A Match Made In Heaven
With a little help from friends and family, this St. Louis couple pulled off a big day, made their way.
When Laura Cushing discovered the perfect church in The Lou after moving from Florida, she never imagined the perfect guy would come along with it. She met Will Stern through one of his nine brothers and sisters, and the two instantly clicked. Will proposed just seven months later after he secretly asked Laura’s father for permission during a trip to her parents’ house in Florida. The couple kept the wedding simple but elegant and put the focus not only on their love for each other, but also the people that brought them together.
The Big Day
The couple tied the knot in the place they met—Destiny Church of St. Louis, where Will’s brother, Jim, is the lead pastor. Laura walked down the aisle to a recording of one of Will’s little brother’s piano songs, and Will’s father Phil, the apostolic pastor, officiated the November 9, 2008 nuptials. Will’s brother, sister and a friend of the couple sang worship songs. Adornments in the wedding colors—chocolate brown and sage with gold accents (a favorite hue of the bride)—set the tone for the fall-focused affair.
Laura Cushing, 22, Independent Consultant for Arbonne, and Will Stern, 28, International Creative Director of Destiny Church of St. Louis.
Not the princess-y type, Laura outlawed froufrou and opted for an elegant, low-frill, formfitting Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner gown from I Do I Do Bridal (636.536.9950). The bridesmaids donned full-length chocolate-brown halter dresses glammed up with gold shoes and dressy scarves and gloves from H&M (314.821.7767), Laura’s favorite store.
Laura went white all the way with a bouquet of roses, orchids and carnations from River City Floral Source (636.441.0600) in the traditional bridal color.
The week before the wedding, Will performed and recorded the vocals and instrumentals for the couple’s first-dance song—a tribute to his love for Laura.
River City Catering and Banquets (636.939.3555) delivered a delectable buffet-style spread with chicken pasta primavera as the premier dish. Heavenly Homemade (314.753.7166), a bakery run by a friend of the bride, whipped up a completely chocolate cake decorated with chocolate swirls and sticks.
A graphic designer for a living, Will crafted custom-made invites with a picture of the couple posing in a sunflower filled park.
Will had a jeweler at Zales (314.966.0411) transform a princess-cut setting to an emerald cut to give Laura’s ring a custom touch.
The Foundry Art Centre (foundryartcentre.org)—an old train car factory beautifully rehabbed into a two-story art gallery on the riverbank in St. Charles’ historic Frenchtown district— suited the creative couple’s desire for a contemporary
venue. White drapes dotted with decorative lights swept across the ceiling to set off the dining area. Clusters of long-stemmed flowers and fall-colored feathers shot out of glass vases in the centers of the tables, a breathtaking scene captured by Warwick Photography (314. 962.3222, warwickphotography.com).
Photo credit: Warwick Photography