SMP's Lindsey's Wedding by Susan Jackson Photography
September 23, 2011

Every wedding that we feature on SMP is near and dear in one way or another. Perhaps we've fallen head over heels for the adorable couple or we secretly wish that our wedding looked just like the one at hand. They are all fabulous and all close to our hearts. But. When the wedding featured is one of our very own...well, it's that same feeling times about a million. This is the wedding of Tyler and Lindsey. One of SMP's most loved ladies and one of the reasons that SMP is just so, well, awesome.  She's not only Audrey Hepburn gorgeous, she's also smart and fun, thoughtful and hard working. And just really freaking great. So we hope that you enjoy her wedding as much as we's the definition of pretty and the reason that we love what we do so very much.

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From the Bride...Our wedding was in a word – perfect. Perfect for many reasons. First and foremost because we were getting married! After 5 ½ years (which included 4 years of medical school and a move to Chicago for residency) we were excited about our big day. Even though we live in Chicago now we knew our wedding had to be in our hometown of St. Louis, MO. We wanted our wedding to be elegant and traditional but fun with personal and “Style Me Pretty” touches.

Deciding on color palette and theme were the toughest things for me.  I love sooo many styles and was inspired daily by SMP.  My husband went to Notre Dame and is a fan of all things Irish and my favorite color is green (match made in heaven, right?) so we took those details and ran with them.  Out of these details came one of my  favorite touches of the day, our custom-made Vineyard Vines bow ties with shamrocks that matched the Coren Moore bridesmaid dresses perfectly. We had a bagpiper at the ceremony which was very dramatic - in a good way.  The bagpiper came down the aisle to "pick us up" and lead us in the recessional. It was amazing  to have a moment, facing the church, my husband in hand,  listening to the bagpiper.  My advice to brides to be is don't be too concerned with what your "colors" are or what your "theme" is but start picking things you love and that are personal to you and your husband and everything will fall into place.  The most amazing and incredible part of the day was feeling all the love around us. We feel so blessed to have such amazing friends and family who helped make our day so special.

A key part to our perfect wedding was our vendors! I loved each and every one. If SMP taught me one thing it was choose amazing vendors. Even for a detailed oriented type A personality like myself – you can't do it all on your wedding day. Our photographer, Susan Jackson – is incredible. The ultimate professional but someone I wanted to be best friends with. And she is so talented I wasn’t worried for a second about how our photos would turn out. Our wedding planner, Jen was the best! I did not worry about a thing the day or week of our wedding.  Danielle, who did my hair and make up – ah-mazing. So fun to be around and also so freaking good at what she does. I wish I could say I look like I did on my wedding day everyday... not so much!  Joe, our cinematographer – also awesome.  I hardly knew he was there and am so so so glad he was there to capture so much of our day.  Bloomin' Buckets, our florist, also fabulous, she translated my vision to reality  perfectly. I could go on and on about our vendors but they truly were the best and made our day everything we wanted it to be and more.

From Susan Jackson Photography...Yes, Lindsey and Tyler are a beautiful couple and that makes my job easy. But I want take a moment to talk about something. Lindsey is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met on the inside. She’s the type of person every little girl would want to be when they grow up. Brides’s take note here, Lindsey was sweet, happy, relaxed and poised all day long and gracious to all of those around her. This is the definition of a beautiful bride. It’s not how expensive the dress is or how big of a budget you have. I’ve photographed big and small budget weddings over the years and a “beautiful wedding” is when the couple embodies all of those qualities that I just mentioned above…..and yes, Tyler did too. Every couple has glitches on their wedding day, it’s just part of the territory, but there was no drama for this girl, she just smiled, even though the weather was approaching a hundred degrees. So brides if you’re thinking about having one of those “freak out moments”, because the cake was leaning or the flowers weren’t quite the right shade you were imagining or your mother is driving you crazy……don’t do it! No one is going to remember the “small stuff.” They will however, remember how poised you were in handling the situation. And….it should go without saying, this always makes for prettier pictures!

Wedding Photography: Susan Jackson Photography / Floral Design: Bloomin' Buckets / Wedding Planner: Soirée Saint Louis / Wedding Videographer: Boda Film / Hair + Make-up: Danielle Erb of DanielleStyle / Invitations: Crane & Co. / Paper Goods: Wiregrass Weddings / Wedding Cake: Cravings / Groom's Cake: The Cakery Bakery / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang-Le Notre / Bride's Shoes: Stuart Wietzman / Bridesmaid Dresses: Coren Moore / Groomsmen Ties: Vineyard Vines / Linens: BBJ Linen/ Church: The Shrine of St. Joseph / Venue: Bellerive Country Club