What is your favorite photo & why?
I think we love the old Hollywood photo you posted on Facebook. Kind of sums up the night…. It was towards the end of the evening…. End of a perfect day :) just gorgeous.
How did you two meet?
We met during our Junior year (2006) between a mutual friend at a house party in college. We went to Western Michigan University…. we’ve been together since.
Tell us about the proposal.
It was an unusually warm day in STL- November 13, 2011- and we decided to go to the zoo. After a hippo sneezing on us and Katy attempting to go grocery shopping…. Brent popped the question.
What was your vision for your wedding day?
The vision was shabby chic romantic…. including making everyone have an awesome time! We wanted good food, good friends/family, good music for dancing! We think we accomplished that.
What did you like most about your hair, shoes, and dress?
I loved that my hair was romantic looking… I didn’t want to have it down because I didn’t want to deal with it getting messy. I spent a lot of time looking for the right hair piece- I found it at the bridal shop- it was perfect. The colors went along with the bridesmaids dresses and peach/pink color scheme.
My shoes weren’t glamorous- but they were comfortable. That’s all that mattered to me!
My dress- Oh my dress! I loved that dress before I even knew it was going to be mine. I found it in a bridal magazine, ripped out the picture, and then went dress shopping. I saw it on a mannequin at The Ultimate Bride…. not knowing it was that dress I already picked out. I tried it on, and just knew it was meant to be mine. It’s cliche how they say you’ll just know- but it’s so true. I knew it was the one. =)
How did you make it personal?
Our wedding programs were personal. The messages written in them were from the heart. The wine box ceremony was personal too- in that being we wrote letters to each other- put them in a locked box with a good bottle of wine. We will then open the box on our 5th wedding anniversary. If our marriage should endure any type of trouble before those 5 years are up- we open the box then and read why we wanted to marry each other- drink the wine and hopefully make up =)
Instead of traditional favors, we made a donation to the Brain Tumor Research Fund at the University of Michigan in memory of Katy’s mother.
How did you choose your venue?
Actually, our fabulous wedding planner Yara suggested it. Katy saw it, and knew it was the place. Old fashioned and classic St. Louis. Not to mention the view from the Crystal Ballroom! breathtaking.
Groom/ Bride: Tell us about the first moment you saw your bride/groom.
Katy- I was so excited when I saw Brent, I actually don’t remember exactly what I was thinking. Maybe not to trip? He agrees- he doesn’t remember the exact thing he was thinking, just that he was excited but really nervous to be standing in front of all of those people. I loved the vows we spoke and the message from Brent’s Aunt Ginger- who married us- it was personal and very touching.
What was your reception like?
It was Beautiful! The flowers were gorgeous. I loved that my bouquet was made up of all different white spring flowers…. and each of the bridesmaids carried/groomsmen wore a different flower that made up my bouquet. The tables were pretty, romantic and classy…. just what I envisioned. We also adorned each table with a family wedding photo (either aunt and uncle, parents, grand parents, siblings). A little personal touch that added some fun- a conversation starter none the less!
Tell us about the food, cake and dancing!
Brent picked out the food. Delicious! Steak, shrimp, veggies and this potato rosti combination…. delicious. The cake was made by the infamous Sugaree Baking Co… Pat did a great job. White cake, with lemon and strawberry mousse, butter cream frosting, what else could you ask for? It was fab.
I also did a surprise for Brent and had Pat make a grooms cake for him- at the tasting he loved the mocha mousse and I didn’t really see everyone loving that as wedding cake….. so he got his own little mini version. Complete with a mini light fixture (which he designed himself) that his coworkers helped me create. He had no idea…. it turned out great.
What was your favorite moment during the wedding day?
Katy- Seeing Brent, saying our vows, and seeing everyone out on the dance floor. It was packed the entire night! Knowing that we have all of our nearest and dearest in one place…. which will never happen again…. means everything. to have that many people in one place that love you- what else can you ask for? It was perfect.
Brent- Having everyone together- that was the best part. And marrying Katy of course =)
Where did you honeymoon?
We went to HAWAII! Brent’s grandpa is originally from Hilo- so we decided to check out his roots. We went to the Island of Oahu, stayed on Wai Ki Ki Beach. You know how people say it’s the most beautiful place? Well it is, x10 the most beautiful, and most special place. We will go back! Best vacation ever.
What’s next on the calendar for you as a couple?
We are getting accustomed to married life…. which hasn’t really changed too much. We are working on making our 128 year old “new” house unique to us….. learning as we go. We’re looking forward to a hot STL summer! and enjoying our first as a married couple.
Thanks Stephanie and Peter! The pictures are gorgeous.
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