Melissa & Ryan's Grand St Louis Wedding

Melissa + Ryan

Vendor List
Photography | Lenny & Melissa
Florist | Steven Mueller Florist
Ceremony Location | Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Reception Location | Marriott Grand St. Louis
Dress Designer | Allure Bridal
Dress Salon | Mia Grace
Cake- MacArthur's Bakery
Ice Sculpture - Ice Visions

Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.
We almost met in 2007 in the parking lot at Kaufmann Stadium after a Cardinals vs, Royals game. Good thing we didn’t because the timing would not have worked out for either of us. Fast forward to July 2012, we met at a happy hour that extended into dinner. The next day I called one of my friends whose brother knew Ryan and asked for any insight. I knew that the night had gone really well but wanted to get the inside scoop. She said Ryan was always a nice guy and had a great sense of humor. I was the one to make first move…kissed him on the cheek as we parted ways that night. I had stood up my friends…we had made plans for later that night and he went up to meet with his friends at a bar near by.

Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did you feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)
I had no idea…granted we had been talking about marriage for a few years. I had no clue. I had the day off and was finishing up Christmas shopping and getting my hair done (and luckily a manicure—thanks Groupon). We met up for dinner at Gilt Bar and afterwards went for a walk. Ryan asked if I knew of any Christmas lights around but the only lights nearby were on Michigan Ave. It was unseasonably warm for Chicago on 12/23 so we went down to Riverwalk. We were just chatting and stopped under one of the renovated bridges and he stopped and said I have a treat for you …I was so full from dinner so I told him I was good. That's when he got down on one knee and pulled a ring box from his work bag. It was good work on his part…. excellent atmosphere, beautiful ring, and the best guy.

Besides getting married - whats the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Missy- Celebrating with family and friends.

Ryan- First dance