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A local couple showcased their shared passion for architecture and Art Deco for their Novermber nuptials


Meagan Tyrrell and Jeff Vines’ first encounter reads like a script out of a romantic film. Having met at The Royale, Jeff and Meagan had, what they call, an instant connection— the kind of love-at-first-sight attraction more commonly seen in movies. From their first date at Duff’s Restaurant through their six-month courtship, Meagan and Jeff bonded over their mutual love of architecture, art and the city they call home—a theme that would soon play into their future nuptials. On the eve of a weekend getaway to New Orleans, Jeff popped the question in front of the magnificent homes on Pershing Place, a favorite walking route for the couple. Soon after their engagement, Meagan spent the next six months planning their Art Deco-themed November nuptials, a motif that captured the couple’s personal style and shared interests in their most intimate glory.

The Ring
Rather than a traditional white diamond, Meagan and Jeff opted for an unconventional engagement ring, reflecting their unique, vintage-inspired tastes. A thin, white-gold band holds a single white pearl surrounded by two garnets. “The ring is our birthstones: His is pearl and mine is garnet, so we decided to go a different route that was more meaningful for us instead of a typical diamond,” Meagan explains.

The Dress
To showcase her personal style, Meagan wanted a wedding dress that was simple and elegant, as well as easy and fun to wear. A self-proclaimed lover of lace, Meagan went on a mission to find the perfect lace gown for her big day and fell in love with a pearl-white Maggie Sottero gown from Clarice’s Bridal Fashions on Hampton Avenue. Staying true to her theme, Meagan accented her strapless lace gown with an Art Deco broach that highlighted the soft lace and further emphasized her artistic style.

The Reception
To capture their wedding’s artfully elegant theme, Jeff and Meagan searched for a venue that was high on design but low on stress. Windows on Washington Downtown proved to be the perfect spot to hold both the ceremony and reception, thanks to its original turn-of-the-century architecture and elegant interiors. “We have a lot of out-of-town friends and family, and we definitely wanted them to see the city at its best,” Jeff says. “The views were amazing; we could see the Arch and the whole city skyline.”

The Details
They say everything’s in the details, and for Jeff and Meagan, this couldn’t be more true. Opting to plan the wedding without a wedding planner, Meagan took it upon herself to make sure no detail was left undone. For everything from the dinner menu to the invitations, Meagan designed Art Deco-themed cards featuring her blue and silver color scheme and 1930s aesthetic. Even the table numbers took a cue from the designated decade, featuring Art Deco designs and photographs of 1930s architecture.

The Flowers
Meagan wanted a bouquet that reflected her structured design aesthetic, yet was still wedding appropriate. She chose white calla lilies, blue privets and delphiniums as the bouquet flowers for her and her bridesmaids, and calla lilies alone graced the tables as simple and elegant centerpieces.

Memories to last a lifetime
When asked about their favorite wedding day memory, Jeff and Meagan both agreed the closing song and dance was something they will never forget. After most of the 200 guests had left, Meagan, Jeff and their closest friends and family members huddled in a circle and danced to The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.”

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1500_563.jpgMeagan Tyrrell, 35, Applications Professor at Washington University, and Jeff Vines, 32, Co-owner of STL-Style.com

1501_563.jpgArt-Deco themed wedding cake featuring blue and silver color scheme

1504_563.jpgBride’s bouquet of white calla lilies, blue privets, and delphiniums

1506_563.jpgArt-Deco themed wedding cake featuring blue and silver color scheme


Photo credit: Photos by Brea Photography

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