Timing was just right for Lauren Paige Macheca and Michael Anthony Ambersley when they met at Bar Louie in Kirkwood through a mutual friend. They discovered that their paths had intertwined for years, but it wasn’t until that January night that they officially had their first conversation – which was the beginning of a whirlwind long-distance relationship as Mike began his professional soccer career in upstate New York.
The couple proved that no distance could hamper their relationship. “I knew Lauren was the one for me because of the way I felt when I was around her,” Mike recalls. “I had never been happier, and knew I wanted that feeling forever.” Mike popped the question during a late-night dinner at the couple’s home in Tampa, Fla.
The couple chose the simplistic beauty of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton as the setting of their nuptials. Lauren’s bouquet, which held her grandparents’ wedding bands, was bound together with her grandfather’s handkerchief.
A reception followed at Forest Park’s World’s Fair Pavilion, which was transformed into a warm, fall sanctuary for the occasion. The pavilion glowed with candlelit gold trees in urns that were brimming with white pumpkins and kale. Silver trays under each centerpiece were handpicked and collected over the years by Lauren’s mother. “It was everything I had dreamed it would be and more,” said Lauren.
The newlyweds spent a relaxing honeymoon in Key West, Fla., enjoying local flavors at area restaurants. The groom is a professional soccer player for the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
November 10, 2012
Mr. & Mrs. David Macheca of St. Louis
Mr. & Mrs. Gary Ambersley of St. Louis
Mr. Tony Pecoraro of St. Louis
St. Joseph Catholic Church
World’s Fair Pavilion in Forest Park
Fr. Thomas Santen
Ellen Guitierrez, Bride’s Vision Weddings and Events
Vera Wang, Berrybridge Bridal
Jane Winter, Wildflowers
Encore Baking Company
The Ralph Butler Band
Jon Koch Photography
Coren Moore, Berrybridge Bridal
MATRON OF HONOR
Molly Ambersley, Natalie Maldonado, Lindsay Marsden, Lisa Smith, Cristina Tash, Madison Herweck
Brian Bittner, Gene Frederic, Timothy Henrich, Nicholas Macheca, Nicholas Ohl, Ian Quattrocchi
Michael Lueders, Mark Rieke, Kyle Reuther, Joseph Stockton