Real Bride: Carrie Y.
From the bride: Stephen and I both attended medical school at Mizzou. On the very first day of orientation, we were placed in the same group and initially started talking because we had a few friends in common from college. Neither of us knew many other people, so we quickly became friends. We studied together, went to football games on the weekends, and even shared the same cadaver for anatomy lab. Finally, about 6 months later, Stephen asked me on a date and we were basically inseparable the rest of med school. The two of us decided that we would try to choose our own path for residency and wound up in two different cities (Chicago and Columbia, MO). Despite our distance, we couldn’t get rid of each other. The last 3+ years apart have certainly been challenging, but it has brought us closer. We are both able to work hard in our training, but spend as much free time as possible traveling to see each other. Nevertheless, we can’t wait until next year when we can finally live together!
Stephen proposed to me when we were on a trip to San Francisco and Northern California. One day, we decided to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge and visit Sausalito. We made the trek, and sat down on a pier to take a breath and watch the boats before we turned around. I had no idea that he was planning on proposing right there! In a crowded city, we somehow found a quiet spot outside by the water, and it was perfect. One man watched it happen and told us that we were on the dock where Otis Reading wrote “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay”. That just made it even more special.
For our wedding, our goal was to make sure that everyone felt that they had come to a great party! We wanted the day to feel unique and special, but we didn’t want to bog down the guests with some of the more mundane wedding traditions, and we wanted to have a blast too! Our ceremony was perfect as we had it in my childhood church, but it was co-officiated by the minister at my current church as well as a Catholic priest to honor Stephen’s Catholic background. The Hobbs building was a perfect and unique venue. We had cocktails under a tent covered in twinkle lights. Beco provided gorgeous florals inside as we ate amazing food by Feasts of Fancy. Afterwards, we returned to the tent where the dance floor was packed until the very very end. At the end of the night, not only were we so overjoyed to be married, but we felt like we had just attended the best party of our lives.
Carrie and Stephen
October 17, 2015
Venue for Ceremony and Reception: Old Mission United Methodist and The Hobbs Building
Gown: Jessie by Augusta Jones
Veil: Jessica by Sara Gabriel
Earrings: Daphne by Sara Gabriel
Hair & Make-up: Be Chic Bride
Photography: Anna Petrow Photography
Planner: Lisa Forbes at Simple Elegance
Florist: Beco Flowers
Band: Michael Beers Band Featuring Pat
Stationary/Wedding Paper: RSVP in the Village