meet the Weddings by Renee team
Reneé Joshu – Founder, Designer, Planner
After a 20-year marketing career in corporate America creating and implementing exciting corporate events, Reneé decided to follow her passion for weddings and launched Weddings By Reneé. For more than 15 years, Reneé and her staff have helped a myriad of couples create the weddings of their dreams … elegant to whimsical, themed to traditional, vintage to contemporary … even a Halloween wedding and a baseball themed wedding at Busch Stadium. Reneé plans and implements every wedding with a passion to make each bride’s wedding day the most joyous day for the bride and groom as well as their families and friends. Reneé ‘s joy comes from sending the smiling bride and her father down the aisle, seeing the groom’s delighted tearful look as he sees his bride for the first time, greeting them as they come back down the aisle as man and wife, then watching the delight of the couple and their friends and family as they celebrate throughout the night.
As a native St. Louisan, Reneé experienced the fabulous venues for weddings and events all around the St. Louis area over the years as a corporate event and wedding planner as well as a guest. The Weddings By Reneé Team has designed and planned weddings in most of the venues in the metro area from glorious grand hotels like the Chase Park Plaza, The Ritz, the fabulous two-story glass ballroom at the Ballpark Hilton and the scenic rooftop room at the Downtown Hyatt; the historic venues in Forest Park like the Jewel Box and Missouri History Museum; wineries on both sides of the river and in Augusta;wonderful ballrooms and unique venu The variety of unique venues in St. Louis like The Palladium, Lumen, and Coronado Ballroom; elegant St. Charles venues like The Foundry Art Centre and The Conservatory, as well as unique properties like Kuhs Farms and The Studio Inn at St. Albans and impressive venues for ceremonies and receptions in the St. Louis metro area makes wedding planning a delightful adventure for the Team at Weddings By Reneé.
Outdoor ceremonies and receptions can be quite a challenge. The Weddings By Reneé Team has unparalleled experience in planning and implementing outdoor weddings … including creating back-up plans for the unpredictable St. Louis weather. In addition to planning many outdoor weddings at a variety of venues in the St. Louis metro area, Reneé managed for a season the two outdoor venues in St. Albans …The Studio Inn at St. Albans and the Gardens at Malmaison. Planning and coordinating 42 weddings that season, Reneé ‘s expertise for outdoor wedding planning is unmatched.
Reneé and her team are well respected by the extensive wedding vendor community in St. Louis, Southern Illinois and St. Charles metro areas. With strong connections to area photographers, videographers, bakers, florists, decor designers, tent and rental vendors, officiates, ceremony and reception venues, and caterers, Reneé is able to offer brides venues and vendors to meet every theme and budget. Because of these relationships, Reneé is successful in negotiating extras and discounts for her brides … and ensuring that the vendors will go the extra mile for each of her brides.
As you’ll see in the glowing testimonials from Reneé ‘s brides and mothers-of-the-brides, Reneé makes a real connection to the families and personally commits to planning and implementing their weddings like she would for her own family.
When Reneé isn’t planning events, she enjoys dining out, her wine club, and films.
Kaytlyn Barlow – Wedding Coordinator
Kaytlyn brings great creativity and energy to the Weddings By Reneé Team. Her enthusiasm and decor talents delight brides. And, even after a 14-hour day, Kaytlyn’s smile shines brightly as she heads up the breakdown team. One of five children, Kaytlyn is a native St. Louisan living in the St. Charles area.
Becky Joshu – Co-Founder & Office Manager
As Reneé s sister (in mom’s wedding dress above) and trusted business partner for over 15 years, Becky manages the office, spearheads the Linen and Invitation businesses, and keeps everyone on track. And, she also pitches in on set-ups and breakdowns as part of Kaytlyn’s team. Becky is a native St. Louisan. For over 20 years, she held administrative positions in the health and hospitality industries prior to launching Weddings By Reneé with Renee. Becky spends her free time enjoying her two daughters and her eight grandchildren.