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from the editor “Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.”—JIMI HENDRIX IF YOU ASK any wedding guest to recall a memorable

moment of a wedding they attended, they will typically mention something about the music — whether it was a soloist or the sweet sounds of the string quartet during the ceremony or how no one wanted to leave the dance floor at the reception. Music plays a huge role in the overall feel of your special day. This issue of Saint Louis Bride is dedicated to the memory of Jason M. Clyde, a longtime wedding professional and friend to everyone. Jason was a lead DJ for Millennium Productions from the company’s beginning. For 15+ years, he became the gold standard for what a professional DJ and event emcee should be. In fact, he considered it to be a privilege and an honor to serve as the couple’s “host” on their wedding day. Over those years, he mentored not only other DJ’s, but other wedding professionals and was always there to help — whatever, whenever. To Jason, every stranger was just a friend in the making and he greeted every room with a positive attitude. Whether it was his trademark dreadlocks, 6-foot-plus stature or his award-winning smile, Jason always left an impression. Jason is survived by his wife, Kate, and his parents, Pamela and Dave Martin. If there is someone who truly touched the St. Louis wedding industry through his love for music, it would be Jason Clyde.

Nancy L. Slade, Editor

Ethan Woods, Publisher

P.S. #CLYDESTRONG, a fundraising trivia night held for Jason, is on page 238.

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CONTENTS SPRING/SUMMER 2017

FEATURES 116

TIME-HONORED CLASSICS Six timeless bouquets

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STYLE ICONS A constellation of dresses inspired by stars

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BEHOLD THE BALLROOM Eight versatile reception spaces

REAL WEDDINGS REAL MOMENTS 30 couples tie the knot

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Old Hickory Golf Club Creates a perfect setting for your special day with accommodations that will make your celebration a memory to last forever. A conveniently located venue, with seating up to 550, which offers a unique setting with extraordinary views.

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AREA’S FINEST WEDDING VENUE PHOTO BY LOVE IN LIFE

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CONTENTS CONTENTS

SPRING/SUMMER 2017 TIPS & TRENDS 36

AROUND TOWN

110

GROOM'S GIFTS Something special for your soon-to-be hubby

130

TWO IF BY SEA A lively engagement party with a nautical theme

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A BRIDE'S JOURNAL Follow new bride Nikki Klapp in her thoughts and planning leading up to her Big Day

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A CELEBRATION OF LOVE

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ASK LIZZIE POST

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YOUR WEDDING MUSIC Five need-to-know tips

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TIPPING YOUR WEDDING VENDORS Which vendors to tip and how much

238

UNVEILED! Catching up with the insiders that make St. Louis weddings work

PLANNING 144

WINTER WONDERLANDS Top five romantic winter honeymoon destinations

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MERGING HOUSES When two (and their stuff) become one

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DESTINATION WEDDINGS Top ten tips for planning a destination wedding

RESOURCES 195

MAKING IT LEGAL Where and how to apply for the marriage license

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RECEPTION SITES List of venues in an easy-to-read grid

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CEREMONY SITES

206

SAINT LOUIS BRIDE ESSENTIAL GUIDE A list of top vendors, services, locations and hours

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TRUNK SHOW CALENDAR

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WEDDING CONSULTATION AND COORDINTAION BUDGET. PLAN. DESIGN. SOURCE. EXECUTE Contact Jenny Kehm 314.640.2123 | jenny@beforeidostl.com | www.BeforeIDoSTL.com Photography by L Photographie

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contributors

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Susan loves cupcakes, tiny houses, travel, and especially being creative! Her work as a photographer in St. Louis has spanned the last 20 years. She naturally puts people at ease and enjoys capturing both the beauty and true personality of those she photographs. She thrives on stretching her creative design talents and looks forward to each new project. One of Susan’s favorite quotes is by photographer Imogen Cunningham, “Which one of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” Susan photographed the cover and Style Icons beginning on page 154.

2 DANIELLE ERB Being an integral part of a Bride’s wedding, a model’s right hand man on set, or a place to go for consistently great color and cut has been Danielle’s pleasure for the past 13 years at her company DanielleStyle. “Creating this space, and being surrounded by such talented artists has been one of my greatest joys.” Danielle did the hair and makeup for the cover and Style Icons beginning on page 154.

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Annie Heyward Styling was established in Nashville, Tennessee in 2008, after Annie decided to capitalize on her affinity for wardrobe styling, penchant for fashion, and love for helping real women discover their personal sense of style. “The whole team did an amazing job collaborating, and we had so much fun! Nancy, Susan, Irina, Danielle and I have known each other for years, so it was like getting the family back together again for old times!” Annie, along with her assistant Carson, styled the cover and fashion feature.

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Carson McKenna Love attended college at the University of Missouri and graduated with a degree in Textile and Apparel Management. She met Annie Heyward in 2015 and

began an internship in wardrobe styling. She also started handing all of Annie Heyward Styling’s social media and blogging. After gaining more experience in the field, Carson moved from being an intern to a stylist assistant. Making a difference in clients’ lives and helping them feel their best is what drives Carson’s passion. She loves being able to blend her creativity, personal aesthetic, and people skills through her work.

5 AMY FENSTER BROWN Amy Fenster Brown is a longtime contributor to Saint Louis Bride Magazine. Before working in the world of print media, Amy had a career in TV news, during which time she won one Emmy Award for news writing. She was recently named an Unsung Hero of St. Louis for her years in community volunteering. Amy is on the Board of Directors for two local organizations and met her husband, Jeff, when both volunteered for the same group. She is the mom of 10 year old Davis and 9 year old Leo, both of whom are future stand-up comedians. Amy wrote Behold the Ballroom on pages 102 to 108.

6 DAVID LANCASTER David’s daytime career as editor of Where Magazine and Kansas City Where Guestbook has never kept him from being a longtime contributor to the pages of Saint Louis Bride, for which he has photographed countless bouquets, gifts, jewelry, accessories, food and fashion over the last thirteen years. For this issue, David shot Groom’s Gifts on 110 to 112 and Time-Honored Classics on pages 116 to 126.

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on the cover We wanted Irina to have an effortless look with her facial features and beautiful hair to take center stage. —DANIELLE ERB

THE DRESS: “Pandora” by Vera Wang is a sweetheart Chantilly lace A-line gown with tulle build-up, hand-appliqued Chantilly lace and organza petals at train, $11,000 from Berrybridge. THE RING: White gold and diamond, vintage-inspired ring with .50ct center diamond and .43cts total diamond weight in setting, $2,750 from Timekeepers. THE LOOK: “Done are the days of over styling and more make up than necessary. We wanted Irina to have an effortless look with her facial features and beautiful hair to take center stage. Irinas make up was centered around her fresh dewy skin.” –Danielle Erb For this look, hair & makeup guru, Danielle Erb, likes to make up her own foundation cocktail. Here’s her recipe: • 5 drops of Farsali oil • Pea-sized amount of Chantecaille liquid luminaire color in “brilliance” • 10 drops of Kett cosmetics liquid airbrush foundation “Mix together and apply to the face in a stippling motion until the foundation starts to set. So beautiful!”

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New and noteworthy happenings in and around St. Louis

NEW AND NOTEWORTHY

ANNIVERSARIES These wedding pros and venues are celebrating milestone anniversaries!

10 YEARS

85 YEARS

20 YEARS

Kuhs Estate & Farm

Bella Noche Ensembles

has been hosting

is celebrating

weddings for 85 years

20 years in business

The Cup is celebrating 10 years in business in Central West End and Edwardville, IL

Local Meal Subscription Service

MOVERS AND SHAKERS Simply Elegant Bridal has

Nourish Market and Cafe-to-go, owned by Hollyberry Catering and

moved to 12354 Olive Boulevard

located in Warson Woods, has launched the first family-friendly meal

in Creve Coeur, 314.241.8201,

subscription service in the St. Louis area. Three subscription packages

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are available, including: Wholesome Helpings, which includes three, 4-serving entrees; Hearty & Healthy, which includes two, 4-serving

Festive Couture Floral has moved

entrees and sides; and, Chef's Choice, for the more adventurous,

to 9355 Dielman Industrial Drive in

which includes two

Olivette, 314.481.1501, festivestl.com

have the option to commit

the Central West End, 314.315.1775,

to one months of weekly

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deliveries, three months of bi-weekly deliveries or

Stallone's Formal Wear has

three months of weekly

relocated their Sunset Hills location

deliveries. Meal subscrip-

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Bridal building at 5714 South

come fully prepared

Lindbergh, 314.729.0004,

and oven ready,

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nourishathome.com

where to dine ®

DINING GUIDE

JULY 2016 CELEBRATING 80 YEARS OF TRAVEL

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GUIDE make the perfect additions SUMMER’S BIGGEST CONCERTS FOODIE ALERT: JAMES BEARD NOMINEES FUN SUMMER FASHIONS

Don’t miss Broadway shows under the stars at The Muny in Forest Park

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to your welcome gifts for out-oftowners. Call Amy Fenster Brown at Saint Louis Bride for more

MENUS FROM ST. LOUIS RESTAURANTS

BREWERIES & WINERIES

GET AROUND MAPS and the ST. LOUIS MENU

KID-FRIENDLY 21 places where families can dine, shop and play

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A-1 Party and Wedding Rental of Collinsville, Illinois, recently acquired Sitting Pretty/Party Arts in St. Louis, 618.343.1680, a1partywedding.com

WHERE MAGAZINE, WHERE

ST. LOUIS Take a tour and stay for more at AnheuserBusch Brewery & Biergarten

Scape America Bistro is renovating their space at 48 Maryland Plaza in the Central West End, 314.361.7227, scapestl.com

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DINING DESTINATIONS

Stone Soup Cottage in Cottleville, nominated for the 2016 James Beard Award for Outstanding Service, is now offering Boutique style weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners, 636.244.2233, stonesoupcottage.com

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St. Louis’ newest bridal salon, Juno Bridal, is scheduled to open their doors at 4430 Olive Street in the Central West End in February, 2017. Juno Bridal carries the following labels exclusively in St. Louis: Daalarna, Daughters of Simone, Truvelle, Alyssa Kristin, Olia Zovozina, Theia and Untamed Petals bridal accessories, junobridal.com


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around town Rooted in History, Still Flourishing Today

WEDDING RE-ENACTMENT PHOTOS BY ERICA AVELLONE PHOTOGRAPHY; EVENT PHOTOS BY SALLY CAKOUROS AND STEPHEN HANPETER

The Sappington House Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary in September. A fundraiser was held, as well as a recreation of the 1808 wedding and bridal party of Thomas and Mary Ann Sappington. Sappington family descendants from thirty-four states were invited to attend this two-day event. The 208-year-old house, built by Thomas Sappington for his bride, Mary Ann, the Sappington House property has been the idyllic setting for many outdoor weddings over the years and still is today. sappingtonhouse.org

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Real Moments Kennedy + Jack April 2, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY KELLY PARK PHOTOGRAPHY

“Seeing Kennedy’s first reaction to the notes I had sent to Mel (our Reverend) before the ceremony — she read them during the service. It was a special reminder of all Kennedy’s great attributes that you can’t see from the outside.”—JACK

DETAILS DAY OF CONSULTANT: Betty Freeman FLORIST:

Bloomin' Buckets

BRIDE’S DRESS: Claire Pettibone, Fleur De

Lis Bridal Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE: J. Hillburn BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Brady Keenan BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Brady Keenan BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids WEDDING LOCATION: Ladue Chapel RECEPTION VENUE: St. Louis Country Club CAKE: Schnucks Bakery MUSIC: Fabulous Motown Revue SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

The Aries Company LINENS: Sitting Pretty/Party Arts PAPER GOODS: The Service Bureau TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Millennium Productions

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Luli + Nick May 21, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY SUSAN JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY

“From the start we wanted to do as much as we could on our own and use happy, bright garden colors of spring. We made our own appetizers, desserts, cakes, as well as decor elements – including two full custom-built bars. It was alot of fun!”— LULI

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DETAILS DAY-OF PLANNER: Weddings by Renee FLORIST: Vintage for the Day BRIDE'S DRESS: Frew's Bridal

Nordstrom April, Kink Salon WEDDING & RECEPTION LOCATION: Couple's Farm & Barn in Saint Louis County CATERER: Westwood Catering, Mann Meat BBQ, Mike Thornton CAKE: Bride made SPECIAL LIGHTING & DECOR: Designed and installed by couple LINENS: Handmade by Cathy Jaeger TABLETOP ITEMS: Weinhardt Party Rentals PAPER GOODS: Custom designed from various Etsy artists MUSIC: RC Emcees VIDEOGRAPHER: Vimage Wedding Studios GROOM'S ATTIRE:

BRIDE'S HAIR & MAKEUP:

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Real Moments Beth + Tyler December 19, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHED BY KELLY PRAT T PHOTOGRAPHY

“Try to be present in each moment. The day is such a whirlwind – don’t sweat the small stuff. Cherish every moment. If you can, enlist a good videographer to capture your special day. I’m so thankful we did.”—BETH'S ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING PLANNER: Kristin Ashley Events FLORIST: Poppies Designs BRIDE'S DRESS: Brides by Demetrios GROOM'S ATTIRE: Hugo Boss Tux, Nordstrom; Shirt, tie & vest, Men's Wearhouse BRIDE'S HAIR & MAKEUP: Sweet Melissa BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Brides by Demetrios WEDDING LOCATION: Shrine of St. Joseph RECEPTION VENUE: Peabody Opera House CAKE: Sarah's Cake Shop MUSIC: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); My Friend Mike, Contemporary Productions (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING & DECOR: Exclusive Events LINENS: Nuage Designs RENTALS: The Aries Company PAPER GOODS: Poppies Design PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun TRANSPORTATION: JED Limousine VIDEOGRAPHER: Sweet Tea Media

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Willow is a one-of-a-kind special event space from

Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis at the corner of 10th & Locust, Willow can accomodate parties of up to 300 guests. In addition to weddings, Willow is a perfect space for holiday and graduation parties, meetings, training events and much more.

314.899.0430 | events@baileysrestaurants.com 31 www.WeddingsInWillow.com Green Dining Alliance 5-Star Rating | In-House Bakery | Locally Owned Seasonal, Vegan & Gluten-Free Menus | Customized Signature Cocktails

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Amber + Chris June 3, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY WHITE-KLUMP PHOTOGRAPHY

“As I was walking down the aisle, I saw tears come to his eyes and I can remember not being able to get to him fast enough. Everything we are and have done to get to this moment in our lives had to be in that moment. I was so focused on him, he had to squeeze my hands to remind me to repeat our minister.” —AMBER'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT 46

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DETAILS FLORIST: Twisted Willow

Stella York, Signature Bridal Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Studio 703 BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Studio 703 BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaid WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: The Caramel Room at Bissinger's CAKE: Made by Lia PHOTOBOOTH: Beene Snaps Photobooth BRIDE’S DRESS:

GROOM’S ATTIRE:


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Real Moments Danielle + Jesse September 3, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CONNER PHOTOGRAPHY

“We had a Peruvian incense ceremony to bless us by the groom’s stepmother. Everyone loved it, and it was unique to us.” —DANIELLE

DETAILS FLORIST: Krupp Florist, Belleville, IL BRIDE’S DRESS: Melissa Sweet, David's Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Allure Tuxedo, Seno Formal Wear, Champaign, IL BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Sara Dalbey (hair); Monika Ruzicka (makeup) BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Kane & Co (hair); Monika Ruzicka (makeup) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: The Weingarten, Belleville, IL CATERER: Roy-el Catering CAKE: Andria Baszis (cake); Arcola Florist (decor) MUSIC: Complete Weddings & Events PAPER GOODS: Created by friends PHOTOBOOTH: Conner Photography

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Extraordinary Space, Extraordinary Events

Ceremonies, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinners & Engagement Parties 3207 Washington Blvd. St. Louis 63103 www.barnettonwashington.com | Events@barnettonwashington.com 1.844.GOBARNETT

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Lesa + Dan May 14, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY ABBIE TAKES PICTURES

“My most memorable moment was my ‘first look’ with my father. I'm so glad Abbie suggested it. It was emotional for both my dad and me. We’ve never shared a moment like that before.” —LESA

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DETAILS WEDDING PLANNER & FLORIST: Dragonfly Event Creations BRIDE’S DRESS: Badgley Mischka, Simply Elegant Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Savvi Formalwear BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Ashley Selz

Ashley Selz Bill Levkoff, Simply Elegant Bridal WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Patty Long's 9th Street Abbey CATERER: Patty Long Catering CAKE & DESSERTS: The Sweet Divine MUSIC: Rhythm Rockers SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events LINENS AND RENTALS: Dragonfly Event Creations PAPER GOODS: Sweet P's Papers TRANSPORTATION: Epic Entertainment VIDEOGRAPHER: Mayde With Love Productions BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

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Real Moments Heather + Jeremias September 17, 2016 | St. Louis October 8, 2016 | Miami PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRIGHT SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY

“Do what is important to you and don’t feel pressured to plan a wedding that is not a reflection of you, your fiance and your relationship. Traditions don't matter unless they are important to you!” —HEATHER

DETAILS FLORIST: Tina Barrera The Special Event Florist

(St. Louis); A Marc in Design (Miami) BRIDE’S DRESS: BHLDN GROOM’S ATTIRE: Custom made with Indochino BRIDESMAID DRESSES: BHLDN WEDDING LOCATION: Oak Knoll Park (St. Louis); Groom's Parent's Home (Miami) RECEPTION VENUE: Cafe Osage (St. Louis); Groom's Parent's Home (Miami) CAKE: Mother of the Groom (Miami) MUSIC: The Bay Kings Band (Miami) PAPER GOODS: M. Haley Design TRANSPORTATION: Memorable Transportation (St. Louis)

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Custom Wedding cakes, Grooms cakes, Cupcakes and Favors for all occasions. Conveniently located 20 minutes from downtown St Louis

507 Sherman Street | Belleville, IL 62221 | 618.355.0000

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Robyn + Caleb May 21, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY SWITZERFILM

“We both love sweets so we chose to have our reception at the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s. We served Bissinger’s chocolates and had three different cakes from Sarah’s Cake Shop at the reception.” —ROBYN

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Lacy Branch Events FLORIST: Belli Fiori BRIDE’S DRESS: Augusta Jones, Kleinfeld Bridal, NYC GROOM’S ATTIRE: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo, Flair Salon,

Boston, MA WEDDING LOCATION: St. Francis Xavier

College Church RECEPTION VENUE: The Caramel Room at Bissinger's CAKE: Sarah's Cake Shop MUSIC: Landolfi String Quartet (ceremony); CJs DJ (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Millennium Productions PAPER GOODS: Two Blue Doors PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Switzerfilm

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We did it! With Cosmopolitan Events

Wedding Planning Event Design Month-of Coordination www.cosmoevents.com | 314.249.9107

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Kaitlyn + Christopher November 7, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CARRET TO STUDIO

“Making a grand entrance in my first helicopter!” —KAITLYN'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: St. Louis Wedding

Consultants FLORIST: Artistry Florist WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Spirit of St. Louis Airport Hanger CATERER: Hollyberry Catering CAKE: The Cakery DESSERT BAR: Bake & Sprinkle MUSIC: The Downtown, Nashville, TN SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events LINENS: Connie Duglin Linens RENTALS: The Aries Company PAPER GOODS: M. Haley Designs VIDEOGRAPHER: Complete Weddings & Events, Kansas City

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Matt + Lucas October 8, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY JEREMY MINNERICK PHOTOGRAPHY

“Don’t get wrapped up in the hiccups of planning. Everything will come together. People come to your wedding because they love you – give everyone your time and enjoy being showered with love.” —LUCAS AND MATT

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DETAILS EVENT COORDINATION & FLORIST: Gamlin Restaurant Group GROOM’S ATTIRE: TheBlackTux.com and Scotch & Soda WEDDING LOCATION: Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center, Laumeier Sculpture Park RECEPTION VENUE: St. Louis Art Museum CATERER: Panorama, St. Louis Art Museum CAKE: The Cakery MUSIC: Alexis Tucci (ceremony); DJ Needles (reception), Tucci Events SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: The Aries Company LINENS & RENTALS: The Aries Company TRANSPORTATION: JED Transportation

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Real Moments Erinn + Craig September 10, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY ALEX NARDULLI

“Craig and I didn’t see each other before the ceremony. We parted after the rehearsal dinner and didn’t see each other again until I walked down the aisle. Immediately following the ceremony, we decided not to do a receiving line so we could sneak away and have a moment together. We went into a room at the church, sat on a sofa and just breathed for a minute. All the anticipation and waiting to see him turned to joy and relief. We just held hands and laughed and took a moment alone.” —ERIN'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Saving Grace Occasions FLORIST: Created by the bride BRIDE’S DRESS: Mia Grace Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Vera Wang, Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP:

Caity Margaret Beauty

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Mia Grace Bridal WEDDING LOCATION: Vineyard Community Church RECEPTION VENUE: MAJORette! CATERER: Sugarfire Smokehouse CAKE: Sugarbelle Cakery, Hank's Cheesecake, Sugarfire Pies MUSIC: Benjamin Clark (ceremony); TKO DJ's (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: TKO (lighting); Hi Ho Helio (centerpiece balloons) LINENS: Weinhardt Party Rentals PAPER GOODS: The Ink Spot CARICATURE ARTIST: Share Faerber

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Laura + Cameron October 10, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CLARY PFEIFFER PHOTOGRAPHY

“The sparkler send off at the end of the reception.” —CAMERON'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

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DETAILS Catering St. Louis

WEDDING CONSULTANT: Cure Design Group

CATERER:

Bloomin' Buckets & Cure Design Group BRIDE’S DRESS: Kelly Chase Couture GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: The Face & Body BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: The Face & Body BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Belsoie by Jasmine Bridal WEDDING LOCATION: Ascension Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE: Old Barn Inn at St. Albans

CAKE: McArthur's Bakery

FLORIST:

MUSIC: The Rosewood Ensemble, organist Ralph Winn, cantor Lynn Humphrey (ceremony); Michael Moore (cocktail hour); Complete Weddings & Events (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events, Complete Weddings & Events PAPER GOODS: Paper Merchant, Naples, FL TRANSPORTATION: JED Limousine VIDEOGRAPHER: Complete Weddings & Events

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Real Moments Jayne + Alexander July 2, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY SWITZERFILM

“At the reception, we had a welcome drink named the “27” to represent his number with the St. Louis Blues, we included his Nonna’s traditional Italian cookies during cocktail hour, the late night snack included some of the finest St. Louis foods including toasted ravioli and Gus’ pretzels. In lieu of favors we donated to our favorite charity, Friends of Kids with Cancer, to honor our niece, Ellie, who is a cancer survivor.” —JAYNE

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Cosmopolitan Events FLORIST: BUDS BRIDE’S DRESS: Vera Wang, Vera Wang, Chicago GROOM’S ATTIRE: Custom Ermenegildo Zegna Tux by Saville Row BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Cheveaux (hair); Hannah Combs (makeup) BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Lori Hendel (makeup); Julius Monroe Salon & Spa and Cheveaux (hair) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids WEDDING LOCATION: Shrine of St. Jospeph RECEPTION VENUE: The Coronado Ballroom CATERER: Butler's Pantry CAKE: Sarah's Bake Shop ICE CREAM: Clementine's Creamery MUSIC: Elegant Ensembles (ceremony); Curt Landes Trio (Cocktail Hour); Memphis Sour Revue Band (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events LINENS: BBJ Linen RENTALS: The Aries Company SPECIAL TOUCHES: St. Louis Cigars PAPER GOODS: Cheree Berry Paper PHOTOBOOTH: 2 Chics and a Photobooth TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Switzerfilm

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Melanie + Paul June 11, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY L PHOTOGRAPHIE

“From the start of the planning process, we kept going back to the term “whimsical” to describe the ambience we wanted our guests to experience at our wedding. Having the celebration in the backyard of my childhood home was a dream come true and I wanted everyone to experience the magical, laid back atmosphere of Camp Collier (as my brothers and I called our home growing up). This has been my family’s home for 24 years, and now Paul was joining our family and would get to share many memories here as well. It was important for every one of our guests to not just feel like guests of our wedding but guests in our home.”—MELANIE

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DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Simcha's Events FLORIST:

Festive Couture Floral

BRIDE’S DRESS: Lazaro, Maiden Voyage GROOM’S ATTIRE: St. Louis Suit Company BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Brady Elizabeth Keenan BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Brady Elizabeth Keenan BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Watters, Maiden Voyage WEDDING LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church, Kirksville RECEPTION VENUE: Bride's Parent's Home, Kirksville CATERER: Butler's Pantry CAKE: Hy-Vee Bakery MUSIC: Randy Smith (cocktail hour); Galaxy (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events LINENS: BBJ Linen PAPER GOODS: M. Haley Design TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Gaadt Productions

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DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Style Couture Events FLORIST: Stems BRIDE’S DRESS: Casablanca, Clarice's Bridal Salon

Caitlyn + Josh September 3, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY BLISS ELEVEN STUDIOS

GROOM’S ATTIRE: Express BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP:

Emily Miller

BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Bill Levkoff

WEDDING LOCATION: Christ the King

Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE: The Palladium

“Being introduced as husband and wife for the first time with all of the people we love the most – supporting us and sharing in our happiness. The amount of love and joy was almost overwhelming.” —CAITLYN'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

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CATERER: Butler's Pantry CAKE: Wedding Wonderland MUSIC: Jeffrey Pruett, pianist Carl Leta & bagpiper James Hokins (ceremony); Millennium Productions (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Millennium Productions PAPER GOODS: Rock Paper Scissors TRANSPORTATION: Fun Tyme Limousine VIDEOGRAPHER: Tower Videography


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Maria + Zachary October 8, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY KELLY PARK PHOTOGRAPHY

DETAILS

“We were very focused on making our wedding a family affair. We were blending two families and wanted to integrate our girls into the wedding by including them in the ceremony, as well as saying our vows to them as their new parent.” —MARIA

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FLORIST: Butterfield's Florist BRIDE’S DRESS: WTOO, Maiden Voyage GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR: Salon Chevau BRIDESMAID DRESSES: BHLDN WEDDING & RECEPTION LOCATION: Bride's parent's home CATERER: Bow Tie Catering CAKE: Diane's Cakery MUSIC: PartyPro Entertainment LINENS & RENTALS: Grand Rental Station PAPER GOODS: Amazon.com


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Real Moments Shannyn + Mitchell September 24, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY MEYEROT T PHOTOGRAPHY AND CINEMA

“Mitchell and I really wanted to incorporate our parents into our ceremony since they have been role models for us as a couple. Both of our dads wrote us letters that offered guidance and advice as we became husband and wife. They read them to us during the ceremony. To hear such personal messages from them made our ceremony that much sweeter.” —SHANNYN

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DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Signed Sealed Delivered Events OFFICIANT: Kassaundra Schario

An Affair to Remember Legend by Romona Keveza, Town and Country Bridal Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE: TheBlackTux.com BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Dessy, Town and Country Bridal Boutique WEDDING LOCATION: World's Fair Pavilion, Forest Park RECEPTION VENUE: Grand Hall. St. Louis Union Station CAKE : Blue Owl Bakery Music: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); Downtime Band (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: An Affair to Remember PAPER GOODS: Etsy, Minted, Mid-West Marketing TRANSPORTATION: BEST Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Meyerott Photography & Cinema FLORIST:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

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Real Moments Michelle + Chris October 17, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHED BY HEROIC PHOTOGRAPHY

“One moment that truly stands out to me is the moment my fiance and I saw one another for the first time that day. We held a private ‘first look’ prior to the ceremony. The photos really say it all – to see the look on my future husband’s face the moment he saw me – the complete awe, sheer happiness and unending love he had in his eyes in that moment, left me absolutely speechless.” —ONE OF MICHELLE'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENTS

DETAILS Stems Florist Casablanca, Mia Grace Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Allure Men, Savvi Formalwear BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Annianne Extensions & Styling (hair); Beauty by Chelc (makeup) FLORIST:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP:

Annianne Extensions & Styling (hair); Beauty by Chelc (makeup) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Mia Grace Bridal WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Inns at St. Albans, Old Barn Inn CATERER: Catering St. Louis CAKE: Sarah's Cake Shop MUSIC: Mirage Entertainment PAPER GOODS: Minted.com PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun TRANSPORTATION: St. Louis Carriage Company

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www.TheWeingarten.com | 618-257-9463

MEMORABLE WEDDINGS • ENGAGEMENT & BACHELORETTE PARTIES BRIDAL SHOWERS • REHEARSAL DINNERS • ANNIVERSARIES • OUTDOOR CEREMONIES A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO CONNOR PHOTOGRAPHY! Conveniently located less than 20 minutes outside St. Louis.

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Real Moments Celina + Dan September 24, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY BRADFORD MARTENS

“We focused on fun details from start to finish, like handmade invitations that burst open with confetti; a custom photo booth to capture the celebration; and a geometric piñata, reminiscent of our invitations, filled with party favors suggested by our guests, which we broke open at the end of the night.”—CELINA

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Events Luxe, LLC

The Crimson Petal Monique Lhuillier, Berrybridge; Alice and Olivia sweater GROOM’S ATTIRE: Brooks Brothers BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Lalo Salon BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Lalo Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Alice and Olivia and Maje WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Joule St. Louis CATERER: Butler's Pantry CAKE: La Patisserie Chouquette MUSIC: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); DJ Jillian Firns (reception) FLORIST:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Exclusive Events LINENS: BBJ Linen PAPER GOODS: Chloe Pratt (designer); The Done Dept (print shop) PHOTOBOOTH: Oh So Vivant TRANSPORTATION: JED Transportation

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Jaimie + Nicholas June 13, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHRIS AND WENDY WEDDINGS, SAN DIEGO

“We are huge fans of craft beer – I work at a local brewery and we have several home-brewers in our family. We wanted to feature our love of beer so we had a craft beer bar filled with homebrewed beer made by family members. In addition, our favors were custom-printed pint glasses.” —JAIMIE

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DETAILS FLORIST: Stems BRIDE’S DRESS: Venus Bridal, Frew's Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Suits 4 Men

BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Rock, Paper, Scissors Salon BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Rock, Paper, Scissors Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Architecture Hall, City Museum CATERER: Hollyberry Catering CAKE: Made by Lia MUSIC: Eric Wilson Guitar (ceremony); Rockstar DJs (reception) LINENS: Weinhardt Party Rentals PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun VIDEOGRAPHER: Chris and Wendy Weddings

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DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Cosmopolitan Events FLORIST: Ken Miesner

Nicole + Josh December 31, 2015 PHOTOGRAPHED BY JON KOCH PHOTOGRAPHY

BRIDE’S DRESS: Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE: Hugo Boss BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAID DRESSES: BHLDN WEDDING LOCATION:

Piper Palm House

RECEPTION VENUE: Missouri History

Museum

“Since it was New Year’s Eve, we had so much fun incorporating NYE attire on the dance floor, including hats, headbands, boas and wands. Then, we surprised guests with a balloon drop at midnight.” —NICOLE

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CATERER: Butler's Pantry CAKE:

Sugaree Baking Company

MUSIC: Elegant Ensembles (ceremony, cock-

tail hour); Ralph Butler Band (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: St. Louis Audio Visual (ceremony); Exclusive Events (reception) LINENS: BBJ Linen PAPER GOODS: Cheree Berry Paper PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation; Clayton Valet VIDEOGRAPHER : Boda Film


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Real Moments Kristen + Shawn September 3, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CARY KLEIN PHOTOGRAPHY

“Watching her walk down the aisle towards me and the moment we made eye contact.”—SHAWN'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Bride’s Vision

Weddings & Events FLORIST: Tina Barrera The Special Event Florist BRIDE’S DRESS: Augusta Jones, The Ultimate Bride BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: DanielleStyle BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP:

DanielleStyle BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo,

Bella Bridesmaids WEDDING LOCATION: St. Joseph

Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE: Whitmoor Country Club CAKE:

McArthur's Bakery

MUSIC: TKO DJ's SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Exclusive Events RENTALS: Premier Rentals TRANSPORTATION: JED Limousine

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Somewhing old. Somewhing new. Somewhing borrowef. E Somewhing Zoo . E Make your special day even more memorable. Book your wedding reception and festivities at the Saint Louis Zoo. You can choose from five exclusive venues that offer not only romance, but excitement as well– The Living World, Lakeside Cafe, River Camp, Peabody Hall and the Event Tent. Then let our staff of professionals help plan every detail, from catering to exquisite floral arrangements to animal greeters and even private tours of many of the Zoo’s 90 acres of habitats. For more information, call 314-646-4855 or visit stlzoo.org to complete an online rental inquiry form.

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Real Moments Brooke + Matthew August 27, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY WHITE-KLUMP PHOTOGRAPHY

“Our theme was rustic elegance. We used a combination of burlap and organza to highlight the natural beauty of the Barn at Chaumette. We featured past generations wedding pictures on lanterns and carried the lantern theme throughout the venue as centerpieces, along with fresh flowers and wildflowers.” —BROOKE

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DETAILS FLORIST: Ginger Miller, Sikeston, MO

Stella York, Bell Vougue Bridal, Kansas City Men's Warehouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: La Belle Mariee BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: La Belle Mariee BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bridesmaids choosing WEDDING LOCATION: Chaumette Vineyards, Ste. Genevieve, MO RECEPTION VENUE: The Barn at Chaumette CAKE: The Blue Owl MUSIC: DJ St. Arnes LINENS: BBJ Linens PAPER GOODS: Minted.com TRANSPORTATION: Husky Trailways, Hubs Pub and SMTS BRIDE’S DRESS:

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Real Moments

April + Ted September 17, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CARTER IMAGERY

“We had cut-outs made of our dog, Copper, so he would be part of our wedding. Additionally, we chose things that we really enjoyed like the winery, barbeque, cupcakes and a home-made photo booth.” —APRIL

DETAILS FLORIST: Garden Party; David Zettler BRIDE’S DRESS: Maggie Sottero, Frew's Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Govero Salon BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Govero Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jasmine, Frew's Bridal WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Sugar Creek

Winery CATERER: Kenrick's Catering CAKE: McArthur's Bakery MUSIC: Vocalist Lindsey Jensen (ceremony); 4play Band (reception) PHOTOBOOTH: Couple created their own

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Real Moments

Amy + Derek

DETAILS

August 20, 2016

FLORIST: Walter Knoll

PHOTOGRAPHED BY MOSER PHOTOGRAPHY

Ultimate Bride

“The most memorable moment was when the doors opened at the church and I saw the silhouette of Amy because of how bright it was outside - seconds later, I saw her in her beautiful dress for the first time. She looked amazing as she walked down the aisle with her dad. It was a great way to start our special day.”

Looks by Lisa (makeup)

BRIDE’S DRESS: Maggie Sottero, GROOM’S ATTIRE: Savvi Formalwear BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Nikki Russo (hair);

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BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: Nikki Russo BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Bill Levkoff,

Ultimate Bride WEDDING LOCATION: Sacred Heart

Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE: Greenbriar Country Club CAKE: The Cakery MUSIC: Ken Moser, SpectraSound LINENS: The Chair Cover Company PAPER GOODS: Paper Patch PHOTOBOOTH: Moser Photography TRANSPORTATION: Platinum Limousines VIDEOGRAPHER:

Harder Videography


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Real Moments Hilary + Jake June 18, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY TODD STUDIOS

“We chose a venue that represented our love for history (The Old Post Office) which has been standing prior to the Civil War. With the help of our wedding planner, we included an excellent combination of vintage table settings and accents which, in turn, brought a classical view to the occasion.” —JAKE

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DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Katie Saeger Events FLORIST: Tina Barrera Special Event Florist BRIDE’S DRESS: Wedding Wishlist GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

David's Bridal

BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: DanielleStyle WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: The Old Post Office CATERER: Hollyberry Catering MUSIC: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); Charles Glenn (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events LINENS: Nuage PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun

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Real Moments Brittany + Daniel May 29, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY ROBERT GEORGE STUDIO

“We could not have had such a seamless, beautiful celebration without the help of my mother. She took on the role of ‘chief wedding planner’ the moment we got engaged. Given the fact that we were in Chicago, this was extremely helpful. Her patience, organization and commitment to giving us the perfect day were appreciated and something we cannot thank her enough for.”—BRITTANY

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Bride's Vision

Weddings & Events FLORIST: Walter Knoll OFFICIANT: Rabbi Carney Rose BRIDE’S DRESS: Palazzo by Jane White GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Adorne Hair Salon BRIDESMAIDS HAIR: Adorne Hair Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David's Bridal WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Coronado Ballroom CATERER: Butler's Pantry CAKE: Sugaree Baking Company MUSIC: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); Griffin and the Gargoyles (reception) LINENS: Sitting Pretty (cake table) PAPER GOODS: Paper Patch TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation

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Real Moments Callie + Andrew September 24, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY JON KOCH PHOTOGRAPHY

“The sigh of relief after we had entered the tent, knocked out our first dance, smeared cake on my wife’s face, and sat down to an Old Fashioned/cheese tray combination (what could be better?) with all of our closest friends and family surrounding us, ready to enjoy the big night ahead!”—ANDREW

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT:

Cosmopolitan Events

FLORIST: Wildflowers BRIDE’S DRESS: Carolina Herrara, Berrybridge DRESSING ASSISTANT: Katie Fechter BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: DanielleStyle BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Tutti Frutti WEDDING LOCATION: St. Peter's Episcopal Church RECEPTION VENUE: Old Warson Country Club CAKE: Sugaree Baking Company MUSIC: Curt Landes Trio (cocktail hour); Funkytown, Contemporary Productions (reception)

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SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Alobars; Parties & Props RENTALS: The Aries Company; Premier Party Rentals; Finch Vintage, Gateway Fireworks LINENS: BBJ Linen PAPER GOODS: Cheree Berry Paper PHOTOBOOTH: SmileBooth TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation; James Cochran (Rolls Royce) VIDEOGRAPHER: Brian Gaadt Productions


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Real Moments Chelsea + Shawn July 16, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY L PHOTOGRAPHIE

“My husband and I wanted to be surrounded by our favorite things on our wedding day, including family, friends, passions, and our dogs. We loved that Four Seasons was dog friendly, so our dog, Buster, and our family’s dogs could join in the celebration. My husband had a few musthaves: music selection and Home Alone-themed items. Sarah's Cake Shop printed Kevin’s signature face on cookies and our groom's cake. ” —CHELSEA

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT: Alred Weddings

Artistry Florist Demetrios GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men's Wearhouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: DanielleStyle FLORIST:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP:

DanielleStyle Bridesmaid dresses: Ted Baker, LaVille WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Four Seasons St. Louis CAKE: Sarah's Cake Shop MUSIC: Millennium Productions SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Millennium Productions; Exclusive Events PAPER GOODS: M. Haley Design PHOTOBOOTH: Fish Eye Fun TRANSPORTATION: Fun Tyme Limo VIDEOGRAPHER: Millennium Productions

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MAKE A SAINT LOUIS

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CREATE YOUR DISTINCTIVE EVENT AT THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM.

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Real Moments Kari + Andrew August 13, 2016 PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHARIS ROWLAND PHOTOGRAPHY

“We wanted to keep the event elevated yet approachable so we integrated fun details like a ukulele for pre-ceremony music, our first dance outside on the patio and cigars during the reception while people took breaks from the dance floor.”—KARI

DETAILS WEDDING CONSULTANT:

CATERER: Butler's Pantry

Style: Altar'd FLORIST: Roses and Mint BRIDE’S DRESS: Anna Cambell, Altar Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Express, Neck and Tie Co.

CAKE: Kaked by Katie

DÉCOR: Rockstar DJs LINENS: BBJ Linens PAPER GOODS: Paperkeet

Beauty by Whitney (hair); Kelsi Baum (makeup)

CALLIGRAPHY:

BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP:

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WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

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Behold the Ballroom Eight of St. Louis’ favorite historic sites BY A M Y F E N S T E R B R O W N , T H E B E L L E O F T H E B A L L

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allrooms – they’re not just for dancing

Louis, whether in hotels or stand-alone venues.

CHASE The Khorassan Ballroom at The Chase

anymore. Not that the ballroom needs

Dressed, decorated and customized to suit the

Park Plaza Hotel was built in 1931 as an opulent

a slogan, but if it did, that might work.

couple’s tastes for their big day, the options are

Art Deco masterpiece, even though America was

What was once considered a place of opulence

endless when you factor in flowers, linens, and

dealing with the Great Depression. With designs

and grandeur exclusive to the upper class in

other décor. St. Louis boasts some stunning

to accommodate up to 1000 guests, the size can

the early 1900’s, the ballroom now associates

venues with ballrooms to tickle the fancies of

vary from 3456 sq ft up to 14,156 sq ft.

more with a versatile reception space. Weddings

brides and grooms no matter their style, budget,

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galore are happening at ballrooms all over St.

or number of guests. Behold the ballroom!

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Behold the Ballroom MAHLER The Mahler Ballroom in the Central West End was built in the early 1900’s as both a residence and ballroom for the wealthy Mahler family. The space was renovated in 2004 under new ownership. At 4000 sq feet, with 24‘ high ceilings, the space seats up to 240. 314-503-5042 www.mahlerballroom.com PEABODY Many of us remember this space as the historic Kiel Auditorium. That historic theatre was originally built in 1934. Now, after a $78.7 million restoration in 2009, it is known as The Peabody Opera House, and within the 20,000 sq. ft. building, couples can hold receptions. Up to 400 guests can be seated in several different spaces up to 6768 square feet. 314-499-7620

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Behold the Ballroom

The Coronado

The Coronado opened as a hotel in 1925, hosting VIPs including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Charles Lindbergh and Harry S. Truman. A $40 million restoration in 2001 brought the space back to its former grandeur after sitting vacant for 15 years. In 2015 an additional $300,000 renovation refreshed the Coronado’s ballrooms. With seating from 90 to 350 guests, there are several options for reception spaces with spaces up to 6000 square feet. 314-881-4346 www.thecoronado.com MAC The Missouri Athletic Club’s downtown location was built in 1916. After several updates since then, the MAC has been voted as one of the top private racquet clubs in the country. The opulent Missouri Ballroom is more than 600 square feet and can accommodate up to 600 guests. 314-539-4424 Missouri Athletic Club

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CORONADO


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Behold the Ballroom CASA LOMA Originally built in 1927, the Casa Loma Ballroom is historically known in St. Louis as THE place to dance and hear great music, with performances by greats including Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, and Glenn Miller. With a 5000 square foot dance floor, Casa Loma can seat anywhere from 150-850 guests. 314-650-2462 www.casalomaballroom.com

Casa Loma

MARRIOTT GRAND The Marriott Grand’s Crystal Ballroom is a rooftop space with an outdoor garden and views of

Marriott Grand's Crystal Ballroom

The Gateway Arch. The 4658 square foot space spans the entire top floor of the building and accommodates up to 300 guests. Over the years this hotel space has seen redesigns and the elegant details of the Crystal Ballroom are a highlight. 314-418-5872 THE FRANKLIN ROOM Located in the Historic Soulard District, the Franklin Room was built during the 1904 World’s Fair. After a renovation to add updates but keep the original architecture and charm, the space now serves as a popular wedding and reception venue, accommodating up to 300 guests. www.thefranklinroom.net ♥

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St. Louis Shopping

GIFTS FOR HIM

Something special for your soon-to-be groom and his groomsmen P H OTO G R A P H Y BY D AV I D L A N C A S T E R

Personalized tumblers with custom etching and powder coating, $10-85 from Metals by Mike, 618.406.7688 or facebook.com/MetalsbyMike

“Flintlock” feather tie ($200) and coordinating lapel pin ($55) by Brackish packs a punch with its bright blue peacock feather center and guinea edges from The Service Bureau, 314.991.1104 or servicebureaushop.com

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Everything the cigar aficionado could want under one roof, including a large humidor

kit from Still 630 is definitely a one-of-a-kind

and “The Lounge” at Charles P. Stanley Cigar Company & Lounge, 1000 Washington Avenue,

gift, $115 from Still 630, 1000 S. 4th Street,

314.436.3500 or stanleycigarco.com

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St. Louis Shopping

Skull cufflinks in oxidized silver and 14K gold with garnets and diamonds, $1,500 from Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry, 314.771.3390 or fosterjewelry.com

GIFTS FOR HIM

The Budweiser Brewery Experience offers a variety of unique gifts and experiences, including Day Fresh and History Tours ($15); Beer School ($15); Beermaster Tour ($35) and Growlers start at $59.50 and include the Your St. Louis Baseball Cardinals fans will flip with any of these MLBT Authentic gift items by Tokens & Icons: baseball bottle opener ($140), wooden pen ($155), watch ($357) and money clip ($90) from The Service Bureau, 314.991.1104 or servicebureaushop.com

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Red Peony bouquet by Caroline Kelsey

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TimeHonored Classics Six timeless bouquets

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Biedermeier style bouquet of roses and mini calla lilies by Always in Bloom

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Cascade of roses, calla lilies, orchids, seeded euchalyptus and a variety of greenery by Schnucks Florist

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Rose and Peony bouquet wrapped in a collar of Dusty Miller by Sisters Floral Design Studio

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Rose and Peony cascade with golden sprays and ivy touches by Artistry Florist

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Our beautiful lakeside setting, award winning wines and amazing sunsets create the perfect place for new beginnings. Located just 45 minutes from downtown St. Louis. Flexible, open reception space accommodating 100 to 350 guests. 21028 Eckert Orchard Road Grafton, IL 62037 Contact us: 618-786-3001 or Events@thegraftonwinery.com |

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ENGAGEMENT PARTY

Two if by Sea A lively engagement party with a nautical theme P H OTO S BY P H O E B E L A N D R U M P H OTO G R A P H Y

Since Dena and Simon love going on trips to the beach in Brooklyn, NY where they live, Simon’s Mom took the lead on planning their rehearsal dinner in St. Louis — a clam bake by the “sea” (the lake in Forest Park). The night was complete with a s’mores station and campfire. “Our rehearsal dinner truly set the tone for the rest of the weekend,” said Dena. “It was fun to see our family and friends from all parts of our life meet one another for the first time.” Dena’s advice for the bride-to-be? “Spend a couple of weeks ‘Pinterest-ing’ galore to set your vision, but after that, relax and trust the people you love to help you through the planning process! They won’t let you down.” (Continued on next page)

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DETAILS Jessica Austin, Catering St. Louis PLANNER:

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A Brideʼs Journal Follow new bride Nikki Klapp in her planning, thoughts, and highs and lows leading up to her Big Day. A S TO L D TO J E N N I F E R C . F R A K E S • W E D D I N G P H OTO S BY TO M E I C H

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I’m engaged! Josh and I, my boyfriend of 2 ½ years, left work early on a Friday to meet for a round of golf at Tappawingo Golf Club. We were planning (at least I was planning) on going to the Cardinals game after playing 18 holes. We were paired up to play with two other golfers that we didn’t know. It was a really hot day and I was ready to wrap up our time on the course. I went to retrieve my golf ball from the 18th hole, and there was a ring in it! A really pretty, sparkly one. I turned around and Josh was on one knee, and the two other golfers took pictures of the whole thing. I couldn’t believe it. We returned to the clubhouse and about 50 friends and family


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I saw some penguin cake toppers on Pinterest that were wearing a top hat and a veil, which was pretty adorable. were there to surprise us. I was totally taken off guard and it was a great night celebrating with some of my favorite people. Let the wedding planning begin! October 2, 2015

Where do I begin? OK, I’m already overwhelmed. I’m looking for dates a year out, and lots of places are booked already, especially reception venues. Also, I didn’t realize how expensive everything was. A few places I was interested in did not even call me back, so they’re off the list. Also, I have so many opinions coming at me! On which vendors to use, what month to get married, people telling me to please not schedule the wedding during their vacations… you name it. My Mom died suddenly when I was five years old, so I don’t have her to help and be with 138

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I’ve got the when and where–reception at the Saint Louis Zoo on September 24! Josh is from Denver and we’ll have lots of out-of-towners, so it will be cool to host our day at an iconic St. Louis location. me during this process. But I’m really close to my Dad and older sister Kate and know they’ll give me lots of guidance and assistance. Keep forging ahead…. October 29, 2015

Two Big Decisions Down I’ve got the when and where–reception at the Saint Louis Zoo on September 24! My sister Kate had her reception at the Zoo under a tent on Historic Hill, and ours will be in the Lakeside Cafe. Josh is from Denver and we’ll have lots of out-of-towners, so it will be cool to host our day at an iconic St. Louis location. I feel a lot better having those two biggies confirmed. (Continued on page 178) 140

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pring and summer may be the most popular time for weddings, but don’t underestimate the romance of a winter honeymoon. There’s something about cold weather and holiday cheer that makes escaping with that special someone exciting in those chilly months. Think about it, you and your new spouse are cuddled up in front of a crackling fire after an afternoon of hitting the slopes. Or you watch the snow fall softly from a warm and inviting inn high on a cliff overlooking a crystal blue lake. On the other hand, chilly temperatures aren’t a prerequisite to get the sparks flying. Maybe you have a gorgeous winter wedding planned but want to leave the St. Louis cold behind to splash in the shore along stunning beaches, or indulge your Caribbean fantasies by sneaking kisses while watching the sun set over the ocean. Whether you want to escape the cold temps with the warmth of the tropics or dive right into the heart of winter, the November to February travel season can be an ideal time for a luxurious getaway, and we’re sharing our top 5 picks for the most romantic winter honeymoon destinations.

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There’s something magical about Lake Tahoe in winter – the hushed, whispering fall of snow; mountains and evergreens blanketed in white; and the glittering blue lake that this part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains is known for. All that chilly weather makes for great romance while you keep warm and cozy inside. You’ll enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the lake and surrounding snow-capped peaks from pretty much any restaurant and resort in the area. But there’s one special place on the lake that is perfect for newlyweds. The Landing Resort & Spa, Lake Tahoe’s only 5-star boutique lakeside hotel, was voted North America’s top boutique hotel, and for good reason. With a prime waterfront location in South Lake Tahoe, you’ll get all the luxury and amenities you’d expect on your honeymoon. From spa treatments and hot tubs to fine

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The diverse terrain of Vail offers plenty of epic opportunities for adventurous and active couples.

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dining and wine bars, luxury is at the top of the list. And when you’re ready to hit the slopes, an on-call shuttle will take you to Heavenly Mountain Resort’s gondolas, where you can spend the day skiing, snowshoeing, sledding or simply taking in the romantic beauty of a snow-covered paradise. VAIL, COLORADO

The single largest ski destination in the U.S., Vail has more than 5,000 acres of winter wonderland to explore. From skiing and snowboarding to tubing, showshoeing and even ziplining, the diverse terrain of Vail offers plenty of epic opportunities for adventurous and active couples. And once you’re done carving through the fresh powder, you can bundle up and take a romantic sleigh ride, admiring the gabled chalets, cobblestone walkways and snow-covered evergreens that give Vail its alpine charm. (Continued on page 190)

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The Jessica

Where femininity and modern romance meet.

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“Kim” satin ballgown by Pronovias features box pleats, bow waist and open back with v-strap detail, $1,200; Paloma Blanca veil, $315 from Simply Elegant Bridal.

The Audrey

Always known for her traditional and classic style, this inspired gown would reflect a modern yet timeless bride’s style.

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The Marilyn This curve-hugging gown marries glamour with sophistication.

“Summersweet” by Blue Willow Bride (Anne Barge) is a taffeta mermaid gown with draped bodice, corseted lace back accented by large bow at joinline, $2,190 from Town and Country Bridal Boutique; 14KT rose gold and diamond earrings, $4,800 and ring, $2,250 from Curt Parker Jewelers.

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The Charlotte

Brides who want to look timeless but with a modern twist will love the look of this gown, just like we did.

“Selena” ballgown from WTOO features a silky taffeta ruched bodice and waistband, sweetheart neckline, multi-layer skirt with horsehair hem and chapel train, $1,235 and Bel Aire veil, $156 from Mia Grace Bridal. 14K white gold and diamond ring, $2,150 from Curt Parker Jewelers.

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The Elizabeth

Timeless, traditional and classic. Gowns like this are the reason why icons became icons!

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“Pandora” by Vera Wang is a sweetheart Chantilly lace A-line gown with tulle buildup, hand-appliqued Chantilly lace and organza petals at train, $11,000 from Berrybridge. 14k white gold diamond ring, $2,750 from Timekeepers.

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The Grace

Dreamy, just like Grace Kelly was in every photo! The lace and sheer illusion detail at the neckline is eye-catching and truly special.

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The Pippa

This Old Hollywoodinspired gown reminds us of the gown Pippa Middleton wore the day Princess Kate got married.

“Tara” by Elizabeth Fillmore is a silk crepe gown featuring a dramatic plunge back and metallic silver rose and leaf motif at the waist and shoulders, $3,520 from Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique. “Sparkling” earrings by Park Lane, $58.

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The Josephine

Beautiful lace combined with clean, minimalist lines reminds us of this style icon.

“Georgia” by Kenneth Winston features jeweled neckline fit, layered with corded Alencon lace, $1,494 from Signature Bridal. “Sparkling” earrings by Park Lane, $58; Platinum ring with 2.05ct princess cut diamond, $20,000 from Timekeepers. SPRING/SUMMER 2017 • WWW.BRIDESTL.COM

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“Capri” by Edy K is a two-piece gown with lace top and multi-layer tulle skirt, $1,270 from Clarice’s Bridal. 14KT rose gold and diamond earrings, $4,800 from Curt Parker Jewelers.

The Katharine Ethereal and stunning, the horsehair detail is both modern and romantic, which we love.

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Delicate beadwork and an illusion neckline are demure and modest, yet entirely elegant.

“Audrey” by Badgley Mischka features vintage-inspired silk mermaid silhouette and illusion neckline with floral detail, $3,850 from Frew’s Bridal; Jeweled wedding wire, $120 from Katherine Jessica Collections. 14k white gold and diamond ring, $2,750 from Timekeepers. SPRING/SUMMER 2017 • WWW.BRIDESTL.COM

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Merging Houses When two (and their stuff ) become one

“I like it. It works. It says home to me.” –Jess “It’s so awful, there’s no way to even begin to explain what’s so awful about it.” –Marie After the last guests have caught their flight home, and the Instagram pictures have been tagged by friends far and wide, the lens seems to go a bit hazy on the actual status of “married.” Within a few hours (or days, if you’re lucky enough to get a honeymoon right away), you and your newly minted spouse will be waking up within the same four walls most every (Continued on page 168)

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Merging Houses (Continued from page 166) day. And figuring out what’s inside those walls can be an early test of your relationship! Like the newlyweds sparring over the “stupid, wagon wheel, Roy Rogers, garage sale coffee table” in “When Harry Met Sally,” St. Louis couple Carolyn and John Kelly stood in the midst of all their combined stuff in their new apartment in Dogtown and did their best to make nice. For the most part, the disagreements were mild. “Having both lived on our own for so long, we started out the process just by saying, ‘Ok, whose is the least bad?’” laughs Carolyn. So, out went John’s “old, cheap, boy comforter.” (“Don’t be mad,” Carolyn adds, with a sideways glance at her new husband.) He takes it in stride. “I lived with a lot of bachelor-pad stuff before we found this place together,” he says. “ I know for sure she was excited that I got rid of this fake plant, that I had found by the Dumpster. It had been with me through a few moves!”

“Success in a partnership thrives on stating your needs and wants respectfully and effectively, and on your partner being a good listener to those,”Skurtu says.

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Although their schedules didn’t allow it (he’s a high-school teacher and cross country coach; she’s a zookeeper and author, who also happened to run the Boston Marathon the week before she moved in), Carolyn advises other couples to “try hard to go through your stuff before you move it all.” She ended up moving everything, but at least did triage before John joined her in their new place. Just a week after their wedding, the entryway is loaded with items headed out. Young cousins headed off to college got to pick all kinds of goodies for their new lives, and Goodwill was getting a pile, too. Angela Skurtu, a licensed marriage and family therapist/certified sex therapist in Ballwin, agrees that the more you can streamline ahead of time, the better. “There are a lot of things to ask when you’re planning to get married,” she says, “and it should touch on everything from how to combine finances to ‘Who’s bringing the bed?’” A large part

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of her clientele comes for premarital counseling, and she coaches them into recognizing that choices over “stuff” are as much about honoring needs and hopes as about whether the worn-out recliner stays or goes. “Success in a partnership thrives on stating your needs and wants respectfully and effectively, and on your partner being a good listener to those,” Skurtu says. Cultivating a healthy sense of humor is key, too: “I remember in my first year of marriage, we made a rule for ice cubes: you have to leave four in the tray. That way, you at least leave the other person enough ice for the drink they wanted to have, before they fill it back up.” Practicality to go with the romanticism of a new marriage leads lots of couples into the doors of The Green Goose consignment galleries, too. Owner Robin McNabb see them both selling and buying. “When a couple is combining households, it’s usually the guy’s stuff that comes here to be sold,” she notes, “and I’ll say they’ve usually done a good job of negotiating before they get here!” She’s never experienced the wagon-wheel coffee table fight in either of her two stores. By consigning the second set of whatever they don’t need two of, couples can make a little money while they downsize. And then, the fun begins. “This generation we see really knows how to mix and match,” McNabb says. “So if they choose to shop consignment, they can get a lot better quality for the money than if they bought everything new.” Her staff is picky about what they accept, which means that on everything from household items like cookware sets and barware to entire rooms full of furnishings, it’s excellent condition with a price tag about half of retail. Back in Dogtown, though there may still be some compromises on the horizon, the Kellys seem ready to tackle their first year of married life as a team. No wagon-wheel tables take up resented space in their home: instead, on top of a shared bookshelf, there’s a spectacular, idiosyncratic metaland-wire sculpture of a pelican. A wedding gift, in fact, brought across the ocean by Australian friends. Carolyn and John both love it. Resources: The Green Goose, two locations: 5611 Hampton Ave., 314.352.5000 and 1267 S. laclede Station Rd., 314.961.4444, www.GreenGoose.com Angela Skurtu, lMFt, AASEct certified Sex therapist, owner of St. Louis Marriage Therapy, LLC, 13610 barrett office dr., 314.973.7997, www.therapistinStlouis.com, author of “PreMarital counseling, A Guide for clinicians”

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What If You’ve Already Been Living Together? First, the numbers suggest you are in good company: a 2013 study by the National center for Health statistics found that nearly half of women move in with a partner before marriage. so it may seem like you’ve already dealt with the merger -- but there are still important discussions to have, says Angela skurtu, of st. louis marriage therapy. “there are expectations that people bring to ‘being married’ that they may not even know they had,” she explains. “it could be that they were expecting a partner to step back from other hobbies, like video games or solo nights out, to spend more time together. or it could just be that they thought there would be some kind of change of feelings or priorities, but they haven’t communicated those expectations well.”

Be open to a wide variety of changes and conversations. Her advice? be open to a wide variety of changes and conversations. don’t assume what has always been, in relationship terms, is what has to be. And recognize your own bias in any potentially explosive situations: even if you know your partner squeezes the toothpaste tube is wrong (and obviously, rolling it up from the bottom is the way), don’t forget to step back and see that scenario from the other’s point of view. He likely feels the same way about the middle-ofthe-tube squeeze. Nothing is too small to warrant an open conversation, says skurtu. “Just take the time to prevent little things from becoming big. once you are married, you may find that the other person was being very patient about certain situations that seem very real now.” ♥

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Ask Lizzie Lizzie Post is the great-greatgranddaughter of Emily Post and co-author of “Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition”

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Q. Is it okay to announce my engagement on social media? LIZZIE: Yes, but before you do make absolutely sure that you share your exciting news with your closest family and friends first. Imagine, for a moment, being a grandmother, dad, aunt, sister, or good friend getting the head’s up this way: “Kathy, I just saw on Facebook that Jenna’s

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Lizzie Post (Continued from previous page) ation for the important people in the couple’s lives. So, before you post, make a list with your fiancé(e) of the family and friends whom you each should contact either in person or on the phone. Once you’ve spoken to everyone, then go ahead and share the news with the rest of your social network.

Q. My aunt is having a bridal shower for me and she would like to send e-vites rather than paper invitations. Is that a good idea, or will some people be offended? LIZZIE: E-vites are a popular and effective way to send invitations for lots of different parties and gatherings including bridal showers. In fact, e-vites can work well for many of the various wedding parties – showers, engagement party, bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, and post-wedding gatherings such as an after party or farewell brunch. The most important factor in determining whether an e-vite will be effective is to consider the guest list. Is everyone on the list familiar with the e-vite concept? If not – and that may or may not include some elder relatives – then a paper invitation may be a better choice. Some companies give you the option of sending an e-vite and a paper version of the invitation. Your goal is to be sure that each person on the list receives the invitation and can respond to it. The chance for offence comes when an invitee doesn’t receive or doesn’t know how to respond to the invitation and thus it becomes a source of angst instead of joy.

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communication. A wedding invitation is one of the most personal invitations issued. It is personal in the physical sense in that it goes from the hand of the host literally to the hand of the guest. Emailed invitations cannot convey that gravitas or sentiment as they are ephemeral in nature and only seen, never touched. For many, wedding invitations become keepsakes, mementos of a friend or relative’s special day. In a more practical sense, they can be displayed as an easily accessible reminder of the event – the date, time and location. Email will play a huge part in your wedding planning and communication, but when it comes to the invitation itself, paper, envelopes and a stamp are the most personal way to invite your guests.

Q. I have been to a number of weddings where people were constantly taking pictures on their smartphones. It seemed as if everyone was interacting with their phones or people who weren’t there than focusing on the couple and the other guests. My fiancé and I are wondering how to politely ask people to put their phones away during our ceremony and reception. LIZZIE: Almost everyone at your ceremony (including the wedding party) will have a phone in his or her pocket or purse. Beeps, chirps, alerts, and ringtones used to be the problem with smartphones, but now it’s the use of the camera and messaging as well. You are not alone in wanting to curb the photos and online shar-

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ing. Whether it’s because couples would like to see their guests directly, without a phone hiding their faces, or because they would prefer not to have photos of the ceremony, which many feel is private, uploaded to the Internet, it’s fair to ask guests to put away their smartphones. Start with a request on your wedding website, on the page that has “day of” information for guests, you can write something like this: “To

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Lizzie Post wedding ceremony, we kindly ask all guests to turn off and put away their phones before the ceremony begins. Thank you.” Then, follow up with reminders before the ceremony. You might post a “Please turn off and put away all mobile devices” sign at the entry or by the guest book. If you are providing programs, you can add it there—most guests read it cover to cover while they wait. You can also ask one of the groomsmen to make an announcement just before the couple’s parents are seated and the ceremony begins. Frankly, doing all three isn’t a bad idea. You could ask guests to refrain from using their smartphones at the reception, too, but it’s less likely they’ll comply. Once guests are at the reception, it’s virtually guaranteed they will check their phones. They’ll also take and post pictures of you, of their friends, of key moments such as the cake cutting or toasts, and even of the food. Since there’s no way you can police this without seeming like a party pooper, think of it as extra photo service and ask guests to share images while you are waiting for the formal ones from the photographer.

Q. We want to blast out the news as soon as we’ve said “I do,” but we don’t want to lose the focus of the ceremony. How do we handle tweets at our wedding? LIZZIE: Take a moment and think about who you are providing this service for—chances are high that all the people you want to share it with are right there with you, in which case tweets aren’t really that necessary. Or, it may be that you have a number of close friends and relatives who weren’t able to make it to the wedding. Then, it’s understandable that you’d like to keep them in the loop, in real time if possible. Otherwise, you are blasting this news to people you didn’t invite to your wedding. If there’s a reason to be sharing news and updates, consider designating one trusted person as your official Twitter Ambassador. Let them be in charge of tweeting or posting updates just after the ceremony and during the reception to help immortalize your big day. This way you can keep your attention where it belongs – on each other and on the guests who are present. 174

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Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, texts and emails connect you with your vendors, wedding party, parents, and guests instantaneously while spreadsheets, to-do apps, and electronic calendar reminders keep your lists and due dates in order. Here are some guidelines for using email and social media. Generally, email and social media are appropriate for: • “Save the date” notices. It’s fine to email these notices, but don’t post on social media. • Wedding RSVPs. It’s okay to put an email address as an additional RSVP option on your wedding invitation or reply card: “Replies also welcome at happycouple@rsvp.com by (date).” • Wedding announcements. It’s fine to post the announcement of your wedding on social media and to send emailed instead of paper announcements. • invitations to engagement parties, bridal showers and other prewedding events. • Wedding updates: Group emails and social media can keep friends an family in the loop as your wedding plans progress, but beware over sharing and flooding feeds and inboxes with updates of every detail. avoid email and social media for: • Wedding invitations. An emailed invitation won’t express the very special and personal nature of a wedding invitation. • thank you notes. wedding gifts and shower gifts call for a handwritten thank you note. No exceptions. • discussing personal or thorny issues. It’s easy for communications using email, texts, or social media to be mi construed. Pick up the phone or have a face-to-face meeting to talk things over. You’ll work things out or get them back on track much more quickly. ♥

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wedding day schedule USE THIS CHECKLIST as a guideline for scheduling a time for many of the day’s details. (Make sure you plan some time for yourself. Eat a good breakfast, take a brisk walk or a long soak in the tub or watch a favorite movie—anything that will calm you down and fortify you for the day’s events.) BEFORE THE CEREMONY Hairdresser and makeup appointment with your attendants Flowers arrive for you, your attendants, mother, father and other appropriate family members Flowers arrive at the groom’s residence for his mother, father, best man and other appropriate family members Begin getting dressed Photography and videography sessions begin Transportation to ceremony arrives Leave for the ceremony site

TIME OF DAY:

AT THE CEREMONY SITE Florist arrives to decorate Ushers arrive Musicians and/or vocalists arrive Groom and best man arrive Parents of the groom are seated, unless they are part of the processional Your mother and maid of honor arrive Your attendants arrive You and your father arrive Prelude music begins Your mother is seated after last guest is seated Processional begins Ceremony begins Recessional begins Post-ceremony photography session begins

TIME OF DAY:

AT THE RECEPTION Guests arrive Refreshments are served You & wedding party arrive Receiving line forms Food service begins Champagne/wine service begins Toasts begin Cake-cutting First dance Wedding cake is served Toss bouquet and garter Change into going-away clothes Transportation arrives Depart the reception

TIME OF DAY:

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Your Wedding Music Find the right groove with these five need-to-know wedding music tips. BY J AC K I E T U C K E R

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Choosing your first dance song doesn’t have to be that complicated.

Finding the perfect song to dance to at the reception can feel like an epic decision. But what if he likes Van Halen, and you dig Johnny Cash? No worries. Any DJ worth his salt can splice together a mashup of your two favorite songs, creating a first-dance tune that is uniquely you.

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Before you ask your musician friends to play…

Just because your friend can play the piano doesn’t mean he necessarily wants to play at your wedding. If you really want him to play, make sure you give him an understanding out when you ask. And if he does accept, then give him plenty of time to practice and a nice little thank you gift on the day.

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Every sound system is different.

Check with both your ceremony and reception venues to see what types of music work

for the acoustics at each location. (And also, depending on the venue, check what type of music is allowed.) Have your musicians or DJ do a run through and sound check to avoid any sour notes.

Create a do NOT play list.

While you may know exactly which songs you want for the first dance and cake cutting, telling your band or DJ what songs you DON’T want played may be just as important. There will likely be requests from your wedding guests during the reception, and if there is something you absolutely do not want played, let your musicians or DJ know ahead of time.

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Check the timing of your ceremony music

Book your ceremony musicians to start at least 20 minutes before the ceremony begins so that your early arrival guests don’t get restless. Also, having music before and during the ceremony can help to direct guests when to stand or be seated. ♥

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A Bride’s Journal (Continued from page 140)

Bump in the Road One complication is that Josh was previously married briefly, and if we want to be married in a Catholic Church, he needs to get an annulment. This is often a pretty long process and I don’t know if we’ll get it in time. We had a really disappointing meeting with

the priest about getting Josh’s first marriage annulled in time for us to be married in the Catholic Church. It sounds like it isn’t likely. We definitely should have started the process sooner, but he made us feel really badly about the whole thing. That means we need to start looking at locations for the ceremony if the church doesn’t work out in time. Ugg…..maybe

we’ll just have a penguin perform the ceremony. He’s already dressed nicely.

Wedding Party I’m wrestling with how many bridesmaids to have. I’ll be 33 at the time of the wedding and have been a bridesmaid at least 10 times, probably more like 15. My only sister is obviously my Matron of Honor, and I’m also including my cousin Cori that I’m really close to. Is 15 bridesmaids too many? Probably. February 3, 2016

DJ it is We decided on a DJ over a band. Some of the bands I wanted were already booked, and I don’t want to have a band just for the sake of having a band. A little disappointing, but I’ve been to lots of wedding where the DJ did a great job keeping the party going into the wee hours.

Yes to the Dress! Tried on dresses….and I found one at the first place I went! We (me, my Dad, Kate, niece Georgia and Josh’s mom) went to Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique in Clayton. We happened to be

I fell in love with a dress unlike anything I thought I would pick for myself! I thought I wanted lace and formfitting, and chose something completely different. I put it on and couldn’t stop smiling.

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A Bride’s Journal there during a trunk show for the designer Judd Waddell, an Illinois native. I fell in love with a dress unlike anything I thought I would pick for myself! I thought I wanted lace and form-fitting, and chose something completely different. I put it on and couldn’t stop smiling–it was lovely. It was also comfortable, fun and I thought it really stood out from other dresses. The designer was kind enough to sketch a drawing of me in the dress and sign it for me. Yay! Now I’m really starting to feel like a bride!

my somewhat unique requests. I really want to have reusable flowers that the guests can take home, plant and/or keep. I am thinking about orchids and terrariums, which I think would be fitting at the Zoo. Tony is totally on-board and helping make my vision possible. He suggested bouquets surrounded by feathers for myself and my bridesmaids, which I think would be cool

for our animal theme.

More To-Do’s I need to book a block of room for our out of town guests, which is about 20% of our invite list…somewhere close to Forest Park. Also need to figure out transportation and (Continued on next page)

Bridal Show I have my photographer (Tom Eich, who was recommended to me by my recently-married cousin), venue, dress and DJ, but was curious about Bridal Shows. If I hadn’t had made those decisions, the bridal show might have been more helpful, but I’m glad I went. I ended up finding my florist there and getting some good ideas for table decorations, invitations and linens. And my Dad loved all the edible giveaways!

Bridesmaids’ Dresses I am going with 10 bridesmaids and have decided to use Rent the Runway for the bridesmaid dresses. I found a black and white dress on the website that I think will fit all body types and be comfortable. The front hem line is curved, which will be more flexible for everyone’s varying heights. The dress also has pockets, which my girls are excited about! When you rent the dress, for about $100, they send each person two dresses and they can pick which fits best, since you aren’t allowed to alter them. I’m ordering one dress in advance to see it in person, just to make sure. I’m running with the Zoo/animal theme and letting each girl pick out their own animal print shoes. March 2, 2016

It’s All Happening at the Zoo The Zoo it is, for both the ceremony and the reception. The ceremony is at Peabody Hall. A Catholic priest who used to be at St. Stanislaus is coming in from Chicago to conduct the ceremony. Following that will be a Sea Lion Show, just for our guests, since the Zoo will be closed to the public by then. Then we walk a few steps to the reception at the Lakeside Café. It’s not what I had originally planned, but having everything so close and in a world-class facility is a pretty great plan, too! March 9, 2016

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A Bride’s Journal lots and lots of smaller details! Still have to decide on invitations and really want to incorporate our location into them somehow.

now that acts as a scanner-so cool! Also registered at Macy’s for some more traditional stuff. Josh and I have a house together, and I’m excited to have new stuff that is both of ours, from the beginning.

April 7, 2016

Guest Stress

Ready, set, register! Registered at Crate & Barrel. They have an app

The guest list is quite stressful! Especially since having our ceremony at Peabody Hall means

only about 175 will fit for the ceremony. We hope to have no more than 220 guests for the reception. I know that’s unusual-having more at the reception than the ceremony, but that’s the way it goes. My Dad is from a family of 11, and my Mom from a family of six. Unfortunately, that means no kids are invited except for my two nieces, who are the flower girls. I’m having to make some hard decisions about our work friends and my Dad’s friends. This means we’ll need two versions of the invitations-one for guests invited to both ceremony and reception, and one for those invited to the reception only. We went with a shuttle bus to handle transporting guests to and from the Chase Park Plaza Hotel. The shuttle bus can carry more people and will be a good deal in the end. may, 2016

A Bigger Bump in the Road We just found out that my Dad has prostate cancer. We aren’t sure how serious it is or what this all means yet, but obviously we are all really concerned. Knowing this does make all our little wedding glitches seem pretty insignificant.

Josh mainly wears Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, so our wedding day will be no different. He’ll wear his customary white ones with his tux, and he’s giving the groomsmen black Chuck Taylors.

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June 9, 2016

Still a Yes My first fitting of my dress! Fleur de Lis referred me to a tailor and she’s great. Yep, I love the dress as much as when I first chose it-maybe more! I’ll do a second fitting, then take it with me after that.

Well-Groomed

and another cool St. Louis tradition to incorporate into our day. My Dad and his girlfriend Elaine chose chocolate-covered marshmallows on sticks, dark and milk chocolate non-pariels, malted milk balls, chocolate-covered caramels, fleur de lis chocolates, Swedish fish, and fruit sours. Also, in a nod to my Dad’s polish heritage, my aunt made kruschicki, a traditional Polish cookie.

July 6

My first shower! It was with my Mom’s side of the family—her sisters, my cousins and my cousin’s wives. My aunt Linda gave me a cookie jar that my Mom painted a long time ago, and that was really special. It’s really hard not to have my Mom throughout all this, but it’s great to have this

Josh mainly wears Converse Chuck Taylor shoes, so our wedding day will be no different. He’ll wear his customary white ones with his tux, and he’s giving the groomsmen black Chuck Taylors. Two birds with one stone-their gift for being in the wedding and comfortable shoes to wear that day! Josh is also a huge fan of Lego, and we found some cufflinks that look like Lego pieces for all the guys-perfect! June 29, 2016

Feeding Time at the Zoo We did a food tasting at the Zoo and chose the steak and shrimp—yum! My Dad asked about doing a trio of entrée’s, adding the chicken picatta that he also liked. (A huge St. Louis Blues fan, my Dad suggested we call the three items on the plate the “hat trick”). But they said that would require a bigger plate, which means bigger tables, and leads to more spacing issues in the room. Glad we have the professionals to think of these things! Helping with the wedding has actually been a nice distraction for my Dad, and a break from all his doctor’s appointments and tests. July 2

Somebody has to do the research! We did an in-home cake tasting in May with three kinds of cakes and 10 kinds of filling. Today we met with the bakers at Sugaree Bakery to finalize the details of the cake. I found a cake with animal silhouettes on Pinterest that really went with the invitations we chose, and Sugaree was up for the challenge. We chose Florida pound cake with lemon icing and chocolate fudge cake with tiramisu and cappuccino filling. Those penguins may make an appearance yet…. I saw some penguin cake toppers on Pinterest that were wearing a top hat and a veil, which was pretty adorable. And it’s fitting, since penguins mate for life. Another very enjoyable piece of research was candy tasting at Crown Candy Kitchen. My Dad has worked near Crown Candy for years and often goes there for lunch, and the owners are friends of his. So having a candy bar at the reception with Crown Candy was appropriate, SPRING/SUMMER 2017 • www.bRIdEStl.coM

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A Bride’s Journal reminder of her.

It was nice to get away before returning to the final phases of wedding planning.

July 28

Girls Gone Wild

August 4

My bachelorette party in Las Vegas! All but one of my bridesmaids was able to make it, so I felt really lucky to so many of my close girlfriends and family get a little crazy with me in Sin City.

My Dad’s family hosted a shower for me and I got a lot of awesome gifts for our house. One thing I’ve learned is that people love to buy the fun stuff, like the mustard spoons, tiki cups and

the tortilla warmer. Which is great, because I’d probably never buy those kinds of things for myself. But I am glad I also registered for basics, like really good pots and pans, bakeware and a really good vacuum cleaner. August 18, 2016

Five weeks to go! I’m feeling pretty good about everything, as it gets closer. Throughout the day though, random things will pop in my head about details (like place cards, table numbers, bags for the candy at the candy bar) that need to be taken care of or finished. But there’s nothing keeping me up at night, and for that I am grateful. Elaine, my Dad’s girlfriend, has been a big help. september 16,2016

Not feeling like a beautiful bride! I feel terrible! I have a huge cold, congestion and an overall yucky feeling. I’m glad I am ahead on all the wedding stuff, because all I can do is go to work and blow my nose every 30 seconds. I wish I had taken off at least three days of work before the wedding. I’ve been working late every night, which probably hasn’t helped my health. The doctor says it’s viral and there is not much I can do. The one thing that seems to be helping is Vicks nose spray…trying to think positive and get as much sleep as possible. september 23, 2016

The Eve of the Big Day! I’m not 100% health-wise, but much better. And so excited to see all my out-of-town family and friends! Meeting up with my bridesmaids for manis and pedis, then a Bridal Luncheon at my cousin Cori’s house. Then the rehearsal dinner at Hacienda, a longtime favorite restaurant of my family’s. We’ll have about 70 people there in the big back room, with all of our Mexican favorite foods and cocktails. So excited….I can’t believe it’s all finally here! ♥

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Unplug the Wedding? Tips for using social media wisely throughout your wedding BY A M Y Z I M M E R M A N

MAYBE YOU WATCHED the parody video,

“Unplugged,” that shows a professional wedding photographer attempting to capture a couple’s ceremony while competing with obnoxious guests brandishing smartphones, tablets, and digital cameras. The video, created by SLF Weddings in Oregon, has been watched more than 2 million times and uses the hashtag #unplugthewedding. The video shows the officiant confronting offenders such as the faux-tographer and urging guests to watch with their own eyes rather than through a screen. While it is a funny and entertaining video, it isn’t far from reality. With the increasing popularity of social media and the constant access to cameras, couples

Brides should be forthcoming with vendors about when and if it is appropriate to post and share information about the wedding. Do you want the florist to wait until after the big day to post pictures of your bouquet? find the need to set some guidelines not only at the ceremony, but also during the months leading up to their big day. Following are some tips for posting wedding details to social media. Control Your Media Space Everyone has a different opinion on the ideal amount of social media exposure and it is important that you let people know if you are more Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lawrence. “With social media being as abundant and prevalent as it is, a bride needs to decide how (Continued on next page) SPRING/SUMMER 2017 • www.bRIdEStl.coM

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Unplug the Wedding (Continued from previous page) much she wants to control information about her wedding. She needs to have that conversation with vendors, people in her wedding party, and members of the families,” says Josie Littlepage, owner of Cosmopolitan Events. Brides should be forthcoming with vendors about when and if it is appropriate to post and

share information about the wedding. Do you want the florist to wait until after the big day to post pictures of your bouquet? Will you be upset if the bakery posts a photo of your cake on its website before your reception? Have that conversation early to avoid any issues. The same can be said of members of the wedding party and families involved in the

wedding. If you don’t want your maid of honor to share photos of your bridesmaid dresses on Snapchat or if you’d rather your mother didn’t post pictures of the centerpieces on her Facebook page, you need to be proactive and request that they respect your wishes concerning social media. Avoid Oversharing Brides spend a lot of time pouring over decisions about their weddings and many brides want to share some of the beautiful details through social media. Even if you are open about posting to social media, it’s good to maintain some element of surprise for your guests. Avoid posting detailed descriptions and photos of every element from the flower arrangements to the bridal gown. Unplug the Ceremony It’s perfectly acceptable to choose to keep your wedding ceremony tech-free. In fact, Littlepage says more couples are requesting that guests put their technology away and stay engaged with the ceremony.

Brides spend a lot of time pouring over decisions about their weddings and many want to share some details. Even if you are open about posting to social media, it’s good to maintain some element of surprise for your guests. This also helps ensure that guests with cameras or smartphones aren’t interfering with the professional photographer. You researched and hired a photographer to capture your wedding ceremony and you’d probably don’t want Uncle Bob’s iPhone flashing in the background. Julie Redmond, owner of Vellum, says many couples choose to politely state on their ceremony program that the wedding is unplugged. For example, couples may state: “We kindly request that our guests be fully present with us during the ceremony. Please turn off all cell phones, tablets, and cameras.” Additionally, brides 184

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Unplug the Wedding may want to include the statement on the wedding website or even ask the officiant to make an announcement before the ceremony begins. There may even be times during the reception, such as the first dance or the cutting of the cake, when you prefer that your photographer have a clear shot uncluttered by cellphone photographers. Again, ask the band or disk jockey to politely request that guests briefly refrain from using technology.

app. Some couples choose to create a geofilter for guests to use during the reception. You can customize the filter, the area it covers, and the duration it will appear in the app. Littlepage recommends that couples have signage at the reception to explain the geofilter so guests realize they can use it with their Snapchat account.

As technology continues to evolve, brides will have new and exciting ways to share their big day and will face more challenges on how to maintain control of their privacy. Live stories online will offer a new set of opportunities and issues. “Ceremony signage has changed so much over the years,” says Littlepage. “Soon we may be asking guests not to ‘go live’ during the ceremony.” ♥

Use a Hashtag Create your own wedding hashtag to organize wedding photos and posts across social media networks. This will help collect all the Instagram posts, Facebook posts and Tweets about your big day. Redmond says couples frequently include their wedding hashtag on their website as well as on printed materials such as the save the date, schedule of events, and the program. You may even have the band or disk jockey announce your hashtag during the reception. Additionally, photo-sharing apps such as Wedding Party, Wedding Snap, and WedPics allow guests to take photos on their smartphones and share them in an online wedding album. You can download your favorites, share them on social media or display them in a slideshow during your reception. Wait to Post The first time your fiancé sees you in your wedding gown should be at the altar, not in a Snapchat from your maid of honor. Remind your wedding party to wait to post until you are ready to go public. “Some brides tell the wedding party it’s okay to post after she walks down the aisle. Others want to post on their own page first. Usually the bridesmaids know her well enough to know her style, but she should still share her wishes and set some parameters,” says Littlepage. This restraint should start as soon as you get engaged. Consider which close friends and family members should hear the news directly from you rather than seeing it on Facebook. Positive Posts Wedding planning can be stressful and you will need to vent your frustrations, but think before you post. Complaining about guests who haven’t returned their response cards or detailing the argument you had with your future mother-in-law will cause hurt feelings and even more problems. Create a Geofilter Snapchat allows people to pay for custom filters that will temporarily appear within the SPRING/SUMMER 2017 • www.bRIdEStl.coM

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Destination Weddings Top Ten Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding BY J AC K I E T U C K E R

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HOSE INCREDIBLE PHOTOS of destination weddings are beautiful. But what they don’t show are the hard work and planning that goes on behind the scenes to make things run smoothly. We sat down with Alexandra Honey of Jane Alexandra Concierge Travel to compile a list of the top 10 secrets for putting together a flawless and fabulous destination wedding to remember. Here’s what she had to say.

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PICKING THE SPOT

Location is everything when planning a destination wedding, and not all locations are created equal. Every location will have a different personality, a different flavor, a different feel. What do you envision when you’re walking down the aisle? 

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TIMING IS EVERYTHING

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CHECK WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS

When planning your destination wedding, timing is everything. Mother Nature waits for no man or woman. Take into consideration the rainy season, lower temperatures throughout the year, high and low season concerning price, and hurricane season.

Give your guests ample notice, and make sure your big day doesn’t collide with other major life events, especially if you want that person to attend. However, as much as you want to please everyone it will be absolutely impossible. Set your date and stick to it.

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BE PREPARED FOR THE UNEXPECTED

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RESEARCH LOCAL MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS

Local marriage requirements in the country couples are getting married in may affect the legitimacy of the wedding certificate in the United States. Regulations, guidelines, and fees must be met when legally getting married outside the United States. To bypass these regulations, more and more we are seeing the bride

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and groom discreetly get married in the United States and then take their group to Mexico or the Caribbean to celebrate what they consider the “real” wedding without the restriction of local government.

they are using, but if something goes wrong or is not delivered on time, the bride and groom have to scramble and take time away from their guests. Hire a consultant to take care of all of the vetting for you.

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It is always good for a bride to factor in extra expenses because a bride may arrive on property and decide she wants something extra added. When we plan a destination wedding, the bride and groom know all of their expenses up front. If they left their wallet at home they would still be in good hands.

TAKE CARE OF YOUR GUESTS

It is always a nice touch for the bride and groom to give a welcome gift to the guest when

they arrive at their location. Welcome gifts may include a schedule of events, a wedding momento, and something specific to their location.

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ORGANIZATION IS KEY

Do your research and have a clear vision of what you want for your destination wedding. Let the distance make you decisive, and rely heavily on your wedding planner. ♥

What most people don’t realize when having a destination wedding is the planning and execution that happens behind the scenes. The bride and groom will not have the time or energy to be the host, entertainer, and wedding coordinator all in one. Share your vision with a professional and let them take the lead for you.

I highly discourage a bride and groom hiring local vendors on their own. Not only do they not know the legitimacy of the company

Give your guests ample notice, and make sure your big day doesn’t collide with other major life events, especially if you want that person to attend.

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Which wedding vendors should you tip (and how much)? Here’s a cheat sheet for keeping track of wedding gratuities. BY J AC K I E T U C K E R

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Wedding Planner

Reception Band or DJ

Tipping your wedding planner is optional, and they likely won’t expect anything. But if you feel like you need to give them something, 10 to 20% up to $500 is standard, or a thoughtful gift would be a nice gesture.

Tipping your reception entertainment is optional but generally preferred. The standard is $20-$25 per musician or $50-$150 for DJs.

Hair Stylist & Make-up Artist Gratuity is expected, with 15-25% being the standard. Though, it’s a nice idea to add a little more if there is a crisis or last-minute redo.

Driver Gratuity for drivers is usually included in the contract. If it isn’t included, 15-20% of the total bill, depending on the service, is the general rule.

Whether or not tipping is optional for your vendors, it’s always nice to send a hand-written thank you note. Other thoughtful gestures could be an email with a review they could add to their website or a glowing review on Yelp or similar sites. And, of course, referrals to friends and family are always welcome. ♥

Ceremony Officiant Tipping usually depends on the officiant, but in general a donation of $100 - $500 to the church or synagogue is standard. An optional tip of $50 $100 directly to the officiant is acceptable as well.

Ceremony & Reception Staff Tipping staff is generally based on your contract. Check to see if service fees are included. If not, standard practice is 10-20% of the food or liquor bill to be split among waitstaff and bartenders.

Ceremony Musicians Gratuity is optional, depending on the musicians. Typically, $15 - $20 per musician is the standard if you decide to tip.

Photographer & Videographer The protocol for tipping photographers and videographers is optional. Usually, if they are the owner, you do not tip. Otherwise, $50 - $200 is acceptable.

Caterer Check to see if your contract includes gratuity. If not, the standard tip is 15-20% percent of the total bill. Another option is to offer $50 - $100 for each chef and $20 - $50 per server.

Florist Your florist likely won’t be expecting a tip, but if you are especially pleased with their work, a tip of 10-15% of the total bill is a thoughtful gesture.

Whether or not tipping is optional for your vendors, it’s always nice to send a hand-written thank you note. Another thoughtful gesture could be an email with a review they could add to their website.

Photo by Abbie Takes Pictures Florals by SqWires

From the first moments of preparation to the final festivities, SqWires is the perfect setting for an elegant, informal or eclectic intimate celebration.

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Winter Wonderlands

St. Moritz, Switzerland Badrutt’s Palace Hotel

For those who are looking for a more relaxing holiday, there are plenty of plush indoor activities to keep you busy. Visit the spa and try a couples massage, relax in the hot tub, or just snuggle up around a cozy fire in your resort. Mike Schellhase of Travel Haus St. Louis recommends The Lodge at Lionshead. He says, “Newlyweds are often looking for luxury, and The Lodge at Lionshead is a great destination for that.” The Lodge is located at the base of Vail Mountain on the scenic Gore Creek just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Surrounded by crisp mountain air and the enticing scent of pine trees, at The Lodge you get the ultimate convenience of easy access to the mountain while experiencing the quiet seclusion every honeymooning couple is hoping for. It provides all the comforts of home with the pampering amenities of a luxury hotel. Get out and explore, or stay in and relax on an ideal winter honeymoon in Vail. St. Moritz, Switzerland

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and charming alpine villages offer a picturesque backdrop for your honeymoon. Enjoy a luxurious retreat with access to world-famous slopes as you experience the iconic Swiss Alps and all the inspiration and adventure that awaits you there. With chic elegance, St. Moritz delivers alpine lifestyle at its best. This luxury resort town in

What could be more romantic than a jacuzzi for two in your overwater bungalow with direct ladder access to the clear waters of the Carribean? Switzerland’s Engadin Valley has played host to the Winter Olympic games twice, and you’ll understand why once you visit. To really do things right, book your honeymoon stay at the magical Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, where you will fall under the spell of the hotel’s panoramic views of the

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Engadine Alps and Lake St. Moritz. After an exhilarating day slicing through the mountain’s fresh powder, take a romantic spin under the stars on the outdoor ice skating rink. Then head into the health spa for a rejuvenating couples massage before heading out that evening to dine at one of the area’s gourmet restaurants. With all the enchantment of a winter fairy tale, St. Moritz delivers an unforgettable winter honeymoon. RIVIERA MAYA, MEXICO

If you need a break from the cold and were hoping for a warm weather getaway after your winter wedding, what could be more romantic than a jacuzzi for two in your overwater bungalow with glass bottom floors and direct ladder access to the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea? That’s exactly what you’ll get at Palafito’s by Karisma. Shellhase says, “The Palafito’s are the first overwater bungalows anywhere in North America. It’s my new favorite place. They just recently opened up, and they are spectacular!” Imagine the tranquil turquoise waters lapping softly beneath you as you and your spouse clink champagne glasses and watch the sun change the sky from blue to pink and orange as it sinks slowly below the horizon. From your oversized deck chairs beside the private infinity pool, you can immerse

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Imagine the tranquil turquoise waters lapping softly beneath you as you and your spouse watch the sun change the sky from blue to pink to orange.


out onto the veranda and strolling down the dock to dive into the ocean for a moonlit swim. Then float over to the swim-up spa for a soothing massage before venturing into the treehouse restaurant where you’ll enjoy delicious island cuisine under the stars. Adding cool, mellow vibes to the ambiance, the owner of Goldeneye, Chris Black-

well of Island Records, has stocked each room with an extensive selection of reggae and island music for you to enjoy as you relax in your bright and airy room that opens directly to the sugary white sand. Feel those tropical breezes blowing all of your wedding stress away, and let yourself sink into the perfect honeymoon escape. (Continued on next page)

ORACABESSA BAY, JAMAICA The Goldeneye Hotel and Resort

It just so happens that author Ian Fleming wrote many of his James Bond novels from a villa that is now part of the Goldeneye Hotel and Resort.

coURtESy of GoldENEyE hotEl aNd RESoRt

yourself in luxury while your personal steward attends to your every need. You’ll be just a short kayak ride away from the white sandy beaches of Maroma Beach, voted by Travel Channel as one of the top 10 beaches in the world. But with all the indulgences in the bungalow, you many never make it to shore. ORACABESSA, JAMAICA

Jamaica’s Oracabessa Bay is famous not only for its stunning beaches and crystal clear blue waters, but it just so happens that author Ian Fleming wrote many of his James Bond novels from a villa that is now part of the Goldeneye Hotel and Resort. “The Goldeneye Hotel,” says Schellhase, “is Jamaica’s hippest, coolest luxury hotel. It has cottages and villas overlooking private beaches– the perfect place for a romantic honeymoon.” Relaxation and romance abound with the hotel’s attention to details in their food, music and top-class customer service. Imagine stepping

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Take the Stress Out of Your Trip golf with him in the morning then he goes

are, there is inevitably a measure of stress

shopping with you in the afternoon, make

that comes along with this happy time in

sure to balance your interests with his.

your life. the whirlwind of the wedding day

Agree on a budget: Nothing stresses cou-

along with the unpredictability of travel can

ples out more than spending, and when

sometimes make the trip more stressful than

you’ve likely just come off an expensive

it needs to be, usually with minor and avoid-

day celebrating your nuptials, it’s a good

able stuff that could be sorted out ahead of

idea to decide on a budget ahead of time.

time with a little bit of planning. so, we’ve

when planning the honeymoon, sit down

got a few tips to give you smooth sailing into

together and agree on realistic expecta-

your honeymoon.

tions. decide where you can upgrade and

No need to rush: we know you’re excited

where you can cut back. and once the trip

to get started on the honeymoon, but think

rolls around make sure you both agree to

about easing into the trip. instead of heading

stick to the budget.

to the airport right after the reception, book

Staying healthy: the weeks leading up to

the honeymoon suite at your local hotel the

the honeymoon are often busy and filled

first night. You’ll get some much-needed rest

with stress, which can do a number on your

and be able to start your trip fresh.

immune system. add in an emotional wed-

Don’t overdo it: it’s tempting to try to see

ding day and jetlag, and you may be a little

and do everything, especially if you’ve trav-

fragile, both physically and mentally. the

eled to the other side of the world for your

first couple of days of your trip, make sure

honeymoon. but remember, you’ve just

you get plenty of rest, drink lots of water,

spent the last several months with crazy

and ease your way in to the honeymoon.

wedding planning. so make sure to balance

Don’t sweat the small stuff: it’s highly likely

sightseeing with relaxing and spending

that something is not going to go according

quality time together with no pressure.

to plan on your honeymoon. be patient. be

Embrace each other’s interests: For the

flexible. don’t let a little interruption to the

excursions that you do have planned, make

schedule turn into something that derails

sure there’s something on the list for both

your whole trip. stay focused on the fact

of you to enjoy. whether it’s something you

that you are on an incredible trip with your

enjoy doing together, or you play a round of

amazing new spouse. ♥

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MAKING IT LEGAL

ID: driver's license, proof of social security number if absent from license; if 15-17, must be accompanied by custodial parent ($1.00 fee), 18 and under must present certificate of birth as well Phone: 636-949-7505 Fee: $48 (cash only)

Though procuring a wedding license isn’t quite as complicated as the wedding itself, it helps to know the rules. Here they are: 1 All applicants in Missouri and Illinois must receive a license before the ceremony; Saint Louis Bride recommends a minimum of 24 hours. Blood tests are not required in either state. 2 A Missouri license is valid for thirty days from its effective date; an Illinois license for sixty days. 3 Both bride and groom must apply in person. In Missouri, you may apply for a license at any office provided the wedding is to take place within the state. In Illinois, you must apply for and receive a license from the county in which the ceremony will take place.

FRANKLIN COUNTY Government Center 400 E. Locust, Room 102 (Union) Hours: 8a.m.- 4:30p.m. Mon.-Fri. ID: proof of social security number Phone: 636-583-6367 Fee: $46 (cash only) ST. CHARLES COUNTY St. Charles County Admin. Building 201 N. 2nd Street, Room 338 Hours: 8a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Fri.

JEFFERSON COUNTY Jefferson County Administration Center, Room 126, Maple Street (Hillsboro) Hours: 8a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Fri. ID: driver's license Phone: 636-797-5415 Fee: $51 (cash only) ST. CLAIR COUNTY Illinois, County Clerk's Office 10 Public Square (Belleville) Hours: 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Mon.-Fri.; 8:30a.m.12:00p.m. Sat. ID: two valid forms of ID (i.e. driver's license, social security card) Phone: 618-277-6600 x2388 Fee: $32 (cash, money order or local check) MADISON COUNTY Illinois, Administration Building 157 N. Main Street, Suite 109 (Edwardsville) Hours: 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Mon.-Fri. ID: State ID, driver's license Phone: 618-692-6290 Fee: $30 (cash only) ♥

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CITY OF ST. LOUIS City Hall, 1200 Market Street, Room 127 Hours: 8a.m.-5p.m. Mon.-Fri. ID: State ID/driver's license, proof of social security number if absent from license Phone: 314-622-3257 Fee: $48 (cash only)

ST. LOUIS COUNTY St. Louis County Government Center 41 S. Central Avenue (4th floor), Clayton Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri. 8a.m.-5p.m.; Tues. and Thu. 8a.m.-6p.m. ID: State ID/driver's license, proof of social security number; if under 18, must be accompanied by custodial parent/legal guardian with guardianship papers ($1.00 fee), must present certified copy of birth certificate Phone: 314-615-7180 Fee: $45 (cash only)

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110 of our favorite reception venues DETAILS WEDDING PLANNER: Cosmopolitan Events FLORIST: Artistry Florist BRIDE’S DRESS: Modern Trousseau from Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE: Suits from Zara Men’s BRIDE’S/BRIDESMAIDS' HAIR & MAKEUP: Daniellestyle WEDDING LOCATION: St. Anthony of Padua

Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE:

Meadowbrook Country Club

CAKE/CUPCAKES: The Cakery MUSIC: Lorrin Lynn (ceremony); DJ Tres (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Exclusive Events LINENS : BBJ Linen RENTALS: The Aries Company PAPER GOODS: Vellum PHOTOBOOTH:

Fish Eye Fun

TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Boda Film

Barnett on Washington, 844-GO-BARNETT, (Ad on page 49) 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 www.barnettonwashington.com The Caramel Room, 314-615-2480, (Ad on page 129) 1600 North Broadway, 63102 www.caramelroom.com Cardinals Special Events, 314-345-9630, (Ad on page 109) 700 Clark Street, 63102 www.cardinals.com/events Chatillon DeMenil Mansion, 314-771-5828, (Ad on page 205) 3352 DeMenil Place, 63118 www.demenilweddings.com Cedar Lake Cellars, 636-745-9500, (Ad on page 57) 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, MO 63390 www.cedarlakecellars.com Ces & Judy’s LeChateau, 314-991-6700 (Ad on page 6) 10405 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 63131 www.cesandjudys.com Chandler Hill Vineyards, 636-798-2675, (Ad on page 95) 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, MO 63341 www.chandlerhillvineyards.com Charles F. Knight Center, Washington University St. Louis 314-933-9400, (Ad on page 220) One Brookings Drive, 63130 www.olin.wustl.edu/knightcenter Chase Park Plaza, 314-633-3000, (Ad on page 25) 212 Kingshighway, 63108 www.chaseparkplaza.com

ON SITE CATERING

ALLOW CHOICE OF CATERER

ROOM CHARGE

CAKE CUTTING CHARGE

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, 636-940-4300, (Ad on page 141) One Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles, 63301 www.ameristar.com

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

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Y

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N

N

N

N

N

N

“If you're Y 2000married 1200 Y you Y know…nothing N Y N N beats that moment when you stand Y 200 170 Y Y Y N N N up, look to the back of the crowd, and Y 500 250 Y Y N Y N N see the person you’re about to marry Y 400 250 N Y N N N N walking down the aisle your way. In Raashi’s Y 350 case, 275 Yit was Y more N Ybeing N N helped down the aisle, as she was Y 300 200 Y Y N call call Y underneath an Indian dress that Y 3000 1300 Y Y N Y N Y had to weigh 60 lbs.”

The Cheshire, 314-932-7857, (Ad on page 180) 7036 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117 www.cheshirestl.com

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N

Y

City Cottage on Chouteau, 314-961-7588, (Ad on page 28) (Catering St. Louis) 3800 Chouteau, 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

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Clayton Plaza Hotel, 314-727-7434 7750 Carondelet St., Clayton, MO 63105 www.cpclayton.com

Y

400

300

N

N

N

N

N

Y

The Coronado Ballroom, 314-881-4346 (Ad on page 22) 3701 Lindell Blvd., 63108 www.thecoronado.com

Y

600

350

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport, 314-291-6700 11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, 63044 www.cphotelstlouis.com

Y

400

350

N

Y

call

Y

N

Y

Crown Valley Winery, 573-756-9463, (Ad on page 167) 23589 State Rt. WW, Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 www.crownvalleywinery.com

Y

n/a

150

Y

Y

N

ask

N

Y

Delmar Hall, 314-726-6161 (Ad on page 186) 6133 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 www.delmarhall.com

Y

750

327

Y

N

Y

N

n/a

N

DoubleTree by Hilton Collinsville/St. Louis, 618-345-2800 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, 62234 www.doubletreecollinsville.com

Y

800

450

Y

Y

N

call

N

Y

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center St. Louis, 636-532-5000, (Ad on page 190) 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield, 63017 www.doubletreechesterfield.com

Y

800

450

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

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Whether your party is upscale and elegant or informal and fun, you’ll find the perfect venue in our comprehensive list below. CEREMONY SITE

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CAPACITY STANDING

CAPACITY SEATED

OUTDOOR PARTY AREA

ON SITE CATERING

ALLOW CHOICE OF CATERER

ROOM CHARGE

CAKE CUTTING CHARGE

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

DoubleTree Westport Hotel, 314-212-2110 1973 Craigshire, 63146 www.doubletreewestport.com

Y

1000

450

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Forest Hills Country Club, 636-227-5030, (Ad on page 105) 36 Forest Club Drive, Chesterfield, MO 63005 www.foresthillscc.net

Y

500

270

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Forest Park Visitor’s Center, 314-961-7588 ext. 221, (Ad on page 28) (Catering St. Louis) 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, 63112 www.cateringstlouis.com

N

350

230

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Foundry Art Centre, 636-255-0270, (Ad on page 174) 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, MO 63301 www.foundryartcentre.org

Y

400

350

N

N

Y

N

n/a

N

Four Points by Sheraton, 618-622-9500, (Ad on page 214) 319 Fountains Pkwy., Fairview Heights, IL, 62208 www.fourpointstlouis.com

Y

1,000

500

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 314-881-2031 999 North Second Street, 63102 www.fourseasons.com/stlouis/weddings

Y

500

380

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

The Franklin Room, 314-664-7706, (Ad on page 168) 816 Allen Avenue, 63104 www.thefranklinroom.net

Y

300

300

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Gateway Arch Riverboats, 314-923-3047, (Ad on page 179) 50 South Leonor K Sullivan, St. Louis, MO 63102 www.gatewayarch.com

Y

n/a

150

Y

Y

N

N

ask

N

Gateway Classic Cars, 618-589-9930, (Ad on page 26) 1237 Central Park Dr., O'Fallon, IL 62269 www.gatewayclassiccars.com/event-space

Y

1200

1000

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 618-786-3001, (Ad on page 127) 21028 Eckert Orchard Road, Grafton, IL 62037 www.thegraftonwinery.com

Y

500

350

Y

N

N

call

Y

N

Grand Hall on Chouteau, 314-427-6771 (Ad on page 219) (Russo’s Catering) 2319 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103 www.russosgourmet.com

N

550

450

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Graphic Arts, 314-427-6771 (Ad on page 219) (Russo’s Catering) 105 Progress Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63043 www.russosgourmet.com

Y

300

230

Y

Y

N

ask

N

N

Grbic Private Event Space, 314-772-3100, (Ad on page 197) 4071 Keokuk St., St. Louis, MO 63116 www.grbicrestaurant.com

Y

360

360

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Hermann Hill, 314-427-6771 (Ad on Back Cover) 165 Highway 100 East, Hermann, MO 65041 www.hermannmoweddings.com

Y

300

300

Y

Y

N

N

N

Hermannoff Winery, 573-486-5199 (Ad on Back Cover) 237 East 1st Street, Hermann, MO 65041 www.innathermannhof.com

Y

800

500

Y

Y

N

ask

Y

314.772.3100

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CAPACITY SEATED

OUTDOOR PARTY AREA

ON SITE CATERING

ALLOW CHOICE OF CATERER

ROOM CHARGE

CAKE CUTTING CHARGE

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 314-421-1776, (Ad on page 111) 1 South Broadway, 63102 www.hiltonstlouis.com

Y

900

650

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Hilton St. Louis Frontenac, 314-993-1100, (Ad on page 203) 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd, 63131 www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com

Y

1000

500

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Holiday Inn South County Center, 314-892-3600, (Ad on page 137) 6921 South Lindbergh Boulevard, 63125 www.holidayinn.com

Y

500

325

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Holiday Inn Route 66, 314-821-6600 (Ad on page 133) 10709 Watson Road, 63127 www.hiroute66.com

Y

600

400

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 314-342-4655 (Ad on page 77) 4th & Chestnut, 63102 www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com

Y

3500

2000

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Joule, 314-881-4300, (Ad on page 11) 1419 Carroll St., St. Louis, MO 63104 www.palladium-stl.com/joule

Y

270

140

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Kemoll’s Restaurant, 314-421-0555, (Ad on page 139) 40th Floor, Metropolitan Square, 211 N. Broadway, 63102 www.kemolls.com

Y

350

200

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Kuhs Farm, 314-226-0709, (Ad on page 213) 13061 Spanish Pond Rd., Spanish Lake 63138 www.kuhsfarm.com

Y

10,000

900

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

LaChance Vineyards, 636-586-2777, (Ad on page 99) 12237 Peter Moore Lane, DeSoto, MO 63020 www.lachancevineyards.com

Y

300

300

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Laumeier Sculpture Park, 314-615-5278, (Ad on page 202) 12580 Rott Road, 63127 www.laumeier.org

Y

call

250

Y

Y

call

Y

N

N

Lemp Mansion Restaurant, 314-664-8024, (Ad on page 235) 3322 Demenil Place, St. Louis, 63118 www.lempmansion.com

Y

260

260

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Lodge at Grant’s Trail, 314-638-3340, (Ad on page 113) 4398 Hoffmeister, 63125 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com

Y

125

80

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Lumen Private Event Space, 314-615-2480, (Ad on page 129) 2201 Locust, 63103 www.lumenstl.com

Y

600

300

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Magnolia Hotel, 314-387-1385, (Ad on page 198) 421 N. 8th Street, St. Louis, 63101 www.magnoliahotels.com

Y

500

300

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Mandarin House Banquet Hall, 314-427-8070, (Ad on page 216) 8004 Olive Blvd., University City, MO 63130 www.stlouismandarinhouse.com

Y

500

400

N

Y

Y

N

N

N

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CAPACITY SEATED

OUTDOOR PARTY AREA

ON SITE CATERING

ALLOW CHOICE OF CATERER

ROOM CHARGE

CAKE CUTTING CHARGE

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

Marriott St. Louis Grand-Crystal Ballroom, 314-418-5820, (Ad on page 1) 800 Washington Avenue, Downtown www.marriottstlouisgrand.com

Y

400

270

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Marriott St. Louis Grand-Statler Ballroom, 314-418-5820, (Ad on page 1) 800 Washington Avenue, Downtown www.marriottstlouisgrand.com

Y

300

180

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Missouri Botanical Garden, 314-577-0200, (Ad on page 28) (Catering St. Louis 961-7588 x221) 4344 Shaw Blvd., 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

350

200

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Missouri History Museum, 314-454-3121, (Ad on page 11) (Butler's Pantry Catering) 5656 Lindell, 63112 www.butlerspantry.com

Y

1500

300

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Moonrise Hotel, 314-721-1111, (Ad on page 39) 6177 Delmar Blvd., 63112 www.moonrisehotel.com

Y

200

80

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Moulin Events, 314-241-4949, (Ad on page 184) 2017 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103 www.moulinevents.com

Y

750

325

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

Nat’l Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, 314-241-3400 442 S. De Mazenod Dr., Belleville, IL, 62223 www.snows.org

Y

600

400

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Old Barn Inn, 636-458-0131, (Ad on Inside Back Cover) 3519 St. Albans Road, St. Albans, MO 63073 www.InnsAtStAlbans.com

Y

600

300

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Old Hickory Golf Club, 636-477-8960, (Ad on page 23) 1 Dye Club Dr., St. Peters, MO 63304 www.oldhickorygc.com

Y

1000

550

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Old Post Office (Desco Group), 314-436-0101, (Ad on page 218) 815 Olive Street, Suite 19, 63101 www.oldpostofficestl.com

Y

500

250

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Oliva on the Hill, 314-961-7588 x221 (Ad on page 28) 4915 Daggett, 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

150

100

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Orlando’s Event & Conference Centers, 314-638-6660, (Ad on page 113) 4300 Hoffmeister, 63125 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

1000

900

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Orlando’s Event & Conference Centers, 314-453-9000 (Ad on page 113) 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

900

600

N

Y

N

N

N

N

The Pageant, 314-726-6161, (Ad on page 186) 6161 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 www.thepageant.com

Y

2,300

1097

Y

N

Y

Y

n/a

N

Palladium Saint Louis, 314-799-8886, (Ad on page 11) 1400 Park Place, 63104 www.palladium-stl.com

Y

700

400

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Celebrate your special occasion at Central Table Restaurant and private event space

Specializing in creative, customizable menus, elegant to casual 314-449-1600 | Centraltableevents@gmail.com | www.centraltablestl.com

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Patty Long Catering’s Beyond Broadway, 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 100) 112 Sidney, Soulard, 63104 www.pattylongcatering.com

Y

499

350

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Patty Long Catering’s 9th Street Abbey, 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 100) 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 63104 www.pattylongcatering.com

Y

350

210

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Patty Long Catering’s 9th Street Loft, 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 100) 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 63104 www.pattylongcatering.com

Y

100

60

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Peabody Opera House, 314-499-7620 (Ad on page 35) 1400 Market Street, 63101 www.peabodyoperahouse.com

N

-

375

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Piper Palm House, 314-771-4410, (Ad on page 11) (Butler’s Pantry Catering) 4256 Magnolia, 63110 www.butlerspantry.com

Y

275

150

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Promenade by Westin, 314-552-5712 (Ad on page 81) 811 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 www.westin.com/thepromenade

Y

500

275

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Regency Conference Center, 618-624-9999, (Ad on page 121) 400 Regency Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269 www.regencyconferencecenter.com

Y

1000

700

Y

N

N

call

Y

Y

The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis, 314-863-6300, (Ad on page 15) 100 Carondelet Plaza, 63105 www.ritzcarlton.com

Y

1000

800

N

Y

N

call

call

Y

River City Event Center and Casino, 314-881-7800 (Ad on page 141) 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63125

Y

1400

800

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Saint Louis Art Museum – Events by Panorama, 314-655-5387, (Ad on page 97) One Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 www.slam.org/dining/social.html

N

400

300

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Saint Louis Science Center - James S. McDonnell Planetarium, 314-533-8179, (Ad on page 200) 5050 Oakland Avenue, 63110 www.slsc.org/book-an-event

Y

1000

600

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Saint Louis Science Center - The Grow Pavillion, 314-533-8179, (Ad on page 200) 5050 Oakland Avenue, 63110 www.slsc.org/book-an-event

Y

160

160

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Saint Louis Zoo, 314-646-4855, (Ad on page 83) One Government Drive, Forest Park www.stlzoo.org

Y

unltd.

500

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Scape American Bistro, 314-361-6944, (Ad on page 37) 48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63108 www.scapestl.com

Y

200

130

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

The Schlafly Tap Room, 314-241-2337, (Ad on page 191) 2100 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 www.schlafly.com/events/private-parties

N

200

120

NY

Y

N

Y

Y

N

reception sites

SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER

A STELLAR CELEBRATION UNDER THE STARS 314.533.8179 starliteevents@sls.org www.slsc.org

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OVERNIGHT GUESTS

Seven T Farms, 573-915-6760 81 E. Bacon Ridge Road, Sullivan, MO 63080 www.seventfarms.com

Y

400

350

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Ballroom, 314-533-9900, (Ad on page 224) 3648 Washington Blvd., 63108 www.sheldoncancerthall.org

Y

700

500

N

Y

Y

call

N

N

Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet, 314-878-1500, (Ad on page 177) 191 Westport Plaza, 63146 www.sheratonwestport.com

Y

1000

500

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel, 314-878-1500, (Ad on page 177) 900 Westport Plaza, 63146 www.sheratonwestport.com

Y

500

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Silver Oaks Chateau, 314-238-6567, (Ad on page 119) 1168 State Hwy 100, Wildwood, MO 63069 www.silveroakschateau.com

Y

300

300

Y

Y

call

N

N

N

Slate Private Event Space, 314-899-0430, (Ad on page 45) 1015 Locust Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 www.baileysrestaurants.com

Y

225

200

Y

Y

N

Y

ask

N

Soulard Preservation Hall, 314-961-7588, (Ad on page 28) 1921 South 9th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

250

150

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Spazio Westport, 314-576-0400, (Ad on page 235) (Russo’s Catering) 12031 Lackland Road, 63146 www.spaziowestport.com

N

350

300

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

SqWires Annex, 314-865-3522, (Ad on page 189) 1415 South 18th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 www.sqwires.com

Y

200

150

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

St. Louis Airport Marriott, 314-253-5199 (Ad on page 185) 10700 Pear Tree Drive, St. Louis, MO 63134 www.marriottstlairport.com

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

St. Louis City Center Hotel, 314-613-5418, (Ad on page 171) 400 South 14th Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 www.stlouiscitycenterhotel.com

Y

800

550

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 314-621-5262, (Ad on page 215) 1820 Market Street, 63103 www.stlunionstationhotel.com

Y

500

500

N

Y

call

N

N

Y

Starlight Roof at the Chase, 314-367-1700, (Ad on page 25) 212 North Kingshighway, 63108 www.chaseparkplaza.com

Y

600

340

Y

Y

N

call

N

Y

Stone Hill Winery, 573-486-2221, (Ad on page Back Cover) 1110 Stone Hill Highway, Hermann, MO 65041 www.stonehillwinery.com

Y

225

225

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Stone House of St. Charles, 636-317-1222, (Ad on page 87) 4401 McClay Rd., St. Charles, MO 63304 www.stonehouseofstcharles.com

Y

call

500

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

1,000 1,100

SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER

THERE’S SOMETHING GROWING AT THE SAINT LOUIS SCIENCE CENTER! 314-533-8179

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Stone Soup Cottage, 636-244-2233, (Ad on page 21) 5809 Highway N, Cottleville, MO 63304 www.stonesoupcottage.com

Y

80

80

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

The Studio Inn, 636-458-0131, (Ad on Inside Back Cover) 454 Studio Road, St. Albans, 63073 www.InnsAtStAlbans.com

Y

240

170

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Sugar Creek Winery and Vineyards, 636-987-2400, (Ad on page 212) 125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance, MO 63341 www.sugarcreekwines.com

Y

300

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

The Terrace at French Village, 573-358-7177, (Ad on page 176) 6188 Highway Y, French Village, MO 63036 www.theterrace.com/weddings/

Y

250

200

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

Third Degree Glass Factory, 314-367-4527, (Ad on page 193) 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 www.stlglass.com

Y

500

225

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

Three Barn Farm, 314-961-7588 x221 (Ad on page 28) 20955 Highway W, Clarksville, MO 63336 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

200

call

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Top of the Met, 314-421-0555, (Ad on page 139) (Catering by Kemoll's) One Metropolitan Square, 42nd Floor, 63102 www.kemolls.com

Y

600

400

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

University of Missouri St. Louis, 314-516-5559, (Ad on page 205) 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121 www.umsl.edu/~eventservices

Y

260

250

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Villa Antonio Winery, 636-475-5008, (Ad on page 217) 3662 Linhurst Road, Hillsboro, MO 63050 www.villaantoniowinery.com

Y

300

300

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

The Weingarten, 618-570-3006, (Ad on page 75) 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville, IL 62221 www.theweingarten.com

Y

400

200

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

The Westin St. Louis, 314-621-2000, (Ad on page 81) 811 Spruce St., 63102 www.westin.com/stlouiswedding

Y

500

275

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

The Wildwood Hotel, 636-733-9100, (Ad on page 131) 2801 Fountain Place, Wildwood, MO 63040 www.thewildwoodhotel.com

Y

200

250

N

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Willow Private Event Space, 314-899-0430, (Ad on page 45) 321 North 10th Street, 63101 www.baileysrestaurants.com

Y

350

325

Y

Y

N

Y

ask

N

Windows On Washington, 314-241-5555, (Ad on page 18) 1601 Washington Ave., 63103 www.wowbanquets.com

Y

500

350

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Xavier Grand Ballroom, 314-427-6771, (Ad on page 219) (Russo's Catering) 3628 Lindell Blvd., 63108 www.russosgourmet.com

Y

400

330

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

reception sites

Judith Shea, American Heartland Garden, 1992. Photo by St. Louis Color.

Alexander Liberman, The Way, 1972–80. Photo by Chris Bauer Photography.

Renovated Estate House. Photo by Wendi Fitzgerald.

Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center. Photo by Katherine Bish Photography.

CEREMONIES / RECEPTIONS / SHOWERS / REHEARSAL DINNERS / CORPORATE MEETINGS + EVENTS Conveniently located near I-270 and I-44 in Sunset Hills 12580 Rott Road / Saint Louis, Missouri 63127 / 314.615.5278 www.laumeier.org

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18 of our favorite ceremony venues

MAXIMUM CAPACITY

OUTDOOR AREA

BRIDAL SUITE ON SITE

ON SITE OFFICIANT AVAILABLE

ALLOW CHOICE OF OFFICIANT

ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR SEATING

AUDIO SERVICE CHARGE

Barnett on Washington 800-844-GO-BARNETT, (Ad on page 49) 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 www.barnettonwashington.com

Y

180

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Busch Stadium 314-345-9630, (Ad on page 109) 700 Clark Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 www.cardinals.com/events

Y

1000

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Chatillon DeMenil Mansion, 314-771-5828, (Ad on page 205) 3352 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, MO 63118 www.deminil.org

Y

160

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

The Old Peace Chapel at Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center 636-949-7535 1868 Interstate F, Defiance, MO 63341 www.danielboonehome.com

N

100

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Historic Sappington House & Barn Restaurant 314-822-8171, (Ad on page 230) 1015 S. Sappington, St. Louis, MO 63126 www.sappingtonhouse.org

Y

350

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

Jewel Box in Forest Park 314-531-0080 Intersection of Wells Dr. & McKinley Dr., St. Louis, MO 63110 www.stlouis-mo.gov

Y

250

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Marry Me Cottage LLC, 636-734-6077, (Ad on page 205) 9036 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 663366 www.marrymecottage.com

N

40

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Moonrise Hotel 314-721-1111, (Ad on page 39) 6177 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 www.moonrisehotel.com

Y

125

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Old Barn Inn at The Gardens at Malmaison 636-458-0131, (Ad on inside back cover) 3519 St. Albans Road, St. Albans, MO 63073 www.gardensmalmaison.com

Y

600

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Old Courthouse 314-655-1600 11 North 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 www.nps.gov/jeff/planyourvisit/permits

Y

120

N

Y

N

Y

Y

n/a

The Old Post Office 314-436-0101, (Ad on page 218) 815 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 www.events.oldpostofficestl.com

Y

250

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Old Post Office Plaza at Magnolia Hotel 314-436-9000, (Ad on page 198) 421 North 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101 www.magnoliahotels.com

Y

250

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Patty Long Catering’s 9th Street Abbey 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 100) 1808 South 9th Street, Historic Soulard, MO 63104 www. pattylongcatering.com

Y

210

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Patty Long Catering's 9th Street Garden Patio 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 100) 1808 South 9th Street, Historic Soulard, MO 63104 www. pattylongcatering.com

N

80

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

Y

varies

N

St. Louis County Parks 314-615-8820 Multiple Locations www.stccparks.org

varies varies

Stone House of St. Charles, 636-317-1222, (Ad on page 87) 4401 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304 www.stonehouseofstcharles.com

Y

500

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

The Terrace at French Village, 573-358-7177, (Ad on page 176) 6188 Highway Y, French Village, MO 63036 www.theterrace.com/weddings/

Y

250

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

University of Missouri - St. Louis 314-516-5773, (Ad on page 205) 1 University Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63121 www.umsl.edu/~eventservices

Y

250

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

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RECEPTION SITE AVAILABLE

Whether your ceremony is upscale and elegant or informal and fun, you’ll find the perfect venue in our list below.


The The ChatillonChatillonDeMenil DeMenil Mansion Mansion

STL Wedding Celebrant

One Onehundred hundredfifty fiftyyears yearsago, ago,Nicolas Nicolas DeMenil’scountry countryhome homewas was DeMenil’s consideredananoasis oasisofofbeauty beautybeyond beyond considered thesouthern southernedge edgeofofthe thecity. city.Today, Today, the thatoasis oasisisisananideal idealsetting settingfor foryour your that St.Louis Louiswedding. wedding.The Theidyllic idyllicgazebo gazebo St. andthe themansion’s mansion’selegant elegantformal formal and parloradd addjust justthe theright rightambiance ambiance parlor yourspecial specialceremony. ceremony.Flexible Flexible totoyour receptionspace spaceisisavailable availableininthe the reception CarriageHouse, House,terrace, terrace,and andinside inside Carriage theMansion. Mansion. the 3352DeMenil DeMenilPlace Place 3352 St.Louis, Louis,MO MO63118 63118 St. (314)771-5828 771-5828 (314) www.demenil.org www.demenil.org cg@demenil.org cg@demenil.org

Every relationship has a story, and I want to tell yours! As a certified LifeCycle Celebrant®, I create personal and thoughtful wedding, elopement, and commitment ceremonies for all couples at the location of your choosing. Having a park or backyard wedding? Contact us for availability and rates for chair rental in addition to officiating the ceremony. Officiating services also available for destination weddings. www.stlweddingcelebrant.com

Todd Studios

Bri Whitman Photography Bri Whitman Photography

MarryMe Me Marry Cottage Cottage

The ultimate, intimate wedding The ultimate, intimate experience. Invite your wedding nearest and experience. youryour nearest dearest toInvite celebrate loveand and dearest to celebrate your and marriage in style! Our love Intimate marriage in style! Our Intimate Indoor Chapel seats 24 guests and Indoor Chapel seats with 24 guests and is fully decorated boxwood isand fullycandles. decorated boxwood Thewith Courtyard seats and Theand Courtyard up tocandles. 40 guests is nestledseats in the upoutdoor to 40 guests andperfect is nestled in the garden for photos! outdoor garden perfect for photos! Want it all? it all? • Décor VenueWant • Flowers VenueOfficiant • Flowers• Cake! • Décor Officiant • Cake!all-inclusive Ask about our elaborate, Ask about ourUP elaborate, all-inclusive POP WEDDINGS!!! POP UP WEDDINGS!!! By Appointment Only. ByO’Fallon, Appointment MO Only. 63366 O’Fallon, MO 63366 636-734-6077 636-734-6077 www.marrymecottage.com www.marrymecottage.com

MoonriseHotel Hotel Moonrise

Offering a variety of distinctive event

Offering a variety of distinctive event spaces for intimate wedding events, spaces for intimate wedding events, including Rooftop Terrace including the the Rooftop Terrace with with spectacular views of downtown spectacular views of downtown St. St. Louis Forest perfect Louis andand Forest Park,Park, perfect for for ceremonies up120. to 120. For your ceremonies up to For your reception, the modern reception, headhead overover to thetomodern rooftop all-seasons Twilight Room, rooftop all-seasons Twilight Room, accommodating 80 guests seatedseated or or accommodating 80 guests 150150 for for a cocktail reception, or theor the a cocktail reception, brand newnew elegant Gemini Room, brand elegant Gemini Room, which cancan accommodate 81 guests which accommodate 81 guests seated or 120 guests for a cocktail seated or 120 guests for a cocktail reception. Guests can “take the elevator reception. Guests “take elevator home” after the event can or keep thethe party home” afterofthe or Rooftop keep the party going at one ourevent 3 A.M. going of ourin3 service A.M. Rooftop Bars. Ratedat4one Diamond and Bars. Ratedand 4 Diamond service and amenities, out of this in world amenities, and out of this world for fun and ambiance. Wedding tooand largeambiance. to fit? for fun They alsoWedding host rehearsal dinners too large to and fit? wedding brunches. They also host rehearsal dinners and

wedding brunches.

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The Terrace At French Village The Terrace at French Village offers breathtaking views of Rolling Hills and Cascading waterfalls that will provide an intimate rustic venue for your wedding ceremony. The Terrace at French Village, the perfect place to say I do! Flexible Reception space is available. 573-358-7177 • www.theterrace.com

The Provincial Provincial The House Chapel Chapel House

The University of Missouri–St. Louis The University of Missouri–St. offers a unique and yet affordableLouis venue offers a unique and yetwedding affordable for your impending day.venue The for your impending wedding day. The Provincial House Chapel is an on-site Provincial House Chapel is an on-site non-denominational chapel that can non-denominational that can host your ceremony inchapel a beautiful and host your ceremony in a across beautiful convenient setting. Just the and way convenient the way from the setting. chapel isJust theacross Millennium from the chapel the Millennium Student Center,is which offers an Studentfull-service Center, which offersspace an elegant, banquet elegant, full-service space where you and your banquet guests can relax whereand youcelebrate and youryour guests bigcan day!relax and celebrate your big day! 1 University Boulevard 1 University Boulevard Saint Louis, MO 63121 Saint 314-516-5022 Louis, MO 63121 314-516-5022 http://www.umsl.edu/~eventservices/ http://www.umsl.edu/~eventservices/

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lighting & décor

216

bridal Gowns & salons

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mother of the bride

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bridal shows

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music & entertainment

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cakes & confections

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officiants

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calligraphers

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online Planning

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decorations

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destination weddings

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registry

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MIA GRACE BRIDAL 636-778-3433 miagracebridal.com

314-721-2457 fleurdelisbridal.com • • • •

Amy Kuschel - January 20-21 Modern trousseau - January 27-28 Elizabeth Fillmore - February 17-18 Elizabeth Fillmore - June 23-24

JUNO BRIDAL 314-497-5652 • • • • • •

truvelle - March 24-26 tulle New York - March 31-April 2 Alyssa Kristin - April 21-23 chantel lauren - May 4-7 olia Zavozina - May 12-14 daalarna - June 2-4

• Mother of the bride & Groom trunk Show January 6-8 Featuring Montage, cameron blake, and Social occasions by Mon cheri

TOWN AND COUNTRY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 314-863-7200 townandcountrybride.com • blue willow by Anne barge February 24-26 • lea-Ann belter March 10-19

• laine berry bridal Gown trunk Show January 27-29

• wtoo by watters April 21-23

• Sophia tolli bridal Gown trunk Show February 3-5

• Martina liana June 2-4

• Allure bridal Gown trunk Show March 3-5 • david tutera bridal Gown trunk Show March 24-26

THE ULTIMATE BRIDE 314-961-9997 theultimatebride.com

WHITE TRADITIONS BRIDAL HOUSE 636-939-6005 whitetraditionsbridal.com • Allure bridal - February 17-19

• Stella York - January 27-29 Please visit bridestl.com for a current list of trunk show dates.

New Location! 5714 South Lindbergh | Saint Louis, MO 63123 claricesbridal.com | 314.351.2499

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DRURY PLAZA HOTEL-AT THE ARCH 2 south 4th street 888-324-1691 www.druryhotels.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 1000 eastport Plaza dr, collinsville 618-345-2800 www.doubletreecollinsville.com

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights 618-622-9500 www.fourpointstlouis.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 1973 craigshire road, westport 314-434-0100 www.doubletreewestport.com

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SAINT LOUIS 999 North second street 314-881-5800 www.fourseasons.com/stlouis

DRURY INN & SUITES 8700 eager road, brentwood 314-968-3704 www.druryhotels.com

HILTON GARDEN INN 360 regency Park drive, o'Fallon, il 618-624-4499 www.shilohofallon.hgi.com

DRURY INN & SUITES i-44 and Hampton Avenue 314-646-0770 www.druryhotels.com

HILTON ST. LOUIS AT THE BALLPARK one south broadway 314-421-1776 www.hiltonstlouis.com

DRURY PLAZA 355 chesterfield center east 636-532-3300 www.druryhotels.com

HOLIDAY INN SW ROUTE 66 10709 watson road 314-821-6600 www.hiroute66.com

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HOLIDAY INN SOUTH COUNTY CENTER 6921 South lindbergh blvd 314-892-3600 www.holidayinn.com HOTEL LUMIERE 999 North 2nd Street 314-881-7800 www.lumiereplace.com HYATT REGENCY ST. LOUIS AT THE ARCH 315 chestnut 314-655-1234 www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com LODGE AT GRANT’S TRAIL 4398 Hoffmeister Avenue 314-638-3340 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com MAGNOLIA HOTEL 421 North 8th Street 314-436-9000 www.magnoliahotels.com MOONRISE HOTEL 6177 delmar boulevard 314-721-1111 www.moonrisehotel.com

THE RESERVE AT AUGUSTA 170 church Road, Augusta, Mo 314-357-7686 www.thereserveataugusta.com

WESTIN ST. LOUIS 811 Spruce Street 314-621-2000 www.westin.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. LOUIS 100 carondelet Plaza 314-863-6300 www.ritzcarlton.com

THE WILDWOOD HOTEL 2801 Fountain Place, wildwood 636-733-9100 www.thewildwoodhotel.com

SEVEN GABLES INN 26 N. Meramec 314-863-8400 www.sevengablesinn.com SHERATON WESTPORT PLAZA & LAKESIDE CHALET 900 westport Plaza 314-878-1500 www.sheratonwestport.com ST. LOUIS CITY CENTER HOTEL 400 South 14th Street 314-613-5418 www.stlouiscitycenterhotel.com ST. LOUIS UNION STATION HOTEL 1820 Market Street 314-621-5262 www.stlunionstationhotel.com

ALTERATIONS MONTELEONE’S FINE TAILORING 10285 clayton Road 314-991-1933

BACHELORETTE PARTIES AMTRAK www.amtrak.com BUDWEISWER BEERMASTER TOUR 1200 lynch Street www.budweisertours.com HOWL AT THE MOON 601 clark Ave, ballpark Village 314-736-4695 www.howlatthemoon.com

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Essential Guide METROLINK LIGHT RAIL & METROBUS www.metrostlouis.org SCHLAFLY BREWERY TOURS 7260 Southwest Avenue - Maplewood 314-241-BEER ext. 2 www.schlafly.com WEBER GRILL RESTAURANT & ACADEMY 1147 St. Louis Galleria 314-930-3840 www.webergrillrestaurant.com

BEAUTY & HEALTH DANIELLESTYLE 2826 Sublette Avenue 314-302-1467 www.daniellestyle.com MARY CATES SALON 1354 Clarkson Clayton Center - Ellisville 636-527-2566 11772 Olive Blvd. - Creve Coeur 314-692-9966 www.marycatessalon.com/weddings RHEMA IMAGE ARTISTRY makeupchaplain@gmail.com www.image-artist.net ST. LOUIS BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP www.stlouisbridalhairandmakeup.com

BRIDAL GOWNS & SALONS BELLA BRIDESMAIDS 13428 Clayton Road 314-205-1191 www.bellabridesmaids.com BERRYBRIDGE 9904 Clayton Road, Suite A - Ladue 314-997-1439 www.berrybridgebridal.com CLARICE'S BRIDAL 5417 South Lindbergh 314-351-2499 www.claricesbridal.com

SIGNATURE BRIDAL 703 Long Road Crossing, Chesterfield 636-778-3200 www.signaturebridalstlouis.com SIMPLY ELEGANT BRIDAL 12354 Olive Boulevard 314-241-8201 www.simplyelegantbridalstl.com SINCERELY YOURS BRIDAL 14336 Manchester Road 314-650-6191 www.sincerelyyoursbridal.com TOWN & COUNTRY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 8809 Ladue Road 314-863-7200 www.townandcountrybride.com THE ULTIMATE BRIDE 1115 S. Big Bend Blvd. 314-961-9997 www.theultimatebride.com

BRIDAL SHOWS WEDDING CONNECTION Sunday, January 15, 2017, 1-4:30pm Chase Park Plaza 314-588-8313 for advanced reservations www.bridestl.com BUSCH STADIUM BRIDAL EVENT Sunday, January 31, 2017, 12:30-4pm Register at Cardinals.com/events OFF WHITE INDIE WEDDING SHOW Sunday, February 26, 2017, 1-4pm The Moto Museum - Midtown www.offwhiteweddingshow.com ONYX BRIDAL AFFAIR Sunday, February 12, 2017 HoteLumiere - Downtown www.onyxbridalaffair.com

CAKES & CONFECTIONS Also see SPECIAL TOUCHES

FLEUR DE LIS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 8109 Maryland Avenue, Clayton 314-721-2457 www.fleurdelisbridal.com

ARTISTRY ON CAKES 507 Sherman Street - Belleville, IL 618-355-0000 www.artistryoncakes.com

FREW'S BRIDAL 305 Piasa Street - Alton, IL 618-466-8820 www.frewsbridal.com

THE CAKERY 1420 Tamm Ave. 314-647-6000 www.thecakerybakery.net

JUNO BRIDAL 4430 Olive Street Info@JunoBridal.com www.junobridal.com

COLD STONE CREAMERY 3228 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL #7 Ronnie’s Plaza, St. Louis 618-567-6000 www.coldstone-rockymountaincatering.com

MIA GRACE BRIDAL 108 Chesterfield Towne Center, Chesterfield 636-778-3433 www.miagracebridal.com

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THE CUP 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End 314-367-6111 1057 Century Drive, Edwardsville, IL 618-656-2287 www.cravethecup.com ENCORE BAKING COMPANY 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood 314-832-4303 www.encorebaking.com IT'S EASY AS PIE 314-282-5861 www.itseasyaspie.com LUBELEY’S BAKERY & DELI, INC. 7815 Watson Rd., Shrewsbury 314-961-7160 www.lubeleysbakery.com MADE BY LEA 314-518-3565 www.madebylia.com MCARTHUR'S BAKERY 3055 Lemay Ferry Road 210 North Kirkwood Road 13700 Olive Boulevard 314-894-0900 www.mcarthurs.com SARAH’S CAKE SHOP 10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield 636-728-1140 www.sarahscakeshopstl.com SUGAREE BAKING CO. 1242 Tamm Ave 314-645-5496 www.sugareebaking.com THE SWEET DIVINE 636-942-2900 www.thesweetdivine.com WEDDING WONDERLAND 449 Dunn Road 314.837.5015 www.wwcakeshop.com

CALLIGRAPHERS CALLIGRAPHICS 636-441-7225 www.calligraphics.info

CATERERS Also see REHEARSAL DINNER on page 230 and the RECEPTION SITES grid on page 196. Please note that many of the restaurants listed here may also be able to help you with small, intimate wedding receptions. 23 CITY BLOCKS CATERING 1600 North Broadway 314-615-2480 www.23cityblocks.com


BAILEYS' CATERING 314-899-0430 events@baileysrestaurants.com www.baileysrestaurants.com BOGART'S SMOKE HOUSE 1627 South 9th Street 314-603-2003 www.bogartssmokehouse.com BUTLER’S PANTRY 1414 Park Avenue 314-664-7680 www.butlerspantry.com CATERING ST. LOUIS 2141 59th Street 314-961-7588 x221 www.cateringstlouis.com CES & JUDY'S CATERING 10405 clayton Road 314-991-6700 www.cesandjudys.com COMPANION 9781 clayton Road 314-537-2285 www.companionbaking.com FAROTTO'S ITALIAN RESTAURANT & CATERING 9525 Manchester Road 314-962-0048 www.farottos.com HOLLYBERRY CATERING 10037 Manchester Road 314-835-9977 www.hollyberrycatering.com LLYWELYN'S PUB Multiple locations 855-bcEltIc www.llywelynspub.com

TBR PRIME STEAK MARKET (FORMERLY THE BRASS RAIL) 4601 Highway K - o'Fallon 636-329-1349 www.thebrassrail1.com

CEREMONY SITES See cEREMoNY SItES listings on page 204.

DECORATIONS AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER 314-899-9321 www.affair-remember.com GRINGO JONES IMPORTS 4470 Shaw boulevard 314-664-1666 www.gringojonesimports.org TABLE TEN DESIGNS 2705 laSalle Street 314-776-2200 www.tableteneventdesign.com WARSON WOODS ANTIQUE GALLERY 10091 Manchester Road 314-909-0123 www.MissouriAntiqueMalls.com

DESTINATION WEDDINGS AMAZING ADVENTURES TRAVEL 636-492-1612 www.amazingadventurestravel.com GO TRAVEL STL 636-458-8844 www.gostravelstl.com HERMANN WEDDING TRAIL 800-453-3174 www.hermannweddings.com

ORLANDO’S CATERING 4300 Hoffmeister 2050 dorsett Village Plaza 314-638-6660 www.orlandogardens.com

JANE ALEXANDRA CONCIERGE TRAVEL 314-915-8911 800-792-0478 www.janealexandratravel.com

PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE 3106 olive Street 314-535-4340 www.pappyssmokehouse.com

TRAVEL HAUS OF ST. LOUIS 11229 concord Village Ave 314-842-6000 www.travelhausstlouis.com

THE PASTA HOUSE COMPANY CATERING 2200 59th Street 314-644-1400 www.thepastahouse.com/catering/ PATTY LONG CATERING 1808 S. Ninth, Soulard 314-621-9598 www.pattylongcatering.com RUSSO’S CATERING 9904 Page Avenue 314-427-6771 www.russosgroumet.com

FAVORS See cAKES & coNFEctIoNS, GIFtS ANd StAtIoNERS THE CUP 1590 clarkson Road, chesterfield 636-536-2287 28 Maryland Plaza, central west End 314-367-6111 1057 century drive, Edwardsville, Il 618-656-2287 www.cravethecup.com GIFTS 636-458-2439 www.giftsstlouis.com

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GOODIES FOR GUESTS 314-422-0974 www.goodiesforguests.com HOLLYBERRY CATERING 10037 manchester road 314-835-9977 www.hollyberrycatering.com IT'S EASY AS PIE 314-282-5861 www.itseasyaspie.com POPTIONS! POPCORN 1580 s. lindbergh blvd. 636-812-2385 www.poptionspopcorn.com

www.GoTravelStl.com Susan@GoTravelStl.com | 636.458.8844

PLOWSHARING CRAFTS 6271 delmar blvd, University city 314-863-3723 137 w. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood 314-909-9401 224 North main st, edwardsville, il 618-692-6919 www.plowsharing.org

FLORISTS ALWAYS IN BLOOM 3300 watson road 314-781-1717 www.stlouisflorist.com AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER 314-899-9321 www.affair-remember.com ARTISTRY 2734 lasalle street, st. louis 314-772-1301 www.artistryflorist.com BELLI FIORI—FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO 2705 lasalle street 314-776-2200 www.bellifioristl.com CAROLINE KELSEY DESIGNS www.carolinekelseydesigns.com THE CRIMSON PETAL 43 south old orchard Avenue 314-578-5363 www.thecrimsonpetal.net

Enjoy our spectacular view form our hilltop pavilion seating 200 + guests. For a personalized tour or more information please contact Lisa today at sugarcreekwineryweddings@gmail.com Take unique engagement photos in our vineyard or on barrels in our wine cellar!

Please visit our website

www.sugarcreekwines.com 125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance, MO 63341 | PH: 636-987-2400 212

THE FLOWER SHOP AT THE CHASE 212 Kingshighway boulevard 314-772-1301 www.artistryflorist.com LES BOUQUETS 7905 big bend (dale entrance), webster Groves 314-395-8335 www.lesbouquets.com MARRY ME COTTAGE 636-734-6077 www.marrymecottage.com

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SCHNUCKS FLORIST & GIFTS 9220 Shortline drive 314-997-2444 www.schnucksfloral.com SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO 431 E. clinton Place, Kirkwood 314-821-0076 www.sistersflowers.net WILDFLOWERS 1013 ohio, St. louis 314-772-9900 www.wildflowersstl.com

FORMALWEAR Also see bRIdAl GowNS & SAloNS SAVVI FORMALWEAR Alton Square Mall, 618-465-1110 chesterfield Mall, 636-532-1800 columbia Mall, 573-445-6602 Mid Rivers Mall, 636-970-2281 St. clair Square, 618-632-8415 Saint louis Galleria, 314-727-0088 South county center, 314-894-2991 University city - the loop, 314-725-2150 west county center, 314-821-0070 white oak Mall, 217-787-8150 www.savviwedding.com STALLONE’S FORMAL WEAR See locations below. chesterfield, 636-519-7111 ladue, 314-997-8900 Maryland Heights, 314-576-5900 South county, 314-729-0004 o’Fallon, 636-272-4799 www.stallonesformalwear.com

Gorgeous wide open country charm, right next to the city..... We offer amazing landscapes, a quaint farm, world famous sunken rock garden, incomparable scenic vista at The Confluence, secluded privacy, professional event design services and the unprecedented flexibility you won’t find anywhere else. Your one-of-a-kind wedding deserves an iconic space. Come see why....

www.kuhsfarm.com | 314.226.0709

FOUNDATIONS & LINGERIE ANN’S BRA AND LINGERIE SHOP 13483 olive blvd., chesterfield 314-878-4144 974 wentzville Pkwy., wentzville 636-332-6700 210 Hartman lane, o'Fallon, Il 618-624-8010 www.brashop.com WACOAL taubman Prestige outlets - chesterfield 17057 N. outer 40 Rd., Ste. 145 855-216-5446 www.wacoal-america.com

GIFTS—ATTENDANT GIFTS, FAVORS, HOSPITALITY BAGS ANd AccESSoRIES Also see bRIdAl REGIStRY, FloRIStS, JEwElERS and StAtIoNERS THE DESIGNING BLOCK 7735 clayton Road, clayton 314-721-4224 ENCHANTING EMBELLISHMENTS 4732 McPherson 314-361-5300 www.enchantingembellishments.net SPRING/SUMMER 2017 • www.bRIdEStl.coM

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GIFTS 636-458-2439 www.giftsstlouis.com INITIALS, INC 314-614-1772 www.myinitials-inc.com/14311

Whether an intimate gathering, extravagant celebration, traditional

PANDORA st. clair square 618-632-7567 www.FairviewHeightsJewelry.com

elegance or cocktail quirky, our wedding services are designed with you in mind.

PANDORA west county center 314-966-1202 www.desPeresJewelry.com

Our experienced event staff will ensure that your wedding is magical from start to finish.

PLOWSHARING CRAFTS 6271 delmar blvd, University city 314-863-3723 137 w. Jefferson Ave, Kirkwood 314-909-9401 1228 town & country crossing 636-220-1877 www.plowsharing.org POPTIONS! POPCORN 1580 s. lindbergh blvd. 636-812-2385 www.poptionspopcorn.com

Fairview Heights 618 345 2800 fourpointstlouis.com

SERENDIPITY GALLERY 6161 delmar #101 314-449-6400 www.serendipity-gallery.com WARSON WOODS ANTIQUE GALLERY 10091 manchester road 314-909-0123 www.missouriAntiquemalls.com

GOWN PRESERVATION

South St. Louis Location 3055 Lemay Ferry Road St. Louis, MO 63125-3923

Kirkwood Location 210 North Kirkwood Road St. Louis, MO 63122-4301

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WEST OAK CLEANERS 14838 clayton rd 636-394-2743 11471 olive blvd. 314-567-4180 1736 clarkson road, chesterfield 636-537-3250 12 Four seasons shopping, chesterfield 314-275-2009 2470 taylor road, Grover, mo 636-405-0808 www.westoakcleaners.com

HONEYMOONS AMAZING ADVENTURES TRAVEL 636-492-1612 www.amazingadventurestravel.com GO TRAVEL STL 636.458.8844 www.gotravelstl.com JANE ALEXANDRA CONCIERGE TRAVEL 314-915-8911 800-792-0478 www.janealexandratravel.com

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PHOTO CREDITS: Bri Whitman Photography

TRAVEL HAUS OF ST. LOUIS 11229 concord Village Ave 314-842-6000 www.travelhausstlouis.com

INVITATIONS/STATIONERS M. HALEY DESIGN 636-352-2102 www.mhaleydesign.com PAPER PATCH 12009 Manchester Road 314.821.6561 www.paperpatchinvitesyou.com THE SERVICE BUREAU 9973 clayton Road 314.991.1104 www.stlservicebureau.org

JEWELRY Also see GIFtS ADAM FOSTER FINE ART JEWELRY 9 North central, clayton 314-771-3390 www.fosterjewelry.com CURT PARKER JEWELERS 10192 conway Road, ladue 314-989-9909 www.curtparker.com

Intimate Weddings • WEDDING BLOOMS • Elaborate Elopements By Appointment Only | O’Fallon, MO 63366 | 636.734.6077 | www.marrymecottage.com

PANDORA St. clair Square 618-632-7567 www.FairviewHeightsJewelry.com PANDORA west county center 314-966-1202 www.desPeresJewelry.com RACHEL’S DESIGN 9495 olive 314-991-0994 www.rachelsdesign.com THE SILVER LADY 4736 McPherson Avenue 314-367-7587 6364 delmar blvd. 314-727-0704 7318 Manchester Road 314-720-9315 www.thesilver-lady.com TIMEKEEPERS 17 N. Meramec, clayton 314-721-4548 9495 olive, olivette 314-991-0994 www.timekeepersstl.com www.timekeepersclayton.com

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Essential Guide LIGHTING & DÉCOR ALLEGRO ENTERTAINMENT 505 west clark street 636-493-6004 www.allegrostl.com ALOBAR’S INC 716 Hanley industrial court 314-781-7600 www.alobars.com

AN INTIMATE SETTING IN THE HEART OF CLAYTON. Perfect for Bridal Showers, Rehearsal Dinners and Weddings. An elegant setting for gatherings of two to one hundred offering affordable packages which include custom menus, audio visual services, decorations and guest accommodations.

26 N. Meramec Ave. St. Louis, MO 314.863.8400 sevengablesinn.com

COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.completestlouis.com EXCLUSIVE EVENTS 13633 lakefront drive 314-995-7282 www.exclusiveeventsinc.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 strassner drive, brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com TABLE TEN DESIGNS 2705 lasalle street 314-776-2200 www.tableteneventdesign.com

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/ SPECIAL OCCASION Also see bridAl GowNs BERRYBRIDGE 9904 clayton road, suite A - ladue 314-997-1439 www.berrybridgebridal.com CLARICE'S BRIDAL 5417 south lindbergh 314-351-2499 www.claricesbridal.com FREW'S BRIDAL 305 Piasa street - Alton, il 618-466-8820 www.frewsbridal.com MIA GRACE BRIDAL 108 chesterfield towne center, chesterfield 636-778-3433 www.miagracebridal.com NEIMAN MARCUS Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9811 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9200

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SIMPLY ELEGANT BRIDAL 12354 olive boulevard 314-241-8201 www.simplyelegantbridalstl.com

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SINCERELY YOURS BRIDAL 14336 Manchester Road 314-650-6191 www.sincerelyyoursbridal.com TOWN & COUNTRY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 8809 ladue Road 314-863-7200 www.townandcountrybride.com THE VAULT 2325 S. brentwood blvd. 314-736-6511 www.womensclosetexchange.net WOMEN’S CLOSET EXCHANGE 11575 Gravois Road 314-842-8405 www.womensclosetexchange.net

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT ALLEGRO ENTERTAINMENT 505 west clark Street 636-493-6004 www.allegrostl.com BELLA NOCHE ENSAMBLES 618-973-2786 www.bella-noche.com

The Perfect Venue for Weddings, Receptions and Special Occasions 636.475.5008

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COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.completeStlouis.com DIAMOND EMPIRE BAND 720-937-5185 www.diamondempireband.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 Strassner drive, brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com MUSIC BOX BAND 314-239-8032 www.musicboxtheband.com ROCKSTAR DJ'S 314-518-2407 www.rockstardjs.com THE ROSEWOOD ENSEMBLE 314-609-0702 www.rosewood-ensemble.com THE SPECTRUM BAND 314-306-4313 www.spectrumband.net TKO DJ’S 314.647.3000 www.tko-djs.com STEEL DRUM FLAVOR 314-485-9541 www.steeldrumflavor.com

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Essential Guide OFFICIANTS CAROLYN BURKE - STL 314-821-4844 www.carolynburkestl.com www.elopeinstlouis.com REV. SARK ELKING 314-472-5017 www.stlouisweddingchapel.com RUTH ELLEN HASSER 314-322-0906 www.ruthellenhasser.com

Something for every bride Invitations

Place Cards

Shower & Luncheon

Thank You Notes

Save the Date

Menus & more!

12009 MANCHESTER ROAD • DES PERES • MISSOURI 63131 PAPERPATCHINVITESYOU.COM • 314.821.6561

STL WEDDING CELEBRANT AMANDA CHASNOFF 314-605-7804 www.stlweddingcelebrant.com

ONLINE PLANNING HERMANN WEDDING TRAIL 800-453-3174 www.hermannweddings.com HISTORIC ST. CHARLES 636-946-7776 www.historicstcharles.com SAINT LOUIS BRIDE MAGAZINE www.bridestl.com

PHOTOBOOTHS 2 CHICS & A PHOTOBOOTH 16655 old chesterfield rd., suite 5, chesterfield 314-614-1217 www.2chicsphotobooth.com COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.completestlouis.com FISH EYE FUN 314-621-8638 www.fisheyefun.com KP PHOTO BOOTH 314-324-3385 www.kpphotobooth.com MIDWEST SELFIE BOOTH 314-402-1012 www.midwestselfiebooth.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 strassner drive, brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com STRIKE A POSE PHOTOGRAPHY 314-638-8717 www.strikeaposestl.com TAPSNAP 314-932-2700 618-708-3200 www.tapsnap1151.com

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PHOTOGRAPHERS ABBIE TAKES PICTURES 314-616-2794 www.AbbietakesPictures.com BLISS ELEVEN STUDIO 3237 Rue Royal Street, St. charles 636-875-0229 www.blisseleven.com COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.completeStlouis.com HEROIC PHOTOGRAPHY 1006 olive St, Suite 403 314-643-7642 www.heroicphotography.com KELLY PARK PHOTOGRAPHY 314-570-7413 www.kellyparkphotography.com L PHOTOGRAPHIE 314-449-8124 www.lphotographie.com MEMORIES ARE FOREVER 314-878-5657 www.memoriesareforever.com RACHEL MYERS PHOTOGRAPHY 314-799-1615 www.rachelmyersphotography.com SHADOW AND LIGHT 3201 Hadrian Street, St. charles 722 St. louis Road, collinsville 314-348-1929 www.shadowandlight-studios.com SIMPLI PHOTOGRAPHY 573-747-7232 www.simpliphotography.com STRIKE A POSE PHOTOGRAPHY 314-638-8717 www.strikeaposestl.com SUSAN JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY 314-918-8400 www.susanjacksonphoto.com WHITE KLUMP PHOTOGRAPHY 314-471-8027 www.whiteklumpphotography.com

PLANNERS & CONSULTANTS ABSOLUTELY IN 449 North Euclid Avenue #100 314-315-1775 www.absolutelyin.com ALRED WEDDINGS - PLANNING & DESIGN 636-922-4778 www.alredweddings.com

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Essential Guide BEFORE I DO 314-640-2123 www.beforeidostl.com BRIDE’S VISION WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 314-580-2381 www.bridesvision.com CAROLYN BURKE – STL 314-821-4844 www.carolynburkestl.com COSMOPOLITAN EVENTS 314-249-9107 www.cosmopolitanevents.com STYLE: ALTAR'D 314-852-1630 www.stylealtard.com STYLE COUTURE EVENTS 314-479-3204 www.stylecoutureevents.com

RECEPTION SITES see recePtioN site listiNGs on Page 196.

REGISTRY CRATE AND BARREL 1 the boulevard 314-725-6380 www.crateandbarrel.com MACY’S store locations below. 1-800-835-9716 Alton, 618-463-4100 chesterfield, 636-532-3800 Galleria, 314-726-1810 midrivers, 636-278-6660 south county, 314-892-0110 st. clair square, 618-624-2000 west county center, 314-966-0017 www.macys.com/locator POTTERY BARN Plaza Frontenac 314-996-2630 www.potterybarn.com WILLIAMS SONOMA Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9211 www.williams-sonoma.com

REHEARSAL DINNERS, SHOWERS & BRUNCHES • Ceremonies • Receptions • Rehearsal Dinners • Guest room blocks

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Also see recePtioN site Grid on Page 196 and cAterers beginning on page 210. 612 NORTH EVENT SPACE 612 North 2nd street 314-899-0612 www.612north.com ANTHONINO'S TAVERNA 2225 macklind Avenue - the Hill 314-773-4455 www.anthoninos.com

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BALLPARK VILLAGE BUDWEISER BREWHOUSE 601 clark Street 314-241-5595 www.stlballparkvillage.com THE BARN 1015 S. Sappington Road 314-966-8387 www.crestwoodbarn.com BARNETT ON WASHINGTON 3207 washington Avenue 844-Go-bARNEtt www.barnettonwashington.com BIXBY’S AT THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM 314-454-3151 www.butlerspantry.com BOATHOUSE – FOREST PARK 6101 Government drive 314-367-2224 www.boathouseforestpark.com BOGART'S SMOKE HOUSE 1627 South 9th Street 314-603-2003 www.bogartssmokehouse.com CARDINALS NATION 601 clark Street - ballpark Village 314-345-9880 www.cardinalsnation.com CARDINALS SPECIAL EVENTS 700 clark Street - busch Stadium 314-345-9630 www.cardinals.com/events

Rehearsal Dinners • Catering

CENTRAL TABLE 23 South Euclid Avenue 314-449-1600 www.centraltablestl.com CHANDLER HILL VINEYARDS 596 defiance Road 636-798-2675 www.chandlerhillvineyards.com CHARLIE GITTO’S “ON THE HILL” 5226 Shaw Avenue 314-772-8898 www.charliegittos.com CITY COTTAGE ON CHOUTEAU 3800 chouteau Avenue 314-961-7588 www.cateringstlouis.com CYRANO’S CAFÉ 603 E. lockwood Ave. 314-963-3232 www.cyranos.com FAST LANE CLASSIC CARS 427 little Hills blvd. - St. charles 636-940-9969 www.fastlanecars.com

Now Bringing the Celtic Good Times to You Catering inquiries: info@llywelynscatering.com, 314.942.7406 Rehearsal Dinner inquiries: Julie@llywelynspub.com, 855.BCELTIC (multiple Metro Area locations)

FLEMING'S STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 1855 S. lindbergh blvd. 314-567-7610 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

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Essential Guide FOREST HILLS COUNTRY CLUB 36 Forest club drive 636-227-5030 www.foresthillscc.net GAMLIN WHISKEY HOUSE 236 N. euclid Avenue 314-875-9500 www.gamlinwhiskeyhouse.com GATEWAY ARCH RIVERBOAT CRUISES downtown riverfront 314-923-3047 www.gatewayarch.com GRBIC RESTAURANT & EVENT SPACE 40th Keokuk street 314-772-3100 www.grbicrestaurant.com GUIDO’S 5046 shaw Ave., the Hill 314-771-4900 www.guidosstl.com HARD ROCK CAFÉ 1820 market street, ste 450 314-621-7625 www.hardrock.com/cafés/st-louis

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HOLIDAY INN ROUTE 66 10709 watson road 314-821-6600 www.hiroute66.com THE INNS AT ST. ALBANS 3519 st. Albans road, st. Albans 636-458-0131 www.innsatstalbans.com JOSEPHINE'S TEA ROOM 6109 Godfrey road - Godfrey 618-466-7796 www.josephinesltd.com KEMOLL’S TOP OF THE MET one metropolitan Plaza 314-421-0555 www.kemolls.com LEMP MANSION 3322 demenil Place 314-664-8024 www.lempmansion.com LLYWELYN'S PUB multiple locations 855-bceltic www.llywelynspub.com THE LODGE AT GRANT’S TRAIL BY ORLANDOS 4398 Hoffmeister 314-638-3340 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com

Four Event Spaces (indoor & outdoor)

Hand-Crafted Food

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Authentic Service

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LUCAS PARK GRILLE & MARKET 1234 washington Avenue, 63103 314-241-7770 www.lucasparkgrille.com MAMA’S ON THE HILL 2132 edwards 314-776-3100 www.mamasonthehill.com

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MOULIN EVENTS 2017 chouteau Avenue 314-241-4949 www.moulinevents.com

All photography by Heather Roth Fine Art Photography

MARYANN'S TEA ROOM 4732 McPherson Avenue 314-361-5303 www.maryannstearoom.com

NATIONAL BLUES MUSEUM 615 washington Avenue 314-925-0016 www.nationalbluesmuseum.org OLD HICKORY GOLF CLUB 1 dye club drive, St. Peters 636-477-8960 www.oldhickorygc.com OLIVA ON THE HILL 4915 daggett Street 314-961-7588 www.cateringstlouis.com PAUL MINEO'S 333 westport Plaza 314-878-8180 www.paulmineos.com THE PRESTON - THE CHASE PARK PLAZA 212 N. Kingshighway 314-633-7800 www.theprestonstl.com

SARAH’S CAKE SHOP • 10 CLARKSON WILSON CENTRE CHESTERFIELD, MO 63017 • 314.750.8334 sarahscafe@sbcglobal.net • www.sarahscakeshopstl.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE brentwood & Forsyth – clayton 314-783-9900 Hyatt Riverfront Hotel - downtown 314-259-3200 www.ruthschrisstlouis.com SAM'S STEAKHOUSE 10205 Gravois Road 314-849-3033 www.samssteakhouse.com SCAPE AMERICAN BISTRO 48 Maryland Plaza 314-361-7227 www.scapestl.com SCHLAFLY TAP ROOM 2100 locust 314-241-2337 www.schlafly.com/events/private-parties.com SEVEN GABLES INN 26 North Meramec Ave. 314-863-8400 www.sevengablesinn.com SPAZIO WESTPORT 12031 lackland Road 314-576-0400 www.spaziowestport.com SUB ZERO VODKA BAR 308 N. Euclid Avenue 314-367-1200 www.subzerovodkabar.com

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Essential Guide TBR PRIME STEAK MARKET (FORMERLY THE BRASS RAIL) 4601 Highway K - o'Fallon, mo 636-329-1349 www.thebrassrail1.com THE CHESHIRE 6300 clayton road 314-647-7300 www.cheshirestl.com WALNUT GRILL 4401 state Hwy K, o'Fallon, mo 636-685-0212 1386 clarkson-clayton shopping center, ellisville, mo 636-220-1717 www.eatwalnut.com

RENTALS A-1 PARTY & WEDDING RENTAL, INC. 112 main street - collinsville, il 618-343-1680 www.A-1partyandwedding.com

MUSIC FOR YOUR FEET! info@diamondempireband.com 720.937.5185 DIAMONDEMPIREBAND.COM

Book Your Next Event at

The Sheldon

ALL SEASONS PARTY & LINEN RENTAL 8312 olive boulevard 314-983-0090 www.allseasonslinen.com ALOBAR’S INC 716 Hanley industrial court 314-781-7600 www.alobars.com EXCLUSIVE EVENTS 13633 lakefront drive 314-995-7282 www.exclusiveeventsinc.com GRAND RENTAL STATION 570 rudder rd., Fenton 636-343-PArtY (7278) www.grandrental-stl.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 strassner drive, brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millennium-productions.com

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TABLE TEN DESIGNS 2705 lasalle street 314-776-2200 www.tableteneventdesign.com TRAUBE TENTS & STRUCTURES 800-352-teNt www.traubetent.com WEINHARDT PARTY RENTALS 11601 manchester rd., desPeres 5901 elizabeth Ave., st. louis 314-822-9000 www.weinhardtpartyrentals.com

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SPECIAL TOUCHES ALOBAR’S INC. 716 Hanley Industrial court 314-781-7600 www.alobars.com AN ARTIST AT YOUR WEDDING Karen Raidy 512-635-7521 www.kraidy.faso.com POPTIONS! POPCORN 1580 S. lindbergh blvd. 636-812-2385 www.poptionspopcorn.com

TRANSPORTATION BEST TRANSPORTATION 8531 Page Avenue, Suite 160 314-989-1500 www.besttransportation.com JED LIMOUSINE 11100 linpage Place 314-429-2200 866-272-1200 www.jedlimousine.com MID-AMERICAN COACHES 866.944.8687 www.mid-americancoaches.net SAINT LOUIS CARRIAGE & TROLLEY TOURS St. louis carriage 314-621-3334 St. louis trolley 314-241-1400 www.stlouiscarriagecompany.com

VIDEOGRAPHERS COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.completeStlouis.com LIFETIME MEDIA 8140 brentwood Industrial drive 314-481-4754 www.weddingsbylifetime.com

Celebrate your rehearsal dinner or special occasion with Paul Mineo.

MILLENNIUM VIDEO 1334 Strassner drive, brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com SHADOW AND LIGHT 3201 Hadrian Street, St. charles 722 St. louis Road, collinsville 314-348-1929 www.shadowandlight-studios.com STRIKE A POSE PHOTOGRAPHY 314-638-8717 www.strikeaposestl.com WESTVIEW MEDIA 149 N. Meramec, clayton 314-726-6222 www.westviewmedia.com

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Cold Stone Creamery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

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Treat your guests to the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience with catering from Cold Stone Creamery. We offer our super premium ice cream in custom designed wedding cakes or cupcakes, sundae bars, or the full service Cold Stone experience - the portable stone. Indulge your guest’s sweet tooth with favors from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Choose from 15 varieties of caramel apples, chocolate dipped strawberries, Oreos, graham crackers or truffles. With our two great brands, the possibilities are endless!! Contact us for availability or to set up a complimentary tasting at (618) 567-6000 jjsweettooth@charter.net www.coldstone-rockymountaincatering.com

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It’s Easy as Pie

Distinctive, Memorable, Delicious ….It’s Easy as Pie Weddings, luncheons, showers, brunch and other gatherings are occasions for exceptional pie. We specialize in made-to order, custom designed, sweet & savories. The “first dessert” you serve on your wedding day should be an exquisite reflection of your style and personality. It’s Easy as Pie’s professional custom artistry offers unique flavor, size & presentation options for your very special event. www.itseasyaspie.com | 314-282-5861 | cindy@easyaspiebakery.com

Plowsharing Plowsharing

Carrying a wide variety of fairly-traded items from all around the world. Carrying a wide variety of fairly-traded items from all around the world. Favors – Wedding Party Gifts - Table Décor – New Home Accents Favors – Wedding Party Gifts - Table Décor – New Home Accents Fun & Functional, Ethical and Eclectic! Fun & Functional, Ethical and Eclectic! University City Loop, 6271 Delmar Blvd. | 314-863-3723 University City Loop, 6271 Delmar Blvd. | 314-863-3723 Downtown Kirkwood, 137 W. Jefferson Ave. | 314-909-9401 Downtown Kirkwood, 137 W. Jefferson Ave. | 314-909-9401 West County, 1228 Town & Country Crossing | 636-220-1877 West County, 1228 Town & Country Crossing | 636-220-1877 www.plowsharing.org www.plowsharing.org

Warson Warson Woods Woods Antique Antique Gallery Gallery

St. Louis’ preferred transportation provider for nearly 50 years 314.429.2200 | www.jedlimousine.com | www.countryclublimousine.com

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Shop for everything to make your reception décor unique or find the perfect Shoptofor everything to home make together your reception unique or find the perfect items make your new special.décor Warson Woods Antique Gallery items make your special. Warson Woods Gallery has to offerings fromnew 150home dealerstogether including fine antiques, vintage,Antique European & hasAmerican offerings furniture, from 150 dishware dealers including fine antiques, European & and accessories. Openvintage, daily 10am-6pm. American furniture, dishware and accessories. Open daily 10am-6pm. 10091 Manchester Road • 314-909-0123 • www.MissouriAntiqueMalls.com 10091 Manchester Road • 314-909-0123 • www.MissouriAntiqueMalls.com

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Diamond halos for pendants, rings and earrings. Handmade by Curt Parker for your angel’s gemstone, diamond or a hand selected piece from our store. 10192 Conway Road | 314.989.9909 www.curtparker.com

TapSnap Captures Moments of Fun TapSnap Captures Moments of Fun TapSnap Captures Moments of Fun and Provides Truly Unique Keepsakes and Provides Truly Unique Keepsakes and Provides Truly Unique Keepsakes TapSnap gives your wedding guests unforgettable moments. It inspires laughter

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Westview Media Westview Media wants your final wedding video to look like a produced movie. We use the same equipment that a filmmaker uses. This cherished video is for you and your loved ones to watch time and time again, for many years to come. 149 North Meramec Ave., Clayton, MO 63105 314-726-6222 www.westviewmedia.com

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Timekeepers Specializing in the Repair, Restoration, Purchase & Sales Of Timepieces, Music Boxes & Jewelry, as well as custom Jewelry Designing & Hand Engraving. We provide unique Estate Jewelry & Timepieces for your Bridesmaids & Groomsmen, as well as that Special Something for your Special Someone. The Estate Jewelry Experts 17N. Meramec - Clayton 9495 Olive, Ste. C - Olivette (314) 721-4548 (314) 991-0994 www.Timekeepersclayton.com www.TimekeepersSTL.com

Bella Noche Ensembles Weddings, Banquets, Anniversaries, Bella Noche and Birthdays. From Renaissance to today’s rock music. 18 years Ensembles experience experience entertaining

Anniversaries, St.Weddings, Louis andBanquets, Metro East audiences. and Birthdays. Fromensembles Renaissance Duets to chamber to today’s rock music. available. Whatever your 18 day,years we experience experience entertaining make it beautiful, memorable, fun, St. Louis and and affordable. Metro East audiences. Duets to chamber ensembles available. Whatever your day, we 618-973-2786 makewww.bella-noche.com it beautiful, memorable, fun, and affordable. 618-973-2786 www.bella-noche.com

Lifetime Media Wedding Films Imagine 5, 10 or 20 years from now...without a video. Do you wish you had captured the moment?

Let Lifetime Media show you everything a wedding video should be. Multi-award winning company in business over 15 years 8140 Brentwood Industrial Dr. | 314-481-4754 | www.weddingsbylifetime.com

Bella Bridesmaids, St. Louis 13428 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63131 314.205.1191 p stlouis@bellabridesmaids.com www.bellabridesmaids.com

Gringo Jones Imports Gringo Jones Imports Gringo Jones An eclectic shopping experienceImports in St. Louis City. An eclectic shopping experience in St. Louis City.

Located one block west of experience the Missouri Botanical Gardens. An eclectic shopping in St. Louis City. Located block west of when the Missouri Why rentone arbors and urns you canBotanical buy our’sGardens. cheaper? Located block west of when the Missouri Botanical Gardens. Why rentone arbors and urns you can buy our’s Take the memories home with you! cheaper? Why rent arbors urns whenhome you can our’s cheaper? Take and the memories withbuy you! Take the memories home with you! Open 7 days a week 10-6pm Open 7 days a week 10-6pm Open 7 days a week 10-6pm 4470 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis • 314-664-1666 • GringoJonesImports.org 4470 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis • 314-664-1666 • GringoJonesImports.org 4470 Shaw Blvd, St. Louis • 314-664-1666 • GringoJonesImports.org

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Whatever Style or theme, we’ll make your special day a WEDDING to Remember. St. Louis Trolley & Carriage co. has a large selection of wedding carriages sizes, styles and colors and 10 trolleys to choose from.

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Serendipity Gallery May there be such love between you that when one of you cries the other tastes salt.

I’m proud to be the winner of TLC’s Next Great Baker, creating custom-designed, from-scratch wedding cakes & specialty sweets. I personally will craft the most unique, beautiful & delicious cake for your special event! www.madebylia.com info@madebylia.com 314-518-3565 @madebylia

Keepsake boxes by Tattoo Dreams. 6161 Delmar, #101 • St. Louis, Missouri 63112 • 314-449-6400 www.serendipity-gallery.com

Frew’s Bridal & Formal Wear Over 50 Wedding Gown Designers IN STORE! Frew’s is your One Stop Wedding Shop. Let us give you the shopping experience you deserve! Call to schedule your appointment today. 305 Piasa Street Alton, IL 62002 618-466-8820 www.FrewsBridal.com

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Rehearsals, Brunches & Showers A Special Advertising Section Visit www.bridestl.com for more information

Anthonino’s Taverna on the hill Enjoy our private dining room to meet your event needs. Conveniently located on “The Hill”, we offer multiple menus and options. Let our experienced staff at Anthonino’s Taverna help you plan a fabulous event. Contact Anthony at anthony@anthoninos.com • Rehearsal Dinners • Showers • Special Events • Delivery • Catering 2225 Macklind Ave. | St. Louis, Mo 63110 | 314-773-4455 | anthoninos.com

Lucas Park Grille Lucas Park Grille is honored to host your special evening during this memorable time in your life. Chef Kevin Sthair uses seasonal ingredients to create his signature dishes for your custom dining experience. Our private Grille and Wine Room exudes an aura of elegance and romance. Whether hosting your rehearsal dinner or an intimate evening, Lucas Park Grille promises a distinguished occasion. 1234 Washington Avenue • St. Louis, MO 63103 314.241.7770 www.lucasparkgrille.com

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The Barn You’ll be asking yourself, “How did I NOT know about The Barn before now?” Located on the grounds of The Thomas Sappington House in Crestwood, we are a boutique caterer specializing in intimate gatherings-PERFECT for rehearsal dinners and showers. From BBQ to 5 course meals in a quaint, charming “get away from it all” atmosphere. You’ll be so glad you found this hidden gem! 1015 S. Sappington Road • 314-966-8387 • www.crestwoodbarn.com

Holiday Inn SW – Route 66 Your Dream Wedding - Within Reach With over 18,000 square feet of newly renovated banquet facilities, the Holiday Inn SW - Route 66 awaits transformation into the reception venue you have always dreamed. Our magnificient space, exceptional culinary team and our uncompromising level of service will create an event that you and your guests will never forget. Explore us online at www.hiroute66.com/weddings where you can view our reception packages or submit an inquiry. 10709 Watson Road • 314-821-6600 • www.hiroute66.com

Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar - At Ballpark Village Cardinals Nation Restaurant & Bar is the perfect place to celebrate your special occasion. Our experienced staff is standing by to help you plan your rehearsal dinner, engagement party, shower or reception. From local favorites to innovative creations, the dining experience is matched only by the world championship service. Private rooms, including the Cardinals Hall of Fame and Museum, are available to add a touch of exclusivity and enhance your overall experience. Contact us to make a reservation or to book an event. 601 Clark Street | St. Louis, MO 63102 | 314.345.9880 website: cardinalsnation.com email: specialevents@cardinals.com

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Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Mama’s on the Hill

Hyatt is an ideal venue for all your wedding related events. Book your wedding reception with us and take 10% off your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or brunch. Let us host your personalized bridal shower to kick off your wedding festivities. Entertain your closest friends and family in one of our private event spaces for your rehearsal dinner. The perfect ending to the perfect weekend is brunch at Hyatt. We’ll help you customize menus for each event so you can concentrate on preparing for your big day. Contact our Events Department at 314.342.4655. 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 • stlouisarch.regency.hyatt.com

Let Mamas host your SPECIAL event from the shower, rehearsal, or even reception! Mamas banquet facility can accommodate up to 100 guests providing them with a private bar, restroom, and entrance. Mamas will also cater a destination location for any size group. Looking for something unique, let us do a CULINARY CLASS or WINE DINNER for your event. Always something fun, fresh and exciting happening at Mamas!

Cardinals Special Events At Cardinals Special Events, we know that practice makes perfect! So, when planning your rehearsal dinner, let us help turn your experience into a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for everyone involved. Our field and 17 distinct venues offer a variety of elegant settings, gourmet dining and panoramic views that can’t be found anywhere else in the city. Undeniably St. Louis. Absolutely unforgettable. Reserve your date today. Visit Cardinals.com/events | 314-345-9630

“ON THE HILL”

2132 Edwards “On The Hill” • 314-776-3100 • www.mamasonthehill.com

Cyrano’s Café Our private room is a beautiful and unique space for your rehearsal dinner! With our bright colors and eclectic interior design, we offer something you can’t find in traditional banquet rooms. We can accommodate up to 40 people for a sit down dinner, and up to 60 people for a buffet or cocktail party. Cyrano’s offers a flexible and varied menu, along with our award-wining desserts! Located in beautiful Webster Groves, we are centrally located and close to major highways. Our room is also perfect for bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheons and bachelorette parties! For more information, please contact Deneva Eivins 314-963-3434 | events.cyranos@yahoo.com 603 E. Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119 | www.cyranos.com

Central Table

Fast Lane Classic Cars

Central Table is THE premier restaurant for your couples’ shower, rehearsal dinner, or just for entertaining. The unique decor and private spaces set your perfect tone. Nightly validated parking ensures convenience and valet parking can be arranged. Let us customize a menu that reflects your distinctive taste and provide the memorable backdrop for this exciting time in your life.

Looking for the ultimate rehearsal dinner venue? Look no further than Fast Lane Classic Cars! We offer seating for up to 90 guests. You can even bring in your own food & beverages! (Discount off the room rental when booking with a Fast Lane preferred caterer) Fast Lane offers unrivaled event space with amazing view’s of our artistic collection of classic cars, antiques & collectibles! For more information, contact Sarah at 636.940.9969 or sarah@fastlanecars.com.

23 South Euclid Avenue | 314.449.1600 | centraltableevents@gmail.com www.centraltablestl.com

427 Little Hills Blvd. • Saint Charles, MO, 63301 • www.FastLaneCars.com

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Budweiser Brew House Perfect for the Bride, Groom, Cardinals’ Fan and Beer Lover, the Budweiser Brew House is a three-level, 26,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment venue that offers an unparalleled beer and dining experience. Celebrate your special evening with a casual outdoor beer garden party, or in our sophisticated 1876 Room with an interior inspired by Anheuser-Busch and Budweiser’s rich heritage and commitment to quality, or even the rooftop deck with that puts St. Louis Cardinals fans within reach of baseball heaven. 601 Clark Avenue | St. Louis, MO 63102 | 314-241-5595 events@stlballparkvillage.com | www.stlballparkvillage.com

Forest Hills Country Club Start your wedding weekend off with an intimate rehearsal dinner at Forest Hills. Located in West County, we offer a unique and picturesque venue that will not disappoint. Chef Lute and his creative culinary team will dazzle your taste buds with delicious cuisine while our professional service staff focuses on the comfort and enjoyment of each of your guests. Let us create an evening of love, laughter and fun, all while enjoying stunning views, and phenomenal service.

Located in the Heart of Midtown, Barnett On Washington is an extraordinary event venue that specializes in providing a rich, vibrant experience for all of our guests and a stress-free event for all of our clients. Our elegant, inviting atmosphere is perfect to host your ceremony, wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, corporate event, or celebration. WOW your guests with the exquisite, timeless beauty of Barnett On Washington! 3207 Washington Boulevard • 844-GO-BARNETT • www.barnettonwashington.com Events@barnettonwashington.com

Guido’s Located in the heart of The Hill Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas offers a banquet room for your private event. Our banquet room can accomidate up to 50 guests. We offer a beautiful setting including hardwood floors and a beautiful fire place. With such a diverse menu Guido’s is sure to have a package to please everyone. Open 7 days a week guidosstl.com 5046 Shaw 314-771-4900

36 Forest Club Drive Chesterfield, MO 63305 www.foresthillscc.net

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Hard Rock Café IT ALL STARTS WITH A LITTLE ROCK. Now that you’re ready to tie the knot, personalize your events at Hard Rock. Our unique atmosphere, high-energy staff, and a wide spectrum of culinary delights will ensure a successful and memorable function for you and your family and friends. Get rock star treatment for your Bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners or wedding day brunches, private space available indoor and outdoor. YOU GOT THE ROCK.... NOW GET THE PARTY ROLLING.

National Blues Museum The National Blues Museum is a unique, NEW location for your wedding shower, rehearsal dinner or reception. Located in the popular MX District, the National Blues Museum combines the sights of downtown St. Louis and the creativity of a Blues music museum for guests to enjoy. Our two event spaces can accommodate groups up to 150 (100 for seated dinner). For more information, please contact our Sales and Events Manager. 314-925-0016 615 Washington Ave. St. Louis, MO 63101 www.nationalbluesmuseum.org/museum-rentals

Sam’s Steakhouse Serving St. Louis with delicious food and excellent service for 25 years. We would like for you to enjoy that combination by hosting your next event. Parties for 10-100 people. Perfect for showers, rehearsal dinners, business meetings, birthdays and more! Celebrate with us and we will show you why we are a staple in St. Louis. 10205 Gravois Road • 314-849-3033 • samsbanquets@gmail.com

Hard Rock Cafe 450 St. Louis Union Station, St. Louis, MO 63103 314.621.7625 • www. hardrock.com/stlouis

Hilton St. Louis Frontenac True to the French influence of the suburb it calls home, the Hilton St. Louis Frontenac is a destination synonymous with elegance and comfort where professional staff awaits dedicated to making every event memorable. The Ambassadeur & Clayton Ballrooms will accommodate groups from 25-600 guests and our 263 beautifully appointed guest rooms offer comfort and style in one of Saint Louis’ most prestigious communities. 1335 South Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63131 314.993.1100 www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com

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Gateway Arch Riverboats It’s all about the memories, and what could be more unique and memorable than a cruise on the Mississippi with the impressive St. Louis skyline and magnificent Gateway Arch as your backdrop. Whether for a rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony or reception – from simple to elaborate – the Gateway Arch Riverboats offer a perfect venue for your celebration. The Gateway Arch Riverboats accommodate from 50 to 200 guests and offer package and customizable options. 50 S. Leonor K. Sullivan Blvd. • 314-923-3047 • www.gatewayarch.com

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MaryAnn’s MaryAnn’s Tea Tea Room Room

Step back into time as you celebrate one of the most important days of your life! Step back into time as you celebrate one of the most important days of your life! MaryAnn’s Tea Room is a special place for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or small, MaryAnn’s Tea Room is a special place for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, or small, intimate receptions. With a capacity for 50, the feel of the Victorian-era venue lends intimate receptions. With a capacity for 50, the feel of the Victorian-era venue lends a relaxed, yet elegant and romantic vibe to your special event. Chef Jeffrey Crider a relaxed, yet elegant and romantic vibe to your special event. Chef Jeffrey Crider uses seasonal and local ingredients in designing your custom dining experience. uses seasonal and local ingredients in designing your custom dining experience. MaryAnn’s is located in the Central West End, one of America’s top 10 MaryAnn’s is located in the Central West End, one of America’s top 10 neighborhoods. Call today to book your shower, rehearsal dinner or reception. neighborhoods. Call today to book your shower, rehearsal dinner or reception. 4732 McPherson Ave. | St. Louis, Mo 63108 | 314-361-5303 4732 McPherson Ave. | St. Louis, Mo 63108 | 314-361-5303 www.maryannstearoom.com www.maryannstearoom.com

Kemoll’s Kemoll’s Restaurant Restaurant

612North Event Space + Catering 612North Event Space + Catering is a one-of-a-kind venue located in the sleek lower-level of the historic Laclede’s Landing Cutlery Building. With large original stone archways and sculpted wave wooden panels, 612North raises the standard for unique event spaces in St. Louis. 612North delivers an unrivaled paramount dining experience with a mouthwatering menu only made from the finest quality ingredients. Our team is committed to helping you create everlasting memories, each step of the way. 612 North 2nd Street • 314-899-0612 • www.612north.com

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Charlie Gitto’s St. Louis’ Favorite Italian Dining Experience and the perfect setting for your rehearsal dinner. Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill 5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 314.772.8898 Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Height, MO 63043 314.770.7663 Charlie Gitto’s From the Hill 15525 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO (636)536-2199 www.charliegittos.com

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Old Hickory Golf Club Old Hickory Golf Club is the perfect setting for your Rehearsal Dinner. Whether you are looking for an upscale environment or relaxing evening our private rooms will make it a memorable occasion for you and your guests. We offer a wide variety of menus to personalize your event and our rooms provide you with breathtaking views of our award winning golf course. Old Hickory Golf Club 636-477-8960 #1 Dye Club Dr., St. Peters, MO 63304 www.oldhickorygc.com

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Patty Long Catering’s 9th Street Loft Celebrate your special event with Patty Long Catering and enjoy an intimate evening atop our gorgeous 9th Street Abbey, in the 9th Street Loft. This space offers a beautiful view overlooking our garden courtyard, comfortably accommodating up to 60 guests. The exposed brick walls and cedar flooring create a rustic, yet elegant atmosphere ideal for any style. This versatile space guarantees an enchanting experience for any occasion. 1808 S. 9th Street – Located in Historic Soulard – St. Louis, MO 63104 314-621-9598 – info@pattylongcatering.com – www.pattylongcatering.com

Lemp Mansion One of the most historic locations for weddings & rehearsals in St. Louis, with four distinct venues, you will find a space that will fit a group of any size. An intimate location can be found in the Lemp’s Parlor, Atrium and Brewery Office. If a garden setting is preferred the Garden Patio and Gazebo offer an al fresco dining experience. Larger groups can enjoy Lemp’s Grand Hall. We go to great lengths to make certain we deliver everything couples expect. Our staff has over 35 years of experience and know what is necessary to make every event one to be remembered. Catering packages include preset options or custom menus can be developed. Make your event one to remember with the Lemp Mansion. 3322 DeMenil Place | St. Louis, MO 314.664.8024 www.LempMansion.com

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Spazio Westport With several different banquet rooms, including our Bistro with modern décor and our popular Garden Room, Spazio Westport is the perfect place to book your rehearsal dinner! Spazio Westport can accommodate any party up to 250 guests, and offers traditional, themed, or cocktail party menu options, so you can customize your rehearsal dinner to your standards. Spazio is centrally located just outside of Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights. With over 50 years of experience, Russo’s Catering exclusively serves as the creative force behind this unique venue. Call today to book your rehearsal dinner and receive a complimentary wine toast for your guests. 12031 Lackland Road | St. Louis, MO 63146 314.576.0400 | spaziowestport.com

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Marketplace ENTERTAINMENT/MUSIC Complete Weddings + Events North America’s solution for weddings + special event services. Offering a one stop shop for DJ, Photo, Video, MEGA Photo Booth and Up-Lighting to make your event a complete experience! Visit our new location at 11100 Olive Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63141 www.CompleteStLouis.com 314.991.5656 Music Box Music Box is a seven piece high energy variety dance band designed to perform all the music of your life. They will perform your cocktail, dinner, and dance music to perfection www.musicboxband.com 314.239.8032 Rockstar DJs Have the reception your guests rave about for years to come! Relax and enjoy your reception with the most talented, professional DJs in the St. Louis area. www.rockstardjs.com 314.518.2407 Spectrum Band. Performing for more weddings in St. Louis than any band! Award winner from TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com for 2017 as well as the past 9 years. Inducted into “The Knot Hall of Fame.” Great website too! 201 Kendall Bluff Court Chesterfield, MO 63017 www.spectrumband.net 314.306.4313 TKO DJs Over 30 years in business. Every TKO wedding reception is custom-tailored to each couple’s wishes. Visit our website: www.TKO-DJs.com 314.647.3000

OFFICIATES Carolyn Burke STL Wedding Officiant | Ceremony Coordinator St Louis MO and Metro East IL Area From 2 to 200 Guests | Short, Sweet and Simple Set Up and Clean Up at Ceremony Site Elope In St Louis | Pop Up Weddings | All Couples Winner of Couples’ and Vendors’ Choice Awards www.CarolynBurkeSTL.com www.ElopeInStLouis.com 314.821.4844

Ruth Ellen Hasser—Professional Wedding Celebrant Your personal, beautiful and unique ceremony, celebrated with warmth and joy! www.ruthellenhasser.com www.facebook.com/stlouisceremonies 314.322.0906

PHOTO BOOTH RENTAL 2 Chics & a Photobooth Congrats on your engagement! We would love to be a part of your big day! Let us capture fun memories with our photobooth, as well as let your guests leave you a personalized video message! Our award winning, all inclusive packages are perfect to give you everything you need to make your photobooth experience the best of the best! 16655 Old Chesterfield Road, Suite 5 Chesterfield, MO 63017 www.2chicsphotobooth.com 314.614.1217

PHOTO/VIDEO Shadow and Light Shadow and Light is a St. Louis based photo and cinema company. We focus on each couple’s unique love and style. 3201 Hadrian Street St. Charles, MO 63301 722 St. Louis Road Collinsville, IL 62234 www.ShadowandLight-Studios.com 314.348.1929

PHOTOGRAPHY Memories Are Forever Offers a mix of photojournalistic style images with traditional photography. 1568 Ross Avenue St. Louis, MO 63146 www.memoriesareforever.com 314.878.5657 Rachel Myers Photography At Rachel Myers Photography we want our wedding photos to be unique to each and every couple. We want to tell your story with a combination of candid, formal, and photojournalistic styles. www.RachelMyersPhotography.com Rmyersphotography@gmail.com 314.799.1615

SPECIAL TOUCHES An Artist at your Wedding I’ll paint your reception (live) and present a “Masterpiece” at the end. Unique. Affordable. Guests love “Wedding Art Live.” www.kraidy.faso.com karenraidy@yahoo.com 512.635.7521 POPtions! Popcorn A POPtions! popcorn bar or favors are sweet, savory, spicy and fun additions to your wedding reception. 1580 South Lindbergh Boulevard St. Louis, MO 63131 www.poptionspopcorn.com 636.812.2385

TRANSPORTATION Mid-American Coaches A family owned and operated business, founded in 1927. Our fleet of luxury motor coaches includes such amenities as a restroom, air-condition ride, and multiple video systems. We are members of the Int. Motor Coach Group and American Bus Assn. We also enjoy the highest governmental safety ratings! www.midamericancoaches.net 866.944.8687

TRAVEL/HONEYMOONS Jane Alexandra Concierge Travel Say “I do” to the scenic splendor of a destination wedding or a storybook honeymoon in paradise. Through experience, Jane Alexandra knows exactly what newlyweds want. We exceed the level of quality, and service with more options than you could possibly imagine. Planning your wedding or honeymoon can be overwhelming, so let us take care of that for you! With no agency fees, and payment plans available, we will create the perfect start to a perfect marriage. www.janealexandratravel.com 314.915.8911 or 800.792.0478 Welk Resort Group We look forward to seeing you at our booth at the St. Louis Bride, Wedding Connection Bridal Fair at the Chase Park Plaza on Sunday, January 15, 2017!

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