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Shannon & Tom: A Traditional Wedding in St. Louis, MO

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    Creative Environments, University City, MO
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Shannon & Tom in St. Louis, MO
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Dried wheat grass and curly willow mixed in with more traditional wedding flowers -- hydrangeas, roses, cymbidium orchids -- gave the bouquets a nice fall feel.
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The bridesmaids wore deep brown asymmetrically gathered gowns pinned with rhinestone brooches at the waist.
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Shannon and Tom married in a traditional Catholic ceremony held in a historic St. Louis church. Altar arrangements of white hydrangeas, Vendela and Sahara roses, buff-colored Asiatic lilies, lisianthus, dried wheatgrass, curly willow, greenery, and berries complemented the dark wood of the sanctuary.
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Each guest's name was calligraphed on velum, which was attached to handmade paper with brown ribbon. The cards sat atop little bronze airplanes -- mementos of the reception site, and also pencil sharpeners!
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After searching all over St. Louis for the right spot, the history museum was literally the last place the couple looked. With its unique, local touches -- like Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis flying overhead -- the museum turned out to be the ideal spot.
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Lush arrangements were set high on slim glass pillars, so guests could easily talk to one another without the centerpieces blocking their view.
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For Shannon, the cake was one of the most important parts of the wedding -- it had to taste delicious. The five-tiered cake was frosted in French vanilla buttercream and decorated with piped chocolate embellishments.
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Shannon & Tom in St. Louis, MO

Shannon and Tom first met, appropriately enough, because of a wedding -- she was a bridesmaid and he was a groomsman. The two kept up a long-distance relationship after the wedding weekend ended. Once Tom finally made the move from Chicago to St. Louis, Shannon says they both knew it was meant to be. The Bride Shannon McElvenney, 27, registered nurse The Groom Thomas (Tom) Fendya, 28, senior consultant The Date October 13 Four months later, Tom asked Shannon to marry him, and the two soon began planning an autumn wedding. With friends and family coming in from all over the Midwest, the couple's old and new hometown made for the perfect meeting place.
- Kate Wood
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