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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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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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Photographer: Switzerfilm

Florist: Belli Fiori

Wedding Planner: Events Luxe

Ceremony: Old Cathedral

Reception: Crystal Ballroom

Seasonal Blooms for Crisp Autumn

September 30th, 2015

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

School has started, the weather is showing signs of changes, September is here… Our last breath of summer is this coming Labor Day weekend. www.ask . As much as some of us want to hold on to summer, the masses of us are quickly anticipating all that comes with fall; crisp air, rusted and rich colors, sweaters and pumpkin everything.air track tumbling

What all of us botanical lovers get excited about is the change in flower availability and all around palettes we get to play with! Good go to seasonal blooms are dahlias, garden roses (juliet’s our favorite), wax flower, succulents, cosmos (chocolate – yes please), astrantia, coxcom, and many more! Here is a round up of some of our most inspiring fall wedding florals and designs curated from Pinterest and inspired by Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Fall 2015:

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Check out some of our go-to Pinterest pages for seasonal inspiration and visual impact when working with brides and design clients:

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Picture Perfect Country Wedding

August 25th, 2015
 Posted by Laura Katherine Smith
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Just last month we had the pleasure of working with Lilly + Sadie on their perfect country wedding day and have been anxious to share the stunning photos by Love and Perry. And what better way to share a couple’s wedding bliss than for one of the bride’s to shine light in to how it all began…
“I met my wife Sadie in graduate school in the social work program at Washington University in St. Louis.  Little did I know when she walked into my first class that two years later we would be the first same sex couple to receive a marriage license in St. Louis!  We had been planning our wedding for over a year, but when Judge Rex Burlison ruled in favor of marriage equality for St. Louis, we decided it was important for us to be legally married in Missouri while we had the opportunity.  Although Sadie and I were, in the eyes of the law, a married couple, standing in front of our family and friends committing to one another was the most important celebration of our lives to date. So yes, we are two brides, we had two proposals and two weddings!” -Lilly
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Lilly proposed to Sadie as Chex Pannisse in Berkeley, California, and it just so happens that the restaurant from that evening created the color inspiration for their wedding; sage, persimmon and champagne! We worked closely with Lilly to ensure that all the details were just right for their day at Three Barn Farm in Clarksville, MO. As much as we could help, we talked through everything from florals to the specific eclectic collection of plates Catering St. Louis offers clients at this picturesque venue. Lilly also worked endlessly to create beautiful and personalized DIY wedding accoutrements; crystal glasses and tea cups to then turn into votive candles, windows for signage (sanded and painted), wood burning love initials in an oak letter box, and beyond.
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Not only did their experiences truly impact every decision for their wedding, but the dress search came from Lilly’s time spent last summer in the United Kingdom, where she fell in low with Catherine Deane. Thankfully, the designers’ dresses were available through BHLDN (who doesn’t just love everything they curate?!). Next came Sadie, what to wear?! Lilly shared with us “helping Sadie find the perfect wedding outfit was a priority for me as clothing for androgynous women can be a challenge.” And so they happened upon Bindle + Keep in Brooklyn and all worked out from there.
Flash forward to wedding day and these two looked stunning and utterly comfortable. I had the treat of driving from our studio in midtown St. Louis out to the country (appx 80-min drive) to set their wedding reception and help with the little floral details prior to ceremony start. As most wedding vendors know, working with clients is an exciting and fun process (especially when a bride wants an ombre color palette for her bouquet!). When it all culminates on their wedding day, if you’re lucky you feel a special connection, and want nothing more than happiness for the couple hope to make their day go as smooth as possible.
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Thankfully the weather behaved in their favor for their intimate ceremony set underneath a large oak tree with an arc of grass cut just large enough for all of their guests to share in this part of the day.
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On to the party! The guests joined Lilly + Sadie outside and in the barn for a delicious, personalized and fun evening celebrating a joyous marriage. Still can’t get over just how incredible and artistic their photos are!
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So many delectable desserts available for guests, satisyfing an array of sweet tooth cravings. We especially enjoyed their customized cake topper 🙂
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“One of our favorite moments of the night was getting whisked away by our photographers for some couples shots at dusk.  We finally enjoyed some quiet moments away from the crowd. Truly savoring the moment was so special, and we can’t thank our photographers, Love + Perry, enough for capturing our special day!” – Lilly
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The night concluded with the releasing of a paper lantern, a tradition at Three Barn Farm.
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Photographer: Love and Perry
Florist: Belli Fiori
Invitations/Signage/Paper: Jocelyn Runice
Calligraphy: Beth Wong

Purple Prose: Amethyst, Violet, Iris, Orchid, and Lilac for K+R!

August 18th, 2015

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

Purple has traditionally been known as the color of royalty, and what better way to celebrate a gem of a wedding in a regal venue in St. Louis like the Renaissance Crystal Ballroom. We had the pleasure of working with Kathryn and her family on creating the perfect day for her and Roko’s nuptials this summer. We started out focusing on champagnes and purple tones, quickly realizing we needed to identify the perfect summer hue and accents while keeping it classic and refined for their reception.

A few lovely meetings later we were all welcoming the idea of soft lilacs and iris tones, knowing these would help soften up the purple palette and make for an elegant evening. Table 10 Event Design provided the backdrop of purple washed walls throughout the ballroom to enhance its dramatic original white columns. St. Louis Wedding Consultants brought that extra touch of making the evening flow seamlessly and end perfectly!

And with the masterful doing of Kelly Park Photography, it all was captured beautifully!

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A Sunday Afternoon Young, Wild + Free Styled Shoot

July 27th, 2015

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

A few weeks ago Heather Roth sent us a note asking if we would provide some awesome floral details for an upcoming styled shoot. Of course we said YES- absolutely, we just adore Heather and her incredible photography skills!! She sent along her ideas and inspiration of what she was looking for… she would be shooting her best friend from growing up, with her family in a really fun and different kind of shoot. Not your traditional matching outfits set in an ethereal scene, rather a sassy and current look set in the woods! We love every bit of this shoot (these kids are beyond ADORABLE), and can not resist sharing… Should also take time to check out Heather Roth Photography blog where she shares super helpful tips on managing your kiddos during a styled shoot as well as even more really great snaps from this Young, Wild and Free day.

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Photographer – Heather Roth Photography

Tent – B. E. Little you and me, Etsy

Black tank – Diane Von Furstenburg

Skirt – Chelsea & Violet

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Necklace – Stella & dot

Bracelet – Cartier

Tux – Hemrajani, custom

Shoes – Farragamo

Animal top, tulle skirt with stars  – Zara kids

Black boots – Jelly beans

Feather headband – A tiny arrow, Etsy

Polka-dot top – Zara kids

Gold Boots – Dr. Martens

Feather Bloomers – Million Polkadots

Animal Felt Masks – Magical Attic, Etsy

Star top – Nununu baby

Camo pants – Marloe Jr.

Black kicks – Nike low dunks

Elegant Spring Wedding at The Coronado

June 24th, 2015

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

March is a particularly lovely month with the seasons changing, spring starts to sneak into our daily routines. Elements of warm weather hinting at a break in winter chills. And, the beginning of the perfect time of year for flowers- especially tulips! We had the pleasure of providing beautiful florals and decor for Yasmina + Stephen’s special day, that we so gratefully put together in a moments notice, and executed with Rob and the great team at The Coronado + Butler’s Pantry – always a pleasure working in this historically prominent place with such a dedicated group of event professionals.

Take a look at all of their timeless wedding details captured by Jeremy + Melisa of Your Story(And here is a peek from their perspective, as well!)

Happy congratulations to these two lovebirds!!

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Vendor Love…

Venue + Caterer: The Coronado + Butler’s Pantry

Photography: Your Story by Jeremy + Melisa

Florist: Belli Fiori

Lighting + Decor: Table 10 Event Design

Band: Downtime Band

 

 

Corals and Pinks for a Spring Wedding

June 1st, 2015

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

What a gorgeous day for this stunning couple… Felise + Doug! The couple wed on April 25 of this year and Spring showers definitely did not scare them away from taking the opportunity for some beautiful outdoor shots in Forest Park after their first look at The Chase Park Plaza. How can you resist the park for your wedding portraits?! Mike Cassimatis of MNC Photography had the pleasure of shooting the bride + groom along with family and their wedding party…

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We have to share all the little details because they are simply stunning, and as wedding designers we get excited seeing it all come together, especially from the photographers perspective! How pretty, romantic and perfect!

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After their outdoor shoot, the couple and the wedding party headed over to  The Coronado for their ceremony. The Coronado is complimented by lovely details since the space is timeless and beautiful to begin with, we always enjoy working with the awesome staff there and they do a phenomenal job every step of the way.

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Vendor Love…

Photographer: MNC Photography

Florist: Belli Fiori

Decor / Lighting: Table 10 Event Design

Venue: The Coronado

Band: The Charles Glenn Group

Cake: Sugaree 

About Town: Orchid Evenings at The New York Botanical Garden

March 22nd, 2015

Posted by Laura Katherine Smith

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Let us start by saying how in awe we are of the work that goes in to creating such undeniable beauty. Knowing what it takes to conceptually design an idea, prepare all the details, bring it to life with perfect execution and then maintain it. And when we say “maintain” in this case it means for a solid two months. Granted, orchids are a tad more resilient that the cut flowers we typically work with, but they still need to be nurtured in all shapes and forms.

We had the pleasure of enjoying a Saturday evening at the world renowned New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY for The Orchid Show: Chandeliers, Orchid Evenings. The trek to the 250 acres grounds smack in the middle of the upper borough of NYC was not an easy one from Manhattan, but was well worth the journey! Upon arrival through the grand front gates, we got a bit giddy knowing we were experiencing this gorgeous horticultural escape- after hours- under the evening moon. The viewing takes place in NYBG Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, which is a grand glimpse on the outside to what is expected within.

After being greeted by the ever so kind staff at NYBG, we immersed ourselves among the humid setting surrounded by the year round existing plant life. Touring half of the upper level of the Conservatory, you immediately have to look up to discover the vast spanning Oncidium Orchids dangling above your head, shooting out in all directions and illuminated from colored lighting directly placed throughout the space. Impressive for sure, but nothing immediately shocking to the eye… at least not yet. More just a pleasurable moment walking through mossy caskets of Orchid species resolutely placed.

Much easier to view during the day as the sunlight penetrates through the glass panels of the space, evening calls for a more intimate setting with LED lighting from all angles- and in the case of our Orchid Evening, orchid inspired libations and trendy music streaming throughout. Scores of regular species we are so familiar with, to ones we have never heard of were present in making this show an utter success. Various varieties and even cross bred and hybrids made this all so very impressive.

The moment of impact happened once we experienced about two-thirds of the exhibition, where upon returning upstairs and entering the center of the conservatory, we were greeted by a massive (likely 12′ in diameter) three-tiered Living Orchid Chandelier made up of Phalaenopsis Orchids and mosses. It is pure beauty, in your face… and even more exciting, you can walk underneath it and view from all exterior angles on ground level. The amazement of what can be done with orchids is perhaps infinite, but this display is rather breathtaking and will not be forgotten!! -LKS

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