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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

Picture Perfect: Hanna & Victoria’s Three Barn Farm Wedding

October 19th, 2017

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

I love fall… flannel, Blues hockey is back, and we can finally stop melting during wedding setups! But best of all it’s the time of year where summer wedding photos start rolling in from photographers, and just as things finally start to cool off, I get to relive all the sunny summer weddings we helped to create. I was especially excited to get this set of images of Hanna and Victoria’s wedding from their photographer, Bradford Martens. I had stalked his website and fell in love with his dramatic style, and I have to say these stunning photos did not disappoint!

Hanna and Vickie were married this past June at Three Barn Farm, and I think the photos speak for themselves when it comes to how much love surrounded this day. You can just tell how excited everyone was… it’s radiating from every picture! From the ceremony inside the barn where family and friends surrounded the couple while they said their vows, to the reception and dance party to follow, it was a wonderful day.

For Hanna and Vickie’s bouquets we wanted them to be unique, yet also compliment each other. Hanna’s bouquet incorporated lots of deep purple and sage green tones, including succulents, which she loves. Vickie’s bouquet was a bit lighter, with white peonies and pale yellow stock, but tied back to Hannah’s with purple hues and the same types of greenery. They were both beautiful individually, but also looked wonderful next to each other! For the other floral elements, we created pieces that were textural and a bit rustic to fit in with the farm setting. We used lots of succulents, lavender, and even kale, which worked perfectly with the purple and green palette. In the barn, a large greenery wreath that hung over Hanna and Vickie during the ceremony, and then later over the dance floor as they shared their first dance. It was an understated yet perfect statement piece.

This was such a beautiful wedding, and we are so honored to have been a part of Hanna and Victoria’s day! Thank you again to Bradford for sharing these amazing photos, and to Natalie of Simcha’s Events for planning an amazing day for these two!

Vendor Love: Photography: Bradford Martens | Planning: Natalie Piacentini, Simcha’s Events | Venue: Three Barn Farm | Caterer: Catering St. Louis | Video: Millennium Productions | Cake: The Sweet Divine | Ceremony Music: Matt McCallie Orchestra | Reception Music: Allegro Entertainment | Shuttles: Best Transportation

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

 

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

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 

2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

December 9th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

A much-anticipated event for design and wedding professionals alike is the announcement of the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year. As an art major turned wedding professional I tend to geek out just a bit at the announcement, and 2017’s color has me particularly excited: Greenery!

Pantone.com says “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

For weddings, the official Greenery shade might be a bit bright for many brides’ taste, but that’s ok! Use the Pantone shade as a jumping off point to incorporate various shades of green into your wedding. Remember that green is “nature’s neutral” and know that various shades can work well in all sorts of wedding palettes, from bright and bold to neutral.

As the organic-style wedding trend becomes more and more popular in the Midwest, we are continually seeing more brides incorporate greenery into their weddings though things like garden style bouquets and garlands. Yet, there does seem to be a myth that greenery is a cheaper alternative to flowers. While it is generally not as expensive as many blooms, when used in large quantities greens do add up, and like flowers, not all varieties are available all year. Be open to suggestions from your florist and know that regardless of how you select to incorporate Greenery, it will be a fresh addition to your wedding décor!

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Special thanks to the photographers featured in this post who capture our clients so beautifully: Carretto Studio Photography |  Clary Pfeiffer |  Julia Noack Photography | L Photographie | Mike Cassimatis Photography | Zoe Life Photography 

A Springtime Wedding in Forest Park

August 5th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

Spring in St. Louis is a tricky time of year when it comes to weddings. The weather can be rainy, freezing, or blazing hot, you just never know. May is by far the most popular spring wedding month, but as Aubrey and Matt’s stunning couple’s portraits by the wonderful Julia Noack show, the risk of selecting a date earlier in the spring can be well worth it! Their late March day might have been a bit overcast, but the trees in Forest Park were in full flowering bloom and made for a stunning backdrop.

Aubrey selected the perfect spring palette (and 2016 Pantone Color of the Year duo) of pale blue and blush pink; white and shades of green were also used in the floral, adding to the soft spring look. For the tall arrangements we incorporated blue paper cranes folded by Aubrey, which were a nod to her new husband’s last name and a tradition in his family. The cranes were a fun, personal detail incorporated in small ways throughout the day.

Both ceremony and reception took place in the Missouri History Museum’s Grand Hall, so our sister company Table Ten Event Design provided draping that was closed during cocktail hour to hide the room flip from the guests. Table Ten also provided café lighting, a striking navy linen for the head table, and silver chargers. The flipped room glowed under the café lights and provided the perfect setting for Aubrey and Matt to dance the spring night away with their guests!

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VENDOR LOVE:

Photographer: Julia Noack Photography  |  Florist: Belli Fiori  |  Decor: Table Ten Event Design  |  Venue: Missouri History Museum  |  Cake: Sugaree Baking Co.  |  Planner: Mr. & Mrs. Weddings and Events  | Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles

A Sparkling Winter Wedding at the Peabody

February 12th, 2016

Posted by Kimberly Wallner

It’s hard to believe Catherine and Will’s wedding was almost a year ago! While they didn’t quite have a Valentine’s Day wedding (they tied the knot on February 28th), their day was so romantic that it seemed perfect to showcase this time of year. We had so much fun designing this day with Catherine and her mom Nancy, who also happens to be one of our favorite planners. We were thrilled to not only design all the stunning floral elements, but to also bring in our sister company, Table Ten, for the seating areas around the dance floor, chargers and linens. Catherine chose a palette of ivory and gold with lots of sparkle thrown in, and requested we incorporate soft blush tones with the floral. Such a classic choice for a romantic, black-tie winter wedding!

So much thought was put into every element of this wedding day, which really comes though in the stunning photos by MNC Photography. The day was truly a celebration of Catherine and Will as a couple, and reflected their personalities and love for each other. From the thoughtful and love-filled ceremony at Memorial Presbyterian to the stunning reception at The Peabody Opera House (and snow flurries in between!) everything came together in the most perfect way.

Our favorite element of the day (and there are SO many beautiful details) is hands-down the draping canopy of hydrangea, roses, tulips, stock, carnations, amaranths, seeded eucalyptus and greenery that ran the length of the 32-foot long head table. Our lead designer created much of this massive piece on-site to get the right effect. This piece, coupled with glittering candles and soft flowers on the guest tables, created a dramatic and elegant reception space for Catherine and Will to dance the night away with their guests.

Happy {almost} Anniversary Catherine and Will, and thank you for letting us be a part of your wedding!

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Vendor Love:

Photographer: MNC Photography |  Florist: Belli Fiori  |  Decor: Table Ten Event Design  |  Videographer: Lovebird Studios  |  Venue: Peabody Opera House  |  Ceremony: Memorial Presbyterian   |  Cake: Sarah’s Cake Shop  |  Lighting: Exclusive Events  |  Band: Griffin and the Gargoyles

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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VENDOR LOVE:

Photographer: L Photographie

Florist: Belli Fiori

Venue: Peabody Opera House

Cake: The Cakery

Band: Mirage

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