I’ve only had the pleasure of working with Matt & Sara for a week, but I can’t wait for their big day! It’s going to be a gorgeous celebration full of dancing, great food, family, and friends. Scroll through their stunning engagement photos and read their love story:
How did you meet your fiancé?
I was close friends with Matt’s cousin in high school so during my senior year in college, we all met up over Thanksgiving break at, believe it or not, Steak n Shake, for some late night eats. I liked that Matt was cute and a little nerdy…great husband material 🙂
When did you know they were the one for you?
Matt: Hanging out with her while she was still in college, but found she was so mature and she encouraged and motivated me to go for my dreams and goals. I was also sure of it when we got a puppy together and did so well taking care of her together. Now we have 2 crazy pups.
Sara: I knew on our first date sitting across from him.
What is one of your favorite dates you have been on?
Matt: Skiing in Vail, Colorado and exploring after, it was our first trip together
Sara: One of my favorite dates was our first date at the downtown Jazz Bistro off Washington. We listened to Christmas Jazz and had drinks. He planned it all on his own and it was my favorite last first date!
How did he propose? Was it a surprise?
I was studying for my nurse practitioner boards so I was very distracted while he planned. He brought me to the Boathouse in Forest Park for a “study break” saying we were meeting his sister for drinks. He led me to a bench and told me he tricked me, meanwhile, his sister was hiding in a willow tree taking pictures of the proposal. I blacked out and don’t remember a word he said, I was so in shock! He had my friends tell me it was going to be sometime later in the summer and I had no idea it would be two weeks before my exam. It was fun to study with a little bling on my finger 🙂 When I passed my boards, we had more than a few things to celebrate and look forward to.
After the park, he had a surprise party waiting at our house with catering from Pastaria, my favorite restaurant, with all our family and close friends hiding out! It was the most surprised and happy I have ever been and he still has a picture of that bench as his desktop backgrounds.
What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
Matt: In everything she does, it is evident that she cares about everyone she interacts with, both professionally and personally. She gives me more confidence to be a better person and better at what I do. She encourages me to have meaningful relationships with everyone around me, especially family and friends.
Sara: How he makes me feel safe and taken care of, he is so thoughtful and respectful to everyone he meets and is never in a bad mood. He is the most positive person I have ever met.
How do you envision your wedding day?
A mix of Classic Romantic and Italian vibes with a St. Louis flavor, both indoor and outdoor settings. We can’t wait to have all of our family and friends there celebrating and having fun. I want my face hurting from smiling incessantly and no voice the next day!
We also have a huge wedding party, 11 on each side, because we couldn’t imagine any of our close friends throughout our lives not being next to us the whole day.
How did you decide on your venue?
I am Italian and it meant something to us to have our venue be a classic, family-owned Italian restaurant the St. Louis families have been going to for years.
Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?
At each place setting we are placing boxes with the 5 Jordan Almonds- the Italian Tradition of 5 wishes for the couple: “Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat, to remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife–Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!”
In lieu of a guest book, we will have a glass jug with advice for us to open on our one year anniversary. I’m also including photos of my Jewish and Italian grandparents.
What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?
Matt: Seeing Sara in her dress ….and the food 🙂
Sara: Matt seeing me in my dress and getting ready with all of my best friends!
Follow us for sneak peeks of their big Italian celebration on September 24th!
Photography by Alison Duffy Photography