There is nothing like The Jewel Box in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri. This art deco style building that was built in 1936 and has changed some over recent years to serve as a wedding venue. It is a beautiful place to be married, which is exactly what Mitchell and Amanda did on September 3rd, 2017.
With plenty of natural light streaming through all of the glass walls, this made for a picture-perfect setting for these two love-birds to be joined as husband and wife. Mitch waited amongst the lush greenery inside The Jewel Box for his dazzling bride to walk down the aisle. He wore a sharp gray Allure suit with an ivory vest, navy tie and light brown shoes he found at Savvi Formalwear. His face lit up when he set eyes on his bride for the first time as Amanda was walked down the aisle by her dad.
Amanda looked stunning in her sleeveless mermaid-style wedding gown, sparkling with sequins and beads. What was so unique about Amanda’s wedding dress was the ornate lace in somewhat of a “butterfly-esque” detail that made up the back of the bodice. She found her dress at Bridals by Jodi in Charlston, South Carolina. Amanda chose for her traditional “Something Old” her mother-in-law’s handkerchief she used on her wedding day, her “Something New” was her wedding dress, shoes, and jewelry, her “Something Borrowed” was her wedding veil. Her “Something Blue” was her undergarments. You know I love this tradition, right? They are always different and unique!
Mexico Road Florist created spectacular arrangements for Amanda and her Attendants. The Bride’s Bouquet consisted of a hand tied modified cascade of cream hydrangeas, peach roses, orange spray roses, white roses, burgundy cremones, and seeded eucalyptus. Amanda’s beautiful Bridesmaids wore long marine blue dresses they found at David’s Bridal. The girls picked varying styles of dresses: some were strapless, had cap sleeves or one shoulder sleeve detail. Their bouquets were also hand tied style with cream hydrangeas, peach spray roses, orange spray roses, orange dahlias and gunny eucalyptus. All of the bright colors played beautifully against their dark blue dresses!
Officiant Jim Peich performed a touching wedding ceremony, joining Our Couple in marriage. Applause Weddings provided audio for the ceremony. While wedding vows were exchanged with friends and family surrounding Mitch and Amanda, the love that our Bride and Groom have for each other radiated from each of them! During their wedding ring ceremony, they exchanged rings that they found at Arcobosso Jewelers. Amanda’s exquisite engagement ring has a round diamond solitaire centered on a diamond band with two sparkling wedding bands on each side. Mitch’s ring is a very masculine black tungsten and titanium creation with silver tapered edges.
Once Mitch kissed his stunning bride, it was time to move on to the Heart of St. Charles Ballrooms to celebrate!
The Ballroom was decked out with white tablecloths and white chair covers with navy sashes. Three different types of centerpieces adorned the tables: one was floral rings with cream hydrangeas, burgundy cremons, peach spray roses and orange roses. Another was Eiffel Tower vases with white hydrangeas, burgundy cremons, peach roses, orange roses and gunny eucalyptus. The third centerpiece was hurricane vases with candles surrounded by orange rose petals. It looked magnificent!
After toasts were made to Our Newlyweds, it was time for our Applause Wedding’s DJ to crank it up! The couple and their loved ones had a great time celebrating the union of these two special people!
Mitch and Amanda chose Stephanie Bannon Photography for their still photos, and of course, Applause Weddings for their videography! Credit to Stephanie Bannon Photography for the photos displayed in this blog post. They are great photos, don’t you think?
Amanda used The Knot for inspiration and wedding planning, and she did a superb job! She put together a beautiful wedding and reception! Amanda shared some great advice! She told us, “Never sweat the small stuff! Try to plan with plenty of time so you can enjoy the planning process. Always listen to other for advice and opinions, but remember that it’s your day and to do what you want! Take a step back from ceremony and reception take a mental screen shot to look at all the friends and family that are surrounding your with their love!”
Congrats to Amanda and Mitch! Thanks for having us be part of your special day!
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO
Creating a wedding video is a building process. Each scene you see in one of our highlight videos is made from individual building blocks. Sometimes it takes several blocks to create one scene. Therefore, some shots we will take as they occur, and others we will give you directions of what to do in order to get enough blocks to make the scenes complete.
We help you make a schedule of your whole day so we can get all of the footage we need for a spectacular finished product…YOUR Wedding Video! Scheduling all of the shots helps make your day run smoothly. But remember, videography takes longer than photos. Let your schedule breathe. Don’t expect to fit everything in too tightly, it will only cause you stress.
Here is a great example of our Videography!
We tag along with your photographer until we have the amount of footage we need. Some shots are staged, some are shot with our awesome drone…but know we may not film every photoshoot location since those are static…we go for the action shots! We will take some shots as the photographer poses you and your wedding party. We will occasionally ask you and your wedding party to perform some actions to help us build great video scenes, but we will do our best not to interrupt the time your photographer needs for photos. Oh, and always notify your photographer that you have hired us to video your wedding!
If you choose, we can use audio of you and your fiancé reading letters you have written to each other in your video to use as a voiceover! What a special touch this can be to the video of your Special Day!
We love First Looks! It allows you to have much more photo and video time without making guests wait around at the reception. We have a unique method for filming these using our drones and other cameras, and it turns out to be a very special moment that we get to document between the two of you before the wedding! Sometimes, the Bride chooses to have a First Look with their father…imagine what a tear jerker that can be!
We use several cameras set up to achieve shots from various angles and allow us to edit together the best possible presentation of your ceremony as it occurred. We promise not be a nuisance during the ceremony with constant movement, and we will respect all church rules as communicated to us.
One camera will be positioned at the end of the aisle until the final entrance of the processional. It will then move to the center aisle. Your photographer usually shoots next to this camera, but we will accommodate one movement for them to get a full length aisle shot. Grooms and Officiants will be asked to wear a lapel mic. It is very discreet. This allows us to get great audio of all of the vows and other exchanges!
We will film full length scenes of Grand Entry, Toasts, Cake Cutting, Specialty Dances, and the Bouquet & Garter toss. These longer scenes will be shown your Long Version of your Reception, while shorter cuts will be in your Highlights video.
During the rest of the party, we will film various scenes of your guests dancing and enjoying the party. The more that the newlyweds are on the dance floor themselves, the more footage will be included, so don't be shy, get out there and shake it!
Applause Weddings is constantly striving to put out the best product, YOUR Wedding Video. With twenty-plus years of experience and using only the most high-tech equipment, we are able to film and edit these special moments of your life into something that is memorable and can be revisited forever!
It seems we have all have been to a wedding where we have witnessed some (ahem) unsavory behavior from people that were hired to DJ their once-in-a-lifetime event. I know I have been to many! From just basic unprofessional behavior, like showing up late, showing up with a boombox as their “set-up” (I am not kidding!), wearing clothes that looked like they slept in, and having an “I am just here to play music…” attitude, not lifting a finger to keep the event organized and running smoothly. These are all reasons why everyone at Applause is committed to providing service that exceeds your expectations!
In order to achieve your utmost satisfaction, we take time coordinating much of the event in advance, so you can have that stress-free day you have been dreaming about! From keeping your timeline running along to keeping your guests on the dance floor and having a blast, we will be at your side from start to finish!
Every DJ package includes a professional, awesome sound system in amazing condition, fun and exciting dance floor lighting, a separate wireless microphone for those toasting or speaking so the DJ can MC and keep the flow by announcing what is next, and of course, an Applause DJ who has gone through extensive training to ensure they know just what it takes to play the right music, at the right times, to make your party a smashing success! We choose the best folks for our growing staff and they represent Applause with integrity!
What is the best playlist for your party? Honestly, there is no "One-Size-Fits-All" answer. Every party is as unique as the guests in attendance. A DJ can always use a few suggested songs from you as a guide, and from there, our DJ's "secret weapons" are talent and experience when it comes to getting a dance floor popping. Even parties that end up having similar playlists won’t have the songs played in the same order or at the same times because each crowd has a different ebb and flow to their energy. Starting off with classic crowd favorites can mean getting the older generation on the dance floor early on, since they are typically the first to go home from the event. Transitioning through a few different genres can really give a DJ the feel for what the crowd is into the most. You might hear Disco, 80s, 90s, Country, Classic Rock, or Hip Hop until our DJ hits what brings up the energy of your guests. Of course, a good dose of new hits is always needed, as well as a sprinkling of romantic slow dances. Of course, the easiest way to know what will really bring your guests out on the dance floor is by taking requests! Finding out directly from the crowd what song they're dying to "bust a move" to is a sure fire way to get them up on their feet.
As with all of our clients, we will have you fill out a survey in our client portal prior to your event. This gives us information to create a DJ agenda and a script to use for your event. We want your day to be perfect, and this information ensures that the execution of your timeline will be as seamless as possible. Some of the information we ask for are what your song choices are for all of the ceremonial aspects of your reception, like the Grand Entry and Specialty Dances. We also like to have a list of songs you would like us to play as well as those songs you just couldn’t bear to hear on your special day! We don’t ask you to make a list of every song for the entire party…that is what you hired us and trust us to do! Our DJs know how to read the crowd and adjust the playlist according to their response and energy.
We know you have choices when planning your Special Day. You have meticulously planned every detail for months, and possibly years! You have already bought that stunning wedding gown, the tux has been found, the venue has been procured, each flower for the bridal bouquet has been chosen, the wedding cake style and flavors picked, and all of the things that will make your day shine like no other. Allow Applause Weddings to do what we do best so you can celebrate with your loved ones…stress-free!
And don’t forget, we have awesome DJ and Videography Packages!
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