Vintage Romantic St. Louis Wedding

Thanks so much to Clary Pfeiffer for sharing this elegant St. Louis wedding with us! We adore all of the elegant details, and personal touches throughout this lovely wedding. The bride and groom helped design this modern and romantic wedding to combine their differing styles. Read below for some words from the bride:
From the get go, Edward and I wanted to make sure that our wedding was a reflection of both of us as a couple, set within a style that celebrated romance, our history together and a combination of both of our tastes in design.  We started with the venue to set the overall tone and then enhanced the overall look of with accenting elements that complimented the space, and the two of us.  
We knew we wanted to honor our family heritage in St. Louis, MO. So we set out hunting for a venue, and found the perfect location in the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, a conservatory in the midst of a lily pond and beautiful trees and greenery.  We loved how the long red brick building from the late 1800s was set in nature and depicted a romantic vintage feel that both Edward and I are partial to.  We wanted a light filled, fresh, clean and classically elegant look that the park and the Palm House had to offer, along with a simplicity that allowed us to make the venue unique to us.
We chose to accent the space with old and new pieces- vintage brass vases, sparkling gold pyrite rocks, minimal, modern place cards and love quotes scattered about.  We also made sure to add hand made elements into the mix, as we love personal touches.  Edward hand painted each table number and I designed our decorations.  We had a wonderful letterpress artist hand draw and press each of our invitations, and an amazing calligrapher paint each guest’s address on our stationary.  My mother, a jeweler and metal smith, hand made our wedding rings, the bridesmaids, flower girl, and my jewelry for the day, along with our silver cake server, engraved with our names and wedding date, our wedding gift from my parents
The space was lush, filled with loosely arranged flowers, each varied and full of greenery, and hints of caramel, chocolate and ivory tones.  Our florist also accented the entire space with sweet soft tea lights and pillar candles making the evening glow.
The event fell into place beautifully, with each element speaking to what Edward and I love and the visual sensibility we share.  Most importantly, we created a picturesque atmosphere where we celebrated our love and commitment to one another, with our closest family and friends all together.  

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videographers: Lovebird Studios | Wedding Coordinator:  Kristin Ashley Events | Venue: Piper Palm House Tower Grove Park | Caterer: Butler’s Pantry | Officient James Mooney of the Ethical Society of Saint Louis | Flowers: Bloomin Buckets | Invitations: Hand Illustrated Letterpress by Elysia Mann of All Along Press | Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | Signage – Art Direction and Design: Eve Daher Kinsella, Illustration: Edward Kinsella |  Wedding Dress: Monique L’Huilleier Heidi Dress from Town & Country Bridal | Veil and Comb:  Toni Federici | Bride’s Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bride’s Purse: Miniauditere by Liberty of London for J. Crew | Rings, Other Jewelry: Deborrah Daher, (handmade by bride’s mother; 18k yellow gold, champagne diamonds and 18K Red Gold) | Hair: Bethany Laska | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Amsale chiffon gowns in Black, Charcoal, and Graphite | Groom Suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suite | Groom Suit: Cole Haan | Flowergirl Dress: Monsoon Kids

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02.19.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Designer Dresses from DaVinci Bridal

With our sponsor, DaVinci Bridal, spend less and get more when you discover your dream wedding dress! Created to give you an elegant alternative to purchasing from chain stores that often sell off-the-rack wedding dresses that have been tried on countless times by other brides, DaVinci Bridal is here to help you find the brand new wedding dress that is all about you. We’re in awe of the limitless options from Davinci Bridal and their exciting collection of top-quality, on-trend bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

DaVinci Bridal delivers both value and sophistication, including designer styling, top-of-the-line materials, and meticulous construction for a flawless fit. The newest bridal gown collection features dreamy wedding dress styles with timeless designs and delightful details, including graceful draping, ornate beadwork, and luxe laces. Once you’ve found your perfect wedding dress, they make it easy to find bridesmaids dresses that complement the style of your wedding that will make your bridal party feel their best. DaVinci Bridal designs wedding dresses to flatter and compliment a woman’s body, creating fashions that you’ll continue to love as you look back at photos from your wedding day!

Plus, DaVinci Bridal is proud to offer incredibly convenient delivery in as little as one week! You read that right: if you’re a bride on a deadline, brand new DaVinci wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses can be available in your perfect size and favorite color in just one week.

We invite you to experience the luxurious quality, delightful fit, and excellent value of DaVinci wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses at a boutique near you!

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02.19.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Wedding Videos from Love & You Video

Nicole & Taylor – November 1, 2013 – Haiku Mill Wedding Video – Maui Wedding Video from Love & You Video on Vimeo.

Please help us welcome our newest sponsor, Love & You Video! Love & You Video is a boutique studio that specializes in crafting modern and cinematic wedding films that reflect the nature of your wedding day.  Husband and wife team, Matthew and Inese Hanlon operate Love & You Video in Southern California, but love traveling worldwide for beautiful weddings!

Matthew and Inese approach each wedding with the end product in mind. They focus intently throughout your wedding on creating the most accurate, beautiful, and fun representation of your special day.  Love & You Video understands that every couple and wedding is different and their filming style captures all the details and emotions that make your wedding special. They work with you to focus on the most important and intimate moments of your wedding day so in the end, you’ll have a video that you can cherish for the rest of your lives.

Working together as husband and wife, they work closely throughout the day to combine their visions to create a wedding film that highlights the best and most beautiful parts of your wedding that you, your friends, and families will enjoy for years to come.  Love & You Video’s unique approach to wedding videography has led them to film weddings in New York City, California, Maui, and they were happy to film their first international wedding this year in Mexico! Inese and Matthew love working in the wedding industry and cherish the fact that they have been able to film so many beautiful weddings and couples over the years!

We’re so happy to bring Love & You Video on board as a new sponsor today! Visit their website for more information on how to book their wedding cinematography services for your wedding here or abroad!


Clare & Jon – November 10, 2012 – Brooklyn Museum wedding from Love & You Video on Vimeo.

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02.18.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

French Inspired Sonoma Valley Wedding

This lovely Sonoma Valley wedding, sent to us from Rylee Hitchner, is simply darling. Erin and Garry’s quaint wedding seems like the perfect combination between a traditional outdoor wedding, and a casual dinner with friends at a French bistro. We simply adore the natural, feminine, and cozy mood of Erin and Garry’s wedding. Read a little more about the vision for their gorgeous Sonoma wedding from their planner:

When Erin and Garry, who live in San Francisco but have a weekend home in Sonoma, got engaged, they knew they wanted to throw a weekend celebration highlighting the best that wine country has to offer – delicious food, great wine and stunning views. Their guests, who mostly traveled from the Midwest and Europe, were treated to three days worth of events throughout Wine Country. The wedding itself took place at B.R. Cohn Winery inSonoma. The ceremony was set on an oak lined hill overlooking the sprawling cabernet vineyards and dinner took place beneath the venue’s 140 year old French Picholine olive trees. As a nod to Erin’s love of all things French and Garry and Erin’s mutual love of delicious food, Amanda O’Shannessy Creative designed the event to be reminiscent of a cozy outdoor french bistro. Potted herbs, rosemary infused olive oil, and calligraphed cutting board table numbers lined the dinner tables. Calligraphed chalkboards attached to custom-made wooden backdrops served as menus and calligraphed tiles that their designer sourced at salvage yards led guests to their seats. After dinner, a gelato cart served up none other than cabernet flavored gelato. The night came full circle when Garry made his groom’s speech – a common tradition at English weddings. Garry recounted the story of his and Erin’s first date – which funny enough took place B.R. Cohn Winery. Unable to get in for a tasting, Garry fabricated a story claiming that it was he and his wife’s wedding anniversary. Needless to say, the first date was a success. It only seemed fitting to start the next chapter of their lives together right where their story had begun years earlier.

Venue: BR Cohn Winery | Photography: Rylee Hitchner Photography | Creative Direction +  Design + Styling: Amanda O’Shannessy Creative | Catering: Grapevine Catering | Month-Of Coordination: Events by Satra | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Twigss Floral Studio | Hair + Make-up: Mimi + Taylor | Paper Goods: Little Miss Press | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Chalkboard Art: Sarah Lynn Jones | Officiant: Michael Ireland | Ceremony Guitarist: Montara Music | DJ: DJ Cams | Dress: Sarah Seven | Gelato Cart: Cafe Scooteria | Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Shuttles: Pure Luxury Transportation

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02.17.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog