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Classic Meets Modern Wedding at The Caramel Room

This wedding had me at hello.  Well, actually, it had me at classic meets modern affair held at a chocolate factory, but you get me… it’s completely awesome.  From the neutral + completely elegant color palette to the fabulous florals from Bloomin’ Buckets to the never-ending lineup of breathtaking images from Laura Ann Miller.  Indulge your sweet tooth right this way in THE VAULT.


From Laura Ann Miller Photography… This St. Louis wedding was such a charmer! Kristen and Michael’s day was elegant, timeless, and fun! Kristen’s lace dress was just to die for, and Michael looked smashing in his classic black tux. They blended a mix of green, gold and white into the day, which worked perfectly. The maids wore pistachio dresses, the groomsmen tuxes and the reception decor was filled with greenery!

The cherry on top… their reception was held in a chocolate factory! The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s was sweet, just as the name implies. Guests sipped on signature chocolate martinis, mingled on the rooftop, and danced the night away inside!

From the Bride… My vision for our wedding was classic and modern. My main goal was to have a day that would be timeless and would not look aged in pictures a decade from now. Our color palate consisted of neutral colors: grayed jade and gold with hints of black. I wanted it to be simple, yet elegant. My favorite DIY detail was by far our invitations. Originally I was planning on letter pressing the entire invitation. After multiple attempts it was obvious why everyone does not do this. However, I was determined to use our letterpress machine. Even though I sent the actual invitations off to be letter pressed, I embossed any other detail I could with our monogram. This included the bellyband, the dinner menu, and the ceremony programs.

My favorite moment of the entire day was finally standing up at the altar with my soon-to-be husband. All of the hard work and coordination all seemed to finally come together and finally there was nothing left to plan. The only thing left to do was actually say our vows! This was the most relieving and enjoyable moment of my life. I finally got to marry my best friend.

Every detail to me was just simple and elegant. The flowers were a mixture of greens and whites, which blended with the bridesmaids pistachio dresses. The usherettes were in matching black dresses and the groomsmen in classic black tuxedos. My gown was Jasmine in ivory with lace details and a keyhole back.

After attending many weddings without ever noticing the cake, my goal was to have a simple cake. Sarah’s Cake Shop made me fall in love with cakes. I loved the detail in the second tier and finally understood why everyone put so much effort into how their cakes looked.

Since our reception was held in a chocolate factory we wanted to send everyone home with something to remember the day. We sent a bag full of dark, milk, and white chocolate home with our guests. We topped the bag off with a light green ribbon and, of course, an embossed monogram tag.

My piece of advice to all brides is to try to stop and enjoy every minute of the planning. It can get time consuming and tiresome, but in the end it will all come together and you will get to marry your best friend.

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Photography: Laura Ann Miller Photography | Floral Design: Bloomin' Buckets | Wedding Dress: Jasmine Bridal | Cake: Sarah's Cake Shop | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church | Reception Venue: The Caramel Room | Bride's Shoes: Michael Kors | Makeup: American Image Salon | Hair: Kristen Laning

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St. Louis Secret Garden Wedding at Kuhs Farm

There is no sense in denying it, so I’ll just put it right out there: Jordan Brittley, I’ve got a major photography crush on you, and these images are only feeding that love. Thanks to you, our VAULT is overflowing with beauty from this Midwest wedding – this Allure Bridals’ dress alone has given me full heart eyes. But enough with my babbling, let’s get to the good stuff right this way!


From Jordan Brittley… This wedding is dripping with lovely details! This fall wedding feels like every season with its neutral color palette. You’re going to love her diamond necklace, the invitation suite, and the place they call “The Narnia of the Midwest!” I’m not even going to mention the secret garden on the estate or just how in love these two are!!

From the Bride… I was most looking forward to spending the day with those we love the most (family and friends) and celebrating our relationship and our future together!

My necklace was made from the diamond of Will’s grandmother’s wedding ring. We made a lot of the wedding decorations (bride and groom signs, programs, photo booth, tags on flip flops, signs, etc.)! My Aunt, Kristi Stockglausner, is a florist who did all of the flowers, bouquets, centerpieces. She also made chocolate covered pretzels to be placed on tables for guests

I wanted our day to be intimate, romantic, filled with love, and fun!

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Photography: Jordan Brittley | Coordination: Weddings By Renee | Floral Design: The Flower Shop | Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal | Cake: The Cakery | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Bride's Shoes: Dune London | Jewelry: E.B. Horn | Rings: E.B. Horn | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Concettas | Hair: Emily Miller | Lighting: Premier Rentals | DJ: RC EMcees | Venue: Kuhs Estate & Farm | Earrings: Tiffany's | Getting Ready Venue: Embassy Suites | Groom's Shoes: Johnston & Murphy

DIY Backyard Wedding

This wedding makes my heart happy.  It’s cozy + intimate, laid-back, yet totally elegant and filled with a plethora of DIY details that really speak to this adorable duo and their breathtaking location (grandma’s backyard).  From the galvanized pails of hydrangeas to the romantic blue color palette, every moment captured by Cody Hunter is absolute perfection.  Head to THE VAULT to soak it all in.

Al Fresco

From the Bride… Our wedding focused on family. When we were deciding on a location for our big day, we toyed with getting married in our new city, DC, going back to Florida where we grew up and where our parents still live, and finally Saint Louis, where my mom and her large family grew up and still resides. Once we had the idea of wedding in my grandmother’s backyard, I knew it would be the ultimate spot to make sure all of our family could be there and make the day unforgettable. Once that decision was made (there were tears from my mom and my grandma– and me), we got to work planning for the next 9 months. Without a wedding planner, a venue that we had to turn into a wedding location from the ground up, and a tight budget, there was a lot of hard work and a closeness among and between our families that grew exponentially throughout the year.

We wanted our families to come together as one on a day that everyone would always remember. We didn’t have a “theme” or any particular design vision, but knew we wanted to create an atmosphere of genuineness, love, and simplicity, so we stuck to whites and blues that appeared in the bridesmaids’ dresses, men’s accessories, and table arrangements. We did all the flowers ourselves, my mom made my accessories, and Richard wore cufflinks with maps on them that commemorated where we were engaged and married, Paris and Saint Louis. Two great friends of ours played the mandolin and the ukelele during the ceremony and for our first dance, respectively. My cousin and our officiant home brewed beers special for our wedding.

A list of non-wedding vendors that help create our dream day includes all of the family members that took care of countless jobs the day of the wedding, from the appetizer table to running from the bar to the ice trailer at the front of the house all night to keep our guests’ drinks cold. There are not enough thank you’s in this world to show our appreciation to them and our wedding day would not have been the same without them. It truly was the perfect way to start our lives together.

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Photography: Cody Hunter Photography | Cake: McArthur's Bakery | Catering: Local Harvest | Venue: At Home | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints