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Everafter Weddings

Saint Louis , MO
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4241 Summit Knoll Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63129 US (map)

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314-717-9114

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Romantic, creative weddings anywhere, at any time, by appointment
May I help you create a ceremony of celebration for your wedding?


Weddings Just About Everywhere... Read more
Romantic, creative weddings anywhere, at any time, by appointment
May I help you create a ceremony of celebration for your wedding?


Weddings Just About Everywhere
Due to our advancing age we have downsized and no longer offer at home weddings in our parlor. We sold our 1902 Home in Benton Park. I can offer weddings ion the grounds of my apartment compex with 24 hours advance notice, at a reduced rate of $150 for those who want a quiet, intimate ceremony. You can have up to 6 people with you (limited parking) a In addition to completing all the legal requirements, I give you a bound copy of your wedding. With 24 hours notice in advance, I will create a wreath of fresh roses and herbs for you to keep.

Wonderful Weddings Anywhere And Anytime
I offer weddings anywhere at a standard rate of $350 with exception of winery weddings which are $400. A deposit of $50 is required to secure a date and time. The balance is due on the day of your rehearsal but checks can be made payable the day after your wedding. Due to the price of gas, if your wedding is over 40 miles away from St. Louis, I will have to charge a travel fee but I use a figure far less than the federal government allotment per mile.

I welcome your ideas for your wedding. We need to plan this together. It is VERY important to me that we meet before your wedding. I will, but I prefer not to marry strangers. You will feel more comfortable at your wedding if we have met before. If you live out of the St. Louis area we'll do conference calls. If you want me to travel we'll have to talk about arrangements. I have married couples in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Arizona, Virginia and in Italy (Yes, they really did fly us to Italy and put us up for the wedding.)

In the 38 years my husband, Bob LaRouche, retired St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer/editor/writer, and I have been together, I've experienced the happiness that true love and devotion in marriage can bring. I want others to have that too--all others, so I DO most happily perform same sex ceremonies when invited to do so.

Ours is a second marriage for each of us. Life doesn't always go the way we planned when we were twenty. We owe it to ourselves to try again with courage and honor.

Since May 1993 when I married my son, Brandon, to his wife, Paula, I've learned a lot about weddings. (They are still married. Bob and I have ten wonderful, perfect grandchildren from our blended family of seven children.)
I have, as of April 2015, married 950 couples.

This is what I've learned from the couples I've married: You want your wedding to be very personal, unique to the two of you, not a canned ritual. If you, like my husband and I, are fortunate enough to have children, you want them to be included in the celebration in an appropriate way.

Remembering our very hot July wedding day with our combined 7 children, I wrote a little ceremony in which the newly married parents make promises to love, respect, teach and protect their children equally. The children, in turn, promise to respect the decisions parents make together; to respect each other and to honor the home that they share. Mutual respect creates trust; rooted in trust and respect, love grows.


I've learned that, in all likelihood, it could be said of you two, that, in your hearts, you are already as married as any two people could be. You more than likely already make your home together. I know you could "just live together," but you want to make public and legal, the private promises you have already made to each other in a beautiful and memorable ceremony before your friends and family. I love being a part of that moment.

It is my calling to provide wedding and Christening ceremonies for any who ask me. I like your ceremony to be unique to your situation. In my life, I try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. You may have other beliefs. I honor them. I create ceremonies blending the beliefs of many varied religions, nationalities. customs and traditions. I offer traditional wedding ceremonies that may include such features as sharing a cup of wine symbolizing sharing all things in life; the use of a Nuremburg Wedding Cup so that two may drink from the cup at the same time; a sand ceremony for a couple but even better for those with children; ancient hand fastings, jumping of the broom and my own special binding of the couple with a wreath of fresh roses and herbs. Most brides keep this. It dries very nicely.

On February 12, 2012 I created a new ceremony for those who are spiritual if not religious and who may want to honor nature. I made an Earth Bowl into which the couple added elements of fire, wind, water and earth. Open my Portfolio to see photos of just a few of my weddings.

My life experience includes eleven years spent as Special Events Coordinator for Famous-Barr Co,(now Macy's) planning major events, celebrity appearances and extravaganzas in the golden years of retail promotions. I have been a publishing writer since 1971, a newspaper editor and I spent two years handling publicity for the State of Missouri Division of Tourism. Nothing much intimidates me and I am pretty unflappable. I've never lost a bride or groom yet.

Now you know all there is to know about me except that I am a right chubby old elf, wear a size 4 shoe. My blood type is O . I'm pretty positive about everything. Read less
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INFO FOR OFFICIANT

What types of weddings and events do you provide services for?
Ceremony Rehearsal, Civil Union, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-religious, Single Religion
What services do you provide?
Allow Couples' Own Vows, Licensed
What religious affiliations do you serve?
Agnostic, Anglican, Baha'i Faith, Baptist, Buddhist, Catholic, Earth-Based, Episcopalian, Hindu, Jewish, Lutheran, Methodist, No Denomination, Orthodox Christian, Pagan, Presbyterian, Quaker, Unitarian
On average, how long are wedding ceremonies you officiate?
<30 Mins.
In which states are you licensed?
AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY

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Julie
Wedding:
7/11/2015
5.0/5.0
I couldn't recommend Sandy enough. The wedding was on the 11th and I keep hearing compliments to send to her regarding how well she did and how fun she made the ceremony and rehearsal. I knew Sandy would be the officiant for me long before I was even engaged. I had known her through Facebook and she has a way of writing and presenting her personality online that is always so wonderful, honest and witty and it translated beautifully over to my event when it was finally time for Ed and I to be married. Some of the highlights were her sense of humor, her uniqueness, and "tying" our hands with the flower crown she made. She listened to our wants and was a trooper through our many wedding party mix ups (we had to change 3 bridesmaids and 2 groomsmen over the past year for various reasons). If you want someone who is authentic, skilled, and whose warm personality with come through and leave a positive impression on you and your guests then I would absolutely choose Everafter Weddings. You will be so glad you did.
I couldn't recommend Sandy enough. The wedding was on the 11th and I keep hearing compliments to send to her regarding how Read more...
I couldn't recommend Sandy enough. The wedding was on the 11th and I keep hearing compliments to send to her regarding how well she did and how fun she made the ceremony and rehearsal. I knew Sandy would be the officiant for me long before I was even engaged. I had known her through Facebook and she has a way of writing and presenting her personality online that is always so wonderful, honest and witty and it translated beautifully over to my event when it was finally time for Ed and I to be married. Some of the highlights were her sense of humor, her uniqueness, and "tying" our hands with the flower crown she made. She listened to our wants and was a trooper through our many wedding party mix ups (we had to change 3 bridesmaids and 2 groomsmen over the past year for various reasons). If you want someone who is authentic, skilled, and whose warm personality with come through and leave a positive impression on you and your guests then I would absolutely choose Everafter Weddings. You will be so glad you did. Read less
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

It was a pleasure even though the temperature was 96 degrees. Lovely setting and lovely people.
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Christy
Wedding:
5/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Sandy officiated my daughter, Ashley's wedding this past weekend. She was absolutely wonderful. She made the ceremony personal and very enjoyable. Ashley and Matt said she was wonderful to work with and they were extremely happy with their choice. I had numerous friends and family come up to me at the reception to remark on how this was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to. Some asked for her contact information for future reference. I could not more highly recommend Sandy. She is wonderful!!
Sandy officiated my daughter, Ashley's wedding this past weekend. She was absolutely wonderful. She made the ceremony Read more...
Sandy officiated my daughter, Ashley's wedding this past weekend. She was absolutely wonderful. She made the ceremony personal and very enjoyable. Ashley and Matt said she was wonderful to work with and they were extremely happy with their choice. I had numerous friends and family come up to me at the reception to remark on how this was the best wedding ceremony they had ever been to. Some asked for her contact information for future reference. I could not more highly recommend Sandy. She is wonderful!! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
5/1/2015
5.0/5.0
Words cannot express how wonderful Sandy was for our wedding and how lucky we were to have her officiate our ceremony. She was caring, funny, and just special! Everyone loved her! My friends and family thought she was so great and I still have people asking about her and giving her rave reviews for the unique and personal ceremony she gave for us.

We met with Sandy a couple times before the wedding to go over everything we wanted and so she could get to know us. She came to our rehearsal on time and was prepared.

At the ceremony the day of she had our ceremony typed and in a binder that we could keep for memories in the future.

My husband and I love love love her!
Words cannot express how wonderful Sandy was for our wedding and how lucky we were to have her officiate our ceremony. She Read more...
Words cannot express how wonderful Sandy was for our wedding and how lucky we were to have her officiate our ceremony. She was caring, funny, and just special! Everyone loved her! My friends and family thought she was so great and I still have people asking about her and giving her rave reviews for the unique and personal ceremony she gave for us.

We met with Sandy a couple times before the wedding to go over everything we wanted and so she could get to know us. She came to our rehearsal on time and was prepared.

At the ceremony the day of she had our ceremony typed and in a binder that we could keep for memories in the future.

My husband and I love love love her! Read less
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michelle
Wedding:
12/27/2014
5.0/5.0
Sandra was absolutely WONDERFUL! We called just a few hours before the time we wanted to get married, and we were on a tight schedule. She did not hesitate to accommodate us to the fullest. Our wedding was a same-sex marriage, and she did such a beautiful job of presenting us with an incredible ceremony. We laughed, cried, and cheered throughout the 25 minute vow reading and ceremony. Because it was such short notice, we had no idea what the ceremony would be like, or what we would be presented with. Her husband provided photography, and we are very satisfied! Her readings, quotes, advice, and approach really made this commitment to each other PERFECT for us. We drank from the German Wedding cup in the Unicorn den of her home in Benton Park, St. Louis and we will always remember and hold that dear to us. As my wife and I are eclectic and unique, so was our wedding. We absolutely could not have asked for a more memorable and meaningful marriage! Her and her husband are two of the most kind and humble individuals we have had the pleasure of meeting, and their warm personalities really made it all that much more special. They gave us a bottle of wine afterwards, which we will always keep as a memory!
Sandra was absolutely WONDERFUL! We called just a few hours before the time we wanted to get married, and we were on a Read more...
Sandra was absolutely WONDERFUL! We called just a few hours before the time we wanted to get married, and we were on a tight schedule. She did not hesitate to accommodate us to the fullest. Our wedding was a same-sex marriage, and she did such a beautiful job of presenting us with an incredible ceremony. We laughed, cried, and cheered throughout the 25 minute vow reading and ceremony. Because it was such short notice, we had no idea what the ceremony would be like, or what we would be presented with. Her husband provided photography, and we are very satisfied! Her readings, quotes, advice, and approach really made this commitment to each other PERFECT for us. We drank from the German Wedding cup in the Unicorn den of her home in Benton Park, St. Louis and we will always remember and hold that dear to us. As my wife and I are eclectic and unique, so was our wedding. We absolutely could not have asked for a more memorable and meaningful marriage! Her and her husband are two of the most kind and humble individuals we have had the pleasure of meeting, and their warm personalities really made it all that much more special. They gave us a bottle of wine afterwards, which we will always keep as a memory! Read less
Services Used: Favors & Gifts, Officiant, Photography, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Michelle is right--we laughed and had so much fun at their wedding. Even though we had such a tight schedule we made it work and after they left Bob and I talked about how spontaneous and full of life they were, not to mention beautiful.
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tanya
Wedding:
11/22/2014
5.0/5.0
I know I am a bit late in getting the review in, but I just wanted to say OMG!!!. This was the best that I could ever imagined. Sandy was the absolute best. I still have people coming up to me even today telling me how much they enjoyed her free spirited nature. Nothing about the wedding was "traditional" by any means. But she did cater to us and gave us not what we wanted but more then we wanted. She went above and beyond what any of us would have expected. My Aunt and Uncle stated to me that on their 50th anniversary they are going to use Sandy because she was just of joy and spunk. We all laughed more then we cried, and I do believe even Sandy even shed a tear or two. Thank you again for making our day the best we could have imagined.
I know I am a bit late in getting the review in, but I just wanted to say OMG!!!. This was the best that I could ever Read more...
I know I am a bit late in getting the review in, but I just wanted to say OMG!!!. This was the best that I could ever imagined. Sandy was the absolute best. I still have people coming up to me even today telling me how much they enjoyed her free spirited nature. Nothing about the wedding was "traditional" by any means. But she did cater to us and gave us not what we wanted but more then we wanted. She went above and beyond what any of us would have expected. My Aunt and Uncle stated to me that on their 50th anniversary they are going to use Sandy because she was just of joy and spunk. We all laughed more then we cried, and I do believe even Sandy even shed a tear or two. Thank you again for making our day the best we could have imagined. Read less
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Yes, it was the most fun wedding ever-two people, together for 14 years finally getting to make it all legal. Came in laughing and dancing and everyone went out dancing with them. It was like a holiday and yes, Tonya is right, I cried too.
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Misty
Wedding:
10/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Sandy was such a delight to have for our wedding and all my guests loved her and what she brought to our ceremony before the ceremony and during. I was taken back by how beautiful the ceremony was with her and the addition photos that her husband took during the ceremony was an added delight that leaves me and everyone who attended still talking about her even weeks after the wedding. She is a must have for a wedding!!
Sandy was such a delight to have for our wedding and all my guests loved her and what she brought to our ceremony before Read more...
Sandy was such a delight to have for our wedding and all my guests loved her and what she brought to our ceremony before the ceremony and during. I was taken back by how beautiful the ceremony was with her and the addition photos that her husband took during the ceremony was an added delight that leaves me and everyone who attended still talking about her even weeks after the wedding. She is a must have for a wedding!! Read less
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Ashley
Wedding:
10/12/2014
5.0/5.0
Simply put, Sandy is amazing. She is the most caring, genuine, honest person you can have officiate your wedding. The best part about working with Sandy is seeing how much she loves love. This is not a job for her but a deep passion. She is completely committed to you and your wedding and makes you feel like you are the only people in the world who matter. Sandy customizes the ceremony to fit your needs and words things in such a magical way. She has an incredible way of making you feel more in love than you can even describe. She just gets it- probably because her and Bob are still so in love. There are not enough ways to explain how perfect Sandy is for the job. Upon meeting her you just know she's the perfect fit. It's like you've known her your whole life. Sandy is there every step of the way and genuinely cares to stay in touch after the day is done. We are so so thankful we found her!
Simply put, Sandy is amazing. She is the most caring, genuine, honest person you can have officiate your wedding. The best Read more...
Simply put, Sandy is amazing. She is the most caring, genuine, honest person you can have officiate your wedding. The best part about working with Sandy is seeing how much she loves love. This is not a job for her but a deep passion. She is completely committed to you and your wedding and makes you feel like you are the only people in the world who matter. Sandy customizes the ceremony to fit your needs and words things in such a magical way. She has an incredible way of making you feel more in love than you can even describe. She just gets it- probably because her and Bob are still so in love. There are not enough ways to explain how perfect Sandy is for the job. Upon meeting her you just know she's the perfect fit. It's like you've known her your whole life. Sandy is there every step of the way and genuinely cares to stay in touch after the day is done. We are so so thankful we found her! Read less
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Charles
Wedding:
10/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Years ago, I attended a wedding presided over by Rev. Sandra LaRouche of EverAfter, and thought it to be unique, interesting, fun and intelligent, and I thought if I ever marry, I will certainly have Rev. LaRouche officiate at my wedding even if she has to share the duties with another due to the insistence of my bride whomever she may be. Twenty years or so later, I did marry, and Rev LaRouche was the only officiant, and the wedding was again unique, interesting, fun, and intelligent. I do not know if any of my guests told her how much they enjoyed the service, but many came to me to say how much and how refreshing the service was. I have just enjoyed my tenth anniversary, and whereas I so much enjoyed her service, I don't think that I will engage her again for my weddings, as I now have such a happy marriage. I would without question wholeheartedly recommend EverAfter weddings to anyone wanting a happy marriage.
Years ago, I attended a wedding presided over by Rev. Sandra LaRouche of EverAfter, and thought it to be unique, Read more...
Years ago, I attended a wedding presided over by Rev. Sandra LaRouche of EverAfter, and thought it to be unique, interesting, fun and intelligent, and I thought if I ever marry, I will certainly have Rev. LaRouche officiate at my wedding even if she has to share the duties with another due to the insistence of my bride whomever she may be. Twenty years or so later, I did marry, and Rev LaRouche was the only officiant, and the wedding was again unique, interesting, fun, and intelligent. I do not know if any of my guests told her how much they enjoyed the service, but many came to me to say how much and how refreshing the service was. I have just enjoyed my tenth anniversary, and whereas I so much enjoyed her service, I don't think that I will engage her again for my weddings, as I now have such a happy marriage. I would without question wholeheartedly recommend EverAfter weddings to anyone wanting a happy marriage. Read less
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I'm not quite sure who this is but I have a fairly good idea! Congratulations on 10 years of marriage to that woman with the dimples and the million dollar smile. You would think you wouldn't remember couples who you marry but I find that there are some that unforgettable. In one month I have had messages from couples married 10 years, 18 years and 6 years. It makes me proud to have been a part of their love story. thanks again.
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Greg
Wedding:
9/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Sandy goes the extra mile to ensure your day is special. She does not do anything you are not comfortable with. We only had one consultation before the wedding, which was very convenient for us. Sandy knows people and knows the right things to say. I would recommend Sandy to officiant any type of wedding, traditional or nontraditional. We were her 928th wedding. She puts as much care and dedication into each and every wedding. She went the extra mile for me on my special day. She went to the store and bought me some sparkling grape juice because I told her I could not drink alcohol. She lives near downtown St. Louis, she did not complain or charge, that I can remember, for a 45 minute drive to my venue. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have met Sandy and Bob. After the wedding, Sandy got the marriage license in on time, I was able to pick up my copy of the marriage license in 5 business days. Sandy and Bob mailed me a CD with wedding photos they took.
Sandy goes the extra mile to ensure your day is special. She does not do anything you are not comfortable with. We only Read more...
Sandy goes the extra mile to ensure your day is special. She does not do anything you are not comfortable with. We only had one consultation before the wedding, which was very convenient for us. Sandy knows people and knows the right things to say. I would recommend Sandy to officiant any type of wedding, traditional or nontraditional. We were her 928th wedding. She puts as much care and dedication into each and every wedding. She went the extra mile for me on my special day. She went to the store and bought me some sparkling grape juice because I told her I could not drink alcohol. She lives near downtown St. Louis, she did not complain or charge, that I can remember, for a 45 minute drive to my venue. I am very grateful for the opportunity to have met Sandy and Bob. After the wedding, Sandy got the marriage license in on time, I was able to pick up my copy of the marriage license in 5 business days. Sandy and Bob mailed me a CD with wedding photos they took. Read less
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

Not to much trouble for you, believe me. I loved being able to make it the way you wanted it to be. I like sparkling grape juice better than wine too. Wasn't it fun?
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Amanda
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
Nothing short of a true gem! Best kept secret in the Midwest! Sandy made every part of our wedding ceremony simply perfect. I couldn't have dreamed of a better officiant to make our once-in-a-lifetime day the one we always imagined! If you are looking for an officiant who is joyfully pleasant, lovingly jovial, beautifully light-hearted, skillfully organized and stunningly sincere, you've found her right here! You won't regret it!
Nothing short of a true gem! Best kept secret in the Midwest! Sandy made every part of our wedding ceremony simply Read more...
Nothing short of a true gem! Best kept secret in the Midwest! Sandy made every part of our wedding ceremony simply perfect. I couldn't have dreamed of a better officiant to make our once-in-a-lifetime day the one we always imagined! If you are looking for an officiant who is joyfully pleasant, lovingly jovial, beautifully light-hearted, skillfully organized and stunningly sincere, you've found her right here! You won't regret it! Read less
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Everafter Weddings responded with the following comments:

I read all that and think, wow, they liked me, they really liked me. It has taken me a long time in my life to be able to say that--we all, if we are fortunate, gain in self confidence over the years and working with such people as the two of you, has given me that confidence and strength. I am so proud to get to be a part of the best day of your life.

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