On April 14, Charles D’Angelo married Crystal Prag, uniting family and friends from near and far to celebrate their union. “Seconds after being pronounced husband and wife, we paused for a kiss as we walked down the aisle,” says Crystal. “That first moment of officially being married and surrounded by loved ones is one that we’ll cherish forever.” Gratitude, joy and love were infused into every moment, from the bride’s brother walking her down the aisle and the heart-shaped napkins to the couple’s unity time capsule and bridesmaids’ surprise line dance.


The couple’s sendoff included a surprise for their guests: a captivating fireworks display. This summer, the newlyweds soar off to the lush paradise of Fiji for their honeymoon.


Charles and Crystal wowed guests when they performed their first dance to “Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing, culminating with the iconic lift. The couple also delighted guests when they later performed a duet, with Charles on piano.


Both fans of Harry Potter, the bride and groom tied in elements of the beloved series, with long reception tables evoking the Grand Hall of Hogwarts, complete with floating lights overhead and the movie’s overture playing during their entrance.


Charles and Crystal released doves on the steps of the Jewel Box. “What better way to begin life as a newly married couple than by sending some love into the air in the way it all began?” says Crystal.


The vibe was set when guests first received their invitations, which allude to how the couple met - at an airport.


Pretty peonies, pale pink roses, white daisies and the occasional thistle flower masterfully combine to create a whimsical effect in these hand-tied bridal party bouquets by Belli Fiori.


This custom edible masterpiece from Kaked by Katie highlights the couple’s journey from the airport to the altar, and California to St. Louis.

The Ceremony: Jewel Box in Forest Park

The Reception: Peabody Opera House

The Officiant: Lori Beth Denberg

The Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia, found at Blush Bridal Couture in Tustin, California

The Tux: Savvi Formalwear

The Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

The Hair & Makeup: Daniellestyle

The Rings: The Diamond Shop

The Invitations: Society Paper Goods

The Florist: Belli Fiori

The Cake: Kaked by Katie

Ceremony Music: St. Louis Pianist, Dave Becherer

Cocktail Hour Music: Noteworthy Music

The Band: Arvell and Company

Rentals: Exclusive Events, Inc.

Doves: St. Louis Doves Release Company

Ice Sculpture: Ice Visions

Fireworks: Pyrotecnico

The Photographer: Mike Cassimatis Photography

The Videographer: Millennium Productions

The Wedding Planner: Absolutely IN! Events

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