An intercontinental love story, Sara Elyse Badler and Thomas William Greaney met at a Mexican bar in Shanghai, China. Both were working in Shanghai as English teachers. Thomas was struck from the start and knew early on that he would spend his life with Sara. “It was pretty easy, actually,” he recalls. After two years spent in Shanghai, they moved to New York together in 2010, where Thomas proposed with a ring hidden inside a vintage Pucci bag that Sara had been eyeing.
The couple’s wedding and reception was held on Sept. 1 at the Saint Louis Club, where the bride had held her bat mitzvah years prior. The bride wore her grandmother’s Chanel earrings for the occasion. The Pucci bag from that proposal set the theme for the wedding: gold vintage. The bride’s ring also is vintage.
The wedding truly was an international affair, with Thomas’ friends and family coming from England to celebrate. The couple also had guests from Australia, China and France. The guests were able to take in a lot of St. Louis, with a Cardinals game, plenty of toasted ravioli, and even a Jon Hamm sighting.
The newlyweds honeymooned in Maui at the Four Seasons Wailea, enjoying the beauty of the island with waterfall hikes, as well as plenty of eating, drinking, and relaxing. Sara works in digital development at Forbes magazine, and Thomas is employed by the British Council. The couple resides in New York.
The bride is the daughter of Lawrence Phillip Badler and Laurie Mae Badler of St. Louis, Mo. She is the granddaughter of Sylvia Holtzman of St. Louis and Albert Badler of New York. The groom is the son of Michael Thomas Greaney and Suzanne Jennifer Greaney of Reading, U.K. He is the grandson of Kate Greaney of Cambridge, U.K.
September 1, 2012
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION
Saint Louis Club
Rabbi Hayley Siegel
Simcha Lourie, Simcha’s Events
Saint Louis Club
Griffin and the Gargoyles
MAID OF HONOR
David Gilkerson, Daniel Lacey