A Personalized, DIY Wedding at the Foundry in St. Charles, Missouri

Taking DIY to a new level, Kaitlin Davis (22 and engagement coordinator for the university concert series at the University of Missouri) and Ryan Hermann (22 and a student at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine) did everything themselves for their wedding, including baking their own cake and writing their own first-dance song. “Ryan and I struggled to find a first-dance song,” Kaitlin says. “I went back and forth and we tried a few songs, but nothing felt right. Then I got the idea to work with Ryan’s best friend, who is a professional musician, to write an acoustic cover of the song Ryan wrote me as a present a few years earlier. It was the perfect surprise and something totally unique.” The ultra-personalized day started in a lush garden at the Conservatory in St. Charles, Missouri. Since the couple got married in the winter, they loved having natural, organic greenery as the backdrop. Not wanting a traditional ballroom reception, the couple chose the Foundry for its open space and beautiful, already-in-place decorations. Kaitlin and Ryan chose a navy and white palette for their wedding with a subtle tribute to fairytales. “Our theme was a winter fairytale, and I tried to incorporate the garden theme into the ceremony along with nods to fairytales,” Kaitlin says. “It was mostly inspired by the fact that I’m a hopeless romantic who loves a good fairytale story. I loved the idea of Happily Ever After and went with that.” There are so many details we love—see them all, beautifully captured by Dana Tate Wedding Photographer, below.