Project Wedding

St. Louis fashion star Laura Kathleen designs the wedding of her dreams.

 

The Bride
Laura Kathleen Planck 28, Fashion Designer. Laura Kathleen.

The Groom
Daniel Baker 28, President. Exotic Motors Midwest.

When Laura Kathleen of of “Project Runway All Stars” offered ALIVE exclusive behind-the scenes access to her wedding, we could hardly contain our excitement. Widely known as one of St. Louis’ most fashionable socialites and talented designers, a wedding of this nature is a hot topic. ALIVE Contributing Fashion Editor Samantha Chadwick joined the bridal party for an emotional day of hair, makeup and wardrobe, while staffer Lindsay Pattan took in the ceremony and reception as a guest. But amidst all the glamour, elegance and amazing fashion, love was the most prominent characteristic of Laura Kathleen Planck and Daniel Baker’s big day.

Universe at Play

In October 2011, Laura and Daniel were happily single and focusing on their own successful careers when a friend stepped in with other plans. On her “Project Runway” blog, Laura mused “…a friend wanted me to meet [someone]…I first responded with a ‘no thanks.'” After some persuasion on both sides, Laura and Daniel reluctantly scheduled a date. They made plans to meet in a familiar setting at Bar Napoli in Clayton. When Laura walked through the door, she immediately noticed a handsome man enjoying a glass of red wine at the bar and, distracted, waited patiently for her date to arrive. Daniel didn’t have the same patience; he was immediately struck by Laura’s beauty and poise and introduced himself. According to family and friends, Daniel was smitten in moments and aware that his future was about to change paths.

Six months into their relationship, Laura and Daniel knew they had found the perfect match in each other and began to find the word “engagement”making its way into their conversations. When a trip to Vail with their parents appeared on the calendar, Laura started to daydream. “I was thinking that he was going to ask me in Vail, but didn’t want to get my hopes up,” she says. While Laura was anxiously baiting family for hints, Daniel was taking her parents to dinner to ask for their blessings. The night before the couple was scheduled to fly out, Laura came home to a candlelit loft where Daniel was waiting with the ring of her dreams: a black diamond surrounded by canary diamonds in yellow gold. Needless
to say, Laura said “yes.”

The World's a Stage

Choosing a venue for the wedding meant selecting a canvas that would tell the couple’s story on their big day. With backgrounds in luxury and an eye for detail, Laura and Daniel enthusiastically reserved The Fabulous Fox Theatre. The space, famous for its Siamese-Byzantine interior, is glamorous, timeless and awe-inspiring—a perfect complement to the couple’s sleek, modern aesthetic.

When the special day arrived, guests were greeted by the ornate detailing of the Fox Theatre’s lobby, a simple guest book and understated rows of seating facing the dramatic staircase. The mothers of the bride and groom wore timeless red dresses designed by Laura Kathleen for the wedding. The bride wore her grandmother Peggy’s dress, passed down from her aunt Meg, which she altered for her own wedding. The bridesmaids wore chic, strapless jumpsuits with flowing, pleated legs—also designed by Laura Kathleen. Michael Drummond, a fellow “Project Runway” star, created a special look to wear alongside Laura in the bridal party, and the groomsmen donned slim, classic black suits.

Special Touches

After the ceremony, the couple took some time for photos with close friends and family. Laura reappeared in her second dress, a contemporary gray floor-length gown created in a graphic angel print she designed for the event. She carried a bouquet of gifted brooches, each with its own special meaning. Daniel joined her on stage in front of their friends and family for a short series of heartfelt speeches and champagne toasts to the couple.

After sentiments were shared, the wedding party led the group back into the lobby for an elegant dinner. Gold centerpieces made of interesting objects of all shapes and heights sat on the tables, while gold chargers and glamorous details gave an air of royalty to the reception. The guest list included attendees
such as Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management, “Project Runway” alums Viktor Luna, Casanova and Joshua McKinley, as well as other elite St. Louis socialites. The wedding party sat atop the lobby stairwell where the couple had spoken their vows, and enjoyed a spectacular view of the dance floor. After dinner, Laura changed into her third look, a pearl embellished pantsuit designed by Viktor Luna of “Project Runway” Season 9. Dancing, drinks, laughter and the traditional tears of happiness followed—bringing a wedding fit for fashion’s elite to a sentimental close.

 

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Photo credit: Susan Jackson

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