Real Weddings: Sweet Celebration

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Surrounded by family and friends from near and far, this couple says “I do,” St. Louis style.


Abbey Plocher and Kevin McGinley both grew up in Illinois, about 50 miles east of Downtown St. Louis; she in Alhambra and he about a 20-minute drive south in Highland. They became friends while working together at The Back Porch (618.675.2655,, a cozy restaurant located in Grantfork, a town halfway between their two hometowns. A few years later in the summer of 2008, Abbey and Kevin met up again at The Back Porch for their first date. After a wonderful year of getting to know one another and falling madly in love, Kevin asked Abbey to be his wife on a chilly day in January 2009.

The Ceremony: It was important to Abbey and Kevin to not only share this special moment with as many family and friends as possible, but to involve them in the day. At their May 22, 2010 wedding at St. Louis’ Old Cathedral (314.231.3250), the first cathedral west of the Mississippi, Abbey’s cousin, Father Pat Jakel, officiated and Kevin’s friend, vocalist Laura Fusz, sang at the ceremony. “We also had four ring-bearers; our young nephews Patrick, Jacob, Sean and Oliver,” says Abbey.

The Photos: Following the Catholic Mass ceremony, the wedding party took stunning photos on the nearby Arch grounds. Abbey and Kevin are both Cardinals fans, so they then hopped on a trolley (Central States Trolleys, 314.731.4324, for Busch Stadium to take more photos. The last photo stop was Washington University, where Kevin graduated from the School of Law. Behind the camera was Shaun Voegele of Voegele Photography Studio (618.654.7291,

The Celebration: Abbey comes from a large family—her father has eight brothers and sisters and her grandmother came from a family of 14 siblings. Needless to say, there were many family and friends present to celebrate; 400 to be exact. The Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch (314.655.1234, was a fitting venue to host the reception. During the cocktail hour, guests sampled passed hors d’oeuvres—including a St. Louis favorite, toasted ravioli—and enjoyed piano music performed by friend Stacie Reardon, a law school classmate of Kevin’s. At the sit-down dinner, catered by Hyatt, guests dined on spinach salad and had the choice of filet mignon or seared halibut. After dinner, DJ Tom Stuart of Millennium Music (314.918.9335, urged everyone to the dance floor where guests enjoyed a night of dancing and celebration with the bride and groom.

The Desserts: Both lovers of sweets, Abbey and Kevin chose to decorate the tables at their reception with delicious individual cakes as centerpieces. Guests enjoyed one of three varieties: chocolate cake with peanut butter filling; marble cake with fudge filling or vanilla cake with strawberry filling. Each table also enjoyed a platter of hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries, and Abbey and Kevin also had their own three tiered-wedding cake to enjoy. Patty Cakes (618.654.8180, created all fortytwo cakes. “The owner, Patty Jacoby, is a two-time winner of TLC’s ‘Ultimate Cake-Off’ series,” says Abbey. And in case that wasn’t enough decadence, the couple had a candy and cookie table as well.

The Stationery : Abbey’s best friend and maid of honor, Ashley Hemann of Urban Chic Press (618.980.4096) designed and printed the save-the-dates, invitations, menus and place cards for Abbey and Kevin’s wedding. In an exciting turn of events,
at the end of the reception, Ashley’s boyfriend, Ryan, proposed to Ashley, after asking Abbey’s permission, of course. “I couldn’t be happier for them,” says Abbey. “It was special that our day of love and commitment could be the starting point for another couples’ beautiful, new beginning.”


742_380.jpgThe Couple Abbey Plocher, 25, Graduate Student in Education at McKendree University, and Kevin McGinley, 29, Litigation Associate at Thompson Coburn LLP





Photo credit: Photos by Shaun Voegele, Voegele Photography Studio

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