An Autumn Wedding at a Private Residence in St. Louis, Missouri

Kassie Weber (30 and an art therapist) and Daniel Bannister (29 and a director of sales) had a small, personal ceremony at Kassie’s parents’ home in St. Louis, Missouri. “Many special moments have taken place here, so we decided it was the best setting for this intimate occasion,” Kassie says. The decorations were kept simple, with candles and flower arrangements surrounding the couple. The theme of the ceremony was weaving, with two families joining together as one. This was demonstrated during the ceremony and later at the reception, when the couple, the wedding party and the guests weaved pieces of ribbon on a large wooden loom created by Kassie and her father. “We ended up with a multicolored tapestry that symbolized the many different important people in our lives coming together,” Kassie says. The elegant tent reception took place in the Webers’ backyard, complete with beautiful autumn centerpieces, hanging floral arrangements, a food truck, sparklers and a high-energy live band. It was simple and elegant. Kassie’s advice to other couples is not to get so caught up in wedding planning that you lose sight of the big picture. “You two are making this big, beautiful commitment to each other," she says. "Take it seriously, then celebrate with great love and wild joy.” —Chrissy Sorenson