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Rustic + Romantic Farm Wedding in Missouri

Craving color? Well start scrolling m’dears because this sweet yet saturated affair is just the ticket. From it’s rustic roots to the burlap and BBQ reception, Alison Duffy Photography snapped it all and we’ve got it all waiting for you in the gallery!


From the beautiful Bride… In the heat of a St. Louis summer, Henry popped the question at the Missouri Botanical Gardens during a picnic dinner. Shortly after, we found ourselves in the thick of wedding planning. We wanted to have the wedding before Henry began his residency, which only gave us a nine month time frame. Henry and I knew immediately that we wanted to have our ceremony outdoors. When we stumbled upon Haue Valley we could not believe this hidden gem even existed and better yet, they had one weekend still available to host a gorgeous spring wedding. We booked our date immediately. Henry and I along with our family and friends can not say enough kind words about the staff at Haue Valley. Once we had a venue the rest of the pieces simply fell together.

Our goal was to create a ceremony that encompassed us as a couple as well an event our friends and family would enjoy. Henry and I planned the ceremony together. We wanted to keep it short and sweet. We were blessed to be married by an old family friend of Henry’s. We decided to write and share our own vows with one another. This was my favorite and most emotional moment of the entire day. In addition, we chose to do a unity knot. We felt the knot better symbolized our union. Our ceremony truly captured our relationship and the love we have for each other.

Immediately following the ceremony was our cocktail hour. The guests could enjoy drinks and appetizers out on the patio. Henry and I are both from large families and we wanted our guest to have a fun relaxing wait. Out on the patio, was a variety of lawn games such as JENGA, Yahtzee, Bags, and a DIY photo booth waiting to be enjoyed. The photo booth was one of my favorite touches. The venue hung an old picture frame from the arbor where we had the ceremony for people to take pictures. Our guests absolutely loved this!

The reception took place inside the barn. This barn is absolutely breath taking. The owners built the entire structure out of wood from their own farm. On the guest tables, I went with a white table cloth, burlap overlay and a lace runner topped with a circular wood plank with stunning floral arrangements. Henry and I absolutely love BBQ food so we decided to incorporate that into our wedding meal, complete with a mac n’ cheese bar. The DJ had the guests out on the dance floor the entire night. We could not be more thrilled with how the evening turned out.

Henry and I were very blessed to have worked with such wonderful people that understood our vision for our wedding day and contributed to making it the best day ever! We look forward to having a marriage that is as beautiful as our wedding day was.

Photography: Alison Duffy Photography | Floral Design: Stems | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Venue: Haue Valley | Reception Venue: Haue Valley | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Essence Of Australia | Hair & Makeup: Blissfully Beautiful Bride | Men's Attire: Calvin Klein | Catering/linens/rentals: Russo's | DJ/ Uplighting: Millenium Productions | Film Processing & Scanning: Indie Film Lab | Second Photographer: Shelly Goodman

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Adorable High School Sweethearts Baking Engagement Session

Love is always sweet, but this adorable at-home engagement session shot by Alison Duffy Photography takes the cake — or, in this instance, the cookies. These high school sweethearts shared their love of baking with us in their too-cute-to-be-true gallery (seriously, could the Bride-to-be’s chevron striped kitchen be any cuter?!), and by giving us the recipe for their favorite cookies below!

From the beautiful Bride-to-Be… Scott and I are high school sweethearts. We fell in love junior year and have been inseparable ever since. Throughout the many years we’ve been together, baking delicious desserts has been one of our favorite pastimes. When it came time to decide what to do for our engagement photos, baking chocolate chip cookies in our kitchen just made sense. It fit us so well! Alison did an amazing job capturing our personalities in this very fun photoshoot.

From Alison Duffy PhotographyEllie & Scott are adorable high school sweethearts. They wanted to share their love of baking during their engagement session, such a fun and cute idea! Nestled in a cute suburb of St. Louis, the backdrop was perfect as they baked in Ellie’s home that she and her father renovated together. They decided to whip up the classic Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe, helping each other with every step of the process. It is always special when a couple shares an activity they love for their engagement photos, Ellie & Scott baking together in her cute kitchen was definitely a favorite!

Below is the recipe for the cookies they made during the shoot:

Ingredients: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups Nestle Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 375° F.

2) Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

3) Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Photography: Alison Duffy Photography | Film Processing: Indie Film Lab

Elegant Fall St. Louis Wedding

This classic celebration had just the right amount of glamour added in for good measure, from the rich autumn colors to the sparkle of gold throughout the reception. And then there’s those gorgeous navy gowns these lucky bridesmaids got to wear as the adorable lovebirds said their vows. Lisa Dolan captured every picture perfect moment, creating a calling card for fall weddings if I ever did see one.


From Lisa Dolan Photography… Hilary and Michael’s wedding day was complete perfection. From the gorgeous detailed dresses to the fabulously styled tables, everything came together perfectly! There are so many classically gorgeous details in the bride’s dress and the groom’s classic black tux. The ceremony took place at a beautiful old church in Clayton, with the reception following at The St. Louis Art Museum. The Art Museum is truly breathtaking. The grand hall has the tallest ceilings, and beautiful classic architecture. Rouge Events styled this lovely soiree, and brought in beautiful mercury glass vases to accent the space. The flowers by Bridget at Flowers to the People were the perfect fit. A mix of tall and short centerpieces accented the mercury glass candle holders. All over were pops of fall colors, from the bride’s red fingernails to the bright red October leaves.

We chose to do photos at Forest Park, and the Art Museum. The limestone museum was the perfect backdrop for photos, and really made the bridesmaids’ navy dresses pop! Plus it’s all shot in beautiful film! 

Photography: Lisa Dolan Photography | Event Planning: Rouge Events And Design | Florist: Flowers To The People | Cake: J. Noto | Ceremony Venue: St. Michael St. George | Reception Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum | Catering: Panorama | Transportation: St. Louis Trolley | Accomodations: The Ritz Carlton | Chargers And Linen Rentals: Beautiful Memories | Decor (Mercury Glass): Ultrapom | Linens: Aries | Music: The Charles Glenn Group

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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

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