Oktoberfest

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photos by Courtney Tompson Photography

An Oktoberfest outing led to the wedding two years to the month later between Allison (Allie) Nicole Kolker and Kyle Joseph Cupp.

The couple met in Hermann in 2014 when Allie and several other third-year University of Missouri residents decided to take a fall outing. Allie’s group met up with a first-year resident at the Stone Hill Winery for lunch. Kyle was there, too, and from the moment they met, the two clicked. They’ve made it a tradition to attend Oktoberfest each year since.

After finishing her residency in the spring of 2015, Allie moved to Kansas City for a year. Though the couple had discussed marriage, Kyle said he would not propose until after the New Year, so Allie didn’t think there was anything special about a November visit to Columbia to see Kyle or her parents’ decision to come for the weekend “to hang out.”

After their Nov. 14 Saturday brunch, Kyle suggested taking a walk on the Mizzou campus while waiting for Allie’s parents who were running late. As the couple neared Tiger Plaza, Allie noticed flowers scattered everywhere. “Wouldn’t this be a great place for our first engagement photo?” Kyle prompted. “Sure, when that happens,” Allie answered, oblivious. “Allie,” Kyle asked, “Do you recognize any of these people?” Walking toward Tiger Plaza were all their family members and close friends. When Allie looked back at Kyle, he was down on one knee to propose.

The couple exchanged traditional vows at an Oct. 15 wedding at Sacred Heart Church, the Rev. Francis Doyle officiating. Fall hues of eggplant, sage, orange, red and yellow were used throughout the ceremony and reception. The couple waited to see each other until Allie’s walk down the aisle. A photo of Kyle’s deceased father, Dennis Cupp, was placed on a small table next to the altar, and Kyle’s brother lit a candle in memory of their father to ensure he was a part of the couple’s special day.

The bride wore an open back Kenneth Winston gown with a long train and beading along the V-neck and back straps. The gown, of ivory lace over a satin champagne underlay, flared out from the fitted bodice. Allie’s up-do, softly gathered at the nape of her neck, was topped with a lace-trimmed cathedral-length veil. She wore a pearl bracelet from Kyle, Sarah Walsh pearl and crystal earrings, and a three-stone diamond necklace “borrowed” from her mother, as well as a wedding gift from Kyle — a solitary pearl necklace with a diamond halo.

Allie also wore a ring her paternal great-grandmother had designed — a medical school graduation gift from her grandparents. Her wedding band contains the four diamonds from her maternal great grandmother’s wedding ring. She carried a bouquet of purple and green hydrangeas; red, orange, dusty rose, pink and yellow roses; purple orchids and yellow carnations.

The bridesmaids wore V-neck Mori Lee dresses with sequins on the bodice and chiffon skirts and carried bouquets of yellow and red roses, purple carnations and green and purple hydrangeas.

Kyle’s blue Joseph Abboud suit with camo lining and ecru shirt were accented with a green and blue Tommy Hilfiger tie and Allen Edmonds walnut shoes. His boutonniere was a purple orchid and red rose. The groomsmen wore similar suits with purple carnation and red rose boutonnieres. Of special note, Kyle’s mother and brother gave Kyle his deceased father’s pinkie ring to wear on his father’s chain.

The guests blew bubbles as the couple exited the church — hinting at personal and fun touches carried throughout the elegant reception at the University Club of Missouri: a kids’ room with coloring books, Play-Doh and special snacks; cornhole and lifesize Jenga games outside on the quad, and late night snacks of nachos and pretzel bites.

Engagement photos and pictures of parents on their wedding days were displayed on a cocktail room table, as were remembrance photos of departed family members. Table numbers were inscribed on photos of Allie and Kyle at various ages. Allie’s aunt made the party favors —heart-shaped sugar cookies from a family recipe — that the bride and groom helped decorate and pack. She also made the stunning two-tiered cake of vanilla and red velvet topped with white frosting, two entwined gold hearts, and gold and purple flowers.

Since their parents had never had a first dance at their weddings, Kyle and Allie had the DJ play “first dances” for them after their own. But the favorite wedding memory just might be the quiet walk the newly married couple took later that evening to savor their special day.

The bride’s parents are Joel and Julie Kolker of Clear Lake, Iowa. Kyle’s parents are Phil and Linda Schopp of Moberly.

The couple resides in Columbia where Allie is a family medicine physician and Kyle is a service coordinator for patient access, both with MU Health Care. They plan a two-week honeymoon in June 2017 to Ireland, Scotland and England.

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