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T HE PINK BRIDE® WEDDINGS MISSOURI & SOUTHERN ILLINOIS WINTER 2020 Publisher Renee Maddison Graphic Designers Amy Smith Elisa Vandergriff Karen Pilkington Contributing Writers Chelsey Gatlin Karen Pilkington Katherine Whitehead Kendall Calkins ©2 019 R and R Marketing Inc. - All rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner without written permission is strictlly prohibited. All articles are property of Jacob Marketing Inc Photographs used in The Pink Bride® are provided and copyrighted by their respective owners, and may not be reproduced without the owner’s permission. Jacob Marketing, Inc. is not responsible for any errors, misprints, misquotes, or omissions. All vendor information for Real Wedding features, was supplied to The Pink Bride® , by the wedding couple and/or a third party. The Pink Bride® cannot take responsibility for mis-information that was provided. The Real Wedding features are not paid advertisements, but simply is provided as a resource to The Pink Bride® readers.

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I’m so proud and excited to present to you the inaugural issue of the Missouri & Southern Illinois Weddings by The Pink Bride. With each turn of the page I hope you find new inspiration that thoughtfully guides you through planning your “I Do”. Be intentional about creating your “I Do.” Capture the footprint that reflects the first chapter of your love story and leads the two of you perfectly into your next chapter, “I Do”. This issue is filled with real wedding features, content rich articles and so many great ideas that will help you navigate and create your unique signature. Round out your local planning timeline by attending St Louis’s largest and most requested wedding-planning-experience, The Pink Bride wedding shows! Meet and book the finest wedding pros, who offer show-exclusive packages, while you preview irresistible inspirational setups, and gather style ideas from the breathtaking fashion shows. Enjoy complimentary treats and amazing inspiration. So much fun and excitement designed especially you. May you always find Joy and happiness being with the one you love. Remember, the gift of another’s love is not a trivial thing to be casually tossed aside; you must always work and nourish the gift and the giver if you are to keep it for a lifetime. Cheers to a stunning wedding day that’s oh-so-you. Best wishes for a marriage that’s even better than the most romantic fairy tale. Lastly, please let any wedding professionals you meet, via this magazine or The Pink Bride wedding shows know that The Pink Bride sent you. The Pink Bride- We Say Yes to Love! Renee Maddison, Publisher


IN THIS ISSUE 12

You’re Engaged!

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Roles & Responsibilities of the Bridal Party

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Pop the Bubbly!

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The Guest List: To Invite or Not to Invite

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Wedding Dress 101: Styles & Shapes

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Feel the Best in Your Dress

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A Complete Guide to Men’s Wedding Attire

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A Wedding Planning Vocab List Every Bride Needs to Know

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Invitation & Save-the-Date Tips

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10 Tips for Creating Your Wedding Website

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7 Drugstore Beauty Hacks Leading Up to the Big Day

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What Not to DIY for Your Wedding

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The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

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The Art of Spending

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The ABC’s of Wedding Venues

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A Groom’s Opinion

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Unplugged

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Honeymoon Heroes


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The Great Debate: DJ Vs. Band

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12 Date Night Ideas for Your First Year of Marriage

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Happily Hitched

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How to Write a Gracious Thank You Note

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Evening Wedding Timeline

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Checklist for Your Honeymoon

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10 Best Honeymoon Locations in the US

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Surbhi Jain & Eric Brown

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Julie Friem & Sean O’’Mara

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Rosie & Armin

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Brittany Gaue & Eddie Parker

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Katie Chitkowski & Mike Cowell

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Brendel Marshall & Josh Buhnerkemper

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Nicole Blair & Brian Obermark

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Christie Hilgendorf & Jordan Morgan

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Morgan Aytes & Hayden Schoenfeld

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Bitty Balducci and Caleb Meyer

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Paige Buchheit & Ryan Fleming

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Lisa Grimes and James Gerlach

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A Note from the Publisher

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A Hotel Saint Louis Styled Wedding

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A Kaleidoscope Crafted Wedding featuring Craft Brew Coffee Clarice’s Bridal: 40 Years and 4 Generations

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Anniversary Celebrations

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Your Guide to Missouri and Southern Illinois Wedding Venues

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Pink Pro Wedding Directory


WEDDING 101

YOU’RE ENGAGED! NOW, WHERE TO START? By: Chelsey Gatlin

After you’re done showing off that beautiful ring, it’s time to get to work on your wedding planning! While some brides are ecstatic and others are a bit overwhelmed already, everyone’s curious as to where to start. See our simple timeline to give you the rundown on the basics below! Psst. We have a more detailed checklist on page 95 for you!

1 SET THE BUDGET Sit down with your fiancé to determine how much you both are comfortable with spending and who else might be contributing.

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3 SET THE DATE Once your venue is solid, an actual wedding date is now possible! It’s falling into place!

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5 HIRE YOUR #DREAMTEAM Research different wedding professionals who fit your taste, style, and budget. If it’s a must-have person that you cannot live without, book ASAP.

SMILE FOR YOUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS One of the fun parts of wedding planning where you can dress up, hang out with your fiancé, and get wonderful photos taken. It’s also a great opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer before the big day. FINISH BOOKING YOUR WEDDING PROS This includes vendors like for your photo booth, makeup, hair, and transportation. GET THE LICENSE! Found in the state registrar’s office in the county where you will wed. Don’t forget the obligatory marriage license selfie!

DECIDE ON YOUR THEME Rustic, boho, glam, picking a theme will help narrow down your vendor search and keep your planning more streamlined for a cohesive look.

CHOOSE YOUR CREW Ask your group of besties, siblings, and future in-laws who will be so excited to stand next to you on your big day.

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ATTEND A WEDDING SHOW You’ll be able to get tons of inspiration and get to meet potential wedding pros face-to-face without numerous meetings. Who knows, you might even book multiple vendors for your day!

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SEND OUT INVITATIONS Get those in the mail! Your guests are eagerly anticipating theirs as they’ve been seeing your engagement photos all over social media.

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BUY RINGS Start shopping for the wedding bands! While you may have had a ring on for a few months now, this gives your hubby a chance to choose his!

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BOOK YOUR VENUE Whether it’s a local barn venue that you have your eye on or a tropical beach 1,000 miles away, start to look for a venue and book early. Don’t forget to keep your budget and estimated guest count in mind. For local venues, check out the Venue section on pages ####.

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7 SAY YES TO THE DRESS ...tuxedo, suit, jumpsuit, or whatever attire fits your wedding theme!

CHEERS! Pop the champagne! You’re spending the rest of your life with your honey! If that’s not a cause for a celebration, we don’t know what is!

SAY I DO! Now is the time to really celebrate and enjoy all your hard work. Welcome to the married life!


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WEDDING 101

FATHER of the BRIDE Before the Wedding Day Helps pay for wedding Prepares a speech Rents / buys his clothing Attends the rehearsal

On the Day

Walks daughter to the ceremony and down the aisle Gives bride away to groom Dances with the Bride Host along with Mother of the Bride at the reception Gives first speech and proposes a toast Last to leave and makes sure everyone is paid! Image by Waldorf Photographic Art

GROOMSMEN Before the wedding Day

Rents / buys his clothing Attends the rehearsal Participate in all pre-wedding parties

On the Day

Arrive dressed (or to dress) at ceremony site according to bride’s wedding day schedule Seat guest as they arrive at the ceremony Helps the groom Escorts bridesmaids Gets the party started on the dance floor! Image by Brown Lab Photography

BRIDESMAIDS Before the Wedding Day

Help pick gowns Buys gown and accessories Attends the rehearsal Participate in all pre-wedding parties

On the Day

Gets ready with the bride Arrive at dressing location according to time chosen by bride Helps the bride with any last minute details Participate during the processional Gets the party started on the dance floor! Image by Details Nashville

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WEDDING 101

YOU’RE - Now What? POPENGAGED THE BUBBLY! By Katherine Katherine Whitehead Whitehead By

Congratulations, you’re you’re engaged! engaged! The The Congratulations, moment you’ve you’ve been been waiting waiting for for has has moment finally happened happened -- you’ve you’ve got got the the ring, ring, finally the man, man, and and the the promise promise of of aa lifetime. lifetime. the While you you take take some some time time to to enjoy enjoy While those post-engagement post-engagement feels, feels, it’s it’s time time those to get get to to work work because, because, believe believe itit or or to not, these these next next few few weeks weeks and and months months not, following the the proposal proposal are are going going to to fly fly following by. Now Now that that you’re you’re on on your your way way to to the the by. altar, you you may may not not know know where where to to begin. begin. altar, There’s no no set set strategy strategy to to follow follow when when There’s planning aa wedding, wedding, however, however, we’ve we’ve planning created the the ultimate ultimate checklist checklist of of the the created first steps steps and and must-do’s must-do’s to to begin begin your your first big adventure. adventure. big TELL YOUR YOUR FAMILY FAMILY AND AND FRIENDS FRIENDS TELL

The last last place place your your family family should should hear hear about about The your engagement engagement is is on on social social media. media. Make Make your sure you you give give your your parents parents aa call call to to tell tell them them sure the good good news. news. Chances Chances are are they they already already the knew itit was was coming coming and and have have been been waiting waiting knew on you you to to let let them them know. know. When When itit comes comes to to on your best best friends, friends, snapping snapping aa ring ring selfie selfie with with your your fiance fiance is is one one of of the the most most fun fun ways ways to to your do it, it, and and it’ll it’ll add add for for aa great great surprise surprise in in their their do feed! feed!

CELEBRATE CELEBRATE

Being engaged engaged is is totally totally worth worth toasting! toasting! Being Grab the the people people closest closest to to you you and and head head out out Grab for aa celebratory celebratory evening evening of of food food and and drinks. drinks. for you’re not not up up for for aa group group night, night, head head out out IfIf you’re with your your man man for for aa romantic romantic date date night night to to with revel in in your your upcoming upcoming nuptials. nuptials. revel

GET YOUR YOUR RING RING INSURED INSURED GET

Getting your your ring ring insured insured may may not not be be the the Getting most exciting exciting thing thing on on your your list, list, but but trust trust most us –– it’s it’s totally totally worth worth itit and and will will come come in in us handy should should anything anything happen happen to to your your ring. ring. handy Whether your your rings rings are are $500 $500 or or $5,000, $5,000, an an Whether insurance policy policy can can make make sure sure that that you you can can insurance replace itit later later without without worry, worry, plus plus -- they they are are replace usually inexpensive inexpensive too! too! usually

RESEARCH WEDDING WEDDING VENUES VENUES RESEARCH

It’s never never too too early early to to start start thinking thinking about about It’s where you you want want to to get get married. married. Whether Whether where it’s in in aa church, church, aa country country club, club, barn barn or or on on aa it’s tropical island island -- you’ll you’ll want want to to get get aa head head start start tropical on venue venue selection selection so so you you can can book book your your on ideal date. date. ideal

PICK A A DATE DATE PICK

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DETERMINE YOUR YOUR GUEST GUEST LIST LIST DETERMINE

It’s important important to to be be on on the the same same page page about about It’s what kind kind of of wedding wedding you you and and your your spouse spouse what are expecting. expecting. Are Are you you going going big big or or keeping keeping itit are small and and intimate? intimate? How How many many people people are are you you small planning on on attending? attending? IfIf your your family family is is taking taking planning care of of the the costs, costs, try try consulting consulting them them as as to to what what care they think think is is best. best. they

BUDGET BUDGET

As much much as as we we don’t don’t like like to to talk talk about about it, it, As budgeting counts counts when when itit comes comes to to tying tying the the budgeting knot! Discuss Discuss with with your your family family and and spouse spouse knot! how much much you you are are going going to to set set aside aside for for your your how vows and and come come up up with with aa plan plan to to prepare prepare for for vows how you you will will save save money money as as your your wedding wedding date date how approaches. IfIf you’re you’re unsure unsure of of where where to to start start approaches. try speaking speaking with with aa financial financial advisor advisor who who can can try help you you figure figure out out all all of of the the details. details. help

ATTEND A A BRIDAL BRIDAL SHOW SHOW ATTEND

One of of the the most most important important things things you you can can do do One when itit comes comes to to wedding wedding planning planning is is attend attend when bridal show. show. These These events events will will help help you you find find aa bridal inspiration for for your your big big day. day. Instead Instead of of reading reading inspiration about vendors vendors online, online, you’ll you’ll be be able able to to meet meet about them in in person person and and even even get get to to see see and and sample sample them some of of their their work. work. IfIf you you like like aa vendor, vendor, you you can can some book aa meeting meeting with with them, them, or or ifif you you feel feel ready, ready, book book them them for for your your wedding wedding at at the the show! show! book

BUILD A A WEDDING WEDDING WEBSITE WEBSITE BUILD

Building aa website website can can be be one one of of the the details details Building that will will make make your your wedding wedding preparation preparation go go that smoother. Look Look into into costs costs and and what what platform platform smoother. you want want to to use use before before commiting. commiting. Once Once you you’ve decided decided you you can can add add any any details details you you you’ve would like like your your visitors visitors to to know know -- including including aa would count down down to to the the wedding wedding and and directions. directions. count

START A A WEDDING-ONLY WEDDING-ONLY EMAIL EMAIL START

Getting aa wedding wedding specific specific email email may may seem seem like like Getting small detail, detail, but but itit can can ultimately ultimately make make aa big big aa small difference! Wedding Wedding emails emails will will help help keep keep your your difference! planning more more organized, organized, and and allow allow greater greater planning accessibility when when itit comes comes to to accessing accessing accessibility important messages, messages, documents documents and and other other important details of of your your big big day. day. details

CREATE A A REGISTRY REGISTRY CREATE

Getting married married is is one one of of the the biggest biggest Getting milestones of of your your life, life, and and since since you’re you’re going going milestones to be be living living together together as as aa couple, couple, you’ll you’ll want want to to to think about about what what items items you’ll you’ll need need in in the the future. future. think Sign up up for for aa registry registry at at some some of of your your favorite favorite Sign places and and have have fun fun with with your your spouse spouse adding adding places things for for your your home. home. This This will will be be aa great great way way things for your your attendees attendees to to know know what what you you want want and and for need for for gifts. gifts. need

CHOOSE THE THE BRIDAL BRIDAL PARTY PARTY CHOOSE

Before you you start start asking asking your your friends friends the the big big Before question, you’ll you’ll want want to to make make aa list list of of who who you you question, want included included in in your your bridal bridal party. party. How How many many want bridesmaids do do you you want? want? Will Will you you have have aa maid maid bridesmaids of honor? honor? Don’t Don’t forget forget your your spouse spouse too! too! Will Will of he want want groomsmen groomsmen and and aa best best man? man? he

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A Kaleidoscope Crafted Wedding featuring Craft Brew Coffee The moment we first connected with Elizabeth from Kaleidoscope Craft Brew Coffee, we were smitten. Their delicious Craft Brew Coffee and their charming, vintage beverage trucks were a perfect fit for many of our engaged couples! We are so excited to share their story and this special Kaleidoscope Crafted Wedding.

Tell us a little about yourself and how your company started. “We’re a couple of dreamers who have often ventured down the road less traveled. Before we met, Chris had left his American life and moved to Australia to pursue graduate school in architecture. Meanwhile, I (Elizabeth) had moved to Haiti to begin a therapy clinic for children with special needs. This road less traveled has led us to many great adventures. Early in our marriage, we had been tinkering with coffee on the side while working our steady jobs, when Chris had that spark in him that said, “I think there’s a better way to do this.” He started experimenting on a small scale with new ways of coffee brewing. His goal was to create a craft cold coffee that was crisp, refreshing, and full of flavor. One day, he came to me with a huge smile on his face, and with a twinkle in his eyes, he said, “Babe. I did it.” A handful of years into marriage and now with two small children in tow, we left our jobs, sold our dream house, and officially launched Kaleidoscope. Now our Craft Brew Coffee is being sold in cans at retailers all over the St. Louis area, served in restaurants on draft and in coffee cocktails, and shipped all over the United States. We’ve had a blast bringing our trucks out to events across the city and witnessing awesome “first-taste reactions” with people at events like Taste of St. Louis, Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday in Tower Grove Park, the Maplewood Coffee Crawl, Eckert’s Pumpkin Jamboree, among others, as well as private events!“


What services do you offer for weddings? “We’re the couple that did everything for own wedding… and loved it! We wanted our guests to have an experience that reflected who we are as a couple – our taste, style, and personalities. Now with Kaleidoscope Crafted Weddings, our goal is the same – to create a unique experience that reflects the style and personality of the couple, from the menu of Craft Brew Coffee to the environment we help create for their big day. “We have two Vintage Brew trucks – Huckleberry and Moby – who serve our Craft Brew Beverages straight from the tap. We not only offer our current selection of Craft Brew Coffee on draft, we can also create a custom drinks list along with the couple to complement the food menu for the event.” We offer: A Brew Truck loaded with draft coffee served straight from the truck’s taps. Staff to serve draft coffee and create coffee cocktails to order. Kegs of Craft Brew Coffee, cups, ice, and everything needed to serve guests. Cans of Craft Brew Coffee with the option of custom labels. An interactive experience – the Brew Trucks are not only functional for serving coffee, they can be used as a photo op! Moby even doubles as a selfie booth… he’s quite cozy inside! We are the type of people that are passionate about enjoying experiences in life. We want people to have a completely new and exciting taste experience, remember how they felt walking into our space, and make memories around our brew truck.“ “The nature of our product is that no matter the season, we have a Craft Beverage that will fit the personal taste and style of the couple planning their wedding day. Brides and Grooms can even personalize their beverages by naming them to honor the people, places, inside jokes, and memories in their relationship that mean the most to them. For those couples who want to wow their guests to the next level, we can create custom, personalized labels for our cans of Craft Brew Coffee that can be served at the reception, used as a thank you, or even a wedding favor to send home with guests!” What is your favorite way to enjoy your coffee? “A Craft Brew Coffee experience that includes the classic charm of a Vintage Brew Truck is our favorite! We love pouring a cold, crisp, refreshing brew straight from the truck into a glass or over ice.“ “Cheers!“ Photography: Shot by Chelsea, Bridal Gown: The Bridal Parlour, Venue and Florals: The Pour Vineyard, Cake: Artistry on Cakes, Bride: Emily Rothlisberger,Groom: Kevin Rothlisberger


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PHOTOGRAPHER • MICHELLE MARIE PHOTOGRAPHIE

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ST. LOUIS, MO

Ceremony • St. Xavier College Church, Reception • Crystal Ballroom Marriot Grand Hotel, Wedding Cooridinator • Carol Kamburis, Videographer and DJ • Complete Weddings + Events, Florals • Schnucks, Cake • La Bonne Bouchee, Makeup Artist • Sarah Beauchamp

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40 Years and 4 Generations It started with a passion and a dream. 40 years ago Clarice Creech opened her doors and welcomed her first bride to be into Clarice’s Bridal Fashions on Elchelberger Avenue in 1979 in the Holly Hills neighborhood. Her first bridal salon was 800 square feet. Clarice continue to establish her footprint in St. Louis with her daughter Sue Caito at her side..

They out grew their first location and moved to Hampton Village Shopping Center and for the first time had two locations. The second in Oakville Shopping Center. Clarice continued to ad designers to her collection and again realized the need for a larger space. After 37 years of helping brides navigate thru their “I Do” Journey they moved into their current 6000 square foot location at 5717 South Lindbergh.

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Clarice’s granddaughter Katie loved spending time with her grandmother and being at the shop as often as she could. She enjoyed learning first hand from her grandmother, Clarice the bridal fashion business. Today Katie enjoys the one on one journey of helping brides to be discover their ‘I Do” style by providing them with a personalized shopping experience, just like her grandmother..

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.Sydney has joined the team at Clarice’s rounding out the fourth generation of the legacy of women in the family to join Clarice’s Bridal Fashions. Sydney is learning from Sue the behind the scenes day to day business as well as the administrative side of running Clarice’s Bridal Fashions. But make no mistake Sydney enjoys being on the floor helping brides to be . Clarice’s Bridal Fashion has cultivated a team of women who show the same love and excitement that Clarice did when she opened her first bridal salon 40 years ago.

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Mind MEDITATE

One of the best ways to improve your state of mind and boost your mood is to practice daily meditation. Whether it’s three minutes or thirty minutes, meditation is not only relaxing, but it also improves memory function, attention, immune system functions, improves sleep and helps your creative side too. PRACTICE YOGA

Yoga is a great practice to add to your daily routine because it works wonders for your overall health and wellbeing. It helps you build strength, improve coordination and flexibility while calming your mind and reducing interior and exterior stress. The best part is, you can sign up for a yoga class or try at home. GET OUTDOORS

Preparing for a wedding doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors! Try going outside daily for some fresh air and a brisk walk. If you’d

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rather have company, arrange a meeting with your wedding planner or one or two from your bridal party at a nearby park or hiking trail. Being outside will definitely get your creative juices flowing and may even provide inspiration for your wedding day style. DETOX

Try a week long detox from something that is no longer serving you. This could mean staying away from sugars and starches, taking a break from your phone, or spending some time alone to rest and recover. SPEAK TO SOMEONE

A great way to help clean se your mind is to talk to someone about what you’re going through. Wedding planning may seem like a huge task, but you are not alone! Have an open conversation about how you feel with close friends, family or a therapist.


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STYLE

A COMPLETE GUIDE TO

MEN’S WEDDING ATTIRE By: Chelsey Gatlin

Danielle Ambry Photography

Despite popular belief, women are not the only ones who stress and ponder about what to wear to an event, especially one this important. And sometimes, it’s even more confusing for the guys when it comes to what attire is technically appropriate. We’ve broken down each dress code below, so you will know exactly how to dress for every occasion!

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BLACK TIE A tuxedo is a must! This includes the black dinner jacket, matching pants, a white formal shirt, and a black bow tie or long black tie. You may also choose to either wear a black cummerbund or vest. Both are not required, but at least one is. A tuxedo is not just for the groom either at a black tie wedding. All men in attendance are expected to don the classic tux. Even though this isn’t the average look for weddings anymore, it is totally classic and oh so handsome! BLACK TIE OPTIONAL While a tuxedo is still appropriate and preferred, a formal dark suit will suffice here as well! Keep it in the colors of black or dark gray with clean, sharp lines. Basically, a suit that resembles a tux, but isn’t. When the majority of the guest count is wearing a tuxedo, you definitely don’t want to be the one standing out. We would also still keep a tie for a totally dapper look.

COCKTAIL/SEMI-FORMAL With this style, you can be more relaxed! No tuxedos necessary. However, let’s not go overboard. It’s still a wedding at the end of the day! You can now veer into different colors like navy or a lighter gray for your chosen color of suit. Bow-ties and bold dress socks can be fun additions to an otherwise simple look and for a pop of personality too! To create a seamless look for the entire wedding party, a good rule of thumb is if the bridesmaids are in a more formal dress, it’s best to also have the groomsmen match the quality. You don’t want one more formal than the other especially looking back in your photos! CASUAL While this doesn’t mean show up in your old jeans, it is a more laid-back look! We’ve seen guys in suspenders (hello vintage inspired soirees!), khakis with a loose flowing white shirts for destination weddings, and even tan suits for spring affairs. With a casual dress code, you have more liberty to play towards your wedding theme too! For guests, we say take a cue from the location of the wedding to get the best idea of what is more appropriate. What necessarily is great for a barn wedding may not work for a tropical wedding.

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Rosie & Armin


PHOTOGRAPHY • ELIZABETH & GEORGE

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ST. LOUIS, MO

Florals • Snapdragon Studio, Cake • The Cakery, Bridal Gown • Watters, Groom’s Attire • The Black Tux, Wedding Planner • Proposing Dreams, Shoes • Badgley Mischka, Hair & Makeup • Hannah Change Beauty, Location • Windows on Washington


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WEDDING 101

10 Tips for Creating Your

WEDDING WEBSITE By Chelsey Gatlin

1. CARRY ON THE THEME

This is a wonderful opportunity to expand the theme of your wedding and give your guests a little sneak peak into the celebrations!

2. DON’T INCLUDE EVENTS NOT EVERYONE IS PRIVY TO Such as your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, etc. Your guests are excited to be there for you, so there isn’t a need to include events they may not be invited to.

6. DON’T RELY ON GUESTS TO RSVP ONLINE

Some guests might RSVP online, however, a majority probably won’t, especially if they are an older crowd. It’s better to be safe than sorry and stick with the good ol’ formal paper RSVPs.

7. GIVE THEM THE DETAILS

Think of this as the who, what, and where section. Be sure to include a basic timeline, the dress code, and any pertinent info from the venue like parking.

3. PERSONALIZE IT

This is your chance to brag about your proposal or how we met story! Even if everyone’s heard it already, they are excited about the wedding and on your website to learn more about celebrating you! So, give them what they want — that being a sweet love story!

4. KEEP IT SIMPLE

However, don’t have them reading a novel either. Guests do want to read all about your relationship, your wedding party, and the info, but too much will bog them down. Keep it short and sweet as much as you can. You can run a little longer in your “About Us” section, but when introducing your wedding party stick to a couple of quick facts.

5. INCLUDE DIRECTIONS & TRAVEL

For any destination wedding or when your guest list has a lot of out of towners, you need to include some details on where to go and how to get there! Nothing is worse than being in a new city for an event, and not having a clue about where you’re going! Relieve some of the stress for your out of town guests by being a local travel guide via your wedding website. Include directions, whether that is step by step or a Google map link set straight to your venue, and any necessary travel info such as road closures or busy traffic times. Don’t forget to add some cool things they can check out and do while in town, too!

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8. INCLUDE SOCIAL MEDIA

This is a great chance to include your wedding hashtag! Or let your guests know that your ceremony is unplugged.

9. CREATE A WEDDING EMAIL FOR ALL QUESTIONS TO BE DIRECTED TO This is a must when wedding planning in general! However, creating a wedding email that is included on your website is great for when you don’t want your personal inbox full from wedding questions!

10. SHOW OFF THOSE BEAUTIFUL ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS!

You both look great, so show them off! This is the perfect place to relieve your social media feed from an influx of engagement photos, and be able to share them with your closest loved ones!


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7 DRUGSTORE BEAUTY HACKS LEADING UP TO THE BIG DAY By: Chelsey Gatlin On such a big day of your life, of course you want to look your best! While the beauty and health industry has countless ways to prep for your special day, you don’t always have to spend the big bucks to achieve that bridal glow. Try these 7 drugstore beauty products leading up to your celebrations for a beautiful look with a reasonable price! PS. Keep in mind that any new treatment or product should NOT be tried within 6 weeks of your wedding day!

TEETH WHITENING STRIPS, TRAYS, & GELS Of course, our smiles are a big concern when it comes to weddings. It is easily one of the most photographed days of your life, so a dazzling smile is a must! It is so easy to achieve a whiter smile with the many products on the market. From Crest White Strips and the numerous whitening toothpastes to a deluxe whitening light, you won’t have to break the bank for a gorgeous smile! FACE MASKS I have to admit, face masks are my thing! They are my number one go-to for a little R&R, and I love that I can do them sitting on my couch while binging Real Housewives. Plus, there’s a face mask for every skin concern! I personally keep going back to L’Oreal’s clay masks and the Yes To brand depending on what I need.

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SKINCARE Skincare is a very popular topic these days, especially when it comes to bridal beauty! We all want clear, glowing skin and there are so many routes to get there! From holy grail moisturizers and new retinol serums to quick acne treatments, your local drugstore has it. It’s also the perfect opportunity to try a few different methods to see what works for you without breaking the bank. Check out tried-andtrue products like CeraVe Facial Cleanser and Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15 for a smoother, healthier complexion! LIP SCRUBS Flaky, dry lips with patchy looking lipstick? A definite no-no for your nuptials! Try a low-cost lip scrub to get your lips in tip top shape! Or better yet, grab the ingredients and make your own!

CUTICLE OILS Along with photos of your skin and smile, your hands are going to be photographed and looked at a lot. No one wants jagged, peeling cuticles around that fab manicure and sparkling ring! Grab some quick cuticle oil from your local drugstore to keep your cuticles hydrated and in great shape before your big day. Sally Hansen, Essie, and Burt’s Bees all have great options! JADE ROLLERS This handheld massage tool is really making a name for itself within the beauty industry! If you’ve not heard of this yet, the jade roller is known for plumping the skin and improving circulation. It also reduces redness, inflammation, dark circles, and wrinkles! Paired with your favorite oil or cream, this is a perfect way to relax before bed and your big day!

HAIR MASKS We can’t forget about giving your strands some love too! Hair masks are so easy to do! Whether it’s a quick 5 minute in-shower mask or a longer split end treatment, this is wonderful keeping your ends and dryness in check! Say hello to healthy, shiny hair! My favorite is definitely Kristin Ess’s daily scalp mask from Target!


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PLANNING Although you may be organized and have dozens of planners and people dedicated to helping you plan your wedding, professional wedding coordinators can make the difference between a wedding that fits your style and one that feels less than what you envisioned. Whether you choose to go with a full-service, month of, or day of planner, they are there to make sure you and your fiance have the wedding of your dreams, giving you time to breathe as you prepare for your big day.

DRESS No matter how great you are with a needle and thread, your wedding is not the time to sew your own dress. Getting married is one of the biggest days of your life, and you’re going to want to look back on it knowing that you looked and felt your best. Choosing the gown of your dreams in store will allow you to make arrangements for any necessary fittings and alterations that couldn’t be done otherwise. Additionally, purchasing your gown from a reputable salon instead of from an online store guarantees you know exactly what you’re getting.

FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS It may seem like a great idea to cut your own wildflowers for your floral arrangement, however, this can lead to some sad-looking flora. Most flowers should be cut and handled shortly before the event. You don’t want to spend the time before your ceremony putting yourself and others to work trimming stems and assembling bouquets. Hiring a seasoned florist is the best way to ensure beautiful blooms!

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It’s pretty likely that nearly everyone you know owns a camera, and as much as people think they know a thing or two about photography, there’s a good chance the photos could turn out less than stellar. Before you decide to let your friend take your wedding day photos, consider leaving it to the pros. A photographer is there to do one thing - photograph. Unlike your bestie with the fancy camera, they won’t be spending time socializing. Their job is to focus on you and the happy moments of your day. They know when and where the lighting is the best and will think of photos that your family may not.

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CAKE When it comes to preparing the perfect cake, it’s often better to let someone else do the baking. Even if you think you can save some bucks with a nice sheet cake, it may be overwhelming when it comes to figuring out how much to serve. Cake pros have experience planning wedding cakes, and a good sense of what it takes to give you the dessert you want, while making sure everyone at the reception leaves with a wonderful taste.

FOOD If you’re expecting a large amount of guests, preparing your own food for your reception is probably not a great idea. It takes a lot of work to make a large amount of food, which only adds to the list of things to do before the wedding. Consider hiring a caterer to help you in planning, cooking and serving your food and drinks. Caterers know what it takes to serve a crowd and can help you brainstorm how to make your menu stand out, while still keeping in mind your own personal touches. When you let them take over, they can figure out the logistics of transportation, storage and set up too.

Doing your own hair and makeup may seem reasonable, but it may be a better idea to see a hair stylist and makeup artist for your wedding day do’. Being in charge of your own look may lead to added stress and uncertainty as you get ready the day of your wedding. Try to hire a professional and set up a trial appointment so you know exactly what you want, This will help check another item off your list, allowing you to be on your way to the altar in no time!

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Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist By Katherine Whitehead

Congratulations - you’re engaged! We’re so happy to share this special time with you and we can’t wait to start planning the wedding of your dreams. When it comes to tying the knot, you may be feeling a mixture of happiness, excitement, and unsure of where to begin. From the dress to the venue, there are so many things to think about over these next few weeks and months. But - you’re in luck! We’ve crafted a complete checklist with step-by-step instructions that’ll send you racing to the altar in no time!

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12-9 months It’s your first few months of being engaged. You’ve got the ring and the man you finally get to call your fiance. This part of your love story should be spent in celebration and anticipation of what amazing things are to come in your future. o Celebrate with friends and family o Decide on a budget o Pick a date o Decide on a theme o Book your ceremony and reception venues o Choose a color scheme o Think of overall design o Research vendors - photographers, florists, caterers o Meet with a wedding planner o Attend a bridal show for inspiration o Book your caterer o Book your officiant o Book your photographer/videographer o Choose the wedding party o Create guest list o Go dress shopping o Research honeymoon options o Create wedding-only email o Create wedding website

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9-6 months It’s time to get the planning started! These months should be dedicated to researching and planning what you want incorporated in your big day. This time doesn’t have to be just work because you can turn several of these into fun things to do with your future spouse! o Finalize guest list o Take engagement photos o Design invitations o Mail out save the dates o Go shopping for bridesmaids dresses o Schedule bridesmaid fittings o Schedule meetings with florists o Book your top florist o Create registries at your favorite stores o Book your wedding cake maker o Arrange any necessary transportation o Book your dream honeymoon o Purchase your wedding dress o Book your band or DJ o Book your hair stylist and makeup artist o Book hotel room blocks for out of town guests o Book rehearsal-dinner venue o Order rental items - furniture, linens, draping, etc.

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ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS We are excited to introduce our readers to two couples, both of whom have celebrated special anniversaries. Have a couple celebrating a big anniversary that you want to share for the next issue? Submit yours for consideration to amy@thepinkbride.com.


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WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY THAT WAS PARTICULAR SPECIAL? Richard had come to my mother’s house to get dressed and for some reason I went onto the church and Richard couldn’t find the rings, he had wrapped them in tissue. My Mother had picked up the tissue with the rings in it and thrown them in the trash. Richard was in a panic and was almost late to the ceremony. Our wedding cake came from White Baking Company of Missouri in St. Louis. Richard had taken on a second job working at The White Baking Company of Missouri so I could have the wedding cake I had always wanted. Because he worked there it only cost us $2.55, it was beautiful and so delicious. On Friday after work Richard picked up our wedding cake for our Saturday evening ceremony & reception, put it in the trunk of his car and drove it from St. Louis to Mt. Vernon; I was a nervous wreck it would arrive still standing and assembled! DID YOU GO ON A HONEYMOON, IF SO WHERE AND WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT? Yes, We took a 4 day road trip, because Richard had to get back to work in St. Louis. We spent the first night in Big Springs, MO in the Ozarks and then spent the other nights at Lake Taneycomo, MO. The hotel manager wouldn’t rent us a room until we showed him our marriage certificate. “I guess he thought we were too young to be married.” We just spent time laughing, being newlyweds and exploring the Ozarks. We have never stopped traveling. We have been to 82 countries and every state in the US. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR SECRET TO BEING MARRIED FOR 65 YEARS? A lot of patience and taking a trip each year for just the two us. It was our way of keeping the love & romance in our marriage. ANY ADVICE FOR NEW COUPLES? Show kindness to your spouse and remember the reasons you two fell in love and always be a good listener.

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WHERE DID YOU GET MARRIED? We were married at 2nd Baptist Church in Richmond Heights. We are still members today. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR WEDDING DAY? As a girl, I dream about my wedding day and the day was as wonderful as I had imagined. I come from a large family, who love to dance. We danced all night to a live band. It was like a dream. Our wedding cake was very unique at the time. It had three tiers, and each tier had two hearts that joined together. DID YOU GO ON A HONEYMOON? We visited New York City. It was really fun and exciting. We made sure to watch a Broadway play, and we visited several museums. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR SECRET TO BEING MARRIED FOR ALL THIS TIME? It has been extremely important for us to commumicate with each other. We make sure to listen and speak our desires clearly. We also made an effort do things together. ANY ADVICE FOR NEWLYWEDS TODAY? Be patient with each other. HOW DID YOU CELEBRATE YOUR ANNIVERSARY? When you make it to 50 years, you need to celebrate. We celebrated at Andre’s at Fox Run with 115of our friends and family. The food was delicious! My favorite part was spending the night dancing, just like we did at our reception. Complete Weddings + Events did a wonderful job photographing our celebration. WHAT IS ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE MEMORIES FROM THE LAST 50 YEARS?. We took a long trip around our 5th anniversary. We spent three months backpacking around Europe. While in Paris, we renewed our vows in Notre Dame, just the two of us.

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E: ECLECTIC VENUES As weddings are becoming ever more unique, so are the venues they are hosted at! From fairy gardens to urban-chic city rooftops, there is a venue to fit every couple’s style. If you aren’t in love with traditional venues, going with something more eclectic may just be the perfect fit for you. The wow factor of the built-in decor at an art gallery, museum, and zoo just can’t be beat! F: FOODIE FEELINGS If you and your fiance are self-declared foodies with plans of bringing in catering from your favorite gastro pub or several of your favorite food trucks to give your guests a unique dining experience, make sure to ask your venue if this can be done before you book. If you fall in love with a venue that requires you use their inhouse catering, never fear. Some chef’s will prepare recipes you provide so your wedding can still have the decadent dining experience of your dreams. G: GETTING READY When searching for your dream wedding venue, it is important to check out the bridal and groom suite. It may be easy to think of this space as insignificant, but you will be spending the bulk of your wedding day getting ready and hanging out in your suites with your wedding party. Make sure the suite is a place you can see yourself comfortably getting ready for your big day! H: HOLD OFF ON CHOOSING A THEME While it may be tempting to pick out a theme for your big day right away, try to hold off until you have your venue locked down. Fitting a theme to your venue will be much easier than fitting a venue to your theme. It is also important to remember that with the right planner any space can be transformed. Who says your bohemian wedding dreams can’t come to life in eclectic ballroom? I: INSIDER INSIGHTS There are so many venues to choose from! If you don’t know where to start, ask people you know if they have any recommendations. You can also search popular wedding professional sites for a lengthy list of reviews. Getting a wide range of reviews will help you get a better idea of what your wedding day will really be like. J: JUST IN CASE IT RAINS Even if you have crossed your fingers for nothing but clear skies and sunshine, mother nature may not corporate. It is important to talk with your venue coordinator about a contingency plan in the unlikely event that it rains. Something as simple as a tent rental on standby or another indoor location on site can save you lots of stress later on.

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L: LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! Location can play a key role in finding your dream wedding venue. Consider whether you will be providing your guests with transportation. If you are having your ceremony and reception at separate locations, how far will your guests have to travel? Will you be having a large number of out of town guests? If so, you will want to make sure your venue is in close proximity to hotel accommodations. Transportation can become a large wedding budget item if you are shuttling your guests a significant distance.

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M: MANAGE EXPECTATIONS It is important to know exactly what you can and cannot afford before you schedule any venue tours. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a venue you can’t have. Being flexible is key! Try researching what the going rate in your area. This way, you will know exactly what to expect from your potential venues. N: NEGOTIATION BEST PRACTICES It is natural to want to feel like you are getting a good deal when booking your wedding venue. There is always room for negotiation, however, be careful not to insult the venue representative. Remember that venues put a lot of time and money into bringing your perfect wedding day to life. If you are looking for some wiggle room at an allinclusive venue, try suggesting substitutions rather than asking for price cuts to the bottom line. O: OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES If natures natural beauty inspires you, an outdoor venue may be perfect for your wedding. From beaches to gardens, the options are endless when it comes to getting married at an outdoor venue. Dress up an already lovely garden for a formal wedding or let nature take center stage as your decor for a more casual ceremony on the beach. Either way, your day is sure to be breathtaking at an outdoor venue. P: PICKING YOUR DATE The more flexible you are willing to be, the more likely your dream wedding venue will be available. If you are attached to a specific date, be aware that you may have to compromise on the location of your wedding.

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Tara Kneiser Photography Danielle Ambry Photography Q: QUOTES AND CONTRACTS Read the fine print before you sign on the dotted line! Finding your dream wedding venue is an exciting time, but it is important to know and understand all of the nitty gritty details before you sign your contract. Make yourself aware of the “scope of services” and any additional charges that could be added to your original quote so there are no surprises. R: RESTRICTIONS It is very important to fully understand any restrictions your venue may have. Some venues have restrictions on the amount of DIY decor you can bring, while others may not serve alcohol. Having a clear understanding of what you can and cannot do at your venue will help ensure smooth sailing through the rest of your wedding planning process. S: STAY TRUE TO YOUR STYLE Your wedding should and will be uniquely you. Remember to look at venues that are both aesthetically pleasing and and make you feel comfortable. The venue you choose, like all aspects of your wedding, should be a reflection of your style. If you consider yourselves to be modern, try looking at some art galleries and museums. On the other hand, if you consider yourselves to be classic and traditional, a ballroom or country club may just be the perfect fit. T: THINK ABOUT FLOW This may seem like a no brainer, but remember to envision your space in sections. There should be spaces for your guests to dance, eat, and mingle. If you cannot envision all of these areas in your space, your reception may feel cramped. Columns and nonremovable decor are also things to take note of. Could any of these hinder your guests’ view, or do they enhance the space by providing a clear division of the space?


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U: UNDERSTANDING ONSITE COORDINATORS Many venues provide onsite coordinators. It is important to understand that this is not a full-fledged wedding planner. Venue coordinators are available to help you coordinate different aspects of your wedding that will happen on the property. If you are looking for someone to help you with picking out your other wedding professionals and bring your wedding vision to life, you may need to hire a full service wedding planner.

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V: VIEWS It is all about the view! When searching for your wedding venue, think about what you want your guests to see. Are you searching for the perfect grand staircase for your elegant reception entrance? A big picture window to provide the backdrop for your first dance? Or maybe you want to be outside with an unobstructed view of the sunset. Create a list of which views are important to you and your fiance while conducting your wedding venue research. W: WALKTHROUGHS ARE A MUST We cannot stress enough the importance of walkthroughs. It is never a good idea to book a venue site unseen. While we love ogling over picturesque images of different venues, it is tough to get a full conception of a space without physically walking through it. If you are planning on getting married in an area you cannot visit, have your wedding planner facetime you from the potential venue as she does a walk through. A virtual tour is better than site unseen. X: XTRAS Donut walls, giant lawn games, alpaca special appearances, and food trucks are all unique extras couples can choose from to personalize their wedding day experience. If you have your heart set on any unconventional extras, make sure your venue allows for them. Y: YES, YOUR VENUE IS IMPORTANT Your venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding. For the least amount of stress, we recommend booking your venue twelve months prior to your wedding. It may seem like a long time, but venues, especially popular ones, can be booked out over a year in advance. If you are using a house of worship for your ceremony, make sure they are available before booking your reception venue.

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Z: ZZZ SLEEP ON IT After you have toured all of your potential wedding venues, sleep on it. Don’t feel rushed to make your decision right after your tour. Sit down with your fiance and make a pros and cons list to make sure you are both happy.

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Wedding Dress • Wedding Gallery, Tuxedo • Savvi Formalwear, Travel Agent • Travel Haus, Photographer • Lifestyle Photography (Greece), Venue • Rocabella Hotel in Santorini, Makeup • Renia Bledaki Makeup, Hair • Rena Skourti, Wedding Planner • Katerina Karida , wedding planner with “Santorini My Wedding” team


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Location • White Raven Venue and Retreat, Alberton, MT, Photographer • Michelle Marie Photographie, Wedding Cake • Catering • Burn Street Bistro, Florist • Mother of the Groom, Bridal Shop • Custom Design by Bespoke


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10 MUST-DOS FOR A STRESS-FREE WEDDING By Katherine Whitehead

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Let’s get real - we all want that fairytale wedding. For most of us that means celebrating our love with those closest to us and kissing our sweetheart at the altar. Although the image may seem picture-perfect, the process can oftentimes get overwhelming. Whether your big day is weeks, months, or a year away, it’s important to keep in mind what things can make or break your big day. Here are ten things to keep your race to the finish line smooth and stress-free.

PROVIDE A DETAILED DESCRIPTION When it comes to your wedding invitations, it’s important to be as detailed as possible. While you may be soaking up your wedding day bliss, guests can get left in the background. There’s nothing worse than having your guests arrive too early or late because they couldn’t find the location of your big day. Even worse is to have them standing around waiting for the ceremony and reception to start. Try to provide a detailed itinerary of how the day will go so you don’t leave your friends and family out of the loop. This will help make your big day easy to navigate for local and out-of-town guests!

BE REALISTIC ABOUT YOUR ATTENDEE NUMBER We’ve all heard the stats that 10 percent of people you invite to your wedding won’t be able to come - and up to 20 percent for a destination wedding. While those numbers seem likely, there’s no certainty that it will be the case for your big day. Many of us will be tempted to over invite and may end up with either too many or too little guests. Try to keep your guest list within the venue capacity and be sure to check in with guests as the date approaches to get an estimate of what to expect.

MAKE PLANS AFTER SETTING A BUDGET It may not be romantic to think about, but setting a budget is one of the most vital parts of wedding preparation. Some couples make the mistake of booking without having the money conversation. Before you get started making plans on where and when, be sure you have a set budget with some extra wiggle room for any unexpected costs that may come down the road.

DON’T BUY YOUR DRESS FIRST Don’t make the mistake of booking a rustic barn wedding after you’ve purchased a ballgown dress. While it may be tempting to immediately purchase a dress after the engagement - it can be tricky to match your frock to the location of your big day. Make sure you have either booked or chosen a venue so you have a general idea of what to look for when you go dress shopping.

DO A HAIR AND MAKEUP TRIAL One of the best ways to save some time on your wedding day is to book a hair and makeup trial with the person who is going to do it the day of, or at a salon that has experience in the bridal world. This will help nail down what you do and don’t like so you don’t end up feeling indecisive about your day of look.

MAKE A RAIN PLAN If you’re planning on having an outdoor wedding, it is vital to have a rain plan. Even if the forecast looks bright, you can never be certain about what may happen the day of. Talk to your venue about what options there are should unexpected weather occur, and if there can be a backup if things get too washed out.

HIRE A VIDEOGRAPHER Don’t let one of your budget regrets be not hiring a videographer. When it comes to nixing the unnecessaries this often gets taken off the list. It may not seem necessary to book someone to film your wedding, but we guarantee that it will be worth it in the end. Videographers can capture your big day in intimate detail, and even get a few things you didn’t even know happened on camera. Maybe it’s your grandparents reaction to seeing you walk down the aisle, or maybe it’s your spouse as he waits for you to walk into the ceremony. Having your day filmed is a great way to ensure your memories are captured forever - and not on your friend’s cell phones.

TIME YOUR VOWS Try to schedule your vows around what time is good for photos. This usually means late in the evening during nature’s ‘golden hour’ just before the sun sets. Spending time with your photographer planning what time of day will make for the best shots and create a photo timeline so you know when to pause to get those photos your friends will be falling head over heels for.

STEP OUTSIDE YOUR COMFORT ZONE It’s common for couples to be set on a specific or set of traditions for their wedding. While that does work for some people, don’t be afraid to try something new and different. Personalizing your wedding day tradition doesn’t mean you gave to make major changes either. If you’re getting married in the same location as your parents or are dancing to that song that’s been passed down for generations, try adding your own twist on it to make it your own.

ASK FOR HELP Don’t forget, your wedding is your time to shine, not to feel overwhelmed with responsibilities. If things are getting too crazy ask your family and friends for help. Working with a wedding planner is a great way to take off some of the extra baggage, while still being able to have a say into what is going to make your day special.

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Ceremony Location • Immaculate Conception, Reception Location • Wild Carrot St Louis, Caterer • Gregory’s Creative Cuisine, Photographer • Trotter Photo, Wedding Cake • Federhofer’s, Hair & Makeup • Vida Verde, Park • Lafayette Park


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STATIONERY

How to Write a

GRACIOUS THANK YOU NOTE By Katherine Whitehead

In the age of technology, many of us underestimate the power of a handwritten letter. Though it may be easier to send a text or even say it in person, pulling out that old pen and stationery is one of the most thoughtful ways to show someone you care. It may seem a little daunting to perfect that penmanship again, but trust us, when you follow these tips, your wedding guests will be falling head over heels with your graciousness!

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Use Stationery: Now is not the time to use the leftover notebook paper from your college days. You don’t have to splurge on expensive stationery from a paper store, but you should definitely try to choose embossed cards with matching envelopes. Handwrite: A handwritten thank you is the best way to go when it comes to the look of your notes. Taking the time to carefully write a letter goes much further than a printed document ever could because it shows that it is more sincere and thoughtful. Personalize: When writing the notes be sure to personalize it for each receiver. The last thing you want to do is send a “fill in the blank” message to everyone and have it come back to you later. Think of the way you would talk to the family member or friend in person,

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and make it feel conversational to them, letting your own personality shine through. Additionally, instead of saying “thank you for x gift”, let them know how you plan on using the item. For example, if a friend gives you a cooking set, say something like, “My husband and I loved the cookware. We can’t wait to use it for the family dinner next week!” Send it: A general rule of thumb is to try to mail your thank you notes within three months. However, remember that getting them done is the most important thing, so if you’re already past the three month mark, don’t worry! It’s always better to send them than not. It’s best to adhere to the “One Year Rule”. This means that if the event happened within the year, it’s still okay to send a letter of thanks.

DON’TS

Ramble: Yes, you may be excited to officially be married and you may have had an amazing honeymoon that you want to tell the world about, but don’t go on and on about it in the note. It’s usually best to keep thank you notes brief. If you want to discuss with that person further, save it for a phone call or in person. Refer to Money: If someone gifted money, it’s important to never acknowledge the specific amount in the note. Although you may be raving about their generosity, they don’t want to be called out for the dollars they spent for you. Thank you notes relating to monetary gifts are best kept general and straight to the point. It is okay, however, to acknowledge the gift and mention that you plan on putting it to good use - without going into specifics.

Assume: It can be easy to think that an in-person thank you is enough. Even if you did say thank you to people at your reception, sending a thank you note is the least you can do for people who came out to your wedding and were kind enough to provide a gift. It is important to remember as well that even if someone came and did not give anything they should still receive a note for their time spent attending your wedding. Become Overwhelmed: We get it – writing thank you notes can be a lengthy process, especially if you have a large amount of guests on your big day. If you feel like it’s becoming too much, step back, relax and breathe. Ask your spouse to join in so it can be something you can do together as a couple, because let’s not forget - the gift was for both of you! the bride doesn’t have to be the only one that sends thank you’s!


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612NORTH EVENT SPACE + CATERING 612 N. 2nd Street St. Louis, MO 314.899.0612 www.612north.com

Zach Dalin Photography

VENUES

Location Options Indoor Capacity 250+ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Paid

612North overlooks the Gateway Arch and has a 360 degree of downtown St. Louis. Located in the Cutlery Building on the historic Laclede’s Landing, 612North encompasses three spaces each unique in their own styles. Our team is committed to helping you create the perfect backdrop for your celebration.

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CEDAR CREEK CONFERENCE CENTER 1401 Olive Road New Haven, MO 573.237.3672 www.cedarcreekcenter.com

COMPLETE WEDDINGS + EVENTS Brianna Rose Photography & Film

ANDRE’S BANQUETS & CATERING 4254 Telegraph Rd. St. Louis, MO 314.894.2622 www.andresbanquet.com

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250+ Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor and Outdoor Capacity 250+ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Only

GATEWAY ARCH PARK FOUNDATION 1 S. Memorial Drive. St. Louis, MO 314.881.3531 www.archpark.org/privateevents

Capacity 150+ Outside Catering Permitted Yes

HISTORICAL BARN WEDDING VENUE AT HOLIDAY INN ST. LOUIS WEST AT SIX FLAGS 4901 Allenton Road Eureka, MO 636.938.3515 ext. 7756 www.hisixflags.com

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HIDDEN LAKE WINERY 10580 Wellen Road. Aviston, Illinois 618.228.9111 www.hiddenlakewinery.com

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 + Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250 + Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Michelle Marie Photographie

HERMANN HILL WEDDINGS 165 East HWY 100 Hermann, Missouri 314.800.3295 www.hermannmoweddings.com

Rhonda Favor Studios

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Capacity 300 Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

We have multiple locations that can hold anywhere from 30 up to 350 people. These venues offer different pricing to meet any budgets needs. We also have 9 off premise catering vans so we can also cater an event to a location of your choice. - 4254 Telegraph Rd., St. Louis - Andre’s at Fox Run #1 Putt Ln., Eureka, MO - Andre’s Sunset Hills - 13366 W. Watson Rd., Sunset Hills, MO - Andre’s West - 211 South Old Highway 142, Fenton MO - Andre’s at Oak Valley, - 230 Abbey Lane Pevely, MO

-Several packages to choose from, including custom package options -Western Town with Saloon -Newlywed suite and more! -On-site lodging for up to 125 of your overnight guests -Amenities include the Town Hall restaurant, a saltwater pool. a 5-acre lake for fishing, a 9-hole par 3 golf course, and scenic walking trails -Wedding Day Coordination Services

Located in the heart of downtown St. Louis, the Museum at the Gateway Arch is connected to the city in new and breathtaking ways. With a sleek new entrance and an expanded visitor center, museum, and tram lobby, the Gateway Arch is the perfect place to host your next event. Our dynamic new spaces are ideal for social gatherings, weddings, and corporate events that will make a monumental impression.

Sitting high atop a bluff on the Missouri River and surrounded by the rolling hills and lush woodland, sits our stunning wedding venue in Hermann, Missouri. Known for our dramatic sunsets and exceptional hospitality, you will love how our in-house chef, wedding coordinators and on-site lodging shorten your to-do list and make wedding planning a breeze.

-Hidden Lake Winery, located in rural Aviston, IL, is situated in Silent Forest, a wooded parcel of land abounding in local lore. -We offer five beautiful and unique venues on our 92 acres. -This space provides the opportunity to tailor your wedding and make it your own.

For a party your guests won’t forget, choose The Holiday Inn at Six Flags. The Inn’s 200 year-old barn’s architecture boasts early American design with vaulted ceilings, exposed oak beams, handcrafted limestone walls, detailed woodwork, and decorative brickwork. We offer complete wedding packages, and do not charge a venue feee.


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HOTEL SAINT LOUIS - MARRIOTT AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION 705 Olive Street St. Louis, MO 314.241.4300 www.HotelSaintLouis.com

Location Options Indoor Capacity Up to 250 Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor

MOUNT HOPE BARN WEDDINGS 5565 Hamburg Michael Rd Michael, Illinois 618.535.9803 www.barnweddingsillinois.com

Capacity 250 + Outside Catering Permitted Yes

Hotel Saint Louis offers so much more than classic elegance. From the contemporary touches of our Historic property and rooftop pool and restaurant to private rooms for bridal showers and brunches we are here to serve you with attention to detail and experienced staff to help you create an event that is unrepeatable. With our flexible meeting space, we are able to accommodate your wedding reception with our 4,500 square foot luxurious ballroom, which seats up to 250. Our chic rooftop offers fabulous views for picture taking. “

-Countryside Scenery -Secluded, Privately Owned -No other place like it -Several lodging options are available -No fees for caters, photographers. etc.

Parking Options Free

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ORLANDO BANQUETS AND CATERING 2050 Dorsett Village Maryland Heights, MO 314.453.9000 www.orlandogardens.com

Capacity 250+ Outside Catering Permitted No

-Excellent customerservice -Convenient locations all across St. Louis -Beautiful and clean facilities -Inclusive Packages (some restrictions apply)

Parking Options Varies

Location Options Indoor

PROMENADE BY WESTIN 811 Spruce Street St. Louis, MO 314.552.5712 www.westinstlouis.com

Capacity 250 Outside Catering Permitted No

-Exposed brick -Warm wood tones -Walls of windows -Wedding specialist

Parking Options Free

TAPAWINGO NATIONAL GOLF CLUB 13001 Gary Player Drive. Saint Louis, MO 63127 636.349.3100 www.tapawingogolf.com

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SUNSET BLUFFS 230 Sunset Bluffs Drive Washington, MO 314.660.2210 www.sunsetbluffs.com

Location Options Indoor and Outdoor Capacity 300 Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Reception Space with Outdoor Ceremony Option Capacity 200

Sunset Bluffs is a stunning 20-acre estate, including a luxurious 5,500 sq ft home, an elegant albeit modern 4,500 sq ft reception hall with the ability to accommodate up to 300 guests, and scenic 110-ft tall bluffs overlooking an 8-acre quarry lake. Say “I Do” on our white sand beach or choose from a variety of other settings for an infinitely oneof-a-kind and forever memorable special day.

Tapawingo means “A Place of Joy” , We combine great service and excellent food with the beauty of having panoramic views of our golf course from our banquet space.

Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

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THE AQUILA BARN 180 John Creech Road Moscow Mills, MO 636.445.2087 www.theaquilabarn.com

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 250+ Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

THE CHRISTY BANQUET CENTERS & CATERING 5856 Christy Blvd. Saint Louis, MO 314-352-4800 and www.thechristy.com

THE RACK HOUSE KITCHEN WINE WHISKEY® 5065 Highway N Cottleville, MO 636.244.0574 www.therackhousekww.com

TOMPKINS BY THE RACK HOUSE 500 South Main Street St. Charles, MO 636.493.6332 www.TompkinsRH.com

Location Options Indoor Only Capacity 200 Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity Up to 50 Outside Catering Permitted No

-Climate controlled to accommodate all weddings throughout the year. -Large outdoor patio with strung lights, fireplace, and complete surround sound to allow the party to be outside as well as inside. -Bridal suite equipped with salons chairs, LED mirrors, and private bathroom. -32 passenger shuttle to rent for the day to accommodate all your guests shuttle services to and from the venue and local hotels. The venue sits on over 400 acres that offer lakes, old barns, sunflower field and more making it a perfect place to have pictures taken the day of!

-St. Louis location is completely private -All Inclusive packages -Affordable elegance -Custom menu options -Second location at 9000 Veterans Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon, MO (636-240-7772) -O’Fallon location has a wedding chapel

-Large bar selection with over 150 whiskeys -Premium Wines -Cigar lounge -Private Patio

Parking Options Free

Location Options Indoor Capacity up to 100

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Historic Building/Location Scratch Kitchen Local Produce Historic Main Street Saint Charles

Outside Catering Permitted No Parking Options Free

WATER’S EDGE BANQUET CENTERS 200 Salt Lick Road St. Peters, MO 636.279.8271 www.stpetersmo.net/watersedge

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Location Options Indoor & Outdoor Capacity 350 Outside Catering Permitted Yes Parking Options Free

-Located on a scenic 18-hole golf course with a beautiful lake view -Contemporary features including a relaxing cocktail hour space with a welcoming multisided fireplace -Outdoor veranda ceremony location, beautiful indoor ceremony space with an abundance of natural light for the perfect photos -Spacious deck overlooking the lake, complimentary dressing room suite with banquet package and your choice of outside catering -Located just off of Interstate 70 close to all your favorite accommodations.”


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PHOTOGRAPHER • RHONDA FAVOR STUDIOS

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HERMANN, MO

Location • Hermann Hill Weddings, Cake • Sugar & Spice - Laura’s Delights, Florals • TerraFlora, Photographer • Rhonda Favor Studios, Hair & Makeup • Peach Blossom Hair and Makeup Artistry, Wedding Planner • Hermann Hill Weddings, Wedding Dress • Bridal Rack, Tuxedo • Wards Apparel


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By Katherine Whitehead

Let’s all admit it - we’ve all day dreamed of how amazing our honeymoon will be someday. The sun, the sand, that crystal blue water and quality time with our hubbies is enough to get every bride excited. From long sunny days with margaritas, polar bear kisses in the snow, or couples massages in the spa, your post-wedding vacay is meant for rest, relaxation and a chance to check out from the real world. Because planning for your big day is an adventure on its own, many brides end up saving the honeymoon prep for last. When deciding what to bring on your honeymoon, it’s easy to become over prepared. We’re often tempted to bring way more than what is necessary and often end up with heavy suitcases full of things we don’t need. Whether you’re soaking up the sun’s rays on a tropical island in paradise or hitting the cold slopes of Aspen, we’ve compiled a list of the ultimate honeymoon must-haves for every destination.

HONEYMOON BASICS · Carry-on · Passport, IDs · Reading material for the flights and during downtime · Laptop, camera, chargers · Toiletries · Pajamas · Lingerie to surprise him on the first night · The perfume that you wore on your wedding day (This will bring back memories for him!) · A special outfit to wear to dinner · Workout Gear · Sunglasses · Guide Book · Language Dictionary · Comfortable clothes to fly home in

WARM WEATHER HONEYMOON · Sunhat · Bathing suits for the beach and pool · Sunscreen · Small cooler for keeping a few bottles of water, beer, champagne, etc., for when you head out to the beach if your accommodations don’t provide something for you to use. · Speaker to take to the beach · Comfortable shoes (sandals or Chaco’s for walking)

COLD WEATHER HONEYMOON · Winter hat · Heavy coat (Patagonia makes great ones) · Thick sweaters · Jeans · Socks - Our favorite are J. Crew’s Camp Socks · Boots for hiking - L.L. Bean Boots are a classic

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Who says that you have to have a passport to have an unforgettable and truly romantic honeymoon? We’re saying forget the international flight for something a little closer to home! Check out these 10 honeymoon spots right here in the U.S. of A for a wonderful time celebrating your new life together!

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MAUI, HI For those of you that are still craving crystal clear waters and a bit more of a tropical feel, Hawaii is just the key. Maui is perfect for those of you that want a mix of adventure and luxury. On this island, you can hike to one of the dormant volcanoes, go paddleboarding or snorkeling in the beautiful Pacific, and then relax at one of the high-end resort and spas.

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JACKSON HOLE, WY With its absolutely stunning landscapes and breathtaking views, Jackson Hole is ideal for a honeymoon. Known as a gateway to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone, there is no shortage of activities for the outdoorsy couple. No matter what season you’re planning for, there is so much to do in both the winter and summer months. From skiing, snow tubing, and sleigh rides to rock climbing, kayaking, and horseback riding, there is something for everyone! We also recommend a hot air balloon ride for a little added romance and miraculous views!

CHARLESTON, SC

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One of the South’s most popular cities, good ole’ Chucktown is known to be a great host for a wonderful trip and your honeymoon shouldn’t be any different! Not only is it full of old-fashioned charm and beautiful surroundings (just take one look at the oak lined streets and fall in love), it has an edgy culinary scene downtown. Whether your history buff hubby is interested in touring the many churches and plantations or you’re wanting to snag that perfect Instagram photo down Rainbow Row, Charleston has you covered.


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NAPA VALLEY, CA Honeymooning in Wine Country? I’m sure it won’t take much convincing on why this is a good idea. I mean for one, there’s great wine. Two? Romantic backdrops everywhere you look. And three? World-class restaurants with oh so delicious food paired perfectly with your chosen beverage. Not to mention, amenity-packed resorts and spas around. So cue the pour, and head to Napa for an excellent honeymoon!

KEY WEST, FL The southernmost point in the contentinal US is a wonderful choice for a honeymoon! Bring on the tropical breezes, white sandy beaches, and some quality time with your honey under the sun. With its Bohemian and laid back atmosphere, there is no wrong activity choice here, and it’s not all beachy either. Visit Ernest Hemingway’s house or climb the Key West Lighthouse across the road for a bit of history. Whether you’re riding a rental bike all over the island or sampling some delicious key lime pie, you’re sure to fall a little more in love here!

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SEDONA, AZ

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Hello gorgeous scenery! With the beautiful red rock formations in Sedona, this honeymoon will be one-of-a-kind! For the outdoor loving couple, there are plenty of trails and Jeep tours to really experience this location. However, if you’re looking for more of a relaxing time, there are numerous resorts that feature sparkling pools with gorgeous backdrops. There’s also a thriving New Age community if you want to get your chakra balanced or find out your aura as a newlywed.

NANTUCKET, MA Located about 30 miles from Cape Cod, Nantucket is oh so dreamy for a honeymoon location! Take a stroll through the quaint neighborhoods with cobblestone streets of cute shops and beautiful, nautical inspired homes with the renowned gray shingle roofs. There’s no better place than to take romantic sailing trip either! Stay at a bed and breakfast for a complete quintessential Nantucket honeymoon.

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ASPEN, CO Ski bunnies will rejoice at this honeymoon destination! Perfect for those who love the cold weather, Aspen is known as a luxurious destination for celebrities and couples alike. If hitting the slopes isn’t your thing, check out the delectable restaurants, shops, and even take a mountain gondola ride to take in the gorgeous views. Or you can skip all that and cuddle by the fire instead! Oh so romantic!

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WILMINGTON, NC There’s a reason Nicholas Sparks bases his romance stories in North Carolina, and Wilmington being the location for a few. It’s absolutely full of Southern hospitality and charm, while still feeling totally coastal. The best of both worlds! Take a stroll amongst the sand dunes, check out the Airlie gardens, or hit the pier for sunset, you can’t go wrong here.

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PALM SPRINGS, CA

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This desert hideaway in Southern California has been a longtime retreat for celebrities and Californians since the 1920s. With an air of old Hollywood glamour, Palm Springs is such a fun idea for your honeymoon! Really get into the vibe by renting a vintage car and driving around to view the stunning mid-century modern architecture and trendy art scene. If you’re looking for more of a relaxing time outdoors, Joshua Tree National Park is a short drive away or check out one of the many spas to get into full relaxation mode.

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ACCOMMODATIONS Cedar Creek Conference Center AUTOMOBILES 855.778.7222 TN Acura Dealers www.cedarcreekcenter.com 615.377.0500 www.garyforceacura.com New Haven, MO Brentwood TN BEAUTY/ Hermann HillHEALTH Weddings Bangs and Blush 314.800.3295 865.456.0006 www.bangsandblush.com www.hermannmoweddings.com Knoxville TN Hermann, MO Healthy Lifestyle Medical Spa 865.671.3630 Historical Barn Wedding Venue www.lifestylewellnessctr.com Knoxville TNInn St. Louis West at Holiday

atLeigh Six Flags Taylor Hair and Lash Parlour 615.516.3572, 217.722.5232 636.938.3515 ext. 7756 www.leightaylorhairandlash.com Nashville TN www.hisixflags.com Eureka, SiragusaMO Vein & Laser 615.208.9880 www.nashvilleveincenter.com Hotel Saint Nashville TN Louis- Marriott

PINK PRO Pink Pro WEDDING WEDDING VENDORS VENDORS from across Tennessee

Autograph Collection Skin Envy MD 314.241.4300 615.727.7333 www.skinenvy-md.com www.hotelsaintlouis.com Nashville TN St. Louis, Missouri BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY Shanell Bledsoe Photography Sunset Bluffs 615.390.8344 865.544.8870, www.shanellbledsoephotography.com 314.660.2210 Knoxville TN www.sunsetbluffs.com BRIDAL REGISTRY Washington, MO Dillard’s 615.297.0971 www.Dillards.com Nashville TN

BACHELORETTE Glass Bazaar Gifts PARTIES 865.584.9072 www.glassbazaar.com Knoxville The RackTN House

Kitchen Wine Whiskey® BRIDAL SHOPS Ballew Bridal & Formal 636.244.0574 901.854.6400 www.therackhousekww.com www.ballewbridal.com Collierville TN Cottleville, MO Gloria’s Bridal & Formal 901.767.1500 Tompkins by the Rack House www.gloriasbridalformal.com 636.493.6332 Memphis TN

www.tompkinsrh.com Low’s Bridal & Formal St. Charles, MO 870.734.3244 www.LowsBridal.com Brinkley AR

The Gilded Gown BEAUTY & HEALTH 865.329.4905

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Bacon and Caviar Travel Haus 615.944.3462 314.842.6000 www.baconandcaviar.com Nolensville TN http://www.travelhaus.com

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St. Louis, MO Buddy’s Custom Catering 865.588.0051 112, www.buddysbarbq.com 70 BRIDAL REGISTRY TN BackKnoxville Cover Chago’s Cantina 615.386.0106 Dillard’s www.chagoscantina.com www.dillards.com 119 Nashville TN

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Corky’s Ribs & BBQ 618.466.8820 615.373.1020 www.corkysbrentwood.com www.frewsbridal.com Brentwood TN

Downtown Dish Catering 901.779.1501 15,113 Margo’s A Wedding Place www.downtowndishcatering.com 115 Memphis TN 636.583.5226

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www.margosaweddingplace.net DESTINATION WEDDINGS Tellico Village Yacht Club 8, 139 Union, MO

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85 Signature Bridal TYLT Cycle 81 615.902.3181 636.778.3200 www.tyltcycle.com www.signaturebridalstlouis.com Nashville TN

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Chesterfield, MO FLORAL PRESERVATION Flowers Forever LLC 901.496.1707 The Bridal Shoppe www.flowersforeverinc.com Byhalia MS 636.931.8464

www.bridalshoppeinc.com FLOWERS Crystal City, MO Always in Bloom 865.558.5769 34 96, 114 www.alwaysinbloom.com The Ultimate Bride Knoxville TN 314.961.9997 Branching Out www.theultimatebride.com 615.915.0043 1 www.branchingouteventflorist.com St. Louis, MO

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www.thegildedgown.com 79 Knoxville TN Mane Attraction Hair Studio CAKE/DESSERTS Boutique & Spa Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop 10 618.344.3778 615.962.8627, 615.472.1573 www.buttermilkskypie.com www.maneattractionhairstudio.com Murfreesboro TN/Franklin TN Collinsville, IL Cakery Bakery 124 11 865.247.4439 New Seasons Spa & Salon www.cakerybakerytn.com Knoxville TN 314.842.6500 www.newseasonsspa.com CATERING Avon Acres 134 St. Louis, MO 615.333.2650 11 www.AvonAcresMemphis.com Memphis TN Specialists Orthodontic of St. Louis www.osstl.com 314.569.2050 Creve Coeur, MO 314.779.1901 St. Louis, MO

Echelon Florist 865.690.7427 CAKE & DESSERTS www.echelonflorist.com Knoxville TN

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Cake House Enchanted Florist Design 615.647.7712 314.714.0266 www.enchantedfloristtn.com www.cakehousedesign.net Nashville TN

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Flower Shop 865.981.4222 www.maryvilleflowershop.com ColdTN Stone Creamery Maryville

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68 www.coldstonecreamery.com LB Floral 104 618.567.6000 South County, MO 865.313.3404 www.lbfloral.com 618.567.6000 Shiloh, IL Knoxville TN

LisaKaleidoscope Foster Design Craft 865.951.0660 Brew Coffee www.lisafosterdesign.com Knoxville TN www.craftbrewcoffee.com

Nothing Bundt Cakes www.nothingbundtcakes.com

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314.942.3535 St. Louis, MO 636.220.6087 Chesterfield, MO 314.492.2325 St Peters, MO 618.416.8002 Fairview Heights, IL Sweet Inspirations Bakery 636.294.1445 www.sweetinspirations.net O’Fallon, MO

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Wedding Wonderland 107 Cake Shop 314.837.5015 weddingwonderlandcakes.com Florissant, MO

CATERING Andre’s Banquets & Catering 314.894.2622 www.andresbanquet.com St. Louis, MO

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Orlando’s Banquets 113 and Catering www.orlandogardens.com 314.453.9000 Maryland Heights, MO 314.638.6660 South County, MO The Christy Banquet Centers & Catering 314.287.5263 www.thechristy.com St. Louis, MO

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MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

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Complete Weddings + Events 314.991.5656 www.completewedo.com/st-louis St. Louis, MO

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Complete Weddings + Events 314.991.5656 www.completewedo.com/st-louis St. Louis, MO

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Gold Standard Musicians 314.807.6460 www.goldstandardmusicians.com St. Louis, MO

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Fête Booth 618.541.1383 www.fetebooth.com Creve Coeur, MO

Millennium Productions 314.918.9335 www.millenniumproductions.com St. Louis, MO

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Fish Eye Fun 314.621.8638 www.fisheyefun.com St. Louis, MO

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PHOTOGRAPHY Complete Weddings + Events 314.991.5656 www.completewedo.com/st-louis St. Louis, MO Elizabeth & George www.elizabethandgeorge.com Freeburg, IL Keepsakes by KT 636.577.5822 www.keepsakesbykt.com Weldon Spring, MO

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The Pasta House Co. Catering 79 314.644.1400 www.pastahouse.com St. Louis, MO

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Uncle Linny’s Catering 107 618.797.3333 www.unclelinnysrestaurant.com Pontoon Beach, IL

Rhonda Favor Studios 573.291.7715 www.rhondafavor.com Troy, MO

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Something Bleu 314.605.4386 www.somethingbleu.photo St. Louis, MO

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Trotter Photo 636.394.7689 www.trotterphoto.com Manchester, MO

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Woven Bone Photography 636.578.4125 wovenbone@yahoo.com St. Louis, MO

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Zach Dalin Photography 314.941.6253 www.zachdalin.com St. Louis, MO

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Poppies Design Studio 1 314.952.1591 www.poppiesdesignstudio.com St. Louis, MO

LIGHTING Complete Weddings + Events 47 314.991.5656 www.completewedo.com/st-louis St. Louis, MO Millennium Productions 2 314.918.9335 www.millenniumproductions.com St. Louis, MO

Michelle Marie Photographie 68 314.707.3371 www.michellemariephotographie.com St. Louis MO Something Bleu 314.605.4386 www.somethingbleu.photo St. Louis, MO

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Trotter Photo 636.394.7689 www.trotterphoto.com Manchester, MO

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TRANSPORTATION JED Transportation 314.429.2200 www.jedlimousine.com St. Louis, MO

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REHEARSAL DINNERS Hotel Saint Louis- Marriott Autograph Collection 314.241.4300 www.hotelsaintlouis.com St. Louis, Missouri

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The Rack House Kitchen Wine Whiskey® 636.244.0574 www.therackhousekww.com Cottleville, MO

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Tompkins by the Rack House 636.493.6332 www.tompkinsrh.com St. Charles, MO

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RENTALS/ DECOR All Seasons Party Linen Rental, Inc 314.983.0090 68 www.allseasonslinen.com St. Louis, MO Grand Rental Station 636.343.7278 www.grandrental-stl.com Fenton, MO

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Weinhardt Party Rentals www.weinhardtpartyrentals.com 314.822.9000 Des Peres, MO 314.822.9000 St. Louis, MO

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FORMALWEAR Frew’s Bridal 618.466.8820 www.frewsbridal.com Alton IL Jos. A. Bank 1.800.285.2265 www.josabank.com Missouri and Illinois

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Men’s Warehouse 1.800.851.6744 www.menswearhouse.com Missouri and Illinois

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Savvi Formalwear 314.725.2150 www.savviformalwear.com St. Louis, MO

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VENUES 612North Event Space & Catering 314.899.0612 www.612north.com St. Louis, MO Andre’s Banquets & Catering 314.894.2622 www.andresbanquet.com St. Louis, MO Bella Vista Winery 618.365.6280 www.bellavistail.com Maryville, IL

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The Christy Banquet Centers & Catering 314.287.5263 www.thechristy.com St. Louis, MO

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Tompkins by the Rack House® 636.493.6332 www.tompkinsrh.com St. Charles, MO

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Water’s Edge Banquet Center 636.279.8271 stpetersmo.net/watersedge St. Peters, Missouri

Cedar Creek Conference Center 855.778.7222 www.cedarcreekcenter.com New Haven, MO

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Gateway Arch Park 314.881.3531 www.archpark.org St. Louis, MO

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Hermann Hill Weddings 314.800.3295 www.hermannmoweddings.com Hermann, MO

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Hidden Lake Winery 618.228.9111 www.hiddenlakewinery.com Aviston, IL Historical Barn Wedding Venue at Holiday Inn St. Louis West at Six Flags 636.938.3515 ext. 7756 www.hisixflags.com Eureka, MO Hotel Saint Louis- Marriott Autograph Collection 314.241.4300 www.hotelsaintlouis.com St. Louis, Missouri Mount Hope Barn Weddings 618.576.8061 www.barnweddingsillinois.com Michael, IL

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Orlando’s Banquets and Catering 113 www.orlandogardens.com 314.453.9000 Maryland Heights, MO 314.638.6660 South County, MO Promenade by Westin 314.899.0612 www.612north.com St. Louis, MO

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Sunset Bluffs 314.660.2210 www.sunsetbluffs.com Washington, MO

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Tapawingo National Golf Club 636.349.3100 ext.2 www.tapawingogolf.com St. Louis, MO

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The Aquila Barn 636.445.2087 www.theaquilabarn.com Moscow Mills, MO

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Complete Weddings + Events 314.991.5656 www.completewedo.com/st-louis St. Louis, MO Elizabeth & George www.elizabethandgeorge.com Freeburg, IL Millennium Productions 314.918.9335 www.millenniumproductions.com St. Louis, MO

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Once upon a time, I became yours, and you became mine. And we’ll stay together through the tears and the laughter because that’s what they call happily-ever-after. – Kathy R. Jeffords


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The Pink Bride St. Louis & Southern Illinois  

The premier wedding magazine for today's brides and grooms in St. Louis and Southern Illinois.

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The premier wedding magazine for today's brides and grooms in St. Louis and Southern Illinois.