The Macauley-Velocci Reception

Over the years I have heard many wonderful stories of how people met. From high school sweethearts to the internet, people can connect in the most wonderful ways. Such was the case for my wonderful bride Kaetlyn Macauley. Kate is a St. Louis girl who went to study in Italy and found herself a husband. I really should travel more…
Francesco is a charming, soft spoken man and although my Italian is a bit rusty, I could tell instantly that he loved Kate just by the way he looked at her. Since Kate and Francesco lived in Rome, most of the planning was done by Kate’s parents, Bob and Geri Macauley. I adore Bob and Geri and I credit them for doing such an amazing job planning when their daughter was on the other side of the world. For Brides who do live long distance, e-mail and Skype are life savers and provide the opportunity for daily dialogue. For me, it seemed like Kate was just somewhere in St. Louis writing from her computer…minus the Colosseum and Trevi Fountain! We were able to make many of the decisions while they were in town for their tasting. The important thing that Kate did was to realize that a winter wedding needs to look like winter. I have seen photos and attended winter events that must have been planned in June or July…the look does not translate. Winter weddings mean less light and require a bit more sparkle. Kate chose deep red and eggplant purple for her event and the contrast of those rich tones against the winter night was striking. The addition of those colors added to the holiday decorations instilled the effect even more. With guests from all over the world, the Coronado Ballroom signature service and Limoncello Martini were hits. The incredible dessert buffet with home made Cannoli was the finishing touch on a frosty and fabulous evening.
Ahhhhh…La Dolce Vita…

Rob Schaefer

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