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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

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Vintage St. Louis Wedding Film

I love a good wedding film – plain and simple. But this little beauty from Lovebirdstudios takes that love to a whole new level. Captured in a true vintage, 8mm style, the end result is nothing short of stunning. Set aside 3 1/2 sweet minutes and enjoy!


Lovebirdstudios From Edward + Eve had a very clear vision for what they wanted their video to be. They wanted a vintage, 8mm, found footage feel to the day, that focused on the emotion and beauty of their day.

As fellow artists, they gave complete creative control of how we went about capturing their vision, and we were able to create a video like we have never created before. We never thought we would be able to create a video that has so much emotion without saying a word.

The day was breathtaking. From the perfect location in the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, to the vintage brass vases, sparkling gold pyrite and love quotes scattered about. It was really magical. But, this is not why this wedding is so special. Edward + Eve are special. Their love and commitment to one another was the highlight of the event. It was undeniable and so real.

Photography: Clary Photo | Wedding Coordinator: Kristin Ashley Events | Flowers: Bloomin' Buckets | Invitations: All Along Press | Caterer: Butler's Pantry | Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | Rings, Other Jewelry: Deborrah Daher (Mother Of The Bride) | Videography : Lovebirdstudios | Wedding Venue: Piper Palm House Tower Grove Park

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DIY Farm Wedding

I need to be best friends with this bride.  I mean, not only is she seriously skilled at crafting a gorgeous wedding (she is the Lauren of Lauren Field Design, after all), she rocked a gray ombre gown on her wedding day.  Yes, she is  And every last minute of DIY goodness captured by Moondance Photography?  Stunning.  See it all right here.


From the Bride… Our story has so many one-in-a-million unexpected moments, and I knew our wedding wouldn’t be much different. Peter and I met at a pub in Dallas (where he just so happened to be transferred for work temporarily) where we had both never visited, on a Thursday night, while I was celebrating my acceptance to grad school. Even though I was moving soon, we decided to give a relationship a try. After over two years of having a long-distance relationship, Peter decided to propose during one of my summer visits to see him. He completely went over the top, and got down on one knee in a hot air balloon while we were viewing the Sierra Nevada Mountains. With my new amazing custom ring (a French cut black diamond with a pave setting) to set the stage, I began to dream about the wedding.

I come from a long lineage of creative “makers” that fabricate with their hands through many mediums. I’m formally trained as an architect, and I’ve had an affinity for small delightful details for as long as I can remember, and I knew I wanted to have my hands in the whole design process. The foundation of my design ideas for the wedding began with my dress. After trying on a multitude of dresses that just didn’t feel like “me” I finally found the one, but it still needed a little something else. I love the avant-garde feel of monotone color palettes with textured materials, and decided I wanted my dress dyed ombre gray. Thus our colors became gray and white, with pops of green. I wanted the materials we used, and where we were to be in their “essence” and show organic wear and patina.

This wedding was a true collaboration of many friends and family. It would not have been possible without many “snack & wine” bribes for endless fabric cutting and many DIY projects. We wanted our wedding to be as if we were inviting everyone over for dinner and wanted one long table, so we kept it to a small 60 person count. As an architect, the intimacy of the space we would hold the reception in was very important to me. We chose the venue because of its beauty and natural phenomena of the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers as well as the antiquity of the barn.

Our first look was one of my favorite parts, as Peter knew my dress was custom, but didn’t know what to expect. Peter is from Ukraine, and it was amazing incorporating the traditions from his homeland into our ceremony, favors, and reception. This was a true day of love, as my step father was the officiant and my mother walked me down the aisle (to a beautiful Mad Men song called “Sally’s Story” by David Carbonara). Our vows were a surprise, even to us, as my step-father acquired them from an elderly friend in his eighties, and called me one day to tell me he read them and he cried as they were so lovely and based on friendship. We enjoyed every minute of this day, and will remember it always!

All décor was DIY by the me: garlands, ceremony backdrop, fabric ball aisle décor, centerpieces, signs, magnet favors, graphic design, chandeliers, self-sourced vintage vases, napkins, silverware, DIY cake topper by the bride’s mother, DIY boutonnière, and mad libs.

Photography: Moondance Photography | Wedding Dress: Allure Couture | Cake: Heavenly Treats by Natasha | Catering: Hendri's Catering | Hair: Jordan Byers Of Salon N Fuse | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groom's Shoes: Mike Konos | Bridal Shoes: Kate Spade NY | Bridal Veil: Tessa Kim | Bride's Bracelet: Vintage | Bride's Jewelry: Robert Chiarella Via Merci New York | Candy Buffett: Lauren Field Design | Event Styling & Floral Design: Lauren Field Design | Floral Design Assistance: Alex Orosco Design | Invitation Design: Lauren Field Design | Invitation Paper: Paper Source | Makeup: Yuriko Hegay Of Studio Y Salon | Venue: Kuhs Farm & Estate | Wedding Dress Customizations: Marie McInerney

Tessa Kim is a member of our Look Book. For more information on how members are chosen, click here.