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Rustic Elegance: Libby and David’s Romantic Wedding

May 31st, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Libby and David are just the sweetest couple. They met during a middle school production of “Snoopy!” and finally began dating at the end of college. We’re not sure why it took them so long, because it’s pretty clear these two are perfect for each other! Their wedding day at St. Louis Country Club was a beautiful blend of rustic and elegant, and we were so thrilled to be able to design the day and bring Libby’s vision to life.

Upon arriving guests were greeted by a violinist on the path to the ceremony, which set the tone for the evening. The ceremony took place on the lawn behind the club and despite rain the day before and worries that we would have to move inside, the sky cleared and we were able to proceed with the original plan. The aisle was lined with lanterns, pillar candles and seeded eucalyptus, which lead to a lush, floral-covered chuppah, complete with a crystal chandelier for an elegant twist on the rustic structure. It was the perfect setting for the personal, love-filled ceremony!

Immediately following the ceremony guests moved to the patio for cocktail hour. We enhanced the space with café lights, chandeliers, a half-moon bar and lounge seating to bring the indoors outside. Guests mingled on the patio and lawn while the artist Libby’s dad hired as a surprise finished his oil painting of the ceremony (such a fun idea!)

Most of Libby’s reception inspiration stemmed from weddings on the west coast where mixing chair and table styles is a common trend, so we spent a lot of time curating a combination to complement the esthetic Libby was striving for. For the floral elements inside the dining room, we chose greenery garlands for the wood parsons tables and soft floral arrangements on the round tables. Gold taper candles and rustic lanterns were used throughout the space to tie the tables together. The look came together beautifully and really added a rustic element to the formal dining room of the club, while still complimenting the wall murals and formal feel of the space.

The entire day was beautiful, but our favorite thing looking back on the amazing photos by Carretto Studio is the love between Libby and David. It radiates from the photos! These two had so much fun on their wedding day, and we couldn’t be more honored to have been a part of it!

VENDOR LOVE:

Photography: Carretto Studio |  Florist: Belli Fiori | Lighting and Decor: Table Ten Event Design | Planning: Cosmopolitan Events | Venue: St. Louis Country Club | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Musicians: Rosewood Ensemble | Band: Arvell and Company | Videographer: Vimage | Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair and Makeup: Danielle Style | Transportation: Best Transportation | Fireworks: Gateway Fireworks

Wedding Planning: When to Book Your Vendors

May 24th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

It’s no secret that wedding planning can be overwhelming. A simple Google search of “when should I book my wedding vendors” can result in several pages of worth of links, some of which have very dated and conflicting information. With so many sources saying so many things, it’s hard to know what advice to take! Personally, I like to keep things simple, which is why I love the Vendor Booking Timeline that WeddingWire has put together. It breaks down the best order to secure your vendors in an easy to follow layout. I’ve seen all types of wedding planning timelines, but I like this one because it’s not overly complicated and sticks to the main vendors that most couples will be utilizing.

As a florist, most of our clients book with us 8 months to one year out from their wedding (which is on-par with the 10 months suggested in the graphic). For the most popular wedding months, like May and June, it’s always a good idea to reach out sooner than later, since we can only accommodate a few weddings each weekend.

Of course, the most important vendor to secure early is your venue, since it sets the tone for every other element of your wedding day! As a rule, we won’t set up a floral consultation until the venue is selected and booked. Your venue determines the style of your day, your guest count and even things like tall or low centerpieces, so it’s important to have that locked in before booking a florist. If you’re still looking for your perfect venue, check out WeddingWire’s Venues page to begin your search and check out a wide variety of venues in one location.

Happy Planning!

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