Rehearsal Dinner: Copia Restaurant & Wine Garden; St. Louis, MO
Wedding Ceremony & Reception: World's Fair Pavilion; St. Louis, MO
After a courtship that began at the Missouri Botanical Garden and bloomed through seasons of Cardinals baseball and Mizzou football (and perhaps more than one season of The Bachelorette), Brian and Stessie were married last weekend under the arches of the historic World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park.
|Saying "I Do" overlooking the Grand Basin in Forest Park|
August is typically hot, humid, and downright miserable in the Gateway City and after a summer so hot and dry weather forecasters compared it to the Dust Bowl of the 1930's, we were prepared to sweat through our J. Crew bridesmaid dresses to witness the Billner* wedding vows. Amazingly, we shouldn’t have worried at all because the often unpredictable St. Louis weather dawned calm, cool, and positively perfect.
Much like the "Billner’s" love of the city, their wedding day was a virtual tour de St. Louis. We dressed and drank morning mimosas at The Cheshire, took photos under the Arch and in the beautiful Lafayette Park, and dined on local favorites Pi Pizzeria, Pappy’s Smokehouse, and Gus’ Pretzels at the reception. We danced to the tunes of the rockin’ Ralph Butler Band, drank an assortment of Schlafly beer, and watched the fountains in the Grand Basin turn the colors of a glorious peacock as day turned to night.
|Photo courtesy of Shannon Lee Images|
From the simple Chuppah where the couple recited their vows to the Ketubah, hand-painted with their own, unique wedding contract to the heirloom jewelry worn by the beautiful bride, no detail was overlooked. The #BillnerWedding was the perfect reflection of the bride and groom ~ simple, classy, and full of fun.
Brian and Stessie ~ Thank you for including me in your wedding party and for including all of us in a day we’ll never forget.
*Not everyone creates their own wedding day hashtag, but this couple did. Catch up on all the fun by following #BillnerWedding on twitter.
**Many thanks to Lauren & Laura for the use of their fabulous photos.