Luke is such a handsome animal!
“Our goal for the reception was for it to feel warm and romantic, Pride and Prejudice meets Great Gatsby; literary and wine infused theme without being over the top. This was a Black Tie Requested wedding and everyone had fun partaking in the finery. To accomplish the romantic feel we added candlelight, elegant flowers (white, ivory, blush and soft green), ivory and gold linens with black napkins. To make the day more personal we had notes to each table introducing strangers or thanking guests and family for sharing our day, and table numbers made from books and the number reflecting a date in our dating relationship and a description on the opposite page. Our Guestbook was a wine barrel from Cuba, MO (to tie in Bob’s deceased grandparents) and enough room for people to write us a little note; sparkling wine corks for our place cards from winery in Michigan that I love, Cigar table for after dinner, wedding cake with book script on it, grooms cake as a stack of books with the Bible on top opened up to Chapter 2. In the cocktail room we had books made into letters spelling out “Renaud” on one fireplace and “R&J” on the other fireplace. We had a “heaven” table showing all those that we loved that couldn’t join us that day. My bouquet had a small charm with a photo of my Guth Grandparents in it, both are no longer with us.”
“Once we decided on a St. Louis Wedding and the dress was purchased, the planning began. We had thought about a Southern Destination Wedding and found so many traditions that we would love to incorporate in our Missouri wedding. With the elements in place – the date picked, church secured, and Club booked all other elements quickly fell into place. We did several DIY projects for the wedding, book table numbers, sparkling wine cork place cards, put the programs together and tied them ourselves, wrote notes to each table thanking them for joining us, overall we tried to personalize the wedding as much as possible. Out of town guests had reusable totes waiting for them when they checked in as well. We wanted to have elements from the states we have lived represented at our wedding – succulents to represent Arizona, Sparking Line to represent Michigan, and I wore cowboy boots for the Father Daughter Dance to representing Texas.”
We had about five minutes before the sky opened up and rain came down.
The rain started coming down once Bob started to dig up the bourbon!
“We buried a bottle of Bourbon a month before the wedding to “ensure good weather on our wedding day.” Although it did rain, we had a magical wedding day.”
“We had rain off and on the entire day. I left my veil and the charm with my Grandparent Guth’s photo (for my bridal bouquet) in my room. We had to find two separate people to save the day and go to my room prior to making their way to the church. We were digging up the bourbon and it started to pour, the guys were great sports but we girls and the junior attendants had to leave.”
“The food was amazing! Guests were welcomed to the cocktail hour with two signature drinks, Hers – Champagne or His – The Presbyterian by Juniper; and appetizers including a pulled pork on a cheddar biscuit slider, tomato bruschetta with a prosciutto pinwheel on top, spanakopita, and mini Beef Wellingtons. Dinner started with a champagne vinaigrette salad, followed by beef tenderloin and airline chicken with asparagus and roasted potatoes. For dessert we had four flavors of wedding cake – Lemon Raspberry, Red Velvet, German Chocolate and Marble chocolate (guests were asked to choose their flavor). As a parting gift, each family was given a brown paper wrapped book (written by Bob). The final send off was a sparkler exit.
The ability to have so many people together in one room that we cherish and love was the most memorable moment for the two of us. Three of our grandparents were able to attend the wedding and we will cherish that fact forever.”
“My sister sang the song for our first dance, Golden by Lady Antebellum. That was one of my favorite moments.”
At the end of the evening we did a sparkler shot out on the green. It was perfect!
Town & Country Bridal Boutique, 8809 Ladue Road, St. Louis MO 63124, 314.863.7200 (Designer is Agusta Jones)
Poppies Design Studio, 126 S Main Street, Columbia IL; 618.281.7091
The Happy Bakery; 103 Main Street, O’Fallon IL 62269; 314.660.6091
Downtime Productions, LLC; PO Box 435060, St. Louis MO 63143; 314.452.2848
Hair -Sheri Creamer and Gina with Dominic Michael Salon; Makeup (only a couple and not me) – Katrina from West County MACVideographer– Jimmy Wildermann, Captured in Frames