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St Louis Carousel Wedding

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The St. Louis Carousel is located at 15189 Olive Blvd Chesterfield Mo 63017.

The gallery can hold up to 200 people and use of the patio brings the total of guest to 350 with the option to have rides on the carousel for your guest.

The Carousel building is available for weddings Tuesday through Sunday for evening weddings and Saturday and Sunday for daytime weddings.

Evening wedding times are 4:30pm to 12:30am or 5pm to 1am for $1200.00 plus a $500.00 security deposit (this time includes setup and tear-down)

Rehearsal time is available for $175.00 an hour

Daytime wedding times are 9;30am to 3:30pm for $1200.00 plus a $500.00 security deposit (reminder the carousel is still open to the public during this time)

Please contact Tonya at 314-615-8344 or for more louis carousel room st louis carousel st louis carousel room picture'

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Weddings by the Numbers by The Knot Magazine


Curious about how other couples are getting hitched?  The Knott polls their readers every year to find out about the traditions you’re keeping, tossing and transforming.

97% of couples live together before getting married

41% propose with an engagement ring, 60% of those are formal proposals, 71% is a surprise

Average engagement length 15 months

50% split wedding planning responsibilities 20% hire a wedding planner

83% have other pre-post wedding events, 39% wedding shower, bachelor(ette)party, couple party engagement party.  25% rehearsal dinner, welcome party, 37%after party-day after brunch

attire 16% of female couples and 49% of male couples wear matching outfits

91% of couples know what one another is wearing in advance.

wedding Season:  December, January February 10%, March, April, May 17%, June, July, August 38% September, October, November 35%

Decor Styles: :  Modern and Sleek 23%, Casual and Unique 56%, classic and traditional 21%

47% walk down the aisle

78 guest on average,,,49% of couples write their own vows, 42% tie religion into their ceremony

event breakdown; 11% only have a ceremony, 72% have a ceremony and reception, 6% simply host a reception and 6% elope

63% of couples go on a honeymoon,  53% keep given names, 24% one of us is changing our name to the others, 15% were hyphenating and using both names, 2% combining names into a whole new last name, 2% creating an entirely new last name

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Secrets From Real Couples

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I found this article in The Knot magazine and wanted to share it with you.  This is advice from couples who were recently married.

  1.  Decide on a cutoff date for all DIY-relatd crafts, and at that point, either delegate it or forget about it.
  2.  Stick together.  You can easily get pulled away from one another, but know that guest’s want to see you and your spouse together, thats why the are there.
  3. Number your invitations: Someone always forgets to put their name on their RSVP so knowing that number each guest has saves you a lot of time.
  4. Its worth getting ready at your house the morning of the wedding.  We had nothing to stress about since we couldn’t forget anything at home.
  5. Consider hiring a second photographer.  Having two cameras allowed us to see the same moments from different vantage points.
  6. Don’t tell anyone about your engagement for one full day.  Give yourself 24 hours to focus on your new Fiance’ without getting distracted and interrupted by phone calls, text from your well wishers.


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Charles and Nicole Wedding at Madison’s Cafe


IMG_0649IMG_0658IMG_0647IMG_0657Tom and Julie Kuhn the owners of Madison’s Cafe really put together a nice banquet room for your wedding and or reception and rehearsal dinner.  The first thing that jumped out to me was that the room was really the perfect temperature.  Many venues are very warm, but the temperature was just right and they could control if they wanted the room hotter or colder.

Madison’s Cafe is located at 2974 Highway K, OFallon MO and the phone number is 636-978-7355 the website is

You can add a personal touch to your table with custom printed menu’s for your party.  That is only an extra $10.00.  You can also choose linen-like tablecloths in white and napkins in your choice of colors may be ordered to match the theme of your party. This would be $75.00.   Madison’s Cafe can also provide floral arrangements for you or you can bring them in and they will place them on your tables for you.  Flowers are $75.00.

The banquet room can hold up to 40 people.   There is no deposit for the room, however a $75.00 room fee may be applied if the minimum occupancy is not met.

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Windows on Washington Kris and Meghan’s Wedding


I had the honor to officiate the wedding between Kris and Meghan at Window’s on Washington on 2-20-16.  What a great couple.  I had the honor to work with Sue  (harpist) and TKO DJ service.  It was the first time I worked with Kairo’s Photography and Brittany is phenomenal.  Most of the pictures in this Blog are from Kairo’s photography.  You can contact Brittany at

I have officiated several weddings over the years at Windows on Washington and what a venue for a wedding and wedding reception.  Starting as low as $39.50 per person (including gratuity and tax), they offer several all-inclusive wedding packages and can also customize any menu or event detail to meet your needs and desires. From cocktail receptions to buffets to sit down plated dinners, WOW Banquets will create a menu with delicious food & drink and smart service that is consistent every time.   Contact Windows on Washington at



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Lasso and Coin Ceremony

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Manik and Maria were married on 2-17-16 at 9th Street Abbey in Soulard, MO.

They had a Mexican ceremony at 2pm and a Christian ceremony at 3pm.  I had the honor to officiate the Christian ceremony.

The Lasso and Coin ceremony is a Mexican tradition that is incorporated into the wedding ceremony.  Below are passages you can choose from:

_________ and _________ have chosen to incorporate the Lasso ritual into their wedding ceremony today. The Lasso is a wedding ritual in which the couple are bound together with a ceremonial rosary. Lassoing is a declaration of intent, where the bride and groom clearly state that they are marrying of their own free will.
_________ and _________ since your lives have crossed in this life, you have formed eternal and sacred bonds. As you enter this state of matrimony you should strive to make real the ideals that to you, give meaning to this ceremony and to the institution of marriage.
With full awareness, know that within this Lasso you are not only declaring your intent to be bound together before your friends and family, but you speak that intent also to God.
The promises made today and the ties that are bound here greatly strengthen your union and will cross the years and lives of each soul’s growth.
_________ and _________, I ask you to hold hands and look into each others eyes.
Will you honor and respect one another, and seek to never break that honor?
Will you share each other’s pain and seek to ease it?
Will you share the burdens of each so that your spirits may grow in this union?
Will you share each other’s laughter, and look for the brightness in life and the positive in each other?
Bride & Groom: We will.

: _________ and _________ , as you are bound together now, so too your lives and spirits are joined in a union of everlasting love and trust. Above you are the stars and below you is the earth. Like the stars your love should be a constant source of light, and like the earth, a firm foundation from which to grow.

Now let us do an exchange of the Aras, coins.
Originally, there was an understanding of husband as “bread winner” and wife as “home maker” so the coins were given and received not in a spirit of reciprocity but in a give/take relationship. Nowadays the coins are a reminder of good stewardship for all couples; that they will mutually support each other, their children and the world around them. May God bless these coins that symbolizes mutual support and responsibility.

(As the couple exchange the coins repeat after me):
__-and____ , I give you these coins as a pledge of my dedication to you, the care of our home, and the welfare of our children.

__-and ___ I gratefully accept them and make this same pledge to you


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Trigg Banquet Center OFallon MO

At Trigg Banquet Center, Tom and Terry Wilkerson have been helping customers celebrate the special events in their lives for forty years. They specialize in delivering the perfect wedding and wedding  reception to match your unique vision and budget. The state of the art banquet facilities are also perfect for your family or holiday party, corporate event, fund raiser, or awards banquet. All the delicious menu and bar selections can be prepared fresh, delivered and served by our professional staff to any location in the Greater St. Louis area.
Trigg Banquet Center ® 300 O’Fallon Plaza, O’Fallon, MO 63366  636-240-3288
The chandelier ed banquet rooms accommodates 40 to 450 guests. They are decorated with white linen tablecloths with your choice of colored overlay, real china and silverware, beautiful candlelight table centerpieces, and a 1,000 square foot wood parquet dance floor.
The state of the art banquet center provides ample, convenient parking, and the covered entrance provides a convenient drop-off spot for your guests in case of inclement weather.
I officiate weddings all year long at Trigg Banquet Center.  Tom and Terry will take great care of you.  Give them a call and see if your date is available.
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Questions for a potential Photographer


I have been working with Lillian of Chameleon Imagery for years.  She is a great photographer and friend.   She is located in St. Charles but travels all over the St. Louis area.   The name of her business is derived from her family nickname ‘Lillian Chameleon”.

Lillian started her professional photography career in 2011.  Lillian is very good at getting all the “standard shot’s” but also captures many “candid shots”.  She always comes with backup equipment and arrives early and eager to get to work capturing all your great moments.

Lillian will meet with you in person if you live in the St. Louis area for your consultation. She will show you samples of her work.  If you do not live in the St. Louis area, she will speak with you on the phone.  You can contact Lillian by email at           Facebook at: Chameleon Imagery or call her at: 636-328-1515

I asked Lillian, ‘what are questions any couple should ask a potential photographer’ ?  Here are her questions for you:

1. Are there any photography restrictions due to your ceremony location or religious preference? Many churches have restrictions on what kinds of lighting and how close a photographer can be during your ceremony. Discuss these rules with your photographer before the big day to make sure the come prepared.

2. What’s your weather backup plan for the photos? Discuss with your photographer whether or not you’re opposed to going outside during rain or snow for photos. Most photographers don’t mind being out in a little rain, but they probably want to know if you’re okay with it too! Create a weather backup plan in case of severe conditions.
3. Are there any sensitive situations that might cause awkwardness during family pictures? Aunt Betty and Uncle Bob divorced 10 years ago and haven’t talked since, but you still want both of them in pictures? Totally ok! But let your photographer know so they don’t pose them right next to each other.
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Poems for Loved Ones in Heaven

I have many couples who have loved ones who are in heaven.  They want to make sure they are included in the wedding ceremony.  I have a moment of silence passages and a few poems that you can incorporate into your ceremony.  These are just a few to choose from.

Poem 1:
Today we remember
that loved ones are missing today,
Ones our hearts hold on to,
As we travel along life’s way.
Loves ones who made life so special,
for all those who gather here,
Ones who won’t be forgotten,
But cherished from year to year.
And now as we pause to remember,
Let us all fondly recall,
how dearly each of us loved them,
and oh… how they loved us all!

Poem 2
Although we can not see you
We know you are here
Smiling down
Watching over us
As we say “I Do.”
Forever in our hearts
Forever in our lives
Is where you’ll always stay.
We will think of you in silence
As we say our vows today

Poem 3
“Though their smiles are gone forever,
And their hands I cannot touch,
I have so many memories of a Mom & Dad I love so much.
Their memories are my keepsake,
With which I’ll never part.
God has them in his keeping,
I have them in my heart.”

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First Look Pictures of Bride and Dad


From when you were  a little girl, you always dreamed of getting married.  You find the man that you want to spend the rest of your life with and start planning  your wedding.  Your Dad was the first man that you loved and that loved you.  From the walk down the aisle to the first dance with your Dad, that day is really special for your Dad.

I have had the honor to witness the first look pictures of the Bride and her Dad in her wedding gown.  Let me tell you, it is very emotional.  If your photographer does not suggest this, please let them know you want this picture done.  It is amazing.

I have worked with Aloha Kelly Photography for years.  She is on my vendor list and an excellent photographer.  Not only is she a really nice and professional to work with, she captures pictures that I am not sure other photographers would capture.  314-761-7250

Aloha was kind enough to send me first look pictures and a short story from one of the brides.

“I wanted to have a first look with my dad to remind him how important he will always be to me. I knew it was something that he would hold onto forever, and to me that’s special. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room when he walked in and saw me in my dress. It was such a bittersweet and emotional part of my wedding day. Seeing my dad’s reaction, hugging me with tears in his eyes, are memories I’ll hold onto for the rest of my life. I’m so happy we decided to do a first look and photos of that perfect moment. ” – Maureen, 10/16/15


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