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2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet

December 8th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

It’s the most colorful time of the year! Pantone has announced their 2018 Color of the Year: Ultra Violet. Pantone.com describes the purple shade as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

The color of royalty, wedding bloggers are already pointing out the fittingness of the purple choice as the industry buzzes with anticipation of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding. But you don’t have to be a royal (or even marry one) to incorporate purple into your day! Much like 2017’s Greenery, the exact Ultra Violet shade might be a bit bold for many couples. If purple is your color, we recommend using Ultra Violet as a jumping off point and utilizing various shades as they fit best for your taste and day.

Pantone has put together several color palettes built around Ultra Violet to help designers visualize the color in a variety of applications. From pairing the purple with muted shades to bolder colors, Ultra Violet is much more versatile than you might have initially thought!

Thank you to the photographers featured in this post for always capturing our clients so beautifully! Switzerfilm | Lisa Hessel Photography | Your Story Photography | Bradford Martens | L Photographie

Falling for You: Ally & Kevin’s Union Station Wedding

November 16th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Today’s wedding is the perfect late-fall addition to the blog. Ally and Kevin were married last November and had the PERFECT fall day for photos. The leaves in their wedding party pictures are so vibrant they’ll make all our 2018 brides want to move their wedding dates to November 😉  And who would say no to a sparkler exit after your ceremony?! You can’t do that in the spring!

One of my favorite things about this wedding is the way Ally was able to plan an event that so perfectly walks the line between a fall and winter wedding. The reception was held at Union Station, which happens to host a Polar Express event every year leading up to Christmas. This meant that the Grand Hall was already decked out for the holidays at the beginning of November. While many brides would have shied away from evergreen trees and fake snow at a fall wedding, Ally chose to embrace it and selected a neutral color palette of white, gold and touches of grey that would compliment the Grand Hall decorations. The result was a beautiful, glowing reception that proves you can incorporate holiday décor in a very non-holiday way!

Thank you to Liz and Meredith of L Photographie for capturing the day so beautifully!

Vendor Love: Photos: L Photographie | Ceremony: Graham Chapel | Ceremony Music: Heritage String Quartet | Reception: The Grand Hall at Union Station | Band: The Patrick Lentz Band | Cake: McArthur’s Bakery | Hair & Makeup: Daniellestyle

Modern Romance: Linda & Greg’s Crystal Ballroom Wedding

September 14th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Today’s featured wedding is a sleek, modern affair at the Marriott Grand Crystal Ballroom, which we designed in collaboration with Katie Saeger Events. Linda & Greg’s day featured a diamond motif and marble details with a neutral color palette accented with modern floral elements in a soft peach. The modern details of the day were a lovely juxtaposition to the classic architecture of the Crystal Ballroom.

Linda came to us with a vision of a modern, asymmetrical magnolia blossom bouquet. The issue, however, was that magnolia blossoms are incredibly hard to work with. They brown easily from the oils in our hands, so even if the floral designer is able to keep them pristine, there is a high likelihood that they won’t survive being carried around by a bride all day between photos and the ceremony. Luckily we were able to find beautiful silk magnolia blossoms that looked and felt real, but were able to stand up to a full day of being carried. Paired with a variety of real greenery, it was a stunning bouquet and looked amazing with Linda’s classic sheath dress! Her bridesmaids carried soft peach bouquets of stock, roses and greenery that popped against their grey dresses and tied into the reception floral.

From the ceremony framed by the beautiful arched windows of the ballroom, to the candlelight reception, the day was filled with love and perfectly embodied Linda & Greg’s style. Even the favors, chocolate dipped fortune cookies (a nod to Linda’s Chinese-American heritage) tied in to the modern marble design of the day. Thank you to the wonderful Clary Pfeiffer for capturing such beautiful images!

VENDOR LOVE: Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer Photography | Venue: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel | Planner: Katie Saeger Events | Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop | Stationary: Livia Paul Paper | Music: Charles Glenn, Griffin and the Gargoyles | Favors: Bake & Sprinkle

 

Simply Elegant: Jess & Mitch’s Four Seasons Wedding

August 7th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

I’ve wanted to do something a bit different on the blog for a while… it’s always me talking about the weddings from our perspective, and I’ve been dying to get a bride’s side of things! When it came time to start working on a post for Jessica & Mitch’s day I knew this was my chance to mix things up. Jess was one of our favorite 2016 brides and immediately agreed to let me “interview” her. She and her mom Debbie were so fun to work with and I’m so excited to share her thoughts on the planning process and her wedding day!

How would you describe your wedding style?

Jess: I would describe my wedding style as simply elegant, with a touch of sparkle and glam. Since my wedding was in the fall, I wanted rich, berry colors in all of the flowers. I wanted lots of candles! I wanted different. I wanted a romantic feel, with some modern elements; fashionably elegant.

What was your favorite moment from the wedding day?

Jess: Aside from Mitch’s surprise toast during the reception, my favorite moment was the room reveal. When Lisa and Kim said it was time to come take a sneak peak of the room, my family and Mitch walked into the room, STUNNED. IT. WAS. BEAUTIFUL. Even Mitch, who throughout this journey, was skeptical of the details, turned to me and approvingly and overjoyed said, “Good job, Babe. This looks amazing.” As I walked around the room, every detail, every decision, every conversation we had discussed over the past year was live and in living color right in front of my tearful, and joyful eyes. The colors, linens, textures, lighting and décor came together and exceeded any expectations I had. During the wedding, Mitch pulled me off the dance floor to look around the room and really take it all in. The room was beautiful. More beautiful and perfect that I ever could have asked for. Our guests were having the time of their lives; some dancing on the dance floor, some conversing, laughing and drinking on our lounge couches. And, during this moment, I never felt so lucky and loved.

What was your vision for your wedding day, and how did the reality live up to your expectations?

Jess: I wanted an evening no one would forget! I wanted elegant, beauty, and a touch of sparkle and glam woven throughout the wedding. I wanted mine and Mitch’s personality to shine through the different décor and floral aspects of the wedding. The reality of my wedding day by far EXCEEDED any expectations I had. Through the process, it was hard to visualize all of the working pieces coming together. Lisa and the rest of the Belli Fiori staff always reassured us that they wouldn’t steer us in a direction that didn’t flow or make sense. When the doors opened for the room reveal, I burst into tears. What stood before me was a year’s worth of work and dedication and passion from the Belli Fiori staff. My dream wedding had become a reality.

What was your favorite style/decor element from the day?

Jess: There were too many to choose from! From the sparkle cake linen, to the gobo lighting, to the dance floor lounge couches and matching pillows, to our acrylic chuppah, to our romantic settee at the head table and the GORGEOUS centerpieces and bouquets… EVERY DETAIL was bigger and better and more beautiful than I ever could have imagined.

Why did you choose Belli Fiori to help bring your vision to life?

Jess: After meeting with a few other florists, my mom and I felt an immediate connection to Lisa and the Belli Fiori staff. Lisa listened to us and had ideas I didn’t even know could exist! Lisa understood what I was thinking and when I didn’t have the words or photos to explain what I wanted, Lisa just knew. Lisa and the staff at Belli Fiori never got frustrated with our many emails, phone calls and need for reassurance. Instead, they calmed us, shared our vision and made my dream wedding become a reality. In the end, they became a second family!

Do you have any advice for future brides?

Jess: For future brides, TRUST YOUR PEOPLE (florist and design team)! In the beginning, I questioned everything and even when I changed my color scheme 5 months before my wedding, Belli Fiori didn’t stress, but continued to make my “new” dream a reality. I continued to worry that the linens wouldn’t match the flowers which would clash with the lighting, etc. Lisa reassured me many times over that everything was going to be beautiful. The more excited she became about every detail, the more I couldn’t wait to see the final product all put together! At the time planning a wedding was uncharted waters for me, so it’s important to trust the people who live and breathe these types of events on a daily basis. With that being said, trust your gut. You know what you like, what styles excite you, etc. In the beginning, I was struggling with a theme I really didn’t love. Once I figured out my style and colors, I was 100% invested and loved every.single.detail.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Jess: I absolutely love you guys and would recommend ANY and ALL brides to use Belli Fiori for their wedding 

I promise we didn’t pay her to say that 😉 Jess, we loved working with you and are so glad your day was everything you hoped for and more!!

Vendor Love: Photographer: Switzerfilm | Floral: Belli Fiori | Venue: Four Seasons | Planner: Proposing Dreams | Décor: Table Ten Event Design | Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles | Paper Goods: M. Haley Design | Lighting: Millennium Productions

 

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

Something Unexpected: Sydney & Matt’s Enchanted Wedding

January 5th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Sydney and Matt had one of our most unique weddings of 2016, in the best possible way. When our dear friend Simcha brought Sydney and her mom Caryn in to talk with us, they had a ton of unique ideas and a very clear vision of what they were looking for. We always enjoy getting to design a bit out of our “box”, and this wedding definitely let us get creative. Through several planning sessions we were able to collaborate on the vision Caryn and Sydney had, and really bring everything to life for this Meadowbrook Country Club wedding.

For the patio ceremony, they envisioned lots of bold color and a winding aisle leading to the chuppah. To achieve the desired look, we covered the aisle in 60,000 hot pink, orange and yellow rose petals. It was so dramatic! The chuppah was carried in and placed under a huge tree decked out in hanging ribbons, flowers and Capiz shells, which tied the bright colors of the aisle into the ceremony backdrop and evoked the feeling of wind chimes hanging from the tree. The end result was a stunning burst of color and a festive atmosphere that perfectly reflected Sydney and Matt’s fun-loving relationship.

Following the ceremony, guests moved inside to a softer, but no less unique look. Our goal in the ballroom was to create an enchanted, midsummer’s night dream atmosphere with lots of greenery and mixed metals. Caryn didn’t want the centerpieces to be floral heavy, so instead we created trees and terrariums! These were mixed with lanterns, small floral arrangements, and lots and lots of candles. Simcha combined round and long tables, which allowed us to mix elements and enhance the overall eclectic look of the room. I love the photos Mike captured of Sydney and Caryn taking in the space for the first time. When you get pictures like these, you know you nailed it!

It was such a pleasure to work with Caryn, Sydney, Matt, and Simcha to bring this amazing vision to life!

Vendor Love | Planning: Simcha’s Events | Photography: Mike Cassimatis Photography | Venue: Meadowbrook Country Club | Lighting: Millennium Productions | Cake: Kaked by Katie | Draping: Table 10 Event Design | Band: The Charles Glenn Group

 


2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

December 9th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

A much-anticipated event for design and wedding professionals alike is the announcement of the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. As an art major turned wedding professional I tend to geek out just a bit at the announcement, and 2017’s color has me particularly excited: Greenery!

Pantone.com says “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

For weddings, the official Greenery shade might be a bit bright for many brides’ taste, but that’s ok! Use the Pantone shade as a jumping off point to incorporate various shades of green into your wedding. Remember that green is “nature’s neutral” and know that various shades can work well in all sorts of wedding palettes, from bright and bold to neutral.

As the organic-style wedding trend becomes more and more popular in the Midwest, we are continually seeing more brides incorporate greenery into their weddings though things like garden style bouquets and garlands. Yet, there does seem to be a myth that greenery is a cheaper alternative to flowers. While it is generally not as expensive as many blooms, when used in large quantities greens do add up, and like flowers, not all varieties are available all year. Be open to suggestions from your florist and know that regardless of how you select to incorporate Greenery, it will be a fresh addition to your wedding décor!

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Special thanks to the photographers featured in this post who capture our clients so beautifully: Carretto Studio Photography |  Clary Pfeiffer |  Julia Noack Photography | L Photographie | Mike Cassimatis Photography | Zoe Life Photography 

St. Louis Wedding Awards Table

November 17th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Weddings are our first love, but it’s always so much fun to design a unique one-off table for an event like the St. Louis Wedding Awards! Events like this give us a chance to do things, like build a custom centerpiece structure, that wouldn’t be practical for a wedding or large-scale event.

This past years’ Wedding Awards theme was “Pick Your Palette” and each designer selected three colors to build their table around. For our Table Ten & Belli Fiori table, we wanted to mix modern and classic elements, and chose a color palette of green, pale blue and white, with accents of bronze and silver.

The first step was to select a linen, which would act as the base to our design. We were looking for something unique, preferably with a fun texture, and decided on a light blue leather dot linen. To complement the modern linen, we opted to use the white Leather Back Chair from Aries Party Rental.

On the tabletop, we selected a Silver Swirl charger paired with bronze flatware and a hunter green napkin to bring in more classic yet unexpected elements. Silvery-bronze pedestal bowls of greenery and julep cups of hydrangea sat at the base of the tall, custom centerpiece to tie all the elements together.

Since garlands played a large role in many of our weddings this past year, Lisa envisioned using garland in an unexpected way for this table. When she showed the team a sketch of her idea to have a large garland “halo” we were all a bit skeptical, but with a little ingenuity we were able to custom build a structure to support the garland, which we affectionately nicknamed “Caesar” for it’s resemblance to a Roman laurel crown. This motif was carried down to the tabletop with smaller greenery rings on the chargers. Ironically, the people seated at our table ended up wearing them as crowns by the end of the night, which we loved.

We were all so thrilled with the way this table came together and had so much fun bringing it to life!

Photos by Kelly Pratt Photography 

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A Springtime Wedding in Forest Park

August 5th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Spring in St. Louis is a tricky time of year when it comes to weddings. The weather can be rainy, freezing, or blazing hot, you just never know. May is by far the most popular spring wedding month, but as Aubrey and Matt’s stunning couple’s portraits by the wonderful Julia Noack show, the risk of selecting a date earlier in the spring can be well worth it! Their late March day might have been a bit overcast, but the trees in Forest Park were in full flowering bloom and made for a stunning backdrop.

Aubrey selected the perfect spring palette (and 2016 Pantone Color of the Year duo) of pale blue and blush pink; white and shades of green were also used in the floral, adding to the soft spring look. For the tall arrangements we incorporated blue paper cranes folded by Aubrey, which were a nod to her new husband’s last name and a tradition in his family. The cranes were a fun, personal detail incorporated in small ways throughout the day.

Both ceremony and reception took place in the Missouri History Museum’s Grand Hall, so our sister company Table Ten Event Design provided draping that was closed during cocktail hour to hide the room flip from the guests. Table Ten also provided café lighting, a striking navy linen for the head table, and silver chargers. The flipped room glowed under the café lights and provided the perfect setting for Aubrey and Matt to dance the spring night away with their guests!

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VENDOR LOVE:

Photographer: Julia Noack Photography  |  Florist: Belli Fiori  |  Decor: Table Ten Event Design  |  Venue: Missouri History Museum  |  Cake: Sugaree Baking Co.  |  Planner: Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events  | Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles

Stunning July 4th Wedding at the Four Seasons

June 28th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

While most of St. Louis was hanging out in Forest Park last July 4th, our team was at the Four Seasons downtown setting up for Nicole and Dan’s stunning wedding reception. Designed by Lacy Branch Events, this affair was not what you typically envision when you think of a 4th of July wedding. Lacy took the bride’s love of the color red and ran with it in the most fabulous way, including a custom red dance floor. She also incorporated the couple’s love of Art Deco architecture through details on the stationary and cake, along with nods to the Arch. The bright red was complemented by gold and silver tones, making the room rich and dramatic. We were so excited to see the photos captured by the wonderful team at Switzerfilm!

Nicole and Dan, thank you for letting us be a part of your amazing wedding day. Happy {almost} one year anniversary!

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Planning and Design: Lacy Branch Events | Photography/Videography: Switzerfilm | Florist: Belli Fiori | Reception Venue: Four Seasons | Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop | Music: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service | Lighting: Millennium Productions  |  Hair and Makeup: Emily Miller Hair and Makeup

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