Anna Beth Coil and Justin Carlson

Little girls dream of looking like a princess at their weddings, and for Anna Beth Coil, that dream came true when she dressed in a beautiful princess ball gown, slipped on her grandmother’s long white gloves and met her groom, the tall, dark and handsome Justin Carlson, at Broadway Christian Church on April 27, 2013.

“Growing up, I always loved watching fairy-tale weddings, and that was inspiration for me,” she says.

Anna and Justin’s romance began back at Northern Illinois University. The two met on their first day, in their first class. They became study buddies and were good friends for three years before they began dating as seniors, in the fall of 2011. Justin proposed not long after graduation, on May 12, 2012.

Anna and Justin’s wedding was filled with enchantment, elegance and romance. Anna wore a sleeveless San Patrick lace chiffon ball gown. Her dark hair, styled in a classic ballerina bun, bore a cathedral-length veil tucked underneath and a hair comb embellished with delicate white flowers accenting the side. She did not wear her grandmother’s gloves during the ceremony but accessorized with a diamond bracelet and diamond stud earrings. She carried a bouquet of white and cream garden flowers, accented with photo charms to honor the memory of her mother’s parents and a cousin.

Justin complemented Anna’s elegance in a classic black Calvin Klein tuxedo, worn with a black bow tie, silver cufflinks and a stephanotis boutonniere accented with rosemary, lavender and fern curls.

Anna’s bridesmaids wore strapless, floor-length chiffon dresses in a pewter shade. The flowing dresses featured sweetheart necklines and mini trains. The bridesmaids accessorized with pearl necklaces and gold knot bracelets, and they carried bouquets of violet, cream and white.

Justin’s groomsmen wore the same attire as the groom.

A color scheme of creams and metallic — including pewter, old gold and bronze — set a regal tone, with violet accents adding a sweet, inviting touch. Inside the church, the front of the sanctuary held a soaring wood cross on a wall of gray stones; slender bouquets of white flowers were affixed to the wall for a graceful, whimsical effect. The front of the church also held the unity candles in crystal candelabras, a silver Communion set and a family Bible.

The Rev. Terry Overfelt officiated at the ceremony. A trio on harp, flute and cello performed classical music throughout the wedding, and Anna’s brother, David Coil, read Corinthians 13 from the family Bible. Justin and Anna exchanged personalized vows.

A reception followed at The Club at Old Hawthorne. Rain forced the celebration indoors, but a profusion of flowers inside the ballroom created a garden feel. The head table held julep cup arrangements of green, violet, cream and white blooms, as well as mercury glass tea lights and silver candelabras. The mother of the bride made a runner for the head table from a pastoral toile fabric in green and ivory. The guest tables featured cream-on-cream overlays and arrangements of all cream and white flowers with mercury glass tea lights.

Dinner was a formal, plated meal with signature his-and-hers cocktails. For the gents, there was Rum Old Fashioned, and for the ladies, Vodka Cobblers. A dance followed.

Anna and Justin took a weeklong honeymoon to The Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Ariz. They live in West Loop, Chicago, where Anna works in sales and Justin is a senior business analyst.

Anna is the daughter of Randy and Cydney Coil of Columbia, and Justin is the son of Jay and Paula Carlson of St. Charles.


Amore Bridal, Kansas City

Simply Elegant Bridal, St. Louis

Men’s Wearhouse

Binghams Traditional Clothing

Shear Madness Salon

Aesthetic Studio

Love Tree Studios

Jazzy Kat Productions

MO-X/Doc & Norm Direct

Drew Parker

A-1 Party and Event Rental

Harp: Maria D. Trevor
Flute: Brooksie Collins
Cello: Matt Pierce

Norm Ruebling Band

Pohlman’s Create-a-Cake

Crate & Barrel; Macy’s; Williams-Sonoma

Cydney Coil, mother of the bride, and Drew Parker