Personality is so important in any wedding. It presents the opportunity for a couple to show not only what is important to them, but personalizes the event making friends and family feel comfortable. I never tire of hearing how a couple makes their wedding theirs, and Laure and Patrick don’t disappoint. From the vendors to the locations, everything has a personal tie to them making each aspect of their wedding memorable.
From the Bride:
We had been together for 4 years when we got married and had known each other 13 years by the time the big day arrived. As we watched our friends get married over the last few years we had been to at least 30 weddings by the time it was our turn. We had really become professional wedding guests! From attending so many events, that often times blended together, we were determined to make our wedding unique, feel like us and most of all fun!
From start to finish this was a friends and family affair. We had our rehearsal dinner at Franco which is owned by our good friend Tom Schmidt and enlisted another good friend Lisa Dolan as our photographer. Our invitations were designed by a friend and printed by family, and even our desserts were made by a local baker and close friend, specifically to our liking! We had close and personal relationships with almost everyone we worked with which made the planning a lot less stressful.
Over the years we had attended more than a few weddings that came off as a bit rigid and high strung, and we knew we wanted a laid back affair in which everyone could laugh and enjoy themselves. We chose the Maya Café in Maplewood for its unique style and charm. The back patio is an old fishing boat with a deck built around it which became the dance floor. The white tent provided a warm and inviting space for our family style dinner (custom-designed by chef Rafa Hurtado), and the myriad of Chinese lanterns strewn throughout the tent dotted the space with pops of color. Box of Nerves (also friends of ours) played crowd favorites and sing along songs which provided a relaxed yet engaged ambiance throughout cocktail hour and dinner.
After dinner the music was turned over to a DJ and the party really took off. Our friends and family are such hilarious, amazing people that we thought it appropriate to give them the stage to karaoke their hearts out. Needless to say it was the highlight of the evening… so many friends and family taking turns to serenade the crowd and the laughter never stopped. It was a perfect day!
Ceremony Venue: St. Margaret of Scotland | Reception Venue: Maya Café | Photographer: Lisa Dolan Photography | Band: Box of Nerves | Florist: Walter Knoll Florists | Tent: Universal Rentals | Bakery: Cakes by Caroline | Seating Chart: Liz Sage | Programs, Invitations and Reception Décor: Alou Design | Handmade Signs on Head Table: Linda Plum | Wedding Gown: Saks 5th Ave | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Warehouse | Hair Stylist: Malia Salon | Makeup: Looks by Lisa | Transportation: St Louis Transportation