Frank & Jennifer: Engaged

Jen & Frank are two of the most caring individuals I’ve met. Jen is superbly organized and has made planning this wedding a breeze! I can’t wait to share their special day that has been so carefully mapped out and perfectly envisioned. Keep scrolling for their story and engagement photos taken by Maison Meredith Photography.

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How did you meet?

We met during our second year of law school at Marquette University Law School. Frank would say that we met in Professor Papke’s American Legal History Class, and Jen would say that we met during the Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition. Regardless, we really became good friends our last year of law school, realized we liked each other, and started dating right before graduation.

How long have you been together?

When Frank propose in April, we had been together for just over 2 years. When we get married in May 2018, it will be a little over 3 years!

 

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Share one of your favorite dates.

There are so many favorite dates. One of our first dates was a walk around Lake Michigan with my dog Chessie. Chess can be a little skiddish, but Frank didn’t know that at the time. He playfully jumped out to greet her but actually scared her. She refused to walk near him or let him pet her the rest of the night. They are best friends now! Frank’s favorite date was probably his surprise 30th birthday. Jen surprised Frank with tickets to the UW v. LSU game at Lambeau field. To everyone’s surprise, the Badgers won! It was a perfect day.

When did you know he/she was the one?

Jen: I knew Frank was the one when we took our first trip together up North. There isn’t too much to do up there, so we spent a lot of time talking, watching movies, paddling around the lake, and visiting places like Lake Superior. All the quiet time together helped me see just how kind, genuine, humble, and generous Frank is.

Frank: When I saw how kindly and lovingly she treated her dog, Chessie.

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How did he pop the question?

Oh this is a long story. Poor Frank was so nervous. The short version of it is that Frank tricked Jen into going to the Arboretum, where he got down on one knee and asked, “will you marry me.” It was very sweet.

Was the proposal a surprise?

It was a major surprise. First, it was a Tuesday. Second, it was tax day. Third, Jen was leaving town that weekend. Fourth, we hadn’t talked about or looked at rings together. When Frank started acting a little funny though, Jen though it might be happening (but talked herself out of it because of the above four points).

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Jen: Frank sees the best in everything. Frank helps me try to see things in a more positive and upbeat way.

Frank: She cares about everything, including making sure I’m as good of a person as I can be. She makes me better.

How do you envision your wedding day?

We want the day to be romantic and fun. We cannot wait to dance with everyone. We hired one of the best DJ’s and he’s going to be making it a real party!

 

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How did you decide on your venue?

The McPherson is just so beautiful. Just look at those beams. The hall is gorgeous. We love the woodwork, the stained glass windows, and the patio. It’s perfect.

Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?

We’re Catholic, so we’ll be celebrating mass. We are also serving two Wisconsin Beers (a his and hers beer) Summershandy and Hoppalicious as a nod to our Wisconsin family and friends. Finally, we are having pain au chocolate instead of cake because we used to get pain au chocolate on Sundays at a small bakery in Milwaukee. It’s our special treat.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

We can’t wait to have all of our friends and family together in one place. It’s going to be a terrific night of food, fun, and dancing.

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Stay tuned for sneak peeks and all the beauty this wedding will bring on May 26th!

Ryan & Laura: Engaged

Laura & Ryan are tying the knot at the Saint Louis Zoo in May and we are excited to be surrounded by love (and be so close to polar bears). They just celebrated eight years together in January and their forever together is fast approaching! Keep scrolling to see their engagement photos and read more about their love story.

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How did you meet?

We went to the same high school, but neither of us actually remember meeting! By our senior year, though, we were part of the same social circles.

Share one of your favorite dates.
On my birthday the first year we were together, Ryan and I went to a pet store to play with puppies. The corgi we played with was adorable, and I still remember how sharp his little teeth were, but it was such a fun and memorable day.

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When did you know he/she was the one?
I was pretty sure once we started to keep a list of names for our future dogs together, and then was certain when we adopted our dog Tamale a couple of years ago.

How did he pop the question?
Last March we spontaneously booked cheap flights to Paris for Ryan’s spring break. On our last night in Paris, after dinner and a rainy stroll through the Île de la Cité, we ended up outside of Notre Dame Cathedral, where Ryan proposed.

Was the proposal a surprise?
Yes and no! We had picked out a ring together about six months before our trip, so I suspected he would propose in Paris once we booked the tickets. However, since he waited until late the last night of our trip, I was starting to think he wasn’t going to do it! It was a brilliant move on his part–instead of having the post-vacation blues when we got back home, I was on Cloud 9.

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
I’ve never had to pretend to be someone I’m not around Ryan. I am able to be my silly self and we always have fun together. He’s my best friend, who I just happen to be in love with.

How do you envision your wedding day?
We envision our wedding to be romantic and elegant, with a healthy dose of whimsy. We would like our wedding day to be fancy, but not stuffy!

How did you decide on your venue?
I’ve been going to the Saint Louis Zoo since I was a kid, and Ryan and I have visited together a few times, too. Since we both love animals and wanted a unique venue, it was an easy decision.

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Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?
As my “something old,” I have a vintage handkerchief embroidered with the name of my maternal grandma, Marilyn, who sadly passed away before I was born. I was given my middle name in her honor, and she and my grandpa actually got married on the same day of our wedding: May 19th.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?
We can’t wait to have all of our closest friends and family together in the same place at the same time!

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Retro Styled Shoot

We recently partnered with a host of incredible vendors to put together a new, fun, retro styled shoot. Pairing together vibrant colors, unique details, and wonderfully retro aspects this shoot was something we have never done before and we hope you love it as much as we do! Keep scrolling to see all the beauty and vendor love at the bottom!

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Photography: Allison Slater Photography // Planning & Design: Allyssa and Dani of Allyssa Elaine Events // Bar: The Wandering Sidecar Bar // Bridal & Bridesmaid Gowns: Cleo Bridal // Cake: The Little Vintage Baking Co // Florals: The Flower Bar StL // Hair & Makeup: Mikki Weaver // Models: Sophia & Andrew & Lauren // Milk Glass Bud Vases: SS Wedding Designs // Place Setting & Chair Rentals: The Antiquarian // Pretzel Wall: Stacy’s Confectionery Stations // Stationary: La Rue Louise // Suit: The Black Tux // Venue: Lone Oak STL//

Chad & Sarah: Engaged

Sarah and Chad have been together a little over a year now and they’re ready to tie the knot on April 14th! We are so excited for their wedding out at Little Piney with some amazing vendors! Keep scrolling to see their ADORABLE engagement photos and read about what they’re looking forward to most:

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How did you meet?

Tinder! We dated for a month before he officially asked me to be his girlfriend, and then the next day he told me he loved me haha!

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Share one of your favorite dates.

Every. single. day. with Chad is my favorite date. But even more so when food is involved, and I get to see him eat. That’s like my favorite thing ever is watching him enjoy food haha!

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When did you know he/she was the one?

After every time I’d see him, I’d still get butterflies. After a month, three months, a year, and still do to this day.

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How did he pop the question?

For our one year anniversary, he took us to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. The day of our anniversary, we stayed in the cabin and enjoyed cooking and relaxing. The following day (on the anniversary of saying we loved each other) we went on a hike up a mountain in an area called Clingman’s Dome. About five minutes in he asked me take out my polaroid camera, and he was going to take a photo of me hiking from behind. WHat was SUPPOSED to happen was he was going to take the ring out, take the photo, and then give me the photo so it would develop as we continued walking. I, though, am a spaz and turned around while he was taking the photo. Very funny because it’s something I would totally do. It all worked out, and we cried haha. It was a complete surprise!

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

His eyes and his smile. Also how protected I feel around him.

How do you envision your wedding day?

Simple and relaxed. We definitely want decorations, but the vibe, and spending time with our loved ones is the most important part.

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How did you decide on your venue?

First place we looked. We loved how everything was in one place! We also get to stay there overnight on Friday and Saturday and that just takes a lot of stress out of the weekend. IMG_3096.jpg

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

Seeing Chad, and the food!

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Patrick & Kitty: Married

We could not have thought of a better way to spend New Years Eve than celebrating with Kitty and Patrick! This day was so full of love, laughter, and the best kind of tears. From the moment we met them, Kitty and Patrick knew exactly how they wanted to spend their wedding: having a party with those they love.

It was six below zero on this December day but the wedding party was all smiles! They and our wonderful vendor team braved the bitter cold to make this day perfect. Their design style was everything a New Years Eve wedding should be…gold, black, and white. See below for the beautiful photography by Kelly Pratt Photography.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs O’Keefe! Thank you for bringing in 2018 with us!

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Doyle & Michelle: Engaged

 

6 ½ years after their love story began, these two are anxious to finally tie the knot! Through all of the ups and downs of life these two have held onto the love and laughter they bring each other and are ready to build the rest of their lives together. Read all about their love story and check out some engagement pictures down below:

 

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How did you meet?

They say there are two sides to every story, so here goes…

Michelle’s Version:
We attended the same high school, but I’ll be honest and say that I didn’t know Doyle. Back then, word on the street was Doyle kept a shrine of me in his locker with hopes of one day dating me. True story lol…

Doyle’s Version:
I contacted Michelle on Facebook and asked her out on a date. After months of trying, I finally got her to say yes. We became friends and the rest is history. True story lol.

Share one of your favorite dates.

Our favorite date was held inside Forest Park where Doyle surprised Michelle with a surprise candlelit picnic.

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When did you know he/she was the one?

Michelle knew Doyle was the one when she couldn’t go a day without thinking about him. In addition, both her parents approved. She already knew but having both their blessings meant a lot. Doyle knew Michelle was the one when the infatuation stage was over and you were still eager to court and date her.

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How did he pop the question?

Christmas day 2016 got a lot more exciting when Doyle popped the question to Michelle. In true Doyle fashion he planned out a masterful scheme to get Michelle and her family out of the house. There was a knock on their door, and a group of firemen entered asking to test the house for a gas leak. Everyone was scared after being asked to exit the house; the situation sounded serious.

After standing anxiously outside in the street, Michelle turned to see Doyle on one knee in front of the fire truck. Lights! Camera! Action! The sirens were loud but Michelle hoped Doyle could hear her say YES! while they were being serenaded by “A Couple of Forever’s” being played in the background.

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Doyle’s ability to put others before him and love unconditionally. Michelle’s caring and Catering nature.

How do you envision your wedding day?

A romantic intimate “experience” full of love.

How did you decide on your venue?

Ceremony: The Jewel Box is held inside our favorite park where we had our favorite date and it’s also where Michelle’s parents said “I do”.

Reception: We both fell in love with the character and regal feel of the Barnett on Washington. To top it off its located on WASHINGTON!

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Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?

We will be incorporating hand washing during our ceremony which represents the new chapter of our marriage with a clean slate.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

A life full of great health, laughter and adventure!

 

Be sure to follow us for sneak peaks of Mr. & Mrs. Washington on their wedding day on March 25th!

Jonathan & Amy: Engaged

Jonathan and Amy have been by each other’s sides for five years and now they are finally getting ready to tie the knot on March 24th. This couple radiates love and happiness and can’t wait to share that with their family and friends on their special day!

How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends at a Superbowl party at Missouri State in 2012. (Go Bears!)

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Share one of your favorite dates.

My favorite dates have always been when Jonathan cooks dinner for me.  He’s an amazing cook!

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How did he pop the question?

We took a trip out to California in April and drove up the coast to a bunch of different cities.  The second to last night we had a picnic on a beach outside of San Francisco. Jonathan popped the question at sunset, and it couldn’t have been more perfect.  We were on a private beach all by ourselves, so we really got to cherish the moment. 

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Was the proposal a surprise?

Yes, I was very surprised!   

What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

 My favorite thing about Jonathan is that he has a heart of gold and he always keeps me laughing. His smile and positivity is contagious.     

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How do you envision your wedding day?

I envision March 24th to be romantic, full of laughs, tears & smiles and a day we’ll never forget.  

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How did you decide on your venue?  

We decided on the Cedars after falling in love with their elegant, spacious ballroom. We were very impressed by their packages and menu options, and the staff there is amazing to work with.  The venue is centrally located and can easily accommodate our guest count.  We were sold after the first visit.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?

 I am looking forward to being surrounded by all of our family and friends on our wedding day.  I also can’t wait to wear my gorgeous dress!

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Follow us for more sneak peaks of Mr & Mrs Haller and their special day on March 24th.