Star Light, Star Bright
A panoramic view of the city sets the stage for a wedding to remember.
THEIR STORY Sarah and Patrick’s love story began with a series of coincidental encounters throughout their childhood. Patrick was childhood friends with Sarah’s cousins, and it was through this connection that Patrick and Sarah eventually met as adults in May of 2010. The fateful spot was Molly’s in Soulard, a location that would become an important landmark in their relationship. Their connection was immediate, says Sarah. “Patrick took me to Boogaloo in Maplewood for a fun dinner on the back patio,” she says. “We laughed and talked late into the evening.” Sarah remembers a specific moment when she knew that Patrick was the one. “We had come back to Patrick’s house after a fun night out and were dancing in the living room to the song ‘Gold’ from the soundtrack of the musical ‘Once.’ At one point during the song, he dipped me, and I just had this overwhelming feeling that he was the one for me.”
Patrick was convinced Sarah was perfect for him from the moment he introduced her to his college buddies. “She immediately fit in like she had been friends with them for years. I knew I could spend the rest of my life with this person because I felt like I had already known her my entire life.”
WEDDING BELLS The couple took their vows at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in University City. Sarah wore a stunning custom-made lace gown by St. Louis boutique Clarice’s Bridal and had it further customized by R&M Designs. The bridesmaids were glowing in a vibrant coral chiffon mirrored in the bold stripes found on the ties of the groomsmen. While the bride carried a sweet bouquet of pale pink roses and white hydrangea, the bouquets of her bridesmaids were a rainbow of pastels, accenting their tea-length dresses.
FAMILY AFFAIR The ceremony was truly a family affair, with more than half of the wedding party made up of the couple’s siblings and their spouses. Sarah’s father composed and arranged much of the music for the ceremony, with additional arrangements by family friend John Schranck Jr. Musical accompaniment was provided by Sarah’s aunt and cousins, who sent the couple off with The Beatles’ classic “Two of Us,” played on piano, guitar and mandolin.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER That evening, the reception took place at the gorgeous Starlight Ballroom at The Chase Park Plaza. Sarah and Patrick chose to have the reception at The Chase for many reasons, but specifically for the incredible rooftop view and floor-to-ceiling windows in the Starlight and Zodiac rooms. “We wanted to incorporate the feeling of being outside, without taking the risk of having an outdoor wedding in St. Louis,” Sarah explains. Tables were set with china adorned with navy blue bands of twinkling stars while delicate floral bouquets in glass vases accented the classically beautiful surroundings. An artfully decorated wedding cake was made personal with a sweet monogram marking the couple’s initials.
SEAL OF APPROVAL The reception kicked off with a cocktail hour complete with views of Forest Park and downtown, as guests mingled and took in the atmosphere. Sarah was ecstatic about the beautiful weather they were blessed with that day. “We completely lucked out and had an absolutely gorgeous sunny day, which allowed us to enjoy our cocktail hour outside on the balconies overlooking both Forest Park and downtown St. Louis. My sister Maggie, who is 8 years old, sweetly told me about our perfect weather: ‘God did that for you.'”
A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC The celebration carried on in fantastic style, when a group of the couple’s friends surprised them with an impromptu flash mob: a choreographed dance to “September,” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Later, with a panoramic view of the city as the backdrop, the couple danced their first dance to the song that brought them together, “Gold,” from the “Once” soundtrack. The Starlight Ballroom lived up to its name with hanging lights twinkling overhead, further adding to the magical atmosphere as couples filled the dance floor, making it truly a night to remember.
Photo credit: Keith Lee Studios