Daniel Mertzlufft and Megan Shapleigh became friends in 2008. But as fate would have it, they kept bumping into each other over the next few months and their run-ins eventually led to a serious relationship. Daniel popped the question in 2010, a few days before Christmas, on a surprise carriage ride through Tilles Park. “After the proposal, I was surprised by our families, who were anxiously awaiting our arrival at Truffles Restaurant for dinner,” Megan recalls.

Every detail was attended to in the planning of the couple’s big day. Megan visited each bridesmaid and presented them with a dress-shaped sugar cookie tagged with the question, Will you be my bridesmaid? along with their actual bridesmaid dress. And out-of-town guests were welcomed with a memento bag that featured a drawing of the arch and the inscription, Welcome to St. Louis! Love, Megan and Dan. “I was surprised by the planning process—lots of time and details were involved,” Dan explains.

The couple was joined by family and friends for a ceremony officiated by The Rev. Jay Kanzler at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church. “Seeing my beautiful bride walk down the aisle was one of my most cherished moments of the day,” Dan says. After the nuptials, a bagpipe player preceded the newlywed’s procession down the aisle. A reception followed at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. Through the use of lighting, the couple created an inviting environment for their guests as they enjoyed music by the Fabulous Motown Review, dinner and dancing. “Looking around our reception and being with everyone we loved— it was amazing to have everyone together celebrating our day,” Megan recalls.

The newlyweds honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they enjoyed relaxing on the beach, boating, snorkeling and shopping. Megan works for Ballas Dental Care and Dan is a training analyst at Washington University. He also is a head coach for the men’s lacrosse team at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill. The couple resides in St. Louis.

Megan Barnett Shapleigh & Daniel Joseph Mertzlufft

October 22, 2011

The Bride’s Parents

Mary Kina and Stephen Stark Shapleigh

The Groom’s Parents

Thomas and Patricia Mertzlufft

The Ceremony

Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church

The Reception

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis

The Wedding Dress

Simply Elegant Bride, Paloma Blanca

The Ring

International Diamond Inc.

The Florist

Bloomin’ Buckets Floral Design

The Cake

Lubeley’s Bakery

The Band

Motown Revue

The Photographer

Light Source Photography

The Bridesmaid’s Dresses

Adrianna Papell

The Tux

Stallones Formal Wear

The Invitations

Gina Graphics