Meet our Boulevard Bride: Erika

Our Story

erika & eli steinbeck

How We Met

We met at Samantha’s wedding in May 2013. Samantha is his cousin and my best friend. He was an usher and I was a greeter for her wedding and we were actually paired together for pictures and the entrance to the reception. We started dating a few months later.

She Said Yes!

December 18, 2014

How He Asked

Oh my gosh! He put SO much thought in the proposal. I thought I was headed to dinner with my family on December 18, 2014. On the way to the restaurant my mom handed me a box. Inside there was a note and ring pops. The note said “Yes, I already asked your dad” because he knew that was important to me and the ring pops were included because I told him I didn’t need a diamond ring and would say yes to a ring pop. So I obviously knew what’s going on then. We turned a corner as and I saw him standing in front of The AP Green Tree of Lights in my hometown. He went over his proposal checklist and gave a short speech which included telling me me how much he loved me then he asked if I would marry him. He also had a photographer (same as our wedding photographer: David Pickering Photography) take pictures of the entire proposal. After I said yes he turned me around to see both of our families watching. After lots of hugs we did finally go to dinner.

Shopping for the Dress

I am not the girl that had my wedding planned since I was 5, I didn’t even have a Pinterest board until after we got engaged. I did enjoy shopping for my wedding dress but at the beginning it was a little overwhelming because I didn’t want to have any buyers remorse. After a month of being engaged I desperately wanted to try on a dress so my mom and I went to David’s Bridal. I didn’t find any that wow’d me but it helped to narrow down what kind of dress I wanted. We then scheduled an appointment at two stores in STL, one being Boulevard Bride. Boulevard Bride was the first appointment. Jenn was super welcoming and made me feel incredibly special, like I had known her for years and she was just as invested in my day as I was. I just felt different when I looked at myself in the third dress I tried on. It was the first dress I could say that I loved, not just liked. I knew it was my dress. Even though I loved it, we had another appointment and I felt compelled to still go. We were honest with Jenn and promised to come back if it was in fact the dress I wanted. The other, coincidentally,  store gave me the same dress and again, I knew it was mine. We left and immediately went back to Boulevard Bride. I wish I would have known that if the dress, store, emotions, and everything else feels right to just do it. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn’t have gone to the other appointment.

Something Borrowed…

My parents got married April 19, 1986. My mom really wanted her veil so her veil actually cost more than her end of clearance dress. her veil was handmade by Mike Nolte of Columbia, MO. My mom and I have always been very close so I liked he idea of wearing something of hers but I tried on her dress when I was in high school and it was already too small so that left her veil, jewelry, or shoes. I absolutely loved her veil!! Everything…but the headpiece. When I found my dress, Jenn had me try on a couple different veils. My favorite was a cathedral and my mom pointed out that the lace on my dress was almost identical to the lace on her veil, which was also a cathedral. We took her veil with us for my first fitting and, she was right, the lace was almost identical. We both loved how the veil looked with my dress but I hated the headpiece. I’m sure it was cool in the 80’s but yikes not anymore in 2016. It was actually her idea to figure out how to preserve the veil while also removing the headpiece. Jenn suggested we have her mom? (I think) do just that. My mom was thrilled with how it looked and ecstatic that I was going to wear it.

The Bridesmaids

Purple is my favorite color and quickly after getting engaged I chose plum as one of our wedding colors. The process for finding their dresses was super easy! Most girls came to the store with me and tried on a few dresses I had already given the okay on. Two girls, with very different body types, tried on one dress and they both looked great so we went with that dress. The girls that weren’t able to make it to Boulevard Bride went to a local tailor and sent Jenn their measurements. Because of Jenn’s expertise she was able to order the correct size for all seven girls, one girl was even due 1.5 months before our wedding.

Our Favorite Part

My favorite part was getting married! Probably not what you were looking for, so my favorite part of the ceremony was definitely our sand ceremony. We couldn’t practice that part and I accidentally missed the container opening. Eli has to use his fingers and clean up my mess. It got the entire church laughing. I included pictures.

What Moment Do You Wish You Could Relive?

Easy! I would relive our first look. We wrote each other letters and exchanged them before having a private moment before the ceremony.  It was intimate and perfect! For about 15 minutes, it was just the two of us (and our photographer) enjoying our day. 

Married Life

and then there were 3

How is Married Life?

Oh man! So many great things! But I think my absolute favorite part is waking up and going to sleep next to him each and every day. We went to school 90 minutes apart and only lived in the same town once we got married. Our son, Everett, is the happiest baby I have ever met! He is only 6 months old but our lives are already so much better since he came along. His newborn pictures were taken by Madigan.e.photography I’ve learned that communication really is key. Talking through problems, emotions, and struggles is so important to keeping a relationship strong.

What Did You Like About Boulevard Bride?

What I didn’t like would be a much shorter list: the distance from my hometown. Boulevard Bride (Jenn) was so welcoming, caring, fun, and professional. Like I said above, Jenn made me feel like she was just as happy and invested as I was.

Where to Take Your Prom Photos in St. Louis

prom 2019

where to take your prom photos

St. Louis, mo

prom is here

 

Yaaasss girls!!! It’s April and you know what that means . . . proms are finally happening all around St. Louis! You’ve spent the last few months finding the perfect dress and curating the perfect Prom Pinterest Board full of hairstyles, makeup looks, and manicure ideas. You’ve helped your date pick out a suit or tuxedo that matches perfectly with your dress, and you’ve made reservations at the fanciest of restaurants for your prom night feast. The last thing to plan is the photo op . . . where are you and your girls and/or dates going to take the most Instagram worthy #PROM2K19 photos? Well wonder no more, because we have some great location ideas for your prom photos!

Main Street

St. Charles, Mo

I mean, how could we not start this post with Main Street? Every year around this time Main Street is packed with high schoolers, parents, and grandparents looking to get that perfect prom photos. And why wouldn’t it be?! Main Street is seriously the cutest place and has so many different options for photo backdrops. You can take pictures in Frontier Park, at the Lewis and Clark Boat House, or walking down the cobblestone street. You can even take a few artsy photos in Picasso’s Coffee House or some retro-inspired photos in Little O’s Soda Shop. The possibilities are endless!

Quail ridge park

Wentzville, MO

If you’re looking for a simple backdrop full of the beauty of nature, Quail Ridge Park is the place to go. Quail Ridge is a 250 acre park in Wentzville, Missouri right off of Highway 70. You can take photos along the beautiful pastures or wooded hillsides. If you want to have a little fun with your photos… bring a frisbee or horseshoes to play frisbee golf or horse shoes while you’re getting your pictures taken!

Busch Stadium / ballpark village

St. Louis, mo

Want to get your boyfriend excited about prom pictures? Tell him you’re going to Busch Stadium and Ballpark Village! Show your St. Louis pride by posing outside of Busch Stadium with a Cardinals Jersey draped open over your prom dress. Snap some pictures by the statues of famous former Cardinals and then head over to Ballpark Village to snap some more in the Cardinals Nation Hall of Fame and Museum. Bonus points if you can get on the balcony of the Crown Room that overlooks Busch Stadium for some really really really cool pics!

laumeier sculpture park

St. Louis, mo

If you’re looking to take your pictures somewhere out of the box, why not try Laumeier Sculpture Park. Your Instagram pictures are sure to stand out when you post a group photo in front of the Ricardo Cat sculpture by Niki De Saint Phalle! Aside from the intriguing sculptures, Laumeier Sculpture Park also features gorgeous scenery and landscaping.

new town

st. charles, MO

You’re prom photos will look straight out of a story book if you take them in New Town. New Town is an adorable little neighborhood out in the middle-of-nowhere St. Charles. The colorful homes, pretty ponds, and cute city-center make it ideal for snapping breathtaking photos. You can also drive over to GlenMark Farms located in the back of New Town to take some rustic pictures.

forest park

St. Louis, mo

Grab your girl-gang and head to Forest Park for some amazing prom photos! You might want to get there early because the choices for photo locations are huge. You can take pictures on Art Hill, inside the Art Museum, at the Zoo, around the Muny, by the Jewel Box, or at the World’s Fair Pavilion. No matter which location(s) you choose, you can be sure your photos will be beautiful!

the butterfly house

Chesterfield, mo

Located in Chesterfield, the Butterfly House would be an absolutely enchanting place to take your prom pictures. Take a trip inside the conservatory and have your pictures taken with the almost 2,000 butterflies flying around. You can also take a walk outside to The Native Butterfly Garden where you can take pictures among the beautiful landscaping. Before you head off to dinner, you have to make sure to take a photo by the Mysterious Monarch sculpture and the Loptapillar sculpture.

Shoe Inspiration for Your Wedding Day

Shoe Inspiration for Your Wedding Day

The shoes that you wear on your wedding day can kind of seem like an after thought. You might be thinking that no one will see them so they don’t have to be anything special… Well, we are here to say, “Girl, this is your special day! Treat yo’ self to some new shoes! (Plus, you know you want that cute picture where you’re pulling up your dress to show off your shoes.)

Some women have been dreaming about this day since they were little and know exactly what kind of shoes they want. Other women are reading this and thinking “Oh crap! I totally forgot about shoes!” Don’t worry because we are here to help. Whether you’re having an outdoor barn wedding, getting married in a cathedral, or eloping on a beautiful beach, we have some great shoe Inso for your special day.

The Country Rustic Wedding

I think it’s fair to say that at least 90% of brides are planning some type of rustic wedding. This means that you don’t have to be from the country to throw a Country Rustic Wedding. Because of this, shoes for this style wedding can range from true-country-girl cowboy boots to lace TOMS, or simple sparkly sandals.

The Beach Wedding

For the couple who doesn’t want to wait until after the wedding to start the Honey Moon! Beach weddings are a beautiful and fun way celebrate your wedding! (Especially when you have been stuck in this Mid-Western winter for what seems like FOREVER.) It can be tricky trying to find shoes fit for a beach though. We suggest going barefoot and bringing wedges to change into at the reception, wearing flat sandals, or wearing some foot jewelry!

The Traditional Church Wedding

This section is for the girls who prefer to stay a little closer to tradition . . . or at least have parents who don’t like to stray from tradition. Since you’ll be walking on a stable inside surface, this is a great opportunity to wear some gorgeous stilettos! If stilettos aren’t your style, you can opt for wedges to give you a little height boost, or comfortable and easy flats.

The Bohemian Bride

It’s no secret that the bohemian look is having a major moment in bridal right now (Midwesterners… just wait… this trend is almost here!). We love the bohemian inspiration when it comes to decor, bridal/bridesmaid head-pieces, flower arrangements, and wedding dresses. If you’re a ‘Boho Bride’ looking for some bohemian style shoes, take a look at these fabulous finds below!

The Bride Who Only Wears Tennis Shoes

Who says a bride has to wear heels on her wedding day?! We love that our sportier brides are saying a big “Heck No!” to traditional white heels and instead opting for something a little more … comfortable? … safer? … practical? … all of the above?

The Bride Who Loves Bling

These shoes are for the bride who cannot wait to strut her stuff and party all night long! It’s the biggest day of your life so why not go all out and get glammed up from head to toe!? We are thinking rhinestones, crystals, and maybe even some feathers too!

Shoes for Your ‘Something Blue’

Something old, something new, something borrowed, and some new blue shoes! We love the idea of having your shoes be your ‘something blue’ on your wedding Day! whether you want a little hint of blue or want to go all out, we have some ideas for you!

Designer Spotlight: Moonlight Bridal Trunk Show

Moonlight Bridal Trunk Show

 

MARCH 1 – MARCH 3

This two-in-one wedding dress is the perfect gown for a bride who is looking for a ceremony and reception look. The dress features allover lace appliques that give the dress a luxurious feel. The soft trumpet shape of the gown provides the perfect amount of sexiness. Wear the dress as-is with its simple chapel train, or add the voluminous detachable train for added volume.

“Every last dreamy detail on this A-Line Wedding Gown is constructed to make sure you look and feel the way you’ve always imagined you would on the most important day of your life. Its A-line silhouette is flattering on nearly every figure, while yards of luxurious bridal chiffon cascade to the floor, providing you with that princess, ball gown look, while retaining a light and airy feel.”

 

“The playful spirit of this Lace Wedding Dress with Ruffles continues with a daring, deep V-neck with understated illusion panels that transform into simple spaghetti straps. Those straps transform into multiple straps on the back of the dress that trail down to a sexy illusion back. The playful nature of this gown makes it a great choice for a ceremony on the beach or a laid-back barn reception.”

 

“You will undoubtedly be a vision in lace on your wedding day when you don the Illusion V-Neck Wedding Dress from the Moonlight Couture collection. Its most striking, sexiest feature is the illusion V-neck detail that features a lace-up pattern and lace appliques that give the top of the dress a laid back, yet feminine look.”

 

“Bohemian style is enhanced with the lavish details in this dress from the Moonlight Couture collection. This A-Line Wedding Gown with an open back features billowing lace that is enhanced with thousands of tiny sequins that catch the light every time you move. Its A-line silhouette provides just the right amount of volume without making you feel like you’re drowning in fabric, while a small chapel train stays in place perfectly without any fluffing.”

 

“If you want to embody timeless elegance on your wedding day, slip into the Lace Applique Wedding Dress from the Moonlight Couture collection. Its style will never look dated because the dress features a classic A-line skirt and stunning chapel train.”

“Beachy, summer brides who want to feel sensual and seductive on their wedding day will fall head over heels for the Sexy Lace Wedding Dress from the Moonlight Couture collection. It features a figure-hugging trumpet silhouette, daring sweetheart neckline, and an open back so you can show off your smooth, sun-kissed skin.”

 

“This Mermaid Wedding Dress with a chapel train from the Moonlight Couture collection is a stunning choice for the bride who wants her dress to be all about the details. It forgoes wedding dress trends that will become outdated in the coming decades and instead features classic details like allover lace appliques, a gorgeous chapel train, and buttons down the back.”

“The Lace Wedding Dress with Detachable Train is the perfect gown for any outdoor wedding. It features a curve-hugging mermaid silhouette, dainty chapel train, and illusion halter neckline that allows you to put your toned, tan arms on display.”

“If you’re looking to wear something a little different on your wedding day, but you don’t want to stray too far from traditional bridal style, slip into this Beaded Wedding Gown from the Moonlight Couture collection. Although it is fully constructed as a single dress, its unlined, beaded bodice gives it the appearance of a two-piece ensemble.”  

“The word that best describes this bridal gown with Lace Appliques from the Moonlight Couture collection is “stunning.” From the voluminous A-line skirt to the sweetheart neckline, every detail was designed and constructed to give this dress a fairy tale feel.

 

This elegant Mikado bridal ball gown from the Moonlight Collection is the definition of class and elegance. The front boasts a timeless and flawless silhouette from the bateau neckline and cap sleeves down to the couture waistband and full box-pleated gown. The deep scoop back accented by rhinestones and crystals and leading into a full chapel train will make you believe you’ve stepped out of your normal life and into a fairytale. Unlike Cinderella, however, you’ll have discreet side pockets to keep personal effects close to you on your big day!” 

This figure-flattering Mermaid wedding gown from the Moonlight Collection is the perfect dress for the bride who wants a show-stopping yet playful look on her wedding day. You’ll turn heads with a deep and daring V-neck with illusion inset paired with a drop waist and open back. It’s a great way to ensure your new husband can’t take his eyes off you. The sultry sensuality of this look is balanced beautifully by the fairylike playfulness created by the long, flowing, Chantilly lace and Tulle semi-cathedral train.

“This full, flowing A-Line ball gown from the Moonlight Collection is the perfect dress for the bride who wants to look like a fairytale princess. The gown’s uniquely patterned tulle and sequin netted fabric is perfectly complemented by two delicate shoulder bows. The sweet innocence of this look is beautifully offset by a plunging neckline and back that will be sure to turn your beloved’s head. With layer after layer of sequins and glass beads, and an enormous chapel train, this exquisite dress is certain to dazzle and wow all your guests. 

This full, flowing ball gown is the perfect dress for the bride who wants to look like a classical goddess or fairy princess. The gown’s uniquely patterned Tulle/sequin net flows perfectly from a fitted drop waist into a flirtatious semi-cathedral train. In the front, beautiful floral patterns plunge into a narrow V, and then weave into elegant straps. The illusion intensifies in the back, where it appears that delicate white flowers and a long strand of pearls are vining down your bare back before seamlessly reconnecting with the floral pattern of the drop waist and train.

This full, A-Line ball gown from the Moonlight Collection is the perfect dress for the bride who wants to look like a goddess. The gown’s uniquely patterned Tulle net flows perfectly from a fitted drop waist into an exquisite cathedral train. The wow-factor for this dress is the meticulously crafted illusion neckline. In the front, beautiful floral patterns plunge into a narrow V, and then weave perfectly into feminine capped sleeves. The illusion intensifies in the back, where it appears that a few delicate white flowers are falling down the sides of your bare back.

This strapless Mermaid wedding gown from the Moonlight Collection will ensure you turn heads as you gracefully saunter down the aisle. The luxurious satin will feel lavish against your skin. This figure-flattering dress hugs your natural curves from the sweetheart illusion neckline with open back down to the cutout lace chapel train. Want to turn things up a notch? This look includes a detachable bodice lining. Simply remove the liner for a seductive and sexy look.

This elegant satin bridal ball gown is the definition of class and elegance. The front boasts a timelessly flawless silhouette from the V-neckline and cap sleeves down to the drop waist and full pleated gown. The Bateau illusion back accented by glass beads and sequins and leading into a full chapel train will make you believe you’ve stepped out of your normal life and into Buckingham Palace.

This embroidered lace Mermaid wedding gown will ensure you turn heads as you gracefully saunter down the aisle. Accentuated by crystal beaded straps, and embroidered lace, this dress is sure to outshine even the loveliest of blooms in your bouquet. This figure-flattering dress hugs your natural curves from the exaggerated sweetheart neckline paired with the illusion open back down to the romantic chapel train, edged in floral lace.

This modified A-Line wedding gown is perfect for the bride who wants the royal look of a classic A-Line paired with the more form-fitting feminine Mermaid-style gown. It’s a remarkable dress fit for a queen yet tailored to show off your hourglass curves. Accented by re-embroidered lace appliques and hem lace, this dress spares no attention to detail. The crisscross tie back adds an artistic flair and a touch of Boho-chic playfulness to this flattering, classy look.

This off-the-shoulder swag-sleeved Mermaid wedding gown will ensure you turn heads. The delicately embroidered lace will feel lavish against your skin, while looking sublime to your guests. This figure-flattering dress hugs your natural curves from the open, off-the-shoulder neckline down to the beautifully crafted chapel train. A detachable bodice lining keeps your midriff hidden if you prefer a demure and classic look. Prefer to turn up the heat a notch and show off your sensual side? Simply remove the liner to reveal a seductive, sexy look.

This Mermaid lace wedding gown is perfect for the bride who wants the look of classical royalty paired with a sensual, Mermaid-style gown. It’s a dress fit for a duchess, yet tailored to accentuate your hourglass curves. Accented by elegantly re-embroidered lace appliques and hem lace, this dress spares no attention to detail. The meticulously crafted buttons along the zipper add a chic flair to this classic, regal look. Want to turn things up a notch? A detachable bodice lining is included with this gown. Simply remove the liner for a fully seductive, sexy look.

 

 Moonlight Tango’s sexy lace and crepe-back satin wedding dress is all glamour. This style is an elegant mermaid silhouette with a contemporary twist. A modern re-embroidered lace applique adorns the bodice, forming unique floral straps with incredible side details. The side bodice features a sheer illusion crisscross design and extended lace applique over the hips, both of which create a stunning and slimming effect.

 

 ““Sweet Romance” could be the name of this gown in the Moonlight Tango collection. The A-line cut with a natural waist is one of the most universally-flattering silhouettes. That’s why it has always been, and continues to be, very popular. The deep “V” neck and back combo is a newer bridal style. This dress also features additional fashion-forward trends.

 

A bride can dance the night away in this Moonlight Tango dress. This beautiful back, tulle A-line wedding dress embraces the feminine charm. An A-line cut is the most flattering cut for most body shapes. This gown’s dropped waist elongates a bride’s frame while suggesting a slimmer waistline. It also has a soft sweetheart neckline, which modestly features the feminine shape without being revealing. It’s classic romance.

“Stunning for a formal wedding, this gown is reminiscent of royalty. It is an elegant full A-line Mikado wedding dress fit for a queen. The bride who wears this gown will feel regal. Wide shoulder straps give this gown a classic style. Yet the deep V-neck is sexy and includes an illusion inset which acts as a modesty panel. The back of the sheer bodice is bateau-style with re-embroidered lace appliques. The romantic buttons with loops draw the eye from the bodice neckline all the way down to the edge of the silky cocktail train.

“With bows at the shoulders, this full A-line gown in the Moonlight Tango collection is as playful as the bride who wears it. It is full of feminine details that give this flattering silhouette plenty of girlish charm. The moderately deep “V” of the neck and back create a feminine yet slimming appearance. Dainty spaghetti straps are comfortable and allow the gorgeous tulle shoulder bows to take center stage. Even the corded lace appliques on the lined bodice are charming.

“This sexy chiffon wedding dress has modern romance and vintage charm. The bodice features embroidered lace appliques, a deep “V” neckline and an illusion bateau neck with cap sleeves. This bodice exudes modern romance. Mixing an illusion top with a plunging neckline is a trendy style for today’s bride. From the back, this gown offers vintage style. The illusion keyhole back is not only sexy but the micro-straps are reminiscent of Old World romance. The buttons and lace train are additional nods to vintage elegance.

“The bride looking for a sexy mermaid style may fall veil over heels for this Moonlight Tango dress. It’s a slim crepe-back satin mermaid wedding dress with side cut outs and a sexy back. There’s nothing traditional about this gown. The unconventional bride is ready to rock her wedding day in sleek, modern style. Crepe-back satin fabric softly hugs the body then gently flares out above the knee–allowing for a comfortable glide down the aisle and across a ballroom.

“This dress is an A-line sexy chiffon beach wedding dress with a racerback–ideal for a seaside or outdoor ceremony. Beach brides love chiffon because it’s a light and airy fabric. This chiffon gown has even sexier movement to it thanks to the slit that extends from the floor to above the knee. This gown is all about alluring elegance.

“With lace and chiffon, this wedding dress is the essence of elegance. This silhouette is flattering and the chiffon is graceful. Stretch satin with stretch lining, it’s a comfortable choice for an outdoor or beach wedding. But comfort doesn’t have to be boring. The bride who wears this gown has an eye for stylish details. Reminiscent of a bygone era, these beaded cap sleeves are a fond reminder of timeless grace. The cocktail train is the icing on the cake. She can play up her vintage or modern style in this gown.

“Get ready to float down the aisle and across the dance floor in this full A-line dress. Sweet spaghetti straps form a deep V-neckline. A bride’s waistline looks slender with the emphasis of a natural waist that flares out with a full skirt. The entire bodice is embellished with a softly-scattered floral pattern which cascades from the bodice midway onto the skirt, giving the illusion of flowers floating down or cascading like garden vines. The floating flowers also cascade down the back of the skirt, just under the romantic crisscross back.

“This full A-line gown features style elements for a fashion-forward bride. The skirt is soft and full tulle, allowing for beautiful movement on the aisle or dance floor. It’s finished with exquisite horsehair trim along the hem. The cocktail train is the perfect length for a stunning ceremony entrance yet easy to bustle when it’s time to party.

Hours of Operation

MONDAY

closed

TUESDAY

11:00am – 7:00pm

WEDNESDAY

11:00am – 7:00pm

THURSDAY
3:00pm – 7:00pm

FRIDAY
10:00am – 4:00pm

SATURDAY

10:00am – 4:00pm

SUNDAY

12:00pm – 4:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS A TRUNK SHOW?

A trunk show is when a bridal store has all of the wedding dresses from a designer’s collection in the store for brides to try on. It is a great opportunity for you to see dresses you would otherwise not see when shopping with us!

HOW LONG IS MY APPOINTMENT?

Bridal appointments are 1 hour long.

HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE THE DRESSES?

We will have the Moonlight Bridal wedding dresses the weekend of the trunk show. They get packed up right after we close on Sunday.