The Best St. Louis Wedding Cake

I was googling St. Louis wedding cake the other day. Why? Research for this blog post… supposedly.

Not because I love cake. Just kidding. Side note- I make(what I think is) the best homemade chocolate cake with homemade cream cheese icing on it. I haven’t made it in a while though because I’d eat the entire thing myself.

I know I have talked about how I photographed weddings before I became exclusively a boudoir photographer. Guess what my favorite part of the entire wedding was? The cake. Obviously I didn’t love weddings that much.

A few years ago, when I first moved to St. Louis, I was part of a networking group of women entrepreneurs, mostly in the wedding industry. One of the business owners was Heidi, who owns De la Creme Studios in St. Louis. That’s who I want to introduce you to today.

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St. Louis Wedding Cake Options

There are so many different St. Louis wedding cake bakery options. I love to browse on Instagram or Pinterest for St. Louis wedding vendors, just because I like to have recommendations for my clients, so I have seen several of the choices in STL.

While the cake may not make or break how memorable your wedding day is, having a beautiful cake certainly won’t hurt! De la Creme is by far one of the top wedding cake bakery studios in the city. Her attention to detail is incredible. The way each cake is designed seriously blows my mind!

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De La Creme Studios

De la Creme has a clean, contemporary style inspired by art, fashion and a love for incorporating beautiful details and rich textures. They treat each cake as its own unique masterpiece—a perfect fusion of their taste and your individual style.

With a background in art and design, owner and cake artist Heidi Holmon brings unique talent to the cake world that leaves her clients “wowed by her crazy skills.” Heidi has over fifteen years of design experience, an eye for timeless style, and a passion for color, form, and texture, which she put to work every day creating stunning pieces.

“Give me a canvas, any canvas, and I will create something beautiful on it (because I’m an artist first and foremost). Whether it’s cake artistry, photography, or design, I love creating things with beautiful details.” —Heidi Holmon

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Prepping for your cake designer

There are some things you should prepare/research before you even book a meeting with your cake designer of course.

  1. How many are you expecting? You need to know what size of cake you will need to order of course.
  2. Date of the wedding- obviously. De la Creme can book up months in advance during wedding season, so book early!
  3. Some sort of design idea. As stated above, Heidi is definitely an artist, but having some direction will help you both in the design process!
  4. An idea on flavor. It’s your wedding day! Be sure to get what you want.
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Not a bride? De la Creme makes celebration cakes too!

I know this blog post was directed towards brides, but don’t worry, celebration cakes are an option as well. Whether it’s for your child’s first birthday, an engagement party, a graduation party, or maybe even your dirty thirty birthday party, Heidi can design and bake the cake of your dreams!

Anyway…

De la Creme Studio’s is THE St. Louis wedding cake bakery to use for your wedding. Be sure that you contact her early, because she does book up months in advance for weddings. When you book, be sure you know how many you are expecting, the date of the wedding, and some sort of cake design idea!

I want that Louis Vuitton Cake just because it’s awesome.

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STL Wedding Photographer- Laura Ann Miller

When I first moved to St. Louis in 2016, I joined a group for creative female entrepreneurs. I met so many great women in that group, one of which is Laura Ann Miller, an STL wedding photographer. She is the sweetest person, and one of the best in the industry in the St. Louis, MO area. Fun fact: she also created my promo video you can see here.

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Laura’s Philosphy

Laura’s website and her work make you believe in a love story. “Authentic story telling for hopeless romantics. Love is a big deal. It should be celebrated and documented.” I didn’t even think I was a hopeless romantic until I was looking through her gallery again. I felt tears at the happiness in her couples’ eyes(also, not going to lie, I am writing this in February and it’s been dreary and cold for 6 weeks and that’s making me emotional, but still).

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From her website: “My style is romantic, organic, and real. I am very passionate about capturing moments that are authentic, full of love, and affection! My work is inspired by the everyday beauty in life, but most importantly by the love you guys share. We see a sunset everyday, but when we watch the sunset holding hands with the person you’re meant to be with, that sunset means so much more. THAT is the feeling I want to portray in my images. Your love is so special, and I want to show you that!”

Fine Art Wedding Photographer

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Laura is a fine art wedding photographer capturing light & love on film, from the midwest to the southeast, and anyplace love finds you. Did you catch that? She also shoots film. I LOVE film. I have actually photographed a boudoir session in film and it was one of my favorites. Anyway, that’s just another reason to hire Laura.

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STL Wedding Photographer Laura Miller and her husband Dominic

Laura dubbed herself the hopeless romantic of this STL wedding photographer duo. She is passionate about creating images that will last a lifetime.  Although she lives in the Midwest, she has a heart that belongs on the ocean. Laura loves to travel near and far photographing LOVE. Dominic, the storyteller of the duo, is a vintage car loving videographer. Dominic has a relaxed approach and loves to film wedding days in a candid and authentic way. I can promise you will be happy with their approach to the wedding day.

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Portrait Photography in STL

If you are already married, but looking for a family photographer, check Laura out! She is not only a wedding photographer but also a portrait photographer. Like I said above, her work is absolutely gorgeous!

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Wedding Invitations by On Three Designs

Wedding invitations are an important part of your day. It sets the tone for your wedding and what guests can expect the day of. Finding the perfect designer is so important, and I happen to know one of the best in St. Louis, MO. Alicia of On Three Designs‘ work is absolutely beautiful, plus she is so sweet.

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Meet Alicia

Alicia Lantzy owns and operates On Three Designs. Alicia fell in love with paper in her first year at the Kansas City Art Institute. She had the opportunity to begin her training as a young artist under the direction of calligrapher, the late Carl Kurtz. Kurtz instilled in her an appreciation of the written word and fostered a love in her of fine paper work, dedication, and determination.

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When she’s not busy building On Three Designs you can catch her sipping on a glass of champagne at one of her favorite restaurants with her husband, Tom, or relaxing with her crazy Boston Terriers, Louie and Frank.

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About On Three Designs

On Three Designs is an invitation and calligraphy studio based out of Saint Louis, Missouri, who’s passion is creating custom wedding stationery for brides and grooms who share the love of fine quality paper.

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On Three Designs creates Save the Dates all the way through the day of the wedding custom calligraphy and paper goods that will set the tone for the perfect wedding.

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So when should you book your wedding invitations designer?

If you are sending Save the Dates, which are recommended to be sent out 6-8 months before the wedding date, it’s best to book your calligrapher about 8-10 months before your wedding. The design process can take 8-10 weeks for custom wedding invitations. The more time you have the less stressed out you will be. Wedding invitations are sent out about 2-3 months prior to the wedding date!

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Incorporating your pet into your wedding

So you all know I am a dog lover. You may know my toy Aussie, Hallie, comes to work with me often. I love the fact that Alicia is a dog lover as well.

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She offers a unique line of custom pet portrait cocktail napkins, coasters, drink stirrers and so much more for your wedding reception. Check them out here.

The perfect wedding day starts with the first impression

Like I said before, the wedding invitations set the tone of your wedding.

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You will definitely be happy you choose Alicia. She is so personable, welcoming, patient, and amazing at her job. She will help you create the perfect wedding invitations and make sure your wedding is everything you dreamed since you were a little girl.

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Destination Weddings for STL Brides

Destination weddings are a fun way to take a little bit of the stress off during wedding planning, plus there are perks as well. Smaller guest lists, all inclusive weddings, beautiful setting for photos, and a vacation are just a few of those perks. The hardest part is probably choosing WHERE to go!

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This one time… I photographed a beach wedding. That was fun.

Destination weddings in the United States

The U.S. is huge, so there are a ton of places you could choose just on the “mainland” that are memorable and beautiful. You have the midwest, Florida, the southern coast, Las Vegas, or Colorado, just to name a few.

Midwest

In the midwest, you could do Branson. I’m including Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg in this as well, because they are similar to Branson. There are small wedding chapels, the Titanic exhibit(not sure what I think about this), and large wedding venues. Because Branson caters to tourism, there will be plenty for your wedding guests to do to stay entertained, and plenty of accommodations as well.

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Florida

Florida has the beach and Disney World, both of which are the happiest places on Earth. Ha. Beach weddings are my favorite. By the way, if you ARE planning to get married in Florida, check out Cami Zi Photography. She is AMAZING at what she does and also the sweetest person you will ever meet. I also love Brett Birdsong in the Destin, Florida/Florida Panhandle area. He’s awesome and will make your wedding day super fun.

Florida beach weddings can range in price from super cheap to super expensive after all is said and done, but it’s the beach and no matter what it will be a blast!

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Disney weddings are magical. Obviously. It’s Disney World. The photographer I mentioned above, Cami Zi, used to work for Disney as their photographer but now has her own photography business. They range from $3500- 12,000 from what I can tell, but again, they are all inclusive as far as the wedding goes. Accommodations aren’t included.

The Southern Coast

If you want a beautiful southern wedding, Savannah, Georgia, Charleston, SC, and the beach, such as Hilton Head, all down the coast are ideal! I love these areas because they are filled with history, plus just beautiful locations in general within driving distance of St. Louis. Gazebo weddings, traditional church weddings with beautiful plantation receptions, or the beach wedding are all options.

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Las Vegas

Las. Vegas. These infamous weddings can be as classy, cheesy, or as wild as you want. The famous Little White Chapel is an obvious choice, but for a more classy wedding, the Bellagio has beautiful options.

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I had so much fun photographing this Casino wedding!

Colorado

Colorado has so much to offer as far as destination weddings. It’s such a beautiful state with beautiful landscape. You could choose Denver for historical landmarks. Vail, Aspen, Keystone, or Breckenridge(and many others)have beautiful mountain side views either in winter with snow or in other seasons for just general beauty. You definitely can’t go wrong with anywhere in Colorado.

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Destination weddings in Mexico

All inclusive beach resorts usually have amazing wedding venues as well. Riviera Maya, Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cabo, and the like all have great options, usually all inclusive, as well, for weddings. Who wouldn’t want the beautiful turquoise water as a back drop to their wedding?

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Destination weddings abroad

Some other options for destination weddings could include Paris, Greece, Ireland, and so many more options. The hardest thing with weddings abroad will be convincing your wedding guests to go. Some may want the vacay, while others are scared of international travel, but don’t let other’s opinions deter you in your wedding planning. Your perfect day is far more important!

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Anyway…

There are so many options with destination weddings. These are just a few of the more popular options. Later, I plan to go over destination weddings in more detail on the blog, but hopefully this will get your wedding planning started!

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STL Wedding// Bridesmaid Proposals

Many of you have recently became engaged.  By the way, congratulations!  You have so many big decisions you are making right now, including who you are choosing to be in the wedding. Bridesmaid proposals have become so popular in the last few years. I LOVE the idea of asking your best friends to be in your wedding with a gift.

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What are Bridesmaid Proposals?

A bridesmaid proposal is a fun and thoughtful way to ask your bridesmaid to be in your wedding.  It can be in person or sent in the mail. Many brides give a fun gift box with things like macarons, puzzles, a hanger, or bath bombs and attach a note.  It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but just make it special!

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When to send the proposals?

First things first, you have to to choose who your bridesmaids will be. Do you want a large wedding party or a smaller one?  How many groomsmen are you having?  Choosing your bridal party within 2 months of you engagement and proposing by three months is ideal, as long as your wedding is at least 8 months out. This will give your bridal party time to schedule and plan your bridal shower, bachelorette party, and prep for the wedding!

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How much to spend on each gift?

Be sure to consider that you are about to ask them to put quite a bit of time, money, and dedication into helping you with your wedding and the events surrounding your wedding, not to mention hair and makeup, the bridesmaid dress, and other expenses.  This gift is a great way to show your appreciation before the whirlwind starts! Consider a meaningful and thoughtful gift in the price range of $20-60.

Where to get the Bridesmaid proposal gift?

Etsy is the obvious choice I think.  I searched and found so many cute ideas.

I love these two Bridesmaid Proposal Gift boxes.  You can find this one at Lala Confetti on Etsy.

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This one is at ModParty on Etsy.

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What about groomsmen proposals?

Groomsmen proposals are less trendy, but are still fun ways to ask the groomsmen to be in the wedding.  This is totally up to your groom and his personality, but how cute is this bottle opener?

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Anyway…

The bridesmaid proposals will just make sure your bridal party feels appreciated.  They are going to be going above and beyond for you in a stressful time! Start it all off on a good note!

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