Dreaming of a White Wedding: Erin & Brent
Two St. Louis couples tie the knot in the heart of winter and their big days are an oh-so romantic winter wonderland.
Ever since she started dreaming of her wedding day, Erin Brunetto knew exactly when she wanted to have it: in the winter. “I felt like I could do something a little more formal in the winter, and because everyone leans toward spring/summer, I figured it would be unique,” she says.
Fortunately, her groom, Brent Krempges, didnt think twice about tying the knot in frigid temps. The coupleset up by a mutual friendwent on their first date in the winter of 2005catching Annie at the Fox Theatre and then driving around the city to look at Christmas lights.
Four years later, Brent surprised Erin with a springtime proposal in Kirkwood Park. After a bicycle ride, Brent got down on one knee and told her he had invited their families to Erins house for an engagement party BBQ.
The next time everyone gathered for the couples January 9, 2010 wedding, the thermostat barely rose above single digits. “It was 10 degrees at the time we got married, and 3 degrees when we took pictures outside in the morning,” Erin says. Nonetheless, the big day turned out flawless from start to finishbeautifully blending the magic of wintertime and the couples love for each other.
The Bride: Erin Brunetto, 27, Business Analyst for Anheuser-Busch
The Groom: Brent Krempges, 28, Business Intelligence Specialist for LaserBand, LLC
The Ceremony: Erin wanted an evening ceremony, so the early sunsets of January played in her favor for planning. With its grand chandeliers and towering arched windows, the already striking interior of the couples church, Manchester United Methodist Church, needed little embellishment.
The reception: Continuing the cozy atmosphere at the ceremony, the couple kept the lights dim at the quaint reception sitethe Forest Park Visitors Center at the Lindell Pavilion.
The Fare: A chilly winter day called for a hearty meal. Catering St. Louis (cateringstlouis.com, 314.961.7588) delivered just that, starting with a plentiful first-course puff pastry tart followed by chicken breast stuffed with a spinach mousse and Gorgonzola cheese. Later in the evening, they presented a special late-night snack: 250 White Castle hamburgers served on silver platters.
The Dress: The epitome of cool-weather chic, Erin accented her deep-V, ruffle-top halter gown from Brides by Demetrios (demetriosbride.com, 314.721.7400) with chunky jewelry and a black-sequined cardigan from J.Crew.
The Florals: In the spirit of the season, Rich West of RW Designs (richwestdesigns.com, 314.540.0228) went entirely with white flowers. Centerpieces altered between tall vases topped with clouds of babys breath and smaller vases wrapped in black-and-white striped ribbon and filled with white hydrangeas. White wreaths hung by black-and-white striped ribbons on the Lindell Pavilions arched windows perfectly suited Erins desire for elegant yet understated decor. “I wanted to play off of the winter theme,” says Erin, who outlawed seasonal standby decorations like icicles and snowflakes.
The Stationery: Simple shimmery white save the dates and invites with a contemporary flair by Vellum (velluminc.com, 314.909.1640) in Kirkwood established the winter theme without overdoing it. Black-and-white striped bows decorated the programs.
The Cake: Wedding Wonderland (weddingwonderlandcakes.com, 314.837.5015)
Erin and Brent
Their White Wedding
Photo credit: Photos by Switzerfilm