Married and Merry – How One Newlywed Couple Overcame the Odds to Celebrate Love


By Olivia Orman

Engaged couples experienced a never-before-seen challenge in 2020.  How would brides- and grooms-to-be facilitate wedding ceremonies while face-to-face celebrations were viewed as a cause for concern?

While circumstances over the last year put events on hold, the love couples had for one another persisted.  Those who were looking to tie the knot during this time faced a whole new set of considerations while planning their wedding ceremonies.

Creativity and flexibility became even more important planning attributes, amid all the uncertainly that still lingers.  One newlywed’s marriage exhibits how scaled-back celebrations can yield a just as special and memorable day to treasure.


The Presentation

Tyler and Allison Fluegge held their mid-September 2021 wedding ceremony on a calm and overcast Saturday.  The couple was married by celebrant Aaron Eakins.  The Fluegges used their resources in an intentional way to create a meaningful gathering for themselves and their guests.

Many married couples find it important to present themselves with grandeur for the occasion.  After all, this is one of the most significant milestones in their relationship thus far.  The Fluegges took to Nordstrom to buy their dress and suit.

Decorations are another presentation element that many couples find important for their big day.  In the case of the Fluegges, they bought silk flowers to use for the event theming and photos.  The rest of the decorations used to create their wedding aesthetic came from Amazon and Party City.

The Venue & Catering

Selecting the perfect venue can be quite a consideration in itself.  Many newlyweds aim to facilitate their big day in an atmosphere that represents an aspect of them as a couple.  The Fluegges held their marriage ceremony and celebration at the house of the bride’s sister, located in the City of Farmington.  This created an intimate and familiar setting for friends and family in attendance.


Smaller wedding celebrations have less of a food and beverage burden than their larger counterpart.  Nonetheless, many couples find it important to keep their guests content and well-fed.  The Fluegges had their food and beverages catered by Ruma’s Deli and bought their wedding cake from Harter’s Bakery.

The Entertainment

Audiovisual also plays a large role in keeping guests in a festive and light-hearted mood.  Hence, many engaged couples look to incorporate romantic light fixtures and music that sets the tone.

Rather than hiring a wedding DJ, The Fluegges took a more DIY approach to keeping their celebration energized.  The couple bought their own disco light and sound system, using both elements to create unforgettable moments of dancing and laughter.


Memories to Cherish Forever

There are several aspects engaged couples consider to bring the wedding of their dreams to life.  However, the most important factor above all is the love the bride and groom have for each other.

While elaborate decorations can create an unforgettable day, simplicity can yield just as special of an outcome.  It is the depth of love, depth of devotion, and depth of connections that make a wedding celebration all the more meaningful.  Those memories last a lifetime.

Contact Information

Ruma’s Deli
Phone #: 636-467-9800

Harter’s Bakery
Phone #: 636-464-6767


Olivia Orman is a contributing writer from St. Louis.

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