Erin Walker & Eric Schweiss
Photos By SilverBox Photographers
Erin Walker and Eric Schweiss met through friends in 2009: One of Erin’s roommates was dating one of Eric’s roommates. Erin and Eric hit it off immediately.
The University of Missouri students had so much in common, Erin says. “He was in a Christian fraternity; I was in a Christian sorority. He was in the accounting program; I wanted to be in the accounting program. We began to talk and hang out a lot more, and we both knew very early on that we had something special.”
On Sept. 2, 2011, Eric and Erin went mini golfing, and then Eric told Erin he was taking her to dinner, but the restaurant was a surprise. Eric parked near the MU campus — which Erin found unusual — and then led Erin on a walk into Peace Park. As soon as she realized they were going into the park, Erin knew what Eric had planned.
“We usually don’t just walk through Peace Park!” she explains.
Eric proposed on one knee in Peace Park, a spot he had chosen because Erin and he met at MU.
Eric and Erin were wed on Nov. 17, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Columbia. The Rev. Jacob Thorne officiated.
Just inside the sanctuary, antique silver pilsner vases held floral arrangements of white hydrangeas, white snapdragons, curly willow branches and seeded eucalyptus. The same flowers appeared at the front of the church in two more antique silver pilsner vases that stood on white pillar pedestals, and down the aisle, more white hydrangeas and greenery decorated the pews.
Erin wore a Jasmine Bridal gown made of Italian satin. The strapless gown featured a sweetheart neckline and ruched bodice with a trumpet skirt. At the waist, she added a sparkling Paloma Blanca belt of dupioni silk with crystal and pearl accents. Erin wore her hair up beneath a two-tiered veil with a rolled-ribbon edge. Her accessories included drop earrings with pearls and crystals and a matching pearl-and-crystal cuff bracelet. Her Badgley Mischka shoes were navy satin, open-toed evening pumps accented with a rhinestone brooch.
Erin carried a loose, hand-tied, round bouquet of white and green flowers that included hydrangeas, daisies and various roses. White satin ribbon wrapped the stems.
Erin’s bridesmaids wore knee-length silk taffeta strapless dresses in navy. The dresses featured an empire waist with pleated detail and seam pockets, and a matching navy grosgrain sash trimmed in chiffon. They carried a smaller version of the bridal bouquet, with navy satin ribbon wrapping the stems.
Eric and his groomsmen wore suits in midnight blue with white shirts and green silk ties. Eric’s boutonniere was a white rose with green accents and silver wire on the stem; his groomsmen wore boutonnieres of white spray roses with stems wrapped in green wire.
In preparing for the wedding, Erin and Eric focused much of their attention on the ceremony itself and took time to pick out Scriptures and music that were meaningful to them. The ceremony emphasized their Christian faith and their desire for Christ to remain at the center of their relationship.
Following the service, the celebration moved to the Hilton Garden Inn conference center. Floor-length white tablecloths were paired with navy napkins; navy sashes accented white chair covers. The centerpieces featured candles, mirrors and white flowers in various arrangements, with green and navy ribbon accents. The antique silver pilsner vases from the ceremony also appeared at the reception, at the head table and parents’ tables.
The five-tiered square wedding cake featured a unique white-on-white design on each tier; a blue band wrapped the bottom of each tier, and the front of the middle layer had a blue “S.” A mound of green hydrangeas topped off the cake, completing the wedding’s green, blue and white theme.
The groom’s cake was a round cake with a St. Louis Cardinals logo in the middle; the top and bottom edges were trimmed with baseball stitching.
The reception was full of fun and dancing.
“Our DJ did a great job of keeping people out on the dance floor, the food was great, and we just loved celebrating with all of the people we love,” Erin says.
Eric and Erin took a one-week honeymoon to Nassau, Bahamas, staying in the Sandals Royal Bahamian resort.
Today, Eric and Erin live in Ballwin, where both work as accountants. Erin is the daughter of Roger and Jill Walker of Columbia, and Eric is the son of Allen and Denise Schweiss of Farmington.
Simply Elegant Bridal, St. Louis
Hairstyling & Bridal Makeup:
The Clip Joint
Jos. A. Bank
Alan Anderson’s Just Fabulous!
Prairie Strings Quartet
Edith Hall Cakes
L.C. Betz Associates Jewelers
Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Target
Beth Courtney Designs
The Candy Factory
A 1947 Chevy Coupe served as Eric and Erin’s escape car. The old car resisted starting up at first, but eventually, family members got it going.