Emily Hagnauer & Christopher Desloge Jr.
Throughout the planning process for her marriage to Christopher Desloge, Emily Hagnauer was reminded by her parents that the day is meant to be a celebration of them. And sure enough, the intimate, casual affair with nods to tradition was a perfect reflection of the couple.
The two met in 2007 and reconnected a couple of years later at a mutual friend’s party. They dated just over four years before Chris proposed. It was Christmas Eve 2013, and before the evening’s plans with family, Chris suggested they take their chocolate Lab, Remington, on a walk. “I figured I would get ready afterward, so I was all bundled up and in yoga pants with no makeup on,” Emily laughs. “We were at the bottom of Art Hill when Chris got down on one knee, but Remington pulled me away, so I was distracted by the dog and crying all at the same time.”
Emily’s background is in event marketing, so it was “game on,” she says. After deciding on a summer wedding, the venues fell into place. “Chris’ cousin got married at The Shrine of St. Joseph, and we thought it was beautiful,” Emily says. “We didn’t want a huge wedding, and Deer Creek Club was perfect for a laid-back atmosphere. We wanted to be able to enjoy everything with our guests.” People could serve themselves and eat when they wanted, and Emily says they casually sat with friends and family, visiting and having fun.
A few family ties made the day extra special. The monsignor who married both Emily and Chris’ parents presided over their ceremony, and they also used the same company for their invitations as her parents had used. She wore her mom’s veil and around her bouquet, wrapped her late grandmother’s rosary. While there were numerous memorable moments, like a bridesmaid dancing to ‘Thriller’ in its entirety, Emily says the ceremony was one of the coolest parts of the day. “It was like, we’re really doing this!”
Ceremony | The Shrine of St. Joseph
Reception | Deer Creek Club
Gown | Augusta Jones
Cake | Erica Balling of Sweet Parts of Life
Florist | Hereford Andrew Flowers
Music | Arvell & Company
Honeymoon | Nantucket, Massachusetts
Maid of Honor | Aimee Hagnauer
Bridesmaids | Audrey Block, Carolyn Garrett, Laura Goltermann, Katherine Mooney, Paige Sherwood
Best Man | Raymond Desloge
Groomsmen | Bartow Hawes, Michael Hughes, John Samuel, James Schwetye
Bride’s Parents | Robert & Kathy Hagnauer Jr. of St. Louis
Groom’s Parents | Christopher Desloge of St. Louis and Mary Desloge of St. Louis
Photos by Westrich Photography