The Main Street Abbey inspired this shoot with its pristine white walls and archways above the original stained glass windows. Coupled with Megan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding this spring and the abundance of tv series portraying the history of royalty, we knew we had to bring our own royal wedding to life in this rehabbed church!
The color palate was an easy one as we wanted to include fresh fruits, desserts and the charcuterie spread as table decoration just like in early modern European feasting tables. Gold vessels of overflowing greenery and white peonies danced along the walls and table accented by citrus and handpainted blue place settings (also mimicked in the gorgeous cake)!
And what royal wedding is complete without a crown and sparkler party?!?
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.
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!
We love that so many of our couples choose to write their own vows for their ceremony!
But why does it feel so hard to write them? Probably because you want it to be perfect! Because you will be standing in front of 100 + of your nearest + dearest. Because this is your best friend + while you can be 100% yourself with that person, it’s the one person you want to do right by.
My husband Jason and I wrote our vows for our wedding + it made our ceremony so memorable! But truth be told it took me weeks because nothing ever felt good enough! Eventually I scrapped my first 3 drafts + opted for speaking the silliness from my heart + the things that felt so authentically us! Jason on the other hand, wrote his right before the ceremony … typical. But what was so annoying is that they were perfect! Some folks just have those skills. For those of us who don’t, here’s a little inspiration to get the juices flowing.
First things first: Clear your head. Deep breath.
You can’t get this wrong!
Speak directly from your heart.
So you are marrying your best friend. What does that feel like?
Remember the first time you met. Your first kiss. Your first “I love you.”
The moment you knew he or she was “the one'”
How did you feel during the proposal?
What is your favorite thing about him or her?
What is your least favorite thing about him or her?
What does he or she do that makes you laugh?
What is your nick name for each other and why?
What is the your favorite memory?
What do you think about when you wake up next to him or her? Go to bed next to him or her?
What do you feel when you come home to him or her?
You’ve been planning this day for so long how does it feel?
You’re so pharma-cute-ical! This is what I imagine was going through Kyle’s head the day he met Morgan. He is a pharmacist and this is where their love story began. Although, originally Morgan wanted to set him up with her friend, the page turned and her chapter began.
Morgan and Kyle enjoy being outdoors on the calming golf courses. They went on a trip after they had been dating for awhile to watch the PGA Tour and Kyle had more than spectating planned. He hit a hole in one with his beautiful dream proposal on the beach and even hired a stealthy photographer to capture the beginning of their forever. Kyle’s boutonniere on the big day featured golf tees as a nod to their engagement trip.
The journey then began to their nuptials. Morgan started dress shopping and realized that she was the perfect size for sample wedding gowns. She and her bride tribe went to several wedding shops and had a blast trying on all of the different types of gowns until she found the one from Clarice’s Bridal. Kyle’s niece and adorable flower girl, Saoirse, was in love with the bridal gown and can be seen in photos admiring it’s beauty. Morgan had the same careful thoughtfulness with her Mom’s dress, Kyle’s Mom’s dress, his Stepmother’s dress, and of course her bridesmaids’. The ladies will always have these memories of shop hopping and enjoying time with each other while hunting for the perfect wedding day attire, which they found at Bella Bridesmaids, Weddington Way, Mia Grace, and Special Occasions by Paulette. Although the men did not have a shopping excursion they were dappered up by Saint Louis Suit Company.
Speaking of style, The Dolan’s are both big fans of Tiffany & Co. jewelry (who isn’t?). Kyle proposed to Morgan with a Tiffany ring. Morgan gifted her soon to be hubs Tiffany cuff links and a tie bar for the big day. Morgan’s mother bought her a Tiffany & Co. wedding day gift as well. The tie blindfolding Kyle’s eyes for his first look at his blushing bride was a Tiffany tie that was part of his Tiffany themed wedding gift! One of their three wedding showers was even themed Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You can never go wrong with a little (or big) blue box!
The vision for their day was garden elegance, and Signed Sealed Delivered Eventspartnered with An Affair To Remember nailed it! The crisp, clean white color story adorned with greenery and subtle blush tones was carried out from ceremony to reception. From the stationery designed by Signed Sealed Delivered Events to the beautiful florals on an elegant arbor overlooking the water, not a detail was missed. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held outside on a beautiful Saint Louis spring day at Innsbrook. The reception was hosted inside the Innsbrook venue.
Once the celebration moved inside all of the guests got to witness a unique first dance, Morgan and her grandfather. As everyone watched, you could see the adoration in his eyes. He was so proud of his granddaughter and that was visible to all, it even shows through in the photos.
At the end of the big weekend the new Mr. and Mrs. retired to their newly built home for some much needed R & R. Morgan went back to work on Monday (where she actually works with her new husband) because she had to close payroll so her team could get their earnings on time. Amongst the magical moments life must carry on, and theres something uniquely beautiful about mixing reality with the magic. Don’t worry though, this was just a brief interruption to their fairytale. Just two days later the happy couple ventured to Barbados to celebrate their happily ever after.