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!
Alex and Chris were joined together in marriage on March 11th, 2017 at Our Lady of the Pillar in St. Louis, Missouri. What a beautiful backdrop this church made with all of the stunning marble appointments. Even more stunning was our Bride, Alex. She graced the aisle on the arm of her father, wearing a lovely Morilee by Madeline Gardner wedding dress in ivory and light gold with a ball gown silhouette and a v-neckline and back and sheer lace straps that she found at The Bridal Shoppe. She met her Groom at the altar, who was smashing in his black tux with a champagne vest and bowtie that he acquired from Men’s Wearhouse. Surrounding them were bridesmaids who were dressed in coordinating colors in wine and petal pink by designer Bill Levkoff, all found at The Bridal Shoppe, and groomsmen who sported black tuxedos with wine colored vests and bowties, all found at Men’s Wearhouse. What a great looking group!
The Bridal Bouquet was a glorious arrangement of marsala, ivory, and blush toned flowers provided by Roses and Mint.
Father Bob Jones performed a touching wedding ceremony, uniting this special couple with the promise and vows of marriage. Wedding rings were exchanged, which were bought at Shane Co., and the Bride was kissed! We had Newlyweds! You know what that means! It is time to celebrate!
The party moved to a beautiful chateau in the middle of France…not really! But it was in the middle of Pacific, Missouri right off of Historic Route 66 at an impressive venue, Silver Oaks Chateau. What made this venue more striking than it already is was the snow that had fallen that day, dusting the tree branches and ground with a glistening white beauty. It made for spectacular videography, of course by our company, Applause Weddings, and photography by Jason Winkeler Photography. The drone camera footage we videographed is spectacular, as you can see in the highlight video posted here.
Our Newlyweds danced into the venue, and then Alex’s dad, Thomas gave a wonderful toast to Alex and Chris, and it sounded like he has had plenty of practice being that he has five daughters! Maid of Honor, Casey and Best Man, David, followed with their toasts to Our Couple and then the festivities began!
Alex and Chris chose wine, blush, champagne and gold for the décor of the venue. The tables sparkled with centerpieces in gold mercury glass, fresh flowers, candles and lanterns.
A delightfully decorated four tier wedding cake had it all! Under its white frosting and fresh flower décor was a delicious almond cake with raspberry jam filling and chocolate cake with salted caramel filling, magnificently done by Kaked by Katie. The Groom’s Cake was strawberry cake with chocolate and vanilla filling. A bit of cake smashing happened to the faces of Our Newlyweds during the cake cutting, but who wouldn’t want this delectable goodness smeared on their face?
A scrumptious dinner was provided by Ces & Judy's. After bellies were full, the dancing began! Chris and Alex danced to "Say You Won't Let Go" by James Arthur", the Father and Bride Dance was to “My Wish" by Rascal Flatts, and the Mother and Groom Dance was to "A Mother's Song" by T. Carter Music. These dances create such special memories!
Queue music for the Bouquet and Garter Toss for more memories!
Everybody on the dance floor and boogie your heart out and have a great time celebrating! More memories!
It really is about the memories. That is why having a wedding and reception professionally videographed and edited is so very important. After months of planning, the stress, and the hard earned money spent for this one extraordinary day, it only makes sense to have the events documented to cherish forever! I am sure Alex and Chris are so glad they chose to do so!
Mr. and Mrs. Friedman, thank you for making Applause Weddings part of your memories!
June thirtieth, 2017 was not just an ordinary, sunny summer day. It was a day when an extraordinary couple, AJ and Caitlin, were joined in marriage in a beautiful outdoor ceremony at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel, overlooking the Missouri River in Washington, Missouri.
Caitlyn was stunning in her strapless two-piece Watters Daisy corset with added satin ivory buttons to the back and Watters Almira court length skirt, both in ivory. She found this gorgeous ensemble of a wedding dress at Mia Grace Bridal. Caitlin adorned her feet with Jewel Badgely Mischka Block Heels in Champagne (and brought a cool pair of Keds X Kate Spade Champion shoes in Rose Gold Glitter for dancing for later!) A sparkling band of rhinestones graced Caitlin’s waist and was just the perfect touch for her flowy dress. The Bride’s bouquet she carried was a mix white hydrangeas, light pink peonies, blush pink rose, ivory spray roses and assorted greens beautifully put together by Hillerman's Nursery and Florist. For Caitlin’s “Something Old”, she used garter that was handmade by her great aunt. Her “Something New and Something Blue” was a breathtaking sapphire and diamond tennis bracelet that her father gave her as a gift and “Something Borrowed” was earrings and a bracelet from two friends. This is one tradition that I particularly love because it is always such a personal touch that never can be duplicated from one bride to the next.
Caitlin’s Bridesmaids looked charming in their short, y-neck, crinkle chiffon dresses with a ruched bodice in a blush color that they purchased from David’s Bridal.
AJ looked so very handsome in the slim fit navy blue suit, white shirt and navy blue tie he bought from Suits 4 Men, and his Groomsmen were the perfect match for the groom in their navy blue suits, white shirts and ivory ties. Prior to the wedding, Caitlin’s dad shared a toast with the groom and groomsmen with a rare bottle of Scotch whiskey.
Our Bride chose to have two First Looks, the first with her father, who during the toasts said that when Caitlin was born, it was love at first sight. It was a beautiful moment between the two of them as her dad saw his little girl in her gorgeous wedding gown for the first time. The second First Look was special, as well. AJ took one look at his soon-to-be-wife and the look on his face is priceless…I believe her beauty took his breath away!
The wedding ceremony was performed by a friend of our Bride and Groom, Brian Webb. There didn’t seem to be a dry eye during the sweet vows that were exchanged by Caitlin and AJ. Caitlin described their first kiss together as being a kiss that changed her whole life. AJ promised Caitlin that he would always choose her. An exchange of rings that were purchased from Moritz Reusch Jewelry Inc. included a vintage look, white gold wedding band to compliment Caitlin’s sparkling white gold and diamond halo engagement ring. AJ’s ring was a traditional tungsten wedding band.
AJ kissed his new wife and it was time for the celebration to start! The venue was elegantly decorated with gold glitter tablecloth on the cake table, gold baleri mercury glass vase centerpieces with white hydrangeas, blush pink roses, ivory spray roses and assorted greens and gold Chiavari chairs at the main tables, a cute swag on the fireplace at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel with Our Couple’s initials and wedding date, and a sign on the fireplace mantle that said, “How Sweet it is to be Loved By You”.
Did someone say CAKE??? This pretty three tier, vanilla and chocolate cake, iced with white and adorned with pink carnations was made by the Emerald Baldwin, who was a bridesmaid and is AJ’s sister-in-law.
Food for the reception was provided by the caterers at The Vineyard at Riverbend Chapel.
AJ and Caitlin chose Chelsea Mueller Photography for all of their pics, and of course, used Applause Weddings for their videography!
When we asked Caitlin for some words to share with future Brides-to-be, she shared this with us, “The day of your wedding will fly by so quickly and everything will be one giant amazing blur in your mind. I strongly advise all couples to consider hiring a videographer along with their photographer! I'm so happy we did and we now have such an amazing video to look back on!”
Congrats, AJ and Caitlin Baldwin! May your lives be always filled with love and happiness!
Have you ever heard of a “Surprise Wedding”? Well, I can tell you that it was one of the most wonderful events and experiences that I have ever been a part of! My gorgeous sister, Julie, and my awesome new brother-in-law, Ali, were married on June 18th, 2017 on a perfect, sunny but not-too-hot-for-summer day at Haue Valley in Pacific, Missouri.
This whole wedding was a different take on, well, everything! You see, Ali planned the wedding…in a matter of six weeks! Yes! The GROOM planned it! Granted, he had a little help from me, Mandy and a handful of others, but his love for my sister meant that he wanted her to be stress-free on her wedding day and the weeks leading up to it.
It all started when Ali proposed to Julie in the beginning of May, 2017. Once Julie shared her wonderful news of becoming engaged to marry Ali, the wheels started turning! All of the sudden, within a couple of days, a wedding was being planned!
You see, Julie has never been one of those gals who have spent their entire life dreaming of her perfect wedding. Jokingly, when she was in her late teens, I recall her saying she wanted a renaissance themed wedding…with women wearing corsets and men having sword fights. In my head, all I could think of is sitting in a Medieval Times arena, having wenches bring me my food while the smell of horses wafted in my direction. Once she met Ali and they became a couple, I am sure she thought about marriage, but never really the wedding.
Once Ali presented Julie with the idea of him planning their wedding, she saw the absolute gift that she was being offered and said she was okay with not having full reign in the planning process. She mentioned the color scheme that she liked, and with that, Ali and his helpers went to town and the Best Day Ever was born!
It helps when you “know” people in the biz. Obviously, with our company being in the wedding DJ and videography business, we had that covered, but we also know many awesome vendors in the field. So many vendors wanted to be part of this “Surprise Wedding” that we had no problem making this day very special.
When I say surprise wedding, the plan was not to wake her up that morning, cart her to the venue, slap a dress on her and shove her down the aisle…I mean all that was planned was to be revealed to Julie that day. Ali told her what day they were to be wed, ordered invitations, and left no stone unturned when planning. Julie picked out her own wedding dress, but other than that, she had no idea what the venue was like, the décor, her bouquet…heck, she had no idea what I was going to wear, and I was her Matron of Honor! Throughout the day, from the time she arrived at Haue Valley, the reveals were scheduled for her…and it was awesome!
As Julie and Ali were preparing for the ceremony in their separate dressing rooms at Haue Valley, some of the fantastic reveals started taking place. First to be revealed was my bridesmaid dress, and the flower girl’s dress. I wore a vintage 50s style lace dress in red, and Emma, Julie’s niece and flower girl, wore a jewel embellished coral dress. She was starting to see how her vibrant color scheme was being incorporated, especially when she was presented with her bridal bouquet. As she opened her eyes after it was handed to her, Julie saw that this gorgeous bouquet was completely made from handcrafted paper flowers! Katherine Elizabeth Events is a paper florist who made every single stem of Julie’s bouquet, my bouquet, corsages and boutonnieres plus all of the flowers for the tables and the flowers that graced the wedding arbor. These look-alikes were exquisite in their peach, coral and red colors and were the ideal unique touch for such an extraordinary and special bride!
Once Julie and Ali had donned their wedding best, they were separately escorted to the entrance of Haue Valley for their First Look. Ali looked sharp in his gray tuxedo, ivory vest, and aqua tie as he stood by the large gate awaiting his Bride. His tuxedo was provided by Savvi Formalwear, as well as his groomsman’s tux. When it was time, Julie walked to Ali and placed her hand on his shoulder as he faced away from her. Upon his turning around, his gaze was on Julie, who was absolutely stunning in her ivory, ball gown style wedding dress she bought online from Dresslily.com. Her dress had a “vintage” appeal, with its three-quarter length sleeves and chapel length train, along with lace appliques and well placed buttons in the front and the back of this beauty. Of course, I was privy to the dress before she bought it and one look at the pictures of it online and I knew it was the dress for Julie! In lieu of a veil, Julie chose to adorn her up-do with pretty floral barrettes.
VSM Event Creations took great care with the final touches to ensure all was perfect in the venue and at the ceremony site, which made the day more enjoyable and stress free for family and friends who would usually be in charge of these things.
Next to be revealed was the venue. Julie was led into the reception area and saw the most beautiful wedding reception décor she has ever seen! The tears flowed as she was introduced to all of the intricate details that Ali planned for her from the Monogram and Uplighting that Applause Weddings provided, the movie themed seating charts and the popcorn cart provided by BAM Party Rentals, our family’s wedding pictures on the huge wooden mantle, the striking glassware and paper flower décor on the tables, and so much more! As Ali took her from detail to detail, she commented on how beautiful the venue was and even remarked, “It’s ME!”
Next to be revealed was the wedding ceremony area, which produced more tears for Julie. This venue is stunning on its own and with the décor that was used and in the colors that were chosen, the place was breathtaking. I told her after she saw how beautiful everything was, “This is the wedding you never knew you wanted!”
Applause Weddings provided ceremony music, videography and DJ services for this special day, of course!
Officiant Reverend Doug Robison performed the wedding, which included a Handfasting Ceremony. Julie and Ali recited vows, exchanged rings and were pronounced Husband and Wife! The Bride was kissed and the celebration began!
Photography was by Chameleon Imagery and Be Lovely Photography, and with a beautiful couple and the pretty scenery that surrounds Haue Valley, Julie and Ali’s wedding photos turned out spectacular!
A delicious meal was provided by Graze, toasts to our Newlyweds were made and everyone danced in merriment until this glorious day had to come to an end, but not before Julie sang “Faithfully” to Ali in her remarkable voice.
I must say, this day will forever be one of my absolute favorites and it could not have been pulled off without all of the wonderful vendors who participated. Hats off to you all…you helped make “The Wedding Julie Didn’t Know She Wanted” the most beautiful, stress free, incredibly special day for two very important people in my life!
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