An Intimate Affair

By Sheniqua Faulkner
In Culture, Feature

A simple and elegant wedding beautifully united this young couple in matrimony.

 

The Couple: Sarah Shapiro, 21, full-time student at Miami International University of Art and Design for Fashion Merchandising, and Liran Mizrahi, 26, Locksmith

When Sarah Shapiro first met Liran Mizrahi in 2008 during a Halloween party at a bar on South Beach, she wasn’t particularly impressed by his kitten costume (she was dressed as a football player). However, when the two ran into each other two weeks later, Sarah says she was taken by how funny and handsome Liran was. “We exchanged phone numbers and ever since then, we’ve been inseparable,” says Sarah.

One day, while eating dinner—Sarah’s signature chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans—Liran looked up from his plate and confidently asked Sarah if she would marry him. “Our proposal story isn’t as elaborate as most couples,” says Sarah. “It was more of an understanding that we wanted to be together forever. I never really expected to get married, especially at my age, but with him, it seemed natural to say ‘yes.'”

The Ceremony: Sarah and Liran first exchanged vows in July 2009 during a courthouse ceremony. Then on December 26, 2009, the two had a second intimate ceremony at the St. Louis’ Artists’ Guild (stlouisartistsguild.org, 314.727.6266), a renovated stone mansion overlooking beautiful Oak Knoll Park in Clayton. Sarah’s grandfather officiated the ceremony as 60 guests looked on. Lucky You Productions  (luckyyoustl.com, 314.210.7764) carried out the wedding planning, ceremony, reception and floral design and the day was captured by Jonathan Pollack (jpollackphoto.com). “Lucky You was amazing,” says Sarah. “Because we live in Miami, it was nice to have someone there to help my parents put together all the smaller details that we couldn’t be there for.”

The Cake: Keeping true with the wedding’s elegant simplicity, the couple chose a raspberry and white chocolate cheesecake from Hank’s Cheesecakes (hankscheesecakes.com, 314.781.0300). Each of the cake’s three square tiers were wrapped in champagne ribbon and the top featured a beautiful arrangement of delicate blue hydrangeas that matched Sarah’s bouquet.

The Dress: Sarah didn’t try on a single dress in the hunt for her wedding gown. She found her cocktail-length, champagne-colored Sue Wong dress on Bloomingdales’ website. “I didn’t want anything that looked too much like a wedding dress; I wanted it to look like something I would wear. I wanted it to stay true to who I am.” The dress’ intricately beaded bodice flowed into a skirt of cascading petal-like ruffles. Sarah paired the fashion-forward look with equally chic metallic sandals.

The Celebration: Before the reception, which was also held at the Artists’ Guild, a cocktail hour allowed guests to mingle before dinner. In a room adjacent to the ceremony room, 10 tables were set up for a delicious dinner provided by Catering St. Louis (cateringstlouis.com, 314.961.7588). “We had a buffet that included juicy beef medallions, sautéed chicken…everything was amazing,” says Sarah. “I just wish I had been a guest so I wasn’t so nervous. Then I could’ve eaten more!” During dinner, the ceremony room was converted into a dance floor, and DJ Brian Lewin from Millennium Music (milleniummusic.net, 314.918.9335) kept guests grooving all evening.

 

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Photo credit: Photo by Jonathan Pollack

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