Maggie McCarthy and Andrew Desloge were having separate nights out with friends at Planter’s House in Lafayette Square in the spring of 2014 when Andrew approached Maggie at the bar. The two hit it off, and Andrew asked for Maggie’s number. The next day, they had their first date at Pastaria. “I guess you could say the first date went well, considering he asked me out the next two nights,” Maggie recalls.
The week before Thanksgiving 2015, Andrew took Maggie to Seaside, Florida, where he had grown up vacationing as a boy. “I had never been to Seaside before, but it was one of Andrew’s favorite spots,” Maggie says. She loved the charm of the town and was having so much fun that engagement didn’t even cross her mind. Under the guise of grabbing some sunset drinks with friends of Andrew’s family, Andrew shared what was in his heart with Maggie before getting down on one knee and proposing in front of a beachside pavilion; he even hired a photographer to sneak professional shots of the couple. “It was perfect in every way for both of us!” Maggie says. “And now Seaside is certainly a place we visit often and cherish forever!” The ring was purchased from Kuzelman Brothers, and Maggie describes it as “everything and more I could have dreamed of.”
Maggie and Andrew, both very detail-oriented, made sure every element of their wedding was chosen with careful consideration, from the invitations to the late-night eats for guests. Invitations were by Poeme in Cincinnati, tying in the blush-pink-and-gold color palette of the day.
The wedding weekend kicked off with a rehearsal dinner at St. Louis Country Club hosted by Andrew’s parents, Marybeth and Allan Desloge. The wedding – hosted by Maggie’s parents, Cathy and Jim McCarthy – took place at the Shrine of St. Joseph, with both Maggie and Andrew desiring a ceremony that focused on the tradition and faith of the Catholic church. The Rev. Jack Siefert from the couple’s parish was chosen to say the Mass. “He truly made the ceremony so special,” Maggie says. Music for the Mass was also very important to the couple. “We were so blessed to work with Dee at Rosewood Ensemble,” Maggie recalls. “They’re so talented, and the music during our ceremony took our breath away.” Staying true to Maggie’s Irish roots, bagpipe players escorted the couple out of the church.
The bride wore an Amsale gown from Belle Vie Couture in Chicago and carried a boutique with two lockets tucked in the flowers that held photos of her parents’ wedding, plus both sets of grandparents on their wedding days. She also wore a ring that belonged to Andrew’s late grandmother, Elizabeth Hoey. The groom wore Lucchese crocodile tail boots, which were a wedding gift from the bride.
Maggie and Andrew chose The Coronado as an elegant venue for the modern storybook romance theme for their reception, with Festive Couture Floral creating a one-of-a-kind ambiance with white, champagne, ivory and coral/blush roses; white orchids; white and green hydrangeas; bells of Ireland; and coral hypericum. “We still get compliments on our flowers to this day,” Maggie says. Votives, floating candles and additional pin lighting helped set a dreamy scene. The Downtown Band, a 12-piece ensemble from Nashville, Tennessee, had every guest on the dance floor, and photography was done by Mike Cassimatis. “Mike loves detail just as we do, and we just could not be more pleased with his work – for any future photography, he will be the only person we call!” Maggie says.
The couple took a “mini-moon” in South Haven, Michigan, for quick getaway after the wedding, waiting until early December before heading to the Round Hill Resort on Montego Bay, Jamaica. They recently sold their charming house in Brentwood and will be moving to their new home in Warson Woods later this month.
THE DATE: Aug. 13, 2016
THE BRIDE: Maggie McCarthy
THE GROOM: Andrew Desloge
THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Cathy and Jim McCarthy
THE BRIDE’S GRANDPARENTS: Catherine Flanagan and the late Bernard Flanagan, the late Michael McCarthy and Margaret McCarthy
THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Marybeth and Allan Desloge
THE GROOM’S GRANDPARENTS: Marian Desloge and the late Taylor Desloge, the late Patrick Hoey and Elizabeth Hoey
THE MATRONS OF HONOR: Katie DeHahn and Michelle Buresh
THE BEST MAN: Michael Desloge
THE BRIDESMAIDS: Emily Cherry, Danielle Fancher, Annie Fischman, Julie Abeles, Emily Desloge, Elizabeth Desloge
THE GROOMSMEN: Blake Zimmer, Ryan Conde, Steven Coen, Alex Gasper, Zachary Stuber, Bradley Fitzgerald, Matthew Swoboda
THE OFFICIANT: Rev. Jack Siefert
THE CEREMONY: Shrine of St. Joseph
THE RECEPTION: The Coronado
THE WEDDING DRESS: Amsale
THE MAKEUP: Emily Miller
THE HAIR: Lauren Blanchard with Emily Miller
THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Amsale, Nouvelle collection
THE RINGS: hers, Kuzelman Brothers; his, Simons Jewelry
THE FLORIST: Festive Couture
THE CAKE: Sugaree
THE BAND (MUSIC): The Downtown Band
THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Cassimatis
THE INVITATIONS: Kristen Folzenlogen, Poeme
THE WEDDING PLANNER: Simcha Lourie, Simcha’s Events