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Romantic Ballroom St. Louis Wedding

Complete with roses and hydrangeas in the summeriest of shades, it’s safe to say the fiercely talented Belli Fiori knocked this one out of the park. She put together every gorgeous floral moment, and thanks to Cary Klein, we get it swoon it all for ourselves. Have a look in the gallery and don’t miss the video from Analogue Films!

From The Bride…Ben and I met at a mutual friend’s 21st birthday party in St. Louis during the summer of 2009. Although we didn’t meet until 21, we’ve had mutual friends since the age of 13. We grew up just 2 minutes from each other in St. Louis, and my best friends from high school were his best friends from grade school. Same goes for college—I knew all of his friends, he knew all of mine, but we didn’t know each other. It was almost like there was some reason we weren’t supposed to meet until we did.

Forest Park is truly one of the most beautiful places in St. Louis and somewhere we love to spend leisurely Saturday mornings, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get married at the historic World’s Fair Pavilion. Clean lines, candlelight and the most amazing trio of floral arrangements provided by Belli Fiori for our reception at the Palladium brought to life the “modern elegance with a hint of romance” that I had been dreaming about for years. The beautiful stationery helped set the stage from the very beginning, and was all designed by one of the bridesmaids. We DIY’d the table numbers to add a pop of color and coordinate with the coral ribbon on our cake.

It was important for our wedding to feel personal, very us, and a glimpse into who we are as a couple. We love to entertain and are considered the “party planners” of our group, so everyone was expecting our wedding to be the social event of the season. Talk about pressure! The day was filled with details of our life together. We love to travel and Ben had originally planned to propose on a hot air balloon (thanks, “high winds”), so that inspired our hot air balloon/world map guest book. The cigar bar was a nod to Ben and one of his favorite weekend activities. I love sparking wine, so instead of an expertly crafted signature drink we were very excited to pass flutes of Cava during our cocktail hour. Ben said he wanted to look like James Bond in Casino Royale, and I think we accomplished that goal too!

We also wanted to celebrate our friends and family and the relationships that have made us who we are today. Our toasting flutes were an engagement gift from a bridesmaid, one of my best friends and my roommate all through college. The homemade limoncello favors were most certainly a labor of love! Our best man and a groomsman helped us peel 160 lemons for this magical liqueur, made to honor our four Italian friends that traveled across the pond from Italy and Finland to be a part of our special day. The ceremony was officiated by my uncle and written by the three of us. One of our favorites parts of that ceremony was the wine box unity ritual. Many of our family outings revolve around wine! We asked both sets of parents to add a note and bottle of wine to the box to be opened on our first and fifth wedding anniversaries, and Ben and I wrote notes to each other and included a bottle of wine to be opened on our tenth anniversary. My dress and accessories also had a few special touches. My mom surprised me with earrings made out of diamonds from my late grandmother’s tennis bracelet, and also cut a small piece of her wedding dress to pin inside my dress next to my heart. I wore family wedding bracelets down the aisle that have been worn by generations of brides on my mom’s side, including my sister just 7 months prior to our wedding day.

The day ended with one big party! I’ve honestly never seen more people dance at a wedding, which is probably due to the fact that Ben and I are usually the first people out on the dance floor at any and all weddings we attend. Obviously we’d expect all of our guests to follow suit! It was truly a day of celebrations—between myself and Ben, and between us and our favorite people in the world.

Photography: Cary Klein Photograhy | Videography: Analogue Films | Floral Design: Belli Fiori | Wedding Dress: Essence Of Australia | Wedding Cake: Sarah's Cake Shop | Stationery: Julie Vaughan | Ceremony Venue: World's Fair Pavilion | Reception Venue: Palladium Saint Louis | Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Hair: Kim Khot | Calligraphy: Tracee Wolter | DJ: Tom Rotter Of Block Rockin' Beats | Bride's Veil: AlisaBrides | Ceremony Musicians: Serenade St. Louis | Garters: OneFancyDay | Makeup: Phi Trinh | Signage, Guest Book, Limoncello, Table Numbers, Wedding Photo Di: DIY | Wedding Coordination: Proposing Dreams | Wine Box: Wine For A Wedding

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Missouri Inspiration Shoot at Longview Farm

We are pretty big fans of the blush hue around these parts, and when I say pretty big, I basically mean we are obsessed. There is just something so soft and romantic about that charming color, so when we see a shoot like this one from Carretto Studio and Michelle Moulden of Absolutely IN! Events where it takes center stage, we get a tad excited. Best part? That’s just the tip of the pretty iceberg, there is even more to see here.

From Michelle Moulden of Absolutely IN! EventsThis elegant styled shoot at the Longview Farm House just outside of St. Louis, MO was inspired by the juxtaposition of soft romance and vintage glam. We wanted to show that you can combine more than one style, texture, or color and still have a cohesive look – for example, the crystal rimmed chargers on the lace overlay was an unexpected combination that turned out to be so lovely. Carretto Studio photographed most of the session on film to capture all the soft colors and romance that we envisioned.

After our first walk through at Longview Farmhouse, we knew that a palette of blush pinks and silver tones would be the perfect fit, especially against the light, airy interior, white picket fencing, and lush gardens. Our cakes from Jilly’s Cupcake Bar, bridesmaid dresses from Bella Bridesmaid, and the paper goods from the lovely M. Haley Designs incorporated soft blush tones, as well as a few touches of glamour. Our bride wore a soft and romantic Judd Waddell gown from Fleur de Lis bridal boutique, chosen not only for its flowing silk organza and lace detailing, but also because Judd Waddell originally hails from St. Louis, where he attended Washington University.

The flowers by Barb from Bloomin’ Buckets were a show stopper. The florals were full and romantic, overflowing with different textures; the pops of dusty blue, pale yellow, and the dark center of the anemones added a layer of contrast with the rest of our colors. The bridesmaid blush dresses set of the soft tones of their bouquets, but I still can’t get over the bride’s bouquet’s gorgeous blooms, tied with soft pink ribbons and a band of sequins.

The jet-black Hillman with striking red interior was a personal favorite from the shoot. A gorgeous flower garland along the bumper incorporated the colors and romantic feel of our shoot. Combined with a beautiful couple (real life newlyweds!), the getaway car was a dream!

Photography: Carretto Studio | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Event Planning: Absolutely IN! Events | Linens: Connie Duglin Linens | Rentals: Grand Rental Station | Bridesmai Dresses: Amsale And Love Lane From Bella Bridesmaid | Wedding Dress: Judd Waddell From Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique | Invitations: M. Haley Design | Hair & Makeup: Emily Miller Make-up & Hair Stylist | Floral Design: Bloomin’ Buckets | Catering: Villa Farotto | Cake: Jilly’s Cupcake Bar
Rustic St. Louis Garden Wedding

Garden weddings are at the top of our love list. They just have this effortless elegance about them. I think it’s something in the open air festivities that easily lends itself to magic and this Quail Lodge wedding crafted by Carol Pope and Marry Me Flowers is certainly part of that bandwagon. It’s awash in pretty pastels and rustic sensibilities captured by Lisa Dolan. Click here for so much more.


From Lisa Dolan PhotographyRita and Kevin got married outside of St. Louis at the prettiest park, with a reception following at the Rustic Quail Ridge Lodge.

Rita and Kevin are two of the sweetest people you will ever meet. Their wedding was simple and elegant and filled with the most thoughtful details. They brought in tons of natural elements to create a beautiful and rustic wedding.

Rita and Kevin chose hues of purple and lavender to accent the pretty summer scenery at Quail Ridge Park. The flowers were a mix of purple roses, hydrangeas, and succulents with a few pops of fresh lavender created by Merry Me Flowers. The groom wore a boutonniere made of sprigs of fresh lavender. The bridesmaids dresses were a light lavender color which really made the bouquets stand out. One of the most special touches from Rita and Kevin’s wedding were the lockets on Rita’s bouquet and Kevin’s boutonniere. Rita’s locket contained a photo of her father who had passed away, and Kevin’s had a photo of his mother who had passed away. It was such a lovely way to remember their parents, and to celebrate them on their wedding day.

The dessert bar was crafted by SweetArt, and was a mix of cookies and cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake. The cupcakes included chocolate, vanilla, and a special lavender cupcake all made by SweetArt.

The tables were decorated with simple white tablecloths, and a burlap runner. The centerpieces were mercury glass mason jars filled with the same flowers that were in the bridesmaids bouquets, and more fresh lavender.

Following the ceremony the guests blew bubbles as a sweet send off for the couple. It was such a wonderful way to celebrate the day!

Photography: Lisa Dolan | Flowers: Marry Me Flowers | DJ: Matt At Full House Productions | Coordination: Carol Pope | Cupcake And Dessert Bar: SweetArt | Venue: Quail Ridge Lodge