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

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

Malorie and Will

Malorie and Will

Photos by Kelly Park Photography

Malorie and Will

The sweethearts!

Malorie and Will. Will and Malorie. There will never be a more genuinely sweet and happy couple.
These two met over Halloween weekend at a football game in Michigan. After a night of losing their friends, missing cabs and a long long walk back, they decided the night couldn’t end and alas their relationship began.

After long distance for… Malorie received orders to move to Hawaii (she’s a dentist in the Air Force and the prettiest dentist you will ever meet) so island bound they went. Shortly after they called me.

We planned for 7 months with a 9 hour time difference before this happy couple graced St Louis with their sun kissed tans and oh-so-delighted grins. Meeting Malorie for the first time at her dress fitting was a moment I will cherish forever. I could have cried the minute she walked through the doors of Simply Elegant and we embraced like old friends.

The way Will and Malorie love each other is so touching. It’s a bond of true gratitude, appreciation and connection. To be around their energy is a gift and I couldn’t be more humbled that they shared their gift with me.

Family traveled in from all over (including Chester, Illinois because you know I love my 618 area code folks) to celebrate these two at their heart felt ceremony and reception at Windows on Washington.

After a fabulous meal prepared by WOW and the most decadent cake from Wedding Wonderland, the crowd danced all night to the Charles Glenn Group – literally danced all night. It was the most amazing day and night and it’s everything I could ever hope for a kind-hearted and truly happy couple.

Florals by my favorite Angie of Elegance in Bloom. Wine barrels and arbor rented my Renown Rentals- they have the coolest things!

These gals got gorgeous with Emily Miller Hair and Make Up, all dresses by Simply Elegant.

Our photo crew who I adore more than wedding cake was Kelly Park Photography and our cameraman of the year award goes to Uncle Jeff (because seriously he was there for it all)! And we can’t forget our bridal attendant Ella who not only greeted every guest enthusiastically but documented the entire weekend with a selfie stick. I told her she will always have a spot on the SSD team with that winning personality.

Mariah Design Agency created their invitations and programs and welcome letters.

Their first look was in the courtyard of Union Station DoubleTree.

These darling robes were custom made by the family of fabulous artisans at Local Lucy’s in Belleville, IL.

Here’s mama and papa bear reading their letters that Malorie wrote them.

Cheers to the wonderful vendors who made this all happen:
Venue – Windows on Washington
Beauty – Emily Miller Make Up Artist and Hair Stylist
Bride and Bridesmaids Fashion – Simply Elegant Bridal
Groom and Groomsmen Fashion – Men’s Wearhouse
Cake – Wedding Wonderland Cake Shop
Florals – Elegance in Bloom
Rentals & Decor – Renown Rentals
Stationary – Mariah Design Agency
Entertainment – Contemporary Productions
Transportation – BEST Transportation
Photography – Kelly Park Photography

St. Louis Bride Shoot – Sheep!

St. Louis Bride Shoot – Sheep!

Photos by Shadow + Light Photography

St. Louis Bride Shoot

Sheep!

When the sweet Amy Meyerott of Shadow + Light called me the first week in March her first question was: do you like to travel?

Um duh.
Calgon take me away
I’m leaving on a jet plane …
And you know I have THE cutest luggage for such occasions.

“Amy, where are we going?”

“Silver Oaks Chateau if Nancy {Slade, the editor of St. Louis bride magazine} likes my idea for a French inspired cover shoot… and I want you to be my planner to pull it all together.”

Say whhhaaaaaa????

Legit I’m looking around the room (while I’m on the phone) to make sure she is talking about me. To me.

You see, one of my goals this year was to be published in a magazine so this felt a lil unbelievable. I mean did you see the last fairy tale inspired shoot in St. Louis Bride? That is some serious talent… I am still in awe of the ladies who pulled that together. #girlcrush

It turns out Amy was talking about me so once I got my bearings back she said so here’s my inspiration: French blue and peach ….

She said way more details after the announced color palate but I was already lost in my own thoughts…

You see as a child with an imagination that often got me in trouble, I dreamt up the most dreamy wedding (well in my 8 year old mind it was dreamy) with those exact colors. Peach bridesmaids dresses with puff sleeves, big white hats (like the one I wore to Easter Sunday because clearly fancy hats are for special occasions), light blue suits and a particular farm animal that will forever have my heart.

Coincidently my bedroom was shades of peach and light blue and also adorned with stenciled sheep on the wall, sheep sheets, a giant sheep that I stored my jammies inside (you know the animals with the pockets on their bellies from the 80’s???). So as a kid I wasn’t that clever but inspired by my surroundings!

Amy is probably still talking at this point about silk ribbon and floral arrangements when I blurt out: “We must have a sheep with a little bell around its neck! This is so meant to be it’s like a dream come true!”

“A sheep?”

“Yes a sheep. As in lamb. As in Mary had a little lamb, except our names aren’t Mary.”

It’s a sheep thing, you wouldn’t understand.

And most people didn’t, until you fast forward to the day that magazine hit newsstands and then there’s absolutely no question that the sheep didn’t belong. It was like a bride like Bo Peep graced the pages of that mag with her sheep, named Linn from Wildflower Farm in Ditmer, Missouri, and it seemed absolutely normal that 4 little flower girls in daisy floral crowns and tulle skirts played ring around the rosey with a fluffy black lamb!

After months of planning it was one of the most rewarding things to watch this shoot come to life and then to see it in print!!! Ahhh! I am still crying!!

Shout out to our main crew of ladies who humored the raspberry berets idea!

Enjoy these gorgeous images by my love Amy and the flipping best team we worked with that day…

I’m a pack rat, dumpster diver, save anything and everything sentimentalist at heart so I am proud and honored to say we pulled some of my most favorite things from storage to bring this table to life.

Special thank you to red lipstick Amanda (bc she’s always wearing it) from Ces and Judy’s for putting up with my daily sheep squeals for months and teaching me how to say crocumbouche!

Participating Vendors
Photography – Shadow + Light Photography
Location – Silver Oaks Chateau
Florals – Les Bouquets
Catering – Ces + Judy’s Catering 
Cake – La Patisserie Choquette 
Hair + Make Up – Beauty by Whitney
Calligraphy – RSVPeasCalligraphy 
Rentals – An Affair to Remember 
Classic Car – Best Transportation
Men’s Attire – Savile Row Custom Clothiers
Wedding Gowns – Town + Country Bridal, Clarice’s Bridal, Frew’s, Sincerely Yours, Fleur de Lis, The Ultimate Bride, Simply Elegant Bridal, Berrybridge 
Flower Girls TuTus – Birdee’s Closet at Local Lucy’s 
Models – West Model Management 
Jewelry – Genovese Jewelers + Timekeepers 
Sheep – Linn from Wild Flower Farm, Dittmer, MO

Bridget and Blake

Bridget and Blake

Photos by Shadow & Light Photography

Bridget and Blake

Dripping in Glitter and Love

My first conversation with mama bear Karen,  went a little something like this:
I’m interviewing several planners for my daughter’s wedding … We are moving and she and her fiancé are juniors in college and expecting their first baby … I picked you because you love animals and so do we …. Bridget loves sparkle and shoes and so do you (all these deets she picked off my website) … And well are you available for our date??

Yes my sweet mother of the bride, I am available and I would be honored to be your wedding planner.

Three days later I received an email from Bridget and from that moment on we talked nearly every day all things wedding (and not necessarily hers) so you will find it no surprise that she interned at SSD this spring and is currently working for a fabulous planner in Kansas City.

We did the majority of our planning over the phone and via email since they were all out of town.

Our on their first trip with Olivia (their most darling babe) to St. Louis, we decided to sneak in a quick planning meeting.
It was a cold rainy day and as new parents maneuvered the diaper bag, pumpkin seat and umbrella while trying to read the parking meter all the while keeping the rain from Olivia and each other… How could you not fall in love? I sat in the coffee shop window watching with tears welled up in my eyes. I knew this family was officially a part of my heart at that moment.

In the next 18 months we celebrated Olivia’s first birthday, college graduation, several job interviews, Liv’s first tooth and first words, first Halloween and first Christmas, buying a house …

And then moving to KC. My heart ached when they announced the move but I was stoked for their new beginning.

And the wedding, the reason you are all here, so let’s dive right in to the gorgeous details of the day.

The day was incredible. And I wish wish wish I could have seen every reaction and every moment in real life, but I didn’t. You see, a wedding planner’s worst nightmare came true on the Friday morning before their wedding. I developed the flu. For the next 36 hours, my time line and I lived in a bathroom while managing the day via texts, photos and phone calls.

Thank you to my awesome assistant, Megan and our amazing vendor team, and of course a bride who lives and breathes weddings that tried to convince me “Ash, I got this,” a bride who was more concerned that her wedding planner was ok than what time it was.

When I say my work has blessed me with the best clients who have become my friends and extended family, it’s an understatement.

Bridget is a classic bride- all sparkle all romance. This girl after my own heart had a love for Leonardo Dicaprio which flourished into a gold dipped feather Art Deco theme.

Bridget’s dear friend and college roommate, Taylor, who also has an affinity for wedding planning, created this handmade guestbook. It was perfect. So thoughtful and sentimental.

These gorgeous linens from An Affair to Remember were the most splendid addition to the equally amazing centerpieces she created. It pulled in the Art Deco theme with the sequined blush patterned underneath candlelit feather and floral decor.

Blake’s parents built this beautiful arbor that now has a home in the newlywed’s back yard. We originally planned to have the ceremony outside but a quickly approaching a storm had our bomb.com vendor crew racing to reset the ceremony inside just in time.

Custom designed cake designed by the sweet Sugarbelle Cakery.

The crew got ready at the Magnolia Hotel – famous for its breathtaking chandeliers from the original Aladdin hotel in Las Vegas and the Cary Grant suite (did you know Cary Grant started the trend of putting chocolates on pillows?).

And our former pageant queen bride had her favorite hair stylist fly in for this classic updo! Emily Miller Hair and MakeUp Artist did Bridget’s make up as well as the hair and makeup for the gals in the bridal party.

And a first dance with your daddy? Of course!

And what wedding night is complete without a confetti grand exit?

And if these stunning photos by talented Amy Meyerott of Shadow + Light Photography don’t satisfy your every need then definitely watch this video by her stud muffin husband Andrew who documented the day … And I’m still crying. Song choice = perfect. Can’t wait for the vow renewal.

Their wedding was featured on The Inspired Bride

Beauty – Emily Miller Hair + Make Up and Rouge Beauty Bar
Dress – Couture Bride Las Vegas
Tuxes – Jos. A. Bank
Location- The Caramel Room
Cake – Sugarbelle Cakery
Florals + Rentals – An Affair to Remember 
DJ- Sounds Fun
Transportation – Best Transportation
Hotel – Magnolia Hotel
Officiant – Pastor Shay, The Crossing 
Invitations – Unique Moments 

Bridget + Blake are still in KC building their own house for their two beautiful daughters + their pup Hogan! And we are still connected at the hip. On their 2nd wedding anniversary, Bridget planned a surprise dinner for 2 on the Caramel Room Terrace and I SURPRISED them by serving that dinner!