An Elegant, Woodland-Inspired Wedding at the The Old Post Office in St. Louis, Missouri

Linsey Schoemehl (32 and general counsel to the Illinois State Board of Investment) and Cliff Payne’s (31 and vice president of Equity International) were all about custom and locally sourced details when it came to their November 1st wedding in St. Louis, MO. Working with planner Kristin Weis of Kristin Ashley Events the couple planned an unforgettable blowout affair at The Old Post Office, a grandiose, historic landmark with undeniable old world charm. “I loved that we could flow guests throughout the entire venue, starting with cocktails in the entry way, dinner in the main room and dancing downstairs,” says Linsey. Drawing on the venue for inspiration, as well as what Linsey refers to as “the eerie feel” of the season, the couple dreamed up an enchanted woodland theme for the evening, complete with a rich color palette of moody black and blue hues, statement-making moss, succulent and floral centerpieces and plenty of gilded details and warm candlelight. “Visually, I wanted people to feel like they were in the woods and stumbled upon some dream-like dinner party,” says Linsey. After a traditional ceremony officiated by Cliff’s aunt at Washington University’s Graham Chapel, the party was moved to The Old Post Office for dinner and dancing. Guests were greeted by a selection of signature cocktails featuring local small batch whiskeys and locally brewed beer, the band Vitrolum Republic playing lively gypsy swing tunes in the background, followed by a decadent dinner by Local Harvest Catering made with only the freshest locally sourced ingredients. “The food was easily one of the highlights of the evening for us,” says Linsey. St. Louis favorites like gooey butter cake, Ted Drewes concretes and White Castle hamburgers were a huge hit with guests, as was the evening’s entertainment. Griffin and the Gargoyles got guests out on the dance floor and rapper and St. Louis native Nelly surprised everyone with a 45-minute set, a detail no one present is soon to forget. A tip for the taking from Linsey: “Hire a planner, or, at the very least, a day of coordinator. I would consider myself extremely organized, but there are a million and one things that come up at the last minute that you simply can’t prepare for. Rather than letting these things impede upon your day or burdening your friends and family, a professional can handle these things with ease.”