Our Storyerika & 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.
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.
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 Lifeand 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
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!
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Kitty Chen Couture2019 trunk show March 29-31
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!