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We’re totally crushing on this edgy + modern wedding shoot. So much, actually, that we’re thinking of redecorating the dining room to look just like it! And, as Heather Roth—fab photographer—explains below, that was exactly the point. The team of top-tier St. Louis wedding vendors joined forces to create an inspiration shoot that captures the contemporary couple. “We imagine this couple would want to create pieces that reflected them as a couple, as well as wedding-day remnants you’d see in their stylish home.”  Yes, please. And the Livia Paul Paper stationery pieces? Well they’re just on a whole other level.

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Heather Roth ofHeather Roth Fine Art Photography came toKatie Saeger Events with a vision to create a bold, edgy + modern, yet romantic wedding day editorial. We were inspired by the chic bride who loves high-fashion and is looking for something other than the traditional white wedding dress. For her, a metallic, mesh-pleated dress is what fit the bill! This is when the talented, fashion-forward designer,Emily Koplar of Wai Ming located in St. Louis, stepped in with her exclusive collections. We paired the looks with another St. Louis favorite –Fauxgerty, a faux leather jacket line. That cool jacket had us wanting to grab our man and ride off on a Vespa, with the wind blowing in our hair! Just be Cool. Hair + Makeup from Annie Heyward Style was a perfect complement to our vibe.

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A contemporary wedding venue, Palladium, was the perfect space for this shoot. We loved the straight lines of the geometric geodes + triangles, and carried that through the plates, glassware and paper goods, keeping clean textures in our vignettes. We wanted the florals to be textured and light in color balance to stand out against the darker linens and colors of the shoot, adding a soft twist to the modern edge. Heather hand-painted the larger white vases with matte black, grays and gold detailing, consistent with our color scheme. The coordinating gold brush strokes with geometric gold studs on the ribbon of the bouquet was also one of our favorite accents.

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The paper goods, designed byLivia Paul Paper, were a huge part of this shoot. We imagine this couple would want to create pieces that reflected them as a couple, as well as wedding-day remnants you’d see in their stylish home. Sophisticated (+ rad) prints + illustrations, using the couple’s python wedding monogram, playfully carry throughout the various elements in our vignettes. A python-embossed invitation suite with high gloss type treatment is sure to impress guests. They may just walk away remembering what Love is.

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Vendors: Photography: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography // Planning and Stylist: Katie Saeger Events // Venue: Palladium // Dress: Emily Koplar of Wai Ming // Jacket: Fauxgerty // Hair and Makeup: Annie Heyward Style // Paper Goods: Livia Paul Paper

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First—we love the simplicity of Ashley and Zachary’s family-centric wedding day. There’s a sense of calm and happiness in every, single beautiful image by Red Fly Studio. Second—OMG it’s that wallpaper!! (you’ll know it when you see it.) We know you’ll enjoy this pretty little wedding as much as we do!

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From photographer- Ashley and Zach had the perfect combo of being downright adorable and having classic beauty. They handled the dreary, rainy day with grace and enjoyed being around everyone. When these two saw each other for the first look, Zach literally jumped up and down and shouted “I’m the luckiest guy in the world!” Ashley has family in Germany, so their ring bearer, Zach’s nephew, wore lederhosen. They also did a traditional German log cutting after the ceremony to signify the beginning of a new family and the overcoming of the first obstacle of marriage. The color palette they to chose was timeless and the emotions of the day were real. I loved this wedding.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We chose Summerour because not only was the building absolutely gorgeous on its own, it was a central location for both families. That was top priority as family was the main inspiration for our wedding day. There is a certain comfort that comes with just being with your family. We wanted to spend the evening with each other, soaking in every minute and immersed in happiness with family and friends. We wanted people to see the love we have for each other in a setting that was gleaming with joy for all involved. We knew we didn’t want a wedding centered around a theme. The decor was light and simple. With the help of a welder from work we were able to make 17 candelabras for the tables. It wasn’t until the reception I was reminded of the ‘no candle policy’ I signed – whoops! They were still gorgeous and looked amazing by the floral arrangements. The log cutting ceremony was a special part of the reception. The majority of my mom’s family lives in Germany and wasn’t able make it. This was a way to include them and honor her heritage.

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Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!

I took a girls trip to Atlanta to find a dress with my mom, his mom, and his sisters. It was the second dress I tried on at the first store I went to, Kelly’s Closet. I looked in the mirror and thought this is it – DONE! I still can’t get over how comfortable it was to wear.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

Our music choices- Processional: First and Last Waltz – Nickel Creek, Recessional: Clocks – Coldplay and lastly, First Dance: Out of The Woods – Nickel Creek.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

One of my favorite parts of the day was dancing with my dad while Zachary and his mom danced. It was such a special moment for me. As I looked over at him I couldn’t believe it. I am married to the most handsome, patient, and funny man AND he loves his mama AND has an incredible family!? I was overwhelmed and couldn’t wait to be his forever.

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Vendors: Photography: Red Fly Studio // Reception Venue: Summerour Studio // Caterer: Bold American Events & Catering // Cinema and Video: Brian Little Productions // Floral Designer: Flowers by Derrell // Dress Designer: Reem Acra // Dress Store: Chicas Bridal // Band: Chuck Nation Band // Dress Store: Kelly’s Closet

We’re loving every last, industrial-chic detail of Julia and Bobby’s gorgeous wedding at Beatnik Studios . The vintage-inspired engagement ring, the cascading florals and the raw, wood and metal textures throughout the gallery venue. And, of course, the bride and groom are totally stunning—especially in the super-editorial portraits by Josselyn Peterson. We know you’re going to love this one as much as we do!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

A wise soul advised me to go into your wedding day like you were writing a book about it. The entirety of the book would be solely about every detail of the day. They directed me to mentally note every taste, every sound, every feeling, every smell, every moment. It is so easy for the human brain to take special moments for granted. It takes great effort to consciously stay in the present moment and to enjoy it to its fullest. This piece of advice – to write a book about my wedding day – was the greatest gift someone could have given me. It helped me to live fully through each minute and to soak it up to its entirety.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

My husband and I did things a little differently – We were officially married April 19, 2014 with an audience of about 15. We decided to have our full Ceremony and “party” one year later on our anniversary. I would recommend this to everyone! It relieved so much stress of the day and did not take away the specialness of the event. I can honestly say it was the best day of my life, marrying my best friend again!

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Vendors: Photography: Josselyn Peterson Photographer // Design and Decor: Roots Reclaimed // Museum: Beatnik Studios // Caterer: Asante Catering // Floral Designer: Verbena Florist // Equipment Rentals: Classic Party Rentals // DJ: DeBorba Events // Makeup Artist: Hair and Makeup By Julia // Hair Stylist: Laura, Lalas Updos // Dress Designer: Nicole Miller // Favors and Gifts: Paper Sushi Shop // Invitations: Paperless Post // Ring Designer: Van Craeynest Jewelry

Punchy, preppy and completely adorable. Liz and Jason’s graphic and colorful wedding day is so fun to look at! We’re especially crazy about the bold florals and blue chairs—so cute! Enjoy the lovely images of the day by Dana Cubbage Weddings.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Preppy, colorful, glam. Those are the words I’d use to describe Liz + Jason’s beautiful Charleston SC wedding. The ladies of Pure Luxe Bride created such an inviting + beautiful space at Harborside East, a waterfront venue on the Cooper River, including a glamorous chandelier hung from the top of the tent, colorful florals by Branch Design Studio, a custom bar, and two long tables flanked by gorgeous navy chiavari chairs that matched the wedding color palette. It was an incredible design for sure! Despite morning storms, the skies parted just in time for their First Look in historic downtown Charleston.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Liz + Jason held down the dance floor all evening and their late night snack was the King of Pops cart – a local Charleston specialty which their guests LOVED!! At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited through the rain + lightning and hopped into a vintage Bentley… the perfect ending to an amazing wedding day.

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Vendors: Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings // Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride // Reception Venue: Harborside East // Caterer: MOSAIC Catering // Floral Designer: Branch Design Studio // Brides Gown: Donna Morgan // Dress Designer: Wtoo Watters // Bridesmaid Dress: Bella Bridesmaid // Equipment Rentals: Eventworks Rentals // Dress Store: Gown Boutique of Charleston // Hair Stylist: strawberry blonde salon // Lighting: Innovative Event Services // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Jos A Bank and Suit Supply // Shoes: Kate Spade // DJ: DJ Brian, Other Brother Entertainment // Equipment Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals // Invitation: The Silver Starfish // Cake Designer: WildFlour Bakery //

Gasp! Swoon. Sigh…We’re basically speechless over this one. Lavender and Rose, a.k.a. event-planner-extraordinaire, created an absolutely breathtaking wedding day for Liz and Jonathan in the South of France. The florals are heavenly, the bride is timelessly elegant and the scenery will take your breath away. We can’t even find the words to describe this level of gorg. Luckily, these incredibly stunning images by the uber-talented Marianne Taylor Photography say it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We really wanted a destination wedding. I was in love with all things French – I had lived there in the past, we both spoke the language, he proposed and so it was easy, South of France it would be. I googled ‘wedding planners in the South of France’ and came across Lavender and Rose. Even from the first glance of their website, I knew they would be the right choice. Thankfully, Jennifer said they would be available to plan our wedding for late September and off we went. Jennifer was excellent. Her vision, style, professionalism and attention to detail was impeccable and at all stages of the planning process, she kept me calm and assured. I knew she had it under control (even when I didn’t) and most importantly, she understood my vision for the day. That’s key.

After a lot of issues with finding the right church, with the help of some family friends, we secured a beautiful church in Bar-sur-Loup, a tiny village just north of Mougins/Cannes. The church itself was perfect but the views were spectacular, in the mountains and overlooking a large impasse. It definitely had that wow factor. Our church ceremony music was performed by Hitched Wedding Music. Their voices are simply breathtaking and even during rehearsals, they amazed our bridal party.

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What were some touches added to make it personal?

We had welcome bags hand delivered by Jennifer and her team. They included a tiny bottle of champagne, locally made soap and jam from Grasse and heel protectors (as the Chateau had stony paths). They also had all the details for pick up times, locations etc so everyone knew exactly where they had to be and when. Catering was by Parfum et Saveurs – the food was simply delicious, served to guests under silver lids to keep the food warm as there was quite a walk from the kitchen to marquee.

We had a live acoustic walking band, the Gypsy Queens, who played in between courses and speeches – they went to our guests tables and asked them for their requests. They really got everyone in the party mood. It was such a good idea to have them play in between courses as I often felt at previous weddings, that part can sometimes drag. After the cake cutting (our cake was by Wedding Cakes by Pamela) and dessert, the band led us up to another staged area with a grand piano and festoon lights where Jon serenaded me – a complete surprise. It was so romantic and a moment I will treasure. Jon and I had our first dance to a live performance of the song My Cherie Amour (classic) with all our guests waving sparklers. The Gypsy Queens led everyone to the inside dance area for the final part of the day, the dancing. Our DJ was Yannick Le Roux who was excellent. I think Jennifer had to literally move people off the dance floor at 3am! Yannick really listened to what we wanted and I would strongly recommend him. Another great idea was to have the Photo Booth by Alban Pichon in the same area as the dancing so that when people got a bit tired from dancing, they could act silly with French themed props and take away their pictures.

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What was the most memorable part of the day?

Jon and I travelled in style to our reception in a vintage Aston Martin Lagonda. It was so vintage we had a wind up roof! I squeezed me and my dress into the car and there was just enough room for my new hubby! The guests followed behind in organised transport beeping their horns!

Our reception was held at the dreamy Franco-Italian Chateau Diter located just outside of Grasse. Filled with statues, fountains, ponds, flowers and the most spectacular renovated chateau, it was the perfect location for us. We had two large marquees set up (just in case) and boy were we glad of that. For what seemed like a lifetime (I was told later it was 20mins), we had a torrential downpour, just as we arrived at the venue. Jennifer dealt with it in true professional style and ushered everyone to champagne and canapés under the marquee. We had stunning music again from Hitched Wedding Music during the cocktail with Rob playing on a grand white piano and Rosie singing 1950s classics to jazz favourites. The French caricaturists and live cooking stations by caterer Parfum et Saveurs kept guests entertained.

The rain was worth it – after the clouds parted, we had this heavenly ethereal light, something I have never witnessed before. It was magical and made for some amazing photographs from our photographer, Marianne Taylor and videographer Clark and Palmer Wedding Films (both UK based) . They captured the detail, the light, the mood and all the tiny details which whizz past you on the day.

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Tell us how you met and became engaged.

I met Jonathan at a friend’s birthday party in a steak house in East London. He wasn’t my usual type I have to say but I was intrigued when he ordered the largest meat platter I had ever seen. He has now admitted it was all an attempt to get my attention but I just remember asking myself ‘Who is that hungry Chinese guy and how on earth will he finish all that meat?’ Well it worked – the following weeks were full of old school romance, fun filled dates like ping pong, swing dancing and restaurant hopping. It was the most fun I’d had in a long time! After a year and a half, he got down on one knee in true romantic fashion at a beautiful Chateau in a small village outside of Lyon. And so the French story began.

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Vendors: Photography: Marianne Taylor Photography // Videographer: Clark and Palmer Wedding Films // Event Planning: Lavender And Rose // Florist: Miss Rose by Perrine // Wedding Gown: Sassi Holford // Stationery: Louise Richardson // Caterer: Parfum et Saveurs // Singer: Gypsy Queens and Hitched Wedding Music // Wedding venue: Chateau Diter