Newlyweds always enjoy telling the story of how they met. After all, it has a happy ending. And for Phoebe Scott and Andrew Volpe, the story has a pretty good start, too. Phoebe saw Andrew for the first time at a Ludo concert in Champaign, Ill. But she didn’t spot her groom-to-be in the crowd.
“I saw him on stage, and I turned to my friend Krishna and said, I need to meet that singer. There was just something about him,” Phoebe says. “After the show, the band members were signing autographs and Krishna ‘accidentally’ bumped into Andrew and said, Oh, excuse me! You need to meet my friend Phoebe.” But her friend didn’t stop there. “We saw him again as we were driving away, and Krishna pulled up next to the van and yelled at me, He’s leaving! Go give him your phone number! And when I wouldn’t do it, she threatened to just sit in the car and honk the horn until I did.”
Reflecting on that life-changing moment, Andrew recalls his solitary dinner earlier in the evening. “I’d been on a U.S. tour with the band for weeks, in a different city every night,” he explains. “It was Feb. 13, 2008, and I remember sitting alone in this fondue restaurant, and wishing my life had more substance.” Demonstrating the same flair for drama that he exhibited as a child star at The Muny, Andrew took Phoebe back to that restaurant in November 2009. “We went for a walk after dinner and I proposed, on one knee, in the same spot where she had given me her phone number on that cold February night.”
The couple were married by Phoebe’s mom, the Honorable Anne Scott, on Labor Day weekend in the garden of the bride’s parents’ home in Lake Bluff, Ill. Guests traveled from across town and across two oceans for the festivities. And Phoebe’s friend Krishna?
“You’ve never seen a maid of honor with such a self-congratulatory smile!” LN
TIPS FOR A SUMMER WEDDING
Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique, Connie Lucks and Kristin Lucks Shelton
Heavy gowns are being replaced by lighter fabrics—still full and romantic—but with a delicate feeling. Think silk, lace and organza in a vintage style reminiscent of Monet or 1930s Hollywood glamour.
Busch Stadium, Kevin Owen
Nothing says summer like a wedding at home plate! But keep it simple. Elaborate doesn’t work with Mother Nature.
Ladue Florist, Trish Harkins
Summer is a beautiful time of year for peonies! We love to use them—they’re fragrant, full and lush. Try different shades of pink, paired with roses, with pretty little hypericum berries for the perfect accent.
McArthur’s Bakery, Randy McArthur
Don’t forget that St. Louis summers can be brutal in June and July, not just August. Any icing will melt at 100 degrees, so take that into consideration if your reception is outside. Sometimes the fairy tale gets in the way of common sense.