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2017 ladue news show house

Ladue News is thrilled to announce the 2017\u00a0Ladue News Show House, presented by Dielmann Sotheby's International Realty.

110 Dielman Road is a vintage 1930s stone home with a contemporary addition. The 5,175-square-foot home sits on a private 2.28-acre lot with a gated driveway.\u00a0

General House Tour

Take a tour of 110 Dielman Road Oct. 7-22. The show house is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. It will be closed on Mondays. General house tour tickets are good\u00a0only for two-hour time window you purchase.

Tickets are $25 and are available here: http://bit.ly/2w4EiSZ

A portion of proceeds will benefit SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

Preview Party

We have a limited amount of tickets for this year's Preview Party, which will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

Tickets include live music,\u00a0hors d\u2019oeuvres, open bar, and a first look at the newly designed 2017 show house. There is no parking at the show house on the night of the party. Tickets include transportation. Please park at the\u00a0Reed Elementary School at 9060 Ladue Road. A shuttle will pick guests up from the circle drive in front of the school building and take guests to and from the Show House. Shuttles run from 5:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and are available here:\u00a0http://bit.ly/2ivFkCB

A portion of proceeds will benefit\u00a0SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital.

This year's sponsors are KDR Designer Showrooms, Amini's, Wilson Lighting, Dillard's, Marquard's\u00a0and Think Pergola.

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Kaked by Katie

The discerning bride this season may want to be festooned with flowers, to be draped in gold and silver, to sport intricate patterns or simply to go naked \u2013 for her wedding cake. These are all current trends for the pastry centerpieces, and the designs are as diverse and individual as the wedding couples themselves.

\u201cI think overall, people are getting more comfortable with stepping outside of the box,\u201d says Katie Veile, owner of Kaked by Katie. \u201cI am seeing less traditional all-white wedding cakes, which will always remain timeless.\u201d

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Kaked by Katie

Couples working with Veile to plan their wedding cakes are requesting a number of creative options, she says. Cakes featuring metallics, detailed lace designs, ruffles, texturized surfaces, fresh flowers, sugar flowers and bold colors are among recent orders for the St. Louis-based company. \u201cI hope to see more royal icing work and big floral designs in 2017,\u201d she adds.

The biggest trend seen by Lia Weber, owner of Made. By Lia and winner of TLC\u2019s Next Great Baker Season 4, is the \u201cnaked cake.\u201d Weber began designing and making naked cakes in 2015, and the response has been phenomenal. \u201cBrides are starting to want something more simple, classy and elegant, and that\u2019s exactly what a naked cake is,\u201d she says. \u201cYou can dress it up or dress it down to fit in with any theme or venue.\u201d Naked cakes feature layers of cake with a thin layer of icing. \u201cMy signature is to have more of a sheer look, with just some cake peeping through, which adds a little more uniqueness to the design.\u201d

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Made. by Lia

Executive pastry chef Eric Phillips at The Chase Park Plaza agrees that simplicity is a current trend among soon-to-wed couples. \u201cI don\u2019t see as much fondant and royal icing as I did in the past,\u201d he says. \u201cI think flavor is more of a concern than the appearance now.\u201d Phillips enjoys creating chocolate flowers or cake toppers for a unique presentation.

While wedding cakes are still the centerpiece of a wedding banquet, groom\u2019s cakes continue to appear on some dessert tables. \u201cI honestly would say about 40 percent of my clients opt to have a groom\u2019s cake,\u201d Veile says. \u201cSome have the cake for the rehearsal dinner, which I believe to be genius. Since most groom\u2019s cakes tend to not \u2018fit in\u2019 with the entire vibe of the wedding, having it at the rehearsal makes perfect sense.\u201d

She notes that groom\u2019s cakes represent the groom\u2019s interests and personality. They can include college mascot motifs, craft beer-infused flavors and sports themes. \u201cMaybe he\u2019s a chocolate lover \u2013 drip cakes (where chocolate ganache covers the top and drips artfully down the sides) are beautiful and garnished with all his favorite candies,\u201d she says.

Whether you love traditional, unusual or naked designs, bakers and pastry chefs agree that the cake should reflect the wedding couple\u2019s style and preferences. \u201cI think the most important thing when researching wedding-cake trends is to stay up on the current and future trends,\u201d Weber says. \u201cBefore going to a cake tasting, do some research and bring pictures of cakes and ideas you like. Then let the cake artist use their creativity to design a cake specifically for you.\u201d

Made. By Lia, 314-518-3565, madebylia.com

Kaked by Katie, kakedbykatie.com

The Chase Park Plaza, 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., St. Louis, 314-633-1134, chaseparkplaza.com

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Wedding bells fill the air! With summer fast approaching, wedding season is mere weeks away. Are your rings ready? Whether you\u2019re finalizing details for your own upcoming nuptials, navigating the early stages of planning your dream wedding or thinking of upgrading your existing wedding ring, LN has compiled the latest wedding ring trends from local jewelry experts to make sure your ring is as stylish as it is sparkly.

Stackable Rings

Why wear one or two rings when you can wear an entire stack? \u201cWe are seeing brides wear simple solitaire engagement rings paired with a narrow diamond wedding band, adding a variety of unique bands to be collected throughout life together,\u201d says Anne M. Pokoski, certified gemologist appraiser and personal jeweler with Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers in Clayton, listing anniversaries, significant birthdays or the birth of a child as examples.

The stacking-bands trend is echoed by Julie Ettinger, owner of YLANG YLANG in Ladue, who explains this can be a great time to add in new metals for a trendier look. Yellow gold is here to stay, and rose gold may be having its moment, but in lieu of getting an entire engagement ring in one color, brides can test the trendy waters with thin stacking bands in different metals. Not only is it a popular pick, but also it creates a one-of-a-kind look for the wearer \u2013 an important option for modern brides. \u201cPeople love that we have engagement rings nobody else has,\u201d Ettinger says, noting the store\u2019s exclusives with lines Erica Courtney and Single Stone. \u201cI think our bridal [offerings are] really building because we offer those exclusive, can\u2019t-find-them-anywhere-else settings.\u201d She also mentions oval diamonds as recently increasing in popularity.

Simple Is Key

For those less interested in the multi-ring look, something simpler may be a better fit. \u201cThe current trends in engagement rings are more simple styles,\u201d says Joe Genovese, president of Genovese Jewelers in St. Louis, \u201cfrom the basic plain solitaire setting to very thin rings with small diamonds down each side. The halo settings are still very strong \u2013 but not the really elaborate ones.\u201d

Genovese explains he isn\u2019t a huge fan of trendy designs, noting that in his experience, women tend to replace their settings in about 10 years; resetting can make things more modern and current. \u201cIt is a shame to spend the money on a ring that can go out of style in a year or two,\u201d he says. \u201cWhen it comes to trendy, stick with the more fun, everyday fashion pieces.\u201d

Groom Options

Brides aren\u2019t the only ones looking for rings \u2013 each groom needs something special, as well. By and large, the experts say the look for grooms is classic and simple. \u201cThe classic plain platinum or 18-karat yellow gold band is still the most popular request at our store, but we are recently finding that men aren\u2019t afraid to be a little more fashion-forward and are looking at rings with contemporary details or finishes,\u201d Pokoski says.

Ettinger says that grooms today are looking for \u201csimple and elegant [rings] with a little twist,\u201d noting a Single Stone design that is simple from the top with a bit of pizazz hidden on the side. Details like engraving can add a hint of flair without being overly decorative.

Creative and Custom

When the right details cannot be found, it might be time to turn to custom. All three jewelers note custom rings as being one of the most exciting options available to brides and grooms, allowing lovebirds the chance to create rings that are unique to them.

\u201cCustom wedding jewelry today ranges from vintage styles that can incorporate family diamonds or gemstones to contemporary pieces that exude the look of the most fashion-forward pieces from Europe,\u201d Pokoski says. \u201cThat\u2019s the beauty of custom design \u2013 it gives the client complete freedom to create exactly what [he or] she wants.\u201d And after all, isn\u2019t that one of the most important features of a wedding?

Elleard Heffern Fine Jewelers, 101 S. Hanley Road, No. 110, Clayton, 314-863-8820, heffern.com

Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, genovesejewelers.com

YLANG YLANG, 8845 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314-725-7464, ylangylang.com

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Nicholle (Nicki) Turano and Arthur Harmon were both resident assistants for their now-alma mater, Southwest Baptist University (SBU) in Bolivar, Missouri. It was the beginning of Nicki\u2019s junior year \u2013 and Arthur\u2019s senior year \u2013 and she had been reassigned to a new dorm, which meant new co-workers. On move-in day, she was introduced to Arthur, her new colleague, and was instantaneously struck. A few weeks later, they happened upon each other at a student ministry leaders meeting, and sparks flew the entire weekend. \u201cFrom there,\u201d Nicki says, \u201cthe rest was history.\u201d

Just over a year later, Arthur began scheming for his proposal to Nicki. He had left her waiting for a while \u2013 after talking to Nicki\u2019s dad to ask for her hand, which Nicki knew had taken place, he let several months slip by with formal dates and landmark trips that would have been ideal. \u201cI was determined to take my time,\u201d Arthur says. It was the week before Valentine\u2019s Day when his plans began to come together.

Nicki met Arthur at an old swing on SBU\u2019s campus that held great significance to the couple \u2013 it was a meaningful meeting point for their relationship \u2013 but at one point along the way, in the swing\u2019s disrepair, SBU decided to toss it. Arthur\u2019s friend found the discarded swing and held on to it, just in case \u2013 and the dilapidated symbol of their early relationship had its comeback on the night Arthur proposed, playing a song on his guitar that they would later have their first dance to as husband and wife. After the proposal, their friends gathered to celebrate with the couple. \u201cThe room was filled with the people who had loved us the best as a couple,\u201d Arthur recalls. \u201cWalking into the room, you could feel their joy for us.\u201d

For their big day, the couple wanted to be mindful of their guests. \u201cArthur and I both have a heart to practice hospitality well, from beginning to end,\u201d Nicki says. \u201cWe wanted to feed them good food, good drinks and good music \u2013 after all, a wedding is a celebration! And we truly believe we wouldn\u2019t be here today if it weren\u2019t for each of them.\u201d

The ceremony was held in Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis this January. \u201cBecause the chapel is already so beautiful, it was an easy first choice,\u201d Nicki says.

Nicki also envisioned an ambiance inspired by childhood travels to Italy with her parents. \u201cI was pretty young when I went, so I can\u2019t recall too many historical facts, but what I do remember \u2013 dinner!\u201d Nicki says. \u201cI remember the experience that each night brought. It wasn\u2019t just about the food \u2013 although amazing \u2013 it was the dimmed lighting, the flowers in the centerpieces, the candlesticks and tea lights, the place settings, the music. It was all so romantic.\u201d The reception was held at Neo on Locust, with a color palette of Marsala red and gold creating a dreamy winter vibe, with thoughtful and elegant table settings under the warm glow of a canopy of string lights throughout the entire event space.

The couple enjoyed a relaxing honeymoon in Kauai, Hawaii \u2013 although the bride had grown up traveling, it was the groom\u2019s first trip to an ocean. Nicki and Arthur currently reside in Bolivar, where they both work at their alma mater \u2013 Arthur as a resident director and graduate student, and Nicki as an admissions counselor.

THE DATE: Jan. 28, 2017

THE BRIDE: Nicholle Turano

THE GROOM: Arthur Harmon

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: James and Cheryl Turano

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: James and Margaret Turano

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Steven and Kristan Portell and Arthur and Christie Harmon

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Becky Harmon and Ronald and Marilee Reed

THE MATRON OF HONOR: Allie Huffman

THE BEST MAN: Chris Kimberling

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Paige Arve, Hannah Greco, Nikki Tinker, Alli Phillips, Drew Crask (bridesman)

THE GROOMSMEN: Marshall Johns, Andrew Bryant, Ben Gibson, Ian Huffman, Silas Harmon

THE OFFICIANT: Joe Langford

THE CEREMONY: Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis

THE RECEPTION: Neo on Locust

THE WEDDING DRESS: Justin Alexander

THE MAKEUP: Beauty Bar

THE HAIR: Beauty Bar

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Watters

THE RINGS: Miller\u2019s Jewelry

THE FLORIST: An Affair to Remember

THE CAKE: Russo\u2019s

THE BAND (MUSIC): Millennium Productions

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Elizabeth Lloyd Photography

THE INVITATIONS: The Ink Spot and Bliss Paper Boutique

THE WEDDING PLANNER: JacLynn Kennedy, The Event Extraordinaire \u2013 day-of coordinator

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Matt Stein and Sydney Levinson\u2019s first encounter had a fairly daunting audience. \u201cWe were introduced by Matt\u2019s sister,\u201d Sydney recalls. \u201cOur first meeting was at a dinner attended by both our families [in Los Angeles], where everyone knew it was a potential setup; however, we barely spoke more than a few sentences.\u201d

Understandably so \u2013 it\u2019s hard to get to know someone in a pressure cooker. Geography was another issue. Matt lived in San Francisco, and Sydney lived in New York City, and neither was interested in a long-distance relationship. Then a Facebook friend request led to exchanging phone numbers, and after many FaceTime calls, Matt booked a trip to NYC two months after the couple\u2019s initial meeting. Within a week, he was back again, after convincing his boss that he had important \u201cbusiness\u201d in New York, and the young romance blossomed.

Sydney and Matt\u2019s engagement took place in San Francisco, where Matt arranged for Sydney to meet him at their favorite neighborhood landmark, the Palace of Fine Arts. There she found him down on one knee, asking for her hand in marriage. The location, with its stunning rotunda and sweeping pillars reflected in the lagoon, is also a popular tourist destination, so the couple\u2019s engagement was witnessed by many convivial strangers.

The two of them then walked to dinner, where Sydney got her second surprise of the night \u2013 both sets of parents had flown from St. Louis and Los Angeles to celebrate with the newly betrothed couple. \u201cIt was a very memorable weekend spent together with our families, filled with much love and laughter,\u201d Sydney says.

Sydney and Matt worked with Simcha Lourie of Simcha\u2019s Events to create the perfect blend of their two visions for their wedding day, in the bride\u2019s hometown of St. Louis. \u201cMatt\u2019s vision was a room filled with our families, friends and a band \u2013 which was easy to achieve!\u201d Sydney says. Her vision was warmth and love \u2013 she wanted something different, and having inherited her mom\u2019s artistic creativity, she worked closely with Lourie to bring her unique vision to life. \u201cSimcha was able to execute on our inspiration and out-of-the-box ideas,\u201d Sydney says. \u201cWe envisioned bright colors in the ceremony and neutrals in the reception.\u201d

The couple\u2019s ceremony last September, held at Meadowbrook Country Club in Ballwin, was striking, with an aisle thickly covered in bright flower petals. Sydney and Matt also incorporated the traditions of their faith in a creative way. \u201cRather than having a traditional chuppah, we wanted to find something unique,\u201d Sydney says. \u201cWe had been to a wedding in Israel where the chuppah was carried in by loved ones \u2013 we thought it was so special and meaningful, and it truly symbolized that we would have an open house and the love and support of our family and friends as we entered into marriage.\u201d

For the reception, also held at Meadowbrook Country Club, Sydney wanted a contrast to the brightness of their ceremony and brought A Midsummer Night\u2019s Dream-inspired color palette of silver, gold and cream-toned vision to life, complete with tall tree centerpieces, tabletop terrariums, hanging vines and plenty of candles \u2013 both set in place and suspended from greenery installations \u2013 to set the mood.

The couple spent a memorable two-week honeymoon traveling through Japan. Sydney and Matt currently live in San Francisco.

THE DATE: Sept. 4, 2016

THE BRIDE: Sydney Levinson

THE GROOM: Matt Stein

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Caryn and Bruce Sandweiss and Marc Levinson

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Saline Spencer and Marvin and Phyllis Sandweiss

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Norma and Arthur Stein

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Wendy Leung, Esther Chung, Erin Rubin, Jamie Heldman, Lauren Foster, Amanda Silbert, Stephanie Levinson, Rebecca Stein

THE GROOMSMEN: Sauly Cohen, Adam King, Sam Raoof, Liron Yahdiv, Alex Shein, Moses Benny, Jeremy Levinson, Jake Sandweiss

THE OFFICIANT: Rabbi Amy Feder

THE CEREMONY: Meadowbrook Country Club

THE RECEPTION: Meadowbrook Country Club

THE WEDDING DRESS: Mia Grace Bridal

THE MAKEUP: Kathy Morrison

THE HAIR: Kim Khotsyphom

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Bella Bridesmaids

THE RINGS: Laura Lakal

THE FLORIST: Belli Fiori

THE CAKE: Kaked by Katie

THE BAND (MUSIC): Charles Glen

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Cassimatis

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Brian Gaadt Productions

THE INVITATIONS: MHaley Designs

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Simcha Lourie, Simcha\u2019s Events

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You wouldn\u2019t expect Charles M. Schultz\u2019s classic cartoon strip Peanuts to play an integral role in the spark of a romance, but then again, love turns up in unexpected places. Elizabeth \u201cLibby\u201d Burkhardt and David Rosenfeld met in 2001 while both were participating in Parkway Central Middle School\u2019s production of Snoopy: The Musical \u2013 David played the role of Linus, Charlie Brown\u2019s blanket-toting best friend, and Libby played Peppermint Patty, a freckle-faced tomboy. They became fast friends and stayed close throughout high school as they performed alongside one another in West Side Story and Pizzazz, Parkway Central High\u2019s show choir.

After college, the friends both headed to the University of Missouri-Columbia, where Libby and David pursued their degrees in education and biological sciences, respectively, escorting each other to various sorority and fraternity events.

David will tell you that he knew there was something special about Libby from day one, and over their many years of friendship, they made several unsuccessful attempts to begin dating. It wasn\u2019t until March 2010, after years of friendship blossoming into courtship, that Libby came around, and the couple went on their first date.

After five years of dating, David proposed to Libby on July 3, 2015. Libby had come back to St. Louis to spend the Fourth of July with her family, and David, then a medical student, told her he wasn\u2019t able to return home, because he \u201chad to study\u201d (a completely plausible excuse). He surprised her that night as Libby was at the Missouri Botanical Garden with her family for family photos with her siblings, with a carefully rehearsed plan to have Libby led to a bench in a private garden area, where she received a bouquet of roses and a letter from David. As Libby finished the letter, David appeared from behind the bushes and got down on one knee to propose. After a moment to celebrate together, the couple emerged from the garden to find both families outside, with cameras and monogrammed Kleenexes at the ready. The families celebrated the engagement that night at SqWires in Lafayette Square, where David and his mom, Shelley, had decorated the event space with red roses, romantic candles and dozens of photos of the couples. \u201cIt was surely a night to remember,\u201d Libby recalls.

The couple both wanted a big wedding, with all of their friends and family there. \u201cThe decision to have the wedding in our hometown of St. Louis was easy!\u201d Libby says. They both knew the St. Louis Country Club, with its white stucco, red tile roof and black shutters, surrounded by green polo fields and a world-renowned golf course, would be the perfect backdrop for their one-of-a-kind wedding. The entire wedding weekend in early September 2016 told their love story \u2013 they shared the narrative of everything from their first meeting in middle school to their engagement at the Missouri Botanical Garden, exchanged personalized vows and asked many of their friends and family to speak at both the rehearsal dinner and wedding, ending the ceremony with the Jewish tradition of the breaking of glass. The ceremony was led by both Rabbi Amy Feder and Pastor Kevin Cameron to represent both sides of the family.

The couple\u2019s vision included a nine-piece band to get their guests dancing, with additional activities \u2013 like marshmallow roasting for s\u2019mores \u2013 at St. Louis Country Club\u2019s beautiful back patio for nondancers to enjoy the evening under the night sky and charming caf\u00e9 lights. Late-night food at the wedding included Imo\u2019s Pizza \u2013 her favorite \u2013 and Katz\u2019s pastrami sandwiches \u2013 his favorite. Custom sugar cookies representing various parts of their story were given out as favors, including, of course, Peppermint Patty and Linus.

The most memorable part of the day was a gift from the bride\u2019s dad. \u201cHe surprised us with a painter who live-painted the ceremony \u2013 guests were able to observe and visit with the painter during cocktail hour, and David and I even got to pick up the paint brush and leave our own mark on the painting,\u201d Libby says. \u201cIt\u2019s an amazing keepsake that we will cherish forever.\u201d

After four years as Columbia, Missouri, residents, the couple plans to move to Chicago later this month for David's dermatology residency at Loyola University Medical Center and Libby's position as director of major gifts at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. They honeymooned in Hawaii.

THE DATE: Sept. 10, 2016

THE BRIDE: Libby Burkhardt

THE GROOM: David Rosenfeld

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Dan and Connie Burkhardt and Cindy and Dan Taylor

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Richard and Shelley Rosenfeld

THE MATRON OF HONOR: Katy Wolff

THE BEST MAN: Adam Rosenfeld

THE OFFICIANTS: Rabbi Amy Feder and Pastor Kevin Cameron

THE CEREMONY: St. Louis Country Club

THE RECEPTION: St. Louis Country Club

THE WEDDING DRESS: Anna Campbell

THE MAKEUP: Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Danielle Style

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Joanna August

THE RINGS: Lordo's Diamonds

THE FLORIST: Belli Fiori

THE CAKE: The Cakery

THE BAND (MUSIC): Arvell & Co., Contemporary Productions

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Carretto Studio

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Vimage Studios

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Cosmopolitan Events

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Both born and raised in St. Louis, Emily Naegeli and Conner Keefe were introduced by Emily\u2019s good friend from high school, Emily Kossman, who happened to be one of Conner\u2019s neighbors from childhood. Both were headed to Indiana University and were lucky enough to begin their college career knowing they already had a friend on campus. They became close friends and, ultimately, a couple.

After college, Conner and Emily moved to Baltimore in April 2014, and one night, while out on a walk with their dog, Jameson, around picturesque Federal Hill Park, Conner got down on one knee next to Jameson and popped the big question. That night, the couple began talking about their wedding day, both immediately agreeing on a winter wedding. \u201cI think ultimately the reason we both wanted winter is because it\u2019s our dog\u2019s favorite season \u2013 not surprising, as she looks like a polar bear,\u201d Emily says. As it turns out, one of their favorite parts of their wedding day was taking pictures with Jameson in the snow on the golf course.

The couple did most of their planning while living in Baltimore, relying heavily on Cosmopolitan Events to bring their vision to life. Their families also collaborated with the couple heavily on the event. \u201cOne night, our family had a cake-tasting party for us and tried upwards of seven different cakes as a group and reported back!\u201d Emily recalls.

For their big day in January 2016, the couple wanted a classic feel that was still unique to them \u2013 Emily was the fifth generation of her family to be married at St. Ambrose on the Hill in St. Louis, taking the same signature picture Emily\u2019s grandparents and great-grandparents took in front of the church doors.

The bride wore a crew neck, double-faced silk gown with subtle cutouts by Rivini, which she happened upon during a trunk show at Fleur de Lis bridal boutique in Clayton. \u201cOne of my favorite accessories was my veil, which was cathedral length, with a blusher,\u201d Emily recalls. \u201cWhen I pulled the blusher down right before I walked down the aisle, I really felt like a bride.\u201d The wedding party was a mix of high-school friends, college friends and family. Bridesmaids carried bright pink bouquets, a colorful contrast to their navy Alfred Sung gowns. \u201cFinding bright pink flowers in January, especially peonies, was not easy and wouldn\u2019t have been possible without Bloomin\u2019 Buckets,\u201d Emily says.

The groomsmen wore Ralph Lauren bow ties in tartan green \u2013 the groom\u2019s favorite color \u2013 with navy suits and found themselves hitting a snag as they were preparing for the wedding. \u201cApparently, as they were getting dressed shortly before the wedding, they realized no one knew how to tie them,\u201d Emily says. \u201cAfter giving up on watching YouTube videos trying to learn, they ended up having to run across the street and have a bridesmaid\u2019s dad, who happened to live across the street, tie them.\u201d

The Landolfi Quartet provided both classic and modern music for the ceremony \u2013 the bridal party walked down the aisle to \u201cClair de Lune,\u201d while the bride entered to \u201cYellow\u201d by Coldplay. Their recessional was to the tune of \u201cHere Comes the Sun\u201d by the Beatles \u2013 avid Beatles fans, the couple\u2019s first dance was also a Fab Four hit, \u201cHere, There and Everywhere.\u201d

Conner grew up visiting Greenbriar Hills Country Club, which was the venue they chose for their reception. Conner wanted outside space, even with a winter wedding, so finding a way to have a tent and fireplace as part of the reception space was key; the reception was half inside, half outside on a sunny, 47-degree January day, so even with a layer of snow on the ground, the temperature was perfect. The groom works for a wine company, so serving wine that matched the event and paired well with the food was an important part of the evening. \u201cWe put a lot of time and thought into those selections and brought in some of our own wine so our guests could experience some of our favorites,\u201d Emily says.

For the overall d\u00e9cor, the couple wanted an intimate, winter-lodge feel \u2013 a warm, roaring fire met guests as they entered the cocktail hour, and the reception space was candlelit. The head table, with navy- and white-striped tablecloths and bright pink bouquets, was adorned with custom china from St. Louis-based Sasha Nicholas and a porcelain ice bucket the couple had received as bridal shower gifts. \u201cWe also had these pieces inscribed with messages from loved ones, so it really meant a lot to have them at the head table,\u201d Emily says.

The couple kept their winter theme and honeymooned at the Carriage House in Kohler, Wisconsin. Emily and Conner currently reside in Chicago.

THE DATE: Jan. 23, 2016

THE BRIDE: Emily Naegeli

THE GROOM: Conner Keefe

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Edward and Kelli Naegeli

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Donald and Louise Naegeli and Nolan and Bertha Wease

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Michael and Karen Keefe

THE GROOM\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Richard and Patricia Keefe and Roy and Lois Rhoades

THE MATRON AND MAID OF HONOR: Megan Dixon and Angie Kling

THE BEST MAN: R.T. Jones

THE BRIDESMAIDS: Emily Kossman, Katie Eaton, Colleen Murphy, Shannon Sieck, Emily Nelson, Lauren Kaiser

THE GROOMSMEN: Tim Olivos, Aaron Phillips, Greg Stern, Chris Dixon, Luke Naegeli, Ryan Keefe, Corey Kossman

THE OFFICIANT: Rev. Ralph Siefert

THE CEREMONY: St. Ambrose on the Hill

THE RECEPTION: Greenbriar Hills Country Club

THE WEDDING DRESS: Rivini

THE MAKEUP: Danielle Erb, Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Danielle Erb, Danielle Style

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: Alfred Sung

THE RINGS: Tory Burch

THE FLORIST: Bloomin\u2019 Buckets

THE CAKE: The Cakery, petits fours from Federhofer\u2019s Bakery

THE BAND (MUSIC): Ceremony, Landolfi Quartet; reception, Rockstar DJs

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Clary Pfeiffer Photography

THE INVITATIONS: All She Wrote

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Cosmopolitan Events

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Weddings express a couple\u2019s tastes and personalities, and nowhere is this more evident than in the current trend of mobile wedding services. Trucks and trailers offer everything from full-service bars and catering to officiants themselves arriving in completely mobile ceremony venues, proving that weddings can happen almost anywhere these days.

Before the ceremony, the Sav MakeUp Rolling MakeUp & Skincare Studio might be parked outside the wedding venue, the bride\u2019s home or anyplace else the wedding party wants to prep for photos in the St. Louis area and even beyond, if requested. The vintage 1968 Skyline Nomad trailer contains a trendy hair and makeup studio complete with a bathroom and running water.

\u201cWe can pull it anywhere that you need us to, so it can be part of not just the wedding itself but [also] all the other pieces that go along with the wedding,\u201d says Denise Hopkins, who handles marketing for the studio and whose daughter, Savanna, is the professional hair and makeup artist who makes wedding parties look their best. Engagement and wedding photo shoots on location are becoming the norm as more couples opt to have pictures taken at natural sites instead of in studios, she adds.

Most wedding parties require about two to four hours to prepare, and Savanna works with two assistants for larger groups. The benefit is that there\u2019s no mess in the bride\u2019s home or other preparation site as people come and go from the mobile studio, which can be parked right outside the residence. \u201cWe have a little outdoor space that we put together, too, so people can hang out, and it\u2019s a social/conversation area,\u201d Hopkins adds.

After the ceremony, it\u2019s time to celebrate, and The Wandering Sidecar Bar Co. is ready to pull up and help. If you love the vintage trailer/makeup studio, you\u2019ll also love Ruthie, the 1960 Avalon trailer, and Birdie, the 1967 Holi horse trailer. Both have been completely transformed into one-of-a-kind mobile bars.

In November 2015, Tiffany Unger had her now 10-month-old twin boys and was looking for options for home-based income streams. \u201cI wracked my brain for months, and one day while flipping through a magazine, I saw a short editorial on a camper bar in California,\u201d she says. \u201cIt struck me like a bolt of lightning, and I just knew I had to do this.\u201d After outfitting Ruthie for the job, The Wandering Sidecar Bar Co. launched in June 2016, with Birdie making its debut in September 2016. Two more unique mobile bars will soon join Ruthie and Birdie: Big Red, a 1969 Chevy grain truck that will include sinks, refrigeration and draft taps, and Chief, a 1957 truck bed bar.

\u201cWe not only offer a really unique bar service, but [it\u2019s] also at a fraction of the cost of alcohol packages,\u201d Unger says. \u201cWhen we arrive, we take over all aspects of the bar. We provide the bar, experienced and professional staff, and everything that you need including bar tools, ice, mixers, garnishes and paper goods. Our clients provide the alcohol, which can save them an enormous amount of money over liquor packages with huge upcharges.\u201d Although the mobile bars are mostly used for outdoor events, Unger says they are happy to bring the trucks inside if possible.

Wedding couples who want a fun food-truck atmosphere for wedding desserts \u2013 while also helping people in need \u2013 might consider Destination Desserts. Although it\u2019s not the only bakery-goods food truck catering to weddings and many other event types, it is the only one affiliated with the nonprofit Center for Head Injury Services (CHIS) in St. Louis.

\u201cWe started thinking about the concept in 2008, when the recession hit, and we couldn\u2019t find any jobs for our folks with disabilities,\u201d says Destination Desserts director Denise Samuels. \u201cAfter much research and time, we decided on a food truck \u2013 a rolling billboard for what we were trying to do.\u201d The brightly colored Destination Desserts truck hit the streets in May 2013.

\u201cWe offer everything from signature cupcakes to gooey butter cake, fresh strawberry shortcake, ice cream sundae bars, and we\u2019ve done pies, also,\u201d Samuels says. \u201cWe\u2019ve had couples who want to serve their guests off the truck, so they make sure they [get to] see everyone.\u00a0Anything goes.\u201d And in the process, CHIS clients bake, decorate and learn other skills needed to obtain work in commercial kitchens. All proceeds support the CHIS.

Wedding couples can plan specific menus, and Samuels notes that wedding requests have been steadily increasing. \u201cDestination Desserts\u2019 main focus is a great product \u2013 more than 61 flavors of cupcakes alone \u2013 but secondly, we just want to help nice people find a great purpose,\u201d Samuels notes.

Destination Desserts, 314-227-7070, destinationdesserts.org

Sav MakeUp Rolling MakeUp & Skincare Studio, 314-393-1656, savmakeup.com

The Wandering Sidecar Bar Co., 314-323-1131, thewanderingsidecarbarco.com

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Congrats to Sydney Levinson and Matt Stein! At their wedding, the main aisle was covered in beautiful, bright petals as designed by Belli Fiori, with trails of ribbons and carnations dangling as a backdrop from trees. Photo by Mike Cassamatis Photography.

At the wedding of Meredith Miller and Campbell Wharton, the bride stunned in sparkling stilettos by Jimmy Choo, which also proved to be the perfect pedestal for her diamond ring. Photo by Kim Espinosa of Craig Paulson Photography.

Congrats to Cori Kaner and Brian Reagan! Prep time for the big day started with a gift prime for pampering: matching floral robes for the bridesmaids and bride. Photo by L Photographie.

Congrats to Natalie Benjamin and John Garrett! The newlyweds celebrated at a sweetheart table, crowned with elegant draping by Kate & Co. Photo by Lisa Hessel Photography.

Congrats to Maggie McCarthy and Andrew Desloge! The bride\u2019s classic gown from Amsale mimics the incredible style of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, with an overskirt of tulle that perfectly frames a sleek pencil skirt underneath, making for an effortless transition from ceremony to reception. Photo by Mike Cassimatis Photography.

Molly Fienup and Ben Harner thanked guests for celebrating their union with an artistic confection. This naked cake from Made. By Lia creates delectable texture with lovely wreaths for every tier. Photo by Carretto Studio.

Congrats to Christina Stiehl and Johnathan Austin! The bridesmaids shined in chiffon full-length gowns, with ruching or glitzy embellishments. The dresses stayed in the same color theme for continuity while allowing each lady to express her own style. Photo by Jacoby Photo and Design.

Congrats to Katrina Penilla and Nick Harrig! The couple posed for a dreamy silhouetted snapshot beneath the trademark Bissinger\u2019s Handcrafted Chocolatier\u2019s rooftop sign. Photo by Shadow & Light Photography and Cinema.

Congrats to Mary Frances (Molly) Fienup and Ben Harner! They invited guests to their favorite city with inspired invitations, which highlighted The Gateway Arch in the envelope\u2019s design. Photo by Carretto Studio.

Congrats to Meredith Miller and Campbell Wharton! Since the bride comes from St. Louis and the groom hails from Australia, with the nuptials held in New York City, the couple embraced the theme \u201clove makes the world go round\u201d with accents designed by Rock Paper Scissors Events, such as this black-and-gold globe with their last name hand-painted on it. Photo by Kim Espinosa of Craig Paulson Photography.

Congrats to Alexandra (Alex) Moore and Christopher (Chris) Friedman! The bride walked down the aisle to meet her soon-to-be husband in these glamourous, art deco-inspired stilettos. Photo by Jason Winkeler Photography.

Congrats to Amanda Moreno and Bobby Boitano! The bride and her bridesmaids donned matching fur shrugs for the late-November wedding. Photo by L Photographie.

Congrats to Meaghan Thornton and Bryan Rogers! The happy couple evoked natural beauty through twig-and-rose d\u00e9cor designed by Crimson Petal, which hung over decadent ice-inspired banquet tables at Lumen in downtown St. Louis. Photo by White\u00b7Klump Photography.

For Christina Stiehl and Johnathan Austin\u2019s wedding, the mother of the bride wore a nude full-length gown with crystallized embellishments that resembled winter trees running the length of it. Photo by Jacoby Photo and Design.

Congrats to Nicholle (Nicki) Turano and Arthur Harmon! The couple\u2019s elegant cake by Russo\u2019s was topped with a unique stenciled sign announcing the newlyweds. Photo by Elizabeth Lloyd Photography.

Cori Kaner and Brian Reagan donned chef\u2019s hats at their ceremony, inviting guests to join them at the cookie bar, designed by wedding planner Simcha\u2019s Events. Photo by L Photographie.

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Maggie McCarthy and Andrew Desloge were having separate nights out with friends at Planter\u2019s 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\u2019s number. The next day, they had their first date at Pastaria. \u201cI guess you could say the first date went well, considering he asked me out the next two nights,\u201d Maggie recalls.

The week before Thanksgiving 2015, Andrew took Maggie to Seaside, Florida, where he had grown up vacationing as a boy. \u201cI had never been to Seaside before, but it was one of Andrew\u2019s favorite spots,\u201d Maggie says. She loved the charm of the town and was having so much fun that engagement didn\u2019t even cross her mind. Under the guise of grabbing some sunset drinks with friends of Andrew\u2019s 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. \u201cIt was perfect in every way for both of us!\u201d Maggie says. \u201cAnd now Seaside is certainly a place we visit often and cherish forever!\u201d The ring was purchased from Kuzelman Brothers, and Maggie describes it as \u201ceverything and more I could have dreamed of.\u201d

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\u2019s parents, Marybeth and Allan Desloge. The wedding \u2013 hosted by Maggie\u2019s parents, Cathy and Jim McCarthy \u2013 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\u2019s parish was chosen to say the Mass. \u201cHe truly made the ceremony so special,\u201d Maggie says. Music for the Mass was also very important to the couple. \u201cWe were so blessed to work with Dee at Rosewood Ensemble,\u201d Maggie recalls. \u201cThey\u2019re so talented, and the music during our ceremony took our breath away.\u201d Staying true to Maggie\u2019s 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\u2019 wedding, plus both sets of grandparents on their wedding days. She also wore a ring that belonged to Andrew\u2019s 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. \u201cWe still get compliments on our flowers to this day,\u201d 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. \u201cMike loves detail just as we do, and we just could not be more pleased with his work \u2013 for any future photography, he will be the only person we call!\u201d Maggie says.

The couple took a \u201cmini-moon\u201d 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\u2019S PARENTS: Cathy and Jim McCarthy

THE BRIDE\u2019S GRANDPARENTS: Catherine Flanagan and the late Bernard Flanagan, the late Michael McCarthy and Margaret McCarthy

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Marybeth and Allan Desloge

THE GROOM\u2019S 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\u2019 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\u2019s Events

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\u201cWe owe it all to Cassandra,\u201d is how the couple begins their love story. Lauren Herring and Ted Disabato were introduced by Cassandra Sanford, a mutual friend who initiated an email introduction between the two, and so began their journey together.

\u201cTed is an overachiever \u2013 an attorney, an entrepreneur and a proud dad to his little girl, Kennedy. I hope you two will grab a drink or even just coffee. You both are impactful members of our community and, if nothing else, should at least know one another,\u201d Cassandra told Lauren. These were appealing descriptions to Lauren, an accomplished businesswoman herself with a heart of gold.

Lauren, chief executive officer of IMPACT Group, a leadership development and career coaching company, and Ted, managing member of TdD Attorneys at Law and broker at TdD Premier Real Estate, shared their first date at Oceano Bistro in Clayton. The couple calls their initial connection \u201cserious interest at first sight,\u201d and after a few glasses of wine and shared appetizers, the couple relocated to 5 Star Burgers for boozy shakes for dessert. After, Ted took Lauren home, but both didn\u2019t want the evening to end \u2013 Lauren offered some mint iced tea she had brewed from her garden, and the two sat in Lauren\u2019s backyard, continuing to pique each other\u2019s interest. The evening ended with a hug and a second date set.

The story of their proposal was somewhat unconventional. The couple went on a trip to Busch Gardens Tampa Bay (amusement parks are \u201cTed\u2019s juvenile passion,\u201d according to Lauren), where she lost her diamond stud earring on a roller coaster. Shortly after their trip, the two found themselves at Genovese Jewelers to find a replacement. Lauren found a great deal and upgrade on her earrings, and president Joe Genovese suggested the couple check out \u201csome other merchandise.\u201d Ted jokes that ring shopping came out of left field for him; Lauren says that based on previous conversations, it was fair game.

In the meantime, the couple booked a church and venue, and Lauren found a dress \u2013 and 2\u00bd months later, they walked out of Genovese Jewelers with a forever ring. Ted proposed to Lauren with a picturesque backdrop while on a mountain hike during a vacation to Lake Tahoe.

From the beginning, the couple made their wedding a family affair \u2013 sister-in-law Kate Disabato designed and oversaw all the invitations and paper products for the big day. Kennedy\u2019s inclusion in the ceremony was also important to the couple \u2013 she was a flower girl, and Lauren and Ted included a special rainbow cake for her at the reception. \u201cOverall, I think the most important aspect of our vision for the day was celebrating friends and family, so this really guided all our decisions,\u201d Lauren says.

Wedding planning was a collaborative project, with both Lauren and Ted wanting to center the ceremony around their mutual commitment to God. Having the Rev. Gary Braun from the Washington University Catholic Student Center officiate their ecumenical ceremony was also very special to the couple. \u201cThe fact that Ted was willing to write our own vows, as I wanted, goes to show how much he loves me,\u201d Lauren recalls.

For the reception at the Missouri Athletic Club, Lauren enlisted local band Push the Limit to set the elegant, fun vibe. \u201cI think the fact that they rotated and never stopped playing is really cool,\u201d Ted says. With more than 350 guests, the couple still wanted to maintain a sense of intimacy. \u201cWe wanted our guests to feel the night was about them enjoying just as much as we were,\u201d Lauren says.

After a honeymoon on Molokai and the Big Island in Hawaii, the couple has made their home in Clayton.

THE DATE: July 30, 2016

THE BRIDE: Lauren Herring

THE GROOM: Ted Disabato

THE BRIDE\u2019S PARENTS: Mike and Laura Herring

THE GROOM\u2019S PARENTS: Dan and Karen Disabato

THE MAID OF HONOR: Elizabeth Friedman

THE BEST MAN: Andrew Disabato

THE OFFICIANT: Rev. Gary Braun

THE CEREMONY: Christ Church Cathedral

THE RECEPTION: Missouri Athletic Club

THE WEDDING DRESS: Rivini

THE MAKEUP: Danielle Style

THE HAIR: Danielle Style

THE BRIDESMAIDS\u2019 DRESSES: BCBG

THE RINGS: Genovese Jewelers

THE FLORIST: Festive Couture Floral

THE CAKE: MAC

THE BAND (MUSIC): Push the Limit

THE PHOTOGRAPHER: L Photographie

THE VIDEOGRAPHER: One Fine Day Productions

THE INVITATIONS: Kate Disabato

THE WEDDING PLANNER: Kate & Co.

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\"Laura
Laura DiLeo & Andrew Elliott

Laura Dawson DiLeo and Andrew Steven Elliott were married on January 28, 2017, in a ceremony officiated by Deacon Philip Hengen and Father Gary Braun at the Catholic Student Center in Washington University. A reception followed at Moulin, where guests enjoyed dinner and dancing.

The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Anthony DiLeo of St. Louis. Megan White, friend of the bride, served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Elizabeth Cook, sister of the groom; Julia Davis, friend of the bride; Katie DiLeo, sister-in-law of the bride; Sarah Martino, sister of the groom; and Katherine Mayer, friend of the bride. Laura received her bachelor\u2019s degree from Georgetown University and her master\u2019s degree in social work from Washington University. She is a crisis counselor for the Fort Zumwalt School District.

The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Steven Elliott, and Mr. and Mrs. Rick Dennis, all of Evansville, Indiana. Matthew Miller, friend of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen included Gregory Cook, brother-in-law of the groom; Thomas Culver , friend of the groom; Daniel DiLeo, brother of the bride; Ryan Harrison, friend of the groom; and Joseph Martino, brother -in-law of the groom. Andrew is a graduate of Indiana University. He is director of accounting at Westport Pools in St. Louis.

The couple honeymooned in Maui and now reside in St. Louis.

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Since the Veiled Prophet Organization was established by prominent St. Louisans in 1878, the Veiled Prophet Ball has been an annual event celebrating generations of local debutantes. Being invited to participate is an honor, and being chosen for the Veiled Prophet\u2019s court of honor is even more prestigious.

Following this long tradition, the 2016 court represents young women of various interests, but all with a desire to serve their community and succeed in attaining their goals.

\"Sarah

Sarah Boldt working with Beyond Housing last summer as part of her VP Community Service Initiative

Sarah Boldt

A graduate of Villa Duchesne in Frontenac, Sarah Boldt has always enjoyed sports, playing lacrosse and field hockey in high school. \u201cI may not have been the star athlete, but I always loved being on the team and doing something challenging,\u201d says the current sophomore at Auburn University, now studying political science and communications.

Boldt notes that community service has always been an important part of her life. Through the Veiled Prophet Community Service Initiative, she worked with Girls Inc., an organization that \u201cinspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold.\u201d

\u201cI remember working there one Saturday morning when I was a junior in high school, when their dance team came to rehearse for an upcoming performance,\u201d Boldt says. \u201cWe had the opportunity to watch them perform, and they were absolutely incredible \u2013 you could tell they loved being able to show off their talents.\u201d

Boldt also volunteered for U.S. Vets, which she describes as \u201canother wonderful organization that provides temporary housing for veterans and their families if they have nowhere else to go. I had the opportunity to work with them for a summer, tutoring some of the younger kids who lived there.\u201d In addition, Boldt has pitched in at a number of other organizations, including Beyond Housing and Habitat for Humanity.

\"Abby

Abby Kostecki performing with the Arch City Kids Theater Troupe's 11th annual musical review to benefit JDRF at John Burroughs School in 2015.

Abby Kostecki

A sophomore majoring in architectural studies at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, Abby Kostecki attended St. Joseph\u2019s Academy in Frontenac, where she was involved in music and theater. \u201cAll throughout high school, I was involved with the Arch City Theatre Troupe, an organization run by kids that puts on shows to raise money for the JDRF (a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research). It allowed me to get together with a group of kids who were also passionate about theater and create a show that would help a great cause.\u201d

When she moved to Massachusetts for college, Kostecki began working at a local soup kitchen each week and also began studying American Sign Language. She now spends part of her time communicating with people who have hearing disabilities, and her involvement in the deaf community has \u201ctaught me how to be open-minded and accepting to people from all different backgrounds,\u201d she says.

Kostecki is looking forward to a summer study-abroad program that will allow her to explore the history and architecture of Rome. And she won\u2019t be returning to the United States for a while, as she spends her junior year at the University of Melbourne in Australia. \u201cI hope to one day design functional spaces for people with all abilities and disabilities,\u201d she says.

\"Abby

Abby Mather (center) working at Rainbow Village.

Abby Mather

Abby Mather is a sophomore biology major at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth and plans to attend medical school and specialize in pediatrics. Prior to college, Mather attended Lindbergh High School, where she captained the dance team, something she credits with helping her learn leadership skills.

\u201cI have danced my entire life, which has instilled in me a sense of discipline and dedication to everything I do,\u201d she says. \u201cI was also a member of student council, where I was in charge of our area\u2019s Special Olympics baseball tournament. Through my involvement in Special Olympics, I found my love for working with children.\u201d

At Texas Christian University, Mather has been working with KinderFrogs, an early childhood education program for children with disabilities. \u201cI volunteer weekly in the toddler room,\u201d she says. \u201cWe help the children learn various skills like eating, using their words to ask for something and kicking a soccer ball. I have never seen happier kids with such eagerness to learn.\u201d

Her involvement in the Veiled Prophet Community Service Initiative introduced her to work with U.S. Vets, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Great Circle, where she made bags for foster children to take along when moving to a new foster home.

\"Ellie

Ellie White reading to children at the Ladue Early Childhood Center.

Ellie White

A graduate of Whitfield School in Creve Coeur, Ellie White is a sophomore at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, where she is in a five-year master\u2019s degree program in early childhood education. Her love for children was evident in her work as a teacher\u2019s assistant at the Ladue Early Childhood Center and University City Children\u2019s Center and as a Sunday school teacher for 3- and 4-year-olds at Greentree Community Church.

During high school, White participated in the City Friends program at Whitfield and was a leader during her senior year. \u201cWe matched students from Whitfield with students from City Academy and visited them each week to help them with homework, sports and other after-school activities,\u201d she says.

In college, White volunteers at A Child\u2019s Haven and Best Buddies. She explains that A Child\u2019s Haven provides early childhood education to students coming from backgrounds of poverty, neglect or abuse who may experience developmental delays as a result. Best Buddies pairs volunteers with people who have special needs.

\u201cI have had such a fulfilling experience and have witnessed incredible transformations,\u201d she says. \u201cThis experience has helped me become more passionate in the field of education, as I have seen firsthand how much one teacher can make a difference in a child\u2019s life.\u201d

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What has the Veiled Prophet Organization taught you about tradition and community?

Sydney Short

A: I\u2019ve learned a lot about the importance of teamwork. When you participate in the community service events, there are people who have never met before coming together to work toward a common goal. It makes it all the more fun.

Nina Ewing

A: I like telling my friends about the Veiled Prophet because it is a very unique thing we have here in St. Louis. The organization has taught me about the importance of community by encouraging women to volunteer and give back in as many ways as they can.

Mariah Nunn

A: Tradition is symbolic and has a special significance to me. Supporting, giving back and respect for my community \u2013 this is what the Veiled Prophet has taught me.

Emily Fusz

A: The Veiled Prophet Organization has taught me that in order to mature and grow as an individual, it is always going to be important to give back to a community, especially one like St. Louis.

Elise Gorman

A: The Veiled Prophet Organization is all about the tradition of making St. Louis a better place by lending a helping hand. I have done many service projects with VP that focus on my belief in housing, community and education. Giving back to the St. Louis community is a vital part of what makes our city flourish.

Kelly Boyce

A: It\u2019s special to be part of this legacy where we focus on giving back. I\u2019ve learned how close-knit the St. Louis community is, and it\u2019s heartwarming how giving back to the community can bring my dad and I \u2013 and others around us \u2013 so much closer.

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Arch City Kids Theater Troupe 11th annual musical review to benefit JDRF at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri on August 9, 2015.

The Veiled Prophet Organization (VP) has a storied history in St. Louis, but one thing has not changed in its 139 years: The civic group still seeks to make its city better for its citizens. \u201cThe Veiled Prophet Organization has a tremendous impact on St. Louis and its identity, with the fair and parade, by drawing national attention to the city,\u201d Troy Duncan, vice-chair of VP\u2019s Community Service Initiative [CSI], describes. \u201cAt home, we work in its communities. The amount of different people the organization has touched [keeps growing].\u201d

From serving meals to the homeless at St. Patrick Center to entertaining child patients at local hospitals as clowns through its Parade Outreach program, the VP has partnered with many charity organizations, donating time and money. \u201cThe Community Service Initiative started around 14 years ago with Habitat for Humanity as a way for fathers and daughters to give back,\u201d Jim Johnson, chair of the CSI, says. \u201cIt has since taken on a life of its own and grown in greater importance throughout the VP. It started with 100 girls and dads in the beginning and is now up to 600 volunteers. [Collectively,] we put in 3,000 hours of community service through 30 projects with 20 partners last year.\u201d

The CSI \u2013 while incorporating a wide range of projects, from building care packages for overseas military to beautifying parts of downtown \u2013 has taken on a focus in recent years to help area children. \u201cAs numbers increase, the board has gone out to find new charity partners,\u201d Duncan shares. \u201cPeople have come to us asking what they can do. We\u2019re trying to utilize [everyone] because we value their time and leadership. All these people want to do work, and there are so many charity services out there [for which] we can provide the manpower.\u201d

Those relationships have extended to other civic-minded groups, including the Royal Vagabonds, a nonprofit philanthropic organization. \u201cThe real icing on the cake is a [partnership] that happened organically between VP families and members of the Royal Vagabonds,\u201d Johnson says. \u201cAfter the events in Ferguson, the groups decided it would be wonderful to do something together. We, along with Emerson as a major supporter, came together to raise the funds with Zion Lutheran Church to build a playground.\u201d

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For the young women participating in the VP\u2019s annual ball, hands-on involvement through the CSI instills the program\u2019s mission in a younger generation and their families. \u201cSeeing what some people in our community are going through helps to open these young ladies\u2019 eyes, increasing their understanding and making them an effective part of their [city],\u201d Duncan claims.

Johnson believes the program has given definition to the civic organization. \u201cThe VP means to make St. Louis a better place, and we\u2019re adapting, figuring out ways to really give back to our community. Fourteen years ago, the CSI was a mere idea, and now, it\u2019s really taken on purpose, becoming a driver of what the VP stands for,\u201d he says.

As the next chapter begins for the historical organization, the VP looks forward to the future and the difference it can make for its beloved city. \u201cWe\u2019re always looking for charity partners. Our true mission is to make St. Louis a better place,\u201d Duncan shares. \u201cWe still have more work to do.\u201d

Veiled Prophet Organization, veiledprophet.org

See LN's photos from this year's ball by clicking here.

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