Laura & David

How did the two of you meet?

The story of how David and I met is pretty funny. We actually met about 12 years ago when I was in highschool and he was in college. I have an older brother who went to SIUC and my friends and I would go down to Carbondale to visit occasionally. At the time, my brother was living in a house with 5 other guys and they threw parties pretty often. I was down there visiting for one of these parties and I met my brother’s friend David. We hung out a bit that night and I ended up hanging out with him multiple other times I visited. Scott and David became really good friends, so much so that they ended up living together during Scott’s second year in school. I continued to make trips there and during this time I got to know David better and better. We became friends but little did he know back then that I had a HUGE crush on him. 

We stayed in touch while I went to Mizzou and even for a year or two after I graduated. I even met up with him a few times while visiting Chicago but we slowly started to lose touch and didn’t talk for multiple years.

 In September of 2012, I received a text message one Thursday morning from a number that I immediately recognized. I didn’t have his number saved in my phone anymore but I just knew it was David (or Carter as I used to call him). My brother was getting married soon and David was in the wedding and he texted me and asked me a few things about the wedding. After that initial text message, we couldn’t stop talking. It was like no time had passed and we quickly picked up where we left off. Two weeks after we started talking a friend of mine was turning 30 and having a party so I invited David to come down for the weekend. He said yes (thankfully!) and the rest is history! We spent about a year going back and forth between Chicago & St. Louis….it was really tough with the distance but we both had fallen head over heels in love so nothing was going to keep us apart! There are still times where I have to pinch myself because it all seems like a dream!

 Favorite detail of the wedding?

I have two favorite details of the wedding. My first is probably the flowers. I have always loved fresh flowers (and secretly have always wanted to be a florist) so this was one of the details that meant a lot to me. I spent a lot of time researching flowers and different ideas and when it came time to meet with the florist I knew what I wanted. With the colors we chose there were so many flower options so we had a lot to work with! We chose to use big, beautiful pink and coral peonies as the main flower and then multiple other flowers in complementing shades of pink. We also worked in some succulents here and there to add that rustic element. My bouquet was everything I dreamed it would be. Sometimes I catch myself just sitting and staring at pictures of it! Then we had three different types of centerpieces made up of a beautiful mix of spring flowers in mason jars and antique lanterns. The flowers just brought the room to life!

My second favorite detail was our dessert table. Baking runs in both of our families (My Dad was a baker for 40 years and David’s family still owns a bakery) so we knew we wanted to offer our guests a delicious and beautiful dessert table that showcased our families’ talents. We had a mix of cookies, pastries, mini cakes, cupcakes, cream horns, brownies and of course wedding cake. The bakery made the majority of the items but my Dad also made some treats and my Mom even made some dachshund shaped cookies. We used antique trays to display all of the desserts and we mixed in individual flower buds that were displayed in these adorable turquoise vases. The overall look was just as amazing as all of the desserts tasted!

 Favorite moment during the day?

I had quite a few “favorite” moments but my most favorite was probably walking down the aisle at the end of the ceremony as husband and wife for the first time. It is such an amazing experience…it was so surreal! Knowing we were officially husband and wife was so thrilling and my emotions got the best of me. I feel like I was holding on to David’s hand so tight as we walked down the aisle and I never wanted to let go. We were going to be partners in crime for life. And to get to do that in front of all of our favorite people just made it that much better! It was such a special moment and thankfully we have some wonderful pictures to remember it forever.

Biggest challenge you had with planning the wedding?

The biggest challenge for me was the distance. I was living in Chicago during most of the planning process so that made it difficult to visit with vendors and take care of things in St. Louis. Thankfully I have wonderful parents, in-laws and friends that helped me when I couldn’t be there in person.

I also had a really difficult time choosing a photographer. There are SO many wonderfully talented photographers out there so it was hard finding the right one. Photography was also very, very important to me so I spent a lot of time doing research, talking to others, reading reviews online, viewing portfolios, etc. It was so overwhelming because they were all amazing. I finally stumbled across Michelle at untamed heART photography and I instantly fell in love with her work! She is incredibly artistic and I love the way she incorporates nature and beautiful lighting in her work. She was so great at catching those special moments throughout the day. She is also a fabulous person which made it that much better! I felt a huge wave of relief once I had found and booked her as I knew our photos would be everything I wanted and more.

Words of wisdom to future brides.

Try to enjoy being engaged and the planning process. It can be overwhelming at times but it is such a special time so try to take it all in and appreciate how amazing it all is. It is you and your soon-to-be hubby’s day so make it what you want it to be and don’t fret about the small things. Allow people to help you if you need it. I was overwhelmed with the generosity that our family and friends showed us and everyone was willing to help out. Our day wouldn’t have been as wonderful as it was without the help of others.

Finally, don’t lose sight of what is important – that you will be marrying your best friend and that is all that matters!

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Ceremony Location

St. James Catholic Church, Millstadt, IL

Reception

NEO on Locust, St. Louis, MO

Caterer

Orlando’s Catering

Entertainment

All Mixed Up Band

Florist

Renee’s Bokays

Wedding Cake

Davis’ Pastry

Wedding Planner

Connie Novotny – Just Connie

Rentals(tents/tablecloths/etc

Orlando’s Catering, Ultrapom Event Rental

Hair and Make- up

Emily Miller Makeup & Hair

Photography

Untamed HeART Photography