Lauren always knew she wanted to get married in Saint Louis. In that vein, they chose to hold the ceremony and reception at a classic St. Louis venue, the Busch Estate on Grant’s Farm. The bride grew up in Saint. Louis, and took many field trips to Grant’s Farm, and the Big House on the Busch Estate and is full of Saint Louis history. It also didn’t hurt that 2019 was the first year the Saint Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins to win the Stanley Cup! Despite this rivalry, the Boston guests fell in love with Saint Louis too. Did I forget to mention the groom is from Boston, ha!
It was important to greet all the out of town guest with Saint Louis love from the moment they arrived. The welcome party was themed “Meet me in St. Louie”. They wanted to make sure they had a great time from welcome party to farewell brunch with special touches along the way.
The Theme: St. Louis!
On Thursday night they held a welcome party themed “Meet Me in St. Louie” at Bar Louie. The family decorated the space with Clydesdales, St. Louis Blues, and St. Louis Cardinals gear. Many of their guests took advantage of visiting the Anheuser Busch Brewery as well where they got to sample Budweiser beer made the day of our wedding. Just prior to our rehearsal at the Estate, the bridal party took a trolley through Grant’s Farm to see some of the 100 species that live on their 273 acre farm.
There are so many beautiful pictures from this wedding, we decided to break it down for you. Below you can swoon over the details & ceremony photos taken by Mike Cassimatis.
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The main invitation was printed with a combination of letterpress & foil press with a custom drawling of the venue on a vellum overlay, tied together with dusty blue silk ribbon. The designer created a custom monogram incorporating the iconic Clydesdale. The stamps were cohesive to the suite by special touches of the bride & groom’s rescue dog, Bodie. The envelopes were a dusty blue with a calligraphy to match the suite. The wax seal also featured their monogram on the outside of the envelope.
Custom Galia Lahav Gia with “secret sparkle” layer and matching cathedral veil
Vera Wang with a “party” veil (2nd dress)
Shoes- Jimmy Choo
Jewelry (Lauren’s something borrowed/blue was my maternal grandmother’s sapphire ring that has been worn for 3 generations in her family, every bride has worn in on her wedding day)
St. Louis themed Welcome Boxes for guests upon arrival complete with gooey butter cake and billy goat chips!
White ranunculus, white snowberry, and contrasting greenery using eucalyptus and gardenia foliage. The grooms boutonniere was elevated using white veronica and echinops for added texture. All the boutonnieres were wrapped in Pantone Serenity blue ribbon.
Custom Navy suits with inside liner that all groomsmen got to select
Suits from Joseph Bank
The bridesmaids wore all different styles (that they chose) Joanna August in Morning Dew.
Venue: Busch-Estate, St. Louis, Missouri
Classic Midwest romantic garden inspired bouquet overflowing with white florals, contrasting greenery and texture. Lush peonies, garden roses, dahlias, ranunculus, and astilbe were used accented with gardenia foliage, eucalyptus and dusty miller. The bridal bouquet was elevated with delicate touches of cosmos, veronica, astilbe, tweedia and miniature white phalaenopsis orchids. To add a nod to the Pantone color Serenity the bouquet was enhanced ever so slightly with echinops. And to add dimension and contrast navy viburnum dentatum berry was used.
Mike Cassimatis Photo
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Nuage Design Inc (linens)
Berrybridge (Bridal Dress)
The Mix Music (entertainment)
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