Photos: Clary Pfeiffer Photography, St. Louis, MO
Stephanie & Derek in St. Louis, MO
Stephanie and Derek both say they were just looking for friends when they joined Jewish dating website JDate. But instead, Stephanie and Derek each found “the love of our lives” -- within hours of logging on. “I think our accounts were active for a total of 48 hours,” Derek says.
The Bride Stephanie Mann, 28, a bridal consultant
The Groom Derek Larson, also 28, a physician
The Date September 6
Two years after that first date, Derek surprised Stephanie by having a horse-drawn carriage pick her up at work for a scavenger hunt that led her to sentimental spots all over the couple’s hometown of Chicago. The search ended with Derek waiting for her on one knee, surrounded by rose petals and a panoramic view of the city’s skyline. After Stephanie accepted, a limo whisked off the couple for yet another surprise -- Derek had arranged for Stephanie’s entire family to drive in from St. Louis to celebrate. To capture a glamorous, Old World feel, the couple decked out the ballroom of the Renaissance Grand Hotel with jewel tones.
- Kate Wood