Archive for March, 2010

The St. Louis Wedding Awards Hosted by St. Louis Bride Magazine

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Over the years I have attended many industry functions and often came away let down. That was not the case this past Wednesday night. It was a beautiful and talent filled night at the Coronado Ballroom when St. Louis Bride Magazine hosted the inaugural St. Louis Wedding Awards. Vendors from all segments of the bridal industry received top honors at this star studded event. The staff of Steven Becker Fine Dining played upon the rich history of the Coronado Ballroom and created an Spanish themed evening. Steve, Kathy, Jaci and myself wanted guests to know that the architect of the Coronado was Preston Bradshaw and he designed the Coronado building with a heavy Spanish influence. Actually when the Coronado was first built as a grand hotel, the fine restaurant was called…The Spanish Grill. We worked hard throughout the day and Chef Steve, Chef Katherine and the culinary team created a Spanish feast! When our guests entered the cocktail area, they found a huge display of Spanish cheeses and olives, grilled vegetables and marinades with crackers and lavosh set upon an alter of religious and Spanish art, statuary and novena candles. Spanish wines, cocktails and the beloved Spanish pre-dinner drink (Shandy) was served before dinner. Spanish guitarist Dan Hoerle carried us far away to old Barcelona during the cocktail and dinner period. Guests walked into the Coronado Ballroom to find it resplendent with azure tone crushed chair covers, Spanish inspired linens and floral creations from St. Louis top Florists. Each centerpiece was monochromatic (all one color) and designed with a high-style European look. It was spectacular! Both Red and White Sangria were served with dinner. Assorted crusty breads with Spanish olive oil and fresh ground pepper accompanied the tapas trio which featured a beef and pork meatball, a duck tartlet and a Spanish ham and cabbage empanada. Delicious! Traditional Spanish Paella was served as the entree and was brimming over with chicken, sausage, shrimp and topped with mussels. A Flan trio was artistically served for dessert with mango, hazelnut and traditional flan done in a Gaudy design. Alan and the SBFD wait staff did an impeccable job…service and style. Alan did refuse to wear the matador hat though!
It was a superb meal and set the tone for a wonderful award ceremony. Ethan and Nancy were the most charming hosts and Millennium Productions provided state of the art sound, lighting and video…I can see why they are an award winner! The Coronado was part of two teams nominated for Best Wedding of the Year and they were beautiful!
I am honored that I received the inaugural Wedding Professional Hall of Fame Award 2009 for my 25 years of service in the bridal industry. I was so proud that I was given this prestigious award in my “second” home – The Coronado Ballroom – and with my Steven Becker Fine Dining Family. Wow! However I am really mad at myself because I never cry at weddings…it is a Rob Rule. But I did tear up when my name was called and all of my peers stood and gave me a standing ovation. It was truly one of the most special times in my life. A special thank you goes out to Ethan Woods and Nancy Warden Slade for finally giving the St. Louis Wedding Community the recognition that they deserve. And to my right arm Jaci Burgess, of all life’s lessons, find your passion, learn your craft and do what you love. To the over one thousand brides I have worked with, I thank you and know that take a little bit of magic from your event and keep it in my heart.

Rob Schaefer
St. Louis Wedding Professional Hall of Fame