Chris & Katie: Engaged

I think I’ve been waiting with eager anticipation for these two to get married for quite some time now! Katie met with me in October of last year and we have been planning the day of their dreams ever since. I’m so excited to finally be able to work at Silver Oaks Chateau alongside the lovely Courtney Smith Photography, Roses & Mint, and more. Katie & Chris are full of so much fun, laughter, and have been through it all together. Keep scrolling to see how amazingly photogenic they are and read all about their special day coming up on December 15th!


How long have you been together?

We are from the same hometown in Marion, IL and started dating our Junior year of high school.  Life took us our separate ways for a little while in college but we ended up re-connecting towards the end of college and the rest is history 🙂

Share one of your favorite dates.

Every fall Chris and I go to Eckerts to pick pumpkins and apples then go to the Loading Dock in Alton, IL for dinner and drinks on their patio. It is something we started doing a few years ago that has become one of our favorite fall traditions!


When did you know they were the one?

Katie: I knew Chris was the one when I moved to St. Louis after graduating from Nursing School to be closer to him while he was in dental school. It was a time full of a lot of changes and stress in my life with living in a new city and just starting out as a new nurse on night shift but through it all Chris was the one who made me feel the most comfortable and at ease. He could always comfort me and I knew that as long as we were together everything else would fall in place.

Chris: I think that part of me has always known since high school that Katie and I were meant to be together but we definitely took our time getting engaged. When I moved to Alton, IL for dental school, Katie and I had to hold a long distance relationship from Alton to Murray, KY. When we were apart for that year and a half it was hard, to say the least, but I think during that time I realized how much happier I was when Katie was with me. After she moved to STL I knew that she was the only person I could ever see myself spending the rest of my life with!


How did he pop the question?

We have been engaged since July 15, 2017! Chris told me that he had planned a date for us for the day and then had made a dinner reservation for us that night so that I needed to be ready in the afternoon and to wear something nice. He took me to The Hill to eat for lunch (my favorite food of all time is pasta!) and then we went to the Botanical Gardens. We had never been to the Gardens before so we were just walking around looking at everything when he led me down a little path out of the way of everything. I kept telling him I didn’t understand why we were going down that way because there weren’t any flowers back there! To my surprise he took me under this gazebo with beautiful greenery all around and proposed! He had somebody there who was taking our picture the entire time and then we walked around the gardens and took a few more pictures! I was so surprised! He then told me he had one more thing for us to do and we drove to Ballpark Village. I was really confused at this point but when we walked in all of my family, his family, and our closest friends were there to celebrate! It was the perfect day!

Was the proposal a surprise?

Yes! It was a complete surprise! I thought we would get engaged after he had graduated Dental School the following May. 

What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Katie: My favorite thing about Chris is the way that he makes me laugh and can make me feel less stressed just by being around. His kindness and carefree personality make me a better person.

Chris: Definitely the way she scrunches her nose when she laughs. Just laughing with Katie in general is my favorite thing!


How do you envision your wedding day?

We envision a very happy day surrounded by our closest family and our friends from all walks of life. We want our day to be all about the love that we share and a celebration of our new life together.

How did you decide on your venue?

We wanted a venue that felt small and intimate while being able to accommodate our large guest list and when we found Silver Oaks it was that and more! It felt very cozy and warm while also being elegant. We immediately knew this is where we wanted to get married! The only date they had available for the 2018 year was December 15th so we went with it



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

Yes! Chris’s family always sings the song, “My Girl” to the bride at every family wedding.  Katie is already sweating thinking about it.

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

Katie: I’m looking forward to spending the day surrounded by all the love of our family and friends and the Hot Chocolate Bar 🙂

Chris: Making Katie feel awkward by trying to dance with her all night. I also am just really looking forward to having both of our families in one place to celebrate!


Stay tuned for December 15th for all the fun and celebration!

PC: Courtney Smith Photography

Jake & Sarah: Engaged

Sarah & Jake will be tying the knot on November 17th at The McPherson venue in the Central West End. These two have been together for four years as of September 17th and they are excited for the next chapter and celebrating with family & friends! Read below for their story and pictures taken by Michelle Marie Photographie.


How did you meet?

We met online on OkCupid. After several messages back & forth we agreed to meet in person at Kirkwood Station Brewing Company. We enjoyed a night of each other’s company with the Cardinals playing in the background & sipping on pumpkin beer.

Share one of your favorite dates.

Honestly any time that I spend with Jake is my favorite – from a night in cooking dinner then cuddling on the couch to watching a movie to fancy events out on the town. My favorite date probably includes our first visit to Eckert’s during the fall. See the response below but on the way home that’s when I started picturing our future together.


When did you know he/she was the one?

On our way back from one of my favorite fall activities of visiting Eckert’s- he was driving I looked over at him with the sun shining, windows down, music up on the radio (perfect fall day) & realized I finally had someone to do everything & nothing with all at the same time.

How did he pop the question?

I’ve always said 11:11 make a wish and knew 11.11.17 fell on a Saturday but when Jake hadn’t proposed, I knew that date had come and gone for our wedding. We had multiple events planned that Saturday- his brothers birthday, my cousins kids birthday, and then trivia with his friends. He got me to his family farm by saying it was a birthday party for his brother. He had gotten out of the car to close the gate to the farm and he came around to the passenger side of the car. He asked if I trusted him and then surprised me by blindfolding me at the base of the farm. He led me to the front of the barn, got down on one knee, and asked. He had a sign and pumpkins and someone taking pictures. All my favorite things! My parents and some of his family were at the top of the farm to celebrate and then had the whole day of events to tell people in person.

Was the proposal a surprise?

We had looked at rings months prior so I knew & was hoping it would happen sooner rather than later. With the significance of the date I had a slight suspicion but it was a surprise!


What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?

Jake says my good-natured heart is his favorite thing about me. For me, I have several things that I love about Jake. His willingness to help those closest to him in times of need, the love he has for his family, & that he’s a jack of all trades (chef, woodworking, cars, even piecing together parts from dryers to make a working one) are just some of the many reasons I love him.


How did you decide on your venue?

After visiting several venues, we toured the McPherson and it checked off most items on my spreadsheet. With it being a newer venue I liked that none of our friends/ family had weddings there before & every detail was thought of in planning. I loved the convenience for guests, including the location in the Central West End. It had the simple but elegant vibe I wanted without much need for decoration and the bridal suite to get ready in that morning won me over.

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

We are both excited to call each other husband & wife, finally! Soaking in all the special moments celebrating with our friends & family.


Stay tuned for next Saturday’s big event!