The Venue Spotlight Series | January: Slate & Willow
Introducing the Venue Spotlight Series:
Amanda (of Amanda Tindall Photography, LLC) and I are extremely excited to introduce the Venue Spotlight Series. Through this series, we will shed a different light on both new and established local venues by sharing the stories and intricacies behind them. You won’t see pricing, capacity, or amenities here. Instead, you’ll find out what the venue owners are passionate about and get a unique perspective on the venues themselves through photographs of them in their bare-bones, wedding-free state. Our hopes are two-fold: that you will not only connect with these venues, but that you will discover that every venue is a blank slate that you can fill with your creativity.
Introducing our first ever Venue Spotlight….
January: Slate and Willow
That’s right, our first ever Venue Spotlight is going to be a double spotlight! Slate and Willow, owned by Bailey’s Restaurants, both opened in 2016 and are conveniently located one block away from each other.
Slate, the smaller of the two, was created to be a more flexible space. With its one-room layout, white walls, and slate grey flooring, it definitely lives up to its name and purpose.
With its simplicity comes a freedom to make the space your own. It can be used for everything, including rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, cocktail hours, and full receptions.
Pair the space with Willow (at a discount!), and you’ve got a few ways to mix-and-match the two to make the venues unique to you.
With its signature willow chandlers and gorgeous pillars, Willow is the more “formal” venue. By offering the same grey floors and white walls, Willow still gives its couples the same blank slate with which they can create an experience unique to them.
What are they passionate about?
Not only are Slate and Willow a block away from each other, but Bailey’s Restaurants also owns two other locations on the same block: Bridge and Rooster. This means that couples can have their rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and after-party all within 500 feet of each other. On top of that, all the catering and bar-tending is done through Bailey’s Restaurants, meaning if you have a favorite meal from one of their many restaurants in St. Louis, you can have it at your wedding! They will work with you on everything from a taco bar to a fancy plated menu, and can even offer cakes and dessert options, making them nearly a one-stop shop for their couples.
Sustainability and Locally Grown
Slate, Willow, and all of the Bailey’s franchise have earned a 5-star rating Green Star Alliance certification for their many sustainable, certified options and commitment to doing good for our community. They have taken many considerations, including selling locally crafted beers, utilizing wine kegs as a more sustainable option, and cooking locally grown food, to make sure they are as eco-friendly as possible. They never charge extra for dietary restrictions, such as vegan or gluten-free options, and keep waste to a minimum. Fun fact, they even have a micro-farm behind their office where they grow the herbs they use in their meals!
If you are interested in learning more about Slate and Willow and their many passions, please check out their website here: www.eventsatbaileys.com
Have a wonderful #VenueSpotlightSunday and make sure to check back in February for our next edition of the Venue Spotlight Series.
Blog created in partnership with Amanda Tindall Photography, LLC.
Slate’s tablescape designed by An Affair to Remember.