Annie Billings & Stephen Krieger

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Billings of Des Peres are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Anne Patricia, to Stephen James Krieger, son of Mary Katherine Krieger and James Krieger of St. Louis.

The bride-to-be graduated from Nerinx Hall High School in 2003. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 2007 and an MBA from the University of Missouri St. Louis this spring. Formerly an employee of Ladue News, she is now an account executive at Stealth Creative, an advertising agency in St. Louis.

The future groom is a 2004 alumnus of DeSmet Jesuit High School. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 2007 and earned his CPA license in 2009. He is now a controller at the St. Louis office of Schattdecor, a multi-national décor printing group.

Annie and Stephen met five years ago through mutual friends. Last April, Stephen and Annie celebrated Annie's birthday by taking a cruise to the Bahamas. The ship docked in Key West, where Annie had vacationed with her grandparents every winter as a child. They spent the day sightseeing and revisiting her favorite spots, and against the stunning sunset, Stephen proposed.

The couple will be married on Sept. 28 in a ceremony held at the Shrine of St. Joseph in downtown St. Louis. A reception at Norwood Hills Country Club will follow. They will honeymoon on the island of Antigua before making their home in Affton.

Photo by Cary Klein



Lauren Bonfanti & Trent Broglin

Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Bonfanti of Chesterfield are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Marie Bonfanti, to Trent Jordan Broglin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Danny Broglin of Holcomb, Mo.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Missouri State University and received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and dance education. She teaches fourth grade in the Wentzville School District, and is a dance instructor at Dance Inc. in Chesterfield.

The future groom also attended Missouri State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in photography and minored in business. He is the owner and operator of Trent Broglin Photography, and also works as a photographic consultant at Creve Coeur Camera in Ladue.

The couple, who met in college, will be married on Aug. 3 in a ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes. A reception at Crowne Plaza in Clayton will follow. After honeymooning at the Riviera Cancun in Mexico, they will make their home in St. Peters.

Photo by Benfield Photography



Jacquelyn Whitney & Drew Carter

Mr. and Mrs. David Whitney of Grantwood Village are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jacquelyn Leigh Whitney, to Drew Robert Carter, son of Eugene and Roben Carter of Des Peres.

The bride-to-be is a 2003 graduate of Lutheran High School South. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in 2007, and an M.D. from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 2011. She is a pediatric resident physician at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

The future groom also is a Lutheran South graduate, and earned a Bachelor of Science in personal financial planning from the University of Missouri. He joined his father, who is senior VP of wealth management, as a financial advisor at the Ladue branch of Merrill Lynch.

Although Jacki and Drew attended high school together, it wasn’t until they reconnected at a holiday party in 2006 that their courtship began. And the mistletoe worked its magic once more when they became engaged last Christmas.

The couple is to be married on Oct. 26. After honeymooning in Hawaii, they will make their home in St. Louis.

Photo by Mary Otto Photography



Louis & Geraldine Welz

Louis and Geraldine (née Kellenberger) Welz of O’Fallon, Mo., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in February.

The couple grew up together, living across the street from one another in North St. Louis. They were married in a ceremony at St. Philip Neri Church on Valentine’s Day, 1953.

Louis served for 29 years as an officer on the St. Louis city police force, and retired from McDonnell Douglas after 10 years. Geraldine was a stay-at-home mother to their five children, which included two sets of twins.

Their children are Tom Welz (Donna) of St. Charles; Jean Umhoefer (Gary) of Jackson, Tenn.; Mike Welz (Kadi) of St. Charles; Ann Misbach (Scott) of O’Fallon; and the late Robert Welz. They also have eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Louis and Geraldine marked the occasion with a family dinner at the home of their daughter Ann.

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