Real Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something True
With a down-to-earth and elegant approach, this creative couple planned an intimate wedding that was the perfect reflection of who they are.
The Couple: Sarah Thompson, 32, Owner, Sarah Thompson Productions, and Boyd Pickup, 35, Manager of Broadcast Operations, HEC-TV
When Sarah Thompson talks about how she met Boyd Pickup, she jokingly says, “we met because Boyd edited my package.” It sounds funny, but the two media professionals met after she began working as a segment producer at HEC-TV, a local TV station that focuses on education, arts and culture, on the show “State of the Arts.” He was immediately taken with Sarah’s sense of humor, intelligence and beauty. “I was very happy when she started working at the station,” Boyd says. “I put on the charm and I knew she would eventually go out with me. And, look at us now: I was right!”
The day Boyd proposed, Sarah had had a busy day: client meetings, deadlines and a computer virus. Even though Sarah was stressed and not in the best mood, Boyd insisted they go for a walk and dinner. “I couldn’t figure out why he was so insistent,” says Sarah. “I started getting suspicious, but didn’t really know for sure.” Sarah agreed to go for a walk in Forest Park, where they took strolls frequently. On a beautiful Victorian-era footbridge, Boyd got down on one knee and asked Sarah to marry him. Sarah said “yes” and the two went to Niche for a celebratory dinner.
The Ceremony: Sarah and Boyd felt it was important that their wedding day be a true reflection of who she and Boyd are at their core. For them, that meant understated elegance mixed with all-out fun (the media-gifted couple even made their own special wedding video that ended with a funny bit about Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” that got big laughs at the reception). Graham Chapel on the Washington University campus was the backdrop for the July ceremony. The architecturally stunning space needed little embellishment beyond the dramatic curly willow, yellow roses and mums from Odelia Floral. After Sarah and Boyd exchanged the vows they had written for one another, teary and overjoyed guests cheered when the two were officially announced as husband and wife.
The Gown: After learning about Seattle-based designer Chrissy Wai-Ching while reading an article online, Sarah was drawn to Wai Ching’s nontraditional approach to wedding gowns, which are created with organic silks and hand dyed. “When I saw the Athena dress, it was so reflective of me,” says Sarah. “I emailed her and we started a conversation on customizing a dress.” The gown, a pleated silk chiffon, featured rich turquoise sashes that tied in the back and draped to the floor.
The Sweets: After completing a segment for STL-TV featuring Reine Bayoc, owner of SweetArt Bakeshop and Studio (sweetartstl.com, 314.771.4278), Sarah fell in with the bakery’s delicious cupcakes. For Sarah and Boyd’s reception, SweetArt created a cupcake tree filled with an assortment of flavors and topped off the tower with a small cake.
The Celebration: The courtyard of Washington University’s Charles S. Knight Center proved to be the perfect reception site. During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres of smoked salmon wraps, asparagus and bruschetta while grooving to music from jazz trio, The Usual Suspects. Forgoing the traditional seated dinner or buffet, the couple chose food stations, which were set up around the courtyard and dining room, allowed guests to mingle freely. The menu offerings included salad, pasta, seafood and carving stations.
While working on another project, Sarah met legendary St. Louis Blues musician Big George Brock and decided she wanted him to perform at the reception. He arrived ready to play decked out in a turquoise suit that matched Sarah’s dress. “People had a great time, we had a great time, and we felt like we really succeeded in staying true to who we are,” says Sarah. “The hard work and late nights we spent planning truly paid off.”
The happy couple Sarah & Boyd
The ceremony at Graham Chapel
Photo credit: Photos by Heather R. Robinson, HSR Photography