I am incredibly excited to share this vintage eclectic Missouri wedding from Amy Meyerott Photography with you today! Filled with literary-inspired details and hints of blue and gold, just wait until you see all of the pretty!
From the bride, Maggie:
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My mom! I live in NYC but got married in St. Louis so she was invaluable for helping make up the distance. We made all the decorations for the wedding and she really poured herself into creating a beautiful day for me- knitting shawls for guests to keep warm, sewing all of the table linens, creating 4 ft tall marquee letters to light up the night. There was an incredible labor of love that made the day.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
Flexibility. Since this was a destination wedding we had to hire many vendors without meeting them in person. We did Skype sessions with our photographer and officiant and got samples of our musicians’ work online. We also wanted vendors that would respect our budget. Our caterer especially was great in figuring out ways to have amazing food without excess spending- for example we served dinner family style and had a limited bar menu which helped cut costs.
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
I wanted the wedding to feel like the home where I grew up- we had grits and cornbread for dinner, cotton bolls in my bouquet, family heirlooms decorating the tables. I come from a family of teachers and librarians- we love stories and I wanted everything at our wedding to reflect that- the suitcase collecting cards was carried by my grandfather in the 1950s, the hanger for my dress was covered in vintage pearls from costume jewelry the women in my family have worn. When I looked around our reception I could see generations of family and love represented there.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Our ceremony was so special and many guests said it was the most personal one they’ve attended. Our officiant helped us craft a ceremony that reflected our own love story and incorporated family traditions, including having our grandmothers sign the marriage papers as witnesses and asking our mothers to read passages from our favorite authors.
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
Enjoy the process of planning, but know the difference between looking at tv shows and Pinterest for inspiration and pressuring yourself to compete with other brides. You don’t have to have menu cards and a DJ light show just because that’s the standard you see online, and you’re not weird if you don’t cry with joy when you find The Dress! You don’t have to live up to anyone else’s idea of what a wedding should be- your wedding will be special because it’s yours.
Did you love it?! I did! So tell me, what are you doing to make your wedding your own? What traditions are you incorporating or how are you going to bring out your own personality in your wedding day?
Can’t wait to hear all about it!