Love Letters

Couple locks up love with unique unity ceremony.

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You could almost call Amy Fuemmeler and Andrew Hanke childhood sweethearts — after all, they first met when they were in second grade. But they didn’t begin dating until they were juniors in high school.

The couple got engaged on a trip to Jamaica in July 2016 and wed on Nov. 11, 2017, in Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus. Julia Shoemake of Weddings to Go of Missouri officiated the nondenominational service.

Amy chose colors that would work with both the fall and winter seasons: cranberry and navy with accents of slate blue and ivory. She turned to various sources for inspiration to ensure that her big day had a “rustic vibe.”

She kept the ceremony decorations minimal, with two altar sprays at the top of the chapel’s marble steps that included roses, greenery, blue thistle and peonies. An altar table decorated with a maroon cloth held a special custom-made wooden wine box with the wedding date and the couple’s names on it. In a unique unity ceremony, the bride and groom each placed a love letter inside, along with a bottle of wine, and locked it with matching locks. They will wait to open the box until either their five-year anniversary or their first big fight, whichever comes first.

The bride wore a sleeveless fit-and-flare, floor-length David Tutera gown with a chapel-length train. It featured a beaded sweetheart bodice and hand-beaded scalloped lace shoulder straps and was made of ivory antique lace over champagne satin with scalloped lace edging. The low scoop illusion lace back featured crystal buttons. Amy topped off her look with a two-tiered fingertip-length veil with hand-beaded swirls that matched the beading on her gown, and she wore her hair in a relaxed, curly updo. She accessorized with teardrop pendant earrings and embellished open toe, ankle strap Betsey Johnson heels in champagne. She changed into white lace-up Nikes for the reception.

Her attendants wore matching floor-length navy chiffon A-line dresses designed by Christina Wu and carried smaller versions of the bridal bouquet, a mix of blush and ivory roses, white anemones, red peonies, maroon dahlias, blue thistle, succulents and sprigs of seeded eucalyptus.

The groom wore a gray suit with matching gray vest and a cranberry tie and pocket square. His boutonniere consisted of a blue thistle flower, seeded eucalyptus wisps and sprigs of greenery. The groomsmen wore suits that matched Andrew’s, but with navy ties and pocket squares. Their boutonnieres matched his.

After the ceremony, guests adjourned to Stephens College’s Kimball Ballroom, which was decorated with rustic touches such as wood accents, eucalyptus and burlap and twine details. For her tables, Amy selected ivory cloths with navy napkins and created centerpieces of log vases holding silk flowers. Small votives on wood rounds surrounded the vases. Two of the ballroom’s pillars, next to the elevated stage, were draped with fresh eucalyptus garland, and at their bottoms stood large stumps of wood with hurricane vases of varying sizes containing pillar candles. The welcome table housed two engagement photos with galvanized tin letters spelling out Hanke. Amy also used a large, stained antique wooden ladder that belonged to her grandparents to display more engagement photos. Her card box was a vintage suitcase she had painted slate blue.

The couple’s cake was a four-tiered buttercream confection decorated with icing that resembled ruffles, as well as fresh flowers and eucalyptus sprigs. The topper was a simple gold cursive “love.”

One of the most memorable moments involved Amy’s grandmother, her only living grandparent, who had traveled from Colorado for the big day. The day before the wedding, she was admitted to University Hospital after suffering a stroke. Fortunately, she was released from the hospital in time to attend the wedding, which Amy says meant the world to her.

Amy and Andrew honeymooned in Jamaica for a week. She is a labor and delivery nurse at Boone Hospital. Andrew is a custom applicator with MFA. The couple resides in Glasgow.

Amy’s parents are Wesley and Beverly Fuemmeler of Salisbury. Andrew’s parents are Eddie and Lisa Hanke of Salisbury.

The Details

Bridal gown
Breeze Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaids’ gowns
Kay’s Bridal and Tuxedo in Sedalia

Hair styling
Salon Nefisa

Photography
Love Tree Studios

Limousine
Celebration Limousines

Tuxedos
Savvy Formalwear

Florist
Paisley Bowtique in Fayette

DJ or Band
Blue Diamond Events

Cake(s)
Upper Crust Bakery

Rings
Buchroeders Jewelers

Videography
Byler Media

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