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

Invitations: Vellum

Wedding Planner: Mary Fox