Wednesday, October 19, 2011

In honor of our American Heros

It was our distinct pleasure to provide our home and setting to Kaela & Mike earlier this summer for a very personal photo shoot.  We are grateful for the chance to see this young couple enjoy their last few days together before Mike was to deploy for Iraq.  Thanks for leaving us such lovely memories as you created yours.  As a post script, we hear that Mike has returned home safely.  Thanks for your service!

Photos were graciously provided by Jennifer Thompson Photography

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Season Opening...

Our 2011 season opened on April 30th, with the marriage of Kristine and Todd Robinson.  If you remember, spring here in the mid west was a very wet one.  That Saturday offered hints of rain all day. 

 Mother Nature co-operated and nary a drop fell as these two celebrated with family and friends.

Kristine said it best......."even though it rained and rained and rained in the month of April, we finally took a go-with-the-flow approach.  Just like you mentioned the week of the wedding, you never know what's going to happen with the weather even when it comes down to the wire.  We finally said if we don't just go with the flow, we'll drive ourselves crazy worrying about it.  And lo and behold, it was a cloudy day, but no rain and it all worked out!"

Photos by Allie B Photography
See more photos of Kristine & Todd on our Past Brides and Grooms page

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Tiffany & Aaron

   We celebrated the marriage of Tiffany and Aaron here at The Lalumondiere on June 11th of this year.  The weather was perfect, the food wonderful and this couple glowed with happiness.  

The riverside pavilion, overlooking the  waterfall, was the location for their exchanging of vows surrounded by friends and family.

Tiffany's favorite color is orange, and Aaron's is blue. The combination provided a colorful backdrop to the celebration and was carried throughout from flowers, to cake, to lanterns as well as.............  

.......Tiffany's wedding gown.

Photos by A Family Affair photography.  See more photos of Tiffany & Aaron on our Past Brides and Grooms page.

We can be contacted at 314.707.2725 (Jeannie) or
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for further information about rental of this truly unique location.
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Memorial Day Memories

Memorial weekend of 2011 was certainly memorable for Carrie & Jay, as well as for us.  The exuberance and joy brought to The Lalumondiere by these two, as well as their guests, left good karma behind for posterity.

Carrie's perpetual smile and laughter, along with Jay's beaming eyes, infused the day with happiness.

Carrie & Jay chose the back patio gardens for their ceremony.  

Jay's three lovely daughters were a special part of the day.

Check out more of Carrie and Jays photos on our Past Brides and Grooms page.

We can be contacted at 314.707.2725 (Jeannie) or
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for further information about rental of this truly unique location.
 Let us help create your own special occasion here along Big River at
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Thursday, July 14, 2011

July 2nd, 2011

 Stephanie and Brandon approach the river side pavilion to exchange their vows before family and friends.  

Judge Bob Wilkins administered those vows just after suggesting that Stephanie take a deep breath.  And that she did.........

Much thought and detail was put into every aspect of this wedding.  Food was presented from three separate stations around the patios allowing guests to nosh at their leisure.  The staff of Peggs Restaurant on the Boulevard prepared and served much of the repast along with the Saleem's Restaurant who provided the Middle Eastern offering.  

Photos courtesy of Neal Jenney

Thursday, July 7, 2011

May 14th, 2011

We are often questioned about what to do if it rained on your outdoor wedding day.  In the case of Emily and Christian, the answer an easy going couple willing to 'go with the flow', have an inventive and capable wedding coordinator like Trudy Nicholson and a caterer such as Candicci's who can move their operation from point A to point B without a problem.  Add the talent of Jerry Grimm and his wife of Jerry Grimm Photography to the mix for added measure.  They managed to catch all the bright spots of the day through the lens of their cameras!  Great job one and all!

After a rain delay during which guests were treated to passed hors d'oeurve's under pop up canopies, thoughtfully supplied by Trudy, the ceremony proceeded during a break in the weather.  The rain stopped in time for the DJ to amp up the music and guests danced the rest of the night away with the truly joyful couple.  Perfect ending.  What a pleasure to work with you all, guests included!

 Emily and her mother, provided their own rainbow from wedding invitations, hand created by them, to the flowers to the brides maids dress colors.  

Rain gear ruled the day with guests that came prepared.  The space heaters provided by The Lalumondiere became sought after spaces to gather.  But everyone was smiling!

June 4th, 2011

Approximately 70 guests and family members celebrated Jessica and Jason's wedding at The Lalumondiere on a sunny Saturday afternoon.  The dance floor was full by the end of the evening and the night air filled with laughter.  Best wishes to you both!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Family & Friends

For over 35 years Jim and I have opened our mill home to our family members and friends as a place to hold their weddings, anniversary parties or just a party party.  Hence the idea was born for The Lalumondiere Mill & Rivergardens which opened this season.  On this coming Saturday, July 2nd, that tradition continues as we are gifting a couple very special to us with the use of our home for their wedding.

Brandon is a native of our little village of Byrnesville.  He spent all his growing up years here playing in the river, or climbing on our dam along with Jim's and my children.  In many ways it is like having a member of our family return to celebrate their marriage.  

Brandon's fiance Stephanie joined the group in their teenage years and was a regular member of the crew hanging out on our dock, and looking cute as could be.  I'd say she caught the eye of many a young boy, but Brandon won her heart.  

I'd venture to say that we are going to have some fun!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sunday, May 29th

Jeni & Joe Bazzell chose a sunny Sunday afternoon to exchange their vows and celebrate with friends and family here along the river.  What a pleasure to work with this couple and share in their joy!

Bradley Thomas Photography provided this wonderful collage of the event.  We particularly enjoyed the 'first look' sequence that Bradley captured. 
 View more photos of Jeni & Joe

Catching up..........

The first half of The Lalumondiere event season has been full, and we are pleased to say, successful.  Each of our couples, and their guests, have added to the good karma of this place that we call 'home'.  We are grateful to have been allowed to share in their special days.  

Thanks to all of you for choosing The Lalumondiere for your wedding celebration!

We will be posting photos as quickly as we receive them from each of the seven events.  Stay tuned......

Sunday, March 27, 2011

"A River Runs Through It"

            Our home was recently honored by St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles in their April issue with this lovely article.  Thought we would share.  Jeannie & Jim

Friday, February 18, 2011

He Won Her Heart.......

Meet Emily and Chris who will be married at The Lalumondiere on May 14th of this year. 
Perseverance, and an apology, worked well for these two.  


I met Chris on a float trip on the Big Piney River in the summer of
2006. Our friends set us up on a blind date. I thought Chris was cute
but didn’t really care for him, because he wasn’t a very nice person at
the time. That same weekend, when I got home, I found out my
grandfather passed away. After Chris found that out, he called me to
apologize about being a jerk and to express his condolences for my
loss. During the same phone call he asked me if I would be up to go
on a date once things settled down. So I gave Chris a second
chance. We went to the Elephant Bar in West County, where he
wined and dined me and we have been together ever since then.


I fell in love with her and I fell hard. So I decided on June 14, 2010 I
would take the plunge and ask Emily to marry me. Every year Emily’s
family goes on a family vacation to Norfork Lake so I thought that
would be the perfect place to ask her. We went on a boat ride where
I hid strawberries, chocolate and wine in the live well. I took her to a
secluded area on the lake where we could be alone. We had a nice
time just relaxing and talking until I found the right time to pop the big
question. I got down on my knee and showed her the ring I had
picked out all by myself, and as she started to cry, she said YES!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Her 'Dream Ring'....

     The place and timing were right for Ben's plan to propose to Ashley.  The little fact that he did not have an engagement ring at that time could not deter those plans.  Here is his clever alternative, and their story.   On June the 25th, 2011 they will be married, and celebrate with us here at The Lalumondiere.

How we Ben's words

Ashley and I met while we were in high school.  Not exactly the stereotypical high school sweetheart romance.  Ashley lived in Iowa and I in Missouri.  I had been friends with Ashley's closest girlfriend, Megan, from before she moved away for about a year.  Megan had been talking to me about how special the month of February was because her birthday would soon be coming up.  She invited me out to dinner with her and a few of her friends.  I hung out with her very seldom and had never met any of her friends so I was very reluctant to say the least.  

I arrived at the restaurant a little early and being a very shy person I stood in the corner of the bar and waited patiently for these people to show up.  After about 25 minutes I was deciding how much longer I should stay before I cut my losses and walk out when suddenly the door swung open and a group of obnoxiously loud people came dancing through the door.  (After 8 years together I have learned that being late and loud was not a trend it was just the way Ashley is).  

For most people they say when they see their true love the entire world stands still.  Well for me, the moment I saw Ashley, it felt like the entire world was in overdrive.  “Who is that?” “Could this be the girl Megan was telling me about?” “I need to speak to her! But how?” “Should I sit next to her or will I come off like a stalker-ish, creepy, dork?”  “She is absolutely breathtaking.” “Should I introduce myself to her, or let Megan take care off that?” “Is it hot in here? I wonder if she can notice how much I’m sweating.  Oh, my God, I should have put on more deodorant” All of these thoughts went racing through my head in the split seconds she walked in the door.  After the mad shuffle from door to table Megan had introduced us and we made very forgettable small talk about where she was from and what school I went to.  The entire evening I just seemed to be coaching myself on how not to stare and listen for my chance to enter a conversation with her.  And then it happened, she was talking about a song she heard on the radio and made a bad attempt to recite the lyrics, but I knew what song she was talking about and like a "stud" I came up with the artist and song title.  And that was it, our conversation was over, she grinned, looked me in the eye and said she had to pee.  She got up and started heading to the bathroom tapped Megan on the shoulder and the two went to the bathroom together.  I later found out that it was for the purpose of staying connected with me through the very trendy form of Instant Messaging. 

The Ashley's words

Leading up to this moment there had always been jokes about a proposal.  I promised I would say yes even if it were to a gumball ring; it wouldn't take much for me to be his.  He always laughed and joked that after 7 years it was common law, so technically we didn't need the formalities.

The big moment...we went downtown Omaha and had a fantastic dinner at one of our favorite restaurants, Sushi Blue. When we left, Ben wanted to go for a walk around the Heartland of America Park and I agreed.  It started misting rain; there wasn’t a person left in the park...which I found strange because he wanted to continue walking in the rain.  It wasn't until we reached the gondola that a feeling of panic kicked in. He pursued to tell me how much he loves me, something about our families (I don’t remember, I was sort of lost in a whirlwind of thoughts).  He was real fidgety; rubbing my hand while he held it and the other in his pocket just fumbling with something. My heart started pounding; I could feel the butterflies float in my stomach and doing somersaults in my throat  but I doubted my suspicions as I couldn’t think of when he would have had the time to pick out a ring without me finding out. (He’s not very good at keeping secrets or hiding things from me) Suddenly we stopped in front of the water fountain, he took both of my hands in his (he got down on his knee) and he said “I want you to be in my life forever, I want you to be my wife, “Will You Marry Me?” He reached for his pocket to pull out, not a shiny diamond ring; but my dream ring, the one we had spent countless hours laughing origami $10 bill.

  I couldn’t help but smile and tear up at the same time.  I had to remind myself to breathe. When I found the capability to talk, I believe the first words out of my mouth were, “Are you serious? Am I on camera?” Ben assured me he was very serious, “Sooo, is that a yes? With tears in my eyes and a grin slipping through my lips I said, “YES, I love you”.
He informed me my “real” ring was being shipped, it just hadn’t arrived. With my sister and friend coming up that next weekend and then us leaving the following to go back home, he wanted to do this privately but wanted to be engaged when we went home to the family. I very giddily wore my paper ring for a week until the day the real deal came in. My sister and friend were in town to capture the event...the second time around! 
We went back to the same place he originally proposed so again he could get down on his knees and ask me to marry him. The second time was just as exciting as the first. After all, its not very often that a girl gets two rings…and gets to keep them both!

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