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As the sun set in Punta de Mita, Mexico, on Dec. 29, 2015, James \u201cJamie\u201d O\u2019Connor asked Emily Seldin to be his wife.

Emily, a St. Louis native, and Jamie, from Demarest, New Jersey, met the first week of college at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. The tropical seaside engagement marked the exciting start to the adventurous couple\u2019s life together. \u201cJamie said he wanted to take a walk on the beach at sunset,\u201d Emily says. \u201cWe held hands strolling on the beach, and when we came to rocks at a point, Jamie got down on a knee and proposed.\u201d

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After snapping some selfies, the newly engaged pair walked back to find \u201cfelicitaciones\u201d (Spanish for \u201ccongratulations\u201d) spelled out in stones on the beach. \u201cIt is still a mystery to this day how they got there!\u201d Emily says. \u201cWe then had Champagne and a lobster dinner with our family and closest family friends, who were there to celebrate.\u201d

The following evening, Jamie arranged a candlelight, prix fixe dinner for his new fianc\u00e9e on a private beach. \u201cIt was magical and exceeded every dream and expectation!\u201d Emily says.

For Emily and Jamie, the focus always is fun and family \u2013 so it was no surprise they wanted their wedding to be a fun-filled, family-friendly day. \u201cWe cared a lot about keeping our guests together \u2013 hence, the ceremony, reception and after-party all at the same location [Westwood Country Club],\u201d Emily says.

The couple also aimed to transform the venue to truly make it their own. The ceremony and reception spaces were adorned with sleek d\u00e9cor and fresh flowers, from geometric gold chandeliers to rust-colored roses suspended above the altar and the dance floor. \u201cWe used grass in some of the centerpieces for a clean, geometric look,\u201d Emily says.

The ceremony, designed to be brief, personal and meaningful, was officiated by a friend, Steve Hurster. \u201cWe wrote every single piece of the ceremony \u2013 and our vows \u2013 ourselves,\u201d Emily says. \u201cI wore my mom\u2019s veil that my grandmother made, which actually had the same exact lace that was on my wedding dress.\u201d

The reception went off with a bang \u2013 courtesy of live music from Final Say, fabulous food and specialty cocktails, Emily says, adding: \u201cWe had an incredible band that maintained a constant dance party. We didn\u2019t want the night to end!\u201d

The pair\u2019s ideal wedding came to fruition through \u201cthinking big and creatively and working with incredible vendors throughout the entire process,\u201d Emily says.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Australia and New Zealand \u2013 \u201ca perfect combination of relaxation and adventure,\u201d Emily says.

The pair is enjoying married life in the heart of Washington, D.C., where Emily works for a political issue advocacy nonprofit, The Hub Project, and Jamie works for Arlington, Virginia-based Opower, an energy-efficiency technology subsidiary of the Oracle Corporation.

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Details | Emily & James

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THE DATE: May 6, 2017

THE BRIDE: Emily Seldin

THE GROOM: James O\u2019Connor

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: James and Glenda Seldin

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Robert and Fern Poeschl, Suzy Seldin, Marge Seldin

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Thomas and Maureen O\u2019Connor

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDMOTHER: Jane O\u2019Connor

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THE MAID OF HONOR: Annie Goldring

THE BEST MAN: Ian O\u2019Connor

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Laura Haley, Ellie von Reyn, Bria Barker, Devin O\u2019Connor, Kelly Smith

THE GROOMSMEN: Michael Dougherty, Jonathan Powanda, Grady Seldin, James Lawrence, Jones Epstein

THE OFFICIANT: Steve Hurster

THE CEREMONY: Westwood Country Club

THE RECEPTION: Westwood Country Club

THE WEDDING DRESS: Monique Lhuillier

THE MAKEUP: Annie Heyward with Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Annie Heyward with Danielle Style

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Jenny Yoo

THE RINGS: Simons Jewelers

THE FLORIST: Festive Couture Floral

THE CAKE: The Cakery

THE BAND (MUSIC): Final Say

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Lisa Hessel Photography

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Ever After Films

THE INVITATIONS: The Service Bureau, M. Haley Design

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Jenny Kehm with Before I Do

THE EVENT D\u00c9COR: Exclusive Events Inc., BBJ Linen, The Aries Co.

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Gautam Nakra and Jenny Callaghan shared a special date at a friend\u2019s wedding that would lead to their own exchange of vows.

Gautam, a St. Louis native, and Jenny, of Detroit, were introduced by a mutual friend. \u201cAt the time, Gautam was living in Chicago but traveled frequently to Detroit for work,\u201d Jenny says. \u201cI had a [friend\u2019s] wedding [to attend] in Chicago, and one of my best friends worked with Gautam in the Detroit advertising community. She thought Gautam would make a great wedding date for me \u2013 and the rest is history!\u201d

Shortly after meeting, Gautam moved to Detroit from Chicago, and the pair\u2019s relationship grew. When Gautam decided to propose, he wanted to take Jenny to Europe. \u201c[I proposed] at home, a few days before the trip to Europe,\u201d Gautam says. \u201cEveryone assumed I was going to propose in Paris, so I decided to do it prior, when her guard was down.\u201d

The couple put a lot of thought into their wedding weekend. \u201cWe weren\u2019t just going through the motions of a traditional Hindu ceremony; we wanted to have our own personal touches,\u201d Gautam says. \u201cThere are so many great rituals that go into celebrating a Hindu wedding. We wanted to ensure there was a natural flow of events that were all in their own way touching, memorable and fun.\u201d

The traditional Hindu clothing, food and ambiance are colorful and awe-inspiring by nature, Gautam explains, adding: \u201cNothing was too glitzy or extravagant. Everyone was dressed to the nines [in] tuxedos, Bollywood fashions [and] sequins. [There were] lots of colors and wardrobe changes \u2013 nothing was off limits.\u201d

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The evening before the wedding, a meet-and-greet party was held featuring black-and-white Bollywood films projected on a big screen, lounge music, Indian and Asian cuisine, and a henna artist. Live performances included a beautiful dance by Gautam\u2019s sister-in-law and niece, as well as a surprise band consisting of Gautam\u2019s brother and the couple\u2019s close friends.

Prior to the ceremony, a baraat (groom\u2019s wedding procession) was staged outside the wedding locale in downtown St. Louis. \u201cTraditionally, grooms would travel to their bride\u2019s village on an elephant for the baraat, but we held a parade with Gautam on a white horse,\u201d Jenny says.

When it came to the ceremony, the couple chose a priest who they knew would perform the Hindu rituals in a relatable way for all of their friends and family. \u201cWe wanted to make sure our guests felt they were a part of our nuptials,\u201d Gautam says.

For the reception, the couple envisioned a truly celebratory event to solidify the joining of their families. \u201cTo kick off the party, we surprised our guests with a Bollywood dance troupe to get everyone excited to dance the night away,\u201d Gautam says. \u201cIt worked: The dance floor was packed all night. We were happy the DJ also doubled as our dhol [Indian drum] player and agreed to stay well past his shift.\u201d

The newlyweds honeymooned in New Zealand, a location on both of their bucket lists. \u201cIt was magical,\u201d Jenny says. \u201cWe\u2019ll never forget how majestic and untouched the country was, and we can\u2019t wait to get back someday.\u201d

The couple is making their home in Royal Oak, Michigan, where Gautam works at a sports news website, Bleacher Report, and Jenny works in social media advertising at the agency Performics.

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Details | Jenny & Gautam

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THE DATE: Oct. 21, 2017

THE BRIDE: Jenny Callaghan

THE GROOM: Gautam Nakra

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Douglas and Phouvieng Callaghan

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Drs. Raj and Rashmi Nakra

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Chandar and Sushila Gupta

THE MAID OF HONOR: Jessica Callaghan

THE BEST MEN: Dr. Tanuj Nakra, Nayan Behal

THE OFFICIANT: Dr. Ravi Shrivastava

THE CEREMONY: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

THE RECEPTION: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel

THE WEDDING DRESS: The Wedding Shoppe

THE MAKEUP: Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Danielle Style

THE DAY-OF DRESSERS: Nidhi Nakra, Preeta Monga

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Frontier

THE RINGS: Wachler

THE FLORIST: Artistry Florist

THE BAND (MUSIC): DJ Karan Pujji

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Liz Sloan and Meredith Marquardt with L Photographie

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Monawar Studios

THE INVITATIONS: M. Haley Design

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Shelli Alred with Alred Weddings

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Donald \u201cTrey\u201d Sanders III took Jordan Blase on her very first date \u2013 the Chaminade Valentine\u2019s Day Dance dance \u2013 when the two St. Louis natives were just teenagers.

But it would be years later before the couple reconnected. College and law school took Trey to Ohio and Michigan, while Jordan moved to the nation\u2019s capital to attend The George Washington University and work in the U.S. Senate.

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By 2015, the couple reconnected in St. Louis after they had both moved back to their hometown for jobs \u2013 and this time around, Jordan immediately knew Trey was the one. And, as fate would have it, he was on the same page. \u201cWhen we crossed paths again, we were inseparable, and everything felt perfect,\u201d Trey says. \u201cThe two things I remember most are Jordan taking the pepperonis off her Imo\u2019s Pizza and wearing white jeans to go four-wheeling at my farm, which I found very funny.\u201d

Over the next year, the pair\u2019s love continued to blossom. And in June 2016, Trey surprised Jordan with a proposal while on a walk with their new German Shepherd puppy, Jaxx, at Lewis Park in University City. \u201cWhen we got back to our house, all of our family and friends were over to celebrate,\u201d Jordan says.

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As the couple began wedding planning, they knew they wanted family to be the focus \u2013 including Jaxx, who also walked down the aisle on the big day.

When it was Jordan\u2019s turn down the aisle, the bride carried precious mementos from her grandparents: \u201cMy gram\u2019s jingle bell key chain was on my bouquet, a guitar pick was in my shoe in honor of my grandfather, and I had a sixpence and a handkerchief from Belgium that my mom and grandmother have been saving for a long time,\u201d Jordan explains, adding that the wedding cake topper, which had been used in seven family weddings dating back to her grandparents, also served as a special tribute.

For Trey, the dream day was complete at the top of the ceremony. \u201cSeeing the doors open and seeing how absolutely stunning my soon-to-be wife looked in her wedding dress,\u201d he recalls as a favorite moment. \u201cAnd the best part of the day was in between the ceremony and the reception, when Jordan and I got to relax in a private room, just the two of us. It helped us catch our breath and soak in the fact that we were finally married!\u201d

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As for Jordan, she loved driving to the church in one of her dad\u2019s treasured cars, which was decked out in festive florals. Hearing her dad\u2019s speech, as well as and seeing Trey for the first time as she walked down the aisle, were more of her most memorable moments from the wedding.

The couple loved the roller-coaster ride of planning their perfect day. Trey advises other grooms to go to the meetings with your fianc\u00e9e with a smile on your face. \u201cDon\u2019t sweat the small stuff, and just enjoy it,\u201d he says. Luckily, everything came together as the pair envisioned: \u201cThere were no snafus because of our excellent wedding planners [Absolutely IN!],\u201d Jordan says.

Following a fun-filled honeymoon in New Zealand and Fiji \u2013 which was a surprise to Jordan until their big day \u2013 Trey, who has his own law firm practice, D. H. Sanders, and Jordan, who works at Thompson Street Capital Partners, reside in Olivette.\u00a0

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Details | Jordan & Trey

THE DATE: July 8, 2017

THE BRIDE: Jordan Blase

THE GROOM: Donald Sanders III

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Guy and Rebecca Blase

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDMOTHER: Dorothy Ellason

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Don and Cathy Sanders

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Janet Sanders, Sarah Arn

THE MAID OF HONOR: Erin Blase

THE BEST MEN: Parker Sanders, Dillon Sanders

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Brittany Verga, Diana Reynolds, John LaBombard, Maria Mahler-Haug, Anamarie Rebori-Simmons, Erin Pfirrman

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THE GROOMSMEN: Guy Carter Blase, Matthew Plummer, Nick Buha, Cyril Ryan, Ty King, Donald McCunniff

THE OFFICIANT: The Rev. Dr. Mark P. Thomas

THE CEREMONY: Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church

THE RECEPTION: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

THE WEDDING DRESS: Custom Rosa Clar\u00e1 of Spain

THE MAKEUP: Christina Passanise

THE HAIR: Annie Heyward with Danielle Style

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Dessy Group

THE RINGS: Curt Parker Jewelers, Clarkson Jewelers

THE FLORIST: Festive Couture Floral

THE CAKE: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

THE BAND (MUSIC): Arvell and Co.

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Josephine Havlak

THE INVITATIONS: The Service Bureau

THE WEDDING PLANNERS: Ellen Condie and Crystal Prag with Absolutely IN!

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Benjamin \u201cBen\u201d Yost knows the way to Elise Ririe\u2019s heart: through her beloved puppy, Huey. So when Ben popped the question, he made sure the precious pooch was in tow.

Elise, a St. Louis native, and Ben, of Cleveland, met during their final days of college at the University of Dayton in Ohio. \u201cHuey was there for all the big moments!\u201d Elise says. \u201cHe was there the first time Ben and I met, and then he was there during the proposal.\u201d

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The couple\u2019s engagement was months-in-the-making, as Ben asked Elise\u2019s parents for their permission long before the proposal. \u201cAfter a fun weekend with my best friends in town, Ben could not wait any longer and decided to grab Huey and pop the question!\u201d Elise says. \u201cI was preparing for my first day as a pharmaceutical representative and was completely caught off guard. The proposal was simple, low-key and perfect!\u201d The newly engaged pair capped off the night with a romantic stroll through their neighborhood to soak in the special moment.

As Elise and Ben planned their wedding, the resounding theme became togetherness. \u201cUltimately, we wanted everyone to feel included and have a good time,\u201d Elise says. \u201cMany of our guests were from out of town, so it was important to us to have a few events over the weekend for our friends and family to get to know one another.\u201d The couple\u2019s two dogs, Huey and Lady, also were part of the wedding weekend, appearing on cocktail napkins and Snapchat filters.

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At the reception, music brought everyone together, as planned. \u201cOur band was one of the most important aspects of our wedding because we wanted everyone to dance the night away,\u201d Elise says. \u201cGriffin and the Gargoyles was the perfect band to ensure everyone from California to Alaska to Switzerland was on the dance floor!\u201d

The newlyweds surprised family and friends with a choreographed first dance prepared during the weeks leading up to the special day. \u201cIt was so much fun to have a built-in date night while learning how to ballroom dance to \u2018You Are the Best Thing\u2019 by Ray LaMontagne,\u201d Elise says. \u201cFollowing our first dance, we invited my parents to the dance floor to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and dance to their first song, \u2018Could I Have This Dance,\u2019 by Anne Murray.\u201d

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Another memorable part of the couple\u2019s big day celebrated Ben\u2019s grandparents\u2019 Scottish heritage through several nods to their traditions. \u201cOur guests were greeted at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis by a bagpiper before they saw Ben in his family\u2019s tartan at the top of the altar,\u201d Elise says. \u201cAnd Ben\u2019s wedding band is a family heirloom from his grandmother, whom we lost a few months before our wedding day.\u201d

The pair also spent a special moment with longtime friends, as two girls from Elise\u2019s graduating class at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (VDOH) also share the Yosts\u2019 wedding date. \u201cWe met up with Annie [Martin] Alston and Maddie [Harris] Garman to take pictures with all of our VDOH bridesmaids,\u201d Elise says. \u201cIt was so special to celebrate our weddings together at our alma mater.\u201d

The newlyweds honeymooned at the Gansevoort Hotel in Turks and Caicos for 10 days. \u201cIt was absolutely magical to relax on the beach after the best weekend of our lives,\u201d Elise says.

And while the pair lives in Ben\u2019s hometown of Cleveland, where Elise is a sales representative at Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Ben works for his family\u2019s company, Yost Foods, they love returning to Elise\u2019s native St. Louis to visit family and friends, catch Blues and Cardinals games, and enjoy warmer temperatures during the winter.

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Details | Elise & Benjamin

THE DATE: June 24, 2017

THE BRIDE: Elise Ririe

THE GROOM: Benjamin Yost

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THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Shelley and Scott Ririe

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Virginia and George Ririe, Marian and Richard Huss

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Carol and William Yost

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Nona and Mike Mitchell, Bob Yost, Jean and James Wyant

THE MAID OF HONOR: Maggie Daniels

THE BEST MEN: Kyle Yost, Keith Yost

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Kayla Slay, Carolyn Mantych, Christie Moreland, Megan Chambers, Jenna Schuster, Angie Ponulak, Colleen Shannon, Megan Rimovsky

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THE GROOMSMEN: Mike Ririe, John Amantea, Carl Bock, Ross Krieg, Joe Hill, Steve Suoizzi, Alex Cejer

THE OFFICIANTS: Bishop Robert Hermann, Father Timothy Vowels

THE CEREMONY: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

THE RECEPTION: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

THE WEDDING DRESS: Vera Wang from Berrybridge Bridal

THE MAKEUP: Danielle Erb with Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Danielle Erb with Danielle Style

THE DAY-OF DRESSER: Berrybridge Bridal

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Amsale from Bella Bridemaids

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THE RINGS: groom\u2019s ring, family heirloom; bride\u2019s rings, family jeweler

THE FLORIST: Randy Shamel with Artistry Florist

THE CAKE: The Cakery

THE BAND (MUSIC): Griffin and the Gargoyles

THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Liz Sloan and Meredith Marquardt with L Photographie

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Millennium Productions

THE INVITATIONS: Cheree Berry Paper

THE WEDDING PLANNERS: Josie Littlepage and Anna Godfrey with Cosmopolitan Events

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Molly Boland and Matthew \u201cMatt\u201d Boland were just what the other needed.

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The couple\u2019s unique love story began by chance. Coincidentally, Molly\u2019s mother, Ren\u00e9e Boland, and Matt\u2019s late wife and pregnant mother of three, Tara Boland, were each battling the rare, aggressive disease triple negative breast cancer [TNBC] at the same time. Ren\u00e9e and Tara also coincidentally shared the same last name, even though they were not related. The two women met only briefly, but the impact was great.

Ren\u00e9e told Molly, who was in college at the time, about Tara\u2019s selflessness, and the Boland family began to pray for another family of the same name who were fighting the same fight. \u201cDuring Tara\u2019s illness, she focused on others,\u201d Molly says. \u201cShe built a foundation [the TaTa Sisterhood] dedicated to making sure other women with TNBC have a community of support and love. She said she wanted Matt to love again and find a wife.\u201d

After Molly graduated from college, she and Matt crossed paths when she began volunteering for the TaTa Sisterhood, which Matt continued after Tara\u2019s passing. About eight months later, the pair, who shared so much in common, became inseparable.

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Following nine months of dating, Matt stunned Molly with a proposal on a ski trip to Vail, Colorado \u2013 her \u201cfavorite place on Earth.\u201d \u201cMatt surprised me at the top of the mountain on one knee,\u201d Molly says. \u201cWhen he asked me to marry him, I said, \u2018Are you sure; are the kids OK with it?\u2019 Then I said yes. He hired a secret photographer who got the entire moment on tape and film. Next came an on-the-spot engagement [photo] session, including Champagne. He knows me well!\u201d

The couple celebrated their love with a Catholic Mass and a rousing reception that included more than 500 family members and friends. \u201cDreams became reality because of our wedding planner, Simcha Lourie,\u201d Molly says.

The four most important pieces of the pair\u2019s big day were their children. \u201cOur only girl, Rachel, was kind enough to be my maid of honor,\u201d Molly says. \u201cOur oldest, Jack, served as one of Matt\u2019s best men, and our two little boys [Tom and Sam] shared the responsibility of ring-bearing.\u201d

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The couple also honored Tara, incorporating her favorite flowers \u2013 tulips \u2013 into the ceremony and reception. And 4 Hands Brewing Co., a major supporter of the TaTa Sisterhood, designed a custom-labeled beer for guest favors. \u201cWe called it Lionshead Tinted Ale and wrote the beer description to mimic our story,\u201d Molly says, adding that the reception table settings also included memorable stories from the pair\u2019s journey. \u201cAs guests mingled and dined, they were able to read insights about our relationship.\u201d

The magical night concluded with a burst of color, courtesy of a confetti cannon during the last song. \u201cIt was fun for everyone on the dance floor and made for great photos!\u201d Molly recalls, noting they had lived the day by Tara\u2019s mantra: Make Today Count .

The newlyweds honeymooned on Bora Bora. \u201cMatt planned it,\u201d Molly says. \u201cI had no idea where we were going. Our daughter, Rachel, revealed it in her speech during the reception, and the entire ballroom went nuts, including myself. The next day, I had 35 minutes to pack, which is what I told Matt I needed.\u201d

Molly and Matt are sharing their new life together in Town and Country with their four children and their Bernese mountain dog, Remy.

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Details | Molly & Matthew

THE DATE: Sept. 30, 2017

THE BRIDE: Molly Boland

THE GROOM: Matthew Boland

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Robert and Ren\u00e9e Boland

THE GROOM\u2019S MOTHER: Mary Kay Boland

THE MAID OF HONOR: Rachel Boland

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THE MATRON OF HONOR: Brooke North

THE BEST MEN: Jack Boland, Pat Boland

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Susana Vigue, Kassy Boland, Jessica Boland, Amber Walsh, Allison Amann, Maureen Cunningham, Alanna Flynn, Lindsey Morin, Brittany Parker

THE GROOMSMEN: Tim Walsh, Michael Amann, Tim Davis, Dave Palmer, Lou Helmsing, Bob Morris, Erik Shirreffs, Jeff Johnson

THE OFFICIANT: Monsignor Richard Hanneke

THE CEREMONY: St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton

THE RECEPTION: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

THE WEDDING DRESS: Vwidon by Carla & Kenneth

THE MAKEUP: Emily Miller

THE HAIR: Emily Miller

THE DAY-OF DRESSER: Ren\u00e9e Boland

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THE RINGS: Vincent\u2019s Jewelers

THE FLORIST: Mary Bellrose with Fahr Greenhouse

THE CAKE: The Cakery

THE BANDS (MUSIC): The Rosewood Ensemble, The Downtown Band

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephen Seebeck Photography

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Captured in Frames

THE INVITATIONS: Batchelor Design, Paperkeet

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Simcha Lourie with Simcha\u2019s Events

THE EVENT D\u00c9COR: An Affair to Remember

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With warmer weather and brighter days finally upon us, everything seems to have a little extra sparkle \u2013 including jewelry.

That glimmer is extra-precious when it comes to wedding and engagement rings. Under the summer sun, those tiny tributes to love shine in a big way.

With the year\u2019s big nuptials season right around the corner, LN spoke with two well-respected metro area jewelry professionals about the latest designs that will make hearts flutter. They shared their thoughts on how brides and grooms are incorporating heirloom pieces into their special day and how they\u2019re providing expertise to help couples understand the hundreds of beautiful options available to them.

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Simply Chic

Forget about rings with jumbo diamonds and blinding sheen. These days, couples are foregoing flashy baubles in favor of designs that are a little less complicated. Although rings from previous years \u2013 and, indeed, full decades \u2013 featured a large diamond set within a halo of smaller diamonds, couples today are choosing sleeker designs.

\u201cI would say we\u2019re seeing a lot of simple styles,\u201d says Stacy Kravanya, sales manager at Genovese Jewelers in Creve Coeur. \u201cClean lines, not as many halos \u2013 we still do a fair amount of halos, but they\u2019re more of the simple style.\u201d

Julie Ettinger, owner of YLANG YLANG in Ladue, shares that observation, especially in men\u2019s rings.

\u201cThe guys are going really, really simple \u2013 clean lines with minute details,\u201d Ettinger says. \u201cVery classic. Nothing on the top, just hidden details that only the bride and groom would see, like a little milgrain along the edge.\u201d

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White Gold Glitters

Wedding and engagement rings are available in a rainbow of beautiful colors, but classic white gold never goes out of style. Experts say it\u2019s perfect for showing off a ring\u2019s features.

\u201cDefinitely, white gold reigns king for the color of the metal that people are using,\u201d Kravanya says.

Rose gold \u2013 a shiny pinkish-gold shade \u2013 also enjoys some popularity in the metro area because of its eye-catching look and colorful association with romance. But where rose gold frequently trends up and down, couples\u2019 preference for white gold has endured.

\u201cWe do a little rose gold, but I would say for every one rose gold ring, we probably have 50 white gold ones,\u201d Kravanya says. \u201cIt\u2019s definitely going back to a simpler style. The diamonds just look bigger and brighter and whiter in the white gold than they do in the rose gold.\u201d

Yellow gold rings have even been getting more love lately. Ettinger says she\u2019s noticed more designs borrowing from previous eras.

\u201cThe last three rings we\u2019ve done for women have been all bezel, all high-polish, all gold, no diamonds,\u201d Ettinger says. \u201cIt\u2019s just super clean, and it\u2019s kind of an \u201980s throwback.\u201d

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Custom Is Cool

Area jewelers have plenty of beautiful rings on hand, but some couples are looking for a little extra personalization. Together with jewelry experts, customers can design rings themselves, adding elements that make their bands unique.

\u201cCustom work is our niche,\u201d Kravanya says. \u201cWe have a full in-house design studio, and everything is done in-house, which is pretty awesome. Between the customer and us, we can come up with a game plan that\u2019s all done through a computer-aided design program. They can follow the process the whole way through until they get the finished product that they love, typically in two to three weeks.\u201d

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Vintage Vibes

Thanks to jewelers\u2019 talent in transforming heirloom pieces, many couples are opting for \u201csomething old, something new,\u201d as the traditional wedding saying goes. Customers can bring their cherished family pieces \u2013 an ancestor\u2019s engagement ring or pendant, for example \u2013 to an expert and together decide how to modernize them so they\u2019ll last another few decades.

\u201cWe can turn grandma\u2019s old ring into a new, perfect ring for your future wife,\u201d Kravanya says. \u201cWe sit down with our customers, see what they have and see what they\u2019d like to do.\u201d

The clamor for vintage doesn\u2019t end at the hardware. Ettinger says her customers also have been excited about older gems with character.

\u201cWe are definitely selling a lot of vintage diamonds,\u201d she says. \u201cThey\u2019re one of a kind, cut by the naked eye by candlelight. No two are alike. People are loving the color. In the \u201980s and \u201990s, it was, \u2018How white is your diamond? My diamond has fewer flaws.\u2019 It\u2019s not like that at all anymore. People are appreciating the beauty and the romanticism of color \u2013 the natural beauty of a little bit of yellow or champagne\u00a0 diamond as their center stone.\u201d

\u201cAnd it\u2019s not about the size of the diamond; it\u2019s about the sentimentality,\u201d Ettinger continues. \u201cPeople are getting away from the mentality that bigger is better. They want hidden details in their very personal piece. It\u2019s so sweet.\u201d

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

YLANG YLANG, 8845 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314-725-7464, ylangylang.com

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On a serendipitous sailing adventure with friends in Croatia, Nicole Wilkinson met the man who would become her future husband: Dan Callahan II. \u201cWe had several mutual friends but had never met each other prior to the trip,\u201d Nicole says. \u201cIt was definitely \u2018interest\u2019 at first sight!\u201d

Dan, a St. Louis native, and Nicole, from Dallas, kept in touch and began dating shortly after the Croatian vacation. The couple eventually moved together to Chicago in 2016. And soon, Dan was conspiring with Nicole\u2019s brother, Aaron Wilkinson, to plan a surprise proposal. \u201cDan was out of town at a bachelor party in Nashville,\u201d Nicole says. \u201cIt was my birthday weekend, so my brother flew up from Houston to stay with me while Dan was gone.\u201d

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Little did Nicole know, the proposal plan was in motion. \u201cMy brother was in on the whole thing,\u201d Nicole says. \u201cDan was supposed to fly back Sunday night from Nashville, so Sunday morning my brother and I went out for a walk, and my brother suggested we go to Washington Square Park to take some pictures.\u201d

As the siblings arrived at the park, there was Dan, sitting on a bench with all of his luggage. \u201cHe had flown in early that morning to surprise me,\u201d Nicole says. \u201cAs soon as I saw him, I knew what was going to happen. He had a very nice speech, and my brother was there to take lots of pictures throughout the proposal. To add to the surprise, when we got back to our place, Dan had flown in all of our parents to celebrate with us!\u201d

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When it was time to put together their big day, it was only natural for the pair to coordinate the nuptials around their beloved family. \u201cWe wanted the overall vibe to be relaxed and fun and very family-centric,\u201d Nicole says.

To ensure they were surrounded by family during the wedding, Nicole\u2019s brother, Aaron, who had played such a pivotal part in the proposal, officiated the ceremony, and the reception was hosted at Dan\u2019s parents\u2019 home in Glendale. \u201cWe also made sure we had time to enjoy the full cocktail hour, so we had the chance to visit with family and friends,\u201d Nicole adds.

Nicole\u2019s most cherished moment of the big day was her time on the dance floor with her dad, Barry Wilkinson. \u201cWe started off with a very traditional dance to Frank Sinatra\u2019s \u2018The Way You Look Tonight,\u2019 then busted out the dance moves with upbeat music to surprise the guests!\u201d Nicole says. \u201cWe practiced the dance for months and kept it a secret from everyone.\u201d

The newlyweds spent an action-packed two-week honeymoon amid the striking mountains and stunning beaches of Thailand, visiting Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket.

The happy couple lives in Clayton; Nicole is employed at Deloitte, and Dan works at PNC Bank.

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Details | Nicole & Dan

THE DATE: Sept. 23, 2017

THE BRIDE: Nicole Wilkinson

THE GROOM: Dan Callahan II

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THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Beverly and Barry Wilkinson

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Alphaleda Vaughn and Weida Wilkinson

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Dan and Sue Callahan

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDMOTHER: Lois Trost

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THE MATRON OF HONOR: Mallory Martin

THE BEST MAN: Chip Callahan

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Brenda Coad, Deena Gauntt, Elizabeth Oyler, Andrea Ramirez, Carrie Chykaliuk

THE GROOMSMEN: Bryce Gerber, Derek Nelson, Tyler Rainey, Austin Scheffy

THE OFFICIANT: Aaron Wilkinson

THE CEREMONY: Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis

THE RECEPTION: The Callahan residence in Glendale

THE WEDDING DRESS: Lazaro

THE MAKEUP: Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Danielle Style

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Alfred Sung

THE RINGS: The Diamond Shop

THE FLORIST: Bloomin\u2019 Buckets

THE CAKE: De la Cr\u00e8me Creative Studio

THE BAND (MUSIC): Spanky Entertainment\u2019s Dueling Pianos

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Brett Heidebrecht

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: PenWeddings

THE INVITATIONS: Cheree Berry Paper

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Absolutely IN!

THE CATERER: Westwood Catering

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Most of the time, the first big decision for couples contemplating matrimony involves the date or the venue. Style-forward brides might seek the dress first, and foodie couples will waste no time deciding on the menu. When it comes to planning a wedding, in fact, flowers usually aren\u2019t the first concern on most folks\u2019 list. But in creating an unforgettable look for the big day, flowers might just be the most important.

\u201cIt\u2019s the one thing that can unite all ideas into one, whether that be color or sense of style,\u201d says Barb Wehking of Bloomin\u2019 Buckets in Rock Hill. \u201cAfter brides come in and talk through their floral plans, they have more ease and are less anxious about their choices overall.\u201d

In that regard, some requests seemingly change little from year to year: Big, beautiful hydrangea blooms remain the most popular way to make a budget-friendly impact, blush-focused color schemes aren\u2019t fading in popularity anytime soon, and brides will always go to adjectives such as \u201cromantic\u201d and \u201cclassic\u201d when describing their dream floral design. But there are also some very of-the-moment ways to incorporate flowers into the big day. LN spoke with local florists about what they are seeing in St. Louis as prime wedding season nears.

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Inspiration from the \u201980s

The 1980s as a decade aren\u2019t often remembered for their classic wedding details \u2013 big bangs and puffy, oversized sleeves linger as two of the main culprits for our collectively skewed opinion here. But one \u201980s wedding trend has returned with a modern twist.

\u201cThe cascading bridal bouquets have definitely had a resurgence,\u201d says Sue Lueken of Walter Knoll Florist in St. Louis\u2019 Gate District neighborhood. \u201cIt goes back to the garden look that\u2019s really popular right now.\u201d

But instead of the voluminous arrangements commonly carried 35 years ago \u2013 Google search Mariah Carey\u2019s first wedding to Tommy Mottola for possibly the most egregious example of this look \u2013 today\u2019s brides are toting more natural takes on the trend.

\u201cToday\u2019s cascading bouquets are less traditional, featuring more greenery or blooms like lilacs that naturally fall that way,\u201d Wehking says. \u201cCascading bouquets we\u2019re seeing now are less contrived, much looser and more organic-looking.\u201d

Claire Waldbart Kramer, owner and designer at Alex Waldbart Florist in Clayton, agrees.

\u201cAfter years of the tight, round ball bouquet, we are finally seeing a more loosely gathered type of bouquet,\u201d she says. \u201cThe trend is leaning more toward flouncy greenery of different varieties combined with blooms that coordinate with the wedding theme. Usually, beautiful hand-dyed silk ribbons tie the bouquet together with streamers trailing for a soft, breezy, effortless feel.\u201d

Along with relaxed blooms like lilac, today\u2019s cascading bouquets often feature eucalyptus varieties such as silver dollar and seeded.

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It Has a Good Ring to It

Rings exchanged during wedding ceremonies traditionally symbolize the happy couple\u2019s endless and eternal love. Now, ringlike shapes are becoming more and more present in floral design throughout the day.

Lueken counts floral hoops as one of her favorite current wedding trends and ways to create a dramatic look. Kramer agrees.

\u201cCreeping into our most-requested decorations are floral hoops,\u201d Kramer says. \u201cThese are made of wood or metal, which we cover in flowers completely, or in a half-moon shape. These are so pretty suspended as a backdrop for a ceremony.\u201d

Along with floral hoops, Wehking is seeing a lot of foliage and floral wreaths in weddings this season. Like the hoop trend, wreaths make an impact suspended as a backdrop or hung artfully against decorative doors.

As the most wonderful aspect of this particular trend, it can translate to almost any wedding theme. For couples channeling a bohemian vibe, adding strands of ribbon to their floral wreaths and hoops makes the perfect touch. Traditional brides can look to designs created with more tightly packed white roses and simple foliage. And for those looking to make a dramatic statement? Take the idea of a ceremony arch, and bring it full circle by creating a large-scale wreath to exchange vows under. Not getting married outside? This idea also makes a perfect photo op for reception guests.

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Reaching Great, Green Heights

All of the florists LN spoke with noted the trending attention shift from floral to greenery-focused d\u00e9cor pieces that pack a punch throughout the day.

Smaller statement-makers include cut pieces placed delicately around candlesticks or lanterns at minimalist-style table settings, greenery trailing down a beautiful cake and even pieces donned by the groom and his guys.

\u201cBoutonnieres have seen a shift in a focus to greenery recently,\u201d Wehking says. \u201cFor a while, they were a little too big, and now you just see something smaller. And it doesn\u2019t even have to be a flower. I\u2019ve seen simple, less cumbersome designs featuring herbs like rosemary or an olive branch.\u201d

Then there are the statement-makers: lush Secret Garden-esque arbors perfectly framing the happy couple during the ceremony and heavy greenery garland table runners (aided by the farm-to-table trend) setting the perfect scene at the reception.

Wehking says she\u2019s used greenery to create dramatic height impacts at many of her weddings recently, from greenery hung from chandeliers to garland strung above receptions at the World\u2019s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park. Also taking center stage (rightfully so) are ornate greenery-focused head table designs.

\u201cTrends I\u2019m seeing are overhead bridal party table structures decorated heavily with fresh flowers and greenery,\u201d Kramer says. \u201cIt is so gorgeous! The bridal party is photographed the most, so why not have wonderful decorations in your photos?\u201d

In making a green impact, think gardenia foliage, magnolia foliage, Italian ruscus, hostas and many varieties in the eucalyptus genus.

Alex Waldbart Florist, 7801 Clayton Road, St. Louis, 314-644-3566, alexwaldbartflorist.com

Bloomin’ Buckets, 9844 Manchester Road, St. Louis, 314-961-4040, bloominbuckets.com

Walter Knoll Florist, 2765 LaSalle St., St. Louis, 314-352-7575, wkf.com

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As with all other aspects of wedding planning, modern brides and grooms are bringing a personalized twist to the sweetest part of any reception: dessert.

Gone are the days of the cookie-cutter wedding cake. Say farewell to the boring, bland and otherwise expected. Tiers of plain white frosting spread over plain white cake are making way for colorful, custom creations in delicious flavors with one-of-a-kind d\u00e9cor.

\u201cOverall, our clients want a cake that speaks to them \u2013 and we listen,\u201d says Katie Arras of Kaked By Katie in St. Louis\u2019 Princeton Heights neighborhood. Arras explains she and her team encourage couples to create a vision board of their wedding, which allows them to understand more than the couple\u2019s favorite flavors. \u201cSometimes seeing an overall mood can really open up creativity from different perspectives,\u201d she says. \u201cWe try to get to the core and create a cake that is designed for them.\u201d

Arras believes traditional wedding cakes are taking a break, noting modern additions like color and sugar d\u00e9cor or flowers from wedding cake professionals across the country. She mentions that seminaked cakes continue to grow in popularity and deliver that romantic-meets-rustic design many brides and grooms desire. Their predecessors, naked cakes, featured frosting between the layers with none on the sides and often showcased meticulous lines of fresh fruit. The similar seminaked cake is a hybrid between that and a traditionally frosted cake; instead of an opaque layer of buttercream around the outside, seminaked cakes feature some frosting on the sides with bits of cake peeking through, also called the crumb coat. The result is nothing short of charming.

Ericka Frank, owner of The Cakery in St. Louis\u2019 Dogtown neighborhood, mentions that couples are reaching not only for special designs but also for flavors. \u201cMany are requesting multiple unique flavors \u2013 chocolate chip, banana, strawberry \u2013 and many are looking for textured frosting and seminaked cakes as opposed to smooth-frosted with a piped design,\u201d she says. \u201cWatercolor, mixed metals and gold leaf are also trending with many couples.\u201d Frank notes she enjoys the process of creating a drip cake (another trendy option featuring decadent drips, often of chocolate, running down the sides of the cake), as well as edible watercolor masterpieces created by The Cakery\u2019s manager and lead designer. Equal parts tasty and tricky, the watercolor effect is so believable you\u2019d think you were biting right into a painting.

Even the number of cakes and their placement have become more personalized. In lieu of traditional centerpieces like candles or flowers, Frank mentions the rise of smaller cakes as a guest table option. A recent couple, she explains, commissioned individual cakes, decorated with fresh flowers, to sit in the center of each reception table.

\u201cAnother trend is the ever-changing dessert table,\u201d Arras says. A quick Pinterest search proves this to be true, showing ample images of shorter cakes creating a lush landscape of dessert in varying styles and flavors. \u201cWe have had many couples request a cake table showcasing three to six different wedding cakes, [with] one cake standing out as the \u2018statement piece\u2019 and the others complementing in similar designs.\u201d

Much like Frank, Arras echoes metallic as a popular trend and notes patterns, sugar flowers and lace detailing as other frequent favorites. And although she says she fell in love with certain d\u00e9cor styles while starting her career, creating a cake as unique as the couple celebrating their wedding is always the goal.

\u201cThere is something that is just so grand about a beautiful statement cake that looks like a piece of art while still being 100 percent edible,\u201d Arras says.

The Cakery, 1420 Tamm Ave., St. Louis, 314-647-6000, theacakerybakery.net

Kaked By Katie, 5858 Hampton Ave., St. Louis, 314-553-9363, kakedbykatie.com – by appointment only

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Almost all brides-to-be are guilty of spending countless hours scrolling through Pinterest or flipping through bridal publications to find inspiration for their big day. Whether in search of the ambiance you want guests to\u00a0feel\u00a0upon arrival or the more intimate details like the memento hanging from your bouquet as you walk down the aisle, inspiration abounds in this day and age.

In theory, having this plethora of inspiration seems like a blessing. However, when having to make pointed decisions in multiple capacities, it can almost be daunting. Our advice? See what inspiring traits truly\u00a0move\u00a0you and induce that little flutter in your chest (maybe even the same flutter you experienced the first time you laid eyes on your very own special someone).

In this year's Elegant Living Weddings section, we hope you find something that moves\u00a0you. Whether that be the beautiful backyard wedding of Nicole Wilkinson and Dan Callahan II, the one-of-a-kind love story of Molly Boland and Matthew Boland or the plethora of intimate details that were so beautifully curated by our other couples.

Also in this special edition, LN writer Allison Babka spoke to experts at Genovese Jewelers and YLANG YLANG about what ring styles are growing in popularity in 2018. We hope those about to propose\u00a0especially\u00a0take note. But can you have your cake and eat it too?\u00a0Yes!\u00a0LN writer Julia Cain speak to The Cakery and Kaked by Katie about what cakes and cake trends have grown in popularity this year. Iit\u2019s certainly not one you want to miss \u2013 did we mention that there\u2019s cake? Last but certainly not least, LN writer Mary Mack spoke to experts at Alex Waldbart Florist, Bloomin\u2019 Buckets and Walter Knoll Florist about the floral forecast for this season. Because can there really be too many flowers on your big day? The answer is no.


Click on the links below to read this year's Elegant Living Wedding feature stories.

Boland & Boland

Wilkinson & Callahan

Callaghan & Nakra

Seldin & O\u2019Connor

Blase & Sanders

Ririe & Yost

Blissful Bands

Creative Cakes

Fabulous Florals

Pinworthy Portraits

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Mr. Thomas Mueller and Dr. Deborah Fritz, and Mr. and Mrs. William and Beverly Fritz, all of St. Louis, are thrilled to announce the engagement of their son, Kyle Joseph, to Beverly Demitra (Demi), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey and Angela Blust of Chicago.

The future groom graduated in 2007 from John F. Kennedy Catholic High School. A graduate of the University of Central Missouri\u2019s Professional Pilot Fixed Wing Program, accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration, Kyle now flies for GoJet Airlines.

The bride-to-be earned her master\u2019s degree in 2017 from Fontbonne University. Demi is a speech and language pathologist for the Parkway School District.

The couple met in 2015 through mutual friends. Kyle had his work cut out for him when it came time to propose, as his future wife is notoriously hard to surprise. While staying at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis for a girls\u2019 weekend with her mother and cousins, Kyle caught her stepping out of the elevator into The Eagle\u2019s Nest restaurant on the 22nd floor. Prior to the elevator doors sliding open, Demi had confessed the excursion to be \u201cthe best weekend of my life.\u201d A surprise proposal definitely topped the cake! Kyle and Demi will marry on July 7 in Detroit and will reside in Des Peres.

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What\u2019s better than one architecturally significant home? One architecturally significant home quite literally inside a second house, of course! That\u2019s exactly what you\u2019ll find at one-of-a-kind 110 Dielman Road in Ladue, the 2017 Ladue News Show House.

Originally built in the 1930s, 110 Dielman Road started out as a charming stone cottage featuring a pattern of triangles and horizontal lines in light gray. Decades later, a massive contemporary addition was added, but unlike modern additions built onto the back of a home, this one engulfed the property, leaving the cottage and its stonework as the nucleus for the extensive estate.

Samantha Goldenhersh grew up in the home from 1987 to 1998, when the majority of the major renovations took place. Her mother and father, Jennifer and Mark Goldenhersh, bought it from Mark\u2019s childhood friends\u2019 parents, the Broida family. They made substantial improvements to the home, including adding the great room, movie theater, additional bathrooms and upstairs loft. Her father even had a tennis court built on the property, although it was later removed by a subsequent owner.

Today, 110 Dielman Road features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half-bathroom throughout its 5,175-square-foot interior. The new exterior features oversize windows framing the view of 2-plus acres of property. Inside, the original stonework abounds, as well as other show-stopping design details like multiple vaulted wood-beam ceilings and a cobbled stone-and-marble floor.

Ted Wight of Dielmann Sotheby\u2019s International Realty, the Realtor on the $1.549 million residence, says the home is a great fit for the Show House because of its variety of aesthetic and design elements. \u201cThere\u2019s a wide assortment of traditional and nontraditional rooms [that] will appeal to all people\u2019s tastes \u2013 and it gives designers the ability to be contemporary or traditional,\u201d he says, adding that it features \u201ca lot to look at\u201d and \u201call sorts of exciting design choices to experience\u201d for visitors. \u201cIt\u2019s not just a standard center-hall colonial home.\u201d

Rooms featured in the 2017 Show House involve both the main floor and the stately lower level. Downstairs, the abode features a variety of modern luxuries, including a family room, wet bar, sauna, wine cellar and bedroom suite. \u201cIt has contemporary flair but [a] wonderful traditional feel to it,\u201d Wight says of the estate.

Outside, 110 Dielman Road features an attached two-car garage, as well as a detached one-car garage with workspace. A large patio nestles into the manicured yet organic-feeling landscaping, but in case that isn\u2019t enough outdoor entertaining space, the home also features an enclosed, open-air courtyard at its center off the great room. This unique space features ample stonework and endless design possibilities.

When asked what space he\u2019s most excited to see transformed, Wight says: \u201cMy favorite room is the great room, with the timbered ceilings, skylights and windows that look out onto the courtyard and backyard \u2013 it\u2019s a very dramatic, large space.\u201d He also mentions the adjoining open-air courtyard, saying, \u201cIt\u2019s very unique, and I\u2019m sure it\u2019s going to be exciting.\u201d

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Click the links below to learn more about

each aspect of\u00a0the Show House.

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Sponsor: Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty

Beneficiary: SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital

Preview Party Photos

Before & After Video

Dining Room

Powder Room

Great Room

Master Suite

Guest Bedroom

Hearth Room

Kitchen/Butler's Pantry

Loft

Family Room \u2014 Lower Level

Solarium Guest Suite

Landscaping

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Anne Smith and Liz McGovern of June Roesslein Interiors turned a window-filled room into a green and lush guest suite. Two taupe hues color the walls (North Hampton Beige and Ashley Grey, both by Benjamin Moore) and are paired with airy upholstery throughout. \u201cArchitecturally, the room is stunning,\u201d Smith says.

Changes to the original design included selecting a new chandelier and sham fabric. \u201cThe fabric reselection required revisiting the finish selected on the headboard \u2013 a domino effect,\u201d Smith explains.

\u201cOur favorite portion of the room has to be the \u2018living wall,\u2019 with the two chairs strategically placed next to a round wrapped rattan table,\u201d Smith says. \u201cThe tablescape is reflective of a romantic celebration with champagne flutes and a strawberry-chocolate cake. We\u2019re excited to share the entire space with our guests.\u201d

The natural details don\u2019t stop with the plants. From woven baskets to the knotted table base, elements of the outdoors are seen throughout. The room features few pieces of wall art, instead focusing on framing the lovely view through the oversize picture window. The tranquility of the bedroom extends to the adjoining bathroom. Dark woven baskets add a touch of nature and extra storage, and a fur-covered vanity stool in a light hue brings a bit of glam without going overboard.

June Roesslein Interiors, 10411 Clayton Road, No. 206, Frontenac, 636-394-1465, juneroesslein.com

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While the temperature keeps changing in St. Louis, it\u2019s entirely autumn at the Show House thanks to Jim Graeler and daughter Andria Graeler of Chesterfield Valley Nursery. The exterior of the home is engulfed in fall hues like orange and yellow.

\u201cI think our favorite part of the landscape was the walkway up to the front door,\u201d Andria Graeler says of the manicured entryway, flanked with colorful mums and greenery. \u201cBetween all the fall color and the planter bowls, it was just a really nice, lush example of how we create a space.\u201d

The Chesterfield Valley Nursery team ran into some issues with size, she explains, noting a few plants that were too tall for their original intended locations. Minor adjustments fixed these issues to create a warm and welcoming yard.

The outdoor spaces at the house include not just the front entryway but also a side yard complete with an outdoor living room. \u201cI was most excited about this area \u2026 [It] has a lot of our large planter pots, and it also had a really nice box Japanese maple to create a more natural feel to that outdoor space,\u201d Andria Graeler says.

Chesterfield Valley Nursery, 16825 N. Outer 40, Chesterfield, 636-532-9307, chesterfieldvalleynursery.com

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From the tiled floor with a textured rug to the wood ceiling with a tumbleweed light fixture, interesting details can be found in every inch of the hearth room. Vicki Dreste of Victoria Dreste Designs tackled the unique space.

\u201cI\u2019m very happy with the way the room turned out,\u201d Dreste says. \u201cOne of my favorite things about the room is the color palette. I love the combination of navy blue and a caramel color. I think those two colors blend and work really well in the space with the tile in the dark wood ceiling.\u201d

Size and timing did cause a few changes to her original design, Dreste explains; a rug was not available when she needed it, and a side table appeared too large once in the space. \u201cNeither of these changes affected the overall design of the room,\u201d she says.

Another challenge? The light fixture is made of an actual tumbleweed, which gives it both visual interest and serious transportation problems. Dreste explains it cannot be put in a box or set down, but instead must always remain suspended.

Victoria Dreste Designs, 314-308-5759, victoriadreste.com

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