Thursday, April 17, 2014
The Westcot Wedding Weekend
You may remember this post from when my dad and I went to Tom's to help him get his car going for his wedding day. Well, Tom and Rebecca finally had their big day. Tom's car was in perfect working order. Our friends Dustin and Tara flew in from Michigan for the occasion and I was in charge of keeping them entertained until the ceremony. Keep reading to see all the fun stuff we did!
I picked up Dustin and Tara from Lambert Airport on Friday morning. I took them straight to The Green Shag Market on Manchester Ave. because the vendors there always have awesome mid-century modern items and they are mostly priced "right".
After we each bought one item at The Green Shag we met up with my mom and sister for lunch at The Kitchen Sink. Lunch was great but we had some time to kill before we went to the Arch so we made a quick stop at The Record Exchange on Hampton Ave. Dustin is a vinyl enthusiast so I knew he would dig their large selection. Unfortunately traffic was slow so we had to cut the record browsing short. Our next stop was the Eero Saarinen designed Gateway Arch. I hadn't been to the top since I was in 5th grade so I was pretty excited.
When we returned from our trip to the top of the 630 ft stainless structure, we drove over to The Future Antiques on Chippewa. T.F.A., as it's referred to, is the premier mid-century furniture store in St. Louis. Their prices are right up at the top side of "retail", but if you don't feel like searching craigslist and estate sales to find that special mcm piece, this is the place to go. We found some great novelty gag gifts for Tom and Rebecca. Unfortunately they have a strict no-photography policy that I would rate just between "Suggested speed limit" and "NO SOUP FOR YOU!". We got a little tongue lashing for taking pictures so I guess they don't mind us NOT showing off all of their cool merchandise.
Our next stop was at one of my favorite St. Louis watering holes, The Whiskey Ring. Tom was out in his '53 buying a new tie and replacing the Meadowbrooks battery, so he met up with us for some drinks. Not only does the new Cherokee St. bar have a great whiskey and beer selection, super friendly owners, and some killer velvet paintings, but they also let you bring food in since they don't serve any. We ordered a pizza from down the street so Tom and I hopped in the Dodge to pick it up. Once we were finished stuffing our face with St. Louis style pizza, we are all really beat so we headed home to get some rest.
The next day we made the hour long trek to Red Bud, IL and met up with Tom and his buddy Jonathan Ratz at Jonathan and his brother's shop. The Ratz's grandparents were former owners of the Ford dealership in Red Bud. They have some cool leftovers from the dealership hanging inside the shop. Tom, Dustin, and Jonathan tied beer cans to the wedding car while I stood around and watched. After that we grabbed some lunch and went to our hotel to change for the wedding.
The wedding was so perfect and the weather couldn't have been any better. The bride looked beautiful, the groom looked like the happiest gent on earth, and we all had a great time. I feel like I should have more to say about the wedding, reception, and after party but I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves. It was a super busy weekend but I don't know that anything could have made it better. Times like these make me realize how lucky I am. I'm glad I am documenting it here on A-cubed.