Megan did exactly what we always advise brides to do – she chose one central element and designed her entire St. Louis wedding around that piece. For Megan, it was her bridesmaids’ dresses! The dresses were a gorgeous shade of rose gold, plus they were sequined. Yes, please!
Once the dresses were in place, Megan incorporated more rose gold as well as shades of red, blush, and navy. The result is a lovely garden wedding set inside the Forest Park Visitor’s Center to avoid any potential rain in St. Louis in June. Y’all are going to flip when you see the flowers by The Special Event Florist (I’m definitely with the bride – the floral chandelier hanging over the dance floor is my favorite too!), and the stationery is also beautifully on point.
Megan and Edwin, your wedding day was a stunner. I’m so grateful Dana Tate sent their wedding our way! Happy Friday, friends.
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
I planned our wedding myself! I thought about hiring a wedding planner, but it wasn’t in the budget. I scoured Pinterest for ideas. It was hard to decide on just one color scheme, theme, etc! My husband was a huge help and was there every for step of the planning process. Alaynne, our coordinator at Catering St. Louis, was a huge help leading up to and the day of the wedding.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
We read reviews for everyone we considered on the Knot, and looked at pictures on the Knot and their personal websites. We wanted to work with vendors that had a great reputation and fit our budget. I loved all of our vendors. They all did an amazing job and were so easy to work with.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I really wanted a June garden wedding, but living in St. Louis, you never know what the weather is going to be like. We decided on the Butterfly House because they had a space with a tent that was between their lake and outside garden. It was so nice to not have to worry about rain, and the space is so pretty! Our reception was at the Forest Park Visitor Center, which we found on the Knot. We loved the design and that it was in the park. I picked a color palette consisting of blushes, dark and bright reds, navy, and rose gold. I found the bridesmaids’ rose gold sequin dresses and planned everything else around them. We both decided we didn’t want anything too over the top, and I was still able to achieve a romantic wedding with a little bit of glam.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Besides marrying my best friend, my favorite things from the wedding were including my grandma as our flower girl and my grandpa as our ring bearer. It was really special for me to be able to include them in our day. I also loved the floral chandelier our florist created that hung over the dance floor. That was one detail that I knew I wanted to splurge on.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My advice to other brides is to start planning early, go with your instincts when making decisions, and meet with potential vendors in person. You can read great reviews and look at pretty pictures, but if you meet in person and their personality doesn’t mesh well with yours you probably should keep looking.
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photographer: Dana Tate | Wedding Photographer // Floral Designer: the special event florist // Reception Venue: Forest Park Visitor Center // Bakery: The Cakery Bakery, LLC // Makeup Artist: Flawless STL // Stationery: A.M. Paperie
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