THEIR STORY... Nina Schmid and Alex Engelsmann met through mutual friends in 2007. Fueled by their appreciation of the other’s sense of humor, a romance blossomed. “I knew pretty quickly Alex was ‘the one.’ We have a similar sense of humor and we just get the biggest kick out of each other,” says Nina. Alex echoes her sentiment, “She makes me laugh more than anyone; and she thinks I’m funny, which is a plus. We also share a lot of the same values.”
The couple’s engagement mirrored their relationship. “It was very laid back and simple—but that’s how we do things,” explains Nina. Alex popped the question one evening after dinner at his home. “It was no- frills, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” she adds.
The couple was joined by family and friends on June 8 when they were married at Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic Church in a ceremony ofﬁ ciated by The Rev. James Tobin. The bride wore her grandmother’s veil and Edelweiss from The Sound of Music played during her processional. “It was a remarkable moment to be walking arm-in-arm with my sweet dad to be given away to my sweet husband!” recalls Nina. Following the ceremony, the couple rode off in a vintage Woody car that belonged to Alex’s late mother.
A Southern-inspired soirée followed at Deer Creek Club. Blue and white vintage vases, (found by Nina and her mother at various antique stores) ﬁlled with pink and white peonies graced each guest table, and favors were replaced with donation cards beneﬁting the St. Louis Symphony in honor of the groom’s late mother. Guests were served traditional Southern appetizers like ham biscuits, as well as shot glasses of cold soups. Dinner fare consisted of beef tenderloin and, in keeping with the Southern theme, shrimp and grits. Instead of the traditional bouquet toss, the bride presented the bouquet to her grandmother, who was celebrating 60 years of marriage.
The newlyweds honeymooned on Maui, where they explored the island in a helicopter and took a submarine below sea level. Nina offers advice for brides to be: “Make your wedding your own—don’t feel constrained by tradition or trends. Also, pick a good groom and none of the rest matters!” The couple resides in Ladue.
Nina Schmid is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Schmid II of Creve Coeur and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Schmid and Mr. John Phelan and the late Shirlie Phelan, all of Ladue. Alex Engelsmann is the son of Richard and the late Judith Engelsmann of Ladue and the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Engelsmann of Ladue and the late Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hickey of Frontenac.
June 8, 2012
Our Lady of the Pillar
Deer Creek Club
Lisa Hessel Photography
Vineyard by Priscilla of Boston-
Town & Country Bridal Boutique
Coren Moore-Berrybridge Bridal
The Rev. James Tobin
THE BRIDAL PARTY
MAID OF HONOR
MATRON OF HONOR
Edwin Schmid III