Brian & Julia: Engaged

Julia & Brian are tying the knot at the Old Post Office on June 16th and their love of travel not only brought them together, but will be a theme through their big day. They have been together almost four years while tackling job changes, moves, and long distance. We can’t wait to celebrate with them!

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How did you meet?

We became friends while serving in the Peace Corps together in Guinea, West Africa from 2004 – 2006.


Share one of your favorite dates.

Brian: One day while we were in Milwaukee, visiting with my parents, we spent an afternoon exploring the city on our own.  Julia had not spent much time in Milwaukee before, and I was excited to show her around at a few places I thought she would enjoy.  First we stopped by Milwaukee Art Museum, where they have an exhibit focused on Haitian art. Julia has been to Haiti several times for her previous jobs, and we had a nice time talking about the different themes shown in the artwork on display.  Next, we went to the Milwaukee Market, and Julia was surprised by how much she realized she liked the city and its sites. Finally, we went to a local brewery, where there was a grand piano available for customers to use. There was a group of customers who had arrived around the same time we did, and one of the guys started playing popular songs from the 1980’s.  At one point, they couldn’t remember the lyrics to one of their songs, so Julia jumped in to help them get the words right, and all of a sudden she was leading the entire place through the song. It was a fun afternoon!

Julia: One of my favorite dates was actually very recently. I was visiting Brian in Springfield and he took a half day off of work on Friday so we could drive down to St. Louis. First, we applied for our marriage license at City Hall, which was such a neat, old, and pretty historic building in which to do that (we love that stuff). Then we checked into our hotel room at Union Station, which was actually the place that inspired us to get married in St. Louis, and was somewhere we had always wanted to experience staying. Then we went to a delicious fancy French dinner (which the restaurant actually screwed up and ended up comping our *entire* meal) before we headed off to see Hamilton, which Brian had got us tickets to for my birthday and was pretty much a dream come true. 🙂 After enjoying the show we headed over for a beer at Urban Chestnut (one of our favorite St. Louis breweries) before going back to the hotel for the night. All in all, a great day!


When did you know he/she was the one?

Brian: When Julia and I started dating, she was living in Boston and I was living in Chicago, but pretty soon after that, I moved to Springfield.  After about one year of dating long distance, Julia made the leap of moving from Boston to Springfield in order for us to spend more time together.  I really admired how much she placed a priority on our relationship! In Springfield, she diligently made friends, joined local organizations, and got involved with the community.  I loved her her energy and her enthusiasm for meeting the challenges of completely new surroundings. Living together with her and seeing how she tenaciously approached every day made me know that she would be an awesome life partner. Also, she gave me a Milwaukee Brewers- Bob Uecker alarm clock last year, and I thought, “She really knows me”.

Julia: Brian and I have known each other since 2004, and I always thought of him as the real definition of a stand-up guy. There isn’t one moment where I knew he was the guy I was going to marry, it was more of a build up over the years (considering I *wanted* to be dating him about seven years (literally) before it actually happened), as we experienced more and more of life together, and it always confirmed and reinforced what I always knew – that I would be lucky to have him as a partner to go through life with.


How did he pop the question?

Julia: After being long distance for 1.5 years, I decided to move to Springfield, IL to be with Brian in December of 2015. We lived right by Washington Park, and it was one of our favorite things about Springfield (it was a short list :-/). He used to walk to work and I worked from home, so I would walk halfway to work with him in the mornings through Washington Park; a ritual we both grew to really like. In November of 2017 I moved back to Boston with the intention of Brian being able to follow soon-ish. When visiting him after Christmas, he “made” me go on a walk with him in Washington Park on January 1st right before I headed to the airport. It was 5 degrees without the windchill, so I thought something might be up, and sure enough it was. He proposed in Washington Park with no one else around, and with my grandmother’s ring that was also her mother’s ring. It’s very, very special to me!

Was the proposal a surprise?

Yes!  Well, sort of, 30 minutes before the proposal.  It was Jan. 1st, pretty cold outside, and Julia was about to leave on her trip back to Boston, so when I asked her if she wanted to go on a walk, and she said no but I insisted, she got the impression something was going on.  I had picked out several different places where I could propose on our normal walking route in the park… in case there were other people sitting on the benches or preventing me from asking her without getting interrupted. Despite the cold weather, though, while we were walking around the park, there were people everywhere and I was down to my last proposal-location option on our route, a bench just off the walking path.  When I asked her if she wanted to have a seat on the bench, she knew something was going on, and the rest is history!


What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Brian: Julia is strong, highly motivated and intelligent person who cares deeply about her friends and family, but she also doesn’t take herself too seriously. If I could sum it up into one favorite thing, I’d say that she’s a bad-ass.

Julia: Brian has such a pure heart. He is prone to seeing the best in everyone and the world, and can always find the positive in a situation, no matter what. He’s also incredibly loyal to his close friends and family. It’s hard to think of something Brian wouldn’t do, no matter how big or small, for those he cares about. Jump on a plane because you’re having a crisis? Sure. Help you move across the country at the last minute? No problem. Just need someone for a good old fashioned random adventure, domestic or abroad? Brian’s your man. I love his spirit of adventure and his spontaneity. We are a good match in that sense.  

How do you envision your wedding day?

Modern, classy wedding. I keep saying that while I don’t want a casual wedding, I want everyone (mainly myself!!) to be relaxed and just have a great time. I can see our wedding “looking” a number of different ways, but I would like it to be a classy, somewhat formal affair (I think our venue calls for that), without being stuffy or uptight.

I want everyone to have a reason to get dressed up, but to be relaxed and just have a great time. I want to throw a great party! Our priorities are making sure we can invite those we want to without unnecessarily deep cuts to the guest list, and to be able to go late. 🙂 Literally, those are our top two priorities. Hence why our venue allows you to go until 1:00am.


How did you decide on your venue?

There were basically two parts to this decision: (1) we decided to get married in St. Louis, and (2) we decided to get married at the Old Post Office.

First, in terms of getting married in St. Louis, it was a surprising choice for us because Julia is from Boston, I’m from Milwaukee, and we were living in Springfield, Illinois. Julia has several family members in St. Louis though, and while living in Springfield, we visited the city a number of times for family events and weekend adventures. We ended up really enjoying the city, its history, its many neighborhoods and all the fun activities it had to offer. When we got engaged, we thought about how to make the wedding accessible for our family members in Wisconsin, Missouri, and New England. The New England contingent was really excited to see St. Louis, and everyone else liked the idea of having a midwest wedding. In the end, St. Louis made the most sense for both us and our guests.

Second, we chose the Old Post Office after checking out several other venues in and around St. Louis. We knew that we wanted to include as many friends and family members as possible, and we did not want to miss the chance to have our wedding during summer 2018. Julia and I both liked the accessibility of an urban setting for guest accommodations and weekend activities, and we were drawn in by the historic charm of the Old Post Office. It also struck a nice balance of classy but fun. The management at the facility also seemed to accommodate our needs and expectations, and the hotel options nearby were a plus.  

So far, despite our fairly quick engagement time frame, we’ve been very happy with how things have turned out logistically!


Are there any special interests you’ll be incorporating?

We love love LOVE to travel. Anywhere! We both have traveled internationally a lot, but since we were living together in Springfield, we also did a ton of travel in the US. So we definitely envision incorporating travel somehow, and our choice of the Old Post Office as our venue definitely helps. Our Save the Date was in telegram format, and we’d love to work travel and/or postcards into our table numbers/seating assignments.

Also, we’re both big craft beer lovers/drinkers, so that’s something we’re working with potential caterers on. Budweiser products just aren’t going to cut it for us on our big day! 

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

We’re definitely looking forward to hosting so many people, all together from all the different chapters of our lives – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and it will probably be a surreal to have them there all at once! I think we’re both looking forward to sharing such a momentous day with our friends and family all together at the same time.


Stay tuned and follow us for sneak peeks of their big day on June 16th!

Tim & Stephanie: Engaged

These two will be getting hitched in less than a month and we are all excited! Tim and Stephanie have been together for over five years and are ready to say “I Do” in front of all their family and friends! Read below for more of their story and their fun (and rainy) engagement photos!

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How did you meet?

At Colombo’s Bar near Dogtown.  Stephanie went to watch the Mizzou football game with a couple of friends. Around halftime, a team of rugby players strolled through the door to eat lunch after their morning games. Stephanie and her friends were playing their favorite bar game, Big Buck Hunter. Tim found this as a perfect opportunity to approach Stephanie. With an endearing smile and the world’s shortest shorts, he quickly won Stephanie’s attention.

Share one of your favorite dates.

On a trip to Colorado, we rode bikes from Frisco to Breckenridge. There was still ice on the path, and due to an ice trail, Tim lost control and wiped out. Luckily he was fine! We still continued on the 12 mile ride with a few stops at some local breweries.

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How did he pop the question?

After about five years of dating, he proposed on the evening of Saint Patrick’s Day 2017. The morning and early afternoon was spent fly fishing on the White River in Branson, Missouri. After spending over five hours on the river, we stopped briefly at a local Irish pub to drink green beer and eat lunch. Then we rushed off to play golf at Top of the Rock, a Jack Nicklaus signature course. Unable to make the tee time, we settled for the gorgeous view of the Ozark Mountains at the Osage Restaurant. Before drinks or appetizers were ordered, Tim dropped to one knee and proposed. It was a complete surprise and we celebrated with a shot of Fireball!

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Stephanie: I love his ambition and his dedication to his family

Tim: Stephanie is goal-oriented and we have fun together as friends.

How do you envision your wedding day?

A day full of wonderful memories with our loved ones and a night full of dancing with everyone we are closest to!  

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How did you decide on your venue?

Stephanie decided this one! Old Peace Chapel “captures her love for old shit,” according to Tim. Chandler Hill is a beautiful venue that specializes in our favorite drink…red wine.

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

We will have a cookie table which is a Pittsburgh wedding tradition (where Stephanie’s family is from). We will also have ice cream as our main dessert (which we both love).

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

Marrying each other while being around our family and closest friends


Follow us and stay tuned for their wedding on June 8th!

Steve & Abby: Engaged

Steve and Abby have been together almost two years and are getting ready to start their lives together! They have shared long distance, college experiences, and one amazing proposal. Read below for their story details and see their proposal and engagement photos!

How did you meet?

We met freshman year of college in the dining commons, when a friend introduced us by saying “Abby meet Steve, Steve meet Abby, you both like talking about poop”. We were more of acquaintances then, but he always thought I was really cute. We always said “h”i, and had small talk, but nothing ever came of it.

In December right before Christmas break, he overheard a conversation between me and a mutual friend about how I was annoyed with the in the inability of boys at our university to just ask a girl on a date. It was then he decided he would ask me out on a date once we both returned back to school.

During the month of January I was out of the country teaching English to sweet Elementary Students in Manila, Philippines. While I was away Steve told all of his friends about his plans to ask me out as soon as I returned.

The morning I was returning to school for my second semester, I went to breakfast with my dad. During our conversation he told me he had a feeling I would meet my husband at Taylor, and even added he believed he would be a pastor though I was adamant I wouldn’t.

I arrived back to school, and went straight to the Student Center to get food. Steve walked in right when I walked by the front doors, and he asked me out for coffee!



Share one of your favorite dates.

My absolute favorite date took place where we would later get engaged. Steve had just moved down to Indianapolis to start his job before graduation, and it was one of our last weekends together before a summer apart. Steve had planned a picnic in the park, but it rained all morning. Instead, he took out the back seats of his car, laid down a blanket, prepared food, and had flowers waiting on the front seat for me when I walked in. We still went to the park, and had our picnic in the back seat of his car in the parking lot. We decided to brave the rain and went hiking through the trails, leaving completely soaking wet.

When did you know he/she was the one?

As crazy as it sounds, I vividly remember sitting on the bed next to my roommate only a few weeks after we started dating and after he met my parents and told her that I thought I would marry him someday. Steve said he knew after 6 weeks.



How did he pop the question?

Steve and I had been planning to go home for my fall break since the beginning of summer. Steve took off work early Saturday morning through Wednesday. This was going to be the first break since spring break that we would be together longer than three days, and I was SO excited about it. The weekend before we were supposed to leave, he told me he was just informed he had a meeting Saturday afternoon and we would have to leave later. I was SO upset! He promised me that we could hang out Saturday morning instead.

That Saturday, October 7th rolled around, and Andy, Steve’s brother was in town for a wedding. All three of us went to breakfast, and after we were seated I received a text from my dad telling me that the carbon monoxide detector went off late the night before, and they were evacuated from our house until Sunday afternoon. He asked if we could stay in Indy another night. Steve calmly told me that it would be okay, and instead, we could go have a fun date night.

Steve left for his meeting (which was really him meeting with my friends to plan out the space at the proposal site), and I stayed at his apartment with his brother, working on homework. He came back, and told me that I needed to dress up for our four-part date. Most of our dates are a mystery, so I didn’t think much of it.

The first part of our date was having dinner at a nice Italian restaurant, Mama Carolla’s. It was a pricier dinner than we normally go to, but I didn’t think much of it because Steve was acting so calm.

We left, and pulled up to Holiday Park, the same park as our parking lot picnic and the park he had jokingly fake proposed at back in April. As soon as we pulled in I was suspicious. I was still in a nice dress and heels, and he informed we were just going to be walk around.We walked all throughout the park, and went to the same deck where he had fake proposed. I was convinced I was about to get engaged, but nothing happened. Instead, he hit his wrist, and then said it was time to go to the next part of our date.

As we were driving to the next activity, he “couldn’t keep this a secret” and told me we were going to a concert. As soon as he told me this, I replied “Steve, I don’t know how you’re ever going to pull off a proposal, because you can’t ever keep a secret!” As soon as those words came out of my mouth, he received a text from my friend informing him he could return back to the park .

He began to freak out because he realized his watch was gone, and he thought he lost it when we were at the deck. He insisted we had to go back, but was SO upset that we were going to be late to the concert.

We pulled into the park and I prayed out loud that God would help him find the watch. I told Steve I would wait in the car while he went to look for the watch because I had heels on and didnt want to walk all the way back to the deck where he had hit his wrist and where the watch potentially was. He ran over to the deck where friends had set up lights while we were gone, and he quickly changed into dress slacks and a nice tie.

25 minutes later… I looked up from scrolling through Instagram to realize Steve left his phone in the car, and I was worried that he couldn’t find the watch because he didn’t have a flashlight. I grabbed his phone and ran over, but saw the lights, realized this must be “the day” and ran back to the car afraid I would mess it up.

A few minutes later, I decided I should probably go back over, and so nervously I walked over, and soon was confirmed that we were getting engaged!!!

I walked up to him, and he had a rock in his hand.

A few months prior, I told him I wanted to start collecting rocks from places where we have seen God’s faithfulness, but Steve just shrugged off the idea.

Steve handed me the rock and reminded me of the conversation we had a few months prior, and proceeded to tell me that earlier in the year he was proceeded to tell me that back in November when he was confused with what God was doing, so he went into the Taylor woods to pray, picked up a rock, and said that he would give it to his future wife someday to remember God’s faithfulness. He gave me the rock and said that we could start our collection now.

He then said “I have another rock for you!” and proceeded to get down on one knee and ask me to marry him!

Was the proposal a surprise?

Yes and no. I knew it would be coming sometime in the fall, but he completely surprised me on the actual day!

What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

The way he can connect with so many different people and is constantly looking for the good in everyone.

How do you envision your wedding day?

I envision a party with all of our favorite people in one room! I want to completely enjoy the day and know nothing about any problems that may be occuring throughout the day because no matter what, at the end of the day I am marrying my best friend!

How did you decide on your venue?

I wanted something that was a mix of both elegant and casual as well as a place that had enough character so that I did not have to put a lot of effort into decorations.


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

I will be wearing my mom’s earrings from when her and my dad got married as well as my best friend (and Matron-of-Honor’s) veil. Our faith is extremely important to us, and we wanted a cross at the end of the aisle. My dad literally cut down a tree with the help of extended family and made the cross that will be on the altar.

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

Knowing that I get to spend the rest of my days beginning on that day with Steve.

Stay tuned for sneak peeks of their wedding day on June 9th!

Doyle & Michelle: Married

Mr & Mrs Washington’s March wedding day was one-of-a-kind celebration full of laughter and fun. They had a beautiful wedding inside The Jewel Box followed by an early-end reception at Barnett on Washington (get it?). Michelle was all smiles and Doyle was moved when he saw his beautiful bride. Scroll down to see the wonderful photography and vendor love at the bottom:


Congratulations Mr & Mrs Washington! We hope you have a beautiful life together full of fun (but also some plans for Michelle’s sake)!


Photography: Ag Photography // Bridal Gown: Kitty Chen via Mia Grace Bridal // Bridesmaid Gowns: Mia Grace Bridal // Cake: McArthur’s Bakery // Donut Wall: Stacy’s Confectionery Stations // Florist: Walter Knoll Florist // Groom/smen Suits: Stallone’s // Hairstylist: Hairgasm // Makeup: Blush on the Blvd // Photobooth & Videography: Strike a Pose // Rentals: An Affair to Remember & Weinhardt Party Rentals // Venue: The Jewel Box & Barnett on Washington