An Anniversary To Remember

Amber Michelle Sears and Christopher Arland Peck met in the fall of 2006 while working at Miller’s Professional Imaging in Columbia. Their first date was a University of Missouri men’s basketball game on December 29, 2007. For the next four years, the couple commemorated each dating anniversary with a trip. In 2012, Chris surprised Amber with a getaway to Branson the weekend after Christmas.

On December 29, after a drive down the Trail of Lights, Chris parked atop a bluff and asked Amber to marry him. Stunned, she asked him to repeat the question, then answered with an emphatic “yes!”

Amber and Chris married on April 11, 2015, at Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus. The Rev. Mark Butrum, of Rocky Fork Fellowship in Hallsville, officiated.

Inspired by her grandmother’s love of vintage pieces and décor, as well as old Hollywood movies and musicals, Amber chose an art deco theme for the ceremony and reception, enhanced by a metallic color palette of gold, rose-gold and silver with cream accents.

She wore a champagne Maggie Sottero sleeveless sheath gown of Evita satin with an overlay of beaded tulle and Swarovski crystals. A plunging back and deep V-neckline accentuated the silhouette along with a small train. Her mid-length, champagne-hued veil complemented Amber’s glamorous updo with loose side curls. She accessorized with a matching crystal hairpiece and bracelet, family heirloom rings, rhinestone earrings and a double-strand pearl choker that draped down her back. A rhinestone bracelet matched those she gave bridesmaids.

Her bouquet included dark pink garden roses, peach anthurium, hanging jasmine, scabiosa pods, white hydrangeas, dendrobium orchids, peach stock and pink clematis with gold and palm feather accents bound by metallic-colored sheer ribbon that cascaded down the front of her gown.
Amber’s bridesmaids wore various-length dresses in mixed metal and neutral hues; they carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet. Her niece, Gabrielle, who served as flower girl, wore a vintage crown with multicolored antique pearls and a tea-length chiffon dress in cream and gold.

Chris wore a black tuxedo with a cream-colored vest and shirt and cream bow tie. His boutonniere contained one ivory and one deep pink rose with a gold pod accent. His groomsmen wore matching tuxedos with cream shirts and black vests and bow ties with a single deep pink rose for their boutonnieres.

More than 200 flickering tea candles on brick insets throughout the chapel added romance to the ceremony. Vases with floating candles marked the stairs to the altar adorned with a floral arrangement of roses with metallic accents, a unity cross made by the couple with the words “two become one,” and a vintage handkerchief belonging to Amber’s grandmother. A “two become one” sign made by Amber’s mother hung at the front of the church.

After the vows, Amber’s uncle sung a song he had composed and performed at the weddings of her mother and cousins. The couple recessed to “Love Never Felt So Good” by Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake “so we could all dance out of the chapel,” Amber says.

The reception at the Columbia Country Club featured hand-painted tea candles and three kinds of centerpieces that carried through the art deco theme, including candelabras with strands of pearl and crystal, feathered palm trees, and vases with floating candles.

Guests enjoyed casino-style activities and dressed up in masquerade masks and feather fans and headbands. A caricature artist added whimsy to the festivities.

Food and beverage stations and a photo booth were available throughout the reception, along with mojitos and Champagne with raspberry puree. The three-tiered wedding cake featured a gold-speckled ombré effect atop buttercream icing. Amber surprised Chris with a chocolate cake in the shape of a cheese head in honor of his beloved Green Bay Packers.
An evening of dancing concluded with a fireworks display. As tokens of their appreciation, Amber and Chris gave their guests miniature bottles of homemade wine in lemon, passion fruit and berry flavors, and miniature succulent plants.

The couple honeymooned in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, before returning to Columbia where they reside. Amber, the daughter of Michael and Barbara Sears of Owensville, works as a color technician at Miller’s Professional Imaging. Chris, the son of Terry Peck of Eldon and Kim Peck of Columbia, is a project coordinator for Wallace Architects.


Kay’s Bridal & Tuxedo, Sedalia

Various mid-Missouri boutiques

Chrystal L. Hair & Makeup

Erica Durnil & Jenny Johnson of Confident Beauti by Erica

Adam Williams of Defined Image Photography, Springfield

Brandon Barlow of COMPLETE weddings + events

White Knight Coaches & Limos

Men’s Wearhouse

Allen’s Flowers

Russ Baker of Safari Sound, Jefferson City


Gary B Robinson Jewelers

Jesika Otterbacher, JesikaO Studio

Macy’s, Target

Natalie Imhoff, The Bridal Solution, Frisco, Texas

Kristi McCann, Columbia Country Club