Where Love Blooms

By Marylyn Simpson
In Culture, Feature

A local couple’s striking Jewel Box soiree began a marriage rooted in love.

 

A chance encounter at a restaurant in Columbia, Mo. marked the start of Rodney Boyd and Emily Pfautsch’s fateful romance. The couple immediately hit it off while casually chatting over drinks and blissfully dated for the next several months. By the time Emily’s graduate studies took her to Austin, Texas, they were determined to make it work, no matter how many miles stood between them. During an intimate dinner at the Driskill Grill in Austin, a decidedly nervous Rodney popped the question, which soon led to the couple’s spring nuptials at the Jewel Box in St. Louis.

From the beginning, Emily and Rodney knew they wanted a wedding that would capture their laidback spirits and cater to Emily’s love of color. And the resulting affair was nothing short of spectacular; a colorful soiree fit for a vibrant couple in love.

The Ring
After scouring through magazines and websites, Emily was still unable to find the perfect ring. So, she took matters into her own hands and designed a custom engagement ring with the help of Joe Genovese of Genovese Jewelers. Her contemporary ring features a brilliant round-cut white diamond surrounded by a halo of diamonds and held by two white-gold diamond prongs, a design that perfectly captured the bride’s elegant and unique style.

The Favors
Adding a homemade touch to her nuptials, Emily baked a variety of cookies that served as edible and tasty party favors. Although she admits taste-testing cookies just days before her wedding might not have been the most diet-friendly party favor, she loved the idea of presenting her guests with a custom-made token of her appreciation.

The Flowers
Emily showcased her bold style with a magenta and olive green color palette. Varying shades of white, pink and red peonies made up her bridal bouquet and perfectly captured her affinity for rich color. The floral centerpieces took center stage with their long-stem magenta and pink roses and abundance of lush greenery. Situated on magenta printed tablecloths, the statement-making centerpieces captured Emily’s distinct aesthetic and transformed the Jewel Box into a tropical oasis.

The Music

A string quartet from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra set the mood for the ceremony, and singer Brian Owens performed an acappella version of the R&B classic, “Higher and Higher.” Keeping with the live music vibe, the couple hired Erin Bode to play her smooth, jazzy beats during the reception, which was a huge hit with guests.

The Venue

If there’s one place in St. Louis that provides an elegant atmosphere with the ambiance of an exotic locale, the Jewel Box is it. The site of the ceremony and reception, the Jewel Box provided a more casual atmosphere than a traditional church, but still captured the essence of a festive and sophisticated affair. And thanks to its intimate size, the venue made it easy for the two families and 220 total guests to come together and get to know each other better.

The Dress
Emily’s European satin Simone Carvalli wedding gown was the epitome of contemporary elegance. The mermaid-style dress was accented with jeweled beading that ran along the bust and formed a gorgeous V-shape on the backside of the gown. Her long thin veil and exaggerated train created an elaborate silhouette without overwhelming the overall look of the gown.

 

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Emily Pfautsch, 27 & Rodney Boyd, 39

Emily Pfautsch, 27 & Rodney Boyd, 39

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Emily Pfautsch, 27 & Rodney Boyd, 39 cut their wedding cake.

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Emily Pfautsch, 27 & Rodney Boyd, 39 had a striking affair at the Jewel Box.

Emily Pfautsch, 27 & Rodney Boyd, 39 had a striking affair at the Jewel Box.

 

Photo credit: Photos by Stephen Seebeck Photography; Wedding recommendation courtesy of Cosmopolitan Events

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