It's an odd conundrum: They say a wedding is 'your big day,' but to brides taking on the challenge of planning, it may be more like 'your big year of hard work.' That's where local wedding and event planning company Absolutely IN! comes in, offering services to help brides through the many areas of the matrimonial celebration.
An intercontinental love story, Sara Elyse Badler and Thomas William Greaney met at a Mexican bar in Shanghai, China. Both were working in Shanghai as English teachers. Thomas was struck from the start and knew early on that he would spend his life with Sara. “It was pretty easy, actually,” he recalls. After two years spent in Shanghai, they moved to New York together in 2010, where Thomas proposed with a ring hidden inside a vintage Pucci bag that Sara had been eyeing.
Whether you’re a car or motorcycle lover, or just appreciate their form and function, you’re in luck as St. Louis is home to two museums that honor the genius behind these vehicles.
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Josephine Havlak, Photographer... The key for a bar or bat mitzvah is to have a �facilitator� who can encourage the kids to be outgoing and break out of their shells, which can be hard for 13-year-olds. I covered one party where they brought in a woman from a professional dance troupe in Chicago and she was amazing at getting the kids out on the dance floor. By the end of the night, one boy, who initially was terrified to dance, was doing Michael Jackson moves!
Ken Miesner’s Flowers has been at Plaza Frontenac from the very start, catering to some of St. Louis’ finest families, many of whom live nearby in Ladue, Clayton and Frontenac.
12-year-old HENRY BAER of Town and Country is leaving for St. Petersburg, Russia, next month to defend his USA Gymnastics No. 1 ranking in synchronized trampoline. Henry and his synchro partner, NICK PIONTEK of Kansas City, will be part of a U.S. delegation to the World Games in Russia, where they’ll compete against athletes from 40 other countries. Henry’s mom, LAURA BAER, says her son has been training privately 12 hours a week. She’ll be accompanying him on the trip, departing Nov. 14. Henry is a seventh-grader at Whitfield School, where he also plays soccer and basketball, and maintains a 4.0 GPA!
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Anyone involved with Girls on the Run will tell you that its essence is all about girl power. “We prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect, healthy living and a sense of community, all intertwined through running,” says executive director Jill Indovino.
Simply put, interior design is Alan Brainerd’s passion. He started his company in 1984 when he was just 21 years old and now handles, on average, 30 projects at a time throughout the United States and Mexico. He stays motivated by clients and travel, from which he gets much of his inspiration. Brainerd admits he’s constantly learning and seeking out educational opportunities like the exclusive Victorian Society Summer School, which he was selected to attend last year. His inspiration also comes from ‘the greats’ like Dorothy Draper, Edith Wharton and Billy Baldwin, who he says defined good taste and paved the way for those in his career. Brainerd works in residential and commercial design, including health care offices, retail stores and country clubs. Oftentimes, he serves as a purveyor of good taste in clients’ social lives, as well, by planning their wedding receptions or bat mitzvahs. With every project, Brainerd strives to not only design a pleasant environment, but also to educate clients along the way.