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Wedding Planners:
Brit Stewart Weddings – Saint Louis, MO
Dishy Event Planning – Saint Louis, MO
Kristin Ashley Events – Saint Louis, MO
Simply & Forever – Saint Louis, MO
Plume Events – Saint Louis, MO
Events Luxe – Saint Louis, MO
Sarah Grus Weddings – Saint Louis, MO
Weddings by Hannah – Kansas City, MO
Coordinately Yours – Kansas City, KS
Once Upon a Time Wedding Design – Topeka, KS
Engaging Events by Ali – Chicago, IL
Exquisite Events – Chicago, IL
Five Grain Events – Chicago, IL
Sweet Chic Events – Chicago, IL
planning…forever events – Evansville, IN
Boldly Chic Events – Indianapolis, IN
April Foster Events – Indianapolis, IN
Bliss Weddings and Events – Ann Arbor / Detroit, MI
Memorable Events – Grand Rapids, MI
Pearls Events – Grand Rapids, MI
Bella Vista Weddings & Events – Denver, CO
Colorado Occasions – Denver, CO
Sapphire Celebrations – Denver, CO
Something Classic Events – Denver, CO
Calluna Events – Boulder, CO
Frosted Pink Weddings – Vail, CO
Taylor’d Events – Ketchum, ID

Lisa Hessel Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Beth Berry Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Cami Wade Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Clary Photo (Clary Pfeiffer) – Saint Louis, MO
The Rasers Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Hawes Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Jodi Schlosser Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Fenwick Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Kelly Park Photography – Saint Louis, MO
L Photographie – Saint Louis, MO
Megan Thiele Studio – Saint Louis, MO
Stephen Seebeck Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Under Grace Photo – Saint Louis, MO
Untamed HeART Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Artistic Soup Photography – Saint Louis, MO
Ashley Turner Photography – Columbia, MO
Katie Day Photography – Springfield/Kansas City, MO
Mandy Lynn Photography – Springfield, MO
Turner Creative Photography – Springfield, MO
Allison Marie Photography – Kansas City, MO
darbi g. photography – Kansas City, MO
One Tree Photography – Kansas City, MO
Solar Photographers – Kansas City, MO
Jaclyn Marie Photography – Wichita, KS
Leigh Miller Photography – Kansas City, KS
Megan Christine Photography – Lincoln, NE
Leah Lund Photography – Omaha, NE
Alli McWhinney Photography – Ann Arbor, MI
Bryan and Mae Photography – Grand Rapids, MI
k. holly photography – Grand Rapids, MI
Shafer Photography – Grand Rapids, MI
Generation Photography – Minneapolis, MN
Gina Zeidler Photography – Minneapolis, MN
Ladeda Photography – Minneapolis, MN
Amy Rae Photography – St. Paul, MN
Green Apple Photo – Springfield, IL
Schultz Photography – Springfield, IL
Matt DeBackere Photography – Springfield, IL
Across the Miles Photography – Decatur, IL
Avery House – Chicago, IL
Jenna Cole Photography – Chicago, IL
Maypole Studios – Chicago, IL
Melissa Hayes Photography – Chicago, IL
Miller + Miller Wedding Photography – Chicago, IL
Olivia Leigh Photographie – Chicago, IL
rojo photo // design – Chicago, IL
Simply Jessie Photography – Chicago, IL
Steve Koo Photography – Chicago, IL
Tim Tab Studios – Chicago, IL
trüstudio – Chicago, IL
bobbi + mike – Indianapolis, IN
Angel Canary Photography – Indianapolis, IN
Nicole Green Photographer – Indianapolis, IN
Fyrefly Photography – Cincinnati, OH
Studio3z Photography – Cincinnati, OH
Brandy J Photography – Columbus, OH
Henry Photography – Columbus, OH
Lisa Rice Photography – Columbus, OH
Blink of an Eye Photography – Dayton, OH
C’est Joli Photography – Colorado Springs, CO
Amanda Forbes Photographer – Denver, CO
A&A Photography – Denver, CO
Autumn Burke Photography – Denver, CO
Chowen Photography – Denver, CO
Chris Humphreys Photography – Denver, CO
James Christianson Photography – Denver, CO
Jenna Walker Photography – Denver, CO
Keri Doolittle Photography – Denver, CO
Kevin Von Qualen – Denver, CO
revert photo – Denver, CO
Tracy Carolyn Photography – Denver, CO
Tyler Jones Photography – Denver, CO
Harper Point Photography – Fort Collins, CO
Hillary Maybery Photography – Sun Valley, ID
Loneman Photography – Bozeman, MT
Kristine Paulsen Photography – Missoula, MT
Frozen Music Studios Photography – Fargo, ND
Jeff Sampson Photography – Sioux Falls, SD
Justin Hackworth Photography – Provo, UT
Front Room Photography – Bay View, WI
Emily Steffen Photography – Hudson, WI
The Clevelands – Milwaukee, WI
Reminisce Studio by Miranda & Adam – Milwaukee, WI
Realife Photography – Port Washington, WI
Katy Gray Photography – Jackson Hole, WY

Kevin Von Qualen – Denver, CO
oceanwide studios – Des Moines, IA
I Do Films – Chicago, IL
Studio 272 – Chicago, IL
MI Studios – East Moline, IL
Creative Video – Kansas City, MO

Event Design/Lighting/Decor:
Exclusive Events – Saint Louis, MO

Belli Fiori – Saint Louis, MO
Botanicals Design Studio – Saint Louis, MO
Les Bouquets – Saint Louis, MO
Emmy Ray – Kansas City, MO
Good Earth Floral Design Studio – Kansas City, MO
Fleur – Chicago, IL
Stems Event Design – Grand Rapids, MI
Studio Fleurette – St. Paul, MN
Bella Fiori – Denver, CO
Cori Cook Floral Design – Denver, CO
Living Arts Floral – Lyons, CO

Dickey Design – Saint Louis, MO
M.Haley Design – Saint Louis, MO
Paper Frosting – Saint Louis, MO
Two Blue Doors – Saint Louis, MO
Sophie – A Design Boutique – Cincinnati, OH
Syd Design – Grand Rapids, MI
Printerette Press – St. Paul, MN
Courtney Callahan Paper – Chicago, IL
Bloomin’ Invitations – Boulder, CO

Penned and Pretty – Cincinnati, OH
– Denver, CO

Elite Sweets Candy Buffets – Saint Louis, MO
Whipt Cream Cakes and Cupcakes – Saint Louis, MO
Shauna Young Dessert Tables – Minneapolis, MN
Intricate Icings – Denver, CO
Kelley Kakes – Denver, CO

CI Photobooth – Saint Louis, MO
Capture POD StL – Saint Louis, MO
4 Flashes Photo Booth – Chicago, IL / Denver, CO

Amanda Miller Make-up Artistry – Saint Louis, MO
Pro-Colour Cosmetics (Holly Speakes) – Saint Louis, MO
Make-up By Janine – Denver, CO

Attire & Accessories
Ink & Button – Murphysboro, IL / Saint Louis, MO
Town & Country Bridal Boutique – Saint Louis, MO
POSH Bridal Couture – Minneapolis, MN
Bella Bridesmaid – St. Louis, MO / Denver, CO
anna be bridal – Denver, CO
Felice Bridal – Denver, CO

Wedding Location Coordination:
Carolyn Burke – Saint Louis, MO
Moab Utah Meetings, Weddings and Events – Moab, Utah

Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Coordination:
Bliss Honeymoons – Columbus, OH

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When Lori of I Do Films first shared this video, I got quite excited.  This wedding has so many wonderful elements (including environmentally friendly ones), but the most important obviously being the love between Eli and David.  But, after watching it a second, and then a third time, I just loved the life at this wedding. It leaves you with a smile on your face and full heart.

Not too long ago, Wish Upon a Wedding made its way to St. Louis.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with this organization, let me provide a bit of background:

Wish Upon a Wedding is a non-profit organization that was “founded based on the concept that two people in love should never be denied the chance to marry their soul mate, even if they only have months (or weeks) to live,” as stated by founder, Liz Guthrie. Wish Upon a Wedding provides weddings at destinations throughout North America for individuals facing terminal illness, regardless of sexual orientation. (Courtesy of Wish Upon a Wedding web site)

The even cooler piece of knowledge is the fact that this organization is extremely young – but the outpouring of support from the wedding industry has lead to its incredible success.

The Chicago chapter of Wish Upon a Wedding recently granted its first wish on April 18 to Beth and Nick.  Beth was diagnosed with cancer back in December in 2009, and had to have surgery right away to remove part of her bladder, her navel and several lymph nodes. It was during Beth’s surgery that Nick ventured off to buy her a ring and propose. You can learn more about this deserving couple on the Wish Upon a Wedding site.

I wanted to share with you all the video, shot by the fantastic team at I Do Films (shout out to the owner Lori, who happens to be a Missouri native).

Beth & Nick from I Do Films on Vimeo.

I encourage all of you to volunteer with your local chapter (if you have one).  You do NOT need to be in the wedding industry, as they can use all sorts of help.  And, I encourage you all to spread the word about this awesome organization!

Wedding Planners:
Engaging Events by Ali – Chicago, IL
Exquisite Events – Chicago, IL
Five Grain Events – Chicago, IL
Sweet Chic Events – Chicago, IL

Green Apple Photo – Springfield, IL
Schultz Photography – Springfield, IL
Matt DeBackere Photography – Springfield, IL
Across the Miles Photography – Decatur, IL
Avery House – Chicago, IL
Jenna Cole Photography – Chicago, IL
Maypole Studios – Chicago, IL
Melissa Hayes Photography – Chicago, IL
Miller + Miller Wedding Photography – Chicago, IL
Olivia Leigh Photographie – Chicago, IL
rojo photo // design – Chicago, IL
Simply Jessie Photography – Chicago, IL
Steve Koo Photography – Chicago, IL
Tim Tab Studios – Chicago, IL
trüstudio – Chicago, IL

I Do Films – Chicago, IL
Studio 272 – Chicago, IL
MI Studios – East Moline, IL

Fleur – Chicago, IL

Courtney Callahan Paper – Chicago, IL

4 Flashes Photo Booth – Chicago, IL

Attire & Accessories
Ink & Button – Murphysboro, IL / Saint Louis, MO

When I first saw Chris and Kerry’s wedding photos, I loved the bright colors, handmade details, and I was dying to know the story behind the tree motif. Getting married in a somewhat traditional city, they had to make sure they chose the right vendors to pull off their quirky, personal day, and that is exactly what happened.

From the Bride: 

Chris and I are complete mountain lovers. Even though we are currently residents of Phoenix, Arizona and chose to have our wedding in my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio, we have always and will always love the mountains. The mountains are a big part of our love story. Right as we first began dating, Chris was offered a job in Breckenridge, Colorado. So for five out of the first six months of our relationship, we dated long-distance and traveled back and forth from Arizona to Colorado. One day when I was missing him, I decided to draw Chris a little picture of two pine trees alone in the mountains. Because he’s more sentimental than he likes to admit, he saved the picture and it became our main inspiration for our wedding years later.

We knew from the very beginning that we wanted anything but a traditional wedding. We wanted our wedding to be fun, colorful, and laid-back. Nothing formal or stuffy for us! We also wanted to keep it somewhat low-budget, which meant plenty of DIY projects, creative ideas, and handmade items. I knew right away that I wanted to use my same little sketch as the base of our invitations and that meant I was about to take on the giant project of making all of our invitations by hand. It turned out to be an entire summer’s worth of work (good thing I’m a teacher and had the summer off), but it totally paid off and was such a fun project. I think our invitations really set the tone for the wedding day: whimsical, bright, and goofy. =)

Our wedding date itself was decided based on one important factor: our honeymoon. We knew we wanted a winter honeymoon in the mountains and that meant getting married in December over my winter break. Once we had decided on a December wedding in my hometown of Cincinnati, we knew we would have to bring the mountains to us with our wedding decor. We wanted pine trees, pinecones, and plenty of color to represent our vibrant personalities. Our funky venue helped too!

December 30th, 2011 turned out to be exactly the kind of day we hoped for. No, it wasn’t a perfect, fairytale kind of day. Plenty of things went wrong (including the wrong ceremony chairs…they were hideous…and some music mishaps), but it was a real day like the rest of our married lives will be. Since we’re both a little cynical, we were most nervous about the ceremony. Who wants to share intimate feelings in front of a room full of people??? But the ceremony turned out to be the highlight of the day for both of us. We really made it “us” by using our favorite song lyrics for readings, writing simple thoughtful vows to repeat aloud to one another, walking down the aisle to some great tunes, and having a surprise ring bearer by hiding the rings under a random guest’s chair. Plus we got MARRIED! It was definitely an awesome day: I got ready with my mom and closest friends, had so much fun taking photos with my soon-to-be husband and amazing photographers, married my best friend in front of our favorite people, and danced the night away. So. Much. Fun.

Bride’s Dress: Neiman Marcus/Aidan Mattox | Groomʼs Clothing: Tommy Hilfiger (Macyʼs) | Cake: A Spoon Fulla Sugar | Venue: Venue 222 | Catering: Funkyʼs Catering | Flowers: Handmade Colectibles | Photographer: Christa Kimble | Videographer: Lane Kimble | Pine Tree Centerpieces: Quietude Quilts | Officiant: Phyllis Eid-Nienaber

A wedding with a good story is a good wedding. Thanks, Maura for sharing Karin and JC’s story, and their wedding day, too!

Karin and JC – Kansas City Wedding Film – Highlight from creative films on Vimeo.

Becca Spears

From Maura, the videographer:
I knew Karin and JC’s wedding would be amazing the first time I met them in my studio. They had the most amazing chemistry and clearly loved each other. I was so excited when they asked me to be a part of their wedding day. Karin and JC had their ceremony and reception at Pennway Place in Midtown Kansas City, Missouri, the haute floral studio of the amazing Dan Meiners. They did a beautiful job of creating two separate moods for the ceremony and reception at the same location. The ceremony space was intimate and filled with candlelight and soft strings music that created a warm, romantic, loved filled space where they joined their two young families. JC and Karin’s children were an integral part of their ceremony with beautiful words and a sand ceremony. After the ceremony the guests moved to the connected rooms for an energy filled reception featuring a vibrant band and energetic color and décor. The event had much more of a club atmosphere including a smoking room where they had a cigar bar and roller. Their guests had a wonderful time celebrating with them and JC and Karin continued their generosity as in lieu of gifts, they suggested donations be made to Operation Breakthrough, a local non-profit that helps children and families in poverty in Kansas City.

Videographer: Maura Coleman-Murray, Creative Films  |  Photographer: Becca Spears  |  Wedding Coordinator: Patti Gehring  |  Ceremony / Reception Venue: Pennway Place  |  Florist: Studio Dan Meiners  |  Caterer: Feasts of Fancy  |  Cake: Sugar Creations  |  Officiant: Pastor Timmy Gibson  |  Band: HotHouse

You can always tell when a wedding is full of heart. I think that’s one of the biggest things I look for when going through submissions. Why? Because you want the photos to tell as much of a story as they can. To give readers and viewers a chance to feel like they were there and could understand the couple’s style and personality.

Steve Koo Photography

From the Bride:
Like most, Brian and I wanted a wedding that fully reflected our personalities and our relationship. Our biggest challenge was finding a reception venue that was unique, convenient for our suburban family and city friends and could accommodate our 250+ guest list. The Nineteenth Century Club in historic Oak Park met all of our requirements and offered vintage charm without feeling dated. Our other priorities – a menu of craft beer, an awesome DJ and wedding pie – were easier to fulfill.

I had tucked away the idea of having a gospel choir at my wedding ever since I saw Love Actually. I saw no reason why our ceremony couldn’t have the same energy as our reception. We were lucky enough to connect with the Wheaton College Gospel Choir and their ensemble was a highlight of our wedding day.

I am an event planner with a long commute so between internet research and traffic I had plenty of time to come up with some personal touches. I am a big fan of handmade wedding details. While the size of our wedding forced us to reel in some of our ideas, we still spent many worthwhile hours assembling invitations, stitching programs and hot gluing all sorts of things. I over ordered on a wholesale button site, leaving us with an unintentional button theme – button table numbers, button entree indicators, button boutonnieres for the ring bearers and other accents. For our guest book we printed assorted postcards with photos of significant places and things in our relationship. Guests left a message on the postcard of their choice and they are being mailed to us throughout our first year of marriage. It’s been a lot of fun checking the mailbox for well wishes from our guests.

We loved every minute of our wedding and wouldn’t have changed a thing. We are especially grateful for our amazing family, wedding party, friends, and vendors for making the day so memorable!

Ceremony Venue: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church | Reception Venue: The Nineteenth Century Club | Dress: A Joyful Occasion | Hair: Maria Milano, Zano Salons | Makeup: Melissa, Benefit Cosmetics | Catering: Beyond Events | Pie: Baker’s Square | DJ: Amanda Hohmeier, Toast & Jam | Photographer: Steve Koo Photography | Videographer: Sally Films