Real Wedding: Kindra and Phil

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Kindra and Phil celebrated their wedding on September 21, 2013 at their family farm. The couple chose Splashdrop Photography to capture the special day. Infused Catering provided the meal and Sugar Leaf Bakery created the delicious cake for the reception. Shannon Custom Floral designed all the arrangements, including the stunning bouquet, and decorated the reception tent. The yummy S’mores bar was designed by Social Graces. Kindra bought her beautiful gown from Normans in Downtown Springfield.

Here’s a sample of the gorgeous day!

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Meet Our Intern: Courtney

1I2A7780We are super excited to announce our Intern for the Spring 2014 semester; Courtney Benisch.  She has been so fun and has already worked hard for Social Graces.  Her first wedding with us is this weekend and we are fully confident that she will do great! 1I2A7784 Coutney is a student at Missouri State majoring in public relations with a marketing minor. “I chose those my freshman year because I’ve always wanted to be in the communication field.”

Courtney has big goals once she graduates in December: “After graduation I plan on moving to NYC and pursuing a career in fashion PR. It’s been a dream of mine forever so I’m going to do anything and everything to make that possible. I’ve been obsessed with fashion since I was little so I’m excited to combine communications and fashion for my career.

1I2A7792When asked why she wanted to intern at Social Graces, she said: “I chose to intern at Social Graces because a lot of PR can be working with events and handling press for them. At Social Graces I can learn the ins and outs of event planning that way I can be more well rounded when it comes to events like brand launches and fashion shows.”

Welcome Courtney!

Real Wedding: Megan and Cory


Social Graces is gearing up for our third summer together.  So, it’s been fun looking back on last summer.  Mrs. Megan and Cory were one of the sweetest couples we had the chance to work with.  It was a hot summer day but it sure was beautiful and this lovely couple made the most of their time with each other and their family.

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Reception Venue: Savoy Ballroom

Cake: Janice long

Engagement: Karly and Shaun

Today’s couple is near and dear to my heart. My brother-in-law Shaun and his then fiancee, now new bride Karly honored me with the privilege of taking their engagement pics. It was so much fun taking a stroll through the woods with these two and grabbing a few shots of them in such a beautiful, natural surrounding. They certainly made my job easy. Come back on Wednesday for a peek into their bridal shower. It was a blast.

Images by Becca Murdaugh

Special Somethings: Old

Next up on our 417 Bride list is Something Old

On Caitlin:
Ali by Augusta Jones gown, $2,068; Toni Federici lace veil, $869; both available at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

Hair: Karma Salon, melanie gibbs
Make up: Karma Salon, chelsea bassham
Model: Caitlin Kissee

1. Venetian Lace by Lenox five-piece place setting, $120 at Dillard’s. Erica Koesler necklace, $146.95 at Normans Bridal~Springfield Collection. Michelangelo flatware, $50 for five-piece set at Dillard’s. Lonie Mae custom-made book-page flatware wrap, $1.50–2.

50 at Pearl ring, $10 at Deb’s Trendy Market.

2. See above for dress details. Wysteria birdcage veil with tulle, $375 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

3. Asiatic lily, seeded eucalyptis, blue hydrangea, white rose and pink wax flower bouquet and vintage props by Casey Sims and Amanda Askren of Back Porch Tea House Flowers & Gifts. Monique Lhuillier save-the-date available at PaperWorld. Charles Krypell 4.5-carat sterling silver and yellow gold necklace, $9,990 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.

Special Somethings: Blue

Continuing our feature of the latest 417 Bride, today we’d like to showcase our Something Blue

On Allison:
Custom-made strapless dress with navy accents, $2,800 by Frock Bridal. Silver Dina Touch Ups, $55 at Normans Bridal~Springfield Collection. 18-karat white gold blue sapphire diamond bracelet, $7,465 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. Blue delphinium, blue hydrangea, limonium and thistle flower bouquet by Linda’s Flowers.

Hair: Salon Moda, Larry Hillhouse
Make up: Salon Moda, Danielle Henson
Bride model: Allison Burbee

1. Blue napkin, $16 at Provence. Three-tier blue cake with flower accent trim by Cakes by Darlene. White cake stand courtesy Cakes by Belinda.

2. Mandarin Blue by Lauren Ralph Lauren five-piece place setting, $70 at Dillard’s.
Monique Lhuillier invitation available at PaperWorld.

3. Beaded purse, $12 at Red Velvet Art Shop. Azure blue-patterned fabric, $61.50 at Provence. 3.24-carat Jewels by Star blue sapphire diamond ring, $33,740; 18-karat white gold blue sapphire diamond bracelet, $7,465 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.

4. Custom-made menu by Kylie Wright, 417-844-8263. Dipped silverware courtesy Social Graces. Light blue napkin, $17 at Provence.