Amid the revelers and colorful festivities of the 2009 St. Louis Mardi Gras Parade, celebrated annually in fine style in Soulard, Mark Lorin (Ren) Mullinix Jr. met his future wife, Marguerite Grace Shields. The two would return to the spot of their first meet seven years later, where Ren would take a knee, ring in hand, to ask Marguerite to be his bride.
The June 10 wedding brought together more than 300 guests, including almost all of the bride’s family and many out-of-towners, to witness the nuptials. Honoring tradition, Marguerite and Ren tied the knot in the same chapel as the bride’s parents at Our Lady of Lourdes. Monsignor Michael Turek, who wed Marguerite’s parents and also baptized her, officiated the ceremony.
The reception took place at St. Louis Country Club, which served as the perfect venue to capture the authentic beauty of that summer day.
Frankie of Festive Couture Floral brought the outside in, with incredible displays of lush eucalyptus and flowers, while Kate & Company created the European ambiance of the space by removing rugs and adding long harvest tables, bringing Marguerite's beautiful vision to life.
Guests poured outside under a clear tent, with a gorgeous halo of greenery overhead. Marguerite’s brothers, Patrick and John, alongside her father, Jay, took the stage to serenade the bride with a rendition of “My Girl” by The Temptations. A full moon rose as the group swayed to the rhythms of The Fabulous Motown Revue.
Ren recalls on one of their first dates telling Marguerite he was going to marry her. When that day came, the two had the time of their lives celebrating amid all of their loved ones. The couple spent their honeymoon in Spain and now reside in Denver.
June 10, 2017
Marguerite Grace Shields
Mark Lorin (Ren) Mullinix Jr.
The Bride’s Parents
Mr. and Mrs. John and Maria Ogden Shields Jr. of Frontenac
The Groom’s Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Julie Lorin Mullinix of Richmond, Virginia
The Bride’s Grandparents
The late Mr. and Mrs. Peter Paul and Nancy Piccione of University City; the late Mr. John Odgen Shields and the late Ms. Claire Shields of Ladue
The Matron of Honor
The Maid of Honor
Julia Shields, sister of the bride
The Best Man
George Mullinix, brother of the groom
Shea Armentrout, Grace Godsey, Abby Declerk, Taylor Allison, Kaitlin Haenni, Amy Horan, Jenna Guarascio, Caroline Duke and Maddie Davidson
Patrick Shields, John Shields III, Michael Swartz, Michael Stalwick, Benjamin Wickman, Scott Wightman, Kip Reiserer and Jack Cousins
The Flower Girl
Our Lady of Lourdes
St. Louis Country Club
Monsignor Michael Turek
The Wedding Dress
A custom-designed Elizabeth Fillmore gown from New York
Abigail Christine Design
Festive Couture Floral
Encore Baking Company
The Fabulous Motown Revue