Wedding Party Cuts Loose

Meredith Scheneman and Danny Hill wed on May 20, 2017, at Sorensen Estate. The wedding had a romantic garden feel and the reception, fueled by 2,000 cookies, was punctuated by a lively yet poignant dance to the ’80s favorite, “Footloose.”…

Wedding of classical elegance

Rachel Henderson and Andrew McCarthy were married June 3, 2017, at the Missouri United Methodist Church in downtown Columbia. Key words: formal, classic, fun. The couple met through mutual friends in Columbia. On spring break, 2016, they…

Two are better than one

Kayla McDowell and Cam Michael exchanged wedding vows June 2 at Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus. The couple met in 2015 in Colorado at an Ultimate Training Camp where they both worked as interns. They became friends…

Transforming Lives

A small workshop in a quiet industrial district in Columbia turns beggars into business entrepreneurs. Take the case of Ernesto, a Guatemalan who contracted polio at the age of 7 and spent most of his life crawling through the streets.…

Puppy Love

Dorothy Gill and Bradley Johnson were married April 28, 2017, under a pergola at the bride’s beloved family property, The Gillage. Canines participated. The couple met in 2012 when Dorothy (Dot) found herself the owner of two friendly but…

Planting Miracles

Photos by Noppadol Paothong and L.G. Patterson Have you noticed more butterflies in Columbia this year? One reason might be Monica Lee and her husband, Noppadol Paothong (Nop). Four years ago Nop and Monica picked up some free milkweed…

The Depths of the Opioid Crisis

Close your eyes and imagine it’s winter. You are outside on a bitterly cold and blustery day. The wind makes your cheeks raw and your fingertips turn numb. The cold creeps into your bones. Finally, you enter a warm house full of loved ones.…

They Hit It Out of the Park

photos by Ashley Turner photography Brianne Bond and Piper Graves exchanged wedding vows June 4, 2016, at Blue Bell Farm in Fayette. They both attended Rock Bridge High School but did not become acquainted until college when a mutual…

Wedding Couple AWOL at Reception

photos by Scott Patrick Myers photography Morgan Pitchford and Neil Fogel were married June 26, 2016, at Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College Campus. The couple met in 2014 at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia,…

Knot News

Allison Marshall and Zach Kurzejeski of Kansas City plan to wed on September 3, 2017, at the Hawthorne House in Kansas City. Allison is 2011 graduate of Rock Bridge High School and earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from the…

What It Feels Like

Some moments break us. Some moments define us. Some moments set us free. Join us as we celebrate some extraordinary mid-Missourians who have unique and inspiring stories to share. …

Meteors, Moths and “Mechs”

Gretchen Volkert and Travis Coller were wed May 7, 2016, at Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus. They met through a mutual friend in the 1990s and were reunited via Facebook a decade later. “There may have been some…

“Beeing” Loved and Fêted

Toya Gray and Andrew Muscato were married June 26, 2016, in an outdoor ceremony under a chuppah (Jewish wedding canopy) at Les Bourgeois Vineyards. The outdoor setting and blooming flowers attracted a bee to the bride’s bouquet. The couple…

New Year, New Life

Megan Fewell and Corey Grant weren’t just counting down to a new year at midnight on Dec. 31, 2015. Surrounded by family and friends, they were counting down to the start of their lives together. The couple met over tequila at the Tap…

Columbia Couple Weds on Beach

A calm ocean, smooth sand, flowers and lanterns leant a romantic vibe to the beach wedding of Arminta Phelps and Christopher Scrivner on April 23, 2016, in Oak Island, North Carolina. The wedding was exactly three years after the couple…

S’more Love

photos by Silverbox Photography Jill Elder and Josh Smith were wed June 4, 2016, at the Columbia Country Club. Wedding guests received s’mores kits to signify the camping trip where the happy couple got engaged, and so guests could…

Catherine Ryberg

Catherine Ryberg, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, doesn’t sweat the small stuff. She goes straight to the Big Issues and is already having an impact on them. She’s president of Rock Bridge Reaches Out, the community service student…

Caroline Critchfield

Caroline Critchfield, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, is royalty. Instead of holding a scepter and wearing a crown, picture her holding a rolling pin or a toilet plunger and wearing a chef’s toque or ball cap. This multi-faceted…