Not only do I love Melissa and Tony’s story, but I love that their wedding had this vintage (but classic) garden feel. From the wreaths on the church doors to the potted centerpieces at the reception. The details were sweet, and the couple was seriously smiling in nearly every photo. It’s the sort of wedding where you find yourself smiling through the entire photo reel because you can feel the joy.
Stephen Seward Photography
From the Bride:
THE PROPOSAL: So, for a MONTH I’d been told we were going to a Blues game on Friday, February 25th at 8:30pm.
Tony’s friend Tommy was giving us tickets, because Tommy had to work. Tony tells me he wanted to
cook dinner before the game, so I’d given him my house key to get started before I got home. So, I come
home to an amazing smelling house of seared filet, homemade red wine sauce, sizzling mushrooms,
and hand cut sweet potato fries with paprika. While he’s putting the finishing touches on dinner, he
informs me he’s made a soundtrack for the evening and turns it on…this isn’t too uncommon, as I’ve
been getting “mixed tapes” from him for the past five years…always labeled with the name of the first
song across the front. As we’re eating our unbelievable dinner, the night rolls along to the sounds of his
oh-so-sweet song choices. We finish our wine on the couch and our soundtrack comes to an end. He
tells me “I’m not sure if you noticed, but the titles of those songs made a little poem…” He hands me the
handmade CD cover, and it reads like this:
“Sweet MELISSA, THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL is SO DAMN LUCKY. SO HERE WE ARE BABY,
I AND LOVE AND YOU TOO MUCH to let you get away. DO YOU REMEMBER Our 2007 SUMMER
SKIN? THIS LOVE was just getting started AND IT SPREAD. YOU AND ME were SWEPT AWAY
into THE PERFECT SPACE. EVERYDAY, YOU MAKE MY DREAMS come true and we get BETTER
TOGETHER. So, WHAT NOW MY LOVE?”
With that, he gets down on one knee, and brings out his next mix CD, with “MARRY ME” written across
the front. He pulls the ring from under the very spot on the couch where we’d been sitting. So, after
I freak out and say yes, he says we have to get going to get the hockey tickets from Tommy, who is
bartending at McGurks that night. Totally forgot about the Blues game by this point, but at least we’ll
spend the night celebrating together! At this point, I want to call everyone I’ve known since preschool, but
he insists we listen to the new CD in the car on the way to McGurks, and I can call them after we have the
tickets. We arrive and head in to see Tommy, only to find ourselves in a room full of everyone we know
and love waiting to celebrate with us.
And there wasn’t even a Blues game in Saint Louis that night…
THE WEDDING: For our wedding day, we wanted to incorporate as much of “us” as we could into every detail. From our
very first date at a duck pond, we noticed something about birds…that there never is just one. We’d
been “lovebirds” ever since, hence our vintage lovebird themed wedding. We chose our photography
locations based on our shared history. First, The Cheshire Inn, our charming old-world styled wedding
night hotel, followed by beautiful Powell Symphony Hall where we’d shared our first Valentine’s Day, and
lastly the Oak Knoll Park duck pond.
In the words of e. e. cummings, “i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart),” the poem printed on our
ceremony programs, our favors urged guests to carry a birdseed heart home with them for their lovebirds.
Our wish tree guest book was adorned with love letters from our guests on birdcage stamped tags,
and our centerpieces and gift table incorporated birdcages as well. Lastly, our handmade Mr. and Mrs.
Lovebird adorned the top of our cheesecake wedding cake…because we met at our college employer,
The Cheesecake Factory. The band also surprised us and learned “You Make My Dreams” by Hall and
Oates, our favorite selection from Tony’s homemade proposal playlist. A little cheesy. Or as we like to
call it, “Oh-so-gouda.”
Photography: Stephen Seward Photography | Ceremony Venue: Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Saint Louis Artists’ Guild | Caterer: Catering Saint Louis | Florist: Bloomin’ Buckets | Cake: Hank’s Cheesecakes | Stationary: Vellum | Programs/Signage: Slice of Lime Design | Cake Topper: Sutherland Art | Wish Tree Tags: Kindred Spirit Crafts | Favors: Nature Favors | Band: Trilogy | Hair: Mallia Salon | Make Up: Casey Feldt with Much A Do | Wedding Gown: Priscilla of Boston’s Vineyard Collection at Town and Country Bridal | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew | Bridesmaids’ Shoes: Caparros | Jewelry: Mavrik Fine Jewelry | Hair Accessories: Katherine Jessica Collections | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein