The Couple: Vera and Matt
The Wedding: 7.14.12 – National Churchill Museum, Fulton, Missouri
The Photographer: DWJohnson Studio
Junebug: What three adjectives best describe your wedding?
Vera and Matt: eclectic, simple, genuine
Junebug: What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day?
Vera: I like to say, if nothing matches, then it all matches. And Matt agrees! Most important to us was being able to include personal items like my mothers veil, Matt’s grandmothers hat pins, and my aunt’s necklace. It didn’t matter to us if it didn’t all perfectly go together, we wanted to include the things that meant something to us! When it came to all the details (dresses, suits, centerpieces, flowers) we wanted them to be simple; we wanted nothing to take away from the focus of joining two people in marriage before God, family, and friends!
Junebug: Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding?
Vera: My favorite moment was when the doors swung open and I stood with my father before all my family and friends at the back of the aisle. Matt is an amazing musician, and he had once told me that he wouldn’t write songs for girls, only for his wife. For months, Matt had been writing the song that would accompany me down the aisle. When my Uncle Barry began playing the song, and I looked up and saw Matt smiling and crying, I immediately began to sob. I would be his wife on this day! On top of all of the blessings and joys of our wedding day, this was maybe most special to me.
Standing with my father on the spiral staircase before we walked down the aisle was insane. My father is a man of few words, strong and stoic. It was just so good to stand next to him and know he loved me and was proud of me for marrying such a great man. He was holding in wells of emotion, and I knew he couldn’t say anything. I looked at him and said “You ready Daddy?” He nodded and we walked.
Junebug: What specifically drew you to DWJohnson Studio and their imagery?
Vera: You can tell that DWJohnson does a great job capturing the whole day, and I mean the REAL day. Sure, we had the family pics with Uncle Stan, but more importantly the photographers got the photos of the special little happenings of the day. Matt and I felt like we were the only two people in the room, even though we were surrounded by hundreds of loving friends and family, and DWJohnson was able to capture so many great candid moments throughout the day that we were totally unaware of! Matt and I were simply loving each other, and DWJohnson just happened to be there to help re-tell our special day!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: DWJohnson Studio
Ceremony Venue: National Churchill Museum
Reception Venue: Westminster College Mueller Hall
Officiant: Jason Abbott
Invitation Designer & Florist: Joyce Neuenswander (mother of bride)
Catering: Fresh Ideas
Cake: Celeste Ambrosius (cousin of bride)
Wedding Dress: Demetrios
Bridal accessories: Veil – mother of bride, Necklace – aunt of bride, Bracelet – grandmother of bride, Shoes – Naya
Bridesmaids apparel and accessories: Blue lace crochet dress – Tulle, orange and gold earrings – TJ MAXX
Groom and groomsmen apparel and accessories: Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and make-up: Rebecca Welsh (sister of bride)
DJ: Jim Logan
Favors: Donations to The HALO Foundation
Rings: Tacori setting with engagement diamond of grooms mother