A Series of Statement Bars and Over-the-Top Flowers Made This Couple's Wedding in St. Louis One for the Books

A fresh oyster station and several custom-built bars were among the many unique features of this stunning wedding re-do.

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It was providential that Megan and Nick should cross paths on their first day as students at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine—it was nearly 30 years to the day that Megan's parents met in the same auditorium on their own first day at the revered medical school. But fate wasn't done with them yet. "In a class of 120 students, we happened to be assigned to the same small advisory group of five; the same anatomy bay; and all the same classes," shares Megan. "I couldn't get away from the guy if I tried!" All jokes aside, a romance felt inevitable and truly meant to be—so when love led to an engagement, the couple was ready.

Although their plan to wed before hundreds of guests was thwarted by the pandemic, the pair was able to exchange vows on their original wedding date in an intimate ceremony. Fast-forward a year, and their follow-up event for 400 people had to be reined in due to lingering county restrictions in addition to safety apprehensions. "Out of concern about our guests traveling and gathering in large groups, we cut our guest list in half," says the bride—which was no easy feat. But with the numbers finally settled, the couple turned their attention to selecting a venue—and realized that there was no place like home. "Nick, my family, and I toured dozens of venues in St. Louis, and all of them were gorgeous," says Megan. "But I felt nothing could compare to what I could imagine for my parents' home and land."

With a garden vision in mind and the seemingly endless assistance and skills of Kate + Co, the pair transformed the family's residence into a fairy-tale of flowers, custom structures, and signature colors. Most of all, they cherished the opportunity to reaffirm their vows before their nearest and dearest in such a meaningful locale—one that was as meant to be as their love story.

blue and botanical themed wedding invitation suite
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You're Invited

With the couple's garden theme in mind, Cheree Berry Paper & Design created the the invitation suite using floral details and the couple's signature blue-and-purple color palette.

welcome boxes with hand sanitizer and butter cakes
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Warm Welcome

The couple put together welcome bags for their "favorite party animals," including some essentials and local treats—like hand sanitizer and gooey butter cake—to help loved ones "celebrate, hydrate, and recuperate."

bride with eleven bridesmaids wearing matching pj sets
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Bridesmaid Bonding

Hours before the bride's 11 attendants preceded her down the aisle, they enjoyed lounging in coordinating pajamas as they got ready for the big day.

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Feathers and Florals

Megan's full Pnina Tornai wedding dress was beautifully embellished with 3D floral appliqués and the lightest of feathers. "My mom started crying!" she says of the moment she put on the gown, which was customized to the bride's specifications.

bride with large all white floral wedding bouquet
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Beauty in Bloom

Delicate sweet pea, ranunculus, garden roses, and waxflower composed the bridal bouquet, which was asymmetrical in shape. Trailing clematis vine softened the edges.

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Gray-Blue Gowns

Bridesmaids wore Jenny Yoo for Bella Bridesmaid dresses in varying silhouettes, all in matching gray-blue hues.

groom smiling walking with groomsmen outside
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Dressed to Impress

Nick was extremely taken with his custom tuxedo created by Tailored Gent in St. Louis. "There were 50-plus different measurements!" Megan says. Each groomsman was gifted a matching, custom-fitted tux, which resulted in a handsome, cohesive look.

large white tent wedding ceremony space with white chairs and floral decor
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Draped in White

The tent where the ceremony was held was a dreamy vision of white designed around a central, expansive aisle lined with flowers in shades of subtle green, soft ivory, and subtle lavender.

plant display area wedding ceremony detail
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Plant Unity Ceremony

The ceremony included a plant display for the couple; the parents of the bride and groom completed a watering ritual—to signal their children's union—at the altar.

large purple and white floral wedding aisle decor
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Purple Blooms

Festive Couture Floral created the floral displays that lined the aisle. The neutral arrangements, filled out with plenty of greenery, were accented with pops of purple.

flower girl wearing white dress holding purple and white floral bouquet
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Here Comes the Flower Girl

For her walk to the altar, the flower girl donned a dress by Doloris Petunia and held onto a miniature bouquet with delicate garden roses and sweet peas.

bride and groom holding hands smiling at each other during recessional
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Back Up the Aisle

After the couple recessed back down the aisle, guests raised chilled glasses of Dom Pérignon—hand selected by the bride's father—for a joyous Champagne toast.

wedding oyster bar
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Sea Fare

Among the outdoor cocktail hour offerings were fresh hand-shucked oysters—a nod to the couple's connection to the East Coast.

his and hers cocktail bar with old fashioned and gin fizz supplies
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His and Hers

Two signature drinks were served up at the full bar: This first was an old fashioned, smoked to order, in honor of Nick.

waiter holding botanical designed serving tray with gin fizz drinks
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Gin Fiz

As for the second? Megan's favorite gin fizz drinks were poured into blue coupes and served on branded trays.

coors beer wedding bar
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Of Coors!

The couple had Coors beer on tap for their guests.

dinner seating sign in garden area
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Walk This Way

At the close of the cocktail hour, loved ones were invited to enter the reception tent through an escort card "garden."

garden tent with hanging greenery and floral arrangements
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Into the Garden

Loved ones found their table assignments on paper butterflies and dragonflies that were embedded into the fresh flowers.

escort cards in greenery with butterfly cutouts
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Butterfly Notes

Each butterfly featured a short motivational quote in honor of Megan's mom, who is known for sending her favorite phrases to her kids.

white and blue wedding reception lounge area next to bar under tent
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Epic Entry

Thousands of wisteria stems were suspended from the tent's rafters and immediately captured guests' attention as they entered the 12,000-square-foot space. Lounge areas were sprinkled throughout; the chic furniture groupings offered guests places to gather.

blue and white wedding reception bar
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Statement Bar

Amazing floral displays, also by Festive Couture Floral, were placed on every surface, including atop a custom bar that was built to reflect one of the couple's signature wedding colors: perwinkle. The shade was an exact match to the back of their big-day invite; their signature vine wallpaper marked the center of the station.

gold and white chairs lining long floral decor topped tables
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Table Talk

Gorgeous mirror-topped tables stretched across the tent. Floral chandeliers were interspersed with crystal iterations that sloped down from the white fabric overhead.

gold and white chairs around purple and white linen topped round tables
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In the Round

Round tables were draped in luxe purple-and-white patterned linens. Elegant chairs, flatware, and rimmed stemware added additional glamorous touches of gold.

gold and white place settings with blue linens and floral centerpieces
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Overflowing With Flowers

Lavender-hued blooms dotted the lavish, creamy floral arrangements, including those that spilled gracefully over select tabletops in a cascade of white orchids.

first and second course reception menu on gold rimmed white plates
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On the Menu

Settings of china layered over chargers with gilded edges were topped with linen napkins tied with pristine white ribbon. Booklet menus told of the meal to come.

bride and groom share a kiss seated at reception table
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A Sweet Moment

The couple shared a kiss during the first course: a chilled corn soup topped with cream and edible flowers (caviar was also served tableside).

eight tier white frosted wedding cake with large purple and blue floral decor
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More Is More

The pair's 7-foot wedding cake—"Mom said she wanted a big cake, so we went big!" says Megan—designed and baked by The Cakery Bakery boasted a number of flavors, including banana-cinnamon, chocolate, and yellow cake with raspberry filling and chocolate chip cake with vanilla cream.

bride and groom standing next to giant wedding cake
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Ombré Floral Sash

A swag of fresh flowers—that began with a topper of white orchids, calla lilies, and ivory roses—picked up color on the way down courtesy of sweet peas, hydrangeas, roses, and more in shades of blue, purple, lavender, and blush.

dessert table with several more cakes
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Cake Garden

Tucked away in the back of the tent, a dessert garden, which was designed to be an immersive experience, awaited guests. Five different cakes—created to look as if they were growing among the blooms—were offered, and chefs in coordinating attire made nitrogen-infused ice cream to order.

bride and groom share a kiss during first dance
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Their First Dance

Megan and Nick took their first dance to "Bless the Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts, courtesy of music by Contemporary Productions.

For the bride, the ensuing family dance party was the highlight of night. "My family took a nontraditional approach to the parent dance," she says. "We played Taylor Swift's 'Never Grow Up,' and my father, mother, and two brothers all took a turn dancing with me. It was very special, as we are a very close family, and I felt this represented that!"

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Photography, Mike Cassimatis Photography
Wedding Planning, Event Design, and Coordination, Kate & Company
Flowers, Festive Couture Floral
Videography, Blueberry Creative
Portrait Lounge Photographer, Banga Studios
Stationery, Cheree Berry Paper & Design
Music, Contemporary Productions
Rentals, The Aries Company; BBJ Linens; Casa de Perrin; Décorum; Jacob Co Creative; La Tavola; Mahaffey Event and Tent Rentals; Revelry Event Designers; VIP Restrooms; Weinhardt Party Rentals
Wedding Dress, Pnina Tornai
Bride's Accessories, Pnina Tornaiveil; Jimmy Choo shoes;
Bridal Salon, Kleinfeld Bridal
Reception Outfit, Etsy
Hair and Makeup, Amanda Dunavant for DanielleStyle
Bridesmaids' Dresses, Jenny Yoo for Bella Bridesmaid
Mother-of-the-Bride Dress, Badgley Mischka
Menswear, Tailored Gents
Flower Girl's Attire, Doloris Petunia
Rings, Simons Jewelers
Cake, The Cakery Bakery
Desserts, Bijoux Chocolates; Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolate; The Cakery Bakery; Loria, STL Cake Pops
Transportation, JED Transportation
Guest Accommodations, The Ritz Carlton Saint Louis
Valet Parking, Midwest Valet Parking
Catering, 23 City Blocks Catering

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