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Glamorous Victorian-Inspired St. Louis Wedding

This fabulous fete from Clary Pfeiffer has a moody kind of romance that has my heart all aflutter. The ridiculously gorgeous blending of vintage glamour with a soft, yet rich palette is timeless to say the least. And as the Bride so fittingly put it, it’s Victorian meets Razzle Dazzle and it’s oh-so-good. From the lush, burgundy dotted bouquets by Belli Fiori to the Bride’s ballroom perfection Pnina Tornai dress, you can see it all here.

From the beautiful Bride… How We Met: When Joe was a senior at Clayton, Vanessa was a freshman. Joe’s classmate and pal was Vanessa’s brother Christian so Joe was familiar with the Puzder family, including Christian’s cute, younger sister, Vanessa.

Joe graduated from Clayton High and years later, ended up working for Uncle Sam as a member of the U.S. Army and the elite 82nd Airborne. Meanwhile, Vanessa moved on to college where she majored in Fashion Design and then headed to New York City to begin her career. Fate may be delayed but it will not be denied.

A chance meeting in St. Louis many years later at Café Manhattan got the ball rolling. The chemistry was there and both knew it. The casual relationship seeded in high school now quickly bloomed into a solid, serious friendship. They shared thoughts and dreams together and it became obvious that the friendship was maturing into love.

Then came trips to New York and then to Dallas and back to New York and then to Dallas until finally, on a crisp Saturday afternoon in February, in Cape May, New Jersey, Joe asked “Will you mar…”—“Yes” came Vanessa’s answer as she grasped the ring and fit it perfectly upon her finger. And then embracing her man, moved their dream into reality.

The Look: Vintage Timeless Glamour – I loved the idea of a lace dress with sleeves because it is so romantic and classic, it is what both my Grandmothers wore when they were married, but I wanted to include some sparkle, so Pnina embroidered Austrian Swarovski crystals all over my bodice and veil. 

Vision for the day – Victorian meets Razzle Dazzle, I love vintage and Victorian everything, so that set the tone for the ambiance. I wanted it really dark and romantic with tons of candlelight and soft romantic colors like pale pink, white and rose gold. Everything had a Victorian ambiance from the ceremony to the small details on the place setting.  Even though I saw samples of the floral, linens and other rental items throughout the planning process, I had no idea what exactly it would look like!  I knew I needed to have a great photography/videography team to capture every little detail.  Clary does great work with film and going back looking at my pictures I am so happy to see the vision I had over a year ago truly came to life in the pictures, not to mention she got everything!

Special touches:  Personalized hand monogrammed menus for each guest, Victorian fainting couches framing the dance floor, Gluten free dessert table, Photo Booth, hydrangea table runner, monogrammed everything( strawberry preserves, drink stirrers, napkins, hand towels etc), custom maps for out of town guests. Joe really wanted to have cigars for guys. Having a great band was important because Joe and I have a unique style of music that you don’t always hear at weddings.  Larry King Orchestra managed to play the Imperial March from Star Wars for Joe, my brother got to play the guitar to Are You Gonna Be My Girl and my dad sang Johnny Be Good, they accommodated everything we asked for and made it personal for us!

Favorite things: One of my favorite things about the wedding was hiring a planner because I did not live in St. Louis.  Kristin and I worked great together and she helped make the experience fun. From the moment I walked into the Missouri Athletic Club I felt like I was reliving my childhood dreams of what my wedding day would be like, I couldn’t think of a better place to have my reception. I love that we decided to get married in February too! We wanted a winter wedding and in St. Louis the weather is so unpredictable, luckily it was a beautiful day! One thing I am happy to talked Joe into doing was dance lessons, it was great to be twirled around in my wedding dress with my husband, I couldn’t stop smiling, I felt like I was living in a dream…

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Videography: Poetic Productions | Event Planning: Kristin Ashley Events | Floral Design: Belli Fiori | Wedding Dress: Pnina Tornai | Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper | Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Lourdes  | Reception Venue: Missouri Athletic Club | Jewelry: Huffords Jewelery | Hair: Danielle Erb | Band: Larry King Orchestra | Ceremony Music: Rosewood Ensemble | Dessert Station: Missouri Athletic Club And Bittersweet | Lighting Design: Exclusive Events Inc. | Makeup: Andrea Ryan | Rentals: Aries Rental Company | Transportation: Best Transportation

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Romantic Fall Wedding at the Missouri History Museum

Clary Pfeiffer works magic behind a lens, this we know. So when she is capturing a wedding as naturally gorgeous as this St. Louis beauty at the Missouri History Museum we get sit back and reap all of the lovely rewards. Romantic and filled with soft fall hues, every image sitting in this gallery is a beautiful work of art. See them all here.


From Clary PfeifferI’m submitting a gorgeous Midwest Wedding with soft fall pastels and gorgeous flowers. It’s really beautiful with just enough warmth to go with the season without being too “fall”. Below is the information from the bride and groom. 

From The Bride…When Tom and I started looking for a venue all we knew is that we wanted something a little different. After visiting quite a few places, we found ourselves walking through the doors at Missouri History Museum. When we left, Tom and I both looked at each other and without saying anything, knew that it was where we would say our “I do’s”. The building holds a lot of history, both literally and figuratively. Constructed in 1927, the Byzantine-style structure was used as home to the United Hebrew Congregation until it was bought by the Missouri Historical Society in 1989. It’s a true mix of classic and contemporary architecture which greatly appealed to our quirky tastes. After the venue, the first person I contacted was Clary Pfeiffer of Clary Photo. I knew that, after the wedding, all I would have left to take with me were the photography and our memories. I was absolutely thrilled to learn that she was available. I knew that with Clary behind the camera, our wedding was going to look stunning.

The striking Museum was the perfect backdrop to our event, which we filled with timeless and personal details to match. Overgrown flowers spilled over pieces of silver from antique store finds and my colleague’s private collection, brightening up the entire space. A quartet filled the atrium with both classic and contemporary tunes. Trays filled with colorful d’oeuvres and cocktails. Still, we managed to fit in many personal touches to the day – from the invitations I designed to the calligraphy that I practiced for weeks to perfect and even the bridesmaid dresses from the girl’s own closets, matching the desire for our individuality to shine through. Every part of the day went seamlessly. It truly was a dream and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives has in store for us!

Tom and I had known each other for a long time before we began dating. We grew up in the same neighborhood but did not meet until we were introduced by a mutual friend. We were only 12 at the time and were interested in many things, but not each other. Tom and I began “officially” dating the winter of our senior year of High School. We were young, in love, and inseparable. The Fall of the following year I left for The Kansas City Art Institute and Tom went north to Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Distance got the better of us and we decided to put our relationship on pause although we remained friends. I’m not sure if I believe in fate, but there was a reason that we both ended up back in our home town of St. Louis, Missouri after college. Four years later, I married the man of my dreams. The rest… is history!

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videographer: Sky Guy Media | Wedding Gown: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Sweet Picks Pateries | Ceremony Venue: Missouri History Museum | Reception Venue: Missouri History Museum | Lighting: Exclusive Events Inc. | Band: Earl Lee And The Early Revue | String Quartet: Landolfi String Quartet

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Elegant Garden Inspired Wedding in St. Louis

On the (very long) list of things I love, outdoor garden weddings are pretty close to the tippy top. And it really only takes one look at these stunning images from Heather Roth Fine Art Photography to know why they rank so high. Elegant yet comfy with a swoon-worthy color palette and drop dead gorgeous details planned by Kate & Company, this wedding is simply as good as they get.


From Heather Roth Fine Art PhotographyI really, really love this wedding I recently photographed! The bride describes her day as an “upscale garden party.” The Botanical Gardens is truly one of St. Louis’ prettiest venues, and I think you might agree. The night was capped off with Greg serenading Julie – he totally surprised her by singing Everything by Michael Bublé.

From The Bride, Julie…Gregory and I met in the summer of 2011, and we both knew pretty quickly that we would be spending our forevers together. We shared so much love and laughter from day one that it never made sense for it to be another way. Gregory loves surprises, however, and I had no idea when, where, or how he would pop the question. On December 15, 2012, he proposed to me at the finish line of the last race of the season, and he had arranged for our families to be there to celebrate. I was on cloud nine the entire day.

From a young age, I had always dreamed of getting married outside; there is something magical about nature that I have yet to find in any indoor space. Fortunately, Gregory was on board from day one, and we quickly chose the Missouri Botanical Garden for our venue. Thanks to an amazing dream-team of vendors, we began to see our dream wedding come together over the next year and a half.

In the afternoon of May 25, 2014, we had our first look near the fountain at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton. I had had butterflies the entire morning just waiting to share this moment with my future husband. And indeed, with no one around other than the person I loved the most, it was one of the most magical moments on earth.

We were married under a beautiful birch chuppa against the backdrop of the Japanese Garden lagoon. It was such an amazing feeling to be marrying my best friend in the most breathtaking venue with all of our family and friends around us. We then had cocktail hour on the plaza followed by our reception in the visitor’s center (Monsanto Hall), a once blank slate that had become home to an upscale garden party. The room was everything we had hoped for – candlelit tables, lush florals, fantastic music, and delicious food. I had never smiled as much as I did that day in my entire life. From the poignant speeches to the party on the dance floor and the late-night grilled cheese food truck, we couldn’t have asked for a better celebration of our love.

From Kate & CompanyJulie + Greg had one of my favorite designs for the year! When we first met Julie + Greg we instantly knew their wedding would be fun! The biggest challenge would be incorporating the sparkle and the modern influences that Julie gravitated to with the rustic, garden feel her chosen venue had.

We began our design with the nude palette that is so popular this year! To give Julie + Greg’s wedding a different twist we put the bridesmaids in three different colors and used that as our main color scheme. We pulled in sequin linens for a modern pop of sparkle but countered it with a rattan charger to balance the garden influences. We used a linen napkin that was perfect for summer and placed a stem of seeded eucalyptus on each place setting! It was the perfect combination of rustic and glam – just like Julie + Greg!

The birch huppah with the soft, romantic flowers were the perfect scene setter for this outdoor ceremony. And what outdoor ceremony would be complete without programs printed on the fans? One additional design element used throughout was shades of nude and blush ribbons. We began by incorporating themon the invitation, then tying the program with a bow, using ribbon wands as our escort cards, tying each set of silverware with a ribbon, and finally with a gorgeous 30′ ribbon wall.

We worked with a local decor company to create a custom ribbon wall backdrop to anchor the head table with. We added whimsical details such as custom drink stirrers to ensure this wedding was just as much fun as it was formal! Finally we collaborated with a florist to ensure that the flowers were the perfect mix of textures and colors to balance our sparkle rustic theme! Using a mixture of textures, colors in the florals as well as in the containers, mixing various heights in the arrangements, and using three separate types of centerpieces gave the room the wow factor it deserved!

Photography: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography | Event Planning: Kate & Company | Wedding Gown: Monique Lhuillier, Town & Country Bridal | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Japanese Gardens, Missouri Botanical Gardens | Reception Venue: Monsanto Hall, Missouri Botanical Gardens | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Catering: Catering St. Louis | Entertainment: Contemporary Productions, Charles Glenn Band | Groom's Attire: Vera Wang, Men’s Warehouse | Chargers: Kate & Company | Floral And Chuppah: Tina Barrera,The Special Event Florist | Hair + Make Up: Annie Heyward With Danielle Style | Late Night Snack: The Meltdown | Lighting + Backdrop: Exclusive Events, Inc. | Linens: BBJ Linen | Paper Goods: Two Blue Doors | Transportation: Best Transportation | Videographers: Lovebird Studios

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