Date: May 26, 2012
Ceremony: The Studio at St. Albans
Reception: The Studio at St. Albans
Photographer: White-Klump Photography
Band: The Ultraviolet Band
Flowers: Magnolias, Melody Human
Cake: Celebrate Life Boutique
Gown: Pronovis at Amore
Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters & Watters
Officiate: The Rev. Ryan Peterson
The Bridal Party
Maid of Honor:
Abby Christine Rauschenbach is the daughter of Stephen and Melanie Rauschenbach, of Glencoe, and the granddaughter of the late Paul and Christine Piffel and Jerome and Florence Rauschenbach. Travis James Patton is the son of James and Sharon Patton, of Wildwood, and the grandson of Robert and the late Dana Greene, of St. Charles, and Edith and the late Chester Patton, of St. Louis.
Abby Rauschenbach and Travis Patton met in high school but it took a formal introduction by a mutual friend to initiate a spark. On what would otherwise have been a normal weekday evening, Travis and a friend (Jason Edminston) were enjoying a meal at Mulligans Grill, where Abby worked as a server. “She caught my eye,” recalls Travis. Jason, who also was a friend of Abby’s, introduced the pair. “Needless to say, I frequented Mulligans a lot more after that evening," Travis explains. “The more I came up, the more we talked.” Travis and Abby went their separate ways during college, but when Abby’s grandfather passed away, Travis attended the funeral to offer his support—a gesture that won Abby’s heart. “The moment he walked in, I knew he was the man I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.” Travis had a much lighter Aha! moment: “I knew she was ‘the one’ when she asked me to play golf and took all my money,” he recalls.
The couple became engaged on July 27, 2011, when Travis popped the question on the balcony of her apartment with the St. Louis sky as a backdrop. “Before I could figure out what he was doing, he was on one knee saying how much he loved me. He caught me completely off guard!” They shared a Champagne celebration with Abby’s family and ended up at Mulligans, where Travis had arranged a surprise engagement party.
The couple was joined by family and friends on May 26 during an intimate outdoor ceremony officiated by The Rev. Ryan Peterson at The Studio at St. Albans. The bride carried a purse made with material from her mother’s gown and embroidered with her new initials in blue thread. It held a gold coin passed down from her grandparents to her parents on their wedding day. The groom was presented with Abby’s late grandfather’s wedding band engraved with the saying, From one great man to another. “He was a special man, and I’m honored to wear his ring,” he says. A reception followed in a ‘shabby-chic’ setting with mason jar candles, burlap ribbons and lanterns with flowers. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails, dinner and dancing.
The newlyweds are planning a Mediterranean cruise to the Greek isles for their one-year anniversary. The couple resides in the Central West End.