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Colorful Florals Inspired Wedding at Tower Grove & NEO – Abbey & Scott, STL

We took one look at Abbey’s Sottero and Midgley’s wedding dress, her colorful bridal bouquet (beautifully made by her mother), and all the other sentimental details and we just knew: this. day. is. amazing. already.


“…Scott’s four year old son…believed he was the one getting married. He, like the groom, had a classic watch as a wedding gift, matching shoes, and a love letter from the bride…”


The couple shared their first look at Abbey’s grandmother’s house with a gazebo – a nod to where her parents had their wedding portraits taken. After the ceremony, we all gathered at Tower Grove Park before heading to the party at NEO on Locust. The farm-style head table was laden with fresh pink peonies, sprawling house plants and handwritten place cards while twinkle lights laced through exposed beams above. Quite simply: gorgeous.

But perhaps what plucked our heart strings the most was Abbey & Scott’s involvement with Jace – Scott’s 4 year old son and the Best Man. All day he believed he was the one getting married. He, like the groom, had a classic watch as a wedding gift, matching shoes, and a love letter from the bride. Jace was there for the vows, the blessing of the rings and later the reception toasts.

Abbey & Scott’s elegant, yet down to earth, wedding day was full of blue skies (praise!), uproars of laughter,  and both eyes brimming with tears and plates brimming with St Louis BBQ from Pappy’s Smokehouse – a tribute to Abbey’s grandfather, Pappy.

Congratulations Scott & Abbey & Jace! We’re obsessed with you three!

Abbey & Scott —
Big hugs and a thousand congratulations aren’t even enough! So we’ll say this: Thank you. Thank you for inviting us into your love story, introducing us to your favorite people and amazing wedding party, and for trusting us with your wedding day! We loved walking alongside of you – celebrating the highs and encouraging you in the lows. We’re so happy for you. And hey, the best is yet to come. But yeah, marriage looks good on you two! All our love…

–Tara & Stephen

If you missed Abbey & Scott’s gorgeous, cherry blossom-filled engagement session + their love story, view that HERE.

A huge thank you & shoutout to this dream team of vendors that pulled off such an incredible wedding day! If you’re a bride & looking for the best of St Louis, see below!


Photographer | Tara & Stephen, Pattengale Photography 
Ceremony | Saint Catherine Laboure Church
Reception Venue | NEO on Locust
Wedding Coordinator | Friend of Bride – Becca

Florist | Mother of the Bride – Off the Wall Florist

Makeup Artist | EyeDoSTL
Hair Stylist | Stefanie Powell
Dessert & Cake | Friend of Bride – Emily Follen
Catering | Pappy’s Smokehouse
Officiant | Fr. Jim Cormack
Wedding Invitations | Party City
Reception Table Numbers & Artisan Made Flower Boxes | handmade by parents
Custom Seating Chart, Welcome Sign, & Programs  | LavenderAndOrchid
Reception Rentals & Linens | Provided by Pappy’s & NEO

Live Wedding Band & Specialty Lighting | Push the Limit Band
Wedding Transportation | JED Transportation

Wedding Dress Bridal Salon | Sincerely Yours Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer | Sottero & Midgley
Bridesmaid Dresses | Sincerely Yours Bridal

Bride’s Wedding Bands | The Diamond Shop
Groom’s Attire | St Louis Suit Company
Groom & Best Man’s Watch | MVMT
Groomsmen Gifts | Starwars Themed Socks
Groom’s Wedding Band | Crestwood Coin & Jeweler

Custom Wooden Tray with lettering | Mueller Monograms
Bridesmaid Gifts | JCrew Earrings & Amazon (dresses)

Wedding day colors & aesthetic theme | Colorful luscious florals with pink peonies, ivy, and real houseplants; Gray and blue color palette, heirloom & sentimentally inspired.

Destination Honeymoon | St John Island, Gallows Point Resort

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As a young girl, I kept a journal and then when Stephen and I got married, we wrote our vows into a journal we shared as a couple. On this lil’ corner of the internet, I want to invite you into our virtual journal’s stories and musings.  I hope you’ll find encouragement and inspiration along the way. You can expect a mixture of our recent photography work & adventures, lifestyle tips, current obsessions, and personal stories of us behind the scenes too! I’m so glad you’re here!

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