On October 12, 2019, in St. Louis, Emily Marilyn Manns and Mark Andrew Williams wed at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, followed by an elegant fête at the Missouri Athletic Club.
The bride is the daughter of Thomas and Christie Manns of St. Louis. An attorney at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Emily earned her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Boston College and her Juris Doctor and Master of Laws in Tax from Washington University in St. Louis.
Son of Jerome and Deborah Williams of Asheville, North Carolina, the groom is a graduate of Wake Forest University. After college, he worked on John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. Mark also founded a software company before earning his Juris Doctor from Washington University in St. Louis. He is an attorney at White & Case.
“We met at the Barrister’s Ball,” Emily says, remembering the annual law school event. “Mark cut me in line at the bar.”
She called the bachelor out for his behavior. By way of apology, he offered to buy her a drink – at an open bar. Fortunately, Mark’s attempt at gallantry earned him an evening of dancing, where he secured a date and left with her phone number.
After sitting for the New York bar exam, they explored the ancient ruins and sun-soaked islands of Greece. Emily knew she had found her ideal partner. Mark recognized Emily as his perfect match when introducing her to his family.
Mark took Emily out to the River Café in Brooklyn on a balmy June night. And, just as the evening came to an end, Mark bent the knee in front of the sparkling Brooklyn Bridge.
The couple married in Emily’s family’s parish. She walked down the aisle wearing her mother’s diamond bracelet as her “something borrowed” and carrying her great-grandmother’s old locket with a blue flower.
The reception incorporated elements of St. Louis and North Carolina. The newlyweds took to the dance floor as the band struck up a rendition of Franki Vallie’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” to which Mark swept his bride off her feet and spun her around. The couple, who currently reside in Washington, D.C., honeymooned in Bali.
The Date: October 12, 2019
The Bride: Emily Marilyn Manns
The Groom: Mark Andrew Williams
The Bride’s Parents: Thomas & Christie Manns of St. Louis
The Groom’s Parents: Jerome & Deborah Williams of Asheville, North Carolina
Maid of Honor: Olivia Manns, sister of the bride
Best Man: Jerome Williams, father of the groom
Bridesmaids: Mary Caitlin Bettger, Lauren Douglass, Alexandra Greco, Danielle Mungenast and Maria Molina Weber
Groomsmen: Christopher Brown, Lawrence Duke, Scott Douglass, Ethan Kirby-Smith and Fritz Vaughan
The Invitations: Reaves Engraving
The Officiant: Monsignor Richard Hanneke
The Ceremony: Our Lady of Lourdes Church
The Reception: Missouri Athletic Club
The Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
The Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo
The Tux: The Groom’s Own
The Rings: Tiffany & Co.; Christopher Van Dyke
The Florist: Soulard Florist
The Cake: Missouri Athletic Club
The Band: Diamond Empire Band
The Photographer: Jon Koch Photography
The Wedding Planner: Soirée Saint Louis
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