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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

Sea of Orchids: A Modern Wedding At Palladium

March 31st, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Last month we were honored to be named Florist of the Year at the annual St. Louis Wedding Awards. We submitted three weddings to be judged by industry experts in other cities, and were so thrilled to bring home the title for the second time! Our previous post featuring Catherine and Will’s winter wedding at the Peabody was our first entry, and today’s feature was our second.

Sara and Brent were brought to us by Lacy Branch Events, and we knew immediately that this would be a fun one. Sara LOVES orchids, bold colors, and wanted an inviting reception that included elements of fire, water and earth. We worked with Lacy to design four different centerpieces for the mix of round and king’s tables, which utilized the most stunning fuchsia Phaelaenopsis Orchids, as well as Dendrobium Orchids, stock, snapdragons and bear grass. Each table also featured water, candles and river rocks to tie in Sara’s theme. The Palladium absolutely glowed as the sun went down and the candles were lit.

Sara’s mom, Betsy, wrote the loveliest description of the space in the letter she sent for our awards submission: “Orchids cascaded around polished rocks setting off the cake table in the front. Floral arrangements at varying heights welcomed guests to their dining tables. The large king’s tables with orchids appearing to be suspended in air as they rested on acrylic risers were illuminated in the soft glow of candles grounded in rocks set in water. The head table continued the theme with a low profile water, rock, and floral arrangement so the wedding party view was unobstructed… The fuchsia orchids were the perfect bold color to complement the earthy elements in the room.” We couldn’t have described it better! It truly was a magical atmosphere.

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Vendor Love:

Wedding Planning and Design: Lacy Branch Events  |  Florist: Belli Fiori  |  Photography: Untamed Heart Photography  |  Venue: Palladium St. Louis  |  Lighting: Millennium Productions 

 

A Sparkling Winter Wedding at the Peabody

February 12th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

It’s hard to believe Catherine and Will’s wedding was almost a year ago! While they didn’t quite have a Valentine’s Day wedding (they tied the knot on February 28th), their day was so romantic that it seemed perfect to showcase this time of year. We had so much fun designing this day with Catherine and her mom Nancy, who also happens to be one of our favorite planners. We were thrilled to not only design all the stunning floral elements, but to also bring in our sister company, Table Ten, for the seating areas around the dance floor, chargers and linens. Catherine chose a palette of ivory and gold with lots of sparkle thrown in, and requested we incorporate soft blush tones with the floral. Such a classic choice for a romantic, black-tie winter wedding!

So much thought was put into every element of this wedding day, which really comes though in the stunning photos by MNC Photography. The day was truly a celebration of Catherine and Will as a couple, and reflected their personalities and love for each other. From the thoughtful and love-filled ceremony at Memorial Presbyterian to the stunning reception at The Peabody Opera House (and snow flurries in between!) everything came together in the most perfect way.

Our favorite element of the day (and there are SO many beautiful details) is hands-down the draping canopy of hydrangea, roses, tulips, stock, carnations, amaranths, seeded eucalyptus and greenery that ran the length of the 32-foot long head table. Our lead designer created much of this massive piece on-site to get the right effect. This piece, coupled with glittering candles and soft flowers on the guest tables, created a dramatic and elegant reception space for Catherine and Will to dance the night away with their guests.

Happy {almost} Anniversary Catherine and Will, and thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding!

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Vendor Love:

Photographer: MNC Photography |  Florist: Belli Fiori  |  Decor: Table Ten Event Design  |  Videographer: Lovebird Studios  |  Venue: Peabody Opera House  |  Ceremony: Memorial Presbyterian   |  Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop  |  Lighting: Exclusive Events  |  Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles

A Midsummer Night's Wedding at the Caramel Room

January 18th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

The Caramel Room has been open a little over a year now, and has quickly become one of our favorite venues to work in. Not only is the space itself amazing (they have quite literally thought of every detail) but so is the staff! It also doesn’t hurt that site visits usually result in snagging some chocolate samples ; )  Allie and Bill’s wedding kicked off a season full of Caramel Room events for us, and we loved being a part of so many weddings in this beautiful space.

When Allie came to us about her August wedding we were immediately excited about her color pallet. She had a very specific vision and we had a lot of fun playing with the blue and orange tones. It’s a combination we don’t use often, but worked so well in the space and for the time of year.

The wedding day itself was a bit of a whirlwind since a room flip was required, so it’s fun to be able to look back at these stunning photos from Sarah Corbett Photography and really take in the space! We loved this chuppah and the way the flowers pop on the royal blue linens, but the best part might be seeing just how much fun Allie and Bill have together. They were so clearly in love and excited to be married; it radiates out of the photos! Thank you guys for letting us be a part of your day.

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Art Deco-Inspired Wedding at the Peabody

December 18th, 2015

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

This gorgeous wedding at the Peabody Opera House featured a stunning Freesia bouquet that our design team is still talking about months later. It was easily one of our favorites of the year! But the bouquet was just the beginning of this amazing wedding; Peabody’s beautiful, golden Art Deco architecture provided the perfect backdrop to Ali and Tim’s ceremony and reception.

Ali requested a dramatic aisle for the ceremony, so we created four large, lush arrangements to anchor the ends, and lined the aisle with tons of white rose petals and mixed-height pillar candles. The white hydrangea, pale pink roses and greenery from the ceremony were carried through into the reception with two large head table arrangements and a mix of lower arrangements on the guest tables. Art Deco details were brought into the reception décor through the table numbers, cake and stationary. Table 10 Event Design provided gold chargers and shimmering linens on the head and cake tables. We love that Ali kept the color pallet simple and really let the beauty of the building shine; the gold tones in the architecture and tablescapes made for a warm, glowing atmosphere throughout the night. It might have been March outside, but it was nothing but warmth and love inside!air track

Thank you to our friends Liz and Meredith at L Photographie for sharing their beautiful photos of this amazing wedding with us!

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VENDOR LOVE:

Photographer: L Photographie

Florist: Belli Fiori

Venue: Peabody Opera House

Cake: The Cakery

Band: Mirage

Classic Spring Wedding: Blush and Navy

October 27th, 2015

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Kristen and Derek’s wedding this past May was classically spring, from the blush and navy pallet to the rain the morning of the wedding. But a little rain never stopped an amazing wedding, as you can tell from these GORGEOUS photos from the ever-talented team at Switzerfilm. Every inch of this wedding was perfection; sequin bridesmaids dresses, dapper guys in navy suits, the most adorable bride, and amazing spring flowers, all set to the backdrop of the Old Cathedral and Crystal Ballroom.

The Crystal Ballroom is one of our favorite venues and we work in it often, so we are always looking for new ideas to make each of our weddings unique. For Kristen and Derek’s, we collaborated with Tiffany and Amanda at Events Luxe to design and have custom Lucite stands built for the tall centerpieces. These leant an airy quality to the room that was both modern and classic. The reception flowers mimicked the bouquets with hydrangea and roses, but with the addition of beautiful draping white Orchids for an added wow factor.

Kristen loves sparkle, so Tiffany and Amanda set out to create tablescapes with a mixed-metallic theme using touches of rose gold, silver and lots of draping crystals. Table 10 Event Design provided the amazing silver chargers, and we love the napkin treatment of the Kate Spade inspired bow detail, which can be found throughout the day.

Thanks again to Switzerfilm for capturing the day and sharing with us!

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VENDOR LOVE…

Photographer: Switzerfilm

Florist: Belli Fiori

Wedding Planner: Events Luxe

Ceremony: Old Cathedral

Reception: Crystal Ballroom

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