Matt + Suzanne: classic elegance (Part II)

In the last post: Matt + Suzanne: tribute to a tradition, we featured a styled shoot on a beautiful Spring day in May, with vintage-styled elements and apple blossoms in bloom!

Now I take you to Part II

Let’s transition from an uncharacteristically warm day in the early Spring to an uncharacteristically warm day in Late Fall.  October 22, 2011 to be exact.                        The setting: St Louis…

There was lot’s going on that day in St. Louis, the Cardinals were playing game 3 of the World Series, it was Parents Weekend at Washington University, and of course…         Matt and Suzanne were getting married!

Sherry Rosenberger of Metropolitan Picture Company perfectly captured the exquisite details of the day.  Every heartfelt moment was magically translated into the photos.

engraved invitations by the talented Kara Gordon of Chicago’s Magnificent Milestones

Suzanne’s gorgeous lace gown by San Patrick

the lovely and proud mother of the bride!  oh and — the Jimmy Choo’s speak for themselves!

the gents..

10 bridesmaids and 10 groomsmen – now that’s a wedding party!

Suzanne let the bridesmaids pick their own black dress – in any style, fabric or length – how cool is that?

This dress was made for Suzanne – ahhh I just love a cap sleeve gown

now off to the Shrine of St. Joseph to get married!

timeless, historic and classic – perfect for Matt and Suzanne’s traditional ceremony!

classic Matt and Suz!

and… they’re married!!

off to the reception 🙂

the incredible venue at night – Forest Park World’s Fair Pavilion

I loved the way we paired the ivory linen with the black chiavari chair – and the how the cake reflected the colors and style of the room

Suzanne, Matt and their guests enjoyed a night of fun, family and friends… along with delicious food, a fantastic band…and an incredible space filled with beauty, love and joy – it was one of my favorite weddings to date!

One last thing I would like to leave you with …

a tribute to a tradition…


All images by: Metropolitan Picture Company

Caterer: Pairings  Florist: Wildflowers Band: Arvell & Company  Bakery: Lubeley’s Bakery Dress Boutique: Bella Bianca Invitations: Magnificent Milestones

Matt + Suzanne: tribute to a tradition (Part I)

Suzanne is not only one of my prettiest friends, but one of the funniest people I know!  So of course when she got engaged to her charming husband, Matt – I was so excited to help them plan their wedding!  Family is so important to Suzanne – so she and Matt decided to get married in her home town of St. Louis at the coveted Forest Park Worlds Fair Pavilion.  The Pavilion itself, has so much charm and history – she knew she wanted to incorporate those classic elements into her wedding theme. (see Part II)

The first thing we did to start off the planning process was shop for a dress!  One of my favorite parts – for good reason.  There is nothing more magical than a bride trying on THE dress, and realizing that this is what she will wear when she marries the love of her life.

Suz was torn, she really wanted to follow in the family tradition of wearing her grandmother’s dress.  Her mom, aunts and a few cousins had all participated in the tradition.  However, when she stepped into the San Patrick dress at Bella Bianca Bridal Salon, we all knew that the new dress was made for her.  It really was the dress of her dreams: ivory lace, cap sleeves, long dramatic train…perfection!

I wanted to be able to incorporate her grandmothers dress in some way for the wedding.  What better way than with a styled shoot?!  I recruited some my cohorts and started planning.  So the equation consisted of: a sunny Spring day in May, blooming apple blossoms of County Line Orchard, hair and make up by Briette, hair accessory by PishPoshes, bouquet and boutonniere by Fleur, styling by yours truly and talented photography of Cristina G… throw in a gorgeous couple and grandmother’s dress — and voila!

We had such a blast putting this styled shoot together. Mother Nature really cooperated with us so we could pull it off.  We even had help from our assistant.. 😉 (Bowie)

she loved the attention…. such a ham!

behind the scenes – primping and adjusting… all the details!

It truly was a magical day.  Honoring a family tradition that could be incorporated into the wedding day was so special to Suzanne and her family.

The ironic part was the shoot took place on Mother’s day, however Suzanne wasn’t able to see mom that day.

But when her mom Susie saw the pictures of her daughter, in her mother’s wedding dress, she cried.  Pretty good mother’s day present if you ask me! 🙂

I will leave you with one final image- look for it again in Part II of this post…

up next in Part II…. the wedding!


Would you wear your mother or grandmother’s dress?

What was your something old?

What are some traditions you would like to incorporate into your wedding?

Who is your favorite dress designer?