A Pac-Man-Inpsired Wedding at the Caramel Room at Bissinger's in St. Louis, Missouri

Pac-Man-, Skee-Ball- and Rubik’s Cube-inspired furnishings—when Angeline DeiSanti (39 and a physician) and Curtis Keller (35 and a software engineer) planned their St. Louis, Missouri, wedding, average was out of the question. The fun-loving pair enlisted the help of Absolutely In Events to pull off a fun-filled event that wasn't short on elegance, sophistication and of course surprises. “Since Curtis loves video games, we thought that was a great place to start,” Angeline says. 

After saying “I do” in a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Catholic Student Center at Washington University, the newlyweds whisked guests off to the Caramel Room at Bissinger’s, an iconic St. Louis chocolate factory, for the reception. “Given my love for chocolate, it was an obvious choice,” Angeline says. Cool purple uplighting, crisp white linens, pinecones and skyward-reaching arrangements of wispy branches dotted in brightly lit tealights achieved the refined, wintry aesthetic Angeline and Curtis hoped to achieve, while filling the expansive Caramel Room with an air of undeniable modern romance. But the details that truly blew guests away were those that spoke to Angeline and Curtis's quirky video game theme. Custom-designed Pac-Man place cards, table numbers and menus gave guests their first taste of the motif the moment they walked through the door. But that was just the beginning: Angeline and Curtis went all out, bringing in classic games like Skee-Ball, a slow motion video booth and a Rubik’s cube lounge to keep guests entertained all night. A tip from Angeline and Curtis: “We couldn’t have done any of this without the expertise of our wedding planner Michelle at Absolutely In Events. She truly gets most of the credit for making our wedding spectacular. Our best advice is to hire a wedding planner—it’s worth every penny.” —Libby MacCarthy