Real Weddings: A Perfect Match

By Kristin Stefek Brashares
In Feature, Style

In a fabulous fall affair, this nature-loving duo channeled a bit of the very thing that led them to the altar: the outdoors.

 

Breanne and Mike lived across the street from each other for years in college, but they didn’t meet until their senior year when mutual friends introduced them. Smitten right from the start, they soon found themselves inseparable. After graduation, he moved to D.C., and she went to Chicago. When they could no longer bear the distance between them, he moved to Chicago in March 2008. They had ventured to an outdoor museum of trees—the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL—eight months later when Mike (25, Analyst for McDonald’s Corporation) decided to make it official. Waiting for the right moment to present itself, he seized the opportunity to get down on one knee after spotting a sign for selecting the right landscape shrubbery that read, “Finding your perfect match.”

The Vows: Breanne (25, recruitment specialist at Kustom Seating Unlimited) knew exactly where she wanted to have the ceremony: Eden United Church of Christ in Edwardsville, the same place her parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles tied the knot.

The Party: A cocktail hour with a pianist and pomegranate martinis kicked off the reception at The Westin St. Louis (314.621.2000), and live music by Arvell and Company (314.721.9090) capped off the celebration.

THE FARE: Many of the 200 guests raved about the Westin’s food stations at dinner. The favorite: a “mashed potini” bar featuring mashed potatoes in martini glasses and a selection of popular toppings. Out-of-towners got to try Breanne’s favorite taste of St. Louis: toasted ravioli.

The Cake: A champagne ribbon matching the one on Breanne’s dress wrapped around the bottom of the four-tiered cake by Sugaree Baking Company (314.645.5496), and a burgundy rose splashed a bit of color.

The Decor: The bride’s and bridesmaids’ bouquets—artfully assembled by The Rebel Florist (314.962.3232) with brightly colored roses and fall foliage—doubled as decorative pieces at the head table. Amber lighting cast a beautiful glow overhead and created a twig-shaped shadow design on one of the reception-room walls.

 

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Breanne Bourisaw & Mike Kasprzyk October 24, 2009

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Photo credit: By Morgan Matters, Morgan Matters Photography

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