Paige Piccione says she almost turned down the trip that caused her to meet husband Jared Hampp. “Friends invited me to the Lake of the Ozarks after my high school graduation, but I wanted to stay in town,” she says. “They convinced me to go, and that’s where Jared and I first met. We were both dating other people, but we became friends.” In 2012, when they were single, Jared’s family invited Paige on a trip to Jamaica. “That’s when we started dating—and where he proposed three years later,” she says.
Paige remembers being a little concerned when Jared didn’t want to talk about getting married—but it was only because he was already planning a surprise proposal! He popped the question during their next trip to Jamaica, in a romantic spot overlooking the beach. “It was a beautiful, starry night,” Paige recalls.
She chose Our Lady of Lourdes parish because it’s where her parents were married and her family has held baptisms. Her relatives own Piccione Pastry and Butler’s Pantry, the caterer for the Missouri History Museum. So the museum’s spacious Grand Hall seemed like a natural choice for the reception. “We had a wonderful sit-down dinner, and guests took home variety boxes of cannoli, cookies and cakes as wedding favors,” she says. “It was a point of pride for me that so many people raved about the food.”
The wedding party posed for photos at The Muny, with spring flowers just beginning to bloom. “It was a beautiful, cool, sunny day—the only clear one in a week of thunderstorms,” Paige notes. She surprised her auto-enthusiast husband with a special wedding ‘getaway car,’ a bright blue Lamborghini. “He’d seen the car in the neighborhood before the ceremony, and was really excited when he found out we’d be driving it the rest of the day!” she says.
The couple lives in the historic Dogtown neighborhood. Paige works for STLCRE, a property management firm, and Jared works for Frank Leta Honda.
ceremony | Our Lady of Lourdes
reception | Missouri History Museum
gown | Tara Keely
cake | The Cakery
florist | Tina Barrera, The Special Event Florist
music | Griffin & the Gargoyles
honeymoon | Spain and England
maid of honor | Genevieve Piccione
bridesmaids | Aubrie Hampp, Mia Piccione, Rachel Brennan, Ami Ali Khan, Alisa Taylor
best man | Justin Richardson
groomsmen | Matt Murray, Kevin Wartenbe, Derek Brennan, Zach Vogt, Adam Becke
bride’s parents | Peter & Susan Piccione of St. Louis
groom’s parents | Rick Hampp & Susan Girardier of University City
wedding date: April 9, 2016
Photos: TenSixteen photography