It Was Back-to-Back Weddings for This Couple in St. Louis
Chrissy and Jon
That old adage about not mixing business with pleasure? Don't you believe it. Just ask Chrissy Fogerty and Jon Keating. Every morning, the two wake up next to each other, grab coffee together, then walk side by side into the St. Louis headquarters of Fauxgerty (a cruelty-free fashion line that specializes in upcycled materials) for a full day's work—she as founder and CEO, he as COO.
It helps, certainly, that before they were colleagues, they were a couple, and that before that they were friends. Despite their both feeling a spark the night they met as undergrads at Creighton University, the relationship didn't turn romantic for a few years. "We needed to have some personal development before we could date. When we finally did, we knew we were going to get married," she says.
What they didn't know is that they would also end up running a company together. "I love Chrissy's passion for success," says Jon of his go-getter bride, a vegetarian who started the brand in 2013, when she was only 23. The company grew fast, and Jon came on board just last year.
They likely also never dreamed that they would throw two weddings. The couple wanted both an intimate, formal event and a larger, more casual party. Rather than choose, they decided to have it all (and eat their wedding cake, too). For help, they enlisted Chrissy's sister, Katie Turner, owner of the event-design firm Kate & Company, and her senior event designer, Jill Perez.
The results exceeded their expectations: "Neither of us would change a thing, not even the heat," says Chrissy of the long weekend, which saw temperatures soar into the triple digits. A few dozen guests attended the Friday, June 10, 2016, ceremony at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, and sit-down dinner at The Caramel Room at Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier. (Chrissy's father is president and CEO of the beloved brand.) The larger wedding—big on rustic charm and dancefloor shenanigans—was the next day at Innsbrook Resort, a private lake community outside St. Louis. All told, the celebration reflected their traditions and individual styles: "Jon's vibe is more industrial, while mine is pretty bohemian," says Chrissy. "I think we married them nicely!"
The save-the-date was made up of three nesting envelopes. When guests opened the mailing envelope, the first envelope they saw said "save the date"; the second was a line drawing of Chrissy and Jon done by Chrissy's friend, Meg Ebaugh-Faris, and then painted in watercolor by stationer Cheree Berry Paper; the final envelope had the date on it. Inside that final nesting envelope were letterpressed cards regarding details and information on their complimentary hotel rooms.
An Inspired Suite
The invitation, also by Cheree Berry Paper, reflected the couple's love of all things natural, thanks to a palette of gray, green, and ocher; loose script; and botanical motifs. The stamps reinforced the theme and referenced both Jon's home state of Nebraska and his Irish heritage.
Welcome to St. Louis
Welcome boxes contained snacks (black-and-white cookies, vegan treats, peanuts) and drinks (Irish whiskey, Champagne, water).
The program outlined the traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, mixing a whimsical script and a more streamlined font.
Black and White
The bride, with her groom on the Caramel Room's rooftop deck, added a black belt to her custom Monique Lhuillier gown post-ceremony.
Chrissy, founder of the cruelty-free fashion line Fauxgerty, had his-and-hers faux-leather motorcycle jackets made to commemorate the wedding. The delicate all-white bouquet she carried on Friday included lilies of the valley, sweet peas, and freesia.
Fancy and Friendly
Black tie–clad guests enjoyed cocktails during the golden hour.
Friday Night Cocktail Hour
Guests were asked to submit the names of their favorite drinks with their RSVPs; when they entered the venue, they were greeted by servers bearing their cocktails of choice. Names printed on tea towels draped on servers' arms helped each person find their requested libation.
Bartenders from 23 City Blocks made each guest's favorite drink and placed it on top of a personalized coaster. A ginger mint julep, a Sazerac, and an Old-Fashioned (for the bride) are pictured here.
An Epic Seating Chart
Guests' names were calligraphed on the fronts of the gorgeous pressed-flower seating assignments (which doubled as favors) that lined the wall topped with "Our Favorite Wallflowers, Please Find Your Seat."
Dining in Style
After the church ceremony, guests gathered for a five-course dinner at marbleized feasting tables in the picturesque Caramel Room.
A garland of white flowers and greenery, nestled with candles, was created by Artistry Florist and Event Design for each custom dining table, which was painted to look like marble. Rectangles of slate served as place mats.
Two charcuterie boards—filled with cured meats, cheeses, and other small bites—were placed on each table for guests to share.
Rolling in Style
A cigar roller offered fresh cigars for guests to enjoy that night, and put them in custom tubes as take-home tokens as well.
Sites of the City
Festive bistro lights hovered overhead, illuminating the rooftop on the warm summer evening.
One-of-a-Kind Chocolate Bars
After dinner, the formally dressed wait staff served ice cream on cigarette trays.
The Ceremony Spot
Saturday's commitment ceremony took place in front of a dramatic stone fireplace in the bride's parents' lake house. The groom's dad, a deacon, led the ceremony.
Chrissy's family lake house was especially fitting as the location, since it's where Jon proposed. "It's our favorite place in the world," she says. He planned every detail (with some help from Chrissy's sister). "I was acting suspicious for weeks," he admits. When Chrissy arrived for her birthday weekend, she was greeted with candles that led to the outdoor fire pit, where he popped the question. They then returned to the city, where friends and family waited to celebrate their engagement.
The new husband and wife entered together and following the commitment ceremony joined their loved ones for a tented reception.
Bangles from Chrissy's mother and grandmother decorate her wrist. Her bouquet for Saturday's wedding (also by Artistry Florist and Event Design) reflected the more casual mood of that event. It was a small, loose grouping of white anenomes, fig dahlias, fig astilbe, ivory lisianthus, ivory ranunculus, smilax, woodland fern, fig agonis, and flat seeded eucalyptus.
The couple chose not to have a wedding party for the Friday wedding, but they did enlist bridesmaids and groomsmen for the Saturday event. The boutonnieres for Jon's groomsmen were a study in white and green.
The couple had a wedding party for Saturday's fête; Chrissy gifted her "bridesbabes," including her sister (center) and sister-in-law (far left), with day-of ensembles of their choice.
Not only did Chrissy's sister, Katie, help with the wedding planning, she also threw what was arguably the best bachelorette weekend ever. The group—which included Chrissy's "bridesbabes," her mom, her mom's best friend, and Katie's best friend—flew to Chicago and stayed in a suite at the Langham. The festivities began with a private dinner at Cindy's. The next day, the girls enjoyed spa treatments, then slipped on floral crowns and cocktail dresses to go to a Beyoncé concert! "It was a surprise—and one of the most fun times I've ever had!" says Chrissy.
What a photo op! The bride poses with a garland-bedecked and photogenic horse.
Strike a Pose
Instant print cameras were scattered around for guests to use. The photos were later slipped into a guest book for the couple.
A painted wooden "cheers" sign, modeled after the loose script used on the stationery, was custom-made for the bar.
The escort board, a slab of walnut stained wood, was screen-printed with each guest's name and table number.
Suspended over each of the two head tables at the reception was a beautiful foliage "cloud," composed of sword fern, gunni eucalyptus, Italian ruskus, Agonis, salal, silver dollar eucalyptus, plumosa, asparagus fern, and varigated oregonia.
Natural and Modern
The palette of fig, mustard, green, and gold was reflected in the table settings and centerpieces (which featured a mix of greenery and blooms, including dahlias, yarrow, freesia, astilbe, peonies, and garden roses); menus were laser-etched onto plexiglass.