When planning her wedding to Matthew McRoskey, bride Rachel Greenhall knew: There’s no place like home.
Rachel and Matthew met while living in the same dorm during their freshman year of college at Santa Clara University. They started dating their sophomore year; and for their graduation in 2008, Rachel gave Matthew a scrapbook she had made filled with their memories together. Years later, when the pair was getting ready to make their annual winter trip to Hawaii, Matthew knew the scrapbook would play a role in asking Rachel to marry him.
“I filled in the blanks from the year we graduated Santa Clara up until then, with all these other memories of the second part of our relationship,” he says. “In Hawaii, I gave it to Rachel… I told her, ‘There’s one more memory that we’re having right now, but there’s no picture for it.’” On the last page of the scrapbook, Matthew asked Rachel to marry him.
The couple wasn’t immediately sure where to have the wedding, deciding between St. Louis and California—where they live, and where Matthew’s family is from. Eventually they chose St. Louis, and opted for a spirit of St. Louis theme. Choosing a location for the ceremony was much easier. “I had never been to the Cathedral Basilica [of Saint Louis],” Matthew says. “It sounded so special I wanted to be surprised, and I didn’t see it until the wedding day. I walked in and was completely taken aback because it’s so magnificent.” Wanting a winter wedding, the couple reached out to the Saint Louis Club to set a date. It was completely booked, except for one date—Friday the 13th, the bride’s birthday. They jumped at the chance.
The St. Louis theme extended throughout the wedding. Guests staying at The Ritz-Carlton received gift bags with local items, including gooey butter cake, Schlafly beer and Billy Goat chips. While Rachel and her bridesmaids got ready at her mom’s house, Matthew, his groomsmen and his godfather dined on burgers and ribs at Annie Gunn’s. The couple flew in their priest, Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson, from their parish in Santa Monica, California; and put their dancing skills on display in their first dance, to Ray Charles’ Hallelujah, I Love Her So. Later in the evening, Fredbird brought in a birthday cake for the bride.
“Surrounded by all your best friends and family, it’s overwhelming the support and love you feel,” Matthew says. “It was the best way to start our lives together as a married couple.”
The newlyweds spent a blissful honeymoon relaxing and exploring Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
The Date: December 13, 2013
The Bride: Rachel Eva Greenhall
The Groom: Matthew Coffey McRoskey
The Bride's Parents: Mr. Richard Greenhall and Mrs. Jessica Dowell Greenhall
The Groom's Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Michael McRoskey
The Ceremony: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
The Reception: Saint Louis Club
The Wedding Dress: Val Stefani
The Rings: Kazanjian Brothers, Inc.
The Florist: Ken Miesner’s Flowers
The Cake: Saint Louis Club
The Band: Arvell and Company
The Photographer: Stephen Seebeck
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Amsale, Town and Country Bridal
The Invitations: The Service Bureau
The Wedding Planner: Jenny Kehm