Sarah Beck & Samuel Brotherton

New Year's Nuptials


Married

Dec 31, 2017
St. Louis, Missouri


Photo Credit

Zoe Life Photography


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Formal, Glamour, Themed


Season

Winter





The Proposal

As teachers, Sam and I decided to take advantage of a snow day to leave early for a trip we planned to Indianapolis. That night, Sam told me that his mom wanted our picture in front of the monument. We walked downtown through the snowy streets, and when we got up to the monument, he dropped to one knee and asked me to marry him.



In Preparation

When planning the wedding, I was sure of two things: I wanted a winter wedding and I wanted a small ceremony. Sam was sure of one thing: he wanted to have a big party. New Year’s Eve seemed to be the perfect compromise. We found the most beautiful restaurant, Grbic in South City, that would accommodate a small fireside ceremony and a (to us) large reception of 200. They also did the catering, which is what the guests continue to rave about! We spent a lot of time creating things on our own to make the day feel personal and to save money. It would be embarrassing to admit how many hours I spent folding paper flowers, but they created the perfect romantic backdrop for our sweetheart table. The most fun part of planning was coming up with Welcome Bags for the guests – it was fun to think of little ways to show the guests who travelled so far in the cold how much we appreciated them being there! It was incredible how much support we had with every decision in the planning process. We were so fortunate that both of our families were just excited for us to be married and were encouraging about us doing it the way we wanted to do it.



The Big Day

While our family might argue that the weather could’ve been better (it was 6 degrees,) the day was perfect to us. We were able to spend the day surrounded by people who love and support us. We exchanged letters via best man (Sam’s brother) and ended up using the same words to express our excitement for the day ahead. Knowing that Sam was thinking the same thing really helped me stay relaxed and enjoy the day. After taking photos at Magnolia Hotel, we took a party bus with the wedding party to the venue and were married that evening in an intimate ceremony which was the perfect cozy celebration of our marriage. The flower girls threw confetti, the cellist (our friend Abbi) played “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” and our brother-in-law officiated the wedding and took a selfie as we kissed. The whole thing was followed by a champagne toast before we headed to the reception.



The Retreat

Immediately after the wedding, we stayed at the Magnolia downtown for a couple days, but ultimately decided that we wanted to wait to take our honeymoon until summer vacation. We enjoyed having something else to look forward to after the wedding planning was done. We went to Cancun, Mexico for a week.



 

Contributing Vendors

PHOTOGRAPHER

Zoe Life Photography

CATERER + VENUE

Grbic Restaurant

CAKE

Jilly’s Cupcake Bar

FAVORS + GIFTS

TapSnap

FLOWERS

Vine Floral Design

WEDDING GOWN

Casablanca Bridal

RENTALS + DECOR

Amerevent

TRANSPORTATION

FunTyme Limousine

MAKEUP

Amanda Miller Makeup Artistry

HAIR

Treo Salon

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