05/22/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Maggie + Andrew

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Everything about Maggie + Andrew’s St. Louis wedding day was made of dreams. From the ethereal florals of rose and hydrangea in a spectrum of ivory, blush, champagne and creamy white to the rich gold accents and abundance of orchids – it was truly, as Maggie describes it, a storybook wedding. Mike Cassimatis Photography captured everything from the grandness of the Shrine of St. Joseph to the jaw dropping details of the reception. The day was absolutely incredible.  

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

What’s your style?

Casual vs. Formal – I love mixing casual with formal. I feel like mixing the two is unexpected but yet often creates something so fresh and elegant
Vintage vs. Modern – Modern traditional
Chocolate vs. Vanilla – Vanilla
Wood vs. Brick – Brick
Roses vs. Peonies – I love both!!! But Peonies are one of my favorites but their season is too short! I wish I could have them all year round!
Beach House vs. Cabin in the Woods – hands down beach house! The only way I would go for cabin over beach house is if the cabin is ski in ski out in Colorado or Utah.
Diamonds vs. Pearls – I absolutely love both! Pearls are so classic and diamonds are forever and give off so much shine…. Honestly I have to go with both!
Pie vs. Cake – I am not a huge sweets person but I would go for cake.
Feather vs. Fern – With seeing both words I immediately think I don’t care for either feather or ferns.
Fall vs. Summer – Summer!
Lipstick vs. Lip Gloss – Call me old school but I go for lip liner, lipstick and gloss☺

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Tell us a little about you and your husband, Andrew.

I was born in Ft. Wayne, Indiana but grew up in St. Louis. Andrew was born and raised in St. Louis. After graduate school at Saint Louis University, I settled in St. Louis. I am a speech-language pathologist at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Andrew is a Materials and Manufacturing Manager at Watlow (a family owned engineering & manufacturing company headquartered in St. Louis). Andrew is also currently getting his MBA at Washington University in St. Louis.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

How did you and Andrew meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

Andrew and I met in the spring of 2014 at Planter’s House in Lafayette Square in St. Louis MO. We both were having drinks at the bar with friends and Andrew introduced himself to me. We really hit it off and Andrew asked for my number. The following day he asked me out to dinner and we had our first date that night at Pastaria. I guess you could say the first date went well considering we went out the next two nights ☺

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Tell us about the proposal.

Andrew and I had planned a trip to Seaside, Florida the week before Thanksgiving in 2015. I had never been to Seaside before but it was one of Andrew’s favorite spots. He had grown up going there and loved it and could not wait to take me. Once we got there, it was clear to me why it was one of his favorite places. Seaside is just so unbelievably charming and just so darling! We were having an absolute blast there and I really did not know he was going to propose. But one evening we were there, Andrew had told me that we had plans to meet some of his family friends for sunset drinks. As we were leaving to “meet Andrew’s family friends”, I noticed how late I was running and Andrew usually lets me know that I am running late but he did not even mention a word of how tardy I was making us, which I found a little odd but just figured we were on vacation and we had no time schedule. Once we got to the beach in front of the gorgeous Jackson pavilion, the family friends weren’t there (at first I thought for once I am early!). Andrew started to share with me how much he loved me and some very sweet and romantic feelings and then got down on one knee and proposed. Then right after he put the ring on my hand and kissed me, he told me that the woman down below on the beach was our photographer who had captured the whole proposal. It was perfect in every way for the both of us! I must say he did a great job planning and went above and beyond to make that day so special. And now Seaside is certainly a place we visit often and cherish forever!

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

How did you approach wedding planning? How did you use Pinterest (or another resource) to create your vision?

We had amazing help from my incredible parents, Jim and Cathy, and from our fabulous wedding planner Simcha Lourie who introduced us to amazing people. I don’t pin at all! In fact, during vendor interviews, if they asked for pins I knew we were not meant to work together. Having a pinterest wedding was not what we wanted. So our approach to planning was really creating a team of unbelievably creative and talented people to make the day come together and it turned out above and beyond our expectations.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

Andrew and I really wanted the ceremony to focus on the importance of our marriage in the setting of a Catholic church full of tradition and faith. Our ceremony was at the Shrine of St. Joseph. We had asked Father Jack Siefert from our Parish to say the mass because he knows us on a personal level and that that really meant so much to us. He truly made the ceremony so special. Also the music during the mass was very important to us and truly set the tone for the day. We were so blessed to work with Dee at Rosewood Ensemble. They are so talented and did the music during our ceremony took our breath away. Lastly, to stay true to my Irish roots, we had bagpipes escort Andrew and me out of church.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassamatis Photography

In regards to our vision for our reception, we really wanted to have a modern storybook romantic wedding that was unique to us. But more importantly, we wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy the day as much as we did.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

In order to create our modern storybook romantic wedding reception, we had to have the perfect location for the reception and beautiful flowers. So we had the reception at the Coronado. The Coronado is so beautiful and we cannot say enough good things about Rob, Butler’s Pantry and all the staff at the Coronado. Also, unbelievable flowers were very important to enhance the Coronado’s elegance and created a one of a kind romantic ambience. We used lots of roses (white, champagne, ivory, & coral/blush), tons of white orchids, hydrangeas (white and green), bells of Ireland, and coral hypericum. We also used countless votives, floating candles, and additional pin lighting to create an unbelievable romantic setting. We absolutely loved our flowers and we had such a blast working with Frankie and his amazing team at Festive Couture Floral. We still get compliments on our flowers to this day.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Tell us about finding your dress, your gorgeous bouquet and any other special details.

I wore Amsale. My mom, sisters, and I met in Chicago to go dress shopping. I found my dress at Belle Vie Couture. The owner Amanda Bonnell is such a doll and was so helpful. The weekend of dress shopping was fabulous and filled with memories with my mom and sisters that I will cherish forever.

My bouquet had two lockets tucked in the flowers with photos of my parents wedding and both sets of my grandparents on their wedding days. Also, I wore a ring from Andrew’s grandmother, Elizabeth, who I unfortunately never had the chance to meet but have heard so many wonderful things about.

As a wedding gift, I gave Andrew Lucchese crocodile tail boots to wear with his tux☺

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

What was your favorite detail?

Andrew and I are very detail oriented, so we made every element important! However, we certainly couldn’t have made it all happen without the help of our amazing wedding planner Simcha and my parents, Jim and Cathy. 

The weekend started with a rehearsal dinner at St. Louis Country Club hosted by Andrews parents, Marybeth and Allan. It was a wonderful evening with family and friends.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

The invitation was really important to us! The invitation truly sets the tone for your day, as that is the first impression prior to the big day for your guests. We used Poeme in Cincinnati to create our gorgeous invitations and all of our stunning stationery. Our invitations arrived in a blush envelope with soft gold calligraphy to tie in the color palate we used for other details of the day.

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

I am a foodie (Andrew would prefer to just live off Chick-fil-A and tacos) so we made sure our guests had a fabulous dining experience from the appetizers, to dinner and cake, to the late night food… No one left hungry, but everybody left without Chick-fil-A ☺

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Andrew and I love to have a good time. So finding a really good band to dance the night away with was at the top of our list. We used The Downtown Band from Nashville, Tennessee. They were unreal! The 12 piece band had every single one of our guests on the dance floor the whole night!! We will forever cherish the memories of dancing and having so much fun with all of our family and friends!

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

After the excitement of the big day is behind us, one of the things we are most grateful for today is finding a top-notch photographer to capture the memories of our special day. We were thrilled to work with Mike Cassimatis. His work is just remarkable and the photos certainly speak for themselves. But most importantly, he was a fabulous fit for us. Mike loves detail just as we do and we just could not be more pleased with his work! For any future photography, he will be the only person we call.

What song did you choose for your first dance?

For our first dance, we danced to You Are The Best Thing by Ray Lamontagne

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Where did you spend your honeymoon?

We did a mini-moon in South Haven, Michigan to catch our breath following the wedding. We wanted to have something to look forward to going into the winter, so we waited until early December before going to the Round Hill Resort in Montego Bay right before the holidays. It was beyond amazing!

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie + Andrew | Mike Cassimatis Photography

Maggie’s Dress: Amsale, from Belle Vie Couture in Chicago | Flowers: Festive Couture | Event Planner: Simcha’s Events | Wedding Planner: Simcha Lourie | Cake: Sugaree | The Officiant: Father Jack Siefert | Ceremony Venue: Shrine of St. Joseph | Reception Venue: The Coronado | Hair: Lauren Blanchard with Emily Miller | Makeup: Emily Miller | Photography: Mike Cassimatis | Music: The Downtown Band | Stationery: Kristen Folzenlogen, Poeme

05/14/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Molly + Mike

Leppert Photography

We couldn’t have picked a more fitting post Mother’s Day wedding to share with you! Molly and Mike’s mid-August wedding day was planned from start to finish by Molly and her talented mother who spent months dreaming, planning and coordinating a seamless, joyful day. We love the pastel palette, the white and blush whipped rose and hydrangea bouquet and the pale sea glass turquoise bridesmaid dresses that give off a soft gentle glimmer in the overcast late summer light. We had no idea it was a rainy day from the photos – indeed, as Molly points out, Laura Leppert of Leppert Photography “worked her magic”. 

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

What’s your style?

Casual vs. Formal – Formal
Vintage vs. Modern – Modern
Chocolate vs. Vanilla – Vanilla
Wood vs. Brick – Wood
Roses vs. Peonies – ROSES
Beach House vs. Cabin in the Woods – Beach house, always the beach!
Diamonds vs. Pearls – Diamonds
Pie vs. Cake – Cake!
Feather vs. Fern – Fern
Fall vs. Summer – Tie! I love them both!
Lipstick vs. Lip Gloss – Lipstick

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Tell us a little about you and Mike.

My older brother gave a speech at our rehearsal dinner that made me remember something important. He reminded me that when I was a little girl I always told my family that I needed to marry a guy like my Dad! I always joke with Mike that I literally married my Father. He knows how to fix everything, never gets lost, and always takes care of me before himself. Mike finds ways to surprise me every day. While planning our wedding we were also interviewing for new jobs, searching for a new home, and planning for a move across the country- all while being eight hours away from each other. We always joked that after that marriage was going to be the easy part!

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

How did you and Mike meet? What was your first impression of him? What was his first impression of you?

Mike and I met in the Fall of 2012 at work. I was the new Nurse Practitioner on service and he was starting his Peds Ortho rotation. He was taking a tour with one of my friends outside our office when I opened the door and introduced myself. He claims that he instantly fell in love with my tortoise shell glasses and oversized scrub pants. He spent the next two weeks after that trying to charm me, the rest is history.

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Tell us about the proposal.

We celebrated Mike’s 30th birthday at a luxury boutique resort in Playa Mujeres, Mexico. All of my friends were convinced I was going to be coming home with a ring. I reassured them that Mike wouldn’t bring a diamond through international security. I searched the safe in our room a few times and was silently disappointed to not find anything shiny! The last night of our trip we dined beachside and watched the waves. Mike suggested we go for a walk on the beach when we were finished. After our walk, we snuck into a private cabana and under the beautifully lit sky he dropped to one knee. He had a specially lit box that shined onto the beautiful diamond. I immediately said yes!

Leppert Photography

How did you approach wedding planning? How did you use Pinterest (or another resource) to create your vision?

My Mom loves to entertain and we have a HUGE family. We both had been secretly planning this wedding in our imaginations for years. We knew that we needed a big venue and fell in love with the Oscar Event Center. I wanted something BIG with a lot of bar space. My Dad and Mike were sold once we walked in! Once I had the venue everything else was easy. We worked hard to transform that space – and when I walked in on our wedding day it was everything I ever imagined! It looked amazing!

I feel like I searched at Kroger every week for a new wedding magazine. Looking at those things was like therapy! I had a few Pinterest boards as well- but the real pinning was going on in my head constantly! The planning was a lot of fun and a lot of work! I couldn’t have done it all without my Mom.

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Describe your wedding day. Is there a particular moment that remains in your memory most vividly?

I started my wedding day with a workout with my Uncle. Nothing like jumping the heavy rope and boxing to let loose of some stress! My Mom owns a salon in Hamilton and we got ready together there. I was super stressed once I started to see the rain come down. No bride wants rain on their wedding day, but my photographer Laura Leppert – reassured me that she would work her magic. And, she did! Mike and I got married at Kumler Chapel in Oxford. My favorite part of the day was walking down the aisle seeing all of our family, friends, and loved ones there to celebrate our love. When it was time for my Dad to give me away, we both lost it. But, they were happy tears – and tears of love. When we got to the Oscar our event coordinator snuck us past the lobby & cocktail hour into see the event space. I almost cried when I saw how beautiful everything looked. It all came together perfectly and was exactly what we had envisioned.

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Tell us about finding your wedding dress.

This was the hardest part of the entire wedding. I think that everyone should be allowed to wear multiple dresses on their wedding day to help make the decision easier. I mean, how do you just pick one? Mike jokes that I would still be looking to this day for a dress. It was so hard- they were all so beautiful. I went with a beautiful ivory gown made by Hayley Paige.

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Favorite detail?

Kristen at Poeme designed a custom monogram that we used on everything from our invitations, programs, seating chart, table numbers, and menu cards. It was perfect and personal to us! She made everything come to life so easily for me. I nick named her, “Cinderella with a MAC”.

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

What was your first dance song?

Wagon Wheel- the original version- it was the first song we ever danced to!

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Where did you spend your honeymoon?

Maui, Hawaii

Leppert Photography

Leppert Photography

Thank you so much, Molly + Mike for sharing your absolutely beautiful day with us! We wish you many years of happiness and joy!

Molly’s Dress: Hyde Park Bridal, Hayley Paige | Flowers: Blossoms Florist | Event & Wedding Planner: Kym McCaughey | Cake: Servatti | Sweets: My aunt made her famous puppy chow for a late night treat. | Ceremony Venue: Kumler Chapel, Oxford Ohio | Reception: Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jims | Hair: The Main Look Salon | Makeup: The Main Look Salon & Nancy, BrideFACE | Photography: Leppert Photography, Laura Leppert | Stationery: Kristen at Poeme | Event rental: All Occasions | Music: DJ Toad | Lighting: Party Pleasers

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03/19/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Sarah + Richard

Sherri Barber Photography

Sarah + Richard had a beautiful enchanted garden style wedding despite the rain at Greenacres Art Center. What started as an outdoor ceremony turned into an intimate indoor celebration with dearest family and friends gathered happily to celebrate these two fabulous people. A little rain only increased the enchanted mood of the evening! Photographs by Sarah Sterling of Sherri Barber Photography.

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03/06/2017  . Wedding Spotlight | Lauren + Patrick

Leppert Photography

An elegant, glamorous Hall of Mirrors wedding with true urban style! Two Cincinnati transplants fell in love with each other and have made this city their home. Lauren, a beautiful Ben-gal met Patrick, owner of Scene Ultra Lounge one day at the gym and soon after they knew their hearts had been captured. Lauren shared the incredible engagement story and photos with us which you can see here. Wedding photos were taken by Laura Leppert of Leppert Photography.

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01/01/2017  . Kate + Sam’s Romantic October Wedding | Wedding Spotlight

Kate and Sam's romantic October wedding

Kortnee Kate Photography

Kate + Sam’s romantic October wedding day overflowed with joy and an exuberance that shines right through their photos. A dreamy, subtle softness flows through the day, from the elegant lace details of Kate’s dress to that perfect bright fall light to rich texture of the velvety cream cake. The thick scent of ivory roses nestled with blush blossoms and hints of eucalyptus must have filled the Hyde Park Country Club’s reception hall to the delight of everyone. Kate takes us back through the day that provided a lifetime of treasured memories for her, Sam and all their loved ones. Gorgeous photos by Kortnee Kate Photography.   

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12/26/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Meaghan + Matt

 October Cincinnati Wedding

The Carrs Photography

The Carrs Photography

The Carrs Photography

Meaghan + Matt’s October wedding was all radiance with a measure of the timeless. Vows were exchanged in St. Francis de Sales Church, one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful and historic buildings. The festivities followed at Cincinnati Country Club where the grounds were set for croquet and corn hole with a personal touch. One of our favorite photos is of the wind catching Meaghan’s veil as the couple embrace under the autumn sky. The day was photographed by The Carrs Photography.

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12/10/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Anne + Chris

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Jonathan Gibson Photography

Anne + Chris’ romantic October wedding is full of the little details that come together to make a day spectacular. Anne’s thoughtful palette, midnight blue and a soft subtle pink carry the bright autumn day perfectly into the Art Deco Hall of Mirrors. We love their puzzle piece guest book, the hints of gold and blue against the sumptuous cream and blush flower arrangements. Jonathan Gibson Photography took the amazing photos.

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12/05/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Liz + Bill

Wedding Spotlight | Liz + Bill | Wild Rivers Photography

Wild Rivers Photography

Take a perfect fall day set at one of Cincinnati’s most beautiful historic homes, add a blissful couple surrounded by all the people that love them and complete it with the rich tones and smells of the season – this was Liz + Bill’s wedding day. Liz took us back through their story, the engagement, the planning process and of course the day it all came together; a beautiful October wedding at The Pinecroft Mansion. Wild Rivers Photography captured the day.

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11/27/2016  . Wedding Spotlight | Sadie + Jeff

Robin Mckerrell Photography

Robin Mckerrell Photography

Tend, cultivate, nurture, sow, gather; these words, among many others we use to describe the myriad ways humans interact with the world of plants and flowers. We seek out what is beautiful and surprising in part to give expression to our own life experiences, to increase and proclaim the joys that fill our hearts. Sadie + Jeff’s Krippendorf Lodge wedding was a woodland dream where forest, garden and house moved seamlessly among each other. Even the animals were present by way of the lively watercolor table settings painted by Sadie. Sadie + Jeff’s love shows itself vividly, vibrantly in every flower’s gift of color, joy and promise.  Beautiful photographs from Robin McKerrell Photography.

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