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Missouri Ghost Tours, Walks and Paranormal Investigations

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Both Kansas City and St. Louis have received significant reports of ghost sightings. In Kansas City, Kemper Arena is reportedly haunted by WWE wrestler Owen Hart, who fell from the ceiling of the arena. And the Lemp Mansion in St. Louis is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the United States. So you should find this list of Missouri ghost tours capable of giving you an entertaining evening. This directory includes ghost hunts, ghost walks, haunted house tours, trolley tours, and cemetary tours that you may be interested in taking if you are a thrill seeker, ghost hunter and/or history buff.

For St. Louis:

The Lemp Mansion was built in the 1860s and purchased by William J. Lemp. His father, John Adam Lemp, founded a lager brewery in 1840 that made millions. The family, however, suffered from a number of mysterious deaths and suicides, eventually losing the business. The Lemp Mansion now offers ghost hunting and haunted history tours of the Lemp residence and auxiliary brewery office in St. Louis, where a number of the deaths happened. The haunted history tours are led by Betsy Belanger on most Monday nights at 7 PM for $20 per person. Ghost hunting is offered approximately twice a month at a cost of $30 per person.

St. Charles Ghost Tour provides a year round walking tour that has been educating visitors about the ghosts of Main Street since 2006. Visit the Borromeo Church, see the lost graveyard where headstones (but not the bodies) were moved in 1853, and perhaps even encounter the Lady in White, who was buried in her wedding dress. Tours available on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $20 per person. Tours being at the corner of Jefferson and South Main, in front of the Historical Society building (the large white building that says City Hall).

For Kansas City, MO:

Ghost Tours of Missouri offers ghost tours of Excelsior Springs, Independence and Liberty. Excelsior Springs was a hideout for Al Capone. Independence Square is packed with paranormal activity as it has a haunted building on every block. And Liberty … well we’ll just let you be surprised by the ghost stories that will keep you up at night.

Full Moon Productions offers the Kansas City Ghosts & Gangsters Tour by bus and a Full Moon ghost hunt at a commercial haunted house that is believed to have real ghosts, too. The Ghosts and Gangsters tour is a three hour bus trip with stops at a number of haunted locations around Kansas City, including Hotel Savoy, St. Mary’s Church and Union Station. Ticket prices are $30 per person. The website says there are no more tours in 2015.

Spirits from the Past – A $9 per person walking tour of Missouri Town 1855. It is a family friendly Halloween event at this progressive farming community from the 1800s. Encounter ghosts, goblins and other creatures and finish the evening off with a haunted hayride.

Other:

Missouri State Penitentiary has a 2 hour walking history tour as well as a separate ghost tour at the haunted prison. Bring your own flashlight for the haunted tour. Minimum age of guests is 14. There is also a three hour guided ghost hunt where visitors can engage in a paranormal investigation with detection equipment. The prison was opened in 1836 and held a number of famous prisoners including the assassin of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1967, Time Magazine called it the bloodiest 47 acres in America. It was closed in 2004.

Haunted Hannibal Ghost Tours offers a bus tour and cemetery walk for those interested in the ghosts and history of Hannibal. The 90 minute driving tour through the historic district offers stories of haunted Millionaire’s Row, Mark Twain’s childhood and ghost sightings on Main Street. Search the graves of slaves and Civil War soldiers with a paranormal investigation of Old Baptist Cemetery. Tours daily from April through October at 7 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the Hannibal History Museum. Kids 10 and under are $7.50 while adults are $15.

New Madrid Ghost Tours are open to the public in October with private tours available for groups throughout the year. New Madrid was the site of a trading post founded in the 1780s, giving it a long rich history. It is considered one of the most haunted small towns in America. It’s location near the Mississippi River and on a fault line makes it fertile grounds for ghosts. Ghost hunting equipment is welcome on the public tours but you must keep up. Tours begin at 7 and 9 PM. Tickets are $15 per person or $25 per couple. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight as many of the locations will be dark.

For more ways to get spooked on Missouri Ghost Tours, please visit Funtober.com.

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St Louis Halloween 2016: Haunted House Edition

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October is one of the most fun months of the year (save for December!) and we’re super excited to drive you in style to some of these amazing St. Louis Halloween destinations. VIP Limo is always ready to get you where you need to go (and save you from ghouls and goblins, too!)

St Louis haunted houses are some of the largest and best in the United States and Missouri. The area has a Six Flags Fright Fest, a popular Funtober 100 favorite haunt, and plenty of fantastic local haunted attractions. Plan a scary night out with your spouse, date, or friends. Expect to be terrified at these haunted attractions. For the price of a movie you can be part of the action as you come face to face with terror. Most use animatronics, great props, Hollywood sets, and actors with makeup beyond belief. You will be frightened. Find all the haunted houses, trails, corn mazes, hayrides, and Halloween fun attractions in the St Louis area.

St. Louis is home to the Gateway Arch, which commemorates the men and women who pushed the frontier of the United States westward. Those who died during the journey, however, often choose to haunt St. Louis. We think you’ll like the haunted houses here.

CreepyWorld – Fenton, MO
Another Scarefest attraction located at 1400 S. Old Highway 141, Fenton, MO 63026. It is advertised as the World’s Biggest Screampark. This year it has added two completely new attractions called Saint Lucifer’s Hospital, Supermax Riot at Rikers. In total there are 12 attractions at this huge screampark. CreepyWorld opens Friday, September 23rd. It opens every night at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 or check out the Scarefest combo.

Fright Fest at Six Flags St. Louis – Eureka, MO
Fright Fest opens September 30th for 15 terrifying nights in October. Buy your tickets online to save money. You save $15 or more from at the door prices. As with all Six Flags this is their Halloween haunt and entertainment event for October. While a little on the expensive side with multiple haunted houses and exciting thrill rides it will be something you will remember the rest of your life. Lots of entertainment value and fun at Fright Fest. The entertainment includes Deadman’s Party, Love at Frist Fright, Final Freakout, VooDoo Comedy Hypnosis Show, and Freak Out Circus. Their frights include Insanity Alley, Zombieville, Zombie Paintball Apocalypse, The Slaughter House, Sinister Clowns, and Blind Fury. Many of their rides have been re-themed for Halloween.

Red’s Corn Maze Massacre – Eureka, MO
Red Slaughter inherited this property. A prosperous farm until a nearby chemical factory spill ruined the countryside. Red is still out there. Visit Red’s Corn Maze and Farmer Rob’s Haunted Hayride. Over 22 acres of terror in the fields. The theme is Fear the Farm. Red’s Corn Maze Massacre opens September 30th and every Friday and Saturday night in October. Attraction is open from 7 pm to midnight. They also have daytime activities at Brookdale Farm including a corn maze, pumpkin patch, pony rides, zip line, hayrides, campfires, and pumpkin slingshot.

The Darkness – St Louis, MO
One of the Scarefest trilogy of haunted houses in Missouri. Darkness is located at 1525 South 8th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104. More intense than ever the attraction has lots of new rooms, scares, and updates to its zombie theme. The Darkness has 3 attractions named Darkness Haunted House (zombie attack), TerrorVisions 3D Haunted House (3D Clowns), and Monster Museum (wolfman, Frankenstein).The Darkness begins Friday and Saturday, September 16th. It is open every night at 7 pm. In October it runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sundays plus every night the week before Halloween. Tickets are $25. You can purchase a combo to the other Scarefest locations for $40-60 total. Oh did I mention there are live reptiles, snakes, scorpions, spiders and animatronic 20 foot snakes, tarantula’s and gators that try to attack you?

The Haunts of Lemp Brewery – St Louis, MO
Another fun Scarefest attraction. It’s located at 3500 Lemp Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63118. A five story attraction all underground deep into a limestone cave. What drove William Lemp mad? Tickets are $25 or get the Scarefest combo. Lemp Brewery is open beginning September 30th. It is then open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights around 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Check their website for special days and hours.

Grab a group of your best friends and brave these awesome haunts with the help from one of our awesome drivers. VIP Limo is going to get you where you need to be in style and class!

For more information on an awesome St. Louis Halloween, please visit Funtober.com.

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Want Great Wedding Photographs? Follow These Ten Simple Tips!

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When I talk to brides and grooms-to-be, one of their biggest pre-wedding jitters is how they’re going to look in their wedding photographs. For most of us, our wedding day is the first time we’ve worked with a professional photographer and what with it being a pretty important day and all we want to get it right. Not being shy to a camera or two (!) here are ten simple tips from me to you which will ensure you get the very best results possible.

1. BOOK A DECENT PHOTOGRAPHER
“Yeah duuuh!” you’re all thinking, but choosing the right photographer can be a minefield. How do you know who’s good and who’s not? How much is right to spend? Will your friend who’s great at taking photos of cars be good at shooting your wedding? (I think we all know the answer to that one…)

Do your research. Wedding blogs are a great place to start. Look through the real weddings on your favorite blogs, check out the photographer’s sites and make a shortlist. Pricing fluctuates massively depending on the photographer’s location, experience and what kind of coverage they offer, but as a rough guide I’d certainly never recommend someone spend under £1000.

Yes, you can luck out by getting an enthusiastic and super talented newbie, but finding someone like that is certainly the exception and not the rule. Spend as much as you possibly can to get the very best photographer. You’ll only regret it if you don’t. The number one thing people tell me again and again when we speak about what we’d do differently if we were to get married now is that they wish they’d prioritized the photography more.

2. HAVE AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
If your photographer offers an engagement shoot as part of the package then take it! They are a great way to not only practice in front of the camera but to get to know your photographer before the wedding day. They’ll also be able to find out how you photograph and you’ll get some cute shots of the two of you to display on your walls or at your wedding.

3. TRUST THEM
Of all the wedding photographers I know, one of their biggest gripes is when a client hands them a detailed shot by shot list of every single thing they want photographed – the dress hanging in front of the window, the shoes, bride getting into her dress, dad looking proud… you get the idea. Trust your photographer. They’ve been doing this a lot longer than you and they will be well aware which shots to get… and if not, refer back to point 1. and book someone else!

Obviously if you have something particularly sentimental or unique that you’d like photographed (maybe a piece of jewelry passed down through your family or a DIY project that you spent days on) then be sure to let them know, but don’t hand them a blow by blow list of every single shot you want. Allow your photographer to do their job and to be creative. They’ll enjoy the day more which will result in better photographs.

4. THINK ABOUT THE LIGHT
This is another thing that couples tend to not consider (or not even know they have to consider) but be aware that the light changes throughout the day and different light will result in very different photographs.

For example, if you’re having a winter wedding it will likely start to get dark around 3:30/4pm, therefore you really need to have your ceremony early in the day to give your photographer a fighting chance to get some great portraits and your group shots done before the light starts to fade. Even better, they might offer you the chance to do a ‘first look’ (where you see each other before the ceremony and get your photos taken then). If you’re not superstitious about seeing each other beforehand, this is a great option too.

When looking at venues think about the light in each room. Is the bedroom you’re getting ready in small, pokey and cramped? Are the ceremony room walls covered in dark wood with small windows? Remember, photography is essentially painting with light and if there isn’t any, there’s only so much your photographer can do without using a flash.

5. THINK ABOUT THE CEREMONY
Your ceremony photographs will undoubtedly be some of the most important shots of the day. Most couples I speak to after their wedding say they were surprised just how much they cherished this part too. It also flies by in a nervous blur and you’ll likely not remember a whole lot about it, so these photos are doubly important. However a lot of vicars, priests and registrars won’t allow ceremony photography, or will insist that the photographer stands at the back of the room the whole time.

As a photographer this is gutting to hear the morning of the wedding so if you really value these images, make sure you speak to whoever is officiating your ceremony to find out if there are any limitations beforehand.

Another thing to consider is to politely ask your guests to not take photos during the ceremony (you can do so in the order of service). Guests holding up mobile phones as you walk down the aisle or flashes going off throughout the vows are only going to be distracting for you and other guests (and/or ruin the professional shots).

6. BOOK A MAKE UP ARTIST
You want to look your best on your wedding day and a professional make up artist will help you do that. I didn’t have one for our wedding and it’s one of the things I wish I’d prioritized. If you’ve never had your make up done by a pro, you’ll be shocked at what a difference they can make!

Don’t go mad on the spray tan (the oompa loompa look is never attractive) and don’t try any new remedies that could likely cause a reaction or break out in the run up. Similarly, if you’re having a pre-wedding pamper session like a facial, do it at least a week before the big day. Post-facial spots are never fun.

Make sure you have powder and lipstick in your bag (or give it to a bridesmaid) for little touch ups throughout the day too. Airbrushing can only do so much (and your photographer will not be happy if you ask them to Photoshop out your shiny forehead or tan lines in every photograph, in fact they’ll likely slap an extra fee on top for the time that it will take).

7. GET CREATIVE
Your photographer is not just there to snap away aimlessly. Wedding photographers are a super creative bunch so be open to their ideas and again, trust them! For your portraits, listen to their ideas and don’t be afraid to walk off that beaten path a little bit. These often result in the most amazing photographs! Set aside as much time as possible for this part of the day. The more time the photographer has, the better the results will be.

8. LEAVE ENOUGH TIME
As I said, time is of the essence and the more time your photographer has the better. They are the experts so ask them how long they think each element should take. Group shots for example are notorious for taking longer than you expect. Having to round up a half-cut usher or a camera-shy aunt for the photos can take a while so make sure your photographer has a list of names and if possible delegate the task of helping round people up to a trustworthy usher or bridesmaid.

I asked some photographer friends of mine about timings and in an ideal world this is what they said would be pretty much perfect:

Getting ready: “Having about an hour and a half with the bride before the ceremony would give me enough time to photograph all the details of the dress, shoes, jewelry etc as well as take some informal photos of everyone getting. There’s always a mad rush before the dress has to go on and I like to have about 15-20 mins after the dress is on to do portraits of the bride with bridesmaids and mum before I dash off. Sometimes this goes out the window because time goes quicker than people expect and its a shame to lose those shots.”

Group shots: “Allow 10 minutes per group shot. Taking the shot doesn’t take that long but you would be surprised how time can go by… and also, like the father of the bride at my wedding on Saturday… people can vanish for ages even if they KNOW they will be needed for photos. Ten minutes each means that they can actually have some time to spend with guests and your photographer has a fighting chance of getting some candid photos of this time too.”

Bride and groom portraits: “For a couple shoot I like to have at least half an hour. A good tip is that there is usually a bit of down time between dinner and the evening reception too. This is a good time to get a few extra photos and the light is usually yummy as the sun is starting to set. The couple have often had some wine and are a lot more relaxed by this point too!”

9. FEED THEM!
Contrary to popular belief, photographers are people too and people need food or they get very grumpy indeed. After working on their feet for eight hours straight I don’t think it’s too much to ask to send some grub their way.

Your photographer will usually ask to eat at the same time as you do (no-one needs photographs of themselves stuffing their faces). The wedding staff are often fed last, but if you ask for them to be fed at the same time as the wedding party they’ll be done and ready to photograph your speeches directly after the meal.

10. FOLLOW THIS HOW TO POSE GUIDE
I wrote this post two years ago now but it’s still one of my most popular ever articles. Knowing how to pose in your wedding photographs is something a lot of people worry about. Obviously a great photographer will also offer positions that are the most flattering, so again make sure you listen to them, but it doesn’t hurt to know what pose is going to make you look like a beached whale and what will not… Plus you get to see me looking pretty darn awful in the ‘before’ photos, so surely that’s worth a click!?

For more information on getting great wedding photographs, please visit RocknRollBride.com.

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10 Must-Visit St. Louis Tap Rooms for the Craft Beer Connoisseur

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What better way to appreciate the amazing fall Southern Illinois foilage than by taking a relaxing ride to some St. Louis tap rooms to enjoy some of their off the hook brews. Check out this list of places to visit the next time you’re in St. Louis.

The world may have once thought of St. Louis as an Anheuser-Busch company town, but recent history has proven that our loyalty was less to Budweiser and more to beer. When A-B was bought by a Belgian conglomerate, St. Louisans didn’t despair — we just started over. Craft breweries began springing up all over town, winning awards and seizing market share. The St. Louis Brewers Guild now represents more than 40, with new local breweries seeming to come online almost every month.

We visited ten up-and-coming craft beer brewpubs and tasting rooms — and, when we could, chatted with the brewers there about their favorite recent releases. Whether describing their own beer or praising a release from a competitor, most were happy to talk up their favorite thing on tap this summer.

Here are ten places worth visiting — and what to drink while you’re there.

ALPHA BREWING COMPANY 
1409 Washington Ave., Downtown; 314-621-2337
Owner and brewmaster Derrick Langeneckert uses his biology degree to aplomb, developing barrel-aged beers that have no equal. Located downtown on Washington Avenue, Langeneckert’s Alpha Brewing Company is a great spot to grab drinks after riding the ten-story slide at City Museum. The venue is just a tap room, but patrons are welcome to order food for delivery. While the brewery’s alpha list typically sports more traditional brews, its beta list features sour offerings that get rotated every few weeks or so; there’s always something new to admire. Langeneckert is a science nerd at heart, and spends his breaks watching YouTube videos of hypercubes for beer inspiration. A small concrete patio outside the brewery in the shade of tall buildings can keep you out of the sun while still enjoying the street parade. Take in the view while sipping Capulus Prex, a mild sour blonde ale with a complex flavor profile that will make you do a double take. Or try the American Mild, a robust brown with a crystal-heavy effect and notes of chocolate. Bypass Ballpark Village and stop by Alpha Brewing before Cards games.

MODERN BREWERY
5231 Manchester Ave., King’s Oak; no phone
Almost all the beers at fast-growing Modern Brewery are named for superheroes or whatever co-owners Beamer Eisele and Ronnie Fink find cool these days — but that inspiration helps them to make some of the finest craft beer in St. Louis right now. Modern Brewery takes a fresh perspective on its wares, drawing on otherworldly hops and spices to develop complex and illuminating flavor profiles, like Arkham’s Finest — an easygoing but dense coffee-chocolate stout. The inside of their low-key tasting room on Manchester is styled like a traditional beer hall, with long tables and a small bar to the side that gets packed quickly. There’s not a full kitchen, but the tasting room often host food trucks like STL BLT and Wing Nut. Start off with Ms. Sally, a pilsner that may be one of the best of its kind you’ll ever have.

THE SIDE PROJECT CELLAR
7373 Marietta Ave., Maplewood; 314-224-5211
With beers this distinctive, you can’t really call it a second gig. Side Project Brewing is now a full-time enterprise for owners Karen and Cory King, who have taken their passion for 100 percent barrel-aged brews and created a stunning list of saisons and ales to offer in their beautiful tasting room. Cory has the pedigree for the job — he cut his teeth on oak-aging beer as Director of Oak at Perennial, and was later head brewer there. Their space in Maplewood takes its cues from Europe, offering draft beer at three different temperatures — Belgian saisons are warmer, and hoppier beers are served cooler, teaching the consumer that beer can be treated like wine. Right now, Side Project’s Biere du Pays (“beer from the country”) is a tart, Missouri table saison — like a table wine. It’s easy drinking with a simple malt bill, but yields their signature yeast cocktail, which adds a sour bite. It’s incredibly refreshing. Karen’s favorite offering from another brewery is the Hibiscus Wit from Second Shift Brewing. “We’ve been rolling keg after keg of this stuff. It’s just a really great beer,” she says.

HEAVY RIFF BREWING COMPANY
6413 Clayton Ave., Dogtown; no phone
When we go to a bar, the only thing we want to hear is good music. That’s where Heavy Riff Brewing Company takes the stage. Rocking out in historic Dogtown, Heavy Riff is unpretentious but still respectful of past masters who came before to lay the groundwork — a guitar signed by Neil Young hangs above the bar, the walls are adorned with original concert posters and even the brews are named for bands. Free shuffleboard and darts, along with a stellar menu of smoked meats and barbecue, make this a good place to hang out for awhile. The beer, too, is exceptional. The Velvet Underbrown is Heavy Riff’s brew to beat the heat — a rich, American brown that lands somewhere between a milk and oatmeal stout. It’s a true hybrid, while the brewery’s seasonal offering, the Mamas and the Papayas, is a light, summer pale ale, brewed with papaya. It’s not hard for co-owner and brewer Jerid Saffell to give a shout-out to another St. Louis brewer. “For my money, there’s nothing better than the Passion Fruit Prussia from Four Hands,” he says.

SIX MILE BRIDGE
11841 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights; 314-942-2211
Six Mile Bridge is not quite a year old, but the founders have already had to expand three times, buying more kegs and fermenters to keep up with their booming business. Six Mile offers beers with 100 percent European ingredients. For the Belgian Dubbel, they import Belgian candy sugar to use instead of grain sugars, giving the beer a nice, solid caramel flavor. Husband-and-wife owners/operators Ryan and Lindsay Sherring are riding high from recently winning a U.S. Beer Championship gold medal for their dry Irish stout — a classic style of beer, smooth and chocolatey, with a roasted malt that gives it a hint of smoke on the end. Six Mile’s summer offering is a Blood Orange Summer Wit, a traditional witbier brewed with tart blood orange and coriander. It’s light and engaging, but be warned — they’re running out fast. The tap room doesn’t offer food, but it partners regularly with Frankly Sausages food truck for small bites. The Sherrings have many friends in the craft beer scene, but Lindsay has a soft spot for Modern Brewery. “They do fantastic work other there,” she says. “They used to have a stout called Ulysses — a rum stout that was just a gorgeous beer.”

SQUARE ONE BREWERY AND DISTILLERY
1727 Park Ave., Lafayette Square; 314-231-2537
In the heart of Lafayette Square, Square One Brewery and Distillery has been brewing beer and crafting distilled liquors since 2008, and each year its offerings only get better. The flagship beer here is an IPA. You can’t throw your growler across the room without hitting an IPA, but Square One’s is a bellwether knockout, with a dark gold, malty taste and a clean but surprising finish — the electricity stays on your tongue long after your first sip. We recommend hanging out in the full-service restaurant attached to the brewery; the enclosed open-air patio feels more like your friend’s backyard than a noisy bierhall. Other highlights include the maple stout, but our money’s on Gose the Gozerian, a featherweight brew that is fairly tart and brewed with salt and coriander — it’s operating on another plane of existence.

FRIENDSHIP BREWING COMPANY
100 E Pitman Ave., Wentzville; 636-856-9300
If you find yourself venturing westward for family reunions or weekenders in KC, stop along the way to visit the very recently opened Friendship Brewing Company in Wentzville. It took co-owners Brian Nolan and Dan Belcher two years to finish their gut rehab of a 102-year-old historic building, finally turning it into the tap room of their dreams with creative eats and 25 taps to explore. The outdoor space is expansive, while the inside is decorated with Nolan’s extensive collection of beer memorabilia — he’s dubbed it “The Brewseum.” For Nolan, beer is a landscape with very few boundaries, which is why Friendship takes creative liberties with a ginger-lime IPA and a raspberry-jalapeno red ale. There’s always something new to try here. “Some small batches don’t make it through the night,” Nolan says. One of Nolan’s biggest inspirations in craft beer is Civil Life. “Our American Brown Ale has been compared to theirs, and they really set the standard. They’ve been making so many great beers and they’ve been like a godfather to us,” he says. Hang with this newbie and you’ll be making new friends in no time.

4 HANDS BREWING CO.
1220 South 8th St., Lasalle Park; 314-436-1559
A local favorite for a long time, 4 Hands’ Brewing Co. is slowly becoming a beer mecca — offering games, great food and a portfolio of craft beer that has to be tasted to believe. The huge brewing space just south of downtown allows the company to focus on traditional brewing and barrel-aging complex, drinkable concoctions. It’s a great spot to hang — the street corn and tacos are alone worth a visit. 4 Hands’ recent release of the canned City Wide American Pale Ale has seen its reputation solidified — not only by the can’s design, which is drastically different from the rest of the brewery’s artwork and a clear show of support for St. Louis — but by its intense, thirst-quenching pale ale flavor. It’s the new beer to take with you everywhere you go.

PERENNIAL ARTISAN ALES
8125 Michigan Ave., Carondelet, 314-631-7300
A multiple award winner from the Great American Beer Festival, Perennial is a craft-brewing oasis in the south city blue-collar neighborhood of Carondelet and was one of the first St. Louis brewers to catch on with locals like wildfire upon its 2011 launch. The outdoor space is a summer retreat during happy hour, showcasing some of the best sunsets in the city. It’s worth returning to again and again, as Perennial offers plenty of new and exciting saisons and hopped brews that are exceptional in design and delivery. It frequently hosts tastings of new items: bold witbiers fashioned with wild yeasts, mosaic hops and mixed brewing styles. Having recently expanded distribution to Minnesota, this brewery shows no signs of slowing down, with plans of expanding into a full-service restaurant. The stellar beers pair well with the current modest menu of Companion pretzels and charcuterie. Perennial’s Funky Wit is our recommendation here: on par with the genre of wheat beers, it breaks the mold by adding spices to create a dry aftertaste that recalls apricots and summer fruits — the tartness and slight carbonation bring the funk in this stellar offering.

CIVIL LIFE BREWING COMPANY
3714 Holt Ave., Tower Grove South; no phone
You’ve seen Civil Life’s logo: a mustachioed gentleman in a bowler hat, beaming beatifically, as though he’s headed to the pub right now. Ah, if only we all could be so happy. But maybe we can, because Civil Life is setting new standards in craft beer all the time. Located in Tower Grove South, the beer hall space is wide open on the inside, with tables, games and a free library all on offer. Outside, the patio is tent-covered, with a walkup window to order beers so you don’t have to waste time inside and miss out on a single day of summer. You can’t go wrong with the Rye Pale Ale — a 2014 Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner, and one of the warships in an ever-expanding arsenal of amazing craft brews.

For more information regarding St. Louis tap rooms, please visit RiverFrontTimes.com.

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Photobooth How To: Giant Geometric Heart Backdrop

Have you been dying to create a unique backdrop for your photobooth? Getting fed up with the usual paper flowers, poms and garlands? Decided it was about time you stepped it up a notch? Check out BeSpoken Bride’s colorful spin on a unique backdrop by creating this pretty epic 3D geometric heart display! All you will need to create your own is…

Coloured Paper// This Template & this Template// Large Piece of Foam Board// Scissors// Glue// Ruler//

Step 1: Download the templates and print onto a choice of different colored papers. We printed around 100 triangles in total but you may need a few more or less, dependant on the size of your foam board.

Step 2: Score along the dotted lines and fold.

Step 3: Draw a the faint outline of a geometric heart onto your board, in the size that you require.

Step 4: Now you are ready to start gluing your shapes onto the board around the outside of the heart. Our top tip is to make sure you line up the flat side of the triangle with the lines on the board to create a more defined heart shape.

And there you have it! Quick and simple to make, yet super effective! It could even double up as artwork for your home. We are so happy with how it turned out and it made the perfect backdrop for our modern love heart table which you can see more of here!

For more fun ways to spruce up your photobooth, please visit BespokeBride.com.

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20 Best Rock Wedding First Dance Songs

brides wedding party in the elegant restaurant with a wonderful light and atmosphere

If you’re about to get married, we don’t need to tell you how difficult it is preparing everything, let alone trying to figure out a playlist. You only get one first dance, so why should you settle for a cliché song that everyone else plays at their weddings? You’re a bit rock ‘n roll and so is she, you deserve better, so have a listen to our favorite first dance rock songs. If you can’t settle on just one, scatter them across the night.

Journey – When You Love A Woman
We start off our list with a song from Journey that isn’t Don’t Stop Believin’, can you believe it? When You Love A Woman is a beautiful piano piece.

Hootie & The Blowfish – Hold My Hand
All four members of Hootie & The Blowfish helped write this tune. It has a very “good times” feel to it.

The Beatles – Something (Acoustic By George Harrison)
If you’re a fan of The Beatles, then you’re in luck. Most of their songs can work quite well at weddings; whether it’s for a entrance song, dance song or in this case, when you’re ready to have your toe to toe with your new significant other. We went with this version of Something because we found it worked the best.

Radiohead – True Love Waits
If you’re looking for a Radiohead song for your wedding, you’re gonna have a hard time finding one. Their repertoire doesn’t bode well for weddings (Punch up at a Wedding is NOT a good choice!). Don’t worry though, we found one. When True Love Waits ends, you might want to grab the mic and say “But I don’t need to wait anymore”.

The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
Bittersweet Symphony never gets old, despite being overplayed back in its day. It’s more about changing your ways but hey, you’re starting a new life so why not go with it.

Oasis – Champagne Supernova
Oasis has a ton of songs that can be hits at weddings, Champagne Supernova works best for your first dance together.

Cutting Crew – (I Just) Died In Your Arms
This one works better with an older crowd as it’s a bit too eighties. Still, I Just Died In Your Arms is a good first dance song.

The Doors – Love Street
Be remembered as the cool couple be going with The Doors’ classic Love Street.

The Cure – Love Song (Acoustic Version)
It won’t really be slow dance but it’s a damn great song to start things off. If you can keep up, go for it. Alternatively, you can try 311’s cover of this The Cure song.

Guns ‘N Roses – November Rain
He might be a bit of a douche, but Axl Rose was a legend in the 80s. November Rain is an epic wedding song, but you might want to cut it down a bit, it’s over eight minutes long.

Bryan Adams – Everything I Do, I Do It For You
Just read the title of the track, it’s perfect for a wedding reception.

David Grey – The One I Love
Anything from David Grey really, this guy is a wedding song machine. We went with The One I Love for the sake of the article.

Peter Gabriel – In Your Eyes
He might not be able to dance, but his song lends well to a wedding first dance.

Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
I never understood why a song titled “I don’t Want To Miss A Thing” would be the lead track for a movie about an asteroid that’s on route to collide with earth. Either way, it’s a bit overplayed but can still make for a good first dancer.

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris
Cheesy 90s rock song? Yes. Good first dance song? Absolutely!

Led Zeppelin – Thank You
Thank you Led Zeppelin for this wonderful love song. You might also want to consider Chris Cornell’s cover of this song.

U2- All I Want Is You
U2 is always a safe bet, and All I Want Is You is the perfect first dance song.

Pearl Jam – Just Breathe
This little gem emerged from Pearl Jam’s latest studio album, Backspacer. It’s such a beautiful tune.

Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me (Boyce Avenue Acoustic Cover)
This rendition of Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews Band is perfect for a first dance. It will make her cry, and who knows, maybe he’ll shed a tear too.

Foo Fighters – Everlong (Acoustic)
Everlong is a beautiful rock song with simplistic yet powerful lyrics. Unfortunately, it doesn’t lend well for a first dance. On the flip side, Dave Grohl records his music acoustically before giving them the rock treatment and finding an acoustic version of Everlong is easy. Foo Fighters tend to finish their sets with this rendition of Everlong but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it as your first.

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