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Artistic and gourmet touches abound at this lavishly catered union.


The Couple Alexis Cosse, 39, Sr. Vice President, CAO of the Financial Services Group at Wells Fargo Advisors & Erik Karanik, 42, Managing Director, National Director of Operations, Private Client Group at Wells Fargo Advisors

Alexis and Erik Karanik are no strangers to entertaining. About every six weeks, the couple hosts a themed dinner party for both family and friends. They enjoy cooking and dining together, but for more formal in-home soirees, they call in the big guns. More often than not, they use Chef John at Entre Underground, so it was only natural that they selected the well-known caterer for their most important party to date—their wedding. This couple’s mutual appreciation for the culinary arts is no coincidence—much of their courtship was spent perusing local restaurants in search of outstanding cuisine. Their first “official” date was at Frazer’s, where the fellow foodies first fell in love. Alexis and Erik’s ultimate mission was to create a warm and inviting environment—not unlike that of their in-home dinner parties. And, they stayed true to their entertaining philosophy in creating an elegant, yet comfortable affair.

The pair wanted to showcase their heritage in the food they selected. The groom’s family is Italian and the bride’s family is both French and Italian. So, Italian fare with Creole fl air served as inspiration for the eclectic menu. Even the centerpieces were inspired by food, using artichokes, apples, grapes and other culinary textures to spice up the table arrangements. For those who truly appreciate food as art, the menu read like poetry. A charcuterie board was accompanied by a selection of light nibbles such as oyster po-boy bruschetta made with fried oysters, pepper jelly and smoked lavash. The elaborate cocktail menu was followed by three meticulously executed courses, including such delicacies as Missouri freshwater prawn shooters served with spaghetti alla bottarga. Dessert followed suit with a creative selection of four taste-tempting options, including a gourmet spin on a St. Louis classic—gooey butter cake with blackberry gastrique. As if that wasn’t enough, a hot dog cart serving “designer” dogs capped off the evening.

In lieu of traditional wedding favors, Alexis and Erik celebrated their love of cooking by creating a custom cookbook for their guests. In addition to sharing their favorite recipes, the couple also included personal stories and anecdotes about the times they’ve shared in the kitchen. To the delight of guests, the reception’s main course (stuffed lamb saddle and porchetta-style pork shoulder) was also featured in the cookbook.

The bride and groom wowed their guests with a ceremony at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. It was actually the first time a ceremony had been held in “the round”—a request that their wedding planner, Cosmopolitan Events, was delighted to be able to fulfill. An equally stunning reception was held at the Contemporary Art Museum, which further complemented their artistic take on traditional “I Dos.”

The groom wanted a unique ring that was truly symbolic of their relationship, so Erik embarked on a solo journey to find the perfect one. After much consideration, he purchased a custom-designed multi-stone bauble created by the couple’s friend, jeweler Adam Foster of Adam Foster Fine Art Jewelry. He carried it around for two weeks, just waiting to find the right moment to pop the question.

When it was time to shop for a dress, Alexis knew she wanted something designed to complement her specific sense of style and creativity. She opted to forgo the traditional princess aesthetic, and instead chose to have something custom made. The result was a chic silver dress, constructed with a removable lower panel that took Alexis from ceremony to reception with ease. The dress was handmade by Connie Simpson at R&M Designs, and looked stunning with the strappy Manolo Blahnik sandals and bouquet by Fleurish that Alexis selected for her big day



Alexis Cosse, 39 & Erik Karanik, 42

Alexis Cosse, 39 & Erik Karanik, 42








Photo credit: Jon Koch

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