Today’s Clayton, MO wedding is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day wedding inspiration. We are adoring the bridesmaids kelly green dresses and the bagpipe player at the ceremony is so neat!
The story of John and Nora, told by the lovely bride Nora, “We met at SLU, we had all the same classes together since we were in the same major. My initial impression of John was that he was funny, outgoing and very smart. I remember him carrying a boom box blasting music into one of our finals, you couldn’t help but like him.John’s initial impression of me was that I was friendly and approachable. John proposed to me on the beach of Gulf Shores. We were on a vacation with his family. He had wanted to do it at sunset on our first night but it rained all day. Luckily I was feeling cooped up so I agreed to go on a walk with him. He ended up proposing on he beach in the rain, it was perfect. The best part of all was that when we got back to the condo not only was his family there but mine as well! He had gotten them to come down secretly to be there for our engagement.When we became engaged I still had 2 years of grad school left so we had a long engagement. But of course I somehow still felt rushed at the end! We also were living in Milwaukee, WI while planning our St. Louis, MO wedding.The wedding day went fast! I loved getting ready at the house my sister lives in. It is a gorgeous home in the CWE neighborhood of St. Louis. It was relaxing to have all the girls getting ready in that setting. The ceremony was at College Church and it was beautiful. Then the wedding party took a bus to different sites for pictures and we had a BLAST. Our reception was at the Crowne Plaza in Clayton where we danced the night away. John and I love autumn so our colors reflected that. The bridesmaids wore pine green Alfred Sung dresses and their bouquets as well as the reception center pieces were reds, oranges, purples and yellows. The wedding favors were ornaments in the shape of a leaf that I had made at home. Instead of table numbers we had different places that are somehow significant to John and I. Neither of us are big cake lovers so we had a variety of cupcakes and cookies instead. The cookies were in place of a groom’s cake and I surprised John with his favorite sports represented in icing on the cookies – St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues and the Green Bay Packers. Our guest book was a coffee table book with various pictures of nature and wildlife, people signed anywhere they wanted!At the end of the wedding we were exhausted from dancing and socializing but felt so blessed and happy! We had family friends from near and far and everyone made it so special.One of our favorite parts of our wedding that truly made it ours was the incorporation of John’s home-brew. He brews beer about once a month and its pretty darn good as proven by how fast it is consumed by family and friends. He decided to make three batches of beer for the wedding – a Belgian Dubbel because Degroote is Belgian, an Oktoberfest since our wedding took place on the last weekend of the festival in Munich, and a Hefeweizen to round out the three. John and one of his groomsmen built a beautiful keg cart for the beer to be housed inside. The sides of the cart were chalkboards. A couple weeks before the wedding we had a ‘decorating party’ where our friends came over and helped decorate the chalkboards with designs for each of the beers. It was so special and unique!”
VENDOR LOVE –
Photos By: Under Grace Photo | Reception Venue: Crowne Plaza | Florals By: Kirkwood Florist | Bakery: The Cakery Bakery, LLC | Dress Boutique: Stone Manor Bridal | Mens Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Sung | Hair Stylist: Clare’s of Clayton | Makeup Artist: Christina Passanise | DJ: Elite Pro DJ