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

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