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!
In a gorgeous setting in Hermann, Missouri, Alyson and Eric joined their lives together at Herman Hill on March 18, 2017. This venue has panoramic views overlooking the Missouri River and is perfect for stunning and memorable video and photography. Photographers Katie Zelles along with her sister Emily from Kathleen Mortland Photography, and our professional videographers from Applause Weddings, took advantage of these breathtaking views in capturing Alyson’s and Eric’s special day.
Alyson looked beautiful in her strapless ivory wedding dress which was adorned with gold threading and beading. She purchased her Allure designed gown from Bella Brides. Her attendants wore mauve pink with bronze beading bridesmaid dresses that Alyson said, “Were too beautiful to pass up”. Her ladies looked spectacular in these dresses they “couldn’t pass up” from Macy’s and Dillard’s department stores. Our Bride carried an elegant bouquet filled with hydrangeas, peonies, roses and eucalyptus leaves exquisitely designed by Terra Floral in Hermann, Missouri.
Eric and all of his attendants wore black tuxedos with ivory shirts they rented from Men’s Wearhouse, and of course, they were all very handsome in their wedding garb.
Loved ones witnessed the love this wonderful couple share with the exchange of wedding vows, officiated by Darrell Jung. The dazzling wedding rings that were exchanged during this ceremony the couple purchased from The Diamond Family in Manchester, Missouri. Alyson says, “I absolutely love my ring! I had nothing to do with the style and it came as a complete surprise! It is an oval cut diamond that sits on a twisted band of diamonds along with a single band that I received on our wedding day.”
Alyson welcomed tradition by including the “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” in her jewelry selection for this day. “My something blue was my sapphire ring that my parents gave to me for my sixteenth birthday! The something old and borrowed was my mother's tennis bracelet that was a gift from my father on one of their anniversaries.” I love when brides and grooms incorporate cherished heirlooms into their weddings because it makes the day just that much more special!
The color scheme that Our Bride and Groom chose for their wedding was simple and feminine. Gold and mauve pink with a lot of champagne colors mixed in graced every corner of the room. Wedding planner, Becki Krupp was a big help in creating a beautiful atmosphere for this celebration of love.
Our Couple chose our Monogram Lighting and Uplighting, which added a classy touch to the reception atmosphere, plus it is cool to see a new couple's name in lights!
The catering came from the venue, Hermann Hill. Alyson says, “The menu was a hit and extremely good. We added a 'late night snack' for our guests that was set out at 9pm that evening. It was a taco bar theme because in our marriage, we take our tacos and nachos very seriously ;)” Don’t we all?
The wedding cake was from Sugar and Spice Laura's Delights in Montgomery, Missouri. Alyson raved, “I absolutely loved the look of our cake! I highly recommend Laura at Sugar and Spice! She made my cake look so elegant.” It was a lemon tiered cake with and lemon filling, iced with ivory buttercream and few added flowers to match the bridal bouquets. The cake was simply finished with a gold "Love" cake topper.
“The groom's cake was really tasty as well! It was a sheet cake with a printed photo of our engagement session”, Alyson stated. The Groom needs his own cake, right?
Alyson used the site, The Knot, to help her plan this perfect day. She has a bit of advice for Brides-to-be, “One thing that I could recommend sounds extremely cliché, but I wish I had taken this advice more seriously when given to me. The advice was to slow down and enjoy the day. Nothing is perfect but by relaxing the day will come together more perfectly. Just smile, love and enjoy your new husband. I was uptight at moments when I should have let things happen and held on to the moments more. I wish I could go back as it just flew by. I am still sad at how quickly it was over. Just love and enjoy all your hard work.”
The dance floor was kept jumpin’ by our fantastic DJ here at Applause Weddings. And at the end of the night, everyone sent off our Newlyweds by having them walk through an aisle that was created by the guests holding sparklers! That was the makings for a very cool aerial shot taken with Applause Weddings’ drone camera for Our Couple’s awesome wedding video!
Here’s to Our Newlyweds, Alyson and Eric…may that spark always be burning in your hearts for each other!
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