Our Real Bride Stevee was destined to be an Altar Bride! She had a distinct style she was after and was willing to search for it! We were absolutely thrilled to be able to help a bride achieve her unique wedding gown dreams. Read on to learn the sweet story of Stevee and Josh and see some breathtaking photos captured by Ashley Fisher Photography. From the Bride: Josh and I met in college. We actually went to the same high school but never knew each other. Shortly after meeting, we started talking and hanging out every day, eventually dating, moving in together, getting a dog (Turtle), and then another dog (Louie)! Our dogs are like our kids and a huge part of our lives; they are “our boys”. Josh knew he wanted Turtle & Louie to be a part of his proposal so he did it at home on a Saturday morning by hanging signs around their necks that read, “Will You” and, “Marry Me”. It was amazing that he got them to sit perfectly still as I walked down the stairs. It was perfect! Of course I had to get them to pose for a photo (see below). And yes, Josh made these signs himself! We had pretty small wedding – about 80 guests, it was personal and intimate with our closest friends and family. We had a short ceremony and my cousin, Savannah, married us. It made it more meaningful and was a great way to get another special person involved – I highly recommend this to anyone who is open to it! We wanted to get straight into the celebration so we kicked it off by walking straight to the bar and getting a drink.
We didn’t really have a theme but our colors were mainly white, black, and gold, and the mix-matched bridesmaids dresses were nude and black (found them all online at asos.com). There was gold everywhere – including my dress, thanks to Dede! After searching online, I came across a Sarah Seven gown and I could not get it out of my head. I had to try one on and since no one in the St. Louis area had one – I drove to KC to visit your store!! Dede had me try a few Sarah Sevens and a few other designers, and came up with the idea of adding the gold lace from the Cascade dress to the Amour gown and I was sold!!
The flowy gown was perfect for my courtyard wedding! Speaking of the courtyard – we decided at the last minute to tent it due to the frequent rain we had during the Spring. What a great decision that was because it rained on and off all day. They say that is good luck though, right? It was great for the photos!! The clear tent, garden lights, and rainy evening helped Ashley create some absolutely amazing images. We danced the night away to all of our favorite songs. Our DJ, Ryan Toon, is a friend from high school so he knew everyone! He played every single request from the guests and knew exactly what would get this group dancing. He was a huge hit! The photobooth (supplied by Ashley Fisher Photography) was a blast! The signature gold sequin backdrop matched our colors perfectly and it had social sharing integrated. You could type in your phone number or email and get the image sent directly to you – right away! This provided additional entertainment as people posted their images to Instagram using #MeetTheMarklands and they displayed on Scape’s big screen TVs (I set this up at www.igwall.com)
Stevee & Josh Wedding Date: May 30, 2015
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Scape American Bistro, St. Louis MO
Dress: Sarah Seven Amour with Gold Lace
Hair& Make-up: Hair: Lindsi Shafer of Lox Salon Spa
Make-up: Samantha Breautigam of Studio 3 at Park Plaza
Photography: Ashley Fisher Photography
Floral: Buds LLC
DJ: Ryan Toon
Tent: Traube Tent & Structures
Photobooth: Ashley Fisher Photography