Zach & Alexandra: Engaged

Zach & Alex will tie the knot on September 29th and we are so excited to help make their special day a dream! They’ve been together 7.5 years and are so ready to make it official! Scroll to read all about their love story and see their fun engagement pictures:

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How did you meet?

Zach & I went to high school together, but didn’t start getting to know each other until our sophomore year. We had three classes together & always sat in the same vicinity as each other (since our last names are close & we had very small classes).

Share one of your favorite dates.

We brainstormed for awhile and realized that while we don’t have a “favorite” date, we do have a “most memorable” date–our first date! At the time, I was 15 and Zach was 16. We went to go see a movie, Season of the Witch (0/10, would not recommend to anyone). Not much was playing, so we chose what we thought would be a good movie. We were so wrong! It ended up being a somewhat-scary movie and Alex doesn’t like anything scary. Afterwards, we went to Taco Bell for dinner. Not a typical first date, but it’s such a perfect memory for us.

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When did you know he/she was the one?

There wasn’t necessarily a specific moment for either of us when it hit that the other was “the one.” We became closer as a couple going through so many milestones together–graduating high school, going to college, graduating college, learning who we were as an individual. All of these helped us grow closer together and realize that we couldn’t imagine a future without the other one.

How did he pop the question?

Zach & I went to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant in Cape Girardeau, MO (where we were going to college at the time). After dinner, he drove us down to the River Campus that overlooks the Mississippi River. It was during the Super Moon & Zach knows I love the moon. We sat on a bench looking at the moon reflecting over the water & that’s when he asked.

Was the proposal a surprise?

Absolutely not LOL When he asked me to go to a nice dinner on a Wednesday, I knew something was up. I tried so hard to not get myself too excited just in case, but when he showed up wearing a button down and nice slacks, I knew something was going to happen.

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Alex: My favorite thing about Zach is the perfect way we complement each other. He’s laid-back, driven, and smart. He makes me laugh every day! He has such a big heart and is so thoughtful. I know he’d do anything for me to make me smile. He’s my person.

Zach: My favorite thing about Alex is how caring and kind she is. She brings a smile to my face. She’s always there for her friends and the people closest to her. Something that I’ve always loved about her, and always will, is her smile. It lights up her face and can brighten a room.

How do you envision your wedding day?

What we both want from our wedding day is a classy, elegant event that’s also low-key lit. We want to celebrate with the people who are closest to us and who have been a part of our journey as a couple.

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How did you decide on your venue?

Alex wanted something unique and different from weddings we had been to in the past. Our venue is relatively new in the area and neither of us had been to a wedding reception there before. The perfect spot!

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

Zach’s family has a song they request during every family wedding–John Deere Green.

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

That all the planning is finally over!! LOL! We’re both looking forward to being able to celebrate all the hard work that we’ve put into this wedding and finally begin our lives together.

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Stay tuned to see sneak peeks of their wedding!

Ryan & Laura: Married

Ryan & Laura tied the knot at the St Louis Zoo, a first for us to have a wedding there! It was full of cute animal-themed centerpieces, beautiful weather (minus a quick, freak thunderstorm), and the sound of sea lions. It was an iconic St Louis event even though they both traveled from Chicago to get married here! Scroll on down to see their pictures captured by Pinxit Photo.

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Congratulations Mr & Mrs Piantanida! We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

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Photography: Pinxit Photo // Bridal Gown: White Traditions Bridal // Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent the Runway // Cake: Sugaree Baking Company // Florist: Serendipity Floral Events // Suits: Men’s Wearhouse // Hotel: Magnolia Hotel // Venue: St Louis Zoo

Todd & Julie: Engaged

Todd & Julie are getting ready to tie the knot at The McPherson on September 15th. They have been together for over five years now and excited for all the years ahead of them! I have so enjoyed getting to know these two and they were part of a wedding I coordinated back in May! Lots of love for these two and their special day! Scroll down to read more about their love story and see their fall engagement pictures.

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How did you meet?

We met through mutual friends. Todd used to work with a friend that he went to college with. It didn’t work out at Todd’s company, but we always joke because that led to the friend going to work for another company where he met my friend which eventually led to Todd and I being introduced.

Share one of your favorite dates.

I’m not sure I could say just one. Todd is my best friend and we have a blast whether we are hunting for hidden treasures at Goodwill or exploring Europe together. We are big fans of themes. Any event that requires dressing up in something ridiculous…we are there!

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When did you know they were the one?

I knew Todd was the one even before we started dating. We were friends first and I remember one time he told me that things weren’t working out with someone he was dating at the time and I remember thinking how lucky anyone would be to get to be with him and how incredible I thought he was. I remember that moment vividly as a turning point in my mind knowing that I had strong feelings for him. It wasn’t too long after that we were together and have hardly spent a day apart since.

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How did he pop the question?

We used to live in Soulard and is where we fell in love. Mardi Gras will always have a special significance in our relationship. It was a Friday…we had plans to go to dinner at Peacemaker but I went to a quick happy hour with my friend before hand (the same friend who introduced us ironically). I laugh now because I invited her to join us for dinner but she already had plans. We went to dinner, everything seemed relatively normal in my mind and then we decided to go grab a drink at iTap in Soulard afterwards. As usual, it was crowded and we were looking for a place to park. Todd said “I’m going to park by the apartment” which I thought was weird because it was a couple blocks away from the bar. We parked and were walking along the street where we once lived and Todd was talking about the first Mardi Gras we ever attended together and how he was waiting for me to meet over at his place so the fun could begin. He was starting to describe the anticipation he felt as he waited to see me come walking around the corner and at this point I jumped in to make some type of silly comment about the day and he said ‘Julie…I’m trying to tell you something here” and as I turned to look at him he was getting down on one knee and said “…and that was the moment I knew I wanted to marry you” and he proposed right there in front of the door of our old apartment.

Was the proposal a surprise?

It was a total surprise. I knew we were going to get married but I had no clue he was planning to propose. He said that surprising me was his main goal so he didn’t want to do anything that would tip me off.

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Todd is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met. I constantly find myself being wowed by small things he does that shows he cares about me. One example would be that a baby bird fell out of a nest near our house. I’m an animal fanatic but was out of town at the time. Knowing this, he put the bird in a box and attempted to nurse it back to health. So sweet!

How do you envision your wedding day?

I just want everyone to have a good time! It is such a special day for us to be able to have everyone we love all in one room.

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How did you decide on your venue?

It was love at first sight! I really liked that it had indoor and outdoor spaces and the wood beams inside the chapel really won me over.

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

Seeing Todd for the first time. I think that then it will feel “real”. We are doing a first look and reading personal vows to each other prior to the actual ceremony and I think that will be a really special moment that only we will share.

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Stay tuned for their special day, sneak peeks, and wedding blog to follow!