Companions for Life

By Kate Allen
In Feature, Style

A casual breakfast at Companion Bakery united lovers for life.

 

When St. Louis natives Meghan Brown and Keith Myers met for a casual breakfast at Companion in 2009, they had no idea theyd be embarking on forever. Throughout their courtship, Keith was a perfect gentleman; Meghan wasnt accustomed to having car doors opened for her or a jacket around her to keep her warm, but it was definitely something she could get used to. Chivalry was a plus, but it was one specific sacrifice Keith made for her that really sealed the deal. Even though flying is his least favorite thing to do, Keith boarded a four-hour flight to California to meet Meghans best friend. Needless to say, she wasnt the only one he won over on that trip.

Just over a year later, the happy couple was enjoying the opening night of Hamlet at the Forest Park Shakespeare Festival. It was admittedly a pretty solemn night at the theater considering the excitement that was to follow. As the couple made their way back through the parking lot, Meghan paused at the top of Art Hill and thought what a beautiful spot this would be for a proposal. As if unknowingly on cue, Keith dropped to one knee and gave her the performance of a lifetime. After shouting, “Are you for real?” about a half dozen times, an over-the-moon Meghan accepted. Following the big question, the couple stopped a few passersby for a photo, and then made their way to the mother of the bride-to-bes home for an impromptu celebration.

Musical Matrimony

The couples musical interests played a huge role in their relationship, as well as their “I Do” moment. Keith, a music buff, helped sculpt Meghans musical tastes, treating her to numerous concerts and exposing her to new genreswhich explains the announcement of their nuptials on a record-shaped Save the Date. They also surprised guests by exiting the Faith Des Peres Presbyterian Church to the The Beatles classic, “Here Comes the Sun,” played by the Rosewood Ensemble string quartet. The music thumped well into the night as Boogiechyld rocked the Coronado reception with wedding favorites and slowed it down for the couples first dance to “Swept Away” by the Avett Brothers.

Surreal Deal

Meghan was a down-to-earth bride. She found her dress sans stressa La Sposa gown, accented by a gorgeous belt, headpiece and veil, which served as her “something new” for the day. But, she also came complete with things “old” and “borrowed.” She proudly wore a ring, containing her grandmothers engagement stone, as well as a garter adorned with her sorority badge, borrowed from her day-of coordinator. As she stood in the back of the church preparing to walk down the aisle, she experienced her favorite moment of the day: She realized that the moment she had waited for her whole life was here. So, she wiped the tears from her eyes, and walked down the aisle toward her loving groom.

Toast with the Most

With sizable families and a large bridal party, Meghan and Keith had no shortage of heartwarming toasts on their big day. After receiving gorgeous Vera Wang toasting flutes from Meghans aunt, as well as a traditional hand-etched pair from Keiths uncle, the couple found themselves raising their glasses on multiple occasions throughout their three-course dinner service.

Midnight Snack

The staff at the Coronado Ballroom outdid themselves with passed hors doeuvres, a bountiful plated dinner and plenty of cocktails. Later in the evening, Keith and Meghan kept the party going strong with a late-night pretzel station. In addition to the main attraction of warm pretzel sticks, the buffet was well-stocked with cheese sauce, honey mustard and chocolate fondue for dippinga sweet and fulfilling end to an unforgettable evening.

 

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Meghan Brown & Keith Myers

Meghan Brown & Keith Myers

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Photo credit: Photos by Angela Brewer and Brian Schmittgens of Todd Studios Photography

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