Real Weddings: Formal & Fabulous

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A well-known St. Louis couple’s black-tie affair to remember.


Marcie Epstein and David Siteman Garland didn’t think much of their first encounter during a casual dinner with their respective dates at The Drunken Fish in the Central West End. But after the newly single David and Marcie kept bumping into each other, Marcie decided to take their chance encounters to the next level and asked David out. After a handful of dates, an eight-month courtship and a surprise proposal that nearly knocked Marcie off her feet, the well known St. Louis couple began planning their spectacular black-tie wedding. Not ones to take themselves too seriously, David and Marcie opted for a formal yet fun affair that emphasized their festive and free-spirited personalities.

The Details

THE DRESS Finding a dress that would reflect Marcie’s classic taste was of utmost importance. During a trip to California, Marcie found her dream dress: an A-line Amsale gown that was as elegant as it was classic. As a personal touch to the designer gown, Marcie added a Swarovski crystal sash that emphasized her petite waistline and enhanced the delicate silhouette of the dress. An amazing diamond necklace on loan from David’s grandma perfectly complemented the gown and took care of her “something old” for the day.

THE RING After trying on a bevy of styles, Marcie found the perfect ring at Elleard Heffern Jewelers in Clayton. Drawn by its unique design, Marcie knew she had found “the one” in a round-cut diamond with a diamond encrusted square setting. Adding a touch of tradition to the modern ring, David’s mother gifted Marcie her wedding band, which she customized with simple jewel details.

THE VENUE The couple knew they wanted a venue with a formal ambiance and contemporary style. The Four Seasons turned out to be the perfect place for their traditional Jewish wedding ceremony and black-tie reception because it held an irreplaceable sentimental value. “The Four Seasons was really special to us because it was one of our first dates,” Marcie explains. “We went there after we got engaged to celebrate so we thought it would be nice to come full circle and celebrate our wedding there.”
One hundred and seventy-five of the couple’s family and friends looked on as Marcie and David exchanged hand-written vows underneath a contemporary chuppah—one of their favorite memories of the day—before dancing the night away during the fun-filled reception.

THE FLOWERS Blush-pink peonies and roses made up Marcie’s stunning wedding bouquet while David’s boutonniere matched his bride with a single blush-toned rose. The centerpieces were filled with breathtaking Esperanza roses submerged in tall modern vases, which magnified the oversized pink blooms.

THE FUN Marcie and David hired the Laughing Penguins Photo Booth Studio to capture the evening’s most entertaining moments. Costume props were provided so the dressed-up guests could pose with everything from feather boas to top hats. A projection screen captured each funny moment for guests to see during the reception, which was a huge hit the entire night long.

Not only did David and Marcie provide their guests with fun-filled entertainment throughout the evening, but they also incorporated a less than traditional snack. At 11pm, guests were treated to cookies and individual milk cartons, a fun and delicious surprise that guests really enjoyed.

“We tried to make it formal and nice; people could dress up, and have a blast while doing it,” David explains. “We’re not ‘things’ people; we’re much more ‘experience’ people.”



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Marcie Epstein and David Siteman Garland


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The invitation


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The cake


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The invitation


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Marcie Epstein


Photo credit: Photos by Tim McDermott Photography

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