Styling Away For 417 Bride


For the summer issue of 417 Bride, the Social Graces team styled another amazing photo shoot for the magazine. Alex Crowder, the photographer, shot Aunna Beckemeyer, Stephen Morgan, and Sarah Thomas on location at Big Cedar Lodge in May. The photo shoot was produced by Jessica Kennon Spencer of 417 Magazine. Hair was done by Megan Ogle of Frost Salon and Melanie Gibbs of Karma Salon. The flawless makeup was created by Andie Reynolds of Lavaré Spa & Salon.

The gorgeous wedding dresses for Aunna and Sarah were selected from Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Gracie’s Bridal, and Normans Bridal. The tuxes and other fabrics for Stephen were chosen from Blackwells Men’s Clothing, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, and Town & County.

We selected jewelry and accessories from Maxon’s Diamond MerchantsHarem & Company, Justice Jewelers, Mitchum Jewelers, STAXX, Ella Weiss Wedding Design, Normans Bridal, and Gracie’s Bridal.

Here is a sample of the stunning pictures for the magazine!

All images via 417 Bride
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Make sure you keep an eye out for the issue on stands now!


Real Wedding: Julie & Tyler

We had such a great time helping Julie pull all the details of her wedding day together.  It turned out just perfect and we couldn’t be happier for the couple. With special help from some of our favorite vendors (like Oh Happy Day Rental of Felicita, Artistry in Bloom and Gracie’s Bridal) plus a few DIY projects that Julie and her family worked on, it was a show stopper. If you don’t believe me, check out these beautiful images by Christine Bonnivier

Love Stories: A Natural Approach

We are so excited that 417 Bride’s Summer issue hit the stands last week! This is our third issue to work on and we are particularly excited about it. If you are a local Springfield-ian, you can pick up your copy at area Price Cutters, Summer Fresh Markets, Country Mart, Harter House or Barnes & Noble. It is a great way to see what local vendors have to offer for your big day.

Now… to the fun part!

All of this issue’s themes were based on literary inspirations.

The first of four themes, inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden:

Hair: Studio 417, Jennifer Bridgman
Make Up: Grove Spa, Krista Murphy
Bride Model: Kylie Wright
Flower Girls: India Tru Lengyel and Ireland Kelsey

Shot on location at Enchanted Hills.

Wtoo Brides by Watters Devon gown, $1,115 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Headpiece courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey.

1. Hydrangea bouquet by Wickman’s Garden Village; 14-karat white gold, emerald-cut green tourmaline and diamond ring, $5,499 at Justice Jewelers

2. Yellow quartz and diamond necklace, $795; White gold leaf-style diamond ring, $895; white gold cushion-cut diamond ring, $6,995; all from Mitchum Jewelers

3. Custom-designed fabric flower necklace by Liddie Mae

4. The Diamond Collection Casablanca Dress, $750 at Gracie’s Bridal

5. Hairpieces courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; moss balls, $11.95 at The Market; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal

1. Grass and moss courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village; birch vases courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; four-tiered fondant cake with fondant leaves by Cameo Cakes; cake stands courtesy Social Graces

2. Wood chargers courtesy Social Graces; Woodbury place setting, $6–12 at Dillard’s; Lenox Tuscany classics collection wine glasses, six for $40 at Dillard’s; cloth napkins, $4.50–26 at Provence; green chicks, $13 at The Market

3. The Hawthorn Suite invitation from PaperWorld; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; wood chargers courtesy Social Graces

4. Terrariums with moss and assorted greenery courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village

5. Paper banner courtesy Social Graces; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal Opposite Page: Hydrangea centerpieces by Wickman’s Garden Village; hanging lanterns courtesy Swept Away Rentals.


417 Bride: Fun, Fresh, Fiesta!

For our final theme  in our 417 Bride series, Your Big Day, 4 Ways, we are going to celebrate fiesta-style. This theme was so fun to pull together with its bold colors and vibrant flowers. Fiesta tableware, $25 per place setting; Gorham 65 flatware set, $149, all at Dillard’s; Candle holders, $10-10.50; Tablecloth, $49.50, both at Provence; pottery, $44.99 at Hillcreek Pottery at Silver Dollar City; Bouquets by Linda’s Flowers.

Milk- and dark-chocolate covered oreos with colored pattern designs, $6 per dozen at The Hot Chocolate. Two-tier dessert stand, $37.99 at Brown Derby International Wine Center.

Mori Lee by Blu in Ivory, $716 at Gracie’s Bridal. Bouquet of roses, miniature roses, sunflowers, miniature sunflowers and Alstroemeria lilies by Linda’s Flowers.

Liz Simon strapless gown with cascading ruffle details, $1,495 at Normans Jewelry & Bridal Shoppe; Sassy South necklace, $92.95 at Normans Springfield; Broche, $310 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design. Bouquet by Linda’s Flowers. Rare Editions girls dress in turquoise, $50, Stride Rite Selena flats, $30, both available at Dillard’s; Anya turquoise hair flower, $24 at Felicita Studios. Bouquet of roses, miniature roses, sunflowers, miniature sunflowers and Alstroemeria lilies by Linda’s Flowers. Hanging pots/planters, $24.99 per piece at Hillcreek Pottery at Silver Dollar City.

Tablecloth, $49.50 at Provence; Shamrock Fiestaware, $25 per place setting at Dillard’s; Invitation and R.S.V.P. card available at Provence; Necklace, $336 at Provence. Two-tone rutilated quartz and coral diamond ring, $1,295; Blue chalcedony and diamond ring, $2,295, both at Mitchum’s Jewelers.

Three-tier fiesta-themed cake by Celebrations by Sonja; Flower accents by Linda’s Flowers.

Vase, $22, Candle holder, $16.50, both at The Market; Two-tone rutilated quartz and coral diamond necklace, $2,539; White-gold earrings with round diamonds, $1,100, both at Mitchum Jewelers. Flower accents by Linda’s Flowers.

Photos by Amy Pennington
Styling by Becca Murdaugh and Megan White, Events by Social Graces
Make up by Ty Harshman, Ashley Lauren Salon & Spa
Hair by Eileen Gabrielsen, Ashley Lauren Salon & Spa
Produced by Cassie Darst, Bethany McDonald
Location: Silver Dollar City
Models: Alyea Azeez and Chloe McCrary