Joy and Cake
A St. Louis wedding inspired by design, and designed to inspire.
If there was one thing Deni Allen and Kate Huether could agree upon when it came to wedding plans, it was that they wanted it to be the party of a lifetime. This creative St. Louis couple showcased more than just their love during their unforgettable nuptials. Their talents also took center stage to make the big day a success in more ways than one.
Heading south for the winter is a longstanding tradition for Kate and Deni, but little did Kate know when preparing for their fifth annual escape to Mexico that Deni was planning a lot more than a week-long trip. The couple headed to the quiet surfing community of Sayulita. It was there, at sunset, that Deni dropped to one knee and asked Kate to join him for a lifetime of moments like these. The celebration that followed was one for the record books, and their September nuptials would be no different.
Wearing Monique Lhuillier and a noticeable glow, Kate made her way down the Shrine of St. Joseph’s immaculate aisle with both of her parents, a tradition inspired by their own wedding day. She clutched a stunning bouquet, accented with a single white lace rose made from her grandmother’s wedding gown. She placed one Louboutin in front of the other, and a smile spread across her face as she walked toward her best friend. They said their “I Do’s,” hopped into the back of Deni’s 1971 Oldsmobile Delta Royale and rode off into the sunset.
Following Kate and Deni’s traditional Catholic ceremony, their 235 guests made their way to Lumen Private Event Space, where they were greeted with cocktails and passed appetizers served on skewers made by the bride herself. Following a 10-minute impromptu dance party in celebration of the couple, guests returned to their seats, and dinner was served. As they enjoyed a delicious three-course dinner, the maid of honor and best man delivered heartfelt toasts, complete with comic relief in the form of a PowerPoint presentation.
Kate and Deni’s big day was in no way short on excitement. During the cocktail hour, guests were greeted by a six-piece mariachi band, a gift from the bride to her groom in memory of their Mexican engagement. Later in the evening, the dance floor served as a constant source of excitement. Kate asked that both Deni and her father surprise her with their first dance song selections. The Melvin Turnage Band brought Al Green to life as the couple danced to the sounds of “Let’s Stay Together,” and Mr. Huether payed homage to his daughter with Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” But, perhaps the greatest surprise of the night came from the groom and his men when the sound of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” filled Lumen, and the guys took the floor to perform a choreographed number—a tribute to Kate and Deni’s seemingly never-ending courtship.
Kate wasn’t the only one touting her creativity when it came to DIY projects for the big day. While she was busy creating a stunning bridal stationery suite, inspired by Kate Spade’s Twirl perfume packaging, Deni was representing for the men on the guest list. First on his list was an open-air photo area to capture guests’ excitement for the evening, complete with props like sunglasses, hats, and—let’s not forget—a cardboard Kate and Deni. But, it was Deni’s “Man Cave” that really left his mark on the evening. Hosted by the popular entertainer, “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” the cigar lounge featured wood-paneled walls, furniture and a moose head mounted front and center.
Photo credit: Jon Koch