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Downtown, rooftop wedding with a classy, beautiful reception at the The Caramel Room – Samantha & Aaron

Samantha and Aaron met in high school when they were 15 years old. They were in the same group of friends, but stayed just as friends until after they graduated high school. They started dating in August of 2010 when they went off to college and bought a house together in February of 2017. Aaron proposed on My 6th, 2017.  Samantha’s birthday was the day before and Aaron told her that he had a whole day planned for the two of them. Rarely ever did he plan things like that, so Samantha had a feeling the proposal was coming. They started the day at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, where they had lunch and drinks at Cielo, the outdoor restaurant and bar. They had been to that bar many times and always enjoyed the food and view of the arch there, so she thought he was definitely going to propose there. That ended up not happening and he told her there was this park across the river he wanted to show her. Samantha says, “to be honest, I was a little worried as to where he was taking me since we were across the river into Illinois, driving down a gravel road to what appeared went nowhere. All of a sudden a beautiful park named Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park appeared. The park had an elevated viewing point overlooking the river and into downtown St. Louis. As we looked out to St. Louis, Aaron read a poem he wrote for me and proposed. Two family friends of his mom’s were there to take pictures of us during and after the proposal (I didn’t recognize them prior to the proposal, which worked out perfectly!). We then went out to dinner that night with our families at Cafe Napoli in Clayton and celebrated the night/stayed the night at the Ritz Carlton in Clayton with family and friends. He did such an amazing job; it was a day I will never forget!”

Through thick and thin, Sam and Aaron have always known they were meant to be. From High School Sweethearts to the newly Mr. & Mrs. Reynolds, they tied the knot. On a very beautiful, warm, fall day, on an outdoor rooftop overlooking the Mississipi River, Sam and Aaron were surrounded by their family and best friends as they said ‘I Do.’

The inspiration for the wedding came from what Samantha had dreamed her wedding day to be. Firstly, she had always wanted to have the ceremony outside, which was why they decided to get married in the Fall, since it would not be too hot or too cold. Secondly, she had always wanted to get married in Downtown St. Louis with the arch somewhere in the view, since she’s lived in St. Louis her whole life (other than college). She also wanted to have the wedding ceremony and reception all in one place. All of that inspiration led them to The Caramel Room. The venue was beautiful with hardwood floors, an outdoor terrace, large bar, and reception hall with gorgeous chandeliers. The theme of the wedding was wine, with Samantha and Aaron having a strong interest in and love for red wine. That theme led to the colours of the wedding being gray, navy, burgundy and gold, all of which blended well with the venue.

“Since our theme was wine, we tried to make all of the decorations tie to wine somehow.  Or we tried to match the decorations with the design of the venue.  Our welcome sign was a large wooden sign with writing on it.  For our ceremony, we placed wine boxes along the sides of the arch with large lanterns that we filled with a candle and wine corks on top of the boxes.  For the cocktail hour and reception, we used a wine box for cards to go into, as well as a wine box to hold the koozies we personalized for every guest to have.  Our guest book was an oversized, flat wine bottle with a shadow-box look to it, where guests could write on a heart and drop into the wine bottle.  We are able to see all of the written hearts through the front of the bottle.  The signs we created for “Cards and Gifts”, “Guestbook”, “Drinks”, “Dessert”, etc. were made out of wine barrel staves.  Also, in addition to the short and tall flower centerpieces, some of the centerpieces were a small lantern filled with a candle and wine corks that we put together.  On the wedding party table and the fireplace mantel, we made long candle holders out of the wine barrel staves as well.  The centerpieces for the cocktail hour were of wine bottles from Reynolds Family Winery, a winery in Napa that we contacted to make sure it was acceptable to use their wine bottles and corks for our wedding.  We thought that was such a perfect idea since my soon-to-be last name was going to be Reynolds.  We also used Reynolds Family Winery wine corks to hold the place cards.”

“We used flowers for the bridal bouquets, groom/groomsmen/parents/grandparents boutonnieres, and parents/grandparents corsages.  We had flowers on the arch and eucalyptus around the large lanterns and wine boxes for the ceremony.  Also, for the ceremony, we had large and small bouquets of flowers along every other chair that was closest to the aisle.  Once the ceremony was over, we removed the flowers from the chairs and had vases ready throughout the venue to place the bouquets in to.  For the cocktail hour, we had one red rose and greenery in each wine bottle as the cocktail table centerpieces.  Our reception involved large centerpieces on 1/3 of the tables that were full of flowers and tall branches; short centerpieces on 1/3 full of flowers; and, lanterns filled with a candle and wine corks surrounded with eucalyptus on the last 1/3 of tables.  The head table had vases along the middle for all of the bridesmaids’ bouquets.  As well as, a large vase at the end for my bouquet, and greenery and 2 wine barrel staves with candles going down the center of the table.  The flowers included burgundy, blush, white, and greenery.  My bouquet and my husband’s boutonniere also had navy berries.”

“We personalized the day with a band for the cocktail hour and reception, late night snack of french toast sticks in a shooter with syrup (I LOVE french toast!), and a small cake with multiple small desserts like gooey butter cakes, cookies, petit fours with a navy drizzle, among many other exciting things!A few of my favorite parts of our day was our first look at the 360 Rooftop Bar on top of the Hilton at the Ballpark, our ceremony, our first dance to an Ed Sheeran song that the majority of our guests had never heard of, and dancing the night away with friends and family.”

“I had always imagined wearing a wedding dress that had an open back and was fitted to my body.  When I tried on wedding dresses, I was debating between two different dresses.  One of which was fitted only to my bodice, while the other was more of what I imagined fitting to more of my body.  I ended up going with the one that was more fitted and loved it so much because of the lace, champagne color, and sparkly straps on the back, which were straps I had never seen on a dress before.  I received so many compliments on my dress from my guests, saying they had never seen a dress with the sparkly straps and absolutely loved it.  I loved how the champagne color was different than your typical white dress and went really well with the colors of the venue also.  I wanted the groomsmen to wear gray and was able to find a dark gray tux for the boys to rent.  The tuxes turned out perfect with the navy bridesmaid dresses.  The bridesmaid dresses consisted of three different styles, with 2 bridesmaids wearing the same style and a total of 6 bridesmaids.  It all tied together perfectly!”

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Photographer: Robyn Osten Photography // Venue: The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s // Floral Designer: Wildflowers // Dress Store: Sincerely Yours Bridal // Band: Rhythm of the Nite // Transportation: STL Party Bus // Caterer: 23 City Blocks Catering // Design & Decor: An Affair To Remember_STL // Invitation Designer: Minted & The Paper Patch

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