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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!

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

 

Rustic Elegance: Libby and David’s Romantic Wedding

May 31st, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Libby and David are just the sweetest couple. They met during a middle school production of “Snoopy!” and finally began dating at the end of college. We’re not sure why it took them so long, because it’s pretty clear these two are perfect for each other! Their wedding day at St. Louis Country Club was a beautiful blend of rustic and elegant, and we were so thrilled to be able to design the day and bring Libby’s vision to life.

Upon arriving guests were greeted by a violinist on the path to the ceremony, which set the tone for the evening. The ceremony took place on the lawn behind the club and despite rain the day before and worries that we would have to move inside, the sky cleared and we were able to proceed with the original plan. The aisle was lined with lanterns, pillar candles and seeded eucalyptus, which lead to a lush, floral-covered chuppah, complete with a crystal chandelier for an elegant twist on the rustic structure. It was the perfect setting for the personal, love-filled ceremony!

Immediately following the ceremony guests moved to the patio for cocktail hour. We enhanced the space with café lights, chandeliers, a half-moon bar and lounge seating to bring the indoors outside. Guests mingled on the patio and lawn while the artist Libby’s dad hired as a surprise finished his oil painting of the ceremony (such a fun idea!)

Most of Libby’s reception inspiration stemmed from weddings on the west coast where mixing chair and table styles is a common trend, so we spent a lot of time curating a combination to complement the esthetic Libby was striving for. For the floral elements inside the dining room, we chose greenery garlands for the wood parsons tables and soft floral arrangements on the round tables. Gold taper candles and rustic lanterns were used throughout the space to tie the tables together. The look came together beautifully and really added a rustic element to the formal dining room of the club, while still complimenting the wall murals and formal feel of the space.

The entire day was beautiful, but our favorite thing looking back on the amazing photos by Carretto Studio is the love between Libby and David. It radiates from the photos! These two had so much fun on their wedding day, and we couldn’t be more honored to have been a part of it!

VENDOR LOVE:

Photography: Carretto Studio |  Florist: Belli Fiori | Lighting and Decor: Table Ten Event Design | Planning: Cosmopolitan Events | Venue: St. Louis Country Club | Cake: The Cakery | Ceremony Musicians: Rosewood Ensemble | Band: Arvell and Company | Videographer: Vimage | Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper | Hair and Makeup: Danielle Style | Transportation: Best Transportation | Fireworks: Gateway Fireworks

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 






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 

Planning Your Wedding: Selecting a Florist

January 25th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

It’s the time of year for engagements, and wedding sites are posting their lists of tips, trends, and “things you must do after getting engaged”. There is certainly no shortage of information out there, but I’ve found very little that specifically talks about a major element of most weddings: flowers!

I’ve been in the wedding industry for seven years (as an event planner and then a venue manager), but until I started with Belli Fiori my flower knowledge was limited, as I’m sure is the case with almost all of our couples. Most have a few favorite flowers and a Pinterest board full of inspiration, but they don’t always know what is available for their wedding date or a realistic idea of what wedding flowers cost… 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 8 months to one year out from their wedding date. This of course is not a hard and fast rule (we are still getting inquiries for this spring, for example). The most important thing is to have your venue selected and locked in when you begin to talk with florists, since that will determine the overall style of your wedding, your guest count (and therefore number of tables) and the style of centerpieces (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 try not to book more than a year and a half in advance.

Budget
Generally speaking, floral will account for 10% of your overall wedding budget. This is not a hard and fast rule either, 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 includes a large bridal party, wanting mostly 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.

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
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 with inspiration photos and trust that you’re getting something similar. Begin your search on sites like The Knot, where you can quickly and easily find several florists in your city. 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 who 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 the amazing photographers featured in this post, who always capture our clients so beautifully! White-Clump Photography | Mike Cassimatis Photography | Image Clarity Switzerfilm | Zoe Life Photography 

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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