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“Our family is everything to us,” says Lori Heise. In 2007, she and husband Ken founded Heise Advisory Group, a retirement planning firm in St. Louis that helps families navigate the financial complexities posed by this new life stage. “We refer to clients as our families,” she says. “We’re about enriching their lives in every way possible because we want them to be with us for the rest of their lives.” Turn to page 10 to read more about Heise Advisory Group’s independent, unbiased and individualized approach to financially preparing for retirement and all that the future holds. Photo courtesy of Heise Advisory Group.


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Featured Listings 1. 4 Mayfair Road • Ladue

Unique one of a kind home with a welcoming front courtyard is built on a beautiful 1.8 acre private lot. First floor includes an extraordinary master suite with spa-like bath and walk-in closets, dining room, media room with wine cellar, office with full bath, laundry plus utility rooms and two half baths. $2,200,000

4. 13346 Fairfield Square • T&C

1. 4 Mayfair Road • Ladue

2. 11 Terry Hill Lane • Westwood

Impressive Ted Christner contemporary on quiet tree lined Terry Hill Lane. Soaring ceilings, substantial custom upgrades, spectacular architectural design and gorgeous exterior views in every room. First floor boasts two private bedroom suites and spacious master suite with his/her bathrooms. $1,329,000

3. 132 Wildwood Lane • Kirkwood

Wonderful four-bedroom, 2.5 bath home sits in a popular subdivision adjacent to Greenbriar Hills Country Club which offers pool and other amenities. Open floor plan, hardwood floors, crown molding, wainscoting, built-in cabinetry and more. $409,900

4. 13346 Fairfield Square • Town & Country

2. 11 Terry Hill Lane • Westwood

5. 21 Ridgemoor Drive • Clayton

Premium lot overlooks lawn, end unit, private, great location on south side of Fairfield. Great room/living room feature vaulted ceiling and an open floor plan. Sleek, updated kitchen overlooks patio, adjacent laundry. Large master suite with bath, second bedroom or office plus another full bath. $650,000

5. 21 Ridgemoor Drive • Clayton

NEW PRICE! Wonderful Clayton home in Claverach Park with five bedrooms and 4.5 baths. House is neutral, light and open with pretty architectural details. Custom kitchen has stainless appliances, granite and breakfast room. Large family room with a fireplace and bay windows overlooks private yard. $1,125,000

6. 12330 Borcherding Lane • Des Peres

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6. 12330 Borcherding Lane • Des Peres

18 Upper Warson Road (Ladue) $5,200,000 1751 N. Woodlawn Avenue (Ladue) $3,975,000 905 Kingscove Court (T & C) $1,100,000 9936 Litzsinger Road (Ladue) $3,200,000 Lovely entry welcomes you into a sunny and 9828 Old Warson Road (Ladue) $2,450,000 bright home with gleaming hardwood floors, 32 Clermont Lane (Ladue) $2,200,000 and adjoining office/library space and formal 4 Mayfair Road (Ladue) $2,200,000 dining room. A dream kitchen offers double ovens, quartz counters and beautiful cabinets. 35 Chesterfield Lakes (Chesterfield) $1,975,000 233 Woodbourne Drive (St. Louis) $1,899,000 Lower level family with a fireplace and built12 Danfield Road (Ladue) $1,825,000 ins, playhouse, exercise room, media room 156 Belle Maison Ln (Creve Coeur) $1,425,000 and wine cellar. 12826 Topping Woods Est Dr (T & C) $1,399,000 31 Enfield Road (Olivette)  $635,000 11 Terry Hill Lane (Westwood) $1,329,000 OPEN SUNDAY 1-3! Absolutely charming 30 Dunleith Drive (Ladue)  $1,139,000 three bedroom, 2.5 bath white washed brick 21 Ridgemoor Drive (Clayton) $1,125,000 home in the highly coveted Chevy Chase 905 Kingscove Ct (Town & Country) $1,100,000 neighborhood. First floor boasts an elegant 9 Westwood CC Grounds (Wstwd) $1,100,000 living room with French doors and fireplace,


formal dining room, large family room with arched openings, exposed brick and a large custom barn wood mantle with gas fireplace.

$750,000 - $1,000,000

22 Log Cabin Drive (Ladue)  10706 Burrow Dr (Sunset Hills) $384,000 947 Cabernet Drive (Town & Country) OPEN SATURDAY 1-3! Must see impressive 10185 Springwood Drive (Ladue) brick two story home with open floor plan is a 715 Glenridge Ave (Clayton) fabulous opportunity to live in a prime Sunset 17 Brookwood Road (Town & Country) Hills neighborhood. Large center hall entry 4 Deer Creek Woods Drive (Ladue) opens to living and dining rooms. Family 8030 Watkins Drive (Clayton) room with wet bar and large mantle with brick 1166 Hampton Park (Rchmnd Hghts)  fireplace. Updated kitchen leads to breakfast 7149 Lindell Blvd. (University City) area with French doors leading to deck. 700 Yale Avenue (University City)

3338 Fleet Lane (St. Charles) $175,000 Wonderfully updated three bedroom, two bath ranch with great curb appeal and lovely landscaping. Featuring six panel doors with oil-rubbed bronze hardware, updated lighting, Frieze carpet, crown molding, and newer siding. Perfect for entertaining offering large family room addition with fireplace and sliding door to the oversized deck and finished lower level with full bath.

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$500,000 - $750,000 11564 Malvern Drive (Frontenac)  3 Clayton Terrace (Frontenac) 8000 Seminole Drive (Clayton) 405 North Woodlawn (Kirkwood) 31 Enfield Road (Olivette)  12330 Borcherding Lane (Des Peres) 11834 Conway Road (Westwood)


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Lovely, completely updated family home located on almost three quarters of an acre. Open floor plan with beautiful hardwood floors, updated eat in kitchen with newer cabinets and fixtures, stainless appliances, living room, family room and half bath complete the first floor. $599,900

856 Bricken Place (Warson Woods) $484,900 1649 Andrew Drive (Warson Woods) $479,900 807 Orpington Court (Des Peres)  $479,900 16 Midpark Lane (Ladue) $465,000 10706 Burrow Drive (Sunset Hills) u $384,000 139 East Clinton Place (Kirkwood) $375,000 539 Donne Avenue (University City)  $375,000 1109 Webster Oaks Ln (Webster Grvs)$365,000 752 Berquist Drive (Ballwin) $350,000 9122 White Avenue (Brentwood) $349,000 10356 Conway Road (Frontenac) $325,555

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UNDER $300,000 3539 Hartford Street (St. Louis) 7250 Ravinia Drive (Pasadena Hills) 924 North Geyer Road (Kirkwood) 3338 Fleet Lane (St. Charles)

$265,000 $235,000 $199,000 $175,000

LOTS AND ACREAGE 1 Canter Hill Drive (Ladue) 671 TBB Pine Creek (T & C) 663 TBB Pine Creek (T & C) 706 Oak Avenue (Valley Park)

$3,975,000 $1,300,000 $999,000 $57,500

CONDOS AND VILLAS 150 Carondelet Plz #2801 (Clayton) $5,499,000 4969 Pershing Place, No. 1 (St. Louis) $799,000 13346 Fairfield Square (T & C) $650,000 731 Westwood Drive #1S (Clayton) $449,000 9 North Euclid Avenue #501 (St. Louis) $409,000 4466 West Pine Blvd #2G (St. Louis) $289,000 610 Forest Court #3 (Clayton) $285,000 5539 Waterman Blvd #2S (St. Louis) $247,500 630 Westwood Drive #1S (Clayton) $229,000 1521 Hedgeford Dr #11 (Chesterfield) $189,000

856 Bricken Place • Warson Woods GLEAMING HARDWOODS AND SUPERIOR MILLWORK! Located on a corner lot in popular Warson Woods, this lovely home offers a serene blissful setting. Spacious and bright living room with see through fireplace to family room. Eat-in kitchen overlooks fenced in yard and patio. $484,900


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will be the season of stripes. Stripes adorned jumpsuits, dresses – pretty much every article of clothing. As someone who once categorized stripes as foe more than friend, it seems that now stripes can be either dressed up or dressed down. And it felt especially timely, given that LN style guru Katie Yeadon picked stripes for our summer Style showcase. In this story, starting on p. 68, Yeadon shows us how to wear stripes casually, professionally and elegantly. We hope this fashion spread inspires a look or two for your new summer wardrobe. Also in this week’s edition, LN contributing writer Julia Cain talks to Lamp Wine Cellars owner Cory Lamp about his new endeavor: creating stunning storage for wine enthusiasts. These cellars aren’t simply practical storage space, but are true conversation pieces. They also provide the perfect place to host a wine-tasting party for friends and family. Turn to p. 30 to learn about Lamp’s winning wine cellars. All the best,

Alecia Humphreys

Editor’s Corner The word around town We’re Sorry: In the April 27 edition of Ladue News, the quote accompanying the Young Friends of Kids with Cancer VooDoo in the Lou Masquerade Ball was incorrectly attributed. The quote, which stated, “Supporting Young Friends of Kids with Cancer is simply a joy. I am forever grateful to have the opportunity to give back to an organization that helped me when I was a kid with cancer,” was actually said by Katy Breen. We sincerely apologize for the error.

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Congratulations to Hyun Bang of Chesterfield, a Parkway West High School senior, for being presented with an engraved bronze medallion in recognition of his selection as a Distinguished Finalist for Missouri in the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. According to a press release, Hyun founded Kids for Kids – “a school club that has raised more than $300 to buy birthday gifts for foster children and meets several times a month to sing, swim and play sports with kids with disabilities.” The 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards “represent the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service.”


our house while my husband worked up a surprise on behalf of our little boy. My mom and I took full advantage and spent the afternoon dining at her favorite restaurant and then perusing some of our favorite shops – obviously spending quality time with one another. While shopping, it was quickly evident that this summer

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156 Belle Maison Lane

12826 Topping Woods Estates Dr.

31 Enfield Road

Beautifully crafted two-year-old build in the Belle Maison neighborhood! Top of the line gourmet kitchen, fabulous open floor plan with high end finishes. First floor master suite, three en suite bedrooms on the second floor, and fully loaded walkout basement that boasts hardwood floors, full kitchen, full bar, media room and roughed in bedroom and bathroom. Showings begin Saturday, May 19th.

Gorgeous brick Higginbotham-built home located on one acre with over 5800 sq. ft of living space. Situated on a quiet convenient cul-de-sac street in Town & Country, this home is completely updated for today’s living. Designer kitchen features granite, custom cabinetry and professional appliances. Master suite boasts dramatic views of the beautiful backyard, large walk in closet and spacious bath. Walk out to pool oasis complete with waterfall, slide and fire pit. Wonderful storage, fenced backyard, new concrete circle driveway and 3-car garage. Showings begin Friday, May 18th.

Absolutely charming three bedroom, 2.5 bath white washed brick home in the highly coveted Chevy Chase neighborhood. Fall in love with the gas lanterns, crown moldings, window boxes and hardwood floors. First floor boasts an elegant living room with French doors and fireplace, formal dining room, large family room with arched openings, exposed brick and a large custom reclaimed barn wood mantle with gas fireplace. Updated kitchen includes granite counters, stainless steel appliances and breakfast space with views of the picturesque backyard. Second floor offers three bedrooms and two updated full bathrooms. Showings begin Friday, May 18th.

32 Clermont Lane

12 Danfield Road LADUE | $1,825,000

11 Terry Hill Lane

WESTWOOD | $1,329,000

Fall in love with this impressive five bedroom, 6.5 bathroom stunner on the charming Clermont Lane. Featuring hardwood floors, walls of windows, premium crown moldings and updated bathrooms. First floor boasts a gourmet eat-in kitchen that walks out to spectacular pool patio, bright dining room, living room with gas fireplace, family room with views of the pool, wine room, laundry and master suite with his and her private bathrooms and walk in closets.

Stunning five year old new build will impress you with high end finishes from top to bottom. Soaring wood plank ceilings with structural cedar beams, spectacular two story stone fireplace in the large family room, gorgeous entry with inlaid wood and stone floor, and multiple French doors that walk out to spectacular flagstone patio with fountain. Gourmet eat in kitchen boasts top of the line appliances, walk-in pantry and gorgeous walnut center island. First floor master suite offers his and her walkin closets, gas fireplace, and bathroom with private deck and outdoor shower.

Impressive Ted Christner contemporary on quiet tree lined Terry Hill Lane. Soaring ceilings, substantial custom upgrades, spectacular architectural design and gorgeous exterior views in every room. Sprawling first floor boasts two private bedroom suites, a spacious master suite with his/her bathrooms and walk in closets. Expansive gourmet eat-in kitchen with center island and walk in pantry, library surrounded by walnut bookshelves, and private office with views of the professionally landscaped grounds, pool and pool house, complete the first floor.

CREVE COEUR | $1,425,000

LADUE | $2,200,000

TOWN & COUNTRY | $1,399,000

OLIVETTE | $635,000



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8030 Watkins Drive


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racious center hall Colonial with all the spaces you crave and the ability to put your own personal stamp on it. Over 3500 square feet including a large traditional living room with fireplace, formal dining room, vaulted family room addition with fireplace, main floor study, huge eat-in kitchen, cozy three-season room, and an attached two-car garage. Upstairs, you’ll find four large bedrooms and three full baths including a master suite with enormous bathroom with whirlpool tub, separate shower and two vanities plus a private bonus room.



esirable Colonial home with wonderful curb appeal and tasteful updates. Flowing main level floor plan includes renovated kitchen with breakfast room, large formal living and dining rooms, a lovely main floor family room, and convenient mudroom/home office. Upstairs offers spacious master suite with gorgeous renovated bath plus two additional bedrooms which share a newer Jack-n-Jill bath. Attached 2-car garage plus a private, fully fenced backyard.


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We’re 100 percent independent, family-owned and St. Louis-local. We work for our families – meaning our clients – and no one else. – Ken HeiSe

career is not always a calling. For some people, the 40 hours clocked in the office each week are only a means to an end, an obligatory interruption from their real lives. Not so for Ken and Lori Heise, cofounders of Heise Advisory Group, an independent retirement planning firm in St. Louis. Because they forge such personal relationships with their clients, helping them navigate retirement doesn’t feel like work to the Heise’s. Meeting with clients is more like spending time with family and friends. Family forms the fulcrum of Heise Advisory Group. Indeed, it’s what prompted Ken Heise to enter into the financial services industry in 1990. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he dreamed of following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by becoming a truck driver. He instead became the first member of his family to attend college, earning a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering. “I always liked building things,” Ken Heise says. “So, I became an architectural engineer and turned it into a successful career in construction management.” It wasn’t until his parents decided to retire that Ken Heise found his true life’s work. “I began helping them sort through things and fix some of the mistakes that had been made over the years,” he explains. “In the process, I found my true passion.” Shifting from engineering to finance, Ken Heise spent years working in the insurance industry for companies beholden to larger institutions. “The promise of independence was always supposedly there, but it never really was,” he maintains. “In that system, no matter how hard you try to do the right thing for your client, the sales and product pressure from the parent company is always present.” In 2005, Ken Heise met his future wife, Lori, at a conference in Chicago. Having worked in the insurance industry since 1989, Lori shared Ken’s commitment to guiding families through complex financial matters and life events. Together, they formed Heise Advisory Group in 2007, in part because they both sought to offer



VISION Back row: Ken Heise, Lori Heise and Steve Mahler | Front row: Megan Miener and Suzan Kelly

independent, unbiased and, importantly, individualized retirement advice to clients. “We wanted to be independent and to eliminate the conflict of interest of a parent company pushing clients in a certain direction,” declares Ken Heise. “That’s a huge separator for us. We’re 100 percent independent, family-owned and St. Louis-local. We work for our families – meaning our clients – and no one else.” That autonomy, paired with a family focus, translates into a firm that is truly invested in families and their financial – and overall – well-being. “We are looking to build long-term relationships with clients,” emphasizes Lori Heise. “We get to know their dreams, what’s important to them and what kind of legacies that they want to leave. The only way to provide a thorough retirement plan is to know and to understand clients like family.” In order to create a comprehensive retirement plan for clients, Heise Advisory Group developed a five-step process, the first of which is a “vision meeting.” In that initial consultation, “it’s not about us,” stresses Lori Heise. “It’s about getting to know more about them.” During the 90-minute session, the group’s advisors meet one-on-one with clients, listening to their dreams and concerns. “A lot of times the hardest part for clients is defining their dreams,” reveals Ken Heise. “We spend a lot of time helping families realize that they have to determine their dream and then put a price tag on it. What does your monthly budget need to look like in order to do everything that you want to do? The answer to that question forms the basis of everything moving forward.” Once families arrive at an answer, Ken and Lori Heise guide them through the rest of the retirement planning process, which includes assessment, strategy and implementation. “Our practice is holistic,” declares Lori Heise. “We handle everything, from

income planning to investment, tax, healthcare and estate planning. It’s a complete package.” Unlike other financial advisory institutions that prioritize investment planning, Heise Advisory Group concentrates on income planning and is particularly attentive to market volatility. “The purpose of any investment plan should be to support the income plan,” advises Ken Heise. “Everyone likes to focus on returns, but it’s not about those at retirement. It’s about managing volatility. It’s paramount to understand that finances work differently after you give up your paycheck. The impact of decisions made and losses incurred on a retiree, or someone who is entering retirement, is game-changing.” The fifth and final step is what the pair refers to as the “long-term fun relationship.” “We host a lot of client events and parties, and we go out occasionally for dinner with our clients,” says Lori Heise. “That relationship is everything to us. We want to add value to each other’s lives and have fun together.” These two goals often converge at the firm’s gatherings, many of which support local charities like Angel’s Arms and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “We’ve orchestrated annual trivia nights and a team for the annual Walk for Wishes for the Missouri Make-A-Wish chapter,” says Lori Heise, who’s been a wish-granter for the organization for more than three years. “It feels good to be able to give back to the community and to have our families – our clients – excited to participate with us. Our clients are the most kind and generous people.” Heise Advisory Group, 12444 Powerscourt Drive, Suite 235, St. Louis, 314-909-1116,

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5 Bedroom, 4.5 Baths $1,590,000

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xceptional 12-year-old Ladue residence with over 5,500 square feet of fabulous living space. This 5 bedroom, 4.5 bath home offers a wonderful open floor plan, beautifully proportioned rooms, ten foot ceilings, stylish custom millwork and a main floor master suite with spa-like bath and his/her walk-in closets. The soaring light-filled great room with wide plank maple floors, custom cabinetry and gas fireplace is perfect for entertaining. The kitchen is exquisite with appliances a chef will love, solid surface counter tops, breakfast area and cabinets galore! An inviting hearth room with vaulted ceiling, stone fireplace and custom built-ins adjoins the kitchen and opens to a large private deck. Upper level offers 3 spacious bedrooms and 2 baths. The finished walk-out lower level boasts fifth bedroom & full bath, game room, exercise room, bonus room and abundant storage. Main floor laundry, mudroom, 4-car garage, aggregate driveway, inground sprinkler system and lovely lot.

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his 8 year old Custom Timber Frame home sit’s above the tree-lined hills over-looking the popular Suson Park. 6+ bedrooms, 5.5 baths. 6,318 total square feet. The details in this custom built home are “OH MY”. Every feature is tastefully and quality designed. The 1st floor has a Master Suite and office, a chef’s Kitchen with a breakfast bar (seats 12) and 2nd prep island, Breakfast/Dining Area, Hearth Room, “Signature WOW Great Room”, a raised sitting/ viewing area with a full wall of windows off the Great Room, separate Sitting Room, Walk-in Pantry, Laundry/ Mud Room and deck area out of Brazilian wood. The 2nd floor features a Loft area over looking the Great Room, 1 bedroom suite and 2 bedrooms with Jack & Jill bath. Additional bonus loft space above the loft for kids to climb up into. The Lower Level has a second full size Kitchen area with breakfast bar, a recreation space with stone fireplace, a theatre area, 3 more bedrooms, an exercize room and a walk-out to the patio, deck and ponds. 3- Car oversized garage. More acreage available upon request.

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Cinderella | MAY 18, 2018


Saint Louis Ballet


Photos and story by Christina Kling-Garrett


he Saint Louis Ballet held its spring gala, themed “Cinderella Ball,� on April 7 at The Coronado. The sold-out event featured a cocktail hour, live jazz by the Hugh Jones Trio, a performance from Cinderella by the ballet, a footman with a glass slipper, dinner, a live auction and dancing till the stroke of midnight. Co-chairing the event were Laurie Lock and Ken Stuckenschneider. Proceeds from the gala support operations of the ballet (a not-for-profit organization), including mainstage productions, the GO! series, the education program Pointe to Succeed and more. Saint Louis Ballet, the only professional resident ballet company in the area, employs and supports artists and dancers by producing both classical and contemporary productions staged for enrichment and enjoyment of the greater St. Louis community.


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We are incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support for the Cinderella Ball! This was our most successful benefit to date and will truly allow the Saint Louis Ballet to flourish. LAURIE LOCK, BOARD MEMBER AND EVENT CO-CHAIR (PICTURED WITH JENNIFER CUNNANE, PATRICIA WHITESIDE AND SHARON LEVE)

Jessica Dycus, Osha Chesnutt, Sarah Lewis

Suzanne Baker, Roger Johnson, Andrea Slavik

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Katie Furniss, Meredith Rabenold, Jen Hertel

Tom and Carol Voss, Wendy Brumitt, Gen Horiuchi, Jason Brumitt, Kathie and Richard Winter

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Debbie Darragh, Amy and Jim Schwetz, Linda Brauer | MAY 18, 2018


Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation



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Story and Photos by Diane Anderson

early 500 guests attended the ninth annual Archbishop’s Gala at The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis in Clayton to benefit the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation. The event raised more than $750,000 in support of scholarships for children to attend the parochial or private elementary school of their choice. The keynote speaker was Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. The honored guest speaker was Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, who received the Sister Mary Ann Eckhoff Award presented by Kevin Short, the chairman of the organization’s board. Michael P. McMillan of the Urban League emceed the event. Since its inception in 1991, the Today & Tomorrow Educational Foundation has raised nearly $100 million for scholarships and has grown into the fourth-largest elementary school scholarship foundation in the U.S.

Thanks to Archbishop Carlson, this is our ninth annual gala to raise funds for elementary school scholarships, and each year the gala grows in size and success. It’s remarkable the effect that these scholarships have on a family. As members of the community with means, we have a responsibility to give these kids a hand up, not just a handout. KEVIN SHORT, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

Logan Rainey, Michael McMillan, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Joe Mercer


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Tom and Margaret Hale, Tim and Nancy Tegeler, Dr. Brian O’Toole, Edel O’Toole

Women of Achievement



Photos and story by Christina Kling-Garrett

very year, Women of Achievement receives generous support from its sponsors. Its sponsor appreciation luncheon showcases those sponsors and thanks them for their continued support. The 2018 event took place April 11 at The Grill in the The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis in Clayton. Gwendolyn Packnett, Ph.D., the organization’s president, greeted guests as they arrived. After mingling, they lunched while chatting with one another. Co-chairing the sponsor luncheon were Nanci Bobrow, Alice Handelman and Joni Karandjeff.


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Each year Women of Achievement thanks our sponsors at an appreciation luncheon for their support. This support allows us to honor the indelible volunteer impact our honorees make on the cultural and social landscape of our region. ALICE HANDELMAN, SPONSOR COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR AND PAST PRESIDENT


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Dr. Eva Frazer, Phyllis Langsdorf

Andrea Griffith, Amanda Joiner, Cheryl DiMauro | MAY 18, 2018


Bach Society of Saint Louis



Photos and story by Bryan Schraier

overs of classical music in general and the works of Johann Sebastian Bach in specific recently gathered at The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries to kick off a monthlong festival celebrating those works and to support the Bach Society of Saint Louis. Guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while browsing raffle items in the Kemper Atrium before a seated dinner, program and music in the ballroom. Performing that evening were festival artists whom guests could see at one of the dozen events happening during the month. Born more than 300 years ago, Bach is regarded by many as the master of the Baroque period in both instrumental and vocal music. Ben and Courtney Stotler


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Well, the Bach society is a great institution for our community. It brings together music lovers and people who enjoy each other’s company and enjoy the company of the artists that produce this great music. So it’s been and continues to be a great pleasure, fulfilling and meaningful to me and, I hope, to the community. DOUG WILTON, PAST BOARD CHAIR

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Often, strength is perceived as a weakness. St. Louis County NAACP is here to remind the St. Louis area that our biggest strength lies in our diversity. “We need to embrace individuals and make sure companies reflect the people that they serve,” says John Gaskin III, chair of the annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner and a member of the National Board of Directors at NAACP. The annual dinner celebrates differences and how St. Louis is made stronger when united. “I can assure you this is an event you will not want to miss,” he adds. And with previous keynote speakers like congresswoman Maxine Waters and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, one would have to agree. | May 18, 2018   23

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By Amanda Dahl

ere, you’ve got a region so fragmented,” John Gaskin III describes of St. Louis and its surrounding areas. The chair of St. Louis County NAACP’s annual Freedom Fund Dinner, who also serves on the National Board of Directors, points to the recent incident at Nordstrom Rack in Brentwood for further proof. At the store, three young black men were accused of shoplifting while they looked at (and purchased) items for prom. “That’s not a good reflection of our region,” Gaskin says. “This year’s Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner theme, ‘Strength in Diversity,’ is about embracing everyone. We have to go back to the basics. We have to appreciate and understand our diversity.” For St. Louis County NAACP, that understanding must be present in every sector. “We are establishing strong alliances with our urban school districts,” Gaskin shares. “We work hard to ensure they maintain accreditation, and to have a real partnership that supports the teachers, parents and students.” “We also work with companies on diverse hiring,” Gaskin adds. “People of color are not just washing

bathrooms or floors, they are also in management. We work with construction companies to ensure people of color also receive a fair share of the major projects in St. Louis, like with contracts for things taking shape here, such as NGA and Ballpark Village.” In addition, the local chapter collaborates with financial institutions, like Wells Fargo and Edward Jones, on financial literacy to ensure quality housing is made available for those with a lower income – all in an effort to ensure the growth of St. Louis and society. The annual Freedom Fund Leadership Dinner unites community leaders and celebrates individuals who work toward diversity and inclusion. Jake Bain, an openly gay college football recruit, will receive the Jackie Robinson scholarship for his “courageousness, tenacity and bravery,” Gaskin III lauds. After sparking protests from the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the John Burroughs School alum inspired hundreds of locals to gather in support of the LGBTQ community, catching the attention of national news. Other honorees include Bob Fox, founder of NewSpace, and Maxine Clark, founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop, for their criminal justice reform and immigration rights work; and Charles Pearson, superintendent of Normandy Schools.

“There is no city in this nation that can compete with us if we use our diversity to our strength,” Gaskin promises.


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he best feeling of spring involves plunging your fingers into sun-warmed soil. Although this wet, dreary winter seemed intent on never ending, now, at last, it’s fled – and the soil has become inviting again. Dirt-under-the-nails days yield immense satisfaction, and I personally feel the greatest connection with life on earth when my hands dig into soil. Life is complicated; so is soil chemistry. Take the mystery out of that chemistry by sending fresh, dry samples from your lawn and garden for testing to the University of Missouri Extension Service. By doing so, you’ll learn how much and what kinds of fertilizer to apply for maximum plant performance. This, by the way, truly represents a case of more not being better – don’t guess! (Easy instructions appear online from the MU Extension, whose website also offers a free downloadable 22-pager titled Lawn and Garden Soil Test Interpretations and Fertilizer Recommendation Guide.) Double-dig any new planting beds. Break chunks of soil with a standard garden fork to the full depth of the tines, spade the soil onto a tarpaulin and then begin again, going two full fork-depths deep. Supplement the soil with organic materials – compost, shredded bark, mushroom bedding, manure, old hay – and add lime if indicated by soil testing.


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After that, refill the beds, mounding several inches above the original soil line, and wait at least a week and a rain for the soil to settle before taking any further action. Don’t try to do everything all at once – Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same holds true for quality loam. Despite millennia of human-garden interactions and the humor of the expression “older than dirt,” many new ideas about restoring and improving soil keep coming. Like the human biome – the millions of bacteria on humans’ skin and in humanity’s collective gut – soil

By Pat Raven, Ph.D., with Julie Hess nurtures invisible populations: in addition to the expected earthworms and ants, multitudes of soildwelling bacteria and fungi. Regarding bacteria, in fact, research continues into how to harvest and use nitrogen-fixing varieties instead of chemical fertilizers. Similarly, debate rages on the merits of biochar (similar to activated charcoal) as a way of building soil structure and locking more carbon into the ground. For more insights and enlightenment, visit the free Plant Doctor desk at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening at the Missouri Botanical Garden, or email soil questions to That said, in closing, consider a few special soilrelated tips:  Never work soil when it’s sopping wet – you run the risk of making bricks.  Make sure the water in your garden faucet isn’t connected to your water-softener lest you douse your garden with toxic (and expensive) salt.  When using nitrogen fertilizer, buy the more expensive slow-release form, as more of it will end up in your plants and less in the nearest waterway.  Keep your biomass at home! Set up a composting system and a worm bin; you can never add too much compost or worm castings to your soil.  All things considered, now marks an extraordinarily exciting time to be a soil scientist – but I confess I just want a hands-on, dirty-nails day in my garden!




By Julia Cain | Photos courtesy of Lamp Wine Cellars

Lamp Wine Cellars transforms the idea of a wine cellar from just a place to store bottles to a place to entertain throughout the home.


he word storage doesn’t bring the most glamorous image to mind. Finding space for bulk items like out-of-season clothes and holiday decorations typically focuses on the practical, not the pretty. But when the item to store is wine, the storage standards change a little – and local entrepreneur Cory Lamp is here to help with that. As owner of Lamp Wine Cellars, Lamp says there wasn’t a lot of creation and creativity when he worked his corporate job as a consulting actuary. Lamp wanted to make something, and with his longtime love of wine, a career in designing wine cellars just made sense. But how does one go from the office to the construction site to create such specialty marvels? “I’m a quick learner,” Lamp says, noting he has

surrounded himself with the right tools and the right people. Although some people find Lamp through websites like Houzz and Facebook, he explains much of his business comes through customhome builders. “It always starts with some sort of discussion with the homeowner about what their needs and wants and desires are,” he says. Sometimes this occurs by email or phone, but it most often takes place face-to-face. The homeowners and Lamp discuss practical aspects: budget, the design of the rest of the house, the function of the space, entertaining within the cellar and so forth. “And then they can turn me loose!” “Some people really just want storage,” Lamp continues, explaining a wine cellar is more or less a walk-in refrigerator set between 55 and 60 degrees. “Most of the people I’m dealing with say, ‘Yeah, I want good storage, but I want it to look good because we’re going to show it off.’” Lamp recalls a client who recently invited him to a wine-tasting party in his completed wine cellar;

with a two-story wine cellar and ample tasting space, the party of 25 could have fit 25 more, he says. The décor of a wine cellar traditionally leans Tuscan; however, Lamp’s portfolio of work showcases designs ranging from traditional to modern to downright edgy. Thick, stone archways and grape motifs are options, as is a slick stainless steel space with a minimalist vibe. It all depends on the homeowner. Lamp says he most enjoys working on projects with larger spaces that allow him to have a little more fun in the design process. Things like mixed storage options and decorative additions like archways and stonework are personal favorites. He reiterates the cellars’ temperatures, explaining that separate wine-tasting

spaces may be best for some, as the brisk atmosphere isn’t necessarily guest-friendly for extended periods. And although wine cellars and tasting spaces don’t have to be large, they certainly are more fun for guests (and Lamp) that way. As with the design, the cellar’s space isn’t limited to the basement. “There’s been a trend of a lot of first-floor wine cellars,” Lamp says. For entertaining purposes, wine storage near the kitchen or dining room makes sense – and if that isn’t enough room, a smaller storage space can be placed on the main floor while a larger one is designed downstairs. St. Louisans looking to add a wine cellar with Lamp may do so at any point in the home design process, from during a custom build to years after

moving in. The cellar could take up a large portion of an unfinished basement or simply convert a small closet – whatever works for the homeowner. “I can do pieces of a project; I can do all pieces of a project,” he says, noting he can bring in a contractor or begin working with your existing team. Before any construction begins, homeowners see a 3D computerassisted drawing of the space to verify it’s exactly what they imagined. Next, Lamp and his team bring the vision to reality using entirely custom and locally manufactured products. And after that? There’s not much left to do but open a bottle. “It’s a feel-good kind of job,” Lamp says. Lamp Wine Cellars, 314-495-3383, | may 18, 2018


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arrival or the more intimate details like the memento hanging from your bouquet as you walk down the aisle, inspiration abounds in this day and age. In theory, having this plethora of inspiration seems like a blessing. However, when having to make pointed decisions in multiple capacities, it can almost be daunting. Our advice? See what inspiring traits truly move you and induce that little flutter in



your chest (maybe even the same flutter you experienced the first time you laid eyes on your very own special someone). In the following pages, we hope you find something that moves you. Whether that be the beautiful backyard wedding of Nicole Wilkinson and Dan Callahan II (starting on p. 42), the one-of-a-kind love story of Molly Boland and Matthew Boland



(starting on p. 40) or the of intimate details that were so beautifully curated by our other couples. Also in this special edition, LN writer Allison Babka spoke to experts at Genovese Jewelers and YLANG YLANG about what ring styles are growing in popularity in 2018. Starting on p. 54, we hope those about to propose especially take note. But can



you have your cake and eat it too? Yes! LN writer Julia Cain spoke to The Cakery and Kaked By Katie about what cakes and cake trends have grown in popularity this year. Starting on p. 56, it’s certainly not one you want to miss – did we mention that there’s cake? Last but certainly not least, LN writer Mary Mack spoke to experts at Alex Waldbart Florist, Bloomin’ Buckets and Walter Knoll Florist about the floral forecast for this season (starting on p. 58). Because can there really be too many flowers on your big day? The answer is no.



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M . M s. r r M Molly Boland & Matthew Boland

olly Boland and Matthew “Matt” Boland were just what the other needed. The couple’s unique love story began by chance. Coincidentally, Molly’s mother, Renée Boland, and Matt’s late wife and pregnant mother of three, Tara Boland, were each battling the rare, aggressive disease triple negative breast cancer [TNBC] at the same time. Renée and Tara also coincidentally shared the same last name, even though they were not related. The two women met only briefly, but the impact was great. Renée told Molly, who was in college at the time, about Tara’s selflessness, and the Boland family began to pray for another family of the same name who were fighting the same fight. “During Tara’s illness, she focused on others,” Molly says. “She built a foundation [the TaTa Sisterhood] dedicated to making sure other women with TNBC have a community of support and love. She said she wanted Matt to love again and find a wife.” After Molly graduated from college, she and Matt crossed paths when she began volunteering for the TaTa Sisterhood, which Matt continued after Tara’s passing. About eight months later, the pair, who shared so much in common, became inseparable. Following nine months of dating, Matt stunned Molly with a proposal on a ski trip to Vail, Colorado – her “favorite place on Earth.” “Matt surprised me at the top of the mountain on one knee,” Molly says. “When he asked me to marry him, I said, ‘Are you sure; are the kids OK with it?’ Then I said yes. He hired a secret photographer who got the entire moment on tape and film. Next came an on-the-spot engagement [photo] session, including Champagne. He knows me well!”


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The couple celebrated their love with a Catholic Mass and a rousing reception that included more than 500 family members and friends. “Dreams became reality because of our wedding planner, Simcha Lourie,” Molly says. The four most important pieces of the pair’s big day were their children. “Our only girl, Rachel, was kind enough to be my maid of honor,” Molly says. “Our oldest, Jack, served as one of Matt’s best men, and our two little boys [Tom and Sam] shared the responsibility of ring-bearing.” The couple also honored Tara, incorporating her favorite flowers – tulips – into the ceremony and reception. And 4 Hands Brewing Co., a major supporter of the TaTa Sisterhood, designed a custom-labeled beer for guest favors. “We called it Lionshead Tinted Ale and wrote the beer description to mimic our story,” Molly says, adding that the reception table settings also included memorable stories from the pair’s journey. “As guests mingled and dined, they were able to read insights about our relationship.” The magical night concluded with a burst of color, courtesy of a confetti cannon during the last song. “It was fun for everyone on the dance floor and made for great photos!” Molly recalls, noting they had lived the day by Tara’s mantra: Make Today Count. The newlyweds honeymooned on Bora Bora. “Matt planned it,” Molly says. “I had no idea where we were going. Our daughter, Rachel, revealed it in her speech during the reception, and the entire ballroom went nuts, including myself. The next day, I had 35 minutes to pack, which is what I told Matt I needed.” Molly and Matt are sharing their new life together in Town and Country with their four children and their Bernese mountain dog, Remy.



THE DATE: Sept. 30, 2017 THE BRIDE: Molly Boland THE GROOM: Matthew Boland THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Robert and Renée Boland THE GROOM’S MOTHER: Mary Kay Boland THE MAID OF HONOR: Rachel Boland THE MATRON OF HONOR: Brooke North THE BEST MEN: Jack Boland, Pat Boland THE BRIDESMAIDS: Susana Vigue, Kassy Boland, Jessica Boland, Amber Walsh, Allison Amann, Maureen Cunningham, Alanna Flynn, Lindsey Morin, Brittany Parker THE GROOMSMEN: Tim Walsh, Michael Amann, Tim Davis, Dave Palmer, Lou Helmsing, Bob Morris, Erik Shirreffs, Jeff Johnson THE OFFICIANT: Monsignor Richard Hanneke THE CEREMONY: St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton THE RECEPTION: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis THE WEDDING DRESS: Vwidon by Carla & Kenneth THE MAKEUP: Emily Miller THE HAIR: Emily Miller THE DAY-OF DRESSER: Renée Boland THE RINGS: Vincent’s Jewelers THE FLORIST: Mary Bellrose with Fahr Greenhouse THE CAKE: The Cakery THE BANDS: The Rosewood Ensemble, The Downtown Band THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Stephen Seebeck Photography THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Captured in Frames THE INVITATIONS: Batchelor Design, Paperkeet THE WEDDING PLANNER: Simcha Lourie with Simcha’s Events THE EVENT DÉCOR: An Affair to Remember | May 18, 2018   41


M . M s. r r O Nicole Wilkinson & Dan Callahan II

n a serendipitous sailing adventure with friends in Croatia, Nicole Wilkinson met the man who would become her future husband: Dan Callahan II. “We had several mutual friends but had never met each other prior to the trip,” Nicole says. “It was definitely ‘interest’ at first sight!” Dan, a St. Louis native, and Nicole, from Dallas, kept in touch and began dating shortly after the Croatian vacation. The couple eventually moved together to Chicago in 2016. And soon, Dan was conspiring with Nicole’s brother, Aaron Wilkinson, to plan a surprise proposal. “Dan was out of town at a bachelor party in Nashville,” Nicole says. “It was my birthday weekend, so my brother flew up from Houston to stay with me while Dan was gone.” Little did Nicole know, the proposal plan was in motion. “My brother was in on the whole thing,” Nicole says. “Dan was supposed to fly back Sunday night from Nashville, so Sunday morning my brother and I went out for a walk, and my brother suggested we go to Washington Square Park to take some pictures.” As the siblings arrived at the park, there was Dan, sitting on a bench with all of his luggage. “He had flown in early that morning to surprise me,” Nicole says. “As soon as I saw him, I knew what was going to happen. He had a very nice speech, and my brother was there to take lots of pictures throughout the proposal. To add to the


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surprise, when we got back to our place, Dan had flown in all of our parents to celebrate with us!” When it was time to put together their big day, it was only natural for the pair to coordinate the nuptials around their beloved family. “We wanted the overall vibe to be relaxed and fun and very family-centric,” Nicole says. To ensure they were surrounded by family during the wedding, Nicole’s brother, Aaron, who had played such a pivotal part in the proposal, officiated the ceremony, and the reception was hosted at Dan’s parents’ home in Glendale. “We also made sure we had time to enjoy the full cocktail hour, so we had the chance to visit with family and friends,” Nicole adds. Nicole’s most cherished moment of the big day was her time on the dance floor with her dad, Barry Wilkinson. “We started off with a very traditional dance to Frank Sinatra’s ‘The Way You Look Tonight,’ then busted out the dance moves with upbeat music to surprise the guests!” Nicole says. “We practiced the dance for months and kept it a secret from everyone.” The newlyweds spent an action-packed two-week honeymoon amid the striking mountains and stunning beaches of Thailand, visiting Chiang Mai, Bangkok and Phuket. The happy couple lives in Clayton; Nicole is employed at Deloitte, and Dan works at PNC Bank.



THE DATE: Sept. 23, 2017 THE BRIDE: Nicole Wilkinson THE GROOM: Dan Callahan II THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Beverly and Barry Wilkinson THE BRIDE’S GRANDPARENTS: Alphaleda Vaughn and Weida Wilkinson THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Dan and Sue Callahan THE GROOM’S GRANDMOTHER: Lois Trost THE MATRON OF HONOR: Mallory Martin THE BEST MAN: Chip Callahan THE BRIDESMAIDS: Brenda Coad, Deena Gauntt, Elizabeth Oyler, Andrea Ramirez, Carrie Chykaliuk THE GROOMSMEN: Bryce Gerber, Derek Nelson, Tyler Rainey, Austin Scheffy THE OFFICIANT: Aaron Wilkinson THE CEREMONY: Graham Chapel at Washington University in St. Louis THE RECEPTION: The Callahan residence in Glendale THE WEDDING DRESS: Lazaro THE MAKEUP: Danielle Style THE HAIR: Danielle Style THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Alfred Sung THE RINGS: The Diamond Shop THE FLORIST: Bloomin’ Buckets THE CAKE: De la Crème Creative Studio THE BAND: Spanky Entertainment’s Dueling Pianos THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Brett Heidebrecht THE VIDEOGRAPHER: PenWeddings THE INVITATIONS: Cheree Berry Paper THE WEDDING PLANNER: Absolutely IN! THE CATERER: Westwood Catering | May 18, 2018   43


M . M s. r r G Jenny Callaghan & Gautam Nakra

autam Nakra and Jenny Callaghan shared a special date at a friend’s wedding that would lead to their own exchange of vows. Gautam, a St. Louis native, and Jenny, of Detroit, were introduced by a mutual friend. “At the time, Gautam was living in Chicago but traveled frequently to Detroit for work,” Jenny says. “I had a [friend’s] wedding [to attend] in Chicago, and one of my best friends worked with Gautam in the Detroit advertising community. She thought Gautam would make a great wedding date for me – and the rest is history!” Shortly after meeting, Gautam moved to Detroit from Chicago, and the pair’s relationship grew. When Gautam decided to propose, he wanted to take Jenny to Europe. “[I proposed] at home, a few days before the trip to Europe,” Gautam says. “Everyone assumed I was going to propose in Paris, so I decided to do it prior, when her guard was down.” The couple put a lot of thought into their wedding weekend. “We weren’t just going through the motions of a traditional Hindu ceremony; we wanted to have our own personal touches,” Gautam says. “There are so many great rituals that go into celebrating a Hindu wedding. We wanted to ensure there was a natural flow of events that were all in their own way touching, memorable and fun.” The traditional Hindu clothing, food and ambiance are colorful and awe-inspiring by nature, Gautam explains, adding: “Nothing was too glitzy or extravagant. Everyone was dressed to the nines [in] tuxedos, Bollywood fashions [and] sequins. [There were] lots of colors and wardrobe changes – nothing was off limits.” The evening before the wedding, a meet-and-greet party was held featuring black-


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and-white Bollywood films projected on a big screen, lounge music, Indian and Asian cuisine, and a henna artist. Live performances included a beautiful dance by Gautam’s sister-in-law and niece, as well as a surprise band consisting of Gautam’s brother and the couple’s close friends. Prior to the ceremony, a baraat (groom’s wedding procession) was staged outside the wedding locale in downtown St. Louis. “Traditionally, grooms would travel to their bride’s village on an elephant for the baraat, but we held a parade with Gautam on a white horse,” Jenny says. When it came to the ceremony, the couple chose a priest who they knew would perform the Hindu rituals in a relatable way for all of their friends and family. “We wanted to make sure our guests felt they were a part of our nuptials,” Gautam says. For the reception, the couple envisioned a truly celebratory event to solidify the joining of their families. “To kick off the party, we surprised our guests with a Bollywood dance troupe to get everyone excited to dance the night away,” Gautam says. “It worked: The dance floor was packed all night. We were happy the DJ also doubled as our dhol [Indian drum] player and agreed to stay well past his shift.” The newlyweds honeymooned in New Zealand, a location on both of their bucket lists. “It was magical,” Jenny says. “We’ll never forget how majestic and untouched the country was, and we can’t wait to get back someday.” The couple is making their home in Royal Oak, Michigan, where Gautam works at a sports news website, Bleacher Report, and Jenny works in social media advertising at the agency Performics.



THE DATE: Oct. 21, 2017 THE BRIDE: Jenny Callaghan THE GROOM: Gautam Nakra THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Douglas and Phouvieng Callaghan THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Drs. Raj and Rashmi Nakra THE GROOM’S GRANDPARENTS: Chandar and Sushila Gupta THE MAID OF HONOR: Jessica Callaghan THE BEST MEN: Dr. Tanuj Nakra, Nayan Behal THE OFFICIANT: Dr. Ravi Shrivastava THE CEREMONY: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel THE RECEPTION: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel THE WEDDING DRESS: The Wedding Shoppe THE MAKEUP: Danielle Style THE HAIR: Danielle Style THE DAY-OF DRESSERS: Nidhi Nakra, Preeta Monga THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Frontier THE RINGS: Wachler THE FLORIST: Artistry Florist THE MUSIC: DJ Karan Pujji THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Liz Sloan and Meredith Marquardt with L Photographie THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Monawar Studios THE INVITATIONS: M. Haley Design THE WEDDING PLANNER: Shelli Alred with Alred Weddings | May 18, 2018   45


M . M s. r r A Emily Seldin & James O’Connor

s the sun set in Punta de Mita, Mexico, on Dec. 29, 2015, James “Jamie” O’Connor asked Emily Seldin to be his wife. Emily, a St. Louis native, and Jamie, from Demarest, New Jersey, met the first week of college at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. The tropical seaside engagement marked the exciting start to the adventurous couple’s life together. “Jamie said he wanted to take a walk on the beach at sunset,” Emily says. “We held hands strolling on the beach, and when we came to rocks at a point, Jamie got down on a knee and proposed.” After snapping some selfies, the newly engaged pair walked back to find “felicitaciones“ (Spanish for “congratulations”) spelled out in stones on the beach. “It is still a mystery to this day how they got there!” Emily says. “We then had Champagne and a lobster dinner with our family and closest family friends, who were there to celebrate.” The following evening, Jamie arranged a candlelight, prix fixe dinner for his new fiancée on a private beach. “It was magical and exceeded every dream and expectation!” Emily says. For Emily and Jamie, the focus always is fun and family – so it was no surprise they wanted their wedding to be a fun-filled, family-friendly day. “We cared a lot about keeping our guests together – hence, the ceremony, reception and after-party all at the same location [Westwood Country Club],” Emily says.


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The couple also aimed to transform the venue to truly make it their own. The ceremony and reception spaces were adorned with sleek décor and fresh flowers, from geometric gold chandeliers to rust-colored roses suspended above the altar and the dance floor. “We used grass in some of the centerpieces for a clean, geometric look,” Emily says. The ceremony, designed to be brief, personal and meaningful, was officiated by a friend, Steve Hurster. “We wrote every single piece of the ceremony – and our vows – ourselves,” Emily says. “I wore my mom’s veil that my grandmother made, which actually had the same exact lace that was on my wedding dress.” The reception went off with a bang – courtesy of live music from Final Say, fabulous food and specialty cocktails, Emily says, adding: “We had an incredible band that maintained a constant dance party. We didn’t want the night to end!” The pair’s ideal wedding came to fruition through “thinking big and creatively and working with incredible vendors throughout the entire process,” Emily says. The newlyweds honeymooned in Australia and New Zealand – “a perfect combination of relaxation and adventure,” Emily says. The pair is enjoying married life in the heart of Washington, D.C., where Emily works for a political issue advocacy nonprofit, The Hub Project, and Jamie works for Arlington, Virginia-based Opower, an energyefficiency technology subsidiary of the Oracle Corporation.



THE DATE: May 6, 2017 THE BRIDE: Emily Seldin THE GROOM: James O’Connor THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: James and Glenda Seldin THE BRIDE’S GRANDPARENTS: Robert and Fern Poeschl, Suzy Seldin, Marge Seldin THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Thomas and Maureen O’Connor THE GROOM’S GRANDMOTHER: Jane O’Connor THE MAID OF HONOR: Annie Goldring THE BEST MAN: Ian O’Connor THE BRIDESMAIDS: Laura Haley, Ellie von Reyn, Bria Barker, Devin O’Connor, Kelly Smith THE GROOMSMEN: Michael Dougherty, Jonathan Powanda, Grady Seldin, James Lawrence, Jones Epstein THE OFFICIANT: Steve Hurster THE CEREMONY: Westwood Country Club THE RECEPTION: Westwood Country Club THE WEDDING DRESS: Monique Lhuillier THE MAKEUP: Annie Heyward with Danielle Style THE HAIR: Annie Heyward with Danielle Style THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Jenny Yoo THE RINGS: Simons Jewelers THE FLORIST: Festive Couture Floral THE CAKE: The Cakery THE BAND: Final Say THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Lisa Hessel Photography THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Ever After Films THE INVITATIONS: The Service Bureau, M. Haley Design THE WEDDING PLANNER: Jenny Kehm with Before I Do THE EVENT DÉCOR: Exclusive Events Inc., BBJ Linen, The Aries Co. | May 18, 2018   47


M . M s. r r D Jordan Blase & Donald Sanders III

onald “Trey” Sanders III took Jordan Blase on her very first date – the Chaminade Valentine’s Day dance – when the two St. Louis natives were just teenagers. But it would be years later before the couple reconnected. College and law school took Trey to Ohio and Michigan, while Jordan moved to the nation’s capital to attend The George Washington University and work in the U.S. Senate. By 2015, the couple reconnected in St. Louis after they had both moved back to their hometown for jobs – and this time around, Jordan immediately knew Trey was the one. And, as fate would have it, he was on the same page. “When we crossed paths again, we were inseparable, and everything felt perfect,” Trey says. “The two things I remember most are Jordan taking the pepperoni off her Imo’s Pizza and wearing white jeans to go four-wheeling at my farm, which I found very funny.” Over the next year, the pair’s love continued to blossom. And in June 2016, Trey surprised Jordan with a proposal while on a walk with their new German shepherd puppy, Jaxx, at Lewis Park in University City. “When we got back to our house, all of our family and friends were over to celebrate,” Jordan says. As the couple began wedding planning, they knew they wanted family to be the focus – including Jaxx, who also walked down the aisle on the big day. When it was Jordan’s turn down the aisle, the bride carried precious mementos from her grandparents: “My gram’s jingle bell key chain was on my bouquet, a guitar pick was in my shoe in honor of my grandfather, and I had a sixpence and a


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handkerchief from Belgium that my mom and grandmother have been saving for a long time,” Jordan explains, adding that the wedding cake topper, which had been used in seven family weddings dating back to her grandparents, also served as a special tribute. For Trey, the dream day was complete at the top of the ceremony. “Seeing the doors open and seeing how absolutely stunning my soon-to-be wife looked in her wedding dress,” he recalls as a favorite moment. “And the best part of the day was in between the ceremony and the reception, when Jordan and I got to relax in a private room, just the two of us. It helped us catch our breath and soak in the fact that we were finally married!” As for Jordan, she loved driving to the church in one of her dad’s treasured cars, which was decked out in festive florals. Hearing her dad’s speech, and seeing Trey for the first time as she walked down the aisle were more of her most memorable moments from the wedding. The couple loved the roller-coaster ride of planning their perfect day. Trey advises other grooms to go to the meetings with their fiancée with a smile on their face. “Don’t sweat the small stuff, and just enjoy it,” he says. Luckily, everything came together as the pair envisioned: “There were no snafus because of our excellent wedding planners [Absolutely IN!],” Jordan says. Following a fun-filled honeymoon in New Zealand and Fiji – which was a surprise to Jordan until their big day – Trey, who has his own law firm practice, D. H. Sanders, and Jordan, who works at Thompson Street Capital Partners, reside in Olivette.



THE DATE: July 8, 2017 THE BRIDE: Jordan Blase THE GROOM: Donald Sanders III THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Guy and Rebecca Blase THE BRIDE’S GRANDMOTHER: Dorothy Ellason THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Don and Cathy Sanders THE GROOM’S GRANDPARENTS: Janet Sanders, Sarah Arn THE MAID OF HONOR: Erin Blase THE BEST MEN: Parker Sanders, Dillon Sanders THE BRIDESMAIDS: Brittany Verga, Diana Reynolds, John LaBombard, Maria Mahler-Haug, Anamarie Rebori-Simmons, Erin Pfirrman THE GROOMSMEN: Guy Carter Blase, Matthew Plummer, Nick Buha, Cyril Ryan, Ty King, Donald McCunniff THE OFFICIANT: The Rev. Dr. Mark P. Thomas THE CEREMONY: Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church THE RECEPTION: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis THE WEDDING DRESS: Custom Rosa Clará of Spain THE MAKEUP: Christina Passanise THE HAIR: Annie Heyward with Danielle Style THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Dessy Group THE RINGS: Curt Parker Jewelers, Clarkson Jewelers THE FLORIST: Festive Couture Floral THE CAKE: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis THE BAND (MUSIC): Arvell and Co. THE PHOTOGRAPHER: Josephine Havlak THE INVITATIONS: The Service Bureau THE WEDDING PLANNERS: Ellen Condie and Crystal Prag with Absolutely IN! | May 18, 2018   49


M . M s. r r B Elise Ririe & Benjamin Yost

enjamin “Ben” Yost knows the way to Elise Ririe’s heart: through her beloved puppy, Huey. So when Ben popped the question, he made sure the precious pooch was in tow. Elise, a St. Louis native, and Ben, of Cleveland, met during their final days of college at the University of Dayton in Ohio. “Huey was there for all the big moments!” Elise says. “He was there the first time Ben and I met, and then he was there during the proposal.” The couple’s engagement was months-in-the-making, as Ben asked Elise’s parents for their permission long before the proposal. “After a fun weekend with my best friends in town, Ben could not wait any longer and decided to grab Huey and pop the question!” Elise says. “I was preparing for my first day as a pharmaceutical representative and was completely caught off guard. The proposal was simple, low-key and perfect!” The newly engaged pair capped off the night with a romantic stroll through their neighborhood to soak in the special moment. As Elise and Ben planned their wedding, the resounding theme became togetherness. “Ultimately, we wanted everyone to feel included and have a good time,” Elise says. “Many of our guests were from out of town, so it was important to us to have a few events over the weekend for our friends and family to get to know one another.” The couple’s two dogs, Huey and Lady, also were part of the wedding weekend, appearing on cocktail napkins and Snapchat filters. At the reception, music brought everyone together, as planned. “Our band was one of the most important aspects of our wedding because we wanted everyone to dance the night away,” Elise says. “Griffin and the Gargoyles was the perfect band to ensure everyone from California to Alaska to Switzerland was on the dance floor!”


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The newlyweds surprised family and friends with a choreographed first dance prepared during the weeks leading up to the special day. “It was so much fun to have a built-in date night while learning how to ballroom dance to ‘You Are the Best Thing’ by Ray LaMontagne,” Elise says. “Following our first dance, we invited my parents to the dance floor to celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary and dance to their first song, ‘Could I Have This Dance,’ by Anne Murray.” Another memorable part of the couple’s big day celebrated Ben’s grandparents’ Scottish heritage through several nods to their traditions. “Our guests were greeted at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis by a bagpiper before they saw Ben in his family’s tartan at the top of the altar,” Elise says. “And Ben’s wedding band is a family heirloom from his grandmother, whom we lost a few months before our wedding day.” The pair also spent a special moment with longtime friends, as two girls from Elise’s graduating class at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School (VDOH) also share the Yosts’ wedding date. “We met up with Annie [Martin] Alston and Maddie [Harris] Garman to take pictures with all of our VDOH bridesmaids,” Elise says. “It was so special to celebrate our weddings together at our alma mater.” The newlyweds honeymooned at the Gansevoort Hotel in Turks and Caicos for 10 days. “It was absolutely magical to relax on the beach after the best weekend of our lives,” Elise says. And while the pair lives in Ben’s hometown of Cleveland, where Elise is a sales representative at Takeda Pharmaceuticals and Ben works for his family’s company, Yost Foods, they love returning to Elise’s native St. Louis to visit family and friends, catch Blues and Cardinals games, and enjoy warmer temperatures during the winter.




THE DATE: June 24, 2017 THE BRIDE: Elise Ririe THE GROOM: Benjamin Yost

THE BRIDE’S PARENTS: Shelley and Scott Ririe THE BRIDE’S GRANDPARENTS: Virginia and George Ririe, Marian and Richard Huss THE GROOM’S PARENTS: Carol and William Yost THE GROOM’S GRANDPARENTS: Nona and Mike Mitchell, Bob Yost, Jean and James Wyant THE MAID OF HONOR: Maggie Daniels THE BEST MEN: Kyle Yost, Keith Yost THE BRIDESMAIDS: Kayla Slay, Carolyn Mantych, Christie Moreland, Megan Chambers, Jenna Schuster, Angie Ponulak, Colleen Shannon, Megan Rimovsky THE GROOMSMEN: Mike Ririe, John Amantea, Carl Bock, Ross Krieg, Joe Hill, Steve Suoizzi, Alex Cejer THE OFFICIANTS: Bishop Robert Hermann, Father Timothy Vowels THE CEREMONY: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis THE RECEPTION: Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis THE WEDDING DRESS: Vera Wang from Berrybridge Bridal THE MAKEUP: Danielle Erb with Danielle Style THE HAIR: Danielle Erb with Danielle Style THE DAY-OF DRESSER: Berrybridge Bridal THE BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: Amsale from Bella Bridemaids THE RINGS: groom’s ring, family heirloom; bride’s rings, family jeweler THE FLORIST: Randy Shamel with Artistry Florist THE CAKE: The Cakery THE BAND: Griffin and the Gargoyles THE PHOTOGRAPHERS: Liz Sloan and Meredith Marquardt with L Photographie THE VIDEOGRAPHER: Millennium Productions THE INVITATIONS: Cheree Berry Paper THE WEDDING PLANNERS: Josie Littlepage and Anna Godfrey with Cosmopolitan Events | May 18, 2018   51

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VintaGe VibeS Thanks to jewelers’ talent in transforming heirloom pieces, many couples are opting for “something old, something new,” as the traditional wedding saying goes. Customers can bring their cherished family pieces – an ancestor’s engagement ring or pendant, for example – to an expert and together decide how to modernize them so they’ll last another few decades. “We can turn grandma’s old ring into a new, perfect ring for your future wife,” Kravanya says. “We sit down with our customers, see what they have and see what they’d like to do.” The clamor for vintage doesn’t end at the hardware. Ettinger says her customers also have been excited about older gems with character. “We are definitely selling a lot of vintage diamonds,” she says. “They’re one of a kind, cut by the naked eye by candlelight. No two are alike. People are loving the color. In the ’80s genovese and ’90s, it was, ‘How white is Jewelers your diamond? My diamond has fewer flaws.’ It’s not like that at all anymore. People are appreciating the beauty and the romanticism of color – the natural beauty of a little bit of yellow or champagne diamond as their center stone.” “And it’s not about the size of the diamond; it’s about the sentimentality,” Ettinger continues. “People are getting away from the mentality that bigger is better. They want hidden details in their very personal piece. It’s so sweet.” Genovese Jewelers, 12460 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314-878-6203, YLANG YLANG, 8845 Ladue Road, Ladue, 314-725-7464,


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s with all other aspects of wedding planning, modern brides and grooms are bringing a personalized twist to the sweetest part of any reception: dessert. Gone are the days of the cookie-cutter wedding cake. Say farewell to the boring, bland and otherwise expected. Tiers of plain white frosting spread over plain white cake are making way for colorful, custom creations in delicious flavors with one-of-a-kind décor. “Overall, our clients want a cake that speaks to them – and we listen,” says Katie Arras of Kaked By Katie in St. Louis’ Princeton Heights neighborhood. Arras explains she and her team encourage couples to create a vision board of their wedding, which allows them to understand more than the couple’s favorite flavors. “Sometimes seeing an overall mood can really open up creativity from different perspectives,” she says. “We try to get to the core and create a cake that is designed for them.” Arras believes traditional wedding cakes are taking a break, noting modern additions like color and sugar décor or flowers from wedding cake professionals across the country. She mentions that seminaked cakes continue to grow in popularity and deliver that romantic-meets-rustic design many brides and grooms desire. Their predecessors, naked cakes, featured frosting between the layers with none on the sides and often showcased meticulous lines of fresh fruit. The similar seminaked cake is a hybrid between that and a traditionally frosted cake; instead of an opaque layer of buttercream around the outside, seminaked cakes feature some frosting on the sides with bits of cake peeking through, also called the crumb coat. The result is nothing short of charming. Ericka Frank, owner of The Cakery in St. Louis’ Dogtown neighborhood, mentions that couples are reaching not only for special designs but also for flavors. “Many are requesting multiple unique flavors – chocolate chip, banana, strawberry – and many are looking for textured frosting and seminaked cakes as opposed to smooth-frosted with a piped design,” she says. “Watercolor, mixed metals and gold leaf are also trending with many couples.” Frank notes she enjoys the process of creating a drip cake (another trendy option featuring decadent Ka drips, often of chocolate, running down the sides of the cake), ed By as well as edible watercolor masterpieces created by The Cakery’s Ka tie manager and lead designer. Equal parts tasty and tricky, the watercolor effect is so believable you’d think you were biting right into a painting. Even the number of cakes and their placement have become more personalized. In lieu of traditional centerpieces like candles or flowers, Frank mentions the rise of smaller cakes as a guest table option. A recent couple, she explains, commissioned individual cakes, decorated with fresh flowers, to sit in the center of each reception table. “Another trend is the ever-changing dessert table,” Arras says. A quick Pinterest search proves this to be true, showing ample images of shorter cakes creating a lush landscape of dessert in varying styles and flavors. “We have had many couples request a cake table showcasing three to six different wedding cakes, [with] one cake standing out as the ‘statement piece’ and the others complementing in similar designs.” Much like Frank, Arras echoes metallic as a popular trend and notes patterns, sugar flowers and lace detailing as other frequent favorites. And although she says she fell in love with certain décor styles while


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Today’s showstopping arrangements are taking a cue from the ’80s. By Mary Mack | Photos supplied


ost of the time, the first big decision for couples contemplating matrimony involves the date or the venue. Style-forward brides might seek the dress first, and foodie couples will waste no time deciding on the menu. When it comes to planning a wedding, in fact, flowers usually aren’t the first concern on most folks’ list. But in creating an unforgettable look for the big day, flowers might just be the most important. “It’s the one thing that can unite all ideas into one, whether that be color or sense of style,” says Barb Wehking of Bloomin’ Buckets in Rock Hill. “After brides come in and talk through their floral plans, they have more ease and are less anxious about their choices overall.” In that regard, some requests seemingly change little from year to year: Big, beautiful hydrangea blooms remain the most popular way to make a budgetfriendly impact, blush-focused color schemes aren’t fading in popularity anytime soon, and brides will always go to adjectives such as “romantic” and “classic” when describing their dream floral design. But there are also some very of-themoment ways to incorporate flowers into the big day. LN spoke with local florists about what they are seeing in St. Louis as prime wedding season nears.

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The 1980s as a decade aren’t often remembered for their classic wedding details – big bangs and puffy, oversized sleeves linger as two of the main culprits for our collectively skewed opinion here. But one ’80s wedding trend has returned with a modern twist. “The cascading bridal bouquets have definitely had a resurgence,” says Sue Lueken of Walter Knoll Florist in St. Louis’ Gate District neighborhood. “It goes back to the garden look that’s really popular right now.” But instead of the voluminous arrangements commonly carried 35 years ago – Google search Mariah Carey’s first wedding to Tommy Mottola for possibly the most egregious example of this look – today’s brides are toting more natural takes on the trend. “Today’s cascading bouquets are less traditional, featuring more greenery or blooms like lilacs that naturally fall that way,” Wehking says. “Cascading bouquets we’re seeing now are less contrived, much looser and more organic-looking.” Claire Waldbart Kramer, owner and designer at Alex Waldbart Florist in Clayton, agrees. “After years of the tight, round ball bouquet, we are finally seeing a more loosely gathered type of bouquet,” she says. “The trend is leaning more toward flouncy greenery of different varieties combined with blooms that coordinate with by s the wedding theme. Usually, beautiful handCa et rr e t to u c k dyed silk ribbons tie the bouquet together with B ’ S t u d i o, B l o o m i n streamers trailing for a soft, breezy, effortless feel.” Along with relaxed blooms like lilac, today’s cascading bouquets often feature eucalyptus varieties such as silver dollar and seeded.

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it has a good Ring to it Rings exchanged during wedding ceremonies traditionally symbolize the happy couple’s endless and eternal love. Now, ringlike shapes are becoming more and more present in floral design throughout the day. Lueken counts floral hoops as one of her favorite current wedding trends and ways to create a dramatic look. Kramer agrees. “Creeping into our most-requested decorations are floral hoops,” Kramer says. “These are made of wood or metal, which we cover in flowers completely, or in a halfmoon shape. These are so pretty suspended as a backdrop for a ceremony.” Along with floral hoops, Wehking is seeing a lot of foliage and floral wreaths in weddings this season. Like the hoop trend, wreaths make an impact Photo by L Photographie, suspended as a backdrop or hung artfully against Bloomin’ Buckets decorative doors. As the most wonderful aspect of this particular trend, it can translate to almost any wedding theme. For couples channeling a bohemian vibe, adding strands of ribbon to their floral wreaths and hoops makes the perfect touch. Traditional brides can look to designs created with more tightly packed white roses and simple foliage. And for those looking to make a dramatic statement? Take the idea of a ceremony arch, and bring it full circle by creating a large-scale wreath to exchange vows under. Not getting married outside? This idea also makes a perfect photo op for reception guests.

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Pinworthy Portraits When so many details go into planning a couple’s big day, it’s important to look for inspiration. LN spotlights some of this year’s intricate details from lovely local weddings.

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Congrats to Emily Clote and Ben Wood! The couple captured their Dec. 2 wedding day in a big way: with an artist painting a portrait of the two of them in their wedding gazebo during their reception. Photo by Bryan Rodriguez.


Congrats to Daniel Olwig and Gretchen Wiemann! The groom sported a snazzy polka-dot bow tie with his Ike Behar tux and a spiffy boutonniere from Artistry Florist and Event Design. Photo by Carretto Studio.

Geometric ceiling fixtures, decked out with gorgeous roses from Festive Couture, made for a gorgeous pop of color at the May 6 wedding of Emily Seldin and James O’Connor. Photo by Lisa Hessel Photography.

Theresa Sahrmann and Michael Schorr wowed their guests with this contemporary cake by Heidi Holmon, featuring a splash of color in the blue base and the yellow flowers. Photo by Carretto Studio.

Daniel Olwig and Gretchen Wiemann celebrated their big “I do” with an exquisite cake from local bakery The Cakery. Beautiful white roses added a classic touch to the centerpiece. Photo by Carretto Studio.

Congrats to Nicole Wilkinson and Dan Callahan II! To celebrate their big day on Sept. 23 and spend quality time with all their guests, the bride and groom made sure everyone had time to enjoy the full cocktail hour at Dan’s home in Glendale, beautifully transformed by Absolutely IN!. Photo by Brett Heidebrecht.

Benjamin Yost and Elise Ririe welcomed family and friends from all over the world to their June 24 wedding, including guests from Switzerland, Alaska and California. Photo by L Photographie.

Theresa Sahrmann sported a stunning gown from Fleur De Lis Bridal Boutique that featured a beautiful bow in back – perfect for her and Michael Schorr’s June 17 wedding. Photo by Carretto Studio.

Congratulations to Molly Boland and Matt Boland! The bride’s stunning ring from Vincent’s Jewelers shone bright after exchanging September 30 nuptials at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Clayton. Photo by Stephen Seebeck Photography.

Congrats to Jordan Blase and Donald Sanders! The bride looked stunning from all angles on her wedding day in a custom strapless Rosa Clará dress. She topped off her look with an elegant updo by Annie Heyward with Danielle Style and a dreamy veil. Photo by Josephine Havlak Photography.

Elise Ririe was stepping in style the day she married Benjamin Yost. Her glamorous heels were showstoppers under her Vera Wang wedding dress. Photo by L Photographie.

Congrats to Amy Studebaker and Nick Milonas! The couple enjoyed their reception on the glamorous wingback sofa at the head table. Their Sept. 23 outdoor wedding by Cosmopolitan Events incorporated elements from nature, sprinkled with bits of glam like the pictured couch. Photo by Untamed Hearts Photography.

Congrats to Emily Seldin and James O’Connor! The happy couple incorporated various shapes into their big day for a dramatic touch. This honeycomb-style shelving made for a dynamic place to display photographs and their wedding cake by The Cakery. Photo by Lisa Hessel Photography.


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lthough everyone makes mistakes, in caring for their hair, catching the most significant of them can prevent long-term damage – so review this list of the top potential blunders to learn if you’re flirting with coiffure-related disaster: 1. Overusing dry shampoo. Dry shampoo may be your best friend on mornings when you lack time to shower and wash your hair, but take care not to overrely on it. Overusing dry shampoo can clog your pores, making your hair look and feel even greasier than it would have otherwise. 2. Skipping a heat protectant. Skipping a heat protectant can damage your hair considerably. To prevent such damage, apply a heat protectant to your tresses after you wash them, to shield your coiffure from a blow-dryer, straightener or curling iron. 3. Blow-drying hair right after the shower. Avoid blow-drying your hair when it’s still soaking wet. Doing so increases damage through the use of heat on your locks. Instead, let them air-dry as long as possible before blow-drying.

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The Dangers of Vaping


oday’s youths are rebelling less than past generations, it seems. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cigarette smoking, illicit drug use, sexual activity and binge drinking by teens have hit their lowest levels in decades – so today’s parents must be doing something right! One growing trend, though, is significantly harming our children: vaping with electronic cigarettes (commonly, e-cigs) and similar devices like personal vaporizers and electronic nicotine delivery systems. Vaping has risen in popularity despite state laws against such devices’ sale to minors. Marketed toward kids, they easily sell online to many teens who fake their age. One of the more trendy and dangerous devices, the Juul, comes from two Stanford graduates who sought to use their design background to invent an “attractive alternative” to cigarettes. They succeeded. In fact, this device has grown so popular that many teens have verbalized its name and talk about “juuling” daily. Available in many attractive shapes and colors, Juuls look like USB flash drives. Their size – small enough to be palmed – makes it easy to hide Juuls from

disapproving adults. When used, the aroma of a Juul’s light vapor often smells pleasantly like moisturizer or perfume. Adding to the Juul’s allure, a “starter” kit costs more than $50, making ownership something of a status symbol. E-cigs and similar devices were created to offer a safer substitute to traditional tobacco products – and to be fair, such devices produce no cancer-causing smoke. Vaping does, however, expose users to such toxic substances as the cancer-causing agent diacetyl and nicotine, humanity’s old nemesis, whose addictiveness can rival that of heroin or cocaine. Most vaping devices (Juuls included) involve a nicotine platform. Unfortunately, many adolescents view them as risk-free because they produce no smoke. Anytime teens ingest nicotine with frequency, though, they’re stunting their cognitive growth and contributing to a potential addiction that could last a lifetime, as the developing adolescent brain becomes conditioned to seek the damaging chemical. If you suspect your teen is “juuling” or otherwise vaping, parents, ask him or her if that’s the case. Then, if so, start a conversation instead of lecturing

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he Metropolitan Amateur Golf Association tournament tees off this month, but before hitting those figurative links, let’s revisit last year’s top MAGA players, shall we? For the second year straight, Sam Migdal of Ballwin earned the association’s Men’s Player of the Year honor. He also numbered among MAGA’s 2017 Players of the Year in a ceremony at Ladue’s Old Warson Country Club. Migdal continued his 2016 season by commencing ’17 with a victory in the 2017 Old Warson Cup in May. His hot start to the season continued at the U.S. Open Qualifying, where he advanced to sectionals. He thereafter finished runner-up at the Missouri State Amateur, vying for back-to-back titles. Migdal qualified for his second USGA championship last July at Alton, Illinois’ Spencer T. Olin Golf Course in the U.S. Amateur Qualifier. His 2017 campaign continued with the title in the Missouri Stroke Play Championship. In Migdal’s last event to earn points, the Metropolitan Amateur Championship, he survived the cut to ensure inclusion among the 2017 Players of the Year. Jeff Johnson, meanwhile, earned his fourth Senior Player of the Year Award, having previously landed it in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Johnson’s strong play began at the Normandie Amateur, where he was second low senior. He tied for low senior at the East Side Amateur and made match play at the Missouri State Amateur. Johnson also numbered among the three seniors to survive the cut at the Metropolitan Amateur Championship and finished tied for 13th place at the Metropolitan Senior. A ninth-place finish in the St. Louis District Golf Association’s Senior Championship set Johnson up to make a run at the Senior Player of the Year title going into the Missouri Senior Championship. A tie-for-fourth

Sam Migdal, 2017 Men’s Player of the Year.

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Kathy Glennon, Women’s Player of the Year. 

finish on his home course, St. Charles’ Bogey Hills Country Club, in the MGA Senior locked up the 2017 Senior Player of the Year race. Elsewhere, St. Albans’ Kathy Glennon has enjoyed a few great years on the links, having won the Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s Senior Player of the Year in 2016. This season, Glennon captured the MWGA Mid-Amateur title, qualified for the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur and was chosen to represent Missouri on the USGA Women’s State Team Championship. She tied for 18th in the MWGA Amateur Championship at the Algonquin Golf Club and, after leading the first round of the Metropolitan Women’s, finished tied for fourth for the championship. Glennon completed her summer by winning the St. Louis Women’s District Invitational title. The MAGA’s highest honor in 2017 went to Bob Phillips, who earned the Meritorious Service Award for his 24-plus years of service and commitment to the association and amateur golf in the area. Phillips began volunteering with MAGA when, as president of north St. Louis County’s Norwood Hills Country Club, he sought a USGA championship for the club. Phillips went to Tom O’Toole Jr. (an area golf supporter and a founding member of the law firm of Mickes O’Toole, LLC) and started securing the 2001 USGA Senior Amateur Championship. He’s best-known for his position at the first tee as a starter for a majority of these years. MAGA 2018 Tournaments For its 2018 championship schedule, the MAGA features another solid slate of venues. In 2017, the association moved the Metropolitan Open Championship to June, where it remains this year. The Country Club of St. Albans, the annual host for 12

years, will welcome golf professionals nationwide to again compete for a $25,000 first prize June 6 to 8. In August, the top amateurs from the region will tackle the Lewis and Clark Course, as St. Albans will play host to the 28th Metropolitan Amateur Championship. St. Albans hosted the championship once previously, in 1994, when Jim Holtgrieve captured his amateur title. Shawn Jasper will defend his title where he twice hoisted the James Manion Trophy as the open champion. The ladies will visit Sunset Country Club June 20 and 21 to compete in the 26th Women’s Amateur Championship. McKenna Montgomery, the defending champion, won the title at Sunset Hills Country Club in 2017. Area juniors will visit Forest Hills Country Club July 16 and 17 to compete in the 19th Junior Amateur Championship. Max Kreikemeier and Claire Solovic captured the boys and girls championships, respectively, in 2017. St. Louis area seniors will compete at Weldon Spring’s Persimmon Woods Golf Club Aug. 27 and 28 in the 26th Senior Amateur Championship. Jim Holtgrieve won the 2017 title at St. Louis County’s Westborough Country Club. The Four-Ball Championship will make its way to St. Charles’ Old Hickory Golf Club Oct. 12. Michael Fowler and Nick Profancik earned the open title at the Algonquin in 2017, while Larry Laramie and Doug Williams captured the net title in a playoff. The 32nd Normandie Amateur will take place in its annual slot the weekend before Memorial Day weekend, May 19 and 20, while the East Side Amateur will move to July (with the open staying in June) – specifically, July 14 and 15 at the Spencer T. Olin.



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he list of reasons to love cars is long. Over the last 100 years, I’d wager more engineering and design hours have been spent on the automobile than any other product. And today, what cars can do to the mind and soul is a testament to all that toil: electric cars that put any ride at Six Flags to shame, technology that can nearly remove a human driver from the equation, even a grocery-getter Honda Accord that can lap the Nürburgring faster than supercars of 20 years ago. And the rate of advancement seems to be continuously accelerating. I’ve alluded in the past to how my personal taste and love for motoring were formed at an early age, with my first car being a ’74 MGB. Light, agile, two-seat convertibles connect the driver to the experience like nothing else can. But the trade-offs of luxury accoutrements and comfort they provide are unacceptable to most and make the two-seat roadster a dying breed. It takes a driver of singular mind to make that choice – at least, that’s what I always thought. One of the first and few cars to chip away at that mentality of the driving experience above all else was the Volvo XC90 T6. Sure, its driving experience is fine for an SUV, but the XC90 makes its case based on a fresh and airy interior, brilliantly executed technological interface and those seats – my goodness, those seats! Since then, Volvo has introduced the S90 sedan and V90 wagon to the lineup, based on the same architecture as the XC90, but lower and lighter. In theory, they should deliver a more connected road feel to the equation. Of course, it doesn’t always work that way, as chassis-tuning choices of the engineering team trump the “all else the same” physics of how a car feels. And then there’s the delicate balance of ride comfort, road holding and responsiveness. Inside the S90, I immediately feel happy. Its combination of light and dark leathers,

real open-grain wood, aluminum accents and ample ambient light through the laminated panoramic moonroof are uplifting. And because the S90 sports the same seven-years-to-design seats as the XC90 Inscription, it takes mere minutes before I feel muscle tightness disappear and heart rate slow. It’s been 18 months since driving the XC90, but the same infotainment appears in the S90, and within a few pats on the touch screen, I have it down again thanks to the superbly intuitive design and clear, bright screen. The same class-leading Bowers & Wilkins Premium Sound stereo system is here, as well. The difference between a great stereo and a good one is that the great system will create the illusion of performers floating in space, and the Bowers & Wilkins system does that as well as any factory stereo I’ve yet heard. A new twist in the S90, which is now also available on the XC90, is a luxury package that adds a massaging function in addition to the heated and ventilated seats. And this functionality covers not only the front seats but also the rear passenger seat. In addition, the rear passenger has a larger center armrest with additional storage and connectivity, as well as its own set of controls to move the front passenger seat fully out of the way to make full use of the class-leading rear legroom. The back seat could arguably be the best in the house! Under the hood is where, on paper, shoppers might lose interest. A big luxury sedan with “only” a 2.0-liter four-cylinder? Well, in case you haven’t noticed, the days of displacement are waning fast. And this isn’t some passing fad; the need for efficiency is here to stay, and the Volvo engineers developed a unique way to skin this cat. Utilizing a small turbocharger that delivers instantaneous boost at low rpm and a supercharger that takes over at higher revs, this pint-size cog delivers a stout 316 horsepower and 295 foot-pounds of torque. The same engine was more than adequate in the XC90, and here, with a bit less girth to lug around, it feels quite eager. Zero-

to-60 time is quoted as 5.7 seconds, and that may even be a bit conservative. The engine is smooth and responsive at any speed, and there are no irritating lulls or gaps in power delivery. During driving, I counted the number of times I wished for a larger V-6 engine and came up with a nice round zero. Is it sporty? Yes and no. Yes, in that the steering feels more connected than that in many competitors. Yes, in that there are good cornering balance and very little perceived body roll when the drive mode is set to dynamic. Yes, in that the engine is rewarding and revs freely to redline. But there’s no hidden aspiration of using the S90 for weekend track time like that of an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrofoglio. In the S90, there are no paddle shifters or means of manual gear selection (although the eight-speed Geartonic automatic transmission does an excellent job of self-determination). And the dynamic drive mode is only

slightly sharper all around than eco mode. Boiling it down, the S90 is sportier than I expected and every bit as much as required for what the car is. Just as the Volvo XC90 SUV made me wonder what kind of car I want to live with daily in the future, the S90 luxury sedan reinforced that dilemma for all the same reasons. As before, this is a car that brings things to the table I want in my life regularly. The entire package is so smartly executed that all the decisions made might very well be the same, as if I had been given the reins of the design team. Time and time again, I found myself in a better mood when stepping out of the car than when I got into it. Had I never driven the XC90 or S90, it would be safe to say I would be the last potential Volvo buyer around. Now that we’re acquainted, I’m smitten, and I believe there is very likely one in my future.

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Cosmetically Speaking

If you often find yourself reflecting on body image, go to the source that has many proactive solutions for boosting your appearance. “We know that, in general, our practice [at West County Plastic Surgeons] tends to have a high satisfaction rate for general breast surgery, such as breast augmentation, lifts or reduction,” Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum says. Discover what options are available to you, so your confidence can start shining through. | May 18, 2018   87


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onfidence may build from the inside out – but remaking your outward appearance can certainly give you a boost. Your chest may not hang like it used to or surgery scars may have you feeling insecure. Occasionally, curves prove too much of a burden to bear, causing pain in the lower back and beyond. That’s when West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University steps in. “Many women feel a boost of confidence after cosmetic breast surgery,” Dr. Marissa Tenenbaum says. “It can help them to feel more youthful or like an improved version of themselves.” It’s not surprising that many women opt for breast augmentation, the most common type

of surgery requested, although breast lifts, corrective breast cosmetic surgery and breast reductions are also popular choices. Dr. Terry Myckatyn delves into how the practice makes women’s bodies work for them. “Fat can be harvested from areas typically treated with liposuction, such as the abdomen, flanks, inner or outer thighs, or the bra roll area,” he describes. “The fat is processed – by separating it from other tissues and fluids – and concentrated. Then, it is reinjected in small amounts through tiny incisions into the breast. We often combine implants with fat to create a more natural, smooth look for patients.” “Newer implant technology has dramatically improved the choices women have,” Tenenbaum

adds. “It really allows us to tailor our patients’ results [according] to their wishes.” Patients of the practice are highly satisfied with their cosmetic breast surgery results, leading to a better fit in clothing and an increase in self-esteem. “It is important to seek out a plastic surgeon who is certified by the american Board of Plastic Surgery, with experience in the specific area of cosmetic breast surgery,” Myckatyn reminds. “Make sure you are comfortable with them and their strategy, and that they discuss realistic expectations with you. Everyone is different – and a personalized strategy is best.” When it comes to strategizing a custom solution for correcting that image you see in the mirror every day, the experienced doctors at West County Plastic Surgeons have you covered.

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Five | MAY 18, 2018


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longstanding restaurant just last month reimagined itself in the St. Louis neighborhood known as, simply, The Hill, when J. Devoti Trattoria transformed from Five Bistro, plating modern farm-to-table Italian. Chef-owner Anthony Devoti named the restaurant and its continuing market counterpart, J. Devoti Grocery, after his great-grandfather, Joseph Devoti – an Italian immigrant who opened a grocery on The Hill in 1906. “We’ve done Five Bistro for 12 years, and I’d been wanting to do something different but still maintain the same beliefs that we had at Five,” Devoti says. “It’s a little bit of our family history mixed in with the same farm-to-table experience we were offering before in a beautiful atmosphere.” Devoti worked with longtime friend Aaron Bunse to develop the feel for the revamped dining room, which


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features a fresh coat of paint and a collection of framed photographs. The spread includes old family photos of Devoti’s great-grandfather, as well as images of New York, San Francisco and St. Louis – all places where Devoti has lived and worked. His wife also contributed her own pictures of Italy for the walls. “It’s become a little more personal here,” Devoti says. “We put our name on the window, and we’re representing our family and places I’ve lived and grown as far as being a cook goes. And I just love that you can come here on a date, on a business meeting or bring the whole family.” The main dining room seats roughly 50 guests, while the grocery area incorporates a table for private parties seating up to 20 guests. The next phase of the restaurant’s development involves a garden on the patio, where Devoti plans to plant flowers and vegetables alike. From the menu – which, like the one at Five Bistro, changes daily based on the availability of fresh, locally

By Mabel Suen curated ingredients – guests can still order a few favorites from J. Devoti Trattoria’s precursor, among them a house burger featuring ground beef, lamb and pork, Sangamon Double Cream from Fithian, Illinois’ Ludwig Farmstead Creamery, 24-hour pork belly, a fried chicken egg, greens and pickles. According to Devoti, the kitchen also still offers sous chef Mark Mulitsch’s thoughtfully prepared local cheese and charcuterie plates. Recently, otherwise, a sourdough wheat pizza base came topped with goat cheese from Bloomsdale, Missouri’s acclaimed Baetje Farms, olives, nettles and chili flake. Also recently, house-made ravioli came stuffed with local cheese topped with J.T. Gelineau pea shoots and Missouri pecans. Behind the bar, Jacob Nord curates a seasonal cocktail/beer list that focuses on supporting local producers. Guests can enjoy six draft beers (as well as a list of smaller production wines).


J. Devoti Trattoria

& A Show


A Streetcar Named Desire

“You can get a high-quality meal here and dine on food that’s produced locally in our region,” Devoti says. “One hundred and twenty five miles away from the city is the farthest that we go. You can feel proud about supporting local farms and breweries and these guys who are working every day to make a living, and the folks who used to come before [to Five Bistro] don’t have to be worried about their favorite charcuterie plate not being there. You can have a taste of that and something new.” So whether going to enjoy a seasonal snack or a brisk beverage, guests should make sure to do so before catching A Streetcar Named Desire at Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. Starting this month, J. Devoti Trattoria also will feature family-style dinners the first Sunday of each month until Thanksgiving. The four-course meal features pasta, an entrée, a veggie and a salad for groups from 4 to 8 p.m. During that time, guests can pick a retail bottle of wine from the on-premises shop with no corkage fee.


J. Devoti Trattoria, 5100 Daggett Ave., St. Louis, 314-773-5553,

‌ tory:  Occupying New Orleans’ lively, lusty S French Quarter are musicians, artists and other bohemians, as well as working-class denizens like Stanley Kowalski and his wife, Stella. The Kowalskis live on the first floor of a tenement house where neighbors laugh, fight and love through hot summer days and warm, breezy nights. One day at the Kowalski residence, a stranger arrives just off the local streetcar, which bears the nickname Desire. A friendly woman named Eunice informs the visitor, Blanche DuBois, that Blanche has indeed found the home of her sister, Stella. Although Stella knew of Blanche’s visit from their native Mississippi, she’s still a bit surprised when Blanche arrives with all her possessions. Her visit makes a tight squeeze, because the Kowalskis’ home comprises just a kitchen, a bedroom and a bathroom in shotgun style. They hang a curtain between the kitchen and bedroom to give Blanche privacy when sleeping on a cot in a corner of the kitchen. Blanche tells Stella she has taken a leave of absence from teaching high school English in their hometown. Blanche also says nothing remains of their parents’ estate. When Stanley arrives home and learns that his sister-in-law is staying indefinitely and that his wife’s inheritance has disappeared, he suspects Blanche of the disappearance. He tells Blanche that Louisiana follows the Napoleonic Code, which entitles a husband to half of his wife’s possessions and vice versa. He hears nothing from Blanche but vague and unsatisfying answers, though, which further irritate him. While Blanche spends her days taking hot baths or shopping with Stella, she continues to evade questions about her fortunes. Her attractiveness catches the eye of Mitch, Stanley’s Army buddy and a regular in poker games at Stanley’s. The quiet, shy Mitch strikes up a conversation with Blanche and begins a tentative relationship with her. The lonely bachelor tells her about his devotion to his ailing mother and her hope that he find someone for companionship before she passes away. Blanche, meanwhile, tells him flamboyant stories about her past, and he believes what she says. Stanley’s investigation of Blanche’s background validates his suspicions, and he ultimately confronts her with her lies. Blanche’s fragile hold on reality slips further under her brother-in-law’s ugly assault. Can her romance with Mitch withstand the scrutiny of the truth? Highlights:  The centerpiece of this year’s Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, A Streetcar Named Desire receives a bold, beautiful and brazen interpretation under Tim Ocel’s nuanced direction. Standout performances by Sophia Brown, Nick Narcisi, Lana Dvorak and Spencer Sickmann mine the poetry and passion of what Ocel calls Williams’ “greatest play.”

By Mark Bretz

Other Info:  The locale for A Streetcar Named Desire blends with the subtitle of this year’s festival, “The French Quarter Years.” The impressive set designed by James Wolk welcomes an audience into a theater rich with atmosphere, from the drying laundry hanging outside on clothes lines and a row of window shutters across the background to the plain but functional kitchen and bedroom which constitute the Kowalski home, moving from stage right to stage left. Ocel directs this two-act presentation like an artist caressing a canvas, with gentle but clearly defined brushstrokes for Blanche, Stanley, Stella and Mitch. Brown shows several facets of Blanche’s determined personality, making her more defiant than vulnerable as her fragile psyche deteriorates. An outside force of unknown strength, she looms over the French Quarter like an impending hurricane. Narcisi works beautifully both with Brown and with Dvorak as Stella. Ocel pulls no punches depicting Stanley’s abusive instincts, which Narcisi delivers in cruel, venal fashion. Yet the actor can also convey Stanley’s childlike dependence on Stella, wailing inconsolably when she leaves after his latest beating of her, then rejoicing giddily when she returns to his lair in the dead of night. Dvorak handles the pivotal role of Stella with aplomb, guarding her wayward sister while supporting her husband, faults and all, with tenderness and compassion. A difficult part – but she’s up to the task, to the betterment of the entire production. Sickmann shows a most impressive, multifaceted approach to Mitch. He’s more a concerned son than a mama’s boy, as well as a gentleman who restrains his impulses for the “elegant” Blanche, only to feel bitterly betrayed in the end. It’s an affecting and heroic effort. A Streetcar Named Desire is rightly considered one of the greatest American plays of the 20th century. Ocel’s careful and considered guidance give it a suitably stunning rendering at this year’s Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis. Company:  Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis Venue:  Grandel Theatre, 3610 Grandel Square Dates:  May 19 Tickets: $25 to $45; contact, or 314-534-1111 Rating:  A 5 on a scale of 1-to-5

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w e N Making It

By Bryan A. Hollerbach | Photos supplied

One Of the metrO area’s premier Operatic institutiOns welcOmes patrOns tO its latest seasOn – and alsO its latest general directOr tO its ranks.


pera Theatre of Saint Louis seems poised to enjoy a particularly eventful late spring and early summer. In addition to launching its 2018 festival season the Saturday after this issue hits stands – 28 performances, among them six matinees and a concert, between May 19 and June 24 – the troupe will greet new leadership at the start of July. Early last month, an international search culminated in the troupe’s announcement


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that Andrew Jorgensen will become its next general director. Only the fourth in its 43 years, he will succeed Timothy O’Leary on July 2. Jorgensen currently serves with the Washington National Opera in the U.S. capital. In ironic circumstances reminiscent of the chess stratagem of castling, after leaving St. Louis, O’Leary, who was named the local troupe’s general director almost a decade ago, will join Jorgensen’s former troupe in Washington, D.C. Jorgensen first viewed the local troupe and experienced its work in 2013, a press

release noted, and has “since returned to the festival every season.” Before his tenure with the Washington National Opera, Jorgensen served with New York City’s famed Metropolitan Opera. Prior to that, his career began in the vocal division of Columbia Artists Management, a New York-based international talent management agency. Before even that, Jorgensen pursued undergraduate studies at Cambridge, Massachusetts’ storied Harvard University and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Raised in the southern New Jersey borough of Haddonfield, Jorgensen will move from the Washington, D.C., area to St. Louis with his husband and their dog, charmingly named Aria. Otherwise, select details on each of the five productions in the troupe’s 2018 festival season under O’Leary’s guidance follow: • La Traviata by giuseppe Verdi | may 19, 25 and 30; June 2, 7, 10, 20 and 23 | christopher allen, conductor, patricia racette, director: A Parisian courtesan carefully maintains her emotional and other freedom till she meets a naïf whose sincerity compels her to contemplate an unthinkable sacrifice involving pride, love and honor in star soprano Racette’s directorial debut. It stars Sydney Mancasola as Violetta, Geoffrey Agpalo as Alfredo, Joo Won Kang as Germont and Briana Hunter as Flora. • Regina by marc Blitzstein | may 26 and 31; June 6, 8, 16, 20 and 24 | stephen lord, conductor, James robinson, director: This scandalous entertainment involving ambition, theft, blackmail and – oh, yes – murder derives from The Little Foxes, Lillian Hellman’s classic 1939 play, and presents a Southern backdrop of spirituals, jazz and ragtime wherein siblings and spouses battle among themselves for a family business. It stars Susan Graham as the title character, James Morris as Ben Hubbard, Ron Raines as Oscar Hubbard and Melody Wilson as Addie. • An American Soldier by huang ruo and david henry hwang | June 3, 6, 9, 14, 16 and 22 | michael christie, conductor, matthew Ozawa, director: The son of Chinese immigrants proudly enlists in the U.S. Army, eager to serve his country, but his own Afghan base subsequently becomes enemy territory when military hazing turns deadly in this based-on-a-truestory inquiry into what it means to be an American. This world premiere stars Andrew Stenson as Danny Chen, Wayne Tigges as Sgt. Aaron Marcum, Mika Shigematsu as Mother Chen and Kathleen Kim as Josephine Young. • Orfeo and Euridice by christoph willibald gluck | June 9, 13, 15, 17, 21 and 23 | pierre Vallet, conductor, ron daniels, director: The classical Greek myth of the poet/ musician Orpheus undergoes adaptation by an 18th-century German composer for a contemporary American audience and focuses on soulmates doomed by the protagonist’s own passion in a celebration of love and musical transcendence. Intriguingly, it stars Jennifer Johnson Cano as Orfeo, Andriana Chuchman as Euridice and Maria Valdes as Amore. • center stage (concert) | June 19 | stephen lord, conductor, James robinson, director: The kliegs shine on rising operatic talents from across the U.S. in a one-night-only event featuring members of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ nationally acclaimed young-artist programs, performing some of opera’s greatest hits and cherished rarities, accompanied onstage by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. All Opera Theatre of Saint Louis productions are sung in English, accompanied by members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and staged at Webster University’s Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts. Also, according to the troupe’s press release, no less an éminence gris than The Times of London once praised Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as “one of the few American companies worth the transatlantic fare.” Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, 210 Hazel Ave., St. Louis, 314-961-0644,

Around Town

By Alecia Humphreys

Fri., May 25, to Sun., May 27

What do beer and art have in common? Schlafly’s annual ART OUTSIDE FESTIVAL, that’s what. Staged at the Bottleworks in Maplewood, the festival seeks to “raise awareness and appreciation of art and music created in our very own community.” According to the Schlafly website, artists “you’ve never heard of” are featured with a family-friendly experience “you won’t find anywhere else.” Plus, an array of St. Louis bands perform throughout the weekend! Times vary. Free. 314-241-2337 or

Wed., May 23, to Sun., June 24

Are you yearning for sand between your toes, but refuse to make the trek to the beach? The Magic House, St. Louis Children’s Museum is ready to make your feet happy with the return of SANDCASTLE BEACH. With the help of 10 truckloads of sand, The Magic House’s backyard transforms into a beachfront park where, according to a press release, “visitors can take a stroll along the boardwalk, search for some seashells at the shell dig, relax under a colorful beach umbrella and have the chance to build a sandcastle alongside world-champion sand sculptor Dan Belcher” as he creates a 75-ton sandcastle. Times vary. Free with admission. 314-822-8900 or

What’s better than sipping something smooth while enjoying the beautiful patios of Clayton establishments? The addition of live music, of course! As part of MUSIC IN THE CITY, Crushed Red features St. Louis rocker Kevin Babb; Molly Darcys St. Louis showcases Dave & Them, who, according to their website, play “all of your favorite songs from all of your favorite styles of music”; and BARcelona Tapas Restaurant spotlights Latin jazz courtesy of Farshid Etniko. 4:30 p.m. Free.

Sat., May 26, to Mon., May 28

Awaken your African spirit at the ST. LOUIS AFRICAN ARTS FESTIVAL. With a mission to “provide the community at large access to the richness of African culture and its impact on western culture,” this festival “brings fellowship among attendees and exposes them to African culture through education, entertainment activities and culinary experiences.” Times vary. Free. World’s Fair Pavilion. 314-325-2291 or

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Fri., May 25

The Saint Louis Zoo kicks off its JUNGLE BOOGIE Friday night concert series with the Funky Butt Brass Band, which “takes classic New Orleans brass tunes and gives them a twist.” Attendees have the opportunity to “take a walk on our wild side,” to quote the zoo’s website, and enjoy live music, animal-related kids’ activities that focus on the “conservation of endangered species through the zoo’s WildCare Institute” and, of course, boogying. 5 p.m. Free. 314-781-0900 or

As David Bowie and Mick Jagger once sang, “They’ll be swinging, swaying, records playing … They’ll be dancing,” which is exactly what one can expect when 25 professional dance companies join forces to present the 11th annual SPRING TO DANCE festival presented by Dance St. Louis and the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Touhill Performing Arts Center. Dancing styles include classical ballet, tap, hip-hop, modern and so much more. Show times and locations vary. $10 per performance.


Fri., May 25, and Sat., May 26

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Dining and Entertainment

Bring ever yone to the table when you nibble on the delectable Italian cuisine at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria. With locations in Town and Country and Rock Hill, this local favorite unites family not only at the table, but also behind the scenes. “My entire family works in the restaurants and for Vero, our meal-kit company,” owner Katie Collier says. “My husband and his sister, my mother, my brothers…It’s a total family-owned and family-operated business.” Discover the secret ingredient to their success the next time you dine out. | May 18, 2018   95

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Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

SoFresh, So

Yum By amanda Dahl Photos courtesy of Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria


t. Louisans can now swing open their shutters, sit out on patios and watch the world bloom. Spring may have taken its sweet time this year, but it’s finally sprung – and Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria is making the most out of every minute. “The bounty of spring and summer is exciting for a chef-driven menu,” owner Katie Collier gushes. “We’ll have something [new] every few weeks. Right now, we’ve got morel mushrooms and green almonds. Next week, we’ll do asparagus. We get so much energy from [the season]. Spring is where you can get really creative – and it is fun.” The Italian eatery is known for its farm-to-table style serving, with pasta noodles made from scratch, and fresh vegetables and herbs often grown on-site in the patio area. “The new seasonal menu started [this month],” Collier tells. “We brought back favorites, like our famous watermelon salad and our ricotta-stuffed fried squash blossoms – and even something from the original Katie’s Pizza on Clayton Road: prosciutto wrapped spring rolls. It’s filled with amazing vegetables, like pea shoots, Ozark mushrooms, fresh mozzarella and basil, and topped with balsamic. It’s just so bright and refreshing.” The newest items making an appearance include a crab and corn risotto, topped with Osetra caviar, and an artichoke carbonara, garnished with pea


shoots. Even the cocktail menu received an update, with fresh-pressed juices and lots of herbs. Sip on a pineapple Mai Tai, with tarragon, or fresh-pressed watermelon juice. The lavender lemonade also promises heavenly refreshment. “I’m obsessed with food and ingredients, and menu development,” Collier confesses. “I get inspiration from my guests, as well as places all over the country and the world. I love putting incredible ingredients together and creating a magical dish. And I love seeing how creative chefs [build] their menus, design their restaurants and serve their guests.” Collier takes all that inspiration and infuses it into her own restaurants. “Most of my kitchen staff has been with us since we opened,” she shares. My chef de cuisine, Jake, has been with me for almost five years. We all care about hospitality. Everyone understands the food and is approachable. We share our personalities and create memories.” That warmth extends to the patios at both locations, which currently boast tropical plants and flowers, alongside the herb and vegetable gardens. With live music every night, the temptation to linger outside this spring proves irresistible. “We go all out for patio season,”

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Collier says. “We want you to feel transported to a magical place by creating a great experience for you to enjoy inspired food.” Bon appétit.

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NORTH & SOUTH BLOCK PARTY UNIVERSITY CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Intersection of North and South Road and Delmar Blvd.,

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HELP WANTED HOUSEKEEPER Looking for an experienced Housekeeper for an executive couple. The individual will be charged with maintaining the Principal's overall satisfaction through daily cleaning and duties in their home. The objective is to ensure seamless support for an active and sophisticated single-family home. This position shall maintain impeccable standards as the platform of engagement at all times, be responsible for all daily tasks of this distinguished single-family residence. Pay commensurate with experience, generally Monday Friday. Confidentiality agreement is required. Health insurance and 10 days off annually. Please mail resume to: Housekeeper 8811Ladue Rd, Suite D St. Louis, MO 63124


AccuCare needs Caregivers! AccuCare, RN-owned & managed home health care provider, has immediate openings for caregivers.

Contact Jane Olsen or 314-472-3393

HOME IMPROVEMENT FINE HOME FINISHERS, INC. Remodeling... Custom Kitchens Baths, Cabinetry Room Additions and Basement Finishes Visit Facebook 28yrs experience in Ladue 314-962-1771


Outdoor Living and Landscape Management Management: ï Full Estate and Regular Scheduled Programs ï Organic Solutions ï Turf Care ï Mowing ï Mulching ï Weeding ï Leaf Removal ïWaterscape Management Outdoor Living: ï Outdoor Kitchens and Living Rooms ï Fireplaces/Firepits ï Retaining Walls ï Patios ï Retaining Walls ï Water Features ï Driveways And More... Call Today for Estimate

314-827-5664 Ken Singleton

Building Repair, LLC General Contractor & Home Improvement Specialist ïTuckpointing ïBrickwork ïStonework ïPlaster ï Drywall ïPainting ï Carpentry ï Siding ï Gutters ï Roofing ïChimney Leaks Stopped Guaranteed


Carpet Repaired, Restretched, Installed, New Carpet Sales, Large Selection in 2 Showrooms. Over 30 Years Experience. For a Quote Call Nick 314-845-8049


ROTTEN WOOD REPAIRS SEMI-RETIRED | TRIM CARPENTER Quality design, work in: bookcases, doors, crown moldings, wainscoting, kitchens, and more.




LeafRemoval•Mowing•Planting•Mulching Fertilization•LandscapeDesign•RetainingWalls Walks•Patios•DrainageSystems•Sod/Grading

Interior/Exterior Painting Wallpaper Removal Insured, 35 Years Experience


Free Estimates

Call 314-766-2952 or 314-766-2962


CA$H 4 OLD STUFF —Light Hauling— We cleanup, haul away &/or purchase: garage, estate & moving sales! Also, warehouse, business & storage locker leftovers! FAY FURNITURE 618-271-8200 AM

BRIAN'S HAULING "U Name It & We Haul It" 7 Days a Week - Same Day Appliances, Brush, Clean Outs, Demo, Bsmts & Garage, Etc. Call Brian @ 314-740-1659

Lighting • Irrigation • Brick & Stone Work •Grass Cutting • Fertilizing • Bed Maintenance • Complete Maintenance Call George 314-567-6066 OUTDOOR CREATIVE DESIGN & LANDSCAPE, LLC For all of your landscape and hardscape needs. "Where dreams become design and design becomes reality" 314-325-5111

SIMPLE MOVES INTERIOR PAINTING & REMODELING Finish carpentry, drywall, tile and floor work. 25yrs exp. Call Kent for free estimates 314-398-2898

We Specialize In Small Moves. We charge by the hour or the piece, house to house or room to room. Bonded & Insured. Packing Available.

314-963-3416 DECK Powerwashing & Staining

JC PAINTS Interior/Exterior Painting, Reliable, Clean, Reasonable & Insured. Call John for a Free Estimate!

"A+ BBB Rating"


Call Jess today to schedule a free estimate.


Ryan Specialty Services Weekly Lawn Mowing and Gardening.

A Painting Co. & More


Quality painting, reliable and on time. Fully Insured. Satisfaction Guaranteed. 314-227-9336

Call Ken Today! 636-674-5013



Complete Lawn Maintenance for Residential & Commercial SPRING CLEAN UP Clean-up & Leaf Removal Fertilizing, Planting, Sodding, Seeding, Mowing, Mulching, Edging, Spraying, Weeding, Pruning, Trimming, Bed Maintenance, Dethatching, Brush Removal, Retaining Walls, Paver Patios and Drainage Work. Firewood. Licensed Landscape Architect/Designer For a FREE estimate call


DALE | 314-541-6708 Langewisch Construction, LLC

Polo's Lawn & Landscape Inc Leafs and Snow Removal, Retaining Walls, Paver Patios, Backyard Cleanup, Trees & Sod. Staining Decks by brush. Free Estimates 314-280-2779



Yucko's Your Poop Scoop 'n Service Free Estimates - No Contracts

314-770-1500 o

ATEK Masonry/Restored Brick - Block - Stone Tuckpointing w/ Color Match Cleaning & Waterproofing Chimneys - Fireplaces Flue Liners, Dampers & Caps Flashing & Crown Repair "St. Louis' FIRST Union Residential Masonry Co w/BACSTL - Local 1 Online @ CALL: 314-599-1829

MCGREEVY PIANO TUNING Bill McGreevy Piano Technician and Guild Associate Member 314-335-9177

Spring Cleanup & Lawn Maintenance 314-243-6784

PLASTERING DRYWALL Hanging & Finishing "A+ BBB Rating" Call Jess today to schedule a free estimate.

POWERWASHING WINDOW CLEANING ïExcellent Rates ïInsured ïImpeccable Ref's ïFree Est's. Diligent, LLC 314-803-3865




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PRECISION REMODELING Q Room Additions Q Decks Q Bathrooms Q Kitchens and so much more. Interior and Exterior. Free Estimates! Fully Insured. Call Bob (314)799-4633 or Jim (314)799-4630 REMODEL & REPAIR Rotted Wood, Painting, Tile, Drywall, Floors, Electrical, Carpentry, Plumbing. Power Washing. Insured. Free Estimates. 40yrs Exp. Don Phillips 314-973-8511

Hard Work Yard Work Complete Tree Service for Residential & Commercial

SPRING LANDSCAPING Landscape Design • Spring Clean-Up Brush Clearing • Bed Preparation • Tilling Weeding & Mulching • Planting Tree/Shrub Fertilization,Trimming and Removal • Lawn Fertilization, Weed Control, De-Thatching, Sodding and Seeding • Gutter Cleaning • Power Washing • Stone Walls, Patios, Borders and Drainage Solution.

The Hard Work Yard Work Co. LLC For Free Estimates call Keith at 314-422-0241 or e-mail at Since 2001

Quality Since 1916 A Name You Can Trust New Work • Repair • Remodeling Water Heaters • Sewer & Drain Backflow Device Testing 314-962-0956

Shy Construction Masonry and Tuckpointing Bathroom & Kitchen Remodels, Basement Finishes, and Concrete. 314-581-1844

ACCOUNTING/TAXES SENIOR SERVICES HVAC Affordable - Private in home Senior Care Service. References available upon request. 314-580-9710

Tree Pruning & Removal, Plant Healthcare Program, Deadwooding, Stump Grinding, Deep Root Fertilization, Cabling & Storm Cleanup Cary Semsar ISA Board Certified Master Arborist OH-5130B Free Estimate, Fully Insured

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Tree Service Professionals Trimming, Deadwooding, Reduction, Removals, Stump Grinding, Year Round Service and Fully Insured Call Michael Baumann for a Free Estimate & Property Inspection

636.375.2812 You'll be glad you called!

Trees Trimmed & Removed

Family Owned and Operated In Service Since 1991

Tuckpointing & Color Match Spotpointing Chimney Repair/Rebuilds, Brick & Stone Repairs, Stone Foundation work.

WANTED ARROWHEADS! and Indian Artifacts! Executive in Clayton loves the hobby! Buying collections, answering questions, & looking for properties to buy or lease to look on within 45min of Clayton that seem to have a good concentration of arrowheads.






Will Pay Top $ for


M. Galati, LLC Tuckpointing

TREE SERVICE • Stone Retaining Walls • Stump Grinding • Fully Insured

WWII Military Relic's. Swords, Daggers, Metals, Badges, Hats, Helmets, Flags and Guns. Call 314-249-5369

Spot or Entire Home

(636) 274-1378

Color Match Experts Power Washing Silicon Waterproofing Owner on site to insure CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

Get'er Done Tree Service A+ with BBB and Angie's List Tree Trimming, Removal, Deadwooding and Stump Grinding. Certified Arborist. Fully Insured, Free Estimates. Serving the area since 2004.

No Job Too Small • 35yrs Exp. Senior Discount • Fully Insured


WANTED ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES Old Advertising, Records Sports Memorabilia, Old Toys STL History, Breweriana, Etc Call Ben (314)518-5769


CALL 314-971-6993




Tuckpointing, Chimney & Brick Repair, Caulking & Now Chimney Sweeping & Flue Re-lining. 2013 BBB Torch Award Winner


$50 off $500+ 314-486-3303


M&P Window Washing and Gutter Cleaning



Making windows in St. Louis Shine for over 30yrs. Gutter Cleaning & Minor Repair, Window Cleaning, Reasonable, Free Estimates, Dependable, Insured, References. Angies’s List. Paul






we offer The Ladue News, St. Louis' premiere luxury lifestyle publication, is seeking a sales representative to represent our robust platform of print and digital products. The ideal candidate has media sales experience, possesses strong communication and organizational skills, is able to successfully handle multiple tasks effective advertising and meet deadlines, and is able to programs that deliver results for their clients. A self starter with the ability to build successful campaigns for clients will thrive in this position. Media sales experience is preferred, sales experience is required.


• Choice of three medical plans • 401 (k) plan with company match • Dental Plan • Flexible spending account • Vision Coverage • Health savings account • Company paid live insurance • Generous vacation policy • Short-term and Long term disability plans and paid holidays • Sick days, personal days

For consideration please apply online at: | Select “CAREERS” | Go to “Entrance For Potential Employees”

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A heritage of exceptional real estate service since 1965 1740 N. Geyer Road Huntleigh $14,500,000

9625 Ladue Road Ladue Estate property on 8 acres


1290 Dry Ridge Road Town and Country $4,850,000

10 Edgewood Road Ladue $4,450,000


15 Pine Valley Drive Ladue $3,250,000


10 Larkdale Drive Ladue $2,495,000


8956 Moydalgan Road Ladue $2,290,000


10825 Ladue Road Ladue $1,685,000


44 Portland Drive Frontenac $1,395,000

11 Waverton Lane Ladue $850,000

44 Overhills Drive Ladue $4,950,000


8 Edgewood Road Ladue $3,250,000


10088 Litzsinger Road Ladue $2,450,000


37 Clermont Lane Ladue $1,495,000


13318 Fairfield Circle Drive Town and Country $848,000


Whether you’re buying or selling a luxury home, choose The Ryan Tradition.

If you would like to discuss your significant property needs, please contact us. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you.


Coldwell Banker Gundaker - Ladue 314.993.8000

©2017 NRT Missouri LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Gundaker fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker logo, Coldwell Banker Global Luxury and the Coldwell Banker Global Luxury logo are service marks registered or pending registrations owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Gundaker are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Gundaker.

C: 314.607.5555 | O:314.725.0009

APRIL 5, 2013

Perched on a hill high above with commanding views, A stunning 77 acre estate in the Wild Horse Creek Valley awaits. Built by Gene Roentz & designed by Lauren Strutman.

OFFERED AT $6,500,000


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