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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

 

Pastel Perfection: Robyn & Caleb’s Springtime Wedding

April 20th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Spring in St. Louis is my favorite time of year. Blue skies, newly green trees, playoff hockey… what’s not to love?! Its no wonder spring is one of the most popular wedding seasons! Today’s feature is classically spring, from the pale pink peonies in the bride’s bouquet to the soft pastel palette of the reception, which took place at one of our favorite venues.

Robyn and Caleb came to us through our friend Lacy of Lacy Branch Events for their May wedding at St. Francis Xavier and the Caramel Room. Their reception venue selection was the perfect fit, with the dark wood tones and crystal chandeliers of the ballroom providing the perfect backdrop for this sparkling, romantic reception!

Lacy designed the room to incorporate long and round tables, which is our favorite way to add interest to a floor plan and incorporate a variety of table designs. She also selected the perfect shimmery linens to set the tone in the space.

On the round tables we alternated low floral arrangements accented by glass taper candlesticks (which were a new addition to our rental offerings last year) and a classic rounded arrangement in our silver mercury compote. The long tables all incorporated mirrored runners, which added an interesting dimension and extra sparkle to the room. For the long perimeter tables we custom-built standing frames and “floated” strands of pale pink orchids for an unexpected look. The tables flanking the dance floor were lush with floral hedges, floating candles and small floral compotes. Everything came together beautifully and provided the perfect setting for Robyn and Caleb to dance the night away with their guests! Thank you to Lacy for bringing us onto the team, and to Switzerfilm for capturing the day!

Vendor Love: Event Design & Planning: Lacy Branch Events | Photo & Video: Switzerfilm | Florist: Belli Fiori | Ceremony: St. Francis Xavier | Ceremony Music: Landolfi String Quartet | Reception Venue: The Caramel Room at Bissingers | Reception Music: CJ’s Disc Jockey Service | Lighting: Millennium Productions | Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop | Photobooth: Fish Eye Fun | Paper Goods: Two Blue Doors | Transportation: Best Transportation 






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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VENDOR LOVE:
Photographer: Love and Perry
Florist: Belli Fiori
Invitations/Signage/Paper: Jocelyn Runice
Calligraphy: Beth Wong

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 

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