When Chris Grimmig fell for Meredith Rull at her field hockey matches, he conspired with her teammates to take her on a date. “I got her number from her teammate and asked her to go to dinner,” he recalls. Luckily for Chris, Meredith said yes right away.
That’s not the only time Meredith would say yes right away. After growing closer and graduating from Villanova University, Chris and Meredith found their lives on the same path. With Meredith’s parents’ blessing, Chris orchestrated a trip to Annapolis, Md., a destination the couple had previously enjoyed when attending a friend’s wedding. Unbeknownst to Meredith, Chris was piecing together a romantic picnic lunch and beachfront proposal. “It’s a good thing her parents said yes, because I had already planned the proposal,” he says, laughing.
But in the wee hours of Feb. 4, 2012, Chris was so excited he couldn’t sleep. So he awoke Meredith at 3 a.m. for breakfast and a walk on the beach. That walk led the couple down paths through lush forest atop bluffs overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. “Meredith was confused as to why we were off the beaten path,” Chris remembers. But soon, it would all make sense. In the privacy of the secluded beach park with the waves crashing on the shore, Chris proposed. “I was completely shocked,” Meredith says. “It was a fun surprise.” And again, she said yes to Chris right away.
On April 27, 2013, Meredith and Chris celebrated their big day in St. Louis, where they have chosen to reside to be near Meredith’s family. About 120 friends and family members from across the country joined the couple for a traditional ceremony at Sainte Genevieve du Bois, followed by an elegant reception at Algonquin Golf Club. “We were thrilled with everything, from the venue to the band, photos, flowers and cake,” Meredith says. The reception celebration was a highlight, the couple says. “Every single person there was dancing, and then we had our getaway in my friend’s baby blue ’68 Stingray,” Chris recalls.
The couple says their parents and wedding party made their big day especially memorable—particularly through the best man and matron-of-honor speeches. “My brother said Meredith looked at me in a very special way,” Chris says. “And Meredith’s sister complimented me on being a tremendous uncle and loving her kids so much. It was really meaningful.”
The couple says they couldn’t have been happier about their special day. After a honeymoon in Hawaii, they now reside in St. Louis’ Lafayette Square.
The Date – April 27, 2013
The Bride – Meredith Anne Rull
The Groom – Christopher Nicholas Grimmig
The Bride’s Parents – Joann and Steven Rull of Warson Woods
The Groom’s Parents – Lisa and Mark Grimmig of Summit, N.J.
The Ceremony – Sainte Genevieve du Bois
The Reception – Algonquin Golf Club
The Wedding Dress – Lea Ann Belter; veil, gown, sash and earrings by Toni Federici; all from Town & Country Bridal Boutique
The Tux – Vera Wang
The Florist – Ken Miesner’s Flowers
The Cake – Encore Baking Company
The Band – Arvell and Company
The Photographer – Stephen Seebeck
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses – Lulakate, Bella Bridesmaid
The Invitations – Service Bureau
The Wedding Planner – Barbara Hoover