- Tony + Emily
- Date | 6.27.15
- Ceremony | Our Lady of Lourdes
- Reception | Hilton Ballpark
- Florist | Poppies Design
- Band | Downtown
- Chairs | Premier & BBJ & Nuage
- Cake | Celebrating Life Cakes
- Transportation | Best Transportation
- Make Up | Makeup Artistry by A & C
- Hair | Kim Khot
- Lighting & Decor | Exclusive Events
- Planner | Kristin Ashley Weddings & Events
- St Louis Wedding Photography | Sal Cincotta and Alissa Zimmerman
Tell us how you first met? who what when where why? give us the dirty details.
We met out through a mutual friend. Tony was with another girl and the liquid courage in Emily allowed her to introduce herself regardless. A couple weeks later we met out again during Mardi Gras. After a round of drinks, Emily suggested they grab dinner later that week…Tony never thought she’d remember let alone follow up with a phone call and ask if their date was still on :)
When did you know he/she was the one? Was there something he/she did?, etc.
Tony | I'm not sure if there was one singular moment. To me it was a series of things, on our first date we actually got asked to leave the restaurant by the staff because they wanted to close, I knew then she was different. When my family would come into town and she'd clear her schedule and spend the entire day with my parents or siblings while I was in the office, that's when I knew how much family meant to her. The first charity event I took her to I turned around and she'd disappeared, 10 minutes later she's introducing me to people she'd just met, that's when I knew she was a strong woman. Pretty much anyone I've ever had her around friends, family, coworkers, have all said the same things about her - so that's when I knew I wasn't crazy.
Emily | I agree, there was not a single “Aha!” moment. It was more an accumulation of time spent together. The strongest indications to me was our similar upbringing and the values our parents instilled in us (as corny as that sounds). We want similar things out of life and many of the same things are important to us both but we are able to help each other experience things in different ways. At first, Tony’s NFL life was surreal but he showed me how friendly it can be. The opportunities we’ve had seeing concerts, traveling, formal events, have all been fabulous but I knew he was the one because we had just as much fun taking a walk in Forest Park, going to the Zoo, sitting at home watching youTube videos, sneaking our own snacks into the movie theater, and taking naps.
Tell us about the proposal. (Did you see it coming, how long was it in the planning?, how did ”feel? nervous, excited, freaking out?)
Tony | We took the second weekend in July and headed to Wisconsin to spend time with family and celebrate Emily's Grandpa Lee McCrummen's 80th birthday! It was a beautiful Friday in Door County, after a fun filled morning that included riding around on Cathy's sweet Vespa, a trip to Tony's favorite breakfast spot The Good Egg, and a stop by the visiting McCrummen clan's cottage. Emily asked her father Jim to take the kids on an afternoon boat ride, little did she know she was playing right into her boyfriend's plans. After a good while on the water, they headed back in and docked the boat. Tony asked Emily if she wanted to walk the half mile trip back to the cottage.
Emily | I seriously played right into his plan. On our walk back I was the one who suggested we stop at Anderson Dock! With the box in his pocket he wasn't sure how but thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get a few minutes alone with Emily. As their walk began she asked if they could make a quick stop on Anderson Dock so she could freshen up.
Tony | Anderson Dock was the perfect place to ask the question, it was the dock in which Emily's late grandpa Joe used to take her fishing as a child. Tony sat and waited for Emily on the dock's lone bench, when she arrived she sat beside him and they spent the next thirty minutes talking about life and where their futures may bring them. The talk of their future was the perfect segue for Tony to get down on one knee. He knelt down and asked Emily “Will you marry me?” She initially greeted his question with shock, laughter, and repeatedly asking “Is this real?” After the initial shock wore off she wiped the tears from her eyes and said “Yes, of course!
Emily | I did NOT see this coming! I knew it was only a matter of time before we became engaged, Tony was very respectful of me finishing graduate school and getting a job before asking me to marry him. With all my ducks in a row this was naturally the next step! I thought it would more than likely be before the start of the football season but not then. I honestly hadn’t showered, looked a mess, laughed, cried and he still wanted to marry me!
Tell us the one thing you love most about each other.
The care and compassion she shows to everyone. From the people she works with every day, to our families, to our friends, and to me she never stops caring and never stops loving. Tony has the best heart and strongest loyalty. He treats everyone with respect and does not judge. I think he would have the same conversation with a homeless person as the president. Tony takes advantage of no one and is the hardest worker I know but is accepting of others help, treating their ideas and opinions with equal merit, which is truly a gift.
If you feel comfortable, share with us something silly or quirky the other person does.
Tony | Emily cannot sit on the couch without wrapping up in a blanket it doesn't matter if it's 110 or 30 degrees outside Emily always needs a blanket.
Emily | Real talk, blankies are the best. Tony sings in the shower and he’s actually good! (yes I can hear you). Also, guilty of watching the Food Network Channel and I seriously think he could win Chopped.
Besides getting married - whats the one thing you are looking forward to on your wedding day?
Tony | Since I know absolutely nothing about her dress, I'm looking forward to seeing her for the first time. Also looking forward to having all of our family and friends in to celebrate with us.
Emily | I am so excited to actually be married! I cannot wait to say “I do” in front of my family and friends who love and support us so much. Past the ceremony, I cannot wait to dance at the reception!