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A Rustic-Elegant Wedding at The Caramel Room

September 4th, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

Last year we had the pleasure of designing a gorgeous, rustic-elegant wedding for Jackie & Todd along with Simcha’s Events over Labor Day weekend. It’s become a bit of a unofficial tradition that we work with Simcha’s team over the holiday weekend… Jackie & Todd’s wedding marked our third straight Labor Day together, and this year was the fourth! The Caramel Room provided the perfect backdrop for Jackie & Todd’s ceremony and reception; a little bit rustic and a little bit glam.

The rooftop ceremony was light and airy, with a beautiful birch chuppah adorned in curly willow and pastel floral. Following the heartfelt vows, guests showered the couple in rose petals before heading inside for cocktail hour. Meanwhile, our team was busy lighting the hundreds of candles that filled the ballroom, bathing the space in warm candlelight that set the perfect, romantic mood for the reception. Soft floral, rustic curly willow, candles everywhere and an amazing cake table… It was a beautiful day for a wonderful couple and we were so thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you to Kate from L Photographie for capturing all the beautiful details!

Vendor Love: Photos: L Photographie | Planning: Simcha’s Events | Venue: The Caramel Room | Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles | Catering: 23 City Blocks | Cake: Whipped Custom Cakes | Paper Goods: M. Haley Design | Hair & Makeup: Danielle Style

A Colorful Summer Wedding at the Four Seasons

August 7th, 2018

By Kimberly Wallner

Today’s feature is a favorite from our 2017 wedding season. Emily and Colton were married in August, just ten months after Emily’s sister Jessica. We couldn’t have been more thrilled to work with their family for almost two years straight, because they are the most wonderful people and such a joy to plan with! It’s always an honor to be able to work with a family on multiple occasions, and we had so much fun creating days that reflected the personality of each couple. Emily and Colton are such fun, expressive people and their colorful wedding day perfectly embodied them as a couple.

Last year I interviewed Jess about her wedding day and planning process, and I’ve been excited to do the same with Emily!

Kim: What was the most important element of the day for you and Colton as you were planning?

Emily: Making sure the evening expressed Colton and my personalities. We wanted a warm and elegant feeling as guests entered the ceremony and reception room, but also wanted a bold, bright, and summery feel to it. We wanted everyone to enjoy themselves and really have a great time. I think all the vendors’ professional touches, the band’s electrifying vibe, and my dad being the emcee for the night made the entire wedding day and night so wonderful.

Kim: How did the reality of your wedding day live up to your vision and expectations?

Emily: Way beyond what I could imagine. When planning the wedding, we were doing so many detailed things that it was a little difficult to imagine it all coming together. However, when we met with Belli Fiori and did a mini-trial run of what the head table and guest tables would look like, I felt so relieved and excited that we were all on the same page. But seeing it at their studio verses seeing it all come together at the wedding venue the night of was far beyond what I expected or could have imagined. It really is amazing to see all the hard work leading up to the wedding come together so perfectly.

Kim: What was your favorite moment from the wedding day?

Emily: Favorite moment? There are TONS of favorite moments during my wedding day. However, I have two favorites. The first was my first look with Colton. Seeing the pure happiness, love, and smile (and tears) from my husband’s face when I walked down the glass staircase in my dress was priceless. The excitement glowing from his smile and the awe in his eyes will forever be placed in my mind. Nothing in the world at that moment in time mattered, but us. I highly recommend every couple do a first look because that is really the one time during the wedding day where it is truly just you and your soon-to-be spouse together.

My second favorite moment was my father-daughter dance. For about 2 months, my dad and I had been practicing a surprise self-choreographed dance. We had this idea planned for some time before the wedding and did not tell a soul (except for a friend who mixed the music for us). We started with a typical father-daughter dance to a Tim McGraw song and then about a minute into the dance, the surprise began. The looks on our guests, families, and my husband’s faces were hilarious. I didn’t see their reactions until we got our wedding photos back and I am SO glad they were able to capture it. Everybody was clapping, dancing with us, and up on their feet while we showed off our moves. It really set the mood for the rest of the night on the dance floor. My dad did an awesome job!

Kim: What was your favorite floral element?

Emily: I have two favorite floral elements (how could I JUST pick one). The first was the head table backdrop. When I met with Belli Fiori and we discussed this design, I was not exactly sure how it was going to turn out on the day of the wedding because I’m a very visual person. The sketches and descriptions during our meetings helped, but seeing it in person was really going to put the pieces together for me. And, oh my goodness…did Belli Fiori outdo themselves. Seeing the backdrop for the first time during the room reveal was something magical. I have never seen anything like it. The flowers used, designs created, and ideas put to real life was spectacular. It was gorgeous, bright, summery, and perfection. I even had several guests take photos with it as their background.

My second favorite floral element was my bouquet. I had shown Lisa a photo of my favorite bouquet from Pinterest and when I received my bouquet the day of the wedding, another “oh my goodness” came out of my mouth. It was identical to the photo I had shown Lisa at the very beginning of wedding planning. It was MORE beautiful than the image I had shown her. From the flowers and colors to the actual arrangement, it was EXACTLY what I wanted. To this day, I have a photo of my bouquet as the background on my cell phone.

Kim: Your wedding took place 10 months after Jessica’s; were you ever nervous that having the same team of vendors would make your wedding feel too much like hers?

Emily: Not at all. Actually, that was one thing when I met with each vendor I had expressed from the start. I told them I wanted our guests to be “wowed” again because we had a lot of the same guests that attended both weddings. I knew I was going to have the same vendors used for my wedding that my sister used because we just LOVED them all! With my wedding being in the summertime and my sister’s in the fall, I knew they were going to be different. Meeting with Belli Fiori reassured me of that because the seasonal flowers and color schemes alone were going to be way different than a fall wedding. My sister and I (even though we have the same taste in vendors) have a little different taste in colors, designs, and ideas. My wedding design and style totally expressed my (and my husband’s) personalities.

Kim: Do you have any advice for future brides?

Emily: Enjoy every moment. Enjoy ALL the planning and decision-making leading up to the wedding. Enjoy the stressful moments and the not-so-stressful moments. This is what makes the wedding (and planning) fun. Do not take yourself or the decisions that you need to make too seriously because at the end of the day, everything will fall into place. When it comes to the wedding day, really soak it in. It goes by TOO fast! One piece of advice (out of many) that my sister gave to me was during the reception, take a break from the dance floor and look around the room with your spouse to take it all in. The guests dancing and having fun, the floral arrangements and decorations, that everyone in the room is celebrating the love of you two, and what a masterpiece you created with a team of vendors and your family. My husband and I did this.

Vendor Love: Photos: Switzerfilm | Venue: Four Seasons | Day-of Planning: Proposing Dreams | Ceremony Music: Melrick | Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles | Paper Goods: M. Haley Design | Videographer: Lifetime Media | Uplighting and Décor: Table Ten

A Modern, Romantic Wedding at the Four Seasons

March 8th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

The best part of our job, hands down, is bringing our clients’ visions to life. Couples come to us with all sorts of ideas, and it’s our job to take those ideas and inspiration photos and turn them into reality. In the case of Sarah and Dennis’ wedding, it started with an acrylic chuppah Sarah saw as a wedding guest, and lead to her vision of a romantic, modern affair.

The difficult part was that no one in St. Louis owned an acrylic chuppah, which meant having one custom built. We have had acrylic pieces made for events in the past, but never anything as large or involved as this. We presented the idea to our “acrylic guy” along with sketches and examples we had seen from companies in other cities, and luckily his team was ready for the challenge! After consulting a structural engineer and adjusting the initial idea, they were able to bring the design to life.

On wedding day Lisa and I were a ball of stress, as we generally are when we do something new, but seeing everything come together was better than any of us could have imagined. For a see-through structure, the chuppah had a commanding presence in the ballroom, and it was so fun to see how excited Sarah was to see her vision come to life! The ceremony and reception were a beautiful combination of modern and classic elements, with soft pink tones, classic floral and modern acrylic elements. It was a beautiful day for a wonderful couple and we were so thrilled to be a part of it!

Vendor Love: Planning: Simcha’s Events | Photography: L Photographie | Venue: Four Seasons St. Louis | Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles | Chuppah Stage: Table 10 Event Design 

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

 


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