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LAM Photography


From the Bride:
We wanted our wedding day to reflect our values and our styles as much as possible and to do so on a reasonable budget. So if we could make it, thrift it, or borrow it, we did. We had a rather quick engagement because we wanted to get married on a unique date, 11.11.11, so a lot of friends and family helped us out. We made our own wedding website, designed our own invitations, photo backdrop, and all the decorations. We set our priorities and spent our funds on those aspects, the rest we did ourselves. We hired a great photographer and an excellent caterer. The Museum of the Dog was a great spot for us to have the laid back and fun reception party we wanted to provide for our guests. Having a “first look” before the ceremony was the right choice. It was in the park across the street from our house in just the right fall light.

If our wedding had a theme it was vintage DIY. All the attention we paid to detail really paid off for us and our guests. They still tell us what a great time they had. We used vintage book pages throughout the décor (ceremony programs, bridesmaids flowers, aisle decor, boutonnieres, etc.) and I scoured antique malls and my grandma’s dresser drawers for brooches for my bouquet. Two of our favorite things we prepared for our guests were the dessert tables and the centerpieces. All the plates on the dessert table were antiques and I designed the stands myself. The groom’s cake was a “bologna sandwich,” family members made all the cookies, cake pops and treat bags for the tables. The reception tables were full of hand made details made with love for us on our special day. The day went by so quickly, but I know that it was truly a day that reflected us and our journey together.


Ceremony Venue: Union Avenue Christian Church | Reception Venue: The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (Constellation Room) | Wedding Gown: Unique Vintage | Bride’s Accessories: Anna Ourth Jewelry | Bride’s Shoes: DSW | Groom’s Suit: Kohl’s | Rentals: Weinhardt Party Rentals | Cake: Bride’s Mom | Cupcakes: The BitterSweet Bakery | Catering: Candicci’s | DJ: Elite Pro DJ


Harper Point Photography

From Jessica, Owner of A Vintage Affair Rentals:
Susan and Michael are such a sweet down to earth couple. She is a math teacher, which provided the student and teacher idea. The other main inspiration came from dominos. Susan and Mike started playing dominos with a set they had bought awhile back. When Susan moved out of her childhood home two years ago she came across my grandfather’s set of dominos which was used in the shoot. The glasses on the bristo table they used were also from her grandfather. Their adorable dog, Forbin joined the shoot to make it all the more personal.














Cate Jackson Photography


From the Bride:
Dennis and I met in 2009. It’s interesting how similar our backgrounds are and how many mutual friends and acquaintances we have had most of our lives. Although there were several other times in previous years when we could have met, we met at the perfect time. We began dating in March 2010, were engaged in February of 2011. He proposed at the same restaurant at the Delmar Loop (Ranoush) where we had our first ‘date’. He had come into town and we went to Ranoush with a group of friends who happened to be there again, a year later, to witness the proposal! For all the St. Louis people – he proposed the week that Lambert Field was closed for 2-3 days because of bad weather. Dennis ended up getting into town two days later than planned. That gave him 24 hours to get everything ready.

The Bible College where our wedding took place was where my parents first met. Our lives are centered around God and both have a love for mission work. We’ve both been blessed with wonderful families and friends who were a very important in our lives. It was so wonderful to include our family and friends in this celebration of our faith and beginning of our lives together.

Including our grandparents, who have all passed away, in our special day was important to us. There were several ways that we included them in the wedding. The candles on the altar table – were a memorial/dedication to them. Two of the broaches in my bouquet had belonged to my grandmothers. The pictures in the reception hall where all the couples from both sides of the family, going back a few generations on both sides.

There were a lot of sentimental touches throughout the day that made it so special to me. When I picked out Peter, Paul & Mary’s “There Is Love” for the processional, I had no idea it was the same song my parents had in their wedding. Ultimately, Dennis and I loved celebrating the beginning of our lives together centered around the most important things in our lives – God, family and friends. We wouldn’t have made it to that special day without them.


Ceremony / Reception Venue: Gateway College of Evangelism | Floral Designer: Off the Wall Florist; Harold’s Wholesale Florist | Catering: Spice of Life Catering | Baker / Pie: Helfer’s Pastries & Deli Cafe | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals | Stationery: Brewers Print & Design | Wedding Gown / Veil: Chatfields Bridal Boutique | Taffy Favors: Mt. Rushmore Taffy Shop | Cufflinks: White Truffle Studio

There is just something charming about a backyard wedding. Maybe it’s the intimacy of the affair, the closeness to home and family (literally) or the simplicity. Sarah and John’s wedding details were the perfect balance of sweet and uncomplicated.


















Lindsay Carole Photography


About the Couple:
John and Sarah met sometime in 2001 or 2002. Neither of them is sure which year it was, but for the sake of continuity, let’s go with the Fall of 2001. They became close friends in the Summer of 2003. They fell in love in the Spring of 2005. But they broke up in the Winter of 2010. Luckily, they worked through many issues and became engaged in the Fall of 2010!!

John remembers first meeting Sarah at her friend Wendy’s house. Wendy was hosting a small impromptu gathering, where someone was trying to teach about half a dozen people to play poker. Wendy and Sarah sat next to each other and kept laughing and not paying attention. Sarah still does not know how to play poker. John sat next to Scott (Sarah’s and John’s mutual friend) at the opposite end of the table. John wasn’t paying attention to the poker lessons either…he was paying attention to Sarah. But Sarah had a boyfriend at the time.

Sarah remembers first meeting John at a different (earlier) social gathering (also organized by our dear friend, Wendy!) at a Westminster billiards bar, called Pink-E’s. Scott had been saying recently that she just HAD to meet his new friend, John, because his sense of humor reminded Scott of hers, and he thought these humors united could result in heights of hilarity for all! Extending Wendy’s invitation to Scott, Sarah was delighted when he said he’d be bringing John. Finally, she’d get to meet this John fellow. Amidst a sea of hot pink felted pool tables, Sarah was soon charmed by John, who was handsome, tall, fun, and had the charisma, maturity and galantry that she wished her current boyfriend would have honed by then. Now, Sarah knows that this was their first meeting, because she remembers the party at Wendy’s house very well, having again extended Wendy’s invitation to Scott, and to John, whom she’d already met… and already adored.

Things were pretty crazy for many months prior to the wedding. John and Sarah were at the tail end of rehabbing their house, and were at the point where they needed to decide which things could wait until after the wedding (which was being held in their backyard). As an example, a mere week before the wedding, there was a toilet and a bathtub sitting in our backyard!!


Ceremony / Reception Venue: Private Residence | Wedding Coordinator: L. Elizabeth Events | Photography: Lindsay Carole Photography | Cake / Desserts: Living the Sweet Life | Ceremony Backdrop: Décor ‘N More, Inc. | DJ: Maestro Mobile Music Productions | Caterer: Serendipity | Hair / Make-up: Ahh Mobile Spa | Florist: Timeless Floral & Events | Event Rentals: Butler Rents | Gown / Bridal Accessories: A Total Images Bridal Wearhouse | Groom’s Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse | Paper and Sky Lanterns: JustArtifacts.com





Lola Elise

From the Bride:
Eli proposed on July 23, 2011. We have a tradition of going to the local park on Saturdays, after going to the library and getting frozen yogurt. Our routine started off the same, but when we got to the park, he was insistent that we sit under the trees, while I wanted to sit on a bench. I agreed but wanted the picnic blanket. Yet when I offered to get it from the car, he wouldn’t let me. I should have been suspicious, but I wasn’t. I just started reading and he went to go throw the yogurt container away. When he came back, he had a picnic basket with him. Upon opening it, I found a dozen roses and packages upon packages of popcorn (my favorite food). Then he pulled out a piece paper and read me a sonnet he had written. It ended with talking about being under a tree, and then he asked me to marry him. It was truly perfect for us.

Cultural weddings rock my socks off. The meaning, the love, the tradition. All of it. Joann and Mike take a nod to their families, but also incorporate traditional wedding details including programs, guestbook, and of course, a traditional ceremony. Beautiful all around. Not to mention that photographer, Clary, captured them so beautifully (and some of the photos are in film!).



Clary Photo


From the Bride:
Wedding planning was made easy with the vendors we used. We were planning our wedding from NYC and wanted everything to be simple, easy and organized. Our wedding planner took care of budget items, invoicing, rehearsal/rehearsal dinner planning, day off scheduling, etc. She stayed within our budget and made our wedding beautiful. Each our vendors was a pleasure to work with and was accommodating and fun to work with. Clary photo flew out to NYC and made us feel comfortable in front of the camera. She made us look like we’ve never looked before! Kelly at Crimson Petal took on a proactive role and set the mood of the ceremony and the reception with her unique and creative ideas. With the floods in STL that year, she was quick to resolve issues with availability of flowers. She stayed within our budget without compromising quality and beauty. Rockstar DJ listened to each of our requests and set the ever-evolving mood for the reception. We loved our wedding thanks to everyone who made it so special!


Ceremony / Reception Venue: Four Seasons St. Louis | Flowers: Crimson Petal | Music: Rockstar DJs | Planner: Fleur di Lis | Makeup: Metamorphisis – Jennifer Sarino | Photobooth: Photobooth STL | Photographer: Clary Photo | Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Premier Party Rentals

Love knows no age is in fact a true statement. Not only did I enjoy perusing through all of the photos from this wedding because of the holiday decor, but I loved the couple, Tami and Clayton. The warmth and love in their eyes radiates in these photos. And, it reminds me that love is beautiful, always and forever.

La Vie Photography


From the Planner, Rita:
Timeless, classic and warm was the overall feeling of Tami & Clayton wedding.   The Minneapolis Club was the perfect venue to host their ceremony and reception with its dark, rich wood.  White and red flowers blended beautifully accented by a lot of candlelight  and twinkle lights to bring the element of warmth they desired.     Because it was a second marriage for both, they opted to have a small, intimate ceremony with a larger dinner reception.   Most important to them was being surrounded by their family and friends on their very special day.


Planner: Rita Swanson of Premier Planning Services  |  Photographer: Sally Butler of La Vie Photography  |  Ceremony & Reception  : Minneapolis Club  |  Florist: Richfield Flowers & Events  |  Reception Music: Instant Request  |  Hair Stylist: Rene Rattler  |  Make-Up Artist: Donna Kelly  |  Wedding Dress: Posh  |  Groom’s Tuxedo: Heimie’s Haberdashery  |  Photo Booth: The Travelling Photo Booth  |  Transportation: Emerald Transportation  |  Officiant: Pastor Stehen Cornils

I love the mountains. I really do (it’s one of the reasons why I moved to Colorado in the first place). But, man do I love the Chicago skyline. So pretty.



Tiffany Rebecca Photography

Kate and David’s wedding has fun, color, personality and family history. Not to mention they were one of many to have tied the knot at Kate’s family’s lake house. That’s a tradition I can get behind.



















Andy Stenz Photography


From the Photographer:
Kate + David tied the knot at the family lakehouse that has been in the family for over 100 years. It’s hosted many weddings (I think Kate and David made it 8) and yet I felt special because it will be the last in their family, as they sold the house and it changed hands last Fall. Pardon my nostalgia for the first bunch of photos – it is such a beautiful house with so many memories of family, gatherings and love. The large black and white family photo was taken on the property in 1924. Amazing. The day was wonderful, and Kate and David really shined. Staying calm in the heat and just plain having fun all day long. They are so much fun to be around because they are just two people very comfortable in their own skin. They know who they are individually and together, and it’s a blast watching them interact. And, their friends are just good humored and lovely people. I was honored to have spent the day hanging out with them.


Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception: Oconomowoc Lake Club | Andy Stenz Photography | Wedding Planner: Details | Florist: Avant Garden | Cake: Sweet Perfections | Hair Stylist: Craig Berns Salon | Specialty Lighting: Dream Lighting Company | DJ: Advanced Entertainment DJ Service

The warmth of the berry tone combined with the cool whale blue creates the perfect mix for a Spring palette. These colors can easily be popped with white for modern flair or kept simple for a classic spin.


row 1: Shannon Lee Images via SMP; Paper Antler Photography via SMP; Lela Rose via NY Magazine
row 2: The McCartneys / freshdesign via SMP; Leslee Mitchell / Lily and Company via SMP; Laurie Bailey Photography via SMP
row 3: Averyhouse via SMP; Justin and Mary Marantz / True Events via SMP; Jessica Smith Photography via SMP