Amy-James Wedding-Conservatory, St. Charles, MO, US
Irish Eyes Photography beautifully captured Amy-James Wedding-Conservatory in St. Charles, MO, US. So even though there was rain during this wedding, the couple’s love, joy, and happiness were still shining through in all of these beautiful photos. In addition, photos with umbrellas are definitely one of many highlights from this wedding. Moreover, there is a very cute photo with bridesmaids holding a sign “Wait till you see her!” which is such a great idea. So bride’s dress, ceremony location and all of the decor were all simply stunning.
Event Date: March 24, 2018. Amy-James Wedding-Conservatory
From Irish Eyes Photography: Amy-James Wedding-Conservatory
Our mission: we are mindful of everyone’s story because ultimately each is unique, distinct, and beautiful, and as their photographers we have the rare privilege of observing and relaying their stories thru photography.
The day and couple: the day was wet but it didn’t dampen our couple or their excitement, just as excited as if the day was sunny and perfect.
They were a delight to work with and we will not forget their energy.
Thank you for showing us what matters on the wedding day.
Q and A with the Bride: Amy-James Wedding-Conservatory
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
We wanted to keep our wedding day simple as that speaks to both of us as a couple. We also wanted to keep our ceremony to close friends and family which is why we chose The Conservatory in St. Charles. It was the perfect size for an intimate close gathering and exactly how we wanted to share our marriage with everyone. Our Wedding was an early spring wedding so we chose to do a color palette of Blush, Ivory and Sage Green with hints of gold as well. We chose one of our close friends to marry us which made the ceremony that much more special to us!
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
We chose The Conservatory in St. Charles for our wedding ceremony location due to its sheer beauty! We did not have to worry with decor, as it was all there naturally with it being a greenhouse and beautifully set already with plants and floral arrangements. For the reception, we kept most of the decor white and gold and added in splashes of light pink in the table settings as well as memory tables and gift tables. The tent is mostly white and in a white setting so we stuck with that to make it all match. We added in lights on the head tables as well as lights as you entered the reception venue. Gold and white and candle lights really set the mood for a fun evening! Yes, all of the décor ideas at The New Town Tent were DIY. I had a vision of golds, glitter, and white that really came to life!
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
We used simple light pink roses and babies breath for the bridesmaids bouquets, and light pink boutonnieres for the groomsmen. My bouquet had light pink roses, splashes of a very subtle purple, greens, and ivory and white throughout it. It was absolutely perfect!. All of our centerpieces at the reception were white/ivory hydrangeas. We had four large centerpieces that marked the family tables. We had fresh flowers all around the reception which created a warm environment and I feel like welcomed our guest to more comfort.
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
One of the most fun things we did as a last-minute change due to weather was adding clear umbrellas! I was really hoping for clear weather but it rained most of the day. Since our theme was light pink, ivory, and golds/navy for the guys we added in clear/white umbrellas for the bridal photo pictures. Anxious to see how these turned out! We also had popcorn and pretzels wrapped in white and gold bags on the party bus for the wedding party. On the bags, written in gold it said “Happily Ever After” just a cute touch and both myself and my husband love fresh pretzels and popcorn.We are both parks and recreation professionals ( I work for the City of Des Peres, and my Husband works for the City of Ballwin) and know several professionals in the St. Louis region so it was only fitting that we had one of our close friends and Parks and Recreation Director of Webster Groves marry us! We had several of the St. Louis area cities represented at the wedding and reception since that is a big part of our story and how we met 🙂 #parksandrecpowercouple
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
I chose my wedding day look to be simple, but elegant. I wanted to find a dress that would be timeless and I could look back on in 20 years and still love the way it looked. I chose a dress from the Allure Bridal gown collection – and I chose a dress that complimented my figure. I did not want something like most brides had either, I wanted the dress to be different, but timeless. The top of my wedding gown was white lace with lace details and a short cap sleeve, while the bottom was an ivory (cappuccino off white color) Satin. The dress had beautiful details and buttons up the back and a slim bow belt that added a bit of elegance and separated the dress. I chose a matching veil that looked like it was made to be with the dress. It had lace details around the edging and went, below my lower back in length. I decided to wear my hair half up and half down and pinned my hair back with a wedding clip that was pinned just at the top of my wedding veil. My shoes were very simple peep toe heel off white with a white flower just around the ankle. My mom chose my earrings and got me a tear drop ivory pearl with a small diamond stud. I kept my makeup very simple and very natural looking. As far as my husband, the groom, we both really liked Navy and thought navy would make the girls blush dresses pop and mine really stand out. He chose a navy suit with white bow tie and brown shoes, white suspenders. (he added a pop of color with his suspenders and got navy plaid ones to add some personality to it! The rest of the groomsmen had navy blue ties and white suspenders. They turned out great!! The flower girls and ring bearers were darling! The flower girls were in a light pink/rose gold glitter dress with matching head bands and necklaces. While the ring bearers were in navy pants, white dress shirts and navy bow tie and suspenders.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met through mutual work friends…(both of us work in Parks and Recreation) On Christmas Eve of 2016 James was spending the holiday with Amy and her family. Little did Amy know her favorite holiday was just about to get more special. James had been planning the proposal since early December and wanted it to be perfect! While watching the annual family holiday movie James slipped away to “go to the gas station” when in reality he was setting up the proposal. James really wanted Amy’s family to be involved and part of the big moment. While watching Four Christmas’s and enjoying the night Amy’s Mom brought over a card. She told her to open it because it was part of her Christmas. Amy wanted to wait until James got back to open all the presents with him there too. Her mom insisted she open the card. Amy opened the Christmas card and to her surprise it was not from her mom, it was from James. “Life is Better with You” and it sure was about to be with James. Amy began to read the card and it stated to come to the front yard because your Christmas present was too big to bring inside this year. Amy then said “OMG he bought me a car!!!!” Everyone laughed and quickly followed behind. Amy then opened the front door to Christmas lights and tiki torches all over the front yard. James was standing at the end of the lights and looked perfect. Amy started walking towards James and noticed their song was playing in the background-Frankie Ballard …”It all started with a beer” At that moment Amy knew her life was about to change and all for the better. Amy continued on the lighted path to James where they both then stood. James began to tell her how much she meant to him and how he could not live without her in his life. He knelt down on one knee and asked for her hand in marriage. Of course Amy said YES!!!!!
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
The most anticipated moment for both of us was walking down the aisle. We did not see each other after the Rehearsal Dinner the night before so we both were very anxious! I had my eyes focused on James from the time I heard the music start until I made it to the end of the aisle. It was something that we both will never forget! That was one walk with my father (who had a stroke and has a very had time walking) that I will never forget. He gave his blessing and kissed me, while I moved forward with James and began our ceremony. That walk was special for him and for me both. For James his breath was taken away by seeing me walk down the aisle. We also shared so many special moments on our wedding day. We exchanged letters the morning of with small gifts to one another. I also had the bridesmaids send a photo to him that had each girl holding a sign “wait til you see her! ” which was a special surprise to him. We also had a very special moment right after we got married and walked out of the conservatory into a room near by before we started pictures and it was just the right moment we had only about a minute but we both were so very happy and kissed and said to each other “We did it! We are married!!!” And from that point forward we did not stop smiling and holding on to each other.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
I would say to not sweat the small stuff. Things that may seem important, (flowers matching the dresses, or making sure that the cake is in the right exact spot, etc) just really do not matter in the end. All that matters is the moment you walk down the aisle and say your wedding vows to each other. That is what it is all about. It doesn’t matter who is there, what someone said about your decor, the only thing that matters is you and your groom that day. I would also say to enjoy every little moment of that day and the days leading up to the wedding. Take a minute for yourself and really smile at the little things, cry at the special things, and really just appreciate and be thankful for the life you have and what special moment and journey you are about to begin.
Associated Pros/Vendors: Amy-James Wedding-Conservatory
Photographer: Irish Eyes Photography
Reception Venue: New Town at Saint Charles
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Floral Designer: Lawrence Florist
Dress Store: Mia Grace Bridals
Cake Designer: Duke Bakery
DJ: Allegro Entertainment
Ceremony Location: The Conservatory
Beauty: Bliss Beauty Bar
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