Home Sweet Home

Home Sweet Home

Photos by Vasva and Co

Considering an at home wedding? 

Before you go any further, read this!

Hello friends! With the rise of intimate weddings comes the rise of at home weddings. 

Greet your guests with champagne upon arrival – They will love you for it! 

I have to tell you, we had my sister’s wedding (11 years ago …. holy cow time flies) in my parents back yard + it was not only dreamy but so so so sweet. I’ll admit I’m a sentimental sap but walking down an aisle where you used to play ring around the rosey as kids gives me all the feels. 

This gorgeous ceremony set was built on the family’s drive way!

We had family gather about an hour before the ceremony for cocktails + hors d’oeuvres. And when the time was right, we processed to an arbor my dad made followed by our family pug who sat promptly on my sister’s train. God bless him. The last person out the door didn’t latch it all the way, so he marched his nearly blind self right into the center of it all. It was all too fitting that he sat next to me during the rest of the ceremony, like a proud brother. 

Cheers to Forever!

So endearing. 

The ceremony was followed by more cocktails (what can I say, my family likes to celebrate) + photos in our orchard + then on the swing set of our grade school. The principal at that school (also one of our teachers) still has that photo in her office.

How sweet is it that Bri got dressed in her room that she grew up in. Where she + her friends (some bridesmaids) had slumber parties as little girls. 
Aren’t these gals stunning? Annette wore my fave mother of the bride gown thus far! 

The nostalgia of it all makes my eyes sweat, especially since we recently sold our family home. Those memories will live in my heart forever. 

At home weddings seem easy breezy but if you’ve ever hosted a big party at your home, you know it’s a lot of work… now imagine adding the details of a wedding. 

Walking to forever in the driveway you first learned how to back a car out of. 

A wedding which is a huge moment in your family’s life with lots of moving parts. A wedding that you want to be flawless + perfect + everything you imagined it to be because you only have one shot, one opportunity to get it right (Yes, we quote Eminem on occasion). 

We’ve chatted with a lot of couples lately about having backyard celebrations. There is a tiny (sometimes large) misconception that hosting a wedding at home is cheaper + less work. Your friendly neighborhood planners are here to tell you, that’s not always the case. 

Bri + Tyler took it to another level of homey by bringing in lounge furniture to give that cozy feel.
Our friends at An Affair to Remember rent + style this furniture amongst loads of other magical + eclectic pieces.

Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about bringing your wedding home.

  • Noise ordinances – make sure you research this in your city/county 
  • Permit – do you need one? 👆🏻 again get in contact with your local govt.
  • Approval from an HOA or running it by your neighbors? Even if you don’t need a permit or have an HOA, be courteous + let your neighbors know your plans 
  • Treating your yard for bugs/pests (no one likes those pesky mosquitos). 
  • Landscaping – some folks use at home weddings as an excuse for a Beyonce upgrade + listen we totally get it! 
  • Parking + transporting guests. Is there a nearby lot where you can shuttle guests to + from? Be sure to ask permission. Or perhaps valet might be a smarter plan. 
  • Additional restrooms + sanitation stations because you probably don’t want everyone going in + out of your house.
  • Rain plan – listen friends, I know it’s not gonna rain on your wedding day, but you have to have a back up plan. 
  • Rentals: a few things to consider are a tent or two (depending on set up, your caterer may need one), tables, chairs, linens, heating + cooling, place settings, etc.  
  • Guest flow: you will want greeters + signage directing your guests from parking to the actual location of the party on your property. 
  • Power. Do you have enough for the caterer, DJ or band, heating + cooling systems?
  • Have an on site point person/team for all the vendors (like us) so you can be a guest at your own wedding! 
  • Budget – be realistic. Write down your wish lists + get quotes. Decide what are your priorities. And again, you know we can totally help with that!
 If you have a pool onsite, add some punch with these floating globes + flower petals.

But don’t let this long list discourage you because like we said, we love at home weddings + we would love to guide you through the planning process to make sure you can enjoy every ounce of this magic. 

Nothing says family like being at home. Love this shot of our beautiful mother of the groom + her granddaughter. 

Holler atcha girls, we are ready to get this dream wedding at home planning party started! 

All of these gorgeous images are from a wedding we coordinated in about 10 days this past June. Huge props to An Affair to Remember + The Social Affair for working around the clock that week to create such an incredible celebration for Tyler + Bri!

Cheers to forever! And cheers to signature cocktails!
The crew at The Social Affair of course knocked it outta the park (as per usual) with these beauties!

Cheers to the wonderful vendors who made this all happen:
Bridal Attire – Town & Country Bridal
Cake + Desserts – Britt’s Bakehouse
Catering – The Social Affair
Florals + Decor – An Affair to Remember
Hair + Makeup – Hannah Rudin
Harpist – Colleen Stumbo
DJ – House DJ
Photography – Vasva and Co
Rentals – Amerevent + Premier Rentals

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

A Royal Wedding

A Royal Wedding

Photos by Shadow & Light

A Royal Wedding

A Photoshoot Inspired by a Renovated Church

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?!?

Thank you to our vendor friends:
Catering – Little Vintage Baking Company and The Social Affair
Entertainment – CJ’s Disc Jockey Service
Florals – Grimm and Gorly
Photography – Shadow & Light Photography
Rentals & Decor – Renown Rentals and Grand Rental Station Fairview Heights
Attire – Town and Country Bridal and Bridal Manor
Stationery – Unique Moments and Hand-Lettering by Stephanie
Hair & Make Up – Savanah Summer Luxury Hair + Makeup
Real life couple – Miriah + Shaun. If Mariah looks familiar it’s because she is a former Miss Missouri!