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Sunrise Session Elegant St. Louis Wedding

I am hardly a morning person, but this next of pretty from the lens of Clary Pfeiffer has got me dreaming about sunrises and sweet kisses. Because not only did this darling duo wed in serious style, but they awoke the next morning for one seriously romantic photo sesh. Graced with golden light and gorgeous surroundings the results are nothing short of spectacular!


From Clary Photo… The couple really wanted time for just the two of them to enjoy so we set up a sunrise session. It so beautiful, some of my favorite images ever are from this session. I love the mist! I also put together a bouquet with soft tones to complement the morning light. I’ve mixed wedding day images with the morning session so if you want to see more of just the morning after please let me know. I’m so excited to send this your way, thank you for taking the time!

From The Bride…Joe and I met seven years ago at an ugly sweater Christmas party. We were attending different colleges and never thought a long distance relationship was in our future – it turns out we were both wrong! After living in four different cities and six years of planes, trains and automobiles – we both ended up in Chicago. A proposal followed, and of course it wouldn’t have been “us” if it didn’t involve a crazy travel story – lost luggage and all!

We’re both from St. Louis and knew that was where we wanted to have our wedding, surrounded by family and friends. I found myself drawn to vintage themes which were shown in everything from the golden candelabras (painted by my parents!) and beaded bridesmaid dresses to the antique chest of flip flops and old family wedding pictures. The Missouri Athletic Club brought this look to life with its gorgeous crystal chandeliers and elegant ballroom. I loved the gold Chiavari chairs we added to the room and the pops of blush colors in the flowers and lighting. Also, our guests raved about the cookie tables we had out for dessert which were made by family and friends.

The reception went by so fast, but what I remember most is the dance floor being packed the entire evening. Our band even learned a special song I surprised my dad with, which was the song we always danced to growing up. During the party, Joe and I both took a step back to watch our friends and family having a great time together – it was an amazing view.

We both agree that the best part of our wedding day was the ceremony. We didn’t see each other before, so it was very emotional and I loved the look he gave me as I walked down the aisle. It is something I will never forget! We wanted our wedding to be soft and romantic, and every detail was captured perfectly by Clary. We got to relive the experience several days later during our sunrise “day after” session. It was so much fun talking about the wedding and soaking in our newly married status. Plus, I got to put back on my wedding gown!

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Ceremony Venue: St. John The Apostle | Reception Venue: Missouri Athletic Club | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Makeup: Makeup Artistry By A&C | Hair: Pixies Hair Design | Lighting : Exclusive Events Inc. | Band: Push The Limit | Bride's Bouquet : Clary Pfeiffer | Bride's Dress: Lazaro | Wedding Coordination: Dishy Events

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Classic St. Louis Cathedral Wedding with a Stylish Twist

On a blog where details reign Queen, it’s sometimes a nice respite to fall into a wedding where the only detail necessary is a gorgeous bouquet and a couple so in love you can nearly feel it. These photographs from Hawes Photography tell a love story to utter perfection and the pretty that is sprinkled on top? Merely a bonus. Click here for so much more.

From Hawes PhotographyMargaret works in fashion in New York City… and it shows. She brought loads of her classic turned funky aesthetic to her October wedding in St Louis. The classic elements of the day are steeped in tradition – prepping for the day in monogrammed sleeping shirts, a groom in a perfectly tailored tux, a mid-day ceremony at the historic Cathedral Basilica, a reception filled with candlelight.

But what really makes this wedding stand out are the fun and playful touches like the bright floral print on the bridesmaid dresses, fringed pinatas hanging from the ceiling of the reception and hands down the most gorgeous custom wedding dress… wait, make that ensemble, I’ve ever seen. Bejweled sleeves meet a plain, fitted dress that’s cropped to show off gold shoes. The necklace is a one of a kind piece that was hand stitched to the dress. And to top it all off, a sweet douse of flowers and a family heirloom veil.

Photography: Hawes Photography | Videography: Brian Gaadt | Event Planning: Absolutely In | Floral Design: Wildflowers | Ceremony Venue: Cathederal Basilica | Reception Venue: The Palladium | DJ: DJ Phiction

Preppy St. Louis Engagement Session

Ear-to-ear grins, laughter, charm and style—all the ingredients that make up this adorable St. Louis love sesh snapped up by Untamed Heart Photography. With a slightly preppy, totally J. Crew style vibe happening, this duo has won my heart for the afternoon. Join me right here in the full gallery.

From Untamed Heart PhotographyWe decided to keep this engagement session rooted in St. Louis tradition so we took to downtown St. Louis amidst the cobblestone streets and beautiful riverside. The architecture there is gorgeous so there wasn’t much more needed for a lovely backdrop beside two people who are mad about each other.

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Wardrobe: J. Crew

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Elegant Tuscany Inspired Wedding

Would you believe me if I told you this Italian inspired affair took place Stateside? Stunning beyond compare, Events Luxe set the scene at the St. Louis’ World’s Fair Pavilion for this regally romantic evening. From the Bride’s beautiful The Crimson Petal blooms, to the olive oil favors, Shelly Goodman captured every classically elegant detail here!

From Events LuxeWhen Erin reached out to me well in advance of her September wedding, I immediately took a double-take at the full name in her email. Her email signature showed she’s in Florida, but with a unique last name, could this be the same Erin I knew from high school? So I hesitantly mentioned a high school connection in my email reply, and to my delight she wrote back “YEP, it’s me!!” Erin was 4 years behind me, so we didn’t have classes together, but in our small high school, I definitely knew who she was. Because Erin now lived in Florida, we handled our consult on the phone, and seeing each other for the first time in over 10 years at her cake tasting was like no time had passed. How funny reunions can be!

During Erin’s consult, she told us that she wanted an Italian theme. She wanted a string quartet playing, she wanted the World’s Fair Pavilion with the amazing hilltop view of Forest Park, and she wanted the feeling to be decidedly “Tuscan.” Well, that’s all we needed, and Amanda and I spent about an hour after the call rattling off our ideas and feeling really excited.

We started working with Exclusive Events on some décor ideas we had. Mainly, we wanted to divide the pavilion space right down the center with an enormous pergola, which would be draped with greenery, under which dancing would take place. We knew the color palette would be very organic and natural – greens, golds, ivory. The wedding party looked amazing in the color palette and the flowers were out of this world. Erin also created a perfect DYI favor following with the Tuscan theme for her guests – little bottles of olive oil with their date and initials. After all, this is a Tuscan winery, right? Oh, we’re still in St Louis, MO? That’s OK, nobody has to know!

Even with a large guest list, the entire event felt intimate and super romantic, and everyone had a blast dancing the night away to the band and DJ (they dueled throughout the evening), inside the pavilion that we drenched in amber uplighting with projected ivy across the ceiling. It was all completely magical.

Photography: Shelly Goodman | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Event Planning: Events Luxe | Floral Design: The Crimson Petal | Wedding Dress: Demetrios | Cake: La Patisserie Chouquette | Reception Venue: World's Fair Pavilion | Rings: Jared | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Alfred Angelo | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Hair & Makeup: LALO Salon | DJ: Galaxy Band and DJ combo | Groom's Shoes: Savvi Formalwear | Groomsmen's Attire: Savvi Formalwear | Bridesmaids' Hotel: The Seven Gables Inn | Chairs: Sitting Pretty | Decor: Exclusive Events Inc. | Groomsmen's Hotel: Cheshire Inn | Linens: BBJ Linen | Slow-Motion Video Booth: Millennium Productions | String Ensemble: Quartet Accord | Wine Barrels: Finch Vintage Rentals

Classic St. Louis Wedding

This, loves, is a classic wedding done oh-so-right.  Think the prettiest of blue color palettes, fabulous paper goods from Chelsey Emery  and a dash of modern aesthetic to give it just that right touch of bling.  All crafted by an amazing team of vendors and featuring a stunning duo that knows a thing or two about perfect parties, don’t miss a moment captured by Photography By Betty Elaine right here.

From the Bride… We knew we wanted to get married in the town that has always been home. Fall in St. Louis is a perfect time of year, post-humidity, pre-snow (most of the time). Our ceremony was held at the church just steps form my parent’s St. Louis city home, a very classic, grand church with gorgeous details. After touring the Missouri History Museum we knew we didn’t want to celebrate our reception anywhere else — the idea of dancing under the Spirit of St. Louis was too exciting to pass up, and we booked it just as soon as we could.

Going into planning I knew a simple, muted pallet would reign supreme. Taking these classic colors, I put a modern touch on pieces that would lend themselves to a little creativity. Our entire days was a mix of traditional, classic elements and modern, clean details . We worked several personal details into our day as well, from the bride and groom on our cake table, borrowed from my grandparents’ wedding so many years ago, to the S and K marquee letters welcoming guests as they arrived.

Prior to our ceremony I knew I wanted to have a first look, but not with my groom (I couldn’t wait to see his reaction at the ceremony!), but with my dad. He helped give me the most perfect wedding day, and I wanted to capture a special moment with him, before all the hustle and bustle started. He was the first person to see me in my dress outside of my wedding party and his reaction was the perfect start to my day.

Something very few people knew, but a detail that meant so much to me was actually sewn right into my dress. My mom saved the sash from her wedding gown and gifted it to me as my ‘something old’. I took a corner of her ivory belt and had my new monogram sewn in as my ‘something blue’. For the entire day I had this special memento with me, remembering my old and welcoming my new.

Small homages were paid to our families throughout the day, as well. The mothers wore gardenia corsages, my mom’s favorite flower. Our bouquets and centerpieces boasted dusty miller, a plant my grandmother grew in her backyard. Songs were carefully selected based on our parents’ and friends’ favorite jams (and dance moves).

The whole day went by so quickly (and thanks to my wonderful team, without a hitch). However, we both remember, so vividly, the toasts by our wonderful friends. I don’t think we’ve laughed so hard or felt so loved, both our maid/matron of honor and best man did an amazing job and we cannot thank them enough for contributing to our day in such a special way.

Sean could eat popcorn for every meal. So to honor the groom’s favorite treat, we had a gourmet popcorn bar for guests to grab a snack in between dances. For those guests that wanted to celebrate with a cigar, we also had those available late in the night, which, thanks to the gorgeous weather, many were able to enjoy in the courtyard.

Sean and I went into our day knowing we wanted to have fun. We wanted to dance, we wanted to toast with friends and we wanted to walk away from the entire thing the happiest we’ve ever been. Even when he forgot the rings (yes, we almost got married without wedding bands, but thanks to our best man’s quick thinking –and driving–parents, the day was saved!) we remembered to laugh. Thanks to our wonderful team of vendors, our loving family and friends, we didn’t have a care in the world that day, we left any stresses at the door and we danced until the place closed down.

After the wedding was said and done and we waiting patiently for our photos from our wonderful photographer, reliving all the moments of the day through images was such an exciting experience. When we happened upon the images we took last in the day, in front of the wooded, fairytale-esque background we were both in shock, and it took us about 1 minute to decide they were are favorite photos. Our favorite photo, us stealing a kiss in front of the tall grass and fall flowers happily hangs in our home, a reminder of the best day ever.

Photography: Photography By Betty Elaine | Event Planning: Proposing Dreams | Floral Design: The Special Event Florist, Tina Barerra | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza | Cake: Macarthur’s Bakery | Invitations: Chelsey Emery Design Boutique | Reception Venue: The Missouri History Museum | Jewelry: J.Crew | Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Ultimate Bride | Catering: The Butler’s Pantry | Groom's Attire: Michael Kors

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Romantic St. Louis City Museum Wedding

These self-proclaimed hopeless romantics wanted their Big Day to reflect their relationship. The decision? Marrying in a vaulted venue surrounded by their nearest and dearest (even their furry family member made a golden appearance). Before I Do filled with the day with the prettiest pops of pink a la Artistry Florist and ferris wheel fun, while Untamed Heart captured every sweet moment here!


From The Bride.. If anyone knows me well, they know that I am a TRUE hopeless romantic. So naturally, one thing I knew for sure is that I wanted the overarching theme to be romantic, but also with touches of glam. Aside from that it was important for me to incorporate many details that encompassed BOTH myself, and my very British fiancé.

When we set out to find our venue, we actually wanted a barn…completely different than where we landed. We stepped one foot into the space and were just in awe. My fiancé was romanticized by the real bank vault in the middle of the space, as it was a nod to his profession. I was captivated by the stunning architecture and true uniqueness of the room. We knew this was the spot for us, as it represented BOTH of us.

Some of my very favorite details of the day were the small, inconspicuous touches that had meaning behind them. The miniature white & gold bunnies that held our table numbers, because Mark calls me “bunny”. The signature Pimm’s Cup, as a nod to his British roots. The miniature champagne favors we used as escort cards, because if anyone knows me they know that I rely on a nice glass of champs! Lastly, the gold spray-painted pomeranian figure we displayed on the gift table since our favorite furry family member Scarlett was not permitted into the museum.

The day was everything I wanted and more. I only wish we could do it again!

Photography: Untamed Heart Photography | Event Planning: Before I Do | Florist: Artistry Florist | Wedding Gown: Amy Kuschel | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Venue: St. Louis City Museum | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Butler's Pantry | Make-up: MakeUp Artistry | Chalkboard Sign: Worn Vintage Rental | Grooms Tux: Bonobos | Invitations/Paper Goods: M. Haley Designs

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