Merry Kissmas!

Merry Kissmas!

Written By Katie Daly

Merry Kissmas!

& Happy Hannukah! & Happy Kwanza!! & Happiest of Joy-filled Days to all!!

This time of year holds a special special place in SSD hearts – Katie celebrates her Best Day Ever in December & our Sam celebrates (one of) her Best Day Evers in January (oops, spoiler alert for our January blog!)

But first!

We have to talk about our Hallmark Movie-worthy weddings from Decembers Past!

Allison + Andy – 12.31.12

Alison + Andy were one of Ashlee’s last weddings at Four Points + it wasn’t easily one of the best ever!  A New Year’s Eve wedding with snow, streamers, another sparkly costume change, and a countdown at midnight to a forever long kiss! Since their wedding 8 years ago, Ali has modeled in a few of our SSD shoots + is hanging on our office wall. New Year’s Eve weddings will always be a favorite – there’s just a bit more magic as we ring in the new year + also lots more glitter! 

Danielle + Billy – 12.27.14

Oh our Danielle + Billy!! These two know how to partayyy!! Danielle started their day in a princess gown + kicked off their dance party looking like a mermaid princess in a sparkly blue number! + when we say “kicked off” I guess we probably should’ve been more clear – their dance floor had a full offensive line. So, football fans, did they “Hike” the dance party? Is that the word here?? Regardless!! It was a dream of a day + we still swoon over BOTH of Danielle’s dresses!!

Grace + Alex – 12.1.18

Oscar + Layla + Sally (their pups!) are getting a baby brother this summer!! How exciting!! We are so excited for the New Year we just had to talk about that first, but we also can’t help but reminisce about Grace + Alex’s day 2 short years ago! Grace looked absolutely stunning in her Stella York Moscato-colored gown as she waltzed down the aisle to her happily ever after + Alex was tickled blush + gold (like their colors!) to see her! We finished our evening with a private photoshoot with the new Mr + Mrs + biodegradable confetti!

Brianna + Dom 12.29.18

When we say that planning with Brianna was a party in itself, we are not kidding!! This gal was so detailed and organized that she barely needed us! But are we ever grateful that we still got to dance with these two! Bri is one tough cookie (she’s a helicopter nurse, you know!) – this gal stood outside for over an hour in St. Louis in December for pictures + did not complain one time. Not once!!

Katie + Cody 12.26.15

Totally not trying to steal the spotlight from our couples but I do have to brag about my hubby for 2 seconds! This man has put up with my glitter bombs for 5 years already! I still pinch myself on the weekly that I get to spend forever with him! Our wedding saw quite the rollercoaster – you know this broad spent HOURS folding individual tissues + tying them with a bow for all 300 guests not to mention my wedding dress was ruined 2 weeks before our day, on wedding morning I was abandoned at the hair salon + Minnesota brought a giant snowstorm the night before – but every day since has been full of love and joy! Happy Anniversary, my love!!

Mama D. + Papa 12.30.50

Okay, last one! My grandparents are celebrating 70 years of love this month!! 70 years!! Papa had the most romantic honeymoon planned for them for the week after their wedding, but Mama D just wasn’t ready to leave her mom so poor Papa went on the honeymoon alone while Mama D moved back in with her mom! But she had her bags all packed after 3 days because she missed her new hubby so much + was ready to start their lives together!

Wanna know Mama D’s new favorite wedding trend?? The mismatching bridesmaids’ dresses! She had to borrow her wedding dress + the attendants dresses from a friend, but they could only find 2 matching dresses. She had her sister + Papa’s oldest sister stand with her, but if she could have had a 3rd bridesmaid, it would have been her best friend + cousin Eileen. 

BlairBear + Alex

BlairBear + Alex

Written By Katie Daly
Photography by Kerri Carlquist Photography

YOU GUYSSSS!!
OUR BLAIR-BEAR & ALEX TIED THE KNOT!!
& you know when you’re an SSD couple, we get all. of. the. bragging. rights.

Blair + Alex began their journey to their happily ever after with a proposal on this beautiful dock on Alex’s family farm! (swoon!)

2020 has been a year for everyone, but we are so inspired by Blair + Alex’s never-ending perseverance so we have to give them loads & loads of kudos!

We were going to get them hitched on March 20th at Blair’s family church with a giant partayyy at Neo on Locust, but we had to postpone.

So we tried again for May 29th!
Postponed again. (ughhhhh!)

Blair + Alex decided they wanted a small family affair in the mountains of Tennessee the first weekend of June! Mama Bear Janet had her hiking boots & wedding wedges ready for this adventure!
Postponed. AGAIN. (insert cringe & crabby face here!)

Friday, July 31st, Blair + Alex decided to return to their dock on Alex’s family farm, exchanged vows + began their happily ever after!

AND. IT. RAINED.
BUT WAIT.
THERE’S A SILVER LINING!
Look at the magic our photographer Kerri Carlquist worked!

Plus! Blair got to rock her jean jacket in Missouri in July!!

The Cup made the cake and individually wrapped cupcakes for the guests.

& Blair + Alex brought all of the love, joy & excitement – can you just hear Blair’s giggle in this pic??

We can’t wait to hit the dance floor to celebrate with them + their Mama Bear Janet in March 2021!!

LOVEmber

LOVEmber

Written By Katie Daly
Cover Photo by Dreaming Tree Photography

LOVEmber

Y’all have probably heard of No Shave November + No Nuance November + isn’t there a Movember?? 

We want to make LOVEMBER a thing!!

November brings a chill to St. Louis that rings in the beginning of the holiday season, snow showers, + evenings in front of the fireplace.

It also brings our team all of the memories from our past LOVEMBER couples!

Mary + Bryan

Mary + Bryan are celebrating their 3rd anniversary this year!! They started their happily ever after in 2017 at Hidden Lake Winery with a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the spectacular fall colors!! & you know Mary was all ready to enjoy her time with the horse in her bridal cowgirl boots!!

Ashley + Jamaal

Pinxit Photography

Ashley + Jamaal are ringing in their 6th wedding anniversary this year!! Ashley’s cascading bouquet still gives us all of the happy chills, but this dress-swooshing-newlywed-giggles picture brings us back to November 12th every single time we look at it!!

Chrissy + John

Chrissy + John started their happily ever after in 2016 dancing the night away at the Missouri Athletic club! We just LOVE first dance pics! A few minutes to yourselves to just enjoy your new forever partner!

Lori + Steve

Lori + Steve’s best day ever sure didn’t feel like November!! They exchanged vows in Florida with their 2 puppies & even visited the beach for a few pics! That’s our kind of LOVEMBER wedding, am I right??

Ashton + Alan

Ashton + Alan are our classic wedding with a touch of sparkle & you know sparkles are our favorite color! & aren’t her sparkly sleeves the perfect cherry on top finish to her dress?? Well, to let you in on a little secret, a few hours before this pic was taken, Ashton went to give her PapaBear a hug + her strap snapped right off! Talk about a bear hug, right? Her Nan stitched it right back on + it was the perfect reminder to always carry a sewing kit on wedding day (or have a planner with a suitcase full of emergency magic!)

Megan + Gabe

Megan + Gabe have been married for 2 years already?! Time sure flies when you’re spending it with your best friend! Their day was pure magic from start to finish! & look at these LOVEMBER colors in the background! I know, you probably almost missed them because it’s so hard to take your eyes off of these two beautiful lovebirds!

Holly + John

Holly + John celebrated their wedding day with soft serve ice cream + the perfect LOVEMBER day! We brought in heaters for their outdoor ceremony but barely needed them because the sun & their love kept us all so warm! Their pups Maizie + Millie had to make room for a new addition to their family last winter – a beautiful baby girl! + we simply couldn’t be happier for this family of 5!

Chelsea + Derek

Chelsea + Derek are our LOVEMBER grand finale! Chelsea is Ashlee’s sis so you know we’re all a little biased when it comes to our feelings about this spectacular 2015 day!! Not a single detail went unthought of (I mean can we all just take a moment to swoon over this bouquet + Derek’s sharp bowtie!!) + my heart is overwhelming with smiles when I look at this pic of Derek giving Chelsea a twirl!