Happy Friday! I have a real pretty vineyard wedding, at The Weingarten, to share with you all today submitted by Feels Like Today Photography. This sweet couple chose a beautiful palette of pink with subtle hues of lavender to complement their featured color, guava. Make sure to check out their berry topped wedding cake made by 10th Street Bakery – absolutely stunning!
From the Photographer: James and Rachel had a Bellville Il (near St. Louis MO) destination wedding to hold their ceremony near family. Rachel included many vintage details including jewelry worn by her great grandmother and the cake topper her grandparents used. Because the ceremony was not religious in nature James and Rachel did a cup ceremony pouring champange into cups individually. They both poured their cups into a large bowl and drank from it to unify their lives together.
From the Bride, Rachel:
How did you meet?
We met at swing dance lessons in graduate school. James was tired of bars and wanted to try something new while conquering his fear of dancing. He got over his fear and found more than he expected!
What were your Wedding Planning, Inspiration and Style?
We didn’t begin with a particular inspiration or theme. As we considered different venues and ways of decorating them, though, our style grew organically. For instance, the fact that the venue we selected was called the Weingarten gave us the idea of incorporating wine and grape imagery into our decorations. Our main color, guava, had been chosen almost at random, but it fell nicely in the range of a blush or rosé and so complemented our winery location and wine-centered theme. The outdoor ceremony space at the Weingarten, which has a number of large trees in it, naturally led us toward including tree imagery in our programs and the ceremony itself. In the end, the venue’s features helped to suggest and underscore the thematic and stylistic choices we made.
What are some of your favorite memories of the day?
Our hand-made, Quaker-style marriage certificate that our guests signed as witnesses to the wedding (and that was produced by Sharon and Steven Schwartz of Calligraphica.com); the traditional Scottish cup (known as a quaich) that we used as a centerpiece in our ceremony (and that we purchased from http://quaichshop.co.uk/); and the powerful and yet subtle way that our themes and colors worked together to create a beautiful and memorable experience for us and for all of our guests. Until we saw it all together, we didn’t know how much our hard work was going to pay off.
Do You have any advice for other brides?
Hold your wedding in the state where you live! Due to various circumstances, we planned our Illinois wedding from several states away. We definitely don’t recommend this sort of thing. Perhaps a more helpful piece of advice that more couples could use, however, would be to start early and to pace yourselves; like any major project, the wedding-planning process requires more time and energy than you realize at the outset.
Photographer: Feels Like Today Photography
Hair Stylist: STLooks Salon & Spa
Floral Designer: Les Bouquets
Cake Designer: 10th Street Bakery
Event Venue: The Weingarten