Elizabeth Marie DiLoreto and Jordan Keith Strope
Ashley Sewell and Patrick Ryan were worried about the weather: The forecast for their big day, over Memorial Day Weekend in Cape Cod, was predicted to be cold and rainy. But the storm clouds stayed away and sunshine blessed the beaches for the couple’s nautical nuptials.
Courtney Bry and Michael Flanagan
Story: It’s 1816, and a group of young poets, philosophers and artists has gathered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland for a summer of sailing, writing and late-night conversations. With steady rain forcing them to stay inside on many days, they entertain themselves by telling old German ghost stories. This inspires one of them, George Gordon (aka Lord Byron), to propose a contest in which each of them will write a ghost story.
Mary Boehne and John Bogacki
Light-as-air upholstered pieces, coral prints, watery blues and silvery coastal accents create an oceanic wonderland, whether you’re by land or by sea this summer.
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.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Here, local wedding experts share essential checklists to help couples prepare as early as possible—so that once the big day arrives, the bride and groom can cherish every moment.
The classic features and unique ceiling in The Chase Park Plaza’s Khorassan Ballroom makes wedding guests feel as though they’re under the stars. Booking the Khorassan includes the extra perk of having a personalized message on the hotel’s classic marquee, making it a great backdrop for photos.
The concrete, stainless-steel mesh walls, floor-to-ceiling windows, courtyard terrace and dynamic array of ever-changing contemporary art exhibits make the Contemporary Art Museum an effortlessly modern setting for couples in-the-know.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre offers the Grand Staircase (pictured), as one of several settings for lavish nuptials. Guests can enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime experience of stepping behind the curtain and dining center-stage, and the wedding party can even opt to use ‘star’ and ‘chorus’ dressing rooms backstage.
Monsanto Hall at the Missouri Botanical Garden (pictured), offers a bright, crisp atmosphere. Couples also can choose the Spink Pavillion for a fun outdoor venue. The bride and groom receive a basic 1-year membership to the Garden, and, along with their guests, are free to explore its 79 acres.
The Sheldon can host every element of a wedding, from start to finish. Couples can hold intimate ceremonies on stage in the Concert Hall, before enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres surrounded by gorgeous art in the galleries and Atrium, followed by dinner and dancing in the Ballroom.
Several areas of the Saint Louis Art Museum are available to use as a venue, including the Sculpture Hall (pictured). Guests can enjoy private, docent-led tours during the cocktail hour, giving them a special viewing of the galleries after-hours.
Grace Joan Cline and Michael John Keeven
When Alex Davis and Isaac Wouk describe how they met, how they became engaged, and how they got married, one thing is prevalent: laughter. The two joke and tease and smile at each other in a way that only those experiencing true love can.
When working with brides- and grooms-to-be, Kate Turner, founder of Kate & Company, says her first priority is to give each couple a wedding that reflects their taste and personality. “The places that we work out of are often quintessential hotels, but we don’t want the guests to walk in and say, This is really pretty…but it’s just like the last time I was here,” she says. “We want it to be reflective of who they are.”
Story: Ten years after graduating from high school, a group of women gather in a hotel bridal luxury suite on the night before the wedding of one of their former classmates.