It’s All About You

It’s All About You

Photos by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography

It’s All About You 

How to make your wedding personal

Weddings don’t have to look the same! 

Sure there is always two people committing to one another (or 3 if you’ve seen the Tiger King) + someone to marry them. 

Usually refreshments of some sort + loads of happiness. 

But there is plenty of opportunity to make your day be a reflection of your love story!

What are your fave foods?

What is your cultural background?

What do you like to do for fun?

We loved that Elena + Patrick opted for a Sunday afternoon wedding followed by fancy mocktails + Puertorican themed appetizers (complete with appetizer flags)!  Elena’s father is Puertorican so representing their culture was something we knew we had to do! 23 City Blocks worked with us to create a mouthwatering menu to include tostones + empanadas.  

But it didn’t end there… 

There were countless things that made this wedding personal. 

Let’s start from the very beginning (a very good place to start). Elena got ready at home where she grew up surrounded by family heirlooms while mama + papa bear laughed with the bride squad. 

She had her first look with her dad there + read a beautiful letter from Patty that had us all in tears. 

The bride + groom opted for the traditional route of not seeing the bride till the minute she walks down the aisle which we love! 

Even the recessional song had meaning: You Make My Dreams Come True by Hall + Oates! Elena listened to this on her way home after hanging out with Patrick for the first time! 

Once you entered the doors of Lumen, this guest experience was wow from every angle.

Not only was the decor STUNNING!!! Hello look at those flowers! But the delicious food + presentation by 23 City Blocks blew us all away (per usual)!

Since bingo was one of Elena + Patrick’s favorite things to do in college, we had bingo cards at each seat with winning baskets full of their favorite hobbies like movie night, game night + baking!

After dinner, Carlos with Mambo Revolution taught salsa lessons to our guests! This was probably my favorite thing we have ever done at a wedding!

And this wouldn’t be a blog post without me telling you how much I adored my mama + papa bear! Michele + David were such a delight to work with + I loved that from the very beginning David said: whatever makes my girls happy. I am pretty sure his girls were happy! Look at that face!

At the end of the evening the Sobrino men shared cigars with the newest member of the family: Patrick!

Every minute of this wedding so thoughtful!

You know that is part of the SSD Events planning experience: helping our clients imagine events that standout because they represent the couple. We are all about the creativity + special nods to their love story. 

Our wedding pro team was of course stellar + I am so proud to work with such incredible folks 
Photography – Elizabeth Lloyd Photography
Videography – Jake Ellerbrake
Venue – Lumen Event Space
Entertainment – Jim’s Caricatures and More, Mambo Revolution, + Noji’s Wedding Entertainment Services
Florals – Sisters Floral Design Studio
Rental + Decor – An Affair to Remember
Cake – Nothing Bundt Cakes
Hair + Makeup – Garden Salon & Spa
Bridal Attire – The Ultimate Bride
Grooms Attire – Savvi Formalwear

Are you hosting an intimate wedding?

Are you hosting an intimate wedding?

Photos by Kristina Cipolla Photography.

Are you hosting an intimate wedding?

Ya’ll know at Signed Sealed Delivered Events, we are addicted to love + we ain’t afraid to show it!

Any + all weddings are our fave!

Especially intimate weddings.

Which brings us to Sam + Warren + their most memorable beach nuptials topping out at 52 guests. 

Some of you may recognize this pretty face (Sam, not Warren’s although he is pretty too) as one of our newest weddings extraordinaires. 

While Sam + Warren’s wedding was intentionally small, our current climate has intimate weddings on the rise. 

With the dreaded COVID-19 getting in the way of our party plans, many of our couples are choosing to postpone their receptions + host ceremonies with their parents. While others are choosing to stick with a smaller guest count for the whole shebang!

You make my dreams come true!

As your wedding fairy godmothers + besties for the resties, we are here to support either decision (while tossing confetti your way)!

Things might feel downright sucky with a lot of ambiguity, but as your trusted wedding resource, we are not going to let this pandemic take away your planning excitement! 

How cool are these GQ cover looking dudes?

It may not be what you originally envisioned, but it’s still going to be your best day ever because you are marrying your boo!

If you are hosting an intimate wedding this year, here is something to keep in mind: You don’t have to skip on the details just because you have a smaller guest count! We can still create a beautiful day no matter the size. 

Because every wedding day calls for puppy socks!

Plus local wedding pros are still open for business + ready to make magic!

Whether you are having a vow renewal next year or this is your official wedding day, you will want this magical moment documented. Have a professional there to capture this special time in your life! We highly recommend a photographer + a videographer!

One other thing you may consider is having your event live streamed so family + friends can tune in as you say I do! 

These programs doubled as bags that held rose petals that guests tossed as Sam + Warren recessed down the aisle!

Have you always imagined the bridal march when you walk down the aisle towards your forever?
Or a song that reminds you of how you met, or describes your relationship to a T?
Then let’s play it! Hire a DJ or musician. 
Plus depending on how intimate, you may consider a sound system for all your guests to hear. 

Don’t forget personal flowers:  bouquet, boutineers, corsages plus altar arrangements, we can make that happen.

Instead of a big bridal party, pick 2 people to stand beside you!

Have champagne or a signature drink on standby to toast the moments after you say We Do!
Or before!
Heck, there’s no wrong way to celebrate when it comes to bubbles!

What’s your favorite drink to toast with?
If you ask our crew, Sam will tell you margaritas while Kate would say Prosecco. 
Bonus if it’s
pink Prosecco.

If you opt out of a sit down meal, having hors d’oeuvres or a variety of desserts will make all bellies in attendance happy. There may be some new procedures in place as far as food service goes, but your professional caterer + planner can share those details based on the county where you are getting hitched. 

And let’s be real, you definitely need cake. A party without cake is just a meeting.

In a perfect world, all meetings would involve cake. 

Don’t skip on the moments either, because remember, we have professional paparazzi coming so you might as well have an album’s worth of photos to remember this amazing day! 

Do a first look or a first touch! 
Exchange cards!
Write your vows!
Cut your cake!
Dance your first dance!
Dance with your mom!
Dance with your dad!
Have sparklers or bubbles!
Remember, SSD has the confetti toss covered! HOORAY!

Carrie + Warren danced to a live version of Unforgettable

Now that we have all the fun details in place, let’s also talk a bit about keeping your celebration of love a safe + healthy one.

Remember earlier I mentioned the different phases + regulations by county + state. That will come to play again for a few more things: 

  • Check in with your local courthouses on how to obtain a marriage licence during this time. Some may be closed or have limited hours. 
  • Keep in mind there may be social distancing + max guest counts at venues that incorporate the 6 foot rule between seating – this will effect your lay out + guest counts. 
  • When confirming your invite list, be sure to count your vendors as some county regulations require that wedding pros/ staff be included in that guest count max. 
  • Will your guests be wearing masks? It might be a lovely nod to have some available for your guests upon entry + it wouldn’t hurt if they matched your decor. You guys know I couldn’t help myself. 
  • Sanitation stations will be a necessity at all events moving forward as will new cleaning standards for all venues to ensure the healthiest environment possible. 
  • If you are planning on serving refreshments of any kind be prepared for regulations on food presentations. Some venues/caterers may offer plated entrees only. Additionally disposable place settings might be the safest bet for events moving forward. 
In case you missed these hand painted cookies by Sweet Cheeks, here they are up close!
We are dog lovers at SSD so any time we can include your fur babes, we will!

Please notice my overuse of “may” + “might” throughout this post. It is intentional as guidelines are changing often. Seek the advice of your local government + venue for most up to date regulations. 

If you are ready to jump in to plan your wedding, big or small, hollatcha girls at Signed Sealed Delivered Events + we can walk you through every step of the way… holding hands + skipping at some point. 


Side note, we joyfully plan destination weddings + are ready to travel! Just say the word!

If you guessed this was not in St. Louis, you were right Dorothy! There’s no place like home, but there’s also no place like the beach!

Thank you to all of the wonderful vendor friends who made this intimate celebration happen:
Photography – Kristina Cipolla Photography + Kaori Devine Photography
Venue & Catering – L’Auberge Del Mar
Hair + Makeup – Jellis Faces
Men’s Grooming – V’s Barbershop
Bridal Attire – Clarice’s Bridal, Town & Country Bridal, + The Ultimate Bride
Bridesmaid’s Attire – Azazie
Groom & Groomsmen’s Attire – Savile Row Custom Clothiers, Express, + Knotty Tie Co.
Music – Still Listening Productions
Cake + Cookies – Sweet Cheeks Baking Company
Florals – Isari Flower Studio
Stationery – Unique Moments
Rentals – Folklore Rentals

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