Kara + John

St. Agatha Catholic Church Wedding by Oldani Photography

St. Agatha Catholic Church / Ted Drewes / NEO

Describe you as a couple in about 15 words or phrases: StL City lovers/explorers, foodies, diehard Cardinals fans, goofballs, dog lovers that need a dog, best friends.

What is your story?: We were friends in college and the years after. Dirn tried to change that with an epic hand holding attempt during "The Lion King"...during which Kara pretended to be asleep. Dirn then tricked Kara into a Valentine's Day date at Molly's in Soulard, and Kara soon warmed up to the idea of dating a friend (though it required a little Mardi Gras bravery a couple of days later!).

Kara, What do you love most about your groom?: I love Dirn's patience and old man sense of humor.

John, What do you love most about your bride?: I love Kara's passion for everything and her drive to always learn more.

Describe your perfect Saturday together: Sleeping in, walking to Pint Size Bakery for coffee and pastries, then finding a great brunch spot even though it's mid-afternoon. The evening would bring a trip to a micro-brewery and a Cardinals game followed by a walk back to our car in Soulard.

Kara fun fact: She and her high school friend, Erin, invented Dorachos - Doritos with nacho cheese (patent pending).

John fun fact: He goes by three different names (John, Tyler, and Dirn). It makes things pretty confusing. Also, he's only grown 3.5 feet in his whole life.

"First Dance" song : "Come Rain or Come Shine" Ray Charles

Cake / Ice Cream / Sweets: Cake and Desserts - Lubeley's; Gooey Butter Cake - Gregory's Creative Cuisine

Bride's Dress: Clarice's Bridal

Bridesmaid's Dresses: Bill Levkoff, purchased at Clarice's Bridal

Caterer: Gregory's Creative Cuisine

DJ: Jeff at Complete Wedding and Events

Flowers: Troy Flower Shop

Groom / Groomsman's Suits: Egara from Men's Warehouse

Hair: Casey Hoffmann

Invitations / Programs / Other: Corey Dankocsik at Rock, Paper, Scissors

Makeup: Adrienne Sandusky

Nichole is married to TJ Oldani. Together they are Oldani Photography.