Story by Natalie Wadley
Photos by Heather Roth Fine Art Photography, St. Louis, heatherrothphotography.com
Zach and I met in college while at Anderson University in Indiana. One of his best friends was dating my roommate, and they thought we'd be a good match. Zach worked up the courage to ask me out, and we began dating during our senior year. One year later, he proposed during Anderson's homecoming weekend, at the same bench on our campus where we had sat and had our first long conversation before dating. And eight months later, on June 21, 2015, we wed.
Both the ceremony and reception took place in my hometown, St. Louis, at NEO on Locust in the downtown area. My theme was urban elegance. The idea was classic simplicity and good taste with a distinctly urban flair, which meant brick walls, big windows and city views. Our colors were navy, gold and ivory.
The maid of honor was Gabby Reppell, of St. Louis, and the bridesmaids were Hannah Samples, of Anderson, Ind.; Rachel Harter, of St.Charles; Molly Crump, of Mooresville, Ind.; and Alicia Tackes, Kelsey Johnson, Mallory Johnson, Tiffany Deters and Jordan Reppell, all of St. Louis. They wore long navy dresses with satin on top and a chiffon overlay on the bottom, drop pearl earrings and gold shoes. The flower girl, Mackenzie Larson, of St. Louis, also wore gold shoes and pearl earrings, and a long white dress with a navy floral pattern.
I wore a very simple fit and flare soft ivory satin dress with an open back and lace detailing on the front and sides. I carried a cascading bouquet of white flowers and greenery. The bridesmaids carried similar arrangements.
The groom and groomsmen wore navy suits, gold bow ties and pocket squares. The best man was Nathan Wadley, of Bourbonnais. Groomsmen were Zach Tsuleff, of Fort Wayne, Ind,; Ryan Harter, of Anderson, Ind.; Ben Mishler, of Monroe, Ind.; Andrew Lentscher, of Beaver Dam, Wis.; Shawn Downey, Tim Smith and Joe Wiens, all of Bourbonnais; and Jake Schuchardt, of St. Louis. Their suits were accented with boutonnieres consisting of one simple white calla lily.
The ceremony was accented beautifully with ivory flowers and touches of gold. The ceremony was performed by my pastor, Kevin Hughes, of St. Louis. He was assisted by Brandon Carter, youth pastor at Kankakee First Church of the Nazarene. We wrote our own vows.
The ceremony was followed by a cocktail hour. The reception was simply decorated with navy tablecloths, gold flatware and plates, and ivory floral centerpieces in mercury vases. An Edison bulb curtain was the backdrop for the head table. Zach and I had our first dance to the song “Forever Like That” by Ben Rector.
If only we could live it all over again.
The bride is the daughter of Jeff and Lisa Schuchardt, of St. Louis. The groom is the son of Doug and Kelli Wadley, of Bourbonnais. The bride is a child health and development specialist at Heartland Head Start in Bloomington. The groom works in Athletic Communications at Illinois State University. They honeymooned at the Luxury Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado Resort on the island of Cayo Levantado, off the coast of Samana, Dominican Republic. They live in Normal