Country Strong

By Kate Allen
In Feature, Style

The perfect mix of fun and romance, informality and elegance, country weddings are taking St. Louis by the horns.

 

Brides all across the metro area are hiking up their gowns and getting down with this year’s hottest wedding trend: country. Whether you’re looking for a dash of down home or a concentration of country, there’s a way to infuse the sweet simplicity of a country wedding into your “I Dos” with the help of these local couples.

Green Acres

THE COUPLE: Laura Unverferth & Thomas Coggins
THE VENUE: The Unverferth Family Farm in Jackson, MO
When it comes to finding the perfect pasture for your country fete, less is more. If you’re not lucky enough to have access to a private country setting, like Laura and Thomas [2], take advantage of a St. Louis treasure like Faust Park in Chesterfield, complete with a beautiful barn on its grounds (15185 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, 314.615.8328). If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, head west to Wright City’s Cedar Lake Cellars (11008 Schreckengast Rd., Wright City, 636.745.9500).

To Have and to Hold

Nothing says country like a fresh bundle of blooms [1]. Take a cue from Mother Nature and stick to an earthy color palette. Laura’s delicate bouquet of muted colors (skillfully crafted by her sister) perfectly complements the delicate lace of her Sophia Tolli gown (Robin’s Bridal, 9993 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.822.7433).

Love is Sweet

THE COUPLE: Alexa Kunz & Timothy Dombkowski
THE CAKE: The Cup
Luscious florals and a country theme go hand in hand—even on a cake. Bite-size sweets, like cupcakes [3], are a great way to offer your guests variety in a grab-and-go fashion that’s perfect for a laidback country affair. (The Cup, 28 Maryland Plaza, Central West End, 314.367.6111. Wedding topper by friend of the bride. Shot at The City Cottage, 3800 Chouteau Ave., Midtown, 314.961.7588, ext. 221)

Country Cutie

THE COUPLE: Amanda Wobbe & Max Rehling
THE CAKE: Etsy b.Poetic
Kick up your heels, or lack thereof, by going country from head to toe—like Amanda did with these Ben Franklin craft store flats [4], adorned with flowers by b.Poetic on etsy.com (Multiple locations, benfranklinstores.com. Shot at the Rehling Family Cottage in Maeystown, IL).

State Fare

THE COUPLES: Hannah Roberts & Nicholas Graham and Meghan Murphy & Kerry Williams
THE CATERERS: Overlook Farm and The Blue Owl
Country fixins aren’t all corn dogs and funnel cakes! Choose a caterer known for bringing country flavor, like bride Meghan’s choice of The Blue Owl for desserts [7] (6116 2nd St., Kimmswick, 636.464.3128)—or a venue that uses all locally grown ingredients, such as Hannah’s venue, Overlook Farm [5, 6]—and you can’t go wrong (901 South Hwy 79, Clarksville, MO, 573.242.3838).

Family Affair

THE COUPLE: Jenniver Leonard & Aaron Mancuso
THE VENUE: Overlook Farm in Clarksville, MO
Country is all about the influence of family and infusion of friends. Pay homage to the simpler times like Jennifer and Aaron did with family-style seating [8]. Increase the intimacy with low lighting from lanterns, candles and simple overhead strands. Mason jars, bottled sodas and water carafes create a nod to simplicity while rich florals warm an otherwise informal table (901 South Hwy 79, Clarksville, MO, 573.242.3838).

Every Little Thing She Does

THE COUPLE: Laura & Thomas
THE DETAILS: DIY
Rustic brides leave no stone unturned when it comes to details. Start simple with the big picture, like venue and color scheme, but stun your guests with the intricacies of your details, many of which can be DIY. Laura and Thomas directed guests to the ceremony and reception with hand-painted wooden signs [11], and played up the country details for photos—turn to old trucks [9], wooden crates and farm machinery to create a bold contrast against the femininity and romance of your day. For a cute and country DIY favor, take a cue from this bride and purchase mason jars in bulk, and fill them with natural honey [10] from local Missouri vendor Mo’Honey (573.243.6568, mohoney.homestead.com).

Rustic Requests

THE COUPLE: Laura Nibberich & Mark Meyer
THE INVITES: etchedinvites.com
To set the stage for her country wedding at Cedar Lake Cellars, bride Laura etched her and Mark’s monogram into a recycled wood product for these gorgeous invites [12]. Guests were so impressed with her handiwork that Laura created etchedinvites.com to recreate this look for brides across the country.

 

2128_755.jpg

Love is Sweet

Love is Sweet

2129_755.jpg

Country Cutie

State Fare (Overlook Farm)

2130_755.jpg

State Fare (Overlook Farm)

State Fare (Overlook Farm)

2131_755.jpg

State Fare (Overlook Farm)

State Fare (Overlook Farm)

2132_755.jpg

State Fare (The Blue Owl)

State Fare (The Blue Owl)

2133_755.jpg

Family Affair

Family Affair

2134_755.jpg

To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold

2135_755.jpg

Green Acres

Green Acres

2136_755.jpg

Every Little Thing She Does

Every Little Thing She Does

2137_755.jpg

Every Little Thing She Does

Every Little Thing She Does

2138_755.jpg

Every Little Thing She Does

Every Little Thing She Does

2139_755.jpg

Rustic Requests

Rustic Requests

 

Photo credit: Photos by Brea Photography, Jon Koch Photography, Kelly Pratt Photography, MNC Photography & Untamed Heart Photography

Recent Posts