The Ride of a Lifetime

 In Culture, Feature

Love soars to new heights at a City Museum celebration.


The Bride
Melissa Kimmick, 28, Registered Nurse, Pediatric ICU, St. Louis Children’s Hospital
The Groom
Ryan Hill, 28, Project Manager, ICS Construction Services

Their Story
Melissa Kimmick and Ryan Hill will always be kids at heart. It was a fact made certain not only by their engagement, but the carefree and whimsical wedding day that would follow. After a chance encounter through mutual friends in 2005, the two passed in and out of one another’s lives for the next two years, and kept tabs on each other through friends. Finally, in 2007, they made their relationship official. Three years later, Ryan took “official” one step further and showed up on Melissa’s doorstep on Christmas morning to “borrow some wrapping paper.” Once he had finished secretly wrapping several items from the bride’s own living room, he presented them to her. Disappointment and confusion began to show on her face, just as Ryan got down on one knee to give Melissa her real gift. The newly engaged couple shared the holiday, and their excitement, with family and friends, and immediately began planning their big day.

Up and Away
The couple chose City Museum in Downtown St. Louis for its vibrant atmosphere and proximity to Washington Avenue nightlife. Little did they know, the rooftop Ferris wheel at sunset would provide some of their fondest memories, and most talked-about photos!

In Perfect Tandem
After choosing a stationary suite featuring a tandem bicycle, the couple couldn’t believe it when they spotted a discarded bicycle built for two, left out with the trash one morning. Before they could turn around to scoop it up, another passerby had beaten them to it. A fearless Melissa chased him down and pleaded her case. Needless to say, the treasure perfectly accented the couple’s big day.

One Fine Day
On the day of her wedding, Melissa walked down the aisle of All Souls Catholic Church, the same aisle her parents had walked down years before. Wearing a Mori Lee gown, and flanked by both of her parents, Melissa met Ryan at the altar to exchange “I Dos” in a traditional Catholic ceremony. The couple’s prize pooch, Petie, shared in the excitement, joining Melissa and Ryan for post-ceremony photos in Tower Grove Park. Soon, Petie will be joined by a baby brother or sister, as the newlyweds welcome their first child.

DIY Details
Melissa and Ryan showcased their DIY handiwork on several wedding details, including centerpieces, place cards and desserts. Melissa created beautiful vintage centerpieces with dried flowers and potpourri in Depression-era glass mason jars. Handcrafted place cards, accented with buttons and push pins, were displayed on a bulletin board that the bride covered with tandem bicycle-printed fabric. The couple’s cake was a family affair, created by Three Cake Ladies, a business started by Melissa’s extended family. The bride also treated herself and each of her bridesmaids to handmade clutches from Etsy.

Captivating Couple
Following a Mediterranean-inspired dinner, courtesy of Russo’s Catering, Melissa and Ryan kept City Museum’s Architecture Hall energized with a playful version of the traditional photo booth and the sounds of St. Louis’ Downtime Productions band. Longtime Lady Gaga fans, the couple shared their first dance to the pop queen’s “Captivated.”



Wedding Invitations


Handmade Clutch


Ferris Wheel


Couple with Bike


Wedding Cake




Photo credit: Beth Berry Photography

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