Deanie Reis and Tom Spannring weren’t distracted by superfluous details when planning their wedding. They knew what mattered most: celebrating their holy matrimony with family and friends.
The couple met as parishioners of the same church in London, and dated for a year and a half before getting engaged. Tom, a native of Austria, rented a wagon in a famous 19th century Ferris wheel in Vienna; and at the top, surrounded by a gorgeous view of the city, got down on one knee to propose.
Deanie, a native St. Louisan, planned to move to Vienna right after the wedding, and the couple wanted to spend as much time as possible with family and friends. With this in mind, on July 14, they designed a simple ceremony at Church of the Annunziata in Ladue and reception at Old Warson Country Club.
The couple asked their friend, a German priest, to officiate the traditional Latin mass. Tom, a classical music lover, coordinated the music; Schola Cantorum St. Louis, conducted by Horst Buchholz, performed a capella pieces including Missa Papae Marcelli by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.
The understated elegance of the ceremony carried over to the reception, which Deanie says was “more like a dinner party.” Guests enjoyed music from the Landolfi String Quartet while they dined. Deanie regrets not getting more than one piece of the multi-layered and multi-flavored cake from The Cakery, while Tom says he most enjoyed the celebratory cigar and cognac at the end of the evening.
The couple left the next day to move Deanie to Vienna, then embarked on their honeymoon to Dubai. There, they enjoyed shopping and relaxing on the warm beaches before heading back to settle into their new home.
Wedding date: July 14, 2013
Bride's full name: Deanie Mary Reis
Groom's full name: Thomas Spannring
Bride's parents: Mrs. Carl Reis (Deanie S. Reis)
Groom's parents: Mrs. Gertraud H. Spannring
Ceremony: Church of the Annunziata
Reception: Old Warson Country Club
Dress: Jenny Packham, London, UK
Bridesmaid Dresses: Ralph Lauren
Rings: Skrein, Vienna, Austria
Florist: Ken Miesner
Cake: The Cakery
Band: Landolfi String Quartet
Photographer: Josephine Havlak
Tux: Savvi Formalwear
Wedding Planner: Mary Fox