1. December 2010
Dec 01, 2010
These college sweethearts planned their big day with equal parts tradition and chic sophistication.
By Sheniqua Faulkner
Photos by Stephen Seebeck Photography
After Mackenzie Meyers and Sam Brown met at a mutual friend’s birthday party in St. Louis in 2006, they began dating while both attending the University of Missouri Columbia. One evening, after a perfect dinner at Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Sam led Mackenzie onto his patio, which he’d filled with flowers and candles and had champagne waiting on ice. As their song, Coldplay’s “Till Kingdom Come,” played softly in the background, Sam took to one knee and asked Mackenzie to marry him. “I, of course, said yes, and we met our immediate family at Trattoria Branica,” says Mackenzie. The next day, the couple was joined by more well-wishers for a Fourth of July/engagement celebration.
Before the couple dove into the details, they sought the expertise of wedding planner extraordinaire Josie Littlepage of Cosmopolitan Events (cosmopolitanevents.com). “I had particular thoughts on what I wanted, and Josie was great at bouncing off ideas,” Mackenzie says. In addition to Littlepage’s help, Mackenzie and Sam knew they wanted Gebbs Total Video (gebbstotalvideo.com) to capture their big day. To the couple’s delight, Michael Gebben of Gebbs created a same-day edit of the footage he’d taken the morning of the wedding to share at the reception. “I loved seeing what Sam’s morning was like, and the guests loved it!” says Mackenzie.
Each of Mackenzie’s bridesmaids carried all-white bouquets arranged by florist Tony Montano of Montano Grant (montanogrant.com). “I personally selected each of my bridesmaids bouquets based on the meaning of the flower itself,” says Mackenzie. “Before we left for the ceremony, I gave each of them a handwritten letter describing what flower I chose for them, including its meaning.” Mackenzie’s bouquet was a mixture of her bridesmaids’ flowers, symbolizing how each of the women had helped make Mackenzie who she is. “I also added a family tradition with stephanotis flowers, which my mother and sister-in-law carried at their weddings.”
To showcase the couple’s modern aesthetic, they chose black, white and silver square-shape invitations from Vellum (velluminc.com). Each invite featured an embossed alligator border and envelope lining. The couple’s chandelier monogram was a design detail carried throughout the reception on cocktail napkins, dinner menus and illuminated gobos.
Mackenzie says she was set on finding an elegant, one-shoulder gown, and she fell in love with the Romona Keveza dress she ultimately selected the moment she tried it on. The mermaid-silhouetted gown featured a high-wasted belt and dramatic ruffle. A Swarovski-encrusted Toni Federici veil added more glamour to Mackenzie’s statement-making gown.
After Mackenzie and Sam’s June 26th ceremony at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton, guests were ready to celebrate at the reception. The Palladium (palladium-stl.com) had just been renovated, and the loft-like interior suited the couple’s vision of keeping things young and fresh. For the cocktail reception, Exclusive Events (exclusiveevents.com) draped a white voile curtain from the ceiling to section off the cocktail area; when it was time for guests to take their seats for dinner, the curtain was pulled back to reveal the beautifully decorated dining area.
Each table featured six all-white flower arrangements and were illuminated with 15 candles. Other touches included an 8-foot illuminated bar, a white dance floor that was projected with pattered gobos and custom lighting from Aries Co. (ariesco.com). As the evening lingered on, soft lighting shades of pink and lilac progressed to deeper fuchsias and purples. Sam and Mackenzie glided to the floor to their first dance to Coldplay’s “Till Kingdom Come,” the song playing during Sam’s proposal.
“My father was intent on having guests enjoy great food and drink,” says Mackenzie. “So choosing the Palladium was perfect, because Butler’s Pantry (butlerspantry.com) did an amazing job.” During the cocktail hour, guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres, including empanadas, crab cakes and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. For dinner, Mackenzie and Sam chose a surf-and-turf option featuring seared scallops—one of the couples’ favorite foods—and petite filet. The Cakery (thecakerybakery.net) created a beautiful three-tiered, all-white cake featuring a cascading satin ribbon that mimicked Mackenzie’s dress. To cap off the elegant evening, guests were provided with sparklers to send the newlyweds off in shimmering style.
Find the entire article in the December 2010 issue of ALIVE Magazine or on ALIVE’s website.