A Meant-To-Be Marriage

By Kristin Stefek Brashares
In Culture, Feature

Inseparable high school sweethearts tied the knot in traditional fashion.

 

Long-distance relationships aren’t always known to last, but this couple beat the odds with an unbreakable bond that started when they were teenagers. When Bradley went to college in Indiana, and Tiffany stayed back in St. Louis, they continued to date—logging lots of miles on their cars and racking up hefty phone bills. Soon after graduation, Bradley popped the question in front of Tiffany’s entire family during a New Year’s Eve party.

The Big Day: With towering ceilings and endless rows of pews, the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood proved the perfect fit for the couple’s gigantic guest list and desire for a grand ceremony. Tiffany tracked down the original score for a song from one of her favorite movies, One Night with the King, and a string quartet replicated the tune for her walk down the aisle. With Joel Marion Photography (636.861.2400) on hand to capture the ceremony and every moment, the couple exchanged vows on May 30 against a beautiful backdrop of stained-glass windows.

The Dress: Tiffany fulfilled her lifelong wedding-day dream of becoming a princess bride with the help of a barely-fit-through-the door beaded-bodice dress from Maiden Voyage Bridal (636.394.5858). One and a half inches taller than Bradley, she traded heels for white, silver-sequined, slip-on Sketchers tennis shoes from DSW, so she wouldn’t tower over him.

The Party: Guests gathered at the Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center—the same place Tiffany’s parents hosted their wedding reception 30 years ago. An in-house caterer served delicious dishes of chicken, pork tenderloin, scalloped potatoes and veggies, and St. Louis radio personality Dodie Rahlmann, owner of Celebrate Disc Jockey Service (636.928.7400), packed the dance floor.

The Flowers: Tiffany unleashed her penchant for the color purple into her cascading calla-lily bouquet and the hydrangea-heavy centerpiece florals from Bozzay Florist (314.965.4838).

The Rings: The Shane Company (314.968.9700) soldered Tiffany’s wedding band and antique-style engagement ring.

The Cake: Simple but striking, a pearlized ribbon delicately decorated each layer of the stark-white, five-tiered wedding cake from McArthur’s Bakery (314.894.0900).

Special Touch: ChapStick party favors labeled with the couple’s names and a love note played off Tiffany and her father’s professions in orthodontics.

 

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Photo credit: Joel Marion Photography

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