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This STL couples vintage-inspired wedding served as the perfect start to a whole new family chapter


THEIR STORY “Boy meets girl”…or so the story goes. Such was the case of stylish local jewelry designer Heather Korn and her now-hubby Michael Krako—that is, if you add three amazing kids to the story. After meeting at Kirkwood Farmers’ Market during the summer of 2012, Heather and Michael both felt an instant connection and decided to keep their first date informal—a simple dinner at Michael’s apartment with the kids so everyone could get to know each other. Heather describes their initial time together “like old friends catching up” instead of two people meeting for the first time. Their relationship quickly became serious and they soon realized they were meant to be together.

One night, Heather planned a welcome home dinner for Michael after his return from a business trip, but Michael just couldn’t sit still. Heather tried to coax him to sit and eat, but he told her he had to show her something first. He walked toward her with a small box and asked her to be his “Heathy Krako.” The name had special meaning already because several weeks prior, Heather was at a craft store with her girls choosing a wooden birdhouse they could paint. There, spelled out in wooden letters in the craft ailse was “Heathy Krako,” the nickname Michael had given her and surreptitiously spelled out on the floor for the engagment.

NATURALLY VINTAGE The couple set a November wedding date, but still wanted warm weather and green grass, so they chose Naples, FL, for their location. The ceremony was at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church and the reception was at the Wyndemere Country Club, a scenic club Heather’s grandfather belonged to and one the family had visited for years. It’s not surprising, given Heather’s chic and distinct BelleStyle aesthetic, that she settled on a theme of “vintage natural” for the decor. The placecard table featured large white lanterns and birch wood placecard holders, all sitting on beautiful moss dotted with tea light candles. Each dinner table had a different arrangement of driftwood, lanterns and birch vases holding orchids, sage, lavender, ivory roses, succulents, hydrangeas, Picasso lilies and ivory lilies. Gold chargers and cutlery gave each table added sparkle.

BELLESTYLE It was only natural that Heather incorporate her unique BelleStyle pieces into her own look, as well as her bridesmaids, who wore maxi dresses of their choosing in different shades of sage green. All of the girls were given rose-gold jewelry from to accessorize their dresses—a One World necklace paired with a long Flutter necklace with clear crystals on a rose-gold chain with white Maribu feathers. They were also given gold glitter clutches from Klutch Boutique filled with more jewels for the day: a rose-gold cross ring, mother-of-pearl bridal bangles and Tupelo bangles with cream pearls—each with a different custom pair of earrings with clear Swarovski crystals, rose-gold accents and pavé crystals. Michael and his groomsmen wore dark navy suits with French cuff shirts and custom BelleStyle bronze cuff links with their names engraved on one link and the date of the wedding on the other. All of the groomsmen also donned boutonnieres of Picasso ivory, green orchids and lavender.

SOMETHING BORROWED Heather had a very distinct idea of what her gown would look like, but couldn’t find the ivory mermaid-style dress with a cathedral train and long, lace sleeves that she wanted. She sent a few photos to her mother, who thought Heather’s dream dress sounded exactly like what Heather’s great-grandmother had made for her grandmother’s wedding day. Heather went to her grandparents’ home to try on the dress and as she walked down the stairs, her grandfather wept. Heather immediately knew it was the one—it had everything she was looking for, plus an amazing family connection. The bride only requested a minor alteration: a back keyhole, created by Helen’s Bridal in Kirkwood, which specializes in vintage wedding gown restyling. To complete the look, she chose gold open-toed Jimmy Choo stilettos, her grandmother’s vintage hand-beaded clutch and rose-gold pavé crystal bridal earrings. Although her grandmother passed away before the wedding, she was with Heather while she tried on the dress, making the event all the more special.B.I.G. For their first dance, Michael and Heather chose “Turning Page” by Sleeping at Last for its touching lyrics. During the ceremony, the couple wanted something simple and romantic to set the tone, so they chose two violins to provide their music. For the reception, they brought in a DJ who played Motown during dinner and recent hits to get guests out on the dance floor. The party continued after hours with music from ’90s hiphop artist The Notorious B.I.G








Photo credit: Heather Donlan

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