At this year’s 56th annual Fleur de Lis Ball, held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at The Arch, 43 debutantes were presented to society and the Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis. The young women join approximately 1,500 honorees since the event began in 1956.
In the 56-year history of the Fleur de Lis Charity Ball, family traditions have become a defining feature of the event, second only to its primary mission of raising funds for pediatric medical research. As a token of their families’ longstanding history with the Fleur de Lis, many of the girls presented at this year’s ball wore mementos from years gone by.
Puffy sleeves, jumbo bowties, pastel satin as far as the eye can see… The problem with trends is the easy transition from dashing to dated. For this year’s brides and grroms, local pros weigh-in on the wedding trends of 2014; these are the ones that are here to stay—at least for another year.
At her wedding at Walkers Bluff Wine Cave in Carterville, Illinois, Sarah Arseneau wore an Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal gown from Fleur de Lis Bridal Boutique.
Famed bridal designer Judd Waddell will soon make his St. Louis trunk show debut at Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique. While his designs may not have been displayed this way here before, Waddell is no stranger to the area. Before launching his own fashion house, Waddell was just a young adult from a small town (Illiopolis, Illinois), who attended Washington University to pursue his passion: architecture.
Lindsey Farr and Randy Abbott mixed classic traditions with modern details to celebrate their love and marriage.
Grace Joan Cline and Michael John Keeven
Lauren Hope Marglous and H. Peter Rawson Steffen
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
“It’s a night of faith, family and friends, and that’s what makes it so special,” says Peggy Barnhart about the Fleur de Lis ball, at which one of her daughters was an honoree this year.
One month to the day after Elaine Beck’s father passed away, she went out to a bar with her friends. Across the room, Mike Reinberg, who had heard of Elaine through mutual friends, made eye contact.
Few warm-weather scenes are more picturesque than that of sinking into a wooden chair, surrounded by blooming plants, sipping iced tea. As lovely as it sounds, chipped, filthy or boring pots can destroy the mood. Upgrade your porch or windowsill oasis with new planters worthy of spring’s best flowers.
Alice McGee Coulter and Jonathan Robert Benner met in middle school, and their young love blossomed through the years. Jon popped the question at a party Alice planned to celebrate his graduation from business school, in front of all their friends and family.
Mimi Fonseca was presented at the Fleur de Lis Ball in 1980, and what she remembers more than anything is the family atmosphere. “My whole family was there: my grandparents, aunts and uncles, sister and brother.”
Through a flourishing 52-year history, some 1,300 young women have been honored by the Fleur de Lis organization at its signature Charity Ball.
WHEN FIVE SECOND-GRADERS FROM WESTCHESTER ELEMENTARY were chosen to participate in Destination Imagination’s Global Finals? The contest is the largest creative thinking and problem-solving competition in the world. Pictured: ‘The Fire Dragons’ from Westchester Elementary School: Arlo Inman, Hamilton Frick, Colin O’Rourke, Nathan Sweeney and Griffin Young
The ladies of the Fleur de Lis presented the Most Rev. Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, with a check for $60,000? In the last 53 years, a total of $2.702 million has been donated to SSM Cardinal Glennon Children�s Medical Center. Pictured: Archbishop Carlson with Fleur de Lis debutants
the date — October 8, 2011