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from the editor SHINE YOUR LIGHT In October, I had the honor of presenting an influencer talk on stage in Idaho for the Unstoppable Influence International Virtual Summit. Originally, I hadn’t even planned to submit an audition. In fact, I missed the original deadline. I’m not going to lie; I had some regret. I mean, it’s 2020, right? Then, almost magically, the deadline was extended. Talk about a nudge. All the other speakers wrote their speeches and had been practicing for several months and there I was unsure of what I was even going to talk about! So, in true Nancy form, I turned on the video camera and just started speaking from the heart – no written speech in sight. Sure, I had numerous flub ups and had to do many retakes but I got it done and hit the submit button. Fast forward a few weeks and I was selected to present. You may be wondering why I’m writing about this and what it has to do with weddings. It didn’t matter how I went about doing my talk. I did what worked Justin and Olivia DeMoss

for me. And, in the end, it didn’t make my message any less important than the others. I went out there, spoke my truth, inspired others and let my light shine. The same goes for weddings. This year has been a doozy for sure. But, let’s remember why you are here reading these words right now. You’re getting married! Sure, you may have to change some things up, but does that make your wedding or love for each other anything less? Heck no! Don’t let the challenges and current obstacles dim your light. Your vendors are creative geniuses – let them do their thing! That speech? I rocked it! The topic? Overcoming the challenges and obstacles true, authentic self! The same goes for you. Be true to yourself. Be bold. Step outside the traditional wedding box and let your light shine!

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Nancy L. Slade, Editor P.S. When someone in our Saint Louis Bride family ties the knot, we want to share it with you! Congrats to our amazingly talented art director Olivia and her hubby Justin who said their “I dos” on November 14th in Waynesboro, Georgia!

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SISTER ACT HUE MAD ABOUT Three three Brightsisters, bouquets fall weddings

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BEYOND Dress yourTHE wedding day best DRESSING ROOM

Procession-ready gowns featured in the showrooms of our favorite salons

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REAL MOMENTS 25 couples tie the knot

REAL WEDDINGS PARTING SHOT REAL MOMENTS 27 couples tie the knot

Gabrielle is wearing "Nanette" by Maggie Sottero from Mia Grace Bridal photographed on location at Angad Arts Hotel.

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AROUND TOWN What's new in and around St. Louis

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MODERN MEETS OLD WORLD A styled shoot

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THE MALE MIND ON ALL THINGS MATRIMONY What guys really think

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PIECE OF CAKE Q & A with St. Louis bakers

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RUSTIC MEETS COUNTRY CHARM A styled shoot

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NEW YORK MEETS STL A styled shoot

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YOU KNOW YOU LOVE ME, XO A styled shoot

PLANNING 95

DISCOVER COSTA RICA Travel experts share their favorite resorts

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ALMOST LIKE BEING THERE Livestreaming your wedding

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SITES TO BEHOLD Wide open spaces edition

RESOURCES 157

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

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

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CEREMONY SITES

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MAKING IT LEGAL Applying for a marriage license

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working behind the scenes

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After starting her career in the beauty industry 10 years ago, Jennifer quickly became one of the most sought after makeup artists among producers and brides. On top of her successful bridal company based out of St. Louis, she continues to work with top companies such as NBC, Porsche, Food Network, TLC and Fox Business Network where she acted as the lead makeup artist for the television series Strange Inheritance.

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1 LIZ SLOAN Liz started L Photographie in 2003 and surrounded herself with a team of three strong, smart, talented female artists. Her career started in photojournalism, and she stays true to her roots focusing on real emotions and moments throughout wedding celebrations. “I never want to create art just to create art. I believe the things we care about and use our time towards should have meaning and impact for ourselves and those who experience them,” says Liz. “I am extremely proud of the work our team produced for this fashion editorial. Rather than just showcasing fashion, it celebrates our feminine strength, individuality and beauty without stigma or constraint. It is, in a word, unapogetic.”

2 KATE KAYES Kate began her photography career in the commercial world, but after photographing the weddings of a few friends, she quickly got hooked on the joy and authentic emotions expressed on wedding days and started shooting weddings full time. Kate met Liz and joined the L Photographie team in 2009. She loves connecting with her clients and their families, and making photographs that will be a beautiful 20

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reminder of their love for years to come. “This particular shoot is dear to my heart for so many reasons... and celebrates womxn, diversity, confidence, and self love!” Kate says. “I believe strongly that representation matters, and that fashion should be fun and relatable for everyone! It is a powerful thing to open a magazine and see someone who looks like you, and it was amazing to be part of a team working together toward that goal.”

3 SIMCHA LOURIE Simcha has been creating exceptional events and unforgettable memories for more than 15 years. Prior to founding Simcha’s Events in St. Louis, she was the Director of Catering at the five-star Sofitel Chicago Water Tower in downtown Chicago, where she oversaw all social and corporate functions at the hotel. Her awardwinning work has been featured in numerous publications and she helped produce and appeared on a special wedding planning series for KMOV’s “Great Day St. Louis.” Simcha’s unique combination of hospitality industry experience and originality helps create flawless events full of energy, innovative designs and personal touches that

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bring her clients’ visions to life. “This series aspires to personify inspiration that lives within oneself. As we’ve been separated this year, physically and emotionally, many people have wrestled with feelings of self-doubt in various ways. We hope you flip through the pages and see yourself reflected in the faces and moments, and that you feel proud of what makes you, you.”

4 JENNIFER RICHMOND Jen started her freelance design career in 2006 and has collaborated with L Photographie and Simcha’s Events on numerous weddings and photoshoots. When she’s not designing ultra- modern brand identities and quirky event stationery, she is busy showing the world how to throw a good party on her entertaining blog, Pretty Together with her partner in crime Liz Sloan. “It was really fun to collaborate with my friends on this shoot,” says Jen. “As soon as Liz and Simcha told me what they were up to, I begged to be a part of it, even if it was just putting it all together in the end. I love the message it sends to women everywhere and think we all deserve a brave and bold outlook for year ahead.”

Deby Sansone’s passion for hair coupled with making people feel their best has been around since she was a little girl. Anchored by a long line of strong minded women in her family, she has made it her life duty to always follow your heart and try to do good. Deby has over eight years experience in the beauty industry and has been fortunate enough to work with countless individuals, unforgettable brides and have her work featured in People Magazine, Real Housewives of Orange County TV show, KSDK Channel 4, and many more. Deby owns a small hair and make up studio in Clayton, MO named after her Mom, grandmother, and great grandmother. Salon Marosie was founded on the idea to bring out inner beauty, all the while shaping hearts and hair. Her career is what gives her purpose and she makes every moment matter with anyone who takes a seat in her chair.

7 TINA HAMBY Makeup has been a part of Tina’s life for as long as she can remember, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Tina has been a makeup artist for 13 years and is the lead makeup artist at Salon Marosie. “Being a makeup artist gives me a sense of purpose, not only empowering myself but getting to empower others along the way. Art is my first passion, which plays a big role with my clients. Each face is like a new canvas for me, each beautifully unique, enhancing their natural beauty is my goal. This shoot reminded me of the quote by Priyanka Chopra. ‘As a girl, you should not be someone who tries to fit into a glass slipper. You should shatter the glass ceiling.’”


BEGIN YOUR HAPPILY EVER AFTER ON A GRAND NOTE A history as deep as your love. Offering two beautiful, historic and breathtaking venues for you to consider, the Marriott St. Louis Grand is the perfect location for your special day. The Crystal Ballroom, located on the 20th floor of the hotel, offers spectacular views of the city and has been the choice for unforgettable events for more than a century. The Statler Ballroom served as the lobby of the historic Statler Hotel when it opened in 1917 and features marble floors, two-story columns and vaulted ceilings. Celebrate your love in historic elegance and modern comfort. Make your tradition a part of ours. You will be glad you said “I do� to the Marriott St. Louis Grand.

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“We wanted the cover image to embody hope. Not only hope for a virus free future, but hope for a life in which all womxn are treated as full equals to men. We are strong and have proven we can rise to conquer any challenge, without special treatment or consideration. Only because we are created the same, we are human and deserve that status.” –LIZ SLOAN, L PHOTOGRAPHIE

THE DRESS: “Stevie” by La Perle for Calla Blanche is a sheath silhouette with floral lace and whimsical bell sleeves, $1,787 from Mia Grace Bridal THE WALL: “We were tasked to come up with a backdrop which reflected the sentiment “Standing Tall” so of course we took it to the next level which was “ Stand tall and accomplish the unimaginable”. We used permanent and fresh botanicals along with tall branches and fresh greenery to create bold and a diverse setting which reflects women of today!” — Ayla Abbassi, Ayla’s Floral Studio HAIR AND MAKEUP: “A classic bold eye paired with dewy skin, a nude lip while embracing her natural volume pulls Zarias look together for her big day.” —Jennifer Graves THE LOCATION: Angad Arts Hotel

PHOTOGRAPHY: Liz Sloan & Kate Hayes, L Photographie STYLING & COORDINATION: Simcha Lourie, Simcha’s Events FLORAL DESIGN: Stephanie Stempf & Connie Synek, Ayla’s Floral Studio HAIR & MAKEUP: Jennifer Graves, Simply Breathtaking LLC MODEL: Zaria Mac , West Model & Talent Management

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around town

New and noteworthy happenings in and around St. Louis

With This Ring Enjoy the custom jewelry experience with St. Louis metalsmith, Jonah Lieberman, of ROX Gemstones. Specializing in handwoven gold and silver design, Lieberman creates wedding jewelry. View the current collection and contact the artist to schedule a design consultation at ROXgemstones.com or call 314.363.4563

Bloomin' Biz Barb Wehking of Bloomin' Buckets has partnered with Sydney and Alyssa Rogers and will be growing and expanding their floral services well beyond weddings, special occasions and individual arrangements. Check out all the exciting happenings at

Gorgeous Gourmet Grazing Lorraine Gourmet Grazing Boards is the creation of St. Louis native Liz Ryan, who grew up on her dad’s signature snack of deli-sliced Lorraine Swiss slathered with yellow mustard—a childhood favorite. Liz’s grazing boards are decidedly more fancy, but made with the same intention: sharing food with loved ones and creating memories. Liz has combined her own love of cheese along with finding the best local creameries, farms, makers and purveyors practicing those old-world techniques right here in the Midwest to offer gourmet grazing boards to the St. Louis area. 314.640.3556, lorrainesstl.com 38

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New and noteworthy happenings in and around St. Louis

STEEL DRUM BEATS Martin Desriviere, owner of Ultimate Beats Entertainment, has the calypso style in his blood. Born and raised on the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, the "pan" was part of his island's culture. His love and mastery of this unique instrument has allowed him to please crowds on multiple Caribbean islands, and ultimately perform for thousands of people in the cruise ship industry. Not only is his enjoyment of performing evident with a smile on his face, he has taken this joyous style of music to another level by integrating it into popular music of all genres. Whether it be Frank Sinatra, Lynyrd Skynyrd, or Bruno Mars, Martin can bring the island feel to any popular song. 636.233.1044, ultimatebeatsentertainment.com

RUSSO FAMILY CELEBRATES DIAMOND ANNIVERSARY Russo’s Catering proudly announces their 60th Anniversary in 2021. From their beginnings in a small confectionary that opened in Clayton, run by parents Matt and Fran Russo 60 years ago, to today’s industry-leading catering company in the St. Louis area, the Russo brothers and their team are passionate about delivering extraordinary experiences for their clients. Russo's is the preferred or exclusive catering partner for over 50 special event venues in the greater metro area, including their the 14-acre Piazza Messina venue in Cottleville, Missouri. 40

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Allegro Entertainment believes that a couple that loses together actually wins!!! With that, they are holding a Biggest Winner contest. Registration begins in February and the winning couple will receive a DJ PACKAGE! Visit www.allegrostl.com for all the details.

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YOU’VE MADE YOUR VOWS. NOW MAKE HISTORY. wedded Contact Rebecca Laugeman: rlaugeman@mohistory.org • 314.454.3159


ALL NEW VENUES Fall in love with these five new spaces

LA VERONA AT THE MARKETPLACE Catering St. Louis's newest venue is located on Daggett Avenue on the Hill can accommodate up to 150-190 seated guests. 314.961.7588 x221, cateringstlouis.com

THE HALL AT OLIVE + OAK This newlyopened event space located in the heart of Webster Groves can seat up to 220 people for a private event. 314.736.1370 x2, oliveandoakstl. com

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THE RITZ CARLTON The Solarium, The Cigar Club and Casa Don Alfonso (shown here) are three new spaces and can accommodate ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and intimate gatherings. 314.863.6300, ritzcarlton.com

THE CENTER - A SPECIAL EVENT VENUE Located in Hazelwood, The Center can accommodate up to 1200 for seated dinner and works with multiple caterers. 314.963.0800, thecenter-stl. com

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LANDMARK ATRIUM Located at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, the new event space accommodates up to 100 seated for a ceremony and 130 for dining in the outer area. 636.949.7777, ameristarstcharles.com


Whether your wedding is for two or 200 people, Angad Arts Hotel has the creative and vibrant setting of your dreams. Our Grand Ballroom is a one-of-a-kind space where you can select the stunning white draping or pick your color from our available uplighting. Our rooftop South Deck has amazing views of the St. Louis Arch and is a beautiful ceremony or small reception location. Finally, our elevated Angad Playhouse is on the 12th floor with sweeping views of the St. Louis skyline. Our superb and caring staff will be there to take care of you and your guests and give you all memories for a lifetime. To start planning today email sales@angadartshotel.com.

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Real Moments Jennifer & Robbie June 27, 2020 ERICA ROBNET T PHOTOGRAPHY

“Savor every moment! It goes by way too fast. One last thing and this is HUGE, don’t worry about any “mistakes” or “mess ups”... no one will know the difference!” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Four Seasons St. Louis FLORIST: Stems Florist BRIDE’S DRESS:

Zavana Bridal/Signature Bridal Salon GROOM’S ATTIRE: Savvi Formalwear BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Lalo Salon BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Vera Wang, David’s Bridal CAKE: Four Seasons St. Louis MUSIC RECEPTION: Scott and Karl Duo

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Real Moments Katie & Jason November 2, 2019 L PHOTOGRAPHIE

“Relax and enjoy the process. It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of everything and it can be very stressful but everything ALWAYS comes together in the end. “ —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Forest Park Visitor Center CATERER: Catering St. Louis Events FLORIST: Bloomin Buckets BRIDE’S DRESS: David’s Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse BRIDE’S & BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Emily Miller Hair and Makeup BRIDESMAID DRESSES (INCLUDE DESIGNER NAME AND BRIDAL SALON): CAKE:

Nordstrom

The Cakery

MUSIC RECEPTION: The Well Hungarians SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

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Real Moments Leslie & Michael October 3, 2020 KELLY PARK PHOTOGRAPHY

“After the ceremony when the jitters finally subsided, I remember sitting down at the dinner table and looking around the Barn thinking about how every person drove or flew all the way to Sainte Genevieve, Missouri on some very winding roads, in the rain, during a global pandemic for Michael and I. It’s a completely overwhelming feeling of gratitude and sheer love that honestly I will never forget. I wanted to sit right there in that seat forever…eating Chaumette’s glorious cheesy potatoes and trying a bite of every one of the eight mini-pies from Blue Owl Bakery.” —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

The Barn at Chaumette Vineyards & Winery OFFICIANT:

Pastor Furgeson, Peace Lutheran Church FLORIST: Garden Gate Florist & Gifts, Percy IL BRIDE’S DRESS: Kitty Chen, Mia Grace Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR AND MAKEUP: Emily Miller BRIDESMAID DRESS:

MoriLee, Mia Grace Bridal CAKE: Blue Owl Bakery MUSIC: First Class Weddings PAPER GOODS: Margaux Paperie VIDEOGRAPHER: Clint Mifflin

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Real Moments Todd & Benjamin February 29, 2020 PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK SCHMIT TER

“We were honest to ourselves about what we wanted. We didn’t let “tradition” hold us back or take “this is how most couples do it” for an answer. Rather, we focused on what we envisioned the day to be. In addition to that, we kept things simple. We stuck to the few things that truly mattered to us personally, plus a tiny bit of twist and flare, and that really helped our personalities shine. ” —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

The McPherson CATERER: Russo’s Catering WEDDING PLANNER: Altar’d Events FLORIST: An Affair to Remember GROOM’S ATTIRE: Bespoke Apparel CAKE: La Patisserie Chouquette MUSIC CEREMONY: Rosewood Ensemble MUSIC RECEPTION: Rockstar DJs LINENS & RENTALS: An Affair to Remember PAPER GOODS: Moo, Paper Source, Minted VIDEOGRAPHER: Sparked Films

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Real Moments Pat & Al June 6, 2020 KELLY PARK PHOTOGRAPHY

“The brides grandson walked her down the aisle. The bride’s daughters and granddaughter were brides maids. Grooms sons were grooms men and his sisters and brother brought gives to the altar. Groom & bride nieces read the readings.” —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

DETAILS WEDDING LOCATION:

St. Joseph Catholic Church, Cottleville, MO RECEPTION VENUE: Old Hickory Golf Club FLORIST: Roses & Mint BRIDE’S DRESS: Stella York, Signature Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Stallone’s BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Dori Orf Dori Orf David’s Bridal CAKE: Nothing Bundt Cakes and Mini Donut Company MUSIC: TKO TRANSPORTATION: Gen Limo BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP: BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

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Real Moments Christine & Andrew June 14, 2020 PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE MARIONS

“We snuck out of the reception to take photos after dinner and ended up with the most beautiful sunset. It was so nice to have a few minutes to take it all in and be in the moment with Andrew. Eventually, a lot of our guests came out to greet us and take photos with us. It was so much fun!” —BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Hermann Hill Weddings FLORIST: Wildflowers BRIDE’S DRESS: Essence of Australia, White Traditions Bridal House GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Erika Meehan (hair); Anjuli Yera, The Makeup Doc BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP:

Rebecca Lodes BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Sorella Vita, The Bridal Shoppe MUSIC: Applause Weddings VIDEOGRAPHER: Applause Weddings

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Real Moments Sarah & Jared January 11, 2020 DOROTHY LOUISE PHOTOGRAPHY

“I don’t think I could pick just one! My top three were seeing Jared standing at the front of the church, the father-daughter dance with my dad, and watching my grandma walk in the processional. Grandma passed shortly after our wedding day, and it was a blessing to have her there.” —BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS Concord Presbyterian Church Anheuser-Busch Biergarten WEDDING PLANNER: Heather Hammett FLORIST: Snapdragon Studio WEDDING LOCATION: RECEPTION VENUE:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

Essence of Australia, White Traditions Bridal House GROOM’S ATTIRE: Savvi Formalwear BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Shelly Culpepper (hair); Dana Vogt (makeup) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Tulle and Chantilly CAKE: The Cakery MUSIC CEREMONY: Brad Erb Musicians MUSIC RECEPTION: Elite Pro DJ TRANSPORTATION: Fun Tyme Limousine

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MEMORIES ARE FOREVER


Real Moments Liz & Chris October 23, 2020 RAVET TA PHOTOGRAPHY

“We incorporated some of our favorite things such as taking pictures at Busch Stadium, serving local craft beer at the reception as well as having S’mores for our guests to make at the fire and having our dog, Holly, in the wedding.” —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Lemp Mansion Patio and Gazebo WEDDING PLANNER: Natalie’s Brides FLORIST: Low Key Floral Design BRIDE’S DRESS:

Allure Romance, Clarice’s Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Savvi Formalwear BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Fuzion Salon and Spa BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal CAKE: McArthur’s MUSIC: Brian Hawkins PAPER GOODS: The Ink Spot TRANSPORTATION: A Perfect Touch Limo

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Real Moments Rosie & Travis June 27, 2020 LANCE OMAR THURMAN

“Since it was a small immediate family only wedding, we did not want to have it in the large santuary of the church. We had it in the Bible study room of the church. We picked this room because the bride and the person who introduced us first met and regularly attended the same Bible study. The groom knew our matchmaker for about 15 years. But the bride only met her about a year before in Bible study room. This woman set us up on a blind date. I had the room completely renovated without my bride’s knowledge.” —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

DETAILS WEDDING LOCATION: West Side Missionary Baptist Church WEDDING PLANNER: Divine Events, LLC

Sisters Floral Design Studio Adrianna Papell, Dillard’s GROOM’S ATTIRE: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom CAKE: Cakes by Lisa SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Divine Events CEREMONY CROSS: Parties and Props RENTALS: The Aries Company (chairs) TRANSPORTATION: BEST Transportation FLORIST:

BRIDE’S DRESS:

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Real Moments Kaitlin & Kyle November 7, 2020 BOBBI BRINKMAN PHOTOGRAPHY

“The day goes by so fast! Remind yourself throughout the day to enjoy each and every moment. Don’t rush the little things. Embrace the things that may not go exactly according to plan and trust that your vendors you’ve chosen will make sure the day is everything you wanted!” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Cedar Lake Cellars WEDDING PLANNER:

K.hart Events | Design + Planning FLORIST: Cc Blumen BRIDE’S DRESS: Stella York, Signature Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Macy’s BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Pixie’s Hair Design; Elizabeth Wolf Professional Makeup Artist BRIDESMAIDS HAIR & MAKEUP:

Elizabeth Wolf Bridal Hair & Makeup Team BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Sorella Vita By Stella York, Signature Bridal CAKE: Cakes & Other Bakes MUSIC RECEPTION: Trixie Delight RENTALS: Roses & Mint F (Welcome Sign Display, Seating Chart Display & Ceremony Arbor) PAPER GOODS: Simply Torn Art + Design; K.hart Events | Design + Planning PHOTOBOOTH: Fete Booth Photo Booth TRANSPORTATION:

Corporate Transportation Stl; Jed Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Emily Chowning Photo + Film DAY-OF COORDINATOR: Saving Grace Occassions WEDDING DAY SIGNAGE: Shelby C. Calligraphy

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Real Moments Lexa & Jason July 25, 2020 (California) & August 8, 2020 (St. Louis) ALYSSA RUBY PHOTOGRAPHY (CALIFORNIA) & CASEY OT TO (ST. LOUIS)

“The most memorable moment was turning around and seeing my bride for the first time. I was star struck. My heart went crazy and I experienced indescribable emotions of joy. At that moment until the ceremony was over, nothing else on Earth was on my mind but her. It was pure magic.” —GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS WEDDING LOCATION:

Tajiguas Beach, California RECEPTION VENUE:

Lexa’s Grandparent’s Backyard (California) & St. Louis at Union Station CATERER: St. Louis Union Station BRIDE’S DRESS: Camille La Vie (California); Jovani, Aritzia (St. Louis) GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Bar III from Macy’s (California); Calvin Klein from Macy’s (St. Louis) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Zesica (California) CAKE: New Day Gluten Free Bakery VIDEOGRAPHER: Studio 627 (California)

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For the Modern Bride 3630 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL h 618.622.0880 h BridalParlour.net


Real Moments Maria & Joe October 10, 2020 ABBIE TAKES PICTURES

“It’s hard for us to decide on just one memorable moment, since we shared so many that day. However, one that stands out to the both of us is the advice Fr. Leo Spezia shared with us that his grandmother passed to him when he was about to start at seminary. “Let today be the day you are least in love...” So that from the day of our wedding we continue to fall more in love each day.“ —MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS WEDDING LOCATION:

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE: The Coronado CATERER: Butler’s Pantry FLORIST: Always in Bloom BRIDE’S DRESS:

Essence of Australia, The Ultimate Bride GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Wearhouse BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Looks by Lisa BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Azazie CAKE: The Blue Owl MUSIC CEREMONY: Darren Mode, Organist; Julie Hickey, Vocalist; Tom Kelly, Vocalist MUSIC RECEPTION: Diamond Empire Band SPECIALTY DÉCOR: centerpieces were designed and created by Bride and family; Welcome sign by Mandieland Creations TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation; St. Louis Trolley Company GUEST LODGING: Marriott St. Louis Grand

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T H E CA K ERY BA K ERY 1420 Tamm Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63139 • 314.647.6000 • info@thecakerybakery.net • thecakerybakery.net


Real Moments Amber & Adam August 15, 2020 JACKELYNN NOEL PHOTOGRAPHY

“Either the first look when she came out the door and down the aisle or just after we got home for the night. After all the build up and planning, the anxiety, worry, and waiting, I was surprised by how calm it all ended, another regular night, just me and her. All the anxiety and worry never should have mattered as much as we allowed it.” —GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE :

Larimore House CATERER: Larimore House Catering WEDDING PLANNER: Coda’s Events OFFICIANT: STL Celebrant FLORIST: Roses and Mint BRIDE’S DRESS:

Martina Liana, Town and Country Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Town and Country Bridal & Formalwear BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Glam by Courtney Morgan BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Sorella Vita, Town and Country Bridal CAKE: Spoil Me Sweetly MUSIC: Rockstar DJs SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

With Love by Z (signage); Nadine and Mina Vintage Accessories LINENS & RENTALS: An Affair to Remember PHOTOBOOTH: Jackelynn Noel Photography

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Real Moments

Megan & Tyler August 15th 2020 ABBY ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY

“Enjoy the planning process. Don’t let getting every little detail perfect distract from the true meaning of the day. It will be perfect and beautiful no matter what because you get to marry your person!” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Silver Oaks Chateau CATERER: Ces and Judy’s BRIDE’S DRESS:

Beloved by Casablanca, Mia Grace Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: Caravelli, Suits for Men BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

TaylerMade Artistry BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Morilee, Mia Grace Bridal CAKE: CC SweetS MUSIC: Complete Weddings and Events PHOTOBOOTH:

Complete Weddings and Events VIDEOGRAPHER:

Complete Weddings and Events

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Real Moments Carly & Ben July 17, 2020 BLISS ELEVEN STUDIO

“My best piece of advice would be to enjoy every second of planning, and soak it up because it goes by so fast! Don’t get caught up in all of the small details. On your special day, focus on enjoying time with your new spouse, and let everything else work itself out! I would also stress how valuable investing in a planner is if at all possible.... this was so helpful especially with our wedding which had to be completely rescheduled and changed! Simcha Lourie with Simcha’s Events is an angel sent from above that makes planning and your wedding day the most enjoyable and peaceful process! I don’t know what I would have done without her! “ —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING LOCATION:

Shrine of St. Joseph (St. Louis, MO)

RECEPTION VENUE: Ameristar Casino WEDDING PLANNER: Simcha’s Events FLORIST: The Special Event Florist BRIDE’S DRESS: Pronovias GROOM’S ATTIRE: TheBlackTux BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Emily Miller Makeup & Hair BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaids CAKE: Sugaree Bakery MUSIC CEREMONY: Darren and Barb Modde (organ/soloist), Emily Bowman (violin), Robert Souza (trumpet) MUSIC RECEPTION: The Downtown Band SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Millennium STL; Exclusive Events LINENS: BBJ Linen RENTALS: The Aries Company PAPER GOODS: M Haley Design ICE SCULPTURE: Ice Visions PHOTOBOOTH: Megalux Photo Booth TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Sweet Tea Media LATE NIGHT SNACK: I mos Pizza FLUTTER FETTI BOX: Parti Line Entertainment

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Something old. Something new. Something borrowed. Something Zoo.

Make your special day even more memorable. Book your wedding festivities, ceremony and reception at the Saint Louis Zoo. You can choose from four exclusive venues that offer not only romance, but excitement as well—The Living World, Lakeside Cafe, River Camp and the Event Tent. Then let our staff of professionals help plan every detail, from catering 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.


Real Moments Jen & Isaac August 14, 2020 WHITE-KLUMP PHOTOGRAPHY

“My most memorable moment was my dad’s speech. My dad has always been a man of few words. He stepped out to the center of the dance floor and gave the most incredible speech in front of 125 people, without a script. He said ‘I didn’t need it. It came from the heart”. —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Promenade at The Westin - St. louis FLORIST: Mexico Road Florist BRIDE’S DRESS: Martina Liana, Town and Country Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: St. Louis Suite Co BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Jen Vandever (hair) & Jamie Heck (makeup) BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Lulus and Azazie CAKE & DESSERT TABLE: Sweets by Jen MUSIC:

Dan Carthen, Riverview Entertainment DJ Services, LLC PHOTOBOOTH: Riverview Entertainment DJ Services, LLC TRANSPORTATION: Jed transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: CMS Photography and Videography

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Real Moments Precious & Brandon October 17, 2020 PINXIT PHOTOGRAPHY & CINEMATOGRAPHY

“My grooms reaction when he saw me for the first time. ” —BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE EVENT

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DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Hotel Saint Louis FLORIST: Big Bow Events BRIDE’S DRESS: The Ultimate Bride GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Savile Row Custom Clothiers BRIDE’S HAIR:

Kris Wilkerson, Favah 101 Salon BRIDESMAIDS MAKEUP:

Keisha Reece, Beauty by Reecey BRIDESMAID DRESSES: David’s Bridal CAKE: Cakes by Gina MUSIC: Phatt Mix Productions SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Big Bow Events LINENS & RENTALS: Big Bow Events PAPER GOODS:

Cross Rhodes Print & Technologies PHOTOBOOTH: Fete Booth Photo Booth VIDEOGRAPHER:

Pinxit Photography & Cinematography CARICATURE ARTIST: Andra Lang

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Real Moments Rose & Scott October 17, 2020 PHOTOGRAPHED BY L PHOTOGRAPHIE

“Because we had a small wedding, during dinner we were able to both really enjoy our meal and have meaningful conversations with each of our guests. Also, getting professional photos taken with Scott as a couple and with my loved ones, especially my 90-year-old grandmother, will be something I will always cherish.” —BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

a.casa

WEDDING PLANNER : a.companie FLORALS: Bloomin’ Buckets OFFICIANT: Sanda Fulton ENTERTAINMENT: Alexander Ruwe CATERING & DESSERT: Sharon Harter BRIDE’S DRESS: White Traditions Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE: The Black Tux BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller Makeup RENTALS: The Aries Company STATIONERY: Minted; Courtney Winet Design ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel Saint Louis

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Real Moments Hana & Sean October 24, 2020 PHOTOGRAPHED BY DEREK COFFMAN

“Don’t be afraid to ask for vendor referrals! If you have a vendor that you really vibe and trust then let them guide you in the vendor categories you’re unsure of! If your brother doesn’t work in the wedding industry - Get a planner!” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Bride & Groom’s Home

CATERER: Butlers Pantry WEDDING PLANNER: Fête Events FLORIST: Bunches Squared BRIDE’S DRESS:

Kitty Chen Couture, Mia Grace Bridal

BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

All Things Beautiful by Brandi Patton CAKE: Cake House Design MUSIC RECEPTION: Millennium Productions FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE : Vocals by Father of the Bride with musical accompaniment, backup vocals, and mixing by Alexander Ruwe SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Eye Candy Rentals; Nadine & Mina LINENS: Belmont Party Rental RENTALS: Eye Candy Rentals; Nadine and Mina; Belmont Party Rental (tent) PAPER GOODS: Eye Candy Confetti PHOTOBOOTH: Fête Booth

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Real Moments Kayla & Rhys September 5, 2020 ASHLEY PIEPER PHOTOGRAPHY

“Right after saying our vows, when we were exchanging rings, he picked his own ring up to put on my finger! Even after I told him ‘wrong ring,’ he didn’t realize the mistake until I picked my own ring up and handed it to him to put on my finger. It was just a small moment between me, my new husband, our priest, and best man that cracked all of us up!” —BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

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DETAILS CEREMONY LOCATION: Shrine of St. Josephs RECEPTION VENUE: Wild Carrot CATERER: The Social Affair WEDDING PLANNER: Altar’d Events FLORIST: An Affair To Remember BRIDE’S DRESS: Monique Lhuillier, The Ultimate Bride Chicago GROOM’S ATTIRE: The Black Tux BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP:

Savanah Summer Beauty BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Jenny Yoo CAKE: De la Creme MUSIC: Angela Maria Rocchio (ceremony); Landolphi String (cocktail hour); Rockstar DJs (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR:

Exclusive Events LINENS: An Affair To Remember RENTALS: An Affair To Remember, Traube Tent, & Exclusive Events PAPER GOODS: On Three Designs TRANSPORTATION: JED Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Sweet Tea Films

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Real Moments Diana & Steven September 7, 2020 CMS PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

“Your day will be so busy, and will go by so quickly that it may feel like your special day is but a blur. So remember to take some deep breaths throughout the day, really cherish each and every special moment and let them set in. when you recall those memories later on, it will feel like you’re reliving that day over and over again.” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE: Haue Valley CATERER: Pappy’s Smokehouse WEDDING PLANNER: By Your Side Weddings FLORIST: Rouge Events and Design BRIDE’S DRESS: Mon Cheri, Mia Grace Bridal GROOM’S ATTIRE:

Frew’s Bridal and Formal Wear

BRIDE’S & BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR:

Michelle Borland, The Boulevard Hair Co BRIDE’S AD BRIDESMAIDS’ MAKEUP:

Nicole Beauty and Wellness Expert BRIDESMAID DRESSES: ASOS Design CAKE: Made. By Lia MUSIC: Applause Weddings SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Applause Weddings PAPER GOODS: Minted PHOTOBOOTH: Applause Weddings TRANSPORTATION: The Wine Wagon VIDEOGRAPHER: Applause Weddings ENTERTAINMENT:

Belly Dance Mirage & Tropical Fire Hula

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Real Moments Allyson & Joshua November 8, 2019 KRISTEN HENDRICKS

“Take it all in. Be in each moment and try not to think ahead to the next. The day and the memories flood so fast. Check in with yourself and your spouse to really absorb all your planning come to life.” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING LOCATION: St. Augustine of Canterbury,

Belleville RECEPTION VENUE:

Main Street Abbey

CATERER: Bella Milano FLORIST: Grimm & Gorly, Belleville BRIDE’S DRESS: Made With Love, Bridal Parlour GROOM’S ATTIRE: Men’s Warehouse BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Emily Miller & Elizabeth Wolf BRIDESMAID HAIR & MAKEUP: Elizabeth Wolf BRIDESMAID DRESSES : Adrianna Pappel, ASOS, Lulus

10th Street Bakery, Belleville Mirage Entertainment LINENS AND RENTALS: Grand Rental SPECIALTY DÉCOR: Hiatt Design Associates, LLC TRANSPORTATION: St. Louis Trolley VIDEOGRAPHER: Millennium Productions CAKE:

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The difference is night and day

Keith Lee Studios

Perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, brunches and guestroom accomodations. Contact the Moonrise Hotel’s wedding specialists 314-685-3418 or Sales@MoonriseHotel.com

MoonriseHotel.com

6177 Delmar in The Loop, St. Louis, Missouri 63112


Real Moments Nikki & Nick October 14, 2020 TAMMI CAMP PHOTOGRAPHER

“Be kind to yourself. There is a lot of pressure, especially with social media, to look perfect. You may start to think unkind things about your hair, face, and body. Remember who you are is why you fell in love and found a life partner. Do the work to feel confident both physically and mentally on your special day, but if there’s a hair out of place, or you wish you did just a few more burpees, let that go. You deserve to be kind to yourself and take it all in.” —ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

The Dogwood in the Grove CATERER: The Social Affair FLORIST: An Affair to Remember BRIDE’S DRESS:

Sweet Caroline Bridal, Bridal Parlour GROOM’S ATTIRE: Indochino BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Krysta Willis, Govero Salons (hair); Angela Spencer (makeup) CAKE: A Social Affair RENTALS: An Affair to Remember DECOR:

An Affair to Remember ; The Dogwood PAPER GOODS: Minted VIDEOGRAPHER: Michael Baker

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Extraordinary Space, Extraordinary Events


Real Moments Hannah & Grant September 5, 2020 HEATHER ROTH PHOTOGRAPHY

“Although it was not the original plan, we had our wedding at my grandparent’s home and my uncle catered the event. Having my family around to support the day made the day even better.” —HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT

DETAILS WEDDING & RECEPTION VENUE:

Private Residence

CATERER: The Crossing WEDDING PLANNER: Cosmopolitan Events FLORIST: McK Designs BRIDE’S DRESS: Lela Rose Bridal, Lela Rose GROOM’S ATTIRE: Stallone’s Formal Wear BRIDE’S AND BRIDESMAIDS’ HAIR & MAKEUP: DanielleStyle BRIDESMAID DRESSES (INCLUDE DESIGNER NAME AND BRIDAL SALON): Bella Bridesmaids, Lula Kate CAKE: The Cakery MUSIC: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); Galaxy Red Band (reception) SPECIALTY LIGHTING AND DÉCOR: Decorum LINENS: BBJ Linen, The Aries Company RENTALS: Decorum; Traube Tent PAPER GOODS: Abigail Christine Designs TRANSPORTATION: Best Transportation VIDEOGRAPHER: Glenwood Weddings POWER COMPANY: Green2Go

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Real Moments Taylor & Hunter June 27, 2020 ELIZABETH LLOYD PHOTOGRAPHY

“When the bride herself sang at the reception “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys to me as a surprise! She blew the crowd away and it was a moment I will never forget.” —GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT

DETAILS Integrity Hills Chapel and Stables in Ridgedale, MO RECEPTION VENUE: The Stables at Integrity Hills CATERER: Big Cedar Lodge WEDDING LOCATION:

WEDDING PLANNER & DESIGNER:

Hired Hostess Event Co. FLORIST: Artistry in Bloom BRIDE’S DRESS:

Martina Liana, De Ma Fille Bridal Boutique GROOM’S ATTIRE: The Black Tux BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Mori Lee, Molly’s Bridal. BRIDE’S HAIR & MAKEUP: Ashley Mitchell (hair); Gloss Makeup and Hair (makeup) CAKE: Sugar Leaf Bakery MUSIC CEREMONY: Tyler Bone, Violin MUSIC RECEPTION: Diamond Empire Band SPECIALTY LIGHTING & DECOR:

Branson Party Rental; Hired Hostess Event Co. LINENS: Elegant Linens and Rentals RENTALS: Eventful Rental PAPER GOODS: Shine Weddings FAVORS & WELCOME BAGS: Hired Hostess Event Co. TRANSPORTATION: Fisk Limo VIDEOGRAPHER : Ace Legendary

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Discover High Adventure and Romance in Beautiful Costa Rica

ALL IMAGES COURTESY OF DREAMS AND SECRETS RESORTS

BY JACKIE TUCKER

(CLOCKWISE) ROMANTIC DINING AT SECRETS PAPAGAYO, HORSEBACK RIDING AT DREAMS LAS MAREAS RESORT AND THE SECRETS SPA

Striking sunsets, breathtaking beaches, and amazing weather are just a few of the reasons why Costa Rica has become a top honeymoon destination. Add in lush jungle rainforests, rugged volcanoes, and an abundance of exciting places to explore, and you’ve got all the ingredients for an unforgettable trip to celebrate your new life together. If you’re the kind of couple who likes a bit of adrenaline and action to go with your luxury hotel suite and chilled champagne, then sate your desires with an adventure honeymoon in Costa Rica. One of the greenest places on planet Earth, you’ll see Costa Rica’s natural beauty reflected in ways you’ve never experienced before. From untamed landscapes to spectacular beaches to awe-

inspiring views, this island is the perfect blend of romance and adventure. Mike Schellhase of Travel Haus St. Louis explains that newlyweds want more out of their honeymoons these days. “The top thing that couples ask for when they book a trip with us is a memorable travel experience.” And a memorable travel experience is exactly what you’ll get in Costa Rica. Whether you want a romantic and luxurious escape, an epic wildat-heart adventure, or a combination of both, the island has everything you’re dreaming of. Thanks to its tropical and laid-back exotic vibes, Costa Rica is considered one of the happiest countries in the world. So, what better place to kick off your new shared adventure together? SPRING/SUMMER 2021 • WWW.BRIDESTL.COM

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Costa Rica

EXPLORING AN ISLAND PARADISE Costa Rica’s best weather is in the dry season, which lasts from December to April, but the low rainy season from August to October has the best surfing – if that’s what you’re into. With year-round temps of 74 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit, there’s really no bad time to visit. It feels incredibly exotic, yet it’s still close to home for Americans. Schellhase says, “Couples are always asking about Costa Rica. It’s a short flight from St. Louis, budget friendly, and there’s no real language barrier. The main language in Costa Rica is Spanish, but English is widely spoken there. And they have amazing inclusive resorts that make it the perfect all-in-one destination for honeymooners.” You’ll find every outdoor activity imaginable. There is, of course, the option to lay on the beach with a drink in your hand as you admire the long stretches of golden sand, or lazily snorkel in the shallow, crystalclear waters. But when you’ve had enough rest and you’re itching for some serious action, that’s when the real adventure begins. 96

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Susan Robson at Go Travel STL recommends visiting the Arenal National Park where you can take an exhilarating trek through the rainforest and venture out onto hanging bridges while you keep an eye out for cascading waterfalls. After an invigorating morning hike, head to Tabacon Hot Springs and pools for a relaxing soak before boarding a Rio Frio Boat Safari where you can get a glimpse of the rare tropical animals of the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Over in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica, get your high-flying thrills in the place where ziplining originated as you soar above the leafy canopy. When you return back to solid ground, you can hop in a raft and tackle the challenging whitewater of the island’s rainforest rivers or make your way into the jungle where you can channel your primal urges and swing through the trees like Tarzan and Jane. At the end of the day when the sun starts sinking low, head back to the beach to stake out a quality surf spot or take a romantic horseback ride along the shore before heading back to your all-inclusive resort.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SECRETS PAPAGAYO

MAIN POOL AT THE FIVE-STAR SECRETS PAPAGAYO


Costa Rica

PHOTO COURTESY OF DREAMS LAS MAREAS RESORT

ZIPLINING AT DREAMS LAS MAREAS RESORT

REST AND RETREAT IN LUXURY Speaking of all-inclusive resorts…Schellhase recommends Secrets Papagayo, located on the Papagayo Peninsula. This 5-star, adults-only hideaway surrounded by tranquil beaches and lush tropical gardens offers one of the most intimate and romantic settings that you’ll find on the island. Their world-class spa is the perfect spot to rejuvenate and pamper yourself before getting dressed to dine at one of their international gourmet restaurants. Or you could always just stay in for the night and order from their 24-hour room service menu. Enjoy a delicious picnic from the comfort of your very own private terrace.

Another luxurious destination is Dreams Las Mareas Resort. Located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, this is an opulent escape for newlywed couples to find privacy. Explore the scenic palm-lined beaches of Playa El Jobo and surrounding mountains and jungles. After an exciting day of adventurous exploration, you can relax in a thatched palapa by the pool, dance the night away with live entertainment, or retreat to your suite and enjoy the incredible views from the comfort of your balcony. Costa Rica has it all plus a little bit more. With everything from tropical beaches to lush rainforests to mountainous volcanos, this exciting island offers the perfect combination of adventure and romance.

TRAVEL DURING COVID-19 As of November 1, 2020, residents of all countries (without restriction) will be able to enter Costa Rica. But as things are subject to change, please double check before booking any trip. Both resorts mentioned in this article follow the CleanComplete Verification™ Enhanced Quality, Safety and Hygiene Protocols. 1. Bookmark the CDC website (www.cdc.gov/travel) to stay up to date with travel advisories. 2. Face coverings or masks are required at a number of locations, including airports. Be sure to carry a few with you. 3. While hotels are taking extra precautions, it’s not a bad idea to wipe down high touch areas with disinfectant wipes once you check in. 4. Purchase trip cancellation insurance in case your travels are affected by COVID-19. 5. Check with your insurance company to see if they cover illnesses abroad. If not, consider purchasing travel insurance.

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| STYLED SHOOT I |

Photographed by Trent Broglin Photography

Earthy terra cotta vibes melt beautifully into this old-world family-owned restaurant and event space that specialize in mouthwatering recipes straight from the Balkans and surrounding countries. Grbic has been a well-known hot spot for locals for nearly 20 years and considered one of the most unique and delicious treasures in the city. The inspiration for this shoot stemmed from Grbic’s brick and stone accents as well as family heirlooms like the hand-carved wooden stools. Bringing in wildflowers, herbs, earth tones, a hint of purple turned this warm venue into a modern bohemian wedding dream complete with one of the most beautiful creatures in nature, Eli the Owl.

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DETAILS Event Styling & Design: Signed Sealed Delivered Events Venue: Grbic Events Video: Matthew Jay Films Models: Leshay Mathis and Colby Reed Florist: Flamenco Exquisite Flower Design Stationery: Unique Moments Escort cards, Signage, Jacket: Something by Shay Flatware: Styled + Staged STL Cake and desserts: Cake House Design Beauty: Amy Coyle, Meche Salon Dress: Made with Love from Bridal Parlour Suit: Amazon Jewelry: Kendra Scott and Francesca’s Officiant: It’s Official! 314 Weddings and Ceremonies

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Almost Like Being There Livestreaming Your Wedding Gets Everyone in On the Act

Most weddings during the pandemic are, by necessity, more intimate and personal. But with livestreaming, you can retain this intimacy while also including more people than you likely had on your original guestlist. Livestreaming the wedding for guests unable to attend has been a huge conciliation for couples. Rachel Shklar was married in November 2020 (with an original wedding date in May) and knew some family and friends wouldn’t be able to attend. “My grandmother is almost 90, and we have family in New Hampshire, West Virginia and California,” Shklar said. “They didn’t feel comfortable

traveling, so I started looking for ways that they could still be part of our day. Streaming our ceremony live was a great solution.” With gatherings in many places restricted to small numbers and travel bringing with it some risks, livestreaming weddings is quickly gaining popularity. It’s still a new and everchanging option, though, and there are a few things to consider before deciding to go live on your wedding day.

HIRE A PRO If you hire a livestreaming service, they take care of everything and you pretty much just

bring your beautiful self. You only get one shot at getting this livestream right, so enlisting a company with the knowledge, experience and proper equipment is well worth it. “This is not the time to cross your fingers and hope that the cell tower will come through,” said Scotty O’Brien of Visionwork Group and Sunshine Entertainment, a 15-year veteran of livestreaming events. “You want something polished. We meet with clients in person, discuss your wedding day and your expectations, we precheck the venue, the upload speeds and everything required for the day to run smoothly.” (Continued on pg. 156)

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The Male Mind on All Things Matrimony Grooms and Guys Get Real with Their Opinions on Everything from Couples’ Showers to the Garter Toss BY J E N N I F E R C . F R A K E S In these unprecedented times, most weddings taking place look much different than the celebrations of just a year ago. Some events and traditions surrounding the wedding just can’t happen, or are happening in new ways. But it’s fun to look back on when we could consider all the old-school rituals and gatherings, and even more fun to hear some guys candidly express their opinions about them.

Asking guys to show up to a shower can spark quite a debate, even with assurance that beer would be offered. Rick said: “Showers are the one thing meant for the women. I think my friends would have laughed at me if I would have invited them to a couples’ shower.” Newly married Geoff agrees: “The thought of going to any shower sounds comparable to having to attend the ballet recital of my wife’s second cousin’s six-year-old. Even if there was beer, it would take away from the original point of the thing. I am for keeping meaningful functions just like they are.” Leave the showers to the ladies, thinks Matt. “Most men have to be heavily persuaded to attend a couples’ shower, and most likely don’t really enjoy themselves,” said Matt. But some guys are coming around to the idea of couples’ showers. “I’m more open to this then I was before,” said Brian, who is engaged. “My fiancée described it as just a party with presents. But to me, it’s forcing my friends to come to a formal thing. I don’t like to get all dressed up to open up picture frames and cookie sheets. But if you’re going to do it, skip the games. Guys are definitely not interested in any of that. Provide beer and we’ll find someone to discuss sports with.” Joe and his friends arrived at the end of his fiancée’s shower after a stop at a pub and were happy with that arrangement. “Guys don’t need to be there for the gift opening or for the games. If it resembles more of a party than a shower, I’m good with that,” Joe said. Ryan also emphasizes the party portion of the shower. “It’s a fun way to get together with both the bride’s and the groom’s friends,” Ryan said. “As long as there are not six or (Continued on pg. 128)

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SUZY BECK

Wedding Specialist, The Sweet Divine HOW DID YOU BECOME A CAKE DESIGNER?

I always joke about it and tell people I accidentally turned into my mom because she decorated cakes out of our home. I followed my plan to go to culinary school and I found myself specializing in baking and cake decorating. When I got out of school, I got a job decorating cakes and here I am today. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO CAKE DESIGN?

My goal is to create something I know I’ll be proud of and be proud to photograph and post. I want to accommodate everyone’s requests but still have my own style as part of it. WHAT CURRENT TREND IN WEDDING CAKES DO YOU APPRECIATE?

So many. To narrow it down, I really like the fondant marbling, drip cakes, and fault line cakes. I really love that it is trendy to make your cake interesting and unique instead of just traditional and pretty. It’s ok to do fun and expressive. FONDANT OR BUTTERCREAM?

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?

It’s never too early to reach out to your vendors. Even if your wedding is a year away, we book so quickly that earlier is better for us to be able to book your date. Also, I tell brides to focus on what they want for the cake. So often they say that they aren’t sure what their guests will like. I encourage them to do what they like and not worry so much about the guests.

KAREN BECKER

District Manager, Cold Stone Creamery South County & Shiloh HOW DID COLD STONE CREAMERY GET INVOLVED WITH WEDDINGS?

About thirteen years ago we started doing wedding cakes. A bride came into the Shiloh store and asked if we could do a wedding cake. We hadn’t done a wedding cake before but I told her we can do anything that ends with cake! We’ve been doing weddings ever since and not strictly cakes, we can do ice cream sandwiches, sundae bar, even bring the portable stone and serve ice cream. We have a wide variety of dessert options for weddings. Our two stores, South County and Shiloh, are the only stores in St. Louis that do weddings. WHAT IS YOUR APPROACH TO CAKE DESIGN?

I do both but I enjoy buttercream more. Some details have to be done with fondant and you can’t get around it so I do work with both. I have been experimenting with designs that are typically fondant and using buttercream instead.

We offer a lot of different options and can fit any budget. I spoke with a bride yesterday about her wedding and she decided on a sundae bar. Depending on what they want and their budget, we offer a lot of affordable options.

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WHAT CURRENT TREND IN WEDDING CAKES DO YOU APPRECIATE?

Earlier this year we had a bride and groom who wanted a four-tier cake but in place of the secondfrom-the-top tier they wanted a fondant rib cage and heart. I think the couple was in the medical field so it had meaning to them. My co-worker, Mike, did the fondant work and it turned out so cool. It was

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I like the elegant cakes and we are able to achieve that look without it being crazy expensive. When it comes to wedding cake design, I have a book of pictures of cakes we’ve done before. I’ve been doing this for a long time and the trends come and go so we have a wide variety of designs. The majority of

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Piece of Cake brides have a picture of what they want and we duplicate that look on an ice cream cake. FONDANT OR BUTTERCREAM?

We use buttercream. Fondant is difficult to work with on an ice cream cake. We have done fondant embellishments but primarily we use buttercream. TELL US ABOUT A UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL CAKE REQUEST.

We made an all-black cake with gold decorations. I don’t like to say no to anyone but a black cake is difficult for pictures with the frosting turning the guests’ tongues and teeth black.

Not everyone takes the dance floor, not everyone wants a cocktail, but almost everyone wants dessert. I hope that Cold Stone Creamery is invited to your wedding and we’ll bring the dessert. That’s my tagline!

ERICKA FRANK

Owner, The Cakery

HOW DID YOU BECOME A CAKE DESIGNER?

My neighbor when I was 12 years old decorated cakes and I loved seeing her work. I asked her to teach me and the rest is history. She was so kind. She invited me over and gave me recipes for icing and two eight-inch cakes. I made the recipes and she taught me how to decorate. I fell in love with it. I had a couple of lessons with her and then I practiced. I made anything and everything I could into a baking project. I still think wedding cakes are the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Thirty years into it and I still love to see the finished product in the space. That is consistently one of the most fulfilling parts of my job. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO CAKE DESIGN?

I really want the cake to be what the couple wants – not my vision, but theirs. Even if it isn’t my particular style, the goal is for it to be exactly what they want. And if we aren’t able to do that, I am honest with them. We don’t cover cakes in fondant and some styles don’t work in buttercream. We can do fondant accents to add to the design. The process should be easy. It’s cake! It should be fun and light, not a heavy, taxing decision. WHAT CURRENT TREND IN WEDDING CAKES DO YOU APPRECIATE?

I love the textures that people are using; especially with buttercream you can texture so many different ways. It seems like there are continuously new textures. Using texture as a backdrop for fresh flowers is one of the most beautiful types of wedding cakes. If I was getting married again my cake would have textured vanilla buttercream and tons of real flowers. 106

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FONDANT OR BUTTERCREAM?

We cover our cakes in buttercream but we can do fondant or gum paste accents or decorations such as flowers, stipes, or a horizontal ribbon of fondant around the bottom tier. It is easier to paint fondant gold so when we add metallic gold to a cake we usually do that in fondant. It isn’t impossible to do with buttercream, but it seems to work better on fondant. I do love the gold trend. TELL US ABOUT A UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL CAKE REQUEST.

We were working on one of our must unique cakes on Friday. We made a groom’s cake in the shape of the Stanley Cup for Pat Maroon’s wedding. (Maroon is a native of St. Louis who won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the St. Louis Blues and in 2020 with the Tampa Bay Lightning.) It was beautiful. Our manager, Megan Rois, is the one who does most of our wedding cakes and she did an amazing job. I helped but she is responsible for how amazing it was. Not only was it unique, but it was definitely one of the most challenging designs because it had to be so precise. The dimensions were incredibly important. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?

Take your marriage seriously, but don’t get too caught up in the planning. Certainly, planning is important but if it starts to become more stress than excitement, you need to let some things go. You can’t be obsessive about every detail. Choose the things that are most important and let people you love and trust, or even a wedding planner if possible, take some of the details. I think couples who give their input, allow the professionals to do their thing, and don’t try to micromanage every detail end up enjoying the process a lot more.

NICOLE KEEVEN

Wedding Coordinator & Cake Artist, Sarah’s Cake Shop HOW DID YOU BECOME A CAKE DESIGNER?

My parents really wanted me to go to college but I knew I wanted to be a baker in the pastry industry. After a few years of college, I was

miserable so I went to pastry school instead. I knew I wanted to be a cake designer specifically. I knew it wouldn’t be easy and it took a lot of patience, practice, and hard work but it was also a lot of fun. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO CAKE DESIGN?

No matter what the design my main goal is to make something crisp and cleanly executed.

WHAT CURRENT TREND IN WEDDING CAKES DO YOU APPRECIATE?

I’m actually really loving what is happening with cakes right now taking a nod from nature. Cakes using natural elements such as rock textures, flowers, neutral water colors are prevalent right now. Recently I designed a birch wood cake in buttercream with each tier resembling a delicate white birch tree. That wild, natural look appeals to my personal style. FONDANT OR BUTTERCREAM?

I think both are really necessary to do what I do. It just depends on the design. Some things I definitely need to do in buttercream but others you have to do with fondant. TELL US ABOUT A UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL CAKE REQUEST.

When I first was promoted to cake decorator we had a man order a cake with a Shania Twain figurine on a bed. He had one in his freezer but it melted and he wanted to replace it. Recently I designed a red velvet armadillo grooms cake like the one in the movie Steel Magnolias. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?

Before they meet with me, it helps if couples have a general idea of guest count, a vague sense of the design style, and a budget. Right now, I tell couples to have patience. We are dealing with a unique situation with covid and many of the things we’ve held true just aren’t possible. Also, couples should book a designer as soon as possible because vendors may be especially full with both newly engaged couples and those who postponed earlier ceremonies.

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MICHAEL TEMM

Owner, Wedding Wonderland HOW DID YOU BECOME A CAKE DESIGNER?

When I was six years old, Santa brought me an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas and I’ve been baking cakes and decorating them ever since. It was all self-taught. I took art classes, but no formal baking or cake decorating classes. I’m the youngest of six boys. While all five of my brothers where outside playing football, I’d be baking a cake for halftime. They laughed at me a lot then, but they aren’t professional football players and I own a cake shop. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL APPROACH TO CAKE DESIGN?

It starts with the sale – customer service is everything. I get customers in here for a free tasting and then wow them with great taste and affordable prices. We did have to make some changes due to the pandemic. We now offer cake pops and grab-and-go cakes; we aren’t just a special-order shop anymore. Our biggest hit is the Ooey Gooey St. Louie, a fudge brownie base with gooey butter cake covered in whipped cream and fudge drizzle. We sell out every day. WHAT CURRENT TREND IN WEDDING CAKES DO YOU APPRECIATE?

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Right now, textured cakes are just huge. The more rustic look, textured with a few fresh flowers, is elegant and makes a statement.

TELL US ABOUT A UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL CAKE REQUEST.

Last year at the Frontenac Hilton, a bride who had been Miss America wanted her cake to go all the way to the ceiling. The hotel has 11-1/2-foot ceilings. The couple wanted to cut the cake with a real sword. It was fantastic. Incredible. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR COUPLES PLANNING A WEDDING?

Chill out! Slow down and enjoy every moment. This should be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Don’t stress over every little thing. Nothing is perfect; something won’t go your way. Accept it and have a wonderful day. Also, I like to tell the moms to stay home and let the brides plan their own weddings. ♥ 108

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Our claim to fame is that we never will ice a cake with fondant icing. It’s not that fondant is bad, we just don’t care for the hard shell up against a moist, delicious cake. We will garnish cakes with fondant designs. We can get the look of fondant at half the price and much better taste with buttercream. Everything you see in our online gallery is done with buttercream or whipped cream icing.


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John’s parents are divorced, but managed to stick to the tradition: “Each parent was looking to help out in their own way, so my mom paid for the food and my dad paid for the liquor. It really didn’t matter who paid for what, but it was nice for us to point out who help us during our thank-you speeches.”

seven showers I’m supposed to attend, I have no problem with them.” Just-engaged Chris echoes Brian’s thoughts. “I haven’t had to go to many of these, but the ones I’ve attended usually aren’t that painful,” Chris said. “As a guy, it is fairly simple to make friends with other guys, especially talking about sports or how good the food is.” He’s also hoping his fiancée isn’t the only one cashing in at the shower. “When we get married, I’d like to have some cool stuff that I won’t necessarily want to buy. I’m not expecting my fiancée to register for them on her own, and I wouldn’t expect to get them in a traditional shower. I don’t care about the font on the monogrammed towels, but I do, however, want a specific grill, the right lawn equipment, and a bunch of other guys’ stuff.” Also aware of the gift-getting opportunities is Brian. “I am a big fan of maximizing the amount of gifts I get and a big fan of parties, especially when they are in my honor,” said Brian. “Couples’ showers are a good time. If it feels like an obligation to attend one, you need to find more entertaining friends.”

ON COMBINED BACHELOR/ BACHELORETTE PARTIES This one was absolutely unanimous, with some guys seemingly offended by the question merely being asked. Joe said: “The rehearsal dinner and the wedding are for everybody [and possibly the aforementioned couples’ shower]. The bachelor and bachelorette parties need to be kept separate.” Brian agrees, and not necessarily because of all the inevitable drunken debauchery. He said, “Although some bachelor parties may involve adult entertainment of some variety, most guys would not consider that an essential ingredient of a fun bachelor party. Most guys just want to ‘dude-out,’ which warrants a separate bachelor party.” Jake is thinking of his friends when he thinks of a good bachelor party, bless his little heart. “Nowadays, the bachelor party isn’t just for the groom, it’s for his friends. Hanging out with your wife and her friends has the potential for serious disaster. I’m not saying go “Hangover” crazy, but there has to be one party for the guys and one for the girls,” Jake said. Rick can speak to that. “I have a friend that told all of his guy friends he was having his bachelor party in Las Vegas. Everyone was excited until they found out it was a joint party with the bride and her friends. Hardly any of his friends ended up going,” said Rick.

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give the bride and her family a night off from arranging, hosting and paying the expenses,” Joe said. Geoff said it’s a good division of duties. “Instead of having everyone trying to help with everything, it’s good to focus and set roles to keep the butting of heads to a minimum. So, I think the groom’s parents should remain responsible as much as possible,” said Geoff. Ryan believes it’s the least the groom and his family can do: “My dad took care of the bill. He wouldn’t have had it any other way. Usually the bride’s parents pay a lot of expenses for the wedding anyway, so I think it should be more of a solo effort by either the groom himself or with the help of his family.” Brian sums it up this way: “If both families can afford it, they might as well go with the conventional method.” On that point, Jake acknowledges: “You can’t tell someone they have to host if they don’t have the resources to do so. It’s important that you and the Mrs. talk about where contributions can come from and how much of the bill you’ll be handling yourself.” Chris feels strongly that he and he alone should pick up the tab: “My fiancée’s family, and friends, my family and friends and our shared friends have been working very hard from the time of the engagement until the end of the reception to make this day perfect. The least I can do is pay for dinner and drinks for everybody.”

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ON THE GARTER TOSS The garter toss is a practice that goes back centuries, but is not something included in every modern-day reception. And if this small sampling of guys is any indication, the tradition is one that is becoming almost rare. “We didn’t do it, and honestly didn’t even consider it,” said Geoff. “The guys don’t exactly dive all over the floor, trying to catch it. The only good thing would be if I was in my 20’s and single. Then I may want the single girls at the wedding to know my status.” Brian concedes that the garter toss is tradition and he can go either way on the subject. “But I will say it’s incredibly awkward for most,” Brian said. “Some people drag you out there because you’re single and they’re not and they feel like it’s some sort of requirement for you to do it. Most of us stand there and try not to catch it so we don’t have to hear the constant reminders that we’re not married yet.” Chris said nothing makes him head for the bar faster than the bouquet throw and subsequent garter toss. “It can turn into some sort of burlesque show while ridiculous music is being played,” Chris said. “The groom will fling it and most of the time it lands on the floor because those of us that are forced out there don’t want anything to do with it. That and the ‘you’re single, you better get out there’ comment from every relative is worse than a sharp stick in the eye.” Geoff, Brian and Chris must be going to different weddings than Ryan, who’s up for a little jostling to get the garter, or at least he was in his bachelor days. “I always enjoyed this tradition as a guest and didn’t mind it as the groom,” said Ryan. “It gives guys a chance to be macho and compete. A little shoving around right before its thrown is always fun. It’s a prize, so to speak, if you can beat the other guys and catch it.” Matt feels it’s outdated, but has seen the competitive side of guys emerge when the stakes are raised. “The only saving grace is if you put a cash prize on catching the garter, Matt said. “Seeing drunk people fight for a dainty piece of cloth is well worth $20.” Another twist on the tradition that Matt enjoys: “When the groom is blindfolded and the bride is replaced with a grandmother. That’s pretty funny.” Speaking of Grandma, Jake thinks the whole idea is a little unseemly for mixed company: “Who ever thought that sticking a hand up a


The Male Mind on All Things Matrimony bride’s dress in front of her grandma was a good idea?” Said Jake. Ryan also thinks that all those watching and participating are uncomfortable: “Most of the time, the groom is thinking: ‘What is my father-in-law thinking right now?’” John’s opinion is a simple one: “Um, no. I prefer to keep my wife’s undergarments to myself.”

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ON THE NEXT-DAY BRUNCH AND GIFT-OPENING Brunches the day after the wedding are somewhat common, and may or may not include the couple opening their gifts. Usually the brunches are intimate affairs, with the couple, their immediate families and maybe the wedding party. Sometimes out-of-town guests are also invited. Most of the guys are up for this idea— with some stipulations, of course. Opening gifts the next day appeals to Geoff’s practical side. “It’s nice to open the gifts before the honeymoon because a lot of people give cash and gift cards, and those are lovely things to have before the honeymoon,” said Geoff. Joe and his wife had a brunch at the bride’s family home the next day, just with their immediate families. “It was nice to see everyone the next day and kind of break down what happened,” Joe said. “I could do without opening the gifts then, though.” Brian also sees the benefits of an intimate gathering the next day. “I can’t say I’m too excited to be forced to open presents early the next day, but it’s important,” Brian said. “We’ll be inviting family and the wedding party, if they would like to join. The wedding will probably go by so fast that maybe I won’t have enough time to really chat up some family like I normally would.” Ryan, however, thinks opening the gifts is more of a private thing to do with your spouse or just a few family members. Ryan said, “Who else really wants to be there for that anyway? You might be talking a whole lot of cards and gifts. I wouldn’t want to sit through that.” Matt agrees that if you have a brunch, keep it small. “If you would like to open presents with just your family, I have no problem with that,” said Matt. “I don’t support requiring all the wedding party to attend though. Too many want to get home to catch up with their lives.” Hosting a brunch is the least the couple can do, after the big night celebrated in their honor, said Jake. “It’s not ideal to get up after a late night and be the center of your family’s attention while you open presents,” Jake said. “But it’s a small price to pay for the gifts and your family’s support. When I give a nephew a $300 expresso machine one day, he had better fake it through his hangover to thank me in person!” Chris likens the next-day brunch to the visit to the White House by a championship sports

team. Said Chris, “It’s a nice touch, but totally unnecessary. It’s kind of overkill. We had the rehearsal, the rehearsal dinner, maybe a golf outing or a luncheon, the ceremony, the time between the ceremony and the reception, and finally the reception. Congrats to the bride and groom and all, but it is time to move on with life.” Chris also wonders why the couple would open gifts the next day that are from anyone but immediate family members—especially from people who aren’t at the brunch. “Did somebody wrap fresh fruit in these boxes? What’s the rush?” Ryan just thinks it would be nice to spread out the excitement a little. “It all goes by so fast,” Ryan said. “It would be fun to come home from the honeymoon and look forward to opening the gifts.”

ON HONEYMOON PLANNING Back in the day, it was custom for the groom to plan the honeymoon for he and his bride. Perhaps the thinking was that the bride is planning everything else, and it’s something the groom could take charge of and help lighten her

load. Or that it would be romantic to whisk his bride away to a surprise location. But today’s grooms know better. “The groom could handle the logistics, but the couple should agree on the destination,” Joe said. Brian said planning the trip as a couple is a must in today’s hectic world. “When both the bride and groom have busy work schedules, a vacation is usually a rare and coveted occasion. Both parties should agree on their best option,” he said. Often nowadays, the bride and the groom are both paying for the honeymoon, so even more reason for each to be involved in the planning, said Matt. “Also, this is a good opportunity to start getting used to the art of compromise with your life partner.” Brian seconds that: “One or the other can take the lead but you have to involve the other person,” said Brian. “My fiancé wants a good beach. I’m Irish and pale so I couldn’t care less about a beach but I want top-shelf liquor. Finding a place that fits both of our wants, in our budget, is a good way to start a marriage.” Aww, you softie. ♥

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Be unapologetic about who you are and the value you add to the world. - Linsey Fryn

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FLORALS: ARTISTRY FLORIST, AYLA'S FLORAL STUDIO AND MARY TUTTLE'S FLORAL & GIFTS

HAIR & MAKEUP: DEBY SANSONE & TINA HAMBY, SALON MAROSIE

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ZARIA MAC, HANEEN GHANNAM, NATASHA BARBOSA,

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Haley is wearing “Claudia” by L’Amour by Calla Blanche,

$1,145 from Mia Grace Bridal.

If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. - Maya Angelou

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There’s nothing inherently liberating in covering up, just as there’s nothing inherently liberating in wearing next to nothing. But the liberation lies in the choice. - Hanna Yusuf

Haneen is wearing “Milly” by MoriLee, $1,099 from Mia Grace Bridal.

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What makes you different or weird. That is your strength. - Mer yl Streep

Marylyn is wearing Sweet Caroline Styles crochet gown, $1,500 from

Bridal Parlour. Feather collar provided by stylist.

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Gabrielle is wearing “Romulea”

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Let nothing dim the light that shines from within.

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- Maya Angelou


Life is short. Take the trip. Buy the shoes.

Eat the cake. - Aman Jain

“Nanette” by Maggie Sottero,

$1,485 from Mia Grace Bridal. Necklace from Bridal Parlour. Cake by The Sweet Divine.

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Sheridan is wearing Black

Velvet Luxor jacket by Savvi

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Michael Kors black “Aspire” tie, all from Savvi Formalwear.

I never thought I was breaking a glass ceiling. I just had to do what I had to do, and it never occurred to me not to. - Marian Wright Edelman

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Zaria is wearing “Stevie” by

La Perle by Calla Blanche, $1,787 from Mia Grace Bridal. Floral wall by Ayla’s Floral Studio.

There is no force equal to a woman who is determined to rise. - W.E .B Dubois

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Haneen is wearing “Lily” by

Hyacinth Bridal, $1,845 from Bridal Parlour. Bouquet by

Mary Tuttle’s Floral and Gifts. Ariana (right) is wearing

“Milla” private label dress, $75, choker and private label veil from Bridal Parlour.

We all live with the objective of being happy, our lives are all

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Charley is wearing “Sweet by

Beloved” by Casablanca, $1,299 from Mia Grace Bridal. Earrings

from Bridal Parlour. Grafitti art by Liv Acree, Via Paints.

Haley (right) is wearing “Box” by

Willowby by Watters, $1,993 from Mia Grace Bridal.

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Natasha is wearing Padmavatiinspired lehenga choli from

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A little Chuck and Serena inspiration went a long way and we think our Gossip Girl fans out there will adore it! A bold, yet sophisticated take on blush and gold accents laid the foundation for our color palette. From there, we added crisp whites, modern doses of black and candlelight and this beautiful, Blair Waldorf approved shoot, came to life. Even though there wasn’t a peony in sight.”

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DETAILS Planning and Design: Be My Guest Event Production and Design Venue: The Dogwood Models: Elizabeth Dopp & Shawn Morgan Cake: Cake House Designs Floral Design: Rouge Events and Design Gown: Belle Bridal Atelier, Elizabeth Fillmore & Toni Mativevski Tux: The Black Tux Hair and Makeup: Lili Altnether @lilihulooks Table Rental and Cake Cage: Parties and Props Event Design Linens: Nüage Designs Flatware: An Affair To Remember Tablescape: Be My Guest Events Private Collection Videography: Matthew Jay Films Stationery: Leighwood Design Studio

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These fourteen venues come to mind when thinking of wide open spaces!

Orlando’s

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KUHS ESTATE AND FARM Spanish Lake, MO 314-226-0709 www.kuhsfarm.com

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AMERISTAR CASINO RESORT SPA St. Charles, MO 636-940-4300 www.ameristar.com

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SEVEN GABLES INN 314-863-8400 www.sevengablesinn.com

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SILVER OAKS CHATEAU Wildwood, MO 314-238-6567 www.silveroakschateau.com

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THE SPIERING ROOM AT THE SHELDON 314-533-9900 www.sheldonconcerthall.org

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SAINT LOUIS ZOO 314-646-4855 www.stlzoo.org

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GRAND HALL AT UNION STATION 314-621-5262 www.stlunionstationhotel.com

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REDBIRD CLUB AT BUSCH STADIUM 314-345-9630 www.cardinals.com/events

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MAISON DU LAC Catawissa, MO 314-991-6700 www.thevenuestl.com

10. GRAND HALL ON CHOUTEAU 314-249-4949 www.moulinevents.com

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Our mission was to bring more elegant country charm to the rustic wedding in the tradition of Churchill Downs. Inspired by the lush green countryside of Dublin Farms Equestrian Estate, we wanted to show a glorious lakeside setting and romantic decor for the outdoor ceremony. Keeping with the equestrian theme, we were able to include a dramatic carriage entrance for the bride and unique photo opportunities in and around the stables. And the rustic indoor riding arena glowed with elegant chandeliers and lighting.

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The biggest difference between a professionally livestreamed event and doing it yourself is the quality of the sound. “Sounds capture isn’t as easy as you might think,” said Jeremy Minnerick at Livestream Love StL. “Hiring a professional gives you audio as high in quality as in a real film.” Usually, the celebrant and the groom are fitted with microphones, and many couples choose just one camera for their livestream. But livestreaming companies can provide multiple cameras if you would like more than one angle. In addition to much better sound, there are other elements of livestreaming we novices would probably never think about. “We handle all the details: set up the cameras at the best angles and we have a producer for the video,” said Josh Horn of Professional Production Enterprises (PPE). “We can mute audio if we need to mute licensed music and can replace it with music we have, so there’s less risk of your livestream being taken down.” PPE livestreams on YouTube, so it can be viewed live and after the wedding, whenever you want to relive the big day. They can also edit it afterwards to put an even cleaner version back on YouTube.

TALK WITH YOUR TEAM Talk to the people at your venue to see if they are already set up for livestream and to check on their high-speed internet connection. Also let the celebrant know you will be livestreaming the wedding, as well as notifying any singers, musicians, DJs, and in-person guests. Also, tell your in-person guests at what time the livestream will begin. Angela Marie Rocchio is a soprano soloist in St. Louis and has learned a great deal since she began singing at livestreamed weddings and celebrations. Her first time, she rehearsed a complicated piece and sang her heart out. It sounded beautiful to all that were present, but when she watched her performance at home on video, there was nothing. No sound. She realized that by stepping away from the microphone and relying on the acoustics of the room, the crew couldn’t capture and broadcast her singing. “Now, all my music planning packages include a consult with the couple, the livestream operator and the videographer, if there is one. About half of the weddings that I sing for now are livestreamed, and with planning and communication, have all gone very well,” Rocchio said.

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ability to troubleshoot is another big reason to hire a livestreaming company.” Rocchio agrees that just like you have a rehearsal for your ceremony, you need to have a practice run of the livestream, both the sound and the camera. “I recently saw a livestream ceremony at which an amateur cameraman was not practiced at focusing the lens,” Rocchio said. “Unfortunately, the picture was so blurry that I couldn’t even see the bride’s face as she came down the aisle.”

watching the wedding wearing our pandemic sweats,” Shannon Searcy said. Couples can even go a step further and have a guest be part of the ceremony or reception, says Scotty O’Brien. “You can incorporate a live speech from someone who is watching, or a faraway relative who is musically inclined and would like to contribute a song,” O’Brien said.

LIVESTREAM IS HERE TO STAY

Livestreaming has become a wonderful solution for weddings in these challenging times (as well as for funerals, which the livestreaming THINK OF YOUR VIEWERS companies mentioned here, as well as singer Envision your guests at home, excited to tune Angela Marie Rochhio, also provide their in to your wedding. Will Grandma be able to services for). They all agree that livestreaming easily find and join the livestream? “I really will remain popular even when we can get back tried to think about what was required of the to more traditional celebrations. end user, and consider peoples’ familiarity with The demand for livestreaming is growly technology,” said bride Rachel Shklar. Shklar so quickly that Josh Horn at PPE and other hired Livestream Love StL who created a simple URL, and her guests just had to click on one link companies are working on forming a trade organization in St. Louis for professional to watch the wedding. “I think a link is the way livestreaming providers. “It’s so new that we to go. It was so easy for everyone.” aren’t yet organized locally, but we will be soon, Shannon Searcy was a guest in St. Louis to create industry standards, which will also watching a wedding livestreamed from Dallas. benefit our clients,” Horn said. She and her husband really enjoyed being able Jeremy Minnerick sums up how livestreaming to see a wedding that they had planned on going to but decided not to travel because of Covid. “It has filled such an important role this past year: “With Covid, one of the most important things was fun to see the ceremony, and to see family we’ve lost is our common rituals, events that that we hadn’t seen in awhile. It really felt like bring folks together to celebrate or mourn, like the excitement of a regular wedding,” Searcy said. But the marrying couple chose FaceBook as weddings and funerals. Livestreaming can bring their livestreaming platform, and Shannon wasn’t people together to celebrate who cannot all be in the same physical space. One of our clients on FaceBook. “It wasn’t that big of a deal, but I called it a ‘fantastic alternative’ and thanked us had to join FaceBook just for this wedding. The on behalf of some relatives who really wanted to bride is my one ‘friend’.” be there.” ♥ Scotty O’Brien with VisionWork Group says you can customize a webpage linking to the livestream, like “lauren&brian.com” with your wedding colors, themes, and lots of other ways to personalize it. “We can add links to your registry, a link to a charity you may want INTERESTED IN LIVESTREAMING to donate to or a countdown to your wedding YOUR WEDDING? date,” O’Brien said. “The possibilities are endless, and are very easy to access for the in-person To learn more, contact: guests and those watching from home.”

INTERACT WITH YOUR VIRTUAL GUESTS There are many ways for your virtual guests to contribute to the day, in addition to watching it. Newlywed Rachel had a “virtual guest book” where guests watching the livestream commented during the ceremony and some send photos of themselves as they watched, and noted where they were viewing from. “It was fun to look back at the guest book after the wedding and see who tuned in and to read their sweet comments,” said Rachel. “They were really happy to be able to still be a part of it.” Some guests like to dress up as if they were there, or make an impressive display of food and send photos of their efforts. “But we enjoyed

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Professional Production Enterprises (PPE) ppe-events.com Visionwork Group visionworkgroup.com Angela Marie Rocchio, Soloist angelamarierocchio.com


ESSENTIAL GUIDE A list of local businesses to make planning your wedding in the St. Louis metropolitan area easier

JOHN YANEZ & COURTNEY KALAPINSKI OCTOBER 17, 2020

©FAUNA & FLORA PHOTOGRAPHY

CONTENTS Accommodations

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Formalwear

161

Photographers

Bachelorette/Bachelor Parties

158

Gifts

161

Planners and Consultants

163 163

Beauty and Health

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Honeymoons

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Reception Sites

164

Bridal Gowns & Salons

158

Invitations/Stationers

161

Registry

164

Cakes & Confections

158

Jewelry

161

Rehearsal Dinner Sites

164

Caterers

159

Lighting & Décor

162

Rentals

166

Ceremony Sites

160

Mother of the Bride

162

Transportation

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Decor

160

Music & Entertainment

162

Videographers

166

Destination Weddings

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Online Planning

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Florists

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Photobooths

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Essential Guide ACCOMMODATIONS CHASE PARK PLAZA ROYAL SONESTA ST. LOUIS 212 N. Kingshighway 314-633-3000 www.sonesta.com/chaseparkplaza THE CHESHIRE SAINT LOUIS 6300 Clayton Road 314-647-7300 www.cheshirestl.com DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 16625 Swingley Ridge Road - Chesterfield 636-532-5000 www.doubletree3.hilton.com DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 1973 Craigshire Road - Westport 314-434-0100 www.doubletreewestport.com DRURY HOTELS 800-436-1126 groups@druryhotels.com FOUR SEASONS HOTEL 999 North 2nd Street 314-881-5800 www.fourseasons.com/stlouis HILTON ST. LOUIS AIRPORT HOTEL 10330 Natural Bride Road 314-426-5500 www.hiltonstlouisairport.com HILTON ST. LOUIS AT THE BALLPARK One South Broadway 314-421-1776 www.hiltonstlouis.com HILTON ST. LOUIS FRONTENAC 1335 S. Lindbergh Boulevard 314-993-1100 www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com HOTEL ST. LOUIS 705 Olive Street 314-241-4300 www.hotelsaintlouis.com HYATT REGENCY ST. LOUIS AT THE ARCH 315 Chestnut Street 314-655-1234 www.hyattregencystlouis.com INNSBROOK RESORT 596 Aspen Way Drive Innsbrook, MO 636-928-3366 www.innsbrook-resort.com LIVE! BY LOEWS 799 Clark Avenue www.loewshotels.com 314-597-9700 LODGE AT GRANT’S TRAIL 4398 Hoffmeister Avenue 314-638-3340 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com

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MAGNOLIA ST. LOUIS – A TRIBUTE PORTFOLIO HOTEL 421 North 8th Street 314-436-9000 www.magnoliahotels.com MARRIOTT ST. LOUIS GRAND 800 Washington Avenue 314-418-5820 www.marriottstlouisgrand.com MOONRISE HOTEL 6177 Delmar Boulevard 314-721-1111 www.moonrisehotel.com THE RITZ-CARLTON, ST. LOUIS 100 Carondelet Plaza 314-863-6300 www.ritzcarlton.com SEVEN GABLES INN 26 N. Meramec Ave. 314-863-8400 www.sevengablesinn.com SHERATON WESTPORT PLAZA & LAKESIDE CHALET 900 Westport Plaza 314-878-1500 www.sheratonwestport.com ST. LOUIS UNION STATION HOTEL 1820 Market Street 314-231-1234 www.stlunionstationhotel.com THE WILDWOOD HOTEL 2801 Fountain Place, Wildwood 636-733-9100 www.thewildwoodhotel.com

BACHELORETTE/ BACHELOR PARTIES 360 ULTIMATE ROOFTOP BAR 1 South Broadway 314-241-8439 www.360-stl.com BALLPARK VILLAGE 601 Clark Street 314-241-5595 www.stlballparkvillage.com BUDWEISWER BEERMASTER TOUR 1200 Lynch Street www.budweisertours.com FLAMINGO BOWL 1117 Washington Ave www.flamingobowl.com 314-436-6666 METROLINK LIGHT RAIL & METROBUS www.metrostlouis.org SCHLAFLY BREWERY TOURS 7260 Southwest Avenue - Maplewood 314-241-BEER ext. 2 www.schlafly.com

BEAUTY & HEALTH BRIDES BY BRADY 14145 Clayton Road 662-801-5898 www.bridesbybrady.com THE CLIPPER MOBILE SALON 314-265-6233 www.TheClipperMobileSalon.com EMILY MILLER MAKEUP & HAIR LLC www.emily-miller.com ST. LOUIS BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP www.stlouisbridalhairandmakeup.com SIMPLY BREATHTAKING LLC www.simplybreathtakingstl.com SALON MAROSIE 314-571-5553

BRIDAL GOWNS & SALONS BELLA BRIDESMAIDS 13428 Clayton Road 314-205-1191 www.bellabridesmaids.com BERRYBRIDGE 9904 Clayton Road 314-997-1439 www.berrybridgebridal.com BRIDAL PARLOUR 3630 Green Mount Crossing Dr, Shiloh, IL 618-622-0880 www.bridalparlour.net MIA GRACE 108 Chesterfield Towne Center 636-778-3433 www.miagracebridal.com PATRICE J BRIDAL 8717 David Ave. 314-292-9652 www.patricejbridal.com SIGNATURE BRIDAL 703 Long Road Crossing, Suite 1 636-778-3200 www.signaturebridalstlouis.com TOWN & COUNTRY BRIDAL AND FORMALWEAR 2730 N. Ballas Road 314-863-7200 www.townandcountrybride.com THE ULTIMATE BRIDE 1115 S. Big Bend Blvd. 314-961-9997 www.theultimatebride.com

CAKES & CONFECTIONS THE BAKED BEAR 6140 Delmar in the Loop 314-578-8576 www.TheBakedBear.com/st-louis


Essential Guide THE CAKERY 1420 Tamm Avenue 314-647-6000 www.thecakerybakery.net

CATERING ST. LOUIS 2141 59th Street 314-961-7588 x221 www.cateringstlouis.com

HOLLYBERRY CATERING 10037 Manchester Road 314-835-9977 www.hollyberrycatering.com

COLD STONE CREAMERY 3228 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL #7 Ronnie’s Plaza, St. Louis 618-622-0044 www.coldstonecreamery.com

CES & JUDY'S CATERING 314-991-6700 www.cesandjudys.com

MAMAS ON THE HILL 2132 Edwards 314-776-3100 www.mamasonthehill.com

THE CUP 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End 314-367-6111 1057 Century Drive, Edwardsville, IL 618-656-2287 www.cravethecup.com

FAROTTO'S 9525 Manchester Road www.farottos.com 314-962-4155

SARAH’S CAKE SHOP 10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield 314-295-1198 www.sarahscakeshopstl.com THE SWEET DIVINE 1801 South 9th Street 314-669-9339 www.thesweetdivine.com WEDDING WONDERLAND 449 Dunn Road 314-837-5015 www.wwcakeshop.com

CATERERS Also see REHEARSAL DINNER on page 164 and the RECEPTION SITES grid on page 171. 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 612 NORTH EVENTS AND CATERING 612 North 2nd Street 314-889-0612 www.612north.com ADAM'S SMOKEHOUSE 2819 Watson Road 314-875-9890 www.adamssmokehouse.com BAILEYS CATERING 314-899-0430 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

Here, there, a & any m nywhere enu Weddings Rehearsals Private Parties Special Occasions www.pastahouse.com Call (314) 644-1400 for your next meeting or party.

Preferred Caterer for: • The Old Post Office • The Jewel Box in Forest Park • The World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park • The Lodge in Des Peres • Center of Clayton • The Magic House • NEO on Locust • Mahler Ballroom

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

SOUTHERN 314-295-8220 www.stlsouthern.com

WASHINGTON MISSOURI 636-239-2715 www.visitwashmo.com

CEREMONY SITES

FLORISTS

See CEREMONY SITES listings on page 174 PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE 3106 Olive Street 314-535-4340 www.pappyssmokehouse.com THE PASTA HOUSE COMPANY CATERING 2200 59th Street 314-644-1400 www.thepastahouse.com PATTY LONG CATERING 412 N Euclid Ave. 314-621-9598 www.pattylongcatering.com RUSSO'S CATERING 9904 Page Avenue 314-427-6771 www.russosgourmet.com THE SOCIAL AFFAIR 2232 Thurman Avenue 314-735-5527 www.thesocialaffairstl.com

DÉCOR ALL SEASONS LINEN 8312 Olive Blvd 314 983-0090 www.allseasonslinen.com AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER 314-899-9321 www.AATRstl.com WARSON WOODS ANTIQUE GALLERY 10091 Manchester Road 314-909-0123 www.MissouriAntiqueMalls.com

DESTINATION WEDDINGS INNSBROOK RESORT 596 Aspen Way Drive, Innsbrook, MO 636-928-3366 www.innsbrook-resort.com TRAVEL HAUS OF ST. LOUIS 11229 Concord Village Ave 314-842-6000 www.travelhausstlouis.com

ARTISTRY 2734 LaSalle Street 314-772-1301 www.artistryflorist.com AYLA'S FLORAL STUDIO 417 W. Orchard Ave 314-394-1400 www.afloralstudio.com BELLI FIORI—FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO 2705 LaSalle Street 314-776-2200 www.bellifioristl.com THE FLOWER SHOP AT THE CHASE 212 Kingshighway Boulevard 314-772-1301 www.artistryflorist.com ROSES + MINT 810 N. 2nd Street Saint Charles, Mo 314-502-9950 www.rosesandmint.com

Invite Cold Stone To Your Next Party! Wedding Reception Rehearsal Dinner Bridal Shower And Any Other Special Event!

Treat your Guests to the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience With Ice Cream Catered by Cold Stone Creamery An Essential Business 618-567-6000 jjsweettooth@charter.net 3228 Green Mount Crossing Drive Shiloh, IL #7 Ronnie’s Plaza South County, MO

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Essential Guide SCHNUCKS FLORIST & GIFTS 9220 Shortline Drive 314-997-2444 www.schnucksfloral.com

Maryland Heights, 314-576-5900 South County, 314-729-0004 O’Fallon, 636-272-4799 www.stallonesformalwear.com

SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO 822 Hanley Industrial Court 314-821-0076 www.sistersflowers.net

GIFTS—ATTENDANT GIFTS, FAVORS, HOSPITALITY BAGS AND ACCESSORIES

WILDFLOWERS 1013 Ohio 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 Loop, 314-725-2150 West County Center, 314-821-0070 White Oak Mall, 217-787-8150 www.savviwedding.com STALLONE’S FORMAL WEAR Chesterfield, 636-519-7111 Ladue, 314-997-8900

Also see BRIDAL REGISTRY, FLORISTS, JEWELERS and STATIONERS ENCHANTING EMBELLISHMENTS 4732 McPherson 314-361-5300 www.enchantingembellishments.net GIFTS 636-458-2439 www.giftsstlouis.com WARSON WOODS ANTIQUE GALLERY 10091 Manchester Road 314-909-0123 www.MissouriAntiqueMalls.com

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

INVITATIONS/STATIONERS THE SERVICE BUREAU 9973 Clayton Road 314-991-1104

JEWELRY Also see GIFTS DIAMONDS DIRECT 11619 Olive Street Boulevard 314-942-3777 www.diamondsdirect.com JORD WATCHES www.woodwatches.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 www.timekeepersclayton.com 11118 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur 314-991-0994 www.timekeepersstl.com

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Essential Guide LIGHTING & DÉCOR ALOBAR’S INC 716 Hanley Industrial Court 314-781-7600 www.alobars.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 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com PURE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY 1201 N. Warson 314-256-9613 www.pecparty.com

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/ SPECIAL OCCASION MIA GRACE 108 Chesterfield Towne Center 636-778-3433 www.miagracebridal.com NEIMAN MARCUS Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9811 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9200 TOWN & COUNTRY BRIDAL AND FORMALWEAR 2730 N. Ballas Road 314-863-7200 www.townandcountrybride.com

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT ABE AGENCY AMERICAN BANDS ENTERTAINMENT 636-265-0500 www.abeagency.com ALLEGRO ENTERTAINMENT 505 West Clark Street 636-493-6004 www.allegrostl.com COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.CompleteStLouis.com MANHASSET STRINGS 636-537-0405 www.manhassetstrings.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 Strassner Drive 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com PURE ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY 1201 N. Warson St. Louis, Mo 63132 314-256-9613 www.pecparty.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

ONLINE PLANNING SAINT LOUIS BRIDE MAGAZINE www.bridestl.com WASHINGTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 636-239-2715 www.visitwashmo.com

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Essential Guide PHOTOBOOTHS 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 MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com

Your perfect day begins with the best...

PARTY ROAMER 314-356-8940 www.partyroamer.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS ABBIE TAKES PICTURES 314-616-2794 www.AbbieTakesPictures.com CMS PHOTOGRAPHY LLC 636-352-9074 www.cmsphotographyllc.com CONNOR PHOTOGRAPHY 314-270-2699 www.conner-photography.com

mydivineevents.com | 314.669.5933 |

iftL DivineEventsSTL

COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.CompleteStLouis.com L PHOTOGRAPHIE 449 North Euclid #200 314-449-8124 www.lphotographie.com MEMORIES ARE FOREVER 314-878-5657 www.memoriesareforever.com XOXO ALICE BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY 808-258-9064 XOXOAlice.com WHITE KLUMP PHOTOGRAPHY 314-471-8027 www.whiteklumpphotography.com ZACH DALIN PHOTOGRAPHY 1015 Washington Ave #50 314-941-6253 www.zachdalin.com

PLANNERS & CONSULTANTS ALTAR'D EVENTS 11 South Newstead Avenue 314-261-4211 www.altardevents.com BEFORE I DO 314-640-2123 www.beforeidostl.com

Make your wedding unforgettable with St Louis’ premiere string ensemble, the Rosewood Ensemble. Our extensive repertoire and experience will accommodate any request from sophisticated classical music to memorable popular music. Consummate professionalism and attention to detail set the Rosewood Ensemble apart. www.rosewood-ensemble.com | 314-609-0702 | Dee@rosewood-ensemble.com SPRING/SUMMER 2021 • WWW.BRIDESTL.COM

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Essential Guide CELEBRATE BY CECE 314-441-5562 www.celebratebycece.com COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS WE DO PHOTOGRAPHY, VIDEO, PHOTO BOOTH & LIGHTING 314-991-5656 www.CompleteStLouis.com DIVINE EVENTS 314-669-5933 www.mydivineevents.com FLOURISH EVENTS & CONCIERGE 314-803-8134 www.flourishstl.com MAUREEN RENEE EVENTS 314-800-0660 www.maureenreneeevents.com NATALIE'S BRIDES 2647 Dalton Ave. 314-802-7701 www.nataliesbrides.com SIMCHA’S EVENTS 314-458-5463 www.simchasevents.com WEDDINGS BY RENEE 314-616-4600 www.stlweddingsbyrenee.com

RECEPTION SITES See RECEPTION SITE GRID on page 171.

REGISTRY CRATE AND BARREL 1 The Boulevard 314-725-6380 www.crateandbarrel.com MACY’S Store locations below. 1-800-835-9716 Chesterfield, 636-532-3800 St. Louis 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

REHEARSAL DINNERS, SHOWERS & BRUNCHES Also see RECEPTION SITE GRID on Page 162 and CATERERS beginning on page 175. 612 NORTH EVENT SPACE 612 North 2nd Street 314-899-0612 www.612north.com

We specialize in wedding planning for the greater St. Louis and work hard for each of our clients, helping them plan to have the wedding of their dreams - stress free and with confidence.

2647 Dalton Avenue • St. Louis, MO 63139

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BALLPARK VILLAGE 601 Clark Street 314-241-5595 www.stlballparkvillage.com BARNETT ON WASHINGTON 3207 Washington Avenue 844-462-2763 www.barnettonwashington.com


Essential Guide BOGART'S SMOKE HOUSE 1627 South 9th Street 314-603-2003 www.bogartssmokehouse.com

MAMA’S ON THE HILL 2132 Edwards 314-776-3100 www.mamasonthehill.com

SPAZIO WESTPORT 12031 Lackland Road 314-576-0400 www.spaziorestaurant.com

CARDINALS NATION 601 Clark Street - Ballpark Village 314-345-9880 www.cardinalsnation.com

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

SQUARE ONE BREWERY 1727 Park Avenue 314-231-2537 www.squareonebrewery.com

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

SQWIRES 1415 South 18th Street 314-865-3522 www.sqwires.com

CARDINALS SPECIAL EVENTS 700 Clark Street - Busch Stadium 314-345-9630 www.cardinals.com/events CHARLIE GITTO’S “ON THE HILL” 5226 Shaw Avenue 314-772-8898 www.charliegittos.com THE CHESHIRE 6300 Clayton Road 314-647-7300 www.cheshirestl.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 DOMINIC'S ON THE HILL 5101 Wilson Avenue 314-771-1632 www.dominicsrestaurant.com

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

ST LOUIS CAROUSEL 15189 Olive Boulevard 314-615-8344 www.stlouiscarousel.com TIN ROOF ST. LOUIS 1000 Clark Avenue 314-240-5400 www.tinroofstlouis.com

PAPPY'S SMOKEHOUSE 3106 Olive Street 314-535-4340 www.pappyssmokehouse.com SEN THAI 1000 Washington Ave 314-436-3456 www.senthaibistro.com

FAROTTO'S 9525 Manchester Road www.farottos.com 314-962-4155 GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY 11411 Olive Blvd 314-432-3535 www.gcfb.net GRBIC RESTAURANT & PRIVATE EVENTS 4071 Keokuk 314-772-3100 www.grbicrestaurant.com GUIDO’S 5046 Shaw Ave - The Hill 314-771-4900 www.guidosstl.com

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

KEMOLL'S 323 Westport Plaza 314-421-0555 www.kemolls.com LEMP MANSION 3322 Demenil Place 314-664-8024 www.lempmansion.com THE LODGE AT GRANT’S TRAIL BY ORLANDOS 4398 Hoffmeister 314-638-3340 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com Bella Bridesmaid.indd 1

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Up to 350 guests Carousel staff Tables & chairs included Variety of catering options

ALL SEASONS LINEN 8312 Olive Blvd 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, NOW GRAND EVENTS 570 Rudder Rd., Fenton 636-343-PARTY (7278) www.grandrental-stl.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 Strassner Drive 314-918-9335 www.millennium-productions.com TRAUBE TENTS & STRUCTURES 800-352-TENT www.traubetent.com

Call (314) 615-8344 www.stlouiscarousel.com 15189 Olive Blvd. Chesterfield, MO 63017

nly Traube can deliver a temporary venue that makes a lasting impression.

TRANSPORTATION ALL ABOUT YOU LIMOS 314-631-0747 or 618-281-2200 www.aaylimos.com BEST TRANSPORTATION 8531 Page Avenue, Suite 160 314-989-1500 www.besttransportation.com JED LIMOUSINES 5800 Fee Fee Road 314-429-2200 www.jedlimousine.com 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 MILLENNIUM VIDEO 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millenniumproductions.com

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WESTVIEW MEDIA 314-726-6222 www.westviewmedia.com


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

The Venue at Maison du Lac St. Louis’ newest, premier event space

offers a 20 acre, private, lakeside setting, with multiple options for indoor and outdoor ceremonies.

Amenities include complimentary parking for guests and a spacious, updated bridal suite inside a historic 19th century stone house. The stunning new venue, located just 30 minutes outside St. Louis, is fully customizable and can accommodate weddings, receptions, rehearsal dinners & much more. The Venue offers exclusive catering by Ces & Judy’s, an awardwinning caterer in St. Louis for over 35 years. Contact for more information and to start planning your dream event. bit.ly/thevenueatmdl • 314-991-6700

Guido’s

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 unforgettable affair for you and your guests. Our field and 17 distinct venues offer a variety of unique spaces where you can enjoy elegant dining, gourmet foods and panoramic views like no other in St. Louis. Undeniably St. Louis. Absolutely unforgettable. Reserve your date today. Visit Cardinals.com/events | 314-345-9630

Located in the heart of “The Hill”, Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas offers a banquet room for your private event. Our banquet room can accommodate up to 50 guests. We offer an intimate setting with hardwood floors, a beautiful fireplace, and a private bar. With such a diverse menu, we are able to customize your package to fit your budget. We are open 7 days a week. Call us for more details on our event space, off site catering options, and our wood fired cuisine mobile oven. guidosstl.com 5046 Shaw Ave. 314-771-4900

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch

Seven Gables Inn

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 • hyattregencystlouis.com

Seven Gables Inn is a perfect spot for intimate receptions, ceremonies, showers, and rehearsal dinners where guests are welcomed by a warm atmosphere and charm. Featuring historic detail, modern amenities and an attentive staff makes for the perfect combination for memorable occasions. Offering catering for gatherings up to 100 with custom options to make each gathering one of a kind. 26 N. Meramec Avenue, • Clayton, MO 63105 • 314-863-8400 www.SevenGablesInn.com


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

Marriott St. Louis Grand A Pairing of Tastes. A Marriage of Flavors. When it comes to rehearsal dinners, our culinary staff at the Marriott St. Louis Grand will work with to you to create menus that reflect your own special style. Maybe there’s a family tradition passed down from generations you want to keep, or cultures brought together in a special way. You may want to break a few rules or combine ideas to make it your own. No matter what you have envisioned, we’ll work hard to make it a reality. You’ll be so happy you said yes to the Marriott St. Louis Grand. 800 Washington Avenue • 314-418-5820 • MarriottStLouisGrand.com

Saint Louis Zoo Located in the heart of beautiful Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo offers the most unique venues available for your intimate gathering or ornate reception. Whether you envision your special day in a lush garden or near a moonlit veranda, the Zoo’s expert event planners will ensure every detail is executed to perfection. Your event will be impeccably catered, with gourmet entrees prepared by our culinary experts. We would love to work with you to make your dream event a reality. 314-646-4855 www.stlzoo.org/events

The Lodge at Grant’s Trail Located in South County, this unique bed and breakfast is prefect for Wedding Receptions, Ceremonies and Rehearsal Dinners. The great room boasts a cozy three-story fireplace and a giant wall of windows. Seating up to 125 guests, the great room is perfect for small, intimate events. The Lodge is also perfect for guests who require overnight accommodations. There are 8 different themed guest rooms. 4398 Hoffmeister Avenue • For Reservations call 314.638.3340 www.LodgeAtGrantsTrail.com

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

612North Event Space + Catering 612North is located in the historic Laclede’s Landing Cutlery Building, encompassing three spaces each unique in their own styles. Modern meets history here. Located next to the iconic St. Louis Arch, 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 the perfect backdrop for your celebration. 612 North 2nd Street, Saint Louis, MO 63102 • 314-899-0612 Contact: events@612north.com • www.612north.com


Create the wedding experience of your dreams starting with a personalized consultation. Robin Albach Director of Catering Robin.Albach@ritzcarlton.com 314-863-6300 Ritzcarlton.com/stlouis

Moonrise Hotel The Moonrise hotel offers a variety of distinctive event spaces perfect for intimate weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers, brunches and guestroom accommodations. Contact Moonrise Hotel’s wedding specialists 314-685-3418 or sales@moonrisehotel.com

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

Le Meridien Hotel

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Height, MO 63043 314.770.7663

Your rehearsal dinner at Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton will be vividly remembered and fondly recalled. Host the celebration before the celebration through a tapestry of choices and customizations at Café la Vie with a 15% discount on your rehearsal dinner when you book your wedding at Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton in 2021 or 2022. For more information or to book, contact our sales department at sales@lemeridienclayton.com or 314 719 4308.

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Barnett on Washington

The Dogwood In The Grove

Imagine an unforgettable moment, as you and your wedding party make your grand entrance down our historic marble staircase. Creating a memory not to be forgotten. The Barnett on Washington can host your Ceremony, Reception or both! Please contact us at Events@BarnettonWashington.com or visit our website at www.BarnettonWashington.com

This is a modern, luxe venue with a lounge-like atmosphere and is the perfect place to make a bold statement for your reception, rehearsal, shower or brunch. With innovative cuisine and elevated design, this distinctive space is at once sleek and vibrant, offering inventive cuisine with a touch of southern hospitality. 4308 Manchester Avenue • TheDogwoodStl.com


Grbic Restaurant and Banquet Hall

Mary Ann’s Tea Room

612 North

The hidden gem of the Central West End, Mary Ann’s Tea Room is the ideal space for showers and luncheons of up to 50 guests. Occupying what was once the greenhouse of the Joseph Witek Florist, we’ve managed to capture the beauty of St. Louis’ Victorian Age in a one-of-a-kind venue. With quintessential brunch, lunch, and afternoon tea items just as beautiful as the space is, we’re more than ready to host the event of your dreams. 4732 McPherson Ave • 314-361-5303 • www.maryannestearoom.com

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Experience Grbic’s sumptuous 5-star catering and European charm for your one-of-a-kind rehearsal dinner. We have taken each treasured, old-world recipe and combined it with the best local ingredients and Missouri grass-fed beef and veal. Each and every item is prepared in house, from scratch, with expertise. Grbic’s is an experience beyond any 612North Event Space + Catering is a one-of-a-kind event space located in the other in St. Louis. sleek lower-level of the historic Laclede’s Landing Cutlery Building. With a seating capacity of 225, original large stone archways, and sculpted wave 4071 wooden Keokuk panels, 612North raises the standard for unique spaces in St. Louis.Saint 612North Louis, MO 63116 delivers an unrivaled paramount dining experience with a mouthwatering314.772.3100 menu only made from the finest quality ingredients. Our team is committed to helping www.grbicrestaurant.com you create everlasting memories, each step of the way. 612 North 2nd Street • 314-899-0612 • www.612north.com

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That Perfect Something

Visit www.bridestl.com for more information — A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION —

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

The Manhasset Strings Recognized by both The Knot and Alive St. Louis, our professional string quartet will add elegance and style to your event! We will help you select and design music for your wedding, reception or dinner. We look forward to making your special day a magical one. Contact: Marilyn at 636.537.0405 www.manhassetstrings.com

Celebrate By Cece With an authentic love for love, we help plan weddings and coordinate details, so you can relax and celebrate the beginning of your happily ever after! celebratebycece@gmail.com • 314.441.5562 • celebratebycece.com


RECEPTION SITES

CEREMONY SITE

CAPACITY STANDING

CAPACITY SEATED

OUTDOOR PARTY AREA

ON SITE CATERING

ALLOW CHOICE OF CATERER

ROOM CHARGE

CAKE CUTTING CHARGE

OVERNIGHT GUESTS

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

612 North Event Space & Catering 314-899-0612, (Ad on page 121) 612 N. 2nd Street, 63102 www.612north.com

Y

700+

500+

N

Y

N

call

N

N

a.casa, 314-353-3986 3723 South Kingshighway Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63109 www.acasastl.com

Y

145

120

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, 636-940-4300 (Ad on page 103) One Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles, 63301 www.ameristar.com

Y

1450

640

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Angad Arts Hotel, 314-561-0033 (Ad on page 43) 3550 Samuel Shepard Drive, 63103, www.angardartshotel.com

Y

200

200

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

Barnett on Washington, 844-GO-BARNETT, (Ad on page 91) 3207 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63103 www.barnettonwashington.com

Y

365

200

Y

Y

Y

call

N

N

Bogey Hills Country Club, 636-946-6250 1120 Country Club Road, St. Charles, MO 63303 www.bogeyhillscc.com

Y

450

360

Y

N

N

N

N

N

The Caramel Room, 314-615-2480, (Ad on page 10 & 11) 1600 North Broadway, 63102 www.caramelroom.com

Y

500

325

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Cardinals Special Events, 314-345-9630, (Ad on page 53) 700 Clark St., 63102 www.cardinals.com/events

Y

2000

1200

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Cedar Creek, 573-237-3672 (Ad on page 107) 1401 Olive Road, New Haven, MO 63068 www.visitcedarcreek.com

Y

1000

600

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

The Center - A Special Event Venue, 314-963-0880 (Ad on page 34 & 35) 210 Fee Fee Hills Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042 www.thecenter-stl.com

Y

3000

1200

N

list

list

Y

N

N

Chase Park Plaza, 314-633-3000 212 Kingshighway, 63108 www.chaseparkplaza.com

Y

3000

1300

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

The Cheshire, 314-932-7857 7036 Clayton Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117 www.cheshirestl.com

Y

225

170

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

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

Y

175

100

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Coronado Ballroom, 314-881-4346 3701 Lindell Blvd., 63108 www.thecoronado.com

Y

600

350

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Dogwood in the Grove, 314-300-8500, (Ad on page 25) 4308 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 www.thedogwoodstl.com

Y

250

150

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Dublin Farms, 314-614-4600 8498 Byrnesille Road, House Springs, MO 63051 www.dublinfarmslimited.com

Y

500+

500

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

Forest Park Visitor’s Center, 314-961-7588 x221 (Catering St. Louis) 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, 63112 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

275

210

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Foundry Art Centre, 636-255-0270 520 North Main Center, Saint Charles, MO 63301 www.foundryartcentre.org

Y

400

350

N

N

Y

N

N

N

Four Points by Sheraton, 618-622-9500 319 Fountains Parkway, Fairview Heights, IL, 62208 www.fourpointstlouis.com

Y

1,000

500

Y

Y

N

Y

N

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

Y

250

225

Y

Y

ask

ask

N

Y

Gatsby Ballroom, 314-238-0167 (Ad on page 36) 1014 Locust, 3rd floor, 63101 www.grandballroomstl.com

Y

250

150

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Grafton Winery the Vineyards, 618-786-3001 21028 Eckert Orchard Road, Grafton, IL 62037 www.thegraftonwinery.com

Y

500

350

Y

N

N

call

Y

N

Grand Ballroom STL, 314-238-0167, (Ad on page 36) 1014 Locust, 16th floor, 63101 www.grandballroomstl.com

Y

400

300

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Grand Hall on Chouteau, 314-241-4949 (Ad on page 28) 2319 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103 www.moulinevents.com

N

550

450

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Grbic Private Event Space, 314-772-3100, (Ad on page 44 & 45) 4071 Keokuk St., St. Louis, MO 63116 www.grbicrestaurant.com

Y

550

360

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

The Hall at Olive + Oak, 314-736-1370 x2, (Ad on page 93) 216 W. Lockwood Avenue, 63119 www.oliveandoakstl.com

Y

500

220

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Hilton St. Louis Airport Hotel, 314-426-5500 10330 Natural Bridge Road, 63134 www.stlouisairport.hilton.com

Y

1000

400

N

Y

ask

Y

N

Y

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 314-421-1776 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 59) 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 63131 www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com

Y

1000

500

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Hotel Saint Louis - A Marriott Autograph Collection, 314-241-4300 705 Olive Street, 63101 www.hotelsaintlouis.com

Y

170

150

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 314-342-4655, (Ad on page 63) 4th & Chestnut, 63102 www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com

Y

3500

2000

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

The Inns at St. Albans - The Old Barn Inn, 636-458-0131 3519 Saint Albans Road, St. Albans, MO 63073 www.innsatstalbans.com

Y

ask

220

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Innsbrook Resort, 636-928-3366 x9410, (Ad on page 55) 596 Aspen Way Drive, Innsbrook, MO 63390 www.innsbrook-resort.com

Y

400

350

Y

Y

N

ask

N

Y

Kuhs Farm, 314-226-0709 13061 Spanish Pond Road, Spanish Lake 63138 www.kuhsfarm.com

Y

10,000

900

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

LaVerona at The Marketplace, 314-961-7588 x221 4925 Daggett Ave, 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

250

190

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

The Last Hotel, 866-752-7700 1501 Washington Avenue, 63103 www.thelasthotel.com

Y

230

180

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Le Meridien St. Louis Clayton, 314-719-4308, (Ad on page 73) 7730 Bonhomme Avenue, 63105 www.lemeridienclayton.com

Y

300

250

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Lemp Mansion Restaurant, 314-664-8024, (Ad on page 164) 3322 Demenil Place, St. Louis, 63118 www.lempmansion.com

Y

260

260

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Y

Live! by Loews St. Louis, 314-597-9675 799 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO www.loewshotels.com/live-by-loews-st-louis-missouri

Y

550

340

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Lodge at Grant’s Trail, 314-638-3340, (Ad on page 168) 4398 Hoffmeister, 63125 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com

Y

125

80

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Longview Farm House, 314-587-2814 13525 Clayton Road, Town and Country, MO 63141

Y

100

100

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Lumen Private Event Space, 314-615-2480, (Ad on page 10 & 11) 2201 Locust, 63103 www.lumenstl.com

Y

300

200

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Magnolia Hotel – a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, 314-387-1385 421 N. 8th St., 63101 www.magnoliahotels.com

Y

500

300

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

The Mahler Ballroom, 314-361-4411, (Ad on page 18 & 19) 4915 Washington Ave., 63108 www.mahlerballroom.com

Y

250

200

Y

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Main Street Abbey, 618-612-7206, (Ad on page 32 & 33) 340 S. Main St., Columbia, IL 62236 www.mainstreetabbey.com

Y

300

220

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

Marriott St. Louis Grand-Crystal Ballroom, 314-418-5820, (Ad on page 22 & 23) 800 Washington Ave., 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 22 & 23) 800 Washington Ave., Downtown www.marriottstlouisgrand.com

Y

300

180

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Messina - Russo's Lakeside Venue, 636-232-0109 5551 Highway N, Cottleville, MO 63304 www.russosgourmet.com

Y

450

350

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

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

Y

300

200

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Missouri History Museum, 314-454-3159, (Ad on page 41) 5700 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 www.mohistory.org/museum/host-an-event

Y

400

250

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Moonrise Hotel, 314-721-1111, (Ad on 89) 6177 Delmar Blvd., 63112 www.moonrisehotel.com

Y

200

80

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

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OVERNIGHT GUESTS

Moulin Events, 314-241-4949, (Ad on page 28) 2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO 63103 www.moulinevents.com

Y

750

325

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

Old Hickory Golf Club, 636-477-8960, (Ad on page 15) 1 Dye Club Drive, St. Peters, MO 63304 www.oldhickorygc.com

Y

1000

550

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Oliva on the Hill, 314-961-7588 x221 4915 Daggett, 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

120

100

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Orlando’s Event & Conference Centers, 314-638-6660, (Ad on page 37) 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 37) 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

900

600

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Palladium Saint Louis, 314-799-8886 1400 Park Place, 63104 www.palladium-stl.com

Y

700

400

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Piper Palm House, 314-771-2679 4256 Magnolia, 63110 www.towergrovepark.org

Y

275

150

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis, 314-863-6300, (Ad on page 6 & 7) 100 Carondelet Plaza, 63105 www.ritzcarlton.com

Y

1000

800

N

Y

N

call

call

Y

Saint Louis Art Museum, 314-655-5387 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 5050 Oakland Ave., 63110 www.slsc.org/book-an-event

Y

1000

600

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Saint Louis Zoo, 314-646-4855, (Ad on page 75) One Government Drive, Forest Park www.stlzoo.org

Y

unltd.

500

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Seven Gables Inn, 314-863-8400, (Ad on page 167) 26 N. Meramec Avenue, 63105 www.sevengablesinn.com

Y

150

110

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Ballroom, 314-533-9900, (Ad on page 87) 3648 Washington Blvd., 63108 www.sheldonconcerthall.org

Y

700

500

N

Y

Y

call

N

N

Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet, 314-878-1500 191 Westport Plaza, 63146 www.sheratonwestport.com

Y

1000

500

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel, 314-878-1500 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 29) 1168 State Highway 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 26 & 27) 1015 Locust St., St. Louis, MO 63101 www.baileysrestaurants.com

Y

225

200

Y

Y

N

Y

ask

N

The Solarium at The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis, 314-863-6300, (Ad on page 6 & 7) 100 Carondelet Plaza, 63105 www.ritzcarlton.com

Y

250

150

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Soulard Franklin Room, 314-638-6660, (Ad on page 37) 816 Allen Ave., 63104 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

400

300

N

Y

N

N

N

N

SqWires Annex, 314-865-3522 1415 South 18th St., St. Louis, MO 63104 www.sqwires.com

Y

200

150

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

St. Louis Airport Marriott, 314-253-5199 10700 Pear Tree Drive, St. Louis, MO 63134 www.marriottstlairport.com

Y

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

St. Louis Carousel, 314-615-8344, (Ad on page 166) 15189 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017 www.stlouiscarousel.com

Y

400

200

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

St. Louis Union Station Hotel, 314-621-5262 1820 Market St., 63103 www.stlunionstationhotel.com

Y

500

500

N

Y

call

N

N

Y

Starlight Roof at the Chase, 314-367-1700 212 North Kingshighway, 63108 www.chaseparkplaza.com

Y

600

340

Y

Y

N

call

N

Y

Stone House of St. Charles, 636-317-1222, (Ad on page 109) 4401 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304 www.stonehouseofstcharles.com

Y

call

500

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

Third Degree Glass Factory, 314-367-4527 5200 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 www.thirddegreeglassfactory.com

Y

500

225

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

Three Barn Farm, 314-961-7588 x221 20955 Highway W, Clarksville, MO 63336 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

150

124

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Venue at Maison du Lac (Ces & Judy’s Catering), 314-991-6700, (Ad on page 2 & 3) 2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO 63069 www.thevenuestl.com

Y

300+

300+

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Weingarten, 618-257-9463 1780 E. State Route 15, Belleville, IL 62221 www.theweingarten.com

Y

400

200

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

The Wildwood Hotel, 636-733-9100 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 26 & 27) 321 North 10th St., 63101 www.weddingsinwillow.com

Y

350

325

Y

Y

N

Y

ask

N

Windows On Washington, 314-241-5555, (Ad on page 81) 1601 Washington Avenue, 63101 www.wowbanquets.com

Y

n/a

450

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

1,000 1,100

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AUDIO SERVICE CHARGE

Barnett on Washington, 800-844-GO-BARNETT, (Ad on page 51) 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 91) 700 Clark St., St. Louis, MO 63102 www.cardinals.com/events

Y

1000

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 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 Drive & McKinley Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110 www.stlouis-mo.gov

Y

250

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Laumier Sculpture Park, 314-615-5278 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis, MO 63127 www.Laumeier.org

Y

500

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Lemp Mansion Restaurant & Inn, Inc., 314-664-8024, (Ad on page 184) 3322 DeMenil Place, St. Louis, MO 63118 www.LempMansion.com

Y

260

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Marry Me Cottage LLC, 636-734-6077 9036 Veterans Memorial Parkway, O'Fallon, MO 63366 www.marrymecottage.com

N

40

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

Moonrise Hotel, 314-721-1111, (Ad on page 95) 6177 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63112 www.moonrisehotel.com

Y

125

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Old Courthouse, 314-655-1600 11 North 4th St., 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 815 Olive St., 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 421 North 8th St., St. Louis, MO 63101 www.magnoliahotels.com

Y

250

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

Y

N

N

Y

varies

N

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

varies varies

St. Louis Wedding Chapel, 314-472-5017 9620 South Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63125 www.stlouisweddingchapel.com

N

30

N

Y

Y

Y

ask

N

Stone House of St. Charles, 636-317-1222, (Ad on page 93) 4401 McClay Road, St. Charles, MO 63304 www.stonehouseofstcharles.com

Y

500

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

The Venue at Maison du Lac, 314-991-6700 2603 Wild Plum Valley Road, Catawissa, MO 63069 www.bit.ly/thevenueatmdl

Y

300

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

N

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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.

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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. 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) 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. 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)

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) ♥

Marketplace MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT 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 Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141. https//completewedo.com/st-louis/ 314-991-5656 Millennium Productions DJ, Video and Lighting Millennium Productions is one of the highest rated entertainment companies in St. Louis & the Midwest. Our award winning services are recognized as innovative, creative and professional. We cover everything so you can enjoy your day. Our specialty is making your wedding day a one-of-a-kind celebration and an unforgettable party! Contact us today for more information. www.millenniumproductions.com, 314.918.9335, 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood, MO 63144

TKO DJs TKO has been turning dreams into memories since 1984. While other DJ companies have come and gone, TKO remains the largest locally owned and operated entertainment provider in the St. Louis area. At TKO, our experienced team will help you personalize the perfect soundtrack to your day! Call, email or stop by our office today to find out about the TKO difference. www.tko-djs.com 314.647.3000

PHOTOGRAPHY Memories Are Forever Offers a mix of photojournalistic style images with traditional photography. www.memoriesareforever.com 1568 Ross Ave St. Louis, MO 63146 314-878-5657 (landline)

Spectrum Band. Performing for more weddings in St. Louis than any band! 2020 award winner from TheKnot.com and WeddingWire.com. Inducted into The Knot Hall of Fame. Great website too! 201 Kendall Bluff Ct, Chesterfield MO 314-306-4313 www.spectrumband.net

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