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Real Wedding: Marie + Tony

Marie Cupit + Tony Stahlschmidt | July 15, 2017

Written by: Natalie Pompilio | Photography by: Megan Crawford Photography

The hashtag for Tony Stahlschmidt and Marie Cupit’s July 15, 2017 wedding was #MeetMeInStLouis, a simple sentence with multiple meanings for the couple.

Tony is from St. Louis, where he now lives with native Louisianan Marie. The French Quarter’s St. Louis Cathedral is where they said their vows. And saints – more specifically, The New Orleans Saints – brought them together.

In October 2011, Marie was wearing her Black and Gold in the Superdome as the Saints took on the Indianapolis Colts. One of the men sitting near her – Tony, of course — was a St. Louis Cardinals fan in town on a short-term construction project. He was trying to follow Game 4 of the World Series while following the football game before him but his phone wasn’t cooperating. Marie was happy to help and soon they were sitting side by side.

After one particularly brilliant touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees to wide receiver Marques Colston, Marie predicted the play would make ESPN’s SportsCenter weekly top 10 list.

“We made a bet on it and that was how Tony was able to ask for my number,” Marie says. “Our conversation that night was sparked by our love of sports.”

And as their best man noted in his wedding speech, their relationship, “Tony loved Marie’s enthusiasm for sports and they started to root for each other and each other’s teams.”

During their five-year long-distance relationship, the couple’s appreciation for each other and the unique cultures of their home states grew. That came through on their wedding day.

“We thought it was important to incorporate both of our family and community traditions,” Marie says.

Nods to St. Louis included replacing a groom’s cake with Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. New Orleans traditions included a Second Line from the Cathedral to the Riverview Room on the top floor of Jax Brewery and traditional fare like gumbo and mini-muffulettas.

“Our St. Louis guests loved how, in true New Orleans fashion, the party started upon arrival and the dance floor was never empty,” Marie says. “We were so thrilled to return to the city that brought us together for our wedding!”

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Megan Crawford Photography

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GETTING READY LOCATION: Hotel Monteleone | CEREMONY LOCATION: St. Louis Cathedral | RECEPTION LOCATION: Riverview Room | OFFICIANT: Fr. Matthew Johnston | REHEARSAL DINNER: Tableau | BRIDE’S GOWN: Yvonne LaFleur | BRIDESMAIDS’ GOWNS: David’s Bridal |  MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | VIDEO: Tone Production | FLORIST: Beth’s Flowers | BAKERY: La Louisiane Bakery | TRANSPORTATION: Big Easy Limos | HAIR: Lauren Cockerham, Salon Eden (Baton Rouge)| MAKEUP: Kalie Montz (Bride) + Amanda Wellerman (Bridemaids) | JEWELRY: Roemer Originals (St. Charles, MO) | INVITATIONS: Trista Young

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Ellen Kramer

Ellen Martin Kramer is originally from a very small town near Lafayette, Louisiana right in the heart of Cajun Country. She came to New Orleans in 2002 and now lives in Picayune, Mississippi, a short hour’s drive to the Big Easy.

Her experience spans many areas as she is a lover of learning new things and immediately incorporates those into her entrepreneurial pursuits, from home and office organizing and wedding/event planning to web design. She has appeared on Dr. Oz, TLC’s Hoarding Buried Alive and The Larry King Live Show during her career as an Organizing and Productivity Consultant.

Her true love has always been weddings and beautiful events. Even as a teen she loved weddings, planning and creating various perfect weddings for herself….with no actual fiance ? Her first taste of real event planning came with becoming a member of the Social Events committee for the Miss Louisiana Organization in 1999. Since then she has planned weddings, social events, conferences and educational summits.

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