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Wedding Weekend in St. Louis

2012 May 29
by Becky

It’s 11:22 pm on Monday night, Memorial Day, and I’m snuggled in bed with my laptop, Stu snoring beside me.

We’ve just arrived home from the most wonderful weekend and, though I’m exhausted, I can’t wait to share a few moments from the wedding of my unbelievable friends, Kate and Erik.

First, a little history.

I met Kate when we both worked for a recruiting company in St. Louis (the job was short-lived for both of us). She had just moved back from New York (Brooklyn, actually) and, after about a week of me mistakenly thinking she felt superior to the rest of us Midwestern-ers based on her NY experience, we hit it off.

It started as a crush—I was in awe of her genuine, charismatic, and fun personality. But as the weeks turned in to months and then years, I came to consider Kate one of my very best friends. My long-lost sister. In fact, her whole incredible family has changed my life. The Haring Clan is one-of-a-kind.

I was also lucky enough to be there at the very beginning of her relationship with the man she married last night. It was almost three years ago when she told me about this great guy she worked with, someone she instantly felt connected to, and with whom she immediately saw a future. I met Erik soon after and knew he was The One for Kate—he is the sweetest, most selfless, caring man any girl could ask for. He’s a priceless friend with whom you always have a good time. It was amazing to see their relationship unfold. I was thrilled when they rented an apartment less than one mile from our house in Maplewood. Then, last April when Erik asked me to go ring shopping with him—it was one of the most exciting days of my life.

Fast forward to yesterday, May 27th, in St. Louis at the Randall Gallery, when Erik and Kate finally tied the knot.

I am still in awe.

Kate was the most beautiful bride, completely embracing her wedding day from the moment she appeared at the ceremony. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, but laughs were abundant too. From her wave “hello” at the top of the steps to the officiant’s thoughtful words (a very talented friend, Matt), to the couple’s walk back up the aisle with “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” playing in the background, it was quite a show. Every single aspect of the event was meaningful, emotional, and personal…just as a wedding should be.

Kate asked me to be a bridesmaid AND sing in her wedding…the first of which I have NEVER done, while the second I’ve done many many times. That said, it’s been a looooooong time since I’ve sung in a wedding. So I practiced my a*% off so i would be as perfect as possible. Luckily, bridesmaid duties kept me busy all day so I couldn’t think about the nervousness that’s been nagging at my mind for the last year. And when the music to Moulin Rouge’s “Come What May” began, everything went fine—Kate even jumped in for a few bars, something that is so “her”. I contained my tears…for the most part. It was not an easy feat.

Throughout the day I snapped away, my camera never more than an arm’s length away. I couldn’t stop…I wanted to capture every moment. So here are just a few.

That’s right! Ethan made an appearance before the wedding began. He was dressed in his tuxedo vest and shirt, looking so very grown up. He was whisked away by my parents right after the ceremony, it was after all past his bed time, but not before he had a chance to hang with the flower girl (Kate’s A-dorable niece Brooke) and climb around some artwork.

Thanks to my dad for taking over camera-duties for a little while.

After Little Man left, the solo was done, and the vows were said, it was time to discard the pain-makers (my shoes) and PAR-TAY. The live band, Down Time, ROCKED and kept everyone on the dance floor till the wee hours of the morning. It was complete with a midnight White Castle delivery and an appearance by “Wedding Stu”.

I didn’t get a lot of party-ing pictures because I, myself, was partying. We all danced till we could dance no more. What a perfect way to spend the first whole night away from the Little Man…in 17 months!

This goes down as one of my all time favorite weddings. I can’t imagine a better match…Kate and Erika are MFEO—Meant For Each Other.

I am just so honored to have been a part of such a magical day.

And hey, speaking of magical days, Happy Anniversary to my husband of EIGHT years! Where has the time gone? 

4 Responses
  1. Grandma Johnson permalink
    May 30, 2012

    Happy Anniversary Stu and Becky!! wow, has it been 8 years!!! Where did the time go.

    I love the pictures of the wedding. It looks like you and Stu had a blast!! Ethan looked adorable and so did you and the bridal party. Stu also looked great! My son is such a ham!!

    How wonderful Sandy and Joe were there to help watch Ethan. Grandparents are great babysitters!!

    Thanks for sharing a beautiful wedding with us all.

  2. Grandpa Joe permalink
    May 31, 2012

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
    Beck and Stu………….

    I knew that!……….But with everything else going on…………
    forgot to actually STW…………..Say The Words.
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY.

    Another Great Blog.
    And you Captured the Wedding!

    Dad

  3. Kate permalink
    June 16, 2012

    How is it that I JUST SAW THIS?! I try to catch everything, too!
    Thank you for a lovely post and the lovely pictures and the wonderful words. You are a diamond in my life.
    I love you!

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