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LACE. n. A delicate fabric made of yarn or thread in an open weblike pattern… I would define lace as the following; a timeless, classic fabric appropriate to be worn or used at all occasions.  I may be a bit biased as I wore a lace gown myself, but lace is such a beautiful fabric that it can be worn not only on your big day, but for all the events in-between. Rehearsal dinner, bachelorette party and even onto the honeymoon; lace is a perfect fabric for each of these special events.

 Dana Widman Photography | Lazaro Gown PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com Blog | Photo via Maggie Sottero | Studio Bloom Photography | Miller+Miller Photography

Urban Outfitters | Esther Boutique | Bloomingdales | Google Images

Anthropologie | H&M | Nordstrom | ETSY | BLHDN 

Everything But Water | Necessary Clothing | Diana Warner Studio | | Mickey’s Girl | TOMS | Dustjacket Attic

Will you be wearing lace on your big day!? Let us know how this classic fabric will be making an appearance during the course of your wedding planning!


Shalista Photography

From the Bride-to-be:
When Byrce and I started dating I found out he wasn’t a huge fan of watching TV while I tended to get a bit too attached to my favorite TV characters. Bryce’s roommate at the time told him about ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and said that he would like it. We started watching it together and it soon became our go-to show to watch.

We spent the first two years of our relationship long distance. When we would see each other, we would catch up on episodes of HIMYM. During our time apart, Bryce would always surprise me with fun things in the mail. One day, I got a yellow umbrella just like the one from the show. So for our engagement shoot we found a french horn, painted it blue and paired the umbrella with it to show our love for the show and each other (corny, I know). On HIMYM, Ted steals Robin the blue french horn after their very first date. Throughout the show the french horn is a reminder of the crazy things we do for the ones we love. At one point Ted tells Robin “I would have stolen you a whole orchestra”. I’m pretty sure if Bryce had seen a blue colored instrument after our first date, he would have found a way to get it for me.

While Ted and Robin have broken up on the show, Bryce and I are as strong as ever. HIMYM played a big role in our courtship and we wanted to represent that as we took this exciting step in our lives.

I love details that are functional as well as beautiful. These escort card beverages are practical in several ways: they serve as a welcome drink upon entrance to the reception, they obviously serve as escort cards, they help people to keep track of their drinks, and in some cases they can serve as favors. The drink containers themselves can be etched or printed with names and table numbers, the beverages can be tied with escort tags or contain drink stirrers with table numbers, or regular or chalkboard labels can be applied to to the containers.

Top Left: Creative Media Print; Top Right: Aneta Mak via Martha Stewart Weddings; Bottom: Mika 78 via 100 Layer Cake

Top: Scarlet Petal; Bottom Left: Matt Johnson via SMP; Bottom Middle: Lane Ditto, Joyful Weddings and Events via SMP; Bottom Right: Yunhee Kim Photography via Martha Stewart Weddings

Don’t forget the adorable candy-striped straws!

Mike and Amanda’s wedding takes me back to my own wedding. Mostly because of the joy on their faces and the fact that they partied the night at the same venue (and same floor) as my husband and I. Something about the loft set-up that just fit our style perfectly.

Laura Ann Miller Photography

From the Bride:
Five years ago I came across a photo that changed the way I thought about wedding photography. The photo bared the stark contrast between the light-hearted, beautifully clad bride and groom and the bleak backdrop of a dirty, graffiti laden city stairwell. I can’t really describe what attracted me so much to this particular image, maybe it was the juxtaposition of love in an unloved place, or the flowing white dress against the harsh lines of dark concrete walls. Either way, I knew someday this photo would be the inspiration for my own wedding. And sure enough, when it was my turn to start planning, I knew simple elegance meshed with an urban edge would play synonymously throughout my wedding. Lucky for me, my groom loved this idea as much as me.

We first chose the venue. It was a loft-like space, with exposed brick and beams, large windows that captured the unique architecture of a downtown cityscape, perfectly spaced white columns that ran floor to ceiling, and a huge bar made out of old wood doors from the historical area of Soulard. It was the first place we visited in a long line of appointments. At first, we were apprehensive. Not about the space itself, but what the cost must be for such a unique place. Fortunately, however, our lucky streak was just warming up. We got a fabulous deal, and I immediately cancelled all 7 of our other appointments (setup for that very day) and booked the 8th floor at Windows on Washington.

As for the dress, I chose a romantic, a-line gown with lace, jewels and couture-looking layers. I knew the second I saw it that it had to be my dress. Unfortunately though, there was a major disagreement between the price tag and my budget. My dream dress was out of reach. But only for a moment – thanks to my mounting luck. When the owner Barb saw me in the dress, she immediately knew it was ‘the one’ as well. She announced she would work with me on the price and adjusted it to a range I could afford. I was so happy with the final result; I couldn’t help but think ‘how could this all be working out so wonderfully?’

But it gets better. My husband and I hit the jackpot when we met Laura Miller, of Laura Ann Miller Photography. Not only was she very reasonably priced, but the work she showed us was absolutely beautiful. This girl knew what she was doing. And I knew she would be able to capture the essence of my simple, elegant style with an urban flair. Oh, and she was wonderfully nice to boot!

Obviously the backdrop of our wedding photography was imperative in creating the elegant/urban feel. I had suggested a couple places downtown by the river, but when Laura visited the locations during the time of day we would be shooting for the wedding, she found them to be over crowded and not quite what we were looking for. Instead, she found the PERFECT location. I mean, EXACTLY what I had imagined – old, industrial part of town that was altogether unloved and totally forgotten. Well until we found it. It was the perfect contrast we were looking for, and we could not be happier. Laura is incredibly gifted, and we cannot thank her enough for capturing these incredible photographs of our big day!

Photography: Laura Ann Miller Photography | Ceremony / Reception Venue: | Cake: Lubeley’s Bakery | DJ: Complete Music | Wedding Gown: Kirkwood Bridal Boutique | Tuxes: Kirkwood Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal

…and in-between comes the perfect opportunity to load up on anything and everything wedding related. Whether they are gifts from family and friends or something you buy for yourself, there are so many fun, personal items that showcase this unique, special time in your life. From your home to your closet, below are a few ways you display and show off your newly given name (bride! Mrs! wife!) initial, monogram or wedding date.  I just adore these wedding keepsakes and hope you do too.

Art of Whimsy Photo | H23 Designs | Between EverythingPlay on Walls | Kate Spade

Natali Carter | The Armor of God | NinaWedding Chicks

Bella Trina Jewelry | Frosted Willow | Georgie DesignsJubile Jewel | Lilly Putlane Design Co.

Bragging Bags | White Apple Threads | Your Home Based Mom | Jadie Cakes | Loop Loft

Lindsey Ostafy | Kate Spade | Wander Sketch | Knit Storm

Abby Dora DesignPearenthetical Press | Silhouette Blue | JWD Boutique | Abigail Lee Gifts

This is a such a special time in your life, I think every bride deserves to spoil themselves a little. Enjoy, embrace and display!


Conner Photography

From the Photographer:
Megan and Jake’s wedding photos were amazing on their own, but they had decided before that they wanted to go out a second time to do more! Their wedding was very country, so they wanted a bit more city flair for part of the session. For the other part, Meg wanted to be very brave and get into some rather chilly water for a “trash the dress” session. The dress was never really trashed (just wet), but it was an amazing time with some great photos to show for it!

Not only do I love Melissa and Tony’s story, but I love that their wedding had this vintage (but classic) garden feel. From the wreaths on the church doors to the potted centerpieces at the reception. The details were sweet, and the couple was seriously smiling in nearly every photo. It’s the sort of wedding where you find yourself smiling through the entire photo reel because you can feel the joy.

Stephen Seward Photography

From the Bride:
THE PROPOSAL: So, for a MONTH I’d been told we were going to a Blues game on Friday, February 25th at 8:30pm.
Tony’s friend Tommy was giving us tickets, because Tommy had to work. Tony tells me he wanted to
cook dinner before the game, so I’d given him my house key to get started before I got home. So, I come
home to an amazing smelling house of seared filet, homemade red wine sauce, sizzling mushrooms,
and hand cut sweet potato fries with paprika. While he’s putting the finishing touches on dinner, he
informs me he’s made a soundtrack for the evening and turns it on…this isn’t too uncommon, as I’ve
been getting “mixed tapes” from him for the past five years…always labeled with the name of the first
song across the front. As we’re eating our unbelievable dinner, the night rolls along to the sounds of his
oh-so-sweet song choices. We finish our wine on the couch and our soundtrack comes to an end. He
tells me “I’m not sure if you noticed, but the titles of those songs made a little poem…” He hands me the
handmade CD cover, and it reads like this:

SKIN? THIS LOVE was just getting started AND IT SPREAD. YOU AND ME were SWEPT AWAY

With that, he gets down on one knee, and brings out his next mix CD, with “MARRY ME” written across
the front. He pulls the ring from under the very spot on the couch where we’d been sitting. So, after
I freak out and say yes, he says we have to get going to get the hockey tickets from Tommy, who is
bartending at McGurks that night. Totally forgot about the Blues game by this point, but at least we’ll
spend the night celebrating together! At this point, I want to call everyone I’ve known since preschool, but
he insists we listen to the new CD in the car on the way to McGurks, and I can call them after we have the
tickets. We arrive and head in to see Tommy, only to find ourselves in a room full of everyone we know
and love waiting to celebrate with us.

And there wasn’t even a Blues game in Saint Louis that night…

THE WEDDING: For our wedding day, we wanted to incorporate as much of “us” as we could into every detail. From our
very first date at a duck pond, we noticed something about birds…that there never is just one. We’d
been “lovebirds” ever since, hence our vintage lovebird themed wedding. We chose our photography
locations based on our shared history. First, The Cheshire Inn, our charming old-world styled wedding
night hotel, followed by beautiful Powell Symphony Hall where we’d shared our first Valentine’s Day, and
lastly the Oak Knoll Park duck pond.

In the words of e. e. cummings, “i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart),” the poem printed on our
ceremony programs, our favors urged guests to carry a birdseed heart home with them for their lovebirds.
Our wish tree guest book was adorned with love letters from our guests on birdcage stamped tags,
and our centerpieces and gift table incorporated birdcages as well. Lastly, our handmade Mr. and Mrs.
Lovebird adorned the top of our cheesecake wedding cake…because we met at our college employer,
The Cheesecake Factory. The band also surprised us and learned “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and
Oates, our favorite selection from Tony’s homemade proposal playlist. A little cheesy. Or as we like to
call it, “Oh-so-gouda.”

Photography: Stephen Seward Photography | Ceremony Venue: Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Saint Louis Artists’ Guild | Caterer: Catering Saint Louis | Florist: Bloomin’ Buckets | Cake: Hank’s Cheesecakes | Stationary: Vellum | Programs/Signage: Slice of Lime Design | Cake Topper: Sutherland Art | Wish Tree Tags: Kindred Spirit Crafts  | Favors: Nature Favors | Band: Trilogy | Hair: Mallia Salon | Make Up: Casey Feldt with Much A Do | Wedding Gown: Priscilla of Boston’s Vineyard Collection at Town and Country Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Caparros | Jewelry: Mavrik Fine Jewelry | Hair Accessories: Katherine Jessica Collections | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein

I’ve wanted to do this board for a while. And, while the palette screams Fall (or Winter), I just love that you can add any other color to this to punch it up – pinks, reds, navy, gray.  At any rate, aubergine is a great rich color, and the black and white give the gold and aubergine the perfect backdrop for sophistication.

row 1: One Kings Lane; Jan Kish via Brides; lunaphoto / Adorations Botanical Artistry via The Knot
row 2: Jessica Lorren via Engaged & Inspired; Bella Figura; Vera Wang via The Wedding Chicks

row 3: Martha Stewart Weddings; Agnes Lopez via SMP; Kate Spade

This wedding is filled with so much warmth and character. From the vintage, peacock decor to the “hunting” backdrop. It’s one of those weddings that really keeps your eyes interested from the beginning – an attention grabber, but in the absolute most beautiful way. And, in the obvious way, where the photos tell the true story of a real and genuine love. Aaron and Heather have this eye for capturing the moments and things not everyone sees – and it’s why I love the weddings they shoot. It’s that angle you never thought of that always catches that moment you know the couple will cherish forever.

Hawes Photography

From the Photographers:

Melissa will be the first to admit that the perfect location for a vintage, peacock inspired wedding is probably not a hunting lodge. But considering the hunting preserve is owned by Kevin’s family, it seemed like the perfect place to invite their friends and family for an evening of celebration. And they truly made it work, hosting a beautiful lakeside ceremony and decking out the reception hall with sweet touches like mason jar glasses and cloth napkins.

And as photographers, we’ll always take a dynamic rustic background for our portraits. The preserve is probably the most gorgeous single piece of land we’ve ever seen in Missouri. We took advantage of the fiery fall colors and the super deep lakes (made from strip mining coal) in order to capture Kevin and Melissa’s perfect styling.

Photography: Hawes Photography  |  Cermeony / Reception Venue: Trophy Country Ranch  |  Florist: My Secret Garden  |  Caterer: Catering by Corey  |  DJ: Complete DJ  |  Wedding Gown: Provisions Amore  |  Suits: J.Crew

Love knows no boundaries. It knows no color, or age, or sexual orientation. Love is for everyone and anyone with a willing heart.

I love this session from Maypole Studios. It’s sweet and beautiful. The the cloudy day paved a path for the dreamiest of light.

Maypole Studios