With a wedding fit for a princess and her prince charming, Stefanie Mark and Creve Coeur native Matt Pauley are ready for their happily ever after.
Matt and Stefanie met through mutual friends after he moved to Colorado. Matt’s cousin knew her family, and he set the two up. The couple dated for three years before Matt proposed while walking their dogs in the park. Matt had asked a cousin to get a bag of hamburgers from McDonald’s and leave it under a tree so that the dogs would smell the food and drag them over. Instead, his cousin left an empty happy meal box.
“Stefanie said, I bet it’s a drug drop, don’t go over there,” Matt says. “At that point, I’m opening the box, I take the ring out of my pocket, and yelled for her to come over. She walked over and I dropped down on one knee and asked her.”
That was June of last year. The couple wanted a short engagement, and started planning a wedding less than five months later. Using friends’ talents and expertise, everything came together seamlessly, Stefanie says. The couple wanted simple and romantic, and decided on a fall color scheme and a pumpkin wedding cake.
The self-proclaimed “Disney freaks” incorporated magical elements throughout the day. Stefanie walked down the aisle to Some Day My Prince Will Come from Snow White. For their first dance, the newlyweds danced to Elton John’s Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King. And the couple’s florist, a mutual friend, surprised them with a white pumpkin carriage on the head table, complete with a horse figurine and mini white pumpkin wheels.
“We used so many people we’re close with who made the wedding that much more special,” Stefanie says. “Even though all of them were doing it as a job, they had a personal interest, as well, and it added character.”
Stefanie, who works as a radiologic technologist, put her medical skills to action on the honeymoon. As the couple was checking into their hotel at Disneyland, a man collapsed in the lobby. The bride rushed to help the man, who had diabetes and had fainted from low blood sugar. To show his appreciation, the hotel’s general manager upgraded the couple to a full suite, with VIP concierge service and dinner at the Disneyland Grand Californian Hotel.
The Date: October 19, 2013
The Bride: Stefanie Lou Mark
The Groom: Matthew William Pauley
The Bride’s Parents: Tami and Wally Mark of Colorado Springs
The Groom’s Parents: Pamela and William Pauley of Creve Coeur
The Ceremony: Woodmen Valley Chapel
The Reception: Hilton Hotel, Colorado Springs
The Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal of Colorado Springs
The Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal of Colorado Springs
The Rings: Luisa Graff Jewelers, Colorado Springs
The Florist: Flowers by Jay Lea Utera
The Cake: Bella Cakes by Thena
The Band: Katy Graves
The Photographer: Hilllary Bates Photography
The Tux: Men’s Warehouse
The Invitations: David’s Bridal and Paper Warehouse
The Wedding Planner: Stephanie Maloney, Hilton Hotels