What do you do once you get engaged? A question most soon to be brides ask themselves after the big question is popped. We are currently in the middle of engagement season as we see new trends being revealed for the upcoming year. I am really excited about the 2019 pantone. This year we are seeing a lot of the pastel colors enhanced and enriched by a live coral look, which is seen in this design that I created. This is also what we are seeing right now with dress wear. Many trend setters such as Vera wang and Monique Lhuillier are making their wave with this bridal trend as they are able to explore more movement and color. A coral color can be hard to use, but with multiple variations of the color, you can bring in some texture and heights to give the look a good balance. I’m a big fan of a good linen. I brought in a couple of unique linens to show how much they can make a difference. A little bit of texture was added to this design, as you can see we have a low lush floral piece, so I wanted to balance it out and bring it to life by using a napkin with the same pantone color, coral. We are lucky this year because peony’s always come in coral or a pastel pink color and what bride doesn’t love a good peony.
Engagement season is a real thing! Since it is in the middle of engagement season, we see the most amount of engagements happens at this time of year from November to February. Most engagements happen around the holidays, usually right at Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Some even happen around thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. Even though it’s exciting to start the planning process, my biggest advice for the newly engaged couple would be to relax and enjoy spending time with friends and family. Have an engagement party and celebrate because this time spent should be focused all about the couple. After you spend time enjoying with friends and family start talking to your fiancé and figure out what your budget and guest count is going to be. After figuring out the budget and guest count, your next step is figuring out what kind of wedding you want to have. Do you want to have a winery wedding, downtown wedding or a destination wedding? Make sure everyone is on board and you have that talk with your fiancé and family before giving us a call because us wedding planners will ask all of those questions! It’s one of those things were some girls have been planning their wedding since they were eight years old and some girls just really have no idea. The services that wedding planners offer differ for each planner. The good thing about St. Louis is that we have really good talented planners. Some do just month of, some do design, and some do full planning. My best advice is to really do your research and give a couple of them a call to ask about pricing and packaging and what their services are. You are going to spend a long time with your planner so make sure you like us and are able to form that relationship with us from the beginning.
We are over the moon excited to share with you this romantic St. Louis Fall wedding. We had the honor of working with an amazing team to make this wedding for Leslie and Tyler at the Chase Park Plaza a dream come true. The inspiration behind the look consisted of a wine and silver blue palette with accents of greenery and lush floral to create the most breath taking atmosphere. With no details left behind, some of our favorite components consisted of St. Louis’s one and only Cheree Berry Paper. The saying “the invitation sets the tone of the wedding,” never rang more true. With details such as, watercolor, vellum, letterpress, foil, calligraphy, textures and dimensions left guests with anticipation as to what the day had to unfold.
Leslie wanted her hair and make up to match the feeling of evening. Danielle Styles did not disappoint and was able to give her just that by adding a berry lip color that matched the bridesmaids bouquets. Setting a classic comfort tone, the bridesmaids wore soft grey silk dresses while the groomsmen wore simple black suits with bowties to blend in with the classic romantic theme.
Next up, florals! The bride’s bouquet was made of all white flowers and magnolia leaves to highlight the season. We included gardenias in her bouquet as a nod to her grandmother. The bouquet smelled fantastic, even the groomsman took note. Tyler wore a simple white ranunculus with navy privet berries. With the soft tones of the wedding party, we wanted to highlight the vibrant Fall florals. With looser arrangements of the wine and peached colored florals tied with lots of greenery and silk ribbons, it was by far one of my favorite looks.
Take a look for yourself of this enchanting affair!
The shoes were a must have… Stunning magnolia bouquet!
Cakes designed by Cakery, swoon worthy!
Lucky in love favors (who doesn’t love a chance of hitting the jack pot!)
Wedding Planner: Kristin Ashley Events
Linens: Nuage Designs
Church: St. Louis Basilica
Venue: Chase Park Plaza
Hair & Make Up: Danielle Styles
Decor: Exclusive Events
Videographer: Gaadt Video
Photographer: Clary Pfeiffer Photography
Paper Goods: Cheree Berry Paper
Floral: Poppies Design studio
Instrumental: Rosewood Ensemble
Band: 4 A Good Time Call
We are so honored to be apart of the first exclusive wedding registry event for St. Louis’s, Crate & Barrel location. Being able to work with Heather Roth Photography, 23 City Blocks Catering, Flawless Makeup, ShutterBooth St. Louis, The Cakery Bakery, Cheree Berry Paper, and The Rosewood Ensemble was a treat. Crate & Barrel Wedding Registry reached out to our team, Kristin Ashley Events, to create a Spring inspired design to get couples jazzed about registering for their big day! Each and every one of these vendors brought their creativity to the table giving these couples such beautiful wedding inspirations. Below is a showcase of all the hard work that went into this wedding registry inspiration and will hopefully continue to inspire soon to be brides.
For more on this event, check out the Crate and Barrel Blog
Owner, Kristin Weis and Senior Planner, Jessica Moore put the finishing touches on the table scape. Oh, not to mention the awesome swag bags full of goodies couples got to tote home 🙂
Cheree Berry Paper showcased paper goods for all occasions, anything from wedding invites, shower invites, thank you cards, and day of paper goodies!
Heather Roth Photographer captured pictures of the event, her work is total frame worthy!
Jen, with Flawless Makeup and Hair assisted brides with picking the perfect lip palette for their big day!
23 City Blocks did a number with their food and beverage stations. They are an award winning catering company that brings a true creative flare to the table.
Poppies Design Studio created a “build your own bouquet station” with every floral brides dream of… girls got to leave with their very own bridal bouquet mock up with all their favorite lush florals!
Rosewood Ensemble put us in the wedding mood with a classical string quartet playing all of our favorite wedding music…
Cakery was the icing on the cake, bringing their special icing (yes you can buy JUST the icing) and samples of their cake to nibble on as they walked the store.
THANKS SAINT LOUIS #CRATEWEDDING TEAM!
Planner Kristin Ashley Events
Catering 23 City Blocks
Bakery The Cakery Bakery
Photographer Heather Roth Photography
Photo Booth ShutterBooth St. Louis
Paper Design Cheree Berry Paper
Makeup Flawless Makeup
Entertainment Rosewood Ensemble
Happy Valentine’s Day! Looove is in the air 🙂
A St. Louis wedding planner heads to the South!
We’ve all heard about Charleston, South Carolina being one of the top destination locations in Dixie to get married. It’s everything a bride dreams of, large oak trees with Spanish moss, quaint pastel buildings, southern comfort food, and town that truly has a heart of gold. It was my pleasure to get to work with the loveliest Chicago couple, James and Jackie for their August, 2017 wedding. Their destination wedding was straight out the Notebook (ok maybe James isn’t exactly like Noah, but he’s close). It was a small and intimate affair. The guest count topped out at 100 guests, a wedding party that consisted of just their siblings, and an intimate catholic ceremony that brought us all to tears.
The bride wanted everything to be simple, elegant and well charming. The William Aiken House on the famous Kings Street was the perfect match, with vibrant colored walls, antique furniture, we put the finishing touches out in white. It was truly a wedding that will forever be timeless. On of the many things I love about destination weddings is that everyone gets to know each other, it’s like the friends of friends become family of the family. If there is one thing I can say, wedding planning in South was a real treat for me.
If you follow me on social media, you know how connected I get to my clients. This wedding is no exception. I met this special couple through their dear friend, Clay Styles. Clay is the guy that wears many hats but one of which is wedding guest extraordinaire. I have yet to find a guy that enjoys a good wedding like myself, but he is one of them. I am forever grateful that he introduced me to Jackie and James. They have this relationship we all envy; lots of laughter, love, and just down right great people.
A trolley in the South, yes please!
The beautiful William Aiken House
Chandeliers and venetian statues for days
These families <3
Dad’s…. they’re the best
Thanks Clay 🙂
When Grandpa gets all the guys to serenade the bride!
Sweetest couple ever…
Kristin Ashley Events, planner
Ashley Seawell, photography
William Aikens House, venue
St. Mary’s of the Annunciation, church
PPHG catering, catering
Snyder Events, rentals
Out of the Garden, Floral
Chris Dodson, Entertainment
Vanity Hair and Makeup
Upstairs at Midtown, Rehearsal Dinner
I just love it when a spark of inspiration and a year of planning comes to life! I met Cathleen and Michael shortly after their engagement in St. Louis. Cathleen was a born and raised Southern girl who wanted to bring her roots (and most of her guests) to the Midwest! The bride and groom got married in July with a guest count of just over 200 and told everyone to …. MEET ME IN ST LOUI for their St. Louis wedding with a touch of Southern Flair 😉
When it came to designing we wanted to create something that was show stopping, jaw dropping and well a little bit of bling. Everything from the bridesmaids dresses, table linens, to the backdrop off the band stage, hints of sparkle was spread throughout the day. Dogwood Blossom stationery, had a mix of looks but everything was cohesive with the Old Hollywood Glam theme. One thing I loved was how important the ceremony was to the couple! They went all out with music and a heartfelt homily. When guests arrived to the reception, flapper girls assisted with escort cards, special quotes picked out by the bride and groom spread through the room, and a champagne tower just to start the evening. They sang and danced the night away with Chicago’s finest band, TCSquare with a second line and rally towels. These guys came to party…
For more of this St. Louis wedding at the Peabody Opera House, be sure to check out their feature on Southern Wedding’s Blog
Cathleen’s details could go on for days! Mike Cassimatis Photography certainly had enough to photograph that’s for sure! The bride dazzled in not one but two dresses, a something borrowed/blue that had all our heads turning and a sweet gift from the groom.
The bride had the most adorable relationship with her parents. She wanted to head to the church in a Rolls Royce with mom and dad, love!
The couple had the most amazing wedding ceremony at St. Louis’s one and only Cathedral Basilica. Guests got to listen to the most enchanting music; string quartet, full choir, cantor and trumpet!
The bride had two sisters that previously got married and treated a boat ride in their hometown in Florida. It was important to keep the tradition going with a boat tour at Riverboat Cruises downtown St. Louis.
A touch of ld Hollywood glam to welcome guests into cocktail hour at the Peabody Opera House. Yes, that’s a flapper girl holding custom escort cards… fun!
A color palette of white, gold and blush with touches of natural greens They wanted to take a modern look of the roaring 20’s and make a serious impact! This jaw dropping look was designed to ahh…
A champagne tower for the win!
A designed stage for the band by Exclusive Events. We brought in the perfect band from Chicago, TCSquare for this St. Louis wedding!
A way to bring in their New Orleans flair was creating Cafe Beignet! After dinner we opened the cafe with a chef from Cafe Ventana onsite to make fresh beignets and a barista to make any latte you desire!
Let’s get sketched, a caricature station!
We passed out custom rally towels for guests to wave around for the second line!
Every detail was left untouched, guests left with a shot of love… the first drink the bride and groom shared together… oh and can’t forget about the late night snack to go!
Take the sparkler exit to another level… Vendors
Kristin Ashley Events, wedding planner
Mike Cassimatis, photography
Juniper Films, videography
Peabody Opera House, venue
Festive Couture, floral
Exclusive Events, decor
Aries Rental Company, Rentals
Nuage Design, Linens
Beat Mix Music, TCSquare
Dogwood Blossom, Stationery
Oh So Vivant, Photo Booth
Rosewood Ensemble, Ceremony Music
If you’ve held a conversation with me for more than five minutes, you know I love weddings and yoga. I have met some of the most inspiring people through yoga and Erin Motz (Edwards) is no exception. About four years ago, I went to one of her “Bad Yogi” workshops in a small town just outside of St. Louis. After an incredible yoga class and a 30-minute one-on-one conversation, we followed each other on social media and vowed to share love and support for each other’s growing business.
So you can imagine my excitement and surprise when years later, I heard from Erin, informing me that she got engaged to the French Man (Thibaud) in New York with big wedding plans for (deep breath)… Nice, France (insert butterflies). You can see their adorable engagement story here
Surrounded by just 30 of their closest friends and family at a private Chateau in Grasse, France, these two made a wedding planners dream come true. After planning weddings for over eight years, it’s been a dream to travel the world and orchestrate weddings (big and small). One person who has followed me from the beginning of my business (love and support) is my dad and I couldn’t imagine having an opportunity like this and not take him with me. You got it, Ed packed his bags and went along for the ride… don’t worry I put him to work.
From the moment we arrived we were packing those tiny European cars with everything you could imagine and drove about an hour west of Nice (so upset I couldn’t enjoy all the views, my motion sickness kicked it full force). Upon our arrival was the most beautiful Chateau you’ve ever seen, St. Georges. We got out of the car and surrounding us was lavender, hydrangea bushes, garden roses, 75* weather and a scenery that I can say is every girls dream. It was like I died and went to wedding planner heaven…
With days of activities (games for all), food (pizza food trucks!), speeches (some of the best speeches I’ve ever heard), and love… lots and lots of love. I can say that this will be one of the most memorable wedding I will not only plan but attend. Just days leading up to the wedding, I got the opportunity to go over all the details (big or small) with Erin and Thibaud. Let’s just say Erin is happy go lucky, true yogi (never stop smiling/happy as a clam) and Thibaud is super organized and what we like to call “on it!” But the one thing I heard over and over from the both of them, was that they wanted everyone to really enjoy themselves. They thought of everything; what food everyone would like, the music played (even during the welcome party), activities/excursions, you name it, they thought of it. My dad even turned to me and said, “Kristin, don’t mess this up!” I couldn’t help to think… Wow, this is the first time dad has ever seen me really work! If there is one thing I know, it’s weddings. At one point I saw a little tear in his eye at the reception and all I could think was…he gets it.
You can read more highly recommend from Erin herself on her blog BadYogi
You can also see more from the very so talented photographer Wild Roses
Erin’s jewelry was on point! Lots of which were gifts from her dashing groom and her mother in law… stunning!
Let’s discuss this dress can we… a one of a kind Kenneth Pool
I honestly didn’t know if she was going to make it to her first look… the girl is just as emotional as I am… but of course I say it’s a good thing (except when she needs her makeup to stay) ha
Overlooking the French Riviera…. swoon
When a groom says his vows…. grab your tissues.
Yup, I put my dad in charge of collecting cell phones…. he was super excited about this job… job well done!
Happy 4th of July for all the American’s who came!
The families were the best!
This is what life looks like when you’ve been married 60 years… I LOVE THIS PIC!
I could not be more grateful for this moment captured… I love my brides, I really do.
The day after… we brunch… and take an awesome tour of Grasse!
Venue: Saint Georges, Grasse
Photographer Wildroses Studio
Videographer: Rec Video Editing
Florist: Maud Creation Florale
Catering: De Bouche en Bouche
Lights/Music: DJ Marriage Nice
It was so fun yesterday hanging out on the news set at Fox News St. Louis for a morning segment with Lisa Hart on upcoming wedding trends! Below are some of the extended topics that we wanted to go a little more in detail … because we all know three minutes of talking just isn’t enough for me!
Wedding Trends! It’s all about creating an experience for guests these days. We are seeing an increase in budget these days and lowering guest count because our brides and grooms want to create a great time from the beginning until the end. You might think, well Kristin, what does that mean?! How can we do that? Do we need a million dollar budget to do this? The answer is quite simple… hire a great planner and we can make it happen for you… (ps no you don’t need a million dollar budget either). OK, so I might get a little Dr. Phil here and ask, what are your interest, what do you like to do as a couple, where do you eat, whatever the answer is… will help us create an unforgettable wedding for you AND your guests! One thing that I love to do to WOW your guests at a ceremony is giving the the ultimate music with not only an organ and strings but a trump and choir. I promise you, your guests will have goosebumps! Not sure what to do after the ceremony? How about getting shuttles and taking your guests to Ted Drewes ice cream, or a tour of St. Louis on a trolley, maybe even a river boat tour on the Becky Thatcher! Next up for cocktail hour, lets be honest, our guests are ready for a cocktail at this point. So let’s get them a lavender infused French 77 or maybe another specialty drink like a lemon shake up. Another area you can jazz up are your place cards, it doesn’t have to be on paper, we can hang it, stick it, put it on mirrors, the options are endless… Ring the cow bell, we are ready for dinner (kidding). A huge thing right now is brussels sprouts! Yes, jazz it up and put it on a plate! Even though a sit down dinner is what you expect at most weddings, make it more intimate and give them stations or family style! This will give your guests the opportunity to talk to more than just those next to them at the table too! Ok no more small talk (literally), a lot of guests are opting out of doing multiple toasts at weddings and offering their closest friends and family to speak at the rehearsal dinner instead. Don’t worry, we will make sure dad gets his shinning moment! Now, it’s time for what we’ve all been waiting for… DANCING! This is the time to bring your reception to life! Some hot new things are the cigar rolling station, donut walls, bourbon bar (that’s for all you Southern folks), and lately we have adding some fun new things like a cafe (we actually brought in a barista!), caricature station, chocolate the list goes on… but the key is to make it YOU! Don’t just do something because it’s trendy and you want to get the most hits on Pinterest. We want you to love it too…
Destination Weddings! The Kristin Ashley Events team racked up some serious miles with a total of 8 destination weddings. We have traveled overseas to the Caribbean, East Coast-West Coast, even the South of France! It’s a hot thing to do right now… so if you are up for planning a party on a beach or in a chateau – we got you covered!
The Look! Let’s be honest, we will always hear about gold, ivory and blush… however we are seeing a lot of blue hues, greens (tons of greenery), and your oh so classic Southern Living style all white. Be sure to add some textures though to help break up your whites. Think outside the box of your typical peony, ranunculus, hydrangea, fluffy flower… this time ask your florist what they have been dying to try out and let them roll with it! When it comes to linens, we are seeing a lot of velvet, pretty yummy 😉
Don’t Stress– I saved the best for last, how to destress on your wedding day. First and foremost, hire a wedding planner. Ask yourself before picking up the phone, what are my wants and needs. There are lots of great wedding planners these days and its important to pick one from either from start to finish, your Full Planning or that last month to pull it together, your Month of Coordination. Before pulling the trigger, ask yourself, do I trust this person with my special day… and if you say yes. That’s your pick! Go with your gut.. it won’t fail you! Don’t mind me when I say, we are worth our wait in gold 😉 Last but not least… here at Kristin Ashley Events, we offer morning yoga for your wedding. What better way to start your day with a little stretching, breathing and connecting with your besties.
Hair & Makeup: Savanah Summer
Floral: Poppies Design Studio
Rentals: Aries Rental Company
Paper: Cheree Berry Paper