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This just in…USA Today has declared the Four Seasons St. Louis as one of the top hotel breakfasts in America. In its latest Daily Meal ranking, the newspaper lists the Four Seasons’ Cielo restaurant at No. 6, citing its Belgian waffle with cappuccino mascarpone cream and pralines and the crème brûlée French toast with blueberry compote, as well as the egg-white frittata and the chocolate bomboloni (Italian filled donut). Congratulations to hotel general manager Alper Oztok and his team!
Choosing music for your wedding should be one of the planning stage’s more enjoyable decisions, and it should be done together as a couple. While selecting music to celebrate your big day can be overwhelming (like everything else about the wedding), it can be simplified if you separate the decisions into ‘categories.’ There is appropriate music for religious ceremonies, as well as secular and ethnic weddings.
Deanie Reis and Tom Spannring weren’t distracted by superfluous details when planning their wedding. They knew what mattered most: celebrating their holy matrimony with family and friends.
Make a memorable first impression by welcoming guests to your home with a stylish, seasonal wreath on the front door.
Why are people so rude? Who told them they have the right to pry into a newlywed couple’s business? This idea has had a buzz on the Internet lately, so I recently asked five of my newlywed couples about some of the rudest questions/comments directed at them since their wedding.
What’s the secret to helping a bride feel the most confident, the most beautiful and the happiest on her wedding day? Here are some tips I have learned over the years:
Remember that decades-old commercial that declared A day without orange juice is like a day without sunshine? It could just as easily be said that a wedding without flowers is, well, not like a wedding at all. In fact, next to the bridal gown, it seems that more time is spent discussing and dissecting the pros and cons of floral arrangements than just about any other aspect of a wedding. Experts say the pretty peony is the most popular wedding flower, but lush 'country garden' arrangements, including hydrangeas, ranunculus and garden roses are coming into vogue.
Flowers by Ken Miesner's Flowers
The blushing bride, the handsome groom and the prospect of a lifetime of happiness renews my soul every time I service a wedding, from the simplest to the most elaborate. But all weddings take a certain amount of preparation.
Flowers by Ken Miesner's from the October 2012 wedding of Ryan and Megan Maher
The Date– October 20, 2012
Friends and family say that Megan McCarthy Strout and Ryan Emerson Maher were meant to be together—even if their paths often seemed to lead them apart.
When Chris Grimmig fell for Meredith Rull at her field hockey matches, he conspired with her teammates to take her on a date. “I got her number from her teammate and asked her to go to dinner,” he recalls. Luckily for Chris, Meredith said yes right away.
Few warm-weather scenes are more picturesque than that of sinking into a wooden chair, surrounded by blooming plants, sipping iced tea. As lovely as it sounds, chipped, filthy or boring pots can destroy the mood. Upgrade your porch or windowsill oasis with new planters worthy of spring’s best flowers.
Writing your thank-you notes should start right after any engagement party you may have. If people are kind enough to give you a gift, a lovely handwritten note (on a fold-over note card, written in black ink) is a priority—a priority you should carry all through the bridal shower, cocktail parties, rehearsal dinner and wedding events.
Ken Miesner's Flowers crafted the floral designs for Jennifer and Jordan Decker's May 2012 wedding.
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
No party is complete without décor, and what better option this spring than the very blooms that represent the season? We talked to three local floral designers to find out which stems scream spring and picked up some ideas to make sure everything at your gathering comes up roses—or perhaps tulips, in this case.
Planning a wedding tends to make brides-to-be and their mothers very irritable and annoyed—and usually with each other. What should be one of the happiest collaborations ever may turn into a nasty test of wills.
Austin Scarlett is joined by Town and Country Bridal's Stephanie Fagyal and LN wedding columnist John Sullivan of Ken Miesner's Flowers during the debut of the designer's bridal collection in St. Louis.
Have you ever visited the Campbell House downtown? It was the home of St. Louis businessman Robert Campbell, who lived there with his family from 1854 to 1938.
LN’s holiday collection to benefit NURSES FOR NEWBORNS runs until Monday, Dec. 24. Suggested items for donation include baby formula, diapers, boy/girl toys (newborn to age 8), clothing (preemie to size 8), non-perishable food items and grocery gift cards. Collection boxes are available at our offices, 8811 Ladue Road (Ladue and 170), Suite D. To see the complete Wish List, visit laduenews.com.
From pecan pie to red velvet brownies, our 2012 Holiday Dessert Recipe Contest produced our best-ever reader turnout—and a delicious one at that! With help from LN Cooks' chef John Johnson, Spicy Bits writer Matt Sorrell and Wedding Wisdom columnist John Sullivan of Ken Miesner's Flowers (who also decorated the holiday table), we took on the sweet task of coming up with a winner from the 20 dessert entries.
In this whirlpool of a world we live in, Thanksgiving has a tendency to get lost. We go from Halloween directly to Christmas to the New Year, almost without taking a breath in between.