Effortlessly Elegant Missouri Wedding at The Lalumondiere River Mill and Gardens

March 26, 2016 | editorial team

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Laura and Christopher decided to have their wedding at The Lalumondiere River Mill and Gardens after searching for unconventional wedding locations in St. Louis, and the place looked like a fairy tale for their special day. Wanting something feminine that would blend in well with the outdoor surroundings, the couple settled on a color palette of ivory, light pinks, faint peach, and sage green. They customized every bit of their wedding, from having their twin boys walk Laura down the isle to having Laura’s father officiate the wedding. They even incorporated music from their favorite score composer, John Williams, into both the ceremony and the first dances at the reception.

The Couple:

Laura and Christopher

The Wedding:

The Lalumondiere River Mill and Gardens, House Springs, Missouri

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I’ve always loved lace and hit the jackpot with my dress from BHLDN. All their dresses are so beautiful and dreamy, and mine was exactly what I was looking for. I went with gold vintage-inspired jewelry from J. Crew and Kate Spade.

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My favorite parts of the day would have to be our twin boys walking me down the aisle to the Jurassic Park theme song, my dad performing the ceremony, my mom and best friends decorating, the BBQ and, of course, marrying my best friend.

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Since we were both working full time and raising two boys, everything had to be simple, from finding a dress to booking a caterer. Once everything was booked, we focused on making the ceremony itself very personal and special.

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I wanted something comfortable, simple and affordable for the bridesmaids, so we went with a forest green trapeze dress that can be worn again in the future. The groom and groomsmen all wore light grey suiting.

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My mother and I designed our seating chart in lieu of having a specific seating arrangement. My mother, bless her, did just about everything else. She hand panted all the signs, tied flowers on chairs, placed arrangements, made pies from scratch, and much more.

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Our music choices were tailored to our personal taste. As a family, we love Jurassic Park and Star Wars and John Williams.

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Processional – Theme from Jurassic Park by John Williams
Recessional – The Throne Room/End Title from Star Wars IV: A New Hope by John Williams
First Dance – Still Loving You by Scorpions
Bride/Sons Dance – Cantina Band from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope by John Williams
Bride/Father Dance – Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
Groom/Mother Dance – Just the Way You Are by Billy Joel

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The Wedding Team:

Photography – Charis Rowland Photography
Venue – The Lalumondiere River Mill and Gardens
Catering – Bogarts Smoke House
Cake – Swish Catering
Invitations – Paperless Post
Makeup Artist – Nordstrom
Hair Styling – Red Soul Salon
Wedding Dress – BHLDN
Bridal Accessories – Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Ann Taylor Loft
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Apparel – Express
Rentals – Weinhardt Part Rentals


Laura and Christopher, we wish you both a lifetime of happiness together! Many thanks to Charis Rowland Photography for sharing this elegant Missouri wedding with us. For similar wedding inspiration, take a look at this champagne and burgundy Wine Country wedding at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards.


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  1. Fantastic photos, looks like an amazing day

  2. This venue is just stunning. We love the outdoor ceremony space… feels like it’s in Italy somewhere! :)

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