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Sunrise to Sunset Transforming your look from romantic to party-ready. BY WHITNEY REYNOLDS + PHOTOS BY ATTILIO D’AGOSTINO
Nailing the perfect look can be a daunting task. Deciding between soft and smoky, clean and classic, or edgy and modern is enough to give any woman major wedding day anxiety. On the biggest day of your life, there is no reason 4
why any bride—from Glamazon to Bohemian beauty— should have to choose just one. Using a single, versatile palette, it’s easy to go from a soft, simple ceremony look, to a sultry reception stunner in 15 minutes or less.
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Using a soft shadow brush and the Maya Mia palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, blend the color Glisten from lash line to the eye crease, making sure to take a little extra shadow into the crease to deepen the color and give the eye depth. The glimmer in this shadow is perfect for that soft, glowing bridal look without being too sparkly. Then use colors Vanilla or Nude under the brow arch and in the inner corners to open up the eyes and really make them pop. A thin line of brown pencil will add just enough depth to fill out the lash line, while maintaining a simple, elegant appearance.
Taking this look up a notch for the reception is simple and only takes a couple of steps. Using a darker color, like Sienna, in the outer corner, eye crease and under the lower lashes will add a warm smoky depth to this look,
and plays perfectly well alongside the original shadow color, Glisten. The key to an amazing smoky eye is to start slow and blend, blend, blend. Using that same brown liner, fill in the lower lashes, as well as the outer corner of the eye to give a darker, more sultry appearance. Keeping the liner close to the lash line and focused on the outer corners will give the eyes a larger cat-like effect without the use of the typical liquid winged liner. Add an extra coat of (waterproof) mascara, like Cover Girl Lash Blast, on both top and bottom, and youâ€™re ready to dance the night away. Line the lips with a pro-long wear pencil, like Half-Red, and top it off with Red Necessity lipstick, both available at Mac. A nude lip, such as Faux, is also an option that would pair well for a more subdued look. One day, two looks and a lifetime of love to go. ALIVE WEDDING // ISSUE 2
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Fresh Picks Incorporate inexpensive edibles for a twist on traditional decor. BY KELSEY WAANANEN + PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG + STYLED BY AMANDA DAMPF
Whether youâ€™re trying to truly integrate your love of food into all aspects of your life, or want to make your day stand out this wedding season, go natural. Bringing in seasonal selections inspired by farmers market produce is a great way to literally freshen up your tablescapes.
As foodies, we always consider food the perfect giftâ€”plus a food favor at your table could
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potentially hold a guest off from a mean case of the hangries before dinner service starts. We offered guests a jar of savory habanero jelly and crackers pulled together with a bit of twine. Of course, if little ones will be at the table, feel free to skip the serrano pepper accent on the bag, and offer a jelly in a more kid-friendly flavor. To keep it seasonal, you could opt for a jar of raspberry or plum preserves.
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The trick to incorporating produce into your floral centerpiece, or even into your bouquet, is to go for a monochromatic color scheme. For this fiery vase, we arranged orange spray roses, garden roses, mink protea, pincushion protea, Peruvian lillies and calla lilies as a base. With skewers, we added pops of color with seasonal sweet red peppers, organic radishes and key limes. Especially here, subtlety is key and will surprise guests each time they look through the display.
In all aspects of decorating, youâ€™ll want to choose the most hardy produce available, and summer offers you a wealth of options. For table elements, we chose tomatillos (shown above), limes and radishes for our tablescape. However, we could have just as easily used an ear of corn as our tea-light holder, slightly underripened funky heirloom tomatoes as the table cardholder and figs in our vase. For a list of seasonal summer produce and more tips on featuring food on your big day, head to ALIVEmag.com.
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Love in Color A brushstroke of inspiration to create the perfect wedding palette.
BY SARAH STALLMANN PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
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Red Hot Romance You and your spouse will be eager to show off your romantic sides with a color palette that expands the traditional take on ravishing red. With hues that range from a barely-there purple to a deep burgundy, choosing shades that go beyond the norm is a great way to pack a punch in the romance department. Impress guests with a pale palette that focuses on the lighter pastels with pops of oxblood; go bold with red and pink, or keep things dark and sexy by showcasing a monotone palette of opaque shades.
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Heavy Metal Lover A palette that highlights natural elements with pops of gold and bronze is a sure bet for those couples who want to show off more of an industrial styling concept. Metallized hues pair perfectly with a soft pop of color from sage green to chartreuse, while a more traditional take pairs wooden elements with pale blues and greys. Fill the space with furniture and decor that showcases clean lines. Utilize minimal floral arrangements filled with greenery and keep the attention in the details.
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Modern Matrimony A fresh take on tradition includes an icy color palette that combines pearl, grey and white with sunset shades for an unexpected pop. Keep the overall vibe light and romantic by focusing the colors in the details: Craft floral arrangements that showcase pretty pastels, replace basic black and white footwear options with something a bit more colorful and try an accent color or subtle nail art for your wedding day mani.
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Some Like it Hot Two Mizzou grads celebrate their commitment on the tropical sands of Mexico. PHOTOS BY MIKE CASSIMATIS
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Through the power of social media, Christina Savel first laid eyes on Michael Link in November of 2010. A month later, and with the help of sorority sister (and now sisterin-law) Lindsay, the two shared an instant connection when they finally met at the Mizzou vs. Illinois Braggin’ Rights basketball game in St. Louis—which ended in a victory for Mizzou and the new couple. After almost four years of dating, the couple set their sights on forever. In the heat of summer— Christina’s favorite season—the two relaxed by the pool, and ended their day with a leisurely hike out at Columbia’s Rock Bridge Memorial State Park. Under the iconic natural rock bridge, Michael got down on one knee and changed their lives. Back at home, Michael had one more surprise: His and Christina’s mothers greeted them with congratulations, love and bubbly. Reception Venue: Blue Venado Beach Club, Playa del Carmen. Flowers: Floreria in Playa del Carmen. Dress + Suit: Allure + Jos. A. Bank. Music: DJ Diego Alvarado. Catering: Angel Barreto Montes, Chef at Blue Venado Beach Club Wedding Coordinator: Maria Tripaldi, Weddings in Playa. ALIVE WEDDING // ISSUE 2
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With a wedding date selected for the next year— the exact same day they were engaged, Aug. 2—the duo began planning their perfect day. In the end, it turned out to be an amazing vacation for the couple’s family and friends in Playa del Carmen, and a week the couple will never forget. Find more wedding stories like Christina and Michael’s on ALIVEmag.com. 20
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ALIVE Wedding is about inspiring creativity, celebrating the unconventional and honoring each couple’s own personal style. It is with these values in mind that we have handselected our partners and collaborated with them to share their stories and tips.
Photography by Attilio D’Agostino
Head to ALIVEmag.com to read more about each of our partners’ inspiring stories, and turn to our partner directory on page 26 for more details.
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Uniquely Yours Few things in life make as dramatic a statement as a wedding gown. Amplify your personal style and wow your guests by choosing a stunning silhouette unique to you. Thanks to recent runway shows from bridal designers, tulle is making a comeback in a big way in 2016. The fabric makes for a modern and ethereal wedding gown and pairs beautifully with colorful dresses in playful summer colors. miagracebridal.com
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The Look of Love
Choose hair and makeup for your day that reflects your personality and theme for the wedding. Whether a whimsical updo with a braid, an intricate bun or big, loose curls pinned half up, do what suits you. Whatever you choose, be sure to complete your look with airbrush makeup for a flawless finish that lasts the whole day.
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Itâ€™s your day. There will be times throughout the planning process when it wonâ€™t feel that way, so make every detail reflect your personal style, especially your invitations! In doing so, it doubles as a keepsake, something you and your loved one will be proud to hang on your wall for all the tomorrows you will share. paperkeet.com
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Featured Vendors 2016 Preferred Partners
A unique and grand ballroom with a 5,000-square-foot “floating” dance floor. 3354 Iowa Ave., Benton Park West, 314.664.8000, casalomaballroom.com
Ces & Judy’s Catering
Catering backed by a history of providing dazzling dishes and personalized events for 40 years. 10405 Clayton Road, Frontenac, 314.991.6700, cesandjudys.com
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your special day. 6300 Clayton Road, Richmond Heights, 314.647.7300, cheshirestl.com
A conveniently located venue with an interior design not seen in more traditional banquet rooms. 603 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.963.3434, cyranos.com
Divine Events, LLC
Full-service wedding, event planning and coordination fueled by the lead consultant’s passion for bringing families together. 11425 Dorsett Road, Ste. 202, Maryland Heights, 314.669.5933, mydivineevents.com
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Event Centers, Catering, & Special Event Design
Catering to unique St. Louis venues including: City Museum | the Foundry Art Centre
The Mahler Ballroom | The Sheldon Concert Hall Neo on Locust | The Jewel Box
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See our website for additional locations.
We can help with all of the aspects of your wedding including rentals and entertainment.
The Jewel Box
Perfect for intimate weddings, The Sheldon Concert Hall
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rehearsal dinners, brunches and guestroom accomodations.
Banquet facilities for 50-800 guests Wedding Ceremonies and Receptions Rehearsal dinners - Bridal Showers
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Hotels that prioritize the guests’ comfort and experience with free Wi-Fi, hot breakfast and more. Multiple locations, 800.436.1169, druryhotels.com
Goodies for Guests
Personalized welcome boxes for your out-oftown wedding guests filled with St. Louis goodies. Let them do the work for you! 314.422.0974, goodiesforguests.com
Gregory’s Creative Cuisine
Diverse catering service with an emphasis on excellence and attention to detail for 26 years. 4700 Adkins Ave., Bevo, 314.481.4481, gregoryscreativecuisine.com
The Heart of St Charles Ballrooms
HSC Ballrooms feature unique spaces for any taste. With 25 years of experience in the eventplanning business, their experts are ready to plan your event today. 1410 S. Fifth St., St. Charles, Events@hscballrooms.com
look their most beautiful while retaining their own individual styles. 108 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield, 636.778.3433, miagracebridal.com
The most unique and funky STL wedding spaces, including the stellar rooftop. 6177 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop, 314.721.1111, moonrisehotel.com
Orlando’s Catering and Banquets
A family-owned catering and event facility that handles your wedding needs from start to finish— including rentals, food and bar. Multiple locations, firstname.lastname@example.org
A design and print studio that will help you tell your story through handmade, beautiful custom paper. 5301 Hampton Ave., St. Louis Hills, 314.832.3663 x106, paperkeet.com
Roses & Mint Florals
Helping you tell your love story with flowers, and offering every couple a fun and personal flower experience. St. Charles, 314.502.9950, rosesandmint.com
Grand, historic event spaces combined with contemporary event planning for parties from 50-500 guests. 3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.533.9900, thesheldon.org
Silver Oaks Chateau
An enchanting and intimate venue with multiple indoor and outdoor options for your ceremony and reception. 1168 MO-100, Pacific, 314.280.8890, silveroakschateau.com
Offering 10,000 square feet of newly renovated event space—including a ballroom with sophisticated décor—for both ceremonies and receptions. 811 N. 9th St., Downtown, 314.421.4000 x104, holidayinn.com/stlouisdwtn
Big day hair and makeup services that celebrate you. Lalo’s experts make memories on site or in salon. 16223 Baxter Road, Chesterfield, 636.733.6996, lalosalon.com
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A menu that will please the whole family, conveniently found in seven different area locations in MO and IL. Multiple locations, sybergs.com
St. Louis Union Station
A landmark that seamlessly blends historic elegance with modern, luxurious amenities. Find amazement in the majestic Grand Hall and 3-D light show while relaxing in the AAA 4 Diamond hotel. 1820 Market St., Downtown, 314.231.1234, stlunionstationhotel.com
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Holiday Inn St. Louis-Downtown at the Convention Center
Celebrate, dine and dance for your wedding, rehearsal or engagement party in the SqWires Annex or SqWires Front Room. 1415 S. 18th St., Lafayette Square, 314.865.3522, sqwires.com
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Cyrano’s Cafe Private Banquet Room
Perfect for • Brunch • Rehearsal Dinners • Showers • Small Receptions
For more information please contact Deneva at 314-963-3434 or email@example.com 603 E. Lockwood Ave • Webster Groves • MO 63119 • www.cyranos.com
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Cheers to Love Spice up your reception with a signature cocktail. BY MATT SORRELL PHOTOS BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG + STYLED BY AMANDA DAMPF
Brides and grooms (not to mention their parents) put in endless amounts of time dialing in all of the details for their special day. Many months—and even more dollars—are spent tweaking everything from the flowers to the food to the DJ’s playlist, not to mention the all-important issue of the perfect dresses for the bride and her coterie. But oftentimes, while the food menu has been cussed and discussed ad infinitum and the cake has been obsessively fretted over, having a special drink to commemorate the nuptials doesn’t come up in the conversation.
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That’s a shame, because having a signature cocktail for the big day is a fun way to celebrate the occasion and make it even more memorable, and it doesn’t take a herculean effort to pull it off. I recommend this simple solution for a unique libation that won’t break the bank. It’s easy to put together, so no matter who’s at the helm of the bar (we all have that one friend who bartended in college and wants to help out, right?), it’s going to come out right. The cocktail takes some of the elements of the classic Champagne cocktail (champagne, sugar, bitters) and ups the spiciness quotient with the addition of local favorite The Big O ginger liqueur.
The Honeymooner 2 oz The Big O ginger liqueur 1 heavy dash Angostura bitters brut sparkling wine lemon twist Pour The Big O into a glass. Add bitters. Top with sparkling wine. Stir very briefly and oh-so gently to incorporate and avoid breaking up the bubbles. Twist the lemon peel over the surface of the drink and then drop it in.
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Rhythmic Romance Timeless first dance options for modern lovers. BY RACHEL BRANDT + PHOTO BY JENNIFER SILVERBERG
After the lights have been dimmed, the champagne has been poured and the promises have been made, it’s time to start the party. Whether you choose a throwback soul tune or an indie darling, kick things off with a romantic first dance in the key of love.
“Something in the Way She Moves,” The Beatles “You Are the Sunshine of My Life,” Stevie Wonder “I’m Sticking With You,” The Velvet Underground “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons,” Sam Cooke “Harvest Moon,” Neil Young “I’ve Got a Rock ’n’ Roll Heart,” Eric Clapton “A Song for You,” Leon Russell “How Deep is Your Love,” The Bird and The Bee “Still Want You,” Brandon Flowers “Modern Love,” David Bowie
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“We love because it’s the only true adventure.” -Nikki Giovanni
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Top photos by Mike Cassimatis.
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