License to Wed

By Mary Poppell
In Feature, Food

Community service leads to love and an urban fairytale wedding for two stunning brides

 

The Brides:
Celia Carroll, Attorney
Lindsay Smith, Tennis Pro

Their Story
When Celia Caroll and Lindsay Smith met on a Habitat for Humanity trip during their college years at Trinity University in San Antonio, an instant friendship formed between the two undergrad students. Neither of them expected a romantic relationship to blossom, but as time went on, the pair realized a spark had been there from the beginning. After graduating, Lindsay, an Oklahoma native, decided to join Celia in her hometown of St. Louis. Their relationship continued to grow, and after nine years together, the two finally decided to tie the knot. To celebrate their engagement, Celia and Lindsay headed to their favorite St. Louis restaurant, Wild Flower in the Central West End, for a quiet dinner before sharing the exciting news with family and friends.

First Things First
With both women working full-time jobs, Celia as a lawyer and Lindsay as a tennis pro, planning a wedding was an arduous task. But, with the steadfast attention of both families, they managed to pull off their fairytale wedding. As it is for many brides, their primary concern was the dress, followed closely by the rings. Lindsay ultimately decided on a classic white suit from Ann Taylor while Celia chose a stunning Lela Rose gown from Bella Bridesmaid in Town & Country. Because Celia isn’t a huge fan of jewelry, shopping for rings proved a little more challenging. After browsing countless local jewelers, though, a set of sensational diamond bands from The Shane Company caught the eyes of the newly engaged couple.

Making a Statement
As a same-sex couple, Lindsay and Celia wanted to advocate the equality of gay couples and their right to marry. This message was proudly positioned in their wedding program and provided the overall inspiration for their big day. A week before their wedding celebration in St. Louis, Celia and Lindsay made the trip up to Iowa to get legally married. During their hometown ceremony with family and friends, they incorporated a new tradition called ring warming, in which the timeless bands were passed around to all of their guests. As the rings made their way through the crowd, guests were invited to say a silent prayer or blessing for the newlywed couple. The mothers of the brides also participated in an intimate unity candle lighting, which signified the sacred union of the couple.

Family Focused
Celia and Lindsay owe much of the success of their wedding to their supportive and actively involved families. Both sides aided the brides with almost every aspect of their wedding, from the major to minor details of the celebration. Celia’s cousin took care of the invitations while the mothers assumed responsibility for designing the flower arrangements, including Celia’s elegant bouquet carried during the ceremony. With the help of the two newly united families, Celia and Lindsay were able to have the wedding they always dreamed of — and then some.

Candy Girls
In addition to a bountiful and eclectic buffet-style spread provided by With Love Catering, the brides also chose an astounding four wedding cakes to satisfy every guest’s craving. The cakes, baked by Sweet Art in Tower Grove, included red velvet cake and Hummingbird cake, a southern classic made with pineapple, banana and pecans. But, the sweet satisfaction didn’t stop there. Celia and Lindsay, both avid candy-lovers, also provided an opulent candy bar with all of their favorite selections.

Belles of the Ball
Choosing a venue for their big day was an easy task. A few years prior, the women attended a party at the Rialto Ballroom in Midtown and became absolutely enthralled with the space’s inviting atmosphere and open balcony. After an intimate wedding ceremony accompanied by a string quartet, guests moved inside to an elegant dining room splendidly decorated with a gray, navy and yellow color scheme. During the dinner, Celia and Lindsay’s siblings offered a toast to the newlyweds, each relaying humorous stories about the couple, much to the delight of their guests. The space was then transformed into a dance floor, where Lindsay and Celia danced their first dance to John Hiatt’s “Have a Little Faith in Me.” The live DJ then kept the beats going into the wee hours of the night.

 

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Celia Caroll & Lindsay Smith

 

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