Jonathan & Amy: Engaged

Jonathan and Amy have been by each other’s sides for five years and now they are finally getting ready to tie the knot on March 24th. This couple radiates love and happiness and can’t wait to share that with their family and friends on their special day!

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends at a Superbowl party at Missouri State in 2012. (Go Bears!)

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Share one of your favorite dates.

My favorite dates have always been when Jonathan cooks dinner for me.  He’s an amazing cook!

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How did he pop the question?

We took a trip out to California in April and drove up the coast to a bunch of different cities.  The second to last night we had a picnic on a beach outside of San Francisco. Jonathan popped the question at sunset, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  We were on a private beach all by ourselves, so we really got to cherish the moment. 

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Was the proposal a surprise?

Yes, I was very surprised!   

What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

 My favorite thing about Jonathan is that he has a heart of gold and he always keeps me laughing. His smile and positivity is contagious.     

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How do you envision your wedding day?

I envision March 24th to be romantic, full of laughs, tears & smiles and a day we’ll never forget.  

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How did you decide on your venue?  

We decided on the Cedars after falling in love with their elegant, spacious ballroom. We were very impressed by their packages and menu options, and the staff there is amazing to work with.  The venue is centrally located and can easily accommodate our guest count.  We were sold after the first visit.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

 I am looking forward to being surrounded by all of our family and friends on our wedding day.  I also can’t wait to wear my gorgeous dress!

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Follow us for more sneak peaks of Mr & Mrs Haller and their special day on March 24th.

Matt & Melanie: Engaged

I just met Matt & Melanie for the first time a few weeks ago and I’m so happy they found me (and each other)! I can’t wait to share in their special day as they not only marry one another but also combine their families as one. It is going to be such a great day come March and we are crossing our fingers for great weather! Read below for how they met and see their fun and bright engagement photos!

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How did you meet?

We met at Melanie’s work, I came in for a haircut and eyebrow wax after an enjoyable day watching football at a bar. (It was the best haircut he had ever had.)

How long have you been together?

We met in November of 2015, so going on three years now!

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Share one of your favorite dates.

Matt: It’s hard to think of a single date so instead a weekend comes to mind. I am a massive Michigan football fanatic and Melanie finds sports to be, well….stupid haha. So what better way to merge those together than to fly down to Miami to watch them in the Orange Bowl? We were there for New Year’s and spent each day together, which wasn’t something we were normally able to do with our work schedules and children. We went to the New Year’s Eve party at out hotel and we had an awesome time! We went to the game the next day and the weather was awful. It was in the 70s on New Year’s and that day it was only in the upper forties. She was a trooper at the game as it was freezing and she was honestly bored out of her mind. I felt bad but also felt lucky she cared enough about me to endure the game. My phone died afterward ordering an Uber and soon no Ubers were available and Melanie couldn’t get signal on her phone. After an hour of circling a massive NFL stadium we got a ride back to our hotel. I think back to that weekend a lot with very fond memories.

Melanie: Matt is quite the sweet and romantic type so it’s hard to pick just one date but I  would have to say our third date at Anthony’s. He was so charming, kind, handsome, hilarious and that’s when I fell in love.

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When did you know he/she was the one?

Matt: We had been dating for a few months and Melanie hadn’t met my children yet. I arranged for us all to take a trip to Destin, Florida so she could meet them. She got along with my children better than I had ever hoped. To see how wonderful she was with them made me very emotional. I knew she was the one our second day there as she was playing with my daughter. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

Melanie: I knew he was the one when he said “I love you” and expressed his feelings about me on our rooftop. He looked so handsome and I remember feeling just so happy he felt the same way I did.

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How did he pop the question?

Matt: I originally wanted to propose on the rooftop of the Hilton as online it looked romantic. Upon arriving and seeing it was a sports bar I was quickly horrified. I was walking around trying to find a romantic spot amongst people swilling beer and devouring chicken wings. Needless to say I chose poorly, so I took her to Ruth’s Chris for drinks where I asked there. I had rented a room for her back on her 30th birthday there where I invited all of her family. I thought about how much I enjoyed her family and wanted to be a part of hers so as on paper boring as it sounds, it was the perfect place

Melanie: We had a beautiful dinner at Anthony’s after Matt suggested we go to 360 a rooftop bar, after arrival, he expressed he wasn’t happy about the “pizza joint” and it wasn’t nice enough.  When the manager then approached us and apologized for it not being to his liking, I knew something was off. He then suggested we try another venue. We decided to take a stroll from 360 to Ruth Chris’s. He ordered a lovely bottle of champagne and a few moments later he proposed. It was perfect. I cried and immediately informed every single person i know.

Was the proposal a surprise?

Matt: yes

Melanie: Not completely… we had looked at bands before, but I did not know it would happen that night, I thought he would ask on valentine’s day 🙂 

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Matt: How much she cares about me.

Melanie: Everything. His eyes, face, hands, toes, literally everything. But if I have to pick just one: his heart.

How do you envision your wedding day?

Matt: Relaxing and fun, I envision it being the best day of our lives.

Melanie: Super cute, our kids having a blast, everyone looking great and having fun. Matt looking handsome, per usual.

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How did you decide on your venue?

Matt: Melanie picked and that’s what we went with!

Melanie: I’ve always thought the Jewel Box was super cute. My grandparents who have passed loved the Jewel Box as well.

 

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

Matt: Spending time with everyone and sharing such a special moment together.

Melanie: Being able to officially be married to Matthew.

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Follow us for sneak peeks at their wedding day on March 17th!

Urban Glam Styled Shoot

A few months back we partnered with Butler’s Pantry over at Joule for an urban glam styled shoot. It was full of rich and beautiful details and extremely talented vendors! We went for something a bit different: an eggplant linen, pops of orange, a *new* mini doughnut wall, and geometric shapes, including a sequined gown. Keep scrolling for all the pictures and vendor love at the bottom!
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Thank you to all my wonderful friendors for your time, talents, and resources!
Photography: OV Photography // Planning & Design: Allyssa Elaine Events // Venue: Joule // Florals: Becky of Butler’s Pantry Design Studio // Cake: Lia of Made.by.Lia // Doughnut Wall: Stacy of Stacy’s Confectionery Stations // Doughnuts: The Dapper Doughnut // Bridal Gown: White Traditions Bridal House // Stationary: Vicki of Something Printed // Linens & Rentals: An Affair to Remember StL //

Jeremy & Maggie: Married

Oh, where to begin with these two? Always and forever my first clients and always and forever in my memory. This wedding was a labor of love for all three of us — 20 months of planning, designing, and creating to be the wedding you see below.

Jeremy & Maggie are so easy-going and adventurous. They really just want to have a good time and it showed on their wedding day! They started out with friends getting ready, having a few cigars, and ended dancing the night away. Everything was as we had planned and they had pictured and it was incredible.

Thank you for choosing and allowing me to be part of this fantastic wedding day. You two were such blessings and I’m so grateful for the years I’ve known you and had a place in your lives.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Stinson! We hope you two experience so much happiness and adventure in life together! xoxo

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Christmas Engagement Styled Shoot

First off: Congratulations to all those who have recently gotten engaged! It is proposal season now and we are brimming with happiness over our new and future couples and clients. I can honestly say, now having the experience, that a proposal is one of the best moments in life. To see the one you love get down on one knee asking you to spend forever with him…well, there really is no comparison.

Secondly: Merry Christmas from everyone here at Allyssa Elaine Events to you and  your families! We hope it is a wonderful and special time of year for all of you and that new memories are created and old traditions are cherished.

So in the spirit of the holidays and exciting engagement season, we put together a Christmas-inspired styled engagement shoot!

On an unusually warm December day, photographer Haley Nicole and I drove out to Life Lessons Ranch for a styled engagement session. We used their surrounding pine trees to hang red and green ornaments and livened up the space with all things Christmas. It’s really all in the details: green pine-tree scented candles, velvet horses, a plush red blanket, Santa cookies, and of course flavored hot chocolate with snow white marshmallows.

See below for all the beautiful shots of this styled engagement!

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Photographer: Haley Nicole Photography // Planning & Design: Allyssa Elaine Events // Florals: The Flower Bar //

Brian & Sarah: Married

I got so incredibly blessed to coordinate Sarah & Brian’s wedding day. I met them through Kathy & Joe, whose wedding I had just a few weeks before Sarah & Brian’s September 23rd nuptials. It turned out to be one of the best introductions I could ask for. Sarah is the sweetest and most beautiful bride and Brian takes such amazing care of her. Both of their families are so genuine and generous with their time, resources, and love. It was such a pleasure to be able to hang out with Sarah & her girls in the morning –  getting them coffee, bringing up bagels, and making sure they were all set for the big day.

It was an unusually hot September day with the high reaching 94 degrees. But the wedding party, bride & groom toughed it out for photos with Amber Green Photography (and still remained flawless). Their celebration was incredible with their beautiful centerpieces, gorgeous cake by Sugarbelle Cakery, and a filled dance floor all night long.

Sarah & Brian – you two were a joy to plan and work with. Thank you for entrusting my team with your special day and reaching out to us so you could enjoy.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Gordon! We wish you all the happiness in the world (with lots of candy and no cavities.) xoxo

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Photography: Amber Green Photography // Florist: Twisted Willow  // Hair & Makeup: Looks by Lisa (our new BFF) // DJ: A Rockin’ DJ // Cakes: Sugarbelle Cakery // Reception Venue: Windows on Washington // Bridal & Bridesmaid Gowns: Clarice’s Bridal // Groomsmen Suits: Savvi Formalwear // Hotel: Marriott Grand Downtown St Louis //

 

 

 

 

The Element Venue Styled Shoot

We did this venue styled shoot back in July with Dorothy Louise Photography and it still gets us excited! We channeled the venue style and colors to really bring the space to life. The Element Bar & Lounge is the newest place to get married in St. Louis. It offers an intimate and unique experience for you and your close family and friends. It’s the perfect space to have a casual and laid-back celebration. We really took it to the next level with rich and deep colors like navy, maroon, and dark greenery. We filled all of the space with as many details as possible including florals, candlelight, antique kerosene lamps, and gold detailing. Take a look through all of the photos below!

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A HUGE shoutout to all of our amazing vendors!

Venue: The Element Bar & Lounge // Photography: Dorothy Louise Photography // Planning, Design & Coordination: Allyssa Elaine Events // Florals: The Flower Bar StL // Cake: Cake Art // Stationary: RSVPeas