Grace Joan Cline and Michael John Keeven
To celebrate their love for the outdoors, their favorite vacation spot and each other, Grace Cline and Michael Keeven brought a taste of northern Michigan to St. Louis.
Grace, who works as a nurse in the neurology intensive care unit at Saint Louis University Hospital, met Mike, a carpenter at Keeven Design Build, through mutual friends in 2010. After dating for two years, Mike took Grace to dinner at Flemings before proposing to her at the bottom of Art Hill in Forest Park. On September 28, at Our Lady of the Pillar, they became husband and wife.
One of the best parts of the ceremony was having a family friend, the Rev. Martin Solma, officiate it, Grace says. The Marianist priest even presented the newlyweds with a framed Papal Blessing from Pope Francis. At the beginning of the ceremony, both the bride and groom remember seeing each other as Grace walked down the aisle. They say it was their favorite and happiest moment, though, of course, also the most nerve-wracking.
Much of the ceremony and reception revolved around the theme of ‘twigs and moss,’ the name of one of Grace’s favorite stores. Both the bride and groom love the outdoors, and used moss, moss balls, and green and white flowers to bring their love of nature inside. Grace’s family vacations each year in Leland, Michigan, and incorporated several elements from the area. Branches of Aspen trees were used to hold name cards, and for her ‘something blue,’ the bride carried Leland blue rocks that she and Mike found while snorkeling there. As a cake platter, the couple used a slab cut from a felled tree—the same tree her parents had taken a picture on during their honeymoon 34 years ago.
The adventurous couple traveled to Kona, Hawaii, for their honeymoon, where they went deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and even swam with whales and sharks.
The bride is the daughter of Drs. Steven and Molly Cline, and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Niedbalski, all of Ladue. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Keeven of Town & Country, and the grandson of Diana and Jack Weidinger, and Mildred Keeven, all of Florissant.
Wedding date: Sept. 28, 2013
Bride's full name: Grace Joan Cline
Groom's full name: Michael John Keeven
Ceremony location: Our Lady of the Pillar
Reception location: The St. Louis Artists’ Guild
Dress: Modern Trousseau, Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo, Bella Bridesmaid
Rings: Tiffany’s (hers) and Simons Jewelers (his)
Florist: Dean Riebling, Botanicals Design Studio
Cake: The Cakery
Band: Elegant Ensembles, J-Rob
Tux: Jos. A. Bank
Photographer: Patti Gabriel Photography
Maid of Honor: Annelise Atkin
Bridesmaids: Elizabeth Beaty, Chelsea Nolen, Nicole Wagy, Lauren Brennan
Best Man: Scott Keeven
Groomsmen: David Sicking, Michael Lewis, John Cline, Christopher Stock