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You know we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a fabulous color palette and Brittany and Brady’s St. Louis wedding celebration definitely delivers one. Katie Saeger Events designed all the makings of a classic wedding—a grand church ceremony at Washington University, fabulous custom paper throughout by On Three Designs and beautiful garden rose florals by The Special Event Florist. We’re loving the bridal party in dusty teal Jenny Yoo gowns and the coordinating silk table runners from Fleuropean. The peaches, blues, teal and blush give just enough color to add interest but are subdued enough to keep things timeless and Clary Pfeiffer captured it all in these lovely images.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

We loved getting married at Graham Chapel at Washington University, where I am a Physician Assistant. We wanted an intimate setting for our reception, and the visitor center provided the perfect setting for a lovely evening.

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

I was referred to Fleur de Lis by my wedding planner Katie Saeger. It was such a special experience, because they close the entire store down for your appointment so it is just you, your friends and family. That made it such a special and memorable experience. I had a certain dress in mind and after I tried on numerous styles of that dress, I was almost in tears as I thought I would never find “the one.” Finally, after I tried on the gorgeous dress by Modern Trousseau we all cried and I knew then it was the one.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

Our step-brother married us. I had two garters; one was something old and blue which was my grandmother’s, and the second one had batman themes as my husband is a big batman fan. My father and uncle made all of the signs that were used at our wedding prior to Alicia designing them. All of our out of town guests received welcome boxes which included a map designed by Brady. The handkerchief was also the same one my grandma carried on her wedding day.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

It is hard to pick out just one moment. Brady wanted to exchange our own vows. I am a total wreck when it comes to public speaking but I finally agreed to do so. I was so happy to finally exchange our own vows after years and years of being together.  I also will never forget how I felt when I walked into the venue where we were having our reception and saw it all come together. It brought tears to my eyes seeing all of my visions come to life!

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

Brady and I met as freshmen in high school. We quickly became friends and started dating our junior year. After a a year apart when we left for college, we reconnected after we both transferred to the same college and have been together ever since! On July 4th, my family came into town and we went to a St. Louis Cardinals game. We went out for drinks after the game and he proposed to me there in front of my family.

Planner and Designer: Katie Saeger Events // Photography: Clary Pfeiffer // Florals: The Special Event Florist // Stationery and Calligraphy: On Three Designs // Ceremony Venue: Graham Chapel // Reception Venue: Visitor’s Center // Videography: Kinetic Visuals // Bride’s Gown: Salon Fleur De Lis // Dress Modern Trousseau // Bridesmaids:  Bella Bridesmaid / Jenny Yoo // Earrings Nordstrom // Shoes: Vince Camuto // Groom: Matthew Mason Clothing // Linens: La Tavola // Cake: Made. By Lia // Caterer: Catering St. Louis // DJ + Lighting: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service // Silk Runners: Fleuropean

 

 

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Amanda and Luke met in a game of capture the flag when they were 15. They were friends first and know that’s “what has maintained their relationship over the course of 15 years.” The best friends and engaged couple decided to incorporate their whirlwind Italy honeymoon theme into their wedding celebration. After their traditional ceremony at St. Peter Catholic Church, they held the reception at City Cottage on Chouteau and filled their guest with tasty Italian appetizers, espresso cake with gelato and late-night woodfired pizza. We’re loving the cozy mood and bright fall palette with gorgeous florals by Bozzay Florist. Lucky for us Mike Cassimatis Photography was on had to capture it all.

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What made the wedding special and unique? 

Our wedding ceremony took place at Luke’s childhood parish, St. Peter Catholic Church. We chose all of the music – from Yeah Yeah Yeahs to Andrea Bocelli – arranged and performed by musicians & family friends. Our reception venue was specifically chosen for its vintage European charm. We were headed to Italy the next day for a whirlwind honeymoon, and we wanted to bring Italy to our guests through an informal cocktail-style celebration.

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

I always dreamed of wearing a lace gown, and I found the perfect vintage-modern sheath Kenneth Winston at Signature Bridal in Chesterfield, MO. I knew the moment I put it on, that it was the one. And the tears that welled up in mom’s eyes said it all. I paired the gown with green velvet shoes, just a little pop of my favorite color.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal? 

We are total foodies and wanted to share our favorite flavors with our guests. Guests enjoyed gourmet breads and cheeses, specialty sandwiches, stuffed peppers and homemade toasted ravioli (a St. Louis favorite). Wood-fired pizza was a late night patio snack, topped off with vanilla and chocolate-espresso cake from The Cakery and gelato from a local gelateria on The Hill. Guests parted with individual bottles of Limoncello, made & bottled by us.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Narrowing the day down to one most memorable part would be tough – the entire day was special and was full of family and friends. From getting ready with family and the wedding party; to the long-awaited ceremony, photo session, and reception, we were able to celebrate the day just the way we hoped.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

We met at 15, playing capture the flag at a mutual friend’s house. He went to Kirkwood High School and I went to Nerinx Hall, an all-girls Catholic school. We were friends for a long time before dating, and know that is what has maintained our relationship over the course of 15 years. Luke popped the question (finally!) at Trattoria Marcella, our favorite restaurant, on Thanksgiving Eve, 2015.

Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography // Flowers: Bozzay Florist // Invitation Designer: Monica Illig // Ceremony: St. Peter Catholic Church, Kirkwood // Reception: City Cottage on Chouteau, Catering St. Louis // Invitation Printer: AlphaGraphics // Rings: Vinciguerra Jewelers // Bride’s Dress: Kenneth Winston, Signature Bridal // Bride’s Shoes: J.Crew // Groom’s Suit: Jos A. Bank // Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan // Veil/Hair Accessory/Boutonnieres: Etsy Shop Pomp & Plumage // Bridesmaids Dresses + Accessories: J.Crew // Groomsmen Suits: Jos A. Bank // Cake: The Cakery // Gelato: Gelato di Riso

 

Michelle and Nick are creative types who wanted an Old New York vibe for their wedding day—think classic, timeless, refined, traditional yet modern with 1950’s flair. The ceremony and reception were help at Bryant Park Grill with florals by Greenpoint Floral. We’re loving the authentic retro styling of the bride and groom—those red lips! Sarina and Quyn of Khaki Bedford Photography were the perfect vendor choice for the couple capturing all the moments of the day their signature photojournalism style.

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From Sarina + Quyn, Khaki Bedford Photo: Michelle + Nick were such a fun couple to work with! We always love working with creative types (Nick is into painting, music and fashion design; Michelle video installation, fashion and projection) and these two were no exception. For their wedding though, they decided to go for a more traditional/old school NY vibe and they just nailed it! Think Old New York (classic, timeless, refined); traditional yet modern. Michelle’s style was that of a 1950’s movie star with her Bettie Page bangs, vintage inspired long-sleeved lace dress and red lips; ready and eager to flash a smile. And then Nick with his white tux! It was all very old school and just perfect! And also just so fitting that the wedding took place at the plaza, an homage to Old New York and classic style. The guests were also dressed to the nines in timeless black tie attire. The bridesmaids wore full length vintage-inspired gowns and one in a pantsuit – again, perfectly classic and modern!

During portraits, there was such a palpable energy walking the streets of New York with Michelle and Nick. The city moving past and the two of them just so, so happy and everyone cheering and offering congratulatory words. We used the steps of the NY Public Library for the first look and the columns were such a perfect backdrop!

The ceremony took place on the rooftop of the Bryant Park Grill long after sunset so it was very dark and moody, basically lit by the surrounding City lights! Dark venues can sometimes be challenging to photograph, but we love the feel of intimate and moody light.

Lastly, the reception really was just like one huge party. You could just feel the energy from all of the guests! A lot of weddings have a lull when dinner is served and this wedding seemed to dance right over that into the evening. Everyone was truly there to have a good time!

Photography: Khaki Bedford Photography (Sarina + Quyn) // Florist: Greenpoint Floral // Getting Ready Venue: Bryant Park Hotel // Ceremony + Reception Venue: Bryant Park Grill // Hair + make up: Adrian Alvarado // Dress: Custom Design by Shareen // Bride’s Shoes: Rochas // Groom’s Suit: Jacket – John Varvatos / Everything Else –  Baldwins Formals // Rings: Custom design (engagement ring using diamonds from groom’s grandmother’s ring)

 

Alma and Luis’ wedding at Quail Ranch is filled with colorful details that compliment the venue’s Spanish style and add personality to the day designed by In Focus Events. The full, bold florals by Unique Floral Designs are filled with giant dahlias, hydrangeas, peach roses, and accented by deep plum and magenta blooms. We’re loving the groom’s retro flair—all the way down to his personal vintage cadillac get-away ride. And, the hand-painted Mexican piggy bank gifts are adorable. See all the details and the pure joy of the lovely couple in these images by Jenny Smith & Co.

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What made the wedding special and unique?

There are many things that made our wedding special. For both of us, seeing all our family and friends come together was the most special thing. I had family fly in from Mexico which was very meaningful for me. My uncle was also our officiant and did a wonderful job. For Luis, having the Cadillac on site was special for him. Since he purchased the car he has dedicated a lot of time to fixing it up and envisioned getting married in it. We loaded up the car the day before the wedding and came back in it as a married couple.

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

I wanted something I could dance in and envisioned something fitted at the top and flowy at the bottom. When we went shopping my sister actually picked out the dress. I was a bit hesitant at first because it was part of Martina Liana’s separate collection, so a bit unconventional, but once I tried it on I loved it. The corset was very romantic and fit the Spanish style of the venue. I first found the dress in Pasadena, CA but had one more appointment at The Dress in Santa Barbara, CA so I waited. When I arrived at my appointment in Santa Barbara the owner pulled out the same dress for me. I tried it on one more time and just knew it was the one. I kept swaying side to side in it; I could see myself at the wedding.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

My mom bought these beautiful hand painted piggy banks from our hometown in Mexico. She found an artist to paint them for us and write our names and wedding date on them. They became not only our wedding favors but also the name cards for our guests. The display table had a sign that read, “Be rich in love,” to fit the piggy bank theme. Our guests loved them! In addition to the piggy banks my mom also picked up some blue tiles with numbers from Mexico to serve as our table numbers. They were a nice touch to the Spanish style of the venue.

What was the most memorable part of the day?

I would have to say reading our vows and the poems we selected. We each wrote our own vows and selected a poem to read during our ceremony. I read Ana Castillo’s poem, I Ask The Impossible, which I have always loved. Luis surprised me when he decided to write his own poem! It was a very emotional moment for both of us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The short version: We met through a mutual friend, Ambar, who was also one of my bridesmaids. At the time, Ambar worked for the UFW (United Farm Workers) and Luis was at a fundraising event she had organized. They connected over some Santana shoes that Luis had bid on. Fast forward to my birthday celebration at the Conga Room where Luis was there celebrating one of his friends. He asked me to dance and Ambar encouraged me to give him a chance since she knew him. We had a great time dancing and the rest is history.

 

Alma + Luis : Quail Ranch Simi Valley CA from David Chaidez Cinema on Vimeo.

Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. // Planner: In Focus Events // Paper Goods: Hadley Designs // Florals: Unique Floral Designs // Venue: Quail Ranch // Entertainment: DJ Lunatic // Ceremony Music: Mariachi Imperial de Mexico // Videography: David Chaidez Cinema // Hair & Make Up: Girl Meets Bongga // Photo Booth: PixaBooth // Dessert: Porto’s Bakery & Cafe // Rentals & Lighting: Party Pleasers // Catering: Command Performance Catering

 

Lindsay and Amos took a cue from their venue, the Parker Palm Springs, as well as Lindsay’s antique emerald engagement stunner when designing the elements of their wedding celebration. With help from Artisan Events the couple incorporated vintage vibes into their adorable stationery by Anticipate Invitations (sandpaper mountains everyone!), vintage cocktail glasses hand-chosen for each guest and macrame owls made by the grooms mother on each table. Punchy, pink, graphic florals and elegant family-style tables added balance to the look while the bride’s relaxed glamour in Monique Lhuillier sets the tone of the event. Lucky for us, Mi Belle Photographers were on had to capture all the details and we’re thrilled to share the photographs with you today!

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What made the wedding special and unique?

Fitting with our venue and my engagement ring (an antique), we took inspiration from vintage Palm Springs and wove that into all elements of the wedding. Some examples:

Our invitation featured a vintage Palm Springs postcard replica as the reply card, as well as sandpaper mountains! We also used unique vintage Palm Springs postcard replicas as the place cards. Everything came complete with vintage desert stamps. We asked our guests to send us marital advice or well wishes with their place card postcards, and we love receiving them regularly as a fun memory.

My parents finally gave in to my begging them for years for a set of vintage Cera cocktail glasses with poison names on them. Inspired by these glasses, we collected enough (over a year on eBay, Etsy, and at thrift stores) that we gave one to each guest. We tried to make them fit each person as best as possible. We used them, and local Old Potrero whiskey (distilled down the street from us and named after our neighborhood), for a “whiskey toast” to kick off the dancing! And we also used vintage matchbooks on the escort cards, again trying to match to the individual.

We encouraged all guests to wear Palm Springs festive attire, particularly to the welcome drinks, and we had many come prepared in caftans, short suits, and palm-printed pants in return. Amos even wore a blue palm-printed suit to the rehearsal dinner and welcome!

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

I spent a whole fun-filled day in New York shopping with my mom and some of my best friends / bridesmaids. I couldn’t decide on a gown at the time and decided I’d try two of Monique Lhuillier’s gowns again in SF. Of course, as it turned out, I ended up seeing and falling in love with a third I had never seen before, and that’s the one I went with. I switched into a very Palm Springs-y beaded party dress by Alice & Olivia to maximize the dancing!

There was another gown I fell in love with by Bo & Luca, at a small boutique in SF (Loho Bride). While it wasn’t “the one” for the wedding, I couldn’t help but wear it for the Rehearsal & Welcome as it fit perfectly with the Parker in its art deco look.

What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?

We wanted to make sure our personalities and things we love really shined through, as well as those of our loved ones. Some examples:

The Parker features a wall of macrame owls (and one two-story one). We shared a photo of the wall on one of our wedding planning visits, and Amos’ mother got a “hoot” out of it. She mentioned how she used to make similar ones a while back. Little did she know she was signing herself up to make one for each table. We now have them as our own owl wall at home!

We are huge board game players. We play a game together at least every other day. Thus, after spending a lot of time trying to find a book reading, we realized the most “us” thing to do would be a reading from the rule-book of a board game. Amos’ sister, also a board gamer herself, read it flawlessly, which was not easy!

We have two cats that sadly could not make the trip (as they don’t leave SF) — Agatha Kittie & Angela Lanspurry. That said, they were sure to sign the guestbook first. However, our love of cats showed up in our vows (and cat-themed books in which we wrote them) and pretty much every toast.

Amos’ best friend from high school and groomsman is a really talented musician, so we asked him to play acoustic guitar for the ceremony. He was the best sport, since we picked just about the most difficult songs, e.g., Lana Del Rey’s This is What Makes Us Girls (not out of cruelty but because we listened to that non-stop when first dating) — and he still killed it.

Lindsay’s friends have amazing personal senses of style, so bridesmaid attire was a no-brainer. She gave them the wedding colors and asked them all to pick long dresses or outfits. One bridesmaid even wore a Palm Springs-inspired caftan two days in a row!

What was the most memorable part of the day?

Definitely our vows. We wrote them ourselves, and even though we didn’t compare notes, they were so closely aligned that everyone assumed we wrote them together. We keep them in our bedside drawers, and it’s so fun to look back on them. We were able to capture a lot of the shared things we love and many inside jokes while still being fun for others to hear (I hope!).

Also up there was our “first swim” at the end of the night — we got a lot of guests into the pool with us.

Tell us how you met and became engaged.

The story differs a bit on whether you ask Amos or Lindsay. We met through friends of friends but also at a trailer park-themed dive bar in San Francisco; the latter is a bit more fun to share. We quickly discovered a shared love of hiking, travel and adventures, board games, and takeout food. All of these occurred on our first date that lasted all day!

We grew to love day and weekend trips up to wine country from our home in SF, so Amos worked the engagement into one that we’d planned to ensure it was a surprise. After a wine tasting, we went for a hike in Calistoga, and Amos seemed anxious to find the best view possible and hurried up a rock. He had to propose quickly when I got up there as I kept saying how scared I was and threatening to go down, until he proposed of course. We finished the day with dinner and an overnight at my favorite spa.

lindsay + amos :: a parker palm springs wedding from Isabel Gonzalez on Vimeo.

Photographer: Mi Belle Photographers // Event Design, Day-of Coordination & Florals: Artisan Events // Stationery: Anticipate Invitations // Venue: Parker Palm Springs // Bride’s Gown Designer: Monique Lhuillier // Salon: Bridal Galleria // Hair & Makeup: Kacee Geoffroy Hair & MakeupVideography: Isabel Cinematheque