About Us

Tree swing in front of Historic Mansion

Welcome to The Larimore, a historic wedding venue in St. Louis, Missouri. You are visiting one of the largest and most innovative farms in the Mid-West. The Larimore House won an award for being the most productive farm in the area, as well as being called the "Model Farm of Missouri" by the Missouri Agricultural Society.

Wilson Larimore moved from the foothills of Kentucky to the fertile land by the Mississippi River in the year 1850. He purchased approximately 2,000 acres which he farmed using the then new mechanical farming equipment (steam engines were new at the time). Soon, the Larimore farm became renowned for its productivity and won many awards at the then popular agricultural fairs in and around St. Louis.

The pre-civil war house, which is Italianate in style, was finished in 1858. It boasts 14 fireplaces and 12-foot ceilings. The woodwork is unique in that it was made of mahogany and painted white in Italianate style.

The Larimores owned the farm in St. Louis for 50 years. At the turn of the twentieth century, the Penningroth family purchased the farm, sold off most of the land, and used it for a summer home for almost 100 years. In 1989, The Larimore House was purchased by the Bovey family who carefully restored the historic property to its exquisite character.

In 1989, Saint Louis County put the house on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1996, the site was named a Landmark and Preservation Area by Saint Louis County. This designation enables a business in a residential location for the preservation of the property and enables it to be seen and enjoyed by the public. While The Larimore is nestled in a calm residential area, The Larimore is convenient to major highways and an easy drive from many parts of Missouri and Illinois.

The Larimore is now a remarkable wedding venue for couples to realize their spectacular wedding day dreams.

The Larimore

Owner Allen and Dena Bovey

Owners Allen and Dena Bovey

Allen and Dena were married at The Larimore June 7, 1997. "We loved the Venue so much we purchased it in 2006. It is now our passion to create our couples wedding day dreams. We consider it a great privilege to serve wedding couples and their family on such a special day."

Client Testimonials

"I can't say enough about Dena and the Larimore House. We fell in love the moment we seen it. Dena was fabulous through the whole process and was always in contact with us. If you're looking for the vintage feel,this is the place and not to mention you don't have to leave and have guest wait on you while you go to the reception venue. We couldn't of asked for a better day and venue. Our guest where blown away and said it was the best wedding they've attended in awhile. EVERYTHING WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!" Lindsey A.

"The day we toured the Larimore House, we knew we had to have it as our venue based on the beauty of the location alone! Dena was extremely helpful every step of the way. Our wedding day was PERFECT! From the excited-ness of getting ready and pictures, to the gorgeous chapel for our ceremony, and right to the fun of the reception, the Larimore House truly gave us our fairy tale wedding! We will cherish the memories for the rest of our lives!" Brittany L.

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Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award 2016
Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award 2017
Wedding Wire Couple's Choice Award 2018
The Knot Best of Wedding 2016
The Knot Best of Weddings 2017
The knot Best of  Weddings 2018