Jessica and Ross were married in a traditional church ceremony at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University followed by a reception at Jefferson Memorial in St. Louis, Mo. on November 16. “Jefferson Underground has personality, and we wanted something other than a cookie-cutter wedding,” Jessica said. “We loved the unfinished brick walls and industrial feel to it as well as the outdoor space we could us for the bar and dance floor.” The bride wore a strappy satin fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with statement earrings, necklace, and sash, while the groom wore a three-piece gray suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore mix ‘n’ matched short navy blue dresses and carried bouquets of dahlias, anemones, silver brunia balls, thistles, and succulents. “From the beginning, we wanted the theme of our wedding to be really neat lighting,” she said. “The Aries Company helped us realize that dream with the string lights and Edison light fixtures. It really stood out in pictures and added a special glow to the whole evening.” Dinner was all tons and tons of local flavors! “We wanted to show our guests a taste of St. Louis — Schlafyly seasonal beer, BBQ, and ice cream with ingredients sourced all over,” Jessica said. Tables were decorated with gray linens, assorted vases and vessels centerpieces, and yarn art numbers. Notice the goat cheese potato chip favor bags at each place setting? Plus, the personalized plastic cups that also served double-duty as escort cards. “After the first dance, it started to sprinkle and rain a little bit,” she said. “We were worried it would ruin the reception, but our guests weren’t deterred. We will never forget dancing in the rain with all of our family and friends, and it made for some unforgettable memories and hilarious pictures.”
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We loved the character and history of Belvoir Winery. The building we held our reception in was built around 1900 and was originally used as a home for members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. They were able to keep a lot of the original flooring, molding, etc., and there was just a certain charm about the building that we instantly fell in love with. Plus, we absolutely love Halloween, and Belvoir Winery has long been known as one of the most haunted locations in the Midwest. (In fact, they were recently featured in an episode of Ghost Hunters.)
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
1. Pumpkins. We love fall and probably carve about ten pumpkins every year. We held our rehearsal dinner at my aunt and uncle’s house out in the country, and our guests carved pumpkins (over 100!) that were used as décor for the wedding.
2. Skyler’s boutonniere. Skyler is an antique collector, and one of his favorite things to collect is antique handmade marbles. We had our florist incorporate one of his marbles into his boutonniere.
3. Favors. We had mason jars personalized with our names and wedding date on one side, and the tree logo from our invitations on the other. They were part of the dinner setting, and everyone used them as their drinking glass for the night. I received so many compliments about them and many of our friends and family have told me they still use their drinking glass.
3. Give us the one moment in your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
One of my favorite memories is walking down the aisle with my Dad. It was such a special moment that just the two of us got to share. He looked so happy and proud when he gave me away. I think that was the moment everything finally felt real.
It’s never too early to start planning your spring or summer wedding! Become inspired by this modern style shoot that incorporates a mint green and melon color palette along with a variety of floral arrangements and unique retro 1960s details. And, if you’re thinking of wearing two different dresses, one for the ceremony and one for the reception, there are two pretty dresses to swoon over!
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
Jonny grew up spending time at this barn. He had many memories there and had a personal connection with the location. While we were dating, we went fishing there quite often. I am an art teacher and I loved the rustic aesthetic and was excited to add a touch of delicacy to make the venue our own.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
Jonny and my father built a dock for us to get married on. It was amazing and helped create photographs with such a beautiful background of water. We appeared to be floating!
My Grandma Lampe made jam as our wedding favor. It was canned in glass jelly jars and we labeled them J+J along with the flavor. We tied lace over the lid using a multi-textures yarn. A perfect touch!
The details & décor. Being a former graphic designer, I loved designing our invitations! In the barn, we strung large bulb Christmas lights throughout the barn. We draped gossamer to coordinate with the lights. We also bought an assortment of glass vases and containers, sprayed them white to appear as milk glass, placed babies breath in them and used this as centerpieces. Under the white glass we laid crème doilies that came from a dollar store! Our many DIY projects made the aesthetics of our wedding day complete!
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Delegate. Do not be afraid to kindly ask for help with projects from the get go. Those that love you and are near you will be more than happy to help. Especially if you are doing a lot of DIY projects like we did…help from family and friends was such a blessing!
As you start heading off for your Labor Day weekend plans (we hope you’re doing something fun!), we just wanted to sneak in one last inspirational summer style shoot that came to us from a group of talented Missouri vendors. We were huge fans of the whole nautical theme this summer, and this shoot is a perfect example of doing the whole seaside-wedding thing without going overboard (pun completely intended).
Have a great long weekend – we’ll be back next week with lots more wedding inspiration to kick off fall!