A Laissez-Faire Affair

 In Feature, Style

From a classic Catholic ceremony to J. Bucks to watch the game, this couple followed family traditions while adding a few of their own.


The Couple
Megan Smith, 26, Accountant for PwC & Matthew Rossi, 31, National Account Manager for Miller-Coors

Megan Rossi wasn’t like other brides. A self-professed “non-girly girl,” she knew she didn’t want a big fairytale wedding—she just “wanted to be married to Matthew.” And when it came time for the big day, the couple’s greatest accomplishment was staying true to themselves.

Megan, a St. Louis native, first locked eyes with Matthew while studying at Indiana University in Bloomington. They moved to separate cities after college, but the distance soon became unbearable, and they reunited in Chicago. While
their love was red-hot, the proposal was not: Christmastime, outdoors, in the Windy City. But with chattering teeth, Megan said “yes,” and the planning soon began.

As if planning a wedding wasn’t enough, a month before they were set to walk down the aisle, the couple relocated to Dallas and bought a house. They handled the move, new jobs and closing on a home so deftly, it’s no wonder they took on a laid-back attitude for the big day. Unconcerned with the pomp and circumstance of a lavish affair, they were committed to having a traditional St. Louis wedding that was both simple and classic—with a few personal twists.

The Ceremony
The bride-to-be knew she wanted to follow in her family’s footsteps and walk down the aisle of The Old Cathedral—just like her parents had three decades earlier. In fact, Megan had her heart so set on the venue that she booked it for two separate dates before settling on the one that worked best.

The Vows
During the ceremony, the couple exchanged simple “I dos.” But at the reception, Megan and Matthew showed their sense of humor by displaying a placard with Matthew’s informal “vows.” Some of the promises Matthew made included: “Never critique her driving,” and perhaps most importantly, “When her friends come over, never count the number of empty wine bottles.”

The Half-Time Break
For many couples, the time between the wedding and reception is spent snapping photos and preparing for the big celebration to come. But Matthew, a die-hard Nebraska football fan, knew the day would need to include a celebration of his beloved team when their wedding day ended up coinciding with the big Nebraska-Mizzou game. After the ceremony, the couple dutifully headed to Lafayette Park for traditional wedding party photos. But after an hour of snaps, they ditched tradition and headed to J. Buck’s to catch the end of the game and cheer on the Cornhuskers.

The Reception
With Kemoll’s stunning view of the Arch, the couple kept the reception space simple and elegant with a gentle wine theme. Corks served as place cards and wine bottles displayed table numbers. When it came to beverages, some locals might think it sacrilege to get married in St. Louis and not serve Anheuser-Busch products. But the groom, who works for MillerCoors, thought it would be blasphemous to serve anything but his company’s brews. The ever-accommodating Kemoll’s obliged, and there wasn’t a Bud Light in sight.

The Photos
With all the posing and positioning, taking photos can be a tiresome part of the day. But for Megan and Matthew, it was one of their favorite moments. Between cocktails and dinner, photographer Joel Marion stole the couple away to the quiet streets of Downtown for a little alone time. Marion captured intimate shots of the couple against the stunning backdrop of the Arch, which gave them a chance to relax and let the happy memories of their big day soak in.








Photo credit: Photos by Joel Marion

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