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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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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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Missouri Outdoor Ombre Wedding

I’ve expressed my love of winery weddings before, and this next pretty? Well, it’s beyond my wildest dreams. From the charming rustic barn, to the swan filled lake, it just doesn’t get any better. And with a Bridal party decked out in White Traditions Bridal House every snap from Katharine Roberds Photography is sure to send you in a Pinterest frenzy, right here!


From the beautiful Bride… Last Fall, Devin and I attended a wedding at our favorite winery, Cedar Lake Cellars and we were completely captivated by its simple, rustic charm. From the Big Red Barn to the gorgeous lakes inhabited with white swans, we knew this was the future spot where we would one day tie the knot! This venue had many locations available where the Bride and Groom could exchange vows. We chose the beautiful rocky waterfall where a small lake separates the wedding party from the guests. It was perfect. It was quiet and personal while at the same time still able to share the moment with all of our loved ones.

Our wedding decor was uncomplicated yet elegant. I chose ombre as a theme and with the help of White Traditions Bridal House, my dream went from vision to reality! We chose mason jars and baby’s breath to enhance the natural beauty that surrounded us. Scattered around were pictures of Devin and I from over the years that gave our wedding guests a little insight to our love for each and a chance to better know the real “us.”

As our night was drawing to an end from what seemed to be a day that happened in 10 minutes, we were left with memories that we will cherish over a life time together. Oh, how it seemed I had waited forever for this day. I waited 4 years 5 months and 8 days and it was worth every second!

Photography: Katharine Roberds Photography | Floral Design: Petals And Bells | Wedding Dress: White Traditions Bridal House | Ceremony Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars | Reception Venue: Cedar Lake Cellars | Bridesmaids' Dresses: White Traditions Bridal House | Makeup Artist: Danielle Shocklee-Ward | DJ: DJ Ruben B Of RB Productions | Party Favors: Gooey Louie

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WASIO photography + A Special Offer + A Giveaway!

Ask anyone I know and they’ll tell you I am rarely at a loss for words; I like to talk… a lot.  But every once in awhile, I come across something sooo incredibly breathtaking and beautiful, words escape me. And that something is the brilliant work of WASIO photography, a talented team of photographers that know a thing or two about capturing your wedding day in images you’ll treasure for always. Made up of two husband and wife teams (Sasha & Yaneck + Magda & Marcin), WASIO photography is known for building personal relationships with each and every one of their clients; meeting them several times pre-wedding, bonding with them at their amazing engagement shoots and even inviting family members to the viewing sessions post-wedding.  Which means that on your big day, you’ll have friends documenting all of those special moments, making their perspective that much more unique. And WASIO photography isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to get the jaw-dropping, one-of-a-kind image, whether it’s on the day of your nuptials, at night with their custom lighting or at one of their breathtaking sunrise engagement sessions. 

Visit WASIO photography today to talk to the team of photogs that will take your wedding photography to the next level. And don’t forget, if you book WASIO photography by June, 2015, you’ll receive a 16×24 beautifully matted fine art print printed on hand-made German 100% cotton museum paper ($450 value)!the-giveawayWhat: WASIO photography is giving away a sunset or sunrise 1-hour engagement session!* (Value $499)

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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