Libby and David’s wedding amongst the polo fields at the St. Louis Country Club was a picturesque day filled with personal touches. Cosmopolitan Events planned the soiree which featured a lovely outdoor ceremony with lantern decor and a stunning floral chuppah by Belli Fiori. During the nuptials, the bride’s father surprised the couple with an oil painter who live-painted the ceremony and created a piece of art for the couple to cherish forever. Libby received the advice to select her gown first and model the details around it—we’re loving the inspiration that came from her beautiful Anna Campbell dress. With stationery by Cheree Berry Paper and a bridal party in Joanna August the mood is fresh and elegant and thankfully our friends at Carretto Studio were there to capture it all!
What made the wedding special and unique?
David & I were both born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We knew we wanted a big wedding with all of our friends and family there, so the decision to have the wedding in our hometown was easy! The St. Louis Country Club, with its white stucco, red tile roof and black shutters, surrounded by green polo fields and a world renowned golf course makes it a one of a kind spot for a wedding. Aside from the picturesque setting, we knew that we wouldn’t just be “another wedding” at the country club and that the staff would be attentive and helpful throughout the planning process, which was really important to us!
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I received the great advice that before doing (almost) any other wedding planning, I should pick my wedding dress. With a vision of a rustic and elegant wedding, using a palate of blush, grey, gold, and ivory, I scoured the internet for a dress that I could build my wedding around. With my sister’s help, we discovered Anna Campbell, and were thrilled to find that a bridal boutique in Kansas City was hosting an Anna Campbell trunk show later that month. After 1.5 hours at the trunk show, trying on a plethora of Anna Campbell dresses, I found THE ONE! I would encourage any bride-to-be to select a dress designer they love first, and then go after it!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
For us, the ceremony was the most special part of the day. Our story is unique in that we have been good friends since middle school but didn’t start dating until the end of college. Under a floral chuppah overlooking polo fields, we exchanged vows which reflected the history that we have with one another and the special relationship we share. We, along with our 22 person wedding party, sniffled our way through the ceremony. We even had grown men coming up to us at the reception telling us we had them in tears! Our ceremony ended with the Jewish tradition of the breaking of the glass. We were so thrilled that David managed to break the glass that we almost forgot to kiss!
What was the most memorable part of the day?
From the hotel welcome gifts, to the monogrammed bar, to the custom sugar cookie favors, to the raw seafood bar, I loved planning the little day-of details that would make our wedding uniquely “ours”. However, my dad gets credit for what was the most memorable day-of detail. He surprised us with a painter who was stationed off to the side during our ceremony, creating a beautiful panoramic painting. Guests were able to observe and visit with the painter during cocktail hour and David & I even got to pick up the paint brush and leave our mark on the amazing work of art that we will cherish forever.
When guests weren’t breaking it down on the dance floor, they could be found on the back patio, café lights strung about, enjoying Katz’s pastrami sandwiches (groom’s favorite), Imo’s pizza (bride’s favorite) or making s’mores at the bonfire. To close out the night, we drove away from the club through fountain fireworks that lined the driveway. Our friends & family cheered as we drove off and we couldn’t help but wish we could do it all over again!
Photography: Carretto Studio // Event Planning: Cosmopolitan Events // Floral Design: Belli Fiori // Invitations & Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper // Wedding Dress: Anna Campbell // Bridal Boutique: Altar Bridal // Bridesmaids’ Dress Designer: Joanna August // Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid // Hair & Makeup: DanielleStyle // Cake: The Cakery Bakery // Painter: Billy O’Donnell // Band: Arvell and Company, Contemporary Productions // Catering: St. Louis Country Club // Men’s Attire: Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse // Videography: Vimage // Ceremony Music: Rosewood Quartet, Contemporary Productions // Transportation: Best Transportation // Fireworks: Gateway Fireworks // Bridesmaids’ Gifts: O Bag // Flower Girl Dresses: West End Tailor // Favors: CT Custom Cookie Treats