into words. “Overwhelmed by you. And overcome with joy.” How we feel about one another. How we felt about our family and friends on that day. And how we hope we’ll always feel.

Photography: Lisa Hessel Photography | Floral Design: Bloomin' Buckets | Ceremony Venue: Mary Queen Of Peace | Reception Venue: Forest Park Visitors Center | Make-up: Looks By Lisa | Hairstylist: Bonnie Boze | Paper Design: Courtney Callahan Paper | Shoes And Accessories: Kate Spade

Spring Picnic Engagement full of Blooms

Spring is in the air my friends and so is love with this tulip filled picnic engagement. Styled by Mint Space Design along with imagery, bouquets and cocktails by Lisa Dolan Photography, this just might be the loveliest love session we ever did see. And bonus points for the scrumptious cocktail recipe that can be found over on SMP Living right now. See all the blooms, furry friends and fabulous picnicking you could possibly imagine right here in the full gallery.

Tricia and Steve’s engagement session was spring perfection! It started with the perfect little picnic in the park, followed by a walk through blooming Magnolia trees.

The creative minds over at Mint Space Design created the colorful fresh tulip crown, and designed the entire picnic. The couple enjoyed a Triple Berry Ombre cocktail and French Macaroons. Their pup Ollie also joined in on the fun!

Photography: Lisa Dolan Photography | Event Design: Mint Space Design | Jewelry: Style By Stefani (for Chloe + Isabel) | Brides Bouquet: Lisa Dolan Of Lisa Dolan Photography | Cocktails: Lisa Dolan Of Lisa Dolan Photography | Coordination: Mint Space Design | French Macaroons: La Bonne Bouchee | Park: Forest Park