So ALIVE - Love & Wedding Gowns

The year I got married, I was one of at least 6 brides among our friends. Prior to that, I had already attended 10+ weddings, including 3 as a bridesmaid. But since then, Cupid's aim has been off. I've only been to 1 wedding in the last 2 years. Just when complete wedding withdrawal threatened to put "4 Weddings" back in my DVR queue, I attended ALIVE Bride. Held at the hip Lumen Private Event Space, it showcased all the things I love about weddings: gorgeous dresses, decadent food, beautiful flowers, and gorgeous dresses (oh, did I say that already?). The event also reminded me that it's the small details that take a wedding from "wow" to "WOW!" To add a personal touch to a buffet, a local party-planning vendor, Pink Picker Party, had the most adorable handmade wooden utensils. I never thought to serve frozen treats at my wedding reception, but the organic fresh fruit popsicles from Native Pops would be very refreshing at a summer event! And even though the bride rarely has much time to eat (sorry, ladies), guests are happy to load up on munchies. The mini burgers I sampled from Ces & Judy's were quite tasty.

I still get a little misty-eyed when I see my own wedding photos, taken by Memories Are Forever.
Brian and I got married at The Conservatory, an amazing indoor greenhouse in St. Charles, MO.
I got my dress and veil from  Robin's Bridal Mart.
I am still in love with my gown and plan to wear it at our 50th anniversary party! ;)
Here's my dad walking me down the aisle. For the ceremony, I wore the dress without straps. 
The gardens at The Conservatory felt like a fairy tale! It was so convenient to be able to take pics right at the venue.
I LOVED my bouquet from Lawrence Florist. The brooch is my "something old," as it was my grandmother's.
Our reception was at The Heart of St. Charles. We had a dessert buffet in addition to the traditional cake. For the reception, I added sleeves to my gown and wore a feathery headdress.
We all had so much fun that day, the groomsmen didn't even balk at wearing their fuchsia accents. Didn't my bridesmaids look fabulous in their dresses?


  1. Your wedding was gorgeous, Carmen! Especially love your bouquet. Glad you were able to come to the show!

    1. Thanks Dacy! You did a terrific job styling the looks!

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