Amber + Chris = Top of the Met

I had the honor of officiating the wedding ceremony for Amber and Chris who were married at the Top of the Met operated by Kemoll's Restaurant in downtown St. Louis.  

The color theme for this event was easy to spot - BLACK AND WHITE. They had a nice display of cupcakes instead of the traditional wedding cake and fun favor boxes that also served as an escort card.

The groom was a little nervous and the anticipation of seeing his bride walk down the aisle was evident. Standing in front of a wall of windows on the 42nd floor of the Metropolitan Building was not as easy as I would have thought.  My peripheral vision took hold as the ceremony started, but I was quick on my feet.  WHEW !!

Congratulations to Amber and Chris and many blessings.

Below are some kinds words I received from Chris, the groom via email and Facebook.

I have to say thank you so much for helping out with our wedding! Thanks for the extra "winks" to keep my knees from buckling out from underneath me! You were very professional, and did a tremendous job! I'm glad that we had the opportunity to share our day with you! I have some pictures if you wanted them-just let me know!  Thanks again!
Christopher and Amber

To anyone out there wondering... Carolyn did my wedding on Sept 30th, 2011 at Kemoll's Top of the Met. I have to say, SO Professional! On time, nothing hidden, and she improvised without a blink when the mic didnt work! I barely even caught it. Don't think twice about the services that she offers- Go for it, you wont be disappointed

And again~ Thank you so much for being a part of our special day. 

Religious Ceremony Sites in St Louis

There are over 3,000 religious sites in the St Louis Metropolitan Area.
Many of them allow non-members to use their sanctuary and facility for a wedding ceremony.

The types of religious sites ranges from chapels to cathedrals.  Each site is unique in many aspects. Carolyn Burke - Event Location Specialist has done the research on 150+ religious sites.

Here are some quick questions to ask a religious site.
Whether you're starting your search from scratch or you have an affiliation with a particular church or synagogue, you need to check on some details before deciding to hold your ceremony there:

  • Is it available for the date and time you want? 
  • Are there any weddings or other services booked for that day? 
  • What is the capacity of the facility for your guests? 
  • Is there adequate parking? 
  • Does the officiant have any requirements you're unwilling to satisfy, such as couples counseling classes?  Some do not allow couples to live together before marriage.
  • Do you like the officiant and feel that he/she is the person you want to join you in marriage? 
  • Can you bring in an outside minister/officiant to perform the ceremony or assist? 
  • Any restrictions concerning music or photography? For example, some churches require you to use their organist, which can limit your music selection. Or the photographer may only stay in the balcony during the ceremony. 
  • Will the site provide any decor, such as aisle candles or unity candles? Are there fees?
  • Who is responsible for cleaning up the site afterwards? 
  • What are the costs involved? Some are packaged to include the sanctuary, officiant, rooms to get ready in, music, and sound.  Services such as clean-up and parking may cost extra. 
  • What does the minister's standard service consist of and how much freedom will you be given to personalize it? 
  • When can your florist start setting up any pew or altar arrangements? 
  • Will the site be available for a rehearsal at the time you want to schedule it (generally the evening before the ceremony)?