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Julie Elizabeth Meyers & Jason Andrew Shanker - Ladue News: Weddings & Engagements

Julie Elizabeth Meyers & Jason Andrew Shanker

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Posted: Thursday, January 3, 2013 12:00 pm

Julie Elizabeth Meyers and Jason Andrew Shanker first said “I do” during the Sadie Hawkins dance at Camp Sabra in Rocky Mount, Mo., when Julie was 12 and Jason was 14. Unfortunately, as young love can be unpredictable, they went their separate ways after camp was over. But as fate would have it, the two reunited in their late teen years back at Camp Sabra, this time as camp counselors.

The two were engaged on a hot and humid July evening in Jason’s college town of Lawrence, Kan., over a picnic of their favorite takeout food. After the proposal, Jason had yet another surprise for Julie – her parents came down from St. Louis for a celebratory dinner at The Capital Grille.

The couple’s wedding and reception took place at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis, where the bride wore her grandmother’s wedding band and brooch. As a nod to the story of how they met, a subtle summer camp theme was echoed throughout the weekend. Each out-of-town guest was welcomed with a camp care package; camp favorite icy pops were handed out after the Havanagelah, and for the late-night snack at the reception, pizza bagels and S’mores were passed by servers wearing Camp Sabra shirts, custom-made in the wedding’s yellow and gray theme. As a very personal touch, Julie’s mother collected sticks from Julie’s childhood home, which were used to bind each of the wedding programs and escort cards.

“Jason and I loved dancing all night with all of our friends and family,” says Julie. “We had the most amazing night of our lives.”

The newlyweds honeymooned in Antigua and St. Lucia, somehow finding time to relax between snorkeling, zip-lining, exploring waterfalls, visiting a sulphur spring, and taking a helicopter tour. Jason works as an emergency medicine physician at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington, Va., and Julie is an attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va. The couple resides in Arlington.

THE DATE

October 20, 2012

BRIDE’S PARENTS

Mark & Judy Meyers of Chesterfield

GROOM’S PARENTS

Stuart & Marcia Shanker of Overland Park, Kan.

BRIDE’S GRANDPARENTS

The late Daniel & Esther Sabin of St. Louis

The late Ray & Min Meyers of St. Louis

GROOM’S GRANDPARENTS

Isadore & LaVerne Newman of Leawood, Kan.

The late Simon & Francis Shanker of St. Louis

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

OFFICIANT

Rabbi Amy Feder

WEDDING PLANNER

Simcha Lourie, Simcha’s Events

WEDDING DRESS

Vera Wang

FLORIST

Festive Atmospheres

CAKE

Sugaree Baking Company

BAND

Griffin and the Gargoyles

PHOTOGRAPHER

Steven Seebeck

BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES

Jenny Yoo

MAID/MATRON OF HONOR

Jamie Meyers and Morgan Meyers

BEST MAN

Scott Shanker

BRIDESMAIDS

Amy Shanker, Jill Shanker, Lauren Rubin, Amanda Mor, Melissa Gale, Stacy Schultz and Dana Roth

GROOMSMEN

Matthew Meyers, Brian Nochlin, Patrick Roberts and Mark Ravis

FLOWER GIRLS

Lila Meyers and Sydney Shanker

RING BEARER

Greyson Meyers and Jack Shanker

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