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COFFEE TABLE COUTURE I have always been captivated by weddings. In fact, I made my first walk down the aisle at the ripe old age of two! Looking back, I could have made the art of playing “flower girl” and “bridesmaid” a profession. There were the groovy seventies and big-everything eighties weddings. I’m not sure which was bigger at my sister's wedding—my hair or my shoulder pads! Wedding fashions have definitely changed over the years. It’s amazing, however, how they seem to reinvent themselves every few decades. Since weddings are a big part of my life, it probably comes as no surprise that I have quite a little collection of wedding-related “stuff.” Books, vintage photographs (of brides I don’t even know), dolls and, of course, magazines—LOTS of magazines. So, when I received a preview copy of Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers, I about fell off my chair! Nearly 400 gorgeous photographs of royal weddings, society weddings, celebrity weddings, country weddings, weddings by the sea and bridal fashion shoots that have appeared on the pages of Vogue throughout the magazine’s 120year history. It’s a who’s who of everything wedding! The royal wedding of Lady Diana Spencer to the Prince of Wales? It’s in there. Sarah Jessica Parker, Drew Barrymore and Lady Gaga all modeling designer wedding gowns? It’s there, too. In fact, there isn’t much that’s not in there when it comes to wedding fashion. The book is definitely a keeper and one that I will treasure and revisit for years to come. And, photographs of big hair and shoulder pads from the eighties? It’s in there!

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2006. Miss Barbara Cushing, in a draped silk-jersey dress designed for her by Mabel Mcllvain Downs for her wedding to Mr. Stanley Grafton Mortimer, Jr. A gold-and-sapphire glass crown secures her veil. Photographed by Horst P. Horst, October 1940. Vogue Weddings: Brides, Dresses, Designers, $85 from Knopf Publishers.

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CONTENTS FALL/WINTER 2013

FEATURES 118

AROUND THE WORLD Take a trip with 15 destinationinspired tablescapes

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ENCHANTING TO THE HILT Modern dresses get medieval treatment

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PERFECTLY POLISHED

REAL WEDDINGS 34

REAL MOMENTS 25 couples tie the knot

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CONTENTS

TIPS & TRENDS 84

WEDDING AWARDS

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AROUND TOWN

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SITES TO BEHOLD Nine reception venues

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SWEETS & TREATS

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GROOM SHOPPING

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LETTING KIDS BE KIDS

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RAISE YOUR GLASS Getting creative with reception libations

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WEDDING SHOW 101 Tips to help you navigate a bridal fair

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ASK ANNA Q&A with etiquette expert Anna Post

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SHAPING UP Do's and don'ts of wedding weight loss

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OUTFITTING THE PERFECT KITCHEN Creating a registry that's fun and functional

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PLEASE DON'T SAVE THE DATE

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

PLANNING

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ON THE ROAD Midwest Honeymooning

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SAVE THE DATE! FOR A HOLIDAY? Pros and cons of a holiday wedding

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JUST PACK! Tips and tales on packing for the honeymoon

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TIPS TO KEEP THE PEACE Including parents in the planning process

RESOURCES 209 MAKING IT LEGAL Where and how to apply for the marriage license

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

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

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1 Moira Ross Moira Ross has been creating and styling events for 10 years, adding her own line of vintage and unique rentals, “Plum Vintage Rentals and Styling,” four years ago. “This shoot was particularly enjoyable for me as we reached out to do something out of the ordinary— dreamy medieval meets modern-day beauty.” This is Moira’s first contribution to Saint Louis Bride.

2 Annie Heyward Annie is a St. Louis transplant and has worked professionally as a stylist for 6 years. She owns her own business, A Chic Critique, and works as a co-stylist at DanielleStyle, Inc. “When Brian mentioned he wanted to do a “Game of Thrones” inspired shoot for Saint Louis Bride, I couldn’t contain my excitement.” This is Annie’s first contribution to Saint Louis Bride.

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Alissa is a fashion-merchandising student at Fontbonne University. “Styling is something I really enjoy doing—selecting the jewelry pieces that went along with the “Game of Thrones” theme was beyond exciting for me.” After graduation, Alissa hopes to bring her talents to a fashion capital where she can use her skills and love of fashion to the fullest.

Brian Cummings is a commercial photographer/director, known for unique conceptual images and ideas. His interest in satire and narrative influences his work, and his love of film and photography led him to start working from behind the camera. As a photographer, Brian draws on his conceptual chops and design skills to compose images that tell stories ranging from humorous to dramatic to just odd. “I love contrasting stories and images. The concept behind this shoot does not fit one’s normal expectations for bridal. I like that.” This is Brian’s second cover and fashion feature for Saint Louis Bride.

4 Rachel McCalla Rachel is the owner of Lucky You Productions, a full-service wedding and event planning company. From weddings to fundraisers, Rachel has created, planned and designed events professionally for seventeen years. “I really tried to style each look after a few of the prominent “houses” from the Game of Thrones series (Stark, Lannister and Targaryen) by using fur, mixed metals and stones.” A frequent contributor to Saint Louis Bride, this is Rachel’s second cover and fashion spread.

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6 Marianne Moore A veteran chef and special events planner, Marianne brings over 13 years of experience to the food and special event industry. She is currently the Chef/Instructor at Dierberg’s Culinary Event Center. Marianne created the medieval wedding feast in our fashion feature. “Being involved

in this shoot was a true labor love. I believe that food brings people together and is a key component of any celebration.” A frequent contributor to Saint Louis Bride, this is Marianne's first feature.

7 Andi Everding Andi worked as a set assistant alongside Chef Marianne Moore.

8 Meggan Decker Meggan owns Pixies Hair Design in Maplewood and has been a hair designer for 13 years. “Working with this team was amazing—the models were beautiful, and the inspirations used to create the shoot just allowed me to play freely with the different textures of their hair!” This is Meggan’s first contribution to Saint Louis Bride.

9 Derek Feldman Derek worked alongside photographer Brian Cummings as an assistant on the fashion feature.

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Shayna is the owner and lead consultant for St. Louis Wedding Consultants, a full-service wedding and event planning company. A frequent contributor to Saint Louis Bride, Shayna produced and style “Letting Kids Be Kids” feature beginning on page 100.

Carolyn Burke - Wedding Liaison has been an event location specialist since 2004. Carolyn is a frequent contributor to Saint Louis Bride and writes our “Sites to Behold” column.

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Von DeVore has been a photographer for over 15 years. “I’m so inspired by all of the creative geniuses that I had the opportunity work with. So much creativity. So much talent in one room!” A frequent contributor to Saint Louis Bride, Von photographed our gorgeous tablescape feature “Around the World,” beginning on page 118.

12 ROB SCHAEFER Rob Schaefer is the Vice President of Catering and Design for Steven Becker Fine Dining. Creating remarkable events for over 28 years, Rob is known for his beautifully-styled tables and expertise in dining etiquette. A frequent contributor to Saint Louis Bride, Rob produced and styled “Perfectly Polished,” our dining etiquette feature beginning on page 166.

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14 PAM BREDENKAMP Pam Bredenkamp, principal photographer and owner of Signature Studio Creative Photography, has been an event photography specialist for over 27 years. A longtime contributor to Saint Louis Bride, Pam photographed our dining etiquette feature, “Perfectly Polished.”

15 DAVID LANCASTER David’s daytime career as editor of Where Magazine and Kansas City Where Guestbook has never kept him from being a longtime contributor to the pages of St. Louis Bride, for which he has photographed countless bouquets, gifts, jewelry, accessories, food and fashion over the last thirteen years. For this issue, David shot our delicious sweets on page 96 and “Letting Kids Be Kids” on page 100.


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The sumptuousness of the gowns, the abundance of the wedding feast, and the sexy moodiness of the photography helped create a rich and regal feel to this visionary shoot. —MOIRA ROSS

HAIR: A delicate knotting technique was used on Katherine’s long tresses giving her a modern, medieval look. Aquage’s Detailing Crème and Beyond Shine were used for a polished, finishing touch. MAKEUP: Katherine’s regal bridal look was created by giving her blood red lips, natural eye, doe-like lashes and apricot cheeks. THE DRESS: “Treasure,” a platinum, corsetbodice A-line gown in Chantilly lace by Monique Lhuillier, $7,590 from Town and Country Bridal Boutique. THE JEWELS: Vanessa Mooney Necklace ($168), Avant Garde Big Cuff ($164), Vanessa Mooney Fan Ring ($124) from Klutch. Earrings ($35), Ring ($40), Small Cuff ($40) by Juxtapose Jewelry by Jen from Femme. FUR RUG: Faux fur throw from The Porch by Nettie White.

Model: Katherine Howe, Mother Model Management • Photographer: Brian Cummings • Stylists: Rachel McCalla & Alissa Selestak, Lucky You Productions • HAIR: Meggan Decker, Pixies Hair Design • Makeup: Annie Heyward, A Chic Critique • Prop Stylist: Moira Ross, Plum Vintage Rentals & Styling • Location: Galloway Manor—A private residence

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In college HOW THEY During a Valentine’s Day

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trip to Chicago NUMBER OF GUESTS: 96 WEDDING COLORS: Blush pink, ivory, light green, with gold accents THE MENU: Cocktail Hour: Passed hors d’oeuvres and a sushi station. Dinner: Choice of perch, lamb, or vegetarian. After-Dinner: A coffee/hot chocolate station and dessert table with cupcakes and petit fours. HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The couple wrote their own vows. During the ceremony, the groom’s sister sang “In My Life” by the Beatles. There was a wishing tree instead of a traditional guestbook to reflect the bride’s Japanese heritage, as well as a photobooth backdrop of dozens of Japanese umbrellas. BAND AND DJ: Band: Downtime Productions; DJ: A Rockin’ DJ (Jimmy Hussey) FIRST DANCE: “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison VIDEOGRAPHER: Sweet Tea Media BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Listening to Danny’s vows. Also, having all of the family and friends we both love from all over the world, gathered in one place.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The best man’s heartfelt speech, Christina’s vows, the hour we spent going from table to table catching up with our lifelong friends and family, and the first time we walked into the dining room and laid eyes on the spectacular décor.” HONEYMOON: Turks & Caicos Islands RESIDE: Ann Arbor, Michigan ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: Hire a wedding planner, and trust him or her!

Wedding consultant: Proposing Dreams • Florist: Sisters Flowers • Bride’s dress: Lea Ann Belter, Town and Country Bridal Boutique • Groom’s attire: J. Crew • Bride’s and Bridesmaids hair & makeup: Hair – Chrissy Stojan; Makeup – D’Shannon Llewellyn • Bridesmaid dresses: Love Lane, Bella Bridesmaid • Wedding location: Graham Chapel at Washington University • Reception venue: Forest Park Visitor Center • CATERER: Catering St. Louis • Cake: The Cakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Linens & RENTALS: BBJ Linen • Paper goods: Two Blue Doors • Photobooth: Photomaton • Transportation: Best Transportation

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Through a mutual friend while ziplining HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Jeremy made a list of reasons why he loved Michelle. After reading the list, he got down on one knee and asked her to be his wife. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 40 WEDDING COLORS: Turquoise and red HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Everything was custom-made by Michelle, including her bouquet from an old book. The couple’s love of Scrabble, reading and words was reflected in the centerpieces with Scrabble boards with books on top, and Scrabble name plates. Michelle was escorted down the aisle by her two daughters. WEDDING FAVORS: Wedding knot bracelet, caricaturist art DJ: Robert Wagener FIRST DANCE: “Just Breathe” by Pearl Jam VIDEOGRAPHER: Harris Photography and Design BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “I really loved the cupcake truck. It was so fun to jump on board and serve our guests. It was really important to me that our guests new how much we love and appreciate them.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Saying our vows to each other. We wrote our own vows and had a small family ceremony, so it was very special.” HONEYMOON: Jamaica RESIDE: O’Fallon, IL ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Plan, plan, plan! Enjoy a long engagement so that you can have the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. I was able to find many items on e-bay, Craigslist, thrift stores and garage sales.” HOW THEY MET:

Florist: The Bride • Bride’s dress: Oleg Cassini • Groom’s attire: Macy’s • Bride’s hair & makeup: A Signature Hollywood Salon, O’Fallon, IL • Wedding and reception location: Patty Long's 9th Street Abbey • Cake: Cupcake Truck from Sweet Divine • Music: Robert Wagener • Transportation: Trolley from Tour St. Louis; rickshaw from St. Louis Three Wheel Taxi.

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a bar in New York City, while both attended a party with mutual friends. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: While sitting on the porch of Lauren’s parents’ home, watching a rainstorm NUMBER OF GUESTS: 180 Wedding colors: The colors focused around birch wood and gypsophila. HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Lauren’s brother Dan officiated the wedding. Both mothers spoke during the ceremony, which made for extra tears and laughter. Aaron’s dad composed and performed a song he wrote. Lauren’s grandparents cut down birch trees from their yard in Wisconsin and created all the candle votives for the reception centerpieces. FIRST DANCE: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray Lamontagne VIDEOGRAPHER: Brandon Goodwin; Goodwin Films BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Walking down the aisle towards Aaron with my mom and dad on either side. Also, my mother making me sob in her speech during the ceremony and my dad calling Aaron and I his ‘two of his best friends’ in his speech.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“When I watched Lauren walk down the aisle. We hadn’t seen each other before the wedding, so that was the first time I saw her that day. I’ll always remember her crying, laughing, and smiling all at the same time.” HONEYMOON: Italy RESIDE: Manhattan Advice for brides-to-be: “Don’t get overwhelmed by making everything perfect. Work on the things that you love to do and ask for help on anything that causes frustration. What truly makes the day special is the love, happiness, and energy that everyone brings to the table.”

Wedding consultant: Lucky You Productions • Florist: Wildflowers • Bride’s dress: Eden by Jenny Packham; Gabriella Bridal in Manhattan • Groom’s attire: Joseph Abboud, Men’s Wearhouse • Bridesmaid dresses: Bridesmaids chose their own • Wedding location: Graham Chapel, Washington University • Reception venue: The Chase Park Plaza • Cake: The Chase Park Plaza • Paper goods: Designed by the Bride • Music: William “Pat” Partridge (ceremony), Lenny Klinger’s Galaxy Red (reception) • Transportation: Best Transportation of St. Louis

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real moments Katherine Smith & Andrew Clifton April 27, 2013 Photographed by zettl photography HOW THEY MET: They met through mutual friends at Humphrey’s Bar during graduation weekend at Saint Louis University HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Andrew surprised Katherine when he proposed on North Avenue Beach in Chicago on Saint Patrick’s Day NUMBER OF GUESTS: 180 WEDDING COLORS: Light blue and coral HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: They served a signature drink, a Pimm’s Cup (Andrew’s favorite drink), in cups from Humphrey’s, where they first met BAND: Griffin and the Gargoyles firST DANCE: “I Will” by the Beatles BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The toasts given by my father, the maid of honor and best man were very special and heartfelt. Andrew’s other brother was deployed in Afghanistan and sent a very memorable video toast that we played the night at the rehearsal dinner.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The band did an amazing job and the dance floor was packed the entire night. We loved seeing everyone enjoying themselves and having a great time.” HONEYMOON: Hong Kong and the Philippines RESIDE: Boston, MA ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Every bride wants the weather to be perfect on their wedding day but weather is one thing you can absolutely not control. After worrying about the poor weather forecast the week leading up to the wedding, I decided to be proactive (thanks to the advice of my wedding planner) and bought matching umbrellas for the bridesmaids and rain boots for myself. It did rain the day of the wedding but rather than being upset about the bad weather, we decided to embrace it and were able to take some unique and memorable pictures.”

Wedding consultant: Before I Do • Florist: Botanicals Design Studio • Bride’s dress: Paloma Blanca, Mira Couture in Chicago • Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Hair—Stonewater Spa, Makeup—D’Shannon Llewellyn Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew • Wedding location: Church of the Annunziata • Reception venue: Piper Palm House • CATERER: Butler's Pantry • Cake: Sugaree • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Linens: BBJ Linens • Rentals: Butler’s Pantry • Paper goods: M. Haley Design • Music: Rosewood Ensemble (ceeremony); Griffin and the Gargoyles (reception) • Photobooth: Shutterbooth

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real moments Abigail DeHaven & Travis Sarich October 20, 2012 Photographed by jon koch photography

In college, through mutual friends HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Knowing that Abby loves the fall season and Rombach’s Pumpkin Patch, Travis placed the ring atop his choice pumpkin and waved Abby over to show her what he’d found. He then dropped to one knee when she arrived at the perfect pumpkin and a perfect proposal. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 130 WEDDING COLORS: Varying shades of bright pinks and vibrant apple green HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Following the ceremony, guests were offered horse and carriage rides through Tower Grove Park. The signature cocktail was a peach bellini, the bride’s favorite drink. As a late night treat, guests were encouraged to enjoy scoops of gelato from a gelato cart, including some seasonal flavors like pumpkin and apple pie. DJ: Rockstar DJ FIRST DANCE: “Hold On” by Michael Bublé BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Staring into Travis’s eyes as he shared his personal vows me. The moment felt magical and filled with overwhelming love and sincerity.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Sitting next to Abigail as both the best man and maid of honor gave their wedding speeches. Hearing such heartfelt stories and encouraging words, along with seeing the happiness in Abby’s face was an incredible experience.” HONEYMOON: A weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast in St. Charles, with a tropical vacation planned later RESIDE: St. Louis ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Enjoy every minute of your wedding planning. The more immersed you become the more personal your wedding will feel. But, don’t worry about ensuring every single thing falls into place on the big day—just be sure to enjoy the harmony and happiness of you and your spouse on this day together.” HOW THEY MET:

Wedding consultant: Bride’s Vision • Florist: Artistry Florist • Bride’s dress: Pattis, Enchanted Bride • Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Bride’s and Bridesmaids hair & makeup: The Face and Body Spa, Brentwood •Bridesmaid dresses: Jasmine B2, Enchanted Bride • Wedding and reception location: Piper Palm House • CATERER: Butler's Pantry • Cake: The Cakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Artistry • TENT: Event Partners • Paper goods: Vellum • CEREMONY Music: The Rosewood Ensemble

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real moments Katie Steitz & Seth Piatczyc October 13, 2012 Photographed by steven seebeck

Their freshman year of college HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Seth proposed to Katie on December 23 in Houston, under a beautiful tree decorated with Christmas lights. Seth tricked Katie by telling her they were going to meet people for dinner at the Houstonian, but instead he got down on one knee and proposed. Then they went to Seth’s parents’ house to celebrate. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 175 WEDDING COLORS: Gray & Yellow SOMETHING OLD: Katie’s garter was made from fabric from her grandmother’s and mother’s wedding dress SOMETHING NEW: Earrings and dress SOMETHING BORROWED: Katie’s sister’s clutch SOMETHING BLUE: The bride’s shoes were a sparkly blue HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The cake topper was bluebirds dressed to match the couples’ dress and suit. WEDDING FAVORS: Donation to Citizens for Animal Protection. Katie and Seth adopted their dog from CAP and have a strong love for animals. BAND: Galaxy FIRST DANCE: “Someone Like You,” Adele VIDEOGRAPHER: Boda Film HOW THEY MET:

BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“At the end of the ceremony, as a surprise to all (including Seth), we had a bagpiper playing and lead everyone down the aisle. The look on Seth’s face was priceless!” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Our first dance as a married couple.” HONEYMOON: Turks & Caicos RESIDE: Houston, TX ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Steal a few minutes alone with your groom. The day is so hectic and fast, it’s important to remember it’s about the two of you!”

Wedding consultant: Absolutely In (Day-of Planner) • Florist: Tina Barrera • Bride’s dress: Rivini, Mia Bridal – Houston, TX • Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Banks • Bride’s and Bridesmaids hair & makeup: Makeup – Emily Miller, hair – Stonewater Spa • Bridesmaid dresses: Lovelane, Bella Bridesmaid • Wedding location: Shrine of Saint Joseph • Reception venue: Old Warson Country Club • Cake: The Cakery • Linens: Weinhardt Party Rentals • Rentals: Weinhardt Party Rentals • Music: Lenny Klinger’s Galaxy • Transportation: Best Transportation, St. Louis Trolley

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real moments Margaret Schopp & Paul Troia September 22, 2012 Photographed by burns PHOTOGRAPHY

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a wedding. Neither knew that three years later, they would be married in the very same church in which they met. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: At sunset on the beach in Los Angeles NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200 WEDDING COLORS: Golds, ivories, creams, and grays SOMETHING OLD: Margaret’s grandmother’s handkerchief. SOMETHING NEW: Diamond pendant necklace gifted by Paul on the morning of their wedding. SOMETHING BORROWED: A bracelet from the bride’s mother SOMETHING BLUE: Yankees garter set (Paul’s favorite baseball team)! HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Some of the many personal touches throughout the day were a wine box for guests to sign, instead of a traditional guest book, and handmade books on every table that corresponded with each table number for guests to leave messages for the couple on that number’s anniversary. In homage to Paul’s large Italian family, all the guests rose from their chairs as the couple entered the reception, and sang along to Dean Martin’s “That’s Amore” while toasting the bride and groom. WEDDING FAVORS: A trip to the cigar bar, with personalized matchboxes, or a visit to the Bissinger’s chocolate bar, with truffles, caramels, and chocolates. BAND: Accolade FIRST DANCE: “Oh, Baby I Love Your Way” by Peter Frampton WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: “Elegant Italian Enchantment” HONEYMOON: Riviera Maya, Mexico. RESIDE: Los Angeles ADVICE FOR BRIDESTO-BE: ‘When you walk down the aisle, you’ll be tempted to look only at your groom; however, take a moment and look around you. See all the people that are there to support you and your future husband’s love and life together – this is truly what marriage is about and the meaning of this day.”

Wedding consultant: Bride's Vision • Florist: Artistry Florist • Bride’s dress: Jim Hjelm, Mon Amie (Costa Mesa, CA) • Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Bride’s and Bridesmaids hair & makeup: Bridal Hair by Marilyn; D’Shannon Llewellyn (Make-up) • Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung, Perfect Bridesmaids Dresses • Wedding location: The Shrine of St. Joseph • Reception venue: Grand Hall, St. Louis Union Station • Cake: Sugaree Bakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Linens: Sitting Pretty • Rentals: Sitting Pretty • Paper goods: Vellum • Music: Ceremony: Rosewood Ensemble; Reception Band: Accolade • Transportation: Dolly the Trolley, St. Louis Carriage Co.

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real moments Emily Klayman & John Makarewicz April 13, 2013 Photographed by john pollack Photography

Online NUMBER OF 175 WEDDING COLORS: Sage green and teal THE MENU: A small plate dinner by Hollyberry that included Thai chicken satay, southwest tortilla cups, mango-chardonnay coconut shrimp, Mexican sweet corn, mini sirloin sandwiches, mini BLTs, Szechwan pork wontons, goat cheese mini tarts, baconwrapped pineapple, spinach artichoke dip, and fresh vegetables. HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The invitations featured caricatures designed by Emily’s friend. In lieu of a cake, the couple offered some of their favorite sweets at a dessert bar. Emily and John love tapas-style restaurants, so they opted for a small plates dinner instead of a traditional plated meal. WEDDING FAVORS: Individually wrapped cookies from Hollyberry which also served as table numbers. DJ: A Rockin’ DJ FIRST DANCE: “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young VIDEOGRAPHER: Milestone Pro BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Starting down the aisle to see my future husband, smiling faces of our friends and family, and how amazing our venue looked.” HOW THEY MET:

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“Greeting all of our friends and family in the receiving line after the ceremony. The line backed up into a side room off of our venue that featured a lot of preserved insects and taxidermy.” HONEYMOON: A “mini-moon” to Las Vegas before their summer trip to Italy and France RESIDE: Rock Hill, MO ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Know what your must-haves are for the wedding and be flexible with the rest.”

Wedding consultant: Sarah Grus • Florist: RW Designs • Bride’s dress: Epoch, Chatfield’s Bridal Boutique • Groom’s attire: Michael Kors, Men’s Wearhouse • Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Hair by Michelle Schuler, makeup by D’Shannon Llewellyn • Bridesmaid dresses: Bari Jay, Amore • Wedding and reception location: Architecture Hall, City Museum Caterer and dessert bar: Hollyberry Baking • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Linens and rentals: Weinhardt • Paper goods: Clever Betty • Transportation: Best Transportation

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real moments Blair Fain & Nicholas Purcell May 11, 2013 Photographed by switzerfilm

E Harmony HOW In bride's home, after Nick had the ring in his pocket all that day. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 225 WEDDING COLORS: Light Pink, Blush Pink, Sky Blue, Navy & Gray MENU: Hors D’oeuvres: Vegetable spring rolls with sweet and sour dipping sauce, spanakopita (Spinach and feta cheese filled phyllo triangles), Pecan raisin crostini with Gorgonzola and honey; Salad: Caesar salad, crisp romaine, Parmesan and garlic croutons with Caesar dressing; Entree: Levy Signature Lemon Chicken, marinated 24 hours in a zesty lemon oregano sauce, served with Gorgonzola potatoes and grilled asparagus drizzled with a balsamic reduction WEDDING FAVORS: Candy buffet, glitter balls from Sarah’s Cake Shop DJ: CJ’S Disc Jockey Service FIRST DANCE: “No Ordinary Love” by Sade WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: Wish Upon a Dream VIDEOGRAPHER: Switzer Film BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Seeing Nick while walking down the aisle, the surprise flash mob dance by our guests, and our first dance.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Seeing Blair walk down the aisle, our first dance and the photobooth.” HONEYMOON: Riviera Maya, Mexico RESIDE: Saint Louis ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Hire a wedding planner. Ours made my dream wedding come true!” HOW THEY MET:

THEY GOT ENGAGED:

Wedding consultant: Lacy Branch Events • Florist: Belli Fiori • Bride’s dress: Clarice’s Bridal Shop • Groom’s attire: Men's Wearhouse • Bride’s and bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Kolors Salon by Kevyn Idoux & Staff • Bridesmaid dresses: Simply Elegant Bridal • Wedding location: Shrine of St. Joseph • Reception venue: Peabody Opera House • Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop • Specialty lighting and décor: Parties & Props, Ltd. • Rentals: Millennium Productions (Chairs) • Stationery: Two Blue Doors, Inc. • Music: The Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony); CJ's Disc Jockey Service (reception) • Photobooth: Fish Eye Fun • Transportation: Best Transportation

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real moments Kelly Graham & Scott Koerber August 11, 2012 Photographed by MNC Photography

They knew each other in middle school, but didn’t reconnect until college, via Facebook. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: On a walk in the park with Scott’s dog and a very nervous Scott NUMBER OF GUESTS: 180 WEDDING COLORS: Gold, ivory and neutral HOW THEY MET:

HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT:

The couple asked three influential couples from their lives to choose a scripture/passage of their choice as a blessing to our marriage to be read during the ceremony. WEDDING FAVORS: Bottles of wine or apple cider with labels designed and made by the bride BAND: Downtime Band FIRST DANCE: “Everything” by Michael Bublé BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The toasts! I loved listening to our matron of honor and best man give their personal and hilarious toasts. After planning every last detail of our big day for months, it was so fun to sit back and enjoy this element of surprise.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“Seeing Kelly walk down the aisle. We were insistent on not seeing each other before the ceremony, so this moment was priceless.” HONEYMOON: Jamaica RESIDE: Columbia, Missouri ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “We wish we would have hired a videographer. The day goes by so quickly and there are so many moments that you wish you could bottle up and relive. It would have been nice to have a video of the day’s events that we could watch over and over again.” GROWING FAMILY: We welcomed a baby boy, Graham Christian Koerber, on May 28, 2013.

Florist: Artistry Florist • Bride’s dress: La Sposa, Simply Elegant Bridal • Groom’s attire: Savvi Formalwear • Bride’s and Bridesmaids hair & makeup: Hair by Lauren Bernardino; Makeup by Rachael Haley • Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew • Wedding location: Graham Chapel • Reception venue: Peabody Opera House • Cake: Lubeley’s Bakery • Paper goods: Invites from Jupiter and Juno; Programs, menus and all other paper goods were designed and made by the bride • Music: Downtime Band • Transportation: Jed Limousine

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real moments Kristian Bradford & Eric Frazier September 22, 2012 Photographed by simpli Photography

HOW THEY MET: On a blind date, set up by friends HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Eric proposed downtown, during a St. Louis staycation, before dinner at a rooftop restaurant NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200 WEDDING COLORS: Black, white and apple green SOMETHING OLD: Apple green flats the bride wore during the ceremony SOMETHING NEW: Pearl jewelry SOMETHING BORROWED: Hair piece borrowed from a close friend SOMETHING BLUE: The garter contained a blue ribbon HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Gobo lights contained the couples’ names and the wedding date, surrounding the event in beautiful green lights BAND OR DJ: Allegro Entertainment FIRST DANCE: “Share My Life” by KEM WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: “Eric and Kristian's Timeless Love Affair” BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “When the preacher announced us as husband and wife. The feeling was so surreal and exciting.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Seeing my bride walk down the aisle. Even though we did first-look photos, that moment was still special and one that I will always cherish.” HONEYMOON: Riviera Maya, Mexico RESIDE: St. Louis, MO ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Plan early if you can— it ensures you make educated decisions and you are not stressing out on the big stuff last minute. Also, establish a budget and use it as your guide to ensure you stay on track with your spending.”

Wedding consultant and florist: Couture Florals and Events • Bride’s dress: Vera Wang, David's Bridal • Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein, Macy's • Bride’s and bridesmaids hair & makeup: Hair by Abra McField (Voila Salon), Makeup by Tara Lowery • Bridesmaid dresses: David’s Bridal • Wedding and reception venue: Windows on Washington Cake: McArthur’s Bakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Allegro Entertainment (lighting), Couture Florals/Millenium DJ's (décor) Linens and rentals: Couture Florals and Events • Music: Allegro Entertainment • Photobooth: Party Booths Transportation: STL Transportation

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real moments Debbie Elkins & Clayton Lessor April 27, 2013 Photographed by infinity image co.

HOW THEY MET: Clay moved in next door to Debbie and knocked on her door and introduced himself. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Clay surprised Debbie and proposed over a candlelit dinner in Jamaica. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 50 WEDDING COLORS: Mint green, coral, peach the Menu: Hors D’oeuvres: brie in a pastry shell with honey or caramel, bacon-wrapped BBQ shrimp on a grits cake, salmon cakes with citrus chipotle aioli; Salad: mixed lettuce salad with craisins, candied pecans and raspberry vinaigrette; Entrée: beef tenderloin fillet with red onion and peppadew marmalade and fennel cream, cheese grits cake, straw cut vegetables; Dessert: wedding cake SOMETHING OLD: Bride’s grandmother’s diamond ring SOMETHING NEW: Pearl necklace SOMETHING BORROWED: Tiara SOMETHING BLUE: The dress Debbie wore when getting ready for the wedding WEDDING FAVORS: Salted caramel macrons from Bittersweet Artisan Truffles BAND: Tom Hall WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: “Happily Ever After” BRIDE'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Seeing the smile on Clay’s face.” GROOM'S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Seeing Debbie come through the door.” HONEYMOON: Waterville, Ireland RESIDE: Crestwood ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Enjoy the process, it all works out!”

Wedding consultant: Amanda Bradham-Little, Ces and Judy’s • Florist: Twyla’s Flower Shop, Red Bud IL • Bride’s dress: Jade-Blushing Bride, Fairview Heights, IL • Groom’s attire: Nordstrom • Bride’s hair & makeup: Jill Hall-Bayless • Wedding and reception location: Hawken House • Cake: Sugaree • LINENS: Adorned Occasions LLC • CHAIRS: Premier Rentals • Music: Tom Hall • MACARONS: Bittersweet Artisan Truffles

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real moments Melissa Mercer & Woody Soonattrakul May 18, 2013 Photographed by mnc Photography

HOW THEY MET: At work—the groom was a dentist and the bride was his dental assistant. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Woody proposed in Lafayette Park on a park bench overlooking the pond, the neighborhood they call home. WEDDING AND RECEPTION LOCATION: Four Seasons Hotel NUMBER OF GUESTS: 350 WEDDING COLORS: Coral, pinks, ivory and gold THE MENU: Deconstructed Beef Wellington with potato cake topped with mushroom and baby carrots, encrusted chicken breast with sun-dried tomato risotto and squash/zucchini medley, mushroom ravioli with wilted spinach HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT:

“Free Cake!” was written on the Save the Date cards, to display the couples’ sense of humor and give the guests a laugh. The Gateway Arch served as their unofficial logo on different paper goods including the save the dates, welcome gift boxes, and door hangers. The free cake theme continued with wedding cake shaped cookies wrapped up and labeled “enjoy free cake” inside the welcome gift boxes.WEDDING FAVORS: Hand-painted porcelain bowls with lids personalized with the couples’ names and wedding date on the bottom, imported from Thailand and called “benjarongs.” BAND: Groovethang FIRST DANCE: “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “My father had life-sized drawings of the bride and groom made when they were small children as a surprise, unveiled during the ballroom reveal. Also, seeing the ballroom finally come together after a year of planning with our planner, it was so dramatic.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Walking into the reception for the final reveal and seeing a groom’s cake literally sculptured into a molar tooth complete with realistic anatomy, dental instruments, and drill.” HONEYMOON: Thailand RESIDE: St. Louis

Wedding consultant: St. Louis Wedding Consultants • Florist: Artistry Florist • Bride’s dress: Enzoani Felisha, Simply Elegant Bridal • Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank • Bride’s Hair: Deyne, Tinge Salon; Make-Up: Lauren Wilkerson, Beauty by Broxie • Bridesmaid dresses: Kate by Love Lane, Bella Bridesmaids • Cake: The Cakery • Band: Groovethang • Linens: BBJ Linens • Rentals: Exclusive Events • Paper goods: Two Blue Doors • CEREMONY MUSIC: Rosewood Ensemble

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real moments Jennifer Veraldi & Matthew Brinkmeier May 27, 2012 Photographed by cate jackson

In medical school HOW a night out with friends in the Central West End NUMBER OF GUESTS: 210 WEDDING COLORS: Peach, coral, ivory, pink, gold, bright green THE MENU: Tomato mozzarella basil bruschetta; vegetable spring roll with soy ginger dipping sauce; crab cakes with spicy remoulade; bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with goat cheese; salmon with lemon buerre blanc and capers; pan-seared tornados of beef tenderloin with red wine jus; roasted fingerling potatoes; seasonal vegetable bundles with asparagus. HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The carnival theme was evident in the custom-made pennants for the ceremony that were repurposed at the reception, program fans and seating charts with a pennant design, whimsical table top décor including lemonade bottles that doubled as table numbers, and an eclectic dessert table with popcorn and cake pops and a custom photo booth that was made to look like a ticket booth. FIRST DANCE: “Our Way to Fall” by Yo La Tengo BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The Ferris wheel ride on the top of the City Museum when we arrived for the ceremony—they opened it just for us!” HOW THEY MET:

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“Seeing Jenny in her dress for the first time. Amazing!” HONEYMOON: Maui RESIDE: Ann Arbor, Michigan ADVICE FOR BRIDESTO-BE: “Know your own priorities and preferences so that you can make efficient decisions—some choices are worth a lot of thought, and some just need a decision. And hire a wedding planner!”

Wedding consultant AND FLORIST: Lucky You Productions • Bride’s dress: Vera Wang, Berrybridge • Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss, Nordstrom • Bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew • Cake and Dessert Bar: Torta Bella • WEDDING LOCATION: The Bank of American Pavilion at the Muny RECEPTION VENUE: Architecture Hall at the City Museum • caterer: Steven Becker Fine Dining • Music: Griffin and the Gargoyles (reception), Manhasset Strings (ceremony) • Specialty lighting and décor: Parties and Props • Linens: Connie Duglin • Photo booth: Photomaton • Paper goods: Vellum

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real moments Heidi He & Jeremy Henson June 6, 2012 Photographed by white-klump Photography

Online HOW THEY GOT Jeremy surprised Heidi with a song he wrote on his acoustic guitar. The lyrics detailed the silly and embarrassing things they do. It didn’t occur to Heidi what was going on until later in the song when he said “So let’s jump in” and got down on one knee with the ring. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 30 (reception) WEDDING COLORS: Blush pink, ivory, silver, and navy HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: They shared their Paris ceremony with the guests via a slideshow of the ceremony. While in France, Heidi purchased little cards with paintings of well-known destinations and turned them into place cards (with the help of Rock Paper Scissors) which guests could take home. Additional favors were French candies and treats tucked into knapsacks that had the couples’ names and an image of the Eiffel Tower. WEDDING FAVORS: Candies from France BAND: Dance Floor Riot DJ: Rockstar DJs FIRST DANCE: “Time After Time” by Sarah McLachlan and Cyndi Lauper HOW THEY MET: ENGAGED:

BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“Seeing Jeremy in his tux. He looked so smashingly handsome!” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “During our first dance, we giggled and chatted the whole time as we held each other, forgetting that everyone is watching. We often joke and goof around, so it was totally our moment.” HONEYMOON: Nice, France and Rome, Italy RESIDE: Fenton ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Consider a smaller wedding. It’s more intimate, less stress, and you have just as many opportunities to make it special.”

Wedding consultants: Perfect Day Weddings & Events (reception); Piece Montee Wedding Planners (ceremony) • Florist: Belli Fiori • Bride’s dress: Vera Wang, Vera Wang in Chicago • Groom’s attire: Hugo Boss, Saks Fifth Avenue • Bride’s hair & makeup: Debbie Watson (makeup) and Mary Cates Salon (hair) in Ellisville • Wedding location: Paris (ceremony) • Reception venue: SqWires • Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop • Specialty lighting and décor: Millennium Productions • Linens: Sitting Pretty • Paper goods: Rock Paper Scissors (seating cards), Vistaprint (invitations and menus)

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real moments Lynette Brown & Terrance Robinson March 29, 2013 Photographed by l photographie

At work HOW THEY Terrance took Lynette to the spot in downtown St. Louis where they had their first date. He dropped to one knee and proposed, with onlookers applauding when she said yes. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 135 WEDDING COLORS: Hues of blue, silver and gold SOMETHING OLD: Handkerchief from Lynette’s deceased grandmother SOMETHING NEW: Bride’s jewelry and garter SOMETHING BORROWED: Mother-of-the-bride’s sequined clutch SOMETHING BLUE: Shoes WEDDING FAVORS: Silver “Live Laugh Love” boxes containing after-dinner mints DJ: Millennium Productions FIRST DANCE: “Finally I” by Daryl Coley WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: “And the Two Shall Become One” BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “My grandfather performing the ceremony. The day was perfect and the best day of my life!” HOW THEY MET: GOT ENGAGED:

GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“Lynette coming down the aisle.” HONEYMOON: Paris, France RESIDE: Saint Louis ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Finish all planning details at least a week before the wedding so that you can enjoy family, friends and being pampered the days before.”

Florist: Sister’s Floral Design Studio • Bride’s dress: First gown–Private Label; Second gown–Val Stefani; from Wedding Gallery Couture • Groom’s attire: Savvi Formalwear • Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Hair by Shaun Henley, Makeup by Tara Lowery • Bridesmaid dresses: Dessy, Brides by Demetrios • Wedding location: Crystal Ballroom, Renaissance Grand Hotel • Reception venue: Statler Ballroom, Renaissance Grand Hotel • Cake: The Cakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Millennium Productions (lighting), PSAV Presentation Services • Linens: Sitting Pretty • Rentals: Sitting Pretty, Grand Rental Station • Paper goods: Ten Four Paper • Transportation: Champagne Limousines

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real moments Alexandra Blauch & Michael Egnew October 21, 2012 Photographed by megan thiele studios

The first day of college On a picnic and fishing trip, Michael prepared Allie’s pole and she realized her bobber was already underwater. She reeled it in and found a note that read “Will you marry me?” When she turned, Michael was on his knee. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 175 WEDDING COLORS: Ivory, champagne, blush, silver, and gold SOMETHING OLD: The bride’s late grandmother’s pearls, carried with her flowers SOMETHING NEW: Dress SOMETHING BORROWED: Mother of the bride’s bracelet SOMETHING BLUE: A brooch that belonged to Allie’s late grandmother, pinned on her bouquet HOW THEY MET:

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HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT:

The rehearsal dinner was in the press box at Mizzou Stadium, where Michael played football his four years of college. Their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding photos were on the gift table. A milk and cookie bar was offered at the end of the night, following the groom’s nightly ritual. Members of the bridal party carved hearts into white pumpkins to line the walkway as the couple left the reception. WEDDING FAVORS: Chocolate balls from Oh Sheila! Chocolates BAND: Galaxy Red FIRST DANCE: “Can’t Help Falling in Love with You” by Elvis VIDEOGRAPHER: Westview Media RESIDE: Weston, Florida ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “The photographer and videographer will be more important than you realize. Everything happens so fast that it is hard to remember all of the beautiful details you worked so hard to create.” GROWING FAMILY: The couple welcomed a beautiful little girl in April, Alexa Grace.

Wedding consultant: Cosmopolitan Events • Florist: Sisters Floral Design Studio • Bride’s dress: Anna Maier Ulla Maija Couture, Berrybridge • Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse • Bride’s and Bridemaids’ hair & makeup: Annie Heyward, DanielleStyle • Bridesmaid dresses: Adrienne Papell, Dillards • Wedding location: Our Lady of Lourdes • Reception venue: Kimball Ballroom at Stephens College, Columbia, MO • Cake: Cakes with the Personal Touch by Edith Hall, Columbia, MO • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Linens: BBJ Linens • Rentals: The Aries Company • Paper goods: The Artist’s Hand Calligraphy, Columbia, MO • Music: : Heartland Brass Quartet and Organist, Chris Vitt. Soloist, Kali Binkley (ceremony); Galaxy Red (reception) • Transportation: Best Transportation

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real moments Lynette Santos & Omar Malik September 14, 2012 Photographed by ALEA LOVELY

In medical school HOW a stop on a jeep tour in Sedona, Arizona, overlooking the magnificent landscape NUMBER OF GUESTS: 350 WEDDING COLORS: Shades of persimmon, plummy purples, mixed metals SOMETHING OLD: Bride’s paternal grandmother’s necklace from the early 1900s SOMETHING NEW: Lynette’s crystal-studded satin mermaid booties SOMETHING BORROWED: Bridal survival kit hand-monogrammed by a bridesmaid SOMETHING BLUE: A tiny blue ribbon interlaced in the Bride’s veil HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Two cultural traditions were brought together throughout, including the invitations, a Mehndi ceremony, Lynette’s dress and a Bollyhood dance at the reception. WEDDING FAVORS: Mini floral arrangements with orchids, handmade by the mother of the bride DJ: DJ Millenium FIRST DANCE: “Dig” by Incubus WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: “Our Pakipino Fusion Wedding!” BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “When my husband surprised me just before our first dance by serenading me with his guitar to the “Earth Angel”! It was such as shock and it made me fall in love with him all over again!” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Seeing the reaction on Lynette's face as I played "Earth Angel" and the introduction of our first dance song. I also loved our first dance together­—we spent some time preparing that dance beforehand and it all came together just right.” HONEYMOON: A “Buddymoon” in Tulum, Mexico with 20 of their closest friends RESIDE: Brentwood, MO ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “I recommend a book called Joining Hands and Hearts by Rev. Susanna Stefanachi Macomb for planning an interfaith and intercultural wedding.” HOW THEY MET:

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Wedding consultant: Kristin Ashley Events • Florist: Stems • Bride’s dress: Designed by Bhavna Uppal in Los Angeles, CA. Veil by Toni Federici from Town & Country Bridal • Groom’s attire: Bhavna Uppal • Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Makeup, Justine Pawlow and Hair, Shanna Simms • Bridesmaid dresses: Bhavna Uppal • Wedding location: Catholic Ceremony at St. Raphael the Archangel Church, Islamic Ceremony at Crowne Plaza in Clayton • Reception venue: Crystal Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton, MO • Cake: The Cakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Linens: BBJ Linen • Rentals: Aries Rentals • Paper goods: Clever Hand Press • Music: DJ - Millenium • Transportation: Kelly’s Limo

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real moments Amy Wieczorek & CJ Shapard October 5, 2012 Photographed by abbie takes pictures

HOW THEY MET: While students at Loyola University Chicago HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Outside of Moulin Rouge in Paris, France NUMBER OF GUESTS: 200 WEDDING COLORS: Grey, cream and gold SOMETHING OLD: Hair Clip SOMETHING NEW: Earrings SOMETHING BORROWED: Veil SOMETHING BLUE: Garter THE MENU: Kemoll’s rosemary cream chicken with marinara garlic pasta, chopped Italian salad, cheese garlic bread HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The mothers of both the bride and groom placed pictures of them as children and throughout their relationship, as well as pictures of the couple’s dog, in several places around the bathrooms and hallways. WEDDING FAVORS: small white pumpkins DJ: Rockstar DJs FIRST DANCE: “Love Me Do” by The Beatles WEDDING STORYBOOK TITLE: “You Can’t Rain On Our Parade” (It stormed all day that day). BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Dancing to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary with the whole wedding party around me.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“Shoving cake into the bride’s face!” HONEYMOON: Prague, Tuscany and Austria RESIDE: Chicago ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Only have a few cooks in the kitchen!”

Florist: Megan Huber • Bride’s dress: Cosmobella by Demetrios • Groom’s attire: Jos. A. Bank • Bride’s hair & makeup: A&C Makeup Artistry, Hair by sister of the bride (maid of Honor) • Bridesmaids hair & makeup: Make up: A&C Makeup Artistry, Hair by Marilyn • Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung • Wedding location: Saint Louis University College Church • Reception venue: Kemoll’s Top of the Met • Cake: McArthur’s Bakery • Linens: Elegant Seating • Music: Rock Star DJ

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real moments Suzanne Wolfson & Bryant Campbell February 22, 2013 Photographed by autumn burke photography

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spotted him across the valet parking lot at Harrah’s casino when she arrived for her 21st birthday and the butterflies began. HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: He surprised her with a diamond ring in a heart-shaped tin box for their tenth year of dating anniversary, (since the ten year’s gift is typically diamond or tin). NUMBER OF GUESTS: 138 WEDDING COLORS: Birch wood and rainbow, black only wedding dress code for guests HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: Countless ways! The invitations were Viewfinders containing their engagement photos. A valet and casino theme was carried out in the place cards and by using poker chips to request songs from the dualing pianos. A New York style flower cart offered gorgeous flowers for guests to bundle bouquets to take. WEDDING FAVORS: A custom-designed bag containing a Colorado blue spruce, pretzels from Pretzel Boy’s in the shape of X’s and O’s and a giant chocolate chip walnut cookie from Carol’s Cookies in Chicago. FIRST DANCE: “Dancing in the Moonlight” BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Walking into the room and seeing the rainbow sweetheart table that our florist surprised me with. It completed the wedding I had worked so hard on and showed how much he understood me.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “We departed the ceremony for some quiet time and took a horse and carriage ride around the snow covered grounds, which deposited us at a fire pit with bubble machine. We lit the fire and watched the moon begin to rise before joining the event.” HONEYMOON: A quick chalet stay at local getaway Innsbrook, before a trip this summer. ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Run and purchase the book by Sheryl Paul, The Conscious Bride.”

Wedding consultant: Simcha's Events • Florist: Festive Atmospheres • Bride’s dress: Theia Petal dress with custom-made lace jacket • Groom’s attire: Saville Row Custom Clothier • Bride’s hair & makeup: Danielle Erb, Danielle Style • Wedding and reception location: Westwood Country Club • Cake: Encore Baking • Specialty lighting and décor: Exclusive Events • Rentals: Premier Rentals • Paper goods: M. Haley Design • Music: Rosewood Ensemble (ceremony and cocktails); Spanky’s Dueling pianos (reception) • Photobooth: St. Louis Photobooth • Transportation: St. Louis Carriage Company

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real moments Jennifer Cory & Rob Patterson August 11, 2012 Photographed by irish eyes Photography

Through mutual friends in high school HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Rob took Jen to the restaurant where they had their first date and surprised her with a ring and proposal. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 225 WEDDING COLORS: Orange and green HOW THEY MET:

HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT:

Jennifer and Rob love to travel and incorporated a vintage travel theme throughout the evening, from luggage tag escort cards to postcards of places they’ve been together serving as table names. WEDDING FAVORS: In lieu of favors, the couple provided a late evening snack of Gus’ pretzels and made donations to charitable organizations. FIRST DANCE: “Breathless” by Corrine Bailey Rae BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “When the church doors opened and I saw Rob for the first time. I realized I was marrying my best friend.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Guests surrounding us on the dance floor singing ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ as the final song of the evening.” HONEYMOON: Jennifer and Rob will celebrate their one year anniversary with a trip to Toronto, Montreal and Niagara Falls RESIDE: St. Louis ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Make the wedding your own, relax, and enjoy the process from beginning to end!”

Florist: Belli Fiori • Bride’s dress: Ultra Sophisticates, Brides by Demetrios • Groom’s attire: JC Penny • Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Angelo, Clarice’s Bridal • Wedding location: St. John Nepomuk Church • Reception venue: The Westin Hotel St. Louis • Dessert: Jilly's Cupcakes and Gooey Louie Butter Cake • Paper goods: Programs (Makana Gifts, Etsy.com), Invitations (Yellow Bricks Graphics, Etsy.com) • Music: Blackwater String Ensemble (ceremony); Premier DJ Entertainment (reception) • Transportation: Road Pony

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real moments Maryann Jackson & Ben Hackett March 9, 2013 Photographed by kurtis hall PHOTOGRAPHY

HOW THEY MET: Through a mutual friend HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Maryann and Ben love the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and Ben planned to propose by the koi pond. But the garden was sold out that night due to a special event, so he proposed in the car outside the garden. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 240 WEDDING COLORS: Black, grey and white SOMETHING OLD: Grandmother’s wedding band, tied with a ribbon on her bouquet SOMETHING NEW: My dress SOMETHING BORROWED: Bride’s grandmother’s ring SOMETHING BLUE: Royal blue flower pin from a bridesmaid, pinned under Maryann’s dress HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT:

Maryann wanted a classic wedding theme, but with rustic elements. She infused simple touches of twine, burlap and lace to create the desired effect. There were also cork table number holders, handmade rose flowers made from pages of old, classic books, and Mason jars with antique keys. BAND: The Rhythm Rockers FIRST DANCE: “When I’m Sixty-Four” by The Beatles BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT:

“Seeing Ben for the first time. He looked so calm and handsome. His presence really calmed my nerves and made me realize what the whole day was all about!” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Our first dance—dancing to our favorite song. We knew that would be our wedding song since we first met!” HONEYMOON: Sonoma and Napa Valley, California RESIDE: St. Louis ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “What other brides say is so true--Enjoy every moment and take it all in, because it goes by so fast!”

Florist: Forget Me Not Florist, St. Clair • Bride’s dress: David’s Bridal • Groom’s attire: Savvi Formalwear • Bridesmaids’ hair & makeup: Club Diva Salon for Hair • Bridesmaid dresses: Clarice’s Bridal • Wedding location: St. Raphael the Archangel Church • Reception venue: The Lemp Grand Hall Cake: Sweet Dee’s Deserts & Cakes • Transportation: All Limo Transportation

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real moments Martha Negash & Tomas Gebrehiwet September 22, 2012 Photographed by l photographie

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Washington, D.C. at an Eritrean Festival HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: During a staycation in Clayton NUMBER OF GUESTS: 650-700 WEDDING COLORS: Charcoal gray, white, crystals and light pink accents THE MENU: Traditional Eritrean food: lamb stew, beef stew, lentils, spinach stew, injera bread, himbasha bread, garden salad, curried vegetables, chicken stew HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The wedding was a two-day event with two continents of vendors and lots of painstaking work by both families. All the food was cooked by the family. Eritrean weddings are about family, community, and traditions: the blessing before the meal, the dance procession into the reception to a specific song and the procession out to drums, palm fronds, and wearing a traditional handmade dress called a “Zuria,” ordered from Ethiopia. WEDDING FAVORS: Wine bottles with custom labels, with homebrewed Eritrean honey wine “Mes” in some and homebrewed Eritrean beer “Siwa” in the other. FIRST DANCE: “Lost Without You” by Robin Thicke BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The fatherdaughter dance—the first time my dad ever slow-danced. We danced to Rascal Flatts’ “My Wish.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The high-five after our first kiss as husband and wife in church, giving everyone a little laugh after a long and but beautiful Greek Orthodox ceremony.” RESIDE: Saint Paul, Minnesota ADVICE FOR BRIDES TO BE: “Don’t follow trends too much while planning. Stick to what you love and your own unique style.

Florist: Belli Fiori • Bride’s dress: Sottero and Midgley, Clarice’s Bridal • Groom’s attire: The Wedding Shoppe, Saint Paul, MN • Bridesmaid dresses: Amsale, Bella Bridesmaids • Wedding location: Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church • Reception venue: Two Hearts Banquet Center • Cake: The Cakery • Specialty lighting and décor: Parties and Props • Linens: Sitting Pretty • Rentals: Weinhardt • Music: Loul Fissehaye and band, and DJ Rome • Transportation: All About You Limousines

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real moments Roz Canady & Ben Tollefsen October 13, 2012 Photographed by matthew jay PHOTOGRAPHY

Through mutual friends Walking home from a friend’s place one evening NUMBER OF GUESTS: 75 SOMETHING OLD: The vintage school busses that brought guests to Three Barn Farm. SOMETHING NEW: The dramatic chandeliers hanging in the rafters of the old dairy barn where the wedding and reception took place SOMETHING BORROWED: Parts of the wedding ceremony, written by Roz and Ben SOMETHING BLUE: The enamel locket around the bride’s neck, the groom’s gingham checked shirt and the bluegrass band that performed at the reception THE MENU: St. Louis-style barbecue with all the fixings: BBQ baby back ribs, smoked chicken, locally-made sausages in beer & onions, arugula salad with local artisan cheeses, figs, and pancetta, cowboy baked beans, fried green beans, macaroni and cheese with crab meat, roasted root vegetables, grilled vegetables, jalapeno cornbread, assorted pies from Sugaree Bakery. HOW THEY PERSONALIZED THE EVENT: The couple wanted a much more casual and fun atmosphere where everyone could feel at home and comfortable, so they skipped a lot of the formalities of more traditional weddings. Also, guests were served Ben’s house cocktail, The Juniata, a bourbon and pear based drink named after their street. BAND: The Ryan Spearman Band HOW THEY MET:

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BRIDE AND GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE

“The sound of raindrops dancing on the barn roof during our vows.” HONEYMOON: Barcelona, Spain. RESIDE: St. Louis MOMENT:

Wedding consultant: Carleen Kramer, Catering St. Louis • Florist: Bloomin’ Buckets • Bride’s dress: Vera Wang Lavender • Groom’s attire: J. Crew • Bride’s hair & makeup: Nova Salon, in Maplewood • Wedding and reception location: Three Barn Farm, Clarksville, MO CATERER: Catering St. Louis • pies: Sugaree Bakery • Specialty lighting and décor, Linens and Rentals: Catering St. Louis • Paper goods: Paperboat Studio • Transportation: JED Transportation

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real moments Michelle Kile & Mazyar Moshiri May 11, 2013 Photographed by untamed heart Photography

HOW THEY MET: Through mutual friends at Bar Napoli HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED: Maz surprised Michelle by planning a special weekend getaway to Louisville, Kentucky. NUMBER OF GUESTS: 250 WEDDING COLORS: Light blue, peach, and white THE MENU: Salad: Salt roasted beet and friss salad with crumbled goat cheese, citrus segments and herb champagne vinaigrette; Intermezzo: Faloodeh, a refreshing combination of rose water, lime juice, sugar, and noodles; Entrée: Beef tenderloin filet and pan-seared grouper served with Persian rice and mixed vegetables BAND: Fabulous Motown Review FIRST DANCE: “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne VIDEOGRAPHER: Millennium Productions BRIDE’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “Our first dance. This was a special time to reflect on the ceremony with each other and take a few minutes to look around the room at all of the people who were there to celebrate with us.” GROOM’S MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT: “The chills I got when I first saw Michelle walking down the isle.” HONEYMOON: Greece and Italy. RESIDE: Clayton, MO ADVICE FOR BRIDES-TO-BE: “Try to take a quick look at the venue where your reception is being held before everyone enters. Our coordinator at the Ritz snuck us in to see the ballroom completely decorated before the doors opened to our guests. It was wonderful to see all of the decorations and designs that we had worked hard to coordinate all put together.”

Wedding consultant: St. Louis Wedding Consultants • Florist: Festive Atmospheres • Bride’s dress: Pronovias, Amoré • Groom’s attire: Giorgio Armani, Neiman-Marcus • Bridesmaid dresses: Bill Levkoff, Clarice’s Bridal • WEDDING AND RECEPTION LOCATION: The Ritz Carlton • Cake: LaBonne Bouche • Specialty lighting and décor: The Aries Company • Linens: Sitting Pretty

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2012 ST. LOUIS WEDDING AWARD RECIPIENTS FLORAL DESIGN Artistry Florist and Event Design CAKE DESIGN Sugaree Baking Company PHOTOGRAPHY Lele Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Switzerfilm MUSIC Millennium Productions CATERER Patty Long Catering LIGHTING AND DESIGN Exclusive Events, Inc.

And the Award Goes To... St. Louis’ top wedding pros were honored at the fourth St. Louis Wedding Awards PHOTOGRAPHED BY SOLEA PHOTOGRAPHY THE FOURTH ANNUAL St. Louis Wedding Awards, sponsored by Ameristar Casino Resort Spa

St. Louis, Exclusive Events, Saint Louis Bride, Bella Bridesmaid and M. Haley Design, was held on Sunday, February 24, 2013 at the Nightclub at Ameristar. The St. Louis Wedding Awards acknowledges and celebrates the achievements of the wedding industry professionals in the St. Louis Metropolitan area. Awards were given in fourteen categories including Wedding of the Year where five wedding professionals received a nod for their team efforts. This year, beauty guru Tami Scott received the prestigious Wedding Professional Hall of Fame award for her longtime service and dedication to the St. Louis wedding industry. The nomination process was open to anyone working in the St. Louis wedding industry and to qualify the entry must have occurred between January 1st and December 31st of the 2012 year in the St. Louis metropolitan area. If you would like to nominate one (or more) of your wedding professionals, please visit (and like) the official St. Louis Wedding Awards Facebook page at facebook.com/stlouisweddingawards for rules and nomination information. 84

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VENUE Coronado Ballroom HAIR AND MAKEUP Tami Scott Studio STATIONERY/INVITATION DESIGN M. Haley Design - Adventure in Custom Stationery WEDDING PLANNER Kristin Ashley Events SPECIALTY RENTALS Artistry Florist and Event Design WEDDING PROFESSIONAL HALL OF FAME Tami Scott WEDDING OF THE YEAR • Simcha's Events • Steve Seebeck Photography • M Haley Design • Festive Atmospheres • Exclusive Events


SPECIAL THANKS As with any event, the evening would not have been successful without the contributions from the following individuals and businesses: • M. Haley Design - Adventures in Custom Stationery • Exclusive Events, Inc. • Bella Bridesmaid • Saint Louis Bride Magazine • Artistry Florist and Event Design  • Ameristar Casino Resort Spa St. Charles  • Courtney Callahan Paper • CJ's DJ's • Solea Photography  • Sunshine Entertainment Group

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sites to behold

Nine fabulous places BY CAROLYN BURKE, WEDDING LIAISON

1 Monarch Event Space Launched in Spring 2013, the Monarch Event Space is located in the heart of Maplewood. This space features over 10,000 square feet of sophisticated, upscale event space perfectly suited for hosting wedding events up to 200 guests. 7401 Manchester Road, 314-769-9595. MonarchEventSpace.com

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The newest venue in the Delmar Loop is the New Moon Room at the Moonrise Hotel. Opened in May 2013, the space is glass-enclosed and the only venue in the nation with a roof made entirely of solar panels which power the space for up to 175 guests. The rooftop includes a terrace overlooking the Loop, the Downtown skyline and Forest Park. This space-themed hotel is perfect for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners and wedding receptions. 6177 Delmar, 314-721-1111. MoonriseHotel.com

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Built on one of the highest elevations in Clarksville, MO overlooking the Mississippi River and rolling countryside, rests Overlook Farm's newest addition to its stunning portfolio of venuesâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Avalon Hall. The Great Room and wraparound mezzanine has capacity for up to 400. Added features include a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace, stained glass windows, a coffered ceiling from which three massive chandeliers are suspended, a hand-crafted mahogany bar, and a 5,500 sq. ft. deck. Situated below is a three-level patio including a water fall, fish pond, and fire pit. 901 S Hwy 79, Clarksville, MO, 573-242-3838. OverlookFarmMO.com

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sites to behold 4 The Boatworks at the Loading Dock Located in Grafton, IL the Boatworksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vintage style, industrial flair, and premium service position the venue to be one of the regions' most unique locations for weddings and social celebrations. Located just steps away from the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, The Boatworks can host events for up to 500 guests. The Hillside at The Loading Dock offers a breathtaking backdrop for wedding ceremonies of up to 300 guests. 401 East Front Street, Grafton, IL, 618-786-3494. GraftonLoadingDock.com

5 Tapawingo Golf Course

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Located in South County and operated by the Boccardi family, the Tapawingo clubhouse can accommodate any wedding for groups up to 200 guests. The warm dining area with fireplaces and premium sound system makes for a great cocktail reception area. The banquet area has floor to ceiling glass walls that overlook the golf course. 13001 Gary Player Drive, 636-349-3100. tapawingogolf.com

6 River City Casino Event Center

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Opened in June 2013, this event space has every amenity you need to host your wedding. Over 10,000 square feet of banquet space that will accommodate 14 to 1,400 guests. It features award-winning chefs to design menus tailored to your event, state-of-the-sound AV system, and a new 7-story luxury hotel scheduled to open in September 2013. 777 River City Casino Boulevard, 888-578-7289. RiverCity.com


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sites to behold 7 Grand Hall on Chouteau Located near S. Jefferson Avenue in Lafayette Square, this new venue is managed through Russo’s Catering. This space will accommodate a seating capacity up to 500 and offers a large stage for live bands. The Rooftop Garden is perfect for cocktail receptions, overlooking downtown St. Louis. Features state-of-the-art AV equipment and it is a LEED Certified Platinum Building. Sheet Metal Workers Complex, 2319 Chouteau, 314-427-6771 Ext. 105. RussosGourmet.com

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8 Crowne Plaza St Louis Airport The new ballroom can accommodate up to 400 guests and features new wall coverings, plush carpet, and lighting system to create a special effect throughout the evening. During the cocktail hour, guests can enjoy the views of the magnificent 8-story glass atrium which offers a two-story relax ing waterfall. 11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, 314-209-6044. cpstlairport.com

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The owners of Home Wine Kitchen in Maplewood recently opened Table in the historic Cherokee Arts District of Benton Park. The second floor “Loft” is a unique private event space with many original architectural features. This versatile, spacious area can accommodate groups of 25 to 130 for seated meals or cocktail parties. 1821 Cherokee Street, 314.449.1888. tablestl.com


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sweets and treats

Perfect for favors, dessert bars, and late night snacks DELIZIOSO Layers of coffee soaked ladyfinJ'AIME MACARONS! Hand-crafted

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MMMMMMMMM, PIE Fruit and cream pies just like your momma makes are available in 6-inch minis, $5 each from Sugaree Baking Company, 314.645.5496, sugareebaking.com

HAVE A BALL Glitter bites are puffs of cake filled with buttercream and covered in chocolate and sanding sugar, $1.45 each from Sarah's Cake Shop, 636.728.1140, sarahscafestl.com

GLUTEN-FREE GOODNESS Brown Sugar Bakingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s long list of gluten-free treats includes almond shortbread hearts, plain or chocolate dipped or drizzled, along with many other cookies, brownies, cakes and cupcakes in a wide range of flavors, starting at $18 a dozen. brownsugarbaking.com

TAKE THE CAKE The Cup offers cupcakes in a variety of flavors and can be customized for your celebration, starting at $2.75 each. 314.367.6111, cravethecup.comeu

POP GOES THE FAVOR! Cake pops make the perfect parting gift. Custom colors available, $1.95 each (50 minimum) from Hollyberry Baking Company, 800.690.1974, hollyberrybaking.com

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groom shopping Gifts with him in mind

COME UNCORKED! Bottle-shaped sommelier kit holds a stopper, pourer, drip ring, corkscrew and foil cutter. Can be personalized, $23.00 from PRP Wine International Inc., 314.432.6450, prpwine.com

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OFF THE CUFF Make a statement with vintage, enamel cufflinks from Timekeepers, 314.991.0994, timekeepersstl.com

$24/bottle, Square One Brewery and Distillery, 314.231.2537, squareonebrewery.com

JUST IN CASE Mini-emergency kit just for him filled with 13 essentials: safety pin, nail clipper, breath freshener, pain reliever, mending kit, adhesive bandage,

SOPHISTICATED STOGIES Cigar gift set ($69), Perdomo lighters

stain remover, hand cleaning towelette, extra buttons, dental floss, shoe shine

($89) and travel humidifier ($69) from Charles P. Stanley Cigar Company

towelette, deodorant towelette and lip balm, $13 from pinchprovisions.com

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Letting Kids Be Kids The art of kid wrangling

PRODUCED AND STYLED BY SHAYNA LAIDERMAN, ST. LOUIS WEDDING CONSULTANTS

RING BEARER DETAILS • Armani suit, Saks Fifth Avenue • Flag signs, M. Haley Design • Ring bowl, palomasnest.com • Star wand, St. Louis Wedding Consultants

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No matter what size wedding, children complement any wedding party. Next to the bride, they are little show-stoppers and their antics and unpredictability are enjoyed by everyone. So many times, brides tend to be over-cautious about including children in their wedding parties or inviting them to their weddings. Our advice? Follow your heart. Include the kids. Wedding planner Shayna Laiderman shares her creative solutions to include the children and keep them occupied.


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Letting Kids Be Kids

Floral wreaths and wands can add a lot of color to any flower girl outfit.

WHAT TO WEAR Bring in some color—clothing doesn’t have to be traditional (and comfort is key). Most girls want to feel like a princess and boys want to look cool!

WHAT TO CARRY Pillows and petal baskets are out—think of creative and fun things to carry like floral wands, purses, moss baskets, musical instruments, toy cars, baseball gloves and flags.

WHERE TO EAT

FLOWER GIRL DETAILS • Halabaloo dress, Nordstrom • Flower wand and basket, Artistry Florist • Gold crown and pearl necklace, Codi • Star wand, St. Louis Wedding Consultants

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Letting Kids Be Kids

kids table tips: 1 Make the kids’ table colorful and attractive so they’ll want to sit and play. 2 Keep it interactive—have small presents for them to open so they’ll feel extra special; create a personalized coloring book along with individual containers of crayons; have them play “I Spy” and mark off what they fine throughout the evening. 3 Keep munchies on hand—cookies, fruit, candy and popcorn. 4 Utilize fun, unbreakable glasses and plates. 5 Talk to the caterer about a kid-friendly

meal—chicken tenders, fruit kabobs, mac-ncheese, individual pizzas, pasta and mashed potatoes. 6 Create personalized spoons for each child

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KIDS' TABLE DETAILS • Linens: BBJ Linen • Paper Goods: M. Haley Design • Paper Flowers: Paper White Designs • Rentals: The Aries Company

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On the Road BY diana losciale

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When it comes to the honeymoon, the newlyweds may have only a handful of days to vacation before returning to routine. They’ve used vacation days for the wedding preparations and parties, and their dream-escape to a beach or an adventure abroad may be postponed. But “Don’t skip the honeymoon!” said Mike Schellhase of Travel Haus of St. Louis who knows the ins and outs of maximizing time off and away. It’s important to enjoy some post-wedding downtime and get away from the daily hoopla. With even a few days off, you can relax, resolutely. (Continued on next page)

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Dine â&#x20AC;&#x153;under the starsâ&#x20AC;? in the James S. McDonnell Planetarium! Your guests will enjoy all three floors of the Planetarium and experience a live narrowed star show to the date of your choosing!

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On the Road

Stonewater Cove

Enjoy bonfires, boating, kayaking, ATV adventures and zip lining at Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa, a lake and wilderness retreat in Shell Knob, Missouri.

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foodstuffs that will last for 2 or 3 days. Check out Hollyberry Catering for one of the best box lunches ever go crazy customizing your picnic menu. Have DiGregorio’s Market on The Hill create a basket. And, don’t forget about Straub’s notable chicken salad. Shop. Pack basket and cooler. Go.

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lists and jump on the more local bucket items. While heading to the top of the Arch may not be on your list, maybe a little spelunking is—check out the Meramec or Onondaga State Parks. Zip lining? Head towards the canopies of southern Missouri. What else is on your list? Graceland, Beale St., and the ducks on parade at the Peabody? Get to Memphis. The Lincoln Museum, with its Disney-esque features that enhance the history and make the 2.5-hour drive worth it? Get to Springfield, Illinois. And for summer honeymooners, is visiting every baseball park in the U.S. on your bucket list? Chicago has Comiskey Park and Wrigley Field, STL dishes Busch Stadium and Kansas City has the Kauffman Stadium.

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ney, not the destination when riding in a dream car—maybe you’d like the vroom of a Mustang, the luxury of a Lamborghini, a wind-in-your-hair convertible, or a teched-out SUV, great for hauling home honeymoon purchases, like the guitar made at the Gibson factory in Memphis or precious stuff from the antique shops of Eureka Springs or furniture from IKEA in Chicago’s outer burb. Several car rental companies, including Enterprise, have luxury car rental offerings. Dial ‘em up.


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On the Road

Big Cedar Falls

Bass Pro’s Big Cedar, only a holler from Branson, is not all about fishing and hunting, though such themes are reflected in the wonderful lodge-y décor. Or maybe your list includes staying at every hotel that has been visited by presidents and celebrities in which case you might head the 3 hours and 47 minutes northwest of St. Louis to Excelsior Springs for a stay at The Elms Hotel and Spa, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It recently completed a $20 million makeover, it dishes up luxury and relaxation, and it isn’t far from Kansas City, golf courses and wineries, not that you’d necessarily want to leave the resort itself. One-nighters and resort madness How about all those hotels that you’ve been curious about? Do a hotel tour. Choose a starting place and an end venue, and go forth, finding your hotel hot spots. Think in-house spa treatments, breakfast in bed, private patios, indoor and outdoor pools, cloud-like mattresses, terry robes, peace, privacy and being public only when you feel like it. Interested in the Ritz-Carlton and its awesome wedding night special? Thinking about the Westin after a ballgame? Watch the moon rise at the Moonrise Hotel on Delmar, more specifically from its Rooftop Terrace Bar focused on signature cocktails and appetizers and a yummy view of STL as well.

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Wine-ing, & Bed&Breakfast-ing The Weinstrasse (Route 94) is a speckled band of

wineries pouring local grapes and thanks to a dusting of B&Bs, eradicates the need to take the winding road home after wine-tasting. Try Mt. Pleasant and Montelle wineries in Augusta and Stone Hill, Hermannhof and Adam Puchta wineries in Hermann. Sit and (Continued on page 192)

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Raise Your Glass Couples are getting creative with reception libations

BY amy zimmerman

Signature Cocktails

As guests arrive at your reception, hand them a cocktail—not just any cocktail, but one that is meaningful to both of you. “Personalize the cocktail to who you are, whether it has something to do with your first date, or a vacation you’ve taken. Signature cocktails are most fun when they are meaningful to the couple,” says John Paulsen, Director of Catering at the Chase Park Plaza. (Continued on page 194) 112

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Sharing a drink, whether it’s a cocktail or a cup of coffee, is a way to celebrate, socialize and relax. Many couples are finding creative ways to incorporate drinks into their wedding reception.


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Do’s and Dont’s to help you navigate BY amy fenster brown

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Little known fact… the word BRIDE is an acronym. It stands for Busy Running In Directions

Everywhere. It’s little known because it’s actually not true. But it makes sense, doesn’t it? Planning a wedding is a massive undertaking with details upon details and lists upon lists. Even if Martha Stewart had serious OCD she would need help keeping organized. Wouldn’t it be dreamy if there were some sort of one-stop-shopping event where you could meet several vendors in an afternoon? You could see different floral and cake displays, look at wedding gowns, talk with representatives from various venues for receptions and rehearsal dinners, and maybe pick up some new ideas you hadn’t even considered. (Continued on page 198)

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Around the World Take a trip with 15 destinationinspired tablescapes Photographed by Von DeVore

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India

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Bali

Design: Jenny Kehm, Before I Do Flowers: Becky Huffman Flowers Paper Goods: M. Haley Design Linens: Sitting Pretty/Party Arts Charger: Weinhart Party Rentals

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Southwestern

Design: Katie Saeger, Simply & Forever Flowers: Elegant Celebrations Paper Goods: Todd Studios Silverware: Sucre Shop Linens & Plates: The Aries Company

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Japan

Design: Evonne Grabauskas, Beautiful Celebrations Wedding & Events Flowers: The Special Event Florist Paper Goods: Rock Paper Scissors Linens: BBJ Linen Cake Bites: Bliss Bites Gourmet Chocolate Delights

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England

Design: Kristin Weis, Kristin Ashley Events Flowers: RW Design Paper Goods: Courtney Callahan Linens: BBJ Linen Tableware: The Aries Company Accessories: White Rabbit

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YOUR BIG DAY. OUR BIG HONOR. Your Big Day. It's the start of a wonderful journey, and friends and family have gathered to be a part of your once-in-a-lifetime event. Because an occasion such as this deserves a distinctive destination, choose the boutique style Hilton St. Louis Downtown. Guest Rooms, Rehearsal Dinners, Ceremonies and Intimate Receptions To reserve guest rooms or schedule your event, please call 314-436-0002. STAY HILTON. GO EVERYWHERE.

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East Coast

Design: Lacy Branch, Lacy Branch Events Flowers: Belli Fiori Paper Goods: Grapevine Paperie Petit Fours: Sarah's Cake Shop

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Event Centers, Catering & Special Event Design

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Spain

Design: Aaren Muex, Divine Events, LLC Flowers: Festive Atmospheres Paper Goods: M. Haley Design Linens: Sitting Pretty/Party Arts

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France

Design: Simcha Lourie, Simcha's Events Flowers: Artistry Paper Goods: M. Haley Design Linens: Connie Duglin Linen & BBJ Linen Tableware: The Aries Company Draping & Lighting: Exclusive Events

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Bohemian

Design: Katie Saeger, Simply & Forever Flowers: Elegant Celebrations Paper Goods: Ten Four Paper Linens: BBJ Linen Chargers & Silverware: The Aries Company Vintage Bottles and Bunting: Finch Rentals

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This page: Pronovias gown features feather detail at bodice, $2,268 from Frew’s Bridal. Scroll yellow teardrop earrings ($20) and necklace ($38) from Dillard’s. Tapestry painted on canvas from Fabulous Finds at the Porch. Opposite page: “Treasure” by Monique Lhuillier in Platinum Chantilly lace, $7,590 from Town and Country Bridal Boutique. Vanessa Mooney necklace ($168), Avant Garde large cuff ($164), Vanessa Mooney fan ring ($124) from Klutch. Earrings ($35), ring ($40), small cuff ($40) by Juxtapose Jewelry by Jen from Femme. Faux fur throw from The Porch by Nettie White.

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“Oriel” mermaid lace gown by Modeca, $2,035 from Simply Elegant Bridal. Ornament of Intuition earrings, $88 from Scarlet Garnet. Leather bracelet ($15) and charm bracelet ($60) by Juxtapose Jewelry by Jen from Femme. Gem coin cuff by Tat 2, $98 from Klutch. Hand piece, $149 from Splash. Metal coin belt, $36 from Dillard’s. Black, dyed sheared mink hood, $500 from The Fur and Leather Center.

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LianCarlo lace gown, $4,609 from Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique. Cairo necklace, $54 from Scarlet Garnet. Vanessa Mooney hand piece ($149), Vanessa Mooney Travel Medallion Necklace ($62) and Cab & Cos stone ring ($58) from Splash. Blue Lutetia Mink Stole, $2,500 from The Fur and Leather Center. Chair from Three French Hens. Faux fur throw from The Porch by Nettie White.

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Top: Watters Ivory Dress $260, from Frew's Bridal. House of Harlow 1960 Necklace $75, from Splash. Shell hand piece, $22 from Ziezo. Kenneth Cole bangles ($42) and T. Tahari Earrings ($45) from Dillardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Jenny Bird ring, $85 from Klutch. Bottom: Watters Ivory dress, $264 from Frew's Bridal. Tre Vero necklace ($48) and cuff ($28), T. Tahari Wristcuff ($90), earrings ($42) and ring ($30), all from Dillard's. Faux fur and feathered throws from The Porch by Nettie White.

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Opposite page: Watters gown, $2,220 from Frew’s Bridal. Scroll yellow tear drop earrings ($20) and Kenneth Cole bracelets ($42) from Dillard’s. Lion cuff, $75 from Ziezo. Gab & Cos blue stone necklace, $150 from Splash. Natural blue fox fling wrap, $1,050 fromThe Fur and Leather Center. This page: Elizabeth Fillmore Dress, $3,960 from Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique. Vanessa Mooney hand piece ($149) and Cairo necklace ($207), Ceek Crystal dragon ring ($175) all from Splash. Kenneth Cole bangles, $42 from Dillard’s. Earrings by Juxtapose Jewelry by Jen from Femme. Faux fur throw from The Porch by Nettie White.

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Above: “Ivy” dress by Olia Zavozina, $4,850 from Simply Elegant Bridal. Vanessa Mooney Egyptian-style necklace ($112), Pola Long triangle gem necklace ($28), Avant Garde gem ring ($76), Jenny Bird people ring ($85) and chain leather cuff ($95), Tat 2 knot with chain cuff ($198), all from Klutch. Multi-metal chevron earrings, $69 from Scarlet Garnet. Vince Caputo necklace as headpiece from Dillard’s. Opposite page: “Greta” gown by Lea-Ann Belter, $4,350 from Town and Country Bridal Boutique. Scroll earrings ($20), necklace ($38) and bracelet ($28) from Dillard’s.

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Opposite page: “Ivy” dress by Olia Zavozina, $4,850 from Simply Elegant Bridal. Vanessa Mooney Egyptian-style necklace ($112), Pola Long triangle gem necklace ($28), Avant Garde gem ring ($76), Jenny Bird people ring ($85) and chain leather cuff ($95), Tat 2 knot with chain cuff ($198), all from Klutch. Multi-metal chevron earrings, $69 from Scarlet Garnet. Vince Caputo necklace as headpiece from Dillard’s. Pheasant from Three French Hens. Above: Farm table antlers, pewter platters and bowls from Plum Vintage Rentals and Styling. Pewter goblets from ASL Pewter. Silver chargers from Pottery Barn.

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Perfectly Polished Dining etiquette for your wedding dinner By rob schaefer

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he rules of etiquette were created to make dining easier, not more difficult. But as society has become much more informal, so have our manners. It isn’t so much how you eat during the meal as it is how you behave during the meal. Pleasant conversation, appreciation of a fine meal and following the basic rules of etiquette go a long way to define class and style. Remember that purses and personal items should never be placed on the table (buy a purse holder hook) and using cell phones are completely unacceptable during dinner. Never attempt to remove a centerpiece or any table décor that you might feel is in your way. It is not your call. And if you have any legitimate special dietary needs, you express those to the server before the meal begins from your seat. This way, they know exactly where you are seated and your name. Please do not ask for a beverage or condiment that is not being offered by the host. Appreciate what has been provided for you. All of us can use a refresher on the rules of table etiquette and how to look perfectly polished on our special day. (Continued on next page)

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Cocktail Reception When the server approaches you with a passed hors d’oeuvre, take a cocktail napkin and then grasp the hors d’oeuvre with your fingers. If an accompanying sauce is included, dip the hors d’oeuvre into the sauce half of the way down. Lift the hors d’oeuvre and then drag the item against the edge of the sauce container removing any excess. Lift the item above the napkin and consume. When the server approaches you with a passed hors d’oeuvre on a skewer, take a cocktail napkin and then lift the hors d’oeuvre by the skewer. Dip the item into the accompanying sauce and drag the item against the rim of the sauce container removing any excess. Lift the item to your mouth and nibble the item from the side if it is larger than a one bite item. After you have finished, never hand the skewer back to the same server with the hors d’oeuvres!  It is unsanitary. Place the skewer in your napkin and wait for another server to come around collecting these or place it on a tray jack or in a trash can. Napkins & bread When you sit down at the table, unfold your napkin and place it on your

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lap with the folded edge closest to you. Your mouth is wiped with the fold of the napkin and never use the napkin as a bib. The charger plate is a decorative base plate the first and second course will rest on. The charger plate is cleared before the entrée plate is served. Never place any type of food, rolls, or flatware on the charger plate. Bread and wine are offered first. If the bread and butter is not preset, take a small amount of butter on your bread plate. Bread and rolls should be pulled apart with your fingers into small pieces. Butter each piece individually as it is eaten. The butter knife or spreader is laid across the bread plate and remains there across the bread plate. If a bread basket is on the table, the basket is passed to the right around the table. beverages Many facilities use a multi-purpose glass for all beverages. With finer dining, glass-

ware will vary in size and include a water glass, wine glass, and champagne flute. The condensation on the water glass is an unavoidable problem. A trick I have learned is to slightly drag the glass against the table linen before I pick it up to remove any excess moisture. The size of the wine glass can vary for white versus red wine. However, most facilities own one style of wine glass. With white wine, grip the stem of the glass to prevent your hand from warming the chilled wine. With red wine, some individuals prefer to grip the stem and swirl the wine to allow it to breathe. Others prefer to allow their hand to warm the wine slightly by gripping the bowl of the glass. Champagne glasses have a narrow flute to prevent the bubbles from escaping too rapidly. Hold


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the flute by the stem of the glass and sip. In rare instances you will see a champagne glass with a low, shallow bowl and short stem. This glass was created during the time of Marie Antoinette to mimic the shape of her breast. We see this glass often used for champagne fountains. soup course Soup is served as the first course when soup and salad are served prior to dinner.

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However, in France and at authentic French restaurants, the salad is the last course served. Most Americans would not want their salad last! The soup course will be served in either a cup or bowl. It should be accompanied by a base plate. The soup spoon is a larger, deeper spoon and will be on your right. Pick up the soup spoon with your right hand and hold the handle of the spoon much like you hold a pencil. If you imagine the bowl as a clock, you will draw the soup into the spoon moving it toward the twelve o’clock position (away from you). Never completely fill the spoon, and once at the top of the bowl, drag the spoon against the rim of the bowl to remove any drips. Bring the spoon to your mouth and sip from the side of the spoon closest to you, not the tip of the spoon. When you pause during the soup course, place your spoon in the bowl with the handle titled at the four o’clock position. When you have finished, remove the spoon and place it on the right side of the bowl on the base plate. Never leave the spoon in the bowl unless no base plate is provided. using a knife and fork There are two basic styles to use your knife and fork: the Continental (European) style which allows you to keep your fork and knife in the same hands during the entire meal or the American style, which causes you to shift utensils during the dining process. What is important to remember is that regardless of what style you chose to use, the flatware never sits on the table linens again. Once you begin using it, it will rest on the plate or saucer and never touch the table surface. The basic rule is that you begin with the utensils on the outside edge and work your way to the inside (closest to the plate). In the following photos I will demonstrate both of these methods. The Continental style of dining is my preferred form of dining. The fork is always held in the left hand and the knife is always in the right hand. They do not shift positions at any time. The salad course should be served from the right side. If the salad dressing is not preset, it would offered by the server and “frenched” onto the salad. Notice that I begin with the utensils on the outside and position the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right hand. The tines and knife blade face down. You only start to turn the fork upright as the bite of food is raised to the mouth. The key is to allow your index finger to guide the utensil.


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The fork and knife should cross over each other if you pause during the course. And then place the items at the eleven/five o’clock position when completely finished with the course. The fork tines should be facing down. This will let the server know that you are finished. With the American style of dining, the fork also begins in my left hand and the knife in my right, however, once I cut a bite of food, I rest the knife on5my plate and shift the fork from my left hand to my right hand. Then my right hand carries the bite of food to my mouth with the fork tines up. This process continues until the meal is consumed. The fork and knife should again cross over each other if you pause during the meal, And then place the items at the eleven/five o’clock position when completely finished with the course. The fork tines should be facing up. This will allow the server to know you are finished. COFFEE AND DESSERT When coffee and dessert are served, the coffee spoon and the dessert

fork are moved by the server from the twelve o’clock position to the nine o’clock position on the table. Once you have added cream and sugar to your coffee, the coffee spoon rests on the saucer at the 3 o’clock position and never touches the table again, the same with any artificial sweetener packet. The dessert fork is held in the right hand during the course, rests on the plate when you pause during the course, and then is placed at the four o’clock position when completed, tines facing down.

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EXCUSING YOURSELF If you need to excuse yourself from the table at any time during dinner, fold your napkin and place it in the seat of your chair. Never place the napkin on top of the plate. A napkin is never placed on top of a dirty plate, it rests in your lap until you leave the table and then goes on the chair seat. Should you ever find yourself with a piece of bone or gristle in your mouth, never try to spit it out in the napkin and hide it in your lap. You will forget it is there, fling it across the room or have it seep through the napkin onto your clothes. Simply remove the offending item from your mouth with your fingers and place it on the side of your plate. And remember, we have all inadvertently used the wrong piece of flatware at a dinner. Stay calm, keep eating, and move the remaining flatware closer to your plate. Most of the time, no one will notice if you handle the situation gracefully and quietly. ♥


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too. Consider both a professional shave, manicure, and shoe shine on the big day. Practice your toasts. Yes, that’s toasts,

plural. There are a number of occasions throughout your daughter’s engagement when toasts from her dad are appropriate: At the engagement party to express your happiness for the couple and to welcome the groom and his family; at the rehearsal dinner, to thank the groom’s family for their hospitality; and at the wedding reception to thank all the guests for coming, and to lead a toast to the newlyweds. Take dance lessons. If your cha-cha is a bit

rusty (or non-existent), many studios offer a wedding package that will have you in fine form after a few sessions. They’ll also help you specifically with the “father-daughter” dance. If nothing else, it’s a nice way to have some special time with your daughter before her wedding. Walk down the aisle. You’re sure to be a

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bit misty-eyed, so stash some tissues or sport a pocket square. You might want to share a little joke with your daughter just as you set off to keep you both smiling. Welcome guests. Whether you are the official host or an honorary one, you’ll be greeting, mingling with, and accepting congratulations from your reception guests. As best you can, familiarize yourself with the names on the guest list. Ahead of time, practice making introductions and responding to congratulations so you’ll feel at ease doing so on the big day.

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era phones (or any cameras) during the ceremony? ANNA: With all the benefits of technology, there are a few drawbacks as well. You’re not the only bride who would prefer to see her guest’s faces instead of a sea of cell phones as she walks down the aisle. The best place to get the word out is in the ceremony program. Most guests read it coverto-cover while waiting for the ceremony to begin. You could post a small sign (etiquette, in French!) at the entry asking guests to “hold pictures” until you’ve exited. Finally, one of the groomsmen could make an announcement just before the mothers of the couple are seated: “Please refrain from taking any photos until Grace and Sam are outside the church.” In fact, doing a combination or all of these may be your best bet. WEDDING ANNOUNCEMENTS

Q. My fiancé and I have a pretty typical problem: way more friends and family than we can possibly accommodate at our wedding. Is there any way to include them that doesn’t involve an invitation but is more personal than a Facebook post?

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ANNA: The good old printed wedding announcement fits this bill perfectly. Announcements share the news of your marriage in a personal way without any obligation for the recipient to send a gift. Some may send one, or send a card or note, but it is entirely their choice how they respond to your news. For that reason, announcements are a good solution to the dilemma of sending invitations to more casual acquaintances or friends and family who live far away. Some couples angst that such invitations are perceived as padding the gift list instead of the guest list. No such worry if you send an announcement. Typically, the parents of the bride issued the announcement, but today both sets of parents or the couple themselves can do so as well. Traditional announcements used formal, third person wording. Modern wording can be as simple as:

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In keeping with the personal nature of the announcement, addresses should be handwritten, not printed on labels. If you want to go paperless, that is an option, but it is less personal and there’s always the chance the email won’t get through. You can also include an “at home card” with the announcements, which basically updates your name and address information—a good way for the bride to let friends know if she’s keeping her maiden name or using a hyphenated name. DESTINATION WEDDINGS

Q. My fiancé and I are having a destination wedding in Mexico. A local minister will perform the ceremony, but we’d like to ask our hometown deacon who is a personal friend to officiate as well. What are our financial obligations regarding his travel and lodging? What about his spouse? ANNA: While the deacon is your friend, it is traditional that you cover his travel and lodging because you have asked him to participate in his official capacity. Plan on paying for his airfare, related land transportation to and from the airport and resort, accommodations, and meals during his stay for the wedding. An officiant and his or her significant other are also invited to the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception as the couple’s guests. The same courtesy is extended to the significant others of attendants. But the bride and groom are not responsible for the travel and lodging expenses for spouses or plus-ones. When longdistance travel to the wedding is involved, it is up to the officiants, just as it would be up to an attendant, to decide whether to attend solo or pay the travel and hotel costs for a spouse or partner. That said, if you think it appropriate, you could offer to pay for the lodging for his spouse as a thank-you. Discuss your offer with him soon before he makes his plans so everyone knows what they will be responsible for. CHILDREN

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ANNA: While entirely your call, it’s great that you’d like to include your friends’ little ones, and you are right to anticipate any disruption. Your venue and the length of the ceremony do pose challenges. Most infants and toddlers wouldn’t be able to make it through a 30- to 45-minute service without a peep, fidget, or the need for a snack or a bathroom break. If you invite children, you will have to accept that there may be a certain level of disruption at some point, even if the child is whisked away immediately. You also have to trust that the parents will do the appropriate whisking. Designate an area where a parent could make a discreet exit with their child. Then, communicate this in your ceremony program, and possibly as an announcement after guests are seated but before the ceremony begins: “If your infant or toddler needs a break, there’s a space set aside by the tent.” It would be ungracious to invite the children and then tell the parents how to handle their behavior at the wedding, or to say that you only want one parent to attend the ceremony and the other will have to wait elsewhere. Guests, even infants, are guests. Reconsider hiring a baby sitter. Even if a parent wouldn’t leave their infant with the sitter during the ceremony, the sitter could be helpful in other ways, providing a few toys or refreshment to help keep a toddler occupied. Also, a sitter might give parents a break to enjoy the reception, or even the chance to dance with each other. ♥

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You will be a beautiful bride, no matter the number on the scale. But if you’d like to lose

a few pounds before the big day, it is possible! Try not to think of exercise as yet another thing to put on your overwhelming to-do list, but as time out for you during a hectic time. Time spent that will make you feel better, inside and out. Some St. Louis fitness instructors and personal trainers would like to keep the following things in mind to help you look and feel your best:

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Ask any woman who has some experience cooking what her favorite kitchen item is, and you may learn something. Odds are, it isn’t the fondue pot, the crepe pan, the waffle maker or the crème brulee torch that she just had to put on her bridal registry. “For me it’s good knives, high quality pots and pans, and baking pieces in all shapes and sizes,” says Kristan Dames, who has been married for 14 years and cooks often for her husband and four kids. “When you’re getting married you can’t imagine needing a roaster or a good Dutch oven, but after you’ve been married a few years and you’re entertaining or fixing a meal for extended family, you’ll be glad you’ve got those basic pieces. Meanwhile the grapefruit bowls you thought were so cute are gathering dust in the cabinet.” (Continued on page 200) 182

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Getting married on or near a holiday has its advantages and disadvantages, both good and bad for you and your guests. Guests may happily attend your wedding celebration or be hesitant to share their holiday—often depending on which holiday it is. Take these things into consideration before nailing down the date for your nuptials:

PROS Less time off work for your guests. A threeday weekend, such as for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July or Labor Day, gives guests extra travel time and they may be able to avoid using up a vacation day.

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A built-in theme. Certain holidays, like the Fourth of July, Halloween, or New Year’s Eve, have endless possibilities for creatively building a wedding with a theme.

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Hitched on a Holiday (Continued from page 184) holiday, and you can save money on floral arrangements. Some St. Louis venues are decked out for Christmas as well, such as the Piper Palm House and the Jewel Box.

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New Year’s Eve is usually a holiday people don’t mind sharing. “People are ready for a party, and to have one already planned for them for New Year’s goes over well,” says Ellen Guiterrez, owner and wedding coordinator of Bride’s Vision Weddings and Events. “And you can incorporate the holiday into your day in fun and easy ways.”

Certain holidays, like the Fourth of July, Halloween, or New Year’s Eve, have endless possibilities for creatively building a wedding with a theme.

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Guests may prefer to spend time with family, especially on holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, rather than attend a wedding. Guiterrez recalls a wedding she planned for a couple married right after Christmas. “It was a lovely wedding, but the couple was disappointed by the low turnout,” Ellen says. “People often want to stay close to home around the major holidays.”

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Winter holiday weddings have the risk of possible inclement weather. Allison Green remembers a wedding she attended a few days before Christmas. “There was a forecast for a major snowstorm,” Green remembers. “The ceremony and reception were about 35 minutes away from each other, and the reception wasn’t until several hours later. By the time the reception was to start, a lot of snow had fallen and the roads were awful. The wedding party’s limousine was late—it got stuck in the snow—and

Winter holiday weddings have the risk of possible inclement weather. Also, guests coming from out of town may not want to risk travel or getting stuck in an airport. a lot of people didn’t make it to the reception.” Also, guests coming from out of town may not want to risk travel or getting stuck in an airport.

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You may pay more for a holiday wedding. Some vendors are in great demand for certain holidays. Florists are swamped on Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, for example, and bands are tough to book for New Year’s Eve. Also, vendors often have to pay their employees extra to work holidays and will pass on the cost to you. Out of town guests may also have to pay more for airfare and lodging during premium travel times.

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Your anniversary could get lost in the holiday shuffle. If you get married on or near a major holiday, sometimes there is too much going on to properly celebrate your anniversary. “It’s kind of like having your birthday on Christmas,” says Melissa Stuben, who was married on Thanksgiving weekend. “Now, with three kids and traveling to see our families, there’s too much going on to go out for our anniversary.” ♥


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Tips to Keep the Peace In addition to the bride and groom, excitement and emotions are running high among the parents of both. Here’s how to keep the peace. Scenario A You and your fiancée are paying for the wedding yourselves. #1. Ask each set of parents if there is something super important they want you to keep in mind such as playing a certain song for the dance with their son or daughter, or making sure Uncle Marvin is asked to walk Grandma down the aisle. #2. Remind them that while you’re planning and

paying for the event yourselves, you will listen to their ideas and make your decisions from there. This is a nice way of telling them they can state an opinion, but you will make the final choices. Scenario B Payment is traditional, with bride’s parents paying for the wedding reception and groom’s parents paying for the rehearsal dinner. #1. Ask parents what level of involvement they want. You can start off on the right foot by knowing what expectations are in advance, because no one is a mind reader!

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Raise Your Glass Dining at the Coronado, worked with one couple that had a particularly unique signature drink. The couple met in college, graduated and got jobs in different cities. Every Friday they flew into Lambert St. Louis International Airport and. met at Gate 16. At their wedding, the couple served their signature cocktail—the Gate 16. Signage at the reception explained the significance of the drink.

Couples also may choose to have a signature cocktail that ties in with the theme of the wedding. Littlepage planned a polkadot-themed wedding and the couple served a signature cocktail with frozen blueberries floating in a white drink to give the illusion of polka dots. Signature cocktails typically are served during the cocktail hour only rather that for the entire night. Guests can try the cocktail

A hot chocolate or coffee bar is fun for the winter months. Paulsen set up a hot chocolate bar featuring five types of hot chocolate and a variety of mix-ins, including crushed peppermint candy and butterscotch chips.

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(Continued from page 112) Josie Littlepage, owner of Cosmopolitan Events, had a couple from New York serve a cocktail that was meaningful to their East Coast roots—the Southside. The drink was created at the Southside Sportsmen’s Club on Long Island and is popular on the East Coast. Rob Schaefer, vice president of catering and design development for Steven Becker Fine


have to be a martini. If the groom is form the south, maybe it’s a whiskey or bourbon-based drink. If you are having a Greek wedding, maybe it’s ouzo. The most important aspect of the signature drink is that it has a personal connection to the couple. “Too often now that connection is missing. It’s just a drink the couple named after themselves and stuck ‘tini on the end of it,” says Schaefer.

a lovely touch. Guests can choose Champagne or prosecco and a variety of mixers such as orange and pineapple juice, fresh peach nectar and strawberry lemonade. Garnish with various berries. If spirits aren’t your thing, try a wine or beer tasting station. If your signature drink is Schlafly Dry-Hopped APA, have a beer station so guests can sample flights of beer from your

favorite brewer. As you plan your reception, keep in mind the type of event you are having, the season and your personal tastes and choose a drink option that works best for you. Your guests will enjoy seeing the personal connection and thought that went into your selection and will be happy to raise a glass to toast your wedding. ♥

Hot Drinks and Cordials

A hot chocolate or coffee bar is fun for the winter months. Paulsen set up a hot chocolate bar featuring five different types of hot chocolate and a variety of mix-ins, including crushed peppermint candy, butterscotch chips, marshmallows and cinnamon sticks. Coffee and cordials is another popular hot drink station. Guests can enjoy cordials such as amaretto, Kahlua, Grand Marnier or Drambuie, as an after-dinner drink or mixed with the coffee. Couples also choose to pair dessert with a cordial to bring a special finishing touch to the evening. Schaefer had a couple pair a cake pop dessert with a sweet cordial at the end of the reception.

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Cold Drinks and Punches

In the summer months, drinks tend more toward refreshing. Spiked lemonade, alcoholic teas and shandies, beer mixed with lemonade, ginger beer or a citrus-flavored soda, are popular summer reception libations. Punch is gaining in popularity, but before you wrinkle your nose, we aren’t talking about mixing Hi-C and 7-Up. “People have the wrong perception of punch. There are plenty of great rum punches with coconut, cranberry, pineapple or lemon that are very refreshing and beautiful to display in bell jars and apothecary jars,” says Schaeffer. Sangria is another popular choice. Red sangria is made with red wine and dark brandy while white sangria is made with white wine and apricot brandy. Punches and sangrias are very drinkable and don’t conflict with food.

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Drink stations that serve a particular drink either during the cocktail hour or throughout the reception are popular and get guests moving around the reception. Martini bars are a popular choice, featuring gin, vodka and a beautiful ice sculpture. Guests can order their martinis as dirty as they like and choose from a variety of olives to garnish. For an early wedding, a mimosa bar adds

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Shaping Up (Continued from page 180) diet. We may not see results as quickly as we’d like, but losing a small amount of weight each week is the weight that is more likely to stay off. Unrealistic goals can also lead to the following bridal no-no…..

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DON’T order your dress in the size you hope to be, rather than the size you are. Kristin Lucks Shelton is co-

owner of Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique in Clayton and strongly advises against ordering anything but your true, current size. At Fleur De Lis, where all the gowns are custom-made, they order gowns in the size the bride is the day she is measured and the order is placed. “It is much easier to take a dress in than to try to let it out, especially if there is lace, intricate beadwork or silk organza appliqués,” Kristin said.

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DO interval train. With a limited time-

frame, and while so busy with wedding planning, what workout can provide the most benefit? Interval training—alternating between brief periods of cardiovascular and strength exercises. Personal trainer Britta Siegel, ACE, says: “Combining weight training and high-intensity aerobic exercise is very effective. For example, do three sets of bicep curls followed by one minute of sprints. Doing shorter, intense bursts of cardio and weight training really burns calories and you will see change more quickly.” Pricilla Westbrooks, AFAA, also a personal trainer and fitness instructor, is a big fan of weight-bearing exercises for quicker, overall results. “I have my clients do lots of push-ups, squats and planks. No equipment is needed and it’s easy to do various modifications for different fitness levels and challenges.”

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DON’T suffer through a fitness class or exercise you don’t like. Choose only

the exercises you enjoy and will stick with. Any exercise that you actually enjoy, (or at least, don’t hate) and will do consistently is the best exercise for you. “Whatever you like to do that you can stick with—that’s what you should do. If you dread it, you won’t do it,” says Siegel.

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DO schedule your exercise like you would all your wedding appointments.

Five days a week is ideal, says Tammy Jennings, FAAA, a fitness instructor. Jennings offers the measurement of time as another way to think of your goals, rather than counting pounds or inches. “Decide how much time to commit to exercise each week,” Jennings says. “Schedule it and take it as seriously as you would an appointment with the florist or photographer.”

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DON’T spend too much time trying to target one specific area of your body. The overall picture is most

important, Siegel advises. “Most people talk about targeting their abs, but we all still have layers of fat there,” said Siegel. “Exercise will burn fat wherever it wants to. You have to exercise regularly and eat right to see real results.”

Your engagement is an exciting time, but can be hectic and harried. Exercise has been proven to be an excellent stress-reducer. Are certain types of exercise better stress-scorchers than others? Jennings says you should find something challenging enough that it requires focus, to take your mind off of your to-do list. “Fitness class is not the place to multi-task!” said Jennings. She says kickboxing is a great choice: “It’s challenging enough that you have to concentrate. It also gets aggressions out and releases endorphins. It provides a cardio and a strength 196

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workout, toning and burning calories.” Yoga is another great way to reduce stress, says Westbrooks. “It helps the balance between mind and body. You can really slow down and focus on yourself. The breathing exercises are very relaxing, but yoga also raises your fitness level, strengthening your core and helping you to get long and lean.”

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DON’T forget about good nutrition.

Exercise is good for the body and mind, but of course, we can’t forget about what we are putting into the bodies we are working out. Cutting calories, eating less processed, and more fresh foods that are low in fat and rich in fiber play a key part in reaching our weight-loss goals.

trainer keeps you on track and focused, but also makes sure you aren’t bored, doing the same things all the time,” says Westbrooks. “Trainers can mix up your routine, and you’ll see faster results from doing a more diverse range of exercises.”

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DO try to make it a lifestyle change for a healthy, long life together. “The wedding date

can be your short-term goal, but you should really try to think of it as a lifestyle change,” Westbrooks says. “You want to keep the pounds off and stay fit well after the wedding.” Siegel acknowledges that this is no easy task. “Sticking to an exercise and eating plan is a huge commitment-just like marriage! You have to put the work in, but it is well worth it and will all come together.” ♥

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DO consider hiring a personal trainer.

The number one reason is accountability, says Jennings. “You can’t avoid exercise if you have an appointment that you’ve paid for. Also, personal trainers can also help you to build up your endurance and strength to conquer a weight-loss plateau.” Siegel says one-on-one training is especially beneficial because trainers show you the safe and correct way to do the exercises and can give their clients individualized, custom programs that are best for each client’s goals and bodies. A personal trainer has a wealth of knowledge about many different types of exercise, using a wide variety of equipment. “A

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Wedding Show 101 (Continued from page 114) It exists! It’s called a wedding show. Saint Louis Bride Magazine happens to put on two wedding shows a year, and they are spectacular, if we may say so ourselves. If you’ve never been, you might need a quick lesson on how to navigate. So print out this DO and DON’T list and be on your way! And while you’re at it, go ahead and

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DO bring your wedding planner book, or have your iPhone planning app open and ready to go, in case you book any appointments on the spot.

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DO bring a camera, or have that iPhone app ready too! You might see a display you’d like to recreate, or save the image of something you fancied for when you meet with the vendor.

If you’re looking for a venue and find one you love that holds 80 people, make sure your guest list isn’t 280 people, or the Best Man might have to make his toast from the parking lot.

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DO bring color swatches. Do you know how many shades of pink there are? Now triple that number. Instead of trying to describe or visualize, just bring a couple swatches so you can see if anything you spot at the show would look good in your colorscape.

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DO know your guest list. If you’re looking for a venue and find one you love that holds 80 people, make sure your guest list isn’t 280 people, or the best man might have to make his toast from the parking lot.

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DO know what you’re shopping for.

You might have your dress, shoes and cake already, so you can scoot past those booths. Keep your focus to what you still need, and make a beeline for those vendors.

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DO keep an open mind. Just because you thought the DJ your friend used at her wedding was the only choice, you might run across some other ones you click with. You’re just here to gather information, not sign on the dotted line.

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DO bring paper and pen. You can delegate this job to one of your bridesmaids or future mother-in-law perhaps, but be sure to take notes on anything you see, want to remember later, or names of vendors you want to Google search.

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DO save your feet! Don’t doll up in high heels for this one, girls. Wear shoes you can stand and walk in for a couple hours. Save your tootsies for the towering heels you’ll wear on your wedding day.

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spend a couple hours strolling the aisles, meeting vendors, and dipping Rice Krispies treats in chocolate fountains. Slow down and take it all in.

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if he doesn’t want to come along, his mother might. And she’s about to be your mother-in-law. And the grandmother of your future children. So pick up the phone and invite her, include her on appropriate decisions, and make sure she gets to be a part of the process. Remember, you catch more future babysitters with honey than you do with vinegar. ♥

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his mom, maid of honor, anyone who is involved in your wedding planning. It’s a fun day that can be even more fun, and less overwhelming, with your support system backing you up.

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likely be cake samples galore, Hell hath no fury like a young lady on a budget with low blood sugar. Eat a real lunch first.

vision in focus, your plans straight, and if you aren’t comfortable with a vendor, don’t feel forced to make an appointment.

DON’T be stressed! Enjoy yourself!

You’re just going to gather ideas and information, sort of like walking through living pages of a wedding magazine!

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Go home, take time to go through the information, and make a relaxed, informed decision.

want to be gracious but won’t have time to spend 15 minutes alone with you. There are dozens of brides there! Get the information you need and if the booth is super crowded, you can call to book an appointment if you’re really interested.

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Outfitting the Perfect Kitchen (Continued from page 182) “I remember one time a customer selected a chef knife, paring knife and cutting board as a wedding gift even though the items weren’t on the registry,” says Anne Cori, owner of Kitchen Conservatory in Clayton. “A few weeks later the bride and groom came in and wanted to return the gift. They were stunned by how valuable it was. I think sometimes newlyweds aren’t familiar

with kitchen items because they haven’t yet had much experience cooking so the value escapes them. Not just the monetary value but the usefulness of the item.” How can you make sure your registry includes items that score high on the usefulness scale, even if they aren’t as flashy as that crème brulee torch? Just follow the advice of some local experts.

Cookware

“The first question we ask is what type of surface you are using. It is the most important factor to consider when purchasing pots and pans,” says Cori. Many kitchens, especially in newer homes, have flat, electric cook tops made of glass or ceramic. The cookware used on this surface must have a flat bottom and resist warping. Cori recommends cookware with a spun disk bottom that will remain flat after years of use. “I think this is the number one problem we find in the kitchen. The cookware must be absolutely flat to have consistent contact with the flat

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“The first question we ask is what type of surface you are using. It is the most important factor to consider when purchasing pots and pans.” cooking surface. Otherwise, you will find it takes longer to cook and the heating will be uneven. It can be very frustrating for cooks,” says Cori. Another important consideration is the cookware material. Pots and pans should conduct heat well, cook food evenly and resist cracking and chipping. Aluminum, stainless steel and copper are some of the most popular surfaces. Aluminum is lightweight and a good conductor of heat, while stainless steel is extremely durable, smooth and has a nonporous surface. It doesn’t corrode or tarnish. Copper isn’t as popular because it requires polishing. Some manufacturers—such as Calphalon— use anodized aluminum, which is specially treated to prevent corrosion. Many premier cookware makers use a combination of aluminum and stainless steel to maximize the benefits of each. “Aluminum is a better heat conductor, but can interact with food. Stainless steel doesn’t

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interact with the food and is easier to clean, but doesn’t conduct heat well. That’s why a combination of the two metals, such as All-Clad, is the best,” says Cori. Many types of cookware, particularly those with a non-stick coating, cannot be put in the dishwasher because it will degrade the surface and result in a shorter lifespan for your cookware. Aluminum also is not recommended for the dishwasher unless it has a stainless steel coating. If hand-washing dishes isn’t your thing, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for cleaning before selecting your cookware. Whether or not to go with a non-stick surface is a matter of personal preference. While it makes cooking some foods such as eggs easier, it can be more difficult to brown foods. As Cori explains, when cooking on a nonstick surface, the liquid beads up and you get more of a steaming effect than a searing effect. She suggests that cooks consider selecting nonstick in a frying pan where food is more likely to stick and not in a stockpot or saucepan where food is less likely to stick. “A well-equipped kitchen will have some stainless pans and some nonstick,” says Karen Spalinger, Bridal Events Coordinator at Crate and Barrel in Brentwood. “I can’t imagine scrambling eggs on anything but nonstick, but when it comes to searing or browning meat, a stainless pan is a good choice.” Once you’ve selected cookware from a reliable manufacturer and a material that best suits your cooking style, how do you know what pieces you need? The necessities include large and small saucepans, a stockpot, large and small skillets and a Dutch Oven.

from a sheet of metal. The blade of a stamped knife is fitted into its handle and is not considered one piece of equipment. Stamped knives are considerably cheaper, but also lower quality. “A fully forged knife is like fine china,” says Cori. “It will last the rest of your life. A stamped knife is only temporary and will need to be replaced.” Never store knives loose in a drawer for safety reasons and also because it is bad for the

blade. A knife block is an option, but some people don’t want to clutter their counter. Another option is a knife magnet, which can be mounted on a wall to store knives. Or you can get a flat, grooved knife block that fits in a drawer. Because cutlery is a valuable and useful kitchen tool, it must be cared for properly. Maintain the edge on a knife by honing it. You can use a sharpening steel, but you will have to eyeball the 20-degree angle as you swipe the

Cutlery

“Registering for good knives is so valuable in the kitchen,” says Cori. When selecting knives, it’s best to pick them up and even give them a try. The heavier the knife, the higher quality it is. Examine the tang, the part of the knife that fits into the handle. The farther it extends toward the handle’s end, the better. Feel for balance and weight distribution. “One of the most important things with knives is how they feel in your hand. Pick them up and chop with them. There are many manufacturers and all have different styles that appeal to different people. You should get the one that is most comfortable for you to use,” says Cori. Forging and stamping are the two main processes for manufacturing knives. Forged knives are individually made in a process similar to a blacksmith forging horseshoes. The handle is riveted or molded around the tang. They are heavier and feature higher durability and balance. Stamped knives are produced cookie-cutter style FALL/WINTER 2013 • www.bridestl.com STLWB_0907FW_PastaHouse.indd 1

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Outfitting the Perfect Kitchen knife on the steel. A ceramic, hand-held honing device is much easier to use because it maintains the angle for you. Sharpening a knife involves grinding down the edge and putting on a new one. A well-made knife should hold its edge for a long time. If you take good care of your knives and hone them regularly, you will rarely need to sharpen them. Essential cutlery pieces include a chef’s knife, paring knife, utility knife, bread knife,

kitchen shears and a sharpening steel or honing device. Kitchen Gadgets

From spatulas and measuring spoons to meat tenderizers and bulb basters, you will be confronted by a wide array of tools for the kitchen. While some items, like a whisk, are obvious necessities there are a few handy gadgets brides may overlook.

A Microplane grater and zester is an essential kitchen item. Graters come in a variety of styles, including fine, coarse or ribbon. A fine grater/zester is an excellent choice for grating chocolate or hard cheeses such as Parmesan and for zesting lemons, limes and oranges. Other items to consider include small measuring cups, garlic press, can opener, vegetable peeler and a variety of cutting boards. If you and your fiancé enjoy cocktails, you may want to register for bar items such as a hand juicer, strainer, stirrer and muddler. If wine is your drink of choice, register for wine openers, stoppers and pourers. While not necessarily considered a gadget, the Hot Spot is a valuable addition to the kitchen. Made out of silicon, this square can be used as a potholder or trivet. You can take a pot right out of the oven and put it on the Hot Spot to protect your countertop. It also can be used to open jars or peel garlic. The Hot Spot comes in a variety of colors and is dishwasher safe. Silicon spatulas and spoonulas are a great improvement in cooking tools. Heat resistant at extremely high temperatures, these tools are ideal for nonstick surfaces because they won’t scratch or melt. They come in a variety of colors

When selecting small electronics for the kitchen, such as toasters and coffee makers, let your preferences and lifestyle guide your decisions. and the end can be removed from the wooden handle and put in the dishwasher. Spalinger reminds couples to register for serving utensils such as scissor-handled tongs, cheese knives, and a large serving spoon and slotted spoon. Stainless steel and nylon tongs also are essential for cooking. Small Electronics

When selecting small electronics for the kitchen, such as toasters and coffee makers, let your preferences and lifestyle guide your decisions. For example, if you eat English muffins and bagels, a wide-mouth toaster will be a better choice. Items such as mixers and blenders can be more difficult to select if you aren’t as familiar with the features. Kate Butterbrodt, Manager of the Williams-Sonoma store in Plaza Frontenac, recommends brides register for a stand mixer, even if they think a hand-mixer will suffice. “A stand mixer will make your baking so 202

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much easier. It is one of those items you will be happy you have later. It makes baking so much easier. You can get it done in less time and it’s much more powerful. Plus, it’s nice to know that you can put the ingredients in and walk away, unlike a hand mixer.” When selecting a blender, look for one that is easy to disassemble and clean. Other important features include a strong blade that won’t bend and a strong motor that can handle hard items such as ice. Don’t assume that the blender you select will fit in your cabinet—be sure to check. When selecting a food processer, size has the most impact on both usefulness and price. “A smaller, less expensive food processer is adequate for making pesto and hummus. The larger versions are more of an investment and may not be necessary for your style of cooking,” says Spalinger.

have the pieces that you want. Just because a company has put it together, doesn’t mean it’s what you will use in your kitchen. This is especially true with knives. A boning knife is something you may use often, but it never comes in a set. Plus, sets are very expensive. Few people are going to spend $300 on a gift, but they will spend $100 on a knife. You may be more likely to get all of the pieces if you register for them separately,” says Cori.

“Preparation is definitely key. I suggest that the bride and groom come in the store together before they register to just scope out everything. Bring a pad of paper and take notes. Talk about what you both like and dislike. It will be easier to make decisions and the process will be smoother. You also will be less likely to get carried away and register for things that aren’t practical at the expense of some necessities,” says Butterbrodt. ♥

Bakeware

Bakeware includes more than just cake pans and cookie sheets. Manufacturers such as Emile Henry and Le Creuset offer ceramic bakeware pieces such as lasagna pans that are both useful and beautiful. “Bake and serve pieces are especially popular with both the brides and the gift givers,” says Cori. “Ceramic bakeware is especially functional because it can be used for both a casual family dinner or an elegant dinner party. It’s very easy to clean and comes in many shapes, sizes and colors.” Utilitarian pieces such as cookie sheets and muffin pans may seem dull, but they make great shower gifts and are a necessity in any kitchen. For functional bakeware, aluminum is a popular choice because it bakes evenly. In a metal pan, look for heavy gauges because they warp less at high heat and resist denting. Nonstick surface is available in most bakeware, and as in cookware, is a matter of preference. Essential baking equipment includes baking sheets; round, square and rectangular cake pans; loaf pans; muffin pans; pie pan; bundt pan; casserole dishes; roasting pan and lasagna pan. Additional Advice

Spalinger, Cori and Butterbrodt spend much of their time helping brides assemble the perfect registry. Each has a bit of wisdom to share: “Couples are sometimes leery of putting big ticket items on a registry, but those items are ideal for guests who are going in as a group to buy a gift. We tell customers when they come in to make a purchase that the registry is simply a wish list, that there is no need for them to go beyond their intended budget,” says Spalinger. “When brides come in to register, I recommend that they register for pieces individually rather than in sets. First of all, sets don’t always

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Just Pack!

Tips and tales on packing for the honeymoon BY DIANA LOSCIALE Whether honeymoon packing is the first thing you do months ahead of your departure date or the last thing you do because there hasn’t been time during the wedding festivities, it means organizing around your expectations. And on top of your must-haves, and those pesky common sense items, it’s also important to leave a little room for souvenirs. Herein some tips and tricks from brides and grooms about how they packed: what they included, forgot, needed or didn’t need on their honeymoon journey. Note: Nearly every couple confessed to having packed far too much; author Jennifer Weiner ranked #1 as author most taken along for a read; baseball caps trumped traditional brimmy sunhats; and shoes were much on brides’ minds.

Jennifer and Scott Frakes were married on September 27, 1997 and honeymooned in Italy, France and Monaco. The autumn temperatures were supposed to be fairly moderate, in the mid-60s. There wasn’t a lot of discussion about what to bring, and truthfully, added Jennifer, Scott would wear shorts and tees all the time, if allowed. So they did pack both shorts and tees, just in case. And as luck would have it, the weather was unseasonably hot. “I remember seeing some fellow Americans on a train one day when it was almost 90 and they asked ‘How did you know to pack for this weather?’ Of course this was before you could check the weather on your cell phone any-

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time!” Also, Jennifer brought along her curling brush but when the adapter wasn’t fully functional, she purchased a whole new Euro hair curler that she plans to use on future trips. Note: It’s good to cover all the wardrobe bases. Also, know the rules where you’re traveling; the couple was nearly ousted without their camera from a casino in Monte Carlo when they attempted to take some casual pictures.

We checked out the store at the airport which had only single leaf paper (ridiculous)….and there was nothing at the gift shop in Mexico.” Solution: She read and relaxed. Note: The dinner dress code was not as strict as everyone said it was so ask the resort itself ahead of time. Always carry at least a notepad. And don’t leave home without your yoga pants!

Hats and rollers…

Rebecca and Mike Hengehold were married on September 15, 2007 and honeymooned at the Four Seasons on Maui and the Grand Hyatt on Kauai. “We packed as much as you could pack, each taking a suitcase and a carry-on. We agreed on mainly casual clothes, cover ups and our swimsuits, and honestly, we could have survived on those alone.” But golf apparel (which

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Kate and Chris Gift were married on April 27, 2013 and honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta. Though they’ve done beach vacations before, this time was different because they’d been so busy with wedding activities. Kate had to cheer herself on to get the packing done. They each took one suitcase and shared a carry-on. They didn’t pack enough sunscreen. “We love the spray sunscreen but it doesn’t go as far as the lotion in the bottle. We took six cans because we use plenty.” By the third day, Kate was worried. It was so hot and the sunscreen evaporated so quickly. It cost $33 per can to buy more in the gift shop. But as luck would have it, after the piling out of a cab from an excursion, Kate spied a Wal-Mart and bought 5 more bottles…just in case. Too much: Kate confesses that she packed way too many shoes. “I brought all these cute summer sandals with heels to go with the dresses but at the end of the day getting ready for dinner, you realize you wear heels all the time and you just want flip flops.” Must haves: Kate took her Kindle; Chris took a massive historical book her dad had given him. Note: Bring it home; don’t throw it out. The Gifts returned with two bottles of unused sunscreen that they’ll take on the next trip.

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Leanora and Derrick Wendling were married on October 6, 2012 and honeymooned on the Riviera Maya, at the El Dorado Maroma Resort. “I definitely took too many fancy dinner dresses—seven dresses for seven nights!” said Leanora. As it happened, the couple skipped the restaurants several times to enjoy room service on their private patio, so Lea dressed “casual,” which is yet another category for which she confesses having over packed. “Honestly? We ended up being in our bathing suits most of the time.” Her packing must haves: digital camera, Nook and also a hardcover book “because when it’s so sunny, it’s hard to read an e-screen.” His must haves: his phone (only for playing music), a baseball cap, bathing suit, sunglasses, flip flops, and watch, just because. Though a blogger and writer, Leanora forgot to pack a journal. “I had nothing to write on. I wanted to write about our wedding because we were having fun talking about it, and I wanted to write things about our honeymoon travels!

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Just Pack! they did wear), workout gear, trousers, shirts, dresses, shoes, flip flops and “hair stuff, including rollers!” and more, was loaded into their suitcases. Upon departure, Rebecca’s suitcase exceeded the weight limit but the counter clerk honored their “just married” status and waived the overage. (Not so upon their return home!) Although they did lots of tooling around, swimsuits and cover ups were always enough. Always the fan, Rebecca took along a super cool, very

subdued World Series winner Cardinals hat, which garnered plenty of compliments. They each took plenty to read; she finished two novels. Statistically speaking, she used about 30% of what she packed. On the other hand, did they forget anything? No! Note: Always mention that you’re newlyweds; the service industries love to celebrate you and offer special accommodations.

Bathing suits and baths…

Jenny and Vet Drunga were married on July 3, 2010 and honeymooned in Las Vegas at The Venetian Hotel Resort Casino. “Did we forget to pack anything? I don’t think so,” said Jenny, turning to Vet for confirmation. “We needed casual during the day and fancy at night.” That meant bathing suits for poolside and I needed dresses for going to the shows and to dinner at The Palms Ghostbar. Dressing up was nearly de rigueur…and fun. “And I’m glad I brought so many shoes—you walk a lot and need to change shoes often.” She took along her own LUSH products, including bath bombs and bubble bars for a lovely bath, a little TV and sheer relaxation when Vet headed to the casino. They also packed their own metal water bottles for taking drinks to the pool and turned one of their sinks into a cooler (packed with ice). Every time they travel, Vet packs more than Jenny does and half his stuff goes in her suitcase. Note: If you’re not in adjacent seats on the plane for any reason, maybe due to a late check-in, just ask someone at the gate to help get you seated together. Flight attendants and passengers alike will typically seek to accommodate. Also, when you’re traveling and see a store full of your favorite things, indulge yourself. Friendly sunscreen and bag buzz…

Jennifer and Aaron Black were married on June 3, 2005 and honeymooned on the Riviera May. “I think we over packed but it’s your honeymoon and you want a different suit every day and a different dress every night…and do you need all that? No, but you’re excited and taking pictures. Bring eco-friendly sunscreen. One of our favorite excursions requires it so the water isn’t coated, which will adversely affect sea life. (They put your non-friendly sunscreen in a locker for you ‘til you leave the venue. What should you bring? Lots of $1 bills for tipping; a copy of your passport (in case you lose the real thing); and pack half your stuff in his suitcase while he packs half his stuff in yours. That way, if a piece of luggage is lost, you both still have something to wear. “We put our suits and cover ups in our carry-on to insure having those available no matter where baggage might end up.” Jennifer could have left the hair stuff home; her curly hair went natural despite all efforts, flatteners and products. Note: Dress codes are easier for the ladies who need a dress and sandals while the guys need long pants and shoes. Pack your camera in your carry-on so that it doesn’t get lost—you don’t want to lose all those honeymoon pictures! Elegant details and electronics…

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didn’t forget anything, noting that Barry packs right and packs light. They each took a big bag and a carry-on. Still, she maneuvered to get more space in his bag! Her must-haves included: Angel perfume, black cat sunglasses and “readers,” two evening bags, three pairs of leggings, black suede boots, good walking sandals, a black dress from H&M, a cardigan, nylon body suits you can wash in the sink, a jacket, a backpack with matching sandals, and lots of accessories including lip gloss and a travel size hot iron. Didn’t take: Candles, which she usually packs. His must-haves: Besides his wife? Electronics! Small music speakers to hook up with iPhone (and/or iPod), chargers for everything, a very small power strip, extra SD cards, camera case, his iPad, extra lithium batteries (no point in fooling with regular batteries) and converters. “Even for a weekend I have this whole thing of electronics you can never ever be without.” Note: Take along a small (camera) tripod that will improve your night shots and allow for great self-take photos, too. Make sure you stay places with free Wi-Fi.

University of Michigan. Though an ice storm threatened to put a kibosh on their wedding celebration, following their “I do’s,” Tom and Mary Jo headed for their new apartment— they had to be back at school. But the weather forced them off the icy roads and they spent their wedding night at a motel with tile floors and a space heater. Mary Jo, always prepared, had her peignoir with her, however. “After we got out of school the next April, we took

our real honeymoon at Niagara Falls, where, with my naturally curly hair, no matter what I packed to tame it, it didn’t help.” What did Tom wish he had brought along? Sandpaper, he said, smiling. His new wedding ring was so shiny it made him very self-conscious. Note: They have been traveling together since, covering the globe in cruises, backpack adventures, resorts and scenic tours, always carrying cameras and one very light suitcase. ♥

Beach, baby, beach and beverages…

Jessica and Andrew Greaves were married on June 23, 2013 and honeymooned at the Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau, Bahamas. “We tried not to take more than we needed!” They quickly discovered that an all-inclusive fit their packing style as well as their vacation style. They shared one checked bag and each took a carry-on. Their first packing priority was loading up on beach gear, with plenty of swimsuits, lotions, sunglasses, etc. “We packed only what we needed for five days—mostly comfortable clothes,” Jessica said. Yes, they included dress clothes for evenings at the beautiful restaurants. “We could have brought a couple more nice pairs of pants and few more nice shirts for Andrew…but sharing luggage for the first time as a married couple worked in our favor.” They also realized after the trip that they actually took too much money with them but they wanted to be sure they could buy all mementos and souvenirs for family and friends. “There’s not too much other than gifts that you can spend your money on when you’re on an all-inclusive honeymoon trip!” The beach-side beverages (insert smiley face icon here) and beautiful days and evenings were in constant supply. Note: Carry-ons are great for all personal items. Meanwhile having to check only one bag cuts costs and makes baggage claim easier. Peignoir and sandpaper…

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Please Don’t Save the Date Have we sunk to a new low in wedding etiquette? The buzz started with a letter to Dear

Prudence on Slate.com. Recently I received two separate announcements letting me know that I’m not invited to the wedding of a friend. Both of these came out of the blue; I had not precipitated them by asking if I was going to get an invitation. Apparently, it’s a trend for brides and grooms to tell people who didn’t make the cut that they aren’t going to witness the special day. Soon Internet chat rooms, bloggers and talk radio hosts were abuzz. Seriously? Is this acceptable? Have we sunk to a new low in wedding etiquette? “Why in the world would anyone do that? I think it’s perfectly stupid and I would be insulted,” says Maria Everding, president and founder of the Etiquette Institute. After some informal research, we’ve determined that this insulting trend has not found footing in St. Louis. Thankfully.

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“I never had anyone ask for a Don’t Save the Date card,” says Kippin Sanchez, co-owner of Vellum. “I’m not sure how I would respond if someone did, I’d be so shocked.” Part of the purpose of the Save the Date

”I never had anyone ask for a Don’t Save the Date card. I’m not sure how I would respond if someone did, I’d be so shocked.” card is to let those invited to mark the big day on the calendar. If you don’t receive a Save the Date card, odds are you didn’t make the cut. If you feel the need to share your big

news with people who weren’t invited, send an announcement after the wedding, similar to a birth announcement, suggests Sanchez. Announcements typically come from the parents and include a request not to send gifts to the couple. The purpose is solely to let people know about your nuptials, not to fish for gifts. But weddings are expensive and guest lists need to be limited. So how to you respond to a friend who isn’t invited but who seems to assume that he or she will be on the guest list? It’s tough, concedes Everding. “If it occurs during the course of a conversation, you can mention that there are many people you want to invite, but you are limited by your budget. Don’t come out and say to the person ‘You aren’t invited,’” suggests Everding. And whatever you do, don’t send them a Don’t Save the Date Card. “Hopefully that trend won’t ever hit St. Louis. We’re too nice for that,” says Sanchez. ♥

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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) ♥

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Whether your party is upscale and elegant or informal and fun, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find the perfect venue in our comprehensive list below.

Ameristar Casino Resort Spa 636-940-4300, (Ad on page 31) One Ameristar Boulevard, St. Charles, 63301 www.ameristar.com

Y

1450

640

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Avalon Hall at Overlook Farm, 573-242-3838, (Ad on page 109) 901 South Hwy. 79, Clarksville, MO 63336 www.overlookfarmmo.com

Y

500

400

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Barnett on Washington By: Copia, 314-241-9463 (Ad on page 176) 3207 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103

Y

350

200

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Busch Stadium Special Events 314-345-9357, (Ad on page 121) 700 Clark Street, 63102 www.cardinals.com/events Butterfly House 636-530-0076 (Ad on page 227) 15193 Olive Boulevard, 63017 www.butterflyhouse.org

Y

2000 1200

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Y

200

200

Y

Y

N

N

call

N

Carondelet Park Boathouse 314-289-5344 Loughborough and Field, 63116

Y

call

call

Y

N

Y

Y

n/a

N

Casa Loma Ballroom 314-664-8000 3354 Iowa (at Cherokee) 63118

Y

850

850

N

Y

Y

Y

Y

N

Cedar Lake Cellars, 636-745-9500, (Ad on page 47) 11008 Schreckengast Road, Wright City, MO 63390

Y

500

250

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Ces & Judyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s LeChateau 314-991-6700 (Ad on page 211) 10405 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 63131 www.cesandjudys.com

Y

400

250

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Chandler Hill Vineyards, (Ad on page 147) 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, MO 63341 www.chandlerhillvineyards.com

Y

350

275

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Charles F. Knight Center, Washington University St. Louis 314-933-9400 (Ad on page 133) One Brookings Drive, 63130 www.olin.wustl.edu/knightcenter

Y

300

200

Y

Y

N

call

call

Y

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Chase Park Plaza 314-633-3000, (Ad on page 17) 212 Kingshighway, 63108 www.chaseparkplaza.com

Y

3000 1300

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

City Cottage on Chouteau 314-961-7588, (Ad on page 22) (Catering St. Louis) 3800 Chouteau, 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com The Coronado Ballroom & Meeting Facility 314-367-4848, (Ad on page 27) 3701 Lindell Blvd., 63108 www.thecoronado.com

N

150

110

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Y

600

350

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Airport 314-291-6700, (Ad on page 198) 11228 Lone Eagle Drive, Bridgeton, 63044 www.crowneplaza.com

Y

400

350

N

Y

call

Y

N

Y

Crowne Plaza St. Louis Downtown Hotel 314-436-8051, (Ad on page 178) 200 N. 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 www.crowneplaza.com/stlouisdt

Y

350

350

Y

Y

call

Y

N

Y

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center 314-587-1077 (Butler's Pantry Catering) 975 N. Warson Road, 63132 www.danforthcenter.org

Y

350

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

DoubleTree by Hilton Collinsville/St. Louis 618-345-2800, (Ad on page 215) 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, 62234 www.doubletree.com

Y

800

450

Y

Y

N

call

N

Y

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Conference Center St. Louis 636-532-5000, (Ad on page 215) 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield, 63017 www.doubletree.com

Y

800

450

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

DoubleTree Westport Hotel 314-212-2110, (Ad on page 215) 1973 Craigshire, 63146 www.doubletreewestport.com

Y

1000

450

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Drury Inn & Suites Forest Park 314-646-0770, (Ad on page 139) (Catering by Bartolino's Osteria) 2111 Sulphur Avenue www.druryhotels.com/content/weddings.aspx The Edge of Webster, 314-962-6886, (Ad on page 224) 359 Marshall Avenue, 63119 www.theedgeofwebster.com

Y

300

220

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Y

250

200

Y

N

Y

Y

n/a

N

Embassy Suites St. Louis - Downtown 314-269-5900, (Ad on page 248) 610 N. 7th Street, St. Louis 63101 www.stlouisdowntown.embassysuites.com

Y

300

200

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Empire Hall - 314-610-9879, (Ad on page 214) 3407 California Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118 www.tuccievents.com

Y

300

200

N

N

Y

call

N

N

The Falls Reception & Conference Center 888-538-3354, (Ad on page 88) 300 Admiral Wienel Pkwy., Columbia, IL 62239 www.seethefalls.com

Y

1200

600

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Flamingo Bowl, 314-436-6666, (Ad on page 251) 1117 Washington Avenue, 63101 www.flamingobowl.com

Y

300

150

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Foundry Art Centre 636-255-0270, (Ad on page 188) 520 North Main Center, St. Charles, 63301 www.foundryartcentre.org

Y

call

420

N

N

Y

Y

N

N

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis, 314-881-5613, (Ad on page 7) 999 North Second Street, 63102 www.fourseasons.com/stlouis

Y

500

380

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

The Franklin Room, 314-664-7706, (Ad on page 225) 816 Allen Avenue, 63104 www.thefranklinroom.net

N

300

300

N

Y

N

N

N

N

The Gardens at Malmaison 636-458-0313, (Ad on inside back cover) 3519 St. Albans Road, St. Albans, 63073 www.gardensmalmaison.com

Y

240

210

Y

Y

N

Y

N

Y

The Gateway Arch Riverboats, 314-923-3047 (Ad on page 193) 707 North First St., St. Louis, MO 63102 www.gatewayarch.com

Y

240

220

Y

Y

N

N

Y

N

Graphic Arts Banquet & Conference Center, 314-427-6771 (Ad on page 237) (Russo’s Catering) 105 Progress Parkway, St. Louis, MO 63043 www.russosgourmet.com

Y

400

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, 314-421-1776, (Ad on page 213) 1 South Broadway, 63102 www.hiltonstlouis.com

Y

900

650

N

Y

N

Y

N

Y

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Hilton St. Louis Frontenac 314-993-1100 1335 S. Lindbergh Blvd, 63131 www.stlouisfrontenac.hilton.com

Y

1000

500

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Hilton St. Louis Downtown, 314-554-7092, (Ad on page 131) 400 Olive Street, 63102 www.stlouisdowntown.hilton.com

Y

100

60

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center, (Ad on page 230) 1868 Highway F, Defiance, MO 63341 www.danielboonehome.com

Y

100

100

N

N

N

N

N

N

Holiday Inn South County Center, 314-892-3600, (Ad on page 99) 6921 South Lindbergh Boulevard, 63125 www.holidayinn.com Holiday Inn Route 66, 314-620-2146, (Ad on page 129) 10709 Watson Road, 63127 www.holidayinn.com

Y

500

325

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Y

600

400

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Horizon at Harry’s, 314-421-6969, (Ad on page 231) 2144 Market Street, St. Louis, MO 63103 www.horizonatharrys.com

Y

250

90

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

Hotel Lumiere, 314-881-7800 999 N. Secound Street, 63102 www.lumiereplace.com

Y

425

350

N

Y

N

tbd

Y

Y

Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch, 314-342-4655 (Ad on page 37) 4th & Chestnut, 63102 www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com

Y

3500 2000

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

Kemoll’s Restaurant 314-421-0555, (Ad on page 185) 40th Floor, Metropolitan Square, 211 N. Broadway, 63102 www.kemolls.com

Y

350

200

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Kemp Auto Museum 636-537-1718, (Ad on page 127) 16955 Chesterfield Airport Rd., 63005 www.kempservices.com

Y

1200

800

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Kuhs Farm 314-226-0709, (Ad on page 15) 13061 Spanish Pond Rd., Spanish Lake 63138 www.kuhsfarm.com

Y

10,000 900

Y

N

Y

N

N

N

Levy Restaurants at America’s Center, 314-342-5254 (Ad on page 95) 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101 www.americascenterevents.com

Y

call

call

N

Y

N

call

Y

N

Levy Restaurants at Edward Jones Dome, 314-342-5254 (Ad on page 95) 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

call

call

N

Y

N

call

Y

N

Lindell Pavillion/Visitor’s Center 314-961-7588 ext. 221, (Ad on page 22) (Catering St. Louis) 5595 Grand Drive in Forest Park, 63112 www.cateringstlouis.com

N

350

230

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Lodge at Grant’s Trail 314-638-3340, (Ad on page 135) 4398 Hoffmeister, 63125 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com

Y

125

80

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

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LoRusso’s Cucina 314-647-6222, (Ad on page 239) 3121 Watson Road, 63139 www.lorussos.com

Y

60

60

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Lumen Private Event Space, 314-241-5757, (Ad on page 113) Y 600 2201 Locust, 63103 www.lumenstl.com Missouri Bluffs Golf Club 636-939-6494 Y 200 #18 Research Park Circle, St. Charles 63304 www.mobluffs.com

300

N

Y

N

N

N

N

150

Y

Y

N

-

N

N

Missouri Botanical Garden 314-577-0200, (Ad on page 22) (Catering St. Louis 961-7588 x221) 4344 Shaw Blvd., 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

350

200

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Missouri History Museum 314-454-3121, (Ad on page 226) (Butler's Pantry Catering) 5656 Lindell, 63112 www.butlerspantry.com

Y

1500

300

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Monarch Private Event Space, 314-769-9595, (Ad on page 249) 7401 Manchester Road, St. Louis, MO 63143 www.monarcheventspace.com

Y

400

330

N

Y

N

N

Y

N

Moonrise Hotel 314-721-1111, (Ad on page 41) 6177 Delmar Blvd., 63112 www.moonrisehotel.com

Y

200

80

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Nat’l Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows 314-241-3400, (Ad on page 200) 442 S. De Mazenod Dr., Belleville, IL, 62223 www.snows.org

Y

600

400

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Neo on Locust, 314-570-9218 (Ad on page 171) 2801 Locust Avenue, 63103 www.neostl.com

Y

1000 600+

Y

N

Y

n/a

n/a

N

Ninth Street Abbey 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 32) (Patty Long Catering) 1808 S. 9th St., Soulard, 63104 www.pattylongcatering.com

Y

300

250

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Old Hickory Golf Club 636-477-8960, (Ad on page 19) #1 Dye Club Drive, St. Peters, 63304 www.oldhickorygc.com

Y

650

550

Y

Y

N

ask

N

N

Old Post Office (Desco Group), 314-436-0101, (Ad on page 234) 815 Olive Street, Suite 19, 63101

Y

1000

250

N

Y

N

Y

N

N

Old Rock House 314-588-0505, (Ad on page 105) 1200 S. 7th Street, 63104 www.oldrockhouse.com Oliva on the Hill 314-961-7588 x221 (Ad on page 22) 4915 Daggett, 63110 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

600

400

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Y

150

100

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Omni Majestic Hotel 314-436-2355 1019 Pine Street, 63101 www.omnimajestic.com

Y

150

115

N

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

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Orlando Gardens Banquet & Conference Center, 314-638-6660, (Ad on page 135) 4300 Hoffmeister, 63125 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

1000

900

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Orlando Gardens Banquet & Conference Center, 314-842-3316, (Ad on page 135) 8352 Watson Rd., 63119 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

950

850

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Orlando’s Event and Conference Center, 314-453-9000 (Ad on page 135) 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza, Maryland Heights, MO 63043 www.orlandogardens.com

Y

900

600

N

Y

N

N

N

N

Overlook Farm, 573-242-3838, (Ad on page 109) 901 S. Hwy. 79, Clarksville 63336 www.overlookfarmmo.com

Y

300

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Palladium Saint Louis 314-799-8886, (Ad on page 233) 1400 Park Place, 63104 www.palladium-stl.com

Y

700

400

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Peabody Opera House, 314-622-2500 (Ad on page 28) 1400 Market Street, 63101 www.peabodyoperahouse.com

N

-

375

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Pear Tree Inn Union Station 314-241-3200 x7077, (Ad on page 139) 2211 Market Street, 63103 www.druryhotels.com/content/weddings.aspx

Y

500

300

N

Y

N

N

call

Y

Pevely Farms Golf Club 636-938-7000 400 Lewis Road, Eureka 63025 www.pevelyfarms.com

Y

250

150

Y

Y

N

-

N

N

The Piper Palm House 314-771-4410, (Ad on page 228) Y 275 (Butler’s Pantry Catering) 4256 Magnolia, 63110 www.butlerspantry.com

150

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Promenade by Westin, 314-552-5712 (Ad on page 145) 811 Spruce Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 www.westin.com/thepromenade

Y

500

275

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Regency Conference Center 618-624-4499, (Ad on page 175) 400 Regency Park Drive, O'Fallon, IL 62269 www.theregencyconferencecenter.com

Y

1800 1000

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

Y

Renaissance Grand and Suites Hotel 314-418-5820, (Ad on page 137) 800 Washinton Avenue, Downtown www.renaissancestlouisgrand.com

Y

2000 1500

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis 314-863-6300, (Ad on page 13) 100 Carondelet Plaza, 63105 www.ritzcarlton.com

Y

1000

800

N

Y

N

call

call

Y

River Bottom 314-621-9598, (Ad on page 32) (Patty Long Catering) 63104 www.pattylongcatering.com River City Event Center and Casino, 314-881-7800 (Ad on page 141) 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63125

Y

500

350

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Y

1400

800

N

Y

N

call

N

Y

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Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, 314-259-3200, (Ad on page 169) 315 Chestnut Street, St. Louis, MO 63102

N

100

80

N

Y

N

N

N

Y

Saint Louis Zoo, 314-646-4855, (Ad on page 143) One Government Drive, Forest Park www.stlzoo.org

Y

unltd.

500

Y

Y

N

Y

Y

N

Saint Louis Science Center 314-289-1410, (Ad on page 107) 5050 Oakland Avenue, 63110 www.slsc.org

Y

1000

600

Y

Y

N

call

call

N

The Shack PubGrub 314-533-7000, (Ad on page 103) 3818 Laclede Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108 www.shackstl.com

N

350

200

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

The Sheldon Concert Hall & Ballroom 314-533-9900, (Ad on page 236) 3648 Washington Blvd., 63108 www.sheldoncancerthall.org

Y

700

500

N

Y

Y

call

N

N

Sheraton Clayton Plaza 314-719-4302, (Ad on page 235) 7730 Bonhomme Avenue, 63105 www.sheratonclaytonhotel.com

Y

500

320

Y

Y

N

call

N

Y

Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet 314-212-2110, (Ad on page 216) 191 Westport Plaza, 63146 www.sheratonwestport.com

Y

1000

500

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Sheraton Westport Plaza Hotel 314-212-2110, (Ad on page 216) 900 Westport Plaza, 63146 www.sheratonwestport.com

Y

500

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Sheraton St. Louis City Center 314-231-5007, (Ad on page 205) 400 South 14th Street, 63103 www.sheraton.com/stlouiswedding

Y

800

550

Y

Y

N

N

Y

Y

Shrewsbury Ballroom and Banquet Center 314-647-1003 (Ad on page 244) 5200 Shrewsbury Avenue, Shrewsbury, 63119 www.cityofshrewsbury.com

Y

300

240

N

N

Y

Y

N

N

Spazio at Westport 314-576-0400, (Ad on page 250) (Catering by Russo’s) 12031 Lackland Road, 63146 www.russosgourmet.com

Y

500

250

Y

Y

N

N

N

Y

Sqwires Annex 314-865-3522, (Ad on page 251) 1415 South 18th Sreet, 63104 www.sqwires.com

Y

200

150

Y

Y

N

Y

N

N

Sqwires Front Room, 314-865-3522, (Ad on page 248) 1415 S. 18th Street, 63104 www.sqwires.com

Y

190

150

Y

Y

N

N

N

N

St. Louis Artists’ Guild 314-961-7588 x221, (Ad on page 22) (Catering St. Louis) Two Oak Knoll Park, 63105 www.cateringstlouis.com

Y

150

110

Y

N

N

Y

N

N

St. Louis Union Station Hotel 314-802-3440, (Ad on page 213) 1820 Market Street, 63103 www.stlunionstationhotel.com

Y

500

500

N

Y

call

N

N

Y

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Starlight Roof at the Chase 314-367-1700, (Ad on page 17) 212 North Kingshighway, 63108 www.chaseparkplaza.com

Y

600

340

Y

Y

N

call

N

Y

Stone Hill Winery & Restaurant 1-800-909-WINE 1110 Stone Hill Hwy., Hermann, 65041 The Studio Inn 636-458-0131, (Ad on inside back cover) 454 Studio Road, St. Albans, 63073 www.studioinnstalbans.com

Y

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300

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240

210

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Sugar Creek Winery and Vineyards 636-987-2400, (Ad on page 203) 125 Boone Country Lane, Defiance, MO 63341 www.sugarcreekwines.com

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300

250

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Y

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ask

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Table, 314-449-1888 (Ad on page 209) 1821 Cherokee Street, St. Louis, MO 63118 www.tablestl.com

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130

100

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Y

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Tapawingo Golf Club, 636-575-4044 (Ad on page 89) 13001 Gary Player Drive, Sunset Hills, MO 63127 www.tapawingogolf.com

Y

300

200

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N

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N

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The Tavern Kitchen & Bar, 636-825-0600 (Ad on page 103) 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd., Valley Park, MO 63122 www.tavernstl.com

N

225

160

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N

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N

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Three Barn Farm, 314-961-7588 x221 (Ad on page 22) 20955 Highway W, Clarksville, MO 63336 www.cateringstlouis.com

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200

call

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N

Y

N

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Top of the Met 314-421-0555, (Ad on page 185) (Catering by Kemoll's) One Metropolitan Square, 42nd Floor, 63102 www.kemolls.com

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600

400

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N

Y

N

N

Upstairs at the Cheshire, 314-932-7857, (Ad on page 195) 7036 Clayton Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63117

Y

225

170

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N

N

N

Y

Villa Antonio Winery 636-475-5008, (Ad on page 4) 3662 Linhurst Road, Hillsboro, MO 63050 www.villaantoniowinery.com

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300

300

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Y

N

N

N

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Villa Marie Winery & Banquet Center, 618-345-3100, (Ad on back cover) 6633 E. Main Street, Maryville, IL 62062 www.villamariewinery.com

Y

450

375

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N

N

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The Westin St. Louis 314-621-2000, (Ad on page 145) 811 Spruce St., 63102 www.westin.com/stlouiswedding

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500

275

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N

N

N

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Windows On Washington 314-241-5555, (Ad on page 125) 1601 Washington Ave., 63103 www.wowbanquets.com

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500

350

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Xavier Grand Ballroom 314-427-6771, (Ad on page 237) (Russo's Catering) 3628 Lindell Blvd., 63108 www.russosgourmet.com

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450

350

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N

Y

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CONTENTS Accommodations

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Alterations

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Bachelorette Parties

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Beauty & Health

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Bridal Gowns & Salons

221

Bridal Shows

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Cakes & Confections

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Calligraphers

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Caterers

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Ceremony Sites

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Consultants/Event Planners

224

Decorations

225

Destination Weddings

225

Favors

225

Financial Planner/Realtors

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Florists

226

Formalwear

227

Foundations & Lingerie

228

Gifts

228

Gown Preservation

229

Honeymoons

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Invitations/Stationers

229

Jewelry

229

Lighting & DĂŠcor

230

Mother of the Bride

230

Music & Entertainment

231

Officiants

232

Online Planning

232

Photobooths

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Photographers

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Reception Sites

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Registry

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Rehearsal Dinner Sites

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Rentals

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Special Services

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Special Touches

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Transportation

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FALL 2013 trunk show calendar Meet designers (or company reps) with their new line of gowns, shoes or accessories at the following shopsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;be sure to schedule an appointment: â&#x153;Ś Bella Bridesmaid St. Louis 314.205.1191

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Meg Jewelry, July 19-20 La Sposa by Pronovias 2014 collection, September 6-7 Alvina Valenta Fall 2013, September 13-14 Allure Bridal Fall 2013, September 20-22

â&#x153;Ś Fleur de lis bridal boutique 314.721.2457 Kirribilla, July 11-12 Modern Trousseau, July 12-14 Erin Cole, July 19-24 Rivini, August 23-25 Elizabeth Fillmore, October 4-6 Kirribilla, November 21-December 1 Modern Trousseau, November 29- December 1 Liancarlo, December 20-22 Elizabeth Fillmore, January 10-12 Šsteven seebeck

â&#x153;Ś Simply Elegant Bridal

â&#x153;Ś Frew's Bridal Salon

â&#x153;Ś Town and Country Bridal Boutique 314.991.5400 Jenny Packham, July 12-14 Monique Lhuillier, August 23-25 Bliss by Monique Lhuillier, August 23-September 1 Austin Scarlett, October 18-20

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618.466.8820

314.961.9997

Maggie Sottero, August 23-25 Allure Bridals, 9/13 - 9/15 Casablanca Bridal, 11/1 - 11/3

Toni Federici headpieces, July 14 Paloma Blanca, September TBD Essence of Australia, October TBD

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HILTON ST. LOUIS AT THE BALLPARK 1 South Broadway 314-421-1776 www.hiltonstlouis.com

THE CHESHIRE SAINT LOUIS 6300 Clayton Road 314-647-7300 www.cheshirestl.com

Hilton St. Louis â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Downtown 314-436-0002 www.stlouisdowntown.hilton.com

CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL-ST. LOUIS AIRPORT 11228 Lone Eagle Dr. 314-291-6700 www.crowneplaza.com

HOLIDAY INN ROUTE 66 10709 Watson Road 314-821-6600 www.holidayinn.com

CROWNE PLAZA DOWNTOWN ST. LOUIS 200 North Fourth Street 314-436-8051 www.crowneplaza.com/stlouisdt

HOLIDAY INN SOUTH COUNTY CENTER 6921 South Lindbergh Blvd 314-892-3600 www.holidayinn.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 16625 Swingley Ridge Road, Chesterfield 636-532-5000 www.doubletree1.hilton.com

Holiday Inn â&#x20AC;&#x201C; St. Louis/Fairview Heights 618-212-1300 www.histlouishotel.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville 618-345-2800 www.doubletreecollinsville.com

HYATT REGENCY ST. LOUIS RIVERFRONT 315 Chestnut, Downtown 314-655-1234 www.stlouisarch.hyatt.com

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON 1973 CraigshireRoad, Westport 314-434-0100 www.doubletreewestport.com

LODGE AT GRANTâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TRAIL 4398 Hoffmeister Ave., Lemay 314-638-3340 www.lodgeatgrantstrail.com

DRURY INN & SUITES I-44 and Hampton Avenue 866-377-2034 www.druryhotels.com

MOONRISE HOTEL 6177 Delmar Blvd. 314-721-1111 www.moonrisehotel.com

DRURY PLAZA CHESTERFIELD 355 Chesterfield Center East 866-377-2034 www.druryhotels.com

PEAR TREE INN UNION STATION 2211 Market Street, Downtown 866-377-2024 www.druryhotels.cm

DRURY PLAZA HOTEL-AT THE ARCH 2 South 4th Sreet, Downtown 866-377-2034 www.druryhotels.com

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

EMBASSY SUITES ST. LOUIS AIRPORT 11237 Lone Eagle Drive 314-739-8929 www.stlouisairport.embassysuites.com

SEVEN GABLES INN 26 N. Meramec 314-863-8400 www.sevengablesinn.com

EMBASSY SUITES ST. LOUIS â&#x20AC;&#x201C; DOWTOWN 610 N. 7th St. Downtown St. Louis 314-678-2904 www.stlouisdowntown.embassysuites.com

SHERATON CLAYTON PLAZA 7730 Bonhomme Avenue 314-863-0400 www.sheratonclaytonhotel.com

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL SAINT LOUIS 999 North Second Street, 63102 314-881-5800 www.fourseasons.com/stlouis

SHERATON ST. LOUIS CITY CENTER 400 South 14th Street 314-231-5007 www.sheratonstlouiscitycenter.com/weddings

HILTON GARDEN INN 360 Regency Park, Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Fallon, IL 618-624-4499 www.stlouisofallonil.hgi.com

SHERATON WESTPORT PLAZA & LAKESIDE CHALET 314-878-1500 www.sheratonwestport.com


ST. LOUIS UNION STATION HOTEL 1820 Market Street 314-621-5262 www.stlunionstationhotel.com WESTIN ST. LOUIS 811 Spruce Street, Downtown 314-621-2000 www.westin.com

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

BACHELORETTE PARTIES/ BRIDAL SHOWERS BIG DADDY’S 118 Morgan Street 314-621-6700 www.bigdaddystl.com CHARLES P. STANLEY CIGAR CO. 1000 Washington Ave. 314-436-3500 www.stanleycigarco.com DIERBERG’S SCHOOL OF COOKING CULINARY EVENT CENTER 1080 Lindemann Road, Des Peres 314-238-0440 moorm@dierbergs.com FLAMINGO BOWL 1117 Washington Avenue, Downtown 314-436-6666 www.flamingobowl.com Horizon at Harry’s Restaurant 2144 Market, Downtown 314-421-6969 www.horizonatharrys.com The Shack Pubgrub 3818 Laclede Ave 314-533-7000 www.shackstl.com The Tavern Kitchen & Bar 2961 Dougherty Ferry Rd 636-825-0600 www.tavernstl.com

BEAUTY & HEALTH BONNIE BOZE 314-440-8221 www.bonnieboze.com Breeze Blow Dry Bar 9916 Clayton Rd 314-692-2569 www.breezeblowdrybar.com

DEBBIE WATSON HAIR & MAKEUP 314-608-9001 www.dwatsonhairandmakeup.com HAIR BY CHRISSY 636-751-8180 www.hairbychrissy.com I Love Livy Lou Hair & Makeup 636-627-1022 www.facebook.com/ILoveLivyLou It Works! Beth Barr — 314.265.2126 www.inspiretoskinnywrap.myitworks.com LOOKS BY LISA 314-229-1964 www.looksbylisa.com Mane Attraction Hair Studio Boutique & Spa 618-344-3778 www.maneattractionhairstudio.com PIXIES HAIR DESIGN 2709 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood 314-605-8417 www.pixieshairdesign.com Rodan + Fields Dermatologists 314-853-5989 www.stlskinsolutions.com SNS MAKEUP 2134 Graystone Drive 314-488-8999 www.facebook.com/snsmakeup ST. LOUIS BRIDAL HAIR & MAKEUP www.stlouisbridalhairandmakeup.com TAMI SCOTT MAKEUP & HAIR STUDIO 2027 South 11th Street, Soulard 314-346-8834 www.tamiscottstudio.com

BRIDAL GOWNS & SALONS BELLA BRIDESMAID 13428 Clayton Road 314-205-1191 www.bellabridesmaid.com BERRYBRIDGE 9904 Clayton Road 314- 997-1439 www.berrybridgebridal.com FLEUR DE LIS BRIDAL BOUTIQUE 8109 Maryland Avenue, Clayton 314-721-2457 www.fleurdelisbridal.com FREW’S BRIDAL SALON 305 Piasa St. Alton, IL 877-274-3321 www.bestbridalprices.com

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Essential Guide SIMPLY ELEGANT BRIDAL 1004 Olive Street, Downtown 314-241-8201 www.simplyelegantbridalstl.com TOWN AND COUNTRY BRIDAL BOUTIQUE Plaza Frontenac 314-991-5400 www.townandcountrybride.com THE ULTIMATE BRIDE 1115 S. Big Bend Blvd. 314-961-9997 www.theultimatebride.com

BRIDAL SHOWS SUMMER WEDDING CONNECTION 2013 Sunday, July 21, 2013, 12-4:00pm Four Seasons Hotel 314-588-8313 for advanced reservations www.bridestl.com BUSCH STADIUM BOUTIQUE BRIDAL EVENT Sunday, February 9, 2014, 12-4:00pm Redbird Club in Busch Stadium Register at www.Cardinals.com/events WEDDING CONNECTION 2014 Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1-4:30pm Chase Park Plaza 314-588-8313 for advanced reservations www.bridestl.com

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A TASTE OF THE FALLS — BRIDAL DINNER SHOW Wednesday, September 4, 2013 & Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Doors open at 6:00pm The Falls Reception and Conference Center Columbia, IL Reservations: 888-538-7778 www.seethefalls.com

CAKES & CONFECTIONS Also see SPECIAL TOUCHES ARTISTRY ON CAKES 618-355-0000 www.artistryoncakes.com Bittersweet Artisan Truffles 314-780-6078 www.bittersweettruffles.com THE CAKERY 1420 Tamm Ave., Dogtown 314-647-6000 www.thecakerybakery.net COLD STONE CREAMERY 3228 Green Mount Crossing Drive, Shiloh, IL 2100 Troy Road, Suite 101, Edwardsville, IL 320 South Kirkwood Road, Suite 103, Kirkwood #7 Ronnie’s Plaza, St. Louis 618-567-6000 www.coldstone-rockymountaincatering.com

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THE CUP 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End 314-367-6111 1057 Century Drive, Edwardsville, IL 618-656-2287 www.cravethecup.com ENCORE BAKING COMPANY 2730 Sutton Blvd., Maplewood 314-832-4303 www.encorebaking.com La Patisserie Chouquette 1626 Tower Grove 314-932-9935 www.simonefaure.com LUBELEY’S BAKERY & DELI, INC. 7815 Watson Rd., Shrewsbury 314-961-7160 www.lubeleysbakery.com NADOZ EURO BAKERY & CAFE Coronado Ballroom Location 3701 Lindell Boulevard 314-446-6800 #12 The Boulevard St. Louis, Brentwood 314-726-3100 www.nadozcafe.com SARAH’S CAKE SHOP & CATERING CO. 10 Clarkson Wilson Centre, Chesterfield 636-728-1140 www.sarahscafestl.com SUGAREE BAKING CO. 1242 Tamm Ave 314-645-5496 www.sugareebaking.com THE SWEET DIVINE 1801 S. 9th Street, Soulard 636-942-2900 www.thesweetdivine.com

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

CATERERS Also see REHEARSAL DINNER on page 234 and the RECEPTION SITES grid on page 210. Please note that many of the restaurants listed here may also be able to help you with small, intimate wedding receptions. ARTISTIC AFFAIRS 314-918-0003 www.artisticaffairscatering.com BUTLER’S PANTRY 314-664-7680 www.butlerspantry.com


Bride’s Vision Weddings & Events

CATERING BY ORLANDOS 4300 Hoffmeister, 314-638-6660 8352 Watson Road, 314-842-3316 2050 Dorsett Village Plaza, 314-453-9000 www.orlandogardens.com CATERING ST. LOUIS 314-961-7588 x221 www.cateringstlouis.com

Wedding planning, design and coordination

CES & JUDY'S CATERING 314-991-6700 www.cesandjudys.com GREGORY’S CREATIVE CUISINE 314-481-4481 www.gregoryscreativecuisine.com HOLLYBERRY CATERING 284 East Avenue 314-968-9239 www.hollyberrycatering.com LOCAL HARVEST Old Post Office Building 815 Olive Street (at the corner of Locust & 9th) 314-241-3196 www.localharvestcafe.com

Beautifully designed weddings, exquisitely implemented

314-580-2381 www.bridesvision.com ellen@bridesvision.com

LO RUSSO’S CUCINA 3121 Watson Road 314-647-6222 www.lorussos.com THE PASTA HOUSE COMPANY CATERING 2200 59th Street 314-644-1400 www.thepastahouse.com/catering/

Available for travel Technical Advisor & Wedding Planner In The George Clooney Movie “Up In The Air”

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PATTY LONG CATERING 1808 S. Ninth, Soulard 314-621-9598 www.pattylongcatering.com RUSSO’S GOURMET CATERING 9904 Page Avenue 314-427-6771 www.russosgroumet.com STEVEN BECKER FINE DINING 3701 Lindell Boulevard 314-367-4848 www.stevenbeckerfd.com VILLA FAROTTO 636-519-0048 www.villafarotto.com ZIA’S 5256 Wilson at Edwards on The Hill 314-776-0020 www.zias.com

CEREMONY SITES See RECEPTION SITES listings on page 210. The Conservatory 1001 South Main Street, St. Charles 636-947-0414 www.gardenwedding.com FALL/WINTER 2013 • www.bridestl.com STLWB_1307FW_KellyParkPhoto.indd 1

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Essential Guide CONSULTANTS & EVENT PLANNERS ABSOLUTELY IN 314-315-1775 www.absolutelyin.com Allison Kate Events 618-560-6756 www.allisonkateevents.com ALRED WEDDING CONSULTANTS, INC. 636-922-4778 www.alredweddingconsultants.com BEFORE I DO 314-640-2123 www.beforeidostl.com

For your next social event, wedding, reception, or business meeting, consider The Edge of Webster, a new modern meeting and banquet center that can accommodate up to 200 people. Located on the exquisitely landscaped Owen Ridge Campus on Marshall Avenue just east of Brentwood Blvd. in Webster Groves.

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BLISS HONEYMOONS AND DESTINATION WEDDINGS 314-298-9878 www.blisshoneymoons.com BRIDE’S VISION WEDDINGS AND EVENTS 314-580-2381 www.bridesvision.com CAROLYN BURKE – WEDDING LIAISON 314-821-4844 www.weddingliaison.com

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DIVINE EVENTS, LLC 314-669-5933 www.mydivineevents.com KATE & CO. 314-403-2018 www.kateandcollc.com KRISTIN ASHLEY EVENTS 618-946-0936 www.kristinashleyevents.com Lacy Branch Events 314-884-1129 618-710-0400 www.lacybranchevents.com

LUCKY YOU 314-588-0073 www.luckyyoustl.com SIMCHA’S EVENTS 314-458-5463 www.simchasevents.com

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ST. LOUIS WEDDING CONSULTANTS 636-236-9359 www.stlweddingconsultants.net WEDDINGS BY RENEE 314-616-4600 www.stlweddingsbyrenee.com

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DECORATIONS EXCLUSIVE EVENTS 13633 Lakefront Drive, Earth City 314-995-7282 www.exclusiveeventsinc.com HI HO HELIO 715 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur 314-872-7711 www.hihohelio.com PARTIES & PROPS LTD. 2622 Rock Hill Industrial Court, Rock Hill 314-963-0880 www.partiesandprops.com PARTY CITY 10861 Old Halls Ferry Road, St. Louis 314-867-6850 10790 Sunset Hills Plaza, St. Louis 314-821-8580 9612 Olive Boulevard, Olivette 314-692-0996 13952 Manchester Road, Ballwin 636-207-8188 15425 Manchester Road, Ballwin 636-227-3558 2560 Lemay Ferry Road, St. Louis 314-892-2117 9815 Watson Road, St. Louis 314-909-0552 www.partycity.com

DESTINATION WEDDINGS Ambassador Travel & Cruises 618-234-1046 www.4ambassadortravel.com

The Franklin Room

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Character Elegance Charm

TRAVEL HAUS OF ST. LOUIS 11231 Concord Village Ave., 63123 314-842-7313 www.travelhausstlouis.com

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Essential Guide GOODIES FOR GUESTS 314-422-0974 www.goodiesforguests.com HOLLYBERRY BAKING 284 East Avenue 314-968-9239 www.hollyberrybaking.com POPTIONS! 1580 S. Lindbergh Blvd. - Frontenac 314-997-0441 www.poptionspopcorn.com

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BELLI FIORI—FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO 2705 LaSalle Street 314-776-2200 www.bellifioristl.com BOTANICALS DESIGN STUDIO 3014 South Grand Ave 314-772-7674 www.botanicalsdesignstudio.com THE CRIMSON PETAL 314-578-5363 www.thecrimsonpetal.net

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LES BOUQUETS 7905 Big Bend (Dale entrance), Webster Groves 314-395-8335 www.lesbouquets.com THE REBEL FLORIST 314.962.3232 www.therebelflorist.com R W DESIGNS 314-540-0228 www.richwestdesigns.com SISTERS FLORAL DESIGN STUDIO 314-821-0076 www.sistersflowers.net SCHNUCKS FLORIST & GIFTS 9220 Shortline Drive 314-997-2444 www.schnucks.com/floral TBL Artistic Productions 314-372-9340 www.singingflorist.biz THORN STUDIO 6924 Morgan Ford Road 314-808-0706 www.thornstudio.net WILDFLOWERS 1013 Ohio, St. Louis 314-772-9900 www.wildflowersstl.com

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FORMALWEAR Also see BRIDAL GOWNS & SALONS SAVILE ROW 8101 Maryland Ave., Clayton 314-567-8500 www.savilerowstl.com SAVVI FORMALWEAR See locations below. www.savviwedding.com Galleria, 314-727-0088 South County, 314-894-2991 Mid Rivers Mall, 636-970-2281 Jamestown Mall, 314-355-4440 St. Clair Square, 618-632-8415 Alton Square, 618-465-1110 6185 Delmar Blvd., 314-725-2150 West County Center, 314-821-0070 Columbia Mall, 573-445-6602 Chesterfield Mall, 636-532-1800 White Oak Mall, 217-787-8150 STALLONE’S FORMAL WEAR See locations below. www.stallonesformalwear.com Chesterfield, 636-519-7111 Ladue, 314-997-8900 Maryland Heights, 314-576-5900 Sunset Hills, 314-729-0004 O’Fallon, 636-272-4799

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Essential Guide Willard’s Formal Wear 618-632-6200 www.willardsformalwear.com

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THE DESIGNING BLOCK 7735 Clayton Road, Clayton 314-721-4224 www.thedesigningblock.net DiGregorio’s Market 5200 Daggett Ave 314-776-1062 www.digregoriofoods.com

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Extra Virgin Olive Ovation 8829 Ladue Road, Ladue 314-727-6464 www.extravirginoo.com GIFTS 636-458-2439 www.giftsstlouis.com INITIALS, INC 314-614-1772 www.nameyourbag.com Ivy Hill 8335 Ladue Road, Ladue 314-721-7004 304 North Euclid, Central West End 314-367-7004 www.ivyhillboutique.com M. HALEY DESIGN 314-308-4743 www.mhaleydesign.com MELANIE’S 10277 Clayton Road, Ladue 314-993-0664 www.welanies-stlouis.com POPTIONS! 314-997-0441 www.poptionspopcorn.com PRP Wine International 314-432-6450 www.prpwine.com

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THE SILVER LADY 4736 McPherson Avenue 314-367-7587 6364 Delmar Blvd. 314-727-0704 www.thesilver-lady.com Vom Fass 7314 Manchester Rd, Maplewood 314-932-5262 www.slmo.vomfassusa.com

GOWN PRESERVATION RAM LEATHER CARE 8720 St. Charles Rock Rd., Overland 314-429-5115 www.ramleather.com

HONEYMOONS BLISS HONEYMOONS & DESTINATION WEDDINGS 314-298-9878 www.blisshoneymoons.com TRAVEL HAUS OF ST. LOUIS 11231 Concord Village Ave., 63123 314-842-7313 www.travelhausstlouis.com

INVITATIONS/STATIONERS M. HALEY DESIGN 636-352-2102 www.mhaleydesign.com

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PAPER PATCH 12095 Manchester Road 314.821.6561 www.paperpatchinvitesyou.com TWO BLUE DOORS 75 W. Lockwood, Ste. 203, Webster Groves 314-968-4033 www.twobluedoors.com VELLUM 120 W. Monroe, Kirkwood 314-909-1640 www.velluminc.com

JEWELRY Also see GIFTS CURT PARKER JEWELERS 10192 Conway Road, Ladue 314-989-9909 www.curtparker.com Elleard Heffern Jewelers 101 S. Hanley building lobby, Clayton 314-863-8820 www.heffern.com

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Essential Guide LADY BUG BEADS 7616 Big Bend Blvd. 314-644-6140 www.ladybugbeads.net MELANIE’S 10277 Clayton Road, Ladue 314-993-0664 www.welanies-stlouis.com RACHEL’S DESIGN 9495 Olive 314-991-0994 www.rachelsdesign.com Reiniger Jewelers 618-235-1219 www.reinigerjewelers.com SIMONS JEWELERS 8141 Maryland Avenue 314-725-8888 www.simonsjewelers.com SUTTON LASATER JEWELRY 314-308-5592 www.suttonlasater.com TIMEKEEPERS 17 N. Meramec, Clayton 314-721-4548 9495 Olive, Olivette 314-991-0994 www.timekeepersstl.com www.timekeepersclayton.com STLWB_1301SS_LindenwoodDanielB.indd 1

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LIGHTING & DÉCOR ALOBAR’S INC 716 Hanley Industrial Court 314-781-7600 www.alobars.com EXCLUSIVE EVENTS 13633 Lakefront Drive, Earth City 314-995-7282 www.exclusiveeventsinc.com MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millennium-productions.com VINTAGE FOR THE DAY 314-502-5219 www.vintagefortheday.com

MOTHER OF THE BRIDE/ SPECIAL OCCASION Also see BRIDAL GOWNS DISTINCTIONS Westgate Shopping Centre 12354 Olive Blvd. 314-434-5445 www.distinctionsinfashion.com

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FREW’S BRIDAL SALON 305 Piasa St., Alton, IL 877-274-3321 www.bestbridalprices.com

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NEIMAN MARCUS Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9811 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Plaza Frontenac 314-567-9200 SIMPLY ELEGANT BRIDAL 1004 Olive Street, Downtown 314-241-8201 www.simplyelegantbridalstl.com WOMEN’S CLOSET EXCHANGE 11575 Gravois Road 314-842-8405 www.womensclosetexchange.net

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On the day you say “I do” let Gregory’s say “we do.” With style, taste and elegance. Enjoy your day by having your cake and eating it too. Catering events with unforgettable impact. Mouthwatering menus at: www.gregoryscreativecuisine.com Contact Chef Gregory at 314.481.4481 or gmchef@yahoo.com

COMPLETE MUSIC DISC JOCKEY SERVICE 314-991-5656 www.cmusic.com CJ’S DISC JOCKEY 314-892-0329 www.cjsdiscjockeyservice.com

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DOWNTIME PRODUCTIONS 314-452-2848 www.downtime-productions.com FANTASY 314-452-2848 www.stlfantasyband.com MANHASSET STRINGS 636-537-0405 www.manhassetstrings.com MEGAN HAWKINS HARPIST 314-529-1854 www.meganhawkins.org MILLENNIUM PRODUCTIONS 1334 Strassner Drive, Brentwood 314-918-9335 www.millennium-productions.com PUSH THE LIMIT 314-452-2848 www.pushthelimitband.com ROCK STAR DJ’S 314-518-2407 www.rockstardjstl.com SLAM 314-452-2848 www.slamstl.com

Premiered in March 2012, the new event space at Harry’s Restaurant offers sophisticated ambiance with a sleek, modern décor. We have exceeded expectations with St. Louis brides and we look forward to doing the same for you. — Latest in audio visual capabilities for movies, videos and photos — — Custom lighting can be configured to match event themes | State-of-the-art DJ booth with referrals for DJ’s — — AWARD-WINNING panoramic views of the St. Louis skyline — 2144 Market Street | 314.421.6969 | www.horizonatharrys.com

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Essential Guide T. Brendan Lally 314-372-9340 www.singingflorist.biz THE SPECTRUM BAND 314-434-7153 www.spectrumband.net THE X BAND 314-452-2848 www.thexbandstl.com STEEL DRUM FLAVOR 314-485-9541 www.steeldrumflavor.com

OFFICIANTS ALL COUPLES MARRIED 314-781-0444 www.allcouplesmarried.com CAROLYN BURKE - WEDDING LIASION 314-821-4844 www.weddingliaison.com

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MARQUIS PHOTOBOOTH 314-365-9118 www.marquisphotobooth.com McMusic Photobooth Services 618-604-9671 www.mcmusicdj.com


PHOTOBOOTH STL 314-776-3003 www.photoboothstl.com SHUTTERBOOTH 618-973-1894 www.shutterbooth.com STL BOOTHS 314-400-8485 www.stlbooths.com

PHOTOGRAPHERS ABBIE TAKES PICTURES 314-616-2794 www.AbbieTakesPictures.com Always N Forever Photography 618-334-5160 www.alwaysnforeverphotography.net George Street Photo & Video 866-831-4103 www.georgestreetphoto.com Joel Marion Photography 636-861-2400 www.joelmarionphoto.com June Hallowell Photography 618-667-7771 www.reflectionsbyjune.com Kelly Park Photography 314-570-7413 www.kellyparkphotography.com

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KURTIS HALL PHOTOGRAPHER 314-323-0811 www.kurtishall.com K.S.H. DESIGNS 314-409-1629 www.kshdesignsonline.com

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Bakery and Deli, Inc.

L’AMORE ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY 314.707.3539 www.lamorerose.com MEMORIES ARE FOREVER 314-878-5657 www.memoriesareforever.com PHOTOGRAPHIQUE, LLC 618-632-3921 www.photographiquestudio.com

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ROLAND STUDIOS 314-260-9947 www.rolandstudiosstl.com

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SIGNATURE STUDIO 3520-1 Greenwood Blvd., Maplewood 314-368-0213 www.signaturestudio.com FALL/WINTER 2013 • www.bridestl.com STLWB_1307FW_Lubeleys1.3.indd 1

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Essential Guide SIMPLI PHOTOGRAPHY 573-747-7232 www.simpliphotography.com VON DE VORE PHOTOGRAPHY 314-922-1612 www.vondevorephoto.com WHITE KLUMP PHOTOGRAPHY 314.471.8027 www.whiteklumpphotography.com

• Free honeymoon registry

ZETTL PHOTOGRAPHY LTD. 314-454-6612 www.zettlphoto.com

• Great service with no service fees

RECEPTION SITES

• Travel planning for entire wedding party

See RECEPTION SITE LISTINGS on Page 210.

• Payment plans available on select vacations

REGISTRY CRATE AND BARREL 1 The Boulevard (Brentwood and Galleria Parkway) 314-725-6380 www.crateandbarrel.com

• Great prices without all the effort of planning it yourself 314-298-9878 www.BlissHoneymoons.com

Dillard’s Gift Registry St. Clair Square 618-632-5000 ext. 5735 www.dillards.com

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MACY’S Store locations below. 1-800-835-9716 Alton, 618-463-4100 Chesterfield, 636-532-3800 Galleria, 314-726-1810 Jamestown, 314-741-4224 MidRivers, 636-278-6660 South County, 314-892-0110 St. Clair, 618-624-2000 West County Center, 314-966-0017 www.macys.weddingchannel.com POTTERY BARN Plaza Frontenac (Lindbergh and Clayton) 314-996-2630 www.potterybarn.com WILLIAMS SONOMA Plaza Frontenac (Clayton and Lindbergh) 314-567-9211 www.williams-sonoma.com

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BALABAN’S 1772 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield 636-449-6700 www.balabanswine.com 815 Olive Street / St. Louis, MO 63101 / 314.436.0101

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BIXBY’S AT THE MISSOURI HISTORY MUSEUM Forest Park 314-454-3151 www.butlerspantry.com BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE 1147 Saint Louis Galleria 314-726-2024 www.BlackFinnStLouis.com

Custom Cakes • Wedding Cakes • Cupcakes

BOATHOUSE – FOREST PARK 6101 Government Drive 314-367-2224 www.boathouseforestpark.com

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BRISTOL SEAFOOD 11801 Olive Blvd. 314-567-0272 www.bristolseafoodgrill.com

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BRADSHAW ROOM 3701 Lindell 314-367-4848 www.thecoronado.com

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Looking for something special for your guests? Food trucks make a great late night snack for your reception!

BUSCH STADIUM SPECIAL EVENTS 700 Clark Street 314-345-9357 www.cardinals.com/events CAFÉ EAU / CHASE PARK PLAZA 212 N. Kingshighway, Central West End 314-454-9000 www.chaseparkplaza.com CHANDLER HILL VINEYARDS 596 Defiance Road 636-798-2675 www.chandlerhillvineyards.com

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Essential Guide FLEMINGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 1855 S. Lindbergh Blvd. 314-567-7610 www.flemingssteakhouse.com THE GARDENS AT MALMAISON 3519 St. Albans Road, St. Albans, MO 636-458-0131 www.gardensmalmaison.com GATEWAY ARCH RIVERBOATS 314-923-3047 www.gatewayarch.com GUIDOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 5046 Shaw Ave., The Hill 314-771-4900 www.guidosstl.com HILTON ST. LOUIS DOWNTOWN 400 Olive Street 314-436-0002 www.400olive.com Hodaks 2100 Gravois Ave. 314-776-7292 www.hodaks.com

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SPECIAL SERVICES COLLEGE NANNIES – BABY SITTING SERVICE 636-926-2681 www.collegenannies.com STL WEDDING SITTERS 314-266-2657 www.stlweddingsitters.com

SPECIAL TOUCHES ALOBAR’S INC. 716 Hanley Industrial Court 314-781-7600 www.alobars.com

Buffet or Seated Dinner Exceeding Your Expectations Seating for up to 60 Guests Full Bar Service Private Entrance Handicap Accessible

CHOCOLATE FOUNTAIN AFFAIR 636-230-6763 www.chocolatefountainaffair.com PEARL VODKA WEDDING CAKE www.pearlweddingcake.com

TRANSPORTATION BEST TRANSPORTATION 8531 Page Avenue, Suite 160 314-989-1500 www.besttransporation.com

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TIME FOR DESSERT delightful, delicious and decadent treats for your special day

That Perfect Something

hand-crafted in small batches with personal attention to detail, our chocolate truffles and french macarons make perfect wedding favors, dessert stations and table candy

Visit www.bridestl.com for more information

custom colors and packaging available Bittersweet Artisan Truffles Webster Groves, MO by appointment 888.355.1098 www.bittersweettruffles.com

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Bella Bridesmaid A collection for the modern bridesmaid Bella Bridesmaid, St. Louis 13428 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63131 314.205.1191 p stlouis@bellabridesmaid.com www.bellabridesmaid.com

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 (314) 721-4548 www.Timekeepersclayton.com

9495 Olive, Ste. C - Olivette (314) 991-0994 www.TimekeepersSTL.com

LES B O U Q U E T S European inspired and known for exceeding our clients’ expectations, we at Les Bouquets listen to your needs as we create artistic and unique floral designs for your special day. Call to schedule a free hour of consultation at our location in Webster Groves. 7905 Big Bend, Suite 102 Webster Groves, MO 63119 Visit us online at www.LesBouquets.com

Modern Vintage Photography www.alwaysnforeverphotography.net dana@alwaysnforeverphotography.net (618) 334-5160

E-mail: LesBouquets@gmail.com Phone: 314 395 8335

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Cahokia String Quartet and Ensembles Weddings, Banquets, Anniversaries, Birthdays From baroque through today’s rock music For 15 years this quartet has entertained St. Louis audiences with music from every genre Whatever your day, we make it beautiful, memorable and affordable www.cahokiastringquartet.com | 618.973.2786

Capture Pod StL Photo Booth The Capture POD is a highly entertaining, super stylish photo booth designed by a professional photography studio for weddings, parties, and special events. Add instant fun and entertainment to your wedding and leave guests with a party favor they’ll love and keep forever! We are anxious to assist you in creating and CAPTURING one of the most memorable days of your life. www.capturepodstl.com | capturepodstl@gmail.com | 618.580.6536

Cold Stone Creamery and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Treat your guests to the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® with catering from Cold Stone Creamery. We offer our super premium ice cream in custom wedding cakes or cupcake towers, sundae bars, or the full Cold Stone experience -- the portable stone Indulge your guests sweet tooth with favors from Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Choose from our 21 varieties of caramel apples, chocolate dipped strawberries or customized indulgent truffles. With our two great brands, the possibilities are endless!

Breeze In. Blow Out. Gorgeous Hair • Expert Makeup • Parties Weddings • Habit Forming 9916 Clayton Road 63124 • 314-692-2569 • www.breezeblowdrybar.com

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You inspire. We discover. You experience. We are nationally known for our unique and creative style of short form story-telling. Relive your wedding day again and again through beautiful high definition cinematography. Your Wedding Story. Told. www.SkyGuyMedia.com :: 314-699-4759 :: SkyGuyMedia@gmail.com

SISTERS floral design studio

Fresh. Award Winning. Design Forward. Kirkwood, Missouri – design consultations by appointment 314.821.0076 www.SistersFlowers.net

Contact us for availability or information! (618) 567-6000 www.coldstone-rockymountaincatering.com

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Garden Fresh Floral Design By appointment only

Westview Media

“Winner Best Wedding Videographer 2010” by St. Louis Bride Magazine Westview Media wants your final wedding video to look like a produced movie. We use the same equipment that a filmmaker uses. This cherished video if for you and your loved ones to watch time and time again, for many years to come.

Now open in Webster Groves. 43B Old Orchard Ave. St. Louis, MO 63119 314-578-5363 www.thecrimsonpetal.net

149 North Meramec Ave., Clayton, MO 63105 314-726-6222 www.westviewmedia.com

Personal Touch Weddings Make your wedding vows as personal & unique as your love. We’ll create a ceremony for you or assist your creative impulses. -- Include children, extended family, blended family -interfaith, non-denominational, civil services -- your choice of locations. You provide the love, We provide the Personal Touch. 314-426-4268 wilsonweddings@sbcglobal.net

Celebrating 10 years as the original. Because your event deserves the very best...

Initials, Inc. Personalized gifts for everyone on your list! Specializing in monogrammed bridesmaid gifts — totes, wristlets, clutches, cosmetic bags, coolers, toiletry cases, insulated bags, blankets, weekenders, purses, duffles, scarves, organizing bins, luggage and accessories. www.nameyourbag.com Facebook.com/nameyourbag 314.614.1772

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It Works! Global Wrap your Wedding Party and Tighten, Tone and Firm for the Big Day and Beyond. Brides wrap for free, ask me how! Tighten, tone and firm in 45 minutes — anywhere from the chin down. Beth Barr — 314.265.2126 inspiretoskinnywrap.myitworks.com inspiretoskinnywrap@gmail.com | f / Skinny in the Lou

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Ivy Hill Ivy Hill is the perfect boutique to find your rehearsal dinner, shower and honeymoon dress, handbags and accessories. Milly • Shoshanna • Amanda Uprichard, Free People • Viv&Ingrid Seven for all Mankind • DL 1961 and much more! Ladue: 8835 Ladue Road 314-721-7004 Central West End: 304 North Euclid Avenue St. Louis, Mo 63108 314-367-7004 www.ivyhillboutique.com Being in love never goes out of style. www.kurtishall.com / kurtis@kurtishall.com / 314.323.0811

Lady Bug Beads Create the Perfect Match

At Lady Bug Beads your wedding jewelry is limited only by your imagination. Our staff of designers can create a one of a kind look for you or help you make your own. Bring us your vision! Don’t forget the wedding party....with an endless selection of colors we can find that perfect match. Chosen as the Best Bead Shop in St. Louis and “A” listed by St. Louis Magazine M,W,F 10-6pm T,TH 10-8pm Sat. 9-4pm Sun. 12-4pm 7616 Big Bend Blvd. 314.644.6140 www.ladybugbeads.net

Big Daddy’s on the Landing Big Daddy’s on the Landing is your bachelorette party headquarters. Located in the heart of beautiful historic Laclede’s Landing, Big Daddy’s offers an unparallelled experience for the bride-to-be. All groups big and small can be accommodated with excellent rates on food and beverages. Bachelorette parties of 5 or more receive a complimentary bottle of champagne. Big Daddy’s on the Landing also employs only the top DJ’s and live entertainment in St. Louis. Make sure you get all the girls together for your memorable, or not so memorable last night out as a single lady at Big Daddy’s on the Landing! 118 Morgan Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 314.621.6700 | www.bigdaddystl.com

Festive Atmospheres Flowers define the style of any event. Classic Chic Casual Elegance Modern Sophistication Always a Festive Atmosphere By Appointment Frankie Peltiere, AIFD 8314 Olive Blvd 314-481-1501 www.FestiveAtmospheres.com Frankie@FestiveAtmospheres.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

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Extra Virgin, an Olive Ovation Exceptional party favors and gifts for showers, engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and wedding receptions. 314-727-6464 8829 Ladue Road Ladue, MO 63124 extravirginoo.com

PAPER PATCH All you need is love. Paper Patch has all the rest. SAVE THE DATES ENGAGEMENT • SHOWER WEDDING INVITATIONS MAPS • PROGRAMS PLACE CARDS FAVORS • STATIONERY CUSTOM DESIGNS Personalized service for over 26 years 12095 Manchester Road Des Peres, Missouri 63131 314-821-6561 www.paperpatchinvitesyou.com

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

Let Lifetime Media show you everything a wedding video should be. Multi-award winning company in business over 12 years 8140 Brentwood Industrial Dr. | 314-481-4754 | www.weddingsbylifetime.com

TBL Artistic Productions With high-end, lush, elegant floral design, Brendan will make your bridal dreams a reality at any budget. Comprehensive, all-inclusive planning services available as well.

The Shrewsbury Ballroom & Banquet Center A perfect location for wedding receptions, fundraising events, corporate meetings or private parties. Our facility allows you to personalize your event by letting you choose your own caterers and vendors. - Accommodates 240 -300 guests - Catering kitchens available - Dance floor - Stage - Ample parking - Centrally located off Hwy 44 For more information contact Andrea Krechel at 314.647.1003 ext 218 or Akrechel@cityofshrewsbury.com

Founded on innovation, creativity and professionalism, Chef Todd Guzdial and staff specialize in creating unforgettable events! Whether you want a formal sit down dinner, buffet style, or backyard celebration, every Artistic Affairs event is planned and executed with style. We love what we do and you can tell by your experience. www.artisticaffairscatering.com todd@artisticaffairscatering.com 314-918-0003

By appointment only | 314.372.9340 brendan@singingflorist.biz www.singingflorist.biz

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SNS Makeup Artistry & Hair Design We provide full makeup and hair services for your special occasion and also Bridal assistance for a stress-free wedding day. We also specialize in Henna Tattoo Design. 314.488.8999 www.facebook.com/snsmakeup

PASSION FOR DESIGN Angela Lopez free consultation by appointment 314-651-3740 www.eleganceinbloomflorist.com

Curt Parker Jewelers The ultimate platinum source for engagement and right- hand rings with a specialty in micro-pave’ designs. Sure to dazzle for generations. 10192 Conway Road 314.989.9909 www.curtparker.com

Day-of Coordination With a Twist Wedding Officiant / Elopement Ceremonies 600+ Event Locations and 150+ Religious Sites www.WeddingLiaison.com • (314) 821-4844 • www.ElopeInStLouis.com

Vellum

STL Booths Wedding Receptions • Bridal Showers Unmatched quality • Unbeatable price • Unforgettable memories The STL Booths Experience is as simple as 1,2,3! 1. Push 2. Pose 3. Print

From classic to contemporary, Vellum has the perfect invitation for you! Whether your wedding is a black-tie affair or a beachfront ceremony, this charming boutique provides an enormous selection of wedding invitations, save the dates, programs, menus, thank you notes and more! Visit the special Bridal Room, where brides receive the personal attention they need. 120 West Monroe, Kirkwood 314-909-1640 www.velluminc.com

www.stlbooths.com | 314-400-8485 | Info@stlbooths.com

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314.808.0706

Providing fresh, modern photography that is honest & real. Angie’s laid back style puts clients at ease which make for great images that are timeless. Poses are minimal to allow for natural smiles & unique personalities to shine. An artistic blend of digital & film. Serving St. Louis & beyond.

www.thornstudio.net • ann@thornstudio.net

573.747.7232 - angie@simpliphotography.com

Ann Rabbitt AIFD 6924 Morgan Ford Road • St. Louis, MO 63116-3039

Stallone’s Formal Wear

St. Louis leader in men’s formal wear since 1899.We provide the Best Fit, Service, Style and PRICE. Visit our store and you will be convinced that there is a difference in where you purchase or rent your formal wear. Worldwide Service for Out-of-Town Wedding Party. Chesterfield | 173 Hilltown Village 636-519-7111 Ladue | 9644 Clayton Rd 314-997-8900 Maryland Hts | 87 Progress Parkway 314-576-5900 O’Fallon | 2439 Hwy K 636-272-4799 Sunset Hills | 3828 S. Lindbergh 314-729-0004 1-800-666-5901 www.stallonesformalwear.com

Charles P. Stanley Cigar Co. & Lounge Downtown’s Premiere Bachelor/Bachelorette Gathering Place

Celebrate with your groomsmen/bridesmaids in our comfortable lounge atmosphere! Choose from over 1,000 different cigars to pair with our extensive selection of single malt scotches, cognacs and cordials. Stanley’s is the oldest, largest and ONLY cigar retailer & lounge in downtown St. Louis. 11th and Washington | 314-436-3500

T. Brendan Lally Classically Trained Tenor and Musical Liason

Nationally Recognized Designer Resale. We’re the secret to dressing like a million bucks without spending it.

Music for your wedding ceremony and cocktail hour must be absolutely perfect. As a classically trained tenor with a network of hundreds of classical musicians, Brendan’s knowledge, professional experience, and exquisite artistry will deliver musical excellence beyond your wildest dreams.

Women’s Closet Exchange offers one of the largest selections of women’s apparel, handbags, shoes, jewelry and accessories from top-name fashion designers priced well below retail cost. Perfect for mother of the bride/groom!

314.372.9340 brendan@singingflorist.biz www.singingflorist.biz

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Women’s Closet Exchange

Conveniently located one mile east off Highway 270 on Gravois Road in the Sappington Plaza amongst the “shops of resale row.” 11575 Gravois Road St. Louis, MO 63126 314.842.8405 www.womensclosetexchange.net

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

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Our promise at Fleming’s is to make your Rehearsal Dinner a celebration with worldclass food, wine and personalized service. Each room can be configured for your specific needs including custom linens, flowers, music and audio visual. Our rooms are perfect for groups of 10-80. For more information please contact our Private Dining Director, Jamie Windhorst at pdstlouis@flemingssteakhouse.com or 314-917-1196. 1855 South Lindbergh Boulevard | St. Louis, MO 63131 www.FlemingsSteakhouse.com/StLouis

Holiday Inn Route 66 Let us help create memories . . . Celebrate your special occasion at the Holiday Inn Route 66. The perfect setting for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners or bridal showers. Located in Sunset Hills near I-270 and I-44. 10709 Watson Road St. Louis, MO 63127 314-821-6600 or 314-620-2159

Cyrano’s Café Our private room is a beautiful and unique space for your rehearsal dinner! With our bright colors and eclectic interior design, we offer something you can’t find in traditional banquet rooms. We can accommodate up to 40 people for a sit down dinner, and up to 60 people for a buffet or cocktail party. Cyrano’s offers a flexible and varied menu, along with our award-wining desserts! Located in beautiful Webster Groves, we are centrally located and close to major highways. Our room is also perfect for bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheons and bachelorette parties! For more information, please contact Melissa Downs 314-963-3232 603 E. Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119 | www.cyranos.com

Busch Stadium

Rigazzi’s

At Busch Stadium Special Events, we know that practice makes perfect! So, when planning your rehearsal dinner, let us help turn your experience into a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for everyone involved. Our field and 17 distinct venues offer a variety of elegant settings, gourmet dining and panoramic views that can’t be found anywhere else in the city.

Rigazzi’s, family owned and operated since 1957, is the oldest restaurant on The Hill. Rigazzi’s has been recognized many times, both locally and nationally, for their delicious Italian cuisine. Now offering two banquet rooms for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or special event with special packages to meet your needs.

Undeniably St. Louis. Absolutely unforgettable. Reserve your date today. Visit Cardinals.com/events | 314-345-9630

4945 Daggett 314.772.4900 www.rigazzis.com

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The Front Room at Sqwires

Gateway Arch Riverboats It’s all about memories, and what could be more unique and memorable than a rehearsal dinner or wedding reception cruise on the Mississippi with the impressive St. Louis skyline as your backdrop. Variety of menu choices to suit your individual taste. Accommodates 50 to 200.

The “Front Room” features fireplace, bar, 8 foot tall windows in original brick walls - an inviting room to host 50 for a full-service or buffet dinner or cocktails for 70. Be inspired to entertain guests for your engagement party, shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception. Contact us at (314) 865-3522 1415 South 18th Street Historic Lafayette Square St. Louis, Missouri 63104 info@sqwires.com www.sqwires.com

Gateway Arch Riverboats 314.923.3047 gatewayarch.com

Balaban’s Balaban’s® offers a beautiful new Tuscan-inspired room providing the perfect setting for your special occasion. Whether you are celebrating a wedding, hosting a rehearsal dinner or reception, our private event menu can be tailored to your specifications. Accommodating up to 90 individuals for afternoon or evening events and up to 100 for a cocktail reception. Balaban’s® private event options run from full, perfectly paired wine dinners to receptions with hand crafted hors d’oeuvres and wine from our award-winning cellar. We offer a full bar and choice of a tiered package. 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017, 636-449-6700

Patty Long Catering’s Rooftop Deck Celebrate your special evening with Patty Long Catering and enjoy an intimate evening atop our gorgeous 9th Street Abbey, in our Rooftop Deck space. Our fully-enclosed, climate-controlled space is ideal for any event throughout the year. Boasting a large built-in bar and comfortably accommodating up to 50 guests, this versatile space guarantees an enchanting experience for any occasion. 1804 S. Ninth Street | Located in Historic Soulard St. Louis, MO 63104 | 314-621-9598 info@pattylongcatering.com | www.pattylongcatering.com

Embassy Suites St. Louis Downtown Opened in October 2011, the new Embassy Suites St. Louis – Downtown is located in the heart of St. Louis in the new Mercantile Exchange District at the corner of Washington Avenue and 7th Street. The facilities offer warm, urban-contemporary décor and the location puts you right at Washington Ave. Offering 212 two-room suites with complimentary cooked-toorder breakfast and our signature evening Manager’s Reception, this is the ideal location for out of town guests. Ideal for receptions and rehearsal dinners, or any event from 10-200, the Embassy Suites can cater to your every need with creative culinary delights sure to please your guests. 610 N. 7th Street | St. Louis, MO 63101 314.269.5900 www.stlouisdowntown.embassysuites.com

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World Chess Hall of Fame Located in the historic Central West End neighborhood, the World Chess Hall of Fame’s third floor gallery offers a beautiful sunlit space with large windows, dark hardwood floors and exposed ceiling beams. A unique space for an engagement party, wedding shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception! You choose the caterer to customize a menu just for your event. Space available for up to 100 guests. For more information, contact Special Events Manager, Lauren Stewart. lauren.stewart@worldchesshof.org or (314) 367-9243 x106 4652 Maryland Avenue | Saint Louis, MO 63108 (314) 367-9243 x106 | www.worldchesshof.org

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Hilton St. Louis Downtown Celebrate your special event in historical elegance at the Hilton St. Louis Downtown. Our intimate atmosphere is perfect for groups of 15 - 80. Enjoy catered selections from our award-winning restaurant, 400 Olive, while our hospitable and experienced staff fulfill your every need. 400 Olive St. Louis Mo. 63102 314-436-0002 www.stlouisdowntown.hilton.com www.400olive.com

The Knight Center The Knight Center on the beautiful campus of Washington University makes an ideal setting for your Rehearsal Dinner, Wedding Ceremony, and/or Reception. From the elegant dining room to the casual outdoor courtyard, we will help you create the perfect atmosphere. Choose from sit down service, upscale buffet, or hors d’oeuvres, all prepared by our international award winning executive chef. The Knight Center can accommodate groups up to 200 people and has 66 on-site guest rooms for overnight guests. Contact our wedding specialist Holly at 314.935-4668 www.olin.wustl.edu/knightcenter | jurgensen@olin.wustl.edu

Monarch Event Space Monarch serves as a premier venue for any event due to the diverse & multifunctional floor plan. Our staff specializes in creating unique customized events. Boasting over 10,000 sq feet, this venue comfortably hosts groups from 100 to 400. Our specialty is weddings and receptions. Monarch is centrally located with plenty of parking. For more information contact Shea Behymer at 314.769-9595 ext 12 info@MonarchEventSpace.com

Home Wine Kitchen

Located in historic Maplewood, this is the ideal venue for showers, luncheons, anniversaries, birthdays and rehearsal dinners. We know how stressful event planning can be, so please let Executive Chef Cassy Vires and our staff take care of all of the details to ensure your special event is a success! Our event space can accommodate up to 55 people for a seated meal or cocktail party. While we specialize in family style cuisine, we can provide buffet, plated meals or hors d’oeurves receptions. 7322 Manchester Rd. Maplewood, MO 63143 (314) 802-7676 | privateevents@homewinekitchen.com

Kemoll’s Restaurant

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

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Kemoll’s Restaurant has been delighting St. Louis since 1927 with their delicious flavor and top notch service. Make your rehearsal dinner stress free from the 40th floor of the Met Building. The spectacular views and the award winning food will be sure to leave a lasting impression on you and your guests. Dinner or cocktail and appetizer packages include everything— tax, gratuity, white linens, candles and enclosed garage parking in the Met Square building. We look forward to serving you. Kemoll’s Restaurant | Top of the Met 314-421-0555 Kemolls.com

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Russo’s Spazio With several different banquet rooms, including our newly-renovated Bistro with contemporary décor and our popular Garden Room, Russo’s Spazio at Westport is the perfect place to book your rehearsal dinner! Spazio at Westport can accommodate any party from 25-250 people, and offers traditional, themed, or cocktail party menu options, so you can customize your rehearsal dinner to your unique standards! Russo’s Spazio at Westport is also centrally located just outside of Westport Plaza in Maryland Heights. Spazio at Westport is owned and operated by Russo’s Gourmet Catering, which has proudly served St. Louis for over 40 years. Call Spazio at Westport today to book your rehearsal dinner, and receive a complimentary wine toast for your guests! 12031 Lackland Rd. St. Louis, MO 63146 • 314.576.0400 • www.russosgourmet.com

J. Buck’s E-mail Mandi@jbucks.com to book your event! Private space available for groups up to 250 people. Perfect for rehearsel dinners or receptions. www.Jbucks.com 101 S. Hanley Clayton 314-725-4700

Hodak’s A relaxed atmosphere, a festive gathering, and the best fried chicken in town — that’s how we do it at Hodak’s. Make your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party or other event for 40 to 125 guests an unpretentious, unforgettable affair. Our family buffet may include Hodak’s Chicken, juicy roast beef, sliced or barbecued ham, St. Louis mostaccioli, and many more selections, plus beer on draft, wines, mixed drinks, and dessert. At Hodak’s, everyone has a great meal and a great time. We’ll handle every detail, so you can chill out and party. 2100 Gravois Ave. | 314-776-7292 | www.hodaks.com

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

Zia’s

Make rehearsal dinners easy to plan! With two convenient locations throughout the St. Louis area. J. Buck’s Restaurant’s offer private rooms, offsite catering, patio areas, along with the quality Classic-Style American Cuisine and service guests have come to expect.

1000 Clark Avenue Downtown St. Louis 314-436-0394

Lucas Park Grille

Imagine a rehearsal dinner with no pre-set menu! With more than 35 choices, your guests can order what they would like. Zia’s has been family owned and operated for more than 25 years and has become a St. Louis institution. With a casual, traditional decor, Zia’s specializes in pastas, veal, seafood, chicken and steaks. “On the Hill” 5256 Wilson Ave. • 314.776.0020 • www.zias.com

Old Rock House

Old Rock House is one of the most unique places to hold your event. We are one of the city’s premiere smoke joints and event facilities. Experience this treasure for your next event. We can host your wedding reception, rehearsal dinner, or party of any kind and size. Allow us to create your memory.

1200 S. 7th Street, St. Louis, MO 63104 • 314-588-0505 email: specialevents@oldrockhouse.com • www.oldrockhouse.com

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Bristol Seafood Grill Eat. Drink. Be Married. Be it a wedding rehearsal dinner, bridal shower or reception, Bristol offers comfortable, private spaces for up to 65 people. We’ll provide one of the finest private party spaces in St. Louis – and leave the memory-making up to you.

Charlie Gitto’s

Visit our sister restaurant, J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood in West County Center.

St. Louis’ Favorite Italian Dining Experience and The Perfect Setting for Your Rehearsal Dinner

11801 Olive Blvd. | Creve Coeur 314.567.0272 Bristolseafoodgrill.com

Charlie Gitto’s “On the Hill” 5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 • 314.772.8898 Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino 777 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Height, MO 63043 • 314.770.7663 www.charliegittos.com

Flamingo Bowl Located in beautiful downtown St. Louis, Flamingo Bowl offers a unique rehearsal dinner / reception experience with grand views of Washington Avenue. This one of a kind setting offers upscale art-deco décor, a fun atmosphere, and an exceptional catering menu—sure to make your event unmatched. Our private rooms include cozy lounge areas, a pool table, and state of the art bowling lanes. Many options are available to make the night uniquely yours. For more information contact: Gabe Pecher at gabe@flamingobowl.com 1117 Washington Ave. St. Louis, MO 63101 314.436.6666 flamingobowl.com

The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis Kick off your wedding weekend with a memorable rehearsal dinner at The Ritz-Carlton. Enjoy your evening with good friends and family in an intimate setting exclusively for you. Let us create a menu that reflects your casual style or your formal flare. Call Robin Albach at 314-863-6300 to discuss your special dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis today 100 Carondelet Plaza. www.ritzcarlton.com/stlouis

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SqWires Annex With SqWires’ help, you can please all of the people all of the time. Whether your style is traditional or trendy, we’ll team up with bride, groom, parents and friends to fill your shower, engagement party, rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception with a spectacular mix of food, beverage, setting and service. An enticing array of menu items and service options from hors d’oeuvres to buffets or multi-course dinners. Contact us: 314-865-3522 1415 South 18th Street • Historic Lafayette Square • Saint Louis, Missouri 63104 email: info@sqwires.com, website: www.sqwires.com

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

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Marketplace cakes & confections Chocolate Fountain Affair Delightful…Decadent…and Entertaining. And for that something “extra” add our new Chocolate Shot machine with our gourmet sipping chocolate. Why not have a chocolate fountain and a shot machine for your dessert table. What a delicious way to treat your guests! 636-230-6763 www.chocolatefountainaffair.com La Patisserie Chouquette Chouquette offers personalized, one of a kind cakes that are sure to make your event memorable. www.simonefaure.com 1626 Tower Grove St. Louis, MO 63110 314.932.9935

Caterers & rehearsal dinner Villa Farotto We offer full service catering at 15 venues and can also cater at other locations of your choice. We cover every detail such as rentals, flowers, entertainment, and of course menu selection and type of service. We have two restaurant locations for rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and showers. Call us to setup a tasting and we can assist you with venue selection at the same time. www.villafarotto.com 17417 Chesterfield Airport Rd, Chesterfield MO 63005 636-519-0048

consultants/designers/planners Divine Events Wedding planning, design & coordination. Specializing in working with busy professionals whose time is limited. Your day! Your way! www.MyDivineEvents.com 11425 Dorsett Rd. Suite 202 Maryland Heights, MO 63043 314.669.5933 Lucky You Productions Don’t go it alone! Lucky You Productions can help! With more than 17 years experience in event and wedding planning, we can accommodate full or partial wedding planning, day of coordination and/or wedding design. Every wedding should be extraordinary. Therefore, you can mix and match our services to fit your needs. Coordination packages start at just $1,000.00. Consultations by Appointment Only. www.luckyyoustl.com (314) 588-0073 Weddings By Renee Wedding Design, Planning, and Day-of Coordination Services. An experienced wedding planner is the best gift you’ll ever give yourself. Share your wedding dreams with us and together we will create an unforgettable celebration for you and your guests. You’ll relax and enjoy your wedding day with family and friends, while we handle all the details. Expert Advice. Innovative Design. Flawless Execution. Call us for a complimentary consultation today. www.stlweddingsbyrenee.com facebook.com/WeddingsByReneeSTL 314-616-4600

COMPLETE North America’s solution for special events and wedding 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 brand new location at 11100 Olive Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63141. www.CompleteStLouis.com 314.991.5656 Megan Hawkins Harpist Imagine the elegant sounds of the harp as you walk down the aisle. Specializing in harp, sound, and DJ services for your big day. www.meganhawkins.org megrhawkins@gmail.com 314.529.1854 Rockstar DJs Have the reception your guests rave about for years to come! Relax and enjoy your reception with the most talented, professional DJs in the St. Louis area. rockstardjstl.com 314-518-2407 Spectrum Band St. Louis’ Premier Variety Dance Band. Voted “Best Band in St. Louis” by local wedding experts for two years in a row! Great web site including schedule 14140 Conway Road, 314-434-7153 www.spectrumband.net Steel Drum Flavor Caribbean Island Music Caribbean steel drum music will provide you with that unique, island flair for your destination wedding. www.steeldrumflavor.com 873 Longacre Dr Suite C St Louis, MO 63132 314-485-9541

FLORists Elegant Celebrations. Elegant, European, Classic, Contemporary—there’s a perfect look for every bride. Let us create your Signature Style wedding. MO: 314-993-1717 IL: 618-344-1901 www.elegantcelebrationsstl.com

hospitality gifts PRP Wine International Unique gifts for your special day: custom-labeled wine, engraved sommelier kits, and etched glassware. www.prpwine.com ewinters@prpwine.com (314) 432-6450 x301 Vom Fass The premier source for the highest quality European imported oils, vinegars, brandies, whiskies, and liqueurs. Stop in to sample all items and allow a knowledgeable staff member to find truly memorable gifts for the bride or groom. Our delicious products come in a variety of sizes, perfect for wedding favors or wedding party gifts. Consider starting your bachelor/bachelorette party with a private tasting of cocktails. Let us help make your special day even more unforgettable! 7314 Manchester Rd. 314-932-5262

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CJ’s Disc Jockey Service Your Vision & Style. Your Dream Come True. Professional Entertainment for Your Celebration. www.cjsdiscjockeyservice.com 5013 Warren Road, Imperial, MO 63052 314-892-0329

All Couples Married. We perform your ceremony your way, any­­where. Our non-denominational ­clergy/officiates work with you to create the ceremony you want. 314-781-0444 allcouplesmarried.com

The Monastery Let us work with you planning your perfect Wedding Ceremony, Non-Denominational, and Catholic, at the venue of your choice. Experienced Ministers to help you with the perfect celebration. www.themonastery.vp.com 314-565-3776 or 636-328-4024 Personal Touch Weddings Make your wedding vows as personal & unique as your love. We’ll create a ceremony for you or assist your creative impulses. Include children, extended family, blended family – interfaith, non-denominational, civil services – your choice of locations. You provide the love, we provide the personal touch. personaltouchweddings.net 314.426.4268

Outdoor rentals Portable Water Closet Elegantly designed portable restrooms. Perfect for outdoor weddings and events. www.portablewatercloset.com PO Box 510851, St. Louis, MO 63151 314.293.1800

PHOTO booth rental Fun Photo Events Thinking of a photo booth for your special day? We are a family owned and operated photo booth rental company that works with the budget conscious bride to offer the best all-inclusive packages out there. Mention this ad and receive 15% off any wedding package. www.funphotoevents.com 6729 Wynfield Terrace Drive, St. Louis, MO 63129 314-293-9231 Marquis Photo Booth Make your event even more memorable with a photo booth! Mention this ad for $100.00 off 3 or more hours. www.marquisphotobooth.com 314.365.9118

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

Real Estate I Take This Home Let our Expert Team of professionals help you find your first home! Katie, Nicki and Peter combine years of experience in the Real Estate and Lending fields. Up to $5,000 in first time buyer money! Email itakethishome@gmail.com for more info or visit www.facebook.com/itakethishome

VIDEOGRAPHY Creative Video Services Voted the best video company by St. Louis Brides, we create works of art in a discreet and professional manner capturing every emotion so you can enjoy it forever in the highest quality video and sound. International Award Winners. Discreet, Elegant, Distinctive and Creative. www.creativevideostl.com 314.317.9228 The Perfect Image of St. Louis Cherish your special day forever with a creative and professional video. Package options for all budgets! theperfectimageofstlouis.com/weddings 5014 Grace Ave. St. Louis, MO 63116 314.662.4862

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