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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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Rustic Chic Big Cedar Lodge Wedding

When I imagine marrying amongst the foliage, it looks a lot like this Big Cedar Lodge affair. Filled with rustic Seasons Event Studio blooms and seasonal sunsets, Abby Mitchell Events planned one elegant evening. From the ‘maids beautiful blue gowns to the couple’s veiled kisses, Turner Creative captured every detail right here!


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Fall
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Lodge
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Elegant

From Turner CreativeWhitney and Seth call Houston home, but chose Big Cedar Lodge in the Missouri Ozarks for their October wedding. The leaves were just beginning to change for the season and the sunset view through the windows of the Garden Chapel was stunning. Following the ceremony, guests transitioned to The Worman House, and celebrated as the sun set over Table Rock Lake in the background.

Photography: Turner Creative | Event Planning: Abby Mitchell Events | Floral Design: Seasons Event Studio | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Venue: Big Cedar Lodge

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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!

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Summer
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Museum
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Elegant

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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Rustic Chic Vineyard Wedding

My biggest weakness? Gorgeous, warm summer evenings and the weddings that come along with them. So there’s no denying that this rustic chic, Peacock Blooms filled affair from Sweet Monday Photography is my Achilles’ heel. Top it off with one seriously stunning gown, and you’ve got what wedding dreams are made of right here!

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Fall
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From the beautiful Bride… In the earliest planning stages, Andrew and I knew that we wanted our wedding to be intimate, organic, and most of all, fun! We both envisioned a venue that was charming and rustic, and truth be told, I always had Chandler Hill Vineyard tucked in the back of my mind as a beautiful spot to get married. Even though it’s only a short distance from Saint Louis where we live, you feel like you’re a million miles away. The hilltop winery gives a welcoming vibe and the spacious deck overlooking the vineyards is the perfect combination of casual and romantic elegance. Choosing a fall date was a no-brainer for us, as that is Andrew’s favorite time of year.

We chose to keep the decor simple yet elegant with long tables, a neutral color palette, and lots of greenery and florals. We also lucked out with a truly beautiful reception space with high ceilings and exposed beams that didn’t require any extra fluff.

Most of all, we wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us as a couple. As designers, we knew we had the ability to really personalize our special day. Andrew custom-built our website and I designed our wedding suite and coordinating pieces. The individual menus accented with an olive branch at each place setting, the beautiful calligraphy place cards, and the cigar bar were just a few of our favorite details.

It was amazing to watch the pieces come together on the day-of, but honestly, our guests played the biggest role in making the day go above and beyond what we ever would have imagined. Well, that and the perfect fall weather we managed to get! We really had an amazing crew of friends and family to celebrate with, as well as an exceptionally talented group of vendors that helped us pull the whole day off!

Photography: Sweet Monday Photography | Floral Design: Peacock Blooms | Wedding Dress: Enzoani | Cake: Sarah's Cake Shop | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Calligraphy: Caitlin Welsh | Ceremony And Reception: Chandler Hill Vineyards

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Modern + Timeless St. Louis Wedding

This modern affair from Katie Saeger Events is absolutely bursting at the seams with beautiful bits. First, I suggest you read the Bride’s lovely story and get two know these two lovebirds—I’ve kind of fallen in love with them and their dreamy fete. Including one thousand! paper cranes crafted by the Bride’s sister, feast your eyes on every detail snapped up by Lisa Hessel and don’t miss the film created by the groom!

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Fall
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From the beautiful Bride…From our first introductions by a mutual friend at a happy hour, I knew Pete had no intentions of staying in New York City. So when we hit it off, we decided we’d simply enjoy each other’s company for six months, have some adventures and a few good laughs, and go our separate ways when the time came. Those first few months together were wonderful—we traveled, we danced, we shared stories. We immediately felt comfortable with each other, as though we’d known one another for a very long time and it was very refreshing. When Pete received confirmation that he would be moving to St. Louis shortly, we began to truly realize the connection we had with each other. So when my dad passed away only a few weeks later, I began to reevaluate my priorities; that’s when I realized how special what Pete and I had together was… and when I shared that sentiment with him, he expressed that he felt the same way. We were not ready to go our separate ways. So with one or two serious conversations, I began making plans to completely overhaul my world and move to a new city to be near him. It was truly the best leap of faith I ever took.

Pete proposed on a moonlit beach in Mexico during our last vacation before I began a new job. We had decided it was the perfect time to take a vacation to celebrate the end of his first year in a new position as well as the beginning of my new position. Since the vacation had that significance to us already, I never suspected that I would become a future Mrs as well!! Pete knows me well, and was aware that I would not be one for big public proposals and a lot of attention. Instead, he suggested we take a quiet walk on the beach after dinner the first night we arrived in Mexico. A short distance from the hotel, he stopped to “look at the moon and the clouds.” He then turned to me and began talking about all the wonderful things about our relationship. I thought it was sweet of him, though I was slightly confused by his sentimentality. Finally he looked at me and said, “You know why I brought you here, don’t you?” At that point, he got down on one knee and proposed. I don’t believe he finished asking before I was laughing and jumping and yelling “YES!” To this day, he teases me that I didn’t cry during the proposal, much to both our surprises (I’m a total sap), but it’s true, there were no tears; I could not stop my giddy laughter. We stopped back at the hotel lobby for champagne together before sharing the news with our families (who, not surprisingly, had known long before I did).

When Pete and I started looking at wedding venues, we didn’t have a clear vision of what we were looking for. We looked at restaurant event spaces, art galleries, and lofts. We knew we could likely make anywhere work for us, but we were not completely enamored with any of them. I only booked one hotel ballroom appointment. The day we planned to go see the Statler Ballroom at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, Pete was running late at work and we considered canceling our appointment. However, I picked him up from work at the last minute and drove straight downtown. The moment we walked into the Statler Ballroom, we knew we had found the perfect wedding venue for us. The Statler Ballroom was originally the lobby of the old Statler Hotel built in 1917 and we were struck by its elegance and grandeur. We loved the original details including the old marble columns, the vaulted ceilings, and the old reception desk that had been turned into the bar. As soon as I saw the venue, I could finally envision our dream wedding day— a mix of modern simplicity with classic, timeless elegance.

My sister (matron of honor), AJ, provided the biggest inspiration for our wedding décor. As she and I started creating a design board to bring to my wedding planner, AJ jokingly suggested paper cranes as an element to our theme. At that time, I don’t think she realized what she was signing herself up for! I immediately began to scheme up amazing ways to incorporate paper cranes and the idea snowballed. Our wedding décor included ONE THOUSAND paper cranes, gifted to us by AJ as a symbol of one thousand years of happiness and prosperity. Her cranes were all hand crafted with love and we incorporated them into every element of our design. The most spectacular aspect of the design was our backdrop, laid out by AJ and our amazing wedding planner, Katie Saeger, which was used for the ceremony as well as our photo booth later in the evening. Our centerpieces included paper cranes strung on Manzanita branches with reflecting candlelight. Our escort cards were paper cranes dipped in plastic and strung as ornament favors for our guests. It was such a delight to receive photos from friends of their cranes dangling from their Christmas trees a few months later!

Our wedding day was flawless. On our late fall day, we had clear skies and 70 degree weather! The autumn colors had reached their peak and the outdoor views were magnificent. Our good mutual friend officiated our ceremony for us. Our ceremony was not long, but we felt it truly represented the most important aspects of our marriage. Pete’s nephews graced us with their character and spirit as our ring bearers and scattered petals with great gusto prior to my procession. Pete and I chose my younger sister, a trained classical singer, to serenade us during our unity candle ceremony, a symbol of two individual flames merging as one. We also presented roses to our mothers as a token of gratitude for and acknowledgement of the origins of our love and the nurturing examples our parents set for us. We asked a close friend to read Pablo Neruda’s Sonnet XVII in Spanish to recognize Pete’s Spanish and Venezuelan heritage. Lastly, we incorporated the Jewish tradition of breaking of the glass, which has many interpretations from warding away evil spirits to serving as a reminder of our responsibility to help relieve some of the pain and suffering of others even in our times of joy, as well as to mark the beginning of our celebration!

Our wedding reception was drenched in candlelight and paper cranes. It was utterly romantic. The details provided by our loved ones, from the paper cranes to the homemade display cake made by Pete’s mom, were wonderful sentimental, personal touches. Despite believing I had meticulously planned my wedding, my loved ones managed to incorporate a few surprises. Pete soulfully serenaded me with an acoustic version of Sam Smith’s Latch. Our matron of honor and best man brought a few tears as well as raucous laughter to the whole crowd. A recording of my late father telling a story of my childhood was shared. I will always treasure my memories of the happiness, love and laughter that filled the ballroom— if our amazingly beautiful, joyful wedding day is any sign of what is to come, Pete and I are destined for an amazingly beautiful and happy life together.

Photography: Lisa Hessel Photography | Planner: Katie Saeger Events | Florist: Special Event Florist | Bridesmaids' Dresses: MJVOCouture | DJ: CJ's Disc Jockey Services | Groom's Suit: Hugo Boss | Bride's Dress: Essense of Australia | Bridesmaids' Robes: Singing Slowly | Ceremony Musician: Lliam Christy | Hair/Makeup: DanielleStyles - Annie | Hotel: Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel | Men's Accessories: The Tie Bar | Paper Goods: Ten Four Paper | Photobooth: Todd Studios | Wedding Headpiece: Melinda Rose Design | Wedding Served Cake: Sarahs Cake Shop

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