Pinterest Wedding

Pinterest Wedding

Photos by Jacoby Photo & Design

Pinterest Wedding 

“I want a Pinterest wedding but I want it to be unique.”
 Sounds contradicting, I know, but hear me out. 

You’ve been building these boards + dog earring bridal magazines for months… ok let’s be honest, years.

If you are anything like me, you had so much envisioned before you had a fiancé. A song list of first dances, recessionals, cake cutting, heck you even had cocktail hour covered. 
You knew your bridal party.
Your flower girls.
Depending on the season, a color palatte and decor theme to match. 
After all, once you met the person of your dreams, you would give them a few options to choose from right? 
No shame in that game friend! 

So heres the thing. Seasons have come and gone and so have the trends, yet you are still hopelessly devoted to nuetral shades and fluffy cream and blush flowers, accented by mixed metals and loads of candle light (or insert whatever your heart desires here). Amiright? 

You’ve attended weddings that had that feel. You’ve been in weddings with that same look. It’s like those couples hijacked your best day ever before you had a chance to make it happen.

Fear not. 

There is nothing wrong with wanting something that’s already been done. In fact you drew your inspiration from somewhere and so did they. It’s a sign of flattery that those beautiful designs get to live over and over again.

So how can you take a classic, already done wedding and make it your own? 
There are plenty of ways to do this.
We suggest telling your love story.

Where you met.
How long you’ve been together.
Your fave foods.
Places you’ve traveled.
Weekend hobbies. 

Starting with your invitations. Be clever. Inject your personalities into them. Carry that feel throughout the day with welcome bags, programs, cocktail napkins, menus, seating charts, signature cocktails, pet themed favors. 

Have interactive experiences for your guests. 
Sundae bars and snowcone stations.
Salsa lessons, caricature artists, karaoke, magicians disguised as guests. 

Create a menu that screams these are our fave foods: build your own pizzas, fruit sushi, barbecue stuffed ravioli, champagne popsicles. 
Culinary crews love to customize your menu from flavors to presentation. All you gotta do is ask!

Have unique seating layouts. Long harvest tables, big squares, high ball tables and stools. 
Incorporate a lounge area with love seats and poofs for your guests to take a break from the dance floor. 

Floral and plant installations make a jaw-dropping welcoming impact, not to mention photo op! Whether it’s a ceremony altar, staircase, entrance to your reception, seating chart, dance floor centerpiece or suspended arrangements that hang above guest tables, the sky is the limit (or ceiling rather). 

The options are endless. 
Need some guidance or not sure how to get that wow, that personality, that punch incorporated into your day? 

Ask your planner, florist, stationery creative, and/or event designer team how to add some sass, fluff, mod, flash, even drama to your event. Something that will make it memorable and still flow with some of your favorite pins. They’ve got you. They’re picking up what you’re throwing down. And trust me, they have some cool ideas up their sleeves. 

So if you want that Pinterest wedding, you get that Pinterest wedding! 

On the flip side, if you don’t want a Pinterest wedding and you want something completely out of the ordinary, with a talk of the town guest experience, again, consult your wedding day pros, they love to create the unexpected and they are dang good at it! 

The important thing is that you love it. That when you look back on your wedding day, it makes you happy. 
After all, in 5, 10, 25 years, will it matter to you if you picked a popular or classic or trendy or out of the box wedding? 
Probably not. I’m 3 years out and let me tell you, proteas are still a showstopper in bouquets, people are still cutting the cake as a traditional event at their reception and hearing my dad’s voice on my wedding film is one of the best parts of having a videographer. Bottom line is, you will look back on this day as the day you said I do forever and ever amen to your best friend. The color of the bridesmaids dresses won’t matter. What will matter is that you are looking back on that day and celebrating your relationship!

Let’s here it from this Pinterest worthy event’s magical vendors:
Photography – Jacoby Photo & Design
Videography – Sparked Media Collective
Hair + Makeup – Emily Miller MakeUp Artist and Hair Stylist
Bride + Bridesmaids Fashion – BrideSide + Bridal Extraordinaire
Groom + Groomsmen Attire – Callahan’s Tuxedo + The Black Tux
Cake – Sugaree Bakery
Venue – First Congregational Church of Webster Groves + Windows on Washington
Florals + Rentals – An Affair To Remember
Entertainment – Downtime Productions
Stationery – Unique Moments + YellowBrick Graphics
Transportation – BEST Transportation + Saint Louis Trolley & Carriage Company

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