Emily & Ryan

How did the two of you meet?

We met at D’Ladiums in Cape Girardeau, MO, after a Jake Owen concert. I saw a handsome man, taller than me, and decided I had to meet him because that doesn’t happen very often (I’m almost 6-ft tall). I knew some of the people Ryan was with, so I asked them to introduce us. A week later, we went on our first date.

Describe the proposal.

First, he asked for my Dad’s permission to propose.  Then, he took me to dinner at Mary Jane’s in Perryville,  MO, the location of our first date. During dinner, I embarrassingly came out of the bathroom with the back of my dress tucked into my underwear. Lots of laughs later, we went for a walk around the old town square where he dropped down on one knee and proposed to me. I happily said, “Yes!”           

Theme of the wedding?

Simple and Classy with vintage and rustic accents

Favorite detail of the wedding?

Everything! I loved that everyone was so happy! I loved my dress!

Favorite moment during the day?

Walking down the aisle with my Dad by my side, my friends and family all around, and the man of my dreams in front of me was perfection.

Worse moment of the day?

Cutting my foot on glass just minutes before the wedding. I was afraid it would bleed through onto my  dress, but luckily Ryan’s sister is a nurse and wrapped it perfectly.

Finding the dress… explain the moment you knew it was the one.

 We decided to start dress shopping at Low’s Bridal in Brinkley, AR, because that’s where we found my sister’s wedding dress, and they have such a great selection and great customer service. My mom, my sister (maid-of-honor), and I walked in a few minutes early, just to browse. We told the front desk attendant that we had arrived, and when I turned around I saw THE dress in the             corner of the front window. It was perfection! I knew I wanted it, but also knew I had to buy off the rack because the wedding was only two months away. I looked around to make sure no one else was eyeing it, then I snuck over and checked it out. I knew this dress might work, so I stood guard over it until my fitting consultant arrived. Twenty minutes later, dress shopping was complete. This was the only dress I tried on, and it was everything I wanted and more! It was truly made for me.

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

Finding suits for the Groom and Groomsmen.

Words of wisdom to future brides.

Have a short engagement and save yourself the stress. We planned our wedding in only three short months, and didn’t miss out on anything.                                   

Any unexpected funny moments?

Yes. The minister mistakenly said,   “Repeat after me… I, Emily, take you, Ryan, to be my wife…”   I knew he didn’t mean to say “WIFE”, so I answered with, “I,  Emily, take you, Ryan, to be my husband…” Close call!  Also, the power went out for a minute while my dad was giving a speech, so he just started entertaining the crowd.                       

How was your wedding day? Everything and more?

It was more than I ever expected or needed, and I loved every minute! It was perfect for us!

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Ceremony Location

Groom’s Sister and Brother-In-Law’s home

Entertainment

Juice Box Entertainment of Cape Girardeau, MO

Florist

Tis The Season 

Also, Angie Jones & Cora Sue Stallings

Photographer

Mallory Whiffen of MWPhotography 

Wedding Cake

Suzy Cakes 

Wedding Gown

Low’s Bridal

Allure Bridals Couture 

Wedding Planner

Angie Jones and Cora Sue Stallings 

Hair and Make-up

Hair by Carissa Heath of Belladonna 

Leah & Ryan

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Wedding dress

Itzuri

Bridesmaid Dresses

Maiden Voyage Bridal

Wedding Cake 

J Noto Bakery

Catering

Christy Catering

DJ 

Elite Pro DJ

Wedding Venue

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish

Reception Location

 Neo on Locust

Flowers & reception decorations 

The Crimson Petal

                                                               Photographer 

                                                      Wendy Cooper Photography 

Catherine & Stephen

How did the two of you meet?

We first met at a family gathering in the Summer of 2010. Stephen was one of my cousins best friends. We instantly felt a connection and had our first date on September 5th, 2010. Exactly five years later we got married.

Describe the proposal.

After being apart for Christmas, Stephen flew from Chicago to St. Louis, rented a car and drove 100 miles to my hometown, to surprise me on my front door steps with a proposal. Stephen had a photographer hiding in the bushes to capture the special moment.

Theme of the wedding?

The theme of the wedding was classic and elegant. The colors were shades of gold, cream, champagne, and blush.

Favorite detail of the wedding?

My favorite detail of the wedding was my wedding bouquet. It was wrapped with pieces of my grandma’s wedding dress. It also had a charm attached to it that she wore on her wedding day.

Favorite moment during the day?

My favorite moment of day was walking down the aisle and seeing Stephen at the end of it. The emotions at that time were so special; they could never be repeated. Worse moment of the day? The announcer at the reception mixed up some of the introductions of the wedding party. It was covered up quickly but still didn’t go as planned.

Finding the dress… explain the moment you knew it was the one.

My whole family came in town to help me find my perfect dress. I had flown in from Dallas, my twin sister had flown in from Oregon, my mom drove up from Cape Girardeau, MO, and my older sister lives in St. Louis so she was already there. We had an appointment at Fleur De Lis and I tried on about 4-5 dresses. The whole experience was so much fun. I was the only bride in the store and they served us champagne as I tried on dresses. When I tried on the Judd Waddell dress, I knew I had found the one I loved. It was perfect! I was in love with how the dress flowed. It had horsehair organza which I had never seen before. The dress made me feel like a princess.

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

Stephen and I both lived in Dallas and the wedding was in St. Louis so we had to rely on my mother to take care of many of the details. We had to make numerous trips to St. Louis for dinner tastings, cake tastings, dress fittings, floral selections, etc, but it was all worth it. We had both attended St. Louis University and so having the wedding in St. Louis where we met was important to us. It was worth the extra effort to have such a perfect wedding.

Words of wisdom to future brides.

There were a few things that went wrong during the reception but none of our guests noticed them, so you just have to know that things might not be exactly as you had planned but at the end of the ceremony you are married to the person of your dreams and that is the only thing that matters. I think it is amazing that so many family and friends fly from all over the country to help you celebrate this one day in your life. It just meant the world to us to have so many people around us that cared for us.

How was your wedding day? Everything and more?

Our wedding day was amazing. To walk in to the church and see Stephen at the front of the church was everything I had ever dreamed of. All of the decorations and flowers turned out exactly how we had wanted. It was truly the best day ever.

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                            Ceremony Location                              

  Lady of the Lourdes

                                     Reception Location                                        

Historic Coronado Ballroom

                                                 Caterer                                                     

Butler’s Pantry

                                         Entertainment                                              

Spectrum Band

                                                   Florist                                                    

Belli Fiori  (Lisa Molitor)

                                           Photographer                                            

Clair Bira of Imageclairity

                                            Videographer                                            

Tower Studios

                                             Wedding Cake                                              

Sarah’s Cake Shop

                                            Wedding Gown                                         

    Fleur De Lis in Clayton

                                           Hair and Make-up                                          

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Taylor & Travis

How did the two of you meet?

I had just moved home and was kind of bummed out because I thought I knew everyone in Sikeston already. However, a mutual friend said she knew of a guy that I would hit it off with. Travis didn’t know I was going out that night specifically to meet him, so he didn’t talk to me that much, ha! Eventually, when we both knew that mutual friends wanted us to meet; we really did hit it off. And the rest is history!

Describe the proposal.

Travis had wanted to go fishing for a while and we finally had a weekend morning picked out to go. I even went out and bought a pink pole! I knew something was up when we made it to our destination and he was not as concerned as I was about assembling said pole. Instead, we walked along the river for a while and he proposed right there on the prettiest sunny morning. We totally skipped the fishing and went to eat brunch at The Glenn to celebrate.

Theme of the wedding?

We really didn’t have a theme–the overall idea was for it to be fun and to minimize stress. We focused on mood lighting and music and I think that really showed. The big globe string lights lit up the backyard perfectly and no one wanted the band to stop playing!

Favorite detail of the wedding?

I think my favorite detail was that the details didn’t matter too much! It didn’t matter that it rained all day and one of our white tents broke—we just set up some multicolored tailgate tents over the band. The flowers were all a little different because my friends and family assembled them all. Every bridesmaid looked her best in her own way, down to funky shoes and different hair styles, they had very few matching details. The ceremony was not perfect down to every detail because the church double-booked Friday night and we had to wing it with no rehearsal! It was just an honest celebration and any details we lacked really didn’t matter at the end of the day. We think the quirks made it more memorable than any “perfect” wedding we could have had.

Favorite moment during the day?

I had such a great time taking pictures before the ceremony. Our whole wedding party, which was full of so many different personalities, mingled really well and we just soaked it up (and soaked up some rain!) and enjoyed ourselves. I will always remember almost blowing away into the Mississippi River, wrecking my wedding hair, to get some awesome pictures.

Worse moment of the day?

In retrospect—nothing. In the moment—I did freak out a bit around 10am while I watched from the window as a wind storm came in and took out the tent that was to be over the band. My bridesmaids calmed me down quickly! Luckily we have the best friends, family, and neighbors there are and they worked allll day in the rain to whip the backyard into shape the best they could. I didn’t know we used Mizzou and various tailgate tents until I got there after the ceremony, and it will always remind me of how the neighborhood came together to help us pull off our big day!

Finding the dress… explain the moment you knew it was the one.

I got my dress at David’s Bridal, which was never my plan. However, after trying on dresses that I only felt lukewarm about and that were over budget, I gave it a shot. I had told one shop that I just wanted something classic—no rhinestones, no lace, no tulle, no beads. She good-naturedly replied “I think you’re in the wrong store!” I found my beautifully plain dress (complete with pockets!) for a steal at David’s Bridal. I knew as soon as I put it on that it was the one I wanted. I added a belt for detail and it was perfect.

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

While scrolling through Facebook one day I came across a local news story about a woman who was panicking because a certain rental company was closing their doors and not honoring the rentals for her daughter’s wedding. I read on, shocked, as the article said that the company was closing one week before our wedding! But the company had never called us, surely we were in the clear? Right? Turns out, we were not! One month before our wedding and we had no tables or chairs. Thank goodness for the Facebook story, otherwise we may never have known until the wedding day that we needed to make other arrangements.

Words of wisdom to future brides.

Don’t worry, be happy! There is nothing that can go wrong! Take it from the girl who had the rental company close last minute, a rainy outdoor reception with borrowed last minute tents, no rehearsal, the frizziest hair day of her life, and mud halfway up her wedding dress (good thing I went with the low-budget one!). It will still be the best day!

Any unexpected funny moments?

Taking pictures by the river was pretty comical—the wind was so strong that the water was white capping! Our dresses were flying up and I thought our little photographer may fly away!

How was your wedding day? Everything and more?

It really was! We had such a great time and felt so lucky to have so many people come together to make it a memorable day.

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Ceremony Location

Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Reception Location

Sikeston, MO parent’s backyard

Caterer

Lamberts and Dexter Barbeque

Entertainment

The Sensations Band & DJ Combo

Photographer

Kelsey Jenkins

Wedding Cake

Susan White of Suzycakes

Wedding Gown

David’s Bridal

Tara & Joe

How did the two of you meet?

The old fashioned way, over tequila at a bar!

Describe the proposal.

Joe proposed on Friday, March 28th, 2014, at our home in Arlington, VA. Joe walked home from work and rang our doorbell. When I opened the door, he was standing there holding out a custom-made ring, and asked if I would marry him. I was shocked!

Theme of the wedding?

Winter wonderland

Favorite detail of the wedding?

We decided we wanted to have great and memorable music at our wedding. The ceremony featured nontraditional music performed by The Missouri State Chamber Choir. The song list included: 1,000 years (Seating of parents), Christmas Cannon (bride entrance), Mirrors (unity candle), you’re my best Friend (Bride and Groom Exit), and Christmas carols (receiving line). We had Christmas Carolers in Charles Dickens time period costumes perform at the reception during the cocktail hour and dinner. Thrist N’ Howl performed at the reception during the dance. They played lots of 70s and 80s songs to which everyone could enjoy dancing!

Favorite moment during the day?

How can you pick one moment on the most magical day ever? EVERY MOMENT!

Worse moment of the day?

Having to wake up so early after a fabulous but tiring rehearsal dinner with 115 guests!

Finding the dress… explain the moment you knew it was the one.

I loved my dress; it was actually the first one I tried on! Although I went to multiple shops and tried on dozens of dresses, nothing compared to the bridal moment I had with the first dress.

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

Living in the DC metro area, and planning a wedding in southern Missouri made some of the logistics a challenge.

Words of wisdom to future brides.

To thine own self be true. Please don’t feel that you need the validation of others to follow through on your vision. This is one of the only times in your life where every detail can reflect your taste. Have fun and make your dream come true! We also provided transportation to and from the wedding and reception for our guests, which meant we didn’t have to worry about anyone having too much fun at the open bar! People seemed to have more fun and stay longer when they knew they didn’t have to drive later in the night.

Any unexpected funny moments?

My wedding party had to lift me over a fence to get a perfect shot (These photos are hilarious).

How was your wedding day? Everything and more?

When you plan every detail of a day, you have the biggest of expectations. Being able to marry the man of my dreams, and then have a flawless wedding was a dream come true! It was magical and surpassed all of my childhood fantasies!

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Chapel at Integrity Hills, Big Cedar Lodge

Reception Location

The Stables, Big Cedar lodge

Caterer

Big Cedar Lodge

Entertainment

Missouri State Chamber Choir (ceremony)

Christmas Carolers Best Live Entertainment (cocktail hour)

Thirst N’ Howl (reception)

Florist

Artistry in Bloom

Photographer

 JDesign Studios

Wedding Cake

Sugar Leaf Bakery

Wedding Gown

Lazaro

Wedding Planner

Abby Mitchell Events

Hair and Make- up

Bride’s Hair by Evy Andra from Fringe Salon Wichita, KS

Bridal Party

417 Blow Dry Bar

Make up

Nikki Smith

Jackie & Tyler

How did the two of you meet?

Tyler and I met through mutual friends. My best friend, Courtney, is married to Tyler’s college fraternity brother, Davie. Somehow, Tyler and I made it through four years of college and three years after college without meeting each other. This seems kind of crazy since we regularly hung out with many of the same people.

 Describe the proposal.

My cousin (who was also my maid of honor), Coley, and my brother, T.J., were coming in town from St. Louis to go to the concert with me in Kansas City. We ended up not getting concert tickets, but they still insisted on coming to visit. At that point, I was suspicious that something was going on.Tyler could tell I was suspicious, so instead of waiting for Coley and T.J. to get into town, he surprised me by proposing in the morning.We decided to go for a morning workout. I was really annoyed about it because we frequently talked about going to the gym in the morning, but we always woke up and decided to press the snooze button instead. This time he guilted me into it. Our gym has two buildings and we normally workout in opposite buildings. So, when I was kicking butt on the treadmill, he pretended to go to the other side of the gym.He actually drove home, made breakfast, lit candles, and put rose petals all over the floor. He also put water on his face and hair to make it look like he had been sweating. When he came back to the gym to pick me up, I had no idea that he had been gone. When I walked into the house, my first thought was, “What is all of this junk on the floor?” Then when I saw the candles, it all made sense. I was totally not expecting it to happen in the morning and it was absolutely perfect. I was so excited that I don’t even remember what he said. The engagement was absolutely perfect for me! I hate anything corny…even writing this is making me cringe. So the fact that I was not dressed up and looking pretty made the entire proposal seem more real to me and not a storybook fantasy proposal that some girls want.

Theme of the wedding?

Classic & Classy

Favorite detail of the wedding?

The church. It is such a beautiful church, and it was the perfect size. We did not have many decorations at the ceremony because we did not want to take away from the church itself.

Favorite moment during the day?

This is the most impossible question. We loved every minute! Tyler says his favorite moment was when he saw me in my dress for the first time, but I think he is just saying that because that is what he is supposed to say =). I really liked walking down the aisle. It’s a surreal feeling to be in that moment. Obviously, it was fantastic to see Tyler at the other end of the aisle, but I also loved seeing so many familiar faces in the pews.

Finding the dress… explain the moment you knew it was the one.

I had gone to a few bridal shops, but nothing really stuck out to me. It was the first dress I saw when I walked into Nolte’s Bridal. No other dress came close in comparison. It was the exact cut and style that I wanted. It could not have been more perfect!

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

The biggest challenge was working with our reception venue. Other than that, the biggest challenge was trying to plan a wedding from six hours away while balancing work and school. It was a bit overwhelming!!

Words of wisdom to future brides.

With your future husband, choose three things about your wedding that are most important to the two of you. Those are the things you should worry about. Try not to stress too much about the other stuff. Our top three were the entertainment, people, and my dress (It took some convincing to get the dress in the top 3 =). I found that I was stressing too much about little things like the shade of white I wanted to use for our table skirts or the type of candle to have in the candelabra. In the end, those minor details were not worth the stress.

 Any unexpected funny moments?

My dad’s speech! We have never heard him give a formal speech, and I had no idea that he would be so funny!

Also, one of our guests stole the microphone from the band and sang all of the words to “Call me Al.” It was pretty hilarious.

How was your wedding day? Everything and more?

Yes. It always annoys me when people say that it was the best day of their life, but I totally understand now. It was so wonderful to marry Tyler and to have such a fun celebration with our family and friends.

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Ceremony Location

Old St. Vincent Church, Cape Girardeau

Reception Location

The Venue

Caterer

The Venue

Entertainment

Lost Wax

Florist

Wendy Durham

Photographer

Katherine Corea Photography

Wedding Cake

Hoeckele’s Bakery

Wedding Gown

Designer: Stephen Yearick , Store: Nolte’s Bridal

Wedding Planner

Trisha Mothershead

Hair and Make- up

Hair

Curtis Linscott    

Make-up

Phi Trinh

Caitlin & Jack

How did the two of you meet?

We met in at the University of Missouri our freshman year. Jack was on the football team and I was an athletic trainer.

Describe the proposal.

Jack proposed on the day he graduate college at a park where we liked to walk our dog, Dakota. We were taking pictures in our caps and gowns and he got down on one knee. He was only a few weeks out after having knee surgery on his left knee so it was pretty special that he was able to actually kneel. We then went out to dinner at Sophia’s restaurant in Columbia which is where we had our first date.

Theme of the wedding?

Casual, fun, and a little bit preppy. We wanted it to just feel like a party instead of a traditional reception.

Favorite detail of the wedding?

Well that is the hardest question ever. Let’s go with..everything! But truly, I think the setting was my favorite. We were so blessed to be welcomed into his aunt and uncle’s home. It was just so perfect and so special.

Favorite moment during the day?

Other than saying “I do!” it would have to be the fireworks. 

Worse moment of the day?

That would have to be when I finally took my shoes off and discovered just how bad my feet hurt.

Finding the dress… explain the moment you knew it was the one.

have to say, I never really had that AH HA moment. I was stuck between two dresses and at one point I just looked into the mirror and said, this is the one that I will look back on and be proud of. It’s the one that I felt most like myself in, I think that’s why it was never a big moment, it just felt like a part of me and what I was supposed to wear on the biggest day of my life.

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

For us, we had to think of the details that most other brides didn’t have to worry about. Because we had to bring everything to the reception site, we had to worry about things like water glasses, coffee cups, salt and pepper shakers, etc. That plus worrying about the weather CONSTANTLY. Thank goodness it ended up to 75 and sunny in the middle of October! Thank you St. Louis!

Words of wisdom to future brides.

EAT!!!!! I did not eat enough I felt so crappy because I had no energy. Also, hire a wedding planner. It will be worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY. They worry about the stuff that you don’t have to worry about. Plus it’s nice to not be the one in charge on your wedding day. Also, get a videographer. There is nothing that being able to relive that day every time you watch your video. I cry every time I see it and they captured the day so perfectly.

Any unexpected funny moments?

When our Priest busted out some serious dance moves on the dance floor. He surprised us all with some amazing moves!

How was your wedding day? Everything and more?

Our wedding day was absolutely perfect. I don’t think I would have changed a thing. Every detail was perfect and exactly how I pictured it. I have so many beautiful memories from that day. In the end, I got to marry my best friend and that is all I could have ever dreamed of.

 

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Ceremony Location

St. Clements of Rome Church

Caterer

Ce’s and Judy’s

Entertainment

Millennium Productions

Florist

Bloomin’ Buckets

Photographer

Heather Roth Photography

Wedding Cake

The Cakery Bakery

Wedding Gown

Wedding Belles in Barrington, IL

Wedding Planner

Kate & Company

Rentals

Weinhardt Rentals and Traube Tent Company

Hair and Make- up

Hair

Sam with Matthew Roberts Salon

Makeup

Melinda with Beauty by Broxie LLC