Your Best Day Ever

Your Best Day Ever

Written by Katie Daly | Photos by Rachael Elana Photography

Our Best Job Ever

The best part about working in the wedding industry? 

All of my favorite songs happen to be every single 80’s pop song played at wedding receptions!!

okay, not for real but it’s a big perk!!

The best part about working in the wedding industry is the VENDORS.

Our friendors are some of the most caring, creative + humble party people I’ve ever gotten to meet.

But let me tell you a secret about our friendors (/your vendors!)

To them, you are NOT a file folder labeled with 2 last names + a wedding date.

Let me say that again.

To your wedding vendors, you are NOT a file folder labeled with 2 last names + a wedding date.

You are Brooke & Tim planning your Pretty in Pink Pas de Deux.

You are Abbie & Craig #destinedtobedrennan with your 2 pups & rockstar MOB Glenda (shoutout!)

You are Victoria & Cody hopping in a rowboat you bought off Craigslist 40 minutes before your ceremony (still one of my favorite pics of all time!)

Your wedding day is almost as special to each of your vendors as it is to you. Pinky promise!!

Yes, we love the pretty little stationery details.

Yes, we love the colorful floral designs.

Yes, we love a beautiful tablescape highlighted with a decadent cake in the center of the room.

Yes, we love a good party.

But most of all, WE. LOVE. YOU.

So to all of our couples struggling to get a response from a vendor

DON’T GIVE UP.

We see you.

We love you.

We CAN’T WAIT FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY!

We just need a few New York minutes – especially these days!

Cheers to our amazing vendor friends who brought Natalie + Brice’s day to life!
Beauty – Savanah Summer Luxury Hair and Makeup
Bride + Bridesmaids Attire – Elizabeth Johns Bridal Boutique + Bella Bridesmaids
Groom + Groomsmen Attire – The Black Tux + Lonesome Traveler
Cake + Catering – 23 City Blocks Catering
Reception Venue – The Caramel Room
Ceremony Venue – Third Degree Glass Factory
Entertainment – Rosewood Ensemble + Hollywood 5 Band
Photography – Rachael Elana Photography
Videography – Sparked Media Collective
Photo Booth – 2 Chics and a Photobooth
Florals – Urban Buds
Stationary – Minted
Transportation – BEST Transportation
Officiants – St. Louis Officiant

Brittani + Mark

Brittani + Mark

Photos by Sukoski Bros.

Brittani + Mark

happy anniversary + happily ever after 

Many of you have seen this gorgeous face in + out of the wedding industry.

I’m telling you this broad is talented! She designed her own bouquet!

In the wedding industry she worked at Clarice’s Bridal, 2 Chics + a Photo Booth, TPI, Lost Hill Lake AND ran her own awesome planning company on top of floral design …  ps I am sure I am missing something because she is literally so “can’t stop won’t stop” + always willing to lend a helping hand.

Isn’t this first looks so amazing? I am always a fan of a first look! I did a first look with my flower girl + it was the sweetest ever. Have as many as you like, BUT make sure you allow enough time for all these magical moments! 

A few things I think the world should know: Brittani (Joyce) Miller is a foodie fanatic + an outstanding cook. Secretly we are all hoping she opens a restaurant, publishes a cook book or at least a cooking show one day. Like she’s THAT good. 

She is a coffee connoisseur + perhaps a slight addict. You can find her hanging out La Pâtisserie Chouquette because there is nothing a chocolate croissant can’t cure. 

If you haven’t ventured into Choquette, do yourself a favor + go or at least follow them, because every single thing they make is decadent + worth every single calorie!

Brit has a VOICE + one heck of a stage presence. If you can ever catch her on a Facebook live – it is well worth your time! Brittani actually joined Trixie Delight the night of her wedding to sing out a few tunes!

She is HILARIOUS! Our first meet + greet was after a series of unfortunate events that led us to one another + I couldn’t be more grateful! Brit had just started her wedding planning gig + had a background of event production + a killer work ethic ignited straight from her big ass heart (pardon my French).  We met at La Bonne Bouchée (I told you my girl knows what’s up) + we sat there laughing for LITERALLY hours. 

This girl is always the life of the party!

I wholeheartedly believe this incredible woman entered my life at the perfect time. 

Since that day we became dear friends + she so graciously agreed to help me in a super busy wedding season. And shortly after we dove head first into planning her wedding. 

I cannot believe we are FINALLY sharing these gorgeous images on her 4th wedding anniversary as she + Mark snuggle the most perfect baby girl, Maryn. Well, they are worth the wait, just like baby bird! 

How dang handsome are these guys? 

Brit has assisted + coordinated countless weddings on the SSD Events team. That’s right people, after one season I couldn’t let her go because not only was she super fun to work with, but like I said, she has a heart of gold + that’s a necessity when being a wedding planner!

I am sad + extremely proud (at the same time, I know… talk about commitment issues) to say that Brit is now an honorary SSD team member because she has a stellar career helping people create their happily ever afters… 

Papa Bear Joyce was THE most proud when he saw Brittani + walked her down the aisle. Their first dance was to Return to Pooh Corner by Kenny Loggins. Not a dry eye in the room. 

Say what?!?!?! She continues making happy magic but in a slightly different + super impactful way: by helping couples + families plan for their future financially, showing them possibility + providing a way to get there (because let’s be real, that can be the hardest part).

Markle + Brit Brit have been together for-eva.

I can say this because Brit helped me + the hubs get on the right moolah track + it feels soooooo good! Want more info? Or to become besties with Brit? Click here to visit her page.

It is my honor to be friends with this stellar human.

It’s been my honor to work along side of her.

And it was an honor to be a part of her wedding weekend.

 Happy anniversary you guys! I love you so much!

Out of all the stunning photos of this day, this is my fave + is hanging in the SSD office.
The end of the most perfect day, surrounded by your besties + sparkle! 

As always – shout out to all of our vendor friends who helped make this day truly magical.
Beauty – Savannah Summer Luxury Hair and Makeup
Bridal Gown – Clarice’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Fashion – Signature Bridal
Catering – Gregory’s Creative Cuisine + 2 Girls 4 Wheels
Venues – Salem United Methodist Church + Mahler Ballroom
Entertainment – Trixie Delight
Photobooth – 2 Chicks and a Photobooth
Photography – Sukoski Bros.
Rentals + Decor – The Aries Company + Technical Productions Inc
Stationary – Unique Moments + Betsy N Co. Creative
Transportation – JED Transportation + GEM Transportation
Hotel – Chase Park Plaza

Get Outside and Play!

Get Outside and Play!

Photos by Charis Rowland Photography

We Heart Outdoor Weddings!

Let’s Talk About the Facts…

Planning an elegant or rustic outdoor wedding can be incredible! One misconception is that a backyard wedding is a money saver. While that is most often untrue, it can be worth every penny if it’s what your heart desires!

Do you want to celebrate in the barn that you played in as a child that holds so many memories? How about on your favorite beach? Both offer a canvas for you, the artist, to design…

or with the help of your talented wedding planner (yeah that was on purpose).

Let’s chat about what goes into one of these beautiful events.

POTTY TIME Let’s just get this one out of the way. If you don’t have the facilities, you’ll need to look into renting portable potties for your guests to use after their frequent trips to the bar.

ELECTRIC Will you have power brought from a building or will you need to use generators to power things like lights and the DJ? Some thought, planning, and knowledge of wattage needs to go into this decision.

RENTALS If you’re creating a venue, just about everything will need to be rented. This may include tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, even the dance floor.

BACK UP PLAN Yep, it’s the cold, wet truth about the Midwest. If you’re planning an outdoor event, you have to have a backup plan in place. Those anti-rain dances aren’t very reliable. This could be a second venue, having a tent on standby, or something else.

We could keep going, but it would be more fun to chat with you about your vision. Of course, we would love to help you bring all of this outdoor magic to life, so give us a call!

Thank you to all of the wonderful humans who made this outdoor magic happen:
Venue – Missouri Botanical Garden and Oak Knoll Park – St. Louis Community Foundation
Florals – An Affair To Remember
Rentals – Weinhardt Party Rentals and Premier Rentals
Hair and Make up – Metro Design Studio and Emily Miller Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist
Attire – Jos. A. Bank
Cake – Sugarbelle Cakery
Catering – Butler’s Pantry and Catering St. Louis
Stationary – Unique Moments and Service Bureau Fine Stationery & Gifts
Entertainment – Rosewood Ensemble and Millennium Productions
Favors – POPtions! Popcorn and 2 Chics and a Photobooth
Transportation – BEST Transportation
Photography & Cinema – Charis Rowland Photography