Remembering Kimber

Remembering Kimber

Photos by Shadow & Light Photography

Remembering Kimber 

Normally I post a happily ever after anniversary message with loads of my fave pics from their day.

But this year I wasn’t sure how. 

You see this beautiful woman’s soul left this earth after an uphill battle with ovarian cancer last month.  

I will never forget reading Kyle’s words that he lost the love of his life that day. How much she inspired so many. How he knows she will be with him always.

It was May 11. My birthday. The reason I bring that up is because her wedding day photographer, Shannon shares my birthday as well. So now the 3 of us share that day- earth birthdays + heavenly birthdays. 

You know how people say life isn’t fair? 

Well I don’t believe our lives play a game of fair vs unfair. But this rocked my faith for sure. At the same time, Kimber + her family’s faith made me want to believe even more that she was truly home + we would meet again some day. 

We are still celebrating you today Kimber.

You and Kyle.

Your wonderful families. 

On your second wedding anniversary.

Your beautiful soul needs to be celebrated + honored every day, not just on milestones in your life. I am absolutely positively sure it is because you are loved by so so so many.

And I know you are watching over us all, but send an extra dose of love + light down to Kyle + Luna. I know we will. 

I won’t lie, I intended to post this on your birthday (May 12th) but I couldn’t find the right words. Nearly a month later, there will never be the right words.

I visited Kimber + Kyle + Luna (that’s their furbabe) in February. We talked about their family vacations, family weddings, missing her students + what cancer is like. We talked about hope, which is fitting because that’s her middle name. That girl is so damn brave. Her husband is so damn brave. Hearing their story + their continuous faith made me love them even harder.

Picking out our favorite photos of the day was so hard. Tears of joy + tears of sadness of what a beautiful life. A beautiful love story. 

While we usually focus on all the details of a wedding + include a healthy balance of all the pretties, for Kimber + Kyle, we wanted to show you the heart of them + their family. 

Kimber we will remember you always.

Kyle, Carla + Scott, we are sending you the biggest hugs.  

Thank you too all who participated in this beautiful celebration of love:
Photography + Videography: Shadow & Light Photography
Florals: Artistry Florist and Event Design
Stationary: Unique Moments
Venue: Union Station
Cake: The Cakery Bakery & Cake Studio
Bridal Attire: Mia Grace Bridal
Ice Sculpture: Ice Cuisine Ice Sculpture
Hair + Makeup: Belleza Bridal Salon
Entertainment: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
Photo booth: Fish Eye Fun
Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Rentals + Decor: Weinhardt Party Rentals

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

2020 Wedding Trends Coming Your Way

2020 Wedding Trends Coming Your Way

Photos by Chosen Photography

2020 Wedding Trends Coming Your Way

We were admittedly kinda sad about saying goodbye to 2019 because it was such a good year!!! Amiright!!???!! Just reminiscing on the fun trends that showed up – helllloooo llamas (You’ve most likely seen these at The Venue at Maison du lac), ceiling installments on head tables (like ones that the incredible talent as Roses + Mint produces), customized neon lights, embroidered jackets (have you checked out the Daily Disco?) + the earthy texture of pampas grass! But rest assured friends, these trends will be around for while. 

We were thrilled to see classic blue as the 2020 Pantone Color of the year and while something blue usually makes an appearance somewhere on wedding days like getting ready robes, shoes + the groomsmen tuxes, we know blue will be more front + center this year!

Think glass goblets, dresses, silk ribbons … the whole 9 yards …. of luxurious suede linen. Can you just feel it now?

Other trends coming down the pipeline are dried florals incorporated with real flowers. Say what??? True story, designers like Ashley McDonald Florals + Agape are combining the two for some super unique looks + textures + we are here for it!

And you thought you’d never see the day, but we ditched the mason jars + gave baby’s breath a more updated modern look + feel.  You will see it in centerpiece hedges, ceiling installations + ceremony statement pieces, just like our girl Mandy Moore rocked at her wedding!

Loads of color! And bold at that! You will see color as a neutral that sets the tone! You know we love the classic white gold + blush look but pops of vibrant color have us giddy for this year’s wedding seasons! Plus color brings a whole new element of personalization!

We will start seeing more nontraditional wedding attire- think contemporary, playful, cropped, jumpsuits, capes + skirts (oh my)! And I’m talking maids too!

Speaking of non-traditional, we also anticipate seeing more couples hiring their favorite local restaurant chefs to add another level of personalization + interaction! Last fall we had Pastaria pizza truck come to one of our weddings + chefs made stone oven pizzas + signature salads! It was a huge hit + dish delish!

One trend that will never go out of style is YOU! Bringing in nods to your relationship makes your event that much more memorable!

Ruthie the rescue dog loves her parents sooooo much!

Our winter styled shoot at Verde on Cherokee, an urban green house, was featured in the newest issue of Perfect Wedding Guide!

Thank you to all of our vendor friends who helped bring in these 2020 trends:
Photographer – Chosen Photography
Beauty – Emily Miller Makeup + Hair Stylist
Bridal Attire + Hair Accessories + Earrings – Signature Bridal
Groom Attire – Men’s Wearhouse
Cake + Desserts – Cake House Design 
Paper + Calligraphy – Seven Cranes Calligraphy  
Floral – Grimm + Gorly Flowers 
Rentals (linen + place settings + vessels)  – An Affair To Remember
Rentals (chandeliers + lanterns) – Grand Rental Station Fairview Heights
Snow Machine – CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
Venue – Verde on Cherokee 
Real life couple – Leshay + Colby
Puppy – Ruthie Reed

Aren’t these green walls + upcycled door frames the bomb.com?
Because hanging desserts are a must if you ask Lyndsay of Cake House Design!
Gorgeous hand lettering by Seven Cranes Calligraphy.
Stunning beauty by Emily Miller Makeup + Hair team + show stopping florals by the one + only Grimm + Gorly!
An Affair to Remember has THE best inventory of linen in town! Not to mention loads of other amazing goodies like these slate chargers, black plates + flatware, dripless candles, marble vessels + blue goblets.
As much as we don’t like to cover the amazing sparkly details of a wedding gown, when snow is in the air, a fancy fur is always a good idea!
Speaking of snow, CJ of CJ’s Disc Jockey Entertainment can bring this lifelike snow to any event + we are obsessed!!!
Real life couple Leshay + Colby were so here for this modeling gig. It only took a year of asking/begging Colby.
xo