Real wedding: Meredith + Aaron

 ellothere invitations with heart

Perfect little details with this wedding in St. Louis…loving the pops of mint green!

mint earrings & heart shoes

bride & groom

wedding party

bride with pastel bridesmaids

boutonnieres in green and orange

pastel bouquets

bride & groom chair bunting

colorful modern seating chart

centerpieces & table numbers

heart escort cards & centerpieces

modern mint guest book

simple white wedding cake with dinosaur cake toppers

Even though we were living in New York, we wanted to have our wedding in St. Louis.  Since we both grew up in the Midwest, it was important to us to have our wedding there so our families could easily get to the wedding.  We also love music!  Especially since I work in music, we wanted to have some musical elements in our decorations without it being cheesy.  When I found the invitations that we ended up using from ElloThere, I knew they were perfect and exactly the look I was going for.  From those, we designed the table numbers and place cards to have that same look.  We also took a lot of time figuring out the songs we wanted to play during our cocktail hour and reception.

The day of the wedding was super relaxing for all of us, and I attribute that mostly to Ashley our wedding planner.  She was amazing and super organized, which made everyone’s lives so much easier.  The whole morning we were worried that it was going to keep raining and ruin the photo spot we had planned.  But about 10 minutes before we were supposed to do our first look the sun came out and the pictures turned out beautiful (probably because we had such a ridiculously amazing photographer)!  The whole day was exactly what we wanted it to be, a super fun party and a day to celebrate with all of our family and friends.


Photographer: Michelle Huesgen of Untamed Heart Photography
Wedding Planner: Ashley Rath of Dishy Event Planning
Ceremony: Shrine of St. Joseph
Reception: Windows on Washington 
Bridal Dress: Ivy & Aster
Bridal Shoes: Melissa for Vivienne Westwood
Jewelry: Kendra Scott Earrings
Hairpiece: vintage pin made into a birdcage veil by one of my best friends the morning of the wedding
Purse: vintage – my grandma’s
Hair & Make-up: Salon C’est Moi
Groom’s Suit: Halls
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Flowers: Les Bouquets
Cake and Pies: Sugaree Bakery
Photobooth: Photobooth StL
DJ: Rockstar DJs
Invitations: ElloThere
Cake Topper: Kenz Creations
Poster Guest Book: Modern Keepsake
Table Runners and Cake Stand Rentals: Ultrapom
Seating Chart, Place Cards, Table Numbers, Bride and Groom Seat Labels, Programs: made by the bride, groom & friends

[images from Untamed Heart Photography  ]

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Real Beirut wedding: Taline + Raffi

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

This past July Chad and I traveled to Beirut, Lebanon to attend the wedding of my dear friend Taline.  Having never been before (though my mom grew up there), I wasn’t sure what to expect, but whatever it was, it exceeded anything I could have imagined.  The reception was held at Domaine de Zekrit, a converted monastery that dates back to earlier than the 6th century AD, and nestled between the hills.  Juxtaposed with the modern white and lucite furniture that was brought in , it was the perfect location for a wonderful evening spent outdoors.  The photos can’t do it justice, but it was pretty spectacular in person!

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

This is what awaited us for the cocktail hour…

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

veggies at cocktail hour

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

The layout of the dinner portion of the evening was pretty great….flanking the dancefloor were 2 long rectangular tables which had round tables on either side.  Check out that view!

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

Domaine de Zekrit reception venue

pyrotecnics at beirut wedding reception

Not a bad entrance when you’ve got pyrotecnics!

white and green tall centerpiece

Normally I’m not a fan of tall centerpieces, but these really worked because there no limit to how high they could go!  It really filled the space nicely.  These were found on all the round tables.

long tables at beirut wedding reception

The long tables had lower centerpieces that cascaded down.

candle decor at outdoor wedding reception

buffet at outdoor beirut wedding reception

This had to be one of the more elaborate buffet spreads I’ve ever seen….all different stations for Lebanese, American, Asian, salads, BBQ and more, ripe for the picking!

buffet at outdoor beirut wedding reception

dance floor at outdoor wedding reception

Beirut’s known for its nightlife, and for this wedding, they really got the club atmosphere down…

dessert buffet at outdoor wedding reception

Insane dessert buffet…

cake cutting with fireworks

Cutting the wedding cake with a sword leading into a fireworks show!

The happy couple!  Congrats Taline & Raffi!

[images by me & Chad]

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Real Brooklyn wedding: Allie + Brian

wedding rings and monogram

So excited to kick off this week with a fabulous Brooklyn wedding!  It starts off at the new Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, with a ceremony at a local garden design shop, then ends up with a parade over to the reception at My Moon.  Its fun with lots of fab details, so be sure to click thru for all the wedding-y goodness!

bride and groom at wythe hotel

jenny packham wedding dress

bride and groom at wythe hotel

bride and groom at wythe hotel

arrow tie clip and bracelet

boutonniere & wedding dress back



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Real wedding: Nancy + Steve

Loving the simplicity of the centerpieces from this wedding….so clean and green…my fav!

green and white modern wedding reception

green and white centerpieces

candle decor

green and white modern wedding reception

wedding menu

white and green centerpiece

faceted escort card

[images from Emilia Jane]

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Real Bell House wedding: Sandrine + Lewis

wedding dress

I love how light and airy this wedding is!  Even the simplicity of the table decor is just perfection….goes to show you don’t need a lot to make a big impression.

pink and green bouquet

silver wedding shoes

pink boutonnieres

cool wedding backdrop


wedding couple with pink bouquet

wedding shoe shot

candle and foliage centerpiece

candle and ivy wedding arrangement

wedding invitation poster

CD wedding favors


Hair Stylist:  Dina Jennings
Caterer:  Great Performances
Musicians:  Eliano Bráz
Reception Venue:  The Bell House
Other:  Betsi Ewing Studio
DJ:  DJ Matt Uhlman
Equipment Rentals:  Ace Party & Chair Rentals
Makeup Artist:  Stephanie Peterson
Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Pierrepont Hicks
Officiant:  Two-In-Love Ceremonies
Fashion Designer:  Brooklyn Tailors
Pre Ceremony Location:  Mondrian Hotel

[images from Justine Bursoni Photography]

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