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!
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