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City Cottage Wedding

She contacted me some months after her brothers wedding we photographed and I still remembered her smile and laugh from that day.  She has a contagious energy and the most welcoming demeanor of anyone I have ever met.  I was all in.  They selected two of my favorite venues that were the perfect balance for them.  The gorgeous St. Francis Xavier College Church that leaves guests searching around admiring its beauty before the procession begins.  The ceremony was rich with tradition in the grand space but felt so intimate.

We took some time for photos before we broke for a pit stop at the Planter’s House just minute from the venue.  The wedding party sipped out of copper mugs and laughed and recounted hilarious stories of the night before.  The party relocated to the City Cottage which is perhaps the coziest venue.  The ornate woodwork extends the length of the bar and in the dining room the exposed brick walls fireplaces make you feel like you stepped back in time.  Out back on the patio, the wood oven crackled and warmed for late night pizzas and a piñata dangled full of small airplane bottles of booze that the party goers took full advantage of when Joe broke it open late night.

There are certain things that always catch my attention during a wedding day.  One being the sincerity of the speeches and the reaction of the couple.  You can tell a lot about a couple during the speeches as an indication of what the future holds.  They burst out laughing at themselves and at each other in the most heartwarming way.  Wishing you both a life rich with laughter full  – also a little prayer that you got a really great vacuum as a wedding gift.

xoxo,

Susie

Vendors:

Church – St. Francis Xavier College Church

Reception – City Cottage

Catering – Catering St. Louis

Flowers – Bloomin Buckets

Jewelry – Simon’s

Bridal Boutique – Town & Country Bridal

Gown – Martina Liana

HMUA – Blown Away Dry Bar

Suits – Express

Men’s Accessories – Tie Bar

Band – My Friend Mike

Invitations – Paper Source

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Annie + Brian | St. Francis Xavier College Church + Forest Park Visitor Center Wedding

Annie and Brian met their first year at The University of Dayton. They had Monday night chemistry lab together  where they met and after countless weekly dinner dates, intramural volleyball games, and shared mass at the chapel, they were engaged in Annie’s Hometown of St. Louis at Art Hill in Forest Park making it the perfect place to celebrate their dream wedding.

On the day of their wedding, Annie opened the door to her family home rendering me speechless. She was magnificent.  Dad was totally relaxed while Mom was the cutest alternating between laughing, beaming, and crying at the sight of her beautiful soon-to-be-wed daughter.  The guys relaxed at the hotel and were all smiles and the perfect gentlemen.

Both of their faces when they saw each other were perfect – a look of complete joy and admiration for the other. Neither could stop smiling the whole rest of the day. They were married in the gorgeous St. Francis Xavier College Church and after the ceremony the wedding party brought their A game when we had them out in the cold (really cold) weather!

The party continued at the reception where the fabulous Alaynne Allen of Catering St. Louis had put together the most awe-evoking reception space with the most beautiful cake from Sarah’s Cake Shop in the center of the room. My friends at Bloomin’ Buckets did a magnificent job with the florals. Annie’s sister Emma made each of the table numbers by hand. It was perfect. The toasts had us all rolling and the Hog Trough Dance was a first for many of us and was an incredible addition to fabulous dance spectacular.

Annie and Brian – THANK YOU for letting me and Sherry be a part of this special day for you.

xo, Susie

Vendors:

Ceremony – St. Francis Xavier College Church

Reception – Forest Park Visitor Center

Catering – Catering St. Louis

Cake – Sarah’s Cake Shop

Florals – Bloomin’ Buckets

Invitations – Minted

HMUA – Blissfully Beautiful Bride

DJ – CJ’s Disc Jockey

Gown Designer – Hayley Paige

Bridal Boutique – Hyde Park Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses – Brideside

Suits – The Black Tux

Jeweler – St. Matthew’s Jeweler

Second Shooter – Sherry Lane

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These two are St. Louis to the core!  They chose the historic World’s Fair Pavilion for their reception venue while getting married in an intimate church ceremony.  It was the perfect balance of love for family and love for all things St. Louis and Cardinals and Blues!  When they initially told me their wedding date and told me that they had secured the World’s Fair Pavilion for that date my jaw dropped knowing how incredibly gorgeous the park was oh that date the year before.  You never know with St. Louis weather what to expect so it could have been 90 degrees or 20 on their wedding day.  But wouldn’t ya know it – we had the most unlikely PERFECT 70 degree day in St. Louis on their wedding day.

 

The whole day was perfectly theirs.  The girls hung out at her parents house and watched the Mizzou game while they took turns getting dolled up in the makeup chair.  Alternating shouting at the TV and applying lipstick.  My idea of the best balanced gals.  On the mantle were three hand stitched baseballs with their names and wedding date in cardinal red.  The guys meanwhile hung out at the hotel where they too rooted on Mizzou and each proudly wore their Cardinals socks under their suits before heading to the church.  Jessica walked down the aisle with her dad to meet her groom.  They said their vows to her grandfather making it an incredibly special moment for the family before leaving to Henry Purcell’s Trumpet Tune.

 

We hit up almost every one of their absolute favorite spots before heading to the World’s Fair Pavilion including Kiener Plaza, Busch Stadium, Scottrade Center, and Forest Park where the leaves were a sight to see and I don’t know that I will ever see them as perfectly red as they were on their day..  We were thrilled to have the team of Shadow + Light there for video and we had so much fun capturing Jessica and John’s day together.  Will with Millennium Productions was a welcome face once we arrived at the World’s Fair Pavilion as we quickly realized things were about to get a lot more fun.  The dancing was non-stop, there was a s’mores bar, and a sparkler exit to top it all off.  Beyond thrilled that we were able to be a part of this special day!

 

Team of Vendors:

Church – Immanuel Lutheran – Olivette

Reception – World’s Fair Pavilion – St. Louis, MO

Florist – Wildflowers

Cake – Honest to Goodness Bakery

Invitations – InkSpot

DJ – Will @ Millennium Productions

Gown Designer – Eddy K Milano

Bridal Boutique – Clarice’s Bridal

Hair – Lyndsay L Salon

Makeup – Amanda Macia Makeup

Bridesmaid Dress Boutique – Brideside – Chicago, IL

Rings – Shane Co.

Suits – Savvi

Catering – Pasta House Co.

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Susan & Scott | St. Louis Hilton Ballpark Wedding

This Hilton Ballpark wedding made possible with the help of Natalie Collora was spectacular.  I first met Susan and Scott in person at Bissinger’s in Central West End to grab some coffee and talk about their day.  The details were all in place and everything had been carefully planned.  It was a situation of hurry up and wait until the moment arrived that they saw each other at the church.  Mid-coffee they flag down a friend walking past and invite him in to say hello.  He enters carrying with him an open case of canned beer and it hit me.  The two were so sharp and put together and equally as fun – and obviously kept very good company.  They were en route to a friends house to watch some games and hang out.

The day came and she was glowing. Her friends were tearing up before we left the hotel room understandably completely unable to contain their joy and emotions before seeing their best friend walk down the aisle. Before we left the room, one bridesmaid enthusiastically exclaims to Susan “If you were an emoji you would be the FIRE!”

Scott stood at the front of the aisle but rather than wait for her to complete her walk down the aisle he met her halfway with the biggest kiss.  His bride had arrived and he wasn’t going to wait another moment for their life to start together.  The whole rest of the day was smooth sailing and an absolute blast.  The reception venue was jaw dropping with the rich reds and golds against the arch in the skyline.  The dance floor saw a lot of action with The Shenanigans on stage and we are so thankful for all the amazing guests who made capturing their day that much more fun!

Vendors

Wedding Planner – Natalie Collora

Ceremony – St. John Nepomuk

Reception – St. Louis Hilton Ballpark

Florist – Burkland’s Florist and Gifts – Effingham, IL

Invitations – Christie Renfroe wtih CR Custom Designs

Band – The Shenanigans

Ceremony Musicians – Bob Schleinat as Organist and Tim Schleinat on Trumpet

Cake – The Cakery

Wedding Gown Designer – Stella York

Hair – Denny Fiske

Makeup – Judith Southard J3 Studio

Bride’s Shoes – Badgley Mischka

Bridal Boutique – Diana’s Bridal – Skokia, IL

Bridesmaids Dresses – Nordstrom

Rings – Weber’s Jewelry – Teutopolis, IL

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Jacqueline + Kevin – Westin St. Louis

This darling couple weaved everything they love into their day so beautifully coordinated by the amazing Megan Rusch with Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Events.  Their story started at Fritz’s Frozen Custard explaining the amazing Sundae Bar that opened mid-dance party much to the delight of all the guests.  They were married at the Westin in downtown St. Louis.  Both the ceremony and reception spaces were completely transformed into the most romantic settings with sparkling gold and blush tones everywhere you turned.  Chandeliers hung above the dance floor and in the hallway leading to the ballroom.

The look on their faces said more than any words could when they first saw each other on their day.  It was magnificent!  It is said that rain is good luck on your wedding day and these two have the BEST luck ever!  Of course it happened to rain only for a brief window that day – conveniently right as we had scheduled photos and we truly could not have had a better couple and group to go with it!  It was reeeeally raining and while we had umbrellas – it was raining sideways.  The girls laughed and laughed and the guys were such good sports.

We tried our absolute best to do any justice to the beauty of the reception ballroom.  It. Was. Crazy Gorgeous! The details were everywhere and yes – there is a tier of the cake that is designed from the patter on her Hayley Paige gown and there are also tiny little cat paw prints hidden on the bottom of the cake.  The flash mob after the special dances started a non-stop dance party that only briefly broke for custard.  Congrats to you both!!!  We hope your love is as happy and sweet as two cats with custard.

xoxo, Susie and Sherry

Vendors:

Venue –  Westin St. Louis

Planning – Mr. and Mrs. Wedding Events

Florist – An Affair to Remember – Jody Cox

HMUA – Savanah Summer

Invitations – Rock Paper Scissors – Corey Dankocsik

DJ – CJ’s Disc Jockey Services

Ceremony Musicians – Rosewood Ensemble

Cake – De La Creme Studio

Late Night Dessert – Fritz’s Frozen Custard

Wedding Gown – Hayley Paige

Bridal  Boutique – Maiden Voyage Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses – Revelry

Rings – Shane Co.

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