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Pretty in Pink and Navy: Amanda & JP’s 9th Street Abbey Wedding

July 3rd, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

It’s no secret that blush has been the THE color for weddings over the past few years. And while we love blush and have used it in some of our favorite weddings, I’d be lying if I said we weren’t incredibly excited when the week of Amanda & JP’s wedding came around and we got to work with COLOR! (We actually had two colorful weddings on the same day… stay tuned next month for the other!) Bright, bold colors are perfect for summer weddings and it was so much fun to create these fun pink arrangements; they popped against the navy backdrop of the bridesmaids’ dresses and table linens.

Amanda & JP chose to have their celebration at the lovely 9th Street Abbey in Soulard, which allowed their floral arrangements to do double duty between ceremony and reception. It’s so fun to see the transformation of the space throughout the evening! The ceremony was bright and cheery, with natural light streaming in the large Abbey windows and pink floral flanking the aisle. While guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the courtyard the room was transformed for the evening. Navy linens (including an amazing sequin on the head table), pops of pink and accents of gold created a dramatic setting for dinner and dancing. Amanda & JP’s wedding was a perfect example of how bright colors can be incorporated into an elegant wedding!

Vendor Love: Photos: L Photographie | Planning: Mr. & Mrs. Wedding Events | Venue: 9th Street Abbey | DJ: Millennium Productions | Catering: Patty Long | Paper Goods: Pretty Together | Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop

A Sweet Spring Wedding at the Missouri History Museum

June 5th, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

Today’s feature was a celebration of love as high school sweethearts, Sydney and Andy, were married at the Missouri History Museum. Scrolling through the beautiful images by Carretto Studio you get the sense of how lovely the day was, from the first look outside Sydney’s childhood home to the outdoor ceremony and reception to follow. However, to truly appreciate this wedding, watch the video by Sweet Tea Media. Sydney’s dad gave the most touching speech… I won’t ruin it, but he was both incredibly sweet and hilarious!

We worked with the wonderful Alix-Ann of Simcha’s Events to design the ceremony and reception in shades of pink, peach, ivory, coral and greenery. The soft tones with a pop of coral and accents of deep green made a perfect late-spring palette. The look was classic and just a bit preppy.

Congratulations to Sydney & Andy and thank you for letting us be a part of your day!

Vendor Love: Planning: Alix-Ann O’Brien, Simcha’s Events | Photography: Carretto Studio | Floral Design: Belli Fiori | Venue: Missouri History Museum | Videography: Sweet Tea Media | Catering: Butler’s Pantry | Hair and Makeup: Emily Miller | Lighting and Décor: Table Ten Event Design | Ceremony Music: Heritage String Quartet | Band: The Charles Glen Group | Desserts: Holly Berry, Macaroons: Nathaniel Reid Bakery

A Timeless White Wedding at the Marriott Grand

May 3rd, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

There is something beautifully classic and timeless about an all white wedding, and today’s feature is no exception. Lauren and Brad were married in the gorgeous Statler Ballroom at the Marriott Grand, followed by a reception in the equally stunning Crystal Ballroom upstairs. I love that they were able to incorporate both ballrooms, which are two of the most beautiful spaces in the city! The architecture and soft color palette of the ballrooms were perfectly complemented by white floral, eucalyptus and touches of gold. The look was light, airy and perfect for a summer wedding.

I love looking through these photos by White-Klump Photography; Lauren has the most infectious smile, and you can tell she was enjoying every moment of the day. Thank you for letting us be a part of it!

Vendor Love: Photos: White-Klump Photography | Venue: Marriott St. Louis Grand | Floral Design: Belli Fiori | Draping, Lounge Furniture and Uplights: Table Ten Event Design | Cake: McArthur’s Bakery

A Springtime Tablescape Two Ways

April 4th, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

Last spring we were thrilled to be invited to participate in a “From Cute to Couture” styled shoot for STL Bride. We were tasked with creating a budget-conscious table design alongside its upscale version. The concept highlights how you can take inspiration from a high-end design and still have a beautiful table without breaking the bank. Most brides scour Pinterest while planning their wedding, but don’t always have the budget for the over-the-top designs often found on the site, so this shoot was the perfect opportunity to showcase how you can edit an elaborate design to better fit your wedding budget or style!

Our couture table design started with the beautiful blue Mist Bravado linen from BBJ, which we had been dying to use since it was added to their collection. Other elevated elements included the ivory King Louie chair from Aries, our gold glass charger and gold flatware. For the centerpiece we used a large gold mercury compote filled with a organic arrangement featuring peonies and ranunculus, paired with two smaller compotes of the same flowers. A variety of candles added to the lush feel of the table, and by mixing gold and clear glass elements we were able to keep the design light and airy.

For our cute table we wanted to incorporate elements that many of the venues we work at most include for their clients: round tables, Chivari chairs, and basic table settings. We selected gold acrylic chargers to elevate the setting while remaining economical. For the centerpiece, we used the same gold mercury compote, again filled with organic floral and greenery, but this time incorporating less expensive blooms. While organic style centerpieces are never cheap due to the number of stems required to design them, they can be made more budget-friendly by selecting roses instead of peonies, as we did here. We paired the floral with cute votive candles, which are a great way to add sparkle to a table design without breaking the bank.

Thank you to STL Bride for inviting us to take part in this shoot, and to Bliss Eleven for the beautiful images!

Vendor Love Photography: Bliss Eleven | Venue: Willow | Linens: BBJ Linens | Chairs, Flatware and Glassware: The Aries Company | Gold Flatware: Target | Chargers: Table Ten Event Design

A Fresh Summer Wedding at The Coronado

March 6th, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

I love today’s feature wedding! Constanza came to us with a unique vision for her summer wedding to Bradley. She was envisioning a classic, slightly preppy design, incorporating black and white stripes and lots of greenery instead of flowers. Greenery is a huge wedding trend right now, but you usually see it in garlands and organic arrangements, which was not at all the look Constanza was going for. The look of the Coronado reception was to be clean and classic, so as opposed to traditional tall floral centerpieces we opted for greenery arrangements of boxwood and salal. These tall pieces were paired with smaller boxwood arrangements and candlesticks on the rest of the tables. As guests entered the Coronado ballroom they were greeted with two large urns of greenery set atop our white columns. As a last moment addition, we enhanced the architectural detail of the columns with black stripes to mimic the table runners, which turned out to be the perfect addition. I loved the way they flanked the entrance to the dining area.

I remember standing back with the Coronado manager, Rob, and realizing that the overall feeling of the room evoked the derby scene from “My Fair Lady”. I wish I could say we planned it that way 😉 The space was clean, fresh and perfect for a summer wedding. It was so refreshing to see such a unique look in a venue that is usually decked out in ivory and blush tones, and just goes to show that even the most classic space can be transformed in unexpected ways. Constanza and Bradley, thank you for letting us bring your vision to life, and thank you to White-Klump Photography for the beautiful photos!

Vendor Love:

Photography: White-Klump Photography | Ceremony Venue: Shrine of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: The Coronado | DJ and Lighting: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service | Catering: Butler’s Pantry | Transportation: Best Transportation

A Romantic Missouri Athletic Club Wedding

February 13th, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

One of the things I love most about the St. Louis wedding industry is the wide variety of venues our city has to offer. I started my career in a smaller market where there were only a handful of unique venues for my clients to choose from, and I don’t think St. Louis couples realize how lucky they are to have everything from historic parks to grand ballrooms when selecting the backdrop for their day! Today’s feature couple chose two classic venues for their May wedding: St. Francis Xavier College Church and the Missouri Athletic Club.

Kathleen & Connor’s wedding day was formal, yet also reflected their fun personalities and who they are as a couple. Kathleen’s family is Jewish and Connor’s is Catholic, so they decided to have two ceremonies to honor both sets of traditions. If that isn’t sweet enough, they also read each other private vows during their first look!

We collaborated with the wonderful Kristin of Kristin Ashley Events to design floral elements to complement the romantic feel of the day. Soft pink, peach and white tones tied the flowers together from the lush pew décor at St. Francis Xavier, to the chuppah tiebacks at the Missouri Athletic Club and finally into the ballroom reception. Kristin’s room design incorporated square and round tables, beautiful linens and a mix of gold Chivari and King Louie chairs, which added unexpected interest to the formal space. We designed a mix of tall and low centerpieces to compliment the mix of tables, and of course lots and lots of candles. The whole room glittered under the beautiful MAC chandeliers and set the perfect tone for the reception, which included a cigar roller and donut wall!

Grab a glass of wine and some Valentines chocolates and enjoy the beautiful photos by Liz and Meredith of L Photographie! You can also check out Kathleen & Connor’s sweet wedding video on the Poetic Productions site if you’re in the mood to get a little teary-eyed 😉

Vendor Love:: Planning and Design: Kristin Ashley Events | Photos: L Photographie | Florist: Belli Fiori | Catholic Ceremony: St. Francis Xavier | Jewish Ceremony and Reception: Missouri Athletic Club | Lighting and Décor: Exclusive Events | Stationary: M Haley Design | Band: For a Good Time Call | Video: Poetic Productions | Hair and Makeup: Daniellestyle  | Other rentals: Aries Co | Donuts: Strange Donuts

CHEERS to 10 Years!

February 8th, 2018

This month we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary as a company! On February 2nd, 2008 Belli Fiori opened in a small storefront on The Hill. In the years since we have worked with hundreds of amazing couples, moved to a larger space on historic Floral Row and were awarded the St. Louis Wedding Awards “Best Florist” honor twice. We would like to thank all the wonderful clients we have had the pleasure of working with over the years, as well as all the amazing St. Louis vendors who have helped us grow and evolve as a company. While it is our goal to grow and change along with current industry trends, our main focus has always been to provide each of our clients with unique designs to help showcase their personalities on one of the most special days of their lives. Here’s to the past ten years, and many more to come!

Cheers from the Belli Fiori team! (Lisa, Kim, Becky & Sandra)

Special thanks to our amazing photographer friends who always capture our clients so beautifully! Mike Cassimatis | Bradford Martens | L Photographie | Switzerfilm | Ashley Fisher Photography 

 

Wedding Planning: Selecting Your Florist

December 19th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

It’s no secret that the biggest time of year for engagements is the span between Thanksgiving and Valentines Day. Known throughout the wedding industry as Engagement Season, this is also the time of year where many couples start their wedding planning process. There is no shortage of information out there on wedding planning, but I’ve found very little that specifically talks about a major element of most weddings: flowers!

I handle all of our initial inquiries, and I’ve noticed that most couples don’t really know where to start when it comes to selecting a florist. Generally they have a few favorite flowers and a Pinterest board full of inspiration when they start their search, but that is about where their floral knowledge ends, and that’s fine! The point of hiring professional vendors for your wedding day is that they are knowledgeable and can guide you in the right direction for your vision. So let’s talk flowers and remove some of the mystery of this part of the planning process!

Timeline
Most of our clients book with us 6 months to one year out from their wedding date. This of course is not a hard and fast rule; we have some clients who book more than a year out and others who reach out 3 months from the big day. The most important thing when beginning your florist search is to have your venue selected and locked in. Your venue choice will determine the overall style of your wedding, your guest count (and therefore number of tables) and the style of centerpieces you can have (tall arrangements work best in venues with high ceilings, low arrangements work well outdoors where wind can be an issue). Since the cost of flowers can change drastically, we generally don’t book more than a year and a half in advance.

Budget
Generally speaking, flowers will account for 10% of your overall wedding budget. Once again, this is not a hard and fast rule, but for the average wedding incorporating personal flowers, floral centerpieces and some floral at the ceremony, this is a good place to start. Some things that will increase the amount you will spend on flowers include a large bridal party, wanting all tall centerpieces, and expensive flower choices (orchids and peonies cost more than most roses, for example). It’s important to at least have a rough budget in mind before you start meeting with florists, so they can give you realistic ideas to fit within your price point. Also keep in mind that most florists have a minimum, which may vary depending on the time of year (we tend to waive ours during winter months).

Everyday vs. Wedding Florists
Everyday Florists are the shops you see around town where you can pop in and pick up a bouquet of roses or call to have an arrangement sent to your mom for Mother’s Day. Most of these shops are best equipped to handle smaller weddings or bouquet orders, since they generally do not have a large inventory of rental items. Wedding Florists (like us) specialize specifically in weddings and special events. We only have flowers in our cooler if we have events taking place, and we own an extensive collection of rental items that our couples can select from when designing their weddings.

Making a Selection
As with any vendor, selecting the right florist is a personal thing… You want someone you connect with, someone who is professional and someone who understands what you’re looking for. You need to be able to go in to a consultation with inspiration photos and trust that you’re getting something similar on your wedding day. Begin your search on sites like The Knot, where you can quickly and easily find several florists in your area. Also talk with friends who have recently been married, as well as vendors you’ve already selected. (Wedding vendors are an amazing resource since we work with other vendors every weekend!) From there, visit florists’ websites to get a better idea of their style. Once you have narrowed your options to three or four, schedule consultations so you can meet, chat and really get a sense of the team you’d be working with.

The Floral Proposal
Once you’ve met with each florist, you’ll begin receiving proposals from each one outlining the style, types of flowers and greenery, rental items and labor costs. While there might be some wiggle-room for negotiation, keep in mind that you are contracting a custom service and it takes a team to make it happen. From the floral designers to the setup and breakdown crews, some weddings require a small army to bring the vision to life! Proposals not only include these labor costs and the costs of the flowers, but also rental items, taxes and delivery fees.

The Wedding Day
On the day of your wedding, your floral team is running around behind the scenes delivering bouquets, pinning boutonnieres and setting up the ceremony and reception. If your wedding day includes a room flip, the floral team is waiting in the wings to help transform the space quickly before your guests have finished cocktail hour. If your contract includes breakdown, the team will return to strike the room and take all the rental items at the end of the night.

Most importantly, remember that choosing a great team of vendors means you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your wedding day!

Special thanks to Mike Cassimatis for his beautiful images of Liz & Daniel!

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

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