Amy & Marshall are truly two of the tallest clients we’ve ever had.
I mean… the best. But, they are pretty tall.
When we first met Amy with her sister and Maid of Honor Beth, we knew we were going to love this girl. And we did. Amy was low-maintenance and agreeable, but trusted us enough to always ask questions and voice her opinions. Even though she came to us having no idea how she wanted her Big Day to look, when she and Marshall walked into that reception, they knew it was THEIR wedding. It was made just for them. And that’s when we go to bed happy.
After reviewing many inspiration images with Amy, we quickly determined that even if subconsciously, her mind was set on BLUE. She just kept going back to any and all blues. So we created many custom color boards for them, using different shades of blue. But when Amy saw the cobalt and seafoam/mint green one above, they knew they had found their wedding. And from here, we created the overall look and feel of their Big Day.
These white overlay linens were brought into St Louis just for Amy and Marshall.
With our detective skills, we located and purchased these mint green mercury glass vases to really make a statement.
We purchased material and custom upholstered some inserts for this niche wall. After we inserted them into the spaces, we adorned each cubby with photos of Amy and Marshall’s families, candles, and other decor.
We had a lot of fun picking out their photo booth backdrop. Amy and Marshall knew they were going to do the Unscripted Photobooth with LeLe Photography, but there wasn’t a backdrop in their arsenal that coordinated with the design. Enter photographer Ashley, who was able to find this twinkling stunner to coordinate with our understated gold touches in the room. Understated, this backdrop is not. But in the back of the room it looked sensational and sure drew a fun crowd. We added some strings of pom poms in their colors across the length of the backdrop.
You know we had to get in on the action!
Congratulations, Amy and Marshall! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!!
The Dream Team:
Ceremony: The 9th Street Abbey
Reception: Lumen Private Event Space
Florist: Scott Hepper, Walter Knoll Florist
Photography & Photo Booth: LeLe Photography
Videography: Daybreak Cinema
Custom Ceremony Structure and Custom Dance Floor Structure: Exclusive Events
DJ: Porta Party
Cake: Whipt Cream
Gold Chairs: Premier Party Rentals
Formalwear: Jim’s Formalwear, via Simply Elegant Bridal
Groomsmen Ties: The Tie Bar
Bride’s Dress: Simply Elegant Bridal
Thank you to Michelle Ross of Under Grace Photo and her second shooter Huy for these wonderful images!
The bride and groom met in 2005 in Mexico and talked to us about the gorgeous sunset. Immediately the sunset theme was born. Instead of the traditional color boards that we create for couples, we simply worked from these inspiration images (that we found on Google).
The “Magic Hour” Sunset theme was incorporated into all the details at the Four Seasons, with the bridesmaids colors focused on purple and coral.
We worked with Claire and Jonathan for over a year to make sure all of the details would be just right for their wedding. Everything was done to ensure that the event would be something special and unique to them.
Three different centerpieces were used to create levels in the room. (Only two are visible in these photos)
Their wedding got some St. Louis spirit when Fredbird and Louie showed up to surprise the bride and the groom!
Here we are with our happy couple. We must say, Jonathan never missed a single meeting in all of our months of planning. What a joy to have a guy’s perspective on so many elements! We will really miss all those meetings with them!
The Amazing Vendors:
Church: Shrine of St. Joseph
Reception Venue: The Four Seasons Hotel St Louis
Reception Entertainment: Millennium Productions
Reception Specialty Lighting: Exclusive Events, Inc
Photography: Under Grace Photo
Cake: The Cakery
Crystal Chiavari Chairs: The Aries Company
Photo Booth: Party Face Photo Booth
Linens: Connie Duglin
Event Design and Planning: Events Luxe
We had the honor to help coordinate Kayla and Kyle’s wedding at the wonderful Sheraton Downtown. Their simple ceremony took place in the sunny Atrium, and after they celebrated with their friends and family upstairs on the 13th floor in the City View Ballroom with an amazing view of downtown St. Louis!
Here are some of the sneak peak photos from the wonderful night – enjoy!
The wedding was a black and white theme, with hints of gold to pay homage to Kyle’s college years at Purdue. Our favorite part of the night was the candy bar that was designed and created with a bit of Events Luxe magic.
Thank you again to Kayla and Kyle for letting Events Luxe help coordinate your Big Day! We wish you both the best!
There aren’t enough good things we can say about Charles at Daybreak Cinema. His videos blow us away, and this particular video was shot and edited in a day. Actually, the video was shot during the morning and the ceremony, and edited right before the reception, then shown to guests at the reception. Is your mind blown?
This video is of Michelle and John, a great couple that we loved working with in 2011. Seriously, how attractive can they be, right?
In 2011 we were selected to design and plan an industry event for The Knot called Cocktails and Connections. With so many ideas, we finally settled on an ombre theme, and wanted to include The Knot’s signature blue within our range of colors. We wanted it to be vibrant, young, and on-trend. The ombre look had really begun to be hot on the runways, and we were so inspired to translate that look into an event. Once we settled on our color scheme, we partnered with vendors who we knew could execute ombre, if even for their first time trying this look. From desserts to lighting to drinks – to our outfits, we had the theme on lock. This event was so much fun and we think our industry cohorts had a great time. A big thank-you to The Knot for the great opportunity to plan this stylish event!
And check out the fabulous video shot by Switzerfilm to highlight the vendors involved. Thanks to Amanda for doing all the talking on behalf of EL. I just can’t seem to get my words together on camera! ;o)
If you haven’t seen the post on the launch party for Wish Upon a Wedding St Louis chapter, see it here.
After the chapter officially launched, it wasn’t long before we were granting our first Wish. The young couple was Dani and Tony, who wanted nothing more than to make their commitment official before Dani’s illness would ultimately take her life. The gorgeous wedding designed and coordinated by Sarah Grus was held on September 1st. Dani peacefully passed away on September 31st. Details on the wedding can be found on the Wish Upon a Wedding blog, here.
Because we like to make things for our clients with our bare hands, and because we are a wish granter, we were asked if we could come up with an idea for a wedding favor, and provide them for the wedding. Immediately our little wheels started turning!
We decided to give everyone the gift of new life! Inside a clear 3″ box, was a single hyacinth bulb. We included instructions for how to plant it, and in Spring ’11 it will be the first bloom in their garden, representing Dani’s memory and the special time everyone had with her and her new husband Tony on their wedding day.
The front of the box read: “May the new life this flower brings always remind you of this wonderful day.” Above it had their names, and below their wedding date. Keeping with the wedding theme of Parisian Chic that Sarah and Dani created, we placed a ghosted Eiffel Tower or Fleur de Lis behind the text on the tags. The boxes were tied with aqua ribbon and a cream colored flower, and tags were in black and white to keep with the wedding colors.
Look at these exquisite linens from Sitting Pretty Party Arts.
And the beautiful bouquet from Festive Atmospheres.
Thanks to Signature Studio for the gorgeous photos and to Pam for donating her time for Dani and Tony’s engagement photos and to their whole wedding day. Amazing!
Gabriella turned One, so her very first birthday party was kind of amazing.
Luckily there are some fantastic photos from Rita with Halo Photography, so little G can look back and realize how good she had it. Because we’re pretty sure she isn’t actually going to remember how awesome it was. Rita did a great job with the photos for us, like we knew she would, because she does amazing baby portraits. Seriously. Go see for yourself.
Onward. Here are some pics from the Candy Land birthday:
Yes. A Dots runner. You remember Dots, and eating half candy/half paper. Mmm!
The candy path across the floor for games, and general navigation to the Candy Bar.
We made this custom candy banner of Gabriella’s name using different candies for each letter. And boy was it heavy..
The candy path reappears on the red velvet cake from Whipt Cream!
A very happy Ring Pop-wearing guest.
And here’s the birthday girl in all her “this is all for ME!?” glory.
Note the outfit that says she is shy and hates all the attention (she is not sitting in a bunch of extra tulle – that is a tutu!) Adorable, yes??
–Photography – Rita Jokuti at Halo Photography
–Cake - Whipt Cream
–Invitations – Pretty Prints
–Linens - Cross Roads Party Rental
–Design, theme, candy banner, candy bar, decor, favors, paper – Events Luxe
Trae is from Nassau, Bahamas, born/bred/raised. But the wedding was in St Louis:
Enter the “island chic” theme. Pretty different and unique when taking place in the Midwest, with no big beautiful bodies of water to speak of. The theme was incorporated by the use of colors (aqua for the color of the sea, red for coral, and white for the sand) , subtle motifs (coral, starfish), and food (tropical flair).
“ME n U”. Aren’t we clever?
Check out this surprise groom’s cake and the “Ring Bear” who posed for it.
And the Red Carpet style photo booth got a lot of love!
–Photos and Red Carpet Photo Booth – Michelle Ross of Under Grace Photo
–Photos (2nd shooter) – Gail Fleming
–Ceremony Venue – Missouri Botanical Gardens, Japanese Garden
–Reception venue and catering – Forest Park Lindell Pavilion (also known as the Visitor’s Center and Trolley Room) and Catering St Louis
–Reception lighting, Gobo, ceremony lanterns – Exclusive Events
–Invitations – Paper Cut Invites
–Wedding cake – New Day Gluten Free
–Groom’s cake – Celebrating Life Cakes
–Flowers, centerpieces, ceremony urns – Rachel Roman Speh, Rachel Flowers
–Design, planning, theme, monogram, centerpiece design, favors, Save the Dates, styling, red carpet photo booth, paper goods- Events Luxe
We were so privileged to be part of the design and planning committee for this party. Events Luxe is a Wish Granter for Wish Upon a Wedding as well, and if you are in the industry and would like to be one , you can become a wish granter here.
We decided to make the event Caribbean themed, so EL contacted the Lumen Private Event Space in downtown about hosting this event. They immediately and graciously obliged us and did a fantastic job helping with necessary donations, and more.
We also booked a psychic to read tarot cards at the event, which was a huge hit. Food and desserts were provided by some of our favorite places, including Mosaic Modern Fusion and Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate, co, who were happy to help the EL girls with the event. And when our band fell through at the last minute, Millennium Productions stepped up. So a big Thank You to them!
Check out some of the photos below, provided by photographer Kelly Park.
See more of the event on the Wish Upon a Wedding blog, here.
Here we are in the photo booth, provided by the always-entertaining GoodEye Photoshare:
The Amazing Event Planning Committee!:
See you at the Gala in November!
How fun is it to prepare for a 1st birthday? Pretty awesome. How about a 1st birthday for puppies? FANTASTIC!
This party was held at Dog-Gone Furbabyz, a doggy daycare located between downtown and Soulard. The doggy digs are cage-free, so the pups feel more at home. It was a fun place for a party and both the 4-legged guests and their 2-legged owners had a really great time.
There were two guests of honor for this Fiesta, one boy and one girl. So we made two separate invitations because the dogs roll with two different crowds. The blue boy invitation went to his friends in Downtown. And the pink girl invitation went to her pals in Soulard.
All of the four-legged guests loved their “Doggie Bag” on the way out. Until the end of the party, they were kept securely behind a fence, since the bags contained delicious treats like Milk Bones, rawhide lollipops (oh yes indeed!), various squeaky toys, rough-and-tough rope toys, and other fun thank-you gifts.
A young family member hand-wrote all of the guests names on the bags, and placed pup stickers around the Thank You sticker that we made. We love crafty planners-in-training!
And the sticker that was placed on the outside of every Doggie Bag:
The awesome pinata was of-course doggy-friendly, filled with Milk Bones of different colors, and the kids in attendance were in charge of breaking it. It was so funny to see the dogs lined up at a safe distance, wagging their tails in anticipation! They had been smelling it all afternoon:
You gotta love happy guests!:
This party was a lot of fun and allowed us to include many elements into the overall design.
The main focal point was a custom designed square acrylic bar, backlit in red with the corporate logo adhered to each side with a vinyl graphic. The bar was show-stopping in itself, but still we used the bar to encircle a gigantic display of red roses right in the center.
Custom corporate gobos were projected in red onto opposite walls that were washed in a vibrant blue hue. This was a great contrast with the stark white vingnette seating areas with custom-made gray pillows, bearing the corporate logo.
Seating areas had simple yet striking centerpieces of candleholders of varying heights, all filled with water, submerged orchids, and floating candles.
Fun elements, such as the custom-made glow-in-the-dark ice cubes were a huge hit that guests took home with them as fun souvenirs.
This company obviously knows how to party. It was easy putting together something fun for this group, using some print materials for tables with candles, cute custom t-shirts for the servers, and creating a super-tasty signature cocktail with a colored and flavored sugar rim that became a serious party icon. Guests knew they had arrived at the right place by the huge glass wall covered in the company’s logo, and had to be on the list to gain entry. A simple white gobo was projected onto the wall inside in the VIP area and the logo was also displayed on every flat-screen LCD TV around the bar.
This was a fun one, a wedding that took place just after Christmas. The bride wanted traditional and formal, and in only a few months!
In addition to general planning and design, Events Luxe provided the bouquets, centerpieces, and programs. Like we said – it was a short timeline! We scored with the venue, Powell Hall, that it was still decorated for Christmas, so we utilized some already provided decor as part of the holiday theme.
And the best shot we had of thee-most-gorgeous Kenneth Pool gown – SWOON.
And the night ended with a great farewell!