Better Together

After years spent apart, this STL couple makes sure they never have to be long-distance again.

 

THE BRIDE: Megan Brink, 25, Coffeehouse Manager
THE GROOM: Phil Voissem, 28, Dental Student

THEIR STORY As a freshman at SLU, Megan Brink hung out almost daily at Phil Voissem’s apartment with her friends and his roommates—just never while Phil was actually there. They finally met, thanks to one of her future bridesmaids, just before he graduated and moved to Wisconsin. Still, the couple built a relationship over hour-long phone conversations before bed each night, and after just three months together, Phil knew that Megan was a keeper.

Fast forward to 2011, and the couple had been dating long-distance for four and a half years. To celebrate Phil’s acceptance into dental school (and to finally spend some time together in the same place), they booked a two-week trip to Iceland. Megan says that everyone except her had guessed that Phil would propose on the trip.

On their third day in Iceland, they made their favorite meal for breakfast, and—because one of their friends had recently gotten engaged—started joking about the worst ways to propose. Megan’s idea, proposing to Phil with a dolphin ring that played music, sparked laughs. Phil’s idea didn’t turn out to be so bad after all. He told her that he would begin by letting her know this was the 46th Wednesday they’d spent together—mid-week reunions were rare for the couple who lived hours apart. That got Megan’s attention. He went on to say that he’d known since three months into their relationship that she was the girl he would marry. Next, he told her, he’d need a ring—at which point he ran to the bedroom to grab a tiny box. He got down on one knee, and through happy tears Megan said “yes.”

COCKTAIL CASUAL Megan and Phil wanted a relaxed cocktail party atmosphere for their wedding day. After an intimate ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton, guests moved to NEO for the reception. The modern space was decorated with a color scheme of light grey and white with yellow accents. Tall monobloom floral arrangements with white orchids filled the space without overpowering it, and chevron patterns added a clean, modern touch to the chairs, tablecloths and favors.

CREATIVE CREPES The newlyweds didn’t want their guests to feel like they were glued to their chairs for the whole reception, so almost all of the food was passed by butlers. Guests could also visit three different sweet and savory crepe stations—in honor of the breakfast the couple was having when Phil proposed.

FAMILY AFFAIR Keeping family involved in their special day was very important to Megan and Phil. The bridal party included Megan’s sisters and Phil’s brother, and their spouses served as ushers and readers. Megan’s brother was serving with the Marines in Afghanistan at the time, but he still had a presence in their wedding day as an honorary groomsman. Megan wrapped his dog tags around her bouquet as her “something borrowed,” and talked with him before she walked down the aisle and after the reception—the only two times during his deployment they were able to speak.

UNPLUGGED To add to the casual feel of the day, the reception featured an acoustic band playing classics and new favorites. Guests could dance if they wanted, but conversations weren’t overpowered by blasting tunes. For their first dance, the couple chose Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” They had searched for “their song” for years, but didn’t find it until their trip to Iceland. While driving the Ring Road during a long summer sunset, the song came on the radio and they knew right away it was the one.

 

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BRINK & VOISSEM WEDDING

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Cake time at Brink & Voissem Wedding

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Table Decor at Brink & Voissem Wedding

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Holding hands before wedding

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Chalkboard Menu

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yellow wedding cake

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First Dance

 

Photo credit: Tru Studio Design

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