ALIVE Bride Weddings: All in the Family

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Bride Kristy Tullock got a little help from her family to make her wedding day a simple yet special affair.


While some brides turn their weddings into a tribute to everything white, poofy and flowery, Kristy Tullock took a different route with her wedding, choosing to reflect the strong bond between her and her family. From the cake to the flowers and even the decoration, Kristy’s family members helped make Kristy’s DIY wedding a gorgeous affair from start to finish. Having met her future husband, Rodney Stoyer, through a fellow kickboxing classmate, Kristy and Rodney’s friendship soon blossomed into a full-fledged romance. Before she knew it, Kristy was engaged, finding herself planning a wedding that would reflect her laidback, casual style. On July 24, 300 guests attended Kristy’s Washington, MO, wedding. From the 1936 Chevrolet Master Deluxe Coupe honoring Rodney’s late father to the handmade decorations, Kristy’s wedding was more than an outdoor party, it was a celebration of family and friends.


HISTORIC SETTING After falling in love with the old-world charm of the Washington Brewery, Kristy knew she had found the perfect place to have her wedding. Founded in 1855 by John B. Busch, brother of Adolphus and co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, the Washington Brewery has become a popular venue among Missouri brides (636.390.8050).

DINING DELIGHTS Choosing the caterer was a no-brainer for Kristy and her husband. Their favorite eatery, Joe’s Bakery & Delicatessen, provided their 300 guests with hearty appetizers throughout the night. Some goodies included chicken artichoke spinach wraps, marinated beef kabob and bacon-wrapped smokies (636.390.8282).

A PERSONAL TOUCH Purchased directly from designer Alfred Angelo, Kristy decided to add a personal touch to her white strapless wedding gown, which featured a ruffled sweep train. Kristy’s sister’s mother-in-law hand-embellished the bustline with delicate crystal detail, completing her dress’ fairytale like design (Alfred Angelo,

SUITED UP Rather than traditional black and white tuxedos, the groom and groomsmen wore gray suits that reflected the laid-back, festive feel of the wedding. (Savvi Formalwear,

A CUT ABOVE Hydrangeas, lilacs, lilies and feathers made up Kristy and her bridesmaid’s vibrant bouquets, hand-picked with her mother and aunt (both former florists) (Baisch & Skinner Flower Market, 314.664.1212).

CUSTOM MADE As she did for her floral arrangements, Kristy took advantage of her
family’s talents once again and had her aunt bake her wedding cake. Keeping the cake simple, the four-layer round cake was decorated with white icing and cascading flowers, which matched the bridal bouquet.

RING ME UP Kristy’s wedding and engagement rings were the finishing touches to her special day. A cushion-cut diamond was set in a sparkling three-sided micro-pavé set, creating a stunning wedding set. Picking out the exact diamond she wanted, Kristy’s ring was as close to a custom design as possible (Elleard Heffern, 314.863.8820,


1269_497.jpgRodney Stoyer & Kristy Tullock


1271_497.jpgKristy & Rodney take their vows.


Photo credit: Photography by Curt Dennison Photography and Browers Photography

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