While last in St. Louis, I had the opportunity to take lots of photos of both Emmanuel and the Tap Room. Now, I can officially begin making decisions about decorations! Flowers along the aisle? Emmanuel has a very, very long nave, and is dark, with dark wood and green carpet. One idea would be to have flowers or greenery with ribbon along some of the pews, but there are so many pews! The only other place we are allowed to put flowers is up on the altar, in the official altar guild vases. But maybe with a bride, groom, 16 attendants, a ring bearer and a flower girl, there will be enough human decoration.
I didn’t have time to take interior shots at church, but took one from my friend Jodie’s blog from her wedding (she is an _incredible_ photographer, by the way.)
(So exciting to see Emmanuel during a wedding!)
Exterior of Emmanuel:
The outside of the front door. To the right is Jones Lawn, which is really quite large and filled with huge shade trees. We are thinking of having lemonade and sparkling water on the lawn, directly after the ceremony and receiving line. We could have a clown making balloon animals for the children, and maybe some live music… While the bridal party and families are being photographed, people can mingle, have something to drink, and relax a bit before the reception. This could also prevent a long lag at the reception, while people wait for the bridal party to arrive.
This is the memorial garden, to the left of the main entrance. There is also a side entrance to the Chapel here, and up along the path on the left is the door into the parish hall.
(The church was built by a family from “back East,” and Mrs. Lockwood used memories and sketches of her own home church to influence the architects. The cross on the steeple is exactly the height of the little Lockwood girl when it was built.)
The Tap Room–I love, love, love the hardwood floors, exposed bricks, tall windows, views of the city–I can’t wait to dance the night away with my love and everyone we love.
The first thing to consider: head tables. Do we have our spouses and dates of our attendants at the head tables with them? My first instinct is to say yes, because it seems odd to have people separated just because that’s the way it’s usually done. I would never do that at a dinner party. But we have 16 people. Maybe two head tables, at opposite ends or something?
Matt and I are thinking doing a writer as a theme for each table. So instead of “Table 5,” you might have “the Whitman table.” I’m thinking of doing tablescapes of old books and many, many candles as centerpieces at each table.
The bar. They also have tiny white lights strung all around the wooden pillars and windows.
The outside patio for the upper room where our reception will be held. I suppose people can mingle out here as well. Candles out here, as well.